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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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    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for kind comment on my "Counting Blessings" blog. I am trying to keep a good attitude.


    2669 days ago
    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for your nice comment on my "Walking Cast and New Bike" blog. Although not as creative as painting, choosing a bike frame and specifying components, is an outlet for my creative side.

    I carefully considered the various color choices of the frame. I considered orange and red. I selected Sparkle Blue because that "glow in the dark" color is unique to Canfield.

    A lot of bike builders select components that are flashy. When building your own bike, you have a wide choice of accent colors. Cranks, handle bars, seat posts, stems, headsets, forks, wheels, seats and pedals come in colors ranging from basic black, to a rainbow of solid and anodized colors.

    Unfortunately, some home-built bikes are a symphony of clashing colors. I considered a black frame, which allows the use of an accent color. Most people go with red with black. My 9:Zero:7 Fat Bike is orange with a touch of blue for an accent color.

    The light blue of my new Nimble 9 frame is a difficult color to work with. A little dash of yellow or red would look OK. However, I went with basic black for component choices. There are always a natural metal component such as chains, disk brakes and rear cogs that look good with any color.

    The light blue frame with neutral components should give the bike a tranquil appearance. The other part of creating a bike is that I bought exactly the drivetrain, tires and brakes that I prefer. Then I shopped all the online bike shops to get the components at rock-bottom prices. I also know that some brands are over-priced and are really status symbols. Yes, snobbery exists in cycling just like in fashion.

    I bent your ear enough. Thanks for your unwavering support.

    2679 days ago
    Thanks for the comments on my camping blog, Terry. We had a good time!
    2686 days ago
    Thanks for your constant support, I'm really glad to hear you like my blogs, too. You're a great spark friend and I appreciate you. emoticon
    2686 days ago

    Thanks for commenting on my "Ankle Surgery Update". I go in to get my walking cast on Monday. That is, only if the swelling has gone down enough.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2689 days ago
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