Robby LeBlanc is Climbing The Stratosphere Hotel Casino March 3, 2012 For The American Lung Association
Climb For Charity! Robby LeBlanc is Climbing The Stratosphere Hotel Casino March 3, 2012 To Raise Money For The American Lung Association!
Robby LeBlanc is climbing for charity March 3, 2012. In preparation for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity in June 2012, Las Vegas Guitarist Robby LeBlanc will be climbing the Stratosphere Hotel Casino March 3, 2012 in Las Vegas,Nevada for the American Lung Association.
In my fight against Obesity and Diabetes, I know the value of lungs, healthy lungs! In order to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in June, my lungs will have to be in there healthiest state! My mother, Janet LeBlanc died ofCOPD. She smoked for years and it killed her.
What is Scale the Strat?
Scale the Strat is the American Lung Association in Nevada’s competitive stair climb. Individuals and teams will race up the Stratosphere Observation Tower inside staircase, while raising money to fund lung health research, education and advocacy in Southern Nevada.
Climbers will climb 1455 steps which equals 108 floors!
Once the climbers are in the tower core, there is no exit point unless there is a medical emergency. Because of the unique location of the climb, special considerations need to be taken before you should register.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about climbing the Stratophere Hotel Casino. It’s 108 floors and 1,455 steps! I don’t expect to be breaking any records but I do expect to finish! The thing is, once you start climbing, you can’t turn around! If an emergency arises and a climber needs to stop, they have to climb to the next exit. They can’t climb down!
I do know they will have emergency medical teams available, because this is a big deal! This is NOT a cake walk! As they say, you can have bragging rights that you climbed the Stratosphere. I know a lot of folks at my gym that are in a lot better shape and condition than me that say they are not in good enough condition to attemp such a climb. How do I know this, because I asked a number of them to climb the strat with me and they said NO!
Have I bitten off more than I can chew at this time in my training? Maybe so, but Im going for it!
PLUS…It’s a Climb For Charity, The America Lung Association!
Click Here NOW TO Go TO Robby’s American Lung Association FUNDRASING PAGE:
This is a GREAT WAY to kick off this Climb For Charity Project.
Thanks To Propet Shoes, I Just Booked My Flight To Tanzania Africa To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro For Charity!
This has been a dream and goal to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with Werner Berger since 2004. As I type there is a part of me that still doesn’t believe this is really happening. I can still remember that photo. I was just walking on the top deck of the ship in Tahiti at about 7 am in the morning. You could see dolphins swimming next the the ship. I looked up and there was Werner Berger.
It was at the moment that I asked Werner, ” If I Lose 100 pounds, could I climb Mt Kilimanjaro?” And He responded, ” If you lose 100 pounds, I’ll go with you young man!”I will never forget that moment. For five years Werner called me, asking if I had lost the weight in order to go climb Kilimanjaro with him.
I owe a BIG THANKS to Propet Shoes. They have not only become my shoe sponsor for the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb in June, but have also just paid for my airline ticket for the trip! They want to make sure I get to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and support this Climb For Charity.
There is a saying, it takes a village to raise a child. To expand on that idea, it also takes a village to help someone get their help back once lost. There is no way I could be making the health progress I have made without the help of several people and health professionals. It has truly taken a village for me to get my health back.
‘I’ve still got a ways to go, but now I have incredible support. Propet Shoes is just helping me to fullfill a dream and for that I am so grateful! Climb for Charity is about to start gaining some momentum. Climb for charity is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Hopefully over the next few months we should start seeing some real interest in this project. Fighting Obestity and Diabetes is a battle but together with our village we can make great strides!
Until Next Time…
See You Next Week!
Diabetes Complications Pushes “Seinfeld”Actor Daniel von Bargen Over The Edge, and Attemps Suicide By Shooting Himself In The Head.
When I saw the headline a few minutes ago in the news about Daniel von Bargen shooting himself in the head over Diabetes, I was in shock. I clicked on the link and watched the the TMZ video and I started crying as I was watching this video. This is EXACTLY what Climb For Charity is ALL about! To bring awareness to the destructiveness of the diseases DIABETES and OBESITY.
As I’m writing I am still crying. Daniel von Bargen felt like he ran out of options. What a horrible emotional place to be in. I remember the first time my legs went numb during a concert performance. It was horrible and scary! Watching this video touched close to home. Daniel von Garben diabetes had gotten so bad that he already had 1 leg amputated and was going to the hospital that day to have some toes removed. He reached his limit. How he survived the gunshot wound, is a miracle. watch the video below. Share it with other people that you know have diabetes. This is a HUGE wakeup call for ALL diabetics!
Diabetes can and does destroy every aspect of ones life if it goes untreated. I don’t know what Daniel von Bargen‘s situation is or if he was undergoing some sort of treatment. But I do know, if a diabetic does not get treatment and medical attentions ones health will go from bad to worse, rapidly.
More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes. ••
In 2006, about 65,700 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in people with diabetes.
It’s estimated that 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older with prediabetes.
-Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
-Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults ages 20-74
-Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.•
-Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
THREE RESOURCES FOR DIABETES:
Climb for Charity: http://climbforcharity.com/resources/diabetes-stats/
Nation Wide: http://Diabetes.org
For Nevada/California Go To: http://DiabetesNV.org/
Folks, I’m on a mission to bring awareness to OBESITY and DIABETES. It destroys people’s lives! Hopefully my climbing Mt Kilimanjaro will help in this fight!
Let’s all say a quick prayer for Daniel von Bargen and a healthy recovery.
Have a Blessed Day,
Yes, It’e Weigh In Monday Once Again!
February 1, 2012 – 294.4 pounds (Wednesday)
February 6, 2012 – 291.4 pounds (Monday)
February 13, 2912 – 289.8 pounds (Monday)
February 20, 2012 – 286.6 pounds ( Monday)
TOTAL LOSSS THIS WEEK - 3.2 pounds!
Once again, the one thing that has really helped me with my food choices thew most this week is ACCOUNTABILITY! I am still emailing in my food choices EVERYDAY to my trainer Nancy Dickinson.
THANK YOU NANCY!!!
I’ll See YOu Next Week For Weigh In Monday!
Yes, it’s Weigh In Monday!
Now a word about Accountability:
Every Sunday morning before Vickie and I go to church, we usually turn on the TV to “The Today Show”. This morning to our great surprise we saw our friend and one of my health mentors, Brad Lamm, being interviewed on the TodayShow. I didn’t see the entire interview but it appeared to be the topic was about Whitney Houston and addicition.
For those of you that don’t know Brad Lamm, he is an author, educator and interventionist best known for helping people make life-enhancing changes on The Dr. OZ Show. Brad is also the Founder and CEO of Intervention Specialists, a crisis intervention agency. He has popularized his “invitational intervention” whereby family and friends enable a resistant loved one to accept help after being invited to their own intervention.
Brad and his brother Scott Lamm initiated a intervention for me back in in July of 2010. It was a simple phone call that started with, “Robby, this is Scott Lamm, I want to save your life”. I jokingly asked, “is this multi-level marketing?” He said no, this is the real deal brother. That phone call started the process for me to get help at “Shades of Hope” eating disorder clinic in Texas. My 42 days of rehab was filmed for the Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN. More on that another time…
Back To “The Today Show” Interview…
We turned on the TV just as Brad Lamm was talking about “Accountability” and how CRITICAL accountability is to ones success and or recovery. I learned about accountability with food while at Shades of Hope. When I first heard Tennie, from “Shades of Hope” share they wanted me to call my food in to someone every day, I thought they were nuts! There was no way I was going to call, text or email someone every day what I am planning to eat or have eaten!
Just as we tuned into Brad’s interview about accountability, I was also texting my food to my Trainer Nancy Dickinson! One and half years ago I wasn’t ready for that level of honesty with my food. It’s a bitch to be this honest with my food. Accounting for every morsle of food that I put in my mouth is really challenging. REALLY Challenging!
Some people have issues with Alchol, Drugs, Sex, Credit Cards etc… My main issue at this point is still with food. Yes, I got my weight down to 279 pounds in October 2011, then gained 19 pounds between then and January 2012. As I was recovering from my hernia operation I realized I needed to make some changes. Especially if I was was to get into the best shape of my adult life between now and the Kilimanjaro climb in June 2012.
It has taken me a year and a half to finally start being totally honest and accountable with my food to someone. I was trying to do it alone and by my self again. Big Mistake. The fact is, I wasn’t willing and open to be this honest until now! The reality is, I was stuck and stopped making the consistent and measureable progess with my weightloss. My Diabetic A1C have been great, but my weightloss quit being consistent.
This is where the power of ”YOUR” TEAM comes into play. Nancy Dickinson, my personal trainer said to me on February 1, 2012, “You need to be texting oremailing your food EVERY day. I need to know what you’re eating in order to help you.” I knew she was right on, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t resistent. In order for things to change, I must change.
The fact is, being accountable on a daily basis has been really VERY helpful. It’s forced me to become more mindful of my food choices. It has forced me to be honest with my food. It has forced me to look deeper into my own personal issues that triggers the desire for compulsive over eating.
I’m still not eating perfectly and did have to many chips one day, but I am accountable which is a significant step in the right direction. Plus, the weight is starting to come off once again! And as you know, today is Weigh In Monday. I’m glad to report I am making measurable consistent progress. Hurray! I’m not breaking any weight loss speed records, but I am making progress.
In closing, accoutability is not only important, it’s CRITIACAL to ones success! I am greatful for my accountability partners, Nancy Dickinson being one of them
See You Next Monday or Sooner!
PS - I worked with 4 other trainers at the gym before discovering Nancy Dickinson. I am so LUCKY to have Nancy part of my TEAM! She is a world ranked Tri-Athlete. If you want to run, swim, bike, lose weight, of just get into shape she’ll get you there! Go to the TEAM tab above to for here contact information.
Yes it’s Weigh In Monday! On Febuary 1, 2012 I mentioned in post that I was starting Phase 2 of my physical transformation. Part of this process includes getting on a the scale and weighing myself EVERY Monday. Then I would post my results, good, bad or ugly! Why post these results every Monday? why have “Weigh In Monday”? To help keep me accountable! I’ve got 4 and half months to get into the best physical condition of my adult life in order to clomb Mt. Kilimanajro in June 2012.
I don’t weigh in at the gym. The scale I am using to weigh myself is the “Health O Meter” by Sunbeam Products. I find it’s best to stick to the same scale each week. It’s also easier for me to take a photo with my nifty iphone to keep track of all my results.
My present goal is to get down to 240 pounds by the time we leave for Tanzania, Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. That’s 50 pounds more pounds to lose between now and then. With the intensity of my workouts and slight changes in my food plan, this is a doable goal.
Losing 3 pounds this week is a good start. I am pre-planing my meals for the day. I am also cooking at home more. In future posts, I will share some of my cooking adventures!My glucose numbers have also been in the zone lately too! I’ll be getting a full Blood panel shortly, which will include my Diabeteic A1C.
I will be posting some videos this week, so keep an eye out. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the news letter so Can keep you updated with Fundrasing Efforts, My Progress and of Course Weigh In Monday!
To Your Better Health,
Yes, Robby LeBlanc’s “Phase 2 Health Transformation” Starts today!
My top weight in 2010 was 360 pounds and my Diabetic A1c was 10.4. By September 2011 I got my weight down to 278 pounds and my A1C down to 4.6. I hovered at that weight for about 2 months. Then I hit a few emotional bumps and started to gain a few pounds back. By December I was up to 290 pounds. Then I needed a hernia operation on December 21, 2011.
I wasn’t able to workout for 4 full weeks.Then on January 18, 2012 I started walking casually once again. No lifting of any sort, just walking.I felt grateful to be walking and moving again. I was really concerned that I was going to gain a bunch of weight during this recovery time.
One of the tools I use to help me with my food choices is attending support groups. The biggest thing I have learned in these meetings is, I’ve got to be honest with my self and others about food.Accountability is critical to my success.
So Here’s The Deal…
I finally got on the scale this morning. 294.4 pounds! I wasn’t thrilled but it is what it is. During my hernia recovery,it also became clear to me that losing weight is more about food choices than exercise. Yes, exercise is EXTREMELY important, but so are my food choices.
My goal is to lose 50 pounds by the time we go to MT. Kilimanjaro in June 2012; then an additional 50 pounds by December 31. 2012. That would make for a total of 160 pounds lost! I’ve only got 34 pounds to go to lose my first 100 pounds!
My battle with food is an ongoing experience.Some days are better than others, but the fact is,even though I still struggle, I am considerably more healthy and happy than I was 1 year ago. I am THRILLED and GRATEFUL that I got my life back! Today I finally had an intense workout and it felt great!
My “Phase 1 Transformation” started August 8, 2010 when I attended Shades of Hope for 42 days.
I view today, Febuary 1, 2012 as DAY 1 of my “Transformation Phase 2″. I will be putting together a workout plan this week with my trainer , Nancy Dickinson .This plan will include working out 6 days a weeks. In order for me to climb MT. Kilimanjaro in June, I need to be in the best shape of my adult life! I’ve got 4 and a half months to make this happen.
Throughout this journey until I leave for MT. Kilimanjaro, I will post on this website my weekly results, EVERY Monday! The good, bad and the ugly! I’ll post my weight, glucose, blood pressure etc… But I’ll also be post our fundraising efforts!
In the midst of developing better health I look forward to raising THOUSANDS of Dollars for Vegas PBS “Keeping Kids Fit”, and the American Diabetes Association.
As a community, we need to get into the fight to overcome Obesity and Diabetes! Thank you for supporting www.ClimbForCharity.com.
I welcome your Comments…..
No Chips- No Dip- No Cookies-No Cake!