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Hi, my name is Terry and I'm amoung the senior morbidly obese people trying to get healthy once again. Retired and loving it and the free time to pursue hobbies of painting (acrylics), Tai Chi, bowling and amateur radio (W4TMM is my callsign). I also practice meditation and chair yoga. Basically decided to go vegetarian about a year ago and am enjoying the positive effects of the change.
Update: on 23 Nov 11, I had gastric bypass RnY type surgery and as a result I now must eat more like a flexitarian to get enough protein and nutrition in my vastly reduce 'pouch' of a stomach. So far I'm still in the grace period of no hunger or craving pangs but certainly am experiencing plateauing especially when I eat too many carbs even if they're the 'good' kind. Oh well its yet another adjustment.
I've lost enough weight with this tool to be able to exercise daily without all the previous aches and pains. That doesn't mean I'm free of them but pain is no longer a deterrent to exercising on a regular basis. The intensity of the pain is greatly reduced and I can feel myself getting stronger and healthier and also see it in my number as I measure such things as my blood sugar levels, blood pressure, waist, weight and other body measurements.
I am so glad that I found Spark People and made such supportive friends here. For me participating on this support site is life saving and the quality of my life has measureable improved.

Member Since: 12/22/2009

Fitness Minutes: 65,689

My Goals:
1. Lose 1-2 lbs per week.
2. Eat 4 servings of fruit and veggies per day.
3. Do at least 30 minutes per day of either cardio and weight training.
4. Walk for 45 minutes per day.
5. Practice portion control at every meal and snack.
6. Meditate for 10 minutes every day.
7. Keep a daily food and exercise diary.
8. Lower A1C to under 6.5
9. Lower blood pressure to normal readings (120/80).
10. By my achieving results of my above actions, reduce the amount of medications I have to ingest daily.

My Program:
1. Ride my exercise bike 30 minutes daily
2. Walk a total of 45 minutes daily
3. Daily diary of food intake and exercise.
4. Light weight (dumbbells) training every other day.
5. Meal planning for the week.

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    Terry ,

    Thanks for taking the time to read my “Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 2 – Are you trying to kill me?”

    I have mixed emotions about that trip to Utah. I would not have missed it - but I could have lived without it!

    Until my trip to Utah, I was undergoing physical therapy and thought I was mostly healed. But I had not put any stress on my body like I was forced to do in Utah.

    The blows I took in Utah was how I discovered the true extent of my injuries.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2363 days ago
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    Thanks so much for posting on my Answer blog!!!!

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    2389 days ago
    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for commenting on my "Favorite Things" blog. I am glad you liked the blog. One gets used to thin air and cold.

    I do like to visit lower altitudes and warmer places.

    I have experimented with different products. For example I bought some Pedro's bike wash and Pro Gold chain lube. Neither product performed well.

    When I bought my bikes, I demoed a whole slew of bikes from different bikes from many manufactures.

    I have been wearing Nike Pegasus running shoes for a bazillion years.

    I am old and crotchety. I have grown really particular how I spend my money.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2393 days ago
    Hi Terry,

    It is good to hear from you. Thank you for your nice comment on my "Bikes and Beer" blog. I did indeed pull the trigger on a Santa Cruz Bronson. This Santa Cruz bike is so capable that I can sell at least three of my other mountain bikes.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2500 days ago
    Thanks for the comments, Terry. I used to go to the Mississippi parades when I was going to an Air Force school at Biloxi, but they don't compare to the ones in New Orleans. We really had a good time. I'm glad my son convinced me to go.
    2664 days ago
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