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Email from my trainer with starting measurements..

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Friday, April 20, 2012

With as much as I have left to lose, it is still surreal to me to look at my old clothes, my old measurements, and realize that that person was me. It is hard to fathom what life was like 4 years ago. That is why I blog and share as much info as I can about my journey because I do not want to take this liberty for granted.

Neither do I want to forget what bondage was like.

I sometimes get so used to what life is like now, that I forget about how torturous an existence being almost 400 pounds really was. Please do not think that I am bragging about what I have done, rather, I am building a memorial of remembrance so that I will never forget, will never get sloppy, lazy, or careless, and NEVER doubt the reality of what has happened over the last 4 years. It's easy to do.

I will never know what my true starting measurements were since I was not working with a trainer at the time and knew nothing about Sparkpeople. Here, I would have been encouraged to do so and I so wish I did. All I have to work with is the estimate of taking my starting measurements when I began training and add 30+ pounds to it to get some sort of mental picture of how big I really was.

Here are my old pants against my current pants and my old pants against a conventional doorway.

My Current size 38 jeans compared to my size 52 dress pants

My size 52 pants against a normal doorway

Here is an email from my trainer I got this morning....

July 17th, 2009
Weight--above 350lb. - couldn't weigh-in on our scale at the time because of this.
No measure of body fat% - but estimated at over 50%

Neck - 19.75"
Chest - 58.5"
Waist - 55"
Abdomen - 59.25"
Hips - 58.5"
R. Thigh - 26.25"
R. Arm - 18.25"

April 17, 2012
Weight - 270.2lb.
Body Fat % - 36.0%
Neck - 16.5"
Chest - 49.25"
Waist - 44.0"
Abdomen - 45.0"
Hips - 47.0"
R. Thigh - 20.75"
R. Arm - 14.0"


Amber ******* , BA, NSCA-CPT
Corporate Wellness Supervisor


Overall results - inches lost...
Neck 3.25"
Chest 9.25"
Waist 11"
Abdomen 14.25"
Hips 11.5"
Right Thigh 5.5"
Right Arm 4.25"

These results do not include the 30+ pounds i lost prior to coming for training so i will never know the true results but I can only imagine.

To date.. total percentage of weight loss.. 30%

How amazing is it going to feel when I reach my goal this year?

I can only imagine.....

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STINASTEW 6/24/2012 11:11AM

    That is truly amazing! Wonderful job! Good luck on furthering your health journey!

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RYANB1982 5/3/2012 3:03AM

    Awesome! Congratulations on your success, you are an inspiration to those of us just beginning our journey. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 4/29/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So happy for you! emoticon

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LORNE67 4/28/2012 7:14PM

    Wow. What an inspiration & terrific job!! emoticon

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WANNABFIT34 4/27/2012 8:20PM

    You my friend are so truly inspirational!!

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4REDPEPPERS 4/27/2012 7:54PM

    Great work! emoticon

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LADYGSC 4/27/2012 5:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLISNEWLIFE 4/27/2012 4:26PM

    That is sooo awesome Robert!!! I can tell you that I lost the majority of inches on my body "before" I came to SP also, in the first couple months, so I am certain that you also lost a good amount of inches before you started tracking that also. Way to go friend!!! You are such an inspiration, and I have never seen you as the bragging type, and even if you were, you have earned it! emoticon

Keep doin' what you do friend! emoticon

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MOMOMAR 4/27/2012 9:22AM

    I think your term "bondage" was well chosen. Congratulations on the results of YOUR hard work and tenacity, and thank you for helping convince others that it CAN be done.

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TAURUSGIRL3 4/26/2012 1:05PM

  Awesome! Keep up the great work!

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BMCKEOW1 4/25/2012 3:34PM

    Oh my goodness way to go. That is so awesome. Keep up the great work.

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TUBJUMPER 4/24/2012 10:35PM


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LYNNIERN 4/24/2012 10:04PM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 4/24/2012 3:44PM

    Awesome Job!!!! I was originally a 52 as well so know exactly what you mean!!!!

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SHNERPLES 4/24/2012 2:32PM

    Good for you! :)

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LYNMARI 4/24/2012 12:21PM

    You are doing great!!

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TERRIMMIX 4/24/2012 10:06AM

    You freakin ROCK Dude!! :-)

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HEIDE69 4/24/2012 7:44AM

    emoticon Keep up all your hard work!

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AZURELITE 4/24/2012 7:07AM

    emoticon Well done!

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CAM2438 4/24/2012 6:29AM

    Keep up the good work. You should be very proud of yourself!

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SHELL22222 4/23/2012 11:22PM

    Keep up the good work!

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RUNGIRL96 4/23/2012 8:55PM


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BELLATRIX1224 4/23/2012 7:54PM

    Good job!

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AMY_1217 4/23/2012 7:14PM

    That's wonderful Robert! Its great to have a "start" to compare to. It helps keep you motivated and gives you some perspective on those crap days. lol
I went back and looked at my reports after reading this. 27 total inches lost! I think when I get to 50 (don't even know if that's possible lol), I'll get a trophy made for myself. :P

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ALIDOSHA 4/23/2012 5:24PM


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PRAYINGSUZIE 4/23/2012 2:54PM

    Way to go! Thank you for sharing the pictures!

Keep up the Great work!!!


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PRESBESS 4/23/2012 2:38PM

    What freedom we have from the bondage of being overweight. Congratulations on your success thus far. You are making it happen!

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FARIS71 4/23/2012 1:43PM

    Those numbers don't lie! They are the symbol of your success - your real success is the good decisions you made even when you didn't feel like it. WAY TO GO!

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AMY-MIMI77 4/23/2012 1:22PM

    BRAG BABY! You earned that right
Keep up the Fabulous work

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IRONBLOSSOM 4/23/2012 12:57PM

    That's amazing! You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work :-)

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CHEROKEE1946 4/23/2012 10:39AM

    You are doing great.

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DRGNL80 4/23/2012 10:35AM

  Thank you for sharing your amazing journey - and congratulations! What an accomplishment!

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CHERRY666 4/23/2012 10:02AM

    Congratulations! What an amazing job you've done.

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ACAMPER 4/23/2012 9:46AM

  Your comment about your old weight as 'bondage' is so startlingly true. Thanks for sharing.

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PAULOBRY 4/23/2012 9:30AM

    The pics are amazing!

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JENNI329 4/23/2012 9:06AM

    Incredible job! I always love seeing progress broken down into measurements. It's so eye opening and a fabulous visual reminder of the hard work put in. emoticon

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SOCDIRECTOR 4/23/2012 8:34AM


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JANICEONE1 4/23/2012 8:07AM

  that's a great job done.

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GODDREAMDIVA1 4/23/2012 7:50AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work...

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DREAMGAL16 4/23/2012 6:25AM

    such an inspiration!

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CYPATAYLOR2 4/22/2012 11:12PM

  That is amazing! Congratulations! Good luck in reaching your goals emoticon

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KARENA228 4/22/2012 9:59PM


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DEMALAY 4/22/2012 9:30PM

    Fabulous work! Well done!

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GEMINISUE 4/22/2012 7:23PM

    Great Results!

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MANILUS 4/22/2012 5:07PM

    Great work, keep it up!!

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BESCATS 4/22/2012 2:58PM

    You are awesome !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VENISEW1 4/22/2012 2:21PM


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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/22/2012 11:09AM

    "building a memorial of remembrance so that I will never forget"

Love it!

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SUPERSYLPH 4/22/2012 10:48AM

    emoticon Way to go, man! You can do it!

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