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Photo Blog of my Journey

Friday, June 18, 2010

I've been wanting to do this for quite some time, I've just not taken the time to do it honestly.

This was taken May 18th, 2009 - HAD to be my peak!! I've hated having my picture taken for years, and now you see why. I'm scared of this picture. I look at this and I see a very unhealthy, out of shape, unhappy man. I see a man who needed to make changes for along time, I just didn't have the energy or drive to do anything about it.

This was taken November 5th, 2009 at American Airline Center in Dallas. Yes I was at at KISS concert(GREAT show too!!). Seeing my swollen face still freaks me out a little.

This was taken January 30th, 2010 - just over 30 days into my journey and I'd shed just over 20lbs at this point, somewhere in the neighborhood of 243 lbs. I'm starting to see a difference. I'm having some success and at this point I want MORE success, so I start pushing harder.

SELF PIC ALERT!!! I took this at my desk at work. Sad, I know. February 25, 2010 and I'd lost around 38 lbs and weighed about 226ish at this point.

YEP - another self pic. Taken March 23, 2010 at home. I'd lost around 50ish lbs at this point. I was feeling really good!!!

Birthday Pictures - April 15, 2010 is when these were taken, yes, my birthday. I'd lost 60lbs weighing 201!!! I'd dropped my BMI from 39.13 on Dec 28th, 2009(my start date) to 29.73 making me officially overweight, no longer obese, never to be obese again!!

Taken May 2nd, 2010 while getting ready to run my first race, The Warrior Dash. Did you read that right, I said my first race?!?!?! I'm RUNNING??? WHO IS THIS GUY?? Holy cow what a difference!!! I'd lost around 70lbs at this point and weighed around 192!! WOO HOO

Here I am in my Warrior Dash t-shirt

Taken June 11th, 2010 at work. At the time of this picture I'd lost 84.4 pounds officially and weighed 179.9 lbs. My BMI was 26.64 on that date.

I don't have a picture today, but not much has changed from last weeks picture. I have officially lost 85.5 lbs now weighing in at 178.8 this morning6.18.2010!! I've officially enter a maintainenace stance at this point. I'm no longere pushing to drop weight, I simply want to maintain anything under 185-190 and I'll be happy with that. I'm still training hard however, that's critical to anybody doing this journey, you've gotta train!!!

I've now completed two extreme races, The Warrior Dash and the Caveman Crawl, I'm scheduled to run in the Too Hot to Handle 5K in Dallas on July 18th, running The JailBreak on September 18th, 2010 and the Turkey Trot (8miles) on Thanksgiving morning this year. I feel better than I have in years....YEARS! I think my wife and daughters see a big difference in my attitude, my energy, my eating, my everything. I love hearing from my oldest daughter "Dad, you're not fat anymore", brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

I encourage anybody who has thought about starting a journey like this to DO IT!! Work hard, eat right and do it every single day, it's not rocket science!

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ANDYLIN90 8/17/2010 9:46PM

    WOW, good for you. You're a handsome guy. With the weight off and your dedication to exercise, think of the great example you are setting for your children. Congratulations.

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FITANDFIFTY2 7/30/2010 12:46AM

    Awesome.. Congratulations.... great blog!! emoticon

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LWYZYKOWSKI 7/28/2010 10:56AM

    And look you tucked your shirt in! Way to go! Congratulations and best wishes on your maintaining and training journey! Keep up with the races!

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KIN59VARA 7/19/2010 4:40PM

    Terrific blog!

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FOUNDER3 7/18/2010 7:52PM

    Congratulations and kudos on all of your hard work and excellent results!

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Good for you Bonnie

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IN102WIN 7/12/2010 8:14PM

    WOW you make it look so easy but I know it took lots of determination. You look great!!

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PETALDEAR 7/10/2010 3:38AM

    Thanks for sharing. Inspiring to others.

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JEWITCH 7/7/2010 6:39PM

    Wow, what a dramatic change. You should be so proud of yourself. Keep up the great work. Thanks for sharing the picture very helpful on visualizing the change.

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 7/5/2010 10:23AM

    Too hot to trot!!

You're lovely Jerome! Well done. I wanna be you when I growup?? grow down??? ahhhh you get the picture!


ChanaR>Spark Baby!

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MAKELE 7/4/2010 4:53AM

    Awesome! Way to go!

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FREE_CAL 7/4/2010 12:35AM

  ng You look great! What willpower you had! Running is great! Good luck in the future.

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AGGIETERR 7/3/2010 7:11PM

    emoticon You look so happy and healthy. Congratulations!

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STORMWEAVER2623 7/3/2010 2:09AM

    I've spent years wondering how much chance I really had to lose any of my weight. I have been in the 200+ range since before high school. It mean a lot to have another 'big guy' show me that not only can it be done, but done well. Thanks for sharing your journey, as it will make mine that much easier.

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VALLEYGIRL17 7/3/2010 12:15AM

    Wow you've done a fantastic job. To see what you have accomplished gives me hope and motivation.
emoticon for sharing. Good Luck on your journey.

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SISNEROSMD 7/2/2010 6:02PM

    True inspiration! Thanks!

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    Looks like you are in condition to enjoy life!

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LUCKYONE60 7/2/2010 11:39AM

    Incredible! A picture is worth a thousand words! Your journey is an inspiration

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KLEONIKI 7/1/2010 5:48PM

    great job!
you spark!!!

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PIXAL13 7/1/2010 9:58AM

  This is great! Love the pictures it really helps and motivates to SEE it! Great job!

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AVANLON3 7/1/2010 3:06AM

    Wow you have done a wonderful job and thanks for sharing with photos it helps to see the differance as the weight comes off.

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 7/1/2010 12:50AM

    This is an awesome blog! You've done a terrific job on your journey, keep it up and never give up, never stop the much needed training! This is something that can inspire others on their journey! Thanks for sharing!

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MARATHONBOUND 6/30/2010 3:59PM

    Awesome job! What an inspiring blog, thank you! emoticon

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DRAFTLOVER 6/30/2010 2:11PM

    You look like a different person. GREAT JOB!

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LIVESTRONG2010 6/30/2010 1:26PM

    I love seeing your journey in photos. You, your wife and daughters can be so proud. Keep the training go and you will stay where you want to be! Good luck on your next race!

Ride Strong and Pedal Safe

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SCAROUSEL1 6/30/2010 12:29PM

    Way to go! You are amazing!

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/30/2010 12:27PM

    Congratulations on an absolutely amazing transformation ! That is awesome !

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THAIBEAUKITTY 6/30/2010 12:24PM

    Absolutely awesome! You have truly inspired me. By the way, you are quite the handsome man. Are you single?


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    YOU LOOOK HAWT!!!! WAY to go!!

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K10BETH 6/30/2010 9:24AM

    Excellent! I love to see the changes through photos!


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GLITTERGIRL69 6/30/2010 1:19AM

    You look great. Good job!!!

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    Oh my goodness! You look fantastic. Good luck with your training!!!

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RAVEN227 6/29/2010 4:06PM

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NAENAE1213 6/29/2010 3:49PM

    Awesome job!! You look great!!!

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KELLYGIRL1977 6/29/2010 2:22PM

    Great job! You have obviously worked really hard~Congrats on your success!

I am signed up for the Warrior Dash in the Rockies on Aug. 22. It's at Copper Mountain where the base of the summit is over 9000 ft and the peak is over 12,000...a little scary, but I am pretty excited to be a warrior!

Keep up the hard work and dedication~what an awesome, awesome picture journal of your journey!

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KYMMC3 6/29/2010 2:10PM

    Wow!! What an amazing difference. you look wonderful!!!

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SIMPLYWHOLE 6/29/2010 2:05PM

    I lovrf your blog and I am sure I will read it again for inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONI33ET 6/29/2010 1:44PM

    You look like a totally different person! Congratulations, it's hard to do it on your own.

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FANATICONE 6/29/2010 1:29PM

  Way to go. You look great, and must feel great too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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GERIKRAGH 6/29/2010 1:27PM

    Thank U so much for reminding us to keep forging ahead!

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KATHI214 6/29/2010 1:16PM

    Wow, what a great way to document your journey! It must make you feel good to start at the beginning and see how far you have come. thanks for the inspiration and motivation that I needed right now. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VEGIENISTA 6/29/2010 12:54PM

    VERY VERY inspiring!


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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 6/29/2010 12:53PM

    Awesome! What a transformation, such an inspiration!!! Great idea using the photo blog.


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CHALLENGE130!! 6/29/2010 12:38PM

    Very inspirational!! Great job!! emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 6/29/2010 12:06PM

    Well done brother!

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ALISONF2 6/29/2010 12:03PM

    Wow, you look great!! It's nice to have a photo history as a reminder. Sometimes I forget how big I used to be and then when I see an old photo I'm reminded of how miserable I was then and it keeps me going and working toward my goal!

Congrats, what an inspiration you are!

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BALDWINJ_03 6/29/2010 11:16AM

    Way to go!! That is an awesome accomplishment and to have the pictures along the way to motivate definitely help! emoticon

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JESSICAVZ1 6/29/2010 11:12AM

    Way to go! Keep up your amazing journey!

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we bought it

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I did NOT pay as much as the website lists

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TODDJAMES 6/16/2010 5:12PM

    Give us an update in a month...looking to take the plunge myself and gathering as much info as possible!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/15/2010 6:39PM

    So, now you got it! Woohoo!!! I know it will not collect dust! You had better put it to good use!

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 6/15/2010 3:35PM

    Yay YOU!!

Congratulations... you're in Boo!

Spark Baby!

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MTRICE 6/15/2010 3:30PM

    I'm jealous, enjoy!!

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Caveman Crawl Recap - way over due

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Caveman Crawl recap
June 12th, 2010

What a day!
Started at about 4:45am alarm to get up and start the day. We needed to leave the house by about 6:15 in order to give ourselves plenty of time to drive the 1.5 hours to Bridgeport, TX and not be rushed. Got the girls up, breakfast all the way around and left by about 6:30am I think. Everything is going along just fine, then we hit traffic in north Ft. Worth. Discovered a mustang on it’s side up against the guard rail, not a pretty site, rescue workers were trying to cut the person out of the car. Between the car wreck and two potty stops, we were late….almost. We arrived at the race site and checked with bout 15 minutes to spare, not what I’d visioned would happen. I had to get my bib on, my contacts out, hit the bathroom and stretch, get my gloves on and at the starting gate all in 15 minutes!!
I made it!! Off we go…..
First obstacle was less than 50 yards into the race, through the mud, into the pond of about 25 yards about 4 feet deep, can you say COLD water?!?! So we climb out of the muddy bank and we’re off and running, sort of. I’d told a co-worker that I wouldn’t run off and leave him, and I didn’t, I stayed with him the entire time! Second obstacle was over some old wooden cable spools, had to climb over three of them, then off and running again. Next we came to a ‘mountain of Styrofoam bricks’ we had to climb over. Next we encounter a small hill of very loose sand probably about 4 feet high, then stand in line to climb the big hill, very slick, rocky, probably 20 feet up, fairly steep. Right around the corner at the top we had to climb down, very small path cut into the nearly straight down cliff that one foot at a time would fit into. The drinking water at the bottom was a welcome drink for my running mate, I told them I’d had a drink in the pond, I was fine thanks. So now we’re running through the woods a while. From this point I think we ran to the lake and had to run through a small portion, shin deep portion of the lake. Then we hit a mud slick that had a ‘shower’ at the end of it, actually kind of refreshing at that point. Keep running round the lake to the make made slide INTO the lake. There was a line of people here so we got a little break(my heart rate hadn’t got up much yet). This slide was probably 30 feet long, down huge hill into the lake. I took about three steps back, hit that thing running on my belly and flew down that slide! It was GREAT when I hit the water, I lifted up my chest and just slide across the water. It was then that I realized that my bib had come un safety pinned from my shirt, I just rolled over on my back, kicked across the lake and pinned it back in place, very relaxing. HA Big mud slick coming out of the lake that was kinda rough, but we survived. From here, I can’t remember exactly what was next, I’ll tell you that we had a pool of mud/very very cold water, then straight up another huge slick hill, across a little ledge about a foot wide with drop offs on either side, across the gully on logs, slide under the orange fence through the mud for about 20 feet, into the next chest deep mud hole that had a pipe over it, we had to go under the pipe in the mud/water hole, run through the HUGE pipes, then down and round the ‘mountain’ to the rope climb. This rope climb was probably 30 feet up, it was greatness to climb up that thing! Once again down the mountain and into the last lake for about 50 yards of water before the end. I told my buddy Bryan, I won’t leave you until the very end, once the crowd is within eyeshot, it’s all about a show for them! So as I came out of the lake, another buddy who’d already finished was telling me the last mud hole was thigh high, I thought to myself, ok Jerome…here we go! I hit that mud pit on full blast, for about three steps then I hit the deck because I fell. Water and mud went flying!! I got right back up and did the same thing again, dudes and dudettes, it was great!! I finally crawled out of that pit and ran to the finish line about 20 yards beyond. My wife and daughters right there to greet me was awesome!
I’d done it, I’d completed my second extreme obstacle course type race!!!

I’m sure I didn’t list all the obstacles, there were 22 in all!!

Then about 45 minutes after I finished, I did another 1.5 or so with my 10 year old, partially the same course, just shortened.

All in All – I had an absolutely GREAT time, very fun course that I will do again one day. My ankle held up GREAT and that’s probably the most important thing to me right now!! I’m able to train 100% again!

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MOMMABOF7 6/17/2010 10:51PM

    WOW that sounds extreme!

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NAPITOVSFAME 6/16/2010 5:43PM

    We are doing the jailbreak run in sept in North Texas with some work buddies. Great blog, you have me pumped for it now.

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TODDJAMES 6/16/2010 5:11PM

    Sounds like a BLAST!!!

And...the best got to share your NEW LOVE of HEALTH with your love for your family!!!

Sounds like the PERFECT day...of course...minus the sweat and the mud...

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TRIGRAMPS 6/16/2010 3:18PM

    That is absolutely crazy! I hope you didn't hug anyone at the finish line! That is so cool that you did it again with your daughter. Thanks for the report!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/16/2010 1:59PM

    Sounds fantastic. Are there any pictures from this one?

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NEWME162 6/16/2010 11:17AM

    Wowee Jerome! That's awesome! Great Job!


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FLOOSIEMAGOO 6/15/2010 3:36PM

    You're a BEAST!!

Spark Baby!

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MCJULIEO 6/15/2010 2:42PM

    That actually sounds like a LOT of fun!

Also , that the contestants could get side jobs as laundry detergent testers... emoticon

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looking to purchase.........

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

possibly this treadmill.....anybody have personal experience with this baby??

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RMX_DELETED 6/15/2010 11:56AM

  Congrats on the new treadmill. I wish our 2 bedroom townhouse had enough room for one. That would be a great tool to have in the home.

Our son takes up 95% of our place with all of his toys, playpen thing, crib, etc...So no treadmill for dad, haha.

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JMERLAU 6/15/2010 10:32AM

    ok is the one I bought.

i only paid $600

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TODDJAMES 6/14/2010 5:22PM

    What did you end up with...if you purchased one...inquiring minds want to know...

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/10/2010 8:39AM

    The test run is going to probably be the answer. I would also say that whoever is going to be using it besides you should probably go in as well.

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LILY_SPARK 6/9/2010 2:35PM

    2nd the test run!

Also, I'm not sure how WIDE mine is (I'm a little girl) but you definitely want a wide tread/ runner cos it's really easy to drift around when you're focusing on breathing or posture or pretending you're in a meadow (play a LOT of mind games to entertain myself on the tmill!).


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PINKIRONDOLL 6/9/2010 1:28PM

    I've gone through a couple of treadmills in my home and just by looking at this one, I can tell it's a good one! You can't beat the price either. The treadmill that I have in my house is by Norditrack, and that's getting the job done. I've had so many great experiences on it!

My best advice is to go to Sports Authority and give it a test run. See if you like the way it feels when you walk/run on it, see if you like the controls, does it have everything you need?

Just by looking at the photos I can see that it looks pretty top notch. So if you like it, get it!

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new workout schedule

Monday, June 07, 2010

I am working on a full schedule between now and end of year.

I will post when done for some feedback.

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RMX_DELETED 6/15/2010 11:55AM

  Wow! Planning that far ahead? Maybe I should so something like this so I never have any excuses.

Question though...What if your fitness improves and you are able to do more, for more time, etc...Then you would have to change everything, haha.

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TODDJAMES 6/14/2010 5:21PM

    WOW...that must be SOME's taking you a week to complete...we will ALL expect a detailed spreadsheet!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/8/2010 2:04PM

    I am patiently waiting bro!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/8/2010 1:05PM

    We'll be here waiting.

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BILLALEX70 6/8/2010 5:34AM

    Can't wait to see what you've got planned.

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