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Friday, April 26, 2013

When you start training for something big, you spend alot of time soul searching and thinking. As race day inches closer, my thoughts are more and more consumed by what I have to do and even more importantly, why. This is so much bigger than a mid-lifer trying to grab the brass ring. Yes, there is a real rush in doing something epic, but it is the deep seated, resounding purpose that really anchors someone to their mission.

I believe that being firmly grounded in why you are doing what you are doing is key to making it in the end. 5 years ago, I had no intention of going this direction. 5 years ago, I couldn't tie both of my shoes without taking a break because in bending over, I was being crushed and couldn't breathe. 5 years ago, I couldn't climb more than a flight or so of stairs without wheezing. My childhood memories of any sort of physical activity are filled with embarrassment. From the public humiliation of gym class to feeling shame because the entire scout troop had to stop the hike and wait while I breathed through a paper bag because I couldn't handle the stress of a hike, there is nothing in my past that would indicate that I would ever embark on the journey I am on now.

So here I am, 118 lbs lighter, and a little over 3 months away from the starting gun of a 70.3 mile triathlon.

Why?

Because I need to.

Because my entire journey to date has been all about breaking barriers, whether it be in breaking through my self defeating expectations in weight loss or in pushing my obesity abused body past another limit, it has been all about proving that nothing is impossible. That being morbidly obese is not a death sentence. Actually, morbid obesity kills you every day. I know, I've lived it. Not only was I committing suicide with a fork, but the walls of possibility closed around me until there was nothing left.

When you have no goals or expectations, you don't have to suffer disappointment.

My entire world was defined by what I couldn't do. From booths I couldn't fit into without feeling crushed to shopping in an expensive clothing store because they were the only ones in the area that had 4x shirts, can't was a pervasive reality. Paying over $50.00 a shirt was not exactly fun either, no wonder my wardrobe was small.

It is my mission to prove that you can get your life back, that you don't have to accept where you are at as inevitable, like your fate is cast in stone. It isn't. Walking led to running, which led to cycling, which led to swimming, which led to pursuing a dream of one day finishing something epic. To not just lose the weight and be satisfied with looking good, but to push my limits, to explore what was previously impossible, to know what it means to do something that might inspire another big guy like me and make him think " if he can do that.......hmmmmm I wonder, maybe I CAN TOO"

My goal is to prove that it is never too late and you do not have to accept second best for your life.

What about you?



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WHITEANGEL4 6/24/2013 10:16AM

    Fantastic blog, keep it going

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 5/4/2013 9:21AM

    That simply brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for this blog, it was amazing. I love the statement "When you have no goals or expectations, you don't have to suffer disappointment." How true that is! Good luck with this epic journey!!

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DOTTY7267 4/30/2013 2:00PM

    You have once again shared something that is impeccably timed - just what I needed. Thanks!

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CJYOUCANDOIT 4/29/2013 2:46PM

    emoticon Sounds like you have come a long way and you are going onward and upward. Good luck on your race.
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SALLY_MANDER 4/29/2013 1:36PM

    You just continue to amaze me, Robert. Your determination, thought process, and clarity are incredible. I love your 'no excuses' attitude! If everyone had their 'reasons why' clear in their head like you do, none of us would ever fail.
Keep going, my friend; I enjoy celebrating your journey with you.

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MANILUS 4/28/2013 12:49PM

    Wonderful reasoning behind your challenges and great goals for your life. What an inspiration!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/28/2013 10:06AM

    So proud of you

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SWEETLILCARRIE 4/28/2013 9:03AM

    I love this my friend. Good job! You have come so far!! Very proud to call you my friend!

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THEIS58 4/28/2013 7:09AM

    I am inspired!

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FITWITHIN 4/28/2013 1:55AM

    I'm so, happy and very proud of you. Keep up the great work on achieving all your goals. I can't wait to hear about the race experience and results. emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations on your popular blog!

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CICELY360 4/27/2013 11:47PM

  good blog

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A fantastic weight loss!! You deserve a big CONGRATS for working so hard.

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KELLIEBEAN 4/27/2013 7:53PM

    I'm in awe of your accomplishments. I'm very excited for your triathlon. With your determination it will definitely be epic!

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LIVEDAILY 4/27/2013 7:32PM

    Robert - I love your outlook and optimism! It will carry you forward when you need to dig down deep. You are SO correct: it is NEVER too late.
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LANNIEMANUEL 4/27/2013 4:40PM

    awesome.

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SUSIEMT 4/27/2013 4:30PM

    Good for you! My next goal is to get back into the gym as soon as my Dr. releases me. Can't wait!

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MOMMY445 4/27/2013 4:28PM

    i fully agree! congrats on taking control of your life! have a fabulous day!

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SIMONEKP 4/27/2013 3:41PM

    good luck with training

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_JODI404 4/27/2013 1:01PM

    You've come a long way Robert! You really are such an inspiration!

I will enjoy following your training progress and cheering you on, all the way to 70.3!!

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IAMHERE101 4/27/2013 12:56PM

    Great inspiration..thanks for sharing!

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/27/2013 12:50PM

  Wow, your blog today is So encouraging !!!! Oh my gosh. Amazing indeed.I'm so excited for you! emoticon emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/27/2013 12:33PM

    70.3 miles?!? WOW! Amazing & awesome! YOU CAN DO IT! Yay YOU!

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    emoticon YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY.
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IDICEM 4/27/2013 10:03AM

  I'm working on transitioning from walking to running. Thanks for the motivation!
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DIANNEMT 4/27/2013 9:13AM

    Good luck!! You will do it.

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PENOWOK 4/27/2013 9:11AM

    Life doesn't stay still and neither should we!

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JANEMARIE77 4/27/2013 8:50AM

    woohoo you can do it for you

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