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2 year maintenance video

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 10th, 2012 was my 2 year anniversary of hitting my 100 pounds lost mark. I made this video in celebration of that!!

My hope is that you will find this video inspiring or give you HOPE, and all that comes with that. NO matter where you are in your journey, NEVER GIVE UP! It is a daily struggle, some days are better than others, but it is a struggle. Is it worth the struggle, YES!! Living FULLY ALIVE is SO much better than what I experienced the 10 or 12 years before I started this journey!


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MRSGOAT9699 2/14/2013 11:50AM

    Watching the video, I cried tears of pure joy for you. I know what its like to be where you started, and I'm learning what it takes to change my life. Change is hard, but you are another testament to the fact it can be done. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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FISHER011 1/23/2013 3:38AM

Thank you for sharing! You're inspiring!
As I watched your video I cried, laughed & felt so much joy knowing that I too can overcome my self imposed limitations.
Congrats are on your loss & maintaining it!
You are a great inspiration! emoticon

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MASE72 1/21/2013 12:52PM

    Great Job! emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 1/19/2013 7:01AM

    Just watched this a second time. So great!

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_LINDA 1/18/2013 6:59PM

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Congratulations on two years maintenance and many more to come!
Way to rock it!

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MARCOSMASTER 1/18/2013 5:00PM

    That was amazing, I know your family and you are so proud, lots of work but worth it all! emoticon

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DOUBLEMME 1/18/2013 4:32PM


I lost 115 pounds but for me it is not enough.
I am 188 cm high and I have still to manage 22 kilos (i.e. 48,5 pounds) of overweight.
I share most of your hopes and motivations.
Thanks for your inspiring video.
All the best in your fully alive 2013!


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TORTISE110 1/18/2013 6:45AM

    Fabulous! Thx for sharing your success.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 1/17/2013 10:14PM

    Fabulous vlog!! So inspirational and uplifting!! Congrats to you for your great accomplishments and for choosing LIFE. Nothing feels as good as getting healthy again and living life to it's fullest. It's wonderful that your family is involved too. Such a great story you have!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 1/17/2013 8:13PM

    Extremely terrific!! Great music as well. Keep it up. You are an inspiration.

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2013 8:11PM

    Super inspiring blog: love the "family focus" and the conclusion asking how you can help.

You've helped a lot of people by making this blog!!

And: yes, living life fully alive is worth it! Whatever it takes!!

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POPSY190 1/17/2013 4:56PM

    Great vlog. I love the superman image!

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THOMS1 1/17/2013 4:11PM

    So very inspiring!!Thank You!

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_JODI404 1/17/2013 2:41PM

    You are an awesome inspiration!! You did a fantastic job making a very impacting and moving video!

emoticon on 2 years of successful maintenance!

I have ZERO doubt that you will *absolutely* be a lifetime maintainer!!

Well done my friend! You ROCK!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 1/17/2013 12:49PM

    You did it! You made it happen and is still making it happen! From one Sparkie to another... I'm proud of you! Keep up the good work!

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VTRICIA 1/17/2013 12:15PM

    Thank you so much for putting this together! I'll have to watch it again when the kids are home.

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HANSBRINK 1/17/2013 11:31AM

  Inspiring! Congratulations for the initial decision and on your success.

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SUSIEMT 1/17/2013 10:57AM

    Darn it all! I was not going to cry today but you made me cry! Keep up the good work!You did such a good job with your video but the crowning touch was the music. Well done my friend!

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MEXGAL1 1/17/2013 9:47AM

    Oh my goodness...this just made me cry. So very inspirational. I love that you are such a great role model for your family. So good that they supported you and continue to participate in your healthy lifestyle.
Keep up the good work. I love the video!

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XRAYLADY65 1/17/2013 9:03AM

    congratul;ations.... awesome blog... you have always been so supporting and inspriational... believe it or not i look forward to your "likes" on my activity feed.... really makes me feel like someone is actually watching over me... thanky ou

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SLENDERELLA61 1/17/2013 8:51AM

    Wonderful vBlog!! Great story! You have come so far. Forever.-Marsha

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/17/2013 7:42AM

    Congratulations! Great story!

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ANNIEONLI 1/17/2013 6:52AM

    Awesome man!!! Congrats on the 2 years in Maintenance!!!
Keep up the good work!!!

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FITMOMINNJ 1/17/2013 6:31AM

    Incredible story!!

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NUOVAELLE 1/17/2013 5:50AM

    Congratulations! I'm sure your family is proud of you and happy for you.
Keep inspiring other people to follow in your footsteps!

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LEOLARSON1 1/17/2013 4:27AM

    Great story man, it is so great to have someone willing to share like that. Getting me pumped up for the gym :-)

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MAREE1953 1/17/2013 4:20AM

    Wow! I am amazed by your talent in creating this video, and at your accomplishment and commitment. I will be sharing it with a few friends!

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ON2VICTORY 12/31/2012 5:21PM

    Thanks for posting Jman!

Dude, you have come a looooooooong way!

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ROXTRY 12/30/2012 2:08AM

    Very much enjoyed your video and SP radio interview. emoticon

Congratulations on all your successes! Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration.

Continued success and the happiest of holidays to you and yours. emoticon

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KEEP-GOING 12/28/2012 6:58PM

    Wow, is all I can say!

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PHOENIX1949 12/27/2012 3:43AM

    Blog I need to visit in moments of weakness. Thanks for sharing.

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WONDERFUL2BME 12/26/2012 6:14AM

Thank you so much for sharing this video. I have not done as well as I wanted to but your video is inspiring me to just put one foot in front of the other and do it. I know I can do this. I have seen results of doing this but I lost my motivation for a month and a half. Even with the lost motivation I was conscious of what I was doing at all times which is something I was not before. I read a story in the Peaceful Warrior. It went something like this regarding be conscious.

1. Walking along, falls in hole, takes a long time to find my way out.
2. Walking along, remembers there is a hole somewhere but not sure where, falls in hole, takes a long time to find my way out.
3. Walking along, remembers where the hole is, falls in any way, quicker to get out.
4. Walking along, stops at the hole, chooses to fall in, immediately gets out.
5. Walking along, remembers there is a hole, chooses a different path.

I am ready to choose a different path.

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SUZIEQ1961 12/25/2012 11:19PM

    Amazing!!! You should be so very proud of your accomplishments! I watched your video, knowing I have about 75 lbs to lose and feeling like it is an impossible task....but you did maybe..just maybe I can do it too! Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring the rest of us. Merry Christmas to you and yours...God Bless.

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CASE4GRACE 12/24/2012 1:45PM

    I don't think I can even find adequate words to tell you how inspiring this video is...absolutely incredible! You are blazing a trail for many others to follow...I am one of them. Thank you!


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CAMSEDGE 12/24/2012 10:58AM

    You are an inspiration and your video is well done. Thank you for sharing.

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/23/2012 11:33PM

    Thanks for making the video and sharing your journey. You are an inspiration to the rest of us!

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BELDONDOG1 12/23/2012 11:31AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and this beautiful and inspiring vlog!!!
Hopefully, I will be able to pick up just a little of your motivation and your mindset. Thanks for sharing this! The best of the holidays to you and yours!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 12/23/2012 12:33AM

    Oh, my... emoticon emoticon and thank you for sharing your story!

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PURPLE180 12/22/2012 10:09PM

    I am so happy that you are my emoticon . You are emoticon , you do know that, right? emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 12/22/2012 9:56PM

    emoticon video. Congrats on 2 yrs of maintaining. Just what I needed to see today. Maintaining is hard work! emoticon

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MOMFAN 12/22/2012 9:09PM

    emoticon So much on the maintenance. I lost 100 pounds in 2009 and have gained it all and more back. I didn't have a plan for maintaining and let life rob me of my successes. Finally starting to care again about myself. Keep up the great job!!

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MINDYJ1 12/22/2012 6:36PM

    Awesome blog! I just lost my brother in law last night. He was extremely overweight. He was only 54. As far as we know his body just gave out. I told my husband that this should be a big wake up call for me and him both. Thanks for posting this.

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 12/22/2012 3:28PM

    I so needed to see this video today!!! Thank you so much for sharing it. Congratulations on your success!!!! You look great and I know you feel amazing!!! Take care and have a Blessed day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZID 12/21/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon ... thanks so much for posting this video. I need constant reminders that I can achieve my goals, and seeing others succeed really inspires and motivates me to emoticon even harder!

Your video is going to help so many others. Thank you for sharing your journey and continued success to you and your family!

~ Dee emoticon

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LOVELIKEWOAH 12/21/2012 5:06PM

    Inspiring :) You've accomplished so much :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/21/2012 7:22AM

    That's fantastic! It brought tears to my eyes knowing how you changed your life for your family. Congratulations on your success = )

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AWOOD1973 12/21/2012 3:38AM

    Super video diary of your life in the making! Your wife and kids should be sooo proud! What a family affair! Great job with your maintenance on your weight loss! Very inspirational!! emoticon emoticon

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ANDREA0301 12/20/2012 9:57PM

    AWESOME inspiration!!!

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