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JOURNEY52 Posts: 124
5/7/09 7:31 A

Life is not a spectator sport. Congratulations on being a participating player. Isn't it sooooo much more fun? Enjoy the journey.

CDARBY6 Posts: 192
5/7/09 7:30 A

Wow thats awesome!! You should be so proud of what you have accomplished!! emoticon Thanks for being such a great motivations emoticon

DEEE13 Posts: 6
5/7/09 7:29 A

you must be very proud of yourself.....
wtg congrats

WINNIE-POOH SparkPoints: (164,076)
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5/7/09 7:23 A

Praise the Lord - I pray that you have many more victories!
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5/7/09 7:20 A

That is great to hear your story. They say you can
accomplish anything when you have the willpower.
Great Job!!!!

PIXCESS Posts: 8
5/7/09 7:17 A

Yay!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!!

BRUANNE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/09 7:16 A

Congratulations! Not only on your physical success but for signing up for one of the most awesome jobs in the world!! A Firefighter!! God bless you for putting your life on the line for others. That's a truly special accomplishment. THANK YOU!!

BELLADONNA921 Posts: 4,948
5/7/09 7:04 A

emoticon You are doing awesome!!!

5/7/09 7:04 A

Good for you. emoticon

JULIEVIO21 Posts: 484
5/7/09 7:00 A


DEBSCOY Posts: 1
5/7/09 6:59 A

Congratulation!!! I know that's a fantastic feeling!

GREEKGAL1 Posts: 3,535
5/7/09 6:57 A

Congratulations, what an accomplishment! Keep up the good work.

GEORGINAP Posts: 2,091
5/7/09 6:54 A

there's no better feeling then feeling good with oneself.... keep it up!! i'm sure you can do that and MORE!!!

SANDYWEB33 Posts: 1
5/7/09 6:27 A

Good for u! Congratulations and keep up the good work!

10285115CS Posts: 3,120
5/7/09 6:19 A

you are not just an average guy. most average guys could not have passed the fire rescue fitness exam.

VICKIQT Posts: 2
5/7/09 5:54 A

Congratulations! emoticon

BABARELLA Posts: 128
5/7/09 5:53 A

With your grit and determination, you sound like more than an "average guy" to me. An average guy might not have bothered to make the effort to change their lives to meet their goals, but you did! emoticon

GONEMOM Posts: 2
5/7/09 5:49 A

Congratulations!!! Overcoming self-doubt by creating a whole new you is an accomplishment I hope is just one of many for you. One victory can snowball into so many more. You're an inspiration for me.

JANDJRICHES Posts: 1,654
5/7/09 5:48 A

Hey – great going… What a great sense of achievement you must be feeling.
One could say - ‘Welcome to the land of the Living’, and I bet that’s just about how you are actually probably feeling.
Pretty sad when we for whatever reason sometimes have to set ourselves aside from others.. But now I can imagine just to be included would be a great accomplishment. You’ve really proved your worth – so much more than many other may ever do… cheers....
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5/7/09 5:44 A

emoticon Congratulation on passing the physical test. THat's awesome! emoticon

Edited by: BAMCIVER at: 5/7/2009 (05:51)
5/7/09 4:44 A

WooHoo well done. emoticon

5/7/09 4:28 A


DISNEYPARIS SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/09 3:54 A

emoticon emoticon Well done on your success

YIGOBUTTERFLY SparkPoints: (212,043)
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5/7/09 3:12 A

Wonderful! Keep it up!

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MAGNOLIA777 Posts: 2
5/7/09 3:09 A

I just want to congratulate you on your success, and do not give up to continue improving and feeling better emotionally as well as physically. God Bless

5/7/09 2:55 A

That's fantastic. Well done. emoticon

Edited by: TUCKFIELD1 at: 5/7/2009 (02:55)
MICHELLEFROST SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/09 2:50 A

well done its a real achievement! emoticon

WENDIE07 Posts: 581
5/7/09 2:41 A

Thats great Good job!!!

5/7/09 2:41 A

Hi Miclwilde,
This is the first time I'm replying to a message post...
but just wanted to tell you... that you're NOT an average guy...cause that connotes that you're ordinary ..and there is nothing ordinary about what you have achieved.
You left being average the day you decided to do something about yoru life.
I congratulate you.

5/7/09 1:55 A

I am sure you are WAYYY more than an "average guy". The sheer determination and focus you have shown is AWESOME! Keep it going, you deserve it. I myself have just joined SP and am looking forward to becoming a strong and sexy woman of "Average Size".

Way to go!

RVER07 Posts: 2
5/7/09 1:45 A

What a wonderful achievement - congratulations to you. Enjoy your new success.

TXHRT4U Posts: 8,752
5/7/09 1:44 A

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NANCANGEL SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/09 1:30 A

what a great achievement!!!

BORBOLETA13 Posts: 17
5/7/09 1:30 A

Congrats :) Keep it up :)

BOINKY10 Posts: 51
5/7/09 1:29 A

WOW! Way to go!!!

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GERRI4 Posts: 3,416
5/7/09 1:17 A

emoticon Keep up the good work - there is no stopping you now. Well done!

LEINAALA7 Posts: 3
5/7/09 1:14 A

Good for you and congrats! LIttle things can mean so much. Keep up the good work emoticon

MR.NITRO Posts: 1,428
5/7/09 1:13 A

being in adverage shape is a great acomplishment, but I think you can do even better! lets see what ya got! theirs no stopping now!

KATHIH1 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/09 1:08 A

emoticon Congratulations and wishing you the best!

CROTTY Posts: 122,361
5/7/09 12:50 A

I have worked for the Fire Department. Believe me, some of them are not in best of shape.
You will do fine, I am sure.

VICTROLA1 Posts: 125
5/7/09 12:42 A

Congrats to you and keep up the good work - sounds like you are more than average. You deserve deserve a huge applause!!


KKS5369 Posts: 284
5/7/09 12:41 A

Amazing! Congratulations on your progress, and God bless as you continue the journey.

SUEH1954 Posts: 6
5/7/09 12:28 A

Outstanding! you must be feeling on top of the world.


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NOWEAPON SparkPoints: (0)
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4/7/09 7:23 P


SP_COACH_DEAN SparkPoints: (116,720)
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4/7/09 6:59 P

emoticon Nice work!

Coach Dean

4/7/09 2:42 P

Great job!

I think what you are doing qualifies as "above average". The average person does not take the initiative to get their life back or alter it's coarse.

Keep motivating people.

KATIESP Posts: 1,157
4/7/09 12:28 P


Thanks for sharing your story! Keep up the great work.

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (70,023)
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4/7/09 12:14 P

Woohoo Michael - you'll be able to use this momentum to reach many other goals in life!


Chris (SparkGuy)

CHERDOLL8 Posts: 3,524
4/7/09 2:01 A

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Who ever thought being joe average would be such an awesome feeling
Keep it up
Keep going
You can do it
You will do it

4/7/09 12:23 A

Like many of us here, that's what I've always wanted to be - an average guy - just like everyone else.

I never felt like everyone else though - until now.

Last Friday I passed that physical agility test for East Jefferson Fire and Rescue. I never would have even attempted this before. I always wanted to do it, but I always told myself that I'm too fat, too slow, too weak - I'm just being silly even thinking about facing any sort of physical fitness test.

I always thought that passing physical tests was something that other people did and that I would never be one of those people, but I did it. I am one of those people.

I'm not in top condition, I still have weight to lose, I may never be the fastest or the strongest, but at least I can look at myself now and feel as though I am like other people. I've never felt normal before in my life. Just feeling like an average guy is an amazing feeling.

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