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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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    Dear Terry,

    Thanks for your comment on my "gnarly bike tire" status. I have thought about a helmet cam. The GoPro Silver appears to be ideal.

    I actually rarely wipe out. I ride 100's of miles in a week without mishap. However, when I do make "unplanned dismount" the results are spectacular.

    I tend to do a lot better are difficult terrain when I am fully engaged. The majority of my wipeouts are on relatively easy trails. This holds true when I am skiing as well.

    Thanks for your support.

    2180 days ago
    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for your nice comment on my "Rookie Mistakes" blog. I consider elbow and knee protection a bare minimum for mountain biking.

    The 661 pads are very high quality. I use these pads for easy trails. I have some Fox elbow/forearm and knee/shin armor for more difficult terrain.

    My full Robocop armor includes a chest protector and padded shorts. I use full armor on difficult technical trails. I may start using full armor protection more.

    I have full face bike helmet that I wear when I am trying new techniques. I am trying to keep the battering of my body to a minimum.

    Maybe, just maybe, I could slow down a tad!

    Thanks, Bruce
    2191 days ago
    Thanks, Terry, for the nice comments on my Florida 70.3 blog!
    2255 days ago
    Yes, I am definitely enjoying Hawaii! Lots of hiking and snorkeling!
    2317 days ago
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    emoticon How wonderful to see your Spark Friend, MMICKEYP as THE MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY. What an honor. emoticon

    Glad to see you had weight loss surgery. I know you will get to that goal now.
    2326 days ago
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