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Surreal, Honored, Humbled...

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I didn't set out on this journey thinking that I would be considered as motivational or inspirational to anybody.

Me, motivational?

I've had a hard enough time over the years just motivating myself to try and see some results, let alone "leading" others by example. Nope. Not me. Not my example. Well, many of you who have been with me along the way over the last year, have conveyed to me that I have been a source of motivation and/or inspiration. I have to admit, I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around words like that which are tossed in my direction. Don't get me wrong, it is greatly appreciated when I hear that and I have used those words through my journey to help to keep me pushing forward when I didn't necessarily feel like it. It is great motivation to not want to let myself down but it might be even greater motivation for me to think of letting others down who look at my story as a source of inspiration. So thank you all for your kind words over the months that have helped to keep me going.

So why do I bring all of this up now? As you may know if you took a look at my blog from last week, that I had hit my low point in my now nearly year long journey. I really had a difficult couple of weeks and I wanted to share that with you all and to be honest with what I was going through. What we are doing isn't always easy and we do have our ups and downs. It is always darkest right before dawn, right? Since last week, I have been refocused and recommitted to my journey and reaching my goals and it has been going great! Now, on top of that, I have had a couple of really cool things come my way that are all a little surreal and leave me feeling honored and humbled.

First, I was nominated as a Spark motivator by some of you all out there in Sparkville in the category of overall motivation! Wow! Me? To whomever nominated me and and voted me as that, thank you! That is definitely an honor! I was really surprised when I saw it. Thank you again!

Second, I got an invite from Spark to join the Spark team SP's Official Success Stories Team! It is invite only and needless to say, I was really surprised to get that invitation! Here is the team's description...

"This team represents the Best of the Best, the Spark People Success Stories. Our goals are to promote and celebrate our own successes and motivate and encourage others to create their own."

Now you know why this blog is titled "Surreal, Honored, Humbled". By the description of the team, I would have never guessed that 361 days ago when I started on this journey that I would have fit that description! Surreal! I'm honored! I'm humbled! I also filled out a questionnaire and sent in before & after pics for possible promotional type things in the future. Crazy stuff!

I really have to say thank you guys for all of the support and encouragement that you guys have given me over the last, nearly year now! I know that I wouldn't be where I am in my journey today if it wasn't for my wonderful Spark friends and all of your support!

But, this isn't over yet so I am going to keep pushing. I am going to meet my goals, if not surpass them! I hope to see all of you crossing that finish line with me and I look forward to crossing that finish line with you!

BTW, I will be sharing my before and after pictures with you all in a few days when I hit my 1 year anniversary of this crazy journey!

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HOOSIERNATIVE46 5/15/2013 10:46AM

    What an honor and humbling it is for me to get a glimpse at your journey! Thank you for the consistency, and striving to reach your goal. It inspires me to continue on my journey.

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/15/2013 6:54AM

    Wow...Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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BESSHAILE 5/15/2013 6:41AM

    I think you deserve to be called a success - and a motivator. Congratulations.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 5/13/2013 10:46PM

    A year has come and gone. Still waiting on the before and after photos!! emoticon

You already know how I feel about your motivational capacity. You're a real whip cracker. Thank you.

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FRENCHIFAL 5/8/2013 11:04AM

    Congratulations!! You're definitely a motivator - keep up your hard work!

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KETTLEBURN 5/2/2013 8:08PM

    xI don't even know how to put into words how PROUD I am of you! You came out of your funk and had some awesome, "official"-type Spark things happening! I know I've only known you for a short time but that's all SO AWESOME! You deserve it all because you've worked really, really hard and come such a long way! I'm (whoa! almost lost that because the dog put her paws on the keyboard!)...where was I? Ah yes! I'm excited to SEE the progress through your before and after pictures! emoticon

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DOCKO56 5/2/2013 9:52AM

    Although I have not been with you until recently on your journey, I must admit I was very impressed with your story and certainly feel you are a shining example of the success people have following the formula that Sparkpeople represents: of being accountable, posting and tracking small goals to make larger ones, and giving and getting the encouragement and motivation needed to do the work from a group of like-minded individuals. People that write their goals down, accomplish them more often. Congratulations on the recognition, you deserve it. Best wishes for future success. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/1/2013 3:51PM

    You totally deserve it Brad, congratulations!!! You've inspired me and encouraged me and have been a great friend. I'm glad I'm on this ride with you.
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/1/2013 10:40AM

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LISAMG1220 5/1/2013 10:38AM

    That is wonderful Brad!!! You are a great motivator! So happy for you! :)

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HAPPYERIN 5/1/2013 9:49AM

    Congratulations!!!! You definitely deserve it. You have been steadfast from the beginning, with planning meals ahead, sticking to your workout plans no matter what, and just keeping a good handle on things in general! You are definitely a motivator!!!

Let us all know when your story gets posted! And wow, coming up on that one-year anniversary is huge! Think about that -- you have been committed to your health for a year, and look at what you've accomplished! SO AWESOME!!!

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ONELITTLEPILL 5/1/2013 7:59AM

    And there you have it! You have worked harder than anyone I know for this, and have helped keep me motivated along the way in my journey as well! Way to go- that's awesome! It shows that hard work and perseverance and getting up and just doing it even when we don't feel like it will pay off!!! Congratulations on these successes! emoticon

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DMEYER4 5/1/2013 6:31AM

  congrats on all your hard work and I wish you all the success which you deserve. Keep sparking and have a great day

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