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Chiropractic Adjustment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It had been 6 weeks since my last adjustment, and for whatever reason, the last time I was in I forgot to make an appointment, so my back started telling me last week it was time for an adjustment, which I got this morning, and as always, felt better as a result. Especially after all of the landscaping work, it was a much needed adjustment.

One of the receptionists at my chiropractor's office has just started the process for Lapband surgery, so it has been fun to talk with her and provide feedback and encouragement.

On a slightly larger scale, I am making an appearance at my LB surgeon's office this evening at their monthly seminar to speak about my experience. Looking forward to sharing....

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IUHRYTR 6/19/2012 11:59PM

    When my back could be manipulated, I also felt better after an adjustment. Sure feels good, doesn't it? emoticon on being able to talk to and help others on their way to better health. Thanks for caring and helping. -- Lou

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Sleep Study

Friday, June 15, 2012

Last evening (Thursday) I went in for a sleep study. Had one done 5 years ago and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Since then I had been using a CPAP until a few months after my Lapband surgery last September when I inadvertantly left the mask off one night, and my wife told me I did not snore or gasp. What a welcome surprise! So I decided to experiment and kept leaving it off.

Anyway, fast forward to my appointment a few weeks ago with my sleep Dr. I was honest with him - I told him I had not used my CPAP for several months, so given that plus my weight loss, he decided to have me retested.

As you can see below, this is not the most glamorous or comfortable test - they wire you all up, and of course, they expect you to sleep like normal!

All things being equal, I slept OK, and the part I was most happy about is that the technician never had to hook me up to a CPAP (she said she would if I started gasping). My sleep Dr will look at the results and advise me in a few months, but assuming the results are clean or even maybe a little sleep apnea, I have no plans to drag that noisy machine back out of the basement and do my worst impression of Darth Vader anytime soon!


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TOASTIE53 6/25/2012 8:25PM

    way to go Patrick! Great for you, great for your wife, and great for all of us readers who are re-energized with yet one more reason to get to a healthy weight!

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IUHRYTR 6/15/2012 2:15PM

    More good news. I use a bi-pap machine. You have given me hope that losing more weight might also let me get off it. emoticon -- Lou

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CHUBRUB3 6/15/2012 11:42AM

    Yeah! Great news!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/15/2012 11:07AM

    Wonderful news! And wow! is your face ever slim : ) Lookin' good, feelin' good, goin' strong, that's you.

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My two minutes of fame (hopefully 13 more minutes to go!)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I volunteered at a local health expo back in March which was sponsored by the medical group that owns and operates the two hospitals in my area (plus a number of medical offices). Specifically, I manned the weight loss surgery booth, given that I have some experience and thankfully success with the procedure. Well, I guess I must have impressed them with my passion and of course my results, so they asked if I would be interested in appearing in some prints ads for them. I jumped at the opportunity with the hope that someone out there who was in my situation prior to surgery would see the ad and decide they needed to make the leap to a healthier lifestyle.

Anyway, the ad was published today in two of our local papers. Here is a link:

So, I'm calling this my two minutes of fame!


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IUHRYTR 6/15/2012 2:11PM

    Cool, neat, keen, rad and whatever else today means that's emoticon! -- Lou

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    Wow! That's great!

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SOFT_VAL67 6/14/2012 11:30PM

    whats next? the cover of rolling stone? haha, great work, hope all is well.

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ARCSPARKS 6/14/2012 12:57PM

    Very cool, Patrick! And keep running in stride!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/14/2012 12:18PM

    Way to go, Patrick! Now you're role-modelling to the world at large, not just the millions of SparkPeople : )

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CHUBRUB3 6/14/2012 10:43AM

    This is awesome Patrick!
Great picture of you and you look fantastic.
Keep up the great work.

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The Big "70" (pounds lost!)

Saturday, June 09, 2012

At my last appointment with my Lapband PA (05/21), my weight loss on their scale has surpassed 70 pounds, but that was from my very first visit a year ago. Not quite there on home scale, which I started tracking the week I had my surgery last September.

But yesterday I did it! 70.6 pounds lost!! Did that feel and look good??

So every time I've hit one of these weight loss milestones, I've gone searching for a list of things that weight that much. Interestingly enough, one of our fellow SP bloggers (KEZRARAYNE) had put together such a list back in 2009 Here are a few of my favorites:

*A full helium tank
*An electric fireplace
*The world's biggest atlas
*187 Bananas
*A bushel of Corn
*The average sheet of drywall

I'll have to remember the next time I am at Lowe's (which will likely be this weekend!) to try to pick up and carry around a sheet of drywall (of course without breaking it!). No wonder my muscles and joints hurt so bad 70 pounds ago!! Can you imagine what some of my internal organs thought of it?? I bet if they could talk (and who knows -- remember the reference in Star Wars to midiclorians?) they were not saying nice things about me!

Well, that is in the past. 70 pounds gone. Next milestone -- 80 pounds!


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DBELLE39 6/12/2012 7:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on exceeding 70#s lost!

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CHUBRUB3 6/9/2012 5:45PM

    Fantastic Patrick!
I am close to my 80 lb goal too and can't wait.

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Day 250 since LB

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

My calendar reminded me that it today is 250 days since I had my Lapband surgery. I put that reminder on my calendar for a few reasons. The obvious one is to share with others. Of course there is the part of wanting to be proud of where I am!

The biggest deal for me right now is seeing the scale under 200 pounds for the first time in MANY (and I mean MANY!) years! But there are so many other subtle yet profound changes since that day back in September 2011:

- I run regularly now!
- Waist = 35!
- LOTS of energy! As an example, I have yet to bring the riding mower out of the garage this season, as I am using the self-propelled to do all of my mowing (and that is 1.3 acres of grass to mow!).
- Clothes: Besides the waist size I mentioned above, my oldest daughter asked me yesterday what shirt size I was wearing these days, and I proudly told her "large"! This from the same guy who a year ago was wondering if I was going to have to start wearing XXXL's!

Still more to accomplish, but I am so thrilled at the changes over the past 250 days!

Onward to day 300....

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LALMEIDA 6/5/2012 6:53PM


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MDGARDENGIRL 6/5/2012 11:13AM

    You make it all look so easy Patrick! Love your "Can Do" attitude!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/5/2012 11:10AM

    Way to go, Patrick! You're definitely a Leader--with your accomplishments and with your sharing and your SparkTeam leadership style.

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GAYLE119 6/5/2012 9:50AM

    what a wonderful attitude you have! You'll go far....even to day 1000! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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