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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...

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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:14PM

    My Mom also died at 79, on Dec. 21, '04. It made for a rough Christmas and, like you, I miss her terribly. When times are especially sad, I recall her smile and a happy time we shared. That helps. I hope doing so will help you, too. -- Lou

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SOFT_VAL67 8/2/2012 10:21PM

    its hard to lose a loved one, i cant imagine the loss of a parent, but i know you are strong and you have the right mindset and heart to get you thru these times....
so glad to know you are doing so well.

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CASE4GRACE 8/2/2012 11:32AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. It sounds like you had a special relationship with her, and I'm sure it's hard to be without her now. Hoping happy memories and knowing she is in a better place will bring comfort for you and your dad.

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LOPEYP 8/1/2012 2:35PM

    It's tough to lose a parent and tougher dealing with the one left behind.
I am glad that you have good memories of your Mom to get through the tough days.

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Less than 10 to go....

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!

  
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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:16PM

    emoticon on your inspiring weight loss. Being so close to your goal must be exciting. -- Lou

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JACKH35 7/31/2012 9:01AM

    Are you saying that eating right and moving more really works? I guess so.

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BBECKER1955 7/31/2012 5:59AM

    Fantastic job! emoticon

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ADKISTLER 7/31/2012 12:29AM

    emoticon emoticon I wish I had your will power!

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/31/2012 12:14AM

    Oh, YESSSS!
Way to go, Patrick : )
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MILLISMA 7/30/2012 8:20PM

    emoticon emoticonyou're almost there!!!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 7/30/2012 5:00PM

    Holy schnikes!! I hadn't taken a good look at your pics for a while. You look GREAT!!! Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration!!

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BYFTHALONE1 7/30/2012 1:14PM

    nice job! once you hit your goal weight is the LB then removed or does that stay for the long term?

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RRBSKI 7/30/2012 1:11PM

    Super Deal Patrick...your hard work and willpower are why you're where you're at; a great example for us all. Continued success emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 7/30/2012 12:08PM

    You're not dreaming Patrick. You're working your butt off and your efforts are paying off! emoticon

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ONE-HOT-MAMA1 7/30/2012 9:36AM

    way to go keep it up

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MOMMY2GIRLS 7/30/2012 9:33AM

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DEBBIELCG 7/30/2012 9:31AM

    Great job keep it up. emoticon

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300 days since LB surgery

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.

  
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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:18PM

    I find it interesting that you celebrated 300 days, what with you being a bowler emoticon always shooting for those elusive perfect 300 games. emoticon -- Lou

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KARYN03 8/1/2012 2:45PM

    Thank you for your encouragment...I also had lapband in April so I am thrilled to hear how well you have done. Keep up the great work and keep me posted AND any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I start my LP journey!

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CASE4GRACE 7/28/2012 2:35PM

    Congratulations on your success!!

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MDGARDENGIRL 7/27/2012 3:47PM

    Isn't God just wonderful to allow us the time for a do-over!!!

Congratulations Patrick!

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NWFL59 7/25/2012 9:56PM

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BBECKER1955 7/25/2012 6:46PM

    Happy 300th. I suggest that lapband offer you the job. Not only are you better looking, but you make more sense when you speak or write!

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/25/2012 1:08PM

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NINJA_SMOO 7/25/2012 10:59AM

  Happy 300th day aniversary :)

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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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~Rana


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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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