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"Greyhounds Reach The Beach" weekend

Friday, October 05, 2012

One of the events my DW and I look forward to is "Greyhounds Reach The Beach", which is centered in Dewey Beach, DE, with plenty of activities in Rehoboth Beach as well. Dewey is 45 minutes away, so an easy drive down. Our 3 greyhounds know "something" is up, and they'll get their chance to go down later today (Friday).

While the event is nothing like it used to be (literally thousands of greyhounds, big vendor tents, etc), it still is a great event with hundreds of hounds and now the vendors work out of their hotel rooms and some in the fire house in Rehoboth.

It will be in the low 80's today - PERFECT weather! We've already been down to do some shopping on Wednesday (don't tell my DW, but I got her BD gift that day! A really cool bracelet with a greyhound button from a real Greyhound Bus Co driver's jacket!). I'm sure we'll do some more buying today.

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MDGARDENGIRL 10/8/2012 9:23AM

    Sorry I missed you guys! It was a beautiful day to be at the ocean with the hounds!

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DEBRITA01 10/6/2012 6:08PM

    Several years ago, we discovered the GRTB event while on a long weekend getaway in OC. My DH and I were so impressed with these gentle giants and how well-behaved they were (we had no prior experience with the breed). Hope you had fun!

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HANSBRINK 10/5/2012 12:09PM

  Have a great time. Hope your greyhounds enjoy it.

I belong to a rec paddling club. One of our members owns 2 greyhounds that she got from a greyhound adoption program. She says they are 40 mph couch potatoes.

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LADYJ6942 10/5/2012 10:18AM

    Sounds like fun, my youngest loves greyhounds. Enjoy!

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Time to celebrate! One year "Bandaversary"

Friday, September 28, 2012

I know for me time seems to be flying in general, but I think the past 366 days since I had my WLS moved at warp speed!!

I could on and on about all the positive changes that have occurred, but I'll spare those of you who are reading this blog and just hit the highlights!

- Weight before surgery: 266.2. Weight today: 184 (82.2 pounds lost!)
- Waist before surgery: 46. Waist today: 33 (13 inches lost!)
- Hips before surgery: 50. Hips today: 37 (13 inches lost!)
- Neck before surgery: 18. Neck today: 15 (3 inches lost!)
- I've run in three 5K races
- I've totally blown the clothing budget, but for once that is OK!
- And in July, I decided to go bald, and I am not going back!

A pretty phenomenal year I think!


So, year two will not be as dramatic as far as changes go. 5 pounds to go 'til I hit my goal weight of 179. My surgeon and PA both don't want to see too much more weight loss, but the 179 weight mark is one of my "holy grail" measurements that I want to acheive.

Speaking of "holy grails", the other achievement I am looking to hit in year two is the sub 30 minute 5K. As you can tell, the running bug has "bit" me!

Many people to thank, because this all does not happen without a lot of support and encouragement. Obviously, I am very lucky to work for a company that has outstanding health benefits, because without that, there is no WLS! And of course my wife deserves an endless amount of hugs and kisses for just putting up with me and at the same time being so supportive. And then there is the thanks to you, my SparkPeople family, for all of your words of encouragement and support.

And the journey continues....


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GETTO140 10/2/2012 7:36AM

    That's GREAT! You have done so well!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/2/2012 7:36:54 AM

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DETERMINEDBABE 9/30/2012 10:25AM

    Congrats on your success.... emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats on your success, it's very uplifting to read your story as a newbie (I just hit my 2 month mark with the lapband). Thanks for sharing!

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/29/2012 5:17PM

    I am so happy for you and DW Patrick!!! You deserve the Glory and the credit for working so faithfully towards steady weight loss. I am glad to see a lapbander get to their goal!!

Congratulations my friend!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/29/2012 12:10PM

    You're being a model Sparker, Patrick. You've inspired as many of us and more than what you've drawn encouragement from.

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IUHRYTR 9/28/2012 3:57PM

    Your results are inspiring, Patrick. Keep up the good effort and positive attitude. emoticon -- Lou

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HANSBRINK 9/28/2012 11:50AM

  Congrats on such dramatic success!

Another Sparker had similar success. She cross posted a link to Kool and the Gang's song "Celebration". Humming that now while reading about your journey.

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PATTERD707 9/28/2012 11:33AM

    Feels good, huh? Own it!

Thanks for sharing.

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BUSY Sunday...

Monday, September 24, 2012

So the good news was that my youngest daughter was back home and came to visit my DW and I Saturday evening and Sunday. The bad news was that it made for a VERY BUSY Sunday for me:

- Cooked breakfast
- Drove to beach (45 minutes away) to see inlaws, let my daughter put her toes in the water, then over to homebrew shop so I could buy some wine bottles.
- Back home to let the dogs out
- Then north to PA to drop my daughter off and back home(2:15 each way, 4:30 total!)

Somewhat late dinner (8ish), but was able to relax and watch the Emmys.

I think next weekend will be a bit more quiet, as it is Race weekend (NASCAR) and we usually avoid being out and about with 100,000 fans here!

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IUHRYTR 9/24/2012 11:47PM

    Glad were able to spend time with your daughter. -- Lou

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JEFFREYC1 9/24/2012 8:59PM

    Sounds like a long but nice day

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/24/2012 8:53PM

    Everything's worth it, to spend some time with the kids, grown or otherwise : )

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/24/2012 7:49PM

    But it was all worth it to see your baby girl right???

Thanks for reminding me of the Race next weekend! Think I'll head down to the beach early!

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/24/2012 2:28PM

    I'd tailgate in your yard to just see the insanity. Nothing like free entertainment.

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Weather Excitement!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Got home from our trip to W VA yesterday, in-laws in tow, around 2:30PM. Got them on the road and had planned to have a low-key, put up your feet kind of afternoon. Ah, but the weather gods had other plans. Around 3:30PM, it got VERY dark, and just about the same time I got an emergency alert on my phone for a tornado warning, so my DW and I quickly headed for the basement.

Got the all clear about 25 minutes later, and it turned out a suspected tornado did hit just 2 miles west of us. 28 houses damaged, 6 to the point where there were uninhabitable (roofs blown off). Our dogs were still at the kennel, and in fact the storm clouds went right over the top of them but thankfully the suspected tornado was still just forming out of the clouds at that point. We did take a ride over there to make sure there was no damage yesterday.

After that, then it was time to put the feet up, have a glass of wine, and RELAX!

Today, back to work, dogs are home, and plan to run at lunchtime. In other words -- normal!

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SOFT_VAL67 9/5/2012 8:37AM

    i like your background image, i guess im gonna follow both the colts and broncs this year...just to compare,
i had reallllllllllllly been pulling for manning to go to tennessee...but no such luck, well tonight is the night...have a nice day.

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IUHRYTR 9/4/2012 11:20PM

    Wow, you sure were blessed. Glad you two and the doggies are okay. -- Lou

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JEFFREYC1 9/4/2012 10:07PM

    glad everything turned out well for you

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CASE4GRACE 9/4/2012 1:42PM

    So glad you are all okay there! Hope the rest of your week stays "normal" and uneventful.

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PATTERD707 9/4/2012 11:27AM

    Wow, it's strange to think how lucky I am to live in place that has earthquakes, tornadoes absolutely terrify me

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/4/2012 9:56AM

    So glad you, DW and the dogs are all safe! My sister and I were in Dover heading to Lewes when I got the warning. What a day!

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It's GREAT to have the windows open (FINALLY!)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OK, so maybe for one day before the heat moves back in, but it is GREAT to have the windows open and enjoy the cool outdoor air! I think it has been at least a month since we last had them open!

Well, back to work...just wanted to share.

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/1/2012 7:34PM

    Hey Patrick.... no windows open today!!! lol!

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IUHRYTR 8/30/2012 11:28PM

    Here in Central FL we're still hot and humid all day but I do eagerly look forward to the change to cooler temperatures when I can not only open the windows but shut off the A/C and save money. -- Lou

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SOFT_VAL67 8/30/2012 10:24PM

    i have been loving the cooler mornings for walking, i even got a chill once or twice.

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JEFFREYC1 8/29/2012 4:35PM

    Yes! I love this time of year when we can once again get that fresh air

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HANSBRINK 8/29/2012 1:01PM

  Know how you feel, but I've got the opposite. Live in an apartment and the climate is temperate. There are days when I close the windows because of the neighbor's cigarette smoking or bbq'ing. I like bbq but can do without their smoke.

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PATTERD707 8/29/2012 12:19PM

    Simple pleasures my man. They rock!

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NWFL59 8/29/2012 11:43AM

    My house could use an airing out too but it isn't that cool out where I live just a bit of breeze from Isaac. emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/29/2012 10:38AM

    Yep. Gotta love that outdoor blowing through the house!

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