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11/17/19 11:51 A

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Hi emoticonREDMANCHRONIC andemoticonto SparkPeople..Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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10/25/19 9:42 P

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Thanks for the great words. This journey reminds me of the physical training running course we had at Ft Polk, LA. Ups and downs....although there seems to be more ups(downs) then downs (ups)

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'If you don't wanna, you ain't gonna.' - Red Hoffman


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EDWARDS1411's Photo EDWARDS1411 SparkPoints: (1,164,751)
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11/10/18 11:53 P

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Val

Moving More! Eating Less!
Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going!

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11/8/18 6:03 A

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First off, emoticon for your service, Redman! Great to hear that you got the help you needed without having to run around all over creation (though you sure have been around with your military career - and being in NJ myself I certainly understand the expense problems)…….

You're in a great place for info and support - don't let the massive amount of info here intimidate you or worry your - this is your journey and yours alone, so feel free to take baby steps on this journey as you see fit...…

Welcome ad best wishes!

"Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They are the temporary, happy byproducts of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either." - Carrie Fisher (may she and her mom RIP........)

If you can't love yourself, how are ya gonna love somebody else? - RuPaul

Take action, and inspiration will follow - Gilad

Change without losing yourself and you can accomplish anything. - Tim Gunn

Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars - Casey Kase


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11/6/18 7:37 P

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Welcome to SP!

Best of luck in reaching your goals.

Jackie
Northern Ky.


"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
-Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."



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11/6/18 11:25 A

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welcome glad you are here wow you have lived a life time already you can do this join some of the teams so you can meet others i am cheering for you good luck emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/6/18 4:24 A

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If you check out my blog you'll see a story similar to yours on a smaller scale. You've got more weight to drop than I did and except for Army Reserve active duty and school, I've never lived more than thirty miles from where I'm sitting. I'm no poster boy for perfect health, but for the last four years, I've been either losing or maintaining pretty successfully. After an earlier loss and then big backslide that ended with an a1c of 13.5 in April of '14, I'm now back to an a1c of 5 with no meds and my BP is well under control. Dropping the weight will do wonders for you and it sounds like you're headed in the right direction. Best of luck and welcome back to the active roster. Never quit!

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Edited by: NITEMAN3D at: 11/6/2018 (04:25)
Dave A.- South Central PA, USA

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - John Burroughs


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11/5/18 2:02 P

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You know, I have been using the Spark site of and on for 6 years. I recently got back to it steady since July and have logged in everyday and logged all of my food everyday since then. Since July, I have lost about 20 pounds, but I have hit a plateau over the last few weeks and I feel stuck. That is now....

My background goes back over 40 years. I have been married three times and have a total of five children and five grandchildren. They call me Boompa and they make my day whenever I get to see them.

I joined the Army 41 years ago and spent the next 13 years bouncing around the world from the SE US to the Southern US to (At the time) West Germany, back to the The southern US, then up to Alaska for four years where my first marriage came to an end. My then wife returned to her home in Texas and left the three small children with me.

So, my career as a soldier came to an end because I could not be deployed due to being a single parent.

I went through a very rough patch in my life after that. I became depressed and the weight gain started. on the average, I gained about 5-8 pounds a year without stopping. All told, I weigh about 150 pounds more than I did when I left the Army.

March 1989 I left the Army. About four months later, I found a job with the Army as a Technical Writer. I was in charge of managing and updating technical and field manuals relating to the equipment used in my Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). This job was in New Jersey. It was a very expensive place to live. I married my second wife who I met before I left Alaska (she also had a young daughter) and between her and I working and her going to a Flea Market to sell our Military clothing and other items at a table, the six of us barely got by.

After a year, I approached my boss and told him the it was just too expensive t live in NJ and if it was possible to transfer to a lower cost of living area. There on the spot, he made one phone call and told me to prepare to move to Rock Island Arsenal in Quad Cities, Illinois. I would now be writing and updating technical manuals for armament equipment (towed howitzers being my primary equipment). The cost of living was very nice when compared to that in New Jersey, however the people were a dramatic change. In NJ, we were required to wear slacks, and a shirt with a collar and necktie and a sports jacket. At Rock Island, the dress code was very lax. I remember seeing bib overalls being worn one day.

Now, without going into a lot of explanation, I have to say that the intern program I was on would take me to a pay grade two grades higher than my fellow interns. When they made it to grade 9....I was promoted to grade 11. This caused a lot of animosity between myself and coworkers. So, after a year of being an GS-11, I discovered this job in Orlando for a technical writer for training devices for all services. Although it too, was an Department of the Army position, we serviced all the other branches of the military.

I applied for it and just over a year to the day I arrived in Davenport, IA, I was being packed up and moving to Orlando, FL. I knew this was going to be the job I stayed with. ,...and it was....for over 8 years. My children loved it compared to previous locations. I remember registering the four of them in school and we had a child in K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade at the same school.

Anyway.....this new job was a stressed filled job. I was required to travel all over the world. Israel, Germany, Korea, Tunisia among dozens of locations stateside. All the while, as the years passed, I got bigger. With the weight came problems. Diabetes. Congestive Heart Failure. Arrhythmia. After eight years in this job, my physician told me to find another line of work. In fact he actually told me to stop working for a while.

So, my cardiologist, family physician and my internal medicine Doc all wrote letters of support for me to retire from my job (I was eligible for disability retirement), and my supervisory chain all agreed that it would be best for me to step away from the line of work I was doing. Applying for Social Security Disability was a matter of just paperwork and I was done with my military career...just like that.

It was a very depressing time for me during the next few years. I actually thought about death...a lot. Not suicide, mind you, just not caring if I lived or died. So...up until 2013, I just tacked on the pounds. In 2013, I signed up on the Spark People website and I tried. That didn't last long. I stopped logging in shortly after that. I would sign in from time to time, but I knew I was not serious.

That all changed in 2017. I saw a bariatric surgeon who told me the steps required to have the surgery done. I was informed of the different types available and given a list of doctors that must 'bless' the surgery before we could schedule it. I was told it would take a year to meet all of the prerequisites for a 'go.' That particular surgeon wanted me to run all over town and see this list of doctors to get these 'blessings.' I found that to be too inconvenient and troublesome for me.

I inquired at the VA with my primary care physician about this and was told that all the doctors and psychologists needed to see to get the blessing for the surgery were right here at the VA. So, I decided to follow their program. The hardest part of this program was to show devotion to the idea of losing weight. To do this, I needed to show continuous weight loss over a three to five month period and to see a psychologist every month.

Now, I have already been to the nephrologist, the cardiologist, the internal medicine doctor, my gastroenterologist and my psychiatrist. I know I have the right frame of mind this time.

Small goals. Small goals.

(Posted again as a blog)

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'If you don't wanna, you ain't gonna.' - Red Hoffman


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