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Wow, what a difference! That's incredible!
Way to go Robert! it is a journey, and a struggle, and something that we fight with every day-- but it makes us stronger, and better partners for those who share our lives.
Congratulations on your success thusfar
And we look forward to seeing you reach your goals-- hope AH and AF can help!
Rob - I am so happy for you!! Congrats on your incredible journey. It can be so daunting when you at the total you are trying to lose (I am trying to lose about 160 - 170 pounds & have lost 70 so far).
Just curious - what kind of program have you been following?
And as far as the girlfriend goes - if a woman is worth anything - she will love you just the way you are. You shouldn't have to be fit or thin. Not to say that she shouldn't encourage you to be healthier - but it shouldn't be a prerequisite!!
Good luck on completing your journey - keep us posted.
Thanks for the nice comments. These are the first pics I have posted anywhere because I dont have much trust of the internet but I figure AH is about as safe a place to put them as any with like minded people. Laura when your 460 the thought of trying to lose 260 or 270 lbs is so overwhelming you dont even want to start. Im sure before you started you felt similar. My program is basic. I could not walk 1/2 a block before, had a limp because of a badly inflamed achilles tendon and my resting pulse was 100bpm. I had edima in my lower legs and feet and several other things. I had been on the waiting list for 1 1/2 years for gastric bypass and a few months prior (Oct 09) I finally got in to see the surgeon only to be told the wait list was too long and the govt was cutting back on surgery so too bad for me. He also told me I had a 2% chance to take it off myself based on his 20 years in the biz. I lived on nothing but fast food (driv-thru) and pizza delivery 4 or 5 nights a week.
Nov 29th 09 because I could see no other way to try and beat my fast food addiction I said at about 10pm "at midnight I go Vegetarian" Midnight came (Nov 30 09) and I have never had fast food or pizza or meat again.
Then over the next month I tried to make myself go into the local grocery store at closing time. I had trouble being around people and walking upright for more than 10 mins.
That Christmas I was alone the entire holiday season and then on my bday (31 dec) my little dog who had been sick for about 10 months took a turn for the worse, had to be taken right away to the vet and was put to rest. I was so despondant over things I was ready to almost step in front of a bus.
I had noticed a new AF gym (leaving the local Tim Hortons at night) across the big parking lot and look them up on the net that night. I wrote them an e-mail asking if they had any Jan specials, telling them my story, and a trainer wrote me back, came to see me and said she could help me with her 3 month program starting 25 Jan 10.
I signed up after thinking about it for a few days. I knew I would not last more than a few times at the gym without her. I would try the treadmill late at night and like many just stop coming. My trainer kept me accountable. I promised her I would never leave her waiting the 3 times a week I saw her and would never just not show up or call in some excuse. 3 months turned to 6 and 9 etc until I started to feel more confident in the gym and find my way better. Over the first 6 months she helped me cut out the other bad things from my diet like Nachos, jujubes, cookies etc. I would promise her each time I would not have the specific food again and each time I dropped an item I never eat it again. Only once did I fail at that and that was just last summer when i was eating too much trail mix with choc m&ms. It took me 2 promises to stop and that was last Aug and I have not had them since.
I still remember my first session, that first pic and 3 others were taken and we started on a treadmill at 1% incline and 1mph for 10 minutes. It took 18 months to fix my limp from my swollen tendon. She was "my saving angel". She moved away last week which has been really hard on me, and my depression but we still will keep in touch with e-mail as I have almost no support network coming from being a former shut-in.
I guess thats why i decided to put this up here to help me keep going forward in a difficult time.
Sorry to have written so much.
To answer your question, I do weights 3 times a week, cardio 3 to 6 times a week (walking on the treadmill) and eat a basic vegetarian diet with almost no processed foods and keep the sodium low and the fat low as well. Thats about it. Good way of eating and weights and cardio over the past 23 months. I hope to reach my goal at 200lbs by early summer. Cheers Rob
Oh and this pic she took last week too.
Absolutely amazing! I am very happy for you and you are a great motivator!
Wow that is Amazing. Way to Go Robert!!! Congrats on your success so Far Keep up the Hard Work!!
Thanks However I am being kind of bad. I have made it in every morning for cardio this week and for my weight lifting sessions as well but have not had the energy to go in for my night sessions of cardio since my trainer left a week ago. I seem to have lost something since she left. I only planned to do cardio twice a day (except sunday) for dec, jan and feb to help with S.A.D. and to get down to 230 by end feb so I guess I better get off my behind soon and push on with it like everyone else here does. Cheers
Did you notice that in the overalls picture you're even standing taller? It could be confidence, weightlifting or both. Don't lose that confidence. Stand tall...you've come so far...
No David I never noticed that, however it might well be. When I was 460 I could not even upright myself after getting out of bed, I had to put my hand on top of my bedroom wall unit and pull myself to the upright position. I hurt it about 8 years ago in a car accident and within a year had gained 100 lbs plus. Its still sore every day and I have to be carefull doing weights to keep proper form and as such tend to use machines more for compound exercises than free weights and just use free weights for the isolation bi/tri exercises. Thanks for pointing that out. I wish my gym had an inversion table like my old office used to have so I could hang upside down for 15 minutes. They really help to stretch out the spine. Cheers Rob
you look just awesome Rob! Keep it up. Hang in there - sometimes we all lose motivation for a bit. The big trick is to catch it right away & not let that state become our NORM again! I am behind you 100%!!! Good luck
Congrats!!!! BIG CONGRATS!!!! Thanks to you, I'm more motivated than I was before I read this post! Pat yourself on the back! Best wishes ALWAYS!!
Thanks Tiffany: I am glad my little story can in some way motivate other people in their journey just as your and others comments can help motivate me as well. Thank you. Cheers Rob
Robert. I had Internal Disk Decompression treatments 7 years ago after 20 years of trauma induced backpain, and have been pain free ever since. Occasionally I need "stretched" and I have found the flexibility exercises with the Airfit or TRX suspension equipment an excellent stretch and relaxer.
Congratulations on your progress, you look smashing, and keep plugging away.