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Fear Strikes Out

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

If you cant view it here this video is availible on YouTube

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MANILUS 4/29/2012 9:40AM

    So happy you were able to overcome one of your fears. I lost 187 lbs from 2005-2007 and worked out at a gym 8 hrs a week for 3 years. My dragons came to haunt me because they were not dealt with. I put back on all but 35 lbs. In 2009, I met my husband and started the journey again, seeing the looks of disapproval as I walked into the gym was embarrassing. Just knowing where I used to be was an embarrassment. I faced that dragon and won, I have over 100 lbs off now. Not easy to fight the dragons but, go get um!!

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ME_THE_REMAKE 4/21/2012 11:04AM

  great vlog, thanks so much for posting! I have a list to write and some dragons to slay.....


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MYADOG1 4/19/2012 11:27AM

    I'm in!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 4/18/2012 10:12AM

    "Bite the heads off the dragons, one at a time." You said a lot there, John. It's making me realize that I have not really tried to identify my dragons, but instead just make excuses like, "I'm too tired" or "This is sore today." I need to really identify what those dragons are that are keeping me from doing what I need to do to get out there.

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JENNY888 4/16/2012 1:09PM

    Great heart felt post John. Thanks for giving me something to ponder. I need to have confidence to know I can do it. Like you have gained back what I worked so hard to lose. This time it is hard to get the confidence back to know I can do it again and the resolve to make the time to do what I needs to be done. I am with you. Fear should not stop me.

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WONDERFUL2BME 4/14/2012 9:49PM

    Pinky pack!

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MERRYMO1961 4/14/2012 6:45PM

    This vlog cuts right to the quick and resonates with me. Thank you for being honest and for sharing it here. It was what I needed to hear today.
Now excuse me, I've got a dragon or two to go slay...

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RICOCHETBEAR 4/14/2012 1:49PM

    Great blog John! Fortunately my dragons are not in this area, but this is very inspirational for those with these fears. emoticon

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DENISE223 4/14/2012 1:33PM

    Hi John:

I just read your blog, "To Sparkers Old and New", which then led me to clicking on your Vlog, "Fear Strikes Out".
Talk about hitting home!

There are times when I feel paralyzed by fear and most of the time it IS because of silly things.
It has been awhile since I have pushed through some of my fears, so I will make a pinky pack with you for today.

emoticon -- Change that to "WE CAN DO IT"!

I sincerely appreciate your honesty and look forward to reading your past blogs.

Many blessings to you and yours!
Peace, good health & happiness,

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TRISH261 4/14/2012 1:18AM

    Thank you, John, for that excellent video blog! And I have to say that I have managed to conquer a lot of my fears over the past few months, but there's still some I am still dealing with. And one of my fears is: The treadmill. I know that sounds weird, especially because I love being on one; but I am afraid to get on one in public (and I don't have enough room to own one) because I am afraid people will snicker and laugh at me because I weigh so much that when I walk on it, my feet thud and I'm sure it shakes the machine, and the floor. Every time I think of it, I actually HEAR the thudding sound. And I fear exercising in public; when I do walk, I go at 5 am, when it's still dark or at night after the sun goes down. I want to join a gym; I really think I am ready for it because I love the feeling I have after I walk and exercise, but fear is holding me back. And I WANT to beat that fear into the ground! So, yes, John, I AM ready to take the pinky pact, and when I "strike" my fear out, I will never let it get its grasp on me again! I am so glad I found you on here!!!!
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    Wow! Thanks, John! I'm afraid...I'm afraid I will fail at this once again. I have recently lost 35 pounds following another program but I am feeling stuck so I have come to SPARKPEOPLE. I signed up on this site several months ago but I am now taking it seriously, but I'm afraid. I don't really know what to expect and I am leaving a very structured program and going into I don't know what. So, I'm afraid.

Debi emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 4/13/2012 7:05PM

    Darn you for calling me out.


Swimming would be excellent for me right now with my own pain issues. Plus it would be a welcome change in my beyond-monotonous cardio routine. It once was true there was no way I could afford a gym membership, but now I almost definitely could squeeze out the money.

But I am afraid.

I am afraid I won't use the darn thing after all and just throw the money away. I'm afraid I'll pick the wrong gym and hate it. I'm afraid I'll look ridiculous next to all those "gym rats" who obviously are fitter and smarter than I am.

And I am absolutely positively terrified of wearing a bathing suit. Period! But in public?! Are you kidding me? I know! I understood before, but now, at 130 pounds? I am sick, man, sick.

I really don't know where I would find the time. (Here I am again, stuck at work this evening until...well, practically indefinitely.) But aside from that part, I really have been thinking about just biting the proverbial bullet. And maybe you just gave me the push I needed!

Oh, and good for you, John! (What?! That's not ALL I said in response!)


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REDROSE1990 4/13/2012 4:36PM

  I just joined SparkPeople this month and so far it's an eye-opening experience. I begin to realise it's much more than just having a bit more weight. And your questions and insights help me a lot to realise who I am.
This one really hit home. What am I afraid of? A lot. I've never been thin, and since I was twelve my mother always said I had to lose weight. I'm afraid I will disappoint her. I'm afraid I already did, because I already tried so many times and I never make my goalweight. I'm afraid to go to the gym (not the grouplessons that I'm currently taking, but the real gym). I'm afraid of other people's opinions about me. I'm afraid I am too self-conscious and because of that I'll miss some great experiences in my life. I think that's my biggest fear.
I'll gladly make the pinky promise! Thank you.

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AJDOVER1 4/13/2012 4:18PM

    Okay, John. I'm afraid.
I have a lot of really good reasons for being afraid, but they don't matter. There are two groups of people: Those-Who-Move-Beyond-Their-Fears and Those-Who-Don't. It's up to me to decide to which group I want to pay the dues. It's true, there's a cost associated either way. Sometimes it's a big cost for a big reward. Sometimes I think I'm saving myself from the cost, but I lose the payout. Maybe I just need to budget better. Or maybe we can pool our resources so we can both borrow each other's strengths so the cost of the dues doesn't seem so high. There's a big payoff for joining the Those-Who-Move-Beyond-Their-Fears group. I think there's an installment pay plan for the dues. I'm going to borrow a little from you today. Thanks, John.

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MYSTERYROSE74 4/13/2012 4:18PM

    I love you John!! Fear is a HUGE part of my life, and I do let it rule me. I have ataxic cerebral palsy, and am prone to falling. I am deathly afraid of falling. I need to get over it. I've been fighting this fear for way too long. I start to fight it, and the fear just kicks me upside the head. So yes, I am in for your challenge for not being afraid. Your blogs and vlogs always motivate me.

Thanks for all you do.

Terrie emoticon

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AKIMA06 4/13/2012 12:47PM

  Thanks for your inspiration. I am really afraid to go to a gym and don't belong to one right now. I am afraid that if I join one that it will be like all the other times meaning I won't go. I am also afraid to blog. Maybe I will start there. I don't know if I am ready to pinky promise but I will consider it today. Thanks again.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/13/2012 11:14AM

    I LOVE when you travel. Hotel vlogs..I feel like I'm stalking the Travelocity Gnome. Tee hee. Fear and I wrestle all the time. Oh DUDE, guess what...honestly.
It really could be anything when I say that.
Guess what!
My fear (this week), was this stupid neuro/pain prob idiocy thing knoecked me on my tooshie and I'm having trouble keeping up with the kiddies homeschooling. They were enrolled into public school.
It's like the First Day of School Times Three.
Pinky Pack!!! On Kicking Fear to the Curb!
I love this Gang!

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LITTLEBRITCHES7 4/13/2012 10:35AM

    Thanks for the thoughts!!!!!

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CBRIGGS1956 4/13/2012 9:00AM

    Thanks John for sharing.....I'm in.

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HEALTHIERMAMA57 4/13/2012 8:31AM

    Thanks, emoticon

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PAPADADDY1 4/13/2012 7:25AM

    Good video and inspiring message. It took "Sisu" (guts) to do a video instead of just writing a blog. Body language and facial expressions influence your message like no blog can. That in is's self took courage. Thank you and please keep them comin'!

I am feeling quite crappy today. Flu probably. I was going to take the day off from my workout but after watching your video I will do some stretching, a little walking and a short ride on the bike. Whether you know it or not, you are a motivator. Keep on Keepin' on John!

Hey! I'm a poet! emoticon

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NEWTINK 4/13/2012 7:24AM

    If you need a pinky pal feel free to consider me one ... you are truly inspiring ... Have a great day !!!! sorry i was late in replying to this blog

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/13/2012 7:21AM

    Wow! Fear is a powerful motivator. Fear of failing publicly, of looking less than successful is big for many of us. Thanks for your courage and CONGRATS on getting past fear one step at a time! emoticon

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REJ7777 4/13/2012 7:10AM

    Thank you for sharing your struggles (and victories) honestly. I know that I often do not do things I'd like to do because of fear or shame. I'm not sure I'm ready to make a pinky pact, but I will reflect on the challenge... and remember this blog.

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TMW54812 4/13/2012 5:04AM

    Well said!......and done!

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NASFKAB 4/13/2012 12:16AM

  thought provoking

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MYTURN11 4/12/2012 11:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs to you, warrior ~ march on :-)

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LADILADIDA 4/12/2012 10:36PM

    Listening to fear and doing something about it. Courage isn't not being afraid, it's being afraid and taking action anyway. I like hanging around courageous and smart people which includes you.

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SEATTLE58ANEW 4/12/2012 10:18PM

    Very good and so thoughtful. I can tell that you really put your all into this video and I love that. You can only help someone when you've been there yourself and you have. Thank you for raising thoughts within myself to think more on. I will definitely come to you when I am afraid of something to do with this weight loss journey. You are a good inspiration! Thanks again! emoticon emoticon

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MISSPEACHES3 4/12/2012 9:16PM

    Thanks John. I look forward to being brave against those dumb fears that I also have.


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BEARGODDESS 4/12/2012 7:30PM

    Thanks John! My fear is blogging. I don't journal. I'm a private person and I'm scared that I'm just not fascinating enough to "deserve" to blog here! I think I'll start with a sentence or two (1/4 mile) and try to work up from there!


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    John - Very thought provoking and inspiring. I don't know that I have any fears that I can think of right now, but will think about it and keep you posted! Thanks John emoticon

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FIFISMOM3 4/12/2012 6:55PM

    Thanks for the words. I am having surgery on my shoulder next month.. I can barely type now.. I will be history then and now I am walking up a storm hope I will be ok with it.. In AZ we roast so with all the crud I will have on my arm I am hoping to get a treadmill.. lol.. emoticon

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