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What I Used To Only Imagine, I Am Now Living.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Im tapping this blog out on my phone so please forgive any format issues or typos. Im on midnight shift right now and sometimes my mind drifts.

I feel like my journey is entering a new phase. The whole theme of my journey seems to be centered around YOU CAN and taking baby steps on a path of self discovery. A path where I am learning that the only limits I have are the ones I allow myself to be fettered with. I look back and reflect on my past and I can plainly see a long process where my self confidence and self image died a slow and painful death. When you become morbidly obese, the walls of your world close in slowly until your comfort zone becomes a straitjacket.

I never viewed any challenge as an opportunity for growth, it was always viewed as yet another opening for all the world to see my ineptness and to suffer embarassment.That is one of the things that makes morbid obesity such a killer. We all know about the health side of it but obesity is a destroyer of the soul. This is so much more than shedding the pounds, it is about reclaiming the life.

This is where I feel running and endurance sports has brought so much healing in my life. It is far more than a reduntant process to be endured for the sake of burning a few extra calories in the same sense that one endures the side effects of some medication for the sake of getting well. Once the desired effect is obtained, the routine ends.

Before, I used to just imagine what it would be like to have self confidence and passion, now I am living the dream everyday.

Yes Robert, you can.

I no longer need the permission or the approval of others to finally live my life.Each time I honor a commitment to myself to exercise when I dont feel like it, or work through a problem and see it through, something inside grows stronger.When you climb the smaller mountains, the bigger ones don't seem so intimidating. It takes the same skills. After a while, one rock looks much like another except there are just more of them piled up... I just have to climb a little longer that's all.

One thing I have learned on my journey is that consistant effort is never unrewarded.My dreams are not so far fetched anymore. No bravado, just a deep settled confidence that tells me to keep climbing.

There is Iron at the top.
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MAMADWARF 8/13/2012 11:04PM

    This inspired me in many ways and I have to tell you, I'm proud of you and spark people is so lucky to have you on our team. So lucky.

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ROCKYCPA 8/13/2012 10:45PM

    great!

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JAMER123 8/13/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon for an emoticon blog and a great job of typing it out on the "phone" after midnight. I did many, many yrs. of the midnight shift so I know how hard it can be!! You have done VERY well!!!

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CAROL494 8/13/2012 9:35PM

  Thanks for your positive message! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/13/2012 9:06PM

  What a wonderful message.......... emoticon and emoticon

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BABYNURSE2000 8/13/2012 9:00PM

    Way to go! Not only for living your dream, but for being voted most popular blog!

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DRDOVE 8/13/2012 8:47PM

  Thanks for encouraging us! I needed to hear this message. I put on work out clothes everyday only to be distracted from my goals. Today, I have made a decision to workout and be successful. It takes one step at a time. It has been so difficult for me to begin, but I know that I need to move. Thanks for giving me a boost!

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KATIEGARCIA2 8/13/2012 8:44PM

  Good for you!

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KIPPER15 8/13/2012 8:31PM

    Great post emoticon emoticon

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SUSANK16 8/13/2012 8:20PM

  nice

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YENGLISH100 8/13/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks so much. I was feeling the same way today. emoticon

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GAELENEC 8/13/2012 7:15PM

    SO so true! Love it!

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CHELSEAWEAVER1 8/13/2012 6:45PM

    AWESOME BLOG emoticon

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CREDDICK2 8/13/2012 6:06PM

    Wow! You are one of the 5%ers they were talking about in an article the other day - the 5% who keep off the weight. What you expressed is powerful stuff. I'll be thinking of you as I begin my journey toward weight loss and improved health. Thank you!

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MANILUS 8/13/2012 5:43PM

    Keep up the momentum, great attitude!!!

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CIPHER1971 8/13/2012 5:21PM

    and Iron at your core emoticon

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NAOLEE 8/13/2012 5:15PM

    emoticon You are doing a great job. I always say: " Our life is based in different journeys in different steps in our life ". Keep doing what you are doing because you are encouraging yourself to be better; to give the best of you. Have a new Blessed journey. emoticon

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LOWFATFOODIE 8/13/2012 4:48PM

    Great post, great progress and great goals! Keep it up!

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PIXIEMOM13 8/13/2012 4:11PM

    Wow... you have expressed something that was in my heart but I could never have put it so eloquently.

2 years ago I was a woman who was afraid to do a 5K. I thought I would humiliate myself and be the last one out there. (and even so my current self says, would that be so bad?)

then last year I was shaking in my shoes and almost throwing up with the OMG, I signed up for a half marathon. But I trained for it and did it.

Its like I have realized what you said, "When you climb the smaller mountains, the bigger ones don't seem so intimidating. It takes the same skills. After a while, one rock looks much like another except there are just more of them piled up... I just have to climb a little longer that's all. "

Its like... now that I've shown myself I CAN do these things, I allow myself to dream bigger dreams.. then I work towards those.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/13/2012 3:44PM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing.

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THERESAMARIEM 8/13/2012 3:41PM

    So many people have been where you been. I can tell this blog will help them become motivated and understand that they can too!

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STEELKICKIN 8/13/2012 3:37PM

    Well said. Oh so very well said.

Amen.

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COURTSSLIMDOWN 8/13/2012 3:29PM

    Thanku for the motivation!! awesome blog!
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TUBJUMPER 8/13/2012 3:28PM

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NKOUAMI26 8/13/2012 3:10PM

    It is always refreshing to read a blog so inspiring. Thank you Robert
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DEEINWI 8/13/2012 3:02PM

    Great Blog Robert.
I just don't have the will or willpower.
Feel like its just not in me.
Thank you for your blog.
~deb

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LOGOULD 8/13/2012 2:42PM

    Thanks for the pep talk, Robert...."One thing I have learned on my journey is that consistant effort is never unrewarded." Lack of consistency seems to be my stumbling block these days - I need to keep reassuring myself that it is NOT selfish to put my NEEDS before serving others.

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DLDMIL 8/13/2012 2:39PM

    Wow, this is a really thought provoking blog. I need to remember this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARMSTRONG2 8/13/2012 2:37PM

  Terrific blog full of insights for all of us.

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ROSES4ME1 8/13/2012 2:25PM

    Great post! You are so motivating. And, to your long list of accomplishments, you can add typing a long blog on your phone!
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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 8/13/2012 2:20PM

    Very good blog. Thank you for sharing a glimmer of your journey. It helps to motivate me!

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NANRHYS 8/13/2012 2:06PM

    This was fantastic. My first thought in dealing with obesity was nutrition and exercise, but really they were only a fraction of the problem, and only a fraction of the solution. I hope to see a lot more posts about addressing and conquering the emotional elements.

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BECCA315 8/13/2012 2:04PM

    Loved this: Each time I honor a commitment to myself to exercise when I dont feel like it, or work through a problem and see it through, something inside grows stronger.

I'll have to remember it next time I don't want to go to the gym...

Becca

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/13/2012 2:03PM

    How wonderful! Congrats!

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ANNE1123 8/13/2012 1:59PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for the blog, definitely inspiring!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 8/13/2012 1:53PM

    I think I can...I know I can...

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    emoticon love this!!!!

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CAYCESMOM 8/13/2012 1:26PM

    You are awesome! Well written as always.

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Kelly

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/13/2012 1:20PM

  Robert,
You've done lot, and are also quit good at communicating your thoughts and ideas.
We appreciate hearing from you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMOULINIER 8/13/2012 1:12PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon What else can I say?

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NELLBELLA26 8/13/2012 1:11PM

    emoticon Awesome! I love how when we take the steps to take care of ourselves, our mindset also shifts and it becomes like second nature. I have yet to feel that way, but your blog has given me courage and inspired me to keep up my streaks so that eventually I can be confident also.

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AMANDAROX 8/13/2012 1:09PM

    Nice job! Self-confidence is the reward and you’ve certainly earned it! emoticon

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LISADENISE31063 8/13/2012 1:09PM

  Thank you for writing your article. I found it inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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BSYMOM2201 8/13/2012 1:05PM

    Thank you. emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/13/2012 12:51PM

  Beautifully said.

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