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2 Big Announcements

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The first is that I am finally officially a trainer at Anytime Fitness, Ishpeming, MI. I can't totally explain why I needed to see my picture up on the wall in order to accept that I am actually a trainer but I guess I did. Maybe it is simply the fact that while so much of what has happened was verbal, this is physical, real. I can see it and touch it. It is a confirmation of what has happened and that it is no longer a plan or a goal, it is now a reality, and that is a game changer.

My pic and bio is the one on the lower right.



The BIO text on the poster reads:

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My name is Robert Wadhams and I am excited to be a part of the Anytime Fitness family.

I started my weight loss journey at 385 pounds. I slowly started making small changes and as the weight came off, I began to take on bigger challenges such as cycling and jogging. One day, my trainer suggested that I participate in a local Turkey Trot. I felt such a sense of joy and accomplishment when I crossed the finish line.

Since that first race in 2009, I have lost over 110 lbs, participated in numerous half marathons and a full marathon. I taught myself how to swim, finished a sprint triathlon and the Teal Lake Swim (2.25 miles). Then in August 2013, I crossed the line of my first 70.3 mile triathlon in Wisconsin Dells.

On this on going journey I have learned not to wait until some magic moment before you pursue your goals. I followed my dream and became certified through the Road Runners Club of America as an adult distance running coach, obtained an ACE specialty certification in weight management and am currently working on becoming a certified personal trainer.

Through running and endurance sports I have found the courage to begin and the will to finish. I am always eager to share my passion with new runners through the Couch To 5k program. Come join me and let's reach our goals.

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I have another presentation scheduled for May 5th and the Couch To 5k program kicks off May 12th with a presentation and beginning runners clinic. I have some pretty clear goals in mind.

1) Finish my trainers certification this year.
2) Start ACE Health Coach certification
3) Start weight loss support group at the fitness center
4) Pursue a kettlebell instructor certification and do one on one kettlebell training.

May take a couple years to pull it all off but I am pretty consistent and motivated so no worries... I'll get there. I have a knack for making things happen :) just keep at it one step at a time and even if you only study two or three pages a day because things got busy, always do something to keep some momentum toward your goal.

I am making friends at the fitness center. Here is a pic after doing a very hot and sweaty step aerobics class... btw... a word about step aerobics... it's a great workout / balance training activity. I started out bumbling and feeling awkward too, don't let that stop you. I still bumble and stumble.. proof positive that white guys have no rhythm. I finally found something tougher than walking and chewing gum (can't seem to do that either).

- group selfie after class :)

The second announcement is that I am going to be at the Spark Rally in Indianapolis, IN August 23rd and will be doing an approximately 20 min presentation.

I have always wanted to go to a function like this and have checked out the pics from previous years and felt that it would be so cool to mix and mingle with so many like minded people and share inspiration. Well, here is my chance.

It is really tough to get time off where I work and I work through most of my weekends anyway on rotating shifts. Needless to say the social life takes a hit. Add in being in a semi-remote location and things like this really don't line up for me. I had that block of time scheduled for vacation because the slot was open and fell on the weekend of half marathon trail run I really want to do. When Beth (~Indygirl~) told me the date of the event, it rung a bell, I checked, and Shazam :) Needless to say, no race for me....

.. Off to make my reservations....

Keep it EPIC everyone :)



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WHITEANGEL4 7/20/2014 7:43PM

    Wow you have accomplished so much. Congratulations. I love the goals you have set for yourself and that you are williing to put in the time to reach them

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NASFKAB 5/4/2014 1:40AM

  AWESOME CONGRATULATIONS GREAT JOB

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FREDSEVOLUTION 4/27/2014 11:23AM

    This is so cool ! Good for you and congratulations. This is just reinforces that, it can be done not so much in a specific time but by just keeping at it.

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AJINMN 4/22/2014 10:16AM

    How exciting to see it on the wall! It is for real! Good for you!

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TBOURLON 4/21/2014 9:26AM

    That's TERRIFIC! emoticon emoticon Congratulations on your certification & employment - you are an inspiration to me! And good luck on your future endeavors emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 4/21/2014 2:05AM

    Love it, Robert! Keep on being amazing - it suits you! emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 4/19/2014 5:18PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishments.

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FROMTHISPOINT 4/19/2014 5:02PM

    Awesome! emoticon Good For You! emoticon I love your enthusiasm emoticon !

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JSEATTLE 4/19/2014 3:58PM

  FANTASTIC achievement! Totally happy for you!!

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CATIATM 4/19/2014 2:43PM

    ROCK ON, SUPERSTAR!!!!!!

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JOELEVENACIOUS 4/19/2014 5:00AM

    congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CATSCORNER990 4/18/2014 10:21PM

  Congratulations!

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RADIOACTIVEGN 4/18/2014 8:38PM

  Good work, and congrats on the official trainer status!

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MAYBER 4/18/2014 1:04AM

    Thanks for sharing your great news
Best wishes as you strive to be the best trainer ever
One day at a time God Bless Love Prayers Peace
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LIVEDAILY 4/17/2014 11:36PM

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!!

LOVE the thumbs up photo!! That needs to become your new profile pic!

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  Congratulations on your well deserved honor !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRKPKING 4/17/2014 9:22PM

    Congrats to you!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 4/17/2014 8:14PM

    What half marathon? Is that the Mini - Indi? Tell beth I will be in Indi for the 24 hr of booty bike ride.

'reservations' ... I thought it was called appointments ha ha ha (you know what I am referring to)

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HAWKTHREE 4/17/2014 7:13PM

    This is great. I can't help but think you'll be such a great teacher because of your own experience.

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DAISYPETAL 4/17/2014 6:25PM

    How REFRESHING to see a guy that is going strong and so proud of his accomplishments. Believe me, I bet all of us are so proud of you. It takes so MUCH determination to even do one thing great per day. And look where you are. You look wonderful. I hope life keeps this momentum for you and I am sure it will carry you through to help many others just as Indygirl, Beth has done. You are both remarkable. Good luck and keep going. Jude

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2UIWILLBE 4/17/2014 5:49PM

    YAY!!! So happy for you! Happy for your success! Keep up the great work.

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KAMMYJO3 4/17/2014 5:42PM

    YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION!!!!

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WALNUTT1961 4/17/2014 3:47PM

    Wow! That is awesome!

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    Congratulations! What an inspiration you are!

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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 4/17/2014 10:41AM

    emoticon AWESOME!! Congratulations on making your dreams a reality.


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MBEEMOM 4/17/2014 10:01AM

    Congratulations! You have made remarkable accomplishments during your journey. You will be a fantastic and inspirational role model at Anytime Fitness. They are lucky to have you on their staff! May the blessings continue endlessly for you!

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MOODYKEYS 4/17/2014 8:31AM

    emoticon wow hope one day I can say I have accomplished as much as you have. great job.

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    emoticon Absolutely fabulous! Very inspirational.

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2WHEELER 4/17/2014 8:26AM

    Congratulations! Many at the gym will be inspired by your story and set goals that they previously never thought possible. You're making a difference in your life and in many others.

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    emoticon What an inspiration on a morning I have the blahs. Thanks for sharing and you will be my first friend that I add here! emoticon

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    Congratulations. Well done.

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