BRADMILL2922's SparkPeople Blog BRADMILL2922's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More Kitchen Adventures Of Chef Boyar 'B' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Swedish Chef is back!--or--Zee Svedeesh Cheff is beck! Bork Bork Bork! The highly anticipated sequel to The Kitchen Adventures Of Chef Boyar 'B' is FINALLY HERE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ouch. Harsh. <BR> <BR> Ok, so sequels can get a bad wrap at times but every once in a while, a good one can poke it's head up out of the ground and not send ever... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:06:25 EST The Changing Face Of Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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 p... Thu, 29 May 2014 05:28:10 EST The Kitchen Adventures Of Chef Boyar 'B' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is the Swedish Chef and he is my Culinary Hero! Some claim that he is the original Iron Chef...and by some, I mean me! With that in mind, I gave myself a nickname back about a year and a half ago when I originally posted a few blogs about what I was eating while losing weight. I think all of like 4 people actually was reading them back then so I thought I would give it a bit of a reboot. <BR> <BR> I know, I ... Fri, 23 May 2014 05:44:31 EST It Has Been 2 Years Since I Came Back To Spark! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I missed my 2 year reintroduction anniversary to SparkPeople last week amidst the marriage proposal video I posted. When I say reintroduction to Spark, I mean when I got back to Spark after a long time away. <BR> <BR> Let's all hop in the DeLorean for a tick and I will reset the story for those who don't know. I hit my high weight of 509 lbs. back in May of 2009. I made a goal that I would hit 299 lbs...someday.... Tue, 13 May 2014 05:31:10 EST I Proposed At A Spark Rally, Here Is Video Of It! This is the video of the actual proposal at Cincinnati Area Spark Rally on Saturday, April 26th. After I was done speaking, I called my girlfriend Lauren up to the front of the rally and this is how it went! <BR> <BR> YES, I danced a little and YES, I got done on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage :) <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this time with my Spark family because you have all been so important to me over the years! THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> This is all the music in the video. Each son... Mon, 5 May 2014 06:30:54 EST My Spark Rally Marriage Proposal Video This is the video I made and showed at the Cincinnati Area Spark Rally this past Saturday, April 26th. After I was done speaking, I called my girlfriend Lauren up to the front of the rally and played this video for her and everyone to see. I then proposed to her and she said YES! <BR> <BR> I am going to blog about the actual rally soon and I am going to also share the video of the actual proposal once I get that all put together shortly. (Yes, I have it all on video!) And yes, I did dance LO... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:31:34 EST One Of Those Moments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you ever had "one of those moments" in life where that no matter how brief the moment was, it seems to convey a million things? It is kind of like that old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words", but with a moment. Perhaps the new saying can be, "a moment is worth a million things". I had "one of those moments the other day. <BR> <BR> I get that "things" is vague. I only use "things" because I am not... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:39:46 EST I Used To. I Did. I Am. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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 ide... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:45:23 EST Leave The "Box Of I Can't" Behind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How long will it take? How much money will it cost me? How can I do this? Can I do this? If I don't do this, where will I be? What if this, and what if that... <BR> <BR> We face a lot of questions along our healthy lifestyle journey. We deal with questions that we answer to either help motivate us to get where we want to be or that will end up sabotaging our own efforts, sending us right back to where we started. ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:46:55 EST What A Pain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you may know, I hurt my back pretty bad in the middle of November doing my new workout program. I didn't hurt myself doing anything really abnormal or crazy, I hurt myself doing a squat. I hurt myself doing a SQUAT?!?! How did I hurt myself doing something I have done thousands of over the last 18 months or so?!?! <BR> <BR> For the better part of 3 days, I could only crawl around my house. For the be... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:34:40 EST Mistakes Happen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Noted author, minister, and counselor Hugh Prather once said, "I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a 'mistake' is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the fac... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:48:24 EST I WILL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, I started a blog with the words, "Someday, I honestly want to say, I MADE IT!" <BR> <BR> 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... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 05:52:31 EST The Costumes We Wear <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since it is Halloween, what better to talk about than the costumes we wear. No, I do not mean the long-bearded, camo-wearing costume of everyone's favorite Duck Commander , Si. Nor do I mean the once Disney child-tv-star turned "twerking" pop diva Miley Cyrus. However popular those and other fictional character, celeb favorite, funny pun, or creative monsters are going to be amongst adults in the hallways and cubic... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:40:09 EST Know & No <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We start this journey at a place that seems hopeless. We start at a place where the answers seem few and far between. We start with just an idea of where we want to be and a dream to one day make it to that point. But...we start. <BR> <BR> In the beginning, I started by learning two words, know & no. <BR> <BR> Know is hard. Know is something that is constantly changing and ongoing. Know is something that we think... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:08:48 EST Paying The Toll <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Positive and negative days. Ups and downs. Success and the failures. That is what our journey's are made of. Our journey's have more potholes, exit ramps, and tollbooths than the New Jersey turnpike. If we want success, we must deal with all of those obstacles. We dodge potholes. We skip past exits. We pay the tolls even if we have to turn our pockets inside out or dig in the car seats for some change. Why? Becaus... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 05:50:27 EST Remember <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind when you think back to the start of your journey? Do you remember how you felt back then? Maybe your journey started three months or three years ago, but that isn't important. Do you remember the reasons you started? Do you remember how you felt the first time you stepped on that scale and the number went down for the first time in...FOREVER! Do you remember? <BR> <BR> I remember that over 4 ye... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:33:11 EST Confessions Of A Recovering Closet Eater <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A closet eater is someone who eats junk food by hiding or sneaking it so nobody else is able to see them. A closet eater is someone who appears to eat healthy in front of other people only to eat unhealthy things, often in large amounts in privacy. This is something that many people who struggle with weight have an issue with. It is a dirty little secret that often, only they know. On that note... <BR> <BR> Hell... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 05:33:40 EST "Smedium Brad": An NSV Tale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How do we measure victory after we spill our blood, sweat, and tears for what we are doing here? The elephant in the room is always the scale and it is really hard to ignore. That number is constantly in our face and is easy to measure. Easy to track. Then there are the non scale victories (NSV's) which can be just as rewarding as the scale number, if not more! <BR> <BR> Making that number on the scale go down is ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:40:49 EST My First Race: The Rugged Maniac (pics) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At approximately 9:59am on Saturday, September 14, 2013, I stood near the starting gate with dozens of other people in preparation for the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Course Race. The race starter came on the PA. system and said, "One minute until race time!" At that moment I closed my eyes and looked at the sun. I took a second to let the whole thing wash over me. I took a second to let this whole journey wash over... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 05:30:03 EST You've Got Mail <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dear (insert your name here), <BR> <BR> 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? <BR> <BR> 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 ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:48:42 EST Embracing The Possibilities! (pics) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I came back to Spark in May of 2012, I have had one phrase at the top of my Spark Page. I have had one phrase that I was going to define this journey and I was going to follow for the rest of my life : Embracing The Possibilities. <BR> <BR> Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "embracing" as to take up especially readily or gladly. To avail oneself of : to welcome. <BR> <BR> I am determined to embrace this jo... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 05:58:57 EST Someday Is Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It can be really easy to get stuck in that "someday" type of lifestyle. We choose to put off what we could be doing today in favor of doing it tomorrow. We get that mindset that "Someday I Will..." and we just fill in the blank. <BR> <BR> Someday I will lose weight. Someday I will start eating healthier. Someday I will start working out. Someday I will... <BR> <BR> The "someday" mindset can turn into a vicious c... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:44:32 EST We Are Fighters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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 y... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 05:55:28 EST Don't Try To Be Perfect, Just Be Better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This whole thing that we are doing here is a process. The process starts by identifying what the problem is. Then we make a plan to remedy the problem. The process ends when we follow the plan that we set in place until the problem is eliminated. Simple, right? In a perfect world, that is what would happen, but as we all know, this is far from a perfect world! <BR> <BR> So often we spend our time trying to be per... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:12:00 EST When Your Mind Says, "I Can't", Tell It To "SHUT UP!" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you really read what that quote by Thomas Edison says? It says, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Is that true? Would you literally astound yourself if you did all of the things you were capable of? If you could unshackle your mind for one minute and embrace all of the possibilities within yourself, do you think you would be astounded? The answer is... <BR... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:32:15 EST 509lbs to 299lbs...Hello Twohundoland! What Now? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you have Chuck Norris on your side, what can go wrong? Hello Twohundoland! It has been a long time since I have seen you. There were many days where I didn't think I would ever see you again! Now that I have, it is time to move forward to something bigger and better! I would like to say a big thanks to Chuck, glad to have him on board! <BR> <BR> As some of you may know by now, on my vlog from a couple of week... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:25:31 EST Spark Rally Recap (pics) <img src=""> <BR> The Spark Indy Group Picture <BR> <BR> This last Saturday (July 2oth) I made the 2 hour drive from my home in Southern Indiana up to the town of Noblesville, Indiana near Indianapolis. I know it is Thursday but better late than never, right? Anyways, it was the first Spark rally/meeting/event that I have been fortunate enough to attend and I am glad that I was able to make the drive up for it! <BR> <BR> First, I have t... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:41:02 EST I Lost 210lbs! GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Thank you for watching my Vlog! This is a video about just part of my journey from 509lbs to 299lbs! This journey is far from over but thank you again for watching and thank you for all the support! <BR> <BR> Musice and video clips from the vlog... <BR> <BR> Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger <BR> Black Sabboth - "I Am Iron Man <BR> Coldplay - "Fix You" <BR> Alexi Murdock - "Orange Sky" <BR> Joe Esposito - "You're The Best" <BR> Tom Petty - "Learning To Fly" <BR> <BR> Andres Cantor goal call <BR... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:06:55 EST Let's Talk Journey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyone wants a quick fix, right? Everyone wants what they want and they want it now! The same goes for, and maybe even more so, weight loss. We have all been there, looking in the mirror and saying to ourselves, "I wish all this extra weight would be gone tomorrow! Why can't it just be gone tomorrow?" So we embark on our weight loss journey wanting results as fast as possible, right? Why wait for tomorrow when we... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:17:00 EST Be Stubborn! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt like that on your journey? When it comes to working out or taking the healthy eating option, how many times have you said, "I don't want to"? I know I have. I know I have often! We have the easy options that we are all to familiar with. The easy option to sit on the couch and not put in the work. The easy option to grab that bag of chips and not slice and dice veggies for 30 minutes. We've taken... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:27:53 EST What If I Want Extraordinary? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you come to Spark to become fine or did you come to Spark to be extraordinary? I will give you a minute to think about...oh, so sorry! Time is up! <BR> <BR> Of course you came here to be extraordinary! <BR> <BR> Isn't that what we all should have? Isn't that what we all deserve? Isn't that what we all want? We didn't come here to be average or fine (not that kind of fine!) but rather, we came here to be ext... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:24:02 EST Knock, Knock, Knockin... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Apologies to all the Big Bang Theory fans in Sparkville, because this blog is not about Sheldon knock, knock, knockin' on Penny's door. Could be a funny blog, but not this time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Likewise, apologies to all the Bob Dylan fans in Sparkville because this blog is not about knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door either. Classic s... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:22:32 EST I Am Honored & Humbled <img src=""> <BR> Surreal To Wake Up And See This Today <BR> <BR> I have known for a couple of weeks that my story was going to run as a feature on the Spark People Blog but until last week, I thought it was going to be in July. Last week I got an email from the Spark PR department saying that they wanted to move it up to Father's Day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=fathers_day_success_story_i_want_to<BR>_b... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:53:08 EST Starbucks Frappuccino Mocha Light Recipe (sort of) <img src=""> <BR> Actual Picture of My First Mocha Light 03.25.13 <BR> <BR> I honestly never had Starbucks in my life until March of this year. I was told to try the Mocha Light frappuccino. Well, the only thing I could really say is, WHY HAVEN'T I TRIED THIS BEFORE?!? It was excellent! <BR> <BR> To save some money and some trips to the local Starbucks, I set out on finding a healthy, homemade recipe that I could use to make my own Moc... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:42:38 EST We May Not Be Perfect, But... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was really thinking about this the other day and came to the conclusion that health and fitness has saved me. Health and fitness has saved my life! That may seem to be a bit of hyperbole but when I really think about it, it isn't. Not to long ago, I was heading down a road of almost certain health problems and a likely early death. That is about as real as things get when you think about it. <BR> <BR> Health ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:16:45 EST Don't Let Difficult Stand In Your Way! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really consider myself fortunate that I have this outlet here on Spark with all of you. A place where I am able to come and open up about what is going on in my life. There have been plenty of times in my life when I have kept things that are going on with me inside, and in the end, really wish I had that outlet, to just be me. I have that here. I have met some really wonderful people here over the last year that... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 06:48:02 EST Suck It Up & Ride The Roller Coaster! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thing. This journey. This lifestyle, is about true change. When I look back over the years of being unhealthy and gaining weight, I need not look any further than the lifestyle I was living. A lifestyle that included laziness. A lifestyle that included taking the easy road. A lifestyle that included unhealthy eating habit on top of unhealthy eating habit. It is no wonder I gained so much weight. <BR> <BR> Wh... Thu, 30 May 2013 05:49:07 EST It Takes Work To Say... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Someday, I honestly want to say, "I MADE IT". "I MADE IT". I MADE IT... <BR> <BR> It is easy to sit around and complain about how hard things are. It is easy to sit around and complain about not being able to do this, or not being able to do that. It is just easy to sit around! Where will that get you in the long run? Right back to where you started. <BR> <BR> That is not why we are here on Spark. We are not here... Thu, 23 May 2013 05:38:03 EST 100 Day Hybrid Workout & Thank You Sparkville! I am going to get to what my 100 Day Hybrid workout is in a minute, but first, I wanted to touch on something else real quick. <BR> <BR> When I posted my vlog last week about losing 142 lbs. in one year, I had no idea that it would get the kind of response it got! Holy Toledo, you all here in Sparkville are AWESOME! I mean, I knew that you were already, but I think you all took it to another level last week! I have been kind of slow getting back to everyone and thanking them for all the wond... Mon, 20 May 2013 06:01:22 EST 1 Year. 142 lbs Lost. Before & After. My recap of my 1 year journey in which I lost 142 lbs. and some of what I have done over the last year that has helped me lose 142 lbs. <BR> <BR> This isn't the whole story. Plus, I still have more to be written. But thank you for taking the time to watch my vlog and for all of your support. I hope you enjoyed the video :) <BR> <BR> Music from the video... <BR> <BR> Band of Horses "The Funeral" <BR> Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis "Can't Hold Us" <BR> ft. Justin Bieber "That Power"... Tue, 14 May 2013 08:32:05 EST Surreal, Honored, Humbled... I didn't set out on this journey thinking that I would be considered as motivational or inspirational to anybody. <BR> <BR> Me, motivational? <BR> <BR> I've had a hard enough time over the years just motivating myself to try and see some results, let alone "leading" others by example. Nope. Not me. Not my example. Well, many of you who have been with me along the way over the last year, have conveyed to me that I have been a source of motivation and/or inspiration. I have to admit, I still... Wed, 1 May 2013 06:13:35 EST Dusting Myself Off After Falling Down... I think over my time blogging here on Spark, I have pretty much stayed positive. I guess I have had a lot of things to be positive about. I always have felt really positive about my progress and wanted to share that with all of you. I have always wanted to be some sort of inspiration, even if it was just one person, one time. But this isn't a typical blog from me. This is me, opening up to you guys about what has been going on the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> For the better part of 11 months, ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 06:10:03 EST I've Lost 142.9 lbs. So I Made A "Sharp Dressed Man" Video! I know I did a big picture blog already with pictures from my cousin's wedding a couple weeks ago, but, I had been wanting to try to make a video with music. This is my first attempt at that. Thank you for taking the time to watch! Let me know what you think! Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:01:22 EST Decisions Cover some decisions I made about my diet and activities to challenge myself. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:28:39 EST The "OO7" Picture Blog With My "Bond Girls" <img src=""> <BR> Ok Connery, You Got Me On This One, But I Shall Return! <BR> <BR> As some of you know, the long awaited wedding in my life took place over this last weekend. No, not my wedding. That doesn't ever seem likely but that is a topic for another blog. Rather, this was my cousin's wedding in Bells, Tennessee which is about a 6 hour drive for me from the Louisville area. The wedding was really nice and everything went off witho... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:02:46 EST My First Video Blog 2 <BR> <BR> This is my first go at a video blog! My next blog will be in the written form with lots of pics from the weekend wedding festivites! <BR> <BR> Good Day Sparkville Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:21:32 EST Kitchen Adventures of Chef Boyar 'B' III <img src=""> <BR> Is This The Swedish Chef's Last Blog Appearance? <BR> <BR> As you may know from the first two installments of the "Chef Boyar 'B'" series, the Swedish Chef is my culinary hero! The original Iron Chef! But after this, the third installment of my series, I am considering not bringing him back for future blogs. This may surprise some, but let's be real folks, dude is kind of a liability in the kitchen. He makes a big mess... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:11:07 EST Day 315: A Cornucopia <img src=""> <BR> The Golden Cornucopia. You want it, but you can't have it! <BR> <BR> Not really sure it will be considered a cornucopia, but I do have a few things to cover in this blog. Let's be honest here, I really just wanted to use the word cornucopia. I mean, you literally need a cornucopia of cornucopia's in your life! Am I right? Hopefully this first paragraph let you meet your allotment of cornucopia's for the day. If not, you... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:48:37 EST More Adventures of Chef Boyar 'B' In The Kitchen <img src=""> <BR> The Original Iron Chef <BR> <BR> It has been awhile (far to long actually) since I got a blog on here about what I was doing in the kitchen. As some of you may know, I am really putting my culinary skills to the test as of late and trying to broaden my horizons a bit. I have been trying to infuse my diet with more vegetables and more variety! Who says eating clean and healthy has to be dull? <BR> <BR> First, I wanted t... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 05:55:55 EST P90x Is A Wrap! Sooo, What's Next? <img src=""> <BR> P90x Is Done! <BR> <BR> I can now mark off P90x from my list of things that I wanted to accomplish along this journey of mine. I can't even count how many times I started P90x over the last few years, only to quit after a couple days or a week. Not this time! This time, it was 90 days up, and 90 days down! Ok, so it was 91 days (Sore back cost me a one day delay) but are we really going to knit-pick here? I'm not! <BR>... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:57:34 EST