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It Has Been 2 Years Since I Came Back To Spark!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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.

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. I lost a little weight that summer but found my way to SparkPeople in August of 2009. By the time March of 2010 rolled around, I had lost 121 lbs. I then got away from all the things I was doing right and had allowed me to have weight-loss success. Perhaps the biggest thing I did was I got away from Spark. I ended up gaining 78 lbs. back over the next two years.

Then, if I can paraphrase something that Doc Brown said in "Back To The Future"...

That leads me to a red-letter date in the history of me: May 5, 2012. Yes! Of course! May 5, 2012! That was the day I found my way back to SparkPeople!

No, I did not hit my head on the toilet and invent the flux capacitor (I mean 1.21 GIGAWATTS! HELLO!), but I did change the course of my history. I got back on the path to my goal that I started back in 2009. I was determined to make it work much like Doc Brown was determined to time travel in the DeLorean at 88 mph!

Last Monday on May 5th, I didn't really celebrate what I had accomplished, but instead, I used it to take a look back at the last two years of my life. I had plenty to reflect on from making my weight loss goal, to hitting plateaus. From having to buy all new clothes to struggling to find motivation. From finishing a 5k obstacle course to hurting my back. From speaking to fellow Sparkers at a rally to having an occasional binge.

All that and it isn't even scratching the surface. In the first year (May 5, 2012-May 5, 2013) I lost 142 lbs. I documented that first year in a vlog that I made and posted here on Spark last May. Here is the link if you haven't seen it before or would like to watch it again...

Now at the two year anniversary, I have lost 25-30 lbs since I made that video. Losing that weight allowed me to make my goal that I set all the way back almost 5 years ago now! Goodness, has it been that long?!?!

But the one thing I have realized since I have been looking back over the last two years is that I still have unfinished business with this healthy lifestyle journey. I have realized that I have been coasting some over this second year and that is disappointing to me. On one hand, I know I can be happy that I have at least maintained but on the other hand, I had and have MORE goals to accomplish! I AM NOT DONE!

My new goal is to make 275 lbs. Being 6'7", I think that 275 lbs. would be a pretty ideal weight for me. That would put me slightly below what I weighed when I graduated high school and would be 234 lbs. lost from my highest weight!

I am getting married on October 4th of this year and I want to make that 275 lbs. by then! I know that if I am diligent with my diet and exercise that I can make that goal! I KNOW IT!

SO IT BEGINS...again!


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    THAT WAS SSSOOO FREAKIN SWEET!!! Thanks for making me cry!!! LOL That was AWESOME!!

    1448 days ago
    That's awesome and amazing. Well done. I know you can reach your goal by your wedding!
    1451 days ago
  • PATTIE2101
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  • TMCAT1129
    How inspiring you are!
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    1456 days ago
    What a process, right? And I think that it's all the sweeter when you had to do it over a long period of time!
    1457 days ago
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  • LIZ324_NYC
    1457 days ago
    So great! She's a very lucky girl :) Happy belated Sparkversary! You can do it!
    1457 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    emoticon This is very exciting! Congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming wedding!
    Regarding your goal, I know you can do it! You inspire me! Thank you! I'm rooting for you! emoticon
    1457 days ago
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    Your story is so inspirational - YOU are a wonderful work in progress and an encouragement to us all!
    Thanks for being you, just the way you are and the way your will be when the scale reads 275 and you walk down that aisle!
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    1458 days ago
    I'm so happy for you on so many levels and you know that. You are a SUPAH STAR and you always will be. You're motivational, inspirational, and damn fine dancer ; ) You know and I know that you'll meet your goals, it's only a matter of time! ROCK AND ROLL!!!

    "Roads... where we're going, we don't need roads..." How true is THAT?!?
    1463 days ago
    Wow! Congrats on your Spark Anniversary! I was trying to leave you a note on your Spark Page...would'nt work for some reason....So..thank you for the fan goodie! And, my AC is fixed ...yes! Then I saw that you had written this blog that I missed....So, great blog, great new goal for your wedding date in early October....Very happy for you guys! Hope you have a wonderful weekend....Stay strong.....I just know you've got this, FAVORITE BRAD! emoticon
    1468 days ago
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    1469 days ago
    SO proud of you and For you! Congrats on your engagement and your recommitment to your new goal!
    1469 days ago
  • LUCKEE40
    Oh my god, I love your Back To The Future references! I have been on a Back To The Future kick lately. I love it! What an exciting couple of weeks for you, a proposal and your anniversary! It's time to celebrate with a high five. You are awesome and I know you will make your goal, (I didn't realize you were so tall! I'm only 5'3 and my boyfriend is 6'4 and we get comments all the time in our height difference. I can only imagine how small I would look next to you. Ha-ha!
    1470 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    You are doing so awesome and the truth is, we are never done. You have come so far and your story is inspirational to me and so many others! I wish you continued success and for you to reach your goal and to keep on pushing to be the best that you can be. I know you will do whatever you set your mind to doing. There is no stopping you!
    Great job and happy anniversary and thanks for being such a spark in so many peoples lives! Keep up the excellent work!
    1470 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    There's just no stopping you! Could not be happier for you!! Amazing story . . . just glad to have been a part of your journey, Brad. emoticon emoticon
    1470 days ago
    you can totslly do this!
    1470 days ago

    I've see you from the beginning and heard your story. I know how hard you're working and how diligent you are. This is a no brainer! The goal you set for yourself, is very doable and I have faith that you have already done this! Take that stand and speak to that mountain and make it crumble or move it! It's already done! To God be the GLORY!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
    1470 days ago
  • BAM19602
    Congratulation! Thanks for sharing your journey. Good luck with your next goal.
    1470 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary! You definitely have got this!
    1470 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary! Your story is such an inspiration!
    1471 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I believe in you and that you CAN do it!! A little hard work and you will be there! October is a wonderful month for many celebrations!! SO, continuing goal!
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    1471 days ago
    You are amazing! Keep going! It will always be a part of our lives even when we don't want it to be! Congratulations on the 2 year anniversary and proposal!
    1471 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon emoticon October 4 is looming in the most excellent way possible!
    1471 days ago
    Happy sparkiversary - a little late, but still heartfelt. Congratulations.
    1471 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Just SPARKFANTASTIC blog!!!!! VERY happy for you and I KNOW you will meet your goal!! Yeah, the hug and the high-five sounds about right! emoticon emoticon
    1471 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.
    1471 days ago
    You are a true inspiration! Your talk at the Cincinnati Spark Rally really helped me to get back to the healthy life I had in 2009. emoticon
    1471 days ago
    Happy Anniversary, Brad! I'm so glad to see you back here with such gusto.

    As a fellow big loser and serial regainer, I can say that every time I lost weight and gained it back, I disconnected from the support systems that had helped me to reach my goals in the first place. It might not be possible for most of us to blog every single day or to respond to every message that's left on our pages, but I do think it's so very important to stay connected here as much as we reasonably can. I've got two+ years of maintenance to show for that and I've got no doubt that you'll be able to reach your new goals by your wedding day!
    1471 days ago
    Fantastic goal Brad! I'm guessing May 5th is going to be always a special day you remember, turning point & your commitment to Spark. The trend I have been noticing from successful weight loss and keeping the weight off is often linked to long term commitment through social media places like spark, twitter, facebook & my fitness pal. May 5th should be your constant reminder why you do all this and how important it is to the overall process of your own weight loss transformation. December 20th is that special day for myself and thankful for post like this to remind me how significant it is. emoticon emoticon .
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    1471 days ago
    Well Brad. You've come a LOOOONNNNGGGG way. Seems you are in for another kick at the can. LOL If you want to lose weight the way that brides usually do, help plan and I mean really get totally involved with the wedding. It is all consuming and so highly stressful that the weight just comes off. Mind you, no one will want to be around you and you will become groomzilla! LOL I know that this is a goal you can reach or come pleasingly close to. You know the routine. Jump in with both feet and start swimming upstream , my friend.

    1471 days ago
    6 '7" . . . OMG! I wouldn't even reach your belly button at 4'10.5"! LOL

    Congratulations on your ever-evolving journey! You have many more chapters to write in your Book of Life and may those chapters be full of happiness and success!

    “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” Thomas Edison
    1471 days ago
    Happy Spark Anniversary, Brad! Between your strength and endurance and support of the Spark community -- I know you can do this! Very well done, Brad! emoticon
    1471 days ago
    Yay! Go for it Brad!
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    1471 days ago
    Ahhhhh, you got this! You know what to do! Happy Spark Anniversary!

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    1471 days ago
    emoticon What an inspiration you are!! Keep up the GREAT work!
    1471 days ago
    you will hit your goal ll the best
    1471 days ago
    So excited for you....not only because of all the success you have had so far, but the success that I know you are going to have in the future! And your wedding too! That is super awesome!
    1471 days ago
    You'll do it, and even if you don't, no one at your wedding will be worried about your weight!
    1471 days ago
  • NHES220
    Congrats on the engagement and your upcoming wedding and I have no doubt that you will hit your goals!
    1471 days ago
    Hey Brad! Congrats on all of your weight loss and losing that stuff between the ears that screws us up so often! LOL I know you said finish this, but just remember to continue on with your healthy lifestyle no matter what! I know what you meant though. Maintenance is at hand! Woo Hoo to you!
    1471 days ago
    I am so glad you found your way back to SP or else I would've never known your story or been inspired by you. As for your next goal- GO FOR IT! You've done it before. You can do it again. We are all here to cheer you on!
    1471 days ago
    Oh ya, you will make it! I have faith in you!! emoticon
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    1471 days ago
    Happy Spark Anniversary!!!
    You have done awesome Brad!! WTG!!
    You will achieve your goals my friend.
    WE all believe in you.

    1471 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Happy Spark Anniversary! You're doing really great! Are we ever really finished?
    1471 days ago
    Yeah boi! :D Go get some! :D Everything about your life makes me want to hug and high five you at the same time... some sort of awkward hug/high-five moment. :D Excellent blog, and just really touching to see how far you've come, and how you constantly manage to set a new carrot in place and go for it. So proud of you, brother!
    1471 days ago
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