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Old 05-05-2014, 02:54 PM
BillFear BillFear is offline
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Default Congrats

Thanks for the update, I have set a goal to not let you get below me!
Bill Fearheiley
Lake Norman, NC (14A)
RV7a N705RP (no longer own)
Contribution in for 2017, money well spent
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:00 PM
gorbak gorbak is offline
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This is awesome and you are an inspiration to many individuals, including myself. Great job.

Pat Garboden
Katy, TX

Dues paid
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:45 PM
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billdianne billdianne is offline
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Look forward to seeing less of you.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:52 PM
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Brantel Brantel is offline
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Location: Newport, TN
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Down 108 lbs and ran my first official 5K race this weekend....

Requested this bib # to remind me where I started this journey!

After the race...

Check out that awesome RV in the background

Who was that guy last year???

My airplane now leaps off the ground, I fit in the seat and not half off of it, I can actually use the armrest and my passengers have much more room!

Vision has improved (more stable blood sugar), BP is always below normal even though I am almost off all BP meds, resting heart rate is now in the mid 50's, total cholesterol is now 104, triglycerides are normal for the first time ever!

I am averaging jogging ~18 miles a week. This is shocking to me since before I could not jog across the room without getting winded!
Brantel (Brian Chesteen),
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Lyc. O-360 carbed, HARTZELL BA CS Prop, Dual P-MAGs, Dual Garmin G3X Touch
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:20 PM
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Default Brian

Dang, son. Not sure I would have recognized you! Keep up the good work.
Mannan J.Thomason, MSGT. USAF (RET)
"Bucket List" checkoff in progress!
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:49 PM
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Location: Peoria, AZ
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Wow Brian!

Good for you!

Thomas Velvick
Goodyear, AZ (KGYR)

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N53KT RV-6a finished 2018, Flying
N7053L RV-4 Wife's RV
N56KT RV-4 Finishing
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:07 PM
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Pat Hatch Pat Hatch is offline
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Location: Vero Beach, FL
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You know, Brian, maybe it's too soon to be asking this question, but what do you think was harder, building the airplane or losing all this weight? I can see that both journeys have their similarities, and my guess is that the same disciplines and determinations that got your airplane built probably apply here as well!

This is a great story, buddy. Good for you.
Pat Hatch
RV-4 (Gone to RV heaven)
RV-6 (N44PH - Flying)
RV-7 (Sold)
RV-8 (Builder & Avionics Installer) Trim Relay Boards/Flap Actuators (Photography)
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:16 PM
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Location: Louisville, Ga
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Default Wow

Saying that I'm impressed is an understatement!


Rv10 Sold
46 years ag pilot/CFI
Air Tractor 502/PT-6
Building RV-12, Wings, fuse, emp complete. FWF in progress.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:40 PM
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Wow, you look like your height has shrunk, too! Good for you, Brian. My mitral valve might still be with me had my weight and blood pressure been under control when I went through some family stress issues.

You should feel like a "new you!" Congratulations!
Don Hull
RV-7 Wings
KDCU Pryor Field
Pilots'n Paws Pilot
N79599/ADS-B In and Out...and I like it!

?Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." Miriam Beard
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:49 PM
WenEng WenEng is offline
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Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Default I hope you realize what an inspiration you are....

Originally Posted by Brantel View Post
Down 107 lbs and ran my first official 5K race this weekend....
Man! I can just imagine how good you must feel about your situation and how you took control and made it happen! Congratulations.
Wendell VAF#1832
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