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The Changing Face Of Motivation

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

There are many things that we use as motivation along our healthy lifestyle journey. We will use just about anything to get us going from where we start to where we want to be. It may be a specific goal like fitting into an old pair of jeans or looking good at a class reunion. It may be a quote that you came across that made you realize you need to get your butt in gear! It may be a health scare or the fear of a potential health scare in the future that gets you on track.

I could go on and on because there are a million and one things that you could use as motivation. I know for me, I feel like I have used a million and two along my journey the last few years. Some of the things are more on the superficial side while others are on the "real" side of things.

It changes. It changed for me many times from the point of where I started to when I made my initial goal and now going for a new goal. What motivates us is an ever evolving thing that helps us get from where we were to where we want to be.

Motivation is strong. Motivation wavers. Motivation disappears. Motivation reappears and is stronger than ever!

I had one of those life "motivational moments" that happens to us from time to time over this last weekend. I have been really motivated as of late trying to make my new goal by October but a new one (more like an old one rebooted) hit me the other day while riding in the car with one of my twin girls, Calli, who is 8-years-old.

We were talking about the upcoming wedding in October and she was asking me questions when this one came out...

Calli: "Daddy, will you walk me down the aisle when I get married?"

Me: "Of course I will!"

Calli: "YES!" (pumps her fist then gives me a fist bump)

Needless to say, that MADE MY DAY! I got tears in my eyes. It melted my heart. I am one lucky, happy Dad!

It took me back to the beginning of this healthy journey for me when I started. My children were my #1 motivation. I wanted to give myself the best possible chance to see them grow up and see them have children themselves. I know being healthier doesn't guarantee any of that, but it certainly gives me a better chance of it.

I got a great reminder from Calli this weekend of my motivation and why I sacrifice and work as hard as I do! I have to walk my little girls down the aisle some day :)

Embrace Your Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

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JEB03253 6/29/2014 10:53AM

    Kids and grand kids are wonderful motivators! emoticon

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GINA180847 6/18/2014 12:15PM

    Yes Brad, right now I am looking at the upcoming wedding of my oldest granddaughter and I am sure glad that it will be something I can participate in at a healthier weight. Your little girl is cute and you are so going to love being there for all of the children's weddings.

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KSIGMA1222 6/16/2014 3:53PM

    I have 12 and 10 year old daughters and I look forward to the same thing and just seeing them grow and live. My son is 4 year old and will not stop growing it seems lol.

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THINNYGINNY 6/5/2014 7:05PM

    What a great story!! One of my motivators to keep on keeping on is to remember that my kids have a far different mom now that I am healthy and fit. They didn't used to have a mom that went on amusement park rides or liked going to the beach or could shop in the same stores they did. They also didn't have a mom who cooked healthy food and gave them a good nutritional start in life. But now they do! They have a MUCH lower chance of losing me to diabetes or heart disease at an early age now. Your kids are lucky to have a parent who will be active with them and give them a great example of a healthy lifestyle... Good for you...and keep on going...

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KTTAYLOR21 6/5/2014 2:29PM

    OMG!! That made me misty!!! I love it!! Kids can make you feel so darn good!!!

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BOLDLYVENTURE 6/3/2014 10:31AM

Our kids are definitely motivators!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/2/2014 9:26PM

  What a BEAUTIFUL story. There is nothing like the love and expectations from our kids to keep us motivated to do the very best we can health-wise. My 7 year-old Grand-daughter scolds me when I slip up and admit that I am OLD. She tells me that I AM NOT OLD and that I will be with her for her Prom, her Graduations from High School and College, at her wedding, and with her when she has her first child. I only hope that I am that lucky and that healthy.
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COLOR-BLUE 5/30/2014 6:26PM


The first thing I want to say is that Calli, is too cute!!! There are many things that do motivate us, but the best of them is God and the second is KIDS!!! What A wonderful way to be motivated!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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_JODI404 5/30/2014 2:20PM


You are right, motivation will definitely change over time. Sometimes smaller jeans are really enough to push you.

LOVE your conversation with Calli!! So *AWESOME*!!!

I can't imagine a better (or sweeter) motivation!!

Congratulations on your continued success and all the wonderful things happening in your life right now!!

LIFE IS GOOD!!! Indeed!!

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KCLARK89 5/30/2014 8:50AM

    That's so wonderful!! And definitely an awesome source of motivation for sure!

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WEWRTFO 5/30/2014 2:49AM

    Having been over 500 myself with 17 year old twin daughters I can relate too, have the same connection, motivation wanting to be there for my three daughters. Reasons for loosing weight, living a healthier lifestyle can't get any better than that!


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JAMER123 5/29/2014 11:10PM

    I have motivators in 2 of my granddaughters~ They are so enthusiastic and proud of their accomplishments. Right now I need a motivator on eating the wrong things! Still in the travel mode I guess :-) Thanks for another great blog!!
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SCOUTMOM715 5/29/2014 10:17PM

    Yes, our motivation changes, but I think our kids are our biggest motivators! This is so precious. Definitely brought a tear to my eyes. emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 5/29/2014 10:15PM

    And to take it even farther, you want to be there for the weddings of your grandchildren. You've got a lot of motivation to take great care of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AEROGIRL1594 5/29/2014 9:48PM

    Awll, it sounds like your children are great motivation! It also sounds like they are total sweethearts! Good luck on your journey!! :)

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KOHINOOR2 5/29/2014 9:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon blog. Our children are always our greatest source of motivation. Thank you for sharing.

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STEELKICKIN 5/29/2014 8:25PM

    Ohhhh my God...

Fist pumps are the BEST, aren't they??

She looks so much like you...

Congrats on that upcoming wedding.

(Psssst (whispering) told ya so...)

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JUNEAU2010 5/29/2014 7:52PM

    Bless Calli's very young heart for reigniting your passion in a new way! I started my SP journey because I want to be involved in my youngest niece's life. She was 3 when I started and I need to remind myself of that motivation. Thank you for so eloquently bringing that front and center!

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    Yes! Children are an awesome motivation. And what a beautiful one you have in Calli! Thanks so much for sharing. Couldn't help but smile for the wonderful bond you 2 share.

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LINDAK25 5/29/2014 6:38PM

    Sweet! It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

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TRISTAROSE 5/29/2014 6:22PM

    This is such a nice story and should keep you motivated for a long time ..... Thanks for a great blog!

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TINAJANE76 5/29/2014 5:38PM

    Your little girls are very lucky to have you, Brad. This especially hits home for me as I've watched my dad's health decline the past few years, largely as a result of years of poor lifestyle choices. Anything and everything we can do to keep our health-related goals clearly in focus is a good thing in my book and your girls are definitely a great motivation for you to continue to stay on track.

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MONTANAWALKER 5/29/2014 3:28PM

    Great blog!! emoticon
I think it's interesting that you write about how many times the motivation waned and changed and then moments like this special one with Calli take you back to the very beginning and are probably MORE true now than when you began.

I'm sure those twin beauties are very proud of you and you have been an exceptional role model for them. Some day they will understand all you went through for them...and the love you share will never end. I hope you have a chance to walk them down the aisles and imagine that they are going to be walking you down the aisle in October. What a beautiful, heartfelt story for today! Thanks for sharing your wonderful life with us!

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SUSIEMT 5/29/2014 12:36PM

    This is one powerful blog! Thank you for sharing it. Children are such great motivation The future they hold for us are just so powerful!

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BABYBARNEY 5/29/2014 12:21PM

    Motivation with a capital M...for sure that one pulls at the heart strings!!!

Keep on going Brad!

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/29/2014 11:55AM

    Love this! And thank you for the reminder that motivation does come and go and change over the years.

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SEATTLE58ANEW 5/29/2014 11:52AM

    Awwww, so precious! Every little bit of hard work will pay off over and over again! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/29/2014 11:17AM

    HUGS to that wonderful daughter of yours. That would make my day too.

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READINGGAL 5/29/2014 10:34AM

    Love this blog!!! I remember as a little girl how much it meant to me for my daddy to live to walk me down the aisle ... and later to see his grandchildren. He had his first open heart surgery when I was in 6th grade. What a GREAT moment to be alive for. By "alive" I don't mean just breathing, but rather active and healthy. My new motivation is my 1st grandchild on the way. I don't want to be a sedentary grandmother who sits on her butt and can't bend over or get down on the floor to play with toys. I want to be a healthy and active granny who can take hikes with the little one and play until they tire first. emoticon

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NASFKAB 5/29/2014 10:22AM

  lovely story we have to be healthy for our families

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PHOENIX1949 5/29/2014 10:09AM

    Sweet story.

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MRSP90X 5/29/2014 10:07AM

    Very touching!!! Nothing like being here for our family!!

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NILLAPEPSI 5/29/2014 9:56AM

    What a little sweetie pie! Yep, she's a great reason to get this done, once & for all. emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 5/29/2014 9:54AM

    How sweet! I did walk my little girl down the aisle. Now I would like to see my granddaughters walk down that aisle! Yes, motivation changes. I am grateful it does! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/29/2014 9:21AM

    This brought tears to MY eyes. My kids are the reason I began MY journey, and apparently finishing it for me, isn't much motivation. I need to continue to push and work and fight for THEM. Kat asked me over the weekend how old I was when I got married. I told her 25. She said she couldn't wait to be 23 or 24 so she could go shopping for wedding dresses with me... OMG, my heart grew 3 sizes that day... LOVE THESE KIDS!

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CAROL_31649731 5/29/2014 9:11AM

    . . . and yes, to see your children have children, too! What great motivation for you, Brad! You HAVE worked very hard, and done extremely well. You deserve so much joy. Enjoy all those precious moments! Thanks for sharing them with us!!! emoticon

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REGILIEH 5/29/2014 9:08AM

    That is so neat! She is darling and I love her name!



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GABY1948 5/29/2014 9:07AM

    There is NOTHING like our kids to keep us PUMPED! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 5/29/2014 9:04AM

    That's a good one!

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    how sweet! so touching! thanks for sharing! emoticon

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THOMS1 5/29/2014 8:43AM

    Talk about incentive, now that is something to keep you going. Have a great day Brad! emoticon

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KANOE10 5/29/2014 8:17AM

    That was such a sweet moment. Your little girl is adorable and loves you very much. That is the perfect motivation! You are so right about the changing faces of motivation.
That was a lovely spark in motivation for you.

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    So true how our 'motivators' change.. I was just reflecting on that as well. You have great reasons to continue to achieve those health goals!!

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PYNETREE 5/29/2014 8:03AM

    And you have that incentive right there in front of you everyday!

Wonderful! Happy Fathers Day!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/29/2014 7:50AM

    Aren't children simply stunning?

What a gift you give your daughters by regaining the possibility of living long enough to launch them successfully into their own lives.

What a gift they give you by reminding you that you have a reason to stay alive as long as you possibly can...

...and, oh yeah, by reminding you how very much you are loved.

What a lucky man you are, Brad.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/29/2014 7:41AM

    Oh how touching!!! She's a cutie pie :) Now that's motivation for you emoticon

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HOLLYM48 5/29/2014 7:38AM

    emoticon this brought a tear to my eye. How sweet is that. So many reasons to get healthy but I have to agree that family and being there for them and being able to do things with them is one of the best motivators of all. Way to go! Such an awesome dad you are and you are going to be an awesome husband soon as well.

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JADED_CHICK19 5/29/2014 7:31AM

    Aww what a sweet little girl you have. Loved ones are always the best motivator! :D

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NANCYJH64 5/29/2014 7:28AM

    That is awesome!! It is the small moments in time that help us remember what is important!!

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TIME-4-TINA 5/29/2014 7:12AM

    Yes, our kids, it's the best motivation of all. Sweet lil' Calli looks just like you! However looking hot in your wedding tux is good motivation too!

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