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Friday, July 16, 2010

Hey Good Morning!

Well, the scale said I gained a pound...no big deal, probably some kind of water, humidity fluctuation. I'm ok with it, Annette said even if my weight stays the same all summer long, I'll still be getting smaller! I put in 4 solid work-outs at the pool this week and did lots of extra walking...my new summer schedule is going ok, so far so good!

Yesterday at the end of my work-out, I was goofin' off and hot doggin' it for Cindy who was there keeping me company...I tried to doing a hand stand under water and to my total surprise I stuck it no problem, Cindy said my legs were straight up in the air out of the water. I guess I wasn't surprised that I could do it, I was just happy that I wanted to try and then I proceeded to do about 10 of those until the chlorine up the nose got to be a little too much.

Interesting day yesterday, got a call from an old boss..it's been about 10 years...lots of history between us and alot has changed for both of us...it was good to talk with him. Then I got 2 seperate e-mails both from the news story they are doing about my weight loss. One local young guy, struggling with his own weight issues and asking for specifics about my meal plan, my struggles etc.. And then the 2nd e-mail was from a guy that used to work for me and is also really struggling with his weight and feeling the squeeze of his world getting smaller and smaller.

It was a no brainer, first things first...I asked them both if they'd be interested in setting up their own SparkPeople accounts and that I would be happy to help them get set up and 'show them the ropes'...and just let it unfold from there. My take on it is that when you are on the water and see a stranded boat, you help get them into a safe harbor!

It's real good for me to see that even though I have such a long way to go, I have come a long way and that even though I'm not finished or some sort of expert...I can help, not save...but help. Real key there for me being 'help vs save'...I'm a big softie and I know the best practical way for me to help anyone is first by taking care of myself and then by being an example and sharing the tools that have helped me along so far. Practical Payment Forward...

So another Friday, sun is shining and for this moment everything is as it should be!

Have a Smooth Day, Ryan
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  • BELFASTBIKER
    Yer a good man. :)
    3990 days ago
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    Awesome Ryan! What a blessing you are to those who choose to open their eyes and their hearts! Have a great weekend!
    3993 days ago
  • CAROLANN27
    Wow, Ryan! You must feel really good about your reconnections. I'm so happy those two people reached out to you and you had something concrete to offer them. Your advice could change their lives forever!

    Handstands!! I'm impressed!!
    3993 days ago
  • JANEYINMADTOWN
    You are such a wonderful inspiration ... hope you see what a difference you making in other lives!
    3994 days ago
  • WESHAKAT
    Ryan, what makes you such a great inspiration and motivator is that it isn't about reaching the goal - though that will come in time - it is about the journey and how much you have already accomplished. emoticon
    3994 days ago
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    We help ourselves as we help others! Peace.
    3994 days ago
  • MSEVERLAST
    Excellent job this week friend!

    You are so awesome for paying it forward to those that needed a life raft!! I hope they make it work!!

    Have a great Friday!!
    3994 days ago
  • MASRITE
    Ryan should get extra points or something for spreading the Spark. It's nice to see that your story is hitting home to others and are looking to you for advice. I'm hopng you're feeling good about yourself. Have a great weekend!!
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    3994 days ago
  • RIMAJO
    All things are working for the greater good, I'm sure of it.. And that you were able to reach out & help others along is just another sign of all the positive things manifesting in your life Ryan. Keep it up, you inspire & influence people in a very good way.

    As another has already said, that one pound is muscle, and those hand-stands were your muscles in action, supporting you! Keep it up Ryan.. you and now a few others - thanks to you, are on your way! Great post!


    3994 days ago
  • LIZZYP609
    Good for you Ryan! I am so glad you can spread the spark and help these people who reach out to you!
    3994 days ago
  • JSTCHLIN
    That's a pound of muscle, I just know it! sounds like the pool really has become a great asset to you, glad you are enjoying it. I'm so happy you are able to help others with your stories and guide them to use SP.

    Enjoy your weekend, take care and stay healthy
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    3994 days ago
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    Ryan emoticon you are emoticon emoticon I love your pay it forward1
    3994 days ago
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