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Someday Is Today

Thursday, August 29, 2013



It can be really easy to get stuck in that "someday" type of lifestyle. We choose to put off what we could be doing today in favor of doing it tomorrow. We get that mindset that "Someday I Will..." and we just fill in the blank.

Someday I will lose weight. Someday I will start eating healthier. Someday I will start working out. Someday I will...

The "someday" mindset can turn into a vicious cycle that is hard to get out of. The "someday" mindset doesn't do anything other than make an excuse for you! It gives you a way to rationalize to yourself that you will do it, just not today. It keeps you from embracing a "today" mindset.



If you have or have ever had that "someday" mindset", it is time to break that cycle once and for all! Let's break free from it's chains and let us start a new mindset right here, right now! Let's vow that we will from this day forward that we will adopt a "today" mindset!

We are not guaranteed anything past this point right now as you read this. Life is precious and we get one shot at making it the best that we can! Live in your "today", not stuck in your "someday"! Live this moment right here!

Let's change from "Someday I Will..." to "Today I Will...

Today I will eat within my calorie range! Today I will do the extra 5 push-ups that I skip in my workout because I think I am too tired! Today I will be better than I was yesterday! Today I will be the person I know I can be! Today I will be the change!

No matter what stage each of us is on with our journeys, we can benefit from a shift to more of a "today" lifestyle! Waiting for September 1st so you can start something? Perhaps a new diet or a new workout program? WHY? You aren't guaranteed September 1st! START IT TODAY! ? Are you telling yourself that since you have had a bad couple of days of eating that you will just have whatever you want over the weekend since you screwed up this week and you will just start again on Monday? WHY? You aren't guaranteed Monday! START IT TODAY!



We don't need "someday", all we need is "today", SO USE IT! Don't wait for "someday" to be EXTRAORDINARY!

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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GRAMPIAN 10/14/2013 6:01AM

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  such a truthful blog thank you

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    Love this:
Don't wait for "someday" to be EXTRAORDINARY!



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    Awesome blog

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LEANMEAN2 9/7/2013 11:22AM

    You are so right! Thanks for the reminders.

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MNELSON52 9/6/2013 9:34PM

  Someday I will.........say I look and feel like this because I didn't wait for someday!

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    The future is no place to place your better days!!!!!!!!!!! Didn't hear it this year but.... still hoping. Had a wonderful time! emoticon

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GREGGWEISBROD 9/3/2013 9:45AM

    I'm gonna read this first thing everyday for the rest of this week... maybe month even, lol! It's incredible to know that your inspirational posts come from a place that's real. Only a fellow "someday" sufferer would know to hit that nail on the head. You rock.

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GEMLADYONE 9/2/2013 12:38PM

    Great reminders and too true! That's exactly the mind set I had to get started again last year and I'm so glad I did.

It's really good to remind me that the same things that motivated me toget started again can motivate me to keep going!

Thanks for sharing.

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GINA180847 9/2/2013 12:01PM

    Thank you Brad, that was a good reminder to live in the moment. So obvious but it is easy to slip into the someday mentality.

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IMTCDZ 9/1/2013 11:45PM

  "Someday" mentality got me to the weight I am today! I never quite give up hope but I put off doing anything to improve. Lots of planning but no actual doing. I'm sure many people can relate. Great blog!!!

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SWAN47 9/1/2013 7:48PM

    A great blog. Thanks for sharing and reminding us now is the time.

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    Absolutely a "timeless" message! emoticon

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    Sooooo true!!! emoticon blog!!

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JOANNHUNT 8/31/2013 7:03PM

    THANK YOU BRAD FOR SHARING THAT AWESOME BLOG.


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KICKINGKILOS 8/31/2013 4:00PM

    Well said.

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    Thanks!

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PYNETREE 8/31/2013 12:20PM

    This is something I have to take to heart. Thanks for Sharing.
I am running out of Tomorrows..so I HAVE to Do it today.

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  Good blog

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  emoticon for your emoticon Inspirational blog !!! emoticon emoticon

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AMDODSON12 8/31/2013 8:56AM

    Liked this blog. you are an inspiration!

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  Thanks for sharing.

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    nice blog

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MARYJEANSL 8/31/2013 12:37AM

  "Someday" seems to be a theme in today's blog posts. Great inspirational thoughts...

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KALISWALKER 8/31/2013 12:02AM

    Brad you are right, some day has arrived already

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NIKKIJ55 8/30/2013 10:53PM

    Great Blog. Today I walked 6 miles. Tomorrow I will hike Mt Diablo - at least 6 miles again!

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JERICHO1991 8/30/2013 10:32PM

    Embrace the possibilities today.

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SUSIEMT 8/30/2013 9:51PM

    Great blog! Keep up the good work!

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    GREAT blog!! Yes, now is the time to grab that elusive bull by the horns! emoticon

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MONTREAL12 8/30/2013 8:03PM

  Great lesson; someday is guaranteed to none!

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KKLENNERT809 8/30/2013 6:59PM

    I am guilty of "someday" every once in awhile. Action, action, take action!

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BRASKIN 8/30/2013 6:54PM

  yep! today is the day! thanks.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/30/2013 5:55PM

  There was another blog today about jump starting from.... someday......

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We Are Fighters

Thursday, August 22, 2013



Have you ever had that feeling that you don't want to do this anymore? Have you ever felt like you have given it your all for a long time, and you just aren't seeing the results that you thought you would see? That feeling that you just want to throw in the towel? Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how in the world you were going to do this? Have you ever thought that this journey is too hard? Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the journey? Have you ever had that helpless feeling of not knowing how you were ever going to finish this journey?

Have YOU ever had any or all of those feelings?

I know that I have personally had all of those feelings at one time or another during my journey. Did I look in the mirror when I was 509 lbs. and wonder how in the world I was going to do this? OF COURSE I DID! I looked at myself in the mirror and seriously doubted that I could ever lose 210 lbs. to make my goal!

Did I want to quit when I was doing the Insanity workout program when I weighed 430 lbs? OF COURSE I DID! I hurt. I was frustrated because I could only do half of the workout that everyone on the video was doing! I struggled to motivate myself to even start the video because it was so hard! It is hard doing squats and push-ups at 430 lbs!

Did I feel overwhelmed when I lost over 100 lbs and the scale still said 400+ and I still had over 100 lbs. to lose? Darn right I felt overwhelmed!

I took a lot of punches and got up every time! I did not quit! I fought for what I wanted!



The journey that we are on is hard. The journey that we are on is really hard! But most of all, this journey that we are on IS WORTH IT!

This journey isn't meant to be easy. This journey will test you in ways that would break a lot of people. You will worry and doubt yourself. You will hurt. You will cry. You will want to quit...BUT YOU WON'T!



No matter what the scale says, YOU KEEP GOING! No matter what obstacle is put in your way , YOU KEEP GOING! No matter what the world says, YOU. KEEP. GOING. That is what you do! You fight for what you want and you don't stop until you get it! That is what WE do!



The one thing you can not do is QUIT! The word quit is not even in our vocabulary. You will take a punch on the chin one day that puts you down on the canvas. But you are a fighter! The next day, you will get up and you will start throwing punches back! Let me see your left hook today! Show me your right jab tomorrow! You keep throwing your punches and someday, YOU WILL WIN YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP!

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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GRAMPIAN 10/4/2013 6:22AM

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    Great blog thanks for sharing

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FORBANDE 8/28/2013 6:36AM

    Very well said and oh so true! Now that I've been at this awhile I realize each time I overcome one of those impossible obstacles, I do feel stronger and so much more empowered. I don't know if it ever happens but bit by bit it seems that "Can I do this?" becomes "What's my plan for doing this?".

Great blog! Such an inspiration and motivation!

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GOLDEYGIRL 8/26/2013 11:48AM

    Just what I needed. I made a commitment to lose this weight the healthy way and I have never looked back. Yes, I think about throwing in the towel, but it is just not an option. Thanks for the blog!

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IRENE1955 8/26/2013 11:14AM

  i love this blog, just what i needed

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GEORGE815 8/25/2013 4:54PM

    Good day to you too!

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FLDEEZ 8/25/2013 12:03AM

    EXACTLY what I needed to read tonight. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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JAMER123 8/24/2013 11:35PM

    The day I found SP is the day I began my journey and even though it is very slow and many months no change in weight, I have never wanted to quit!! This site has given me the "stick to it ness" that I need! I am down 90# and on hold for who knows how long but I am going to make my goal some day!! I have Fibromyalgia with neuropathy in my feet so the challenge is there for me and I love a good challenge!! Keep your great work going as well as your blogs!! Love it!!
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SHOAPIE 8/24/2013 11:55AM

    Thanks, I'm not quitting

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FIRECOM 8/24/2013 10:25AM

    Incredible. Thank you very much for these words of encouragement.

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SHANNONY84 8/24/2013 9:22AM

    I love this! Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement!

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SHANNONY84 8/24/2013 9:19AM

    Great blog and amazing words of encouragement! Thank you!

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The view IS beautiful from the top!
Thanks for getting there and thank you even more for putting out a hand to those of us who are climbing up behind you.
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    This is call out to each of us. Thank you for sharing. Yes I have felt all of the above and I just keep going forward. emoticon emoticon Jeanne emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/23/2013 8:49PM

  Yes keep moving forward always!

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  Love this!

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  Good blog

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KAMINEKO 8/23/2013 5:58PM

    Thanks for the motivation! I just started Jillian Michaels' workouts this week and it's like I've just begun the journey...they are so tough and I have been "quitting" in my mind a lot. I needed this reminder.

Have a great weekend!

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/23/2013 4:44PM

    Wayyyyyy toooooooo goooooooo!! Have a fantastic weekend!

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    AWESOME THANKS FOR SHARING.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/23/2013 3:10PM

    Heck yeah!!!! I had a long and winding and sometimes rather rough road to get to a sustainably healthy place now in terms of weight and mental health and so on, but I feel so much stronger because of it. I can do anything I want to do! I proved it by doing something as hard as losing a whole lotta weight! So I have to agree with everything you posted - it might suck sometimes, but it's worth it in the end, and if you just keep going you will learn that you are capable of more than you might have thought! Great blog. :)

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 8/23/2013 2:26PM

    Channeling "Eye of the Tiger" here. (Even though that song annoys the pee out of me). Keep throwing punches! It's a lifelong war. We've gotta settle in for the long haul.

Great blog again. I wonder though what's going on with you personally.

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Love it, and so GLAD for you.

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LSDALOIA 8/23/2013 1:18PM

    I still can't imagine doing Insanity at 430. You are my hero!!!!!

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BAMAJAM 8/23/2013 1:17PM

  Brad-- Someone else already said this--- You walk the talk-- Indeed!
This blog is a wonderful gift to the people of Sparkville--!!
THANK YOU SINCERELY--

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SIMONEKP 8/23/2013 12:44PM

    great and timely blog. I've had a few of those days this summer.

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ASTRA58 8/23/2013 11:45AM

    Great blog! One of the things I have realized is that it is never going to be over. I am always going to have to work on my fitness and my eating. I have accepted that fact where before I would rail against it. That's just the way my body works. I'm finally at peace with that.

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DIANNEMT 8/23/2013 11:38AM

    It is so hard to start some times and so easy to quit--but I am working to keep going!!

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FELINEBETTER 8/23/2013 11:24AM

    Wow! Talk about inspiring! Brad! You are looking fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your truth! People can get complacent with success, but you continue to inspire and enlighten others who are on the same path as you.

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MOVEITMARY 8/23/2013 11:23AM

    Thanks Brad, anyone can SAY the words, but you LIVE the words so it means more coming from you.
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LDANIELS17 8/23/2013 11:16AM

    I loved this blog Brad!! Made me cry tears of joy! I'm so happy I clicked on your blog and read it. This is your talent and gift! To inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be!

Yesterday, I felt my legs weighed over 300 pounds, they were so very heavy doing a Zumba workout. But, I just kept going and found a way to enjoy myself as I did it. The picture of those steps and that little girl reminded me of that. I'm stronger than I think I am and I owe part of my motivation to you! You're amazing and I can't wait to see what you will write next! Thanks so much...

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    Great blog - thanks for sharing!

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Don't Try To Be Perfect, Just Be Better!

Thursday, August 15, 2013



This whole thing that we are doing here is a process. The process starts by identifying what the problem is. Then we make a plan to remedy the problem. The process ends when we follow the plan that we set in place until the problem is eliminated. Simple, right? In a perfect world, that is what would happen, but as we all know, this is far from a perfect world!

So often we spend our time trying to be perfect. "If I eat this and don't eat that I will lose the weight!" "If I do cardio for so many minutes every day then I will lose weight!" "I will never eat another cookie again and I will log 100 workout minutes every day!" "I will, I will, I will..." and when we don't do that, we feel like we have let the world down.

You haven't!

How about you add another "I will..." to the process! How about you add...

"I will not try to be perfect, but I will be better!"?

NEWSFLASH...YOU ARE NOT PERFECT! We are after all, human! We will make mistakes. You will have a cookie again. You will have plenty of days where you don't get in 100 minutes of workout time. It happens! Life happens! Bumps in the road happen. POTHOLES in the road happen! When those bumps and potholes happen, you are not letting the world down. Those potholes WILL NOT define who you are with this process! What will define you is how you fill in those pot holes and continue driving down the road!


No, that is not me...but I know the feeling

I know that I have had plenty of potholes on my process road! I have hit potholes along the way that have broken me down and reduced me to tears. No, I am not ashamed to admit that! I own that! That is my process! There wasn't anything easy about losing 215 lbs and there isn't anything easy now trying to lose the next 15! The process is a struggle. But if you trust that struggle, stick with it, and trust the process, you will be forever grateful that you did! You will NOT regret it!

Believe in your struggle! Believe in your process! Believe that you are on your process road and you won't let any potholes stop you!

You don't have to be perfect, just be better! Just be better than you were last year. Just be better than you were last month. Just be better than you were last week. Just be better than you were yesterday! Then what? Be better tomorrow than you are right now!

Be Better!

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

  
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NOSNACKER-57 11/21/2013 7:36AM

    Now these are words for me to live by! I'm copying to my personal motivational page!!! emoticon

Trusting the process!!!! But I have to follow the process and I chose to stick with it, even though I'm not perfect...

Congrats on your amazing success!!

But if you trust that struggle, stick with it, and trust the process, you will be forever grateful that you did! You will NOT regret it!

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    I sooooo understand this. Made me feel quite tearful (am climbing my way out of a BIG pothole at the moment).

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WHITEANGEL4 8/26/2013 10:03PM

    Great blog, we all need the encouragement

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SOULFISH80 8/23/2013 7:07PM

    Wonderful, thank you!!!

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EVRLNGFOO 8/23/2013 4:01PM

    great words of inspiration! just what i needed today as i prepare to start once again. start for the last time, that is! congrats on the 215 lbs!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 8/23/2013 3:15PM

    Great blog !!!

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  Thanks for the inspiration!

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IMTCDZ 8/20/2013 8:26PM

  Excellent! Thanks!

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CAROL_31649731 8/20/2013 2:20PM

    You're right . . . we all hit bumps in the road. And I think it's wonderful that you "own them" -- we all need to . . . they are the teachable moments in life. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the "try to be better--not perfect" mentality. Certainly words to live by!!! Another inspirational blog, Brad . . . thank you for that! (And I enjoyed the picture) emoticon

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ENDERLI 8/20/2013 7:52AM

    You are awesome!! Be better....I love it. Thanks!
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    Thanks for sharing Brad!! What an inspirational Blog this is and what an inspiration you are!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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DECBABY14 8/19/2013 10:34AM

    Right on Partner!!

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~INDYGIRL 8/19/2013 3:48AM

    Love your blogs!

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CM_GARDNER78 8/18/2013 10:32PM

    I am someone who is SUCH an all or nothing type of person! Perfect or NOTHING. Ugh. It is so hard to get past my brain most of the time - I find it harder to beat my brain than it actually is to lose weight!! This is a great blog - and great reminder to just do BETTER rather than focus on doing it perfectly! :-) Thank you!!

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DUBLREED 8/18/2013 9:37PM

    I definitely needed this today! It's been a rough week but I'm doing my best. Haven't been able to get much exercise in because of a big audition tomorrow for which I still don't feel quite prepared. And I went out of town yesterday, which involved going out to eat. But, I did the best I could at choosing healthy options, so even though I'm not meeting all my goals, I'm still improving over how I would have handled things in the past!

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ZUMBAOBSESSED 8/18/2013 9:36AM

    Brad, Brad, I haven't been better lately. I've been the other "B" word. I've been "bad"!!! very, very bad! I had high hopes that I would lose weight this summer. But, alas, that did not happen. I simply had too much fun. I just got home yesterday after two months at my summer home. Now that I'm back, I need to get back to being better. After all, I said that I wanted to lose 10 pounds by October 19th. I know you have a goal for that timeframe also. Hope you are doing well with it. I think you need to start pushing me, Brad. You gotta drag me along with ya. I need to look good in my Halloween costume!!


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  Great post! Thanks for sharing.

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KCHANDLER0 8/17/2013 9:33PM

    I like your "BE BETTER" blog. Sometimes the energy you need in life knocks you down. But, you are right. Get back on track and be better! Stay positive!

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RECREATING_ME 8/17/2013 8:47PM

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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LITTLEST-CORGI 8/17/2013 3:55PM

    That is very inspiring. Thank you!

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    Excellent advice.

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    Words of wisdom. Thank you for them!

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    Great blog! So true for me, too. I work on today. I do my best today. I wish it were only potholes...more like giant sinkholes that suck me up out of nowhere...but, you have the right attitude and congratulations for your success so far! emoticon

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    So encouraging!! I'm just in my first month of trying to lose weight; your story has inspired me to keep it up and not beat myself up if I slip up every now and then! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/17/2013 12:46PM

    This. Was. AWESOME. Absolutely encouraging and inspiring and uplifting! Thank you so much for posting this!! :)

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JACKSGRAN 8/17/2013 12:22PM

    Thanks, Brad. Not a word wasted in this post. No wonder it's featured.

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KITTYCAT64 8/17/2013 12:18PM

    Seriously, I needed to hear this. I have been beating myself up for being in pain yesterday and not working hard enough. So out the window with perfectionism, and in the door with being better. Thanks.

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KATHIC2 8/17/2013 10:09AM

  Be better...I am writing on my hand. You are spot on and so well said.

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BOODIGGETY 8/17/2013 7:06AM

    Brad, you truly are gifted. God has used your struggle with food and weight to turn into an outreach to others who are struggling to be better. I just adore you. Your inner strength is beautiful. Thank you for being such an encouragement along the journey. I hope to get to know you more my Spark friend!

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    Excellent advice!
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MOVEITMARY 8/17/2013 1:30AM

    Totally agree. With my ocd, first I had to learn to eat and exercise "right", then I had to learn to let go of doing it right in order to sustain it. How ironic. Progress is perhaps slower this way, but patience is another lesson...

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    Good to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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When Your Mind Says, "I Can't", Tell It To "SHUT UP!"

Thursday, August 08, 2013



Did you really read what that quote by Thomas Edison says? It says, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Is that true? Would you literally astound yourself if you did all of the things you were capable of? If you could unshackle your mind for one minute and embrace all of the possibilities within yourself, do you think you would be astounded? The answer is...

YES!

How many times on your journey have you told yourself that you can NOT do something? If you are anything like me, it has been more times than you can count! It is probably more times than you care to admit. You know you have said all the things in the book; "I'm too heavy", "I don't have the energy", "There is no way I could do that". Why not? Why can't you? You can't because your minds says you can't! I for one am calling shenanigans!

So when your mind says, "you can't", I want you to tell your mind to "SHUT UP!"



This is particularly true when it comes to exercise. Now I know that some people have physical limitations that do not allow them to do certain things, so this may not apply to you in the same way, but I am sure it can apply to some aspect of your journey. Maybe it applies to trying to give up soda for example. Does your mind not allow you to give up the caffeine and sugar? Tell your mind to "SHUT UP!"

When it comes to exercise, this is something that I have had to deal with, especially lately. I am really trying to get myself into running. Running is basically a four letter word in my vocabulary! Growing up and playing sports, running was punishment. Running was what happened when you messed something up and the coach yelled at me to "take a lap". I have had a negative outlook on running my whole life. It doesn't help that I am big and I feel awkward doing it. It doesn't help that I am slow. But what hurts my running efforts the most, is my mind! It is my mind that says I can't! No! Not anymore! I want EXTRAORDINARY! As of now, I am telling my mind to "SHUT UP!"

When I weighed 509 lbs. and I set a goal to lose 210 lbs. I did! Back when I started doing Insanity at 430+ lbs, my mind said that I could not do it. Guess what? I did! Seriously, I did Insanity at 430+lbs! I look back now and really wonder how I did that but I don't really need to look any farther than the first quote of this blog by Thomas Edison, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." I really did astounded myself!

I had it within me to be my change. Do you know something? You have it within you to be your change! You may have to put in some extra time and effort, but believe you me, your change is within you!



I will leave you with this today. When your mind says you can't do something, don't let it win. DO NOT let your mind bully your body into thinking it can not accomplish something! You dig down deep and you find that change within yourself! You get that change out and you tell your mind to "SHUT UP, I AM DOING THIS!"

Embrace Your Possibilities

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LORIVIOLA 2/18/2014 3:35PM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great advice!

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    Thank you for such an emoticon blog. I can see why it is a most popular. I love your empowerment statements!
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IMTCDZ 8/20/2013 8:33PM

  Another excellent blog and so true! Thank you!

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NJPRINCESS9091 8/15/2013 9:10AM

    Great blog!

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FORBANDE 8/15/2013 7:39AM

    Oh, how true! Our biggest enemy can often be our mind.

Fantastic blog!

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EARTHTONED84 8/14/2013 2:13PM

    Great Blog!

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CM_GARDNER78 8/13/2013 6:43PM

    ...and yet this is the hardest part in the whole journey! It's so hard to convince yourself of this - until you do! :-) This is a great blog!

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QUAIL75 8/13/2013 11:22AM

    Great blog! It's true, it's definitely mind over matter a lot of the time. emoticon emoticon

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GREGGWEISBROD 8/13/2013 11:08AM

    You're a super-charged ball of awesome. One simply cannot cross your path without leaving feeling pumped to attack whatever "impossibles" lie before them. Thanks for putting yourself and your passion out here for all of us to share in. Just awesome.

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ABYGAILSMOM06 8/13/2013 10:02AM

    Wonderful blog. Such an inspiration!

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  Brad...just awesome and thank you! emoticon !

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    Go for it!

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    emoticon emoticon awesome blog

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    emoticon for that awesome advice and encouragement!!
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THESAME6LBS 8/11/2013 1:22PM

  Great post. My brain is my biggest enemy. I returned to SP to try to silence that enemy and make great strides in new accomplishments. This is what I needed to read today. :)

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SUEPERWOMAN 8/11/2013 12:53PM

   
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    emoticon Very often the Biggest Bully we face Every Day is the Person in the mirror. Thanks for the Reminder that We CAN Defeat That Bully!!

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ACTIONHEROFOX 8/11/2013 10:47AM

    My mind is a huge bully, always telling me I can't do stuff and that I will never succeed in anything. Telling my mind to shut up when it's bullying me is an option I may be too weak to enforce straight away, so I'll work at it. Thanks for the awesome inspiration and congrats on meeting your goals to this point. emoticon

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ZUMBAOBSESSED 8/10/2013 8:21PM

    Shut Up?!!! Are you telling me to shut up? Are you talkin to me? Are you talkin to me? ha ha!

Well, if it worked for you, I guess I can give it a try.......Shut up, Tina!!!

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    Totally agree . . . I know my mind is the biggest hold-up I've got. Thanks for the reminder NOT to let it stop me! emoticon emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/10/2013 12:52PM

    I just read this very true blog after seeing a "Cathy" comic where she says something about "teaching us to gain weight" (so true but so wrong!).

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JOGSWITHDOGS 8/10/2013 11:03AM

    Thanks. I needed to hear this. You have done an outstanding job!

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    Good Day Sparkville, indeed!

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LILLITH32 8/10/2013 10:28AM

    Another fantastic blog, Brad! I really needed the message, too. Thanks for a timely reminder to kick my mind's behind.

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    Great blog! :)

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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

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    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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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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  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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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.
Sandy

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

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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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    How cool is that??!!!??
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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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    You are amazing and a fantastic inspiration!
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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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    Awesome!

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  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

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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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ANDREWBADERA 8/30/2013 1:13PM

    Went from 305ish to 245ish a couple years ago myself, then plateau'd. Overly satisfied with my success. That 5K signup is awesome -- I bought a bike this past spring and started riding again for the first time in 17 years. I'm riding 20-25 miles a week now, weather and work dependent, 2-3 rides/week, but I feel like I need to do something like a 5K myself.

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