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Tipping the scale at 346 pounds with high blood pressure and being borderline diabetic didn’t persuade Robert to change his lifestyle. Neither did his inability to walk a flight of stairs without feeling faint. In his defense, he had ventured out on many weight-loss journeys before but first, second and third attempts failed. His addiction to unhealthy foods was always his downfall and he had become the ultimate yo-yo dieter.

It wasn’t until January 2013 when a close friend who was the same age as he, died of health problems associated with being severely overweight. And soon after, Robert made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle, forgoing all lose-weight-quick schemes. “Serious weight loss requires a complete overhaul of your lifestyle,” he says. “I literally had to hit the reset button and develop all new practices and habits and a new and improved relationship with food.”

That first day back in the gym was painful, embarrassing and he wanted so bad to give up, but he remained committed. “I had to fall in love with being active. I programmed my brain to expect pain, stumbles and discouraging thoughts while on the way to the new me.”

And everyday since March of 2013, he has spent no less than one hour in the gym, oftentimes going twice a day and eating healthy. Vegetables, baked meats and plenty water have become part of his everyday meals. It was in 2013, when he had his first salad ever…and thoroughly enjoyed it. “All my life I’ve been very closed-minded when it came to food. One of the first things I did once I decided to change my lifestyle was to be open to trying new foods.” Robert also believes in not depriving yourself when it comes to cheat meals. “Deprivation is not healthy, and it will probably drive you crazy. The key is to learn your body. At the end of the day, weight loss is simple math, calories in verses calories burned.”

Down a total of 140 pounds is an accomplishment Robert doesn’t take lightly but he also knows there’s no finish line when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. However, he does wish to reach a certain body-fat-to-lean-muscle ratio to begin competing in physique competitions.

In his new love affair with perfect health, Robert was moved to create Brix Fitness, which relies on principals based on a realistic approach to health and fitness. He believes that everyone on this journey must start with the full understanding that this is a lifelong commitment and a process that will not happen overnight. He firmly believes if you keep your ultimate goals in the forefront of your mind, it will help to make better daily choices that will eventually lead to a healthy and active life.

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