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SUCCESS!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I did it! Took 513 days to get there, but I am finally in the "normal" range on the BMI scale! This was my goal when I had my WLS back in September of 2011 -- to get to "normal"!

May not be normal in other ways, but at least I am on this one!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/22/2013 11:59AM

    Congratulations, Patrick!
It's been hugely inspirational following your steady progress.
You're definitely a Motivator with a capital 'M' : )
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LOVEROFANIMALS 2/22/2013 7:26AM

    WOO HOO!! Good for you!!! emoticon

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SNAFUKEN 2/21/2013 11:32PM

    Congratulations . A huge accomplishment. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTLYLE 2/21/2013 10:54PM

    WTG, Now that's worth a celebration. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon on a job emoticon. Following your progress as you persevered has been inspiring. emoticon -- Lou

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MOBYCARP 2/21/2013 8:22PM

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Somehow, getting into that normal BMI range seems to be a major emotional milestone. Pre-Spark, I bounced off numbers just above the top of healthy BMI 2 or 3 times, and I didn't really believe I could get there . . . until it happened.

Now comes the hard part: You need to figure out where you're going within the healthy range!

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BBECKER1955 2/21/2013 7:41PM

    Fantastic! You're an inspiration to all of us still working at our goals. emoticon

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HDHAWK 2/21/2013 6:44PM

    emoticon Great news!

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CHUBRUB3 2/21/2013 6:42PM

    Awesome!!! WTG!!!
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RUN4FOOD 2/21/2013 4:40PM

    Good job.
Next challenge: keep in that normal range.
You should start tracking your days.

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ALDEBARANIAN 2/21/2013 3:56PM

    I usually say, "Normal = average. Average = mediocre. Eschew normalcy. But in this case, you've joined the elite 5% who achieve success. It's party time! Meet you at the gym. emoticon

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DAWN14163 2/21/2013 3:46PM

    Congratulations - great milestone to reach!
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MELISSAD71 2/21/2013 3:00PM

    Way to go emoticon

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SAILOR64 2/21/2013 2:56PM

    Alright Mitch. Great job, buddy.
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Eventful last 24 hours...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

No shortage of interesting events over the past 24 hours:

- Of course all the "normal" stuff that fills up a Tuesday and Wednesday AM -- meals, workout (a great run yesterday at the Y -- 28:18 5K / 37:03 4 mile times), and bowling last evening.

- My DW was with my FIL in Baltimore yesterday for some tests, and sadly the results weren't great -- it appears he has colorectal cancer! Not sure what stage yet (we'll know more on Friday when the biopsy results come back), but he is 82 so any surgery is a risk. Having said that, at least he knows what is going on, and there is some comfort in that.

- Was taking the trash out late yesterday afternoon but the gate did not close all the way and one of my dear puppies, "Tomas", decided to come out! This is not a good thing for any sighthound, as they will take off if they see something a mile away, and being a greyhound, there is not a chance I'd ever be able to catch him if he did. Thankfully, I called his name and he came right to me, avoiding a potentially disastrous situation. While not meant to be a test, it is good to know he will come right to us when off-leash!

- More dog fun -- our youngest female greyhound, Teresa, caught and killed a rabbit in our fenced back yard late last night! Not a pleasant task to deal with at 11PM at night, but as above, this is what greyhounds were bred to do -- run and hunt! Surprisingly this is the first full grown bunny one of greyhounds has ever caught / killed (and we have had 5 over the past 9 years!).

- After a VERY long day yesterday, I wanted a good night's rest, but the dog's had me up at 1:15AM -- I think the whole "bunny" thing had them thrown off a little, as it did me! Tonight: A GOOD night's rest!

- On the positive side:
- My DW has a job interview tomorrow! It's with a not-for-profit and one of the key members of the org is on my bowling team, so hoping the connection will pay off!

- I have a spa pedicure at 6:00PM tonight, then after that sashimi for dinner!! Great way to to end the day!

- And the scale has FINALLY climbed under 180 -- 179.4!! Just 4/10's of a pound away from my goal! I can see it!!

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LOVEROFANIMALS 2/22/2013 7:32AM

    Sorry about your father in law... :(.

Our dogs have accidentally gotten out twice and it's VERY scary!! One time was because someone left the front door open and the other was because one of our gates to our fence wasn't closed good enough. Glad no harm was done.

Ahhh...the bunny killing. Ours usually do it at 3 or 4 a.m. My husband gets the honors to bury them. They are very proud of themselves.

Have a good day!

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2013 10:52PM

    Definitely an eventful time. Sad news about your father-in-law but good news about your wife's interview and you not losing your dog. -- Lou

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DOUGDC 2/20/2013 11:42PM

    Best wishes for your FIL. No matter the age, or how philosophical all concerned may be, this is stressful. Hoping for a good outcome.

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/20/2013 8:16PM

    Sorry to hear about your FIL. It's tough on everybody when the parents have a scare like that. Got a chuckle over the dog stories--there's always something with pets! Ya wanna know my secret weight loss strategy? If the scale says anything less than half a pound, I round down. Kind of like staying no more than 10 clicks over the speed limit
; ). Or, now that our government has decommissioned the penny, like paying only $17.90 for a $17.92 item : )

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BBECKER1955 2/20/2013 6:54PM

    Good luck to DW on her interview.

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CASEYSAUER 2/20/2013 4:55PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! That is fantastic! Best of luck to your DW on the interview! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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DAMIENHUSTED 2/20/2013 3:50PM

    good job man and your 6 pm on sounds like my kind of time

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Up early...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Early rise this morning -- 0430!! My DW is taking my FIL to Baltimore for a medical test at UMMC. A test called an Enterscopy. Long day for them, but since I was up, took advantage and got through the newspapers early, then mapped out our home network ethernet cable lines using a cool little tool I purchased at Amazon.

The rest of today is pretty much my normal stuff -- work, a run at the Y, bowling tonight. House is just a little too quiet! Thank goodness the puppies are here!

  


Taxes done!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Submitted both ours and my dad's last evening - earliest EVER! That feels good!

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2013 10:54PM

    I've been waiting for my refund for two weeks. Soon, maybe. Doesn't it feel terrific having them finished? -- Lou

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MOBYCARP 2/18/2013 5:10PM

    I had everything I needed to file my tax return before the end of January, notwithstanding the fact that some of it didn't have to be provided before February 15. But I have an energy credit this year, and the IRS won't take returns with the home energy credit before the first week of March.

Good thing I can wait for the refund. Return is done, waiting to be able to file.

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/18/2013 1:41PM

    Wow! I haven't even received my tax package yet, or all my T4's (what we call our income and tax records from employers, pension-issuers, etc.) I filed our 2011 returns mid-November of 2012. This year I'm going to file as soon as I have all the documentation. Gotta put those refunds to work right away!
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CHUBRUB3 2/18/2013 12:43PM

    Rub it in!!
I have to do mine don't know when yet.
Good for you.
Hugs,
Angela

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BBECKER1955 2/18/2013 12:19PM

    Better man than I am! Suppose I need to get busy.

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The love/hate relationship with the scale!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I'm sure I am not the only one who feels this way, but there are times that either I wish I could "choke" our bathroom scale (assuming it has a throat to choke!), and give it a BIG hug! I had such a situation in the past few days....

Thursday: Normal Thursday breakfast with eggs, etc (I love to cook breakfast for my DW and I!). Had a light lunch knowing for V-day we were going to do fondue. And we did pretty darn good at dinner -- shrimp and beef in the fondue using vegetable broth and a 1/2 of a twice baked potato that had a cauliflower / broccoli along with the potato mixed together. Ah, but since it was V-day, splurged a little and had some GS cookies and fresh strawberries, and had them pretty late.

Friday: In spite of, for the most part, eating well om Thursday, the GS cookies cost me on the scale, as I came in at 181.6. (This is the "hate" part of the relationship, as if the scale was responsible for the less than satisfying reading!)

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Nothing bad, but I have been at this plateau for the better part of 3+ months now, and really want to lose that last 2+ pounds to get to my "normal" BMI range. So, I started a challenge with the 50+ Males team -- a two week "you pick your challenge", and of course mine is to lose those 2.6 pounds.

Normally, I am a once a week weigh-in person, but since I am focused on these 2.6 pounds, I've decided to do daily tracking for the next two weeks.

Saturday (today): Stepped on the scale not expecting anything big, and what do you know -- DOWN 1.6 pounds to an even 180!! What was the difference: Lighter dinner Friday evening, no cookies, and a darn good interval training workout on Friday (30 minutes of running / 20 minutes of strength training). This, of course is the "love" part of the relationship!

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I'm sure there will be a few more ups and downs over the next few weeks, but now I'm very motivated and excited to get that last pound off and join the ranks of "regular"!

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2013 10:58PM

    emoticon on the loss. Eager to read of you reaching your goal. -- Lou

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/16/2013 8:30PM

    Great! Hopefully that last pound will come off easily!!

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MOBYCARP 2/16/2013 8:13PM

    That's why I like daily weighing. I can see a one-day spike for what it is, a one-day spike. I can see a one-day abnormal drop the same way. What matters isn't the reading on any given day, but the trend.

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BBECKER1955 2/16/2013 4:16PM

    You went up and down so quick you made me dizzy! Great work. BB emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 2/16/2013 3:43PM

    Awesome Patrick!
You are doing great and there are so many factors to do with why our weight may be up or down in a day/week/ or sometimes an hour.
Keep focused and you will continue to be a success.
Hugs
Angela

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CHUNKIMAMA 2/16/2013 2:40PM

    Great job!! I get pretty frustrated with our scale too... I'm surprised it hasn't hit the wall yet. lol

Have a great weekend!!!!

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