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MarkBarbieri
10-11-2007, 05:43 PM
This is way off topic, but it's very good news for me, so I thought I'd share it. I had a physical over the summer and got back some rather bad results - high cholesterol, high blood suger, degraded liver function, high blood pressure, probably a few other things I've conveniently forgotten. Basically, living on a diet of pizza and candy and considering one workout a year to be "regular" exercise was not cutting it anymore. OK, that part wasn't the good news.

I'm happy to say that I started exercising regularly (5 to 6 times a week). I started eating healthier (fruit instead of candy, Cheerios instead of Lucky Charms, whole wheat pizza with low fat cheese, that sort of thing). OK, that's still not good news - I much preferred reading on the couch to working out and I still like candy better than fruit. The good news part is that I dropped my cholesterol from well over 200 to below 130. I got my blood suger down from well over 140 to below 80. I got my blood pressure from the high 130s to low the 110s. I dropped enough weight to get down to "normal" using the BMI thing. I'm still having to eat healthy garbage instead of good food and the nightly exercise drudgery is still soaking up time I could be spending in Lightroom, but I'm still alive. That's a good thing; at least it is for me.

Sorry for the off-topic post, but after months of grinding away at this problem, I'm just thrilled to have had success and wanted to share my excitement.

Sha
10-11-2007, 05:56 PM
This is way off topic, but it's very good news for me, so I thought I'd share it. I had a physical over the summer and got back some rather bad results - high cholesterol, high blood suger, degraded liver function, high blood pressure, probably a few other things I've conveniently forgotten. Basically, living on a diet of pizza and candy and considering one workout a year to be "regular" exercise was not cutting it anymore. OK, that part wasn't the good news.

I'm happy to say that I started exercising regularly (5 to 6 times a week). I started eating healthier (fruit instead of candy, Cheerios instead of Lucky Charms, whole wheat pizza with low fat cheese, that sort of thing). OK, that's still not good news - I much preferred reading on the couch to working out and I still like candy better than fruit. The good news part is that I dropped my cholesterol from well over 200 to below 130. I got my blood suger down from well over 140 to below 80. I got my blood pressure from the high 130s to low the 110s. I dropped enough weight to get down to "normal" using the BMI thing. I'm still having to eat healthy garbage instead of good food and the nightly exercise drudgery is still soaking up time I could be spending in Lightroom, but I'm still alive. That's a good thing; at least it is for me.

Sorry for the off-topic post, but after months of grinding away at this problem, I'm just thrilled to have had success and wanted to share my excitement.

:cheer2: Mark that is AWESOME news!!! And you should be proud of yourself and am glad you shared it. It can help maybe someone who is lacking the motivation to do the same as they may feel it is to hard to accomplish, and youve done it!:cool1:

YEKCIM
10-11-2007, 06:23 PM
Great news, Mark, and sort of a challenge to some of the rest of us who could use a little of the self-discipline that you are exhibiting.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Ed

MICKEY88
10-11-2007, 06:25 PM
I think you should reward yourself with a new camera or a new lens...:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

Master Mason
10-11-2007, 06:47 PM
Congrats,

takes a lot of disapline to change your life style like that.

MarkBarbieri
10-11-2007, 06:53 PM
Congrats,

takes a lot of disapline to change your life style like that.

It's quite motivating when the choice is to change your lifestyle or prepare for your deathstyle.

Sha
10-11-2007, 06:56 PM
It's quite motivating when the choice is to change your lifestyle or prepare for your deathstyle.

Good point!!! may add that comment to portfolio for school ;)

orchjoe
10-11-2007, 07:02 PM
Great Job Mark !!! :cool1:

Master Mason
10-11-2007, 07:29 PM
It's quite motivating when the choice is to change your lifestyle or prepare for your deathstyle.

This is true, but I still know more people that opt for the latter over the former.

fitzperry
10-11-2007, 08:20 PM
Congratulations! Those are huge changes in a rather short period of time. I'll bet your wife is pretty happy about it too.

I too have found it necessary to spend more time on the elliptical machine and less sitting in front of the computer in recent months as it seems that when I turned 40 earlier this year my metabolism decided to go on strike. If you find a way to combine Lightroom work with the exercise equipment, please let me know. I've had to settle for reruns of Seinfeld and Raymond on the dvr to keep my mind off my workout :rolleyes1, as well as books propped on the feeble excuse for a bookstand our elliptical has (on a bright note, I'm finally getting around to reading the Harry Potter series :rotfl2:).

Congrats again--that is great news.

klmall
10-11-2007, 09:28 PM
Certainly a reason for a healthy celebration (like those cherry-flavored cranraisins that I've learned to nibble on lately)! And I agree with the suggestion of something in line of a photo reward too!

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e240/mallonek/Congrats/thcongrats.png

boBQuincy
10-11-2007, 09:57 PM
Way to go, Mark! We need to keep as many good photographers around as we can.
Buy yourself a new lens to celebrate! :)

cc1075
10-11-2007, 11:10 PM
You scared me to death - - - I am new to these forums and think of all of you as my mentors. I can't afford to lose any of you - Groucho - GDad - - all of you - - I sound so much more intelligent because of you - - even my daughter is impressed - - now, everyone - - - more Cheeriors - more Fruit - more Exercise - - I need you all to stay around a long time!!!

Great job - - on an impossible task that we all put off to long!!!

Maybe you will be another inspiration to all!!!!!!!!

ukcatfan
10-11-2007, 11:35 PM
Congrats on the turnaround! Watch out though, exercising can become even more addicting than photography. :) I caught the bodybuilding bug when I was 18 and it still has a steel grip on me :scared:

Kevin

miss missy
10-12-2007, 12:59 AM
Great job! :banana: :cool1: :yay: :dance3: :cool1: Go Mark!!!!

Come over to the WISH board and hook up with more people doing what you are doing :goodvibes

I changed all my habbits too this year. Quit smoking a couple years ago. Doing WW and the gym (curves), yoga, and my fav walking! I love it all! Try the dis podcast while you workout-its awesome! see my siggy!

I have my DD doing all this stuff with me too. We both dropped lbs and feel so good now! I hope this healthy habbit stays with her forever.

Remember this is a life change, it doesn't end--- unless you want to go back to the ailments you had. It has to be a forever change, a new you. It is best to find something you like to do to keep you moving. If you try to do things you do not enjoy, it won't last. Look into trying new things, biking, hiking- something.

Hope to see you over on the WISH!

AndrewWG
10-12-2007, 07:21 AM
Mark,

Way to go! :cool1: I know that must have been hard to accomplish. Keep up the good work. Stay alive. We need you here!

Last year, I started to realize that at some point, I may die. You know, as a kid, you'll never die. When you get older, you realize that it is actually a possibility. So I decided to try and take some steps to change the way I treat my body. First step was coffee. I now only drink 2 small cups in the morning. I used to drink LARGE cups all day long. This was a hard step, but now I realize that water tastes just fine! Also, my late day headaches are gone. I have been eating less, not better. However, I stepped on the scale the other day and it said 199.5! I haven't been under 200 for a LONG time. I stepped back on and it said 201, but that's ok. I know it said 199.5 for a minute anyways.

Next step.... quit smoking. That will be a tough one.

LPZ_Stitch!
10-12-2007, 07:38 AM
Congrats, Mark!! :cool1: :goodvibes

It's good to know that you'll be with us for a good while longer!!! :grouphug:

Amy
10-12-2007, 07:52 AM
Way to go Mark!:thumbsup2 What an awesome accomplishment! I agree with the others - you need to reward yourself with some camera equipment. After all, now that you're on your way to a longer, healthier life, you'll be around a lot longer to use say, a new lens, so you'll definitely get your money's worth out of it.

Tuffcookie
10-12-2007, 09:45 AM
Mark,

GOOD FOR YOU!:goodvibes

(My oldest DS loves Lucky Charms too!;) )

TC:cool1:

Groucho
10-12-2007, 11:04 AM
Hey Mark, glad to see that you're treating yourself well. You've gotta give your body what it needs, not what the brain wants. :)

Not that I'm a shining example but I'm usually not too bad. I do occasionally have a bowl of our local Wegmans-brand Lucky Charms (I actually like the "generic" better than the real thing!) but I prefer good ol' raisin bran with bananas - and blueberries when in season. Mmm!

No doctor better tell me that I can't have cinnamon rolls from the Main St Bakery any more though! :lmao:

Just remember - the stronger you get your muscles, the easier it'll be to lug around your big heavy camera and big heavy lenses!

cpbjgc
10-12-2007, 11:05 AM
First, good on you for actually going for check ups! Not enough people do (and I've been known to fall off that wagon from time to time), so you at least know what you're working with.

The other thing to remember is that how you approach fitness and nutrition can impact on how your kids will to. I know this is one of my main motivators when the junk food is calling my name. It also gives you a good excuse to get out with them more, ride a bike, walk the zoo, go for a hike, (bringing a camera along of course) and just have some fun.

Stay strong :thumbsup2

seashoreCM
10-12-2007, 01:36 PM
This is way off topic, ... I had a physical over the summer and got back some rather bad results.
Is your avatar you? If so, are you into underwater photography and have places you can go to get good underwater pictures? Then you can do your exercise and hobby at the same time!

(Not for me. Can't swim, and get seasick on glass bottom boats.)

Digital camera hints: http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/digicam.htm

LMarge
10-12-2007, 10:01 PM
Mark,
That is so awesome!!:thumbsup2 You have a lot to be proud of! Keep us posted on how it's going and you know you have a great group here to keep you encouraged!! :grouphug: Now, to get off the computer and get active myself!! (It's easy to preach, much harder to do!;) )
Blessings,
Marge

PhotobearSam
10-12-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks for giving me an example of Normal People can do this...I hope your health stays this good.

:cheer2: :cheer2: Yeah Mark!!!:cheer2: :cheer2:

Pea-n-Me
10-13-2007, 09:13 AM
Congratulations - from a cardiac nurse. :thumbsup2 It takes an "event" for many to do this. You're a shining example for all of us (as usual)!

jann1033
10-13-2007, 09:36 AM
good work mark although from your photos i always thought you must be an "exerciser" since they seemed to be a hike from civilization ;) but guess now you will be able to get some even more remote shots

JR6ooo4
10-13-2007, 12:07 PM
Congrats!

But forget the lens. If knowing you have a better chance to be around family (and disney) for even just a few more years is not enough reward then nothig will be. Awww, who am I kidding get the lens. Hehehehehee

Mikeeee

MarkBarbieri
10-13-2007, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the support. I won't be getting a new lens anytime soon, though. I did get $75 in gift cards to a sporting good store from our company nurse. The lens, however, would have to come from my own money and I don't see room in the budget for that right now.

That said, I wouldn't mind a Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS, if anyone has one that they don't want.

Groucho
10-14-2007, 09:16 PM
One other thing I thought of, since I know you like playing video games with your kids - if you still have a non-Wii system in the house, try picking up a Dance Dance Revolution game and a couple dance pads. Now that can be some serious exercise... my wife's been doing it a good amount lately as a main part of her workout routine. She and her sister will go at it for an hour or so and they're always exhausted and sweaty afterwards - it can be a real workout!

We used to do it on the PS2, now we use StepMania (a free DDR clone for the PC and other platforms) hooked into the projector so they can do it on the giant screen in the basement. Works great!

AndrewWG
10-14-2007, 09:34 PM
One other thing I thought of, since I know you like playing video games with your kids - if you still have a non-Wii system in the house, try picking up a Dance Dance Revolution game and a couple dance pads. Now that can be some serious exercise... my wife's been doing it a good amount lately as a main part of her workout routine. She and her sister will go at it for an hour or so and they're always exhausted and sweaty afterwards - it can be a real workout!

We used to do it on the PS2, now we use StepMania (a free DDR clone for the PC and other platforms) hooked into the projector so they can do it on the giant screen in the basement. Works great!

This is one heck of a workout. I don't think I have seen my DD and niece ever sweat that much even on the hottest day of the summer. They are beat when they are done playing it. Of course, you can set it from easy to hard, so it won't kill you the first time out if you keep it on easy for a bit.

Maybe I should get that for myself, then I won't dance like a fool at weddings! :dance3:

Groucho
10-14-2007, 10:15 PM
There is even an exercise mode, where it counts the calories you're burning. Granted, it's not going to be super-accurate, but it is at least a mode specifically designed for exercise.

Having two pads helps a lot, adding some competition can really help motivate you to keep exercising a little bit longer! And if you're really feeling lively, you can have one person working both pads - that involves a lot of jumping back and forth. Pretty funny to watch and kind of fun to attempt.

We're using some fairly affordable foam-filled pads that I found on eBay - much, much better than the flimsy cheapo ones that I originally bought locally.

miss missy
10-15-2007, 04:50 AM
One other thing I thought of, since I know you like playing video games with your kids - if you still have a non-Wii system in the house, try picking up a Dance Dance Revolution game and a couple dance pads. Now that can be some serious exercise... my wife's been doing it a good amount lately as a main part of her workout routine. She and her sister will go at it for an hour or so and they're always exhausted and sweaty afterwards - it can be a real workout!

We used to do it on the PS2, now we use StepMania (a free DDR clone for the PC and other platforms) hooked into the projector so they can do it on the giant screen in the basement. Works great!


I seconf DDR Dance Dance Revolution :thumbsup2 it is great for the kids and adults alike :yay:

handicap18
10-15-2007, 02:40 PM
Great job Mark. Now if I can get myself in that same frame of mind and drop about 70lbs I'll be able to get my Dr of my back.

It is hard. Very hard to change. Gezz, I look back 7 1/2 years ago when I got married and I was 230lbs, but could bench 300+ lbs and could military press just under 200lbs sitting down. Now I'd be luck to get up 135lbs 5 times and by that I mean bench press 135.

I've been going though a bunch of older pictures and scanning them onto the computer. These are back in the day when I was 210-220lbs and in excellent shape. Well, I'm in shape now, but round doesn't really cut it.

That being said, I'm going to go put my sneakers on and do 20 minutes on the stair climber and catch up on some DVR shows.

pixie dust 112
10-15-2007, 04:47 PM
:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

DebšošS
10-15-2007, 04:51 PM
Congratulations Mark on your new healthy lifestyle! After all that hard work you deserve a new lens at least:thumbsup2

mikamah
10-16-2007, 05:27 AM
Congratulatlions to you on your new healthy lifestyle. That means we'll be enjoying your pictures for many years to come. It's a hard thing to do. I've always struggled with my weight, and have lost 40 pounds, but have about 20 more to go. It's been slow, but will I want to be around a long time for my son, and will not give up. I have lucky charms once in a while as a snack when I'm hankering for something sweet. Why are they so good?

pixie dust 112
10-16-2007, 07:39 AM
Congratulatlions to you on your new healthy lifestyle. That means we'll be enjoying your pictures for many years to come. It's a hard thing to do. I've always struggled with my weight, and have lost 40 pounds, but have about 20 more to go. It's been slow, but will I want to be around a long time for my son, and will not give up. I have lucky charms once in a while as a snack when I'm hankering for something sweet. Why are they so good?

Because they are "magically delicious"!