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Week #14

Tuesday, March 05, 2013      3 comments

These weeks are starting to blend together. I suppose that is bound to happen when what started out as a “program” turns into a way of life. I forget sometimes that this is a daily battle, documented weekly. Today, I lost another 2 pounds. S... Read more

Week # 13

Monday, February 25, 2013      3 comments

When I started this process in November, my primary focus was getting healthier. I wasn’t motivated by losing pounds. I just wanted to get healthy. Everyone knows that a healthy weight guarantees better health. If that were the case, then wh... Read more

Week #12

Thursday, February 14, 2013      0 comments

This last week was hard. Somewhere between week #10 and my week #12 weigh-in, I had encountered a lot of stress. An ex-wife will do that. The funny thing is I shouldn’t let her get to me the way she does. It is one of the reasons I moved to ... Read more

Week #...I forget

Wednesday, February 06, 2013      1 comments

I watch the Biggest Loser, just about every season. For the longest time, probably since its inception, I always used to say “I could win that show.” Of course, I didn’t see myself as a morbidly obese individual. I saw myself the way I wanted... Read more

Week #10

Friday, February 01, 2013      3 comments

During this whole process, I have learned volumes about myself. I have gone back and read through what I was thinking in the beginning two months ago. It’s amazing how fast and how strong the physiological reaction that one’s body undergoes wh... Read more

Something Extra

Thursday, January 17, 2013      1 comments

As a nurse, I think of healing holistically, from the inside out. It is more to treat the person and not the symptom. This comment is more about the way IP has healed me. I had a problem from the neck up that caused physiological problems fro... Read more

Week #9

Monday, January 14, 2013      0 comments

“It ain’t about how hard you get it, it depends on how hard you can hit and keep moving forward.” Weight kicked my ass; I’m not going to lie. There was the actual weight, the physical weight, the weight that kept me from getting moving to get ... Read more

Week # 8

Tuesday, January 08, 2013      2 comments

I have been doing more research in the matters of diseases associated with obesity than I care to share. Let’s just say it has become an obsession. For the most part, people who are obese don’t want the potential harm they are doing to themsel... Read more

Week #7

Friday, January 04, 2013      0 comments

A few months ago, I woke up with a bad back. I was walking over to the side and with some steps; I would lose my breath as nerve pain shot up and down my legs. I figured it was sciatica. Not much you can do with sciatica other than get muscle... Read more

Week #6

Friday, December 28, 2012      1 comments

I survived Las Vegas. In fact, I lost 3 pounds while in Las Vegas. I suppose a lot of walking and Ideal Protein will do that to you. What I realized while I was there was just how much of a nation of convenience we are. This is not just in L... Read more

Day 29-30

Wednesday, December 19, 2012      0 comments

Day 29-30 30 days ago, I felt incredibly helpless with weight loss. I felt like there wasn’t any hope for getting healthy again. 30 days ago, I felt like dying wanting desperately to start over somehow. I often dreamt of waking up and this ... Read more

Day 26-27-28

Monday, December 17, 2012      0 comments

We all should stand for something. I firmly believe that we owe that to each other. When I got into studying nursing, part of my motivation was to change the world, one patient at a time. I saw gaps in quality care given when I was a patient ... Read more

Day 25

Friday, December 14, 2012      0 comments

Someone commented to me yesterday that I drink too much water. I drink a gallon a day, 4 liters. That is over about a 10-hour period. I do this for a number of reasons, but primarily it is to provide simplicity to digestion and to help flush ... Read more

Day 24

Thursday, December 13, 2012      2 comments

We had a dessert exchange at work today. I had baked about 2 dozen snickerdoodles at home a couple of nights ago and brought a dozen in. My wife is taking the remainder of them to a gift exchange at her work this weekend. I didn’t taste the d... Read more

Day 23

Wednesday, December 12, 2012      0 comments

I am an admitted sap. I see some movies (Rudy, Hoosiers, Rocky movies, etc.) that have a hard-working character realizing a dream and I get all teary-eyed. “The Pursuit of Happyness” is another movie that was an emotional one for me. I can pu... Read more


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