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We May Not Be Perfect, But...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I was really thinking about this the other day and came to the conclusion that health and fitness has saved me. Health and fitness has saved my life! That may seem to be a bit of hyperbole but when I really think about it, it isn't. Not to long ago, I was heading down a road of almost certain health problems and a likely early death. That is about as real as things get when you think about it.

Health and fitness has helped by not only making me a healthier person and giving me the best chance possible for a longer life, but has made me happier person as well. Being that happier person has led me to being someone who is full of life. I want to get out and LIVE life to it's fullest! I want to try new things! I want to stand on a mountain and yell to the world that this is the new me! This is the me I knew I wanted to be! This is the new me that knew I could be! I have a passion for life that I had lost along the way. Now, I WANT IT ALL!

I didn't feel that way before. Life was a struggle. I was completely lost with who I had become. I was completely lost with where I was going. I had no direction. I lost myself. I lost my way.

I had to really look at myself and figure out what I was doing. It was a lot of soul searching. It was a lot of really examining what I was doing with my life and figuring out what changes I needed to make. It was hard. It was really hard.

When I finally got to a point where I was ready to make that real change, that lifestyle change, I realized something I will never forget. I AM ENOUGH. Yes, I AM ENOUGH. In fact, WE ARE ENOUGH! We may not be perfect but there is something so perfect in finding others who share in our struggles. We came here to Spark seeking answers. Seeking knowledge. Seeking something that would help ignite our journeys into everlasting success! For me, with the help of the Spark community, I found health and fitness that has changed my life in more ways that I could ever explain!

This community allows us to share our hopes, dreams, fears, and ideas. We can listen to one other, get a push when we want to give up, and encourage others who are going through struggles that we ourselves are dealing or have already dealt with. We have someone to laugh with, cry with, and someone to even pick us up when we fall down. Because we will fall down but it isn't about how many times you fall as long as you get up one more time!

This is a community that can support you to have more, want more, and be more than you ever thought you could! You hold the key to your happiness. You are enough! This journey that we have embarked on can be scary, but together, we can do this! We have it within us to be our own change that we have always dreamt of! We can use the gift of health and fitness to achieve it all!

Spark has helped to lead me to this point. YOU have helped lead me to this point! I wish I could convey to each and every one of you how much I truly appreciate the support you have shown me over the last year +. I want you all to know that I pull for you all every day in hopes that you can meet all of your hopes and dreams. You all have my light on many dark days and I can't put a price on that. We do that for each other!

This journey isn't over. No, no. This journey has only just begun and I can't wait to see what is down the road for us all! Remember, YOU ARE ENOUGH. WE ARE ENOUGH. You have it within you to BE YOUR CHANGE!

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    This blog made me smile and tear up at the same time.
    We are enough. We all have *IT* in us, all we have to do is start believing that... once we start to really embrace that we are ENOUGH, we are capable of absolutely anything, ANY-THING - thats amazing, we are amazing and we are worthy of embracing the power within.
    Spark people (or as i say the people of SP) are like no other online community I've ever seen. Here everyone is so uplifting, inspiring, ready to help and share and lend a shoulder to cry on, the people here have been my biggest cheerleaders, and always so supportive - since 2007 the format of spark has changed, but the people that make this site so successful has not!
    I see it as a circle, you get back exactly what you put in. I am not be perfect, but with my journey I hope to help others with theirs.
    Awesome blog! (-:
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    1615 days ago
    I love your last paragraph! Now if only I could see that reminder to myself when I need it. Thank you for your honesty and openness in your blogs. I wish I had stumbled across them before today.

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    You have articulated my feelings as well. Thank you for being here for all of us Sparks!! You are inspiring and motivational. Our journey has truly just begun!

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  • JACKIE542
    So true heath and fitness is so important. Spark people has just what we need great info, and friends that can't be beat. You are a great example of how spark helps us in our journey to succeed in our heath and fitness goals. emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/14/2013 12:03:03 AM
  • TEMPEST272002
    Well said! This was my epiphany as well - that perfectionism is liar, that we are enough exactly as we are, no matter where we are in this life journey. Once I released perfectionism, I was able to run and laugh and make mistakes and still be ok. Like you, I'm so incredibly grateful to be living a fuller, happier life. Instead of numbing on the couch, I"m exploring this beautiful world we live in. I'm so much more alive now.
    1619 days ago
    Congratulations on finding your compass. "You are ENOUGH". For some of us who struggle on this journey, we won't be "enough" until the inner work is complete. Until then, we search for something to fill the void. Spark goes a long way to help with that inner work.

    Great blog! Thank you.
    1619 days ago
    You know I'm on that rocket ship, my friend, because we are SOOO worth it!!! I've said from day 1, that I'm incredibly thankful for this site and for the friendships I've made here. This site showed me that I COULD be saved. I'm able to put my daily struggles out there, and people get it. Knowing I'm not alone in this has been one of the most important aspects of my journey. Well, that and putting the pizza down! You're awesome Brad and I'm so glad I can be a part of your journey!
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    1619 days ago
    I totally agree! Health and fitness has saved my life!
    1619 days ago
    I continue to be amazed at not only all you have accomplished but also at your ability to give words to all of our fears and hopes and dreams. You rock!
    1619 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Excellent blog!! Very inspirational!! Like someone else said, it's people like you that keeps us coming back and pushing forth to our goals and dreams! I am going to live my dream, thanks to support from people like you. I really appreciate all the support you have given me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • STR458
    emoticon you are exactly the people who make people like me show up and do it! you are great Brad- you make it happen way beyond where you are geographically! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1620 days ago
  • LADYBUG4869
    I just started on my journey with SP but I'm so happy that you were my very first friend (besides the spark guy). You have inspired me so much just in the last few weeks of my new journey and for that I thank you! emoticon
    1620 days ago
    emoticon blog/message!!! I needed to read this today emoticon
    You are an inspiration!!!!
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    1620 days ago
    You have made me smile and cry at he same time. For I have felt what you have felt. You have overcome whatever you had to get to this point. I am so proud of you and very honored to be able to call you my friend. Yes, we all fall, but getting back is hard sometimes, but we do it. Like you said we get help with all these people from Spark People. I thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a beautiful day!! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/13/2013 10:40:37 AM
    Thank you so much for this! emoticon
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    WE ARE ENOUGH!!!!!

    Simple but MIGHTY!

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  • KELLI9001
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    1620 days ago
    emoticon Living the turned around life! The community is important as we develop our individual plans and stick to them. Your journey is an inspiration.
    1620 days ago
    WE sure are Enough!! A hard message to drive in there after so many years of struggle but it's great to as you say 'go on that mountain top and shout it out'!! The NEW YOU!! emoticon
    1620 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    How well said!
    That was an excellent pep talk we all needed
    to hear.

    I'm with you. We are worth it. emoticon
    1620 days ago
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