See this image larger
thats me

See this image larger

See this image larger

go to goodies page
Easter Basket
go to goodies page
Candy Cane
go to goodies page

JGRIFF148 is a SparkPeople Motivator!

See All SparkPeople Motivators
Interact with JGRIFF148
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

Convincing Myself To Be Strong
Sometimes it's easy to forget the very important reasons why I'm doing this. For me it's a desire to have a better life. I want to have a longer, healthier life. I want to feel freedom from obesity. I want to experience the things in life that being extremely overweight prohibits. I don't ever want to be scared about a little twinge in my chest, wondering if I'm about to have a heart attack. I want to be active with my family, do things that we've never done, because it wasn't what fat people do. I want to swim. I want to run. I want to free my family and my mind of worry over my weight. These are the reasons I must continue this mission faithfully, honestly, and with a determined spirit.

A real transformation begins on the inside, not in a bottle or a package. The magic is sitting inside you, just waiting to be let out. The transformation is a learning process, one that comes from realizing you control your destiny, and that you can accomplish whatever you decide you're going to accomplish."

"Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want."

You can achieve great things in your life, but you need to fully believe in yourself to do them!

Hi my name is john, I live in west palm beach, fl.I had a problem with my heart (A-Fib) and I was told to lose weight or I would not be around long, My goal is to take back my life,so ill be around to see my grandkids grow up,I will take all the support I can to reach my goal weight,I need all of your help thanks

I've come to terms with the fact that I CAN'T "be like everyone else" when it comes to eating and drinking what I want, when I want. I'll have to do my own thing for the rest of my life, but I'm actually okay with that.

Numerous people have told me that I inspire them. That just blows my mind! I've never been "the success story" before.

"The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot do."

you can forgive yourself as well as others and learn from your mistakes
, problems and heartaches will be steppingstones on your path to
growing wiser and stronger. If you can love yourself as well as others ,
you will learn acceptance and understanding.

Smiling and a good laugh can change your mood, no matter what kind of day you�ve had. So do some self-medicating every time you feel your mood darkening; watch a funny movie or spend time with a friend who tells good jokes. Just laugh damn it.

Now I want to help others the way I helped myself. No matter how many road blocks life puts in the way, jump over them and keep plugging away. You will be happy you did. I know I did!

The power of prayer and determination is unstopable

...''Today, I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it." - the Dalai Lama

There are no secrets to Success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure

...Just for today, I
will not worry. Just for today, I will not be angry. Just for today, I
will give thanks for my many blessings. Just for today, I will do my
work honestly. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. I say this twice a day and try to live my life with these beliefs

Never give up. Never give in. Never quit trying. Your dreams WILL come true...NEVER stop believing

The day you decide to change your life....It wont be easy.....It will cause you pain.....you will feel loss....It will be difficult at time...But always remember, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! Because one day in the future it WILL be easier....you WILL heal.....you WILL find a new life......& you'll be so glad you went through it all & came out the other end!

Member Since: 6/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 36,765

My Goals:
[please note, no actual users were harmed in the making of this blog]**********

The power of prayer and determination is unstopable!!!
Short term goals:
..No more fast foods
...Drink more water
...l no longer eat 2 or 4 legged animals
...only eat health fresh foods
...try to help others, to meet their goals
...try to walk 10,000 steps daily
...try to get 8 hours of sleep
Long term goals
...Living longer and happier through positive thinking.
...get to my goal weight
... exercising more from this chair to a 5k
...Avoid hyper-focusing on negatives
...Get involved in charity work
...It does not matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. It may take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they do.

My Program:
Processed sugar

Green is Gold - Green tea, that is. When it comes to powerful antioxidants green tea gets
the gold medal for the highest concentration of polyphenols of any beverage on the planet . So, drink Green Tea.
Try it with,light agave nectar.
***I do not eat anything with two or four legs.
***no fast foods.
***no diet sodas
***no fried,or high sodium foods.
***Eat fresh,natural,organic,nothing from cans ,boxes or jars.that has words on the back that you cant read or say

Personal Information:
I'm a "young" 50ish, who has struggled most of my childhood and all of my adulthood with my weight. I've been up and down and up and down. The past 5 years I've had quite a journey. I went to my higest weight ever 532 pounds. I got to the point were I was unable to to get around,could not sleep,I was only able to walk from chair to chair,my wife saved my life,she got a scale that would weight me,thats when I saw how heavy I had got,my waist size had got to 68 in..My wife and I started the south beach diet ,and as the weight came off,I had more engery and Thats when I had to get the mind set that this was a life long journey.
I AM DONE! -I am done hating to look in the mirror -I am done crying over how my clothes fit me -I am done not being comfortable enough to show myself naked to my Wife -I am done comparing myself to my friends -I am done deleting all the pictures because "i am fat" and deleting memories -I am done hiding -I am done with exuses -I am done being a fat man! - I AM

Other Information:
Surround your self with positive people and shun the negative ones. Time spent with negative people can end up making you feel bad even if you were feeling good in the beginning. Your life will be much more pleasant and your weight loss goals easier to attain if you surround yourself with positive people.

Read More About JGRIFF148 - Profile Information moved here. (Updated February 21)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 Pounds lost: 186.8 
Login to Leave Comment
    Happy Easter ...too hard not to get excited about such a great day. emoticon

    Wishing you only the greatest of everything. Hope this spring is the time to reach those goals, get closer or to start again. emoticon

    Watch out because I am back and ready to run, walk, cycle and do whatever it takes to meet my goals. What about you?

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2308 days ago
    I haven't seen a blog from you in so long, I always enjoyed the uplifting photos and words, I miss you
    2376 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    emoticon emoticon emoticon ☆**☆.¸¸.♥A TOAST TO YOU, MY FRIEND emoticon emoticon emoticon
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Something wonderful, something hidden - in a dream unique to you. Find it. Follow it. Cherish it. Make it a dream come true!
    2768 days ago
    ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~
    May your good times & treasures of the present
    ❉ *.¸¸.*✳*.¸¸.*❄*.¸¸*❆ *.¸¸.*❄.¸¸.*✳*.¸¸.*❄*
    Be the gift of never ending happiness, and
    ❉ *.¸¸.*✳*.¸¸.*❄*.¸¸*❆ *.¸¸.*❄.¸¸.*✳*.¸¸.*❄*
    Become your golden memories of tomorrow
    ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~ ℒℴνℯ~
    2781 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Holidays. Let's make 2014 our best year ever. emoticon

    I see your Spark Friend, EYES_ON_THEPRAZ , is THE MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY. What an honor. emoticon

    WOW, what you have done has been amazing. I love it. Have you seen the documentary film on Netflix "My 600 Pound Life"? She had surgery and lost over 350# but then they had marriage trouble as her husband had always taken care of her. Rather sad, but she has kept the weight off. Glad you did it on the South Beach Diet. I've learned a lot from Richard Bernstein M.D. and his lectures on YouTube and reading his book "The Diabetes Solution" as I have Insulin Resistance.
    2782 days ago
Member Comments (873):  < Previous1234Next >Last >>