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We Are Fighters

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Thursday, August 22, 2013



Have you ever had that feeling that you don't want to do this anymore? Have you ever felt like you have given it your all for a long time, and you just aren't seeing the results that you thought you would see? That feeling that you just want to throw in the towel? Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how in the world you were going to do this? Have you ever thought that this journey is too hard? Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the journey? Have you ever had that helpless feeling of not knowing how you were ever going to finish this journey?

Have YOU ever had any or all of those feelings?

I know that I have personally had all of those feelings at one time or another during my journey. Did I look in the mirror when I was 509 lbs. and wonder how in the world I was going to do this? OF COURSE I DID! I looked at myself in the mirror and seriously doubted that I could ever lose 210 lbs. to make my goal!

Did I want to quit when I was doing the Insanity workout program when I weighed 430 lbs? OF COURSE I DID! I hurt. I was frustrated because I could only do half of the workout that everyone on the video was doing! I struggled to motivate myself to even start the video because it was so hard! It is hard doing squats and push-ups at 430 lbs!

Did I feel overwhelmed when I lost over 100 lbs and the scale still said 400+ and I still had over 100 lbs. to lose? Darn right I felt overwhelmed!

I took a lot of punches and got up every time! I did not quit! I fought for what I wanted!



The journey that we are on is hard. The journey that we are on is really hard! But most of all, this journey that we are on IS WORTH IT!

This journey isn't meant to be easy. This journey will test you in ways that would break a lot of people. You will worry and doubt yourself. You will hurt. You will cry. You will want to quit...BUT YOU WON'T!



No matter what the scale says, YOU KEEP GOING! No matter what obstacle is put in your way , YOU KEEP GOING! No matter what the world says, YOU. KEEP. GOING. That is what you do! You fight for what you want and you don't stop until you get it! That is what WE do!



The one thing you can not do is QUIT! The word quit is not even in our vocabulary. You will take a punch on the chin one day that puts you down on the canvas. But you are a fighter! The next day, you will get up and you will start throwing punches back! Let me see your left hook today! Show me your right jab tomorrow! You keep throwing your punches and someday, YOU WILL WIN YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP!

Embrace Your Possibilities

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GRAMPIAN 10/4/2013 6:22AM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/3/2013 11:13PM

    Great blog thanks for sharing

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FORBANDE 8/28/2013 6:36AM

    Very well said and oh so true! Now that I've been at this awhile I realize each time I overcome one of those impossible obstacles, I do feel stronger and so much more empowered. I don't know if it ever happens but bit by bit it seems that "Can I do this?" becomes "What's my plan for doing this?".

Great blog! Such an inspiration and motivation!

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GOLDEYGIRL 8/26/2013 11:48AM

    Just what I needed. I made a commitment to lose this weight the healthy way and I have never looked back. Yes, I think about throwing in the towel, but it is just not an option. Thanks for the blog!

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IRENE1955 8/26/2013 11:14AM

  i love this blog, just what i needed

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GEORGE815 8/25/2013 4:54PM

    Good day to you too!

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FLDEEZ 8/25/2013 12:03AM

    EXACTLY what I needed to read tonight. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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JAMER123 8/24/2013 11:35PM

    The day I found SP is the day I began my journey and even though it is very slow and many months no change in weight, I have never wanted to quit!! This site has given me the "stick to it ness" that I need! I am down 90# and on hold for who knows how long but I am going to make my goal some day!! I have Fibromyalgia with neuropathy in my feet so the challenge is there for me and I love a good challenge!! Keep your great work going as well as your blogs!! Love it!!
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SHOAPIE 8/24/2013 11:55AM

    Thanks, I'm not quitting

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FIRECOM 8/24/2013 10:25AM

    Incredible. Thank you very much for these words of encouragement.

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SHANNONY84 8/24/2013 9:22AM

    I love this! Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement!

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SHANNONY84 8/24/2013 9:19AM

    Great blog and amazing words of encouragement! Thank you!

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SEAJESS 8/24/2013 1:29AM

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The view IS beautiful from the top!
Thanks for getting there and thank you even more for putting out a hand to those of us who are climbing up behind you.
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1FARMER 8/23/2013 9:45PM

    This is call out to each of us. Thank you for sharing. Yes I have felt all of the above and I just keep going forward. emoticon emoticon Jeanne emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/23/2013 8:49PM

  Yes keep moving forward always!

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LISA_FRAME 8/23/2013 8:36PM

  Love this!

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CICELY360 8/23/2013 7:48PM

  Good blog

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KAMINEKO 8/23/2013 5:58PM

    Thanks for the motivation! I just started Jillian Michaels' workouts this week and it's like I've just begun the journey...they are so tough and I have been "quitting" in my mind a lot. I needed this reminder.

Have a great weekend!

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/23/2013 4:44PM

    Wayyyyyy toooooooo goooooooo!! Have a fantastic weekend!

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JOANNHUNT 8/23/2013 3:52PM

    AWESOME THANKS FOR SHARING.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/23/2013 3:10PM

    Heck yeah!!!! I had a long and winding and sometimes rather rough road to get to a sustainably healthy place now in terms of weight and mental health and so on, but I feel so much stronger because of it. I can do anything I want to do! I proved it by doing something as hard as losing a whole lotta weight! So I have to agree with everything you posted - it might suck sometimes, but it's worth it in the end, and if you just keep going you will learn that you are capable of more than you might have thought! Great blog. :)

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MRSRIGS1 8/23/2013 2:42PM

    Great and inspiring blog! Thank you! emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 8/23/2013 2:26PM

    Channeling "Eye of the Tiger" here. (Even though that song annoys the pee out of me). Keep throwing punches! It's a lifelong war. We've gotta settle in for the long haul.

Great blog again. I wonder though what's going on with you personally.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/23/2013 1:28PM

  What a pep talk. emoticon

What a hope motivator!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love it, and so GLAD for you.

People are listening, because you didn't give up and doing what seemed impossible. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LSDALOIA 8/23/2013 1:18PM

    I still can't imagine doing Insanity at 430. You are my hero!!!!!

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BAMAJAM 8/23/2013 1:17PM

  Brad-- Someone else already said this--- You walk the talk-- Indeed!
This blog is a wonderful gift to the people of Sparkville--!!
THANK YOU SINCERELY--

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SIMONEKP 8/23/2013 12:44PM

    great and timely blog. I've had a few of those days this summer.

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ASTRA58 8/23/2013 11:45AM

    Great blog! One of the things I have realized is that it is never going to be over. I am always going to have to work on my fitness and my eating. I have accepted that fact where before I would rail against it. That's just the way my body works. I'm finally at peace with that.

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DIANNEMT 8/23/2013 11:38AM

    It is so hard to start some times and so easy to quit--but I am working to keep going!!

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FELINEBETTER 8/23/2013 11:24AM

    Wow! Talk about inspiring! Brad! You are looking fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your truth! People can get complacent with success, but you continue to inspire and enlighten others who are on the same path as you.

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MOVEITMARY 8/23/2013 11:23AM

    Thanks Brad, anyone can SAY the words, but you LIVE the words so it means more coming from you.
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LDANIELS17 8/23/2013 11:16AM

    I loved this blog Brad!! Made me cry tears of joy! I'm so happy I clicked on your blog and read it. This is your talent and gift! To inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be!

Yesterday, I felt my legs weighed over 300 pounds, they were so very heavy doing a Zumba workout. But, I just kept going and found a way to enjoy myself as I did it. The picture of those steps and that little girl reminded me of that. I'm stronger than I think I am and I owe part of my motivation to you! You're amazing and I can't wait to see what you will write next! Thanks so much...

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    Very inspiring blog! Thank you for sharing emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 8/23/2013 10:40AM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing!

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