Deciding to get fit and feeling good about it |

Deciding to get fit and feeling good about it

Robert Spencer, 39-year-old Grass Valley resident, is just beginning his quest for fitness.

“I’ve been heavy too long,” he said. “I don’t like myself overweight. Rather than get depressed and eat even more, I decided to get fit again. Once I made the decision, I feel real positive, real good.”

Robbi gives himself one year to reach his ideal weight. He also has a six-month milestone to look the way he wants. Six weeks into his training program (he works out three times a week at the Fitness First gym), his clothes already fit looser and his stamina is increasing.

Professionally, Robbi has pursued dual careers. As a recording artist, he sings and plays the piano, guitar, bass and drums. Currently, he performs with a local group, “Wheels of Fire.” Besides writing music, he’s also trained as a computer engineer.

Both careers have been hard on his body – he’s quit smoking and drinking and exercises more to avoid the hazards of sedentary computer work.

Although Robbi faces no immediate health problems, he’s aware that as he approaches middle-age, he needs to make changes.

He’s eliminated the cups of sugar he was consuming daily in soft drinks and is beginning to change other eating habits, including how food is prepared.

His advice to others starting out: “Realize that you can do anything you want to. Put your mind to it and go for it.” Robbi would also love to be an e-mail pal with anyone serious about losing weight and needing support. His fitness page diary is located at and e-mail address is

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