Four years ago AND today...what did you do to improve yourself?

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    Oct 10, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    I changed my life for the better!
    I took responsibility for my health and fitness, with some help from my doctors.
    Today is the 4 year anniversary of my Bariatric Surgery!
    I lost 230 lbs and have kept it off....I am celebrating the entire weekend as my new (RE)birthday! Those first 45 years were a "trial drive"....I got what very few ever get, I got a "do-over" 4 years ago......

    Today started with a Marathon Training run of 24 miles......went to the gym and was rowing for an hour, swam a mile in the pool, and have washed the truck and mowed the yard so far.....I am being taken out for an evening on the town by some friends this evening...Sunday....is a walk and a ride in the park, out for sushi, and then a wild romp with my new BF...Rob! He wants me to go running before we get together...because he says he really enjoys how horny it makes me! LOL!
    Monday is Columbus Day and is holiday from work. Low key day...what ever strikes my fancy! I do have a training run, but it is a shorty at 12 miles....

    I am grateful for the 2nd chance I have been given and for the skills and knowledge of my surgeons, doctors dietitians, therapist, trainers, supporters, family and friends....I appreciate what they have all given me...invested in me. I can't possible repay them all, but want to demonstrate my dedication and appreciation by being the best I can be and "paying it forward" for someone else, like it was for me......
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    Oct 10, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    I'v gone into some really ruff area schools to start a Junior Achievement program with the backing of my employer.. Theres such an incredible need with these students and i'm very happy to give them a brighter outlook..
    I'v become a better person overall and thankful for my blessings.
    I'm more open to recieve love and give it right back..
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    Oct 10, 2009 8:15 PM GMT
    jgymnast733 saidI'v gone into some really ruff area schools to start a Junior Achievement program with the backing of my employer.. Theres such an incredible need with these students and i'm very happy to give them a brighter outlook..
    I'v become a better person overall and thankful for my blessings.
    I'm more open to recieve love and give it right back..


    That's AWESOME! Congratulations man...sounds like an incredible journey of love and self realization...I envy you....
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    Oct 10, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    Four years ago AND today...what did you do to improve yourself?

    Nothing for myself. Checking my PDA for this date in 2005, this is what I found:

    I had just flown down to Texas from North Dakota a few days earlier, to stay with a single gay friend who was about to undergo prostate surgery. My late partner & I had stayed at his home before, a lovely Historic Registry house from the 1840s. My flight had been delayed a week by Hurricane Rita, which passed right over his house. It still stood, but suffered some damage, adding to his pre-surgery stress.

    I didn't improve myself at all, but I hope I lowered my friend's anxiety levels, and I did some little fix-it stuff around his estate. His surgery went fine a week later, and he's still doing great.

    I'm very happy to hear your success story. I could certainly use a do-over myself, especially in the weight department. I just finished a committee meeting for the 165-mile SMART Ride to Key West an hour ago, to raise money for HIV/AIDS charities this January, and I really need to start getting into shape if I'm gonna pedal that entire distance again.

    Oh, and we moved all the tons of Ride material from one warehouse to another new one this morning, all the tents for the 9 pit stops, the road markers, signs, about a hundred 10-gallon water coolers, dozens of ice chests, etc, etc, everything you need to move 600 people that distance over 2 days. Filled an entire large rental truck to the roof.

    I just wish any of it had "improved" me. When it was all over, I was just tuckered out and in need of a perfect martini, which I'm now enjoying. icon_biggrin.gif
  • jgymnast733

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    Oct 10, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    Sporty_g said
    jgymnast733 saidI'v gone into some really ruff area schools to start a Junior Achievement program with the backing of my employer.. Theres such an incredible need with these students and i'm very happy to give them a brighter outlook..
    I'v become a better person overall and thankful for my blessings.
    I'm more open to recieve love and give it right back..


    That's AWESOME! Congratulations man...sounds like an incredible journey of love and self realization...I envy you....

    Thanks man, it's truly been a journey,,
    I guess seeing all your friends pass away before your eyes has a way of waking you up,,Big time............
  • islander24

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    Oct 10, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidI changed my life for the better!
    I took responsibility for my health and fitness, with some help from my doctors.
    Today is the 4 year anniversary of my Bariatric Surgery!
    I lost 230 lbs and have kept it off....I am celebrating the entire weekend as my new (RE)birthday! Those first 45 years were a "trial drive"....I got what very few ever get, I got a "do-over" 4 years ago......

    Today started with a Marathon Training run of 24 miles......went to the gym and was rowing for an hour, swam a mile in the pool, and have washed the truck and mowed the yard so far.....I am being taken out for an evening on the town by some friends this evening...Sunday....is a walk and a ride in the park, out for sushi, and then a wild romp with my new BF...Rob! He wants me to go running before we get together...because he says he really enjoys how horny it makes me! LOL!
    Monday is Columbus Day and is holiday from work. Low key day...what ever strikes my fancy! I do have a training run, but it is a shorty at 12 miles....

    I am grateful for the 2nd chance I have been given and for the skills and knowledge of my surgeons, doctors dietitians, therapist, trainers, supporters, family and friends....I appreciate what they have all given me...invested in me. I can't possible repay them all, but want to demonstrate my dedication and appreciation by being the best I can be and "paying it forward" for someone else, like it was for me......


    Congrats Gary
    Awesome change . My big change has been the last two weeks. I was released to go back to work. I should feel like a million since all arteries were blocked up to 90%. I 'll let you know in 4 years, but I feel like I've been given a second chance , too.
    Bob
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    Oct 11, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
    Quit smoking cigarettes and weed.
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    Oct 11, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    Let's see. . . I left a long term relationship (good riddens),

    I graduated college,

    I found my passion and motivation to pursue my doctorate,

    I just left another two year relationship (I could cry right now),

    I started running again after 6 years (I'm up to 5 miles again......WooHooo!),

    I really like my low paying job!

    That's all.

    Oh Yeah; and I found my voice in composition!
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    Oct 11, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    I finished my BA and obtained my MBA 4 years ago and now work as a financial analyst...love my job. Today, I have put a focus on getting fit and maintaining a healthy outlook on life.