Celebrating an Anniversary
Friday, September 21, 2012      13 comments

Five years ago today, I officially started taking back control of my life and health. In preparation for my Lap-Band surgery on October 5, 2007, I started the pre-op liquid diet to prepare me for surgery. Lost 22 pounds alone in that 2 weeks per... Read more
It's a great day when ...
Thursday, July 21, 2011      21 comments

... you visit your cardiologist for a routine stress-echocardiogram (actually, there is no "routine" visit if you've undergone double bypass surgery 2 years ago) ... AND... ... you get through 19 minutes on the treadmill (measured using the... Read more
A quick warning about diabetes
Tuesday, July 12, 2011      15 comments

Type 1, Type 2, or otherwise...if you're diabetic, get it under control asap cuz even if nothing's wrong now it will catch up with you. I've been "normal" for 4 years now, but learned my recent hand pain is from diabetic chiroarthropathy (sp?). ... Read more
I'm here, but ...
Friday, July 01, 2011      12 comments

... the mind & body are willing but the laptop is weak. Only so much Sparking I can do on my phone. Hope to have a keyboard later tonight. But I am back!! Alan... Read more
will be back as a regular contributor on SP beginning (again) on July 1. For better or worse :-)
Monday, June 27, 2011      11 comments

FYI :-) See y'all then! Alan... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Whose "Lifestyle" is it? However you define it, it should be *YOURS*!!
Friday, January 28, 2011      94 comments

Been an awfully long time since I wrote anything on the message boards that I thought worthy of duplicating here. Thanks to a newly banded SP team member for inspiring this work :-) Hope y'all enjoy it too! ============================
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Happy New Year!!!
Thursday, December 30, 2010      8 comments

Wishing all my family and friends (who are online and can read this :-) a happy and healthy 2011!! Alan... Read more
Merry Christmas ... Happy Holidays
Saturday, December 25, 2010      4 comments

Just putting this in a blog as another way of sharing my wishes for the season to all. Alan... Read more
And now a word about my other daughter... and the great Friday I had!
Saturday, December 04, 2010      6 comments

Sigh ... this wasn't supposed to be a blog. There's not a whole lot to write about, but enough that it wouldn't fit into my SparkPeople status update, soooo... My previous status indicated I wasn't looking forward to a great Friday, but li... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I'm still here hoping to educate the masses about the Lap-Band ...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010      25 comments

Those of you who know me, know that I have a wonderful daughter, Jana, who is on SP and, like me, is a Lap-Band patient. She is very much on the road to success, and my previous blog pointed all of you who read my blogs (thank you, btw) to one ... Read more
Today's blog points you to someone else's blog here on SparkPeople!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010      3 comments

Very inspirational....
al.asp?blog_id=3800844 Enjoy. It put a major smile on my face. Alan... Read more
The Band, My Surgeon, His (and his wife's) Bariatric Group, and Me ... to be on TV.
Thursday, November 18, 2010      8 comments

This is a not-yet-ready-for-airing episode of a television news story "Close Up on America". When I know when it is going to air on television (in HD no less), I'll pass along that information. In the meantime, if you want to see me in my minu... Read more
A reply to INDYGIRL's blog: Back on the Job, after 4 Years of Disability
Saturday, October 09, 2010      10 comments

Beth - first off, congratulations on dreaming big and making the dream slowly come true through your own method. I'm very happy for you. However, you apparently were given information in your area about weight-loss surgery that was either ... Read more
Remembering 9/11
Saturday, September 11, 2010      4 comments

One of my SparkTeams has a "Question of the Day" topic. Today's question was (paraphrasing), "Where were you when the reports came on television that the WTC was attacked?" Here was my reply: ============================
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For Discussion: Weight-Loss Surgery - Are you for or against, and WHY?
Wednesday, September 01, 2010      91 comments

As I write my blogs and read the replies, I note that a lot of people clearly seem to be misinformed about weight-loss surgery. I'm particularly referring to adjustable gastric banding (either Allergan's Lap-Band or J&J's Realize Band), but th... Read more

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