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I Used To. I Did. I Am.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014



There are many layers to these healthy lifestyle journey's that we are on. I know for me, when I may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole process or just feeling like I am stuck in a rut, I like to think about what I was, what I did about it, and what I am now doing about it. These are things that you could actually write down or you could just do mentally, whichever works best for you. These are just some ideas that can help get you going again if you currently aren't doing well or perhaps keep you motivated and pushing towards your goals!

The first category is the old Brad of yesteryear, the dreaded "I Used To" list. As painful as the past is and can be, the past can often times serve as a great motivator. In the very least, it can show us how NOT to do things. This list for me could probably take up a couple of blogs worth of content, so I will narrow it down to a few for this...

I used to weigh 509 lbs (still hard to say & believe)

I used to eat a large pizza at a sitting (without much effort)

I used to believe that I couldn't lose weight no matter how hard I tried (I didn't try that hard)

The second category is the "I Did". Depending on where you are in your journey, you may not have a long list with this category but that is ok. Work with what you have. If you have had any kind of success (now or in the past), add it! If a particular diet or routine worked for you, add it! If you have been proud of an effort you made towards your goals, add that! A few I have are...

I did the entire Insanity workout (something I started like 20 times previously!)

I did track my food on Spark (every day I logged in and TRACKED IT ALL!)

I did make my original goal of 299 lbs. (one of the best days of my life!)

The third category is "I Am". This is the one you have control of RIGHT NOW! This is the one YOU CAN CHANGE! This is the here and now! You can not change your "I Used To" and "I Did" lists...those have come and gone. That is your past, you own that. But right now today, you can add anything you want to your "I Am" list! Even though "I Did" make my goal, I have made new goals and am working towards them every day. The "I Am" list never stops for me...

I am going to the gym 2-3 times a week for an hour (mostly cardio with the elliptical)

I am doing core, yoga, and other dvd workouts at home (2-3 days a week)

I am eating as healthy and as clean as possible (more veggies than ever! Yay!)

Those are just some examples that I use for my lists. It always me to remind myself of where I have been and where I am going. I have come a long way but I had a long way to go! This is an ongoing journey. I will be resolute. I will be intrepid.

So if you are just starting your journey, start your "I Used To" now. If you are further along in your journey or have even made your goal, never forget your "I Used To" list. But in that same breath, never forget your "I Did" list either. Be proud of what you have accomplished! And from this point on, concentrate on what you want to add to your "I Am" list and DO IT!



I think we get stuck in the I Used Tos of our past. We let that hold us back from our "I Am" list! I think it is time to forgive ourselves for our past and concentrate on where we are and see the good in what we have done. "I Did" lose 210+ lbs. "I Am" living a healthy lifestyle.

No more "I Used To" and more "I Am"!

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LORIVIOLA 6/26/2014 10:36AM

    I USED TO: eat unhealthy foods regularly.
I DID: walk 1,021 days in a row.
I AM:
~ continuing on a new walking streak. today is day #422
~ slowly coming back from an illness - easy does it
~ continuing to eliminate processed foods
~ eating more freebies
~ seeking out JOY.

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GRAMPIAN 6/16/2014 12:40PM

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SIMONEKP 5/16/2014 10:24PM

    What a great tip

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BABYBARNEY 4/12/2014 7:41AM

    great words...I live by lists so I AM...is the best one yet!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/4/2014 8:35AM

    Fabulous! I need to put my list on paper. I need to remind myself of who and what I AM now, not who I USED to be. Thanks Brad! *HUGS*

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IMSMILEY88 3/27/2014 10:25AM

    Love your post! Very inspirational!

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MARIFIREDUP 3/27/2014 9:55AM

    Thank you for the motivation today!

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BELLACUDDLES 3/27/2014 9:40AM

    Amen!!

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 3/27/2014 9:33AM

    I love your blogs. You are such an inspiration! I am going to make those lists!

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MAESTROSHASHA 3/24/2014 10:19PM

    These ideas really resonates with me. I am doing some very similar things and I can attest to the power in these sorts of lists. In case it is helpful to anyone else, here is a list of some things that are equivalents for me.

The "I did" equivalent is a "Random Accomplishments" list I've started. Shooting for my stated goals has caused me to achieve things beyond what I was shooting for. I wanted a way to capture and celebrate those. I have them listed on my spark page. It is really helpful and encouraging to me review them. The journey is long and that list is like an encouragement snack in the wilderness.

The "I am" accomplishment for me are my "Spark streaks". I just love checking off those boxes in my "Other Goals" areas and tracking the streaks. It simultaneously helps me celebrate what I am doing and pushes me to keep going "just one more time" to keep my streak going.

I don't have an "I used to" list going. I do sort of feel like goals are a future statement of "I will". Again, by listing them, it gives me direction in the future. Even when I "fall short" of my goals, the mere act of reaching for them usually caused some progress to happen.

Anyhow. There's my three cents. My two cents version is: "I TOTALLY AGREE!" =D

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OUATEONE2 3/22/2014 11:15AM

    What an amazing journey.....that should never end. emoticon

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FITMAY 3/21/2014 8:13PM

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Thanks for the inspiration!
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AMCAN262 3/20/2014 5:49PM

  Awesome blog, thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 3/20/2014 3:48PM

    Wow! Your best blog yet, Brad!!! You are so talented & inspiring . . . thank you!!!! I'm going make my lists now. emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/20/2014 1:49PM

    wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL....FAVORITE BRAD! Will do this exercise....Very nice to read your inspirational blogs again, today.......Thank you, again, for your keen insight.....You rockin, awesome, rock star, YOU!! Hugs... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great blog! You are doing great! emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 3/20/2014 7:23AM

    thanks! I reposted a link to this on my blog with my own lists. This is very inspirational for helping me get out of my recent rut.

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JSEATTLE 3/20/2014 1:41AM

  Wow, good for YOU!!!

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JUNEAU2010 3/19/2014 7:31PM

    Thanks for reminding me to take a step back, to think, reflect and get the longer perspective!

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NEWTINK 3/19/2014 5:18PM

    It is amazing when you can think of how far you have actually come . Thank you for a wonderful blog.

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    What a GREAT idea! Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 3/19/2014 12:02PM

    I LOVE this Brad, thank you so much for sharing!

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Thank you for the inspiration to not stop changing.

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    hugs

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CICELY360 3/19/2014 11:00AM

  You lost so much weight. You should be proud of yourself.

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KCLARK89 3/19/2014 10:37AM

    Awesome blog as always!! I love breaking down the journey into chunks like that and adding and deleting where applicable. It helps to remind me that it isn't a linear process, but rather one where things can and DO shift around as time passes.

Keep up the amazing work! :)

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MIMIDOT 3/19/2014 10:30AM

    Very interesting. Thank you!

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KONA509 3/19/2014 10:03AM

    Thank you--I needed the reminders! Great post!

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SHERYLP461 3/19/2014 9:55AM

    You are Amazing!! Living proof that we can take charge of our life and be our own best motivator!

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LCRUMLEY81 3/19/2014 9:52AM

  So true thanks for sharing

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4RASCALS 3/19/2014 8:07AM

    emoticon What amazing progress you have made. Thanks for sharing your story, very inspirational

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BESSHAILE 3/19/2014 7:20AM

    Oh boy! I love what you're doing now.

I love that idea too - and I am going to make my own list. such a great reflection.

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