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Let's Talk Journey

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Everyone wants a quick fix, right? Everyone wants what they want and they want it now! The same goes for, and maybe even more so, weight loss. We have all been there, looking in the mirror and saying to ourselves, "I wish all this extra weight would be gone tomorrow! Why can't it just be gone tomorrow?" So we embark on our weight loss journey wanting results as fast as possible, right? Why wait for tomorrow when we can have it today, right? Now, now, now...right?

Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Not with our journey's.

Think of it another way. Did you gain all that weight over night or did it take years of a bad diet and lack of exercise that led you to Spark to start your journey? Years, right? So why do we expect it to come off overnight?

It won't happen overnight. It will take time. It will take effort. It will be a struggle. But, do you know what? IT WILL BE WORTH IT. In the end, you will NOT regret putting down that pizza! You will NOT regret not drinking that Coke. You will NOT regret doing all the exercises that left you wondering how you were even going to be able to walk the next day! You will NOT regret your journey that gets you a healthy lifestyle and a number on the scale that you are happy with! You are making those decisions now! Own your journey!

Your journey is UNIQUE!

Your journey is uniquely yours. Your journey has been uniquely yours and always will be uniquely yours. You cannot compare your journey to anyone else's journey. Don't try and compare your successes or failures to anyone else's successes or failures. All of our lives are different. All of our bodies are different. We go on our journeys at our own pace and we do what works for us.

The only thing you can really do is to be better today than you were yesterday! Be better tomorrow than you were today! That should be your focus. That should be your goal and if you do that, you will see the success that you want to see in your journey. You will have that success that you put all your blood, sweat, and tears into having!

You have come so far...YES YOU! Think about how far you have come. Think back to the "old" you and now think of this "new" you. Big difference, right? Even if you are just starting your journey and you have lost 5 lbs, aren't you a different person now? Think about what you have done and sacrificed so far. Think about all the hard work and effort that you have put in.


As they say on Tap Out XT, "To quit does not exist!" Why? Because it doesn't...that's why! There is no quit here! There is no quit inside of you! Yes we have had our ups and downs and yes we will have more ups and downs in the future but we will not quit! YOU will NOT quit!

Own Your Journey

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DOCKO56 7/18/2013 8:29PM

    Love ya! you are amazing. Keep it up, your blogs are great!! emoticon

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TIME-4-TINA 7/18/2013 12:44PM

    My journey has been so slow, however, I am very proud of my journey and the fact that I have stuck with it for so long and haven't quit. Now,......I know you said that we shouldn't compare our journey to anyone else's. However, I do have to say this one thing. I wish that I started my journey in my mid 30's like you instead of waiting until my mid 40's. But I know it's too late for that. I will just have to settle for being hot in my 40's. ha ha! If I could give advice to young people it would be "don't wait, get up and get moving now"!

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GOALWTIN7 7/17/2013 9:04AM

  You're a very WISE man!

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DIDMIS 7/17/2013 6:55AM

    I loved the one about putting yourself in the dryer but I must say the whole blog was good. Hope you don't mind if I copy and use the dryer one.

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HAPPYERIN 7/16/2013 1:23PM

    Good blog, Brad! (And 50 Spark points for including a Tiny Toons character in there -- Plucky, is it?)

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KALISWALKER 7/14/2013 11:07PM

    Great message, we have come a long way!

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FRENCHIFAL 7/14/2013 10:07PM

    Great!! I couldn't agree more - and what's the point of working so hard for a healthy body if you're not going to enjoy it?!

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FREEDOM710 7/13/2013 10:44PM

    So very true! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

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CELTIC1966 7/13/2013 10:41PM

    Thanks for sharing your blog. Its so very true how each of us has our own individual journey to take and the trick is not looking at other people's but focusing on what works for us, here and now and consistently tweaking it if it is not working right now.. and then maybe trying it again at a later date.

You are inspiring


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MMILLER139 7/13/2013 9:48PM

    O.....M.....G!!!! You really ARE amazing!!! Inspirational in so many ways!! I am totally bookmarking this blog and coming back to it every time I feel like giving up!

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KLMEIRING 7/13/2013 6:28PM

    Still working on this concept, but I am grateful for the reminder.


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LADYBUG4869 7/13/2013 12:48PM

    Your words are so true! In reflection, looking back, I remember when I was in the 150's weight range thinking there was NO WAY I would ever get under 150. Now I weigh 143 and I'm stuck in this cycle thinking I won't get under 140...yet I also thought that before. Thinking back, I have felt that way in every weight category...I still remember my first weigh in at Weight Watchers and seeing 201 on the scale. Wow, I HAVE come a LONG way in the last 2.5 years!!! I just keep thinking like Dora, the little fish who says "just keep swimming"... emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 7/13/2013 6:35AM

    Thanks for your awesome blog, Brad. You are so inspiring and encouraging!
I have to admit that I am a quitter when it comes to weight loss - especially since I don't get drastic results from my early efforts. Thanks for the reminder not to quit and to have realistic expectations!!

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 7/13/2013 12:55AM

    "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
But no-one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
'cos you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we'd be last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We don't need much of anything
Don't give up
'cause somewhere there's a place
Where we belong
Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up

Got to walk out of here
I can't take any more
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs
Don't give up
'cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not the only one
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know its never been easy
Don't give up
'cause I believe there's a place
There's a place where we belong

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MOVEITMARY 7/12/2013 9:54PM

    A huge part of my journey has been learning PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was our excess weight. I am now accepting that the slower journey will still get me to my goal. My 30-day challenge is taking much longer than 30 days, but I WILL FINISH IT. Who said the days have to be all in a row, anyway? ;)

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CAROL_31649731 7/12/2013 8:55PM

    I think we're all just a little guilty of this . . . and you nailed it! Good things come to those who wait (and put forth the effort). I so look forward to your inspiring messages . . . once again, you seemed to speak right to me through your blog. Thank you! I plan to own my journey!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/12/2013 11:46AM

    This is so true. Thank you for posting, I love this journey.

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LSDALOIA 7/12/2013 8:29AM

    Brad, this is so true for both my weight loss AND my entrepreneurial journey. Thank you for another great blog!

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LEANJEAN6 7/12/2013 7:49AM

    great encouragement Brad!--Own your own journey!-I love it!!!----Lynda emoticon

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BESSHAILE 7/12/2013 7:01AM

    Oh so absolutely true. True True True.

Whether it's weight, strength, college, parenting, building a better community - you just don't walk away from those things.

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ALDECKER08 7/11/2013 10:34PM

    What a great message! I like that you said not to compare our journey to anyone else's journey! So many of us do, but we fail to realize that each body is different, and like you said, our journey is unique! Thank you for putting this in the proper perspective! :)

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JAMER123 7/11/2013 10:25PM

    So very true!! Until we learn to look at where we were and how far we have come, there is a tendency to "hang it up" because it isn't going as fast as one wants it to go. Also, how long did it take us to get to the AHHA moment as we were continuing to add on the pounds?
Great blog Brad!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/11/2013 9:34PM

    This is a fantastically true blog. Every word of it! Unfortunately, we are all guilty of all of it as well. You can't help but compare yourself to others, and ONLY see how much farther you have to go. I need to print this out... a reminder!

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JUNEAU2010 7/11/2013 9:11PM

    Powerful! Thank you!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/11/2013 8:52PM

  Very well said!!!!! YOU live your advice............that's why it means so much more!!!

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/11/2013 8:50PM

    Great blog. Love the journey : )

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REGILIEH 7/11/2013 7:19PM

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SIMONEKP 7/11/2013 5:37PM

    great blog

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JACKIE542 7/11/2013 4:10PM

    Great inspiration, thank you, I especially like the quote "the only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday" We should not compare ourselves this is our own unique journey. emoticon emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/11/2013 3:32PM

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BARBIEE52 7/11/2013 1:35PM

    Hey Brad,
What a great Blog!! You are so inspiring with your blogs. I enjoy reading them. They seem to always hit home with me. So thank you so much for the great job you always do. Thanks so much for sharing, as you seem to be able to help so many with your words. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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KCLARK89 7/11/2013 1:34PM

    Loved it! It is so true about not quitting if you view it as a journey. You can't just QUIT a lifestyle journey. You can have ups, downs, roadblocks, and of course, great successes. They all combine to shape your path, and if you don't like something about the current one, then change it! Fantastic :)

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MRSP90X 7/11/2013 1:27PM

    I too, want this done now! I think it is because I have been at this for such a long time and have had some serious injuries along the way that I sometimes lose patience. You are so right though, we each have our own unique journey. Each of us needs to find what works for us and then be consistent with it. Despite the injuries that I have had, I am still at it, and I am not giving up until I meet my ultimate goals! I am pushing for extraordinary! emoticon emoticon blog!!

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 7/11/2013 12:29PM

    Another awesome blog Brad!! I'm thinking your next career should be with SparkPeople or as a Fitness Coach. You are so good and this and have clearly learned from your personal experiences. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/11/2013 12:12PM

  Awesome blog ! emoticon

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LIZ324_NYC 7/11/2013 11:21AM

    emoticon blog Brad!!!
Your words totally hit a chord with me. My biggest problem is lack of patience. I want it to happen now! But I'm learning to be patient and keep working at it and not give up.
Thanks for the reminder and inspiration!!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/11/2013 11:11AM

    Thanks for the pep talk. Very inspiring! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/11/2013 11:06AM

    This had been a long journey for me. I think if you just want to "lose weight" then you are missing a huge part of the picture. It's not about how thin you are. It's about being healthy and active and living a bigger life. Those things don't happen in a week! lol Great blog. Thanks for the morning inspiration.

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KARENCRANER 7/11/2013 10:57AM

    Thanks for this thoughtful blog; it was just what I needed!

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-AIMIE- 7/11/2013 10:34AM

    In the past when I did this I was so worked up about "the future"! I was like it will be so exciting "when I can fit in a smaller size" "when I lose 20 pounds" blah blah blah.

You know what is exciting?!? Every choice and every day in this process! Being present and aware of the fact that you have the choice to improve yourself every single day is such a wonderful realization.

I have always loved and valued myself no matter what my dress size is or what the scale says but taking my time and energy and using it to build a healthier and stronger me is AMAZING!!! And who wants to quit feeling AMAZING? Right? LOL

Thanks for the inspiring words as always emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 7/11/2013 10:32AM

    emoticon Best wishes!!

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    emoticon Blog... I'm bad for wanting things 'now' but I have learned that it comes with time, dedication, persistence and consistency. Everyone's journey is unique too. I'm going on 7 years in SP land and still not at goal but much healthier in so many ways.

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STEFIGURL 7/11/2013 10:28AM

    Awesome blog, My Friend :-). Thank you for your sage words, but mostly for backing them up with your incredible EXAMPLE! YOU are a MOTHER-LOVIN' ROCK STAR, Brad!!!!

love, love, love,
stephi :-)

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WHOVIANGIRL23 7/11/2013 10:21AM

    Great blog as usual. I totally feel like this stemmed partially from the conversation about my wishing I could get fast results, lol. But no, you're right. Hard work and time is what will make it all worth it in the end.

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