Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Transformation from Overweight to Marathon Runner




  
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. 

In 1972, I went to Lee College (now University) in Cleveland, Tennessee. I married Cathy in 1975 and we have 3 daughters. We lived in Norcross, Georgia for many years and moved to Cumming, Georgia in 1994. I was a professional photographer for most of those years. All the while, my weight was increasing to a peak weight of 333 pounds. How did this happen to me? I knew better. It just did. No excuses.

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


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"All My Strength" is my story!







Hi! I am Eddie Robbins from Cumming, Georgia. Thank you for visiting my site. In 2009, after being around 300 pounds for most of my adult life with a peak weight of 333, I had a life transformation. I lost 110 pounds and eventually became a runner. I wrote a book about it. The name of the book is "All My Strength." If you have battled for years with being overweight, you need to read my story. Below, there are options to order my book. I hope you enjoy it and are motivated to transform your life as well. If I can do it, you can too!! 

“Eddie’s book is fun to read.  It’s honest and personal, and reads like a conversation with a friend.  It’s about running; it’s about weight loss; but it’s really about life and goal-setting in the real world.  I loved it.”   ...Paul Conn, President of Lee University



@eddierobbins congrats to you. And I finished your book. It was great! Really inspiring! I will share it.

From Jamie Dukes, former Atl Falcon:
@jamiedukes
@eddierobbins this is a great story. Folks check out this story of a man changing his health.

 There are two ways for you to order the book:


Option 1 - Mail a check for $10.00 made out to "Eddie Robbins" and a return address to:

Eddie Robbins
5803 Riverside Walk Dr.
Sugar Hill, GA 30518

or you may send $10.00 to me via PayPal at eddie@eddierobbins.com. Be sure to include your mailing address.

I will sign the book and send it to you and pay for the shipping through US mail.

Option 2 -

You may order the book on Amazon.com for under $6 plus any applicable shipping charges.
Here is the link to order the book:


http://www.amazon.com/All-My-Strength-Journey-Marathon/dp/1463650957/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332441255&sr=8-1

or you can go to Amazon.com and search "All My Strength Eddie Robbins"



If you prefer to read it on Kindle for only $2.99, here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/All-My-Strength-ebook/dp/B007NZ2S7I/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332589149&sr=1-1


Be sure to join my Facebook group with the same name as the book: All My Strength. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/237577399587662/

There are a group of people there who will help you with your journey of becoming healthy!

If you have any questions for me, you may e-mail me at eddie@eddierobbins.com




Here are some other reviews of the book:

I just finished reading "All My Strength" not 30 minutes ago, and it not only inspired me, it had a few "ouch" moments, realizing I wasn't fully doing what I should. God bless you for allowing yourself to be used to open eyes.


I just got my book All My Strength in the mail today and finished it. I recommend it to all please consider ordering the book. At least it touched my life and view on many things. Tears, Laughter, and I felt as if I was walking, running with Eddie. Thank you Eddie for sharing your testimony!

Read your book this evening and really was inspired by it. You're a natural born writer and quite the motivator. 




Eddie...finished reading All My Strength on a plane ride from Cincinnati to Fort Worth, TX yesterday. Thanks so much for recording your transformation story for all of us. What an inspiration!


Eddie I am loving the book. Started reading it about an hour ago. Just can't put it down. A great story and you do a great job telling it.


It's great!!! I read it in two nights! Wouldn't have been able to put it down at all if it weren't for having to work the next day and Words with Friends pals sending me games. 


Awesome book! Amazing story! I am inspired!!!

I just finished your book. So many thoughts going on. Very moving to me Eddie. I will pm you tomorrow. All I can say right now is your testimony really touched my heart, mind and faith.

GREAT BOOK, It was really inspiring and I love the way you put the scriptures in, you know we cannot do anything without God!!! 



Just finished my signed copy of your book. I could identify with so many of your experiences as you started your training--and still do! It touched my heart, and strengthened my resolve. I have a good start, but I also want to finish well and end strong!

Looking forward to running my first race that you will also be running--may we encourage each other to reach new goals, and be a blessing to others along the way! God Bless