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Dumb and dumber!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I've been struggling for last three weeks with foot pain. Finally saw a podiatrist yesterday. When he took off my sneakers, he said "do you know you have your inserts on the opposite foot?"
Boy, did I feel dumb! One day later I am already feeling better and I marked my inserts with L and R with permanent magic marker.

Tim (aka Micky the dunce)

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KARIDIAN1 7/28/2012 8:49PM

    Glad it was a simple fix. Bummer is that your feet were bothering you. Hope all is well now.

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/28/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon I don't mean to laugh. Sometimes it is something so simple.Look at it this way,it shows you were determited to get your workouts done.Fix the problem and get back to it.Fierce determination.

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/28/2012 12:42PM

    that would confuse me because I cannot always decide which is right and left! I have to look at my hands to see which one I write/right with. I don't think I am alone in this, women often tell me the same happens for them, men never would!
Good luck with the better fitting shoes!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/28/2012 12:05PM

    So glad the foot pain is something easily fixed. Things like that just happen. Don't beat yourself up -- just be more aware. Take care, Marsha

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GARDENCHRIS 7/28/2012 10:27AM

    oh yea ... I've also done some duh things! emoticon

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HOPELOSE100 7/28/2012 10:18AM

    We've all been there-atleast you figured it out:)

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    I have put my contacts in the wrong eyes and wondered why I couldn't see. One time I put a replacement lens in without removing the original lens. That made it hard to see too.

Make it a great day!

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BLEGNER1 7/28/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like something i would do!!! LOL

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18 months Sparking - I am one grateful guy!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Although I am only half way to my goal of loosing 150lbs by my 65th birthday I celebrated on 6/27, I am grateful for having made it this far. It had been 20 years since I was below 300 lbs despite many, many campaigns to reach this milestone. At 6'3" and 290 lbs, I have many more good days than bad days. In the 18 months since I began Sparking, I have endured the loss of my only brother to cancer, two bouts with kidney stones, extensive testing for bladder cancer and skin cancer, as well as 3 four weeks periods of severe back pain.
My point in writing about this, is to share that despite the challenges, it is possible for a senior with a long history of obesity to improve their life tremendously if they are willing to adopt a healthy new lifestyle and abandon DIETiNG forever.
I have stayed the same weight for the last 4 months...I haven't done that in 40 years!

With the help of God, my family and my spark friends I will do my very best every day to loose the 70 lbs to reach my goal weight by my 66th birthday.

I will be forever grateful for all your support and for Spark!


To paraphrase the late, great, George M Cohen " my wife thanks you, my 3 children thank you, my 6 grandkids thank you....and I thank you'"

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KICKINGIT@56 7/18/2012 5:15PM

    I was ready to jump all over you for saying "...only half way..." because it sounded like you were minimizing the progress you've made so far. 70lbs is a tremendously impressive weight loss especially in view of all the medical problems which could have sabotaged your efforts. You are an inspiration to all of us and we are very proud of you as you should be of yourself. God bless you and keep you motivated to reach your goal and comfortably stay there.

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/16/2012 8:06AM

    I'm late joining the cheering but they are nevertheless heartfelt cheers. It isn't easy after the initial weight loss but 4 months maintainance is brilliiant. Up your water, add an extra piece of fresh fruit and drop one coffee, it might make a difference.
best wishes, Sandra

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-POOKIE- 7/13/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon You have made great changes to your health, be proud!

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KARIDIAN1 7/12/2012 8:02PM

    You are doing great, even with all the roadblocks that crept up over the last 18 months. So positive!

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BIGDOG1969 7/12/2012 3:10PM

    Great job and positive attitude! I wish you many successes!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/12/2012 3:03PM

    Great victories! You have made so much progress. So glad we are on this journey together!! -Marsha

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CHICCHANTAL 7/12/2012 3:01PM

    Don't forget to thank yourself! You done it!

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Spark hat trick

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

After nearly 3 weeks of dealing with back pain, no exercise and spoty adherence to my food plan, I have managed 3 days in a row of planned eating and 40 minutes of cardio.

I plan to add 10 more minutes to next three days cardio.

I'm on my way back! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 5/10/2012 9:15AM


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TOTALLYT31 5/9/2012 10:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So glad to hear it!

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KARIDIAN1 5/9/2012 9:22PM

    Take it easy and work in to your routine slowly.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/9/2012 7:33PM

    Bravo! I think "time off for bad behaviour" is compulsory on a life stretch like ours. It will help us refocus and spur us on for the next milestone.
We need to do this, even if it is just one step at a time.
best wishes, Sandra

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Down, but not out, in NH hills!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

8 days ago I suffered a setback. I injured my back and ribs while performing the spring opening of my hot tub and then came down with a nasty cold and lost my voice for 3 days. The only thing missing was a plague of

As a result, I have been unable to exercise and struggling to keep my eating in check. As of today, my back and rib pain has been greatly reduced and my cold symptoms are down to a cough ( mostly at night).

I will start back walking tomorrow with 1 mile and hopefully be back at my usual 4 miles per day within 7 days.

It's a good thing i've made a lifestyle change instead of just track record in restarting diets after a setback like this wasn't so good..but since I started spark 16 months ago, I have been able to resume healthy eating and exercise 3 other times after illness/injury setbacks.

As my my spark friend Dave says " we're in it for the finish "

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DARKTHOR 4/24/2012 11:56AM

    Get right back into your groove as soon as you can without further injuring yourself. It is just too easy to lose your way on this journey. I love your attitude!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/22/2012 8:40AM

    Sorry to read about your injury, glad you are on the mend now.
Yes, in it till the finish and we'll be Sparking in our 90s, one step at a time on walkers!
best wishes for a full recovery

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KARIDIAN1 4/21/2012 9:44PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Being hurt and having a cold to boot must not have been any fun. Take it easy as you get back on track.

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Guess i'm the April Fool!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

I weighed myself this morning after a month where I logged 91 miles jogging and eating to my plan, thus resulting in a calorie deficit of 16,000. Instead of loosing 4 lbs, I gained 4 lbs!!

I thought my scale was playing a mean April Fool's joke on me. While it, is certainly possible I underestimated my intake somewhat ,...i can not fathom how this could happen. I weigh myself on the first on the month.

After venting and whining to my wife for an hour, I have resolved to weigh and measure every morsel I consume and weigh myself every Monday morning.

I even had a moment when I wished I was a young woman instead of an old man so I could blame it on water retention!! pathetic is that?


Has anyone ever had a similar experience? Advice?

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DARKTHOR 4/10/2012 10:16AM

    Anyone can retain water. Perhaps you had a meal higher in sodium before you weighed yourself. Or by increasing your workout intensity, you've caused your muscles to hold onto water temporarily as a defense mechanism. Or you've just gained muscle.

While frustrating, remember that weight by itself is only one measurement. How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are you excited about the future? The scale doesn't measure any of these.

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/2/2012 11:45AM

    been there, done that! There is a scale virus running through Sparkpeople, scales are under the misapprehension they can tell us whatever they please rather than what will please us!
Bear with it, it's not a life sentence, although it's a "kick in the teeth" you will record a weight loss if you are eating within your calorie range, drinking water and getting the exercise. I'm sure you will see a change before too long. It might be worth getting weighed at your doctor's to get another perspective.
best wishes, Sandra

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-POOKIE- 4/2/2012 10:55AM

    Agreed with the muscle point here, when I started running, I didn't lose for a while until my body adjusted.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/2/2012 1:37AM

    exercising makes muscles! muscle weighs more than fat! the scale is not always the best way to measure! You can do it! I know you can!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/2/2012 1:18AM

    Weigh naked, after your morning toilet time, before eating or drinking anything; lean forward and back, side to side and see where the scale is kindest to you; reset the dial a couple of times; get off and back on a couple or three times; exhale mightily; spit.

I know *all* the tricks to get the smallest number possible to show on the scale. Even so, sometimes I've gained when I was sure I had been losing. I think it's just cruel fate!

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KARIDIAN1 4/1/2012 9:08PM

    I have gone up 2-3 pounds the past 6 weeks or so. Am stuck at 165-166. Still hanging in there.

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