Thank you everyone for all of your TREMENDOUS support which pushed one of my recent blogs ("A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance") toward achieving my very first Popular Blog Post award!
It's not only a super day for this reas... Read more
Who cares what the calendar sez? Who cares that we're gonna get DUMPED on with another half foot of snow tomorrow?
Today was truly the first day of spring! 50+ degrees and sunshine / blue skies EVERYWHERE! A nice, teensy NSV was to decide i... Read more
Sending a big shout out of appreciation and thanks to everyone for your support on my last blog! Took you all "with" me on my latest medical journey which went very smoothly.
The ablation was completed Thursday, bumping my HR back up to 55-... Read more
I've had this absolutely weird, humorous preoccupation with this old "Far Side" cartoon ever since I knew another intervention was going to be necessary to correct my heart rhythm:
jerrytravis.blogspot.com /2011/11/tutored.html <... Read more
One of our members of "At Goal and Maintaining" SparkTeam recently expressed worries about relapse and "obsessing" over food. This got me thinking about some of the changes in my thinking since 2014 began.
I once upon a teensy sliver of tim... Read more
Well my "electrician" or more formally, electrophysiologist got right down to business and scheduled me for my cardiac ablation next week! I'm pleased to get going on this and am hopeful that I'll be putting this behind me so that I can hit the ... Read more
Sometimes a workout is just that: a WORK out! It just doesn't come easy and it just doesn't crank up those endorphins the way one would like.
This morning was one of those mornings. The old upper body ST moves just weren't happening withou... Read more
Beginning in January I've been on a zero-sugar, zero-grain approach and for the heckuvit I've been trying what some refer to as an intermittent fasting where I only eat from noon until 8-9 pm and leave myself food-free for around 16 hours. Keepi... Read more
Here I was ready to march off and either zap ye olde heart or slap a pacemaker in and be good to go!
Sadly no such simple solutions await...
My EKG confirmed a return of the atrial flutter, however with some worsening features that ma... Read more
It was a year ago when I had my atrial flutter and electrical heart block with low resting heart rates around 20-30 or so. Got my cardioversion zap and was finally taken off coumadin and cleared for no restrictions in my activities this past Jun... Read more
The pounds they have grown stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn and sticking with my zero sugar / zero grain approach. Also sticking with my 16 hour daily fasts and limiting my eating to the hours between noon & 8-9 pm. Calories varying between 1400-... Read more
I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT!
Well this week began my "Season of Pain":
...all the "easy" pounds have been lost!
While following a very similar food plan this week...the same plan that brought me n... Read more
I've been trying to focus on savoring food that I eat.
One of the best examples for me are natural almonds. I always keep them on hand in my car for snacking. However in the past I would mindlessly snack without limiting myself.
Now ... Read more
I've noticed another change in my thinking since beginning my re-set two weeks ago.
First, a confession about a bad-old-habit I picked up along the way. Despite knowing logically that it is the easiest thing in the world to out-eat any wor... Read more
This is an extremely sobering article filled with very eye-opening information such as:
“Basically, the U.S. healthcare system spends about $1 trillion per year (and ... Read more