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What is a goal anyway???

Saturday, June 05, 2010

As I sat thinking about some goals today, I thought to myself, what exactly does that mean I looked.

A goal or objective is a projected state of affairs that a person or a system plans or intends to achieveóa personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

ďa projected state of affairs that a person plans to achieveĒ Ė that brought about even more questions for me.

I wondered how many people joined SparkPeople because they had a goal of regaining their health, whatever that means to each of us. That might have slightly different meanings from person to person, yet the end result is probably the same. Maybe itís losing 100lbs, maybe itís losing 20lbs, maybe itís just learning to eat better, maybe we wanted more energy to keep up with our kids, maybe we just wanted more energy, maybe it was vanity and we wanted to look gooood, maybe we remember ourselves when we were healthy and want that again...the list could go on and on....bottom line is we want our health back.

Then I wondered how many people on SparkPeople are DOING the work it takes to obtain that goal. How many of us are tracking every single calorie we eat every day, one day at a time? How many of us track every minute of fitness as we do it, every day, one day at a time, tracking every calorie burned every workout we do?

How many of us have fallen short of a goal and gave up? How many set a goal and not really worked to achieve that goal, then said Ďthis doesnít workí, and gave up? How many have said Ďitís too hot to work out, Iíll start in the fallí? Maybe they said Ďitís too cold to work now and I donít belong to a gymí?
How many of us have achieved our goals in a much quicker timeline that we thought we would? How many saw great success after a little hard work, so we worked even harder?

Lots of rambling on here, forgive me for that. Iím sure that each and every person who reads this has their own answers or maybe even excuses, whichever the case may be.

Iíve listed a few of my fitness goals below:
1. Run the Jailbreak in September 2010
2. Run either the TurkeyTrot OR Ĺ the white rock marathon in November(early Dec 2010)
3. Run the full White Rock marathon in 2011!!
4. Run with Daris from the Biggest Loser (big inspiration for me)

Iím here to ask each of my fellow Sparkies to hold me accountable. When I start to slip, please smack me back into line again. If I should ever start making excuses, please smack me around and straighten me out. You see, I have a goal, my ultimate goal is to live a healthy lifestyle, full of good foods and lots and lots of fitness. There is NOTHING that will stand in my way of obtaining that goal. Not hot weather, not cold weather, not falling short once or twice(or more), nothing will stop me. My wife and daughters are counting on me to be happy and healthy.

I have my eye set on the prize, I will keep eating the right foods, I will keep working toward long term health.

Moral of the story......set a goal....STRIVE for it...REACH for it...most important..WORK for it......
Never Never Neverf Never Never Never give up!!!

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 6/9/2010 2:51PM

    OK, the smack down is on... I'll add you as my friend, because you are! I just know it!

Spark Baby!

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TODDJAMES 6/6/2010 11:52PM

    Jerome...I LOVE when there is a plan! Knowing the definition of HOW to get there and the plan is even better!

Big goals...take them on like SUPERMAN!!!

You can do it!

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    I live in Texas as well and the heat was getting to me even early or late - my way to barge on through it is that I found a mini spray bottle, and I'm filling it up with ice water - I velcroed it for quick and easy release, and take it on my walks. It falls into the not pretty but smart category :) A spritz now and then keeps me going.

Love your goals - they are emoticon


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ABSOLUTZER0 6/5/2010 10:20AM

    Bro, I got your back. I will not let you lose focus and I expect you to do the same. I will be there with you for #3, so we can push each other along the way. I will not let you give up or give in! Keep up the good work!

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TRATLIFF15 6/5/2010 8:54AM

    Well said. Hoping you never have to be smacked (ha ha). good luck emoticon

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MOMMABOF7 6/5/2010 7:44AM

    Thanks for the reminder! I am determined to be healthy in all areas as well. A litle success does make me work even harder. I had a couple weeks where I barely had any loss so I went to exercising twice a day to gain success.

Good luck in meeting your goals!

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Friday, June 04, 2010

YEP.........i've lost that much. I've worked my ARSE off to lose it, but it's all worth it.


Love it!

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ANDREA0301 6/9/2010 11:55AM


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TWICETHEMAN 6/9/2010 9:32AM

    u da ma~

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ELYMWX 6/5/2010 1:42AM


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BTWCOACH 6/4/2010 5:40PM

    Good Job!!! Nigel and I are so proud of you!

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PASHHR 6/4/2010 1:49PM

    Wow! You just keep going! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/4/2010 1:21PM

    That is absolutely wonderful. Sounds like it is time for some previous and current pictures.

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TRIGRAMPS 6/4/2010 1:16PM

    Wow, next you'll be slimer than I am, LOL. Sure feels better, doesn't it!

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SHUTRBUG1 6/4/2010 12:54PM


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PESKILLA 6/4/2010 12:41PM

  Nice work! Congratulations

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PESKILLA 6/4/2010 12:41PM

  Nice work! Congratulations

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PESKILLA 6/4/2010 12:41PM

  Nice work! Congratulations

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JHSWILSON3 6/4/2010 12:28PM

  Great Job!!!
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ABSOLUTZER0 6/4/2010 12:06PM

    GET IT BRO! Your hard work has not gone unnoticed by anyone especially your body! How do you feel?

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TODDJAMES 6/4/2010 11:55AM

    You are like a superman...
Amazing and never letting the effort show!!!


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JILLTBNAGART 6/4/2010 11:55AM

    Good for you!!!

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APATRICIAO521 6/4/2010 11:54AM

    Awesome! Congrats!!!

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Following Dr orders

Friday, May 28, 2010

I've been very good this week and I have not pushed myself or my ankle too hard!!

I have done Insanity Max Recovery all week due to the very low impact of that workout. I have also worked on the elliptical each evening, slowly, not pushing to my max yet at all.

I've not even worn my ankle brace the last two days, that's been nice too.

I'm going to hang with the lower impact workouts through the weekend and see how I feel next week.

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TWICETHEMAN 6/9/2010 9:34AM

    Knee split, blacktoes and blister --- the wonders of running. Keep impressing me, you rock. I hope to get back on here regular come mid-July, but maintaining weight for now.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/31/2010 10:02AM

    Glad to hear that it is moving along well. Keep building slowly and you'll be back to where you were!!

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BTWCOACH 5/28/2010 7:33PM

    Good Job!!! Keep it up!!!

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TODDJAMES 5/28/2010 6:18PM

    It is good to hear you are listening to a person TRAINED to get you over injuries! Good Job!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/28/2010 4:53PM

    I am so glad you have stayed with the orders. Keep it up and be positive! Have a great weekend!

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easy on the ankle

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I am taking the Dr. advice and taking it easy on the ankle.

I am able to ride the elliptical slowly, low impact which is nice. I am also able to do Insanity Max Recovery(not impact on ankle), which is also nice.

bottom line..i AM letting it heal this time....i am taking it easy for now, I WILL be back KILLING it very soon!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/26/2010 4:59PM

    I am glad to see you are following the doctor's advice. I know you are insane, but do not get crazy on me and put in max plyo. LOL!

Continue to go easy and rest than ankle when you can.

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JENSHAWN 5/26/2010 1:15PM

    Just don't forget to take it easy. Sometimes we get too caught up in exercising.

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ANDREA0301 5/26/2010 12:30PM

    Good for you!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/26/2010 9:48AM

    Time will pass before you know it.

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BILLALEX70 5/26/2010 4:46AM

    Now that sounds like a plan.

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TODDJAMES 5/26/2010 12:26AM

    WOW...good to see you listening to the doctor's advice! Before you know it you will be back at your fighting weight of 178!

Great inspiration for others...LISTEN to you body...sometimes IT knows BEST!

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JCPILLING 5/25/2010 11:14PM

    What happened to your ankle? I sprained mine over a year ago and it still hurts occasionally. Did your doctor give you any tips for working it out? Sorry I am asking so much. Good luck working out!

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Maintenance Journey starting.....??????- corrected lbs lost

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hello Friends.....

I'm Jerome and I live in the Dallas area. I am 41 years old and have two beautiful little girls and the best wife a man can ask for. They are the reason I'm working off the pounds.

I have had quite the adventure in my life. I have traveled the world, met people from every walk of life and had some great times along the way.

Somewhere around the year 2000, I started gaining weight; this was new to me as I had always been thin and fit. Gradually I grew to 264 lbs, had no energy, no will to do much around the house, I went to work and home to my chair, wow, what a life!

December 28th, 2009 that all changed. I got tired of being fat, and I took my life back!! I started eating better, watching every calorie I ate. I found myself reading labels to see what was in the nutritional info was, my wife started looking at ingredient lists. We started shopping as Sprouts and buying a lot more organic food. Itís more than a diet, Iím not on a diet, Iím changing my life forever, Iím taking my life back so Iím here for my family longer!

I have burned more calories then I can count and I've done around 11,000 minutes of fitness. I have eaten healthier, drank more water and taken care of this temple that God gave me much better! Fitness is now a way of life for me, I'm addicted and, so is my wife. We work out together, side by side. One of the coolest things ever is to have my wife say to me during workout is, ďComon RomĒ, thatís very encouraging!!

I have worked off 77 lbs so far, dropped from 38 pants to comfortable 34's. XXL shirts are going away, I'm now in L and a few XL. I'm nearing the end of my weight loss journey, which is hard to believe!! My results have been unbelievable to be honest. It has come off so Ďeasyí. I started with walking in January, then added elliptical in February and added Insanity in April/May timeframe. I have worked out twice a day almost every day, at home, on the streets, in the tunnels under downtown Dallas. Did I mention it was in the dead of winter in Dallas? There were mornings when it was 27 degrees and Iím out there walking, freezing my tail off, but I was doing it. I am determined to take my health back!

My original goal was to drop 64 lbs by December 2010, I'm 5 months into the year and I'm a different person. I feel like at 41 years old, my life is starting over. I have more energy, my head is clearer, I work harder, spiritually Iím better off, and the list goes on and on. Iíve already ran one race called The Warrior Dash. This was around 2.7 miles, with 14 major obstacles along the way; I completed this in 35 minutes. I have two more similar races scheduled, The Caveman Crawl and The Jailbreak. My wife and I have talked about running our first Ĺ marathon in November (White Rock), then maybe a full marathon in Feb 2011. Absolutely amazing for me to be saying these things!!

I believe that SparkPeople has helped change my life forever. My personal factors for success are:
1. Know what/how much you eat. Track everything, everyday
a. A must!!
2. Work it off, burn as many calories as possible, start slow, push yourself
a. Use the calorie differential reports on Sparkpeople, know where you stand.
3. Most importantly, be consistent
a. Whatever you do Ė be consistent.
i. Doesnít mean same exercise forever; be consistent at tricking your body, change up your workouts!

As of May 21st 2010, I weighed in at 187lbs this morning, Iím very proud of that! How far down will I go, I donít know for sure, right now Iím aiming for 180, then maintain at 180-190. Not a specific number, but a range.

I will not quit sparking, nor will I quit sparking others.

Thanks SparkPeople

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    Man, this is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! Great work man. Great work!!!

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ANDREA0301 5/24/2010 10:11AM

    This is such an emoticon blog! emoticon to you on all your successes!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/22/2010 10:14PM

    This is great to have another cheerleader at the finish line.

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TBRANCH2 5/21/2010 10:34PM

    Great blog, J.! You need to thank God every day that you have a wife that supports and encourages you! That is something that I really miss in this equation...a spouse that encourages and motivates! Mine doesn't discourage but, neither does he encourage nor motivate.... I know that I have a long road ahead of me but, I am doing it with the help of my spark friends like you! Thank you!!
Theresa in hot and humid Florida

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MUSICFREAK911 5/21/2010 7:31PM

    emoticonblog Jerome!!!

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BILLALEX70 5/21/2010 7:20PM

    Rock on my brother!

Nothing is crazy if you can dream it you can achieve it! I'm with you; I feel better now than I ever have.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/21/2010 6:09PM

    You are doing it Jerome! Great testimony! Great tips! Our stories are quite similar and it is funny that I am at 187 pounds, too, from 270 lbs. I am looking to do the Indianapolis Monumental Half-Marathon in November with my Pop. I never thought I would be doing it, but why not give it a shot?!

I live in Little Rock, AR, so how about we do the White Rock Marathon next year?! What do you think?!

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TODDJAMES 5/21/2010 5:40PM

    Sounds like the BEST LIFE EVER...Congrats!

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JAJOLLY422 5/21/2010 5:04PM

    You have been inspiring me for years Jerry!! Thanks for doing it yet again!!!

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TRIGRAMPS 5/21/2010 4:50PM

    How did you fit 264 pounds into 38" pants? That's not a pretty picture, LOL! You meant that you've gone from 48" pants to 34", right? It's amazing that you have done it in just six months. Shows the importance of tracking everything and staying within proper limits.

Thanks for sharing your story!

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REINVENT_ME 5/21/2010 4:03PM

    I just came across your blog while looking for motivation and it was no mistake that I found yours! Your motivation & enthusiasm is so contagious! Thanks for sharing!

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