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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!

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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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2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 was a very eventful year (aren't they all?), but there were some unique items worth highlighting:

- Lost another 47 pounds, and am at 180.8. I still want to hit 179 and even maybe drop a few more to 175, but I'm in a very good spot weight-wise.

- In addition the pounds, 7 inches disappeared around my waist (33 inches now) and 5 inches vanished from my hips (37 inches). Kinda blew the clothing budget this year, but it was for a good reason!!

- Ran four 5K races this year -- which considering I NEVER ran or even like to run, was huge in my book! Plan to run in my first winter race in February, and will likely look to run in at least one 10K race in 2013.

- Attended my youngest daughter's college graduation in May (Colorado State University). We used that even to do some vacationing in South Dakota, a first for my DW and I.

- Did some serious outdoor work around the house, including demo'ing a non-working 8 person hot tub on our back deck, mulching the entire perimeter of our house (over 100 cubic yards of mulch!), and repainting all of the shudders from a non-descript "puke" color, to black. It really changed the look of the house!

Today is the one year anniversary of my mom's passing, and we did have a memorial for her in March at my dad's home, with my brother, his wife, my son and his GF all in attendance. It was a very informal affair, but I think it captured the essence of her great life!

I'll save my 2013 goals and plans for tomorrow's blog, but all in all it was a very good year!

  
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RUN4FOOD 12/31/2012 8:29PM

    Congratulations on having a very eventful 2012.
Glad you got to do some things you never did before.
Hope your 10K goes well and you have a great 2013.

Thanks for leading the 50+ Males SparkTeam.
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MOBYCARP 12/31/2012 4:57PM

    Congratulations on your success in 2012. May you have as good a year in 2013!

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IUHRYTR 12/31/2012 12:58PM

    It was exciting and inspiring following your success, Patrick. Wishing you much more in 2013. emoticon -- Lou

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/31/2012 11:00AM

    Congratulations on all your successes! We can do whatever we make up our mind to do. Getting fit is something that only we can do but you can get some help along the way.

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