Rob’s Journey To Health (Video)
Rob’s weight hit an all time high around the time his self-esteem hit an all time low. It happened at a time when three attendants at a theme park failed to fasten a safety harness around his prodigious girth while his nine year old daughter watched.
Sweet girl as she is, daughter Amanda opted out of the ride grabbing daddy’s hand saying everything is going to be okay. But, the whole embarrassing episode was enough to blow Rob’s ego and make him realize that thing weren’t going to be okay if he didn’t make a change – and fast.
The motivating factors had been building forms while – at more than 300 pounds, Rob got winded horsing around with his kids in the back yard and was reluctant to brave the neighborhood pool in a bathing suite, not to mention the fact his blood pressure was reaching a dangerously high level. Rob also came to realize that forsaking his physical appearance didn’t mesh with the Christian principles that are an interagency part of his lifestyle.
“I never talked to my family about it, but I toyed with the idea of doing gastric bypass surgery,” Rob remembers. “Then when I read into it it didn’t seem to be the way to go.”
Rob decided instead to commit himself to shedding the excess weight the right way – by changing his lifestyle to incorporate regular exercise and proper nutrition.
As Operation/Program Director and Morning Show Host, Rob saw an opportunity to create something bigger than one man’s quest to be smaller, so he contacted his friends at the YMCA to talk about building a promotion around his personal goal. The result was the Y’s wellness Works program and the birth of Rob’s Big Losers. Listeners who desired to gain a healthy lifestyle joined Rob on a 12 week journey to learn proper nutrition and exercise to obtain their goals to be healthy and fit.
“What I needed was accountably, and if I’m going to launch something like this on the air I’ve got to stick to it,” rob explains. “I had the accountability to more than 300,00 listeners, to the people at the YMCA, to my team, and family.”
When Rob embarked on his journey, in 2005, he weighed in at 308 pounds with 38 percent body fat. Sixteen months later, he shed nearly 140 pounds, his body fat percentage is down to a slim 11 percent, he had a half and full marathon under his belt, and found a passion for endurance sports.
Since then Rob has participated in 8 marathons, 7 triathlons, and has cycled half way across the nation twice. He participates in numerous 100 mile cycling events that has help raised over $2 million in for charities.
He has also continued his Rob’s Big Losers every year and has helped two hundred and fifty six people and their families gain the tools they need to have a healthy lifestyle.