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October 31, 2007





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July 2002. 5 years ago ... ... 5 years later. October 2007

I didn't want my photo taken
I couldn't be happier

The date is Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 11.21 GMT. Virgin Atlantic Flight VS019 (a Boeing 747) en route from LHR to SFO:

(by Virgin Atlantic Flight attendant)
"Would you like a drink from the bar, sir?"
(by Robin weighing in at 204lbs)
"May I have some water, please?"

That's where it all started. In 1 second, my life had taken a new direction. I was overweight. I was squashed in seat 43E. In 43D was a 300lb Texan. In 43F was his 350lb wife! What a journey. And my waist was 42 inches.

I've got to change something. I need a bigger seat, and I can't afford business class. I'll have to do something about my weight. 6 months earlier (on January 1, 2002) I'd had a similar experience and resolved to loose weight. And here we were 6 months later and not a pound lighter.

On October 31, 2002 (having dieted and walked 850 miles), my son Alan arrives from England on a visit. "Bloody hell! Where's my Dad?" He can hardly recognize me. I'm 152lbs.

5 years and 11 marathons later I still weigh 152lbs. Happy? I'd say so. My waist is 30 inches. I'm 4 inches narrower. The economy seat doesn't kill me any more.

Best of all are my best running buddies during the last 5 years - Penny and Dennis. You guys have changed my life. Thank You.

And of course a huge "Thanks and I Love You" to my wife Ali for her support through (me being) thick and thin.

More about the diet: click here
More about training: click here

On the pier at Largs. July 3, 2002
With Alan at Pt Lobos. Nov 3, 2002

Sunday November 4 was Silicon Valley Marathon. Not so good this year. 4:02. I ran all the way without walking. Photos: click here. I did 3:40:53 and 3:40:28 in 2005 and 2006. Easily within my Boston Qualifying time of 3:45:59. Oh well, I'll do better next year.

And coming up....

We're really looking forward to the arrival of our second grand-child in November. Ali and I think Holly's going to have a little sister. And our friends the Dermers are coming to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving and we've all been invited to the Fellemans to eat the Turkey. That'll be lots of fun.

After Thanksgiving, Ali's going to England to visit the family and to see the baby of course. I'll join her just before Christmas. And we'll be in England for the baby's baptism in January.

I'll be in Europe for a little over 2 weeks. In addition to spending Christmas with the family, we're planning a vacation in Lanzarote at New Year with our Finnish friend Veli-Veikko. VV's been asking us for about 20 years to join him for a warm island vacation at New Year and now we're finally going to do this.


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