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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

First and foremost... I am doing really well on vacation. Yes, I did have some indulgences such as an all you can eat fish fry (my weakness ) then went to a party later that week and let it all hang out dietarily but overall I have been doing excellent.

I've really connected with my trainer. He is pumped about what we are doing and is stopping by my house tomorrow to check out my home gym and we can chat about goals and objectives for my trip. I really feel like he is totally in my corner and not just checking off a box on his to do list. I like that. He is passionate about fitness.. just what I am needing. You can always tell someones commitment to cause by how far are they willing to take it to "preach" their message. Someone who is not passionate will not go out of their way to get behind you. I really appreciate that and it makes me want to go just that much harder. I am starting to really love strength and conditioning training and I can already see changes.

My arms are getting cut and I am much stronger even after a few sessions. I have 4 months at 3X per week... this is gonna be good.

In my heart of hearts I truly believe that this vacation is going to be different than the last one. I have a much stronger sense of accountability and of mission. I'm not concerned anymore, my passion will carry me through.. Tomorrow is also the pre-trip weigh in.

Also, I set up shared documents on Google where I can set up a shared food and training log for Mario to review and comment on. He gets an alert when I upload and finalize it then he can review it on his phone. Excellent!

Now for the good news.

I was a little hesitant to mention anything about this out of some strange reason of "jinxing" the process but I guess it is safe to let the cat out of the bag.

I was asked to give an interview on Sparkpeople radio sometime in January. Also, at the same time in a separate email was asked to submit a success questionnaire with photos to the SP success stories (I think). I am really excited to have even been considered.

I guess my anxiety has been that I haven't made enough "progress" by media standards. It's one thing for me to get some 'atta boys" from my Sparkfriends but it is quite another to possibly be used in some form of national media.

Success is so often defined by "the world" as flabby guy transforms into a stud with a set of six pack abs (which I don't have) or by some airbrushed super model.

I am none of that.

I have a ways to go. My determination is made of iron and will not falter so I know I will make it but appearance wise, I am flabby.

People need to see me though for no other reason that you don't have to be perfect to be a success story. It is also rare for someone who was 170 pounds overweight (i appx. 60 of that to go) to transform into a tight and toned dude. The reality is that there will be lose skin, stretch marks, and other ravages that obesity has levied on my body.

I am setting the example that it doesn't matter how far down the proverbial toilet you go, you CAN turn it around and reclaim your life. In spite of my weakness, flubbiness, and sometimes being just weird, I have the heart of a champion that is filled with a courage that wont quit and people need to see that.

In that regard, I am willing to stand up and be counted, not perfect but successful. I will not put any disclaimers by my appearance, I am what I am.

I am an obesity survivor.

To those that have been there or are there now, no explanation is needed. To those who find fault, no explanation will suffice and frankly who cares about them anyway.

Have no idea where it will all lead but I am excited and glad to have been asked.

Happy to do my part.

- i finally decided on a shirt and tie for my "after" shot or in progress shot. I have one of me with a kettlebell that I will send but I needed a new shirt and tie anyway and I think it will be more flattering (maybe)...

Im going to submit these two...for my after shots..

...And these will be my before shots...

Well see what happens :)
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    You seem to have alot of SP support, now you have one more. Are you doing the Rev tri in the Dells? I usually volunteer for the Ironman Racine 70.3. Maybe I'll have to make a road trip with some cowbells!!


    1304 days ago
    I so get this blog. You think like I do and we're probably a little too harsh on ourselves. For me, I need to be harsh on myself, or I might fail.

    Not to make this all about me, but I struggle with my little love handles. The rest of me isn't so bad for a guy who will be turning 66 years old tomorrow. But "isn't so bad" is not good enough for me. I too, (back to you now) like you, want to have the 6 pack and a slim waist.

    I'd better hurry though, the clock is ticking!

    1336 days ago
    Obesity Survivor is so awesome! Love that handle.

    Plus I totally agree with what SANDIEGOJOHN said! Thank you for being an amazing role model and for putting your health first in your life!
    1338 days ago
  • v ESME25
    1338 days ago
    I agree with MAC03211. Obesity survivor says it all.

    I applaud you for your success and great writing as well.
    1340 days ago
    SparkPeople looks for success stories that represent all the different degrees of success. You ARE a success because of the change you have made in your life. You are a role model and just have to accept that you are awesome!
    1340 days ago
  • v ROSE284
    Brilliant news! I agree, I relate so much more to the 'ordinary' (!) people who have done this and don't have the six pack and fake tan etc in the photos.
    1341 days ago
  • v MAC03211
    I like the term "obesity survivor". Thanks for the inspiration!
    1342 days ago
    1342 days ago
    Great going!!
    1342 days ago
    Handsome, handsome and some MORE HANDSOME!!!

    GREAT news, Robert, I cannot think of anyone more inspirational than you!
    1346 days ago
    No matter how you slice it, dice it or phrase it: you're an inspiration!
    1348 days ago
  • v COOKIE_AT_51
    emoticon emoticon How exciting!!
    1351 days ago
    progress not perfection - you my friend are a wonderful example of this to those who come after you! Hold your head high - we want to be where you are!!
    1351 days ago
    I got tears in my eyes. You are a success and and inspiration!
    I am still in the obese catagory- but I am getting there and will join you in that special group. that is a survivor!
    If someone hasn't been there- they just do not know.
    And that feeling of not carrying all that weight around with you day after day is a feeling that only ones who have lost a lot can truely know how it feels.
    Not only the pounds but the emotional weight.

    Congradulations on being asked. You certainly deserve to have been chosen!
    I am honored that you are a spark friend
    1351 days ago
    You are DEFINITELY a success! Having more work to do doesn't take away one whit or jot from all the work and progress you've done!

    Part of this journey seems to be second guessing ourselves every 10 minutes, but fear not, my sparkfriend, YOU are a success story and that story and success will only continue to grow!
    1351 days ago
    Way to go emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1351 days ago
    Truly emoticon
    1351 days ago
  • v WANYE72
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
    1351 days ago
    This is my favorite line: "My arms are getting cut and I am much stronger even after a few sessions. I have 4 months at 3X per week... this is gonna be good."

    Haha. That's totally how I feel about weight training. Except I still dread it. But I've only had one session so far. I was, frankly, amazed at my strength and the amount of weight I was able to comfortably start out with. Guess that swimming hasn't been for nothing. ;)

    I also love the line, "I am an obesity survivor." YES!

    Oh, Robert. Remember that dark, dark time after your injury? I honestly worried you'd give up then. I'm so very overjoyed to see that you haven't and that you are back and better than ever. God, I couldn't be more proud of you.
    1351 days ago
  • v JUNEAU2010
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    1352 days ago
  • v LINDAK25
    Hey, I figure if you're not a "work in progress" then you must be dead. Who says "I'm finished?" Do you ever get to that point, really? Oh, and losing over 100 pounds is success, whether you have further to go or not!

    Glad you're doing well. Can't wait to see your success story.
    1352 days ago
  • v BEECHNUT13
    You ARE a success story, and you are SO handsome all dressed up in your nice shirt and tie (don't tell my husband I said that, hahaha)! I'm so used to seeing everyone in tech clothes, you know?

    I'll be watching and waiting for your success story. That's so exciting. :)
    1352 days ago
    You are a success story! Sounds like you need this for self- realization!!

    And now you will inspire even
    more Sparkers!!

    Congratulations! This is awesome news!

    PS. Fabulous choice of picture!!
    1352 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2012 6:28:08 PM
  • v NSMANN
    Those pictures really show how far you have come. OF COURSE you are a success story -- celebrate yourself, and others will celebrate you too!
    1352 days ago
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    1352 days ago
    That's awesome. It's great that a man will be able to show how he is conquering the obesity issue. So many times we think of being obese as a woman's problem.
    I hope that you get chosen. You certainly deserve, when I see how far you have come.
    It doesn't matter that you are still a work in progress, just shows your determination not to settle , no, you want to keep at it and get as healthy, fit as you can.
    I filled out that questionnaire a few months back, I would like to get my story out because at 70 I want more women and men know it's never too late to make a change.
    Good luck.
    Be strong, stay positive.
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    1352 days ago
  • v _MOBII_
    First I would like to comment on how gorgeous those little peanuts are that you have in the last picture!

    While you worry about still having 60 lbs left to go until your goal, and if what you have accomplished is enough or if you have too much left to go, I think the part that really stands out (for me anyways) is that one little statement that you made.
    You are an obesity survivor. Survivor.

    There are so many that don't survive. Whether its because the damage to their bodies that causes them to be overcome, whether its from a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or other weight-related fatality, or they give up because they lose hope.

    You sharing your story even more publicly gives people hope.
    Hope can bring the determination and confidence that one needs to change and overcome the physical limits and gain ability to expand those limits.
    Hope can heal so many things.

    Thank you for sharing your story and sharing your hope with others
    1352 days ago
    Awesome Robert! You will be an inspiration for many! You have so many success to share, and even just from reading your blogs, I can tell your persona is very positive and admirable. Can't wait to see hear the interview and follow your ongoing success!
    1352 days ago
    Congratulations!! You are a success story. Even though you have a little bit more to goal, you have succeeded. You have succeeded in finding the motivation and passion. You have succeeded by meeting your goals along the way. You have succeeded by spreading the Spark big time. You have succeeded by never giving up. You are such an inspiration! I am so excited for the people that haven't "heard" your story yet. They are going to be inspired, touched and blessed by what you have done and continue to do.

    Your trainer is awesome! I can picture the passionate conversations you must have. :)

    And way to go on geeking out Google Docs to share your logs. That rocks in the most nerdy of ways!! :D

    You enthusiasm has bounced off the page! I find myself feeling rejuvenated in my process now that I've read your blog.

    You deserve every success and reward. You have EARNED it and more.

    1352 days ago
    That's so awesome that you've been asked for your success story! And you ARE a success! You, all of us, are what SparkPeople is all about - real people with real lives making the hard decisions and doing the hard work to make a real difference in their health. You've done this, and are doing this, my friend. Keep it up! :)
    1352 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    First of all, that's so awesome that they want you as a success story! You are one! You may not be where you want to be yet, but you have come so far!!! And it can be so inspiring to see how far you've come through the pictures, but also for people to know that they don't have to be at a perfect weight to be able to do the athletic things you do!

    Secondly congratulations on the success you are having with your current plan and on sticking to it most of the time during vacation. You're really rocking it!
    1352 days ago
  • v HEIDI-25
    It is an honor to be interviewed and you should be proud of that. You are honest, humble and real and that is a big part of why they should choose you :) The majority of people that are on health journeys are going to face struggles of all different kinds and you are a great example of someone that has continued your journey and work on a healthy life. It is a quintessential Spark success story!
    1352 days ago
    Wow! So much good news! I'm very happy for you! emoticon
    1352 days ago
    So much incredible news. You should be so very proud - you're awesome!
    1352 days ago
  • v BILL60
    Way to go, my friend. This great news deserves at least "20" well executed push-ups.
    1352 days ago
  • v KATHIC2
    You are so impressive. You have such wonderful insight and a way of being that is inspiring. Glad you found a trainer that works for you!!!
    1352 days ago
    A big emoticon on all you have accomplished and on being contacted by SparkPeople. You are truly an inspiration. I love how you say you don't have to be perfect to be a success, and YOU are a success. Very handsome suit and tie pic BTW. Looking good emoticon
    1352 days ago
  • v BUDRFLY31
    Great news. I am in your corner! Nice pics, love the tie:)
    1352 days ago
  • v ANNMACP0212
    Inspiration = you
    1352 days ago
    I am super excited for you!
    1352 days ago
    You are right that to those who have been there, no explanation is needed. "I am an obesity survivor" says it all: the despair turned into triumph, the self accepted, the self projected to help others who endure such agony.

    Thank you for having survived to show the rest of us that we can do it too.

    1353 days ago
    That's awesome news! emoticon
    1353 days ago
    (I know that is your fav emoticon!)
    1353 days ago
  • v DOGDOC76
    That's awesome! You deserve the recognition! emoticon
    1353 days ago
    Awesome! Congrats!! You deserve it, so excited for you!
    1353 days ago
  • v 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. You ROCK!!! Keep It Up!!! You are very Inspiring to a lot of People. You will go far. You are doing Great. Have a Wonderful Time with your Family. God Bless You and Family. Have a Safe Trip. Enjoy Today. Take Care.
    1353 days ago
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    1353 days ago
  • v LISAN0415
    WAY TO GO! You are an inspiration!
    1353 days ago
  • v KAREN_NY
    What a difference passion makes! Keeping it real but leveling up... big time!
    Congratulations on the recognition that we all know you deserve!
    1353 days ago
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