Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Did you come to Spark to become fine or did you come to Spark to be extraordinary? I will give you a minute to think about...oh, so sorry! Time is up!
Of course you came here to be extraordinary!
Isn't that what we all should have? Isn't that what we all deserve? Isn't that what we all want? We didn't come here to be average or fine (not that kind of fine!) but rather, we came here to be extraordinary!
Why should we want for, hope for, or have just fine? You don't want fine! I don't want fine! WE don't want fine!
The line, "What if fine isn't good enough? What if I want extraordinary?" was said by Will Smith to Eva Mendes near the end of the movie "Hitch". It is a line I have always loved that I think of when dealing with my own relationship (or lack of at the moment) things. I was thinking about it earlier and realized that it really does correlate with what we are doing on our journey's here on Spark.
Being on this journey has helped me realize that I want extraordinary in more areas of my life, and not just in a relationship. Yes, I want that too, someday, but why not strive for that in the other areas of life as well? Why not go for extraordinary in every aspect of life from jobs to weight loss? Why not?
I say we do! I say WE ALL strive for extraordinary today, tomorrow, and every day from now on!
Go get in front of your mirror and take a good look at yourself. Then I want you to ask yourself, "What is extraordinary in my life?" Do you know what your answer is?
The answer is...YOU!
You are extraordinary! You are here on Spark, trying to make major changes for the better in your life! You are extraordinary, on here looking for more extraordinary!
This is your life and his is your journey! Make of it what you would like, but for me, I am aiming for extraordinary! Not just on the scale but everything that comes with living a healthier, more active lifestyle!
Who knew that the movie "Hitch" was such a deep thought kind of movie? It also has one of my favorite quotes of all-time at the beginning of the movie...
Words to live by. Words to strive for. Words that we can learn something from as we move onward in our journey. We deserve the extraordinary moments in our lives that take our breath away! That is the good stuff in life that we are working to have more of for as long as we can!
Live your extraordinary!
Embrace Your Possibilities!
Good Day Sparkville
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Apologies to all the Big Bang Theory fans in Sparkville, because this blog is not about Sheldon knock, knock, knockin' on Penny's door. Could be a funny blog, but not this time.
Likewise, apologies to all the Bob Dylan fans in Sparkville because this blog is not about knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door either. Classic song, but sorry.
This blog is about something a little more personal to me. This blog is about a KNOCK KNOCK, KNOCKIN' on another kind of door. This blog is about me KNOCK KNOCK KNOCKIN' on the 200's door!
200's door? Let me explain...
There is a lot of talk on Spark about Onederland, and rightfully so! I love seeing everyone on Spark making Onederland after working so hard. Onederland deserves to be celebrated! But I do have a question...
What about those of us who will never see Onederland? What is it called when you get in the 200's?
Myself, being a man that is 6'7" and wears a size 16 shoe, I will never see Onederland, nor is that even a goal of mine. My goal from the beginning of this journey has always been 299 lbs. I remember thinking that was a lofty goal considering I started at 509 lbs.! I remember thinking that it would take me forever to get to 299 lbs. Well, I just weighed in at 301.7 lbs., which means that I am less than 2 lbs. away from my goal! That means in less than 2 lbs., I will be in the 200's! So, what do I call it when I hit 299 lbs.? I haven't seen any definitive branding anywhere, so, I will name it for myself...
Now, I stand on the precipice of Twohundoland. Now I am KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCKIN' on the Twohundoland door! Now, I WANT IN!
Embrace The Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
Friday, June 14, 2013
Actual Picture of My First Mocha Light 03.25.13
I honestly never had Starbucks in my life until March of this year. I was told to try the Mocha Light frappuccino. Well, the only thing I could really say is, WHY HAVEN'T I TRIED THIS BEFORE?!? It was excellent!
To save some money and some trips to the local Starbucks, I set out on finding a healthy, homemade recipe that I could use to make my own Mocha Lights. I found one that was ok but I did some tweaking to the recipe. I ended up with something that is pretty good that I would encourage any frozen coffee drinker to try.
I'm not saying they are better than or even quite as good, but thy do the trick. Well, for me at least. Better than spending $5 a pop too! Actually, depending on the price you find the things for, the total cost of these is less than $.60 per 10 oz! Also, 105 calories, .5g fat, 18 carbs, 6 g protein.
I make about 32 oz of coffee. If you like coffee flavor, you can add a little more coffee. If you don't, add a little less and just add some water. Put it in the blender. Add 12 oz of Lite Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 8 oz of Coconut Almond Milk, and 8 tbsp of Chocolate Syrup. With all things, you can play with the amount of each that you like to taste. I then blend them up. Pour about 10-12 oz into 6 mason jars, throw them in the freezer. It makes 6 mason jars worth so I have one for 6 days of the week! Just set it out a little ahead of time so it thaws and you can break it up into a slushy consistency. Like I said, it isn't exactly, but it is really good. Also, the last time I made them I added some cinnamon...WOW! I would highly recommend that! You could also add whipped cream but of course that will add calories.
The Milligan Mocha Lights in Mason Jars
Had already shared this with a couple of people so I thought I would share with everyone. If any of you make it and/or have an idea for an improvement, let me know! I'd love to hear about it!
Embrace Your Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I was really thinking about this the other day and came to the conclusion that health and fitness has saved me. Health and fitness has saved my life! That may seem to be a bit of hyperbole but when I really think about it, it isn't. Not to long ago, I was heading down a road of almost certain health problems and a likely early death. That is about as real as things get when you think about it.
Health and fitness has helped by not only making me a healthier person and giving me the best chance possible for a longer life, but has made me happier person as well. Being that happier person has led me to being someone who is full of life. I want to get out and LIVE life to it's fullest! I want to try new things! I want to stand on a mountain and yell to the world that this is the new me! This is the me I knew I wanted to be! This is the new me that knew I could be! I have a passion for life that I had lost along the way. Now, I WANT IT ALL!
I didn't feel that way before. Life was a struggle. I was completely lost with who I had become. I was completely lost with where I was going. I had no direction. I lost myself. I lost my way.
I had to really look at myself and figure out what I was doing. It was a lot of soul searching. It was a lot of really examining what I was doing with my life and figuring out what changes I needed to make. It was hard. It was really hard.
When I finally got to a point where I was ready to make that real change, that lifestyle change, I realized something I will never forget. I AM ENOUGH. Yes, I AM ENOUGH. In fact, WE ARE ENOUGH! We may not be perfect but there is something so perfect in finding others who share in our struggles. We came here to Spark seeking answers. Seeking knowledge. Seeking something that would help ignite our journeys into everlasting success! For me, with the help of the Spark community, I found health and fitness that has changed my life in more ways that I could ever explain!
This community allows us to share our hopes, dreams, fears, and ideas. We can listen to one other, get a push when we want to give up, and encourage others who are going through struggles that we ourselves are dealing or have already dealt with. We have someone to laugh with, cry with, and someone to even pick us up when we fall down. Because we will fall down but it isn't about how many times you fall as long as you get up one more time!
This is a community that can support you to have more, want more, and be more than you ever thought you could! You hold the key to your happiness. You are enough! This journey that we have embarked on can be scary, but together, we can do this! We have it within us to be our own change that we have always dreamt of! We can use the gift of health and fitness to achieve it all!
Spark has helped to lead me to this point. YOU have helped lead me to this point! I wish I could convey to each and every one of you how much I truly appreciate the support you have shown me over the last year +. I want you all to know that I pull for you all every day in hopes that you can meet all of your hopes and dreams. You all have my light on many dark days and I can't put a price on that. We do that for each other!
This journey isn't over. No, no. This journey has only just begun and I can't wait to see what is down the road for us all! Remember, YOU ARE ENOUGH. WE ARE ENOUGH. You have it within you to BE YOUR CHANGE!
Embrace Your Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
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