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Victory over fair food!

Monday, July 23, 2012

For the past several years (6 years to be exact) we've been attending regional and state fairs (2 years at the "Big E" up in MA and 4 here in DE at the Delaware State Fair) and of course there is nothing quite as satisfying as fair food! Not good for you, mind you, but satisfying! Fried everything, etc, etc.

While not the worst food there, I do love smoked turkey legs, but the calories in one you can get at a state fair can easily top 1000 calories. So, last evening after the Styx concert, my wife and I were hungry and decided to get some food. Of course I got my smoked turkey leg, but something interesting happened: I only ate MAYBE 1/4 of it! I brought the rest home, but that plus 20 french fries (yep, I counted them!), and that was more than enough! AMAZING!! Previous years, that leg would be gone, plus a whole plate of fries and then maybe a fried oreo or a funnel cake! One sitting! No wonder my weight hung in the 270's for so long!

So I am declaring a victory over fair food. Not that you don't taste good, but I just did not need or want as much of you as in the past!

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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:20PM

    Fair food may be tasty but the calories aren't fair at all. Good going on the willpower. -- Lou

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BBECKER1955 7/24/2012 7:17AM

    Wow! Your a better man than I Patrick. emoticon

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RBETYOURASS 7/23/2012 1:51PM

    Awesome job! For me it's tough being here in New Orleans as we have a festival of some type of food it seems like every weekend! Oh the temptation! Good for you for keeping strong and realizing how much more work that enjoyment would actually take to get rid of! Congrats!
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RRBSKI 7/23/2012 11:45AM

    Good for you Patrick...great job.

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/23/2012 10:51AM

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WALLINMW 7/23/2012 10:02AM

  Way to go! Stay encouraged; slow but steady wins every time!

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Passed one threshold...another very close!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Great weigh-in this morning -- 189.2 pounds! First time under 190 in what seems like forever! 34 years for sure!

Another one is rapidly approaching: 187. When I hit that mark, it will be an even 100 pounds lost since I actively started on SP 5.5 years ago. I remember what precipitated that -- and sorry if I have told this story before...

My wife and I had just spent a wonderful week at Sandals in St. Lucia at the end of 2006 / beginning of 2007. Our hair stylist had told us that celebrating New Years Eve at Sandals was a great experience,and it was! Warm, plenty of great food and drink, etc. 2006 had been an interesting year. Started out being sick as a dog, then got better and found a new job that was more to my liking, my son got married, so things were going well. But I had pretty much ignored any semblance of healthy eating and put on 30 pounds by the time we got to St. Lucia. And the way I ate and drank that week I'm sure I put on another 5-10!

So, like all good vacations, it came to an end, headed for the airport, boarded the flight and just SAT there for over an hour before we took off for a 5+ hour plane ride. AND I WAS IN THE MIDDLE SEAT!! I was so uncomfortable (miserable actually), and because we left so late, we missed our connecting flight home and ended up stuck in not the nicest hotel I've stayed in.

But the middle seat fiasco stuck with me, and when we did get home, I decided I needed to start eating healthier. And so that first weigh-in was a whopping 287 pounds!

It did not happen overnight...many ups and downs along the way, but happily I've found a solution and am in the best shape of my life in...well 34 years!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/20/2012 11:06AM

    Super-duper.

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PJC19671 7/20/2012 10:51AM

    Such wonderful news. You look great. emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 7/19/2012 1:05PM

    Congrats and great job!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/19/2012 10:52AM

    Way to go, Patrick! You're definitely an inspiring role model and Team Leader!
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NINJA_SMOO 7/19/2012 10:51AM

  Congratulations on all your hard work so far! 100lbs lost! That's huge! :)

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GYMCHICK30 7/19/2012 9:31AM

    Keep up the good work. Good luck

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RIP Jon Lord!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

For those of you who followed the rock music scene in the 60's and 70's, you may have read on Monday 7/16 that Deep Purple co-founder Jon Lord (keyboards) passed away. Since I have been a long time DP fan, this one hurts just a bit more, but given his condition (pancreatic cancer), I am glad he has been relieved of his pain and is free to wail away on his Hammond organ in the great beyond!

If you've never heard Jon play, try Spotify -- you can pick up a ton of his work. I have it on right now and am enjoying his rich diverse work.

Rock on Jon!

  
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KGWINDER 7/18/2012 3:03PM

    My daughter just completed a 5K for the cause of pancreatic cancer this last weekend. Hopefully, this is just one more life that will help raise awareness to get better ways to extend life.


Sorry that this is hitting you on a sad note. The sadder the note the greater the connection to life.

Rock on in your fitness journey and Jon's music can be part of that!
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I DID IT!

Friday, July 13, 2012

In spite of some last minute nerves, I went ahead and went "bald" today! I think I was more nervous doing this then I was when I had WLS surgery last September! emoticon

But...I am pleased to report I am happy with the results, and so is my wife!

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After (at home):




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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:22PM

    Makes you look younger. -- Lou

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PHXJAZZ 7/19/2012 1:45PM

    You look great!

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HAPPYTOBEME79 7/17/2012 3:34PM

    Great look!

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HANSBRINK 7/17/2012 12:43PM

  Looks fantastic!

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NOTFATCAT 7/15/2012 1:01PM

    WOW!!!!
You look years younger now.
Perhaps your bowling ball will be inspired to roll better for you!

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BBECKER1955 7/14/2012 10:43AM

    Looks great! I keep telling my wife that I'm going to do the same thing, but she thinks it'll require to much upkeep for a lazy man like me.
Excelsior.
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RBETYOURASS 7/13/2012 10:22PM

    Wow, amazing change! Looks fantastic!
I am bias myself as I married a chrome dome man myself! :)
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~Rana

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PIANO_DAN 7/13/2012 10:02PM

    When I shaved my head for the first time, I had some second thoughts, but after I ran the razor right down the center, there was no option but to take it all off!

That first day, I got comments about my bow tie, not my shaved head! By now (six months later), everyone likes it. (not that it took six months), but I only get positive comments now. and I love the feel/look. Hope you do too.


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PIANO_DAN 7/13/2012 9:43PM

    Wow. Fantastic Improvement. Of course, I shave my head bald and perhaps I am biased.

I think it looks great.

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TXHRT4U 7/13/2012 8:36PM

    I think it looks good too. Along with the baldness, the hair color change makes you look a lot younger.

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RUN4FOOD 7/13/2012 8:07PM

    You look good.
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RRBSKI 7/13/2012 2:52PM

    Looking Good Patrick!!!! Just may have to follow suit.

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BYFTHALONE1 7/13/2012 2:29PM

    much better Patrick....and welcome to the chrome dome nation!

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Another fun clothes shopping experience...

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Clothes shopping used to be one of my least favorite things to do. Why? Well, prior to my WLS last September, I always had a hard time finding clothes at a "normal" store like Kohls that truly fit correctly, especially pants, where finding anything above a 42 waist was nearly impossible, so either it was "pour" into a 42 or head for the dreaded "Big and Tall" stores where I would normally pay full price.

Thankfully that is no longer an issue. In fact now the "problem" is to not buy too many clothes in the same size because they will be too big! Nice problem!

My latest "casualty" was some microfiber shorts I had purchased 5 years ago when I had lost some weight. I wore one pair to play golf about a month ago and I literally had to tighten my belt on the last notch to keep them from falling down. Fast forward to last Thursday, hoping that maybe one of the other pair of shorts was smaller, but not the case, and in fact i could not even keep them up with a belt.

Fast forward to today -- mentioned to my wife that I need to get some shorts, so we stopped after breakfast at Kohls, and thankfully, shorts are on sale!

The best part -- size 34 waist!!!!!! And for fun, I did try on a 32, but it was a bit tight, but honestly the last time I think I was in a size 34 waist had to have been around my first wedding back in 1978!!

Of course this means come the fall I will have to start looking for new jeans, but hey this is a reward, and I am enjoying every minute of it!

  
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NOTFATCAT 7/15/2012 1:05PM

    Such a problem to have......
I purchase most all of my clothes at the local thrift stores. I can afford more plus I take back the ones I can no longer wear and get smaller sizes. It takes a bit to sort through to find the ones that still have the store tags on them, or just look that they have not been worn much, but well worth it.
Keep on getting healthy.

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TOASTIE53 7/10/2012 8:03PM

    woo-hoo!

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/9/2012 11:22AM

    Congratulations, 34!!!!!!!
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RRBSKI 7/8/2012 4:54PM

    Don't ya just hate it emoticon(not) Great job and enjoy the shopping.

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