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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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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/26/2012 10:02AM

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STALEYK 7/26/2012 10:02AM

    Wow! What an encouraging message! Thanks for sharing!

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LUV2RUN72 7/26/2012 9:10AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! I am training for my first Mini-Triathlon on October and to hear you mention that you can now swim a mile in open water gives me hope. The running and biking are easy but I am not a strong swimmer yet. Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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MERAINA 7/26/2012 9:01AM

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You have come long way. You should be proud of yourself. You are showing us all that it can be done!
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DOODIE59 7/26/2012 8:42AM

    Yes, the best is yet to come but it is also RIGHT NOW ...Right now is a good time to be you, so enjoy every minute:)
Deirdre

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ANNESYLVIA 7/26/2012 8:28AM

    emoticon Best of luck with your continued success! Your efforts are showing!

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CAM2438 7/26/2012 7:33AM

    Great Blog!!!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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DEMALAY 7/26/2012 7:14AM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration.

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LENHARDT 7/26/2012 7:13AM

    Totally AWESOME is all I can say. You really have reason to be proud of yourself!!! emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 7/26/2012 6:25AM

    Keep on keeping on...you're doing great!

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SKIDEE 7/26/2012 6:21AM

    ALL of the above! AWESOME, INSPIRING, YOU LOOK WONDERFUL....but you ALSO look MUCH YOUNGER !! Wahooooo! Keep up the great work b/c best of all, you are much HEALTHIER and that will allow you to do all the things you enjoy doing for a whole lot longer!!

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LEANMEAN2 7/26/2012 6:21AM

    Thanks for sharing

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PATTOMMC3 7/26/2012 6:13AM

    AMAZING! You have come a long way! emoticon

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PIGLETSMALL 7/26/2012 5:19AM

    Wow! Congratulations x

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BRENNRENN 7/26/2012 4:17AM

    Amazing, is all I can say. Wonderful blog, too. Keep up the excellent work!
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WELSTEACH 7/26/2012 3:36AM

    You will get there. Keep those before and after pictures up front.

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STEPHLOKI 7/26/2012 2:46AM

    You are looking good, and I am sure you will get to goal weight soon enough, just keep up the good work

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TERRIJ7 7/26/2012 2:06AM

    Wonderful! Good work!

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BADUREKL 7/26/2012 2:01AM

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You are doing so well. Keep it up!

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VARUNKLE 7/26/2012 12:00AM

  Stories like this keep me motivated -- and I need it. Thank you for sharing your journey! You are inspiring.

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BHSUZYCUE 7/25/2012 11:45PM

    WooHoo!! :-)

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BHSUZYCUE 7/25/2012 11:42PM

    WooHoo!! :-)

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WENDENANNIE 7/25/2012 11:02PM

    You are awesome Robert!

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ROCKYCPA 7/25/2012 10:29PM

    good for you! quite an accomplishment! keep up the good work!

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BELDONDOG1 7/25/2012 10:21PM

    Very proud of you!! What a difference!!

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WOMANATWORK1 7/25/2012 10:09PM

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/25/2012 10:03PM

    What a great way to provide motivation for yourself! You are doing so well! emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDY143 7/25/2012 10:00PM

    Same handsome smile but a much happier camper emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/25/2012 9:49PM

  I'm so HAPPY for you!!!! emoticon

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MYSTERY-LADY1 7/25/2012 9:45PM

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ANYVAR54 7/25/2012 9:41PM

    You have made a lot of progress. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing.

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LOGOULD 7/25/2012 9:19PM

    Your HALF the man you used to be......but OH, SO MUCH MORE!!! Congratulations Robert!!! You continue to inspire me.

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JUNEAU2010 7/25/2012 9:17PM

    The best part is your smile! Keep it up! Thanks for inspiring me!

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JAMER123 7/25/2012 8:51PM

    You look WONDERFUL!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
You can keep it going too!!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/25/2012 8:49PM

    WTG!!!

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HEARTS116 7/25/2012 8:38PM

    You look great!!
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AYPANCHITO 7/25/2012 8:27PM

  I am glad to see your pictures "before" and "now" because they and you remind me that it is possible to change for a healty and better. congratulations

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CPOPKIE 7/25/2012 8:22PM

    Wow! You have lost an amazing amount of weight! You have to feel SO much better! You are an incredible motivator to all of us!!! Thanks for sharing. Keep on sparkin' and working on your goals!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! You are an OVERCOMER!!!

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KATHLEEN0222 7/25/2012 8:19PM

    Your hard work and determination shows!!!

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KIPPER15 7/25/2012 8:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look great

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SUSANK16 7/25/2012 8:02PM

  Looking good!

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MARYANNGI 7/25/2012 7:55PM

    You look amazing!! Your hard work is definitely paying off!

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