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Thursday, September 12, 2013



Dear (insert your name here),

No, I did not intend to become overweight. No, I did not intend to become unhealthy. No, I did not intend to become "that person" with a weight problem. But I did. Remember?

At first I did not notice it, much. The first few pounds were no big deal. I was just getting older. The first few pounds was just my "adult weight". That extra weight that you put on by just maturing. After all, you aren't the spry 16 year old that could work off that double cheeseburger and large fries without even trying.

Over the weeks and months, I added a few more pounds. I had to buy some new clothes. Just a size bigger. Not a big deal, right? I would buy a size bigger, but just for the winter! I will be back in my "normal size" by next summer...no problem!

I got busy. Life happened. Fast food became the "new normal". Not exercising became the "new normal". Who has time for exercise? I had a baby and a full-time job! I have responsibilities! I am exhausted at the end of the day. I don't want to spend what little free time I have after the kids go to bed, sweating! No! I want relax and watch tv.

After far to long of this behavior, I hit that point. You remember that point. I hit that point where I didn't want to be "that person" I had become. I didn't want to be "that person" who was unhealthy every day, in every way. I hit that point where I had to make a change. I had to do something!

I needed to kick myself in the @$$! I need to find that person I was! Or maybe, I needed to find that person who I thought I was going to be? Yes! That's it! I hit that point and decided to become that person that I saw in the mirror of my mind rather than that person I actually saw in the mirror! I WOULD BECOME ME!

I decided I am going to be that person who picks a chicken breast over a double cheeseburger! I decided I am going to put in some hours in the kitchen to cook healthy options over all the processed crap I had been feeding my body with for years! I decided that I will go sweat after the kids go to bed or I will go to bed early so I can get up before the sun and get my workout in!

I made a vow to do whatever it took to get there. I made a vow that I will walk those roads until I can jog those roads. Then I will run those roads! I made a vow to do push-ups on my knees until I didn't have to because I would become strong enough to just use my arms. I made a vow to earn every ounce I lose because I will do it with my blood, sweat, and tears! I knew the tears will come and I knew that they would NOT win!

I decided that I was worth that effort. I am worth the sacrifice and hard work it will take the rest of my life to be that person that I knew I could always be. I will own what I have done in the past and I will bury it in my dust! I will be restrained no more by the limitations of my mind on what I can do! I owe that to myself. I shall overcome!

I have become the real me! I earned my success!



Be good to yourself,

(insert your name here)


Embrace Your Possibilities

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GRAMPIAN 11/4/2013 6:26AM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/25/2013 12:03AM

    Great blog. So many can relae and that is why we are Sparkers.

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 9/19/2013 5:20PM

    I love this! I can relate in so many ways....as I'm sure many others can as well. Great blog!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/18/2013 5:03AM

    Woohoo...go you...you can so do it

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DEBISS 9/16/2013 11:01PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds so familiar to me also. Its a matter of making the commitment anew each day.

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    I emoticon this! Thanks for sharing! Linda

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VLINDER2014 9/16/2013 8:36AM

    How truly Wonderful.. and how so many can relate.. I am Glad you decided your worth the effort. How far you have come and how strong you are !!

YOUR AWESOME BRAD!!

hugs and love,
Dawn

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BELLACUDDLES 9/15/2013 12:31PM

    What an inspiration you are!

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MARYJEANSL 9/14/2013 11:25PM

  Well said. And you have certainly earned your success!

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DOCKO56 9/14/2013 10:03PM

    As always Brad, a great blog! You never cease to amaze me! emoticon

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NEWTINK 9/14/2013 5:14PM

    I am right there with you buddy .... I have earned mine and will never go back to the way I was. Great blog emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/14/2013 4:13PM

    I absolutely love this blog! There you go again! Giving me something really wonderful to think about!

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GEORGE815 9/14/2013 11:42AM

    Like the Nike poster. I wonder if that is a tear from the eye, or a muscle tear. I think I could check both boxes.

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PENOWOK 9/14/2013 9:14AM

    Yes!

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    emoticon Blog! Wow!

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JIBBIE49 9/14/2013 12:35AM

    Hugs

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WALKMYWAYTOFIT 9/14/2013 12:25AM

    You inspire us, - thanks for sharing your journey....

Awesome-- your work is Awesome! Yay for you Brad!

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MAJONES1225 9/13/2013 11:38PM

    I really like this, thank you for sharing

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ROCKYCPA 9/13/2013 11:14PM

    Well said!

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JSEATTLE 9/13/2013 8:13PM

  Yes those good days and bad days darn it. Thank you for summing up!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/13/2013 7:12PM

    Go you!!! :)

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SHERYLDS 9/13/2013 6:23PM

    Great motivation and well said

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DIANNEMT 9/13/2013 6:10PM

    Great letter! Wish I'd seen it about 20 years ago!

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KALISWALKER 9/13/2013 6:00PM

    Brad your blogs inspire. You have worked so hard for your success and it's good to know we can all do it. Enjoy the weekend!

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FELINEBETTER 9/13/2013 5:54PM

    Great blog, Brad! So Inspiring!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SJKENT1 9/13/2013 5:35PM

    Thanks. I'm embracing my possibilities!

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DMSGLASS 9/13/2013 5:34PM

    I really enjoyed this blog and, as for many others, I can relate to so much of what you wrote.

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MADTHENURSE 9/13/2013 4:50PM

    Painfully hits close to home. Thanks for sharing.

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