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Day 8 accountability blog - 30 Day Challenge

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

So far I have been doing really good. For those just tuning in, I am recovering from shoulder surgery and am off work until I am done rehabbing. I decided to challenge myself to the following:

What would happen if I was to take the next 30 days unrestricted by work demands to eat right, exercise, get plenty of rest, and improve my family / social ties? What effect would that have on my overall health and weight?

-Improvements would give credibility to the idea that we / I live a fast paced toxic lifestyle that is harming our health.

-Continuation of bad habits would give credibility to the idea that we are our own worst enemy and that we need to quit pining away after the ideal situation, the notion of if it wasn't for this or that, I would be successful in my journey.

So far it is Day 8 of my challenge and these are my observations:

Discipline: - When the structure of work demands, deadlines, life stresses is suddenly removed, it takes purposeful effort to reconnect with your goals on a daily basis. It is far too easy to drift because time is received to be unlimited.There is a certain honeymoon where your work life discipline stays in place because of habit but when that which was such a precious commodity is now in abundance, we have a tendency to slow down and urgency goes out the window.

While I have been fairly disciplined in my approach, I have been finding it easier and easier to sleep longer, stay up later, and generally dismiss urgency to tomorrow. Even more so now since I found out I wont even start physical therapy until after September 12th and that will last about a month so overall, I wont be back to work until early October.

Observation: Time is a precious commodity and it takes a great deal of discipline to motivate from within to seize upon every opportunity. It is a challenge to stay disciplined without external forces demanding it. Take away the external forces and you are only left with your character as a driving force.


Stress: My stress levels have gone down dramatically. Prior to my surgery, I was pretty burned out. I knew there were issues but never really realized to what extent until the stress was removed. I was completely flat and my personal ambition had hit the skids. Now after 8 short days I feel totally recharged and ambitious again. Stress can take away your ability to dream and will make a slave out of you. we are only beginning to understand the full effects of stress on our physiology but the information we do have is not good.

Observations: In our frantic efforts to do good, to become all things to all people, we inadvertently become nothing to ourselves. I have seen this play out in other peoples lives including my own. We find meaning in giving of ourselves, caring for others, or devoting ourselves to a cause or work. While this is not a bad thing in and of itself, I have witnessed far too many people throw themselves under the bus making sure that their kids have everything they never had, that they build some sort of financial ivory tower for themselves, or never say no to anyone as if this will earn them a coveted spot behind the pearly gates. An axe is only as effective as it is sharp and unless we take care of ourselves first, we will never be effective in delivering meaningful service to others. PERIOD. Time spent recharging and reconnecting with those things we value is never wasted.

In my newly recovered ambition, I completed my Sports Conditioning certification and am now in the process of collecting and compiling information for a book I am planning to write. That has always been a big goal of mine.



I don't feel I have all the answers, neither am I perfect, but I have learned enough about successfully losing weight and maintaining it that I feel a sense of mission and obligation to pass on what I know in hopes that someone will be helped. Maybe what Ishare will be what it takes for someone to make a break through. Knowing that I was a part of that in some small way would be a reward without price.

I am reminded of the motto for Para-rescue and Recovery (USAF)
"That Others May Live"

Some things are simply worth doing.

  
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GARDENCHRIS 8/22/2014 11:59PM

    take the time to recover completely and recharge your batteries.

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LIVEDAILY 8/18/2014 7:47PM

    I'm glad to hear that your recovery is going well. It sounds like you are recovering mentally as well as physically. Continue to get stronger every day!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 8/18/2014 12:39PM

    Hope you are 'moving' along just fine, and feeling stronger every day! The very best to you,

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123ELAINE456 8/17/2014 3:17AM

  Awesome blog and Well Said Robert. So glad that take Care.Recovery from Surgery is going so Well. Keep It Up. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week and Time with the Family. Lots Of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!Coming Your Way. WTG!!!

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KEEPITUP62 8/17/2014 1:08AM

    Absolutely Robert.I fully agree and have been practicing this for the past couple of years now.

I would like to know when your book is published, I'm certain it will be a great seller and a great read. emoticon

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SUBMOM2 8/14/2014 12:41AM

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Wow, this really rings true. Finding your balance is key, and enjoying life along the way is essential. Glad your recovery is continuing. Thanks for sharing!
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JAMER123 8/13/2014 11:38PM

    All of what you have said applies to all of us that have retired. We realize the freedom from a schedule and the chance to get together with friends long neglected due to constraints of work. You work the same shift as I did and that's another thing that changes with the body. Enjoy your time off but try to continue to be somewhat "scheduled" as it's too easy to get out of sink with work schedules. Plan your research and writing to fit a work day. And take care of the shoulder! You appear to be doing great. Take care and thanks for a great insightful blog!!
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NDKARIKARI 8/13/2014 9:57PM

    Glad to hear that your recovery is going well. I really appreciate that your blogs take on emotional health, not just exercise or nutrition. You are right that without taking care of ourselves, it is impossible to take care of others well. emoticon Slowly learning this lesson; it takes a while to un-learn a lifetime of values that emphasize the exact opposite of this truth.

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SUSIEMT 8/13/2014 8:24PM

    Well said Robert! Glad your recovery is going well.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/13/2014 8:01PM

    Probably no-one will read this, but I want to share it anyway. I am amazed to see how many people on websites like this focus on workout and exercise. It is almost to a point where it is an obsession . Clearly there is more to this journey than working out, working out, and working out. An accomplished ultra runner Lucho have a saying - it is not how much you train, but how much you rest.

Nice to read you are making progress after your surgery.

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GABY1948 8/13/2014 7:58PM

    emoticon for sharing....So much valuable information here! Have a great evening!

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LINDAKAY228 8/13/2014 6:50PM

    Stress can do all those things and so can pain if the shoulder was causing pain. Together such a bad bad combination. I've known people like you describe too. Time is such a precious commodity that we can see slip away if we let it. Glad you are working on the things you know now really matter to you and by the time you go back to work hopefully you'll have more insight how to make them all work. Take advantage of this time! Who knows if you'll get an opportunity like this again.

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KITKATSMEOW17 8/13/2014 6:36PM

    Thank you for the great blog. Glad to hear you are better!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2014 4:59PM

    The last line says it all, Robert! Best of luck with the book. I know it will be terrific! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2014 2:16PM

    Thank you for this great blog. Glad your recuperation is moving along.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/13/2014 2:03PM

    Thanks for the great reminders!!

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BONNIEB1947 8/13/2014 1:58PM

    As I consider retirement in a few years, your observations on motivation and letting the work fill the time you have really strike a chord with me. I have come to realize that the job I have is giving structure and purpose to my life and also keeping my mind sharp. Working just 4 days a week now seems to be a good fit for me; as long as I can keep on that way I will do so.
I do not have the driving ambitions of a younger person anymore; although I did set goals and keep them in the past. It sounds like you are continuing to progress towards your dreams, even via this setback physically. Getting your certificate is a huge step in the right direction; and I also think your careful consideration of your situation and realization of what is best for you now and as you progress shows you are going to continue to be successful!
I wish you the best...do not get discouraged! We will all be here cheering you on! I am really enjoying Spark People!

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EMMACORY 8/13/2014 1:56PM

    Good reflection and observations. I have noticed that when people take two weeks of vacation at a time they come back refreshed and charged up again. So many folks struggle to find downtime. Have a healthy day! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 8/13/2014 1:53PM

    emoticon on the new certification. Your experiment is most interesting. Keep us posted on your observations, motivations, challenges and results.

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SEATTLE58 8/13/2014 12:55PM

    I believe in you, Robert, so whatever you decide is best in taking care of your life and family, will be alright with me! I believe you will choose what's best and you will succeed in what you do. emoticon emoticon And I'm so happy that you're recuperating so well! Good luck to you in all aspects of your life, for the future! emoticon Karen emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 8/13/2014 12:32PM

    Congrats on the new certification. Yes, it is easy to slip into procrastination when time seems unlimited. But sleeping in is a good thing! And perhaps your personal circadian rhythm is to stay up later - or maybe its a holdover from your shiftwork. But It is good to enjoy this time and look inward. I know how much you would love to never go back to your job, and I understand it totally. But I also know you have a family to support, and you will go back. But maybe this is when you really work on an alternative income stream so that you won't have to continue where you are. Just a thought...


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DEESHAREE 8/13/2014 12:12PM

    " In our frantic efforts to do good, to become all things to all people, we inadvertently become nothing to ourselves. I have seen this play out in other peoples lives including my own."

OMG Robert - this is me. I have been burned out for years. Now I am home recuperating from an illness, and I never want to go back to work ever again. I know I have to go back, but I lost my passion. I too am taking care of myself and it feels good, even though I am not able to exercise. I'm eating right and my emotional eating has literally been halted. Taking a nap in the middle of the day? I never did that before now. So this is self care, self love. I'm gaining a new perspective on how to be my own best friend.

Thank you for this blog, Robert. I'm reevaluating everything about my life and how I've been living.

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DLDMIL 8/13/2014 12:01PM

    Great insight into recovery and learning to accomplish what it truly important in our lives.

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LOVINGKATE 8/13/2014 11:51AM

  emoticon blog!! Sounds like recovery is going well. Good for you.
I had to quit my job do to RA in my hands and feet. I have found after 5 years how easy it is to put off today what you can do tomorrow. Sleeping in and doing exercise later instead of getting up and getting going. I know the stiffness would be much better if I did that yet I put off. I needed to read your blog to get going and doing what I know is best. Thanks so much and congrats on your certification. I would also love to read your book after you have written it. You are pretty darn awesome!!! Take care and recover quickly. God bless


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Accountability Blog Day 4 of 30 Day Challenge

Friday, August 08, 2014

So far, things have gone far better than I expected. My mobility has improved greatly and I have been working out and watching my intake consistently. I will post something more detailed a little later as well as observations and such. Here is one such observation that hit me this morning and pretty much sums it up. What you are about to read is a very condensed version of all that i have learned in the last 6 years of my journey when it comes to motivation.

Here is your thought for the day.


I get asked all the time " what do I do to get motivated?, I just don't feel like it"

I have learned that motivation is only a spark, it's habit that keeps you anchored in a healthy lifestyle. The good feelings come from doing what you know you should be doing, not motivation. The bad feelings come from living in opposition to what you feel in your heart you should be doing. You want the good feelings? Commit in spite of how you feel. Want motivation?, look in the mirror and think of all the reasons why you don't want to be tied to a needle, an oxygen tank, or a wheelchair when you're 70, then refuse to surrender your mobility to convenience, and proceed to get off your butt.

Anything less than this means you love your comfort zone more than your future.

if you analyze this, what starts off as mental contemplation then becomes a verb and verbs are the prerequisite to success. It isn't a noun (person, place, or thing) and it isn't an adjective (anything that describes).

Rinse, lather, repeat.... It's just that simple.

You're welcome.

- Author, ME



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MRSRIGS1 8/22/2014 2:29PM

    That's my motto!

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MCJULIEO 8/22/2014 10:02AM

    True dat...

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YA_YAYA 8/17/2014 10:35PM

    Nike didn't come up with the "Just Do It" campaign for no reason. Motivation is intrinsic, there is no secret, you just have to do what's going to get you to achieve your goals and avoid the little devil on your shoulder holding you back! Thanks for the great, straight forward blog.

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PENOWOK 8/14/2014 2:02PM

    Agreed, motivation varies from person to person...whatever it takes to get you moving and eating better!!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/11/2014 7:05AM

    "The good feelings come from doing what you know you should be doing, not motivation."
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/11/2014 2:02AM

    You said:
"The good feelings come from doing what you know you should be doing, not motivation. The bad feelings come from living in opposition to what you feel in your heart you should be doing. You want the good feelings? Commit in spite of how you feel."

and POW! Sock it right in the middle of my head! WOW. I hadn't thought of it in that way before. Applies to other things I know I need to be doing...

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WRITERWANNAB 8/11/2014 1:38AM

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  emoticon You struck a chord on this one... Thanks for giving me "pause" to think about "motivation" and "habit" from a different perspective. I've kept some your words in my journal to give me a boost and inspiration to "proceed to get off my (your )butt." I really needed a kick and you gave it to me! emoticon emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/9/2014 7:30PM

    This is a terrific blog! I agree, instilling the habits helps. Motivation is a fleeting thing. I often don't want to go run but it is what I do so I make it happen. And I am always glad that I did. I think that people don't realize that motivation isn't what makes it happen...it might help in getting started but isn't always going to be there.

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MAYBER 8/9/2014 7:11PM

    Thank you for the motivation will make it a habit one day at a time
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LIVELYGIRL2 8/9/2014 5:44PM

  Good concept Robert. I hope you get to enjoy some of your time off, in spite of the reason for it.

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    emoticon rinse, lather, repeat. Love that!

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2014 2:58PM

    Great blog! When it comes to motivation, for me, I no longer expect to be "motivated" before I do whatever it is that I need to do. Motivation is "after acquired" . . . after I do it anyhow!

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MARYJEANSL 8/9/2014 2:50PM

  Well said.

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JSEATTLE 8/9/2014 2:44PM

  Thanks! I totally agree with you.

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NONNAOF2 8/9/2014 1:01PM

  I couldn't agree with you more! :-)

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DIANNEMT 8/9/2014 12:17PM

    Yep--I don't always feel like working out but, unless I am sick or hurt, I do SOMETHING.

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CICELY360 8/9/2014 12:07PM

  good blog

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SUSIEMT 8/9/2014 11:20AM

    Robert you are dead-on! As I recall from my own experience I had given up on dieting and exercising due to my past failures. I could not face yet another failure! Magically an e-mail appeared from sparkpeople that caught my attention. Just the word spark was all it took. I love sparkles so was immediately intrigued. The rest is history as they say. It was those wonderful nutrition articles that convinced me that making small changes would make a difference. Those habits made early did make the difference for me. Thank you for another wonderful reminder!

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  emoticon Motivation and habit make a good combination!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/9/2014 9:26AM

    "Anything less than this means you love your comfort zone more than your future."

Well HECK!

Thanks for the great dose of absolute reality.

Glad you are on your way to recovery!


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JERICHO1991 8/9/2014 9:22AM

    Thanks.

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DJSHIP46 8/9/2014 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SHARON7464 8/9/2014 9:19AM

    After Incurring a back injury and finding it difficult to walk let alone run..it has taken some time to get back in the swing. That being said, I have begun to run again since January. I make my mileage commitment on Facebook the last three months and have found that I won't skip a day because of it.

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SDEHNKE 8/9/2014 9:16AM

    emoticon Right on!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/9/2014 8:57AM

    glad to hear you are improving , enjoy the time.

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TINAJANE76 8/9/2014 7:48AM

    So happy to hear that your recovery is going well, Robert, and I think you're absolutely right about looking ahead to what our future could be like to help us stay motivated.

I think we all have our individual moments of clarity that jolt us into action or bring our motivation to the next level. For me it's been seeing a number of older relatives suffer through long-term, chronic health problems that could have been greatly minimized or avoided altogether if they had taken better care of themselves beginning when they were younger. My dad has been overweight or obese since his early 30s, has eaten poorly his whole life and has never gotten consistent exercise. He's also a Type 1 Diabetic who has never managed it properly. He lived for many years without any serious problems, but once he hit 60, they started rushing in. First, his relatively minor aches and pains started becoming more than inconveniences, but physically debilitating. Then he developed cataracts. Then he started losing sensation in different parts of his body. Then he had a heart attack. Then he had to have quadruple bypass surgery. Then he had complications from the surgery, including pneumonia, and has had to have his chest drained of fluids several times. On top of all this, his blood sugar levels are consistently appalling, fueled by the fact that he continues to make the worst possible food choices for a diabetic with heart disease. You'd think all of this would be an eye opener for him to make some changes, right? Wrong. Minimal effort at best, at first and now he's gone back to how he had been eating (very badly) and exercising (he hadn't been) before all of his problems began. And he still can't get himself into a routine to manage his diabetes!

All of this has happened over the course of just a few short years and I foresee that he'll spend the rest of his life in and out of doctor's offices, the hospital, on unpleasant medications with nasty side effects and with a seriously diminished quality of life. He's still only 65 and this could go on for many more years. It's awful to watch him go through all of this and even more awful that he doesn't seem to care enough to at least make an effort to do more about it while he still can. The only upside is that it's made me even more determined to stay the course, keep my weight in check, keep active and try to be as healthy as I can reasonably be. My dad's situation will not be mine 27 years down the road and I'm going to do whatever's within my control to make sure of that.

Sorry to clog up so much space on your blog, but this obviously hit a nerve with me. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly with us so we can all benefit from the wisdom you're acquiring. You're such a wonderful inspiration for so many, Robert, and I hope your recovery continues to go well.
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  Love it!

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    thanks

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MOBYCARP 8/9/2014 5:21AM

    Yep. Motivation comes, motivation goes. The secret to maintaining is to manage to do what needs doing even in periods of low motivation.

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We certainly don't want to give up our mobility but some don't have the choices. I for one will fight staying mobile as it is up to me. Thanks for a great blog!

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GABY1948 8/8/2014 6:42PM

    WOW, emoticon blog! It says it ALL...none of us wants to give up our mobility and anything like it! I wish I had known all this when I was far younger! I know I would have had many more years like I am not but I will certainly take it now...all I can ger and it's up to me!

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    Glad you're recuperating. Have a great weekend.

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Recovering From Surgery And A Personal Challenge Day 1.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Life has put me in the time out corner for a little while. To get to the point, I had an old injury rear its ugly head over the last year and it got to the point that I had to do something about it. About 15 yrs ago I was trying to be macho man at a softball game and swung way too hard and of course, I missed but I did succeed in tearing the cartilage in my right shoulder. July 30th I went in to have it operated on and so far my recovery is going well.

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Shoulder tear



The first 72 hours was pretty tough. Brushing my teeth and other basic things I took for granted now required ninja-like skills (I'm right handed) and dropping something on the floor was bad news. I couldn't just pick it up because bending over put pressure on my shoulder and was painful. That's when I would flip it up in the air with my foot and catch it with my left hand. :: Level 2 Ninja Skills Unlocked ::

Went for a 2 mile walk on the treadmill at the gym and felt really good. After several days of "house arrest", it was a blessing to be released for good behavior (and before family beats me up and throws me out on the street for driving them crazy) Seriously, it feels really good to be able to function again.

I will be starting physical therapy probably toward the end of August or early September. So until then, any exercise I do is pretty much from the core down until the pro's evaluate me and determine what is safe. This is something I DON'T want to go through again.

This also presents a very unique opportunity for me. For a minimum of about 6+ weeks I will have complete control of my time and my life. No shift work, no imbalances caused by my circadian rhythm being all screwed up, no outside influences, no work stress, no demands dictating when I sleep and when I can do what. Nothing. Short of therapy appointments, I am my own man for 30-45 days.... paid.

So... I pose a question.

If you have ever seen Supersize Me, where the guy goes on a McDonalds only diet for 30 days, you may have a clue as to what I am about to ask.

What would I be capable of if I had no distractions or external temptations for the next 30 days?

What this means-
1) A full nights sleep with no alarm clock. wake up with the sun as opposed to something unnatural.
2) Total focus on nutrition, I am in complete control.
3) Fitness is no longer something to be squeezed in, it is my job for 30-45 days.
4) Family time and other enhancing activities, no longer dictated by work demands.

This will be interesting because it would show that:
-Successes, previously unattainable, would show just how toxic and counter-productive our hectic modern lifestyle really is. How our rush-rush life is working against us.
-Failures and difficulties would also show who the real enemy is, ME. That for all the excuse making and finger pointing, at the end of the day, we are our own worst enemy.

There is a certain about of hesitation when I say I am going to do this because I am not too anxious to lock horns with the real enemy, he is truly vicious and unforgiving. We can sometimes lean on reasoning's like "if it wasn't for my job, situation, relationship etc.... I could do X, Y, or Z. Admit it, haven't we all day dreamed a time or two of what it would be like if we could live unrestricted, if we could live in a bubble, oh the things we could do?

Well, this is my opportunity to do just that. I have always wondered this and have often complained of how life holds me back from doing what I have always wanted.

So I am reaching out to you, my friends in the Spark community, to cheer me on. I am going to be doing a blog series here about my journey and my observations. Basically I am going to be a human guinea pig living in a glass box. What am I able to do for 30 days eating right, exercising, getting rest, and tending to much needed family time?

Let's find out.

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MCJULIEO 8/22/2014 10:00AM

    What an intriguing proposition! I'm going to go look at what you've posted so far...

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MRSRIGS1 8/20/2014 7:36PM

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I had a rotary cuff tear that I had fixed seven years ago. I feel your pain. Looking forward to your blogs!

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CFMOSS 8/12/2014 5:55PM

    Day by day....progress, healing, improvement.

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DMCWJR 8/9/2014 6:31PM

  Get rest, stay positive and continue on the road to a health you. Dorothy

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123ELAINE456 8/9/2014 4:38AM

  Get Well Soon. You Can Do It. Keep Pushing Forward. Hoping for a Complete Recovery. God Blessings Always. Hope the next 20 Days goes well for you. Do try to spend time and do as much time with your Family as you can. Make a lot of Memories and Enjoy Them. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Coming Your Way. Thinking of All Of You. Take Care.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/8/2014 10:11AM

    Oh Robert, Rehab in a Glass Bowl, Two-Way Window! I've never been in a situation like you are describing! Very interesting viewpoint. Someone suggested a Slim Jim, and I've never seen one of those, I don't think, but I have several of those "reacher grabber" things that my elderly in-laws had and we inherited. Some are strictly grabbers with a sort of pistol grip handle, and others have little magnet deals to help hitch things along. And will you have access to a swimming pool where you could basically do water cardio? or can you use a rebounder? I'm sure you are figuring out creative cardios and other exercises!! Your PT place might even have a therapy pool to use to GENTLY work out your arm without doing the Macho thing.

But you know what? I totally believe your rehab NOW will be much easier and faster and a better more complete healing for you than it would have been umpteen however many years you said (I already forgot!!) it was when you first tore it playing baseball!! Why? Because after you tore it and got in poor shape before you joined SparkPeople, it just would have taken longer.. Your heart probably would not have been in it to be faithful to physical therapy. But now... you've been working out like a badass these past few years, with the cardio and kettleball and triathlon etc and your muscles will just be jonesing to "work out" again, even if only gently and carefully in PT. Think of it as sort of a Non Scale Victory??

Rock on, Robert!! May the Healing Force be Ever With You! :)
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OPTIMIST1948 8/8/2014 6:47AM

    I'm sure others have said this, but you cant *truely* focus on fitness because your upper body movements are limited. I feel the treadmill and recumbent bike are going to be your best friends.

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WRITERWANNAB 8/8/2014 1:59AM

    What a great way to make your down time count! I hope for a quick recovery for you. Take care & don't overdo it. emoticon

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MISSPEACHES3 8/8/2014 12:24AM

    In 2009 I had surgery for a torn Rotator Cuff on my right shoulder. So I know what you are going through. I had to learn to be left handed, which it sounds like you are mastering very well also. Even now, I can open a jar with my left hand. We learn to do what we need to learn.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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MAKEWEE 8/7/2014 11:29PM

    Sending prayers and good vibes. You will win this!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/7/2014 10:33PM

    That sounds awesome!!

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WALNUTT1961 8/7/2014 9:02PM

    You are on the right track. Take care of yourself.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/7/2014 4:48PM

    Get well soon

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BONNIEB1947 8/7/2014 2:44PM

    It will certainly be enlightening to see how you do. Beware of boredom!

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JERALDTX 8/7/2014 2:36PM

    Best of Luck to you... I'm currently closing in on one year post abdominal surgery. My core isn't back to what it was pre-surgery yet. But at six months it was back enough to squeak by on my Black Belt tests. The key is to listen to you body and only do what it can do. Push the envelope but not too hard. And keep us all posted on how it goes.

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    emoticon and after that SPARK ON!!

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SEATTLE58 8/7/2014 1:01PM

    emoticon I'm so glad that it looks like you're on the mend. And it looks like you're in a good place for good, awesome care, which you deserve so abundantly. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EGMINGA 8/7/2014 12:31PM

    emoticon Good luck with the next 30 days. Just stay focused it is so easy to let other stuff get in your way even if you are not working.

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EDWARDSC393 8/7/2014 11:54AM

    My husband practiced using his left arm, became ambidextrous. Practice!!! It will be frustrating! Take care.

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PRESBESS 8/7/2014 10:40AM

    I pray a speedy and healthy recovery for you and that your time of reflection, observation and relaxation serves you well. I can't wait to read your about it all.
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    emoticon The most important part of the recovery will, in fact, be taking care of yourself. emoticon I am excited to see what you will accomplish during this time.

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 8/7/2014 9:35AM

    I love your articulation of this journey you are about to embark on. And yes, some aspect of you may, indeed, been an element that gets in your way. But the aspect who is a Spark colleague, the aspect who had the insight to look at this difficulty in your life and turn it into such an opportunity, the aspect who is articulate, thoughtful and insightful - all those aspects are right there within you as well. Never forget your own wisdom and perhaps your limiting self will accept your invitation to change, to grow and mature. What seeds you have planted! Looking forward to sharing the journey with you. emoticon

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DONNELDA22 8/7/2014 8:32AM

    Congratulations on "Biting the Bullet" and getting your shoulder fixed. For the next 6 weeks, we will be watching you carefully. I know you can do whatever you set your mind to. emoticon

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SHOOPETTE 8/7/2014 8:20AM

    Just reading made me cringe, it must have been so painful!
You have a very positive outlook on this forced stay at home, you can only do great!

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HEALTHYCHIC 8/7/2014 7:37AM

    You KNOW I'm dusting off my pom-poms!!!

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LEANMEAN2 8/7/2014 6:43AM

    Wishing you much good luck!

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TALLBIGGUY 8/7/2014 4:02AM

    You might try this: I tore a leg ligament last year and use a slim jim (about $8.00 at an automotive store). It is usually used to open locked cars, but the arrow points on the one end make it ideal for picking things up, putting on socks, pants, etc.

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JIBBIE49 8/7/2014 1:07AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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MAKBABE 8/7/2014 12:43AM

    Sleeping and reading would be how I spent my days while recovering!
Wishing you a speedy and enjoyable recovery

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TXGRANDMA 8/6/2014 11:11PM

    emoticon I know Rotator Cuff Repairs are very painful! I used to care for those patients freshly post op on the post surgical floor I worked on. Your therapy is very important, so work hard, do what the therapist tells you, and take a pain pill about an hour before every session so that you can successfully participate! God Bless! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 8/6/2014 10:28PM

    I tried your link to your facebook page but it said it was unavailable.

Good Luck!

Only time I had that much time off since I started getting serious about my health was when I had knee surgery. so walking for my exercise did not work for me.

I am naturally a night person so getting up when it is light out doesn't work for me on my days off. But work days I have a dawn simulator that gets me up just fine. How is that for your brain doing things subconsciously?

in your after surgery ---You look good


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GOOSIEMOON 8/6/2014 9:29PM

    Take care and get well soon!

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KEEPITUP62 8/6/2014 9:18PM

    First and foremost get well soon and I imagine with all that healthy nutrition you will be consuming, your recovery should come along really well.


Be careful when exercising so you don't have any sudden movements in the shoulder area that will cause you pain.

I broke my right hand last year and I am right handed so I know the difficulty you are experiencing. It does get easier as you begin to rely on your super ability to compensate through other means.

All the best to you and I will be keeping an eye on how you manage over the next weeks.
Good Luck.

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DIANNEMT 8/6/2014 8:50PM

    Good for you! If you had 2 healthy arms, I'd tell you to meet me at MTU on 8/27 and help my DD3 move into her room--but, since you are laid up, you are off the hook!

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A Wonderful Fathers Day

Monday, June 16, 2014



I got quite the surprise in my lunch today. I am on midnight shift this week and predictably, I felt myself starting to sink into a slump. It happens every time I rotate to night shift. The feelings of isolation and sleep deprivation all begin to take their toll and it can be quite overwhelming. When I was getting ready for my second 12hr shift, I found a note from my oldest daughter. It wasn't fancy, just a simple note telling me how much she loved and appreciated me and how she wanted to take me out for dinner once I get off nights. She even bought me a Subway with her own money.

It is amazing how something so simple can turn things around for a guy. I can't remember the last time I have gotten a simple note of appreciation in my lunch. I wrapped it up and stuck it in my pocket so when I start feeling down, I can pull it out and read it all over again.

I don't talk much about what I do here on Spark because I try to be upbeat and fitness oriented in my posts. After bouncing around doing various jobs I finally got one of the best jobs in the area. It's union, pays very well, and my family no longer goes without. Unfortunately, that kind of freedom also comes with a price tag. I have given up a normal life in order to provide. Life as a miner is filled with good times for sure but it is also filled with mud, mosquitoes, -30 windchills, grease, high voltage, heights, depths, and hazards that will send you home in a body bag if you are careless. Then there are the missed life-moments. Lots of them. There isn't a price that can match missed birthdays, parties, and moments with friends.



I listen to the stories of what happened at various events, eat leftovers, and fight pangs of jealousy as I read the Facebook posts of people with normal lives as they talk about the things they are doing on the weekend.... As I read them at 3am sitting in a truck waiting for a call out. Weekend? What's that?

While not wanting to be sour grapes, that does accurately describe a big chunk of my life.

Then I look at what my personal sacrifices bring for my family and I realize that it's worth it. I'm human and can fall prey to feeling sorry for myself, then I get a note like that and it makes it all better.

I work hard, I sacrifice, I press on, and I never give up because I am a dad.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Love is strong.

  
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LIVELYGIRL2 6/30/2014 12:07PM

  I knew you did night shifts part of the time, and didn't know what you did.

You are so blessed. Many times we parents have to wait till our kids are grown, until they thank us this manner.

So WONDERFUL Robert. I'm happy for you.

I would love to met you in person.

Many people aren't full of life that have to do these shifts or kind of work.

I'm glad you have found outside activities that recharge your psyche

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SANDRALEET 6/30/2014 8:41AM

    Good for her

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EMMACLAIRE5 6/24/2014 11:37AM

    Just catching up on blogs and saw your Father's Day post. So many of you loving fathers toil away with little recognition for what you do. I'm so glad your daughter took the time to let you know that she gets it, and appreciates it. That is a gift that keeps on giving!


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KATHIC2 6/23/2014 7:42AM

  Wonderful life moment! That shift work is brutal.

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LIVEDAILY 6/16/2014 10:13PM

    My Dad would leave very early in the morning. I would leave him notes on the counter for him to see before he left for work. He'd leave me notes back. I still have mine. Hold onto that letter. It's very precious. Happy Father's Day!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2014 9:50PM

    You have a very special daughter! Awesme. ((((HUGS))))

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JAMER123 6/16/2014 9:20PM

    What a beautiful note from your loving daughter!! Shift work does take a toll on the family as I well know having worked 3rd shift for many yrs. You aren't remembered by what you did for a job or the shift you work but by the things you do at home with your family. Those are the fun things in life and remembered forever. My dad has been gone for 20 yrs. and I remember the fun times thing when we camped together and as my DH & I raised our family, the connections I still had with my dad. He is missed. That's the important and that is what you have concluded! Good for you and blessings to you. Hope your Father's Day was enjoyed even thou
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IRISHGAL46 6/16/2014 6:46PM

    It may help you to know that your children do not remember the days, they remember the moments so that is what we should focus on as parents. Good luck to you. Your children have a very special Dad.

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AGGIEKBEAR03 6/16/2014 5:20PM

    What a sweet gesture from your sweet daughter!

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LINDAK25 6/16/2014 4:41PM

    You just defined what it is to be a DAD. Happy Father's Day!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/16/2014 3:27PM

    WHAT A SWEET LETTER!

Great way to show love and appreciation!

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SUSIEMT 6/16/2014 2:25PM

    Yea you Robert!!!

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HALFTWO 6/16/2014 12:34PM

    Wow, I had no idea that you had a job as a miner on top of everything else you do. You're truly amazing and an inspiration.

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PATTISTAMPS 6/16/2014 12:26PM

    I hope that one day your certifications and your writing can bring you enough money to support your family in the way you are supporting them now, without the risks and the night shifts! Yes, it is worth the sacrifices, but maybe someday you won't have to make them!

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NOTGVGUP83 6/16/2014 11:48AM

    I know it's rought for everyone in your situation. I'm living it daily also but my hubby rotates between 3 shifts. =/ Glad your daughter made your night better!

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LINDAKAY228 6/16/2014 11:43AM

    I am so happy for you that you got that wonderful note! I know, because I've made lots of sacrifices for my kids and then my grandkids, how much the simple things can touch us! So much more than a store bought item. They really do appreciate how much you go out of your way for them!

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GINA180847 6/16/2014 11:42AM

    What a sweet daughter! You are so loved by many.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/16/2014 9:31AM

    That was a wonderful note, sure makes everything worth while.

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GORDON66 6/16/2014 8:53AM

  What a lovely Fathers' Day note. Good for you!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/16/2014 8:39AM

    Beautifully said! What an awesome note from your daughter. Just proof that you are raising her up right. Be very proud dad... be very proud!

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LSPIZZA 6/16/2014 8:15AM

    Love is strong. As parents we do whatever it takes. But it is tthose little things that make it worthwhile. You are a great Dad raising great girls. emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/16/2014 7:50AM

    It isn't so much that you provide the food on the table and the security of not going without, although both are important, of course.

It's more that you provide the foundation, inspiration and example that led your daughter to write you such a love-infused note.

What a wonderful father you are. And congratulations on the REAL gifts you give.



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JADED_CHICK19 6/16/2014 7:29AM

    That letter is absolutely adorable. What a very special daughter you have. Your family probably appreciates what you do more than they let on. What you do for work is hard and it is a lot of sacrifice but you should be proud because not many people would do what you do. You are amazing and great job on being an amazing dad!

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NUMD97 6/16/2014 7:09AM

    In the quiet of the morning, with most still sleeping, or just getting up, and the laundry already awaiting the dry cycle, I thought to spend a few moments visiting your page. Being a long-time fan, I already know your story. You don't need to have Father's Day to know that you are doing a great job with your kids. You live that each and every day. You still have young girls, and even at this most impressionable age, they already "get" what daddy does for all of them. That's priceless, Robert, and it speaks volumes about you as a parent.

But I'm still glad you found your daughter's note in your lunch sack. Sometimes having it written out like that, makes it more real for the bad times when we start to doubt ourselves. Read it as often as you need, but to the rest of us, we already know the kind of man you are.

Thanks for allowing us to be a small part of your world, Robert. And thanks for posting this blog. It made my morning.

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SANDRALEET 6/16/2014 6:58AM

    Little things do matter

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/16/2014 6:52AM

    emoticon Those moments when you get to see that your kids *do* listen and care and are thankful? Priceless! Sometimes it takes a couple or three decades for them to get to the appreciation of why Dad or Mom missed things... the provider role is probably the least "intuitive" for a child to "get"... but eventually, they do get it.

Happy Father's Day... to a great Dad whom I have had the privilege to see in action around his daughters! For all you do, Thank You!

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CM_GARDNER78 6/16/2014 6:37AM

    Aw!! emoticon What a sweet thing for her to do!! It definitely makes it worth keeping on. :-) Good job daddy!

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PICKIE98 6/16/2014 5:21AM

    I have always been a morning person, could not stay awake past nine no matter what. You are a great dad and hubby. Your daughter is gold!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/16/2014 2:42AM

    Night shift is hard. Kudos to you for doing what you can.

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Update for my friends...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I have been really, really busy over the last month so here is a quick summary before I go to night shift...

1) What started out as a local idea for a running club at the Anytime Fitness I go to, has now gone area wide spanning 2 counties. We are coordinating group runs and are planning a group trip to the Whistlestop race in Ashland Wisconsin in October. There is a full and half marathon as well as a 5 & 10K race so there is something for everyone in our group.

2) I completed my Coaching Fundamentals course and am now entry level certified through USATF.


I've been hard at work and it is now beginning to show .. here is a link to my fitness credentials so far..
drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4BR
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3) I got my online coaching business up and running and am working on doing recorded webinars..
victorylifestyleconsulting.blogspot.
com/


4) Currently working on writing a book... BIG PROJECT... (head explodes)

5) I am also currently training for:

-Teal Lake Swim (Benefit for diabetes research) 2.25 miles open water (finished last year in 1hr 41 minutes)
-UP Northwoods Triathlon
- Whistlestop Half Marathon

6) The Run Or Dye 5k is rapidly approaching and there is a conspiracy in the running group to get me totally color plastered as well as to try to get me to wear a TU TU!! ... ummmm NOPE ;)


Last but not least.... Big moments this week as a daddy.. my youngest is now on her way to high school and my oldest just graduated high school...




and yes, even the kitty is a little smarter... with honors in napping, chair selection, scratch post fundamentals, and mooching.




Friend Me On Facebook :)

www.facebook.com/#!/robert.wadhams.7

  
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JUSTYNA7 6/14/2014 2:54PM

    Such great successes! Congratulations!

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SUSIEMT 6/12/2014 6:39PM

    Congrats Robert!! Loved the blog!! Woo Hoo you and your kids!

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RHOOK20047 6/12/2014 12:07PM

    So many reasons to be proud. Great work.

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/12/2014 8:38AM

    Oh, I love it all! Your smiling daughter with her smiling dad, the medal your other daughter wears so proudly, even the cat!

But most of all, Robert, I love all you've done with your life. What a glowing lamp you have lit in this world, what a fantastic example you are, for all of us, for your clients and, especially, for your girls.

Super, super congratulations, and thank you for keeping those of us who cannot get on Facebook up-to-date on your inspiring journey.

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ROXYZMOM 6/12/2014 8:00AM

    You are doing fantastic!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/12/2014 1:30AM

    Great job!

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You have done so well and I hope you continue to keep it going! You sound like it's a fantastic fit for you!!

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    emoticon GOOD for YOU and your Family!

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DALID414 6/11/2014 9:52PM

    Wow! Even the cat makes me feel like an under achiever!
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LINDAK25 6/11/2014 9:21PM

    Fantastic! Congrats to you and your girls. Graduations can be so sweet and scary at the same time! Love the cat picture.

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WONDERWOMAN 6/11/2014 9:05PM

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I'll be volunteering at the Run Or Dye. Not sure what I'll be doing yet though. Hope to see you.

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SKIRNIR 6/11/2014 8:49PM

    Love the picture of the cat. Does sound like a busy, but a good time for you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/11/2014 8:48PM

    Majoring in mooching... my cat does, too! Congrats on everything you're doing, Robert. You are a rock star!

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JADED_CHICK19 6/11/2014 8:08PM

    All such wonderful things to be busy with!!! :)

Congrats on all your accomplishments and your daughters as well!

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LIVEDAILY 6/11/2014 6:07PM

    WOW, you HAVE been busy, but with very important things. Congratulations all around!

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PRESBESS 6/11/2014 3:49PM

    You are surely on a very positive roll! Keep going...

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LEWILL1982 6/11/2014 2:34PM

    EPIC!

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JES_VARNER 6/11/2014 2:16PM

    So much going on! Great job on your & your daughters' (and kitty's) accomplishments!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/11/2014 2:15PM

    I am so happy to read this, and to contrast it with they guy a year or so ago who was hoping to start a class at his local gym... You have come a LONG way, and at some point if you ever do get laid off, you will have a great head start in a new career! You are AMAZING!!

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DEESHAREE 6/11/2014 2:12PM

    I'm exhausted just reading the list!!!! My goodness YOU ARE IN THE ZONE!!!!

Congrats to you, your baby girl on graduating middle school, and your oldest girl for graduating high school, and your Kitty for getting a PhD in Cat Behavior! Lol...love it. You are awe inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Wow, you have been really busy. Congratulations on everything. emoticon emoticon

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FITWITHIN 6/11/2014 1:46PM

    What great accomplishments you have achieved this year. Congratulates, to your daughter's, moving into another phase of their lives. Enjoy all the many blessings that have came your way. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2014 1:45PM

    Wow! LOTS going on! Congratulations to you and your DD's on their graduations from 8th grade and High School. Let the good times roll!

Wishing you much luck w/your coaching and your book!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/11/2014 1:23PM

    Wow, you certainly have been busy! Congrats on all the new projects in your life, that's great! The girls are growing up, and it's so hard, and so rewarding at the same time! Your BEST PROJECT EVER! Right?!?
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