Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The great Wii experiment of 2010

Well I hope everyone is having a great year so far. What!? It’s been five whole days already, no read on the year yet?...LOL...

The New Year is a great time to pause and take a good look around. I don't believe in resolutions per say as I feel they are a set up for failure, but do think the New Year is a great chance to see how you’re doing against your own expectations. This is a big point here; not friends, family or societies expectations for you, but an honest evaluation of YOUR thoughts of where you are and where you want to be in life.

This time of year provides a natural break and is as good a point in time as any to establish some short and long term goals that will help to keep things moving in the right direction (I stress again whatever that means to you individually). If you have your goals written down from year to year it's also a good time to look back at what you have from years past and see where you diverged from the plan. You can also re-evaluate if the things that mattered to you before still hold the same value to you today. For example; I always had a large amount of career oriented goals in my list that in all honesty do not mean shit to me anymore. A career may again someday rank high on my list of goals, but for now it’s mostly health related and relationship oriented needs that bubble to the top. See over the next few months I’m going to have to quickly get my affairs in order. In February I go for the evaluation for transplant and could within two weeks from then actually be listed for the double lung transplant. Once listed the wait could be days or years and so I will have to make sure everything in my life is ready for whatever comes next. So this year it’s about getting; the finances straight (and understandable to Denise), the home in order both here in Bethlehem and wherever we will stay post transplant, the will up to date (nothing is so selfish as to not prepare for what could come) and my body in as good a shape as I can to prepare for the grueling surgery.

Which leads me to my subject line, Denise bought a Wii console over the weekend!

Having been a bodybuilder and avid weightlifter for most of my life it should come as no surprise I love to work out. Problem is that right now it’s near impossible to do so. The way things are now I can barely move enough air to get around the house let alone lift any weights. So since I can’t do what I like to do the Wii is a great way to get some low impact activity and have fun doing so. The games are structured so that you can play and lose track of the fact that it’s actually working you out some or at least getting the body moving around some. I was able to do it for a little while before having to sit back and watch, but it was really fun. Our Niece Amanda even came over and was enjoying getting all the high scores.

I doubt it will make me look like this again, but it’s a good start.


  1. okay. . . wow! What an amazing thing to accomplish~ Body building takes a lot of dedication and self motivation. I am impressed! After your transplant it is very possible you could be doing this again! Either way obviously you are a very goal oriented and motivated person, I can't wait to see all the great things you do post transplant.

  2. I plan on taking full advantage of the new wind bags when I get them.

    I doubt I will ever compete again, but will certainly get myself back in decent shape.

  3. Holy canoli!! The transplant team obviously doesn't have to preach the benefits of physical fitness to u. :D What a wonderful accomplishment. Can't wait to see pics when you get back to it.

    The best advice I could offer for waiting while listed is keep busy. It's impossibly hard cuz we're just too sick to do much but if you let every moment revolve around the waiting it's terrible. So, take a couple on-line courses, write a novel, visit visit visit, volunteer, whatever...Anything that occupies time. You can't help but think of the transplant a lot but if you can keep busy with other things it's better.

  4. whoops..forgot to sign my post. Kari (aka dewgirl)

  5. I am currently helping a very close friend in his attempt to win a congressional seat in the district that I live in (PA-15). The race is keeping me busy with reading and trying to understand the political issues (all new to me). The upcoming year will be very interesting on that front and hopefully will take the edge off of the waiting....assuming I will even be listed of course.