The Phantom Runner !!

Somewhere on a long stretch of highway in the United States of America, right now, a man is out there. Nobody knows this fella, for sure. He doesn’t use social media. He pushes a stroller. It has his belongings in it. Theirs not a lot of stuff in his stroller.

He’s out there trying to find something. He’s hunting for something that has eluded him for most of his life. He’ll find it. He has before. He will again.

He always seems to end up running to the places where long distance runners have died. Yep, he’s out there. Not sure where.

He is hunting for peace, for quiet.

I wish him well. I saw him at the Chickamauga Battlefield in north Georgia and on the side of the road near Kit Carson, CO.

This is an awesome plan – please read and do!

I called for help as soon as I saw her.

I found her wandering miles from home.

When the phone rang at 5:00 am, I knew it was about mom.

I see how hard it’s been on her at work and I want to help.
The above are the words of four different caregivers.

For the 5 million Americans living with alzheimer’s and the millions that feel the affects….
Let’s Walk together to make an even bigger impact and end alzheimer’s for good.

Find a Walk near you at http://www.alz.org/walk

September 1, 2015 – blog post

So proud of the Alzheimer’s Association. Today i viewed their National Walk YouTube clip and it is beautiful. It is posted on here just before this post. It is also on the side of this blog.

In my opinion these folks are the key to providing help to caregivers. They have been doing this since 1980 and have learned a lot. They can help you. 1.800.272.3900 24/7

Spoke to a few of the Alzheimer’s staff today. This is the season for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” events. These events are held all over the United States and raise a lot of money. The money is used to fund research and provide services. These events also raise a lot of awareness.

Logged some miles today at Blankets Creek in Canton and then later on in the streets of Holly Springs, Georgia. Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Someone very close to me, received word today that her biopsy came back with no cancer cells. Showed some abnormal ones, but not cancerous.

Heading up to North Georgia tomorrow to continue on the trek “around Georgia”

Watch “Walk to End Alzheimer’s®” on YouTube

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community — more than 450,000 participants that include family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more — in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach their fundraising goal.

When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions, both through fundraising and participating in the event, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by finding a Walk near you. Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your Participant Center, ensuring a successful and fulfilling experience.

The mission
To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The vision
A world without Alzheimer’s disease.

The truth about the money

The Senate subcommitte indeed has approved  $300 million for alzheimers research and the House subcommitte has approved  $350 million.

Yes, that is major progress. Never been that much added to existing before. So yes, this is big and something to be proud of. It shows ability to make things happen. Somebody has done a good job.

But, it’s now law yet. The subcommittees have to compromise, the subcommittees have to approve the compromise and the full Senate and House have to approve it and then it has to be signed into law.

Negative thinking?  No! The truth is, as of right now the additional money is not in the bank.

Stuff to feel good about?  You bet!

Work still to be done? You bet!

How I lost weight….

Most Importantly
I found motivation. A reason. The reason was I did not want to die. It was my fault, no one else, that I was so large, for so long.

1800 calorie food pyramid diet.

30 minutes of aerobics Monday, Wednesday and Friday

30 minutes of light resistance Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  (dumbbells)

Took off Sundays

75% of calories consumed before one o’clock

No eating after 6:30 pm

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Lost the weight at age 51

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About research dollars

I was reading last night where experts are estimating it could cost around $2 billion dollars a year to find a cure for alzheimer’s by 2025. That’s $20 billion dollars. The National Alzheimer’s Plan calls for a cure by 2025.

If that’s correct the $300 – $350 million increase trying to work it’s way through congress may be better, than ever before, but not even close, to what we need.

When folks are asking for $2 billion dollars and you get $300 – $350 million, that has not been made law, it’s not a time for anything but a small, short celebration. Celebrate the increase, that is still not law, if you will, and then move forward.

With so little money spread out among so many folks, I hope their is a lot of collaboration among research scientists.

The normal Amicalola Falls run

I was out a little earlier than usual yesterday, and ended up being there before some of the staff.

Running up and down mountains is hard. Yesterday at Amicalola Falls State Park I put in about 22 miles. Nearly one half of those were uphill.

My lunch was almost all fruit. Breakfast had been oatmeal and fruit. I stayed well hydrated.

I did not spectate at all. I participated all day.

The run went really well – better than I expected, with perfect weather.

I park at the top and head to the stairs and go pretty fast to the visitor center. I always spend a little time at the visitor center for the “alzheimers cause” and then head across from the visitor center and up the 1.2 mile paved road. At the lodge I spend the same “alzheimers cause” time and then head back to the stairs and go at it again. If it hits me right, I may do a little variance of this, and get on the trails, but mostly down the stairs and up the road.