I am Eddie Robbins. I grew up in Roswell, Georgia in the 60s a Church of God preacher's kid. Life was simple. We enjoyed friends, family and food. We really enjoyed food. Everything we did was surrounded by good Southern cuisine. As a result, some of us became overweight. My Dad passed away with diabetes at the age of 53. He didn't take care of himself and was overweight. You would think I would have learned a lesson and lived a healthy life but I did not.
On July 16, 2009, I lived the day that changed my life. Many things happened that led to this change including being 54 years old, 1 year older than my Dad when he died. Having the doctor tell me “the first symptom of a heart attack is a heart attack.” Hearing the great personal motivator, Jim Rohn say “ the best day of your life is the day you say 'I HAD it'” It was the day I found myself totally disgusted with me. I decided that I had HAD it. I was tired of being overweight and was going to change my life.
For so many years, I had prayed for God to help me lose weight. I have no idea how many times I lost and gained weight. Where was God? When I made my decision to never be fat again, I realized that God was not going to do it for me. He says that he places life and death, blessings and curses before me and I have to choose. He asks me to love my neighbor and my enemy but He does not force me to. In fact, He would rather force a rock to praise Him than force us to do it. So, I came to the conclusion that if it's going to be, it is up to me. God will honor my efforts but He will not do it for me and I'm not so sure He even helps me to do it.
Once I made the decision, I had to have a plan. My plan was to walk 25 miles a week and simply cut back on the calorie and fat intake. So, I did. I lost 110 pounds in 16 months. I utilized a local county park to walk. On cold or rainy days, I went into the gym to walk. Eventually, I began to jog a little just to get my heart rate up. One day, at the park, I jogged a whole mile without stopping. That event led me to strive to become a runner. I entered a 5k in Canton, Georgia on Thanksgiving of 2009. I enjoyed the running event atmosphere. I have run in over 30 races so far and am running in other states.
I set a goal of running a full marathon after running in the Disney Half Marathon on January 2011. I decided on the Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011. I trained on a beautiful Greenway for several months. Each week, I expanded my long run until I reached 18 miles 2 weeks before the marathon. So, I did the Chicago Marathon and continue to run in events. I am currently attempting to run a race in all 50 states.
In just a few years, I have gone from over 300 pounds to running a marathon. My friends and family suggested that I write a book about my experience in hopes it would help others who feel there is no hope. There is hope! If I can do it, so can you. You may not become a runner. You may be a walker, a biker or a hiker. The bottom line is to do something and change your life for fitness and healthy living! I believe that it is God's best for our lives. He has asked us to treat our bodies as we would a temple. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Why would we trash it? Yet, in our culture, we have abused our bodies. It is my passion to see this culture changed.
My book is now available and is called “All My Strength.” My brother-in-law, Dr. Paul Conn, graciously wrote the foreword. You can search for it on Amazon. It is also available on Kindle. You can also go to the next blog, just below, for more info. I also have a Facebook group called "All My Strength." Join us there for support. I am on Twitter as well: @eddierobbins