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509lbs to 299lbs...Hello Twohundoland! What Now?

Friday, August 02, 2013



When you have Chuck Norris on your side, what can go wrong? Hello Twohundoland! It has been a long time since I have seen you. There were many days where I didn't think I would ever see you again! Now that I have, it is time to move forward to something bigger and better! I would like to say a big thanks to Chuck, glad to have him on board!

As some of you may know by now, on my vlog from a couple of weeks ago, I made my gooooooaaaaaallllll!!!!!! That never gets old to me! I made my goal that I set in May of 2009. That was to make it to 299lbs. That 299lb. goal seemed really lofty at the time considering I weighed 509lbs.! But that was my goal and on July 15, 2013, I met my goal of 299 lbs.!



So now what?

Like I said in my video, 299lbs. was a big milestone, but not the end! These journeys that we are on are about so much more than the number on the scale! Is the number on the scale important? Yes. Is it a measurable that we can see? Yes. Is that number something to be proud of? Absolutely yes! But this is about being healthier, happy, and making a complete lifestyle change! It hasn't always been easy (and still isn't at times) but I believe I have made that lifestyle change for the better, for the rest of my life!

What does that mean?

It means that I will not settle for where I am. I will aim for extraordinary. It means that I will set new goals. It means that I will push towards those goals until I make them like I made my 299lb. goal! It means that I will make the rest of my life, the best of my life!

I want to have goals that inspire me to be better in all aspects of my life. I want goals that inspire me to be the best father I can be. I want goals that inspire me to be the best man I can be. I want goals that inspire me to hopefully, one day, be the best husband I can be. I want goals that inspire me to want to be the active, healthy person I know that I can be!



So here are my goals on the fitness side...

My new weight goal is 279lbs. That is crazy to think that I could be in the 270's again! First time since High School! My birthday is in 77 days (October 17th) so I think I will set that as my goal date. I want to be 279lbs. by October 17th! So, 20 lbs. in 77 days is doable, right? Plus it has already been 2 weeks since my last weigh-in so maybe I will be down a little already! Goal weight and date is set!

I have also set a new goal. A new challenge! I have already paid for and signed up for the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Course Race on September 14th in Paoli, Indiana!



I know this is going to challenge me! I know this is going to push me! I know...that I CAN NOT WAIT to do this! It is a 5k race with 20 obstacles! Like I said, I am signed up and paid for so there will be no turning back! This is the first kind of any race I have ever done in my life. It makes me a little nervous but the excitement easily outweighs any nerves! I am really looking forward to challenging myself and to see just how far I have come physically!

We can accomplish anything that we put our minds to! I look forward to proving that to myself!

Embrace The Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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MCFITZ2 5/7/2014 8:34PM

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CATNCAG 10/28/2013 9:30AM

    Congrats Brad! U r my weight loss HERO!

I hope u had a GREAT BIRTHDAY!

How did the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Course go?

How r u? I hope u r doing well! Can't wait to c u in January! I hope to be under 400 by then...


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CLAUDEM1 10/26/2013 8:35PM

    You lost 300 lbs!!! That is phenomenal! I am so proud of you, because I KNOW how hard that is. Incredible! 20 lbs is totally doable. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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FLEMIDG 9/29/2013 12:02AM

    Wow! What an awesome blog to read. I have been struggling, but when I read your blog it made me realize that I need to get back on track and just keep going. Thanks for sharing your amazing success. Let us know how you did in that race. Keep up the great work. I know you will make your next goal. You have such a positive attitude.
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FLEMIDG 9/29/2013 12:02AM

    Wow! What an awesome blog to read. I have been struggling, but when I read your blog it made me realize that I need to get back on track and just keep going. Thanks for sharing your amazing success. Let us know how you did in that race. Keep up the great work. I know you will make your next goal. You have such a positive attitude.
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BIGCHEESE2002 9/25/2013 12:42PM

    WAY TO GO!!! emoticon

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LAJRAM 9/21/2013 1:53PM

    Wow and congratulation. You are an inspiration to so many. I have a goal by my birthday as well. Lot smaller then yours, but I plan to make it. I want to lose my first 50 by 10.20. I started end of July so far I am down 31.

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VERGELINE 9/18/2013 5:48PM

  What a great inspiration you are to the rest of us!
Would love to hear how you did in your race!
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DONNELDA22 9/16/2013 8:08AM

    emoticon Congratulations for meeting your goal, and making another gola for October. I'am pushing for you. How did your Sept. 14th race turn out?
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FERRET_MOMMY 9/14/2013 3:38PM

    So inspirational!!! emoticon

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  Y emoticon ou've done so well!

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HOTMAMACANUCK 9/11/2013 5:29PM

    That is amazing!! GREAT JOB! You should be very proud of yourself.
You have inspired me not to give up in my quest to lose 110lbs now.
Thank You!
I wish you the best of health and happiness into the future.
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LMURPHY8366 9/8/2013 11:48AM

  I really needed to see this blog. I was just sitting here tearing over how hard it is for me to loose my last 20lbs and then I read this. This was the inspiration and motivation I needed to move foward. Thank you so much for letting us follow your journey. And thank you for giving me the push I needed to move foward in the right direction again. You are AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon

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KATHLEEN320 9/8/2013 8:50AM

    Have a great time at your upcoming 5K. You will have a blast and this will be the first of many.

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MAYBER 9/7/2013 5:06PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us and best wishes as you continue to set new goals and achieve them one day at a time
love prayers peace
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LYNMEINDERS 9/6/2013 11:06PM

    Woohoo...go you...your are amazing....

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WHITEANGEL4 9/6/2013 11:24AM

    Keep it u.

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BLESSTHISHOME 9/6/2013 8:40AM

    Congrats on your success! What an inspiration you are and your setting goals has motivated me to do the same! How tall are you? You look really tall in your pics! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 9/3/2013 9:14PM

    emoticon The race sounds exciting! No doubt you can do it. Look at what you've already accomplished!

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    emoticon Blog! I know you will make it. Nothing will stop you now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHEWIES 9/2/2013 7:07PM

    You are an inspiration! Keep going with the positive attitude. You deserve all that you've earned so far and much more.
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KDSTAP 9/2/2013 12:35PM

    Way to go!!

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AJINMN 9/2/2013 8:43AM

    Thank you for this blog! The large number to lose is very daunting, so I quit way too often. No quitting for you!

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WINE4GIRL 9/1/2013 8:23PM

    How cool is that??!!!??
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    Way to go! What an encouragement to me! emoticon

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SQUEEZE7 9/1/2013 12:03AM

    Congratulations on making your goal! Your blog is very inspiring to me, I have been struggling with my weight for years and though I have only 120 lbs to lose, I find stories like these helpful in that it gives me hope that I will someday make my goal too!

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 8/31/2013 9:28PM

    Congratulations!! You are an inspiration! I would like to follow you and hear about you meeting your next goal and finishing that %K obstacle course race!!!


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SUITE2SWEET 8/31/2013 8:57PM

  You are an inspiration to the rest of us who struggle. You're showing us that it can be done. Way to go!!

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    WHAT AN AWESOME STORY!!!

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CELIAMINER 8/31/2013 3:40PM

    You are amazing and a fantastic inspiration!
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    Great Job, you set a goal, worked at, and attained it! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/31/2013 8:26AM

    You've come far in your healthy living journey. I look forward to hearing of your future successes.

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ANGIINKC 8/30/2013 6:04PM

  Thanks for reminding me that I too can make my next goal. I needed a gentle reminder.

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WHERE2BEGIN 8/30/2013 5:51PM

    Congratulations! I also share that date with you. My DH and I will be married for 18 years on Oct. 17, 2013 and my BD is on Oct. 20th. what a great month. Good luck on the rest of your journey. Take care and Spark On! T

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JUICENUT 8/30/2013 4:29PM

    Awesome!

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LARANCHERA 8/30/2013 2:42PM

  You are doing a FANTASTIC job! And now you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I started my program in May 2012 I topped out at 257 (at 5' 41/2") and today weighed in at 137.8 - so I know you are feeling GREAT! Keep it up - you obviously have the motivation and the know-how to get to your goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THELOSER82 8/30/2013 2:20PM

  what an inspiration you are! I am on a weight loss journey myself, and I really needed to hear what is possible if one sets their mind to it! Keep up the good work, and congrats on what you have accomplished!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 8/30/2013 2:01PM

    AWESOME. AWESOME. AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS. WAY TO GO. WAY TO GO. WAY TO GO

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TINKSTREASURES 8/30/2013 1:48PM

    You are SO inspiring!!!! I know you will achieve your new goals and enjoy the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race!
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    Congratulations!!! Wishing you the best on your run and the rest of the journey.

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Spark Rally Recap (pics)

Thursday, July 25, 2013


The Spark Indy Group Picture

This last Saturday (July 2oth) I made the 2 hour drive from my home in Southern Indiana up to the town of Noblesville, Indiana near Indianapolis. I know it is Thursday but better late than never, right? Anyways, it was the first Spark rally/meeting/event that I have been fortunate enough to attend and I am glad that I was able to make the drive up for it!

First, I have to thank my travel partner Tiffany (DAUGHTEROFTWIN) for making the trip up with me! It is much more fun to make a road trip with someone instead of making the trek alone! For those who don't know, Tiffany has lost over 100lbs. and has been a great friend to me since meeting her here on Spark. If you are not friends with her...YOU SHOULD BE!


Tiffany (DAUGHTEROFTWIN) & I at the Spark Rally

I also have to give a special thank you to all the speakers at the rally for sharing their stories and for being an inspiration to so many...

Beth (~INDYGIRL) who has lost 240lbs.
Lucy (CRAZYMAMA46) who has lost over 220lbs.
Tom (MCCOURTT) who has lost over 60lbs.
Tina (HOOSIERGIRLINDY) who has lost almost 200lbs.
Lee (SWDOTB2) who has lost 90lbs.

It was so nice to have met all the wonderful Sparkers that attended the rally! I am really happy to have met so many wonderful people...


Myself & Jan-Marie (BOBCATGIRL76)


Colleen (BIGREDANGEL) & Myself


Beth (~INDYGIRL), Myself, & Tina (HOOSIERGIRLINDY)

I was also honored along with Tiffany & Jan-Marie to get up and say a few words to the group about our own journey! That was a really cool surprise and I was thrilled to be allowed to share my story with the group!


Addressing The Spark Rally

I wish I had gotten more pictures with everyone who was there. Unfortunately, that didn't happen but it was great meeting everyone and I look forward to seeing you all again real soon!

Belinda (PEEP6311)
Stacy (MRSTABER)
Shirley (BACHDIVA52)
Eric (BLUESMAN1)
Molly (MOJOLO)
Joanne (JOANNELYNN11)
Cathy (CATNCAG)
Cindy (CINDHOLM)
Sara (INSPIRED_N_INDY)
Kate (KATESQUEST)
Janey (WVAWACKADOO)


What a great Rally and I am looking forward to the next one! I am looking forward to meeting many more of you beautiful Sparks!

Embrace The Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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SJKENT1 7/31/2013 12:12PM

    so cool for y'all to get together!!

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LSDALOIA 7/31/2013 8:28AM

    You and your Spark Friends are so inspirational. I wish we had a Spark Rally near me here in Texas. It hasn't happened, so I'm living vicariously and loving every minute. Congrats on a great event!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/30/2013 11:30AM

    So amazing to be able to meet some of the spark community! What a great idea!

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LEANJEAN6 7/29/2013 10:09PM

    Oh my gosh!!!!------ You look so good Brad!--Look at how far you have come!!--And you were at a Spark rally---lucky guy!!!!---Lynda emoticon

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GEORGE815 7/29/2013 6:26PM

    Great rally!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/28/2013 10:02PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!!


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KALISWALKER 7/28/2013 12:42PM

    Wow that must have been fun meeting others who share your experience in weight loss. I know you are tall but Beth & Tina look like short women. Beth has been my Spark friend since she joined and she's had an amazing journey as have you. I would love to meet all of you.

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MRSP90X 7/28/2013 1:35AM

    Wow! That's a really wonderful thing to do! The journey is a very hard one, but also very special sharing it with others!

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TIME-4-TINA 7/27/2013 7:25PM

    How nice that you were able to meet all these people!

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SIMONEKP 7/27/2013 10:29AM

    how awesome

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JIBBIE49 7/27/2013 8:01AM

    Looked like fun.

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    Looks like everybody had a great time.

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MOVEITMARY 7/26/2013 11:15PM

    Who organized this? Is there one near me???

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CICELY360 7/26/2013 8:31PM

  Good blog

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MIMIDOT 7/26/2013 8:24PM

    Great blog! Must be nice meeting all those sparkers.

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MOMMY445 7/26/2013 6:59PM

    glad to hear that you had such a great time at the spark rally! have an awesome day!

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JERICHO1991 7/26/2013 3:19PM

    Thanks for the report and pics.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/26/2013 1:29PM

  Cool, Brad. It's neat to actually see these people... some we are familiar with.

Is this the only state that holds these meetings? Does that mean this is where their headquarters is??

It sure must of been wonderful to meet Spark people

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JOANNHUNT 7/26/2013 1:11PM

    AWESOME. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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    Looks like it was fun.

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    Looks like fun was had by all. emoticon

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PENOWOK 7/26/2013 10:26AM

    Congrats on an awesome rally time!! You have done really well and deserve soem time in the spotlight with all of those heroes of ours (Tiffany, Beth, Tina, etc.)!!!

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ROCKYCPA 7/26/2013 9:42AM

    Great pics - looks like a great rally!

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    sounds like you had a good time!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/26/2013 8:22AM

    Would be cool to have an idea of how to set one of these SparkRallies up, so we coukd have one down in our mid-Ks/mid Ok area!!

Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences!

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GLORYB2014 7/26/2013 8:17AM

    What an encouraging group you all are!
You're a huge inspiration!
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    Sounds like you guys had a blast. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    looks like you all had a great time ;-)

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    It looks like you all had a great time

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Thanks for taking me along and for sharing the pictures. Everyone looks so friendly and enthusiastic. and you look fantastic!

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I Lost 210lbs! GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Thank you for watching my Vlog! This is a video about just part of my journey from 509lbs to 299lbs! This journey is far from over but thank you again for watching and thank you for all the support!

Musice and video clips from the vlog...

Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger
Black Sabboth - "I Am Iron Man
Coldplay - "Fix You"
Alexi Murdock - "Orange Sky"
Joe Esposito - "You're The Best"
Tom Petty - "Learning To Fly"

Andres Cantor goal call

Tap Out XT
Les Mills Combat


  
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LORIVIOLA 7/5/2014 9:19AM

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/13/2014 12:36PM

    emoticon That is all I can say to describe this video! You put your heart and soul into accomplish your goals and you did a fabulous job! I agree it's never easy, but we all have come to that place in the road where we had to say, "sink or swim?" You decided to not only swim, but to swim in deep waters and you came out successful in the end! You are truly an inspiration to the rest of us who are just starting out!
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DAUNTLESSDONNA 4/13/2014 8:57AM

    That video kicks ass! I love the whole wearing black because its a funeral for your fat AND whatever doesn't kill me had better run fast.

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SCRAPBECCA 4/10/2014 9:38AM

    truly inspiring and just what I needed to see today!

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IDICEM 4/9/2014 10:50AM

  Congratulations! What a fantastic milestone!

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MPETERSON2311 4/9/2014 10:41AM

    ok am I the only bawling like a BABY watching this?!?!?!?

so inspirational!!!



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K1TT3N 1/16/2014 6:04PM

    Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!! This video of you and your journey is very moving. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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~INDYGIRL 1/13/2014 12:30PM

    The most powerful video! I love this!

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SLIMANNIE49 8/29/2013 6:06PM

  You prove that the effort is worth the struggle. Thank you for your encouragement. May you press on to your next goal.

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SWTHNY- 8/29/2013 12:37PM

    You work so hard...love so much...share your joys and put together a great vlog to help others and shout "Goalllllllllll" WooooHooooo!
You inspire you inspire and did I mention INSPIRE!!
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TRUETOU 8/29/2013 9:05AM

    amazing....good job...wish it was my success story!!

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NANHBH 8/29/2013 7:03AM

    Brad,
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Congrats on your incredible accomplishment! I cried when you got emotional. And I laughed out loud when you played the goal call! Very inspiring vlog. Keep up the good work. You look amazing!
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When I workout, I totally get sweaty glasses too! LOL

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CITYDWELLERS72 8/3/2013 7:55PM

    Wow you're awesome! Thanks for sharing your story!

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ONELITTLEPILL 7/31/2013 3:50AM

    Brad, you are freakin' AMAZING! Loved your vlog- and you made me cry, too. Congratulations on reaching this almost unbelievable milestone. Your intensity, determination and drive have brought you a long way...and you have earned every bit of your success! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. You absolutely ROCK, and I want to thank you for inspiring the rest of us along your journey as well. Here's to making the rest of your life the best of your life! Congrats!!!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/30/2013 11:41AM

    That's was brilliant, Brad! So amazing to see you achieve this milestone! You're a positive force of nature.You earned every bit of that success, can't wait to see what you accomplish next!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 7/29/2013 3:22PM

    I must say, that was very cool! Also I lke that the number is a palindrome, for I am a nerd!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 7/26/2013 3:33PM

    You honestly never cease to amaze me. And yes, I bawled like a baby, especially during the Coldplay song. I'm so so so so proud of you, and I am so happy that I am able to call you my friend! ROCKSTAR ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!!

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HOLLYM48 7/25/2013 1:37PM

    wow, How awesome. Congrats on your weightloss and best of luck on the rest of your journey!
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HEALTHY-SPARK 7/25/2013 1:31PM

    Woohoo -- check you out! Way to go!
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LDANIELS17 7/25/2013 11:09AM

    I smiled in the beginning and felt such inspiration and power through your video!! I balled like a baby when I saw the number on the scale saying, "299"!! Woowww!! I can't say enough about this for you! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are such a wonderful example and inspiration not only to me but to everyone here! If I were there, even though I don't know you, I'd give you the biggest hug! "Life is a continuous celebration of victories and lessons fought and learned along the way, NOT a destination never to be realized". - Lisa Daniels
Thanks for being such an amazing example of courage, motivation, power and inspiration!
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CHSHULER89 7/25/2013 6:02AM

    Awesome! Amazing what we accomplish! Need that motivation at the moment, injuried and tired. Need to heal and rest... not always easy, but well worth it! Thanks for the awesome vlog! Keep up the great work! You are wonderful! Keep inspiring!

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CRISCOLIBRI 7/24/2013 1:51PM

    Wonderful,Wonderful,Wonderful!
J
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what awesome persistence and strength you have!
I am just beginning my fitness journey and thank you so much for your creative inspiration! ~ Cris in SF

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IAM_HIS 7/23/2013 2:56PM

    Awesome, Great...a True Victory!! A SUCCESS STORY! Congratulations and I so look forward to your sharing your victories to come!!

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    awesome!!!!--You really are! and an inspiration!-Lynda emoticon

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ERICAANN44 7/22/2013 1:13PM

    I have no words. You're an inspiration and you should be so incredibly proud of yourself. You've brought me to tears.

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UWPALUM 7/22/2013 10:59AM

    This is amazing! Makes me think I can reach my goals as well! Great job being a role model for your kids too!

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CMCGRUN 7/22/2013 10:15AM

    wow!!! Fantastic Brad!! It brought tears to my eyes to see you reach your goal. Thank your for all the motivational thoughts and for sharing your incredible journey with us!

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YOU are EXTRAORDINARY!

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~INDYGIRL 7/22/2013 9:53AM

    I am amazed an overjoyed to have gotten the honor of meeting you! Please stay in touch!

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JOANNELYNN11 7/21/2013 10:46PM

    SIMPLY AMAZING!!! What hard work and determination you have! You have definitely inspired me to never give up and even tho you met your goal you have more goals to meet! Like you said, It's a milestone, not the end! CONGRATS ON YOUR AMAZING JOURNEY!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1DERLAND14 7/21/2013 8:43PM

    What an inspiration!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUST_BRENDA 7/21/2013 7:32PM

    Love the video! Brad, you are amazing!!! You've accomplished so much, and you give so much support to fellow SPers.
Keep up with all the hard work - you are worth it!

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LOUTOKALAU 7/20/2013 9:41PM

  way to go! awesome!

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    What an inspiration to all of us, Wow! WTG! emoticon

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    Congratulations!!!

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Let's Talk Journey

Thursday, July 11, 2013



Everyone wants a quick fix, right? Everyone wants what they want and they want it now! The same goes for, and maybe even more so, weight loss. We have all been there, looking in the mirror and saying to ourselves, "I wish all this extra weight would be gone tomorrow! Why can't it just be gone tomorrow?" So we embark on our weight loss journey wanting results as fast as possible, right? Why wait for tomorrow when we can have it today, right? Now, now, now...right?

Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Not with our journey's.

Think of it another way. Did you gain all that weight over night or did it take years of a bad diet and lack of exercise that led you to Spark to start your journey? Years, right? So why do we expect it to come off overnight?

It won't happen overnight. It will take time. It will take effort. It will be a struggle. But, do you know what? IT WILL BE WORTH IT. In the end, you will NOT regret putting down that pizza! You will NOT regret not drinking that Coke. You will NOT regret doing all the exercises that left you wondering how you were even going to be able to walk the next day! You will NOT regret your journey that gets you a healthy lifestyle and a number on the scale that you are happy with! You are making those decisions now! Own your journey!

Your journey is UNIQUE!

Your journey is uniquely yours. Your journey has been uniquely yours and always will be uniquely yours. You cannot compare your journey to anyone else's journey. Don't try and compare your successes or failures to anyone else's successes or failures. All of our lives are different. All of our bodies are different. We go on our journeys at our own pace and we do what works for us.



The only thing you can really do is to be better today than you were yesterday! Be better tomorrow than you were today! That should be your focus. That should be your goal and if you do that, you will see the success that you want to see in your journey. You will have that success that you put all your blood, sweat, and tears into having!

You have come so far...YES YOU! Think about how far you have come. Think back to the "old" you and now think of this "new" you. Big difference, right? Even if you are just starting your journey and you have lost 5 lbs, aren't you a different person now? Think about what you have done and sacrificed so far. Think about all the hard work and effort that you have put in.

DO NOT QUIT!

As they say on Tap Out XT, "To quit does not exist!" Why? Because it doesn't...that's why! There is no quit here! There is no quit inside of you! Yes we have had our ups and downs and yes we will have more ups and downs in the future but we will not quit! YOU will NOT quit!




Own Your Journey

Embrace Your Possibilities

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DOCKO56 7/18/2013 8:29PM

    Love ya! you are amazing. Keep it up, your blogs are great!! emoticon

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TIME-4-TINA 7/18/2013 12:44PM

    My journey has been so slow, however, I am very proud of my journey and the fact that I have stuck with it for so long and haven't quit. Now,......I know you said that we shouldn't compare our journey to anyone else's. However, I do have to say this one thing. I wish that I started my journey in my mid 30's like you instead of waiting until my mid 40's. But I know it's too late for that. I will just have to settle for being hot in my 40's. ha ha! If I could give advice to young people it would be "don't wait, get up and get moving now"!

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GOALWTIN7 7/17/2013 9:04AM

  You're a very WISE man!

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DIDMIS 7/17/2013 6:55AM

    I loved the one about putting yourself in the dryer but I must say the whole blog was good. Hope you don't mind if I copy and use the dryer one.

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HAPPYERIN 7/16/2013 1:23PM

    Good blog, Brad! (And 50 Spark points for including a Tiny Toons character in there -- Plucky, is it?)

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KALISWALKER 7/14/2013 11:07PM

    Great message, we have come a long way!

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FRENCHIFAL 7/14/2013 10:07PM

    Great!! I couldn't agree more - and what's the point of working so hard for a healthy body if you're not going to enjoy it?!

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FREEDOM710 7/13/2013 10:44PM

    So very true! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.
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CELTIC1966 7/13/2013 10:41PM

    Thanks for sharing your blog. Its so very true how each of us has our own individual journey to take and the trick is not looking at other people's but focusing on what works for us, here and now and consistently tweaking it if it is not working right now.. and then maybe trying it again at a later date.

You are inspiring

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MMILLER139 7/13/2013 9:48PM

    O.....M.....G!!!! You really ARE amazing!!! Inspirational in so many ways!! I am totally bookmarking this blog and coming back to it every time I feel like giving up!

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KLMEIRING 7/13/2013 6:28PM

    Still working on this concept, but I am grateful for the reminder.

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LADYBUG4869 7/13/2013 12:48PM

    Your words are so true! In reflection, looking back, I remember when I was in the 150's weight range thinking there was NO WAY I would ever get under 150. Now I weigh 143 and I'm stuck in this cycle thinking I won't get under 140...yet I also thought that before. Thinking back, I have felt that way in every weight category...I still remember my first weigh in at Weight Watchers and seeing 201 on the scale. Wow, I HAVE come a LONG way in the last 2.5 years!!! I just keep thinking like Dora, the little fish who says "just keep swimming"... emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 7/13/2013 6:35AM

    Thanks for your awesome blog, Brad. You are so inspiring and encouraging!
I have to admit that I am a quitter when it comes to weight loss - especially since I don't get drastic results from my early efforts. Thanks for the reminder not to quit and to have realistic expectations!!
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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 7/13/2013 12:55AM

    "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
But no-one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
'cos you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we'd be last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We don't need much of anything
Don't give up
'cause somewhere there's a place
Where we belong
Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up

Got to walk out of here
I can't take any more
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs
Don't give up
'cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not the only one
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know its never been easy
Don't give up
'cause I believe there's a place
There's a place where we belong


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MOVEITMARY 7/12/2013 9:54PM

    A huge part of my journey has been learning PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was our excess weight. I am now accepting that the slower journey will still get me to my goal. My 30-day challenge is taking much longer than 30 days, but I WILL FINISH IT. Who said the days have to be all in a row, anyway? ;)

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CAROL_31649731 7/12/2013 8:55PM

    I think we're all just a little guilty of this . . . and you nailed it! Good things come to those who wait (and put forth the effort). I so look forward to your inspiring messages . . . once again, you seemed to speak right to me through your blog. Thank you! I plan to own my journey!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/12/2013 11:46AM

    This is so true. Thank you for posting, I love this journey.

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LSDALOIA 7/12/2013 8:29AM

    Brad, this is so true for both my weight loss AND my entrepreneurial journey. Thank you for another great blog!

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LEANJEAN6 7/12/2013 7:49AM

    great encouragement Brad!--Own your own journey!-I love it!!!----Lynda emoticon

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BESSHAILE 7/12/2013 7:01AM

    Oh so absolutely true. True True True.

Whether it's weight, strength, college, parenting, building a better community - you just don't walk away from those things.



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ALDECKER08 7/11/2013 10:34PM

    What a great message! I like that you said not to compare our journey to anyone else's journey! So many of us do, but we fail to realize that each body is different, and like you said, our journey is unique! Thank you for putting this in the proper perspective! :)

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JAMER123 7/11/2013 10:25PM

    So very true!! Until we learn to look at where we were and how far we have come, there is a tendency to "hang it up" because it isn't going as fast as one wants it to go. Also, how long did it take us to get to the AHHA moment as we were continuing to add on the pounds?
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/11/2013 9:34PM

    This is a fantastically true blog. Every word of it! Unfortunately, we are all guilty of all of it as well. You can't help but compare yourself to others, and ONLY see how much farther you have to go. I need to print this out... a reminder!

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JUNEAU2010 7/11/2013 9:11PM

    Powerful! Thank you!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/11/2013 8:52PM

  Very well said!!!!! YOU live your advice............that's why it means so much more!!!
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LOOKINGUP2012 7/11/2013 8:50PM

    Great blog. Love the journey : )

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    great blog

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JACKIE542 7/11/2013 4:10PM

    Great inspiration, thank you, I especially like the quote "the only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday" We should not compare ourselves this is our own unique journey. emoticon emoticon

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BARBIEE52 7/11/2013 1:35PM

    Hey Brad,
What a great Blog!! You are so inspiring with your blogs. I enjoy reading them. They seem to always hit home with me. So thank you so much for the great job you always do. Thanks so much for sharing, as you seem to be able to help so many with your words. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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KCLARK89 7/11/2013 1:34PM

    Loved it! It is so true about not quitting if you view it as a journey. You can't just QUIT a lifestyle journey. You can have ups, downs, roadblocks, and of course, great successes. They all combine to shape your path, and if you don't like something about the current one, then change it! Fantastic :)

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MRSP90X 7/11/2013 1:27PM

    I too, want this done now! I think it is because I have been at this for such a long time and have had some serious injuries along the way that I sometimes lose patience. You are so right though, we each have our own unique journey. Each of us needs to find what works for us and then be consistent with it. Despite the injuries that I have had, I am still at it, and I am not giving up until I meet my ultimate goals! I am pushing for extraordinary! emoticon emoticon blog!!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 7/11/2013 12:29PM

    Another awesome blog Brad!! I'm thinking your next career should be with SparkPeople or as a Fitness Coach. You are so good and this and have clearly learned from your personal experiences. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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LIZ324_NYC 7/11/2013 11:21AM

    emoticon blog Brad!!!
Your words totally hit a chord with me. My biggest problem is lack of patience. I want it to happen now! But I'm learning to be patient and keep working at it and not give up.
Thanks for the reminder and inspiration!!

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TEMPEST272002 7/11/2013 11:06AM

    This had been a long journey for me. I think if you just want to "lose weight" then you are missing a huge part of the picture. It's not about how thin you are. It's about being healthy and active and living a bigger life. Those things don't happen in a week! lol Great blog. Thanks for the morning inspiration.

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KARENCRANER 7/11/2013 10:57AM

    Thanks for this thoughtful blog; it was just what I needed!

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-AIMIE- 7/11/2013 10:34AM

    In the past when I did this I was so worked up about "the future"! I was like it will be so exciting "when I can fit in a smaller size" "when I lose 20 pounds" blah blah blah.

You know what is exciting?!? Every choice and every day in this process! Being present and aware of the fact that you have the choice to improve yourself every single day is such a wonderful realization.

I have always loved and valued myself no matter what my dress size is or what the scale says but taking my time and energy and using it to build a healthier and stronger me is AMAZING!!! And who wants to quit feeling AMAZING? Right? LOL

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/11/2013 10:30AM

    emoticon Blog... I'm bad for wanting things 'now' but I have learned that it comes with time, dedication, persistence and consistency. Everyone's journey is unique too. I'm going on 7 years in SP land and still not at goal but much healthier in so many ways.

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STEFIGURL 7/11/2013 10:28AM

    Awesome blog, My Friend :-). Thank you for your sage words, but mostly for backing them up with your incredible EXAMPLE! YOU are a MOTHER-LOVIN' ROCK STAR, Brad!!!!

love, love, love,
stephi :-)

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WHOVIANGIRL23 7/11/2013 10:21AM

    Great blog as usual. I totally feel like this stemmed partially from the conversation about my wishing I could get fast results, lol. But no, you're right. Hard work and time is what will make it all worth it in the end.

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Be Stubborn!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013



Have you ever felt like that on your journey? When it comes to working out or taking the healthy eating option, how many times have you said, "I don't want to"? I know I have. I know I have often! We have the easy options that we are all to familiar with. The easy option to sit on the couch and not put in the work. The easy option to grab that bag of chips and not slice and dice veggies for 30 minutes. We've taken that easier route for years! Taking that "easier" route is being stubborn! The "I don't want to" attitude is being stubborn!



The beautiful thing is, we do have an option. Why not say, "Not now! Not today!"? Be stubborn in the other direction. That was the old you who was grabbing at the door frame, kicking and screaming when a workout was pulling you! That was the old you who was fighting tooth and nail with you to eat that "junk" instead of taking the healthy option! That was the old you!

You are the NEW YOU!

Be stubborn in the other direction! You hold on to that door frame when your old habits are pulling you away from a workout! You fight tooth and nail to eat that healthy stuff as the "junk" tries to pull you away! We have that choice to be stubborn in a positive way. We can be stubborn against our bad habits! BE STUBBORN!



You know what you have to do to get where you want to go. Be as stubborn in your pursuit of your goal as you were in the path that led you to this point! You are here for a reason, so be stubborn in achieving your goals!

Embrace Your Stubbornness

Embrace Your Possibilities

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CATNCAG 6/25/2014 1:26PM

    Great blog Brad! How r u doing? emoticon emoticon

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PATTYR81 7/22/2013 11:46AM

    One of my favorite sayings is 'It's all in the delivery.' meaning it's HOW something is said that is vital.

For me, You have made the concept of 'being stubborn' go from acutely negative to ragingly positive!

I LOVE IT!!

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    emoticon I feel the same way!

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RITEEBEE 7/11/2013 9:23AM

    Great advice!

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LEANJEAN6 7/9/2013 7:02AM

    I enjoy yer blogs---right to the point!----Thanks emoticon !-Lynda

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RENATA144 7/8/2013 7:06PM

  We must be brave enough to do the right thing especially for ourselves.

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KARENCRANER 7/8/2013 5:52PM

    Loved this blog! Thanks, Brad!

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STEFIGURL 7/8/2013 10:10AM

    Every time I surrender my will, I win :-)
Thanks for the lesson, Brad :-)

love,
stephi

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CM_GARDNER78 7/7/2013 9:35PM

    I'm a stubborn person. I think that I can try to be stubborn in the other direction!! Great "talking to"!! This is a great idea! :-) Hope you had a great 4th.

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    you said it right!

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GEORGE815 7/5/2013 10:12PM

    Trying to embrace it!

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PENOWOK 7/5/2013 9:27AM

    Good advice!

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SANDYCRANE 7/5/2013 7:47AM

    Being stubborn is how I got this far. Great blog.

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    Thank you! Good blog!

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BROOKE008 7/4/2013 9:12PM

    Brad! This is just what I needed to read today! THANK YOU!

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TERMITEMOM 7/4/2013 4:07PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you for the inspiration!

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CICELY360 7/4/2013 3:57PM

  Funny, true and insightful blog.

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    AWESOME BLOG. THANK YOU. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY.

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DIANNEMT 7/4/2013 12:38PM

    Made me smile--and agree!! If only I could get the kids' stubbornness to kick in the way I WANT it to! LOL

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  Stubborn is pig headed.

Persistence is relentless .

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/4/2013 12:04PM

    I am stubborn 99.9% of the time. Today is Independence Day. I am having a few chips and dip and a piece of cake. I have allowed for it for a whole week and I deserve it. Back to being stubborn tomorrow and swimming for an extra 30 minutes.

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ALIHIKES 7/4/2013 11:51AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sparking us on!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/4/2013 11:07AM

    Ooh, I love this way of thinking! I like the concept of turning stubbornness into a tool! :) Thanks for sharing!

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SHANNONY84 7/4/2013 10:52AM

    Great blog! Thank you!

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JSEATTLE 7/4/2013 10:47AM

  Embrace the possibilities--I love it!! Thank you.

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