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Surreal, Honored, Humbled...

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I didn't set out on this journey thinking that I would be considered as motivational or inspirational to anybody.

Me, motivational?

I've had a hard enough time over the years just motivating myself to try and see some results, let alone "leading" others by example. Nope. Not me. Not my example. Well, many of you who have been with me along the way over the last year, have conveyed to me that I have been a source of motivation and/or inspiration. I have to admit, I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around words like that which are tossed in my direction. Don't get me wrong, it is greatly appreciated when I hear that and I have used those words through my journey to help to keep me pushing forward when I didn't necessarily feel like it. It is great motivation to not want to let myself down but it might be even greater motivation for me to think of letting others down who look at my story as a source of inspiration. So thank you all for your kind words over the months that have helped to keep me going.

So why do I bring all of this up now? As you may know if you took a look at my blog from last week, that I had hit my low point in my now nearly year long journey. I really had a difficult couple of weeks and I wanted to share that with you all and to be honest with what I was going through. What we are doing isn't always easy and we do have our ups and downs. It is always darkest right before dawn, right? Since last week, I have been refocused and recommitted to my journey and reaching my goals and it has been going great! Now, on top of that, I have had a couple of really cool things come my way that are all a little surreal and leave me feeling honored and humbled.

First, I was nominated as a Spark motivator by some of you all out there in Sparkville in the category of overall motivation! Wow! Me? To whomever nominated me and and voted me as that, thank you! That is definitely an honor! I was really surprised when I saw it. Thank you again!

Second, I got an invite from Spark to join the Spark team SP's Official Success Stories Team! It is invite only and needless to say, I was really surprised to get that invitation! Here is the team's description...

"This team represents the Best of the Best, the Spark People Success Stories. Our goals are to promote and celebrate our own successes and motivate and encourage others to create their own."

Now you know why this blog is titled "Surreal, Honored, Humbled". By the description of the team, I would have never guessed that 361 days ago when I started on this journey that I would have fit that description! Surreal! I'm honored! I'm humbled! I also filled out a questionnaire and sent in before & after pics for possible promotional type things in the future. Crazy stuff!

I really have to say thank you guys for all of the support and encouragement that you guys have given me over the last, nearly year now! I know that I wouldn't be where I am in my journey today if it wasn't for my wonderful Spark friends and all of your support!

But, this isn't over yet so I am going to keep pushing. I am going to meet my goals, if not surpass them! I hope to see all of you crossing that finish line with me and I look forward to crossing that finish line with you!

BTW, I will be sharing my before and after pictures with you all in a few days when I hit my 1 year anniversary of this crazy journey!

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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HOOSIERNATIVE46 5/15/2013 10:46AM

    What an honor and humbling it is for me to get a glimpse at your journey! Thank you for the consistency, and striving to reach your goal. It inspires me to continue on my journey.

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/15/2013 6:54AM

    Wow...Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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BESSHAILE 5/15/2013 6:41AM

    I think you deserve to be called a success - and a motivator. Congratulations.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 5/13/2013 10:46PM

    A year has come and gone. Still waiting on the before and after photos!! emoticon

You already know how I feel about your motivational capacity. You're a real whip cracker. Thank you.

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FRENCHIFAL 5/8/2013 11:04AM

    Congratulations!! You're definitely a motivator - keep up your hard work!

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KETTLEBURN 5/2/2013 8:08PM

    xI don't even know how to put into words how PROUD I am of you! You came out of your funk and had some awesome, "official"-type Spark things happening! I know I've only known you for a short time but that's all SO AWESOME! You deserve it all because you've worked really, really hard and come such a long way! I'm (whoa! almost lost that because the dog put her paws on the keyboard!)...where was I? Ah yes! I'm excited to SEE the progress through your before and after pictures! emoticon

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DOCKO56 5/2/2013 9:52AM

    Although I have not been with you until recently on your journey, I must admit I was very impressed with your story and certainly feel you are a shining example of the success people have following the formula that Sparkpeople represents: of being accountable, posting and tracking small goals to make larger ones, and giving and getting the encouragement and motivation needed to do the work from a group of like-minded individuals. People that write their goals down, accomplish them more often. Congratulations on the recognition, you deserve it. Best wishes for future success. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/1/2013 3:51PM

    You totally deserve it Brad, congratulations!!! You've inspired me and encouraged me and have been a great friend. I'm glad I'm on this ride with you.
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LISAMG1220 5/1/2013 10:38AM

    That is wonderful Brad!!! You are a great motivator! So happy for you! :)

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HAPPYERIN 5/1/2013 9:49AM

    Congratulations!!!! You definitely deserve it. You have been steadfast from the beginning, with planning meals ahead, sticking to your workout plans no matter what, and just keeping a good handle on things in general! You are definitely a motivator!!!

Let us all know when your story gets posted! And wow, coming up on that one-year anniversary is huge! Think about that -- you have been committed to your health for a year, and look at what you've accomplished! SO AWESOME!!!

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ONELITTLEPILL 5/1/2013 7:59AM

    And there you have it! You have worked harder than anyone I know for this, and have helped keep me motivated along the way in my journey as well! Way to go- that's awesome! It shows that hard work and perseverance and getting up and just doing it even when we don't feel like it will pay off!!! Congratulations on these successes! emoticon

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DMEYER4 5/1/2013 6:31AM

  congrats on all your hard work and I wish you all the success which you deserve. Keep sparking and have a great day

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Dusting Myself Off After Falling Down...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I think over my time blogging here on Spark, I have pretty much stayed positive. I guess I have had a lot of things to be positive about. I always have felt really positive about my progress and wanted to share that with all of you. I have always wanted to be some sort of inspiration, even if it was just one person, one time. But this isn't a typical blog from me. This is me, opening up to you guys about what has been going on the last few weeks.

For the better part of 11 months, I really hadn't had that "roller coaster" on my weight-loss journey. I had really been on a pretty steady drop right from the beginning. I really hadn't faced any adversity along the way. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy. I had days where I didn't stick to my diet plan and there were days where I didn't get in all of the fitness minutes that I wanted to. I had some minor injuries (back, knee, and shoulder) that I worked through and even worked through a double ear infection. But the real key to my success, was limiting those things to just one day every once in awhile. I didn't allow those things to snowball. I learned from what happened and I was able to put that behind me to move on. To move forward and to keep succeeding. Well, that is until about 3 weeks ago.

I really don't know what was the cause of my back slide. I don't think I can really pinpoint one specific thing, but more like a number of things that I let get to me. Probably the first and most important thing is that I got complacent and satisfied with where I was. I had lost nearly 143 lbs. in 11 months and I was on track to reach my goal in the very near future. You would think that with my goal just 24 lbs. away that I would be hyper focused on doing everything I can to make my goal. At least, I would have thought myself that I would have been like that. Apparently not. I also started to let my feelings of being alone get to me. I tend to over think matters of the heart and let them get me down if I really dwell on them. I really let being single get me down and I did dwell on it a little too much. It played a part in me falling off my track as well.

Somewhere after the first of April, I lost my way. I lost my motivation. I lost my focus. I lost my spark. I lost...IT.

I was inconsistent with my workouts. I still did my workout program videos most days but I didn't do anything extra. I didn't do my C25K program. I didn't walk. I didn't lift weights. I didn't Spark much. As far as my eating went, it was all over the map. Some days I did just about as well as I had been doing over the last 11 months. Other days, not so much. There where some days where I fell back into old habits of mindlessly snacking when bored and/or tired. There were nights where I would binge on things that I didn't even necessarily want but ate just because I wanted something to do.

You know what the crazy thing was? I hated myself for it afterwards. When I say that I hated myself, that is absolutely what I mean. I HATER myself for it. But, I would promise myself that I would not do it the next day or the next day, but I did. I would start the next day great but by later in the day, the train would be way off the tracks and I would be sitting here wondering what the heck was I doing? What was going on? Was I going to let myself really do this again after all of the hard work and progress over the proceeding 11 months? Was I?

The answer is NO. No I will not. Maybe the last 3 weeks was a test. Maybe it was a bump in the road. Heck, it was more like a mountain in the road but I am happy to say that I feel like I have passed that mountain. I have been back on track the last 2 days and I feel like I am in complete control again! Nothing makes me happier than to actually type those words in this blog.

The last two days have not been easy. I have been tempted and I have almost slipped a couple of times. But I keep telling myself that I WILL NOT BREAK! I keep telling myself that I WILL BEAT THIS! I keep telling myself that I AM IN CONTROL!

But I can not take all of the credit for my turnaround the last two days. I have to give my dear friend Michelle (@STEELKICKIN as you may know her on Spark) a lot of credit for helping me through this hard time. I know Michelle will probably say that she really didn't do anything but that isn't true! She allowed me to vent my frustrations and gave me loving encouragement and advice that means more to me than I could ever say! She has been a true angel for me through my journey here on Spark and a true inspiration! A real pilar of strength. I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for everything that she has helped me with and taught me along the way. I am blessed to have met her here on Spark and blessed that I can call her my friend away from Spark! She is the best! I love you Michelle!

All of you have been really helpful along the way over the last year. All of your support and kind words are all special to me. I don't think I could have ever gotten as far as I have without all of you. THANK YOU!

But with all of that said, I still have work to finish. I still have work to do. I will not quit!

I fell down. But I am standing up now and dusting myself off!

This is me, Brad, barring my demons of the last few weeks. This is me, Brad, pledging that I will not let those demons beat me! This is me, Brad, saying that...

I WILL WIN THIS FIGHT.

I WILL FINISH THIS JOURNEY.

I WILL EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES.


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SIMONEKP 5/15/2013 10:02AM

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    emoticon You ARE doing it. emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/15/2013 4:57AM

    Great blog... it helps to know we're not alone (even though sometimes we feel that way). Thank you for sharing your journey ... from one single parent to another - I feel where you are coming from (the whole loneliness thing at times). Sounds like you're back on track! emoticon

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 4/29/2013 1:04PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog! Reading it was perfect timing for me in my journey - I've experienced some recent success and then my weight went on a bit of a roller coaster ride the next two weeks. So now after my "one step back", I am taking "two steps forward". We will make progress in our healthy lifestyle journeys! Best wishes to you!

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DOCKO56 4/28/2013 1:50PM

    Wise words One Little Pill (where did that name come from?) emoticon

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ONELITTLEPILL 4/27/2013 5:32AM

    Glad to see you back, my friend! I had a similar thing happen; it was like the closer I got to my ultimate goal and the more compliments I received, the more complacent I got. I had a "bad month" or so, where about 8 pounds found their way back. Pathetically, I wasn't even being honest enough with myself to document those weigh-ins. But I am back on program now, and those pounds are about gone. I think that's the key. We can have a little backslide, but as long as we recognize what's happening and get back to business, we'll be ok! Don't get down on yourself. It's so easy to do, but you have come too far to turn back now. You're a brand new (and sharp-dressed) man, and you are a GREAT catch! I have never met you in person, but I KNOW this, and so do you. The right girl will see it right away when she comes along. It just doesn't always happen when we want it to. You have good friends and beautiful children. Concentrate on that and the rest will fall into place. Chin up and stay with the fight. You've got this. emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 4/26/2013 5:04PM

    Hi Brad - glad you're back from your little detour! I wouldn't mind betting that lovely wedding you went to had something to do with it - can bring up a lot of emotional stuff etc. Back to the C35K - I'm on 20 mins now - the progress is really encouraging. Go for it!
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WILMA3865 4/26/2013 1:52PM

  You have been an inspiration to me; know that! And sometimes, as we get close to the goals, if all of the things that were supposed to fix themselves haven't, it almost feels like "Why am I doing this again?".

Forgive yourself, keep up the good work, and have fun.

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DOCKO56 4/26/2013 1:36AM

    I think too you need another goal, you focused so much on the wedding, you have to find something else that drives you. That's was I always do.

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DOCKO56 4/26/2013 1:34AM

    Writing it down helps a lot and giving credit where it is due. This certainly is the place to go to get a hand back up and as much help as you ask for! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/25/2013 11:48AM

    You KNOW I get this! We do so well for so long and then it seems as if our bodies say, "yeah, I'm done, sorry! I'm taking a break." Mentally and physically we get exhausted. As you've said to me before, this IS NOT EASY! It's more of a mental thing at this point. The thing is you're a fighter and you're not giving up. Regardless of what's happened over the last couple of weeks, you're still here and you're continuing to fight. You WILL finish this, you WILL meet your goals, and you WILL live your life as you were meant to live it. You've got this my friend!
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SKINNIKKI 4/25/2013 9:33AM

    I feel like I 've done exactly the same thing! Yay you for having found the light again! I'm looking for the light right now. Perhaps being back on Spark today is a good sign. I don't want to lose ground and get back where I was.

Thanks for this post. It's like someone wrote it for me. It's like all my feelings are there with a ray of light at the end that I can do this!

Thanks! And good luck. I need the support too!

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LIVINGPRESENT 4/25/2013 9:03AM

    Brad, thank you for sharing your journey and struggle.

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REVIVED 4/25/2013 8:44AM

    Well you've certainly been an inspiration to me. You're amazing. This is just a blip on the radar. And I KNOW you are going to make some lucky girl very very happy. You'd be a great catch. In the words of Journey, "don't stop believing".

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/25/2013 8:32AM

    I'm so glad your friend was there. I too find if I get satisfied with my accomplishments, an okay, now I don't need that attitude, I slowly lose ground. I'm too scared to quit now. congratulations on being on track and sending a warning. When I get to maintenance I'll do what Spark says. Until then, I'm working.

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HAPPYERIN 4/25/2013 8:31AM

    Sorry to hear that you've had a rough couple of weeks! They're tough from any angle, but we all have them -- and I think that's part of the journey, whether we like it or not. We are bound to slip up now and then, and we are bound to face things life throws at us and be affected by them. Sometimes we have a better handle on them, and sometimes we don't. Without those moments, we wouldn't have obstacles to overcome that make us stronger, and more determined (even if we want to hog-tie those nasties and beat 'em out back till they shrivel and die!).

I am so PROUD of you for this blog! It is important to air your frustrations and put them out in the universe so that they don't eat you up from the inside. And you have accomplished so much is less than a year -- it is INCREDIBLE!! -- so those three weeks, while difficult, are not the beat-all, end-all for you. You will no doubt continue with your renewed determination and make even more progress!

Chin up, Spark buddy! You are a pillar of strength and will be just fine! We are all here for you!

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MERETONI 4/25/2013 7:25AM

    Everyone trips up from time to time. The difference is those who are strong, who want change will stand up and keep going. Good for you for finding your way again. I fell a few months ago, came back for a while then fell again. I'm on the upswing but it's a struggle. Just keep that final goal in mind and you will do great!

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I've Lost 142.9 lbs. So I Made A "Sharp Dressed Man" Video!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I know I did a big picture blog already with pictures from my cousin's wedding a couple weeks ago, but, I had been wanting to try to make a video with music. This is my first attempt at that. Thank you for taking the time to watch! Let me know what you think!

  
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KATHIC2 5/15/2013 6:50AM

  WHAT A FUN video!!!! Congrats!!!

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_BABE_ 4/29/2013 2:43AM

    Congratulations on losing 142 lbs!!
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HAPPYERIN 4/17/2013 4:56PM

    Haha GREAT! Finally got a chance to watch this -- I'm very impressed with your A/V skills, and hats off for using some ol' ZZ Top in there! It's amazing how much you've accomplished in such a short time, truly -- and I know you won't slow down one bit!! Excellent!!

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RAWCOOKIE 4/13/2013 4:46PM

    Great :) That's a colossal amount of weight you've lost - more than I weigh! Amazing! I look forward to travelling forward from this point with you here in Sparkville!
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CORTNEY-LEE 4/11/2013 7:56PM

    You Sir are awesome!!!

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SANDERSON83 4/11/2013 7:35PM

    LOVE IT!

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HAPINANA 4/11/2013 5:12PM

    emoticon Great job Brad... I've been on here since 5/6 but only lost 37 lbs. you are an inspiration...

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STEVIEBEE569 4/11/2013 3:14PM

    Great job! Also, congratulations on your weight loss! Keep up the good work!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/11/2013 1:39PM

    That was awesome Brad! I'm so electronically challenges, I'm lucky I can post pics, lol!


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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 4/11/2013 12:12PM

    What they say is true...Every girl IS crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man! You are rockin' that tux, darlin'! I'm glad you added more pictures to this video. However, my favorite is still the one with your coat slung over your shoulder--all GQ style.

Your girls are beautiful. I love the pics with you guys cuddling. So sweet and tender. Great job on this video blog!

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HANKENSTEIN 4/11/2013 11:26AM

    awesome!

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SIMCYN 4/11/2013 10:38AM

  You need the work it more. LOL. Seriously you look great. Nice video. Also love the pink hightops your daughters are wearing. keep strong

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LISAMG1220 4/11/2013 10:02AM

    That is a wonderful video!! Love it. Great job B!!! :)

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ONELITTLEPILL 4/11/2013 9:04AM

    Very nice. Yep, you're a sharp dressed man alright! And those adorable little girls obviously adore their daddy. :) Awesome.

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LADYSMITHC 4/11/2013 9:03AM

    It won't be long and you will be walking one of those little girls down the aisle as a "Sharp Dressed Man!" emoticon
Keep up the great work and I'm glad it's not the end, rather the beginning!
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KRAZYDEA 4/11/2013 7:54AM

    WTG! Great work on all your weight loss! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 4/11/2013 7:13AM

    emoticon You look amazing!! The girls are so cute in their pink sneakers.

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NCOURAGEU 4/11/2013 6:41AM

    You look great! Good for you for taking good care of yourself. Your wife and kids must be proud of you. Wonderful!!!!

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CHRISTINE1623 4/11/2013 6:39AM

    Congratulations!!

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MOTLORAC 4/11/2013 6:25AM

    Looks Great, must feel great to actually feel like a part of that song. You are definitely a well dressed man. It must feel super having all the energy you need for keeping up with your girls. Wonderful montage. keep at it.
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Decisions

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cover some decisions I made about my diet and activities to challenge myself.

  
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RAWCOOKIE 4/13/2013 5:06PM

    Couch to 5k = emoticon

with the vegetarian thing - how about considering the Meatless Monday type of thing - one day a week cook a non-meat meal - that way you could experiment with recipes.

detox is best done when you are not working - take time out when the time is right - and totally dedicate three or four days to your own well-being.

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SKAHONEY4U 3/28/2013 10:11PM

    I am so happy for your decisions, and not only because they align with what I was telling to you to do! LOL. Don't worry, I won't rant at you again about them!

I've never been a runner, either. Even when i could swim miles (varsity swim team in high school) I could still barely run a mile due to my asthma. I also have bad knees (dislocated it like 10 times when I was growing up), so that gives me trouble when I try to run too! I would really love to run, but I'm not sure that will ever be in the books for me.

Good luck with starting the C25K program!! I think you be just fine with it! Very excited for your first 5k!
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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/28/2013 8:52AM

    Honestly, I'm relieved to hear you are going to put a hold on the Detox. It is essentially a fast. I agree with you--with the amount of exercise demands you are putting on your body, you've got to give your body the nutritional support it needs.

If you want to try a vegetarian diet, I think that's a great idea. Take the time to prepare though. Research meals and food combinations to achieve the nutrition (and calories) your body will need. It's not for me, but hey, a LOT of people find tremendous health benefits on a vegetarian diet. Me? I need meat. emoticon

I'm so excited you've signed up for the Color Run! YAY 5K!!! You have spent the last 11 months strengthening your body, your muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and yes, even bones, with your intense cross training. That is a huge step toward preparing your body for the new challenges of running. I would strongly suggest you invest in some glucosamine chondroitin supplements. I prefer the ones with hyaluronic/hyalauric acid. I also take a separate MSM supplement to reduce inflammation.

Way to go Brad! Push those boundaries!

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KRAZYDEA 3/28/2013 8:07AM

    HAHA special K! that's great, i'm the same way i've never been a runner or did any of those k's but i'll probably change my mind aswell. SO GOOD JOB! and btw i like the way you look at stuff like the whole commentment thing. It's really not a good idea to do something your not committed to because if you do you would just be setting yourself up with a disappointment, so good thinking. GOOD LUCK ON THE RUN!

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STR458 3/28/2013 8:00AM

    Good to not set yourself up to disappointment) I am all for making clear cut decisions and you certainly are, weighing what is a challenge vs what is something you actually want/willing to do. Yippee! I believe your commitment! emoticon hopefully knee(s) cooperates

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/28/2013 7:35AM

    I totally agree, if you're NOT committed, no matter what the challenge, it won't work. I think a 5k is a great idea! It's long enough to challenge you, but short enough so it's no boring. Can't wait to hear how it's going!

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The "OO7" Picture Blog With My "Bond Girls"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Ok Connery, You Got Me On This One, But I Shall Return!

As some of you know, the long awaited wedding in my life took place over this last weekend. No, not my wedding. That doesn't ever seem likely but that is a topic for another blog. Rather, this was my cousin's wedding in Bells, Tennessee which is about a 6 hour drive for me from the Louisville area. The wedding was really nice and everything went off without a hitch. I was an usher for the proceedings and my twin girls were the flower girls. It was a lot of fun watching them all weekend basically making the entire weekend about them, as 7 year olds do.

So with them as a flower girls, and me as an usher and down 142.9 lbs. since May of 2012, I figured that this would be a fantastic opportunity to get some pictures of all of us together. I haven't been big on getting any pictures of myself as an adult due to weight issues over the years so this was a big change for me. Since I was going to be in a tux for the second time in my life (in 2009 at my friends wedding...I'll do comparison pics in another blog on another day) and with the weight loss, I think I even talked some smack to Sean Connery in a blog last week! Bring it on Connery? Lol! Ok, so I am no Connery but here is the wedding weekend in pictures of me and my "Bond Girls"...


At The Hotel, Ready To Head For The Church


My "Bond Girls" Calli & Sydni Before The Wedding


The Girls & I Before The Wedding


After The Wedding While The Bridal Party Was Doing Pictures


Calli, Daddy, & Sydni After The Wedding


Girls Blowing Bubbles As The Bride & Groom Walked Out


Sydni & Daddy At The Reception


Calli & Daddy At The Reception


The Girls & I With My Mom At The Reception


Oh Boy, Look Who Caught The Garter...

You may be wondering about the reception and its location. It was supposed to be an outdoor reception but with the rain, it got moved into a big auto garage type place which explains the background of a few of the pictures.

Well, I guess that about does it for the "OO7" blog. Oh, who are we kidding? I paid good money for that tux and I have worked my butt off (literally), so of course I have more pictures and guess what? I'm sharing!






Had To Do It




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CORTNEY-LEE 4/11/2013 7:56PM

    You look fantastic!!

Keep up the awesome work!!

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DOCKO56 4/1/2013 9:24AM

    Loved these pic! Your daughter are two little cutie pituties! And you aren't so bad yourself! It sounds like this wedding was a big deal and a big motivator! Now set up your next motivation, no sliding back!! You can do it!

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KETTLEBURN 3/31/2013 7:36PM

    LOVE that your girls got to wear sneakers as flower girls!

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AUDREYANNDEDE 3/28/2013 7:17PM

    haha, love the pictures! your daughters are adorable!

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STEELKICKIN 3/27/2013 12:42AM

    Like I told you last week, Sean Connery has NOTHIN' on you!!! My, oh my, aren't you handsome!? I can't say which is my favorite because these are ALL very nice pictures and your girls are absolutely adorable. They look like they had such a good time. :) I loved every single picture you sent me of you and them this past weekend. Like I said, it made me feel like I was right there with you. Now, I really wish I was, lol. :) The one of you posing like Connery made me laugh. You look so ornery...good ornery but ornery and it suits you. I think you have missed your calling...you struck some very good model poses there and I'm not just saying that! But the one of you standing by the car....seriously, you need to get that one blown up. Shoot, you need to have ALL of them made.

You have to know how awesome you look. C'mon....you HAVE TO KNOW. You are exuding confidence and happiness. I know we talk alot off of Spark but I don't tell you enough how awesome I really think you are. You are the epitome of what one will gain with hard work, dedication and a plan. Plus, you caught the garter. Good things ALWAYS happen to those who catch the garter. ;)

I can't imagine what our pictures are going to look like when we go ziplining. You will look suave and cool like a cat and I will be screaming like a banshee with my hair standing on end. You better not post those, lol!!

Beautiful blog, my dearest friend. I really loved this. I really love YOU!
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KRAZYDEA 3/26/2013 11:57AM

    GREAT JOB on your weight loss, I can understand what you mean by not liking your picture taken with others when you was having weight issues. I can't wait to reach my goal and take pictures with my friends and actually not have to look at the camera everytime someone snaps it lol I know i won't care cuz i'll feel and look better. Good luck on the rest of your goal. You've lost a lot so far therefor you can do it the rest of the way!

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LISAMG1220 3/26/2013 10:22AM

    I loved this! You and your bond girls look amazing. You look great, I loved the one of you leaning against the classic car, you look total Godfather in that pic. Total Don Vito Corleone...."Some day, and that day may never come... I may call upon you to do a service for me" Love it!!

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STR458 3/26/2013 8:28AM

    good times

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HAPPYERIN 3/26/2013 8:22AM

    Great pictures! I like the jacket-slung-over-the-shoulder look -- it's like "Yeah, I look awesome, 'sup?" I love your girls' sneakers with their dresses too -- I'm sure they loved that!

Having big events that require some fancy clothes have a whole new meaning these days. When you feel better about how you look, it amazing how much that dread goes away, and instead you find yourself looking forward to it! Glad you had a good time!

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SKINNIKKI 3/26/2013 7:55AM

    You and the girls look awesome! Thanks for sharing and yes thanks for explaining the scenery at the reception! Haha.

You look faboosh.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/26/2013 6:55AM

    Aww, you look fantastic and the girls are absolutely adorable... I LOVE their sneakers... I wish I could've worn sneakers to MY wedding... I loved the Bond pose, Connery definitely has his work cut out for him = )

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/26/2013 6:22AM

    Brad! You look great! Your girls are so beautiful--they make a very nice accompaniment to your Bond look. It's nice to see you come out of "hiding." Your hard work is apparent. What great memories you captured with these pics.

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