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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 so totally rock and are truly inspirational! Congratulations!!!!
    1349 days ago
    Woo! Hoo!
    1349 days ago
    That is so cool!! Congratulations!!
    1349 days ago
    Congratulations, that's awesome! If I NEVER saw a before, or a single progress picture of you I would STILL consider you a huge success story, one which SHOULD be spotlighted by Sparkpeople! You have SO beautifully chronicled your journey to this point with all it's trials and inevitable tribulations. You're blogs are a bright spot in my day. You are extraordinary but ordinary at the same time. Extraordinary because you so eloquently tell the story of success and failure that is the reality of changing our lives. We are reminded that when we fall down we can get back up because you do. You keep it real for all of us. You don't need a perfectly sculpted body to be considered a success story. You are a success story right now. I'm just glad to see that SP is going to profile you which will allow more people to know your story. You represent a REAL man and not some unattainable "superman". You represent real hope. Well done, well deserved.
    1349 days ago
    I think you are a PERFECT success story. Many of us are intimidated by someone who goes totally to the ideal all at once and never looks back. Scares the crap out of us, and in some cases into giving up. I think it is encouraging to see the guy who's still working it out... and is, as you put it "an obesity survivor". Me, too! We can feel the identity more with a HUMAN hero than some unrealistic air-brushed character.

    Don't you think? Anyway, that's MY story, and I'm sticking to it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1349 days ago
    emoticon CongratZ emoticon
    1349 days ago
    Hello Robert. Congratulations! It's great to hear your enthusiasm and determination. emoticon
    1349 days ago
  • v FITFOODIE806
    Sounds like you found the perfect fit with your trainer. awesome! And even, awesomer... you ARE living the example. And just so you know; your attitude and love of life is so much more inspirational than any 6 pack could ever be. You are real. You are relatable. You are strong. That's why Spark loves you.
    1349 days ago
    That is great news!! You are so inspirational to so many people, myself included. Thank you again for all the great blogs!!

    Have a fabulous vacation!!

    Kelly emoticon emoticon
    1349 days ago
  • v JOYCRN
    emoticon Robert! That is great! I am so happy for you and you certainly deserve to be recognized for your perseverance and for befriending and influencing others to work hard and enjoy the process. emoticon
    1349 days ago
    Robert thats GREAT!!! I have referred you more than once for things...i'm glad they are recognizing you!!!
    1349 days ago
  • v GINA180847
    I think the reason why we all love you so much is your vulnerbility and how well you write about dealing with it. We all see a bit of ourselves there. There is often a feeling of WHY? do I do what I do. Then we remember Robert has those problems too and there is comfort in sharing happiness and misery. Somehow you and Indygirl have both become beacons for a lot of us and we just love you as you are!!
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    Comment edited on: 11/13/2012 4:58:14 PM
    great news Robert - can't wait to see what gets published!
    1349 days ago

    I liked how you mentioned the "ravages of obesity". That is the ugly truth and no matter how much you work out it is always "hanging" around lol.
    1349 days ago
    Wow! Congrats! That's excellent news and you totally deserve it for all your progress and accomplishments! emoticon
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    They are lucky to get you! You will be terrific and so inspiring!!! emoticon emoticon
    1349 days ago
  • v BUTTERFLY-1976
    emoticon That's awesome news!!
    1349 days ago
    Dude that was great news. I also means that you will have more people that will start reading your blogs, which are the most inspirational. You will be motivating a lot of others to become Obesity Survivors (Great Term By the By). Keep up the great journey. emoticon
    1349 days ago
    Hmm. Success? Seems to me like your determination, consistency, triathlon etc, inspiration of others falls somewhere into the success category. I'll pass on the anatomical pics. TMI for me. Most search engines will provide way more of that stuff than most folks want to or should see.

    Looking forward to seeing you in the success stories section.

    Have a great Thanksgiving.
    1349 days ago
    Keep doing what your doing Robert
    1349 days ago
  • v LYNSEY723
    emoticon on everything! I can't wait to read/hear/see everything!!! You are a huge inspiration. You are human, not perfect, but a perfect example of perseverance! Everyone should be lucky enough to know your story and your success!
    1349 days ago
    Robert, I feel that your more than ready. Embrace your blessing, because many more will be coming your way. Enjoy each and every moment. You earn each and every one of them. I'm cheering for you along the way. Yes, we are obesity Survivors. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1349 days ago
  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    You have a very realistic view of your process and your progress.

    1349 days ago
    Congrats! That is awesome! Your trainer sounds awesome. My fitness went to a whole new level once I started working with a trainer, and now I am one!
    1349 days ago
    Robert you are doing well.
    1349 days ago
  • v LIV2RIDE
    Your trainer is a keeper and sounds totally invested in your plan. It's super cool that he is coming to your house to check out your gym. It just shows that he's not all talk. Awesome!

    Congrats on all the wonderful Spark attention. It's awesome that you are being recognized for all you have accomplished. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks about your journey because it's YOURS. You are doing things that most people wouldn't even attempt. You are an awesome person Robert! I'm so excited for you.
    1349 days ago
    emoticon You are such an inspiration to so many people!!!!
    1349 days ago
    You make me want to succeed at my own goals. That is why Sparkpeople is recognizing you!

    Thanks and have a great vacation!
    1349 days ago
    You SHOULD be excited and you have absolutely NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING to apologize for or explain. Ask any woman who's gained 50- or more pounds in pregnancy -- WE know ABOUT LOOSE SKIN and stretch marks!

    You are a success because you have worked hard, pushed yourself and done your best, day after day after day. You have talked the talk AND walked the walk.

    You totally are a Sparkpeople success story and will carry that designation with grace and pride!!
    1349 days ago
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    No matter how far down the wrong road we go, we can always turn around.
    1349 days ago
    emoticon emoticon ROBERT!
    1349 days ago
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