Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Just reached SparkPeople Level 9!
Changed my Tracker to Weeks on Maintenance Weight!
Reached my Maintenance Weight several months ago, and have only minor fluctuations of 3 - 5 pounds, all within my target!
Thanks to President Obama for the Affordable Care Act that helps relieve the financial burden of Type 1 Diabetes and an increasingly Geriatric body.
Recent checkups with my Primary Care Doctor and Opthalmologist gave me a clean bill of health with NO Diabetes complications after 41 years brittle Type 1! Saw my Specialist for Sleep Disorders and, after an extensive Sleep Study, now have a new, replacement Respironics CPAP machine. Saw my Respiratory Medicine Doctor and have a new Nebulizer. Finally, my Medtronic Paradigm Revel Insulin Pump is working great, helping keep my still-brittle Type 1 Diabetes manageable with fewer blood sugar swings, rare hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and fewer hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes. It's still a tight-rope walk, but after 41 years I have gained a good sense of balance and maintain my sense of humor.
As my 95-year-old father says,
"We're in great shape for the shape we're in!"
Thanks to all my Spark Friends for your support, encouragement, kind words, and friendship. Thanks to SparkPeople for the great tools, information, articles, and healthy social network.
Warm personal regards, with wishes for a healthy, happy, peaceful, and prosperous 2012 for us all,
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I stepped on the scales for my weigh in and got a pleasant (though not unexpected) surprise:
As my goal approaches the transition to maintenance mode, I am sure there will be minor fluctuations in what the scale reads. 165 may or may appear on the dial next week, but it will appear. In Zen there is a concept of "right mindfullness". My 95 year old Dad says to accomplish something difficult "you've got to hold your mouth right". In reaching my weight goals that translates into right mindfully having a lightning bolt path to and focus on the goal. The path may zig and zag but strikes the goal of electrical balance. By combining awareness of my whole life balance in diet, nutrition, exercise, rest, relaxation, recreation, socialization -- overall balance in my life -- I am holding my mouth right to reach this and (simultaneously) other goals.
Thanks to my Spark Friends for encouragement, support, and comments during this ongoing journey together. Thanks as well to the Spark Community and Spark Teams as well. Especial thanks to my wife, family, healthcare team and others for daily support which I endeavor to return.
Another Zen aphorism (or Koan) is that to reach enlightenment "Give up giving up". How is that logically possible? A verbal explanation of a non-verbal possible resolution is that dieting gives up certain foods, a temporary deprivation.
One of the Spark People techniques is to define and refine a goal, considering and evolving the life style changes or habits needed to realize that goal.
More later, not feeling well at this moment.
Monday, July 04, 2011
July 3, 2011 (reposted 07/04/11)
Today (July 3rd) I stepped on my scales for my weigh-in and read 169! When I entered 169.0 on my Spark Start Page, it immediately offered to post "I lost 1 pound using SparkPeople" to Facebook.
I've actually lost much more than 1 pound. My weight loss and other goals continue to evolve as I work with SparkPeople tools. The Diet and Nutrition Tracker, Spark articles, Spark Teams, and Spark Friends, help me make positive changes and new healthy habits in my daily life. My Goals continue to evolve naturally.
When I joined SparkPeople last August (2010), my weight was near an all time high at 189 pounds. While my weight fluctuates a little, like that of most people, the trend is consistently downward. It is near my maintenance goal of 165 pounds.
This week's weigh-in says I lost 20 pounds!
Nicorette 2 mg Cinnamon Blast Day 1!
One of my evolving goals is to (re-) quit smoking, after 50 years. My wife, physician, and others urge me to quit. The goal is mine. I know I can quit successfully, because I have quit for seven years. My motivations include improving my health, reducing hypertension and asthma, and increasing my longevity to enjoy more time with my family and friends, including my one year old grandson. Quitting will also save money among many other benefits.
I asked my physician and he recommends nicotine replacement gum over medication and other aids. I purchased Nicorette 4 mg four months ago, but find it recommended for heavier smokers more than a pack a day. I tried but discontinued the 4 mg strength. I gave the 4 mg Nicorette to my son-in-law.
Last month I could afford more Nicorette. I found Nicorette 2 mg on sale, and the sale a positive sign. I realized I needed to prepare. I set a new Quit Date and gave myself some flexibility. I prepared mentally.
July 2 is my active Quit Date. Day One of another signifcant personal goal.
Experience shows me that when I set a goal, just setting the goal is a step toward reaching it! Planning, persistence, patience all are critical ingredients: visualize then act.
Happy (Belated) Canada Day to my Spark Friends to the North!
Happy Independence Day to my fellow U.S. Friends!
Happy (Unofficial) Spark Day to everyone!
(10 months Spark)
P.S.: This is a reconstructed and appended re-post of my Blog originally posted yesterday. I was editing that Blog post on my Android smartphone. After inserting an Emoticon into the edit, somehow I accidentally hit the Delete button when I was trying to hit Submit! While I love my Android smartphone, I won't try editing a Blog on the Android again.
Serendipity: The good news is that this post is better than the original Blog entry!
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