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Campaign Healthy Life - Battle to End Personal Obesity

Friday, March 28, 2014

Operation 300:
Objective: Reduce weight under 300 pounds by 12/22/2014

Mission Three Results: Needs Improvement
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Mission Objective was to focus on emotional health. Mixed and inconsistent results.
Will abort this mission and wrap up less ambitious goals into Mission 4 starting April 15.

Mission Two Results: Mission Incomplete
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Mission Objective was to lose 18 pounds by April 1st (total 31 pounds YTD).
This deliverable will be late. I have lost 14 of the 18 pounds so far (total 27 pounds YTD).
Mission has to be extended until 4/15.

Mission One Results: Mission Completed successfully
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Mission Objective was to lose 11 pounds in January

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GRANDMA125212 3/28/2014 11:45PM

    Well laid out plans. I think your deadlines are inspiring

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Mission Three: Emotional Wellness

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The objective of Mission Three is to focus on emotional health while continuing the battle to end personal obesity.

Mission Three Duration: February 18 through April 17

Mission Goals
1. Complete Mission Two by April 1st. Mission Three is in addition to Mission Two and not a replacement.

2. Start a Grateful Journal and start each work day with three reasons to be grateful.

3. Take five minutes daily to detail one positive thing / moment that happened in past 24 hours in the journal.

4. Find a reason to and give praise and recognize a co-worker daily and record in journal.

5. Daily random act of kindness and record in journal.

6. Find a bible verse on blessing or gratefulness and add to journal.

7. 20 minutes daily exercise preferably in the AM

Mission Two Goals
1. Exercise 200 minutes every week
- Log 3 Fitness Center visits during week
2. Eat within calorie range daily
3. Track food and exercise daily (SparkPeople)
4. Post or blog regular updates on Mission

Mission Two is progressing well but with reduced exercise due to injury. So far, 8 of the 18 pounds have been lost and I am on target to complete the mission on time.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/21/2014 10:47AM

    I love the idea of a grateful journal!

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CYNTHIACK 2/19/2014 11:52AM

    I love this Paul!! We all have a lot to be grateful for, but sometimes we are blinded by other things to take notice of all the good in our lives.
Good luck on this mission, I think I will join you on the gratitude journal.

Keep up the good work Paul!! We love you. emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 2/18/2014 3:13AM

    You've reminded me of gratitude. Some of it comes naturally. Some you have to coax. Glenn

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Campaign Healthy Life - Battle to End Personal Obesity

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Operation 300:
Objective: Reduce weight under 300 pounds by 12/22/2014

Mission One: Get on Track - Mission Completed
Summary - Fitness lagged - I was exercising everyday but was hampered by an injured foot and pulled abdomen muscle (late in month). Weight loss exceeded goal and eating right and tracking was successful.

Mission Two: Lose equivalent of Astrid. Astrid weighs 18 pounds.
Target completion date: April 1st.

Mission Goals:
1. Exercise 200 minutes every week
- Log 3 Fitness Center visits during week
- Lose2Win Squat Challenge Two
2. Eat within calorie range daily
3. Track food and exercise daily (SparkPeople)
4. Blog regular updates on Mission

Mission Expected Outcomes:
- Regular Exercise Routine
- Healthier Diet
- Weight down to 350 pounds

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Kick Off 2014 February Challenges!!!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Come Join Lose 2 Win Team Challenges

Some of us are off to a great start in 2014, some are off to an okay start and some of us are still struggling. February challenges will be a continuation of the challenges started in January.

Kick Off 2014 Go for the Gold Exercise Challenge
The goal here is to track February's exercise minutes and reach one of the medal levels.
SparkPeople Goodie medals will be awarded to those who achieve one of the levels.
Gold Medal - 1900 plus minutes
Silver Medal - 1400 plus minutes
Bronze Medal - 900 plus minutes
Post updates and tracking in forum: Kick Off 2014 Go for the Gold Exercise Challenge

Kick Off 2014 Last Sparker Standing
January Kick Off 2014 Last Sparker Standing is still going strong. Feel free to jump in.
Weigh in twice a month. If your weight is lower than your previous weight you are in.
Second Chance Rule: If you posted a higher weight but in the future your weight is less than all previous weigh ins - you are back in!!!
Let's see who can make it all year long!!!
Post weigh in and updated in forum: Kick Off 2014 Last Sparker Standing

Kick Off 2014: Squat Challenge One
This challenge is to see who can complete the 30 day challenge by March 7th (Start no later than Feb 5th).
Post weigh in and updated in forum: Kick Off 2014 2014 Squat Challenge.

Kick Off 2014: Squat Challenge Two
This challenge is design for those who have done all or most of Challenge One.
You know the 5 squats from Challenge One - Let's keep doing them.
Feb 1, 5, 9, 13: 3 sets of 6 of each squat (90 squats), 10 push up and 20 crunches/sit ups
Feb 2, 6, 10, 14: 3 sets of 8 of each squat (120 squats), 10 push up and 20 crunches/sit ups
Feb 3, 7, 11, 15: 3 sets of 10 of each squat (150 squats), 10 push up and 20 crunches/sit ups
Feb 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28: Day of Rest
Feb 17, 21, 25: 3 sets of 8 of each squat (120 squats), 15 push up and 30 crunches/sit ups
Feb 18, 22, 26: 3 sets of 10 of each squat (150 squats), 15 push up and 30 crunches/sit ups
Feb 19, 23, 27: 3 sets of 12 of each squat (180 squats), 15 push up and 30 crunches/sit ups

Kick Off 2014: 25 Day Push Up / Sit Up Challenge
Starting February 3 running through February 28.
Everyday perform the number of the day worth of push ups and crunches (plus 3) (can substitute if you are like me and can not do regular pushups). For instance, on the 2nd do 5 of each, on 3rd do 6 of each and so on. By the 28th you should be doing 31 of each. They do not need to be done all at one time.
What if I miss a day - you have to do the next day challenge twice. For instance, if you skip the 10th, on the 11th you should do 14 of each twice.

Streaking: Develop Good Habits 10 days at a time!
10 Days of Fitness: Exercise 30 minutes 10 days in a row
10 Days of Fruits and Vegetables: Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables 10 days in a row
10 Days of Healthy Eating: Eat within calorie range 10 days in a row

Let's Lose to Win in 2014!!!!


In 2010 we lost a special dog - Rusty

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sharing this story with pictures via blog since the pictures add a lot to it.
Written in 2011

The story of Rusty (?/2004 – 1/23/10)
I gave my wife a high quality golden retriever puppy for Christmas 2004. Her name is Goldie and she is currently sleeping about 4 feet from me. Well Goldie was an active puppy and thought my youngest daughter was a fellow puppy. My wife’s solution to this was to get another dog.
We went to the local pound, but was pretty disappointed at what was available. I went online at and found a local rescue, Molly’s Place, that had a golden retriever named McKenzie available for adoption. McKenzie had such a sad beginning. He was bred at a puppy farm and was not sold. Because of this, he was abandoned. When found he was starving and had a bad case of mange. The mange he had was not the contagious one, it was the one that is the result of a low immunity system.

We went to Molly’s Place to meet McKenzie. Laurie brings out this friendly dog wearing a prong collar. Laurie said the collar was on him to teach him not to jump. We decided we needed to rescue McKenzie from the Rescue place, so we brought him home and changed his name to Rusty. Goldie had no problems with Rusty and they became best friends.
The early days with Rusty were sad. He did not know what a treat or toy was, flinched every time someone picked up a newspaper, and did not know how to eat from a bowl. We had to initially feed him from our hands.
Because of his mange, he had several intensive treatments to cure him of this. We had to bathe him in this chemical where we had to wear gloves. After a treatment, the hair would start growing, and then the mange returned. We then had to repeat the treatment. After several of these, Dr. Krusen said we may want to consider putting him down if the next treatment did not work.
Rusty became my dog. He loved me excessively. He would jump for joy when I came home and would pester me continuously. He use to lick and may have thought his name was “No Lick”. He use to sit on my lap every day. He use to play fetch with tennis balls every day. He was incredibly sweet and gentle. He was very hyper.

Rusty funny stories
We were in our family room (basement) and I head a tin of Christmas cookies hit the floor. When I came up the stairs – Goldie was licking up crumbs and powder sugar while Rusty laid innocently in the corner. The only problem was Rusty’s entire face was white with sugar. Guilty.
Rusty first trip to my parents’ home in New York was after they got new carpeting. Rusty pooped on the new carpet within minutes of our arrival. This is weird because I can count the number of accidents he had on my one hand. Get’s weirder. My parents moved to PA and on his first visit to their new house – he pooped on the new carpet. Glad we have all hardwood.
My wife made and decorated a fancy cake for my step-daughter when she got her first teaching position after college. The dogs raided it. Wife was really upset and was saying bad things about the dogs. I was putting them in their kennels for their safety. When I pushed Rusty in my hand got covered with frosting – oops. Guilty.

A year ago, my daughter was playing fetch and he started screaming. I carried in the house and gently got him on the floor. His one leg was totally wrong. I calmed him down. Goldie was very scared and anxious. I carefully got Rusty in the back of the Durango and took him to the animal hospital. X-rays showed that he had a major genetic disorder of hip dysplasia in the one hip and the other hip was shattered. The vet did not thing the hip could be repaired without significant suffering for Rusty and with his other issues he probably would die from infection. He would have never been able to run like he did or jump.
Life in our house is a lot calmer with Rusty gone yet we all miss him. He was a very happy and loved dog in our care.
Rusty and Goldie were very close. They were always together and next to each other. Goldie was really lonely with Rusty gone.

So Long Rusty.

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CYNTHIACK 2/19/2014 12:02PM

    Oh Paul. This has made me cry. I remember rusty being so excited to see us every time we came home to visit. He jumped all over us just trying to get through the door. Boy did he love those tennis balls, though he only wanted to play with certain ones, he could tell the difference between them... and Goldie how she would steal his and hold him hostage. Lol. He was a great dog. I miss him.
He was so sad looking when he came home but you nursed him back to health and gave him a beautiful life filled with love and joy. That is something to be grateful for.

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IAMLION 1/23/2014 12:57PM

    Thanks for sharing! That was a wonderful story full of love. I have found that most dogs love their people and just want to please, however rescues tend to be just a bit more loving and appreciative of where they are and what they have. I'm sorry for your loss emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 1/23/2014 9:23AM

    thanks for sharing. Thanks for taking Rusty in when he needed you.

our Golden was re-homed; he was 4 months old when he came to live with us.

and we had to get somebody to entertain him - so we took in a stray, Jack.

last year I found a puppy in need of medical attention at the park, bringing our furkid total to 3.

(read my REGIFTING blog if you want all the details of our motley crew!)

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JANCARD 1/23/2014 9:09AM

  I recently heard someone say something that is just so true: Dogs are perfect except for one thing. They don't live long enough.

Thanks for sharing Rusty's story. I laughed at the "guilty" parts, and had tears reading others. My last dog was also neglected at a breeder's until I got her at 7 months old (also with mange) & I was blessed to have her with me for 12 years. I still miss her all the time but remember all the love & joy she brought us.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/22/2014 7:16PM

    I'm crying as I read this. Both for you and because it's bringing back the pain of the losses of my elderly dogs a couple of years ago. I still miss them dearly.

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SKYVALLEYGAL 1/22/2014 6:00PM

    Bitter-sweet story. Reminds me of Marley. I loved that book and the movie. So sorry for your loss of Rusty. Goldens are the bestest dogs ever! I have lab who is 1/2 golden now although she just looks like a black lab. She is a rescue and is very loved and spoiled but she still can't fill the emptiness my Sam left with me.

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