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"Staycation" Day 1

Monday, July 02, 2012

Well, if accomplishing things is my goal for this staycation, I'm off to a good start:

- Power washed the siding by the garage and my office, which was covered with bugs (there is a motion light there and the bugs like it!). Plus I found a hornet's nest at the very top, of course on the 2nd floor near the roof, so I had to lean out my office window to nail the net with spray!
- Ran at the Y (4 miles)
- Whole blood donation
- Grocery shopping, mostly for dinner tonight

I'd probably go do some more prior to dinner, but with it being 93F outside plus the whole blood donation, I'm opting to laying low until dinnertime, when my stepdaughter-in-law is coming over. She just sent her kids to Florida to spend some time with their dad, so it'll be a nice "adult" evening!

And I don't have to get up early tomorrow, either!


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DANAWALKER4 7/2/2012 4:29PM

  Having an intersting staycation!

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PICKIE98 7/2/2012 4:24PM

    Those staycations are always an adventure!! Power washing is on my list too.. along with cutting down a couple trees.. maybe the yard fairy will come tonight and take care of those things....
drink those fluids and stay cool after that donation... and thank you for that, I had to stop after fifteen gallons, due to health challenges.. maybe again someday..

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What a difference a year makes!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Had a great run today -- 4.5 miles in 49:07 -- and was sharing with one of my colleagues who is an avid runner, when it hit me just how much has changed in the last year!

A year ago -- my DW and I were in Chicago celebrating a wedding of one of my closest friends' youngest son. For some reason, I thought I was in OK shape. Was I ever mistaken!

At that point I had not decided to go through with the Lapband surgery, but if I ever needed confirmation I did the right thing, it is looking at pictures like this!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when my wife and I were out for brunch. Still like to have a good time (as you will notice in the picture below), but it makes me feel really good to see the difference:

So even though I was a little winded after today's brisk run (brisk as in fast, not as in cold!), it was nice to see how much has changed in a year's time.


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MDGARDENGIRL 6/27/2012 6:48PM

    I see the happiness and sense of pride in your eyes Patrick. You are an inspiration!

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BBECKER1955 6/27/2012 6:10AM

    Great job! Shows what happens if you can stay the course. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/26/2012 11:42PM

    Yes, wow! emoticon on your progress. -- Lou

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BBAMMOM 6/26/2012 7:15PM

    Wow, your pictures say it all! Congrats!!

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JAOTTO 6/26/2012 4:22PM

  Good job.

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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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