Me

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Me. That's me, over to the right, along with my wife Mary. Everyone, including myself, says I hit the jackpot when she actually agreed to marry me. It's because of her encouragement and support that I am able to devote a large part of my life to this goal. Thanks Mary.

The picture was taken June 1st, 2008, I weighed in right around 276 pounds and had just turned 47 years old. I live in Needham,MA which is a suburb of Boston about 20 miles to the west. I have worked in the mortgage banking field for the last 22 years and started my own company (121mortgage.com) at the start of 2007. We don't have any children but do have a "giant" 125 pound dog named Sheldon. In March he turned 16 years old which makes him a medical miracle for a dog his size.

Weight: 163.6
Date: April 7th, 2009

This is a picture of me standing at the front door as I always do on the 7th of the month. I always wear the same shirt and shorts, trying to keep everything consistant for a true comparison. As this will be my final "7th" picture, I decided to show just how big the shirt is on me now. Ironically, I used to "stretch" the shirt out before putting it on, otherwise it was too tight! All pictures from each month are on the media page in chronological order.

Begin. I'm into sequential numbers so I thought it was perfect to start the record keeping on June 7th, 2008 (ie 06.07.08). I had just finished my 6th Three Mile Walk/Run course that I started training on. I was dissapointed to learn that my weight remained at 277 pounds, but I had just started my diet the day before.

Each month, usually on the 7th, I will be taking a picture at the same location, same outfit, etc. as the first picture I took on June 7th to document that change (Home Page). The picture to the left is the most current picture. You can see all of the pictures on the Media Page.

Date
06.07.08
07.07.08
08.07.08
09.07.08
10.07.08
11.07.08
12.07.08
01.07.09
02.07.09
03.07.09
04.07.09
Date
06.07.08
07.07.08
08.07.08
09.07.08
10.07.08
11.07.08
12.07.08
01.07.09
02.07.09
03.07.09
04.07.09
Weight
276.7
254.6
237.2
224.8
211.6
195.2
183.8
175.0
169.6
164.2
163.6
Date
06.07.08
07.07.08
08.07.08
09.07.08
10.07.08
11.07.08
12.07.08
01.07.09
02.07.09
03.07.09
04.07.09
Weight
276.7
254.6
237.2
224.8
211.6
195.2
183.8
175.0
169.6
164.2
163.6
Mo. Loss
NA
22.1
17.4
12.4
13.2
16.4
11.4
8.8
5.6
5.4
0.5
Date
06.07.08
07.07.08
08.07.08
09.07.08
10.07.08
11.07.08
12.07.08
01.07.09
02.07.09
03.07.09
04.07.09
Weight
276.7
254.6
237.2
224.8
211.6
195.2
183.8
175.0
169.6
164.2
163.6
Mo. Loss
NA
22.1
17.4
12.4
13.2
16.4
11.4
8.8
5.6
5.4
0.5
Total
NA
22.1
39.5
51.9
65.1
81.5
92.9
101.7
107.1
112.5
113.0

Why? Just about everyone asks me why I have decided to do this. I suppose it all started with a New Years resolution list that I wrote up on December 30th, 2007. It was pretty much the same list as every other year (ie lose weight, increase business, save the world, etc.) as well as a couple of loftier resolutions added in that included raising $5000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF.org) to help save my 9 year niece Julia, train for the 2009 Boston Marathon, and apply for the reality TV show The Biggest Loser, a show where the contestants completely change their sedentary lifestyle and diet and transform themselves in a matter of 6 months. Like every year before, the list faded within the first week of January and was covered up with other pages in a spiral notebook I use for work.

In late spring (March?), I was looking for a phone number on a legal pad and stumbled across my resolution list. The Biggest Loser had just finished airing their final episode and mentioned that they were casting people for the new season, so I decided to attempt to pursue this resolution. I downloaded the application and started the monumental task of completing all 12 pages! After taking about a month (~5 hours) to complete, I was set to send it in when I received a crushing blow. Just by a weird coincidence, my wife happened to be talking to a former coworker who mentioned that her Brother In Law had just been cast in the show and was currently out in California being filmed. My hope of being on the show was over until the following season. Oh well, next year...

This was in early May, and while somewhat dissappointed, I came to the conclusion that I could accomplish pretty much the same thing (ie losing weight) if I put my mind to it. Suddenly my resolution list came back to mind and I determined that I could train for the Marathon, lose a considerable amount of weight in the process AND raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). I decided to run the idea by my wife, and she said she would support me 100% to accomplish this goal. Not only that but she also said she would make sure I had a friend at every mile along the way. Frankly I didn't expect this response, but since I had put it out there, I decided to do some more research on it.

Due to it's popularity, the Boston Marathon is one of the few marathons that requires runners to qualify for it. Fortunately they allow approximately 5% of the runners to run the marathon in exchange for raising money for various charities. I contacted the CFF and asked them if they would be willing to obtain a number for me. They agreed, however they would require me to complete a form guaranteeing them at least $3000 in donations. To back that up they even required my credit card information! Two minutes after receiving the form, I completed the application and sent it back. Essentially I have forced myself to commit to this goal.

Exercise. Urggh. Just the mere mention of that word would send shivers throughout my mind and body. It is a necessary evil that I was happy to leave behind when I graduated from college. Since then I have dabbled with the thought of getting on a structured exercise routine, but like my diets, these plans seemed to fall apart after a short period of time. Gyms love people like me because I usually pay for a years worth of use and within a month they know I won't be abusing their equipment anymore.

When I decided to embark on this project, I quickly came to the realization that I could not accomplish it by myself. As usual, the story is long and drawn out, but to save you from a lot of superfluous information, after numerous phone call, emails, etc, I ran into a friend of mine who has agreed to be my trainer.

This is Rick and he is helping change my life. We share a passion for sports cars (we both had Nissan 350Zs when they were first re-released in 2003) and in a conversation that started about cars, ended up with Rick agreeing to be my trainer 2 hours later.

Like myself, Rick found himself on the higher end of the scale (~265) about 15 years ago and decided to do something about it. And like myself, he could barely run from his driveway to the end of the street that he lived on, pathetic since he lived on a corner lot.lol

Eventually Rick got himself in good enough shape that he was competing in numerous Triathalons (Running, Swimming, Biking) throughout the Greater New England area and was ranked in the top of his age group for several years. Unfortunately after 10 years of competing, his knees started complaining and he had to retire.

Probably due in part to his training as a triathlete, Rick is a strong advocate of "cross training", a training philosophy that utilizes several different exercise routines rather than just concentrate on "running". Below is a chart of my normal exercise schedule as of the middle of July.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
3-5 Mile Run
5-10 Mile Run
4-6 Mile Run
5-10 Mile Run
4-6 Mile Run
Run 3-5 Miles
Run 10-24 Miles
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
3-5 Mile Run
5-10 Mile Run
4-6 Mile Run
5-10 Mile Run
4-6 Mile Run
Run 3-5 Miles
Run 10-24 Miles
Spin/Biking (1 Hour)
Spin/Biking (1 Hour)
Spin/Biking (1 Hour)
REST
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
3-5 Mile Run
5-10 Mile Run
4-6 Mile Run
5-10 Mile Run
4-6 Mile Run
Run 3-5 Miles
Run 10-24 Miles
Spin/Biking (1 Hour)
Spin/Biking (1 Hour)
Spin/Biking (1 Hour)
REST
Weights/Core
Weights/Core
Yoga
Weights/Core
REST
   Roger@RFME.org