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7/21/11 5:12 A

Way to go! Your message came right in time - I'm struggling with the "is this the right time to start?" question too! But right after I read your message, I decided that NOW is always the best time to start getting healthier and got off my chair, did some simple squats, lunges and other quick (yet very effective!) excersizes and feel so much better for doing so!!! You can honestly say you moved me in more ways than one!

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DOMINO1625 Posts: 3
7/21/11 5:11 A

Terrific job.....shoot for the moon. What an inspiration you are. Thanks I needed that!!!! Keep up the good work dude.

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7/21/11 5:10 A

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7/21/11 5:07 A

Great reminder that he/she who procrastinates gains nothing. Only doers win!

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7/21/11 5:04 A

wow! This is incredible. Thanks for sharing this very inspirational story. I'm going to pass it forward with your information. More people can use to hear this stuff.


GEORDIECHICK328 Posts: 104
7/21/11 4:57 A

So motivational! I am gonna get on my bike right now!! WooHoo! Thanks for the inspiration xxx

NM_YOGI SparkPoints: (268)
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7/21/11 4:52 A

Way to go! You have no idea how inspiring you are to so many people. Yesterday I decided that I wanted to start running again and I did. That post just gave me that renforcement I needed.
Keep up the great work

MILLYMOLLY99 Posts: 632
7/21/11 4:52 A

Great post! Thanks for the reminder to not put off living now!
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7/21/11 4:51 A

Good Job

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7/21/11 4:37 A

An awesome post, so uplifting. Congrats on all the effort & hard work you have put in - you're inspirational! :)

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7/21/11 4:35 A


LILORITA Posts: 2,756
7/21/11 4:33 A

Well done, its very inspiring.

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7/21/11 4:29 A

Well dne

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7/21/11 4:29 A

What an inspiration. Great job! emoticon

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7/21/11 4:23 A

Well done!

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7/21/11 4:21 A

Well done!! We all tend to wait for the perfect moment to do whatever we feel we need to and then discover that that perfect moment just did not arrive!! Live each second to its fullest. emoticon

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7/21/11 4:19 A

Thanks for the inspiration! And congrats on your continued success!

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7/21/11 4:03 A

Good for you !
Thanks for being such an inspiration !

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7/21/11 3:59 A


It must be gratifying to fly in the face of people who said it could not be done!

Having said that, I believe little rewards for reaching goals also motivate and prevent feelings of guilt for having 'wasted' time or money on things that lie unused. I walked barefoot until I was sure I would walk every day - then I bought myself good walking shoes (quite an expensive buy for my lifestyle). The shoes increased my speed and commitment.

Next on the list is consistent body weight strength training and rewarding myself after I do a consistent 30 minute workout! Exercise bands and dumbbells on next on my to-buy list.

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7/21/11 3:59 A

I love it! If someone had told me a couple years I would run our local marathon, I would've hurt myself laughing.

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland
7/21/11 3:56 A


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
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7/21/11 3:37 A

Woop woop! This has inspired me to go home right now, leave work and go for a run! Thanks! emoticon

7/21/11 3:22 A


“Wellness isn’t about deprivation and it’s not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth, training yourself to get comfortable with your highest potential, and then taking small steps to support that shift. It’s about showing up for yourself, day by day, and then one day finding that you’ve undergone a transformation.”
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7/21/11 3:22 A

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ive just got up and read this and it was just what i needed to remind to get o with life NOW. You're an amazing inspiration...thank you and massive congratulations to you emoticon

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7/21/11 3:14 A

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7/21/11 2:56 A

...and then try, try, again. And as you succeed, you look back as you did in this blog and think: "Amazing! Look what I can do!"

...a lesson I try to share with my kids. "You never know what you can do until you try!"

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
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DORAINE2 Posts: 1
7/21/11 2:55 A

Very inspirational! I understand what you are saying and congratulate you on your success so far.

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7/21/11 2:38 A

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TOPFORM1 Posts: 196
7/21/11 2:16 A

Bravo! Thanks for an uplifting and positive message. You got it goin' on.

HELENYYC Posts: 41
7/21/11 2:15 A

Congratulations on your achievements to date--truly inspiring!

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7/21/11 2:11 A

Good for you !

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7/21/11 2:10 A

You're absolutely right, wat to go!

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7/21/11 2:08 A

INSPIRATIONAL and AWESOME are the words for you!

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PLYNSN316 Posts: 375
7/21/11 2:01 A

You are SUCH an inspiration! THANK YOU!

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7/21/11 1:59 A

Wow, I really needed to read this tonight, thank you. What a beautiful message, and so true. I think so many of us think our lives will start when we lose weight, but we should start living our lives WHILE we lose wait! Or BEFORE we lose weight! I've been practicing this a little by wearing a swimsuit even though I hate it because I refuse to miss another summer swimming..... But I still have a long way to go. I love how active you are, and HAVE BEEN, at different weights. I am still intimidated by sports/certain activities but I think I need to rethink this. I love to hide in the back of class at the gym, but that is a start. My husband is an AVID mountain biker, recovering from his first serious injury (knee) after a bad fall. BE CAREFUL! And have fun. Thank you sooo much for this important reminder.

PLUSNOMORE5 Posts: 6,190
7/21/11 1:56 A

Awesome outlook on living! I feel more puffy than fluffy but will give it a try. Thank you for the inspiration.

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7/21/11 1:33 A

Wow such a great message. I just started jogging again after 25 years of not. I was only able to go for 5 minutes but tomarrow Ill add more time. My goal is in a year to get myself back in shape and at least be able to do some 5K or 10K runs. My son even has suggested a team effort for out local Eppies Triatalon.

DEDICATED2HIM Posts: 3,692
7/21/11 1:32 A

What an encouraging post! Thanks for sharing some of your journey...I'm at a place of great dissatisfaction with myself, having regained 15 pounds over the winter (during which I had two surgeries so couldn't exercise)....I want to hide myself away until I can come out looking slender again!

You have a great message to share! congrats on your accomplishments and your courage in attaining them.
SUSHMI Posts: 17
7/21/11 1:31 A

Wonderful attitude and effort! Good Luck to you in everything that you undertake.

TASHALNZ Posts: 2,774
7/21/11 1:26 A

What a fantastic message and an awesome journey you've been on. Thank you for sharing :)

DIDIT2010 Posts: 6
7/21/11 1:16 A

This was the perfect message for today. As I sit around and look at all my half started projects around my house, I often say, well when I have time I'm going to finish all of that - perfectly, but until I have all that time (which I never do), it sits in it's terrible state of disarray. What I really need to do is attempt a little bit each time I have a little bit of spare time. Just like the plan for myself. If I wait till my house is perfect before I turn my efforts on myself, then nothing will ever change!

Thanks for your words of inspiration and not waiting for perfection =)

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7/21/11 12:58 A

Dear on 2 Victory,
You are about being consistent in your life. I have made being consistent a very important part of my life. Keepup the good work

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7/21/11 12:57 A

Truly inspiring! Thanks for the motivation!

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7/21/11 12:47 A

Thankyou so much for sharing this inspiration....
You are so right......
We put things off because we don't have it all together before we start....if we had it all together or were perfect we wouold not be struggling with our weight or exercise in the first

Love it....

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7/21/11 12:29 A

What a great, inspiring post! Thanks for sharing!

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7/4/11 2:30 P

What an inspiring post! Thanks!

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7/4/11 1:56 P

Woohoo -- thanks for making my day with your great post! Have fun continuing to have fun :).


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7/4/11 1:46 P

Great post!

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7/4/11 1:44 P

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7/4/11 1:20 P

one lesson that I learned this weekend and have been learning all along my journey is dont wait until you reach some milestone before you allow yourself to live. What I mean by that is dont wait until some magic moment before you work toward a goal or enjoy an activity etc...

For me,
- I didnt wait until all was perfect before I started running. I trained in all of my fluffy imperfection until I made it happen. Because of that I am looking forward to my first marathon in Sept.
- I didnt wait until I had the perfect body before studying to become a certified personal trainer, i wanted the knowledge for ME, but then would let my results speak for itself in the future.
-I didnt wait until I hit some goal weight before buying a mountain bike. When I started riding i looked just like i felt, a big squishy guy with love handles galore hunkered over a bike that looked like it was straining under him.

that day i got my bike, i pushed out 10 miles my first time on it- almost got sick in the process and it took me 1.5 hours to do it. Fast forward to yesterday. I celebrated a whole new level of fitness by pushing out 61 miles in 5 hrs and 13 minutes.

I didnt plan on doing it, it just happened. I packed all of my cycling junk after coming home from a short vacation, gave myself about an hour or so R&R from the long drive and went out cycling. The weather was perfect, I was packing the mojo, all lights were green and i just decided i was going to go until i couldnt comfortably go any further.

If you had told me I would be doing this kind of stuff 3 years ago, i would have never believed it. It was hard to believe that I was a capable man when i was 385 lbs but I believe it now.

It took alot of commitment, consistency, and a willingness to let my nose get bloodied in the process but i am here and fighting the good fight.

I still have another 70+ lbs to lose before I would even consider myself remotely competitive or capable of an extreme endurance event but until then.....

Bumblebees aren't supposed to fly... but then again, I dont listen to the experts... I just spread my wings and keep trying.... so should you.

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