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GOAL ACHEIVED! First sub-30 minute 3 mile run!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What a great sight to see:



After toying for the past few weeks with breaking the 30 minute / 3 mile barrier, I finally did it today! As I posted on Facebook, nothing like what Felix Baumgartner did in his space jump last week in breaking the sound barrier, but for me, it's a BIG DEAL!

Next goal: 5K under 30 minutes!

  
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HANSBRINK 10/30/2012 12:09PM

  A late, but heartfelt, CONGRATULATIONS!

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DOUGDC 10/25/2012 12:21AM

    Congrats, man, congrats. That's a major achievement.

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DIXIEWORKHORSE 10/24/2012 12:34PM

    Awesom emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/24/2012 11:58AM

    YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!
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CATHOLICCORGI 10/24/2012 8:23AM

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It's fantastic!!!

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CHUBRUB3 10/23/2012 7:00PM

    Awesome Patrick!!!
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CASE4GRACE 10/23/2012 5:37PM

    That is a big deal - and with your drive and determination, it's just going to keep getting better. Way to go!
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IUHRYTR 10/23/2012 4:13PM

    Yea, Patrick! it is a big deal. emoticon! -- Lou

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GREENGENES 10/23/2012 2:52PM

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AJWALKLEY 10/23/2012 1:30PM

    Congrats! That's definitely a huge accomplishment!

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Motivators

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A few things that have happened in the past few days will keep me motivated to continue pushing to better health:

- Weight: 181.6 at home, scale at the Dr office was 182, pretty much splitting hairs. Goal is 179. I do like the scale ay my YMCA -- it came up at 176!!

- Meds: Prior to WLS, was taking 3 meds, 1 for cholesterol, 2 for diabetes (Glipizide 1x/day, Metformin 1000 mg 2x/day). After my Dr visit yesterday, now splitting the 1000 mg Metformin in half and taking it just at dinnertime. Ha1C is at 5.9, "normal" (what a WONDERFUL word!) is 5.7. I'm almost there! With a little more hard work, I'll be completely off Metformin in January 2013!

- Running: I always like to tell everyone that prior to WLS, I HATED running! Hardly ever did it, and when I HAD to run I despised it! Well, not no more! I enjoy it! I look forward to it! I run 5K's! Etc, etc....

So one of my current goals is to run 3 miles under 30 minutes. This morning, I thought I was there on the treadmill! But to my SLIGHT dismay, I hit an even 30:00!! Just one second off! Oh well, more motivation to achieve the goal!
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So I'm feeling good that I'll achieve these goals over the next few months. Of course I'll need to set some new goals, but it just feels good to be knocking on the door, so to speak!

  
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CASE4GRACE 10/20/2012 11:56AM

    What an amazing transformation you have made. Your dedicated efforts have delivered amazing results - no wonder you are motivated. Keep up the great work!

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GETTO140 10/20/2012 7:40AM

    Wow! GREAT job! You are so close to your goal. That's great news about your Dr. visit, too. Keep it up...you're very inspiring!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/19/2012 6:06AM

    Exciting news! Keep up the inspiring effort. emoticon! -- Lou

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GREENGENES 10/18/2012 10:49PM

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MDGARDENGIRL 10/18/2012 9:33PM

    You are so motivating Patrick! I'm very happy for you. You have worked very hard to get to this place. Enjoy every minute!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

xoxoxo Marg

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LOVEITLIVEIT 10/18/2012 6:43PM

    Congratulations on your successes! Great numbers for your DM2! Getting off meds is a fantastic goal!

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CHUBRUB3 10/18/2012 6:32PM

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So proud of all you have done and accomplished Patrick!!
Hugs!
Angela

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LINDZZ3 10/18/2012 12:06PM

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Getting closer...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I'm sure I'm speaking for LOTS of SP'ers, but I sure do love a good weigh-in!!

Today's weigh-in: 181.6!! Nearly a 3 pound loss since my last weigh-in, and more importantly, that puts me 2.6 pounds away from my goal weight of 179! The "magic" of that weight, for me, is that it would put me in the BMI "normal" range, which I have not been at in at least 34 years! Of course, I never heard of BMI 34 years ago, and while I'm guessing it was around, it certainly was not discussed in the doctor's office.

Here's hoping those of you who read this blog have a good weigh-in now or in the near future!

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IUHRYTR 10/17/2012 6:55PM

    emoticon effort, Patrick. Eager to learn when you reach that magical goal. emoticon -- Lou

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CASE4GRACE 10/16/2012 7:33PM

    I am so impressed with how well you have done. Your goal is so close - what a wonderful reward for all of your hard work. Way to go!!

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HDHAWK 10/16/2012 12:23PM

    emoticon Almost to goal!

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CHUBRUB3 10/16/2012 11:51AM

    So very proud of you Patrick!
You have done amazing and I am so in awe and inspired by you.
Hugs,
Angela

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 10/14/2012 3:51PM

    That's awesome! Every time I weigh-in I also check my bmi, I think I like that number going down even more than my weight going down. There's just something that stabs me right in the heart when my bmi number calls me morbid. My next goal is to reach obese status, haha. I'm so happy for you that your goal is right around the corner! it's so inspiring.

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MOBYCARP 10/11/2012 10:02PM

    You'll get there! I don't know whether I really believed I could get back into normal BMI territory before it happened; but once there, I didn't look back. Neither will you.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/11/2012 11:29AM

    I knew you could do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/11/2012 11:28AM

    You Go, Patrick!
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BBECKER1955 10/11/2012 6:34AM

    Way to go! Keep up the great work. I hope to be joining you in the "normal" BMI range soon. Excelsior. emoticon

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CASE4GRACE 10/10/2012 1:51PM

    Awesome!! Celebrating with you and cheering you on. You are doing amazing work. Here's to your health!

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DOLLFACEDX 10/10/2012 1:50PM

    GFY (good for you) !!!! Feels so good, doensn't it?

I also had a good weigh-in today - emoticon 1.2 lbs since Wednesday last week!!

I remember celebrating when I moved from 'morbidly obese' to simply 'obese'. . .can only imagine how good it feels to get to 'normal'.

Congratulations!!<
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Feeling much better today...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Not sure exactly what it was, but definitely felt out of sorts yesterday (Sunday). Was clearly sore from mowing on Saturday (did all of the back yard, which is close to an acre), was not thrilled with the colder air that moved in, and in spite of the hard work on Saturday, did not sleep too well that night. One of the things that made me toss and turn a little was finding out for sure that we need to replace our water softening system, which I am guessing is 21 years old (same age as the house). They are CLEARLY not cheap, but a necessary evil with our well water. We'll probably have a few more major expenditures in the near future -- heating system and roof, both of which are as old as the house.

Anyway, I slept MUCH better last night, and am feeling much better today! Busy work day ahead, but am feeling up to the challenge!

  
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CATHOLICCORGI 10/9/2012 7:58AM

    Glad you are feeling better! Sleep helps to restore how we feel, and our attitude! Our house was built in 1949, and because of awful hail storm last year we had roof replaced. So far, so good with the well. We are very fortunate that our water is sweet and good. Had a water system on the house I grew up in and renovated. It was great! Thought about it here when we moved in 2 years ago, but don't need it at the moment. Most issues here were handled before we got here. I want an extra A/C unit in the sunroom. With it all glass, the vent in there doesn't keep it cool enough. We have an EdenPure heater out there now. It IS great! Sunroom was originally a porch, and heat/air was an afterthought. There is a neat, affordable air unit we can use this summer. Gotta have cool Corgis! LOL!
Enjoy the rest of your week!

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 10/8/2012 4:57PM

    Happy to hear your feeling better! Question, the water softening system, does it help with the sulfur smell and taste? We have issues with that along with hard water build up.

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MDGARDENGIRL 10/8/2012 9:21AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling your usual chipper self!

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FIXED531 10/8/2012 9:17AM

    I also had to deal with some plumbing issues this weekend, they joy of owning a 60 year old house.

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Why is it not good to skip a meal!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Yesterday (Friday) was one of those crazy good days...worked in the AM, then as soon as I finished a conference call at noon, we packed the dogs in the minivan and headed to the beach. We were in such a rush that I forgot to get some lunch, which at the time we left was OK b/c I was not all that hungry + we wanted to get going. Well, never did end up having lunch, snacked on some Lance crackers on the way home (4pm) just to stave off the hunger pangs, and had an early dinner (pork chops!)

So far so good, but man, about 9PM I got VERY hungry again! And while I was not TOO bad, what stood out to me was that it was the skipped lunch that did me in! My body was not being fooled -- it knew it needed some fuel, the issue is that late evening eating can be problematic.

So, just a nice, gentle reminder, for me anyway, to eat when I am supposed to and not get sucked into bad habits like late night eating. I worked WAY too hard to drop those 82 pounds, and want no part of having any of them come back to visit!

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CASE4GRACE 10/8/2012 11:04AM

    I have had that happen too - our bodies know when they have been deprived of a meal and the hunger kicks in looking for the one that was missed at the most inopportune times. Good to learn from that and remember to eat our meals when we are supposed to so we prevent becoming overly hungry. That usually sets me up for a fall. Hope you had a great day at the beach.

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BBECKER1955 10/7/2012 8:05AM

    Funny how the body knows when there's a debit in the calorie account!

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GREENGENES 10/6/2012 11:57PM

    The body is quite amazing and it is hard to trick it. Like NWFL59, my usual symptom of missing a meal is a nasty headache.

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SISTERDEAR 10/6/2012 7:15PM

    I have certainly found that I do better if I eat several smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. Overeating at any given meal rarely prevents me from wanting to eat at my next meal or snack time. Therefore I have to budget my calories and spread them out through the day! Also, this prevents me from ever feeling over-hungry!

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PLMITCH 10/6/2012 6:19PM

    Ken, I'll ask my PA the next time I am in, but I truly think it was my body's way of saying "I need more"! And like I said, I could have made worse choices, but I do know my protein count was way down yesterday, and I think that might have been the issue (plus just not enough calories).

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IUHRYTR 10/6/2012 5:30PM

    Our bodies know best for sure. I find I run out of energy if I eat too little. Good lesson learned, right? -- Lou

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NWFL59 10/6/2012 2:07PM

    Yep we have to stay vigilant and try to make sure we have meals or mini meals per our schedule. I try to keep suitable snacks readily available for just such situations when my day gets compressed by activities (planned or not). Of course for me, my built in reminder is the headache that comes about an hour after a missed meal and gets stronger and doesn't subside until I've eaten one of my snacks/mini-meals. Good luck with your maintenance phase. I've still another 100+ lbs to go to reach my goal weight. emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/6/2012 10:59AM

    So, is it a side-effect of the surgery that late-in-the-day eating is problematic, or do you find it really makes a difference how the food is metabolized, Patrick?


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