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A Moment...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Today has been pretty much like any other day... and yet for some reason in the last hour I've found myself having quite the moment. It's as if my journey this past year has suddenly caught up with me, and I'm pretty emotional all of sudden. I can't believe how much has changed in my life since I first wrote here. I can't believe all of the experiences I've been fortunate to have as a result of having made and stuck to my lifestyle changes. All these memories that I would never have had if not for those changes. It's amazing. I almost wouldn't believe it all if it weren't for the fact that I'm living it right here and right now. Crazy.

True story: I bought a bunch of XL workout clothes when I first started this journey last June, and I still workout out in them. For one, I'm cheap and those clothes were expensive, lol, but also I love sliding them onto my much smaller and tauter body and reflecting on how far I've come. It's a great inspiration before heading out of the change room to get down to business. :)

My story from last year when I just started...
in case anyone wonders how it all started for me. What sticks out to me is a few sentences right near the end:

"I want my kids to grow by example, and I want to be active with them, and I want to be hot for my wife again (I know she loves me regardless, but she deserves the best that I can be). These three things run through my head everyday, and I won't give up on them. I won't give up on myself."

What amazes me, is that these three things are still the exact same reasons I refuse to give up. I refuse. Stubbornly so. :)
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  • THEIS58
    Love this. Thanks.
    1357 days ago
    How GREAT is it when you can look back and see how you've not only reached your goals, but continue to grasp on tightly to those goals every single day!

    Kudos to you. Very inspiring. And no doubt your family is thrilled with the choice you made a year ago. Now go out and play chase with your kids!!!
    1364 days ago
    So incredibly proud and inspired by how far you've come, Gregg. Keeping letting that light shine!
    1367 days ago
    We all need a moment..."the" moment...that will define us. Thank you for sharing your moments with us. It is exciting to see your growth. It gives us inspiration for moments of our own.
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    1368 days ago
    You should be so proud of the example you are setting for your children.
    I admire you so for doing so. Especially with all the obesity in the children in the states.
    Have a great day
    1371 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You deserve to be emotional and to celebrate how far you have come. You have made so many lifestyle changes for your health. You are a wonderful role model for your children and a great husband. Well done. Thanks for sharing your success with us.
    Your continued joy in the new you, inspires all of us.

    1371 days ago
    You've come a long way and you have so many reasons to be emotional.
    The things we do for the people we love! You showed your love for your family in action and you offered them the most precious gift: the best version of yourself!
    Keep on being a great role model for them and an amazing inspiration for us!
    1371 days ago
    Just so so awesome. Beaming smiles for the incredible journey you have pushed on through, forged through the fog and coming out shining stronger. The reasons you push on--beautiful! To believe in yourself, to believe in the ones you love...that is simply so precious. Continue to love on you, love on your family & shine who you are to the full! I went to bed last night thinking about what love is. Love is patient, kind, slow to anger...etc. I was just like that is exactly what I gotta (keep) giving me. We each do. To truly love ourselves is simply wonderful. It is then we realize we are of a value that can't be priced. We are of such immense value that its unable to be. To view ourselves, others with such love makes an impact greater than we could even imagine. emoticon emoticon
    1371 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2014 9:40:29 PM
    Excellent reasons Gregg and take all the moments you need!! It's an amazing transformation!!!!
    1371 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I applaud you for writing your story! Not always easy but until we see it in writing or see ourselves in pics, we just cant face what we have become. I think that so many of us have been on that up and down roller coaster. We do so well for a while, lose the weight, feel really good, look really good and then real life comes crashing in. Well, I have had enough and as 50 looms closer for me, I know that I do not want to do this again. Losing 45 lbs was hard and sometimes maintaining is hard, especially when we see all of the good food that smells and tastes so good but I will eat all of this in moderation and it will always fit within my calorie range, even on vacation because it is so important to me that this is a lifestyle that I will maintain for the rest of my life.
    It is so awesome that your kids see you as a fit role model and my girls know that when we go on vacation, there will lots of walking. Usually more than 5 miles a day. Good for you and keep up the great work.
    This site works for losing and for maintaining because of people like you that put into words what we think but may not have the ability to write!
    1371 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2014 7:26:53 PM
    We all love you here in SparkVille, Gregg!
    ...And the fact that you are emotional and reflective about your journey is a HUGE reason why!!!

    Your wife must be aweful proud of you! I know your kids are too young to know anything really about your weight loss journey, except I am positve that they can FEEL your new found energy and that you are likely a much more present and FUN father figure in their lives because of it! And that, no doubt, will pay off dividends... not for you, but for their future!

    Keep leading by example and making your family (and Friends) so proud of you!!!! emoticon (Now I'm getting a little emotional! lol)
    1371 days ago
    You're ridiculously inspiring. You have EVERY right to be emotional. You've come so far. So incredibly proud of you and excited to see what else you accomplish.
    1371 days ago
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