Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Getting Back in Shape

Getting Back in Shape

Many of you know I have been on a strict diet for the last year.  The last three or four months I have been hitting the gym in the mornings before going to work.  I am starting to finally get back in shape. It took losing over 170 lbs.

Last weekend I took a little time off for the first time in several months.  Our chess club had a campout at Bellows Beach on the Windward Side of Oahu. My six year old son Jacob and I camped out for 2 nights.  It was a great father/ son bonding.

We did a lot of activities that even a few months ago I would not have been in physical shape to do.  Six games of basketball; touch football and swimming in the surf throughout the weekend.  All things I wouldn't or couldn't have done until recently.  I have not played a single game of basketball in years.  I would have had a heart attack trying.  It was so exciting for me to find I could keep up with the young guys again.

Getting in shape is something that not only affects me physically it also affects me mentally and in business.

  • I have much more energy for my work than ever.
  • I sleep better so I am rested.
  • Potential clients respond in a more positive way to me.  I am not as intimidating to children.
  • I put out as more positive energy.
  • I do not get tired climbing stairs to show third floor condos.

My message for the day:  If you want to send your life and business in a more positive direction.  Put down the remote for the TV and head for the gym.  The first two weeks are hard, but after that it gets easy.  Also get rid of the sugar and eat good food.  You will be amazed how much better you will feel.



Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Comment balloon 55 commentsRandy Prothero • August 25 2007 02:31PM


let me get this straight you lost 170 lbs? that is fantastic. You are a roll model!

Amazing job.... I am inspired! Thank you

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 11 years ago
Congratulations...I really need to heed that advice myself.   Good for you...that is quite an accomplishment and I am very proud of you.  What a great deal of determination.
Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Charles - I came up with medical issues a year ago and asked the doctor what can I do.  She said lose the weight and most will be reversed.  It worked.

Yvette - It is hard to start, but once you get in the habit it is easy.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago


Thanks for the post and inspiration. I am about to start my regimen again. This time with more determination to hold on. I did feel a lot better in so many ways, when I was a lot lighter. I keep reminding myself, that I must put my well be at the top of the list. Thanks and congratulations.

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) over 11 years ago

Wow Randy! 170lbs!!! That's awesome! Your family must be proud of you!.What an inspiration you are to me...I've been going to the gym for about 1 month and once I go I feel better, but it's the getting there!

 Good job!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 11 years ago
I started working out again four years ago.  Joined the gym because my husband had high cholestrol.  Today I am still working out and he excerises by check.    Four years ago I was 47 years old and looking like my mother.  My arms were sagging, my belly was sagging, and my behind was spreading and a size 12 going into a 14.  Today I work out five days a week and am more physically fit than most much younger people and wear a size 8.  I commend you for loosing 170 pounds.  Keep up the good work.  The next hurdle is keeping it off.  You just have to keep doing what you are doing.  Good luck to you.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) over 11 years ago

Randy -- Isn't it gratifying to be able to play with your children.  It makes all the work you've done worthwhile.  Just think of the memories your children will have because you can physically play with them.  Congrats and I have am recuperating from my workout today.


Major kudos! 

Posted by Aziz Abdur-Raoof, Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop (RE/MAX Rewards) over 11 years ago

William - Good luck!

Linda - I found that the only way I can be consistent is to go early morning.  once I get to work I never can make it back.

Vicky - Congratulations on sticking with it.  That is my fear.  One year and counting for me.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
I hear you loud and clear... The effects of a good workout (doesn't have to be 3 hours at the gym) on a daily basis are phenomenal. I've been getting into the habit and beleivei it not just 25 minutes a day makes me feel like I'm on top of the world. A good diet is also very important.
Posted by Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes (Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson) over 11 years ago
Randy -- I am so happy for you to be able to regain a big part of your life.  Keep it up and God Bless you.  Aloha
Posted by Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro (Central Pacific Homeloans) over 11 years ago

Congrats!  It takes a lot of discipline to make a lifestyle change like that, and that's exactly what it is - a change in the way you live.

I disagree with you on the "gets easier after 2 weeks part"!  I still dread it sometimes, and I've been a consistent gym rate for 2 years now!  =)

Posted by Gareth Bourriague, Benchmark Mortgage (Benchmark Mortgage of Louisiana) over 11 years ago
Randy - great job. I need to get in shape and quit a few bad habits....SOunds like the rewards are definitely worth it. Keep it up and enjoy the time with your son....it won't be the same forever.
Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Good man..kep it up..as I told you...I use it to build up and to break down and releive the stress.
Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Wow 170 Pounds and I think trying to lose 15 lbs is tough,,, you inspired me! I am going to hit the tread mill and do a work out everyday until I hit that 15lbs goal... Congrats on that 170lbs loss..That is great!
Posted by Leo Namiot, Florida Mortgage Lender & CT Mortgage Lender (loanDepot ) over 11 years ago

Randy, Congrats!  Wow 170 pounds, that is a person.  Good for you.  We changed our eating habits a few years ago and you are right it makes a big difference.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago


You are amazing and your accomplishment is an inspiration to many. How great to have all that energy to keep up with the kids! Its a rewarding lifestyle. :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Congratulations on your effort to make positive changes!! I commend you!! Keep up the good work!!
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Vincent - I have been doing the gym every other morning for about 1-1/2 hours.  I do super sets in the weight room of three or four different exercises in groups without a break.  Then I hit the stair climber and bike for 45 minutes to an hour.  On my off days I try to do something else like hit the bike at home or go walking.  Last year my idea of an exercise was getting up from the chair to change the TV channel.

Bruce - I wish you the best in your upcoming surgery.  We look forward to seeing you back on the job.  Good Luck!

Gareth - My secret is to get out of bed put on my workout clothes and get to the gym before I can think about it.  Once I am out the door I am good to go.  If I think about it, I can always find an excuse to stay home.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Gary - Surprising the hardest thing for me was giving up Diet Coke.  I gave up caffeine in December and had headaches for several days.  One of the health issues I had was a couple of episodes with kidney stones.  I now only drink water and an occasional skim milk.

Neal - It has also been a great stress reliever for me.

Leo - You will feel so much better physically and mentally.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel - I bet you feel so much better since cleaning up your diet.  I ate a hamburger the other day and it made me feel sick.  My body is too used to good food.  Last year I lived on hamburgers.

Suzanne - My sons really like it.  I am now also coaching soccer for my youngest son's team.

Tracy - Mahalo (Thank you in Hawaiian)

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago


My hubby always coached, I think he enjoyed it more than the kids! Have fun! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Hi Randy. I agree with you 100%. I just need to put my thoughts about getting back in shape into action.
Posted by Ilyce N. Powell, CMPS- Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (Financial Revitalize) over 11 years ago

Suzanne - I have coached chess for years, but until this year I don't think I had the energy for sports.

Ilyce - It was hard for me to get started.  i am so glad I did, it is life changing.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
I cut down on sugar then a month later I'm craving so bad.....last week (well, I told you) that giant container of ice cream from Costco and milkshakes all week!  I figure I quit smoking on Jan 13...haven't gained anything really....goes up and down up and down...that isn't good...no excercise (limitations from osteoarthritis....) hardly....and wondering what to do next. Maybe swimming again.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Randy, last night I had dinner with a male friend that was sharing his camping trips and boys scout expeditions that he had done a over a decade ago.  I think the memories those two have  for it are fantasic.  I bet your son remembers it forever, too.
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago


Congrats on changing your life. I too have lost weight to this point 60lbs. My Ah Ha moment was when I picked up a 50lb bag of concrete and realized that at my former weight I was carrying this bag (heavy bag) around with me everywhere... no wonder I was tired. I have not lost much additional weight recently but I have not gained either. My next step is to join the local Y for both health and networking reasons. My whole family will be joining with me so it will be good family time too.


Keep up the good work everyone!




Posted by Scott Cowan (RE/MAX Professionals) over 11 years ago
 Wow.. I knew you were on a diet but had no idea you had lost that much weight.. I am in awe.. If you can do that then I think maybe you have inspired me to get off my duff and lose the 10lbs I need to lose.. Congratulations Randy.. what a tremendous feat of self determination..
Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) over 11 years ago
Hey Randy - I was hoping I could get to the bottom of my bowl of popcorn before I made it to the end of these  comments and I did. Then I just went into the kitchen and threw out the last package. Thank you for sharing and you look fabulous. Some people use 10 year old photos so I just thought that was what you decided to do! Hubba hubba!!!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Randy, what an inspiring post.  Congratulations on the 170 pound loss and the determination and committment to make that life change.  


Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") over 11 years ago
Wow - Thats a great accomplishment! I bet you have a ton of new found energy! It's amazing what extra oxygen does for the brain too. I was thinking today - I just have to get back to the gym. Keep it up !
Posted by Paul Viau, Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services (Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog) over 11 years ago
Hey Randy....we took the doggie for a run/walk this morning. I tell you what...can you see us three chubs running in the park?  (yes, dog is chubbie too...she weighs 38 lbs.)  I tell you what...we came back after a half hour walking down the walking path. Okay, wonder when we'll do that again....:)
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

Sally - Hit the sugar free dreamsicles when I get the cravings.

Chris - I hope I leave them with more than a few of those.

Scott - Congrats on the weight loss.  The bigger accomplishment is keeping it off.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Kaye - Good luck on the 10lbs.  Thank you for the kind words.

Sheron - Other than more gray hair I actually look younger now than I did 10 years ago.

Gary - Thank you for those words.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Paul - After writing this post it hit me.  One of the reasons I have less time to blog is I am hitting the gym, when I used to check Active Rain.

Sally - I was by your home this morning showing three properties in your complex.  I missed the show.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago


what a great story! Good for you! You should feel like a million bucks. And how nice it must be for your son that you can spend that bonding time with him. I'll bet he is so proud of you!

Thanks for sharing!


Posted by Heather O'Reilly (DISPUTE IT, INC.) over 11 years ago
Heather - I am also getting great pleasure being able to do more activities with my sons.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago


That is absolutely awesome.  I remember first getting back from overseas, that must have been the best shape I've been in my life.  I remember coming home and joining a pickup game of basketball at the nearby park and being able to keep up with the guys that play everyday for a league or collegiate team.  Good for you!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Chris Molina, Realtor, Elk Grove CA (Cooper & Associates Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Chris - Thank you!  I am running out right after this to hit the gym between appointment today.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Good advice, and as a nurse, I couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted by Patsy Ittner, Your Premier Broker Selling St. Augustine Real Estate (Little Fox Realty) over 11 years ago

 What an inspiration - having had a few bouts of kidney stones myself - I know how fun it can be.

I need to give up the caffeine, too and start chugging the water. 

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 11 years ago


You are my hero! WOW!!! I need to lose 40 and can't seem to get motivated, but you have inspired me!

                                                                               Penny White

                                                                               Beststagedesign Inc.

Posted by penny white over 11 years ago

Patsy - Thank you

Kathleen - Knock on wood.  No new kidney stones in awhile.  I hope I do not see any more.

Penny - Good Luck

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Very Impressive Randy..this is probably the only time it is good to feel "half the man" you used to be. Keep it up, and keep the AR community informed as you are probably motivating more than you know. If your interested, you should check out a post I did about a somewhat similar situation. I wont link it here as some don't like that, but you can find it on my Blog.


Posted by Tim Hoffmann & Laurie Nadeau Nationwide over 11 years ago
Tim - Thank you, I will check out your blog post.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Congratulations Randy on getting in shape. I'm glad you pointed out the body-mind connection in fitness and how you do so much better at work when you are fit, nourished properly, and have adequate sleep.

Double kudos for the 170 lb. weight loss. Tremendous! Cheat meals and not being perfect are ok, but stay at it. You've come too far to be anything other than your best.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago
Gary - Thank you
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Balance can be challenging in this business, mostly because we let it be. I was very active before I got in real estate and then became a couch potato, never had time to work out, but always had time for a Seinfeld re run.

A couple of things changed that 1) I could not afford to keep buying new pants 2) a friend loaned me a book titled "Younger Next Year" and 3) I got involved in JDRF's ride to cure so I have a little extra motivation to get up and get out.

Keep up the good work, knowing how much better I feel,look and behave when healthy it amazes me that the first step is stil the hardest.


Posted by Danny Baize (Prudential Indiana Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Hey the last person I know who lost 170lbs did it the quick way. Divorce.

Hope you kept the house. 

Posted by Tom Cunningham (Agent Support 360) about 11 years ago

Danny - The first step is the hardest.  it took me years to finally get going.

Tom - My marriage is better than ever.  I lost the weight the nice way. :)

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Amazing!!!  Everyone desires a little time off.  But WOW, congrats!
Posted by Tyghre Collentine (Coldwell Banker Burnet) about 11 years ago
Tyghre - Thank you
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Randy, 170lbs. thats amazing!! You should be proud of yourself. You must have all kinds of energy now. Did you join a gym, and if so do you feel that helped with your motivation to succeed. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Larry Hammelman, Sterling, Illinois Real Estate (Mel Foster Co.) about 11 years ago
Larry - I joined the YMCA after losing most of the weight.  I am heading there in a few minutes.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
I'm with Kaye.  No whining about the relatively small amount we have to lose.  I'm going to try that heading out the door before my eyes are wide open method.
Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) about 11 years ago
ARDELL - It has really worked well from me.  I have lost another 15 pounds since posting this blog and have been keeping them off the last couple of months.  The keeping off is the toughest goal for me.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

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