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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I am posting these even though I still have a long way to go. They remind me that I have come so far. There was a time that I prayed that these photos would NEVER see the light of day. They were stashed on the computer and quickly forgotten. Here I am now, 5 years later, posting them for all the world to see. They are a source of pride now, a trophy. I look at that man in the "before" pictures and I dont recognize him anymore. We have nothing in common.

I am posting these because sometimes I need to remind myself and realize that although I am not at the end of my journey, I am doing things now that the "before" man would have felt was impossible.

For instance... as I write this, it is 2:50 AM. I got home from working afternoon shift and fulfilled a promise to myself. It was my goal today to go for a run when I got home.

I kept that promise and did 10K (6.2 miles). The "before" me would have simply ate the big plate of spaghetti that was in the fridge when I got home, watched some mindless drivel and fell asleep. It would have been far too easy to give in to the mental fog and write my self a "promissory note" to exercise tomorrow morning. Far too easy.

I am a different man today than I was when the "before" picture was taken.

Last year, I was only toying with the idea of participating in a triathlon. I had to learn how to swim. Not that I didnt know how but there is a difference between just splashing around and completing a set distance with a time goal in mind and still have a bike and a run to finish. Not only did I do that but just a few days ago I swam my first open water mile in a respectable 46 min 24 seconds and I have ambitions of completing a Half Ironman

That's a long way from wheezing after a couple of laps at the Y.

Also last year I finished my first marathon. That is a long way from not being able to bend over to tie my own shoes.

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that the best is yet to come.

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CATNCAG 4/20/2013 10:21AM

    Wow very impressive! U look fabulous darling! U are my inspiration! I hope to do some of those things as I lose more weight! Wow to run...

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KHALIA2 9/22/2012 1:14AM

  emoticon Keep up the good work!

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NETGNAL 9/10/2012 6:25PM

    You look amazing!

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BDERANGED 8/26/2012 10:07AM

    wow, you have come a long way! I can tell this has changed more than your body, this is so inspiring for me. Thank you for sharing this! emoticon

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 8/13/2012 2:24PM

    emoticon Thank you so much for sharing. I really needed a blog like this today!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/13/2012 12:52PM

  Great transformation. Keep it up!!

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DIANNEMT 8/13/2012 7:40AM

    emoticon What a difference!! Good for you!

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HOTCOFFEEE 8/13/2012 4:51AM

    Wow!! You look amazing and you're accomplishing amazing things. You're also very articulate by writing the things that we have all gone through (your other blog about no self-confidence and the person that we become when we're overweight). It's like we don't matter anymore and we're not a part of the rest of the world. We hide rather than face everyone else. It's easier to eat and stay home.

You've cracked that shell wide open and you look wonderful. You are a great inspiration. Keep up the great work. I know you'll concrete dreams you haven't even thought about yet. You definitely sound like you're on the road to no return, where weight issues will be so far behind you that you'll wonder who that person was you left behind.

Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!! Amazing ;o)


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SUNCICA59 8/8/2012 11:24PM

  WOW, this is impressive and inspirational! You have done so well, it sure is not easy.
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DISMOM11 8/7/2012 11:44AM

    WOW! What an inspiration! You look amazing! Congratulations on all the very hard work and dedication!

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JENNY160 8/5/2012 3:02PM

    You have so much to be proud of, and the pictures you never wanted to see the light of day will now motivate others to forge their own paths to health and wellness.

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EATVEGAN 8/4/2012 2:51AM

    A wonderful reward for work well done. I am looking forward to not only looking better and wearing nicer clothes, but to being able to move freely and well. I want muscles that are useful, not just taking up space. So congratulations! You've done well, and will continue to do well, because you know what it takes and have the dedication. Very inspiring.
Janet

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COURTNEY055 8/2/2012 7:01AM

    You look great! Like everyone else said, emoticon emoticon

What an amazing journey for you! You must be so proud of yourself and you do still have that amazing smile. SO handsome...Best of luck to you on the rest of your journey! You're doing an amazing job so far! You married? JK.. emoticon

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DEEEBEE 7/31/2012 10:32PM

    You still have that wonderful smile, but now your extra chin is gone, and you look great elsewhere, too! Congratulations! You can be so proud of your accomplishments.

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TAMMYINPA 7/31/2012 5:14PM

    You've come a long way, you're looking great!!! You sure can be proud of yourself!!!! I always like reading your posts. You're an inspiration!!!!

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AQUABUNNY 7/31/2012 4:33PM

    great work you look awesome!!!

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PENNI68 7/31/2012 7:34AM

    You look GREAT!!! Way to go!! Keep up the hard work, your results are amazing! emoticon emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/30/2012 10:45PM

    Looks like you have come a long way and doing good. Congratulatoins......

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STEPHNS1 7/30/2012 8:02PM

    Wow! You may not be done but you have done a lot of work so far - congrats on all of your success! It is completely inspiring!!

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STEPHNS1 7/30/2012 8:01PM

    Wow! You may not be done but you have done a lot of work so far - congrats on all of your success! It is completely inspiring!!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/30/2012 3:59PM

    Look at how far you have come! Congratulations!

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BMCKEOW1 7/30/2012 1:07PM

    I love it. You look great in those pictures. I'm considering posting some newer pictures of me but I'm a little nervous to it. I think you've inspired me.

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CINDYBEL 7/30/2012 11:09AM

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CATIATM 7/30/2012 9:58AM

    You may not be all the way done, but you sure have come a long way!!!

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 7/30/2012 8:57AM

    WOW! What an inspiration you are. It's so true that you are not the same man anymore and you need to celebrate where you are right now. I am so encouraged by your words and photos. I'm looking forward to posting "Then" and "Now" photos of me in the future! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/30/2012 8:05AM

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HIGHWAY91 7/30/2012 1:28AM

    Thanks for sharing. You are terrific!

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EMILYDOODLE 7/29/2012 11:35PM

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BOURBONIAN 7/29/2012 10:55PM

    Great job, man!

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JLBRHW 7/29/2012 10:01PM

  You at least are brave enough to have pics taken of you at a not-so-optimal weight...I realized a few years ago that there were very limited pics of me and it dawned on me that there was not much by way of a record for my life - how would my grandkids remember me down the road?? I'm still reticient to have my pics taken, esp since I have fallen off the planned eating/exercise path, but you're willingness to share is encouraging - thanks! maybe this is the boost I need....

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ANSWRGAL 7/29/2012 6:26PM

  Thanks so much for continuing to be transparent! The nicest part is that your smile is so big now! What an inspiration!

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4REDPEPPERS 7/29/2012 2:07PM

    Thank you for the encouragement! Pictures do speak louder than words! emoticon

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BAKERSBEST 7/29/2012 10:27AM

  Way to go! You look 10 years younger and your new smile reflects a new person. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/29/2012 9:47AM

    My before picture makes me want to cry.

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DOVESS 7/28/2012 11:27PM

  Congratulations! You look fabulous... Enjoy your journey.

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CAROLJ35 7/28/2012 10:27PM

    WOO HOO!!! Wonderful progress!!!

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CYPATAYLOR2 7/28/2012 8:32PM

  You have come a long way. Congratulations!!! emoticon

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AZSKIES 7/28/2012 6:36PM

    Inspiring! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/28/2012 4:20PM

    Awesome!! I generally dislike one word or one icon responses, but there isn't much more to say than AWESOME!!

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MISSLISA1973 7/28/2012 2:51PM

    So glad you kept those pix so you can remind yourself how awesome you are. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in how far we have left to go and forget all we have accomplished in the past. Emotions are fickle that way. The pictures help prove them wrong. emoticon

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KATHIE5295 7/28/2012 2:41PM

  wow you look really great emoticon

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NICOFTHYME 7/28/2012 10:24AM

    Simply emoticon !!! Thanks for sharing. You look fantastic & so happy. Congrats on your progress & keep up the great work.

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PMFISH 7/28/2012 10:14AM

    Looking good!! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EARTHY3 7/28/2012 9:58AM

    Wow, you look great.

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SUSIEQ692 7/28/2012 6:40AM

  Great job...feels so good, doesn't it?

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DUXGRL1 7/27/2012 9:56PM

    Great work!

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/27/2012 9:22PM

    You've come a long way, baby! Enjoy the journey. Mile by mile, swim by swim!

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ND774748 7/27/2012 9:17PM

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BLUJEANLADY 7/27/2012 8:12PM

    Wow!! You are looking great. Keep up all the hard work. emoticon emoticon emoticon
for sharing...

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