Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Today would have been my mom's 79th birthday. As some of you may remember, she passed away 7 months ago on December 31, 2011 after a long illness. No doubt she is in a much better place, free from the pain of her earthly body!
I do miss talking to her each week, and on an occasion like today, sending her flowers. What I started doing instead is to send a donation to her favorite charity in memory of her.
My dad has been doing OK, though he does not seem as interested in moving to an independent living facility we toured back in March (which he really seemed to like!). He's doing fine on his own, but he just is not getting much human interaction. Oh well, all in due time...
So not too sad of a day. Just taking a few moments to reflect the wonderfull moments I shared with this special lady...
Monday, July 30, 2012
I normally don't do Monday morning weigh-in's, but I was feeling rather frisky this morning, so I decided "what the heck!". And since I was a good boy over the weekend by getting LOTS of exercise in (mowing the entire yard over 3 days) and keeping my calorie counts in line, I was rewarded with a 188 lb weigh in!!
Sometime I have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming some of these weigh-ins! It feels good to be successful!
Anyway, I am now 9 pounds away (hence the less than 10 title of this blog) from my goal weight of 179. And I am determined to get there!
Thanks to everyone with your kind thoughts and words!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
My calendar reminded me that today marks 300 days since I had my Lapband surgery. As I have said throughout this journey, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only the weight loss, but also the healthy living -- better eating habits, better exercise decisions -- to name a few.
i recently read that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan had the LB done a few years ago and he just crossed the 100 pound loss mark. FANTASTIC! He was a good 80 pounds heavier than I was, so as much as I needed it, he needed it even more so. And I've read he's taken up running, etc....just like me! The big difference is he is now a paid spokesperson for Lapband -- which means he makes some good money pitching his changes -- while I am just a volunteer trying to spread the word!
In any case, it has been 300 days of many changes, all for the good. Not for everybody, but certainly an option when all of the other methods (and sadly scams!) of weight loss aren't working.
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!
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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