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Let's Help Brian Celebrate!

Brian told be he has a hard time "celebrating me," meaning himself of course. Please help me help Brian celebrate because the dude is not only cool but totally inspirational!!

How are you defining your success?

Better health, being around longer for the people that mean so much to me...my kids, my girlfriend and other members of my family.

Which of your personal goals have you achieved?

Wanted to improve my health, initial goal was to lose 100 lbs. I had hit a breaking point while doing my radio show from the Grammys last year and knew I had to do something!

How long did it take you?

My one year anniversary was Feb 21, 2009 and I have lost a total of 130 pounds and I am now at goal working on getting my lifetime at WW.

What new goals have you set for yourself?

  • Learning maintenance right now.
  • For the first 8 or 9 months I only did cardio and then I started weight training. I am seeing GREAT results with the WT and one of my many goals is to just keep getting in better shape and WT is a big part of that :-)
  • To help as many people as i can realize their dreams of being healthy. A lot of trainers ignore those of us who are considered obese and I am living proof that it can be done and I want to help others who are in their minds... hopeless.

*I have many other goals but those are a few.

What has changed the most about you?

I could give you a VERY long list aside from the physical things...my mental attitude and edge is at an all time high now. I have always been a very positive person but I feel now nothing can get in my way.

What did you find hardest about reaching your goal? How did you overcome it?

Believe it or not "Toxic people" there were people in my life who either were unhappy with their own lives or did not want me to succeed and always were negative or telling me I was losing too much. I have moved on from the those people.

How has blogging helped you reach your goals?

It has been a VITAL part of my weight loss. I could and will (if you want) list so many things that have been a part but as far as blogging...When I first started ww people in the meetings told me about these weight loss blogs. I googled and found a few and then more and more and I freaked out...I LOVE THEM. They were so inspirational and informative. I have made friends through reading them, I have learned new things to eat, exercise ideas, how to power through tough times doing ww and a million other things. I honestly feel the blogging was a BIG part of what I have done so far. I started blogging early on and I am sure no one read them BUT I did them to keep my self accountable. I wished I could devote more time to them and I sometimes feel guilty about not responded as quickly as I would like...but I am a single parent that works in both radio and tv and lives a very hectic schedule but yet I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams. :-)

Any tips for those that share you goal?

  • I just try to always stay positive
  • I never totally deny myself, if I want something bad I have it and then get right back on the program.
  • I love WW, I feel the meetings are so important.
  • I never miss a weigh in. There have been times when I wanted to skip and I didn't ...keeps me honest.
  • WATER lots of water.
  • Activity when I started I really struggled but slow and steady effort has really paid off.
  • The weeks where I put the most effort into it. I get the most (results) out of it
  • I track everything as far as food goes. I buy those little 3 month journals.
  • When I get in a challenging place or hit a wall, I reach out to other bloggers who have already maybe hit the same obstacles and I ask for help.
  • Nothing ever tastes as good as losing weight feels
  • I have treated myself with non food rewards at weight loss milestones along the way.
  • I have learned to love myself and not be so hard on myself.
  • I look for at least one new food a week, I have a habit of eating the same foods all the time so I challenged myself to expand my universe.
  • If you don't own one yet get yourself an ipod or an mp3 player for when you exercise, music really helps me.

Brian - you ARE AWESOME and stop thanking me so much and give yourself a round of applause! ;~P

Comment by Jen @ KUrunner on March 24, 2009 at 12:35pm
Congrats Brian!
Comment by SaminSTL on March 24, 2009 at 1:08pm
Brian you look awesome and your words are very motivational... congrats on your AWESOME achievement and thank you for sharing it with us!! :)
Comment by Arlene on March 24, 2009 at 1:14pm
Congratulations on hitting your weight goal ... and in just a year, too! I've been doing WW since August 2007 and still have 17 pounds of 70 to lose. I love those goals of yours, too, especially the one about helping other obese people with fitness.
Comment by Maren on March 24, 2009 at 1:16pm
Thanks for sharing your story! I am sure that your example has motivated a lot of people! You prove that it IS possible! You are strong and truely inspirational!
Comment by Jessica on March 24, 2009 at 1:53pm
Great job! You look great! Celebrate man! You have more than earned it!
Comment by JillianBean on March 24, 2009 at 5:27pm
Congratulations on getting to your goal. You've done an amazing job!! Thanks for sharing your story with us. :)
Comment by Angela on March 24, 2009 at 7:02pm
Thank you for sharing your story. It's very inspiring!
Comment by Amanda on March 24, 2009 at 7:43pm
Awesome story! You look amazing!
Comment by marymaybe on March 25, 2009 at 8:17am
You look great and your story is very motivating. I too hit goal in Nov. of 07. I have a tiny set back in past several months due to surgeries and its you and everyone here that inspires us to not give up..thank you
Comment by EmilyRose on March 25, 2009 at 10:12am
Congratulations Brian! You are such an inspiration to all of us =) Thank you for sharing your story - you're giving us all hope that success really IS possible!
Comment by Joni on March 26, 2009 at 1:28am
Brian you were such a key motivator to me during my weight loss and you're just such a super guy! Congrats on your fantastic success!! You look amazing :)
Comment by BigTickles on March 26, 2009 at 10:10pm
This is something I definitely needed to see right now. Way to go!
Comment by Lou on March 27, 2009 at 6:02am
Brian AWESOME JOB!!!! Congratulations for getting to your goal weight. I do understand how tough it was getting past the negative people in our lives. Not to mention the ones who don't want you to succed and try to sabotage oor efforts. I have been lifetime now for about 4 months. Maintenance is tougher than losing so take care my friend.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become
by achieving your goals. ~ Zig Ziglar
Comment by Azad on March 27, 2009 at 10:45am
Hey Brian - congrats on hitting your one year mark!!!! That is a huge accomplishment in and of itself! Your positivity always shows in your posts and your are such an inspiration. You truly show us not only can it be done but that it is maintainable. Kudos to you and keep up the great work!!!
Comment by Kimberly on March 29, 2009 at 5:58pm
Congratulations Brian! You look wonderful and I am so inspired by you!
Comment by Danielle Smith on March 30, 2009 at 11:50pm
You are a huge motivation to us all! Thanks so much for sharing your story, you look great!!!
Comment by erin on April 1, 2009 at 7:55pm
Wow!! Great job Brian! You are a great inspiration to all of us. Thanks for being transparent during your journey.
Comment by Kerina on April 6, 2009 at 1:48pm
Wow!!! Congratulations!!! You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I am looking forward to hearing more of your journey.
Comment by Tonya on April 25, 2009 at 10:44pm
You ROCK!!!
Comment by Erica on May 4, 2009 at 11:54am
I appreciate you sharing your story! I've been thinking about incorporating more WT into my routine, I keep reading more bloggers writing about their body changing & looking more toned through WT! Since I'm close to goal I think it is time! You have encouraged me to add more, thank you!

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