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Basketball Game #2 and Weigh-In...

Friday, January 18, 2013

With the success of my first basketball game in 18 years in the bag, it was on to game #2 last night. The first game was not a success in terms of team victory or even my individual play although I wasn't bad, but rather a victory for me personally. A victory for me to see the kind of progress I have made. A victory for me to show what I am able to accomplish with all of my hard work over the last 8+ months!

It is not about the wins and losses. After all, it's not like I am playing for a new contract or a shoe deal right? But what it is about is proving to myself that I still can do this. That I have worked hard and that hard work has allowed me to open new opportunities, like playing basketball. It is also about getting in some good exercise that is fun. It's about being part of a team and letting a little bit of my competitive side show.

With that in mind, we lost game #2 87-70. Yea, it was a bit of a rough game for our team. We were behind from the first basket but much like game #1, it was a lot of fun for me to get out there and see what I can do. I did score 4 points, grab 7 rebounds, and passed out 6 assists...not bad I think. It feels like I am starting to get a little bit more of a rhythm out there and I think that will continue through the rest of the season. Looking forward to the next game which is Friday the 25th! There will be an update i'm sure!

I also did my usual 2:30am workout of shooting the basketball and lifting some weights. Since I was down in the gym, I also wanted to get a weigh-in. I wasn't really planning on weighing in until February 1st, but I said what the heck! It has only been 12 days since I last weighed in and I was expecting some moderate results. Hoping for 2 to 3 pounds. Well...

I lost 7 lbs!!! I was pretty stunned! With that 7 lbs, I have now lost a total of 125.6 lbs!

I was really hoping to hit 125 by the end of January but I am ahead of schedule now! Looks like I will have to aim for 130! We'll see!

I will be spending part of my Friday afternoon getting fitted for a suit/tux (not sure which) for my cousins wedding on March 23rd near Memphis, Tennessee. Should be fun! Maybe I will get a picture of how it looks and I can share it here on my next blog!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! It doesn't seem like I say it enough, but I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time to read my blog and even find time to leave a comment! You guys help keep me going and keep me motivated! I think of the comments and things you guys say when I need a little extra motivation to push through a workout or just start a workout when I don't want to. There is a part of me that wants to finish this journey for each and every one of you to be an inspiration, extra motivation for you, or whatever, as long as I can show it can be done. It can be done! WE CAN DO IT!

Embrace Your Possibilities Sparkville!

Good Day

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    Okay, I second Lisa's comment about the retro 007 pose! (you should also get a sexy, model type to drape over your arm too!)

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EMMAEKAY 1/18/2013 10:56AM

    YAY! So proud of how far you've come, Brad. You really are amazing.

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LISAMG1220 1/18/2013 9:37AM

    I love reading your blogs. You always inspire me to do and try more. I am so happy that you were able to get back into basketball. I can't wait to see your pic in the tux. Please please please do a retro 007 pose!! emoticon

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    Great blog, Brad! Your excitement and enthusiasm really shines in your words. It's as if you have reached another level of success--more internal. Definitely take a picture in the tux/suit and post it on your Triumph Wall!

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18 Years Later...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

When I last left you fine people of Sparkville, it was the day of my first basketball game in nearly 18 years! I was a Sophomore in high school and just finished my one year of JV basketball. I mean, who wouldn't be a little apprehensive about trying something like that again for the first time in 18 years? Let's get a bit of historical perspective to see just how long ago 1995 was...

-I was 16 but hadn't gotten my driver's license yet

-Bill Clinton was President and still in his 1st term

-Boyz II Men "On Bended Knee" was the #1 song

-Dumb and Dumber was the #1 movie

-Seinfeld was the #1 TV show

-Justin Bieber wasn't even 1 year old yet

Maybe some of that explains the bit of angst I was feeling leading up to the game? Was I ready to do this? Was I going to embarrass myself? What had I gotten myself into? Yes I have lost a lot of weight and yes I have been working out for nearly 7 months but I am not 16 years old like I was then and I still have work to do as far as losing weight!

It's funny. All of that stuff went away once the game started. It felt normal. I didn't find myself particularly winded. I felt good. I have never been the fleetest of foot anyways even when I was younger and playing baseball in college. Running has never been a strength or something i've liked. Running was always the punishment for doing wrong when playing sports. But, those guys weren't running circles around me or anything. I held my own.

Ok, so we lost the game, but it wasn't really about that. It was about getting out and doing something that I really enjoy. It was about being part of a team which I had kind of forgotten about in the decade plus now in which I haven't been part of a team. It was about the competition. I had forgotten how much fun that is!

I did pretty good. I played in about 25 minutes of the 40 minute game. Ok, I only scored 2 points but I did have 11 rebounds! Hey, like I said in my last blog, it tends to be a good thing in basketball to be 6'7"!

All in all, it was a positive experience! Really positive! Thinking about it now, it really puts it into perspective how far I have come since May 5, 2012. There is NO WAY I would have been able to play basketball in the shape I was in. Thinking back over the last 10 years, there is NO WAY I could have done it! I have come a long ways in 8 months plus, and I still have a good ways to go before I am done, but this really showed me the progress I have made. It showed me something that I can really be proud of! I found myself wishing there were a couple games a week and I can't wait for the next game on Thursday the 17th!

Just embracing the possibilities Sparkville!

Good Day!

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ONELITTLEPILL 1/18/2013 1:58AM

    Awesome! I hope tonight's game went as well or even better. What an amazing thing to really be able to see how far you have come!!! I had a similar experience last week. First time in 7 years that I have not been reduced to tears in a dressing room. Makes one feel proud! emoticon emoticon

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KETTLEBURN 1/14/2013 8:04AM

    one word: AWESOME!
it's great that you went out and did it despite your reservations. if you spend all your time avoiding things because you may not be good at them, well, you miss out on a ton of opportunities. am i right? of course! and you showed it. glad you had fun :)

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HAPPYERIN 1/13/2013 10:29PM

    Awesome! Forget if you lost the game, because you WON so much more! Congrats for getting out there and finding out how much you love the game again! Can't wait to hear how the rest of them go over the next few weeks!

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PICKYNICKI 1/13/2013 4:27PM

    This is amazing!! Way to go! emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/13/2013 2:20PM

    Best wishes!!

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    How exciting! Just one door that is now available for you to walk through any time you wish. Your exercise regime has really whipped you into shape. Congratulations on this breakthrough! Now you have another way to increase your fitness that is actually FUN!

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LISAMG1220 1/13/2013 1:19PM

    You never know what you can accomplish until you try! As always you have inspired me. Kelp up the awesome work! :)

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Hmm...This Should Be Interesting!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Guess what I gone done did?

My buddy Jonathan has been talking about us joining a basketball league for a couple of years now. I kept saying that I would join up once I lost weight and got in shape. Now that I have lost a significant amount of weight and have been working out for 6 1/2 months, he came a callin' for the basketball I joined!

Yep, I am a proud member of the Beargrass Rukkus lol. Hey, I didn't pick the name! The league is at Beargrass Christian Church which explains the Beargrass name but I am not sure where the Rukkus part comes from. I'll have to ask since neither I, nor Jonathan put the team together and is in charge of that decision. But I am curious.

Regardless of the name, I am on the team and ready to play some ball! I grew up playing a lot of basketball as a kid and even into high school. But, the last year I played was JV ball in high school when I was a 1995! After that I quit playing to concentrate on baseball and haven't played any organized basketball since!

But I do have a couple things working for me. One, I am in pretty good shape and plan on getting in even better shape as the 9 game season progresses (1 game a week). Two, I have been down at the gym at 3am for a couple of months now shooting baskets as part of my workout on break at work so I am not completely rusty. Three, and one that is quite helpful, I am 6'7". I hear height can be a positive in basketball at times so that shouldn't hurt!

Did I mention that the first game is TODAY?!? Well, it is! Tonight at 6pm! I have to admit that I am both a bit nervous and excited! It should be really interesting. Let us hope that this goes well and I am not sitting at home tonight after the game thinking, what I have I gotten myself into?

Embracing the possibilities!

Good Day Sparkville

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HAPPYERIN 1/11/2013 4:09PM

    Love it! It's always best when you can find ways to have fun and get exercise at the same time! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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EMMAEKAY 1/11/2013 2:58PM

    My god, you're tall! You're gonna have so much FUN! I'm excited to hear all about your victory.

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PUNKY100 1/11/2013 2:02PM

    You're 6 7? Holy toledo!!! You will be able to pick it up again quickly, I'm sure!

The last time I remember playing basketball for fun, I was in middle school and playing with my brother and sister...I got hit in the face and had a bloody nose. So I don't think your first game back can go much worse. :-P

Just have fun and I hope you win! :-)

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    How great!! That's what this is all about, isn't it? Being in great shape so that you can play hard and have a fabulous time doing it? Your limitations are falling away. emoticon

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FRENCHIFAL 1/11/2013 12:14PM

    Good for you!! Organized sports are a great way to stay active and give yourself that little extra was an adult softball league that got me started on my weight loss, and I still miss it!!

Good luck at your game tonight!!

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REVIVED 1/11/2013 10:08AM

    Go team!

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LISAMG1220 1/11/2013 9:01AM

    Wow! Way to go Brad! Have fun tonight and score big!!! :)

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/11/2013 8:31AM

    WooHoo! More cardio minutes!

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ONELITTLEPILL 1/11/2013 8:18AM

    Sounds like fun! I meant to ask you before what you do that you work overnight? Just curious; I work 3rd shift, too, as a hospital pharmacist. How lucky that you get a break to work out a little during your shift- we don't. I hope you have a lot of fun with this basketball thing! You'll do great!

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JASI27 1/11/2013 8:16AM

    Oh how much fun!!! What a great way to exercise. Anything that is fun is right up my alley. Added bonus is the excited nervousness, good for your overall mood. Have a great time.

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MERETONI 1/11/2013 7:40AM

    Ever fun! Sounds like you are excited. I would be too, I love doing workouts that don't feel like it. Have a great time!

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Ending 2012 & Starting 2013 With A Bang? Plus Pictures...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I have to admit that I was a tad bit worried about the holiday season. Why you ask?

First, I appreciate you asking! Second, because of all the holiday food that is available and doesn't fit all that nicely in my neat little Spark Ranges that have helped me so far in this healthy lifestyle journey!

Since I try to do my menu ideas ahead of time so I know what I am doing when I get that point in the day, I am no stranger to moving things around or even deleting them off the list completely to try and fit in a little something in a day. You know, a cookie here or some chips there. It happens and it has worked so far!

But with that being said, there aren't big enough Spark ranges for the amount of things I would like to consume at Christmas time! I mean from the peanut butter cookies with a Hershey Kiss to the egg nog, it is ALL GOOD and at that same time NOT GOOD AT ALL! I think you all know what I mean when I say that?

Not to mention working on a school schedule which means I was not working from December 21st till January 6th! That is 16 days of having a lot more time on my hands! Sounds good until I think of the fact that I was what you would call a "bored" eater. Nothing else to do? How bout a snack? Like I said before, NOT GOOD AT ALL!

I was determined to make this time different! This time, I would not grab the first available food in sight! NOPE! This time I would not be lazy and skip my workouts! NOPE! This time would be different!

I had a plan. I would weigh-in on my last day at work. I did. Total weight loss of 110.3 lbs. since May! Then I was going to keep my self accountable. I was going to keep my mantra of, why do I have to have that food? I can go without it! I don't have to have it! Then, I would weigh myself in on my first day back at work on January 7th! I know what you are thinking...heck of a plan, right? RIGHT!

January 7th weigh-in down 118.7 which means I LOST 8.4 lbs. over the holidays!

It wasn't easy! It was a struggle and I wasn't perfect! I did have the occasional cookie and glass of egg nog but I was smart about it. I did adjust my meal planning to fit in those things. I also did P90x every day! Yes, I did P90x on Christmas Eve! Yes, I did P90x on Christmas! Yes, I did P90x on New Year's Eve! Yes, I went to the gym as a second workout to get in some strength training and elliptical time on 10 of the 16 days! Yes, I EARNED THAT 8.4 lb loss over the Holiday season!

Oh, I had fun too! How can you not have fun with these adorable faces around?

Waiting To See Santa

Calli, Dad, Sydni, & Evan on Christmas Day

Think they are ready for presents?

Fun in the snow on the trampoline!

Me, my crew, and my Dad

Oh, and one more thing! This is what I told good 'ol Nick before Christmas, and i'll tell him the same in 2013...

Good Day Sparkville!

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LISAMG1220 1/9/2013 11:37AM

    I am impressed! :) You have definately inspired me for this year!! I unfortunately did not fair as well but I am back on track for sure!!!! You rock by the way!

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KETTLEBURN 1/9/2013 8:24AM

    holy geeze! LOSING 8.4 lbs over Christmas break? FANTASTIC JOB! and hey, working out on those holiday days that are supposed to be all about being lazy, good for you! keep it up :)

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MERETONI 1/9/2013 7:29AM

    Holidays are so hard and you did so very well! Congrats on the loss! I wish I could say I was as strong as you! lol.

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    Yeah, you perfectly nailed the reasons to be freaked about the holidays. Despite those reasons you made excellent choices throught the season, which helped you get closer to your goal. Congratulations!

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MCAFEE34 1/9/2013 12:28AM

  I enjoyed reading your blog

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Day 240: Grading My 2012 Progress...

Monday, December 31, 2012

What kind of grade would I give myself since I started this journey 240 days ago? Hmm...

Has it really been 240 days since I started? It seems hard to believe to me, but it has indeed been 240 days! 240 days of aches, joy, pain, relief, angst, worry, guilt, joy...I could go on and on and on, but I will spare you. I will simply sum up 2012 for me (as far as diet & exercise goes) in one phrase: SO FAR, SO GOOD. I suppose I could use the phrase "work in progress" as well because as much progress as I have made, I am not done! In fact, I am excited for the possibilities of 2013 as far as my fitness and health can go. It would be easy to rest on my success so far, and perhaps pre 2012 Brad would have but not 2012 and beyond Brad!

Back when I started this on May 5th, I titled my Spark page, 'My Odd-yssey'. But now looking back over the nearly 8 months of diet and exercising, there really hasn't been much "odd" about. I really wondered to myself if I could climb that hill all the way to my goal. I set a goal of losing 166.6 lbs. When I started, it seemed an even more enormous number than it actually is! How long would I be willing to stick to this process? Could I do it?

Well, 110.3 lbs. far, so good.

It has been a long and hard process that has tested me at every turn. It is a process that has tested my will and character. Just how hard am I willing to push? Just how much discipline am I willing to enforce upon myself? Could I be mentally & physically strong enough to do what I needed to do?

Well, 110.3 lbs. far, so good.

If I sit back and give myself an honest appraisal, an honest grade, I would give myself an A-. I think that is fair. I know I haven't been perfect as far as diet and exercise go so I do not deserve an A+. Anyways, there is always room for improvement. I think an A- is fair and gives me room to move up in 2013! But for my 2012 evaluation, I have learned that I can push myself! I can stick to this process! I can enforce discipline upon myself! I am mentally and physically strong enough to make this happen! I can do this! I am doing this!

A large part of my 2012 success has be due to you Sparkville! You guys have been great friends to me through the year. I have met some truly great & inspirational people along this journey! I am fortunate! I am fortunate to have you all along this ride! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

So let's welcome in 2013 with open arms and embrace the new start! Its a new start for us to all work towards an A+ in 2013!




Happy New Year Sparkville!

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FRENCHIFAL 1/3/2013 11:07AM

    Great job! I'd say it definitely deserves an A of some kind...and you can't be perfect every single minute of every single day, there is always SOMETHING you could have done better in hindsight, but being down over 100're doing it right!!

Congrats, and good luck in 2013!

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HAPPYERIN 1/2/2013 7:58PM

    Congrats! Incredible progress this year!! And still more to come!

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LISAMG1220 1/2/2013 9:11AM

    Love it! You are such and inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing and you are right....Be the change.......EVERY DAMN DAY. Hugs!!!!

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