Sunday, September 26, 2010

62 lbs, One Heart Attack & A New Job One Year Later.

I can't believe that it's been one year since I've written anything on my blog. Becky and I have been on a crazy roller coaster called "life" and we hardly have time to even talk to each other.

(By the way, she says "Hi" and says she will try to do some kind of blog update soon!)

#1: Let me start with the last thing I wrote about almost a year ago. "No fast food for one full year!"

It was a success!!! I lost a total of 62 lbs.! That's almost a whole Back Street Boy! LOL! 62 lbs, and that was doing nothing extra, as far as working out or exercising. Just no eating any kind of fast food.

It was a good thing that I had lost all that weight because...

#2: Two days before my 42nd birthday, just this past Sept 4th, I suffered a massive heart attack!

I was at a Karaoke bar with some friends and just so happened to be singing a duet with a friend. Elton John's "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart." We were about 30 seconds from the end of the song when all of a sudden, it felt as though someone had taken a red hot knife and stabbed me right in the middle of my chest.

I finished the song, being the professional that I am, and went right to the bathroom. I began to sweat like crazy, got light headed and threw up. Just then, I remembered what my father told me after his heart attack.

"It felt like someone stabbed me with a hot knife, I started to sweat, got dizzy and threw up."

Holy s**t!!!... I"M HAVING A HEART ATTACK!!!

My friend rushed me into my car and drove me home where Becky was waiting. She then took over and got me to the hospital. From Bar to hospital took 20 mins. I was on the operating table within another 25 mins.

I had an angioplasty done. Two stints were implanted inside of me. I had one fully blocked artery and another that was partially blocked. It's been a little over 3 weeks now, and I want you all to know that I'm feeling FANTASTIC!!!

#3: Last, but not least... I got promoted at work! I'm still with the same heating and air conditioning company, just operating more in a management capacity. At least I'm no longer in the field working the crazy 16 to 18 hours a day. Now I'm at set hours from 8am to 4:30pm and I'm still making the same money as when I was working myself to death!

Well, just thought I'd let you all know that we are still alive and kicking and I promise that we'll try to write more on our blogs!

Unit next time... PEACE!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Journal Entry and An Award.

Well, we are on day 15 of the NFFP (No Fast Food Program). The brain is a fascinating thing. It tells the alcoholic that it needs a drink, it tells the smoker it needs a nicotine fix, it tells a fast food junkie, (me), I need a Big Mac!

Day #12: I don't know if it's because the "no eating any fast food" is still strong in my brain, but I don't think I've ever noticed as many advertisements as I have lately. I'm sure that they've always been there, I just must be noticing them more. White Castle has new special on 30 Sliders. But the more I thought about eating even more than a few of the tiny burgers, made me feel ill. That feeling helped me get through the rest of the day.

Day #13: I didn't work, so I got to stay home all day. If it weren't for all the fast food TV ads, I probably wouldn't have even given fast food a single thought.

Day #14: We have an all day class at work. For lunch they ordered pizzas from a small mom & pop shop not far from the shop. I ate a couple of pieces, but I'll let you know that I had made my lunch and had it in a cooler in my truck, "just in case", the food came from some other place. I can save my lunch for another day.

Day #15: The sign across the street reads, "MEET RONALD McDONALD LIVE TONIGHT!".

Oh, have I ever mentioned that we live directly across the street from a McDonald's???

That's right, all we have to do to get McDonald's is walk across the street! What I'm thankful for is that our youngest daughter Vivienne just happens to be at my mother's house for an over nighter. Our oldest daughter Emerson didn't notice the sign because of the way she walks home from school. No one is the wiser. Life is good.

Okay... On to the last thing. An Award! Some of you may already have this award and you may be getting it again! Here is my new award, given to me by my beautiful wife Becky over at Living the Life with the Wife of Riley .

This one has rules:

1. Each Superior Scribbler I name today must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving bloggy friends.

2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to THIS POST, which explains The Award.

4. Each blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives this prestigious honor.

5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog

And the winners are...

#1: In My Mind It's Always Funny

#2: Don't Make Drugs

#3: Poetikat's Blasts From The Past

#4: Torizworld

#5: IntenseGuy

And that's all for today.

Until next time... PEACE!