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A quick update in video format...


Monday, March 12, 2012


Here is a quick update in video form. I am not really good at candid vblogging since I do struggle with public speaking but I am just tossing this one out there with the idea that I want to do more in the future once i get over my stage fright.

Ultimately I want to start V-blogging more often. I have to say that there is a certain fear that I do have. I guess I need to address that fear for me to really make progress. I have enjoyed the companionship of alot of people on Sparkpeople and you have been overwhelmingly supportive of my journey. You folks are truly my lifeline but there is a self-consciousness that I still fight that tells me that if people were to see the real me, that they wont like me as much, which is ridiculous but I have my struggles too ya know..

I do want to attach a face to the blogs that so many people read so that you can really get to know me rather than the "spit polished" blogs that I produce sometimes.

Sometimes I am not so refined as my writing seems to be but thats ok, I really think that you need to see the person side of me. I am not superhuman just because I did a few things and lost a few pounds.

I struggle, I have to put action before feelings for those times I really want to just sit there, I still over eat at times, I can be weird too....trust me....

But one thing is for sure, I have a compassionate heart. It's not enough for me to have lost what I have lost and get fit. I want to take someone with me. I want someone to maybe see me and all of my bumbling and get the idea that if he can do it, so can I.

I want you to come with me.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 3/16/2012 2:00PM

    I wish I had a treadmill so I could get my walking in and not worry about the injury because I could stop and sit if it started ti hurt. I don't have that option. Also the weather being yucky, rainy, dismal, too cold, too snowy.. often stops me. I do enjoy doing dance parties by myself or with my son or husband - dancing in the living room to some good music on Pandora.com (playing over the Roku). I can skip the songs I don't like, so that helps, too.

I'm debating entering a 2 mile walk on the last Sat. in March and a 5K walk the week afterwards.. but don't dare pre-register in case my knee goes out of alignment again and I have too much pain to even begin. But if I do start it and then have injury, don't they have some cars or people with walkie talkies along the route in case someone needs help - so I could get a ride back to the start if necessary??

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TXLOIS99 3/13/2012 7:21PM

    Great job! I enjoyed seeing you talk on vid and I really appreciated the tips on the foot/heel injury. I have been having pain in my heel for over a month and you are right, stretching has been a big help and knowing when to give it a break. I don't think I have the same injury as you, but do believe we just have to manage to make the best with what we have and hopefully it will work itself out in time.

Amazing job you have done for yourself and also for others. Thank you :)

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JEANNETTE59 3/13/2012 5:17PM

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MIMOTOGO 3/13/2012 2:32PM

    Robert you did a GREAT V-Blog! I agree with the others that it is nice to see your face and hear the sincerity in your voice. You have been an Inspirational Blogger so now with the V-blog, we will get to see where you really are coming from.

So happy to know that some Ins. Co.'s will pay for orthodox. I need to check into that. Hope it all works out for the best.

I think one thing that I have noticed is that you are being more reasonable to yourself. That is something that I am currently working on. Not expecting what I used to be able to do. Living with my limitations not as a downer but as something to be able to say "Wow I did it".

So cool about your Personal Trainer Certification. You will be a GREAT trainer. You have pretty much tested the waters on so many things and had many set backs along the way. All the while, dealing, recovering, only to bounce back stronger. You remind me of the little train that COULD. I loved reading that to my son. It's so true, when you believe in yourself, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!

Thank you Robert for extending yourself and getting out of your comfort zone. We love to hear about your accomplishments. It inspires us to do more. Keep up the GREAT WORK!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/13/2012 1:17PM

    love the bike in the background love.saying you are too lazy to right a blog was not true after all yu did do some typing as well as the vlog.love your voice.good work on the treadmill workouts.take care and keep smiling.keep on keeping on. emoticon

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TEXASCATFOOD 3/13/2012 11:21AM

    Loved your vlog. There's a reason I subscribe to your blogs: they are very real & I always learn something. So glad your plantar fasciitis......(sp?) is doing so much better. Interested in hearing about your custom-made running shoes somewhere down the line. And I'm proud of you for not "cowboying up" and hurting yourself when you were out -- that's a hard one, I think.

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CHANGINGSAM 3/13/2012 10:40AM

    I think you did a great job with the vlog! I'm happy your injury is getting better too! Way to go on the PR mile and the 5k!

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SKIRNIR 3/13/2012 9:38AM

    Great video blog. You made some good points that many of us need to be reminded of. IE that sometimes, especially when recovering from an injury, we have to pull the plug sometimes. I have had to do that a time or two, sometimes on the treadmill, sometimes elsewhere, and I always feel like a wimp when I do it, especially as I don't have an injury. But we do have to listen to our bodies if we want to avoid injuries.

I do agree that the treadmill is a wonderful device for working up to a higher level after an injury or anytime.

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MIQUEY73 3/13/2012 9:32AM

    Great vblog! You'll do great this fall with the testing!

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CIVIAV 3/13/2012 9:26AM

    I'm with ya!

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LIV2RIDE 3/13/2012 7:03AM

    Great video. speaking is much more raw than writing. I can always make my blogs "sound right" by deleting my real thoughts and putting them in readable format.

I think putting your ego aside and doing what is best is one of the hardest things to learn. We all struggle with that one from time to time especially when we are recovering from an injury.

Good luck with your certification. you will be an awesome trainer. emoticon

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JPONCIN 3/13/2012 6:09AM

    This was awesome! I loved meeting you in person! :)

I'm so excited for you and your training endeavor. I think because you have been on "the other side", you will be a very effective trainer.

Thanks for talking about comparing yourself with your past accomplishments. It is so true. And your discussion about injuries was completely true. Pretty perfect for a first v-blog. :)


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FUZZYMOTO 3/13/2012 4:32AM

    Great job with your first V-blog. Thanks for giving it a go and sharing candidly.

Injuries can be tough on the mind, or in other words sabotage our good healthy progress. It has been good to see your continuing adherence to making headway in a healthy mindful way. So again thank you for what you share, it does help me to keep focused on what I nee to do.

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123ELAINE456 3/13/2012 4:16AM

  Awesome V-Blog!!! You did a great job with the video. You can do it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. This is the WAY TO GO!!! Looking forward to more great V-Blogs.

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SPARTANGIRLIE1 3/13/2012 12:42AM

    Awesome Vlog! Good Luck with your certification! And more vlogs it is great to put a face to the writing!

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TAMPATINK67 3/13/2012 12:20AM

    Great Vblog - keep them up!

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NADINEL 3/13/2012 12:17AM

    Great job at the V-blog, Robert. Have a great week! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/12/2012 11:54PM

    Great vblog!

I have plantar fasciitis and I do the calf stretches prior to running and it does help quite a bit. I also tape my feet prior to any type of cardio.

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CANNIE50 3/12/2012 11:17PM

    You look very natural on camera, you have a great face, and you have a nice voice, so this seems like a good fit for you. I used to have calf problems - I didn't even know I had a gastroc and a soleous until they began to rule my life. I am glad you are doing so much better.

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TAYGRL 3/12/2012 11:13PM

    well, if this was your first v=blog--coulda fooled me! emoticon

great reminder for those of us dealing with an injury of sorts! good lucking with your certification testing! like your weightloss success tends to suggest--you'll do just fine.

peace out!
~shauntay

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/12/2012 10:56PM

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WENDENANNIE 3/12/2012 10:42PM

    Hi Robert!

This was a great V-blog! You have nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be ashamed of...you did great! I also watched the video of the Hoyt team from your other blog.....aren't they terrific?!! Thank you for sharing and I wish you the absolute best luck on earning your accreditation!

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WONDERJUL 3/12/2012 10:33PM

    Robert,

Enjoyed the video blog. You have no reason to have stage fright--you looked quite comfortable in front of the camera.
Hope your foot is better soon!


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LDRICHEL 3/12/2012 10:28PM

    Thank you SO much for this! I can't even believe how timely this is! So I'm just getting back into working out. I hadn't jogged for two years because I broke my ankle and, frankly, I couldn't get past the fear of twisting it and re-injuring it. But the other day, I broke the fear barrier and jogged. I felt GREAT and wanted to go again! Between us, I have 105 lbs to lose and I honestly didn't think I could physically jog until I dropped 75 lbs. So, I celebrated by buying brand new shoes (did research on my foot type and everything) and was so excited to do Day 1 of Couch 2 5K on Saturday. Not too bad for Day 1: 1.25 miles in 18 mins

But then I went out today and those shoes hurt my feet so badly, it took all I had just to walk it - forget about running! It was so bad, I HAD to take my shoes off and walk the last couple blocks home in my socks. Absolutely terrible workout. I was so upset!

This v-blog was everything I needed today! It encourages me not to quit or give up and also let's me know that I need special help choosing the right shoe. No more $75 internet orders for me! Ugh!

P.S. You did a great job with video! You're going to be an awesome personal trainer. emoticon

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DUXGRL1 3/12/2012 10:28PM

    Nice to see you in this format!

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LDRICHEL 3/12/2012 10:28PM

    Thank you SO much for this! I can't even believe how timely this is! So I'm just getting back into working out. I hadn't jogged for two years because I broke my ankle and, frankly, I couldn't get past the fear of twisting it and re-injuring it. But the other day, I broke the fear barrier and jogged. I felt GREAT and wanted to go again! Between us, I have 105 lbs to lose and I honestly didn't think I could physically jog until I dropped 75 lbs. So, I celebrated by buying brand new shoes (did research on my foot type and everything) and was so excited to do Day 1 of Couch 2 5K on Saturday. Not too bad for Day 1: 1.25 miles in 18 mins

But then I went out today and those shoes hurt my feet so badly, it took all I had just to walk it - forget about running! It was so bad, I HAD to take my shoes off and walk the last couple blocks home in my socks. Absolutely terrible workout. I was so upset!

This v-blog was everything I needed today! It encourages me not to quit or give up and also let's me know that I need special help choosing the right shoe. No more $75 internet orders for me! Ugh!

P.S. You did a great job with video! You're going to be an awesome personal trainer. emoticon

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