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Finally, some documentation for my starting weight.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Up to this point I have never been able to document my official starting weight because I haven't been to a doctor in years prior to my new job. It finally dawned on me that I might find it at the clinic where I took my pre-employment physical for the mine. I stopped by occupational health and SHAZAM! not only that but also the re-entry form from when I was laid off on 2009. That form was equally important to me because it is a reminder of what can happen when you lose control. When I was laid off, I had gone from 385 to 335 then in 4 short months had gained 25 pounds due to out of control emotional eating.

When I came back, I weighed in at 260. I almost cried but took it on the chin. Having lost my momentum, it was very difficult for me to get back to doing what got me to the 50 pound loss in the first place. After a few months of floundering, I got serious and hired a trainer.

I had stopped working with my trainer back in August, 2011, about a month or so before my first marathon. At the time I was feeling like I had learned all I could from her and I was itching to take off my "training wheels" so to speak and show "mom" that I can pedal like a big boy. Nothing personal but I have to spread my wings now, I can't be babysat the rest of my life. I either have learned from her or I have wasted alot of money getting educated for nothing. I have either obtained the discipline necessary to complete my journey or I am a total washout. Time to prove the metal.

Fast forward to yesterday. This was a pivotal moment for me.

I contacted her to set up a once a month session just for accountability and weigh in. I can workout on my own but to have someone there helps me alot. We established a new baseline and did really good. The part the really hit home was when she measured me. i dropped ALOT of inches in 8 months (i will have the exact numbers later) She was really happy. So was I, after 8 months on my own, I proved to her and to myself that I have what it takes.

It felt like a reunion with a long lost friend. We have been through alot together since I first started my journey. My stubbornness, my goofy and sometimes smart-aleck humor, my emotional meltdowns when I "fell off the edge" a few times during my workouts. She is half my age but she was like a mom to me but she also didnt take any of my crap either.

She is one of my best friends.

After the baseline eval and workout, I was getting changed and saw another "friend". The scale where it all started. I loved and hated that thing.

When I first started, they could only take my word for my starting weight because the scale pegged out and they couldn't get a measurement.

I had to lose weight just to weigh in.

Before leaving the gym, I had to try something... I got on the scale fully clothed. I mean my gym clothes on underneath my street clothes, heavy jacket (it was freezing out), sneakers, and pockets full of stuff.....275 lbs... that is a far cry from where I couldn't even weigh in because the scale only goes up to 350.

this morning I weighed in at 268. 30 more pounds and we train for the Half Ironman.



**The scale where it all started **



**PAGE FROM MY INTAKE PHYSICAL**




**BACK THEN**


**YESTERDAY AFTER EVAL**



I am about to start my first of 7 night shifts tonight so I have to get to bed but i am going to sleep a happy man.

I will dream happy dreams of finishing a Half Ironman. These aren't dreams of bravado. Rather, there is a deep settled peace and confidence that comes with the inner knowledge that it WILL happen, not if. I felt the same way about my first marathon. When you go after something big, you feel a calling inside that signals to your heart that it is time. Hard to describe but if you've been there, you know what i'm talking about.

I am so close to reaching my goal.

It's time.
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TERRYT55 6/5/2012 6:47PM

    It is time! You are so very amazing........thanks for the encouragement that your blogs bring. You are a born leader and a great writer. Thanks again.

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STEPHM-ARATHON 5/7/2012 12:29PM

    I'm so proud of you and all the hard work you've put in! Congratulations and keep on going!

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BUSY_BEE68 5/7/2012 8:01AM

    Another great blog, Robert. Thank you for sharing so fully.




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PURPLENY 5/5/2012 1:23AM

    Wow...that is great

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MIRANDA2112 4/24/2012 6:00PM

  Congratulations on your progress. Admirable!

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PAULOBRY 4/24/2012 5:13PM

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CLPURNELL 4/24/2012 3:46PM

    Awesome Job!!!!!

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FLYBABYRD 4/23/2012 11:57PM

    It's funny...we really do have more control over more things than we think we do. Sometimes, just knowing where to go for an answer that helps, is all it takes. You took accountability and went forth with positive action. YAYYY YOU!!!! emoticon

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CMINDYC 4/23/2012 12:54PM

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BEATLETOT 4/23/2012 10:37AM

    You are so amazing!!!

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KKKAREN 4/22/2012 8:26AM

    you have done great. keep up the good work.

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JIBBIE49 4/22/2012 7:14AM

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/21/2012 2:29PM

    Wow!! Great job!!!
Sleep well -- there is something to sleep that comes when you are deeply satisfied with what you have done!!

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LABGIRL1231 4/21/2012 2:25PM

    Was so happy to see your new blog!! Congratulations honey you can do it!!! Can't wait to hear all about the Ironman!~

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LANIEA 4/21/2012 11:58AM

  Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing that. emoticon

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FREESPIRITME 4/21/2012 8:52AM

    So impressive, not only did you redefine yourself, you found a good friend, too. What can be better than that?
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JPEARL127 4/21/2012 8:45AM

  Congratulations! You look great and your story is an inspiration!

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GOING-STRONG 4/21/2012 1:11AM

    I have no doubt that you will be able to do whatever you set your mind to do... congrats on your success and look forward to reading that blog once you have the Half Ironman under your belt. Spark on!

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YINETTV 4/20/2012 3:42PM

  good luck with the kiron man.

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WOOFGANG 4/20/2012 12:06PM

    Look at you go! Awesome! I'll bet you anything that other "health" numbers are much better (resting pulse, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars) - great job!

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DEEJACKSON 4/20/2012 11:51AM

    Awesome Progress Report!!!!

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AUNTIEB82 4/20/2012 10:47AM

    Thats awesome!!! Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRAVEHEART4ME 4/20/2012 10:44AM

  How awesome for you! Congrats! emoticon

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NOIRNATURAL 4/20/2012 10:19AM

    congratulations, you look great!

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MSTAPLE1 4/20/2012 9:45AM

  Good for you!!!

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    Good for you! You look GREAT! emoticon

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CAROLCRC 4/20/2012 8:23AM

    "When you go after something big, you feel a calling inside that signals to your heart that it is time"... Love this! It answers the "why" question I keep getting asked about the marathon. THANK YOU

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EUEK098 4/20/2012 8:02AM

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ANNARUTH2 4/20/2012 7:34AM

    You are doing great! I'm sure you will reach your goal! emoticon

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PENOWOK 4/20/2012 6:31AM

    Amazing changes!! Great for you!!

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SPARKLISE 4/19/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon Good for you! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/19/2012 7:35PM

    It's great that you were able to find your "true" starting weight. It sounds like you've been through a lot between then and now. I know it will only get better! *HUGS*

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SLIMLEAF 4/19/2012 7:02PM

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So it IS possible then.... I will let that encourage me in my own 'journey'.

Thanks.

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CIVIAV 4/19/2012 5:24PM

    Congrats and the real you now shows!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 4/19/2012 4:30PM

    Wow! You look amazing!! I bet your doctor is proud of you! Keep it up!

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LADYGWEN25 4/19/2012 4:15PM

    Awesome job RObert!! Which Half Ironman are you looking to do an which year???

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BLUE42DOWN 4/19/2012 2:10PM

    Fantastic job. And I may not have come as far or have as far to go, but I really know what you mean about being able to fly on your own. I've been trying to decide when to pay for a few personal trainer sessions for just that sort of thing - follow-up evaluations of where I'm at.

You have come so far! You deserve to have that peace and confidence that comes of knowing you will get there, you will achieve what you want in your life.

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SALLY_MANDER 4/19/2012 1:30PM

    Robert, I have no words for how proud I am of you, how amazed I am at your strength and just how incredibly happy I am for you.
You have come so far; I have no doubt you will make your Ironman dreams come true.
And you look fantastic!

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MARYJEANSL 4/19/2012 12:56PM

  Wow - good for you! Best of luck in the Half Ironman.

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JMACLIVES 4/19/2012 12:46PM

    Awesome stats! I bet you slept like a baby and for good reason! It's nice to have the number so you can remember how good it feels now. Best of luck, train hard and let us know how that Iron Man goes!

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CICELY360 4/19/2012 12:42PM

  Good job. It's good to know where you started.

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GROWNINOP 4/19/2012 11:27AM

  Inspiring!

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SPASTASTIC 4/19/2012 11:22AM

    So happy for you! Great job!!!!

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