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Adventures of Chef Boyar 'B' In The Kitchen

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


The Swedish Chef - My Culinary Hero

I know that it may be a party foul to gloss yourself with a nickname, but with my recent exploits in the kitchen, I am going to roll with it! Chef Boyardee has nothing on Chef Boyar 'B'! Plus, it goes without saying that Boyar 'B' makes food that is much healthier than that delish mini ravioli in a can. As my culinary hero, The Swedish Chef would say, "Jaaa!! FlaggPunsch ees on me! Surstr÷mming und meety bolls forr eveeryvan!"

Huh?

I have no idea what that actually means. But I do know, there were not meety bolls forr eveeryvan being produced in my kitchen this past weekend. After last weeks success of Egg Beaters Muffins and Oatmeal Berry Smoothies, I decided to spread my wings a bit and dive into new chicken and turkey recipes in my continued attempt to spice my menu!

First, I made my own homemade taco seasoning (not pictured). It is 1T of chili powder, 1T ground cumin, 1T garlic powder, 1T onion powder, 1/4T crushed red pepper.

It turned out well. It may not be quite as good as the store brand, but at no sodium and no preservatives, it is clean eating!

I then made homemade salsa. In a blender, I put 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 jalape˝o, 1 small onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, juice of 1 lime.

I then made Greek Yogurt Salsa Dip. 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/4 cup homemade salsa, 1 tsp of ranch mix, 1 tsp of homemade taco seasoning


Homemade Salsa & Greek Yogurt Salsa Dip

Both turned out really well with good flavor. I made those two things to go along with my next cooking adventure, Fiesta Wraps.


Fiesta Wraps

I am calling them fiesta wraps. Why? I don't know, it just sounds good. 1 small onion chopped, 1 tbs olive oil, 1 cup canned black beans (drained, rinsed, and mashed slightly), 1 cup cooked brown rice, 2 tsp homemade taco seasoning, 2 T homemade salsa, 1 lb ground lean turkey. Preheat oven to 300. In a heavy skillet, cook the onion in olive oil until soft. Stir in beans, rice, seasoning, salsa, and turkey. Spread out on Tomato-Basil flatbread and enjoy!

These turned out really well! They are even better when you add some of the homemade salsa on top or the greek yogurt salsa dip. I am really happy with how these turned out!

After the success of my Fiesta Wraps, I turned my attention to chicken. I have grown a bit tired of plain old chicken with rice or chicken with potatoes. I found a new recipe to try that sounded really good, Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken.

24 oz of chicken tenderloin, 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Preheat oven 375, combine yogurt, parm cheese, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat each chicken breast in yogurt mix and place in baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes and enjoy!

The chicken turned out great! It is tender and full of flavor!


Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken

That pretty much wrapped up my new cooking for the weekend. I also made some more smoothies and egg muffins. I figured I would also share what I have everyday when I wake up before I eat my egg muffins. I start with 1 capsule flaxseed oil, 1 capsule fish oil, and 1 Mega Men Multi-vitamin. I have two different kinds and rotate them by days.


Vitamins

I also have a cup of green tea with a pinch of honey and a cinnamon stick.


Honey, Green Tea, & Cinnamon Sticks

Well, that was the weekend in the kitchen of Chef Boyar 'B'! I spent a lot of time on cooking on Sunday so I would have some good options that are healthy and quick for the week ahead. It wasn't easy, but it is worth it! Embrace the possibilities!

Good Day Sparkville

  
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KETTLEBURN 2/14/2013 8:37AM

    hahahahahaha the fact that the first picture everyone sees is of the Swedish Chef tells me that you're awesome! Love the Swedish Chef. Also, your tasty food looks great! I'll have to try a couple things that you made since you so kindly put your instructions in the blog! Hope your food is treating you well! emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 2/12/2013 4:58PM

    What a cute reference. Sending a Chef's hat and sparkling white apron your way! I'll have to try the salsa recipe. I love homemade salsa, but haven't found a recipe I liked when I made it.

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EMMAEKAY 2/12/2013 12:02PM

    I eat SO MUCH CHICKEN. Thanks for sharing that recipe - it looks super interesting, and of course I love all the ingredients. You're awesome, Brad!

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HAPPYERIN 2/12/2013 11:15AM

    Look at you going nuts in the kitchen! That's so great! I am a big fan of homemade salsa for both flavor and health, but really, it's just dang good!

I'm eyeing up that chicken recipe. We eat a LOT of chicken and it's always good to find new ways to prepare it, especially when it's easy!

P.S. -- the Swedish Chef ROCKS! (Have your kids seen the Muppet Family Christmas special? It has the Muppets, the Sesame Street gang, and the Fraggles in it. The Swedish Chef thinks Big Bird is the Christmas turkey, and guess what he tries to do!)

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CHRISBEM 2/12/2013 10:51AM

    I might try that greek yogurt dip

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LISAMG1220 2/12/2013 9:27AM

    Those wraps look AMAZING! Thanks for the ideas. I am going to try the yogurt instead of sour cream now! I make a similar sauce for my wraps, it is yummo!

I made a couple of spark recipes this weekend in the crockpot! It freed up so much of my time and I did not spend all weekend eating junk!

You rock by the way!! :)

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BRADIA 2/12/2013 9:26AM

    Good for you.
I am very lazy eating vegetables, so I make a big pot of vegetable soup, say one gallon of water with chicken bouillion and to that add whatever I want, one couliflower, one cabbage, some brocolli, suchinni, chayote, carrots, lots of spinash, onion, tomatoes, celery, et. etc. I boil it totally to soften everything, and then with an immersing blender puree everithing and there you have a delicious vegetable cream. I make 8 or 12 ounce bags and freeze them. Then I have over twenty portions for a whole month. That is my solution to eating vegetables.
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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/12/2013 9:00AM

    Awesome!!

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New Items I Made For My Menu With Pictures

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I thought I would write a blog about what exactly my diet is and has been over the last 9 months that has allowed me to lose 131+lbs. Although the foods have changed some over the months, I don't vary a lot. I also made a couple of new things over the weekend that I am pretty happy with and quite frankly, pretty proud of so I want to show off a bit. Trying to eat as clean as possible definitely takes some work, but it is worth it!

I am not a big fan of veggies which can make eating healthy difficult at times. It would be so much easier if I could just pick up a carrot or a stalk of celery and eat it but I don't, because I don't like them! With all of that, I have found what has worked for me. But recently, I have been getting a little bored with what was on my menu so I wanted to really look into other things and find some new stuff. This did lead me into looking into possible juicing and making more smoothie type things. I have also been looking for recipes that will help me expand my chicken and turkey options for my menu.

A big part of my success is due to my menu planning. I make a lot of stuff on Sunday's and keep it in the fridge to warm up through the week which helps keep me away from fast food and gives me healthy options! Part of finding new recipes needs to work within the parameters of something I can make on Sunday and eat it through the week.

I am slowly transitioning into some new things and it started this last weekend with two new things.

The first I did was Egg Beater Muffins. Sounds a bit strange but it actually turned out really well.




Each one is 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters, diced green peppers, red peppers, orange peppers, yellow peppers, red onion, baby spinach, 1/2 a slice of deli turkey chopped, crushed red pepper, pepper, and a splash of hot sauce.

I have never been one to add veggies to my eggs and I am really happy with how this turned out! They are actually very good and something that is simple and easy to warm up!

My second new thing was Oatmeal Fruit Smoothies.



In my blender, I combined 1 cup of mixed frozen berries (blue, raspberry, black), 1 banana, 1 apple, 1/4 cup apple sauce, 12 oz strawberry greek yogurt, 1 cup coconut almond milk, 2 cups dry old fashioned oats, and ice.

Those turned out pretty well. It was my first try and I am going to try a few tweaks the next time but I am also really happy with how this turned out.

I have a few other things that I would like to try from here on out and I will keep phasing them in this next weekend. In the meantime, here are a few other things that have helped me lose the weight...


Chicken & Potatoes
-bake chicken tenderloins at 350 for 45 minutes with a little water in the bottom of the pan. Season them with crushed red pepper, paprika, pepper, and garlic. Bake a potato in the microwave. Cut up both and combine. I usually add spicy mustard or barbecue sauce for some more taste in the end because I do not use butter or salt.


Chicken & Brown Rice
-bake chicken tenderloins at 350 for 45 minutes with a little water in the bottom of the pan. Season them with crushed red pepper, paprika, pepper, and garlic. Cook the brown rice on the stove top. Combine the two. I usually add spicy mustard or barbecue sauce for some more taste in the end because I do not use butter or salt.


Turkey Cheese Burgers
-cook 4oz lean turkey patties on the George Foreman Grill. I usually add crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic, and pepper on the turkey. I use 1/2 of a Nature's Own Sandwich Round as the bottom bun and top with a 1/2 slice of Sargento Colby-Pepper Jack cheese. Good alternative if you have a hamburger fix.


Simple Truth Double Chocolate Protein Bars
-I buy them at Kroger. They are the best protein bars I have seen as far as most protein with the least amount of fat and sodium. They are good tasting!


Simply 7 Hummus, Lentil, and Pomegranate flavored chips
-Ordered these on Amazon. They come in a case of 11 with 11 different flavors. I use hummus as a dip and they are a good alternative if you like chips. Much healthier!


Blue Diamond Almonds
-A great quick snack if you need something easy!


Body Fortress Whey Isolate Vanilla Creme Protein & Blue Diamond Coconut Almond Milk
-This is my recovery drink after I workout. I use 1 scoop of protein (30g of protein) and 8 oz of the milk. Shake it up. I put mine in the freezer while I workout and when I am done, it is a little slushy and kind of tastes like homemade ice cream!


My Refrigerator
-This is what my fridge looks like on a typical Sunday evening. Stocked with my food for the week. The stuff that keeps me eating as clean as possible and staying away from all the bad stuff.

It isn't always easy, but it is worth it! Embrace the possibilities!

Good Day Sparkville

  
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ONELITTLEPILL 2/6/2013 9:53PM

    Wow- some great ideas here! I think my kids might even like the egg things; I am going to try at least. (They are ridiculously picky!) Really love picking up tips like this...

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SKAHONEY4U 2/6/2013 12:01AM

    Great blog. I might try out those egg muffins emoticon emoticon

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SRVFREAK176 2/5/2013 1:06PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING! WHAT GREAT IDEAS! emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/5/2013 12:45PM

    Awesome blog!! Love all your plans!!

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FEELINGHEALTHY1 2/5/2013 12:29PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the ideas and the pics!

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EMMAEKAY 2/5/2013 11:44AM

    I tried a Simple Truth bar last week. It was okay! I like Clif's Builder's Bars the best. They have 20g of protein, so they're incredibly filling when eaten with a fiber source like an apple or banana.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 2/5/2013 9:27AM

    Fantastic blog and photos! Creative meal plans make this journey much easier and successful! Keep up the great work!

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LISAMG1220 2/5/2013 9:22AM

    Love this!! It makes me realize I need to meal plan better. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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HAPPYERIN 2/5/2013 9:15AM

    Great blog! And thanks for sharing -- it's given me some ideas, and I might need to try those egg thingies!

I am with you 100% on the batch cooking -- without it, Andy and I would have no food. It does require some time over the precious weekend, and depending on how things come together it can be easy to get REALLY tired of eating the same food all week, but that's when you can get creative with leftovers. And trying new foods is GREAT - you could discover something you really love, and it sounds like you have! Way to go!

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JASI27 2/5/2013 8:42AM

    Oh this is just what I needed today! I am having trouble with the meal planning and I know I would be a ton more successful if I could just figure it out! Yours looks awesome. Good luck to you and may you have many healthy successful days ahead.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 2/5/2013 6:53AM

    These are great ideas! Thanks.

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8 Years Ago Today...

Monday, February 04, 2013


2012

First it was my girls that turned 7 on January 31st which left me with three 7 year-olds running around the house for four days. Well, today, I officially have an 8 year-old! Yep, 8 years ago today, Evan Nathaniel came into my life and changed it for the better forever!

Evan was 10 lbs 2 oz at birth and was a month early! He was a big boy and to this day, I still call him big boy. Or E-man, whichever I am in the mood for. Evan is in 2nd grade and really loves to play soccer.

I said the other day that the girls were my heart and today I say Evan is my soul. Here is Evan in pictures...


2005


2009


2010


2010


2010


2011


2011


2011


2012


2012


"You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes." ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.~




  
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HAPPYERIN 2/5/2013 9:01AM

    Love that quote! Boy you must go nuts planning parties for a few weeks out of the year! It's nice that they are all close in age, though.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 2/5/2013 6:51AM

    Happy Birthday Evan!! (Wow! You really had your hands full 5-7 years ago! I can't imagine having 3 1 year olds at the same time.)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/4/2013 11:05AM

    Happy Birthday Evan!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/4/2013 10:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy your birthday Big Boy!

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MERETONI 2/4/2013 7:32AM

    A Happy Day of Birth to Evan! He looks like a happy kid. I bet he is a handful!

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7 Years Ago Today...

Thursday, January 31, 2013


2011 Calli & Sydni

My babies are growing up! Seems like it was just yesterday that I first saw them come into this world, but it was actually January 31, 2006. Yep, my babies turn 7 years-old today!

Calli was born 1 minute before Sydni so she is considered the older one. They don't look much like twins. They don't act much like twins. They have different personalities. They have different likes and dislikes. Calli weighed 6 oz more at birth and weighs nearly 15 lbs more now. She is also about 5 inches taller than Sydni as of now.

Calli is definitely a Daddy's girl. Sydni is my peanut. They are both my heart. This won't be wordy, it will just be my girls in picture...


2006 Calli & Sydni were about 8 months old


2008 Sydni & Calli


2009 Calli & Sydni


2011 Calli & Sydni


2012 Calli & Sydni


2012 Sydni & Calli


2012 Sydni & Calli

Now, just some Calli...









Now, just some Sydni...










"Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express." ~Joseph Addison




  
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FRENCHIFAL 2/2/2013 11:35PM

    What an amazing reason to celebrate!! Your twins are BEAUTIFUL!! Isn't it amazing how fast they grow?! My god-son is 9, and already almost up to my chin...always hard to believe, I still think of him as a baby!

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ONELITTLEPILL 1/31/2013 8:49AM

    Beautiful girls! Thanks for sharing these. You are definitely blessed...

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HAPPYERIN 1/31/2013 8:27AM

    Aw, what a great blog! Time sure flies by, especially with kids. They grow so quickly!

I loved looking at these pictures. That Sydni looks like she might be a bit of a prankster, am I right? What beautiful, beautiful girls!

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JASI27 1/31/2013 8:26AM

    Beautiful babies!! My twins turn 16 and will be driving by the end of February! I have a boy and a girl set. :) It is really amazing how quickly time passes. Enjoy every minute you can.

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MERETONI 1/31/2013 7:50AM

    Aw, they are so cute and surprising that being twins they really look nothing alike! If I didn't read your blog and just saw the photos I would have figured they were siblings, possibly a year apart. They are very beautiful girls. Enjoy every moment with them!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 1/31/2013 7:00AM

    Happy birthday to your beautiful girls. Our children grow up so fast, before you know it they are grown and leaving the house to begin their independent lives--a bittersweet triumph.

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Commitment : The Rest Of The Story...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

(I apologive for the novel ahead of time)

I think the key to really having success in creating a healthier me is commitment. I have committed to a consistent workout program. I have committed to a healthy eating program. Basically, I have committed to a healthy lifestyle. After all, to be successful, we have to really commit to that lifestyle change or it just won't happen! I have lost 125.6 lbs. in 262 days (since May 5th) and I think the number one reason is commitment! I made a plan, and I have stuck to the plan.

I believe this because I have done this before, without said commitment. I did not join Spark on May 5, 2012, rather on August 10, 2009. Basically, I started this almost 2 1/2 years earlier. When I started back in 2009, I had success. I had a lot of success! So what went wrong? What brought me back to Spark? What is the difference this time? All are good questions that I am going to answer. I will answer these questions in hopes that if future Brad decides to go off the track, that maybe he can look back upon this and get right back on track. Also, maybe someone reading this may take a little something from it and use it to succeed in their journey. Maybe.

Most of you reading this, probably know a decent amount about my current story. But let us jump in our Delorean, hit 88 mph, generate our 1.21 gigawatts and travel back to 2009 for the rest of the story.

At the end of May, 2009, I weighed myself for the first time in years and was stunned by the number I saw on the scale. I mean, it was not good! Not that I should have been all that surprised from lack of exercising and eating crap upon crap upon crap all the time. So I decided I wanted to lose weight, but how? I really didn't know much of anything about nutrition or exercise plans. I mean, I worked out in high school and college playing baseball, but that was for baseball. I didn't like exercise. The only thing I really knew was that I needed to eat better. So, I ate better through the summer of 2009 and lost about 32 lbs between May 31st and August 10th. Not bad actually. I really just ate better (not great) and increased my activity some by walking more and playing more golf. I really didn't have any set plan to do it or to keep doing it. I just went along.

Then, on or about August 5th, a group of people from work went out to lunch and invited me along. We had lunch at Tumbleweed on the river (you Louisville people know the spot) and it was pretty good. I really don't remember what I had that day because that isn't the important part of the story. The important part is who was there. In particular, a young lady who we will call C.J. Of course this starts with a girl, doesn't it always? I had sort of known her before but we talked most of lunch. It was nice.

I spent that weekend, thinking I really want to ask her out but no way a girl like her is going to go for a guy like me. So I decided that I needed to kick up the intensity of this weight loss thing a notch. I had it stuck in my head, that I would lose the weight and if I lost enough, she would say yes to a date. That was my thinking!

So I found Spark and signed up on August 10th. My plan was to follow a strict diet plan, track it all, and increase my activity even more. I still knew nothing about actual nutrition. I was not going to do an actual workout plan. I really didn't have a plan, except I was going to eat about 1,500 calories a day...and I did! Sounds like a good plan but at 6'7" and a lot of weight to lose, that is not a good plan. I was basically just starving myself. I was hungry all the time but I just sucked it up and went on.

It worked. From August 10th through December 31st, I lost 67 lbs bring my total up to 99 lbs since May 31st. I had lost 99 lbs and I was really proud of that. So proud, that I actually decided I could now ask C.J out on a date. So, near the end of December, I did ask her out. I did it in the morning before work. She gave me a long answer that included phrases like, "I just got out of a thing", "I don't know what I want", "I'm not saying no", "I'll call you tonight".

Ok, so being an optimistic person, I hung on to the "I'll call you tonight". Well, she never did. I didn't see her for almost 3 weeks with Christmas Break and all but when I did, I asked her why she didn't call. She said that she was sick over break and busy and all that kind of stuff and pretty much left it there. No mention of what I had asked. No answer. I didn't push because that's not me. Till this day, I have never gotten an answer. Not going to lie, that hurt.

But, I was still determined to lose more weight. I had come so far, might as well keep going right? I was working 2 jobs, I started P90x, I started coaching high school baseball part time, I have 3 kids myself...so I basically burnt myself out. I quit tracking. I quit coaching baseball. I quit P90x. My main motivation (the girl) wasn't going to happen. I was done. I had lost 121 lbs. Problem is, I went right back into old habits.

Between March 2010 and May 2012, I gained back 78 of the 121 lbs I had lost.

Reading that sentence kind of makes me ill now. At least I didn't gain it all back I suppose. That means with the 43 I didn't gain back and the 125 I have lost this time, I am down 168 lbs. now from my highest known weight.

At the beginning of May of 2012, I decided that I have had enough of this. I was going to make changes in my life to be healthy. I was going to get healthy and have a better self image. I was going to get healthy so I can live and be a good example for my children. I was going to do this for me and them...nobody else. This time, I had plan. This time, it wasn't for a girl. I was going to do it right, and for the right reasons. I had a plan, I was going to execute said plan, and I would not stop the plan...ever! Not for anything. I did my research about nutrition and exercises. This time, I was going to be well informed. This was going to be a TOTAL lifestyle change. This was not going to be a quick fix plan. I was going to set a goal, meet that goal, and then maintain that goal! It was going to take a lot of TIME and a lot of EFFORT.

It was going to take commitment!

So take this away from my story if you take nothing else. Commit to your plan. Commit, commit, commit! Find what works for you and do it! Do it for you!

Be Your Change

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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KMM1123 1/23/2013 4:24PM

    Really nice blog! Thanks for sharing. I agree that there's no way this healthy habits lifestyle will succeed unless we're doing it to better ourselves.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 1/23/2013 4:16PM

    This is a great blog. I know exactly what you are talking about here. Getting thin for "somebody" else almost always works--up to a point. And then it doesn't continue to sustain us. True success--true commitment-- comes when the switch flips, the light bulb goes on and we are ready to make long term changes. To have the strength to ultimately overcome our bad habits and maladapted coping mechanisms, all the stars have to align and we have to find an inner spark that is selfish and self driven.

As for C.J., You deserve to find that person who will appreciate you for who you are, who will find you sexy no matter what you weigh, who will have the common courtesy to be honest with you even when it hurts and whose honesty comes from a place of love and compassion, instead of a desire to wound. You also deserve to reach your goals as a way of uncovering the confidence and fun and vitality that has been hidden inside.

I remain in awe of your ongoing, unwavering commitment to your journey. Thanks for sharing.



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HAPPYERIN 1/23/2013 3:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your story, Brad! It is interesting that you can pinpoint the exact moment that you were hit with motivation, even after all these years, and then the moment that you lost it (aka the EVIL GIRL -- erm, C.J.). But those are the things that stick with us, and kudos to you for making this fresh start and finding your true motivation -- you and your kids -- to get you moving.

And look at how much you have done, and in less than a year! You have made INSANE progress and have done more than many can boast, so you should be darn proud! Who knows where you'll be when May comes around -- no doubt even further along and closer to your goal!

YOU ROCK!!!! KEEP IT UP!!

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ONELITTLEPILL 1/23/2013 12:48PM

    I think you're totally right about the commitment part. I am quite sure the reason I was able to complete Insanity (twice, now), was having the workout schedule already determined, having it in front of me, and not allowing "I don't feel like it" to be an option. Now I am on my 3rd week of Les Mills Combat and loving it. Particularly loving that the schedule is once again laid out for me and I don't have to sit there and try to decide what, if anything, I am going to do that day. Just push through and it's over before ya know it. I think you have done amazing things!!! I'm thankful for your inspiration. Seeing the dedication of my SparkFriends really does rub off. I think the reason it's different this time is that I decided to do this for ME and no one else. Not to look good for someone else, but to stop feeling appalled any time someone took my picture and to stop staying home from doing fun things because I was embarrassed to be seen in a swimsuit, pair of shorts, or whatever. It's simply about ME, my health, and how I want to live my life (healthy and happy, not fat and miserable). Sounds like you have come to the same place. Thanks for the ride in the Delorean. You rock!

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LISAMG1220 1/23/2013 11:38AM

    You are so right, commitment to yourself is an important key on our journey. Thanks for the ride in the Delorian, Doc and thanks for another dose if inspiration.
You rock!!! :)

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REVIVED 1/23/2013 8:20AM

    Well you definitely inspire me! If you can do it twice, I should be able to do it once, right?! A girl can hope anyway.

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SHIRE33 1/23/2013 7:53AM

    I can really relate. I lost 93 and have gained back 40. But I'm not giving up. Stressful times got to me over the last 6 months. I've been doing strength training and some cardio, but not at the rate I was, and I've been overeating. One thing different this time is that at least I'm still doing something and still weighing each day. One of these days it's just going to click again, but in the meantime, I haven't given up. I love hearing about how you got back on it for the right reasons. Good motivation. : )


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MERETONI 1/23/2013 7:22AM

    I definitely think everyone who starts, and sticks with, a workout/ nutrition plan does so because something clicks. I spent years (4 or more) thinking to myself 'I need to lose weight.' I would workout but not do anything with nutrition... I thought what I ate and the amount I ate was ok. So of course working out and doing nearly all of P90X showed NO results due to the lack of food tracking. Regardless, you are right, it is a commitment. A life time of a commitment.

I wish everyone who wants that change finds Sparkpeople. It changes lives! Congrats on your weight loss and commitment!

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