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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some random events going on in my life:

- Hit a low water mark on the scale this morning -- 180.2! Exactly 86 pounds lost now, and just a scant 1.2 pounds more to go to hit my target and officially "be normal" on the BMI scale! Can't speak for the rest of me, but that part will eventually be normal!

- Each day the weather forecast for this Saturday keeps getting colder! May not even break 30F, windy, chance of snow! Yes, I know it is winter and this is all normal, but I am running in an outdoor 5K on Saturday! Glad I have warm running attire! Today: mid 60's!!

- My DW's stepdaughter is having some major financial struggles. Won't go into all the details, but she and her 2 children are at risk of losing the roof over their heads (a double wide trailer they are renting). When my DW told me this yesterday, I gave it some serious thought as to what we can do, and have proposed they come live with us if they are evicted. The one challenge is that the space we can let them use needs to be renovated a little. The one room that the previous owners used as a bedroom, which was carpeted, got flooded out in the winter of 2010 (worst snow year EVER!), so I would need to get it carpeted (the reason for the flooding has been fixed), and the bathroom ceiling needs to be repaired, as we had a pipe leak last year.

- Saw my dentist this morning. Chompers in A-OK shape!

Well, gotta get back to work....

  
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IUHRYTR 2/2/2013 6:41PM

    Sure a mixed bag of news. emoticon on the weight loss. emoticon -- Lou

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PDQ1203 1/31/2013 8:55AM

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RUN4FOOD 1/30/2013 8:00PM

    Good on the weight loss. Good luck with DW's stepdaughter.

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HANSBRINK 1/30/2013 4:49PM

  - Saw my dentist this morning. Chompers in A-OK shape!
Well, gotta get back to work....


Chomping at the bit huh? (Sorry, bad pun.) Congrats on the weight loss.

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MARSEEYA 1/30/2013 3:30PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss! We have a very similar issue going on with our oldest kid and the living situation, down to the flooded room that needs to be renovated. LOL Just happy we have a big enough house to accommodate them, although it's going to be tough with 3 more animals and a 4-year old. I'm wondering how it'll all affect my weight loss. Good luck with it. :)

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/30/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon on your progress so far. I hope the weather cooperates for your run this weekend.

Has your daughter checked with any of the agencies about low cost housing? People with children get priority. It's good that you have a place for them to stay until things get better. It's really hard on the children to be uprooted. I've been there, done that but I did survive.

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 1/30/2013 11:36AM

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Congrats on the good Dentist visit! That's very good news!
Awesome about being so close to your goal! If you don't mind, I have a thought. I'm not an expert because i'm still basically at the beginning of my journey (6 months with the band) and I'm still getting to know you. Is extra skin an issue maybe? or at least 1.2 lbs of it. Just a positive thought, you might already have a healthy BMI medically speaking.
Sorry to hear about the bad news, hope all is well. Have a great day!


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CHUBRUB3 1/30/2013 11:06AM

    Congrats on the good news.
Hugs and prayers on the bad news.
hope all works out well.
Angela


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PMRUNNER 1/30/2013 10:36AM

    Way to go! I know with your focus you will get that pesky last 1.2 off and maintain at a healthier weight.

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A small step back....

Friday, January 18, 2013

Went to see my PCP today, and I was hoping that my hemoglobin A1C blood test was finally going to be in the "normal" range (5.6% or less). My last test in October was at 5.7, so I was THAT close!

Unfortunately, not only had it not gone down, it went UP! Back above 6%!! Not back into the "diabetic" range, but close enough that I need to more closely monitor my eating, especially in the evening.

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Thankfully, my PCP reassured me that it was likely due to the holidays, and then it hit me that in addition to the holidays, I was on the road twice during the past four months! Not making excuses, just a reality check!

Also thankfully, my weight stayed in check, so at least I won that battle!

So...a small step back. Just a reminder that the fight never ends! Vigilance is the key!

Looking forward to refocusing my efforts to get my blood sugar in the "normal" range!

  
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LOVEROFANIMALS 1/22/2013 10:29AM

    Keep up the good work! Don't let that little slip set you back. You have accomplished so much. emoticon

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CATHOLICCORGI 1/20/2013 3:42PM

    You've some so far! it is just a reminder, as you say. My DH has managed his diabetes now with diet for the past two years. His A1C was 6.0. When he was diagnosed 5 years ago it was almost 8. Even with the strokes, he has handled it well. I have to be extra vigilant, too, to make sure he stays on track.
It's a reminder for me, as well. I must think before I put anything in my mouth!! It ALL counts!
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GREENGENES 1/18/2013 9:48PM

    Maybe a small step back but you are still doing great. Sounds like there may be a simple explanation and you'll soon get to where you want to be.

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LALMEIDA 1/18/2013 9:33PM

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/18/2013 9:20PM

    It's all good, Patrick. A step back is what we take when we want extra power to push us forward!

emoticon emoticon on the weight maintenance : )


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NWFL59 1/18/2013 8:38PM

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MOBYCARP 1/18/2013 8:08PM

    Even without the blood sugar challenge, I have to monitor what I eat and make corrections from time to time. It sounds like you have a tougher task, requiring constant vigilance rather than periodic monitoring. I hope you can do what you needs doing to get the results you want.

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RUN4FOOD 1/18/2013 7:58PM

    Sounds like vigilance is the key.
Just a few more of those small steps.

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SOFT_VAL67 1/18/2013 5:35PM

    you have done so great, just keep working hard and take care of yourself emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 1/18/2013 2:54PM

    emoticon That's very good that your weight stayed in check. Good luck and enjoy the journey!

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LJCANNON 1/18/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon A SparkFriend of mine has the Motto "Be Ever Vigilant" and it is REALLY True!! We will FOREVER be on this Journey and it is an Ever Changing One at that! We may have 'Up & Down' times, but we Never Stop Learning and Moving!!
emoticon CONGRATULATIONS on keeping your weight in line through the Holidays and being On The Road!!

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CHUBRUB3 1/18/2013 2:33PM

    You are still doing excellent! I can only wish for an A1C of those numbers. I am still up around 8.
Yes we have an ongoing battle, but it will be won!
Hugs,
Angela


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IUHRYTR 1/18/2013 2:23PM

    A step backwards to prepare you for further forward progress. -- Lou

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First 5K of 2013: "Run to the Plunge"

Friday, January 04, 2013

Hi all,

My first 5K race for 2013 is the "Run to the Plunge" in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Saturday, February 2, and it is special one in that all the pledges benefit Delaware Special Olympics. The grand daddy event, the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge, is on Sunday, February 3. I've done the plunge before (2001 to 2005), but I enjoy running now, so this is a perfect way for me to do what I like AND help out a great cause (not to mention I'll stay much warmer than running into the Atlantic Ocean in my bathing suit with the water temps in the 30's!!).

Please consider sponsoring me. The link to the web site is below:

www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Patr
ickMitchell/2013-5k-run-to-the-plunge


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ALDEBARANIAN 1/16/2013 4:57PM

    Wouff! Sounds ccccooooollllldddddd!

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IUHRYTR 1/5/2013 4:30PM

    Thank you for caring. -- Lou

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PMRUNNER 1/4/2013 2:01PM

    Woo hoo! Have a great run!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/4/2013 1:27PM

    Way to go, Patrick! Yep, I might have done a Polar Bear plunge when I was younger, but I just don't think it would be a Good Thing for a 66-year-old heart!
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Ready for a "no alarm" weekend!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Wow -- 3 days in to the new year, and I am SOOOO looking forward to this weekend with no alarm to wake up to. Even though we just had a 4 day weekend it was a busy 4 day weekend with two parties and lots of activities in between. I do have some "to do's" this weekend, but nothing that requires me to get up early.

  
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NWFL59 1/4/2013 10:29PM

    Enjoy the relative quiet awakening. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 1/4/2013 8:09PM

    I think it's been more than a week since I woke to an alarm. It was set, but I woke up earlier. Waking naturally instead of to an alarm is wonderful.

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RUN4FOOD 1/4/2013 5:35PM

    Enjoy your quiet time and extra rest.

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2013 Goals

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Some different goals for me in 2013:

- Weight maintenance! I'm at 180.8 right now, and my PCP and Bariatric Dr both have indicated they do not want me to lose any more weight. So my goal is to stay between 175 and 185.

- Running: At least four 5K races this year, and at least one 10K. Improve my 5K time to 27 minutes or better. For the 10K, I'll be thrilled if I finish in under 60 minutes!

- Projects: I've had this desire to build my own outdoor shed, which is something we need anyway, and my hunch is that I can do it much cheaper than if I buy one. So I'm going to invest in the plans to do such, including the ground prep, etc. The nice part is I can spread the funding for it so it does not become a financial pain.

- Financial: Continue to improve our financial house (i.e...reducing debt, contribute more to 401K, ,etc).

- Work: I started in a new position last September, so my goal here is real simple -- continue to learn and grow!

- Procrastination: I've gotten better about this, but I still procrastinate too often. Work to procrastinate less and do more!

- Live in the moment! Family, friends, events, sights, sounds, etc.

Happy 2013 to all my of SP friends!!

  
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LOVEROFANIMALS 1/8/2013 8:26AM

    emoticon These are good goals! Good for you!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/3/2013 12:42AM

    The outdoor shed sounds like fun! After all that landscaping you did last year, shed-building should seem like light work : ) And about procrastinating: it's OK to procrastinate when you're living in the moment ; )
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NWFL59 1/2/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I look forward to the time I'll be joining you maintainers but I don't see it happening in 2013 but I should be able to get really close. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 1/2/2013 8:07PM

    Welcome to maintenance! It requires a different kind of attitude than weight loss, but it can be done. I don't know what your experience will be, but every so often I have to change how much I eat to keep the weight from going above or below my target range. Sometimes the change makes sense in the context of what exercise I know I'm getting, and sometimes I can't tell that I've changed my activity level until the scale rats on me.

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GREENGENES 1/2/2013 7:51PM

    Great goals. I think I need to join you on the anti-procrastination goal.

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 1/2/2013 5:21PM

    Awesome Goals, and congrats on reaching your goal weight! I'm so excited for you. Happy Healthy 2013 my friend!
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IUHRYTR 1/2/2013 4:17PM

    Solid goals, Patrick. From your past success I'm confident you will reach all of them this year. Stay focused and determined. -- Lou

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RUN4FOOD 1/2/2013 2:35PM

    Some good goals, especially living in the moment.
Hope you accomplish all of your goals this year.


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CHUBRUB3 1/2/2013 12:09PM

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WTG Mitch!!
Happy New Year and wishing you all the success you so deserve.
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Angela

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PMRUNNER 1/2/2013 11:51AM

    Sounds like some good objectives!

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