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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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TIME2BLOOM4ME 8/23/2013 10:19AM

    I absolutely LOVE your blog !!! emoticon

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IDICEM 8/23/2013 10:07AM

  Great blog. Thanks for sharing your positive attitude!

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DJSHIP46 8/23/2013 10:02AM

    Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and inspiration!

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PENOWOK 8/23/2013 9:46AM

    excellent advice!

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GOOSIEMOON 8/23/2013 9:26AM

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LIZ324_NYC 8/23/2013 9:20AM

    Awesome blog Brad!! Thanks for the motivation and encouragement!
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MIMIDOT 8/23/2013 8:53AM

    What a great blog! Soooo true!

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MOMMY445 8/23/2013 8:11AM

    that is so true!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/23/2013 7:35AM

    so true!

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NEWTINK 8/23/2013 7:26AM

    Very inspiring emoticon

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DENVERSUZ 8/23/2013 6:52AM

  Just what I needed to hear, what we all need to hear sometimes. Appreciate it. emoticon and emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 8/23/2013 6:43AM

    I loved this blog. This summer has been one big struggle but I am determined not to quit.

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KACEYSW 8/23/2013 6:25AM

    Thank you so much for that!

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CHERYLHURT 8/23/2013 6:25AM

  Wonderful!

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THEBEV2 8/23/2013 6:08AM

    Yes, yes! And even though I'm at goal, I am still fighting the battle. Every. Single. Day. Reverting to my lifelong unhealthy habits is not an option! I will continue to track, Spark, and exercise daily. Thank you Brad for reminding me why I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. There are many days I long for the comfort of my old ways. Then I remember that "comfort" came at a huge price - my health, self- esteem, depression, self-imposed limitations, embarrassment and humiliation. No, I will not go back! Have a fantastic weekend!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/23/2013 5:58AM

    You are inspiring, not only for the weight you've lost but more importantly for the way you think.

Thank you for another wonderful blog.


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NSSREENIVASAN 8/23/2013 4:45AM

  I liked the blog . Keep going and going forward- in all walks of life. If you stop or quit moving, you will be no where.

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MERRY_XMAS 8/23/2013 3:30AM

    emoticon for the great motivational blog!

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ASMARTERWAY 8/23/2013 2:35AM

    Your journey must have taken amazing perseverance. Good on you for keeping on keeping on!

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ASCIESZKA 8/23/2013 2:22AM

    emoticon Wonderful quotes.

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ANRRN12 8/23/2013 2:12AM

    You are such an amazing motivator! Thank you so much for inspiring me each and every day! emoticon

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BARBIEE52 8/22/2013 10:55PM

    Thank you Brad for your great inspirational blog. As always you say things from your heart. Even though I only have a few pounds to lose, I have achieved a whole lot more from joining here, a lot more than I ever thought I was able to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Barb

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IAMBIZI 8/22/2013 10:28PM

    thank you!

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WOLFKITTY 8/22/2013 9:58PM

    True. :)

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2013 7:18PM

    I needed this today! emoticon

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_JODI404 8/22/2013 5:49PM

    AWESOME inspiration Brad! The fight does continue.... even when we reach our ultimate goal. Quitting is NOT an option!!

Your status update quotes and blogs are always so positive, encouraging, and uplifting! I always enjoy reading everything that you post!

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JUST_BRENDA 8/22/2013 5:12PM

    Very inspiring Brad. You really know how to post great motivational blogs AND you walk the talk. You've been at this for many, many months - a seemingly insurmountable task but you've kept going, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year and now you've lost more than another person: 210 pounds.
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/22/2013 4:59PM

    Great blog... and I know I'm a survivor but feeling pretty low right now... Tomorrow is a new day I guess - and I do want to prove that I will rise above all of this - for me and my girls.

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GINILEE4 8/22/2013 4:38PM

    Brad, this blog came at a perfect time for me. On MOnday I weighed in after a less than perfect weekend. I was astonished to see a 5 lb GAIN. It threw me into a tail spin. I moped, decided I could not do this. I cried because it took me nearly a month to lose that 5 lbs the first time and now it was back. I was discouraged and lost all motivation. Last night, I decided to overcome my self imposed depression, that I needed to do something that would make me feel good. I was up early, I always am, and did my indoor walking for the first time in a week. I have read that the endorphins and chemicals released from doing exercise, make you feel good. It IS TRUE! I chose to get back to my healthy eating and struggled to not give into the cookie monster in me. Your blog has rounded out my day. It has re enforced the motivation to continue to do what I know I need to do to carry on. Thank you for choosing today to post and solidify my commitment to my journey.


Gini

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CAROL_31649731 8/22/2013 3:55PM

    Brad, your message spoke directly to me today. I answered yes to every single question! But I'm not a quitter . . . and with encouragement from faithful friends like you (and many others), I will "embrace my possibilities" and continue to move forward. Thanks for another inspiring blog!!! emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 8/22/2013 2:39PM

    Perseverance is hard, not matter what you do, but when healthy living is the issue it is imperative.

Thanks for sharing your walk with us. It is inspirational.

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ROCKNP90X 8/22/2013 2:02PM

    Awesome blog!! I have decided to take world class strength and conditiong coach Dan John's approach: "Fat loss is an all out war"! Give it your all and reach your goal and then go into a moderate approach. If I fall off, I will jump right back on, it is my single focus right now until Thanksgiving. I am in the battle to PULVERIZE!!!!

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_BABE_ 8/22/2013 1:23PM

    Thank you for the reminder that the view from the top will be worth it! emoticon

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LADYBUG4869 8/22/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep Fighting!

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MOTHEPRO 8/22/2013 12:37PM

    Well said! You are so inspiring!


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KARENCRANER 8/22/2013 12:05PM

    Amen, Brother! We will not quit!

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JACKIE542 8/22/2013 11:58AM

    I wanted to quit many times, but I wanted to get to my goal more, so I continued on.
Love your blog and all the quotes, we do need to keep moving and should never quit. emoticon emoticon

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AMBERLICIOUS88 8/22/2013 11:25AM

    Great Blog...I'm starting to wonder if there ever is going to be an END point..or am I always going to be a work in progress? I kind of hope so, there is always room for improvement. You have come so far, WE have all come so far. We simply have to remember how uncomfortable we were in our bodies at our heavier weights. Was that an easier life than this? How happy were we at that time? Did we have pep in our steps and a smile on our faces? Did we blog and cheer ourselves on for overeating and sitting on the couch all night? Nope. I'm gonna kiss my biceps and eat healthy today, and challenge myself with a run tonight, and feel darn good about it! Keep on truckin'!

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RECREATING_ME 8/22/2013 11:24AM

    "To quit does not exist!" Definitely needed to read this today. Excellent reminder that true failure happens only when we completely stop.

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TIGER_LILY_613 8/22/2013 11:01AM

    If I ever lose my spark, I'm pretty sure you'll be right there with lots and LOTS of fire :)
Great blog, Brad :)

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STEFIGURL 8/22/2013 10:34AM

    BEAUTIFUL, Brad!!! Thank you for sharing the REAL story!!
It ain't easy...but it is SOOO worth it!!!

love you so...
stephi

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UWPALUM 8/22/2013 10:09AM

    I so need someone like you, who believes this is possible, in my corner. Thanks for the great blog!

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STR458 8/22/2013 10:06AM

    emoticon every day is one day not first day! we don't quit YAAA BRAD

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/22/2013 9:48AM

    Who hasn't had those thoughts at some time or another while on this journey or any journey. Great blog as usual and excellent reminders. Your fire is contagious! !

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LUCKYPRESENCE 8/22/2013 9:36AM

    great blog!! Got me pumped up to have a great workout today!!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 8/22/2013 9:36AM

    I swear, your blogs stem from my whining :P

But as always, excellent advice.

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