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Everybody Wants to Rule the ROAD...!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I've always loved the song "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears and today while riding my bike along this song has been stuck on my brain...nice driving rhythm:

I like the outdoor imagery used in the video of driving along, flying in an airplane, etc. It has that wide open sound which makes me think of the rhythm of biking out on the road.

Today was just wonderful! I was BACK! Between biking to the Annual Walk/Fun Run Against Obesity and biking the LONG way home I totaled almost 22 miles on the bike PLUS jogging / walking 4.8 miles for the event...woo hoo! What a GLORIOUS day!

It was SUPER to catch up with one of our fellow members of SparkPeople, FRECKS96 (
), who went on the RUN ahead of me. Although I mostly jogged, I don't feel like a *runner* per se, so ended up kinda in the middle of the group doing my own thing...but felt GREAT to be able to jog along as consistently as I did with just a little fast walking here and there.

One of the COOLEST things about the event was catching up with folks and turning them on to SparkPeople! I had a chance to speak at length with the social worker for the local bariatric surgical group which sponsored the event (
) and shared much about SparkPeople and my own "failed" weight loss surgery background and how I came back with the support of my SparkFamily accomplished what I have the "old-fashioned" way: healthy eating and physical activity. I stressed the benefits those considering and / or carrying out weight loss surgery could reap through joining SparkPeople and passed along flyers.

ADDITIONALLY I met with our area's real-live successful Biggest Loser Trent Patterson
who has gone on to opening his own fitness training studio: Training For Life Systems

Trent's a terrific fellow, VERY approachable and open. I again pitched SparkPeople to HIM, suggesting it could be a SUPER adjunct to his efforts as a personal trainer. He was very interested and planned to catch up with me to talk further about SparkPeople.

There has been great effort undertaken through our local pharmacy / health center nearby Binghamton University: HealthyU

They've been sponsoring their own version of Biggest Loser and a number of folks participating in this were at the event. We had fun sharing some of our experiences and I pitched SparkPeople as something that could be helpful. Their ears certainly perked up when I spoke of my successes!

Lastly, a sweet thing, I ran into my old primary care doc. Yep, the one who "knew me when"...back in the bad-old-days of morbid obesity. He was impressed and implied he thought I had lost weight through bariatric surgery, but I shared the "not this time" story with him and AGAIN pitched SparkPeople and suggested he pass this along to patients of his who might benefit.

It felt so wonderful to be both celebrating myself and to be Spreading the Spark so actively today! The folks to whom I spoke seemed like instrumental people who were in positions of affecting many MORE people by pointing the way to THE SPARK! :-)

My thighs are "talking to me" tonight..suspect the jogging worked those muscles's one of those pleasant, gratifying bouts of soreness...YES!

Stretching throughout the day and have another round awaiting me before bed...night all...and Keep on SPARKING!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
_VALEO_ 5/18/2010 7:00AM

    Thanks for the link to the song... it has been such a long time since I've heard it.

Good job on spreading the Spark and being an inspiration.
You jogged/walked for a good cause, and I'm sure you've inspired those who just came to support the racers.


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GRACEFULIFE 5/16/2010 9:33PM

    That entire Tears for Fears album is great work; really well put-together rather than a random collection of songs like seems to be most common anymore.

Sounds like a great time, and LOVE those post-workout soreness bouts. It reminds you that you are alive!

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ZELLAZM 5/16/2010 4:20PM

    Wow, you have really been spreading the Spark! WTG!

Glad you've recovered and are back to enjoying all your activities!

Blessings for a good new week

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L*I*T*A* 5/16/2010 10:36AM

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FERRETLOVER1 5/16/2010 8:51AM

    You are simply the BEST advocate for SparkPeople that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing...keep on Spreadin' the Spark!!

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MIZZSB 5/16/2010 4:31AM

    awesome Don... spread the spark!!
And amazing that the doc thought it was by surgery, i can imagine the look on his face hihihi!

How are your thights feeling this morning?

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SUZIAND 5/16/2010 2:56AM

    WooHoo Don!!! Excellent day all the way around! Very, very happy to hear that you are back and going full speed!

I hope you realize how much you are affecting soooo many people's lives... through your own testimony, your encouragement to your spark family, and to helping people discover Spark.

Suz : )

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COLOURFULME 5/16/2010 2:02AM

    Great to read that you are back in business!!!

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SATYAGRAHA 5/15/2010 11:16PM

    Sounds like you had a Sparking Day!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/15/2010 11:13PM

    GREAT on all counts! You are SUCH a terrific ambassador for should be on the payroll I swear! LOL

Rock on Don!

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IRISH_EYES_66 5/15/2010 11:07PM

    Sounds like you (and Spark People) had a great day. I too do my best to spread the word about Spark but it sounds like you are way more successful at it than I am. For me the greatest part is that all of this is 100% free!! I am happy to hear you had a great day with your race. Embrace your muscle aches as a badge of honor!!


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FRECKS96 5/15/2010 10:56PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad that today was such a success for you-in so many ways! Even though I didn't spread the Spark, I really enjoyed the run and it was a pleasure to have some time to chat this morning. Make sure you get those stretches done so you don't get sidelined again! It's great to have you back!

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