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healthy train | the before.

fresh start. fresh us. let’s do this!

mad props to all who sent these photos… takes kahunas… but, you did it.:)proud of you.

I can’t wait to see where these next 6.5 months take us. After the success of the last healthy train… my hopes are high:DVERY high!

As I’m writing this entry, we’re up to 96 “before” photos. OHHH HELLL YESSSS!!!!! NINETY SIX BETTIES!!!!!! YESYESYESSSSS!!!!! How inspired and motivated does THAT make you?! Does wonders for me:)(there are still a few more trickling in… if I don’t receive your photo before midnight… it’ll be too late:() I’ve noticed that the key to success on the healthy train is having the support to back it up.  With SO many of us doing this as a team I just KNOW that we’re going to be seeing some SERIOUS numbers here! (BTW, if for some reason you don’t see your blurry photo here, will you please let me know? I’ve emailed everyone back to confirm that I’ve received their info… but I just want you all to double check for me :)  It’s a lot to keep track of!)

Speaking of serious numbers… Chris, you know… CHRIS… the guy who won by losing 25% of his body weight on the last train? He’s jumping back on:)Since the end of the last train he’s lost another 21 lbs. Check him out!

So, because I’m making you all start fresh regardless of how much weight you’ve lost in the past… it’s only fair that I have to, too. So, here you go… my new “before” photo.

BUT, just because I’m starting fresh doesn’t mean that I can’t celebrate the weight I’ve already lost.:)I’m really proud of this.

I’m a bit mad at myself for wearing such destructed jeans for my new photo… but they were the ones that fit me the tightest. (All of my new jeans that I bought for Vegas are already too big… it’s a bit frustrating… but even more exciting ;))

As I said the last time, I’m a weeee bit nervous about blogging about weight loss during our busy season with all of the traveling and I can’t put TOO much pressure on myself… so I promise to do the best I can, k?:)

OH, an FYI to all who are on the train. I’ve spent the morning creating an excel sheet in Google Docs… every one of you who sent in photos is on that list. I’ll soon be giving access to all of the competitors. There, you’ll be able to “weigh in” with your % lost every two weeks. All of the people on the train will be able to see if you’ve weighed in… and how well you’ve done:)Accountability is a VERY powerful thing… TRUST me!;)

A few things:

  • First official weigh in is April 30.
  • If you’re a twitterer, be sure to add the hashtag #healthytrain to your HT tweet.
  • Join  “bobbi’s healthy train” group on Facebook… ANYONE can join… not just the people with the before pics. My trainer is also a member… so if you have fitness questions, ask ‘em there!  We’d love to have you…:DThough, to be perfectly fair… I’m entering into my busy season and won’t be able to be an active contributor… many of our members are fantastic at giving good advice, feedback and encouragement.
  • You don’t have to be officially competing to participate.
  • If you haven’t measured yourself yet, DO IT!
  • We’ll be taking optional “progress pics” July 9 to keep the motivation levels high… OHHHH YESSSSSS!!!!

Can’t WAIT to see you all in 6.5 months!

love, bobbi:!:


  • Heather ColeApril 16, 2010 - 5:12 pm

    WOW WOW and WOW! So excited to be on the healthy train with so many awesome people. Thanks Bobbi for putting together such an awesome experience. BTW – that before and after picture of you – RIDIC!! I mean – HOLY COW you look amazing. :) ReplyCancel

  • bobbiApril 16, 2010 - 5:15 pm

    Heather, I love you :) Thank you. :D I’m BEYOND excited about you being on the train with me again. In the army, the person that you do EVERYTHING with is called your “battle buddy”. In this case, you’re my “booty buddy” (not to be confused with butt buddy ;) )ReplyCancel

  • Heather ColeApril 16, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    Bobbi – I love you more. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration. Whether you are losing weight or taking pictures – your talent in all areas amazes me. I’m so excited that I’m on this journey with you and everyone else. I don’t mind being your booty buddy…I kinda like it. :) ReplyCancel

  • RhondaApril 16, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    So freaking excited!!!!!! I have been really lazy this week and this just gave me a much-needed kick!ReplyCancel

  • scott neumyerApril 16, 2010 - 5:38 pm

    I totally win (with one other dude) for wearing the least in my before pic. LOL

    SO excited!

    My stats so far. Started on 4/6: 271 lbs. Weigh-in this morning: 264.8 lbs. 6.2 lbs lost, 2.28% weight lost. Still 6’3″ heheReplyCancel

  • EmilieApril 16, 2010 - 5:50 pm

    Woweekazowee!!!! Bobbi….you look AMAZING!! (I know, right now you’re thinking, ‘who the heck is this?’) I’ve been a lurker for over a year now. I found you through the amazing CLARY!! I look at your blog all the time, follow you on twitter, etc. You absolutely crack me up…and I LOVE your work!! I’ve kept quiet for the past year (’cause I didn’t want you to think I was a total weirdo) but when I saw your new before photo I just HAD to comment…you really look FANTASTIC!!ReplyCancel

  • SamaeApril 16, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    I would love to know what some other people are doing to loose some lbs. I am starting back on Weight Watchers on Monday. Monday is always the best start date for me.ReplyCancel

  • JessApril 16, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    Wow! You are such an inspiration! And boy do you look HOT in your after photo! Really, I am super proud of you and excited for your new journey :) I am doing something similar with starting over with running and all. Life is hard after a broken foot, but you gotta recover and keep going. Anywho- I will be checkin in on ya! good luck girly!ReplyCancel

  • SamaeApril 16, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    Oh, and your pic is super cute, bobbi. I wish I had you take my before. LOL Mine looks like a mug shot. No good. LOLReplyCancel

  • SarahApril 16, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    So excited! Mine will be one of the ones trickling in, probably in the next hour and a half or so!! Looking forward to seeing the great progress!!ReplyCancel

  • marciaApril 16, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    i wish i had to the ballz to send in my “before” picture. but, just because i’m not entering it with the rest of the AWESOME healthy trainers, doesn’t mean i can’t rock the next 6.5 months, right?
    :) ReplyCancel

    • bobbiApril 16, 2010 - 7:54 pm

      Marcia, REALLY?! You and I are buddies…. REEEEEALLY?! Send it you big ol pansy! ;) ReplyCancel

  • ElissaApril 16, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    bobbi! i’m sending you my photos. i NEED to be in round 2. MUCHAS GRACIAS!ReplyCancel

  • KatieApril 16, 2010 - 8:51 pm

    Yay Bobbi! Thanks for putting this post together w/the blurry pics…I love getting to “see” the competition! I can’t wait to see where I’ll be at the end…but just for the record…it’s actually only 5.5 months not 6.5 months :-( I wish it was 6.5….ReplyCancel

  • scott neumyerApril 16, 2010 - 8:54 pm

    Can I just say how much I LOVE that the Healthy Train post is right above the food post with all those amazing treats Annie makes? MmmmmmReplyCancel

  • MichelleApril 16, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    When I looked at my ‘before’ pictures I nearly cried. Despite my disgust in my (way) after baby figure I thought to myself, ‘I guess I’ll send these pictures in, but if I don’t follow through it’s not a big deal.’
    BUT once I turned them in and saw this blog, it became a MUSTTTTTT DO- a mission, if you will!
    I am so motivated now that I feel the support and see the struggle that others are going through as well.
    Kuddos missy!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie LivesayApril 16, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    This is so fun/exciting/wonderful. Kudos, Bobbi!

    I don’t see my photo in the blurry photos above. Just wanted to let you know. We all know you are a busy-bee! :)
    Thanks, again, for all your hard work!

    Angie LivesayReplyCancel

  • bobbiApril 16, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Angie, you’re right… that’s because you sent it to me today at 5pm… after I’d published this entry. But, no worries… I got it :D ReplyCancel

  • maura kateApril 16, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    i made a declaration a few weeks ago to get my weight under control – can’t tell you how thrilled i am to jump aboard the healthy train and do it along side all of you amazing folks! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Angie LivesayApril 16, 2010 - 10:44 pm

    gotcha :) Thanks for the clarification!ReplyCancel

  • Alison DApril 16, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    What an amazing bunch of blurry people! 96 is awesome- I cannot wait to see what we all can do in six months. Chris- dude you are killing it and you look amazing! Bobbi, your before and, well, before show such a change! you have every reason to be proud and you are only human- there are ups and downs to every journey!ReplyCancel

  • marciaApril 16, 2010 - 11:21 pm

    ha ha ha!!! i don’t think i’ve ever been called a pansy in my life!! :D ok bobbi, you win. i’ll send it.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley FreckletonApril 17, 2010 - 12:16 am

    Hey all you people I don’t know! This is going to be awesome! How can it not be with Bobbi as our ringleader? Three cheers for Bobbi! Thanks for all the hard work and inspiration!!!!ReplyCancel

    • bobbiApril 17, 2010 - 12:32 am

      I’m a like the ringleader, I call the shots. I’m like a firecracker I make it hot!

      Sorry… I just turned into Britney Spears… :D I couldn’t resist when you called me a ringleader ;) HA!ReplyCancel

  • Jill SApril 17, 2010 - 9:23 am

    AHH! AWESOME! FOR REEEALL! ITs so amazing how this has taken off!! You could easily start your own healthy train show ;) I LOVE seeing the before/After photos!ReplyCancel

  • Jen HughesApril 17, 2010 - 9:48 am

    SO excited! Thanks for all of your hard work on this Bobbi. I have started a blog about my weight loss journey, and posted about the contest specifically today.

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  • AnnaApril 17, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Bobbi, I might have said this before but I’ll say it again! Reckon its awesome that you’re continuing this again for its a great reminder that being fit (and not just skinny ;p) is so important! I’ll be rooting for y’all :D ReplyCancel

  • Greg KoppApril 17, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    I am In this time! I was too late last time but I started on the 1st of the year and have already lost 30 lbs! I have also started a blog about my weight loss and my eventual goal of running a marathon! http://www.fatmansmarathon.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Cathy and DavidApril 18, 2010 - 10:46 am

    So excited! :) Let’s do this thing!ReplyCancel

  • richApril 18, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    keep on kicking ass – super cool that you are and will continue to inspire so many folks to get with it and get in better shape.ReplyCancel

  • Steph HApril 18, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    It’s funny the things we notice about other people’s before pictures. I am struck by how much longer your neck looks now! You’re a swan, Bobbi :)
    I am excited about updating the photos in July! Here’s to hoping we all have jeans that are too big by then!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah LajevardiApril 18, 2010 - 7:05 pm

    You look freaking FANtastic!ReplyCancel

  • susanneApril 18, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    LOVE the longer hair on you.. too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Chris RApril 18, 2010 - 11:03 pm

    So glad to have this starting again. I plan on kicking my own ass! I so hope to see 96 after pics when this is all said and done. Thanks again to Bobbi for getting this going again!!ReplyCancel

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  • PriscilaApril 20, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    OMG OMG!! I almost missed the train. So I’m one of the ones that didn’t make it far in the last healthy train ride, but hope to push hard this time. Although I’m so totally late for the start up I’ll make April 23 (1 week later) my starting date. I”ll just be 1 week behind you guys. Thanks for doing this again. P.S. is it ok if I submit my before pic to you soon?ReplyCancel

  • Maya LaurentApril 21, 2010 - 10:04 am

    You are such an inspiration!!! Go girl go!!! So proud of you!ReplyCancel

  • MandsApril 23, 2010 - 1:30 am

    OH NO! We’ve been away and I think I’ve missed out! In NZ and the middle of our busy wedding season, and feel like I just came up for air, but I need to get the weight off before next season….sighs. Is it too late Bobbi???ReplyCancel

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  • KApril 30, 2010 - 11:58 am

    I have never worked so hard for a measly 2% weight loss! Here’s to a great May everyone!ReplyCancel

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