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I Think I Can, I Think I Can. OOPS!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I know that I'm the only person this has happened to. emoticon I feel so embarrased. emoticon I've been cruising along on maintenance and feeling so good about myself. I knew I had it made and then the Holiday Season rolled in with all of the activity and responsibilities. I committed the cardinal sin of healthy living. I didn't maintain my exercise program. I could make the excuse that I was too busy. OK - I did make that excuse. emoticon Then I stopped weighing every Sunday morning. Do you hear Dominos falling. Me too. It all happened gradually and maybe I wasn't logging every bite I put into my cavernous mouth. emoticon What have I done? I blew it so I may as well just throw up my hands and quit. Ya think?

Lew, are you daft? Quit? You have been doing some stinkin thinkin? It's only three pounds. It's time to get back on the program so get your butt in gear. What? You don't feel good? No kidding. Stinkin thinkin will do that to you. Stop the pity party and get back to walking and walking and walking. Dust off those dumbbells and wake up those old muscles. You know the program works so get back to working the program. emoticon No, not that program. That program got you in trouble. Get back on the Spark program and work it.

OK, Moms. It's back to work. Thanks for the wake up call. emoticon

Enjoy the ride,

Lew

  
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NWFL59 12/29/2013 2:50PM

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BOILHAM 12/29/2013 8:30AM

    I thought this was a new post. :)

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REXTINE1 1/10/2013 2:56PM

    I hope it worked for you - I've been stuck for a couple of weeks.

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KARENLEIGH32 1/8/2013 9:26PM

    Great your attitude is just where it needs to be. Good luck!

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FLGIRL1234 1/7/2013 1:28PM

    Oh yeah, we've all been there. The best part about it though is that you didn't let it snowball out of control like many do. Great job getting back on track!

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GRAMMAJUDY1 12/29/2012 6:17PM

    Thanks for posting this. I like your phrase, "stinkin thinkin" That will become a standard at our house. This blog came at just the right time for me. Many things have caused me to engage in "stinkin thinkin". You just helped me to snap out of it. emoticon

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IDLETYME 12/29/2012 6:07PM

    You can do it! There are lots of us right along with you! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 12/29/2012 4:15PM

    Great perspective, Lew! You'll get back where you feel your best. Here's wishing you and yours all goodness and joy in the coming New Year. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2GEO_JR 12/29/2012 3:13PM

    You are not alone, I got a wakeup call from my doctor yesterday, so I have been riding my recumbant bike, and eating healthy. Hang in there. We can do it!!

Marsha
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W8WHITTILER 12/29/2012 12:34PM

    What an awesome blog!
It's something we have all done, been through, or will!
Thanks for the inspiring message!
Patty

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GLORYB2014 12/29/2012 12:18PM

    Aww Lew, that wasn't such a big gain and you DID enjoy your Christmas, especially with the young 'uns. No excuses, mind you, but I'd say you did okay friend!
It won't stay on for long when you get back to walking! And you have a great, positive attitude!
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COCHESE321 12/29/2012 12:13PM

    Oh, Thank you Thank you Lew!!!! I SOOOO needed this today!

You are right - it's only 3 pounds (or maybe 4). Today is a new fresh day. I can, and WILL, do this. Today. Just today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

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How I Ruined My Sister's Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas 1953 was a bad one for my Sister and it was all my fault. She was 10 and I was 12. That year I had figured out where my parents had hidden all of the unwrapped presents. I told my sister that I knew where they were and asked if she wanted to see her presents. She told me she did and I believed her. emoticon Now, I knew that I shouldn't be doing it but I had always looked out for her and I THOUGHT she would want to see the presents. I didn't mind getting in trouble if it made her happy.

We went from hiding spot to hiding spot and I would climb up on a chair and then open the box and show her the present. She was delighted and promised to keep it a secret. We always kept our promises to each other so I trusted her. I had no reason not to as we had a very special bond.

Now, move ahead to Christmas morning. The family was gathered around the tree with great anticipation. My parents had no idea that I had violated their secret hiding places. My sister and I were eager to open our presents and it was a joyous morning. Well, at least it started as a joyous morning. As we opened each gift we were excited and thanked our parents for the gifts. There weren't a lot but we knew they couldn't afford a lot. That was OK with us.

All of the presents had been opened and then disaster struck. My world began to slowly spiral into the ground. My Sister began to cry and my parents tried to get her to tell them why she was upset. After too long a time my sister finally blurted out that she thought she would get something that she hadn't seen already.

At that point my parents were confused and tried to get her to explain what she meant. Shirley kept her promise. She didn't tell what I had done and my parents were getting frustratedd. Sir Walter Scott was so right. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decive." There was no way out. I was trapped. I could not let this go any further so I told my parents what I had done. The only thing that saved me from a trip to the basement and Mom yielding Dad's leather belt was the fact that it was Christmas.

I apologized to my parents. I hugged my Sister and apologized to her. That helped calm things down and they all seemed satisfied with my apology. That worked for them but it didn't work for me. I felt absolutely miserable for what I had done to her on that very special day. A few years ago we talked about that day and she had long forgotten it. I hadn't and I never stopped regretting my act of deceit.

Now, let's all pull all of those high calorie treats out of their hiding place and put them out where we can be held accountable for what we eat. emoticon

Enjoy the ride,

Lew

  
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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 1:58PM

    You have reminded me of how my brother found all of our Christmas presents and showed me everything when we were young. My brother & I have always been as close as twins even though we are a year apart in age. Remembering is just a part of the fun!


Merry Christmas Everyone!
Karen

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TEXASFILLY 12/13/2012 8:35PM

    What a wonderful brother you are, Lew! Thanks for sharing~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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REXTINE1 12/12/2012 5:22PM

    I have a couple of stories about where I went wrong too - and the hard part is that we can never go back and really make things right. An old time actor said, "A man is not old until his dreams are replaced by regrets." Unfortunately, I have regrets, but no glorious dreams.

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GLORYB2014 12/12/2012 1:27PM

    You were being a GOOD big brother Lew, you thought she really wanted to see her gifts.
Now, YOU put it behind you, all is forgotten and forgiven! Forgive that young boy!

Okay, I'm all for being accountable for anything and everything I eat over Christmas and I'll let my team know if I've been naughty. (I don't expect to be naughty, guilty conscience, you know)
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JTREMBATH 12/12/2012 12:59PM

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LEB0401 12/12/2012 12:32PM

    Awwwww! That's a pretty cute story. Sounds like you're a great big brother

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NANADERRICK 12/12/2012 12:31PM

    Kids do the darnest things!! I pulled a similar fete off when I was 6. Oh Boy, afraid I did get up close and personal with a belt.

Hope you and your sister can laugh about it now:)

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HO HO HO!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Don't you just love December? Whether it's Christmas or Hannakuh we are bombarded with decadant food. I was introduced to Hannakuh traditions at the home of my Jewish college roommate. Larry's Mom was short and she would greet me at the front door, stand on a chair, and give me a kiss. Then she asked, are you hungry? And of course I was. I was 20 years old, skinney, and always hungry. She would then proceed to do everything she could to put weight on me. I ate foods I had never seen before and loved every bite. She was a fantastic cook but I didn't gain weight. emoticon

Then I would go home for Christmas leave and my Mom and future Mother in law would load me up with traditional Christmas fare. There were always cookies, fudge, fruitcake, and other calorie laden goodies. I could eat as much as I wanted and not gain a pound. emoticon My ohh my, how times have changed.

Now, if I want to enjoy this season I had better pay attention to what food I eat. If I don't pay attention the HO HO HO becomes OH OH OH. Now I can no longer gorge myself and not gain weight. emoticon Now, I have to eat responsibly. Do I wish it was otherwise? You bet I do.

I will enjoy the season but I will do everything I can to make sure that it doesn't mess up my progress. I can, you can, we all can.

Enjoy the ride,

Lew

  
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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 2:02PM

    Important words to live by, you can enjoy life and still be healthy!

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GRAMMAP1 12/11/2012 9:53PM

    Temptations galore. But your determination will carry you through. It's tough, but it is possible.

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REXTINE1 12/11/2012 9:51PM

    I don't remember ever being skinny and not able to gain - I always had to eat less than I could in my younger years - and later on, I didn't eat less - and I did gain.

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TEXASFILLY 12/11/2012 7:59PM

    O! You were one of those fortunate ones who could indulge, enjoy, and not suffer the consequences~ just like my brother! He's still thin as a rail!

Glad to hear that you can enjoy the changes without it wrecking your success, Lew. Keep up the good work, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 12/11/2012 5:11PM

    I know just what you mean. It is no, no, no.
Irene

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Smartphones - Friend or Foe?

Monday, December 10, 2012

I have never owned a Smartphone. I have never needed a Smartphone. I see people everywhere I go tapping on their smartphones and sseeming to enjoy them. All of my children and grandchildren, except the 10 yr. old, have a Smartphone. I suspect that behind my back they say "Grandpa's too old to learn how to use a Smartphone". On that subject I will quietly let them remain gleefully ignorant. emoticon

Don't get me wrong here - Smartphones are really cool toys. With a smartphone you get to tap the screen and neat things pop up. You can swipe your finger and scroll up and down or left and right. It's so cool. My 10 year old is fascinated by it. So is my 20 year old grandson and my 36 yr. old Daughter. They are even fascinated by the TV commercials for Smartphones. They spend hours on facebook staying abreast of the latest news from their friends. They spend a lot of time doing things but they aren't actually interacting with another human being.

Smartphones are also tools. They allow you to make and receive phone calls. They're a PDA where you can carry your calendar with you and your entire address book. They can be a GPS.

My reason for not having a Smartphone is that I don't have a job and therefore have no need for an expensive cell phone. If I needed a Smartphone in a job then I would have one. Before Smartphones I carried a cell phone, PDA, and a laptop when I traveled. A Smartphone will replace the first two but is an inadequate substitute for a laptop. Being a rather frugal guy I can't justify the cost.

Ignoring the high cost of owning and using a Smartphone the thing I dislike most about them is their dominance of people's lives. They scream, grunt, groan, play music. or scream at the owner when a message, email, voicemail, or phone call come in. They demand attention and distract people around them. That seems stressful to me. Countless hours are spent on them playing games, downloading apps, and generally just spending time to be spending time. I suspect that the time could be spent in more productive pursuits.

I'll keep carrying my flip phone on my hip and pay my $100 a year for phone service. If I want to communicate with someone I want to hear a voice on the other end. I only text if my youngest daughter sends one to me. If I want to play I'll play catch with my grandson.

OK, that's my opinion. I will enjoy hearing yours.

Enjoy the ride,

Lew

  
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RAWHIDE64 12/11/2012 8:53AM

    BB Apparently Einstein saw it coming. I just see it happening and that proves that I'm no Einstein. emoticon

Lew

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TEXASFILLY 12/10/2012 7:28PM

    Amen! I'm with you on this one, Lew. Check out Einstein's fear now a reality in the link below:

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As always, thanks for sharing~ *hugs* BB~

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DIDMIS 12/10/2012 11:47AM

    Tell your grandkids that grandpa is smart enough. He doesn't need a smart phone to tell him what to do. emoticon smart grandpa.

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COCHESE321 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    I preferred my less than smart phone, but my son gave me his old one and I gave my old phone to my daughter. I use it, sure. Mostly, I play Solitaire on it while watching TV with my Dad in the evenings. My son is tethered to his - he calls it his "God Box". I prefer to use my netbook if at all possible. And prefer even more my desk top. But I built that and it's my baby.

But then, I'm 60 and smart enough on my own. emoticon

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NEEDBU66 12/10/2012 11:42AM

    I don't have one either. I'm usually always 20 feet from my laptop, so I can't really complain about not knowing when, specifically. Tom Bosley died or some sort. (Oct 2010). However, it's when I'm lost in Dayton, in some kind of edgy area, and there's no road atlas in the car that I really wish I had one.

That's pretty rare, tho. I'm usually always 20 feet from my laptop.

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LEB0401 12/10/2012 10:21AM

    My Smartphone is definitely my friend!

I was late getting on the craze, but now I'm very happy with my $20 refurbished Android. I use it to get on SP's food tracker app, so I know when I'm eating out when I need to call it quits. I use a sports app to track my runs, and I also play a radio app to keep my mind off the run! For my long commutes, I use an app that plays audiobooks from my local library.

I will say while it's incredibly easy to do all these complicated tasks on my phone, the most difficult thing to do is to make a call! It's good at being "smart" but not so good at being a "phone"!

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An Amazing Day

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The day after Thanksgiving I got to the Dermatologist's office at 8 AM to have a Basal Cell Carcinoma removed from my right temple. At 8:30 I was called in to the surgical room, the nurse gave me a local anesthetic and the surgeon removed a layer and off it went to their in house lab for processing. I spent an hour and a half in the waiting room or walking around the parking lot and doing stretching. At 10 I went in for round two and then back to the waiting room. I then called my wife to give her a progress report as I walked. At 1030 I was called in for round three. Then it was back to the waiting room and a walk and a phone call. At noon they served lunch and it was 12:45 when I was called back and told tha t they were closing up the wound. That took much longer than the surgey but as soon as I got out of the building I called home and talked to my wife telling her I was fine. I could tell she wasn't hearing the right words so I said "they got it all" and I could hear the relief in her voice. I never thought it was a big deal but couldn't ease her worry. Four words did it.

As you read that I'm sure you thought there's nothing amazing about that and you're right. What made it amazing for this old Vietnam vet was the people in the waiting room. There were six men and 2 women. All six of use were vets and I was the youngest. Four of the men were combat veterans of WWII - The Greatest Generation. I was in awe of those men and what they had endured. As a kid I would sit in a room with my Dad and his buddies and ask questions but at that age I was interested in what seemed to be an adventure to me. Now that I understand what they went through and have experienced some of it I was interested in what units they were in what campaigns they were in. Those men are all around 90 years old and mentally sharp. Their generation are my parents generation and I have a tremendous respect for not only the men that served but the women who stayed home and endured the wartime living conditions and the daily worry as they hear the war news on the radio. Their life was so much tougher than mine has been and their wartime experiences very traumatic. If you look for inspiration look at those people. They won't be around much longer.

I'm sitting here with a line of sutures over 2 inches long running up my temple and into my hairline. My wife will remember that day because "He got it all". I'll remember that day for the unassuming heroes I was privileged to share my day with.

Enjoy the ride,

Lew

  
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GRANJERRY 11/17/2013 5:23AM

    By the way got DH to read this post and he says what a fine boy! Sends you his blessings too

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GRANJERRY 11/17/2013 5:20AM

    Hey Lew that's the generation my DH & I belong to. DH served for the British Army for 4 years in 1939 &1943 in Burma. Thereby given a scholarship to study law at Cambridge. That's a lovely blog you've written

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FLGIRL1234 11/29/2012 10:45AM

    Wonderful news! So glad they "Got it all". emoticon

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REXTINE1 11/28/2012 6:00PM

    Quite a story. Your comments about the 90 year olds hit home - I have one 93 year old friend who is a vet - inducted three times (reserves). My basal cell was easier - they went two times because he didn't get deep enough in the cartilige of my ear the first time, and then they took a patch of skin from in front of my ear, trimmed it to size, and sewed it on. This was to prevent infection, and it seems to have worked. I was there 8 hours, and then got a written warning on my way home for doing 47 in a 30 zone - which had signs I should have seen.

You had a great blog this time.

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KARENLEIGH32 11/25/2012 7:33PM

    Happy to hear the good news, I know it was a scary time for both you and your wife!

Amen to the veterans, the ones (you included) that have put their lives on hold to take care of the rest of us!

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BOBOBOBBI 11/25/2012 8:35AM

    What an amazing experience! :) Glad it went well! emoticon

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DIDMIS 11/24/2012 7:17PM

    Lew what an interesting day. You could of taken it as "I hate waiting in the waiting room"
or becoming a greater man by talking with those unsung heros. My husband is in the vet cemetery here in my home town which just opened a few days before he died. I never cease to thank a veteran when I see one. Thank God for our veterans.
Irene

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JTREMBATH 11/24/2012 7:06PM

    That is the best news when they say they got it all, the Dr. said the same to me after having a kidney out that was 2/3rds covered with cancer.

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TEXASFILLY 11/24/2012 5:59PM

    Thank God! *hugs*So glad to hear those four words helped relieve your sweet wife of her worry. As for ALL of you AWE~some vets, I salute y'all for your love and service to our country. May the Good Lord continue to bless and keep you always. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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GLORYB2014 11/24/2012 12:26PM

    You are so right Lew . . . those four words you told your wife over the phone are probably the four most precious words that she'll never forget! Congrats on the good outcome and best wishes for a speedy recovery of the head wound.

You certainly did have an amazing day . . . how are the chances of meeting up with so many vets at the same time and same place? I think that is awesome and I know you did them a good turn by showing your interest in them and giving them your respect.
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