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Friday, April 06, 2012

A friend gave me this pic from a dinner that I went to at Red Lobster long before I started my journey. What makes this picture important is that there are so FEW before pics that exist. I avoided cameras religiously, haven't had a professional family portrait taken ever.... BTW, I am long overdue. This picture accurately shows how I really struggled to fit into a booth at a restaurant. I am going to have to hunt for an "after" pic from the same place soon to show the difference but right now, a trip to Red Lobster is not on my agenda, losing a few pounds and training is. My body does not react well to restaurant food very well, even the "healthier" stuff....way too much sodium, I blow up like a balloon.

**I was giving the photographer a fishy face and tried to cross my eyes**

Recent happenings....

My recovery is going well, far better than expected actually. I can see my year coming together fitness wise. I have been running consistantly and did a fantastic swim on Wed. I did a 6 lap warm up, then 1/4 mile rested for 5 min then another 1/4 mile. The really good news is that I havent swam for quite a while yet my form was pretty good and my endurance was surprising..

My anticipated race schedule is as follows..

April 28th YMCA 10K, Marquette MI
May 20th Cellcom Half Marathon, Green Bay WI
June 2nd Run For Life 10K Marquette, MI
July 21st Manistique MI Triathlon (Sprint) (Maybe)
July 29th Rudyard MI Triathlon (Sprint)
August 18th Run For A Reason 5K Negaunee MI
September 1st Marquette Half Marathon, Marquette MI
September 15th Iron Mountain Half Marathon, Iron Mountain MI (Maybe)
October 12th Whistlestop Half Marathon, Ashland WI (Will power walk with my wife- her first!)
November Date TBA - Fall Classic Half Marathon, Cleveland West Road Runners Club, Cleveland OH (hope to run with my friend Jan Frandsen)

November 22nd Turkey Trot, Webster NY.. Going home for Thanksgiving :)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TERRYT55 6/5/2012 6:42PM

    I wouldn't recognize you........what and amazing journey. You look fabulous. My best friend came across a before picture of me last week and didn't recognize me. It feels good but I am embarrassed every time I see a before could I have done that to myself! I am so proud to be fit and healthy!

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BRAVEHEART4ME 5/4/2012 9:59AM

  Wow, you totally look like a different person now! You are a true inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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TAURUSGIRL3 4/27/2012 12:24PM

  You are truly amazing! I love the run "to-do" list. You are such an inspiration!

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CTUPTON 4/21/2012 12:49PM

    NOT JUST emoticon , but you ARE DOING IT!

emoticon chris

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JCWATL 4/20/2012 4:39PM

    I think I have run that Turkey Trot in Webster before! I grew up in Rochester. If I remember correctly it was my last 10k ever and I hurled at the end. Have fun!

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IMSMILEY88 4/13/2012 10:53PM

    You've got a great plan! And, I love that you'll be doing your wife's first half with her. Awesome!

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ANNTORR53 4/12/2012 5:28AM

........WOW.................I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY.....................WOW. It is 2:00 in the morning here in Oregon. I was feeling discouraged because I have been eating so poorly. I was in bed praying and a little crying when I thought I would just turn on SP for a few minutes. OMG, I can't believe what I saw. Your blog was just what I needed.............................

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STEFFIROCKSIT 4/12/2012 2:27AM

    Awww, dining out can be very tricky. I've experienced the same problem. You never know what they ACTUALLY put in your food. Since I am struggling with several food intolerance's AND live vegan, there are very few options for me to dine out. We go to an Indian restaurant once in a while but I like dining at home way better - I am in control there LOL!

Funny picture. I like that you're so honest. I does take courage to post "before" photos! Can't wait to see an "after" shot in that booth, haha!

Good luck with your races!

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3HOUSTONS 4/11/2012 7:46AM

    I find that your blogs are very up lifting to me. Thank you for sharing your perspective. I do believe it helps the rest of us be more honest with ourselves.

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XXMILAXX 4/11/2012 4:49AM

    Wow!! That's a mighty fine list you have there! You're so awesome, congrats on completing your bike ride..56 miles is a hugh accomplishment! Thanks for the motivation!

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WANNABFIT34 4/11/2012 2:05AM

    You have come a long long way my friend, from that to 56 mile bike rides, I look forward to doing some running in your woods in July, can't wait to meet my super motivating friend!

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SERASARA 4/10/2012 10:53PM

  emoticon Amazing is all I can say!

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CLPURNELL 4/10/2012 5:49PM

    You have come a long way!!!! Keep it moving!!!! Awesome Job!!!!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 4/10/2012 10:14AM

    Great job!! Good luck on all your upcoming races!

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GREENEYEDFIRE 4/10/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration and have done an amazing job! I am really happy for you. So glad I found your blog and I would like to add you as a friend.

Have a wonderful day! :)

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SJKENT1 4/10/2012 9:46AM

    On2victory sure is a good name for you. How awesome to see victory as your true destiny. Are you a Yooper? Saw the race locations and thought, Hey, he's a Yooper!

Thanks for your courage and words of encouragement!

~Sandra from Hancock

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JIBBIE49 4/10/2012 12:35AM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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PENOWOK 4/9/2012 6:11PM

    Awesome!!! What a great transformation for you!

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WONDERWOMAN 4/8/2012 11:50PM

    Hey there! I see we have a few common races on our schedules...imagine that! :) I was just looking for the date of the Y 10K, thanks. Hoping to be home in time; if so I can say I raced every Saturday this month (that'll be kinda cool even if only mostly 5ks). You, Katie and I need to meet up again when I get back. Keep the recovery and training going!

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MARYJEANSL 4/8/2012 6:51PM

  Before pics are great because they show how far one has come - congratulations!

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JEFFGIRL 4/8/2012 2:01AM

    Impressive. emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/7/2012 9:13PM


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NEWTINK 4/7/2012 8:26PM

    You have a came a long way since that pic .... You are inspiration ... emoticon

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DOLPHINDREAM 4/7/2012 7:31PM

  Thanks for sharing the before pic. I have a couple that I cringe when I see.
You are awesome!
Such a cutie under that fishy face :)

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MYSTERY-LADY1 4/7/2012 7:04PM


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REENIE131 4/7/2012 5:42PM

    Fantastic job you're doing! That's quite a race schedule!

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MIAMIA7 4/7/2012 5:25PM

    Wow...just wow! You are doing an awesome job!

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CYPATAYLOR2 4/7/2012 5:18PM

  It is nice to see you being open about your pass without being embarrassed about it. That is quite some schedule of races. Good luck in accomplishing each one of them emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 4/7/2012 3:01PM

  You've done very well. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/7/2012 1:26PM

    So many of us have trouble finding before pics because we avoided the cameras like the plague. You look like you have come so far from other pics I've seen of you and you are doing awesome. glad your recovery is going well!

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FIT2BETHIN 4/7/2012 1:11PM

    Nothing like "before" pics to keep us grounded! Your upcoming schedule is inspiring too! You ROCK!
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RUNNERRACHEL 4/7/2012 12:50PM

    Racing schedule looks great! Exciting that you will do a race with your wife. I hope my husband will join me in a race in the future.

You're emoticon


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STILLHAVEIT 4/7/2012 11:35AM

    I am impressed! Good for you!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/7/2012 11:00AM

    You should be so proud of yourself.

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LIV2RIDE 4/7/2012 10:34AM

    What an awesome schedule! It's very eyeopening to look back at pictures before your journey. I hope that you find it motivating.

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TIHAITIEN 4/7/2012 10:19AM

    Wow, what a difference dedication to yourself make. emoticon

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BIRDLSLAURIE 4/7/2012 9:24AM

    Inspiring! emoticon

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KAITMEND 4/7/2012 8:59AM

    Wow I'm so impressed by your running schedule - I just heard that I'll be running my first 10K on August 12! Would love any training advice you have :)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/7/2012 8:39AM

    oh Robert this is GREAT!!! i was always making faces for the camera too...this is so inspiring to see how far you have come!!!
Glad to see nY on your schedule...yay!!

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DEBK0923 4/7/2012 7:10AM

    you have come so far, and great plans. great blog

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SUSANK16 4/7/2012 5:30AM

  Congratulations on a great job!

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CCHELLEZ 4/6/2012 11:56PM

  Happy to hear your healing continues!

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CM_GARDNER78 4/6/2012 11:12PM

    Yay!!! Your wife is doing one too! :-) That is awesome, and SOOOOO great for you guys to do together! :-) I love reading your blogs. Puts a smile on my face!

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    Wow! Amazing plans! And yes, you have come so far, but you are still the same sweet guy you've always been with a great personality, as the picture shows. emoticon

Good luck on all your races and such, I know you don't need it though, you are rockin' friend! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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JUICENUT 4/6/2012 9:29PM

    Now that has to motivate you!

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