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Thursday, November 07, 2013



Earlier this year, I started a blog with the words, "Someday, I honestly want to say, I MADE IT!"

Later that same day, I cringed a bit thinking about how I phrased the first line of that blog. At face value, it seems like a perfectly sound statement. The statement is accurate as it pertains to my health and fitness. Saying, "I MADE IT!" is very important to me. The problem with the phrase is the verb I use, "want". It may be the perfectionist in me speaking, but "want" should have been "will"! I should have said, "Someday, I honestly WILL say, I MADE IT!"

"MADE IT" is up to your own definition. Do you define it as making a certain number on the scale? Do you define it as being able to achieve some sort of physical challenge like a race? Do you define it as making a true lifestyle change that allows you to be as happy and healthy as you can be?

You and I both know how hard this thing is physically. We have to change our lifestyles 180 degrees from what we were doing. We have to get up and move! We have to exercise and push ourselves harder than most of us have ever pushed ourselves before. We deal with the aches in our joints and the soreness in our muscles, all in the name of getting healthy and trying to "make it". But, if you are anything like me, that physical pain is the easy part of this journey compared to the mental strain!

We are constantly dealing with the mental strain of what we are doing. We have to deal with that balancing act of being strict but not too hard on our selves for the healthy or unhealthy decisions we make. We have to have a short memory so we can forget a mistake and get back on track while keeping a long memory to learn from the mistake so we never make it again! It is a delicate game of chess that we play on a daily basis that can put the physical side of all this to shame!



In order to be successful and see the true change in our lives, we need that "WILL" mindset! Not if. Not might. Not want. WILL! No matter how big of a loss you want to see on the scale, you need to believe that you WILL make that number! Believe in the process. Believe in your struggle. Believe you WILL!

Did you fall down yesterday? Did you slip up? That was yesterday and today is a new day! A day filled with new opportunities, new challenges, new goals, and new possibilities! Embrace it! I want you to think to yourself right now, what am I going to do today to make myself better than yesterday? What am I going to do right now to take a step (even a baby one) in the direction to meet my goal? What am I going to do to make that "WILL" a reality?

I met my goal by tracking my food daily and keeping my calorie, fat, carb, and protein numbers within my allotted ranges. I finished Insanity, P90x, Tap Out XT, Les Mills Combat, and a 100 Day Hybrid of the four programs. The hard work I put in every day allowed me to go from 509 lbs. down to 293 lbs! That is how I have and continue to work towards being able to say, "I WILL MAKE IT!"



You won't take the path I took to get where you want to be. What worked for me, worked for me. You need to find your path. Just know, this thing takes work! This journey takes work! The success that you are looking for, takes hard work! We earn it!

We WILL, "MAKE IT!" We will NOT lay our king down in this chess game! We WILL put our unhealthy lifestyle in CHECKMATE!


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WHITEANGEL4 12/9/2013 10:10PM

    Great, thanks for sharing

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1AVERY 11/23/2013 5:38PM

    Your Blog is great and I like the pictures you added. Congrats on your weight loss and finding what works for you. That is the most important part of our Healthy Journey is to find what works for us. I think I finally found mine as well down 30 lbs. in 5 months. It is hard but we are worth it. Teri emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

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NANCYPAT1 11/15/2013 11:19PM

    Great message

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/15/2013 8:27AM

    Great Blog! Thank you for sharing.
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NEVERGIVEUP57 11/15/2013 5:11AM

    After coming off of a binge cycle, this has truly made me think..I need to change my mindset to I WILL, not I don't know if I can, but I'll try, I'll fail again...etc.

BUT I WILL..

Thanks so much for the inspiration...

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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/15/2013 3:21AM

    Love this blog!!!!!!!!!!
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You are doing so amazingly well, and have inspired me today.
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Keep up the great work, and yes, you WILL make it!
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MYRMEN 11/14/2013 9:44AM

    Thanks again for your great blog. Exactly what I needed today! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 11/14/2013 5:43AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SEAJESS 11/13/2013 11:54PM

    emoticon blog and one I really needed right now to get me to steel my resolve, gird my loins, let my rubber hit the road.... however it needs to be said. It's great to have the recognition that we can be aware of how hard it can be to change our way of living and at the same time commit to "I WILL!"
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APRILRUSSELL3 11/13/2013 8:49PM

    That was a great blog. Thank you.

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MOMMY4PILATES 11/12/2013 7:10PM

    Wonderfully written!

You are spot on with the mental balancing act. It is the most difficult part.

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LEWASKO 11/12/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon Love it! I need to tell myself "I Will" more often!

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~INDYGIRL 11/12/2013 5:12AM

    Amen!

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/12/2013 4:19AM

    WILL!

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GEORGE815 11/11/2013 8:07PM

    Great!

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JOANNHUNT 11/11/2013 6:25PM

    AWESOME. THAT MADE ALOT OF SENSE. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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3NEWBEGINNINGS 11/11/2013 2:21PM

    So it seems the Rolling Stones were wrong. . . We can get some SATISFACTION if we keep at it :P Have a great week!

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FIRECOM 11/11/2013 10:23AM

    Thank you for these gentle reminders on affirmations. Sometimes it is easy but usually is very difficult.

Right now I am taking chemo and my tastes in food have changed dramatically. I have never been a candy eater but now I absolutely crave it. Hmmm?

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CHSHULER89 11/10/2013 8:12PM

    Once again awesomely said!!! Oh, so true!! We will and are doing it! That has been my challenge my mindset and balancing... not to much and not to little... sometimes pushing too hard and not realizing it.
That is what life is about, whether it is our mind, nutrition, our families, or work. We are all worth it!! We will keep moving and changing!! Blessings!!:)

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/10/2013 5:48PM

    Thank you, Brad. WE WILL DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 11/9/2013 6:30PM

    Brad,

It seems that with every blog you write, you've tapped into my inner man, as you bring out what I'm doing and thinking, but have no voice for. It needed to come from you, because of who you are! I'm going to go one step further, though. I HAVE MADE IT!!! Everything is in the spiritual realm, and in order to get it to the physical realm, we have to bring it down. I've already grabbed hold of it, and I'm not letting go. I'm like a bulldog with a bone. You know they never let go!!! I'm under my goal, and was struggling on how to get in the maintenance program on SP. I didn't find what they told me to look for, and that it was ending in frustration, until I went to Curves, and they told me that they would put me in their Maintenance Program, so my diversity was solved. I start in that program on Tuesday! All I can say is, "PRAISE THE LORD!!!"

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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EMILY0724 11/9/2013 10:25AM

    You always say something profound in your blogs. I look forward to reading more. Your achievements so far are incredible. If you haven't "made it" yet, you WILL!!

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TURTLELADY56 11/9/2013 9:38AM

  i love your passion with words and how powerfull they are great blog!!!!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 11/9/2013 7:58AM

    Amen! Great blog! I completely agree with you. The mental part is the hardest part, and the "I will' attitude is key. 50 lbs ago I made my dreamboard of things I wanted or hoped I would do someday when I was fit. It didn't take long to realize these things I will do and will do them now, not later. First I climbed a mountain! Over a few years I've accomplished many Of my dreams big and small, and I revise it to reflect new dreams and visions.

I WILL continue to live my dreams and visions, and maintain my balanced healthy lifestyle spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.

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SCRAPBECCA 11/8/2013 11:23PM

    I am with you Brad, we WILL do it!

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FRABBIT 11/8/2013 10:52PM

  Well written blog. Thanks for sharing!

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    I will!! Such a good point! emoticon

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THEIS58 11/8/2013 10:08PM

    Great

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/8/2013 9:37PM

  Your blogs are so encouraging.

I have been working on some things other than weight. So far; I have saved 5 teeth from gum disease. They wanted to remove them but the pockets have shrank lots and they haven't changed in 3 plus years ( as far as geeting worse.

I had a scalp condition. Not serious but unpleasant. I was going to take the prescription but it cost 150 dollars. I have got rid of 5 of bump rash things, and two that got very small by a natural tea tree oil . It even is improving my complexion. emoticon

I'm working on my cholestrol .

I liked what you said about improving each day

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CICELY360 11/8/2013 9:23PM

  Good blog

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WALLPER26 11/8/2013 8:54PM

    So True! Sometimes it surprises me how similar our experiences on this journey are.We are all blessed by the sensitivity of SparkPeople and our fellow Sparkers, in sharing the strength, stories and wisdom of this incredible journey. Thank you. .

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