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Got something very special in the mail today..

Saturday, March 10, 2012



The first time I ever saw the video about Dick and Rick Hoyt, I cried like a baby. I was touched. I contacted them via their website and told them my story. Their message is simple.. "YES YOU CAN!"

Today, I got a personally signed picture that says simply:
"To Robert, Yes You Can"
-Dick and Rick Hoyt.

it was a simple message but in a world filled with fly by night fathers and men who cut and run at the first sign of trouble, Rick Hoyt is a HERO in every sense of the word and has laid down his life to give his son a better life and as a result, he has something deeper and richer than most of us mere mortal men can only imagine.

A man who has completed well over a thousand races including 6 Ironman triathlons, to hear him say to me YES YOU CAN means so much.

I am framing this and putting it in my gym.

YES I CAN.

Thank you Mr Hoyt.

-The pic is actually color but my scanner is dying so I did it in greyscale.

Their Story...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=flRvsO8m_KI

This is their website...
www.teamhoyt.com/

BTW, as an added note, I have been doing much better with my foot. after weeks of stretching and treatment, I am becoming far more pain free. there is still some stiffness but each morning has been almost pain free since it seems like I had a breakthrough in stretching. IT seemed like my stretching wasn't accomplishing anything then POW, something gave way and it is like I am really on the road to recovery for real. After months of PF pain, that is a huge step.

I even dared to go on a treadmill run and crushed my mile run time. Last year my average mile time was 14:30 on a good day. This morning I did a mile in 12:05 without any huffing and puffing or pain, I felt awesome and like I had some real hope that I will get past it. Being able to run a short distance was like a ray of sun breaking through.

YES I CAN.

  
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USAINI 3/27/2012 12:07AM

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AROCHFORD 3/24/2012 12:33PM

    Love them too! Thanks for sharing. They helped get me through my first tri! I said if he can do it pushing his son then why not me! And yes you can!

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!

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MICKEYMAX 3/23/2012 10:49PM

    Great story, and I am so glad that you are on the mend!

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METAMORPHUS 3/23/2012 4:19AM

    yay!!!!!!! on ur run and thank God you healing too
am at work now so amma watch the video at home cos i know amma start crying, i cry over a mom hugging her son, so you can imagine me at work after watching the video!
Regards to ur beautiful daughter..........you are the one right? who stayed behind for his daughter 16th bday?.....o mehn! u shud have seen me crying like a baby at that gesture.........ok i talk too much so amma stop typing emoticon

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GEMINISUE 3/20/2012 12:54PM

    This is a DAD!!!!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 3/20/2012 12:34PM

    Great job on your mile time!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/20/2012 7:30AM

    What an inspiration!
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GRILLDADDY 3/19/2012 3:40PM

    Great Stuff

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JEM0622 3/18/2012 9:38PM

    Thanks for making me cry! emoticon I did not know about this team, but I thank you for bringing it to my attention. emoticon emoticon

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ASTRONGNEWME 3/14/2012 11:53AM

    I work for a foundation that assists people with disabilities, so their story was very relevant to what I do every day. Thank you for sharing this picture and the link to their story. I love that they didn't give up on their son.

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REEKU731 3/13/2012 9:59AM

    OMG this is amazing!! Their story is incredible and totally makes me cry as well!! I'd hang that proudly in my gym as well!! Congratulations to you! Keep up all the great work!!!

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HDHAWK 3/12/2012 11:19PM

    I love their story. It always makes me cry too! I'm glad your foot is doing better!

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SERENEART 3/12/2012 9:37PM

    way cool!!!!

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CANNIE50 3/12/2012 8:40PM

    I get tears in my eyes just hearing their names, and remembering their story. I am so glad to hear that you are gaining relief from the P.F. - nice job on the run!

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CCHELLEZ 3/11/2012 11:39PM

  Glad to hear you're healing AND still progressing.
Good balance.

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CHIPLEY_FL 3/11/2012 7:06PM

    What kind of stretches are you doing to help with your PF?
You are an inspiration.
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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/11/2012 5:37PM

    I've seen the Team Hoyt video numerous times over the years and it brings a tear to my eye every time. Such a powerful story and what an awesome father. He is truly an inspiration.
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LDRICHEL 3/11/2012 5:05PM

    OMGosh, that is SOOOO COOL!!!!

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KAITMEND 3/11/2012 12:29PM

    I was lucky enough to hear Dick Hoyt speak this year at my school systems 'opening day for teachers'....an amazing story!

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MEEBELO 3/10/2012 10:25PM

    What an inspiration the are!

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LESLISNEWLIFE 3/10/2012 9:24PM

    THAT is sooo awesome Robert!! emoticon I also bawled like a baby when you sent me this story...Soooo inspirational! emoticon

I am glad that you are doing well with your foot! You rock! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 3/10/2012 8:25PM

    YES.YOU.CAN! Awesome!!!

I, too, love their story! Makes my heart MELT! Aww! That is awesome. :-)

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TRUE-NESS 3/10/2012 7:27PM

    Their story is certainly BEYOND inspirational. I cry STILL when I see it!

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JEANNETTE59 3/10/2012 6:02PM

  The Hoyts are an emoticon team and even though I know their story it was a good day for a reminder (feeling a little low). Your blog picked me up and gave me one swift kick and I am grateful.

Glad your P.F. is feeling better. Just keep doing what your doing. Yes You Can emoticon

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DRB13_1 3/10/2012 2:15PM

    Yes, frame the photo and continue to both use the inspiration and BE the inspiration.
Glad your foot is better, and congrats on seeing the improvement in your mile time! Exciting!

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MAUREENGRACE1 3/10/2012 1:56PM

    Hi Robert, once again you have given by sharing. I too have P.F. but am getting better at walking due to stretching, swimming and general exercise. Reading your blogs has made me realise I do not have to sit around feeling sorry for myself, but get out there and enjoy life.
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GETFIT2LIVE 3/10/2012 1:35PM

    What a wonderful gift to receive--their story has inspired many of us to believe that we can do more. That is FABULOUS news about the pain and about the run; as I say, you are going to come back from this stronger and better, Robert. I have no doubt at all about that; yes you can!

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MIQUEY73 3/10/2012 1:23PM

    How awesome! Great idea to put it in your gym.

And congrats on your run! That deserves a big emoticon

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COUNTING_DOWN 3/10/2012 12:06PM

    I'm from the Boston area originally. Seeing them run the marathon give you chills like you can't imagine. Talk about lighting up the crowd. Treasure that picture, and let it push you to places you never dreamed possible. Go for it!

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CAMROLA 3/10/2012 11:28AM

    I read about the Hoyt's a year or two ago & was so moved & inspired! Your post reminded me of what really matters.. Yes, you can. Yes, I can. Thanks for always inspiring me!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/10/2012 11:02AM

    I came across their videos several months ago and cried like a baby too! What an amazing and inspiring story. Congrats on the awesome mile run! emoticon

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SKIRNIR 3/10/2012 10:54AM

    I had to watch a different video to see that Team Hoyt was and what an interesting story. Rick certainly seems to appreciate his dad's efforts and loves the races it looks like.

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CIVIAV 3/10/2012 10:14AM

    Yes we can!

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JENJESS48 3/10/2012 10:07AM

    This calls for a big, fat emoticon

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BILL60 3/10/2012 9:21AM

    The "Hoyts" have, in the past, motivated me to do things I didn't think possible. Bottom line: You bet our Bepee that I can!!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/10/2012 9:17AM

    Glad the foot is better. BTW Dick will be 72 in May. What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing.

Skinny

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LKEITHO 3/10/2012 9:05AM

    That video is definitely one of my favorites. And they are right - you can do this! Especially now that it seems like the foot is doing better.

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CASSIOEPIA 3/10/2012 8:35AM

    Loved their video, and I loved your blog of hope (I too suffer with PF pain).

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LINDAKAY228 3/10/2012 8:35AM

    I've seen their story a few times before and it is so amazing and inspirational. That autographed picture will surely be such an inspiration. If they can you can, and I can. I need to get really hustling again. Thanks for sharing.

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FIT2BETHIN 3/10/2012 8:28AM

    Good for you! I hope you continue to be pain free! Thanks for sharing the Hoyt story...incredibly inspiring!

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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 3/10/2012 8:19AM

    Thank you for sharing this lovely story, Robert. Now I'm going to get off this couch and go for a run emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/10/2012 7:48AM

    yes you can, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOURBONIAN 3/10/2012 7:13AM

    That's awesome!

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CMHARRISON12 3/10/2012 7:12AM

    Robert, Thanks so much for sharing with us this special encouragement in your life. The Hoyt's have been inspirational to me as well. I don't run much anymore due to chronic nerve pain in both feet with morton's nueromas, however, I DO spin and Zumba and other activities that push me. Just so you know, YOU, Robert are often the voice in my head saying "You can!" and "Dig Deeper!". Your journey has been so helpful to me, thanks for all you do to encourage your SparkFriends!

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FITFOODIE806 3/10/2012 7:01AM

    Yes you can! Is right!!! Those are my favorite 3 words. I say it to myself over and over again to the rhythm of my feet during a hard run.
Thanks for sharing the Hoyt's story with people. There are not enough superlatives I the world for the 2 of them.
And high five on the mile!

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MCDOWN75 3/10/2012 6:55AM

    Thank you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/10/2012 6:49AM

    YES you can! I've seen their story and It's amazing!

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DANA564 3/10/2012 6:45AM

    Yes, I've seen the story on the Hoyts, truly inspirational. I had also heard because of his dedication to his son and training, his marriage fell apart. I'm not sure of the details but once again it is all about BALANCE. Hooray for your foot and your mile run! emoticonYou will be back to running your marathon! Yes, emoticon

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LITTLEBO 3/10/2012 1:17AM

    I remember seeing a blurb on this duo competing in a triathalon. They didn't make the time to continue on, and I cried like a baby, too.

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Airing a little frustration, encouraging myself.

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm human and I get frustrated for sure. All is going well except for my foot. As most of you know, I have Plantar Faciitis and I haven't been able to really run. I struggle with the idea of pushing out a treadmill 5K which used to be standard practice. I guess all sorts of stuff goes through your mind when injury happens, stuff like "will this ever end?" or "will things ever be normal again?"

I have made some progress but it is slow, like enduring flaming bamboo shoots under the fingernails. I have been taking out some of my frustration on strength training. I guess that is where alot of the drive is coming from because I have gone after it with a vengeance but it does not replace what I feel when I get out for a long run, it only compliments it. Both go hand in hand, the one does not replace the other and I feel out of balance.

I dont want to be one of these guys I meet at the local box who are in excellent shape, cut with a six pack and turn pale at the thought of running a 10K much less a marathon. There is something in my mental make up that was BORN for endurance sports and will never be satisfied with less.

Not being able to run distance for the time being as forced me to exercise thinking outside my normal paradigm which is a good thing.

Outside the box thinking is one thing that separates those who have the heart to get it done from those who sit on the fence and talk about it. When one has heart and an overwhelming desire to see it through, they will look for a way, no matter how seemingly crazy or unorthodox.

For example, when I was 16, I was overweight, out of shape and wanted to join the Air Force in the worst way. I knew that things could not stay as they were. Sitting on my duff, playing video games and eating pizza had to go. This was something I simply knew intuitively and i acted on it. I out up pictures that I got from the local recruiting office and everyday I woke up, I was looking at my goal pictures.

I had no exercise equipment so I got to work. I found my dads diving weights and ran a rope through them and turned them into a dumbbell, about 10 pounds but after 100 reps, it was enough, and yes, the rope KILLED my hand. I made a jump rope out of clothes line and two broom handles. The lightness of the rope didnt work so good so I wrapped lead solder around key points of the rope to get some good rotation. Then I donned some crappy sneakers and jogged as far as I could and did it consistently. In the end, I lost 25 pounds and was able to enlist shortly after my 17th birthday. After I got out of high school, I went into Basic Military Training and spent my 18th birthday sitting in a barracks shining my boots.

My point in all of that is that if we have heart, we WILL find a way. Circumstance, lack of equipment, finances, nothing will stop you if we are a determined soul and will not let go of our dreams and settle for less. History has taught us that a man in rags with a rifle and 3 bullets fighting for his life, his family, country and his God is more dangerous and unpredictable than a draftee sitting in a tank with the best of everything. All the man in rags can think about is the day he will breathe the air of freedom. To him, nothing else matters. All the guy in the tank can think about is how many days he has left until he gets out and goes home. Total difference.

All I can think about every day is the day I will finally reach maintenance, not a plateau, maintenance. Everyday I get stronger, lighter, faster and with it new ability.

Each new ability obtained adds more spark. Those sparks are fanned into a flame by the winds of freedom until my passion brings liberty.

I will win, will dominate, will have victory and nothing will stop me until there is total and unconditional surrender of my enemy.

My passion is stronger than my injury and I will not be stopped.

I am armored with determination, armed with drive, and the will to see it through is my weapon.

I will find a way.

  
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CHARTHESTAR 9/24/2012 12:19AM

    You are right- it you really want to to do it- you will find a way to make it happen.
The hard part is getting past yourself to get to what you really want.Something I am struggling with right now.

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BECCA315 3/20/2012 7:37AM

    I feel the same way as you, altho' my issue is bad knees, not foot problems. As much as I work out at the gym, it doesn't take the place of walking miles each and every day. I miss walking so much! But it helps to know that others are overcoming health issues, too, and not using them as excuses to quit.

Becca

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KNITTINGNAN 3/13/2012 1:10AM

  How inspiring you are. Thank you for sharing your journey. I am pushing myself to get on that treadmill and start addressing my own problem with plantar fasciitis, which I didn't know I had until I read your blog.

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CAYCESMOM 3/10/2012 6:33PM

    You are always so inspirational. Thank you.

I also had plantar fasciitis. For me, changing shoes changed my life. I now wear Dansko clogs. I work in a hospital, so that works for me. They were like a miracle to me. They are very hard soled and provide a lot of support. I also checked into the good feet support, but they were a bit expensive for me, they seemed like they would work good though.

Good luck to you.
Kelly

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TINLIZZIE15 3/9/2012 6:45PM

  You have an awesome attitude! You will run again, just maybe not tomorrow. Meanwhile you wil choose something else and perhaps come to enjoy that as well.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/9/2012 2:19PM

    I know from reading your posts how much you like to run... but until you heal up have you thought about rowing? Rowing (whether indoors or out) will still give you the cardio endurance factor without being on your foot(feet). Just my little 2cents worth of sunshine...

I hope you find your balance :)

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~Irish

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TMW54812 3/9/2012 2:05PM

    I suffered for years until I did 3 things;
Inserts from a store called "good feet" much cheaper than podiatrist

Sneakers from advisor at New Balance ( I was 365 lbs)

7-8 minutes stretching after walk/jog

I've lost 75 lbs over last 14 months walking/jogging 950 miles!

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TIMBOJ 3/9/2012 11:33AM

  I, too, suffer from plantar fasciitis. What helps me is the foot stretching exercise you will find on the excellent Mayo Clinic website, massage with "Traumeel" homeopathic anti inflammatory. Also, like OKTOTRY, I mix up my cardio with swimming and use of the elliptical as well as the treadmill. Also, new shoes, for me Nike shox, have helped immensely. Good luck!

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MARATEIXEIRA 3/9/2012 11:25AM

    Amazing blog post and truly inspiring."where there's a will there's a way" emoticon

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FLPALM 3/9/2012 11:12AM

    Great BLOG

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JIBBIE49 3/9/2012 10:46AM

    emoticonWhat an honor to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You certainly are an inspiration to others. emoticon

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 3/9/2012 8:14AM

    That was great!! Thank you for sharing that.

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PATTYKLAVER 3/9/2012 8:11AM

    Your attitude is so inspiring! I know you will be successful at whatever you chose to do. I hope your problem with your feet clears up quickly.

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LEANMEAN2 3/9/2012 7:11AM

    Thanks for sharing

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 3/9/2012 6:17AM

    As always.............I needed this today. Thanks for sharing, for putting it out there.........for giving me the kick in the butt I needed on what could have been a lazy Friday for me............

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OK2TRY 3/9/2012 5:20AM

    Is there a way for you to swim? I have found that swimming actually helps injuries while providing workouts (as strenuous as you want) in the meantime.
Also, how about biking? Does that aggravate your fascitis?
You could end up a triathlete and that would give you another outlet for your athleticism.
I am a triathlete (and 65 years old!).One thing I like about it is that injuries are less frequent than if I were practicing the same activity every day. Also, if I do have an injury, I can just shift my workouts.
Good luck whatever you do!

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SASIKHASI1 3/8/2012 11:00PM

    I have the same problem with my feet. Go to a podiarist and get custom made insoles for your shoes. It will make all the difference in the world for your feet and you will be able to walk and run without pain.

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CM_GARDNER78 3/8/2012 7:32PM

    Wow. What an awesome blog! (As always) Can you pack a little of that up and mail it to me?? I have just been having the hardest time lately - and I usually AM the kind of person that just DOES it, despite what may be working against me. But I'll tell ya, when you've been working against something for a long, long time, with little to no results, it gets VERY exhausting!!! And frustrating to say the least! I just need to bite the bullet and just DO what needs DOING!

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PROSPERME 3/8/2012 6:48PM

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JIMIJV 3/8/2012 6:30PM

  I am also dealing with chronic pain (knife stabbing under my fingernails) from achilles tendonitis in both feet , or commonly called heel bone spurs. I get acupuncture weekly (so I don't have to depend on painkillers, stretch the tendon before and after exercising, wear custom orthodics, replace my shoes regularly with good quality, suppportive ones, and use arnica gel topically to the area. All this or surgery! Surgery would set me back on exercising, as it would be a 4 month recovery and the bone spurs would most likely come back ( I have genetically flat feet). I appreciate your attitude and enthusiasm. Thank you!!!!

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DEEJACKSON 3/8/2012 5:30PM

    Love the attitude!!! Great Blog!

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MOMSUE1 3/8/2012 4:41PM

    You know the meaning of a Positive Mental Attitude!! This will get you far in life no matter what your goal is!!! Keep up the great work!!

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CJMCCRAY 3/8/2012 3:55PM

    Super attitude! Good luck on your healing process.

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GRLEGRL9 3/8/2012 2:45PM

    emoticon motivating post! You have an amazing positive attitude!

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BERRISWEET 3/8/2012 2:27PM

    Love your determination!

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THEIS58 3/8/2012 1:11PM

    continue on!

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KIPPER15 3/8/2012 12:57PM

    emoticon Great attitude. You will do it.

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SIRCATNIP1 3/8/2012 12:45PM

    You rock!

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NANAMOM652009 3/8/2012 12:13PM

    emoticonBlog.
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Thanks for sharing!

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WALKSINLIGHT 3/8/2012 12:02PM

    You are so inspiring - we all need a burning desire to focus on - goals are so important ! Thank you for sharing and I wish you everything of the best !

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TWARRICK1 3/8/2012 11:33AM

  I lost 120 lbs as of this morning. It took 5 years of dieting and frustration. I'm retired military. My injuries from Iraq were a struggle in more ways than I ever imagined. Learning how to walk again. Trying to get back who I once was wasn't an easy goal. I gained weight that doubled my body size. What I learned through all this is: Our biggest struggle is mental. In order to beat the outside, we have to heal the inside. You can beat this. You will beat this. Each day brings a new day with no mistakes. This is what I tell myself every day. I am the man I am supposed to be (in heart). So are you. You got this!

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DEBK0923 3/8/2012 11:32AM

    Good blog and attitude keep it up

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SUNFIREGIRL1 3/8/2012 11:10AM

    I struggle with plantar faciitis and a bone spur in my heel also so I know your pain....literally!!!! It totally stopped my running program last year but I'm not letting it stop me this year.

Keep up the positive thinking and the determination!! You can do this...good luck!!!! emoticon

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PRISCILLAZ 3/8/2012 10:49AM

  Keep your head up! Your attitude is one of an winner. Yeah for you!

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BUFFALOKAY 3/8/2012 10:13AM

    YES - you will find a way
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CHRIMSONFYRE 3/8/2012 9:38AM

    It is a slow process, as I learn each day, but we can do this!

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PILGRIM09 3/8/2012 9:36AM

  I used to suffer from PF. Someone told me of a supplement (benfotiamine) that would help. I was skeptical but felt I had little to lose so I gave it a try. I am so glad I did. It completely took the pain away in just a few days. And even better news, I have not had to continue taking the supplement. I think I took 2 bottles and never reordered. It has been 2 years and I am still pain free. The brand I took was Doctor's Best. Good luck to you!
Hope

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TLORB123 3/8/2012 9:36AM

    Great attitude, and great post!

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TAGSUIT2 3/8/2012 9:19AM

    I hope you feel better, you're pointed in the right direction. It took me a minute to get the men in the tank but i finally caught on. God bless you.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/8/2012 9:11AM

    Great post....

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THEIS58 3/8/2012 8:45AM

    great!

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LIZPAGE10 3/8/2012 8:01AM

  Going through foot injury issues past two months. At first, excuse to do nothing. Posts like your remind and encourage me to do what I can each day. Keep moving in the right direction. That's what's important! That's what the goal is!

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HEARTS116 3/8/2012 7:51AM

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Keeping thinking positive thoughts!

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JOYCRN 3/8/2012 7:29AM

    I had plantar fasciitis a couple of years ago, but have no issues with it now (lots of other aches and pains though!) I think the key for me was a change in footwear-some of my shoes that looked comfortable were putting pressure in the area and the other key was the constant stretching. Any time I rolled over in bed I would point my toes toward my head.

Are you using the bike trainer I saw in another blog post? I think if you push your self on the bike like you would on a run you will get some of the same endorphin high and be ready for the warm weather too!

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A peek at my home gym...

Saturday, March 03, 2012

This is the message I have written in dry erase on the glass on the door going into the gym



some pics taped under the message on the door - I'm a guy and I didn't have any duct tape at the time so I used electrical tape... the gym needed the "man's touch"




My Treadmill, BOSU, and stability ball..


Bike set up as an indoor trainer.. Cycleops Magneto


Kettlebells (25,20,10lbs), Speedweights (the dumbbells with multiple plates), and a couple of 35 pounders. The speedweights allow you to use just one weight but you can change the weight from 5 to 25 lbs. Major space saving idea there!



My WOD board (Workout Of the Day) - I set up my workout on the board and track what i do over several days in the left margin..


WOD board close up... it says "Join The WOD Squad"
-the time is the duration of the exercise and the >x3 means I do the complete circuit 3 times..it doesnt look like much but after the 3rd round...im about to cry uncle.


-Motivational pic taped at the bottom of WOD board - again with designer tape..


-part of my library, I have quite a few books out on loan right now...




I basically study workout videos and then incorporate Crossfit intensity to it and it really has been producing some amazing results. I almost killed myself with a 20 lb kettlebell when I first started, now I just did a Crossfit workout with a 35 pounder without any trouble.

For those that have known me for a while know that I have had a serious mental block when it comes to strength training. Its almost like i was so cardio focused that I regarded ST almost as a waste of time. Basically I was going to put forth so much effort with minimal results and burn far fewer calories than I was currently at the time.

Boy was I wrong.

Regular ST was kinda mundane in my mind but once i started Crossfit, things changed. About the same time, I really got into the Kettlebells and between what I do at Crossfit and what I do at home with the Kettlebells, free weights and cardio on the bike and treadmill, I can really feel the difference and have gotten alot of compliments. My body has started changing in about 2-3 months of short but intense workouts on top of my typical cardio sessions.

My arms are starting to get cut, legs were already cut from all of the running. I can now handle doing 40 situps x3 without going into a spasm in my core. I am really starting to toughen up and it has been worth the effort.

The part that I noticed the most was I could do Crossfit style burpees without dying. I can now actually drop to the deck into a squat thrust then jump up into a jumping jack style overhead hand clap. That is so huge for me. I am really seeing some fitness gains and am looking forward to the day when I can do an unassisted pull up.

When I get the remaining 50 lbs off, I have a feeling this is going to turn out pretty good. It will reveal what i have been working on for so long but it has been buried. I guess it's cool to have somewhat of a physique but I am most interested in what that strength is going to do for me as I prep for endurance events. I can tell a difference in my treadmill 1 mile runs. With a stronger core, my running is far more efficient and I have reduced my mile time from 15 min mile to 12:30 without hardly any running at all. I couldn't run much due to my Plantar Fasciitis so the improvements could only come from one place....strength training.

I am hooked on Kettlebells, they are far from boring and it is the perfect blend of cardio, and real-world strength training rather than single muscle group isolation on a machine.

Also, I just got some TRX bands as well for suspension training.

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    emoticon home gym. I like the idea that you are mixing it up and not just sticking to one type of workout.

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SHOOPETTE 3/17/2012 3:34AM

    NIiiiiiiiice, I love the idea of the WOD, I am pretty visual and that would help me a lot.


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PAULOBRY 3/11/2012 11:06AM

    Thanks for sharing. Its neat to see pictures including the whiteboard.

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SWEETBUNNIE50 3/10/2012 7:51PM

    Love the home Gym i just joined a gym last July & signed a 3 yr contract ugh. Wish i had the motivation you had to create my own but i guess that's what's helping motivate me to go to the gym it's costing me lol, Anyhow loved your Blog your defiantly an inspiration to me. As of today i too have decided to incorporate more ST because i kinda feel like I'm at a plateau with just the cardio. Your Awesome emoticon

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MMRB7111 3/10/2012 9:06AM

    Great home gym. It is such a blessing to have a home gym. I would not work out as much as I have been doing if it was not for my home gym. It is good you have all your equipment in one room. I such it makes it easier to get a great workout. I am hoping in my next space I can have a room just for the home gym.

Thanks for sharing.

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DELGADITA69 3/8/2012 9:24PM

    Way to go!!!!

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LITHETHA 3/8/2012 4:17PM

    thinking of starting a home gym too,way to go

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MXDADVTRGRL85 3/8/2012 10:15AM

    Ever so inspired! I have to work on putting more ST into my workout. But not get all packed out. I do more pilatesm yoga, and the elliptical then anything else.

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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 3/7/2012 8:50PM

    Love your home gym, Robert! ST is the way to go. I'm having amazing results since I started focusing on ST rather than cardio and I've only been doing it for 21 days.

Thanks for all your great blogs. Even though I don't comment on all of them, I really enjoy reading them. Very inspirational!

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STELA731 3/7/2012 8:04PM

    Robert, you rock!!!

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CORYGIRL42 3/7/2012 11:02AM

    Sweet home gym!! The idea of the dry erase board is genius!! getting one this week myself, thank you!! Most people have told me to concentrate on cardio and when I get closer to my goal start adding weights. Something told me they were wrong and I do both with some good results. I can't lift alot(YET), but that will change. Hubby hugged me yesterday and said "something feels different" and I almost cried!! Of course they were tears of joy. Thanks for the great ideas and keep up the emoticon work!!

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ASTRONGNEWME 3/7/2012 9:18AM

    I have been eyeing some speed weights like that. Right now I have a dangerous pile of dumbbells in the closet, just waiting to crush my foot when I open the door and they all fall over!

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WARMSTRONG2 3/6/2012 11:15PM

  Great blog. Great gym. Great attitude.

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CHELAGETSFIT 3/6/2012 6:49PM

    Love the home gym!! I have a white board in the room that will be a home gym eventually. We have out P90X workout schedule on it. I keep contemplating buying a treadmill but then I think it's a waste of money because I can run/walk outside, but then I dont do it so having one at home would be beneficial but... I guess I'll keep contemplating it for now. LOL!!

Keep up the awesome ST workouts!!

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TRILLIUM22 3/6/2012 5:43PM

    oh my I want to come visit

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ELPTCLWIZARD 3/6/2012 3:30PM

    You just gave me the best interior decorating idea I have had in a while. I have an extra room, I have equipment, I have a stereo and bingo ....I have my own home gym. I want to find inspirational posters and take pics of my self getting slimmer and have a board like yours,,,,,,thanks man! you just inspired me to be more motivated!!!!! HOORAH!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APPLEHEADHONEY 3/6/2012 2:13PM

  Wow, I'm so inspired! emoticon

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DEBMARBAKER 3/6/2012 10:05AM

    So freaking wonderful! LOVE IT!!!

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MAMASUDS 3/6/2012 2:14AM

    Yes! I love the organization here! Charts, tool, posters, books, - my type of place. I look forward to seeing the new you pictured next to the bike guy on the board! Go gett'm!

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DANCINGJONI 3/6/2012 12:52AM

    Wow, that is impressive. I have quite a few things (not nearly as good as yours) but I do not even use my stuff when I should, alone. I do fine three times a week going to deep water aqua, but I do not do well on my own so more power to you. emoticon You are absolutely awsome!

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SSYEAW 3/5/2012 11:50PM

    I am strictly cardio.....I do no strength training at all. I've been doing this for about 1.5 months now.
Kettlebells huh? You'll be that voice in the back of my head now.
I think your home gym is awesome.

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XXMILAXX 3/5/2012 10:27PM

    LOVE your set-up! More power to you!

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EXERTIGER 3/5/2012 10:17PM

    Love the gym. How is the bike setup working for you? I thought of going that way, but bought an exercise bike. Three months in I had to change the chain and I wish the seat would go up higher and change angles. Can't wait to have warm enough weather to ride outside.

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TODAYIAM 3/5/2012 10:16PM

    W_O_W

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/5/2012 10:07PM

    Dude, you're my hero!!!

I need a personal man-cave/gym....maybe even hire a live-in trainer!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 3/5/2012 9:26PM

  LOVE IT!

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    Very organized. Looks great and is working. emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 3/5/2012 8:10PM

    Very impressive. You are clearly determined to meet your goals for yourself.
Best of luck.

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-PINKPRINCESS- 3/5/2012 6:46PM

    Very cool!

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    That looks great! Love the set up! emoticon

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MELINDAM85 3/5/2012 6:12PM

    Looks great!

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LINDA67241 3/5/2012 5:27PM

    WOW!!!! Great set-up!. No excuses now emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You have definitely "DID YOUR THING!!!"

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KRISTEN_SAYS 3/5/2012 5:07PM

    Awesome!

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CLPURNELL 3/5/2012 5:01PM

    NICE!!!

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PEACHY619 3/5/2012 4:47PM

    Looks GREAT (:

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DEE797 3/5/2012 4:40PM

    Thanks for the look inside your gym. Like your use of the designer tape...LOL! Haven't used kettlebells yet, just have dumbbells and bands. Wishing you success on your journey! emoticon

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TIFFY0906 3/5/2012 4:15PM

    I have a home gym also with 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 12lb dumbbells - barbell with 10, 15 and 25lbs, resistance band, a long and short step and plenty of exercise DVDs.

Thanks for showing us your home gym - I really like the dry erase board and the motivational pictures.

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BEATLETOT 3/5/2012 3:26PM

    Your workout room looks GREAT! It was awesome seeing pictures of it!

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VICKYMARIEC 3/5/2012 3:15PM

    I love your board and kettlebell set! I started with just one 7 pounder to see if i like it.

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C410BERRYMOORE 3/5/2012 3:01PM

  That's kool!!! I have a mini workout gym too. It consist of an Ab Lounger, 3lb and 5lb dumb bells, a trampoline, radio, TV for workout DVD's, books and more.

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SHELLEY81 3/5/2012 2:43PM

    I love kettlebells! Your workout room looks awesome! enjoy!

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ALLIEALLIE2 3/5/2012 1:32PM

    Excellent!!

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    Awesome...and i love how you've found space saving equipment as well emoticon

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Officially The Best Dad In The Universe....

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My daughter had her sweet 16th birthday tonight. I was supposed to be working a 12 hr night shift tonight. I only get one personal day a year so you kinda have to make it count. I called in and used it today, I felt it was very important for me to be there for her birthday this year since it is her 16th. It is not uncommon for me to miss events due to a unfriendly work schedule so she would have understood but this time it was going to be different.


This picture taken after winning the "pin the crown on the princess" game. After being mercilessly spun around I managed a near perfect hit on the princess and won a Tiara and a glitter notebook. I even got my picture taken with the birthday queen. However, in light of the hard effort of the second place runner up, I abdicated my hard earned prize to her. It took alot of courage for a 42+ yr old guy to go head to head with a group of wild teenagers but old age and treachery will always overcome youth and vigor lol.....




Then i successfully transitioned to the next event, the cotton ball scoop.

I had to close my eyes and scoop as many cotton balls out of the bowl in my lap and get them into the bowl on my head in one minute. I did ok but I did not represent my age group very well in that event...no awards...

Last but not least..
I had to guess the amount of candy inside a plastic piggy bank. I guessed 400, it was actually around 325. Again, no age group awards....

All in all, the birthday triathlon was a great success and now I was crowned the coolest dad ever. I would not, however, recommend fueling with pizza in between events. I think it caused me to lose some of my focus....
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there is always next year... I have 350 days to train then its taper time.. I will overcome.

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KELLIGIRL523 3/7/2012 9:33AM

    emoticon you are absolutely a winner!!

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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/6/2012 11:50PM

  Way to go, Dad! Your daughter had the best sweet 16 gift...you!

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LAURIE5658 3/6/2012 2:52PM

    Rawk! And that is a great thing!

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RUNNER12COM 3/6/2012 2:44PM

    What a fun blog, and obviously, a fun and very special night for your whole family. I love that you were able to be part of it!

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MOSTMOM1 3/4/2012 7:18AM

    Good choice, making that your one day off. She'll remember that forever and so will you. Good job, Dad!

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LINDABENEDICT 3/3/2012 10:32PM

    Wow ! What a great dad you are !!!!!!

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IMIN2GENES 3/3/2012 8:21AM

    LOL! You're an awesome dad! Your daughter is beautiful and looks quite happy to have you there. I think it's awesome that you are such a great sport and played all the games. Now THAT takes a real man!
Chris
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AMY_1217 3/2/2012 11:56PM

    LOL that's awesome!

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SUCCESSN2014 3/2/2012 6:24PM

    Take it from someone whose father was never there for her (yes we did live under the same roof) your daughter will remember this for the rest of her life! Way to go!

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SPAYYOURCAT 3/2/2012 3:45PM

    What a cool dad you are!
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CATIATM 3/2/2012 1:35PM

    You really ARE the coolest dad ever! I'm sure she will remember how special you made her feel for many many years to come.

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FUZZYBEEZ 3/2/2012 2:07AM

    She'll remember this in the future with a smile.....I know I would of loved having my Dad do things like this for me back when.

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AMANDA_C 3/1/2012 10:58PM

    Sounds like a great way to spend your personal day!

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KAREN_NY 3/1/2012 9:39PM

    You're just plain awesome. She'll remember this one. And happy birthday to her.... happy dad day to you. :)

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ASTRONGNEWME 3/1/2012 11:58AM

    I think the picture of you wearing the tiara should be your profile picture :)

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 2/29/2012 8:07AM

    My two children remember much from their childhood. The love those happy memories.............the things we all can say "Remember when...............?" about and truly enjoy. What they are the most sad about to this day are the things that their Dad (who is still alive, mind you, but not very active in either of their lives for this very reason) did NOT attend, did NOT do with them, did NOT become involved in.

Taking that personal day ............... what an awesome thing to do, Dad. Your DD will remember THAT as time goes on more than she'll remember anything else about that party.

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CLPURNELL 2/28/2012 4:42PM

    Awesome! My daughter turned 16 in Jan so I get this lol!

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DHARMAPHILE 2/28/2012 2:05PM

    That's so lovely! You are such a great Dad and you have a beautiful daughter! I'm sure you made that one of her best birthdays ever!

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    Love this! emoticon

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VERGE_OF_ME 2/27/2012 10:17PM

    Those memories are priceless...she will never forget that day...I can promise you that : )
So happy you were able to spend that special time with your girl!

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THECRAZYMANGO 2/27/2012 10:08PM

    emoticon I'm sure your daughter is very proud of you!!!

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IMSMILEY88 2/27/2012 10:05PM

    Happy Birthday to your dd! And, it sounds like you are a terrific dad!!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/27/2012 9:12PM

    You are emoticonIt looks like you had a blast and I'm sure you daughter was excited to have you there.

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PIXIEMOM13 2/27/2012 5:24PM

    I love it! And you can tell by the pictures your daughter does too.



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KKINNEA 2/27/2012 3:07PM

    Awesome!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/27/2012 1:18PM

    What an amazing gift you gave your daughter and yourself!
Looks like everyone had a fantastic time too.

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LIFESANATTITUDE 2/27/2012 11:50AM

    What a great daddy!

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EUPHRATES 2/27/2012 12:37AM

    LOLZ
Awesome!

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CANNIE50 2/26/2012 11:02PM

    SO sweet. What a good daddy. One of the biggest advantages a young woman can have is the love and guidance of a wonderful dad - your daughter scored.

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DOODIE59 2/26/2012 10:41PM

    Ya -- here's to old age and treachery~ Where would we be without them?:)

Glad a good time was had by all. It might not seem like it when you're in the midst of things, but time with your children flies past. I'm glad you were there.
Deirdre

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/26/2012 10:12PM

    You deserve a great dad award emoticon, you are emoticon. Happy 16 to your sweet daughter and it is great you have a good relationship! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 2/26/2012 10:07PM

    Good for you! And congrats to your daughter on turning 16!

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    You Rock, Dad! She will remember this forever! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRISHBEANERGAL 2/26/2012 5:42PM

    YOU ROCK... wish my dad had been as involved as you seem to be.

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SUPERGIRLVEGAS 2/26/2012 5:41PM

    That's awesome! Those memories will last forever. :-)

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  emoticon You are definitely a Super Dad emoticon

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JUNEPA 2/26/2012 4:30PM

    way to go, it is sooo important for kids to have involved, supportive and loving parents


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KITHKINCAID 2/26/2012 3:54PM

    You are SUCH a cool dad. But I think it's an even better sign that your daughter still wants you at her Sweet 16. That's a true testament to just how awesome you are. Congrats on the tiara win - you look ravishing in sparkle :)

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AIMLESS07 2/26/2012 3:04PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/26/2012 2:03PM

    LOVE IT!! :-) You are a great dad!! Happy sweet 16 to your daughter!

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GARDENQE2 2/26/2012 1:38PM

    HEEHEEHEE!
The cottonball game has always been one of my favorites...I never thought of getting Dad to play...what fun!
You are the best!

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TRILLIUM22 2/26/2012 12:15PM

    emoticonBest Dad

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    Sounds like your daughter has one great Dad!! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 2/26/2012 12:13PM

    Hahaa. Nice! Well done, Dad!
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KATHY_NATURELVR 2/26/2012 11:50AM

    Great job Dad!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 2/26/2012 11:16AM

    the 25th was my 60th Birthday. Had a great party. Wish I had some of your athletic events but we just danced and mingles. I got to wear the tiara. Pictures to come. Sounds like ya'll had a great time.

Skinny
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REDRUNNERMOM713 2/26/2012 10:41AM

    What an awesome Dad you are! Memories were made that will never be forgotten and that was very big of you to give up your Tiara that you worked so hard for emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/26/2012 10:31AM

    How cool! SOmething both of you will always remember!

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    What a Dad!

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A matter of duty and of conscience...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I haven't seen the series "My 600 pound life" on TLC, I don't have the service but I did see some clips.. That's all I needed to see. It all came back to me, how I felt, the struggles, the lost feeling.

I regard my thirties as the "Lost Decade". Those years will never be reclaimed, they are lost forever, a time that would be regarded as my best years. Gone, lost to morbid obesity.

Now that I have regained a great deal of my freedom back, I am once again reminded that although I struggle with things, they pale in comparison with those who are wondering if this day will be their last. The things I now enjoy, some only dream of.

Running? you have got to be kidding, let's just try to get to the mailbox, get out of bed, or just breathe without help. I don't want to take this second chance at life for granted.

My Spark Friend JMERLAU asked me a question the other day, basically, what got me going on my journey or what motivated me. In short, I told him that when a man is fighting for his life, the gloves come off.

One thing though that I failed to mention is that I had a trainer who was there for me during the critical parts of my journey. After I lost 50 pounds, I regained 20 during a personal crisis and could not get my momentum going again after it was over. Although I am not with that trainer anymore and haven't been since last summer, the lessons I have learned are a big reason I made it this far.

I didn't do this totally alone, she was there for me when the battle could have gone either way.

The lessons learned - Never quit!, Make and keep the commitment even if it is a small one at all costs, and do it even when you don't feel like it. Master that, and you will come out the winner.

I know how much it meant to me to have someone who cared around, yes it was her job, but I knew that she cared. You can tell.

After seeing those clips of people in such dire condition, for a moment, I guess a moment of clarity, I saw myself as having escaped a burning building but I can hear others still inside. Do I walk away and be content with the fact that I got out, now I can move on, sighing with relief?

It is my firm belief that those of us who have lost a significant amount of weight have an obligation to pay it forward. We have, as a matter of duty and conscience, the burden of sharing our knowledge and experience with those who are getting started, struggling, or are trying to find the will to begin again.

I'm not a fireman but I can help pull a fire hose, carry equipment or help in anyway I can. I really don't know where this will lead. I have felt it for a long time and have always leaned in the direction of trying to help others in some way.

Its pretty murky right now but I have learned that what some people call "luck" is really found at the intersection where preparation meets opportunity. Maybe I am in the preparation stage for something meaningful. I don't know.

Maybe the highest calling of duty and conscience is to simply be a friend and to reach out.

  
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ANDYLIN90 3/30/2012 6:04PM

    Your blog brought tears to my eyes...your compassion and commitment are very inspiring. I think about my 350 pounds + sister-in-law who thinks it is impossible to lose weight. I will share your blogs with her. Congratulations and thanks for posting.

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JMW65483 3/15/2012 7:48PM

  What most of us either seem to forget or never realized in the first place is that God allows us to do some pretty stupid stuff but then when we are are on the other side of it expects us to use the lessons we learned along the way to be a blessing to those that are in a similar situation.
One of the greatest blessing we can have is being a blessing to someone else who is in need.

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DEBBIELYNNE64 3/4/2012 2:15PM

    Lots to think about here and it is true, we do have a responsibility to help and encourage others on this journey called Life.

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4BARBIE44 3/2/2012 9:08AM

    I always look forward to reading your blogs. You have such a way with writing. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 2/29/2012 8:01AM

    You have been both, friend and helper, all in one very enlightening blog. Once again you've touched my heart and my day. I'm glad to be one of those friends...........

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VIKINGAA 2/28/2012 3:29PM

    Very thoughtful and insightful. I think you are helping others.

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NEWFORTE 2/28/2012 6:10AM

    Words touch me, and yours just did. I am at the beginning of regaining my health and what I just read from your heart spoke to mine.

Thank you for your inspiration.

You are right......you have a mission.

We all do.

You just helped me, now I must continue the domino effect.

Next....

Have a blessed day !!!
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TXGRANDMA 2/27/2012 6:53PM

    How true! What a thought provoking blog. It especially struck me when you said you couldn't walk away, thinking how lucky you were to escape, and leave the others to their fate! If more people had your compassion, the world would be a much kinder place! emoticon

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REJ7777 2/27/2012 5:49PM

    I've just read a couple of your blogs, and I assure you that you're already motivating and helping people! And because you do care, who knows where it will lead. emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 2/26/2012 2:58PM

    thanks for the great blog it made me stop and think have a great day emoticon emoticon

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YOMAMA128 2/26/2012 12:44PM

    This is a wonderful blog - once again. I love your analogy of the burning building with people left inside.

Yes -- we all help each other in this life. In terms of the weight loss journey, your having "been there" will be such an authentic and meaningful inspiration to many. It already is!

THESE are the best years -- right now!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your caring commitment to helping others on their journey. You inspire us all!



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SAPHRAEL 2/26/2012 10:45AM

    Yay! Wonderful thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

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SISSYB3 2/26/2012 10:06AM

    You've given me lots to think about this morning...thank you! I got derailed after a 20 pound loss and regained it all plus a couple and have been struggling to get back on track. You have helped by sharing! Thank you!

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GINA180847 2/26/2012 8:33AM

    I forgot to add that not only are we doing better more often than not but we also realize that we need to help our fellow man then we have the gas to fuel the journey with caring and that we are not alone.

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GINA180847 2/26/2012 8:30AM

    Once again a very thoughtful blog. That person who gets depressed, it sounds so familiar. I think that is what it is for us all. Eating becomes a way of comforting ourselves and trying to munch our way out of the abyss. Then we have a wake-up moment where we realize what we are doing is just so destructive and we try not only to stop but to do something better. It is when we do better far more often than not that we are climbing out of the abyss.

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QUEENMABE 2/26/2012 6:23AM

  Wonderful blog--thnxs

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STARPLEWIS 2/26/2012 6:21AM

  Friends helped me through and still do, though not with weight loss. Depression is my demon and I fight everyday just to get out of bed. Without my friends who make sure that I continue to be okay it would be much harder. In return I try to make sure that I say Thank you, that I smile even when it would be easier to cry. I say Thank you to ON2VICTORY. Keep paying it forward.

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BLOOMING52 2/26/2012 5:57AM

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LORIAPO 2/25/2012 11:25PM

    I know you will help many more in different ways after this;
but always remember
that you have helped so many already.

You are an inspiration
and your blog was very touching.
Thanks for taking the time to share with us, those thoughts & feelings.

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MRFUZZ 2/25/2012 8:53PM

    You are helping so many people....more than you will ever know. We are all lucky you got out of "the burning building". You continue to inspire us, with your weight loss and your kindness.

Like it or not, we are all role models. Our actions can help break someone down, or help make them whole. Yours are helping make people whole. emoticon

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77GRAMMY 2/25/2012 5:20PM

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SLUDERCATS 2/25/2012 4:55PM

    Paying it forward is the best way to go...also, a great movie.

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JOISIEE 2/25/2012 1:02PM

    Beautifully stated. Thank you.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 2/25/2012 11:12AM

    Great blog! I always love reading your blogs and find them so inspiring. You always say something that really hits me and makes me think. You definitely have a gift of encouraging others. Pay it forward for sure!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 2/25/2012 8:55AM

    Thank you for sharing - and paying it forward! I am sure you help many people (including myself!) just by sharing your journey!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 2/25/2012 7:54AM

    Great blog! Congrads on progress!

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FUZZYBEEZ 2/25/2012 4:21AM

    I have seen the show you speak of. The episodes I've watched motivate me in so many ways. I am not 600 pounds, but I should probably loose about half my body weight to be at a healthy level. I see these people and wonder how did they get to that point. And then instead of sitting there watching the show I get up and exercise while watching the show.



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VERGE_OF_ME 2/25/2012 1:35AM

    I am driven to try and help others....the how of that for me remains to be seen as of yet, but it is something that I feel so strongly about. I can simply not stand to think about leaving anyone behind in that burning building I existed in for so long...now that I have found the way out. Wonderfully compassionate and compelling blog....thank you.

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FINDYOURSPARK 2/25/2012 1:08AM

    I'm so with you on this! I have that same feeling. I just want to help people. I struggle with it though, since I have not yet mastered it myself. I feel like people will think I'm a hypocrite. But I SO want to help and motivate people! Great blog!

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MISSLISA1973 2/25/2012 12:32AM

    That wasn't a lost decade. You are a different person because of it. Probably more compassionate and understanding. More grateful for your life, and hopeful for what you can become. Of course, you are already awesome, but growing in awesomeness every day.

emoticonLisa

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DENISEFULLER 2/25/2012 12:23AM

    For someone in that situation to hear that you were there and see where you are now, I would think they'd feel like if you could do it, they can. It's generous of you to reach out to them.

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REBECCA180 2/24/2012 11:59PM

    Beautifully said!

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FREE_TO_BE 2/24/2012 11:51PM

    I love your message and commitment to paying it forward. Thank you for sharing!

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DRB13_1 2/24/2012 11:42PM

    keep paying it forward...

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SKIRNIR 2/24/2012 11:09PM

    I so agree, but how to help others in a similar boat? I have a friend of mine that I can't help but think he isn't going to live another year. He can hardly stand for more than a minute and his legs will start hurting him, etc. STanding in the line at the food pantry, I just want to either help him sit down or smack him. I just don't know how to help. I mean, I want to help him, not drive him away. I have told him that I worry about him and don't think he is going to live another five years. I mentioned that spark people has a chair cardio video, and a chair exercise message board group. He has seen my 50 pound weight loss with spark also. I don't know what else to do that won't drive him away instead.

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CAROLJ35 2/24/2012 10:52PM

    Great blog!!!

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DELGADITA69 2/24/2012 10:41PM

    Awesome and so true. We cannot forget where we have been and look to others in the same condition only to help them up. Thanks for sharing.

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BOURBONIAN 2/24/2012 10:34PM

    Thanks for sharing your story, you look great!

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ARTJAC 2/24/2012 10:31PM

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NUMD97 2/24/2012 9:32PM

    Your generosity, Robert, I am starting to learn, knows no bounds. From where I sit, your newfound life is just beginning. Your caring spirit will be amply rewarded, I do believe that.

I wish you nothing but continued success,

Nu

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LLINDY65 2/24/2012 8:45PM

    Couldn't agree more! emoticon

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OSUBUCKI101 2/24/2012 7:52PM

    You are a friend and inspiration to all you touch! I bet you have had an impact on people who you may never know. You are amazing!

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MAVERICK59 2/24/2012 6:25PM

    I agree with what you say here. I do my best to pay it forward, even when I am not feeling very strong in my program.
Thank you for caring. It is so rare to read a blog that really is meant to help others.
God Bless you on your journey.

Belinda

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46SHADOW 2/24/2012 6:18PM

    i dobn't even know you and I'm proud of you!

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TIFFY0906 2/24/2012 5:00PM

    emoticon - love this blog, thanks for inspiring me

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DUXGRL1 2/24/2012 4:29PM

    I totally agree with you!

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