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What If I Want Extraordinary?

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

  
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DAILYCHOICES 7/21/2013 7:25AM

    I know that God has called me to be extraordinary in all areas of my life. That's the journey I'm on, that straight and narrow path He has for me. Awesome blog! Thanks emoticon

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BESSHAILE 7/12/2013 7:03AM

    Thanks for reminding me of a movie I really loved! and yes. Extraordinary. Deep down inside - I've always felt I was extraordinary - and now and then I think it shows on the outside too.

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JPGSMOM 7/8/2013 9:38PM

    Such moving words! I read them at a time in my journey where I am no longer satisfied with maintaining. I've lost 50 lbs since Jan of last year but have been in a stall. I have lost weight before but never lower than what I am currently at. I always told myself in the beginning of my SP journey that I wanted to get down to what I was. But now that is not good enough.... I am daring to want more for myself. Thanks for sharing these inspirational words.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 6/30/2013 3:49PM

    Excellent - Thanks for sharing

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GEORGE815 6/29/2013 11:14AM

    A lot of striving in that blog. Good for the soul.

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TIME-4-TINA 6/29/2013 10:32AM

    I feel that I am definitely striving to be extraordinary regarding my health and fitness. Definitely not satisfied with being just fine. However, I have to say the rest of my life is just fine. I think we are conditioned to accept things just being fine. Your taught to not complain. That people out there have it much worse than you. Unfulfilled relationships, boring job. Well, at least you have a man. Well, at least you have a job. Your right though, every aspect of your life should be extraordinary. I think everyone thinks this. They just don't say it out loud. Thanks for saying it out loud.

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WOLFKITTY 6/28/2013 11:09PM

    Wonderful!

In my lack of it (at the MOMENT, also), this struck such a chord that I'm very moved. I felt like that once, so full of vibrant enthusiasm.

I need to re-engage and breathe again.
I need to remember that *I* deserve it. And if others try to dampen my light, my response should be to shine brighter, not hide away.

Jocelyn

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QUENNEVILLE 6/28/2013 9:41PM

    Great message. Thanks.

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KALISWALKER 6/28/2013 5:10PM

    Keep making life better today and everyday! I know you are making every minute count.

Thanks for thinking of me. I checked my email today and saw the rainbow. I am in a mountain area, and yes we do get rain.

Enjoy your weekend Brad!

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KATHY47802 6/28/2013 10:34AM

    Wow Brad! Motivating and Power Boosting! I like those quotes! I'm ready to go see what's out there!

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ALDECKER08 6/27/2013 8:23PM

    That's a great post! You certainly know how to motivate and encourage people! I think I need to re-watch Hitch! LOL

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PATRICIAANN46 6/27/2013 7:42PM

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SIMONEKP 6/27/2013 1:24PM

    this is great!

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JADED_CHICK19 6/27/2013 11:24AM

    Love the quotes! We all should definietly strive to be extraordinary! :) Have a great day!

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BARBIEE52 6/27/2013 10:58AM

    First of all, thanks for sharing. You are really extra ordinary, and we all should feel extra ordinary or strive for that. When I looked in the mirror (yes, I did look in the mirror) I told myself that I can be extra ordinary, too. What a great feeling that was. To a very special friend from someone who thinks you are a special person, and very EXTRA ORDINARY!!!!
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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/27/2013 9:30AM

    You are fantabulous! And that movie is great, as well as both those quotes. Very uplifting blog!

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LEANJEAN6 6/27/2013 6:49AM

    Wow!!!--Very thought provoking!!!--I love it!!!--You are extraordinary! Lynda emoticon

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PMRUNNER 6/27/2013 6:23AM

    We give so much of ourselves to work, our kids, our spouse, and others. Sometimes we need to recognize that we deserve awesome too!

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JAMER123 6/27/2013 12:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon from your extraordinarily super Spark friend here on SP. Very good blog and quite introspective (my new word for tonight). I enjoyed the posting!!

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CORTNEY-LEE 6/27/2013 12:07AM

    Love this! Thank you so much for posting!



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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/26/2013 11:12PM

    Love love love this! Just the message I was needing this week. Thanks!

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CAROL_31649731 6/26/2013 9:51PM

    Profound words to live by . . . love the final quote (haven't seen Hitch, but maybe I should!)! I can always count on you to inspire me to be extraordinary, Brad . . . thank you!!! emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS 6/26/2013 8:16PM

    Wow!! Awsome blog...I so needed this. What a blessing this is to me and I am certain many more!! Thank you for blessing me today!!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/26/2013 7:41PM

    Thank you! You just gave me a pep talk that I needed to hear! emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/26/2013 7:36PM

    Totally agree and exactly how I live... extraordinary.
I don't do average, mediocre isn't in my vocabulary.. nor are the words 'can't' or 'try' - those are excuses in my world.
I can do anything - anyone can do anything - there is no try, there is doing or not doing.... and that mindset leads to extraordinary!!
Relationships, work, how I run the house, how I treat others, my own mindset... I dont want 'okay' I want amazeballs!!!... and thats OKAY, because I am willing to put in the time, sweat, blood, tears, frustrations, challenges, work that it takes to have an extraordinary life! Life is too short to settle... if epic is what one wants... go be EPIC, but wishing or being lucky wont get'er done!
I will end this by saying.... extraordinary blog my friend!!! Happy huMp day!!! Susie*

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/26/2013 7:31PM

    We all have the ability to become extraordinary, it's just whether or not, we choose to dig deep and find it! I love "It's not the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away..." That quote took my breath away... How many times have you seen a sunrise, seen a baby smile or a child laugh, and not been impressed with life?

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JUNEAU2010 6/26/2013 7:26PM

    This was an extraordinary blog! Thank you!

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_JODI404 6/26/2013 5:24PM

    YES! Cheers to being extraordinary in all ways possible!

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STR458 6/26/2013 4:30PM

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MRSP90X 6/26/2013 3:10PM

    I like what MISSB6804 said! I did come to Sparkpeople to be extraordinary, but I do especially want to be extraordinary in everything!! WooHoo, I needed this today!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSB8604 6/26/2013 11:39AM

    You rock. Heck, we ALL rock!

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CELIAMINER 6/26/2013 11:07AM

    Very inspirational! My first thought was that fine was, well, fine with me, but after I read your blog, I'm more pumped up!

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CARTOONB 6/26/2013 10:30AM

    We do deserve the extraordinary!!! Let's go achieve it!!

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JACKIE542 6/26/2013 10:01AM

    Great message, I always strive to live extraordinary, I plan to do that as long as I can. We only have one life, live it to the fullest. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/26/2013 9:47AM

    When you believe in yourself...truly believe...you will find your extraordinary. I'm not gonna fuss again.

Here's to an extraordinary life, Brad. emoticon

I hope you find your happiness.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 6/26/2013 9:40AM

    It's been a while since I've seen Hitch, I might have to revisit it. Great job!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/26/2013 9:03AM

    Great blog! I think I may have to check out Hitch, didn't realize it was anything more than a typical rom com. Thanks as always for the motivation!!

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LSDALOIA 6/26/2013 8:52AM

    What a wonderful blog! So many people have changed their lives on Spark. I know I find encouragement to get to my goal and start my business right here on Spark. Maybe you can relate. There's a lot of insecurity involved in starting a new venture -- just like meeting someone you may have a relationship with. Let's get out there and be special and extraordinary today!!!!!!!


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REGILIEH 6/26/2013 8:45AM

    As always emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/26/2013 8:42AM

    emoticon so much for a emoticon blog!
Just what many of us needed at this time in our journey

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SANDICANE 6/26/2013 8:03AM

    Great blog! Especilally on a day when I'm wishing I was extraordinary, but feeling tired!

Cheers,
Sandi

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CLAIRE_PM 6/26/2013 7:53AM

    You're absolutely correct! I definitely *do* want extraordinary. And I'm willing to work for it, too emoticon


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KETTLEBURN 6/26/2013 7:27AM

    What a fantastic message to read after my workout emoticon
Thanks for sharing it! It'll definitely be on my mind all day, sorting out what's extraordinary about me and my life overall!

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Knock, Knock, Knockin...

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...

Twohundoland!

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

  
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ALLEY2300 7/9/2013 10:58PM

    Congrats!! That is an amazing accomplishment!!

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NOGOINGBACK5 7/1/2013 2:27AM

    WOW!! You are almost there! What an AMAZING accomplishment. This truly is an "extraordinary" thing that you have done. I can only imagine how you must feel! Good for you Brad, gonna be HAPPY DANCIN' for you when you meet your goal. It's very inspirational to see those that have gotten to their goals...especially for people like me that are just starting out! emoticon emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 6/30/2013 3:45PM

    I am 6'2 and wear size 14 women's shoe. I can relate to the twohundoland.
Congrats - you are a wonderful inspiration

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ALDECKER08 6/29/2013 7:22PM

    I love your post! A huge congrats to you! You are a wonderful example for me! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/26/2013 8:32PM

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Congrats on ALL of the amazing progress! I think celebrating Twohundoland (as is Four and Three-derland is just as special as Onederland!

emoticon Twohundoland is almost there!

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_JODI404 6/26/2013 5:19PM

    emoticon WoW!!! Less than 2 pounds to go to Twohundoland!

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Can't wait to celebrate it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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CORTNEY-LEE 6/26/2013 12:08AM

    simply amazing - you rock!

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LADYBUG4869 6/25/2013 1:24PM

    That is amazing! Your definition is crazy awesome! emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 6/24/2013 8:43PM

    emoticon What a wonderful, wonderful blog. And what a fantastic milestone for you! So very happy for your success. You continue to inspire me to embrace my possibilities . . . thank you! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 6/24/2013 7:19AM

    that's so exciting! congrats, I know you worked hard for this.

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KLMEIRING 6/24/2013 6:07AM

    Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, Brad! What an awesome reason to celebrate!

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1FARMER 6/23/2013 8:59PM

    Can you hear me screaming, jumping and shouting for you as you enter " Twohundoland. "
You are rocking and knocking to this special goal, Haleigh emoticon emoticon
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FREEDOM710 6/23/2013 7:30PM

    You knocked and the doors are opening for you. I am very proud of you! You deserve all the success in the world.
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GEORGE815 6/23/2013 3:54PM

    Here's to you hitting the 200's.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/22/2013 12:05PM

    I love the excitement of getting close to a goal! Well done!

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LYNNA7499 6/21/2013 10:40AM

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Way to go! So exciting you are so close to your goal.

Love the Sheldon reference emoticon

Good luck!

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LIZ324_NYC 6/21/2013 10:00AM

    That is totally awesome Brad!! emoticon

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CARTOONB 6/20/2013 11:34PM

    I like it! Looking forward to watching you enter Twohundoland! You are going to be there in no time.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/20/2013 10:37PM

  That sounds good to me. Have you seen the movie "Fried Green Tomatos"? In the movie, Kathy Bates, shouts TOWANDA whenever she feels like she is empowered.....sounds a little like your new word. If you haven't seen the movie, it is worth renting........It is emoticon

What a journey you have had............YOU are emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 6/20/2013 8:31PM

    The cool thing is, you already have the key to that door! emoticon - I know you're going to make it!

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STR458 6/20/2013 5:18PM

    emoticon knock knock knocking!!!

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SABRINASARAH 6/20/2013 2:32PM

    I didn't realize that you were so close to your goal! emoticon I am so excited for you! You are such a special person that I can't think of anyone I'd rather see reach his goal! I also didn't realize you've come such a long way! emoticon You've done such a great job - and have done some amazing workouts along the way too!! I bet if I looked up commitment in the dictionary, your picture would be there!!!

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BARBIEE52 6/20/2013 2:26PM

    Brad, Congratulations on your accomplishments. I think you have come up with a fantastic idea. What you said was very true, and I commend you for saying how you feel. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you! emoticon
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OCEANMISTCALI 6/20/2013 2:18PM

    congrats on your awesome accomplishment. I never liked the term onderland it makes me think of a childhood fairy tale.

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MRSP90X 6/20/2013 1:58PM

    emoticon I think Onederland is more appropriate for ladies or small men. I'm trying to knock on that door! My husband is 6'3 and would not look right or be healthy below 200 lbs that's for sure. You could start your own team! Let's keep on knocking on that door, very soon to open!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKAHONEY4U 6/20/2013 12:57PM

    So close!! You'll have by next week with all these consistant 4 pound weekly losses!!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/20/2013 12:14PM

    I'm in awe. Such an accomplishment for you and for your future and for the future of your children. You have a healthy you and they have a healthy dad. You've come so far. emoticon

Plus, you just invented a word! emoticon

Marilyn

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KATHY_NATURELVR 6/20/2013 12:04PM

    Excellent job! emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 6/20/2013 11:54AM

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PEANUTSMOM96 6/20/2013 11:22AM

    That is fantastic! SP needs to promote twohundoland!!! Who do we contact!?

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JACKIE542 6/20/2013 11:08AM

    Almost there emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/20/2013 10:38AM

    You are so close to your goal, that is so exciting!!! You have worked hard for this and you are busting through your goals, definitely something to be proud of and to celebrate! Twohundoland, here you come!!

Congratulations, I am so happy for you!

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BOROFITGIRL 6/20/2013 9:18AM

    OK--you and I are "kindred" spirits!!! You put Sheldon in your blog!!! I love Big Bang Theory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!! And, you are totally awesome--as I am discovering that I am too!!! emoticon You set YOUR goal and are rocking your way to it!!!! And you are inspiring all of us!!!! I am so glad that you are my Sparkfriend and a part of my weight loss journey!!!! I will be cheering you on to Twohundaland!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS 6/20/2013 9:14AM

    I honestly got goosebumps reading your blog. What an amazing accomplishment, what a role model for your children and all of us at Sparks, and what a blessing for you and your family. Thank you for this blog, it is full of encouragement for me.

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REGILIEH 6/20/2013 8:17AM

    TWOHUNDOLAND!!!!! I LOVE it! We will all emoticon emoticon emoticon in just a little while to celebrate your TWOHUNDOLAND!!!! emoticon

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-AIMIE- 6/20/2013 8:14AM

    I was actually hearing Knockin on Heaven's Door (the Guns n Roses version) in my head when I read this! I am willing to bet that door to your dream destination will open within the next couple of weeks! How exciting!!!! emoticon

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NHEMBERGER 6/20/2013 7:57AM

    Congrats! How awesome!
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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/20/2013 7:34AM

    Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Justin.
Justin who?
Just in the neighborhood, thought I would drop by.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Ya.
Ya who?
YAHOO!!!!!!!!! You're almost there!!!!!

Congratulation, Brad! Twohundoland called. They said come on in, the water's warm.

By the way. Now I've got that song etched in my brain and it WON'T stop replaying. Lol




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SANDYCRANE 6/20/2013 7:33AM

    Not many of us can claim that we at 6'7". Your getting to the 200's is as just as exciting to me, a person whom is 5'1", to the 150's. We all have are own goals that should be celebrated when we reach them. So congratulations.


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/20/2013 7:25AM

    emoticon You are one tall man!! WOW...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/20/2013 7:12AM

    OMG, I'm SOOOO happy right now!!! Not only did you put Shelden in your blog, AND the legendary Bob Dylan, but you are about to get to such an important milestone. I know how you must feel coming up on this number, and I am thrilled for you! Disappointed that you didn't go ahead and lose the the other 2lbs to get there today, but whatever slacker... BAZINGA!!! LOVE that show!
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THINANDFITEMILY 6/20/2013 7:09AM

    emoticon Fantastic! Keep it up- Twohundoland here you come....ok I am a bit disappointed there is not more about Sheldon.... emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 6/20/2013 6:28AM

    OMG!--Brad--You started at 500??---A-mazing!!!!--- You are a Sparkly great person!!!!----Whatta feat!!!--You should tell us that everyday--such a role model for me!!!--Keep on Knocking man!!!--almost there!---Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

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I Am Honored & Humbled

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Surreal To Wake Up And See This Today

I have known for a couple of weeks that my story was going to run as a feature on the Spark People Blog but until last week, I thought it was going to be in July. Last week I got an email from the Spark PR department saying that they wanted to move it up to Father's Day.

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=fathers_day_success_story_i_want_to
_be_there_for_my_3_kids


I said, really? Father's Day? WOW! THAT IS REALLY COOL!

So I am both honored and humbled to be featured in the blog. I am also honored and humbled that the story is in the Success Story section. It is still hard for me to believe that I can be considered a success.


Oh Crap, That Is ME!!!

Thank you to Spark for the honor. Thank you to the Spark Community (all of you) for your love and support through this entire journey! I may have had it within me, but you all helped to bring it out of me! Without you, I could not have done it! Love you all!

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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KLMEIRING 6/24/2013 6:08AM

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CORTNEY-LEE 6/20/2013 1:33AM

    I was so excited to see you featured on the start page!

You are such an inspiration!

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GEORGE815 6/19/2013 12:08AM

    Congratulations.

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CHARTHESTAR 6/19/2013 12:00AM

    What a great honor to be featured- then them wanting it for fathers-day. totally cool! emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 6/18/2013 9:59PM

    A well-deserved honor, of course! Really found your journey inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 6/18/2013 8:14AM

    Wow Brad, you are not only a superstar, you are A ROCK STAR!! Thank you for the story, and your journey... it is truly an inspiration.

Best,
J


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LADYSMITHC 6/17/2013 7:49PM

    YOU are a SUPER STAR!
emoticon Your future is so bright , we have to wear shades! HA!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/17/2013 3:17PM

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LADYBUG4869 6/17/2013 2:00PM

    You're an amazing person!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!!!

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TMRGRANNY 6/17/2013 1:52PM

    Congrats, Brad! You are a motivation for many. Thanks for sharing your spark!

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LYNNA7499 6/17/2013 1:49PM

  I can't think of a better person to be featured on Father's Day! You are such an inspiration to so many people. Thank you for sharing your story.

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JUNEAU2010 6/17/2013 10:58AM

    I just read that featured blog this morning! Congratulations! You look fantastic! More than looks, your writing sounds happy with your present life! I am so inspired! Thank you for sharing!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/17/2013 10:53AM

    I read your story and cried. You are such a wonderful inspiration, to your kids and to everyone else. You definitely deserved that feature on the front page.

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JADED_CHICK19 6/17/2013 8:32AM

    You are such an inspiration and motivation. I am so happy for you for doing so amazing on your journey and feel so lucky to be able to have you as a SparkFriend to cheer me on as I enter mine! You definitely deserved a Fathers Day Feature! Congrats on everything you have done!

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BARBFROMAZ 6/17/2013 5:22AM

    Bravo, Brad! Very appropriate that your story be run on Father's Day as it is certain to inspire others in their weight loss journey. You are already setting a good example for your beautiful children in so many ways...God bless you!

Barb

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IAM_HIS 6/17/2013 3:44AM

    What a wonderful blessing! Congratulations!! Hope your Father's Day was filled with love.

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SHANALFOSS 6/17/2013 12:45AM

    emoticon that is so emoticon you have worked very hard & deserve it emoticon

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CARTOONB 6/16/2013 11:21PM

    Congrats!!

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LSDALOIA 6/16/2013 9:26PM

    You deserve it!!!!!! Congratulations on your progress, and thank you so much for your inspiration every day!

Go Spark!!!

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_JODI404 6/16/2013 9:23PM

    Super *AWESOME*!!!!!!!!!!

Definite
ly a wonderful honor and well deserved!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/16/2013 7:31PM

    Wow, how cool!

Have a great Father's Day!

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HAPPYERIN 6/16/2013 7:12PM

    What a great idea to post your blog on Father's Day, especially since your kids are a big motivation for you! Awesomeness!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/16/2013 6:48PM

    You ARE a success and an inspiration. Congratulations! I think it's wonderful that the article is for Father's Day. Your kids are SO cute. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 6/16/2013 5:17PM

    Happy Father's Day

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/16/2013 4:02PM

    emoticon emoticon So happy for you and your family!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/16/2013 3:57PM

    You are ROCKING it... I have been on here almost 7 years and have not come close to any of your accomplishments... Congrats!!

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REGILIEH 6/16/2013 3:48PM

    You deserve it!!! emoticon You are an inspiration to thousands!

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SKAHONEY4U 6/16/2013 3:14PM

    So proud of you Brad! So glad to have met you and watch your entire journey! Way to go, you deserve this recognition!!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 6/16/2013 2:57PM

    Congrats Brad!

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FLPALM 6/16/2013 2:02PM

    An Honor, and Well Deserved! WTG!

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MERETONI 6/16/2013 1:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is awesome! Way to go!

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CHANGEISGOOD 6/16/2013 1:22PM

    Your story is very inspiring and motivating! Thank you so much for sharing!
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MOVEITMARY 6/16/2013 1:08PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your success is AWESOME and I am sure that your kids are proud of you (or will be when they get old enough).
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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/16/2013 12:41PM

    Congratulations!! The article is wonderful.

(By the way, I love your background!)

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BARBIEE52 6/16/2013 12:30PM

    Brad,
What an accomplishment!! I am so happy for you, and I am "honored" to call you friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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GOLFGMA 6/16/2013 12:15PM

    Congratulations on your successful journey. Applause! emoticon

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JACKIE542 6/16/2013 12:14PM

    Congratulations! So happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/16/2013 12:06PM

    Well deserved!!! You are an inspiration!!!
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Have a wonderful Father's Day!!!!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/16/2013 12:03PM

    A well deserved honor Brad!!

Happy Father's Day!!

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JEAN111766 6/16/2013 12:01PM

    How awesome!!! I am so happy for you!!!

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KALISWALKER 6/16/2013 11:59AM

    Congratulations Brad. You are so deserving of this honor! Have an awesome day.

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Starbucks Frappuccino Mocha Light Recipe (sort of)

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.


The Ingredients

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

  
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BOOKWORM27S 6/16/2013 7:58AM

    What a great idea!

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GEORGE815 6/15/2013 6:01PM

    Go Mocha lights!

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LSDALOIA 6/15/2013 10:02AM

    What a great idea! You remind me of one of my favorite shows, too, The Chew. They always break things down into cost/serving. I love that you're saving money -- and tons of calories, too. Not to mention all the sugar that I'm sure is in the original Starbucks version. I'm going to try this really soon.

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KALISWALKER 6/15/2013 1:09AM

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I like the idea of make up 6 at a time. I will try it when I get home.

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KLMEIRING 6/15/2013 12:45AM

    Wow! What a great idea! I am still in the stage of having never had one, but if I ever decide to venture out in that direction I will definitely try your recipe. It sounds really good.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/14/2013 4:01PM

    emoticon Very enterprising!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/14/2013 2:46PM

    Sounds delicious emoticon for the recipe

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BARBIEE52 6/14/2013 2:37PM

    Brad,
This is a great way to make it. You are right about Starbucks prices. The only time I go there is when my sis comes to visit from CA. That is one of our "must do" things to do when she is here. I am definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing with us. (I will let you know how it turns out when I make it. emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 6/14/2013 2:26PM

    Sounds incredible! This may seem weird, but I don't like cold liquid coffee in any form, BUT turn that cold coffee into ice cream or a frozen blended concoction, and I can't get enough! I really like the Caribou Northern Lites drinks, but your recipe sounds terrific!

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JACKIE542 6/14/2013 1:52PM

    Great idea. emoticon

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SKAHONEY4U 6/14/2013 1:06PM

    I'm not really a fan of alternative milks. Are you lactose intolerant, or is there a different reason for using that instead of nonfat milk (some people are just dairy haters). I might try this with that substitution. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but my boyfriend is an addict. I bet you could exchange the chocolate for caramel to replicate the caramel light frappe (my fav) without much calorie difference. I am a starbucks addict (though 90% of the time i get teas). I wish there was a comparable chai to their chai. I know they sell a chai concentrate, but it isn't the same as what they make in store, and it just isn't very good! I'm also a chai snob. /tangent off.

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CAROL_31649731 6/14/2013 12:37PM

    Great idea! My daughter loves almond milk & coffee, so this mocha light recipe will be a delight for her. I'll let you know what she does with it, as she is the creative type. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon Carol

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MRSP90X 6/14/2013 12:11PM

    That is usually my breakfast! I blend up coffee, 1 scoop peppermint mocha protein powder, coconut coffee creamer by So Delicious, and ice. Very delicious!! Thanks for the recipe to change it up!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/14/2013 12:10PM

    Looks delish!! emoticon

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REGILIEH 6/14/2013 11:41AM

    Fantastic! Mine are in the freezer now! I love cinnamon so I added it. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/14/2013 11:35AM

    Yum!

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KCLARK89 6/14/2013 10:58AM

    Yum!! If I am rushed in the morning and don't get my entire brewed coffee drank, then I throw it in the fridge and save it for an iced coffee creation the next day. SO much healthier than Starbucks!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/14/2013 10:57AM

    I've never had a Starbucks in my life, either. Course, I don't like coffee but I know they have a lot of things I would like so it's probably best that I stay away. emoticon
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KATHY_NATURELVR 6/14/2013 10:53AM

    How awesome you're making your own recipes like that. Have you check out Hungry Girl? I know it's a "girl" but she has some fabulous recipe swaps.
http://www.hungrygirl.com
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We May Not Be Perfect, But...

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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GLAZED-DONUT 6/17/2013 8:19PM

    This blog made me smile and tear up at the same time.
We are enough. We all have *IT* in us, all we have to do is start believing that... once we start to really embrace that we are ENOUGH, we are capable of absolutely anything, ANY-THING - thats amazing, we are amazing and we are worthy of embracing the power within.
Spark people (or as i say the people of SP) are like no other online community I've ever seen. Here everyone is so uplifting, inspiring, ready to help and share and lend a shoulder to cry on, the people here have been my biggest cheerleaders, and always so supportive - since 2007 the format of spark has changed, but the people that make this site so successful has not!
I see it as a circle, you get back exactly what you put in. I am not be perfect, but with my journey I hope to help others with theirs.
Awesome blog! (-:
Susie*
aka: Donut*
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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/16/2013 12:11PM

    I love your last paragraph! Now if only I could see that reminder to myself when I need it. Thank you for your honesty and openness in your blogs. I wish I had stumbled across them before today.

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SABRINASARAH 6/14/2013 11:14AM

    You have articulated my feelings as well. Thank you for being here for all of us Sparks!! You are inspiring and motivational. Our journey has truly just begun!

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JACKIE542 6/14/2013 12:02AM

    So true heath and fitness is so important. Spark people has just what we need great info, and friends that can't be beat. You are a great example of how spark helps us in our journey to succeed in our heath and fitness goals. emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 6/13/2013 10:25PM

    Well said! This was my epiphany as well - that perfectionism is liar, that we are enough exactly as we are, no matter where we are in this life journey. Once I released perfectionism, I was able to run and laugh and make mistakes and still be ok. Like you, I'm so incredibly grateful to be living a fuller, happier life. Instead of numbing on the couch, I"m exploring this beautiful world we live in. I'm so much more alive now.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/13/2013 9:36PM

    Congratulations on finding your compass. "You are ENOUGH". For some of us who struggle on this journey, we won't be "enough" until the inner work is complete. Until then, we search for something to fill the void. Spark goes a long way to help with that inner work.

Great blog! Thank you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/13/2013 7:31PM

    You know I'm on that rocket ship, my friend, because we are SOOO worth it!!! I've said from day 1, that I'm incredibly thankful for this site and for the friendships I've made here. This site showed me that I COULD be saved. I'm able to put my daily struggles out there, and people get it. Knowing I'm not alone in this has been one of the most important aspects of my journey. Well, that and putting the pizza down! You're awesome Brad and I'm so glad I can be a part of your journey!
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KALISWALKER 6/13/2013 6:50PM

    I totally agree! Health and fitness has saved my life!

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KCMAGPIE 6/13/2013 5:08PM

    I continue to be amazed at not only all you have accomplished but also at your ability to give words to all of our fears and hopes and dreams. You rock!

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MRSP90X 6/13/2013 2:47PM

    Excellent blog!! Very inspirational!! Like someone else said, it's people like you that keeps us coming back and pushing forth to our goals and dreams! I am going to live my dream, thanks to support from people like you. I really appreciate all the support you have given me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STR458 6/13/2013 12:47PM

    emoticon you are exactly the people who make people like me show up and do it! you are great Brad- you make it happen way beyond where you are geographically! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYBUG4869 6/13/2013 12:00PM

    I just started on my journey with SP but I'm so happy that you were my very first friend (besides the spark guy). You have inspired me so much just in the last few weeks of my new journey and for that I thank you! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/13/2013 11:10AM

    emoticon blog/message!!! I needed to read this today emoticon
You are an inspiration!!!!
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BARBIEE52 6/13/2013 10:38AM

    Brad,
You have made me smile and cry at he same time. For I have felt what you have felt. You have overcome whatever you had to get to this point. I am so proud of you and very honored to be able to call you my friend. Yes, we all fall, but getting back is hard sometimes, but we do it. Like you said we get help with all these people from Spark People. I thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a beautiful day!! emoticon
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MARILYNROBERT 6/13/2013 10:29AM

    Thank you so much for this! emoticon

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WE ARE ENOUGH!!!!!

Simple but MIGHTY!

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KELLI9001 6/13/2013 8:32AM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/13/2013 7:59AM

    emoticon Living the turned around life! The community is important as we develop our individual plans and stick to them. Your journey is an inspiration.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/13/2013 7:50AM

    WE sure are Enough!! A hard message to drive in there after so many years of struggle but it's great to as you say 'go on that mountain top and shout it out'!! The NEW YOU!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/13/2013 7:36AM

    How well said!
That was an excellent pep talk we all needed
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I'm with you. We are worth it. emoticon

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