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Found my old shirt.


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Monday, February 10, 2014

I was rummaging through my closet for old clothes to bring to my presentation. I found this old shirt. It almost got tossed a few years ago but I kept it for some unknown reason. This shirt and my old pants are all that remain of my old life along with a few pictures.

Dont do like I did and totally clean your closet. I know you want to be rid of your past BUT... remember this... what may seem to be a reminder of yesterdays shame is actually the irreplaceable trophy of tomorrow.

Nothing punctuates your progress like old clothes. Even though I am the one who lived it, even my memory fades over time. Our minds have a way of adapting and glossing over old memories where they are not so stark anymore.

It's one thing to look at an old pic and reminisce, it's quite another to slide it on and experience it. Doing stuff like this keeps it real.



Trying it on... :)




While I dont want to "wear out" my old pics here on Sparkpeople, today, I choose to celebrate. That is one thing I really haven't allowed myself to do much of. While I am a long way from the finish line, I can feel it coming together.

One of the memories from my 70.3 that really punctuates this is when I left the bike and transitioned to the run. I had just swam 1.2 miles, cycled 56 miles and was now embarking on a half marathon (13.1 miles). Even though I still had a long ways to go, my throat got tight and I began to choke with tears when I got on the run course. Enough so that I had to actually stop and get myself together again. I was choked up that I was going to actually make it even though I was just starting the half. It was sinking in that I was going to finish.

I knew what to expect, the worst was over (sort of) and I had confidence that i was going to see it through.

I was going to see my dream of finishing come true.

Today is the same feeling.

I hear finish line music....



BTW... I can't believe I spelled reminisce right the first time.. booyah!

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GRAMPIAN 5/5/2014 6:07AM

  You've done so well! emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/29/2014 5:39AM

  AWESOME CONGRATULATIONS GREAT JOB WOW

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MYNEWCATZ 3/22/2014 9:25PM

    I'm so proud of you and I don't even know you. I can only imagine how proud of you your kids must be! GO DAD, GO!!!

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ALYSSAWINEGAR 2/18/2014 3:19PM

    That's fantastic! Very inspiring! emoticon

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FITGIRL15 2/18/2014 11:41AM

    AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your triumph with us!

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HDHAWK 2/17/2014 6:33PM

    Great reminder! I'm going to keep one pair of pants so I'm can compare when i'm at goal. Keep up the great work!

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MARCYNA 2/17/2014 12:17PM

    emoticon Great!!!!

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MIMOTOGO 2/16/2014 2:10PM

    I know!!! I got rid of all my cloths... lol, should have kept one of them. Great job Robert! You are AMAZING!
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AGGIETERR 2/16/2014 12:21PM

    I so agree! Always keep a couple of 'before' items to help you remember how hard you have worked and the progress you have made. Congratulations!

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LIVELYLULU37 2/16/2014 7:11AM

    Yes-oh yes... you are that special kind of wonderful: Robert! Keep at it because boy oh boy you are inspiring! And that my friend, is the difference between gold and silver. Anyone can be silver, but you... you are the gold! Keep smiling, one of your followers- Jen



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ROX525 2/16/2014 6:42AM

    You did great!

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ATSESSION 2/15/2014 3:32PM

    Congratulations what an accomplishment. U should keep it as a reminder of all u have achieved.

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CAJUNGANNY 2/15/2014 11:53AM

    great inspiration thank you for sharing and posting the pictures

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BECKY0111 2/14/2014 8:20PM

    Success!

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  Thanks for sharing.

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SLIMLEAF 2/14/2014 9:56AM

    Great photos - you look radiant with joy as you hold up the now-huge T-shirt!

That must be so motivating for you - real proof that you already have achieved so much.

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CATIATM 2/14/2014 1:35AM

    How fun to remember where you were and how far you've come!

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DNJEN471 2/14/2014 12:51AM

    emoticon Thanks so much for sharing!

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CTHCTH1 2/14/2014 12:00AM

  Your blogs inspire me. You have really come a long way. Thanks for sharing. :)

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JERICHO1991 2/13/2014 5:51PM

    Great!

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PUGGLEMONKEY 2/13/2014 4:56PM

  Great reminder of the journey you've taken and the smart (and tough) choices you've made. Bravo sir, Bravo!!!

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LIVEDAILY 2/13/2014 4:30PM

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That picture of you IN the shirt is totally amazing Robert!!

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RODYANNE 2/13/2014 4:00PM

  Congratulations on your journey.


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RODYANNE 2/13/2014 3:59PM

  Congratulations on your journey.


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123ELAINE456 2/13/2014 2:42PM

  Wow!!! Awesome Blog. You are amazing Robert. Keep it up!!!

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MOMMY445 2/13/2014 11:23AM

    what a great blog! have a wonderful day!

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  Awesome! Very inspirational! You have the right to rejoice. emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 2/13/2014 10:03AM

    jaw dropping moment. wow! awesome! so proud of you!

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JOANNHUNT 2/13/2014 9:55AM

    YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY AND ROCKED IT. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE AWESOMENESS.

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BLITZAJ7 2/13/2014 9:38AM

    WHOO HOO!!!!!! Congrats! Way to go!!
What an inspiration! You have renewed my "spark" and determination not to quit, which by the way, I was very close to. You're blog has inspired me to keep going, tough going or not!

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    Way to go emoticon emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 2/13/2014 9:18AM

    Kudos to you!!!! Thanks for sharing

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    Awesome! What a great achievement!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 2/13/2014 8:26AM

    WOW! Way to go! Keep up the good work!

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INGMARIE 2/13/2014 8:18AM

    emoticon congrats.

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AMARILYNH 2/13/2014 7:58AM

    Well heck, I got choked up just reading about your HUGE accomplishment! Awesome!!

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