Book – the plan for my weight loss

My own experience exposed me to how awesome it can feel, to set a life changing goal, and achieve it.

In 2001 I purchased this book, did what it said, and lost 100 pounds in eleven months.

I purchased several, gave them away and saw success come to others. This one arrived today, mom dated it for me. This one will remain in my possession.

Inspiration – a weight loss story

It’s been almost a year since he began eating in a healthy way. Once he started I never saw him falter, not even a minute. After some of the weight was gone, he started walking, mostly outside, but some on a treadmill. He lost 85 pounds, and says he feels better than he has in years. All new clothes were a necessity.

This is a great success story that I identify with.

Alzheimer’s – some optimism #ENDALZ

Failed clinical trials and the continued lack of money for research leaves me with a feeling of pessimism. Bill and Melinda Gates getting involved is big to me, as they announced they are going to help scientists examine other theories. The longitudinal study in Columbia is exciting because they feel certain that everyone in the study will get alzheimer’s. The NIH is setting aside some money for new scientists, with fresh ideas. Thoughts of those things brings a feeling of optimism.

Hearing success stories from caregivers, accounts of them adapting, reading about laws being passed that may help them, and reading about the growth of support groups, memory cafes and more community involvement brings optimism.

Reading that our nation, as a whole, is eating healthier and exercising more is great news. That’s talk about prevention right there, good talk.

A lot of progress has been made in many areas. Necessity, sometimes, can be the mother of invention.

Research – different paths sounds interesting

A few months ago I took a trip to the Burrell School of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces New Mexico. What I saw made me realize we are trying alternative ways to prevent, treat and cure disease.

Recently Bill Gates told Maria Shriver that he was using his resources to work with folks concerning Alzheimer’s research that are walking down different paths , than the norm.

7 days to another Milestone #ENDALZ

At “Across the Land” I have spent a lot of my time giving out the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline phone number. It’s been given out on cards, bracelets, media and word of mouth. Something, right at the beginning, convinced me that is where I could make a big impact, and that was, and still is, important.

I was able to begin “giving back” because my children were on their own and doing well. I’ve curtailed my activities from time to time because mom has needed my help, so I do what I can, when I can.

I began the “Across the Land” project because I believe it’s important to be a part of helping society with difficult situations. It’s good being able to do something that’s both impactful and interesting, and I will continue on, as I can.

Milestones are important to celebrate. Psychologist tell me it’s part of what keeps us human beings going. It works for me.

Symbolic run past – Leadville, Colorado

In 2015 we traveled to Leadville, Colorado, the Bobomobile and I.

Mark and I had spoken of it often. Hope Pass, yeah, part of the Leadville Trail 100 is there.

Mark has been a pacer there a few times and he participated in the Silver Rush 50.

While there, I jogged a ways towards Hope Pass, didn’t make it though.

The elevation in downtown Leadville is around 10,000 foot above sea level. I was there 2 or 3 days and it was a mark off of my bucket list.

Downtown Leadville, at rush hour . . . jus kidn

Jogging stroller – two of them

The stroller on the left, named Wilson, belongs to me. In 2013 he carried my supplies and equipment for 2,594 miles through parts of ten states. That workhorse is a Bob Revolution SE manufactured in 2012.

The stroller on the right belongs to the Barnes family. Recently it carried equipment and supplies for them as they marched from Key West, Florida to mom’s house, in Roberta Georgia. Their stroller is a Bob Revolution manufactured in 2010.

We replaced theirs with a little bit newer model, and they continued on to Blaine Washington.

I took the picture this afternoon.

Jogging strollers are a super way for parents to go out and run with their children.

I was out there about alzheimer’s disease and they were talking about diabetes on their trip. It’s ironic that being fit helps slow the progression of both.

Milestone – blog page views

The foundation was laid on March 17 2012, I actually started blogging. We’ve struggled through a dip or two, believe me. I received a surprise a few minutes ago while glancing at the page view count. Yep, today my blog has had a total of 275,000 page views.

From Kristie Leong M.D – body weight – pressure on joints

One extra pound of body weight increases the pressure placed on your hips by 6 pounds and on your knees by 3 pounds. No wonder #osteoarthritis is more common in people who are obese! Plus, fat cells produce #inflammatory cytokines, chemicals that boost pain & #inflammation.

Noah Barnes

and his dad Marched from Key West Florida to Blaine Washington, over 4,300 miles. They climbed in a Jeep that contained his mom, brother and sister, and rode to the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California, approximately 1,300 miles. Noah became part of the support group, among other things, and watched his dad pedal eastward, heading to Tybee Island Georgia, the Atlantic Ocean.

On their way, they stopped and spent time with mom and I. We all spoke of many things, had a meal together, they rested one night here, and headed east on the world famous Dixie Overland Highway, U.S.Highway 80.

At one point, during the visit, Noah noticed my wall map, with push pins in it, and he begin asking questions about the different colored pins, the states, the miles. He even called me a legend. Noah has Type 1 diabetes, yeah, you read it right, Type 1 diabetes. He had just finished Marching over 4,300 miles, he shared stroller pushing duties with his dad. Noah is a Legend and a Great Example.

This picture was taken almost a year ago when Noah and his family were heading to Blaine, Washington.