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More Kitchen Adventures Of Chef Boyar 'B'

Friday, June 06, 2014



The Swedish Chef is back!--or--Zee Svedeesh Cheff is beck! Bork Bork Bork! The highly anticipated sequel to The Kitchen Adventures Of Chef Boyar 'B' is FINALLY HERE!



Ouch. Harsh.

Ok, so sequels can get a bad wrap at times but every once in a while, a good one can poke it's head up out of the ground and not send everyone running for the hills...right? I mean, there was the Godfather II...



Terminator 2...



Teen Wolf Too...



Wait--how did that get there?

Moving on.

I am really do like putting my culinary skills to the test try to broaden my horizons a bit as far as what I eat. I try to infuse my diet with more vegetables and more variety! Who says eating clean and healthy has to be dull? I have shared some of these recipes in the past but I thought I would share again since it never hurts to find a new, healthy, fun, and great tasting recipe!

#1 Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken



I rolled the chicken in the honey mustard to give it a good coat, then rolled it in the pretzel crumbs. Baked for about 45 minutes. This turned out really well flavor wise and the chicken stayed nice and moist. I will definitely make this again as well.



I am not playing around here people! I made that honey mustard myself! Ok, I didn't go grab a bee hive or anything like that...don't get smart! But I did mix, 1/2 cup EVOO, 1/2 cup dijon mustard, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, salt, pepper. Blend together. Pretty easy and REALLY good!

#2 Crock Pot Honey Soy Chicken



1 1/2 lb of chicken tenderloin, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 3/4 cup honey, 1TB olive oil, 1 tsp onion powder, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Put frozen chicken in crock pot and poured the other ingredients (minced together) over the top. Cooked on low over night.

I also made some brown rice and combined the two. Let me tell you, this is THE BEST chicken dish I have made so far! SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!

#3 Pineapple Angel Food Cake



So simple! Mix one box of angel food cake and one 20oz can of pineapple tidbits. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. NO FAT! REALLY GOOD! It is soft and full of flavor! A good alternative if you are really craving cake.

Making this food does take up a good chunk of time on my Sunday's, but it is really worth it in the end. It helps me plan my meals and helps steer me in the right direction to making good choices for my diet. Not to mention, it is kind of fun to try new things! Plus, I get a nice sense of accomplishment when I make something so healthy that turns out to be so good! Open your minds to new things!

Embrace Your Possibilities

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MARYJEANSL 7/12/2014 11:33PM

  Thanks for the laughs - and the recipes!

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UPPITYANN 6/28/2014 9:05PM

  This is what it is all about! Healthy food IS YUMMY !

After a few days of eating healthy the junk food just tastes like, well, JUNK.

Keep up your good work

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ACHANSO 6/25/2014 4:11PM

    Great blog and thanks for sharing the interesting pictures and recipes. All those dishes look fantastic!

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GREGGWEISBROD 6/24/2014 10:39AM

    You're absolutely hilarious, my friend! :D Your blog posts are like little adventures, I swear. Teen Wolf 2 was a particularly awesome touch, lol! :D The recipes look fantastic too, I'm gonna try that honey mustard pretzel chicken this summer for sure! Thanks for the recipe ideas!!!

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KATHIC2 6/22/2014 8:14AM

  Great ideas that are doable! Thanks.

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CIROHIO 6/19/2014 12:02PM

    Yummy! I am going to try a few of these. Just wondering on the homemade honey mustard sauce how long you can keep it in the frig. The shelve life. I cook just for myself so I would probably would do just 2 pieces of chicken. For 2 different dinners.Thx so much Chef Brad for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 6/17/2014 9:45AM

    looks great, i try to get creative in the kitchen, but honey is happy with a baloney sandwich lol.
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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/16/2014 8:53AM

    It's great to see the Chef back! Yummy recipes then and now.

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STEVIEBEE569 6/16/2014 8:46AM

    Looks good

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SHARON10002 6/15/2014 9:59PM

    Thanks for sharing your recipe for the Honey Mustard Chicken. I think my mom used to make the Angel Food Pineapple Cake when I was younger.

I love the Sveedish Chef, too!
Zee svedeesh cheff hes recently receeefed hees fuoort meechelin ster you betcha! Bork bork bork! emoticon

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KIN59VARA 6/14/2014 1:25PM

    Love the recipes I want to try them!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/13/2014 7:55PM

    I love chicken and that recipe looks very good! emoticon

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SUEARNOLD1 6/12/2014 9:34PM

    Loved it - it's great to have fun and share good recipes

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FIT4MEIN2013 6/11/2014 12:58PM

    The Honey-Soy chicken sounds delish! I have tried the cake and wasn't impressed but Hey- *shrugs* I am weird like that. emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 6/11/2014 12:21PM

    Great ideas, favorite Brad!!!!!!! Yum........Hang in there with your schedule change,too!!!!! And thanks for the goodie last week...Been out of it...long story.....but getting back on track now!!!!!! Thanks again for your motivation and friendship...You rock!!!!!! emoticon



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SCOUTMOM715 6/10/2014 5:51AM

    Yummy! Everything looks delish! emoticon

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ELSCO55 6/9/2014 1:47PM

    Yum. I am going to make me an angel cake. THanks.

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HMBROWN1 6/9/2014 8:16AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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NASFKAB 6/9/2014 3:15AM

  emoticon on being named for the blog award (is that correct?) love your recipes easy but great

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MRSRIGS1 6/8/2014 5:03PM

    GREAT ideas and delicious I'm sure! emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/8/2014 4:53PM

    Okay I should have eaten before I I read this! I am so hungry now! lol

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~INDYGIRL 6/8/2014 4:03PM

    Great ideas!

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EXOTEC 6/8/2014 10:12AM

    Oh, I LOVE that Swedish Chef! LOL

Your chicken recipes look delectable.
I'm afraid of the carbs.... got any idea? Did you enter and share them?


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CHUBRUB3 6/8/2014 10:05AM

    Thank you Brad!
Your doing amazing my friend.
Keep up the great work.
Hugs,
Angela

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ROCKYCPA 6/7/2014 11:29PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/7/2014 9:55PM

    Thanks for the recipes.
I'll have to give them a try.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/7/2014 8:50PM

    Love the ideas! Thanks for reminding me of the pineapple cake recipe; I used to eat this all the time but totally forgot about it. YUMM-O

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DIANNEMT 6/7/2014 8:04PM

    Looks great!!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/7/2014 6:02PM

  They both sound wonderful............How great it is that you love to cook. My husband does too and is very good at it. I was a Family and Consumer Education teacher and found that the boys in my Foods Classes were more apt to try new things and take more chances with experimentation. It was always fun to see how their meals turned out and more often than not...........they were GREAT!!!
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JSEATTLE 6/7/2014 6:00PM

  Thank you for sharing your culinary treats. I love to see the pictures and admire you for your efforts! I am inspired!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/7/2014 3:23PM

  I want to try ther chickenone, and didn't know you were doing recipes. I'll have to come over to your page and look later.

Do you make some of this yummy food for your girl? They say, the way to a man's heart is throught his stomach.But I'm sure it's just another quality she likes too. emoticon

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SDEHNKE 6/7/2014 3:21PM

    I've written those down to try. emoticon

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NONNAOF2 6/7/2014 2:33PM

  You most certainly are creative! The recipes sound good, I avoid all sweets, it sets off a trigger for me! :-(

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DUXGRL1 6/7/2014 2:19PM

    These look great! I am a vegetarian but might be able to make the chicken recipes with something else. I have been meaning to ask....how long and at what temperature do you bake your eggs in the last installment? I made them this week...kind of trial and error, but they came out great, were so easy to reheat for breakfast this week and I am going to do a different combo this weekend....thinking of doing a combo of vegie bacon and onion, kale, or chard with some lowfat cheddar!

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SHARON7464 6/7/2014 1:22PM

    The angel cake sounds divine but it would be a trigger food for me. Thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIA-CR 6/7/2014 10:42AM

    Great cooking ideas written in a very entertaining and funny way. Thanks a lot!

Yum!

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LCRUMLEY81 6/7/2014 10:32AM

  Great post

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DJSHIP46 6/7/2014 9:09AM

    A+ for creativity... might even try the Honey-mustard Pretzel Chicken... without the pretzels... I like Panko. Thanks for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 6/7/2014 8:27AM

    Looks delicious. Thanks.


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The Changing Face Of Motivation

Thursday, May 29, 2014



There are many things that we use as motivation along our healthy lifestyle journey. We will use just about anything to get us going from where we start to where we want to be. It may be a specific goal like fitting into an old pair of jeans or looking good at a class reunion. It may be a quote that you came across that made you realize you need to get your butt in gear! It may be a health scare or the fear of a potential health scare in the future that gets you on track.

I could go on and on because there are a million and one things that you could use as motivation. I know for me, I feel like I have used a million and two along my journey the last few years. Some of the things are more on the superficial side while others are on the "real" side of things.

It changes. It changed for me many times from the point of where I started to when I made my initial goal and now going for a new goal. What motivates us is an ever evolving thing that helps us get from where we were to where we want to be.

Motivation is strong. Motivation wavers. Motivation disappears. Motivation reappears and is stronger than ever!

I had one of those life "motivational moments" that happens to us from time to time over this last weekend. I have been really motivated as of late trying to make my new goal by October but a new one (more like an old one rebooted) hit me the other day while riding in the car with one of my twin girls, Calli, who is 8-years-old.



We were talking about the upcoming wedding in October and she was asking me questions when this one came out...

Calli: "Daddy, will you walk me down the aisle when I get married?"

Me: "Of course I will!"

Calli: "YES!" (pumps her fist then gives me a fist bump)

Needless to say, that MADE MY DAY! I got tears in my eyes. It melted my heart. I am one lucky, happy Dad!

It took me back to the beginning of this healthy journey for me when I started. My children were my #1 motivation. I wanted to give myself the best possible chance to see them grow up and see them have children themselves. I know being healthier doesn't guarantee any of that, but it certainly gives me a better chance of it.

I got a great reminder from Calli this weekend of my motivation and why I sacrifice and work as hard as I do! I have to walk my little girls down the aisle some day :)

Embrace Your Possibilities

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JEB03253 6/29/2014 10:53AM

    Kids and grand kids are wonderful motivators! emoticon

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GINA180847 6/18/2014 12:15PM

    Yes Brad, right now I am looking at the upcoming wedding of my oldest granddaughter and I am sure glad that it will be something I can participate in at a healthier weight. Your little girl is cute and you are so going to love being there for all of the children's weddings.

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KSIGMA1222 6/16/2014 3:53PM

    I have 12 and 10 year old daughters and I look forward to the same thing and just seeing them grow and live. My son is 4 year old and will not stop growing it seems lol.

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THINNYGINNY 6/5/2014 7:05PM

    What a great story!! One of my motivators to keep on keeping on is to remember that my kids have a far different mom now that I am healthy and fit. They didn't used to have a mom that went on amusement park rides or liked going to the beach or could shop in the same stores they did. They also didn't have a mom who cooked healthy food and gave them a good nutritional start in life. But now they do! They have a MUCH lower chance of losing me to diabetes or heart disease at an early age now. Your kids are lucky to have a parent who will be active with them and give them a great example of a healthy lifestyle... Good for you...and keep on going...

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KTTAYLOR21 6/5/2014 2:29PM

    OMG!! That made me misty!!! I love it!! Kids can make you feel so darn good!!!


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THINANDFITEMILY 6/3/2014 10:31AM

    sweet!
Our kids are definitely motivators!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/2/2014 9:26PM

  What a BEAUTIFUL story. There is nothing like the love and expectations from our kids to keep us motivated to do the very best we can health-wise. My 7 year-old Grand-daughter scolds me when I slip up and admit that I am OLD. She tells me that I AM NOT OLD and that I will be with her for her Prom, her Graduations from High School and College, at her wedding, and with her when she has her first child. I only hope that I am that lucky and that healthy.
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COLOR-BLUE 5/30/2014 6:26PM

    Brad,

The first thing I want to say is that Calli, is too cute!!! There are many things that do motivate us, but the best of them is God and the second is KIDS!!! What A wonderful way to be motivated!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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_JODI404 5/30/2014 2:20PM

    Brad,

You are right, motivation will definitely change over time. Sometimes smaller jeans are really enough to push you.

LOVE your conversation with Calli!! So *AWESOME*!!!

I can't imagine a better (or sweeter) motivation!!

Congratulations on your continued success and all the wonderful things happening in your life right now!!

LIFE IS GOOD!!! Indeed!!
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KCLARK89 5/30/2014 8:50AM

    That's so wonderful!! And definitely an awesome source of motivation for sure!

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WEWRTFO 5/30/2014 2:49AM

    Having been over 500 myself with 17 year old twin daughters I can relate too, have the same connection, motivation wanting to be there for my three daughters. Reasons for loosing weight, living a healthier lifestyle can't get any better than that!

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JAMER123 5/29/2014 11:10PM

    I have motivators in 2 of my granddaughters~ They are so enthusiastic and proud of their accomplishments. Right now I need a motivator on eating the wrong things! Still in the travel mode I guess :-) Thanks for another great blog!!
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SCOUTMOM715 5/29/2014 10:17PM

    Yes, our motivation changes, but I think our kids are our biggest motivators! This is so precious. Definitely brought a tear to my eyes. emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 5/29/2014 10:15PM

    And to take it even farther, you want to be there for the weddings of your grandchildren. You've got a lot of motivation to take great care of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AEROGIRL1594 5/29/2014 9:48PM

    Awll, it sounds like your children are great motivation! It also sounds like they are total sweethearts! Good luck on your journey!! :)

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KOHINOOR2 5/29/2014 9:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon blog. Our children are always our greatest source of motivation. Thank you for sharing.

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STEELKICKIN 5/29/2014 8:25PM

    Ohhhh my God...

Fist pumps are the BEST, aren't they??

She looks so much like you...

Congrats on that upcoming wedding.

(Psssst (whispering) told ya so...)

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JUNEAU2010 5/29/2014 7:52PM

    Bless Calli's very young heart for reigniting your passion in a new way! I started my SP journey because I want to be involved in my youngest niece's life. She was 3 when I started and I need to remind myself of that motivation. Thank you for so eloquently bringing that front and center!

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/29/2014 7:15PM

    Yes! Children are an awesome motivation. And what a beautiful one you have in Calli! Thanks so much for sharing. Couldn't help but smile for the wonderful bond you 2 share.

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LINDAK25 5/29/2014 6:38PM

    Sweet! It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

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TRISTAROSE 5/29/2014 6:22PM

    This is such a nice story and should keep you motivated for a long time ..... Thanks for a great blog!

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TINAJANE76 5/29/2014 5:38PM

    Your little girls are very lucky to have you, Brad. This especially hits home for me as I've watched my dad's health decline the past few years, largely as a result of years of poor lifestyle choices. Anything and everything we can do to keep our health-related goals clearly in focus is a good thing in my book and your girls are definitely a great motivation for you to continue to stay on track.

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IMLOCOLINDA 5/29/2014 3:28PM

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I think it's interesting that you write about how many times the motivation waned and changed and then moments like this special one with Calli take you back to the very beginning and are probably MORE true now than when you began.

I'm sure those twin beauties are very proud of you and you have been an exceptional role model for them. Some day they will understand all you went through for them...and the love you share will never end. I hope you have a chance to walk them down the aisles and imagine that they are going to be walking you down the aisle in October. What a beautiful, heartfelt story for today! Thanks for sharing your wonderful life with us!

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SUSIEMT 5/29/2014 12:36PM

    This is one powerful blog! Thank you for sharing it. Children are such great motivation The future they hold for us are just so powerful!

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BABYBARNEY 5/29/2014 12:21PM

    Motivation with a capital M...for sure that one pulls at the heart strings!!!

Keep on going Brad!

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/29/2014 11:55AM

    Love this! And thank you for the reminder that motivation does come and go and change over the years.

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SEATTLE58 5/29/2014 11:52AM

    Awwww, so precious! Every little bit of hard work will pay off over and over again! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/29/2014 11:17AM

    HUGS to that wonderful daughter of yours. That would make my day too.

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READINGGAL 5/29/2014 10:34AM

    Love this blog!!! I remember as a little girl how much it meant to me for my daddy to live to walk me down the aisle ... and later to see his grandchildren. He had his first open heart surgery when I was in 6th grade. What a GREAT moment to be alive for. By "alive" I don't mean just breathing, but rather active and healthy. My new motivation is my 1st grandchild on the way. I don't want to be a sedentary grandmother who sits on her butt and can't bend over or get down on the floor to play with toys. I want to be a healthy and active granny who can take hikes with the little one and play until they tire first. emoticon

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NASFKAB 5/29/2014 10:22AM

  lovely story we have to be healthy for our families

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PHOENIX1949 5/29/2014 10:09AM

    Sweet story.

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MRSP90X 5/29/2014 10:07AM

    Very touching!!! Nothing like being here for our family!!

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NILLAPEPSI 5/29/2014 9:56AM

    What a little sweetie pie! Yep, she's a great reason to get this done, once & for all. emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 5/29/2014 9:54AM

    How sweet! I did walk my little girl down the aisle. Now I would like to see my granddaughters walk down that aisle! Yes, motivation changes. I am grateful it does! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/29/2014 9:21AM

    This brought tears to MY eyes. My kids are the reason I began MY journey, and apparently finishing it for me, isn't much motivation. I need to continue to push and work and fight for THEM. Kat asked me over the weekend how old I was when I got married. I told her 25. She said she couldn't wait to be 23 or 24 so she could go shopping for wedding dresses with me... OMG, my heart grew 3 sizes that day... LOVE THESE KIDS!

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CAROL_31649731 5/29/2014 9:11AM

    . . . and yes, to see your children have children, too! What great motivation for you, Brad! You HAVE worked very hard, and done extremely well. You deserve so much joy. Enjoy all those precious moments! Thanks for sharing them with us!!! emoticon

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REGILIEH 5/29/2014 9:08AM

    That is so neat! She is darling and I love her name!

Hugs!

Anne

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GABY1948 5/29/2014 9:07AM

    There is NOTHING like our kids to keep us PUMPED! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 5/29/2014 9:04AM

    That's a good one!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 5/29/2014 8:55AM

    how sweet! so touching! thanks for sharing! emoticon

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THOMS1 5/29/2014 8:43AM

    Talk about incentive, now that is something to keep you going. Have a great day Brad! emoticon

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KANOE10 5/29/2014 8:17AM

    That was such a sweet moment. Your little girl is adorable and loves you very much. That is the perfect motivation! You are so right about the changing faces of motivation.
That was a lovely spark in motivation for you.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/29/2014 8:16AM

    So true how our 'motivators' change.. I was just reflecting on that as well. You have great reasons to continue to achieve those health goals!!

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PYNETREE 5/29/2014 8:03AM

    And you have that incentive right there in front of you everyday!

Wonderful! Happy Fathers Day!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/29/2014 7:50AM

    Aren't children simply stunning?

What a gift you give your daughters by regaining the possibility of living long enough to launch them successfully into their own lives.

What a gift they give you by reminding you that you have a reason to stay alive as long as you possibly can...

...and, oh yeah, by reminding you how very much you are loved.

What a lucky man you are, Brad.



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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/29/2014 7:41AM

    Oh how touching!!! She's a cutie pie :) Now that's motivation for you emoticon

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HOLLYM48 5/29/2014 7:38AM

    emoticon this brought a tear to my eye. How sweet is that. So many reasons to get healthy but I have to agree that family and being there for them and being able to do things with them is one of the best motivators of all. Way to go! Such an awesome dad you are and you are going to be an awesome husband soon as well.

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JADED_CHICK19 5/29/2014 7:31AM

    Aww what a sweet little girl you have. Loved ones are always the best motivator! :D

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NANCYTUNBERG64 5/29/2014 7:28AM

    That is awesome!! It is the small moments in time that help us remember what is important!!

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TIME-4-TINA 5/29/2014 7:12AM

    Yes, our kids, it's the best motivation of all. Sweet lil' Calli looks just like you! However looking hot in your wedding tux is good motivation too!
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The Kitchen Adventures Of Chef Boyar 'B'

Friday, May 23, 2014



That is the Swedish Chef and he is my Culinary Hero! Some claim that he is the original Iron Chef...and by some, I mean me! With that in mind, I gave myself a nickname back about a year and a half ago when I originally posted a few blogs about what I was eating while losing weight. I think all of like 4 people actually was reading them back then so I thought I would give it a bit of a reboot.

I know, I know...it is bad form to give yourself a nickname but when it fits, it fits...am I right? Don't everyone agree all at once now! Oh right, I almost forgot the nickname! (drumroll) It is Chef Boyar 'B'! (right, I guess the title gave it away lol) Catchy right? Hard to believe someone hadn't thought of something like that before...

As some of you may know, I do enjoy spending time in the kitchen. I enjoy trying to make new and creative things that are healthy. Sometimes that will be something that I may have not liked before so I try to make it better or it may be something that I am trying to make it a healthier version of so I can enjoy it now and get that satisfaction of food I was craving. I know people are always looking for healthy recipes so I thought I would share a few that have worked for me!

I know what you are really thinking, "Yea, yea, enough Boyar 'B' and get to sharing the recipes already!" So as my hero The Swedish Chef would say, "Jaaa!! FlaggPunsch ees on me! Surströmming und meety bolls forr eveeryvan!"

Huh?

I have no idea what that actually means, but I do know, there were not meety bolls forr eveeryvan being produced in my kitchen! But what I did produce in my kitchen...

#1 Egg Muffins



Each one is 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters Egg Whites, diced green peppers, red peppers, orange peppers, yellow peppers, red onion, baby spinach, crushed red pepper, pepper, and a splash of hot sauce.



I have never been one to add veggies to my eggs but I am really happy with how this turned out! They are very good and are simple and easy to warm up! They have been a staple in my diet for breakfast for 2 years now!

#2 Roasted Red Potatoes



Cut up 2 lbs of red potatoes. Microwave in water for 20 minutes to soften potatoes. Strain. Mix with olive oil, pepper, oregano, basil, onion powder (or minced onion), garlic powder (or minced garlic), and hot sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes on 350.

These potatoes turned out really well! They had a lot of flavor. You could always leave out the hot sauce for something more mild. They are also good mixed in with the eggs and can be combined in a wrap of some sorts if you'd prefer.

#3 Oatmeal Fruit Smoothies



In my blender, I combined 1 cup of mixed frozen berries (blue, raspberry, black), 1 can of pineapple chunks, 12 oz of blood orange greek yogurt, 6 oz vanilla greek yogurt, 1 cup coconut almond milk, and 1 1/2 cups dry old fashioned oats.

These are awesome! I pour them in mason jars and throw them in the freezer for the week. When I want one, I set it out ahead of time and it thaws. Using the mason jars also allows for fewer dishes! BONUS!

My typical week consists of me cooking on the weekend (usually Sunday) and preparing my food for the whole week. I like to make things that are healthy and easy for me to pack with me and warm up through the week. It is what I have done for over 2 years now and it is what works for me!

Hopefully you all might find some of this interesting and helpful and give it a shot yourself! Who says healthy cooking can't be fun? I will be sharing more in the coming weeks if you are interested and I would love to hear from anyone who trys to make any of these and tell me what they think!

I would end with something poetic from The Swedish Chef but nobody understands that guy anyways!

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Good Day Sparkville

  
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ACHANSO 6/25/2014 4:12PM

    I love making egg cups like those. Thanks for the great post!

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GINA180847 6/18/2014 12:03PM

    I have always loved the Swedish chef. He always made me laugh. Love all the recipes though the smoothie sounds weird. The egg muffin and roast potatos sound great though would have to take a miss on the hot sauce for hubby.

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TMCAT1129 5/29/2014 11:50AM

    YUM!!! Thanks for sharing! Your recipes sound sooooo good!

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PYNETREE 5/29/2014 8:15AM

    We do oven roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, then, usually throw in quartered onions and baby carrots, sometimes I sneak a parsnip or turnip into the mix. Everything taste better toasted.

But have been reading the egg cups everywhere .. so maybe now, I'll break down and try them.

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SPARKONSKATES 5/29/2014 6:34AM

    So cool !!! Your a super dad & cook ! Way to go emoticon

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WWLIFETIME1 5/28/2014 10:09PM

    Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! Thank you!

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QUEEN-EYDIE 5/28/2014 5:39PM

    That was fun! I love a good food blog and yours was great!

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WEWRTFO 5/27/2014 10:23PM

    Thanks for the idea here Brad. emoticon Soon I will be too busy with haying to cook my egg breakfast like I want. So today I combined my egg beaters, egg, chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms, cilantro, sweet potato, cheese and made a couple of egg bakes. Enough for 6 large breakfast to heat up and go in the mornings. Breakfast, largest and most important meal of the day, starting out with eggs and vegetables can't be beat, very satisfying and makes the rest of day go easy. emoticon

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DUXGRL1 5/27/2014 8:53PM

    I've been out of the loop for a month and am catching up! These look great...I am a big believer in preparing a batch of things ahead of time. Definitely will try these!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/27/2014 3:52PM

    Gerflurken shnerzy verner-floo! I'm sure you get that! BUT, *I* will tell you these are cool ideas, thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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NEWTEXDEBBIE 5/27/2014 10:53AM

    TY Brad, the recipes look great and I have issues with liquid egg whites. This actually looks like something I will absolutely love! I'm excited over the potatoes as well. TY for giving me a much need boost to get my rump in gear! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 5/25/2014 11:56AM

    YUM! Looks delish!!! Those egg muffins are HUGE! I'm going to try them again...those would keep me full until lunch for sure!! :-) Thanks for sharing Boyar B! ;-) Ha ha!

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 5/24/2014 5:06PM

    I just ate dinner and I'm salivating! That food looks AMAZING! I'm definitely going to try the egg muffins!

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SERENE-BEAN 5/24/2014 5:33AM

    I want to try it all! I don't cover my roasted potatoes. Wonder if it will affect the texture. Just one way to find out, I guess!

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JAMER123 5/23/2014 10:35PM

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I enjoyed your blog but have a question regarding the potatoes. I /microwave potatoes all the time and it takes only 7-8 mins. I usually quarter one so much larger than yours. I wonder if 20 minutes is a little too long. Otherwise the potatoes sound great and I am certainly going to try them!!
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REGILIEH 5/23/2014 10:33PM

    Absolutely I'm going to make the egg muffins and the mason jar mix.

THANK YOU!!!

Hugs!

Anne

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HOLLYM48 5/23/2014 8:35PM

    All of those look really good. I would probably leave out the hot sauce in the eggs but would like to try it in the potatoes. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 5/23/2014 8:32PM

    I am a vegan so I'll pass on your culinary expertise...LOL

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TMW54812 5/23/2014 7:34PM

    Great blog! Though it made me hungry so I had my dinner salad early...lol
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JUNEAU2010 5/23/2014 7:30PM

    Being Norwegian, I sort of feel a connection to the Swedish chef! I LOVE your egg dish! Makes me hungry!

I read your blogs every time I see one, so I will be watching and waiting with a watering mouth...
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READINGGAL 5/23/2014 6:48PM

    Sounds and looks sooooo yummy!! My tummy goes RAWR!

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SHERRYBETH84 5/23/2014 3:14PM

    Thanks for the laugh and the recepies ! The eggs are a great idea! I had never seen that, and they are portable... So amazing. Thanks, again

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COLOR-BLUE 5/23/2014 2:09PM

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emoticon on the Swedish Chef!!! Your recipes sound AMAZING and I'm definitely going to try them. ALL OF THEM!!! Now, in the smoothie recipe you mention 1 cup coconut almond milk. Now, I've heard of coconut milk, and almond milk, but not coconut almond milk. Where do I find that in the store?

Thanks for sharing!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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NASFKAB 5/23/2014 12:42PM

  loved the idea about the eggs must do them with other veggies as peppers are too expensive for me as I live in Bangladesh but something can be done but using yolks

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CAROL_31649731 5/23/2014 12:30PM

    You never cease to amaze, Brad! Thanks for sharing . . . can never have enough healthy recipe ideas. Can't wait to try them!

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/23/2014 12:22PM

    Love your name! That is awesome! And your food looks super yummy too!

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NHES220 5/23/2014 11:50AM

    My husband, the cook in our family, loves the Swedish chef. Of course he is part Swedish from his ancestry. Those potatoes look very tasty! Thanks for sharing.

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MAESTROSHASHA 5/23/2014 11:32AM

    Looks like some good ideas. Looking forward to more of these recipe posts. Always need fresh ideas!



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GABY1948 5/23/2014 11:32AM

    These are GREAT...thanks for sharing them and have a GREAT weekend!

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LINDAK25 5/23/2014 11:21AM

    Hey, thanks! I used to cook on the weekends, too. But now I'm retired and I don't have to do that. I still do prep work ahead of time, though. It's so nice to have veggies that are chopped and ready to go. When I make potatoes for breakfast, I use left over baked potatoes that I slice and crisp up in a sauté pan with onions and peppers. I like to roast potatoes in the oven. I use the same ingredients you do for your potatoes, but I don't cover them. I just throw them on a foil lined cookie sheet in a single layer and roast them at 450 degrees for 35 minutes or until they're done. Love the eggs and veggies. We've been scrambling the egg beaters and adding 14 grams of cheddar cheese (per serving). I add precooked sautéed mushrooms and onions. The cheese seems to make the egg fluffier. By adding the cheese it balances the meal better, so the carb/fat/protein ratio is 50/30/20 when you add a piece of toast. Interesting smoothie. I've never thought to add oatmeal. I've have to give that a try.

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IMLOCOLINDA 5/23/2014 11:00AM

    I am a huge fan of the Muppets so I've loved the Swedish Chef for many, many years!! I also make the quiche muffins-bought the silicone muffin cups so I didn't have to oil the tins and it's worked out great. They are the perfect breakfast whether in a hurry or just lingering around with the newspaper! Great blog, Brad. You're such a great inspiration to so many!

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SUSIEMT 5/23/2014 10:33AM

    Thanks for the tip on adding the veggies to the egg whites! Also the roasted red potatoes sound delish! Can't wait to try them!

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LDANIELS17 5/23/2014 9:59AM

    Hey Chef Boyar B I love it! I think I will try red potatoes mixed with egg and have that for breakfast. I've been looking for different healthy recipes and this blog has helped. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes!

Always an inspiration Brad!

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/23/2014 9:31AM

    emoticon I cook on the weekend for the week ahead. It's what I've done for years and it works for me as well. I appreciate your tasty sounding new recipes!

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THOMS1 5/23/2014 9:31AM

    We use all whites from Costco and we seem to like them better than the egg beaters. It's funny but, in all the years of making these I never thought to add the veggies. Thanks for the tip. I usually buy the flatout flat bread from Costco also and put two in and make a wrap out of it or otherwise use a whole wheat english muffin. Your roasted red potatoes sound great also. Thanks again for the recipes. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 5/23/2014 8:48AM

    emoticon recipe ideas! Easy, too!! Thanks, Chef! emoticon

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KANOE10 5/23/2014 8:47AM

    I love your recipes. I really like having things made ahead for the week, so I can just grab them. The muffins look fun and easy. I like the smoothies.


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SIMONEKP 5/23/2014 8:41AM

    You and I do the same thing, I cook all my meals for the week on Sundays. I make the egg muffins too but I'm not a fan of cooked spinach so I use kale. Sometimes I cook up 3-5 slices of bacon, crumble it when it gets crisp and add to the mix. When I'm really not in the mood to pull out the muffin pan, I use the same mix to make a fritata.

I love potatoes, I don't boil mine first, I just dice them up, add a little salt and pepper, spritz them with olive oil and into a 375 degrees oven they go for 30 minutes or so.

Oh, forgot to say, sadly, I don't have the cool nickname, maybe you can come up with one for me.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 5/23/2014 8:35AM

    emoticon this blog made me laugh out loud!!!! love your enthusiasm and love those recipes! they look delicious and easy which is something I need! thank you for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/23/2014 8:29AM

    Love the mason jars idea--I've got a ton from my parents and can already see about a half dozen possibilities!

Thanks, Chef. FlaggPunsch ees on me! Surströmming und meety bolls for you too!




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SEABREEZE64 5/23/2014 8:10AM

    Looks very good. I will have to try those eggs.......

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MARILYNROBERT 5/23/2014 7:57AM

    emoticon Wow, I've never thought of making a smoothie with oatmeal.

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NELLJONES 5/23/2014 7:56AM

    One of the greatest joys of retirement is being able to enjoy cooking every day. Believe it or not, though, it still requires a great deal of planning.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 5/23/2014 7:50AM

    These are all ideas.....plus I love your enthusiasm, energy,and attitude about cooking.
Unfortunately, mine tanked. Can you freeze the egg muffins?

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

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...

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356009


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!

FINISH THIS!

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KTTAYLOR21 6/5/2014 2:50PM

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

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MOMTO6CUTIES 6/2/2014 3:37PM

    That's awesome and amazing. Well done. I know you can reach your goal by your wedding!

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TMCAT1129 5/29/2014 11:53AM

    How inspiring you are!

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DUXGRL1 5/27/2014 8:56PM

    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!

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 5/27/2014 8:09AM

    So great! She's a very lucky girl :) Happy belated Sparkversary! You can do it!

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JULIA_211 5/27/2014 4:53AM

    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

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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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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/21/2014 1:31PM

    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?!?

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/16/2014 3:32PM

    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

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MARILYNROBERT 5/15/2014 10:21PM

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TRAVELGRRL 5/15/2014 9:44PM

    SO proud of you and For you! Congrats on your engagement and your recommitment to your new goal!

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LUCKEE40 5/14/2014 11:04PM

    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!

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HOLLYM48 5/14/2014 4:53PM

    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!

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CAROL_31649731 5/14/2014 1:28PM

    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

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SIMONEKP 5/14/2014 12:34PM

    you can totslly do this!

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COLOR-BLUE 5/14/2014 12:03PM

    Brad,

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 -
GA

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Congratulation! Thanks for sharing your journey. Good luck with your next goal.

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TMRGRANNY 5/14/2014 7:01AM

    Happy Sparkversary! You definitely have got this!
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KALEWINE 5/14/2014 12:38AM

    Happy Sparkversary! Your story is such an inspiration!

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JAMER123 5/14/2014 12:07AM

    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 on............to goal!
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WWLIFETIME1 5/14/2014 12:02AM

    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!

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JUNEAU2010 5/13/2014 9:22PM

    emoticon emoticon October 4 is looming in the most excellent way possible!

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CARTOONB 5/13/2014 8:39PM

    Happy sparkiversary - a little late, but still heartfelt. Congratulations.

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MRSP90X 5/13/2014 8:23PM

    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

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KOHINOOR2 5/13/2014 7:44PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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READINGGAL 5/13/2014 7:33PM

    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

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TINAJANE76 5/13/2014 4:31PM

    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!

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WEWRTFO 5/13/2014 3:45PM

    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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FORMYDARLINGS 5/13/2014 2:29PM

    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.


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1CRAZYDOG 5/13/2014 2:25PM

    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

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FELINEBETTER 5/13/2014 1:33PM

    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

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RAWCOOKIE 5/13/2014 1:32PM

    Yay! Go for it Brad!
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ONTHEPATH2 5/13/2014 1:06PM

    Ahhhhh, you got this! You know what to do! Happy Spark Anniversary!

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/13/2014 12:46PM

    emoticon What an inspiration you are!! Keep up the GREAT work!

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NASFKAB 5/13/2014 12:23PM

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/13/2014 12:11PM

    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!

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UWPALUM 5/13/2014 12:01PM

    You'll do it, and even if you don't, no one at your wedding will be worried about your weight!

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NHES220 5/13/2014 11:54AM

    Congrats on the engagement and your upcoming wedding and I have no doubt that you will hit your goals!

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SUSIEMT 5/13/2014 11:46AM

    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!

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MPETERSON2311 5/13/2014 11:34AM

    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!

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SEATTLE58 5/13/2014 11:29AM

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CHUBRUB3 5/13/2014 10:35AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary!!!
You have done awesome Brad!! WTG!!
You will achieve your goals my friend.
WE all believe in you.
Hugs,
Angela


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LINDAK25 5/13/2014 10:29AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary! You're doing really great! Are we ever really finished?

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GREGGWEISBROD 5/13/2014 10:03AM

    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!

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I Proposed At A Spark Rally, Here Is Video Of It!

Monday, May 05, 2014


This is the video of the actual proposal at Cincinnati Area Spark Rally on Saturday, April 26th. After I was done speaking, I called my girlfriend Lauren up to the front of the rally and this is how it went!

YES, I danced a little and YES, I got done on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage :)

I wanted to share this time with my Spark family because you have all been so important to me over the years! THANK YOU!

This is all the music in the video. Each song has a special meaning to Lauren & I.

Music:

The Piano Guys - "Just The Way You Are"
The Piano Guys - "A Thousand Years"
Sugarhill Gang - "Apache" (Jump On It)
Robin Thicke - "Give It To Me"
Justin Bieber - "Baby"
Chris Brown - "Forever"
Bruno Mars - "Marry You"
Train - "Marry Me"
The Temptations - "My Girl"
Queen - "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
Boyce Avenue - "A Thousand Years"
American Authors - "The Best Day Of My Life"
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - "Crush"

  
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LORIVIOLA 7/23/2014 11:05AM

    How WONDERFUL!
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RENATA144 6/11/2014 10:54PM

  Wow !!! That was so Beautiful & Romantic !!!! Congratulations & MAZEL TOV !!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMBIZI 5/30/2014 11:56PM

    congratulations on your engagement!
you guys seem so happy together!
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TMCAT1129 5/29/2014 12:08PM

    Congratulations!!! How romantic! I wish you both a long happy life together (I have a feeling you will always get her to laugh & smile)! Well done!

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DUXGRL1 5/27/2014 9:05PM

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AHEALTHIERME9 5/15/2014 9:36AM

    You put so much thought into your proposal! So well done... so profoundly beautiful and sentimental. BRAVO and CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH! ! !

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FRENCHIFAL 5/15/2014 12:44AM

    Congratulations!!

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KATHY98665 5/14/2014 2:55PM

    Precious!!! Congrats and wishing you nothing but health and happiness together.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 5/14/2014 2:35AM

    So very sweet! CONGRATULATIONS!
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~INDYGIRL 5/14/2014 1:08AM

    WOW! The best rally ever!

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AMBERLICIOUS88 5/13/2014 12:54PM

    AAAAWWWWWEEEEE!!!!! Congrats! Thanks for making me cry at work! LOL! What a wonderful way to propose!

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KALISWALKER 5/13/2014 12:19AM

    Congratulations on your engagement. I am sure you will make each other very happy!

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MOVEITMARY 5/12/2014 12:32PM

    Wait, wait, you cut out the part where all the sparkers jumped up and hugged the two of you and partied, right????

You are awesome and I am so delighted that you have found someone who loves you and your children. Wishing you a beautiful and blessed and healthy life together!
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SUEPERWOMAN 5/12/2014 10:44AM

 

Congratulations!!!

But really- you need to work on being so shy, LOL !!!!!


Love, Sue

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NILLAPEPSI 5/12/2014 7:48AM

    Soooo awesome!! Congrats!! emoticon I wish you many, many happy times, now & forever!!!

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GINA180847 5/12/2014 6:13AM

    Congratulations Brad, very proud of you! May you and Lauren and your lovely family enjoy life as a family forever. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the wedding.

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DARSHAN130 5/11/2014 11:25AM

    Such an awesome keepsake to have forever.

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1DERLAND14 5/10/2014 10:21PM

    Wow!!! This was so incredibly touching!!!!!!!! congrats!!!!!!!!

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LIZ324_NYC 5/9/2014 10:51AM

    Wow! Congratulations Brad!!!!
Thanks for sharing such a special part of your life with us emoticon



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SEATTLE58 5/8/2014 8:52PM

    Thank you Brad, for sharing part of your precious life with us. We'll all feel even closer to you now! Congratulations!! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 5/8/2014 8:10PM

    This is awesome, Brad! It's amazing that you got this on video--just imagine watching it on your 50th anniversary. Congratulations again!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 5/8/2014 3:34PM

    Congratulations. My browser is too old to watch the video but I can imagine it with the songs lol. I hope you both have an awesome life together.

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DOCKO56 5/8/2014 7:32AM

    Very nice Brad! Was wondering where a DMB song was in the first list--got one in at the end!!!! emoticon

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LUCKEE40 5/7/2014 9:56PM

    Congrats! You two are adorable and I wish you all the best, Thank you for sharing!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 5/7/2014 9:19PM

    AWESOME!!! ConGRATULATIONS!!!

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU BOTH!!!

Tell your fiance, "Welcome to the SparkFamily!" for me!!!

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SIMONEKP 5/7/2014 2:18PM

    congrats

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TENNISACE92 5/7/2014 9:21AM

    Well, I didn't cry at this one - probably because I was too busy laughing at your dance moves!

No matter - that took a great deal of love, effort and courage.

Congrats!

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IAM_HIS 5/7/2014 6:05AM

    Have an Extraordinary Life Together!! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/7/2014 5:26AM

    Congratulations to you both!

Wonderful!

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CAROL_31649731 5/5/2014 11:54PM

    Very romantic! Congratulations to your both!!! You look very happy . . . you sooo deserve to be.

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JAMER123 5/5/2014 11:33PM

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Have a wonderful wedding day and a loving engagement! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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HOLLYM48 5/5/2014 7:42PM

    How wonderful! Congrats and wishes for much happiness and many years of love together!

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DEE1221 5/5/2014 6:52PM

    How beautiful! Best Wishes for a wonderful marriage.

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KOHINOOR2 5/5/2014 6:18PM

    emoticon Congratulations. Best wishes to both of you! emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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CINDHOLM 5/5/2014 5:51PM

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MARILYNROBERT 5/5/2014 5:47PM

    Wonderful!!! emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 5/5/2014 5:45PM

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TRISTAROSE 5/5/2014 5:32PM

    That was so sweet .... Best wishes to you both!

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COLOR-BLUE 5/5/2014 3:53PM

    Brad,

emoticon it's just so emoticon the way to chose to serenade your wife to be, and proposed! Thank you for sharing this touching moment, and mya the two of you live with God as the Head, and the both of you being followers of His!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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LINDAK25 5/5/2014 3:32PM

    Sweet. Best wishes to both of you!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 5/5/2014 1:57PM

    you finally did it! you guys got me busted out crying- wonderful! Congratulation you make a magnificent couple -a beautiful family all the way around emoticon

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TIGER_LILY_613 5/5/2014 1:25PM

    This is wonderful Brad ! Congratulations !

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SOMAR12570 5/5/2014 12:46PM

    Congratulations, Have a happy life. emoticon

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REGILIEH 5/5/2014 12:07PM

    FABULOUS!!! Lucky girl to get sweet you!

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SUSIEMT 5/5/2014 11:01AM

    Now I'm sorry I missed the Rally! That was so beautiful!

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CHUBRUB3 5/5/2014 10:43AM

    Congratulations Brad!

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THOMS1 5/5/2014 10:41AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us. emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 5/5/2014 10:26AM

    Congratulations!

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FELINEBETTER 5/5/2014 10:25AM

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Wishing you all the best for a SPARKling life together!

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EEPERJESI 5/5/2014 9:30AM

    So awesome! Congrats. Hoping you a lifetime of happiness :)

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