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Changes......Radical Changes part 1 of 3

Friday, July 09, 2010

I broke this blog up into three seperate sections due to the length that it ended up being.
Part 2:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415991

Part 3:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415998

Iíve had several people ask me to blog about my journey, with a few specific thoughts in mind, I will attempt to address the following thoughts:
1. WHY did I do what Iíve done
2. WHAT did I do to get here
3. How am I going to maintain

Please forgive me, this is longer than I wanted, but I felt it was necessary to get all this information included in this blog.

Why did I decide to take my health back (AKA lose weight)
Allow me to back up few years if you will. I did not grow up heavy, I was quite the opposite. I was not an athlete in school, although I did wrestle for a number of years, I was more of a band geek. Proud to say that too! I was always fit growing up also. Iíve spent more hours on a football field than most would care to think about. Iíve traveled the world Ďmaking music with my friendsí, as I marched in various marching bands and Drum Corps. I was always fit, firm and muscular due to the activities I was involved in. I got married at 21 and taught Band for several years. Both my wife and I were active with my teaching, always moving, always active; therefore the fitness was fairly good into my last 20ís. I changed careers in 1998 and got a desk job, thatís when things started to change for me. I love what I do, donít get me wrong, but sitting behind a desk got easier and easier. It also got easier to sit on my chair at home and do nothing. Obviously as time moved forward, I didnít move and I slowly grew to my top weight of 264lbs without even realizing it!
I suppose that is the underlying reason that Iíve changed my life, are my wife and daughters. My wife deserves a husband who is willing and able to help out around the house. I believe she deserves a husband that she can be proud of, a husband who can come home from work and have the energy necessary to help with dinner, kids, activities, etc. My daughters deserve a Daddy who doesnít sit in my chair asleep all the time. They deserve a daddy who has energy to play with them, get on the floor and wrestle, tickle, and not be a grump all the time. As my kids grow and become more active, I want to be able to keep up with them.
Selfishly though, I did made this decision for me. I knew I wasnít healthy!! I couldnít walk up a small flight of stairs without being winded, I had no energy and I made poor eating choices most of the time. I did not like having my picture taken, but the picture that hung on the break room wall at work scared me I think (blue shirt pic). My swollen face and swollen eyes were not a pretty site to see! I hadnít been to the doctor for a physical in a number of years because I was scared of that they might say or what I might find out. So with all that said, that brings up the question of: WHY NOW Jerome?? Why at the ripe ole age of 40 did I decide to take my life back?? Why, when I knew it was going to take so much discipline, so much work would I make a life changing decision. I knew I would have to give up (or cut back drastically) on some of my favorite things in life like: Dr. Pepper, ice cream and Mexican Food!!
I have been asked these questions a number of times and I always say the same things, ďI got tired of being fatĒ, ďI wanted to be here for my familyĒ, ďIím scared to go to the Dr.Ē. I know thatís a generic answer, but itís really the truth. I suppose my vanity can be blamed too, I didnít like that I saw when I looked in the mirror. I hadnít liked that for several years, just didnít have any desire to do anything about it. That just begs another question to be answered: why the desire now? I simply canít come up with a better answer than what Iíve already stated, my family deserved a better husband and father AND I got tired of being fat. Those are the two biggest reasons I can think of after several weeks worth of pondering.

  
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TODDJAMES 7/12/2010 12:37PM

    No words...and THAT is rare!

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DARINGR8LY 7/11/2010 9:51AM

    Great reasons to start this journey for you and your family. You cannot give to others unless you have a healthy foundation yourself.

BTW I love Dr. Pepper, and Mexican food too.

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MNTWINSGAL 7/10/2010 11:04AM

    I stumbled upon your blog while "page-grazing" and have to say, I could have written the same thing for me....except it took me until my 50th birthday and I'm not doing a good of a job as you are. I've been yo-yo-ing a little, and I have good and bad days...but slowly and surely I AM taking my life back.

You are an awesome role model, and your family is really, really lucky. Keep up the good work!

(Now....I'm going to read parts 2 and 3!)

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TOOKES519 7/10/2010 8:05AM

    So far my thoughts are............

There is nothing selfish about doing this for yourself first. Thats what may be giving you the motivation to continue. I know that that is true for me. I want to see what I have in me. How much strength do I really have? Do I have the will and the might to keep this going? No one is gonna do that for you but yourself. I think that that is an awesome way of looking at your journey. Only you can change the things you want changed about yourself. No one is gonna do that for you.

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Kristi

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NANHBH 7/9/2010 11:09PM

    Jerome,

Way to bare your soul. Your wife and children must be very proud of you! Thanks for sharing.

Nancy
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Super hero cape on........bounced back!!!

Monday, July 05, 2010

after what I dubbed a rough weekend, only because it was a 2000 mile road trip, here's what I've done today to recover.....

1. slept in this AM to let my body rest
2. caught up on some lost SPARK TIME and got some encouragement
3. spent 90 minutes mowing and weedeating my yard
4. spent about2 hours playing with my girls in the pool
5. ran 3.2 miles on the ole treadmill (rough run today, pushing my speed some)
6. fantastic Dream Dinners Italian Pomodoro Burgers for dinner with my family
7. cuddle time with the girls

TTFN for now SP!

  
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ANNESYLVIA 7/9/2010 2:45PM

    I am glad you did not stay off track for long. emoticon It was inspiring to read how you recovered from your setback. emoticon

Did you actually go over your calories or was it just less exercise time you lost? I myself did not have too much of a dilemma with the exercise part of my vacation. It was different routine but still active. Not really as much as I would have burned back home but none the less active. It was trying to keep within my nutrition plan (calories, etc.) that I had a hard time with while being away from home.

Anne

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/8/2010 5:06PM

    Sounds like something that was very needed.

Keep on keeping on!!

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BTWCOACH 7/7/2010 7:32PM

    Good job, Jerome!!! Sounds like a great weekend and a great Monday also!!!
Keep it up!!!

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TODDJAMES 7/7/2010 6:06PM

    And that's how you have a bounce back day...I guess those can be as good as a GREAT workout! Good for you...it is a good thing you had on that superhero cape...not sure you could have accomplished all of that as Clark Kent!

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NANHBH 7/6/2010 3:06PM

    Hey, Jerome,

Sounds like it was a fabulous day - after the long road trip! Way to take care of yourself.

Be well,
Nancy
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ANDREA0301 7/6/2010 12:01PM

    Well done!!

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SPARKLE1908 7/6/2010 8:38AM

    Nice comeback!!!!!!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/6/2010 1:20AM

    *super hero music* Yes, that is for you bro! I just returned from a road trip and it is usually tough, but as others have said, it is going to take a lot more than one day or a weekend, to set us back! We are relentless and unstoppable! I am glad to see you enjoyed your day and you are back to action! I am right there with you! *goes to grab his cape* LET'S GO BRO!!!!

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3CHIHUAHUA 7/6/2010 1:05AM

    must be contagious

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RAFT4WAVES 7/6/2010 12:31AM

    Great way to bounce back! emoticon

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LEE907 7/6/2010 12:03AM

    Hi,
All in all it seems like U had a productive day. emoticon

LEE

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IOWEIT2ME 7/5/2010 8:21PM

    That's wassup! Good going!

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Do Super hero's have bad days.....

Monday, July 05, 2010

I spent ALOT of time on the road between saturday morning (July 3 and July 4) and sunday night.

We road tripped from Dallas to Denver to pick up my daughters, spent 12 hours in Denver and drive home. It was TOUGH to say the least!!

I didn't drink nearly enough water, I didn't want to stop so much
I ate too many sunflower seeds
I had a few too many cookies
I has too much steak at my father in law's house (that guy cooks a MEAN steak though)
ALL of that was just saturday!!!! Sunday was MUCH better though

I'm taking the bull by the horns today with at least a 3.5 mile run, swimming with the girls and enjoying a day of playing around!!

YES....I think super hero's do have bad days......BUT I THINK they pick themselves up and start all over again!! SOOOOO..Here I go...picking myself up and moving forward!

  
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TODDJAMES 7/7/2010 6:09PM

    Even Clark Kent...just being a regular guy...was insightful, intuitive, smart, and funny! You don't ALWAYS need a cape on to make things happen or to lead! PLUS...you had a chance to remember what it was like TO NOT have all the spark time and workout time you want...that may have been the BEST lesson of all!

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ANDREA0301 7/6/2010 12:00PM

    emoticon for getting back on track!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/5/2010 8:10PM

    It's hard when you are out of your element... but that's real life. You pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back to normal. You have got this!

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GOGOSHIRE 7/5/2010 6:23PM

    You got this! Rock on!

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REGGIE2009 7/5/2010 2:45PM

    emoticonMoving forward will be a snap! You already have the right mindset!
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3CHIHUAHUA 7/5/2010 12:40PM

    yep, just dust yourself off
strap on that cape
and






FLY

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CARLA0716 7/5/2010 12:09PM

    Yes, I hear you I hear you.... emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/5/2010 11:17AM

    I feel that "super heroes" are just like us! They have good days and they have bad days, but they never give up! I know you will get right back on track because you are worth it! emoticon

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BILLALEX70 7/5/2010 10:52AM

    Sounds like a great time.

Superhero's have vacations, but get back to business afterwards. I feel that's where we fall in. It's easy to stay on "vacation" afterwards, but it's tough to get back to it.

Here's to being back!

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SPARKLE1908 7/5/2010 10:46AM

    I don't think you did that bad..and road trips can be real "traps" for falling off the wagon so it could have been much worse...

You are back on track so I have no doubt that Saturday's "slip up" won't have any lasting effect!!!

Good job and I hope you guys have a blast!!!!

ttyl

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IOWEIT2ME 7/5/2010 10:32AM

    Hey Super Hero J! No worries my friend. Sounds like you have a concrete plan to move forward! That's cool; its onward and upward! Have a great run; I'm sure you're going to enjoy swimming with the girls and playing around! Enjoy!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/5/2010 10:31AM

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The key is to make sure that the bad days are as few and far between as we can. There is always a great balance between the perfectly healthy lifestyle that we aspire to and the slovenly past we have left behind. There are days that we are at the extremes, but we must strive to spend as much time and as close to the healthy end as we can.

God to have you back on the horse.

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LOSETHEWTIN08 7/5/2010 10:23AM

    Yes we do,but we make it look like it was planned. emoticon

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 7/5/2010 10:19AM

    Jerome,

That doesn't sound like a bad day, it sounds fun. The difference in you now and 1 year ago is that you would have gone home and stayed in the chair.

I think that's how thin people do it. The moderation is that what you did will happen once or twice per year.

So, Jerome, My Hero, you're back in the groove.

Onward...

Chana
Spark Baby!


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MGRIFFITH32 7/5/2010 10:19AM

    Amen to that, J! Let's tighten up our capes and get it done today! :)

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Do Super hero's have bad days.....

Monday, July 05, 2010

I spent ALOT of time on the road between saturday morning (July 3 and July 4) and sunday night.

We road tripped from Dallas to Denver to pick up my daughters, spent 12 hours in Denver and drive home. It was TOUGH to say the least!!

I didn't drink nearly enough water, I didn't want to stop so much
I ate too many sunflower seeds
I had a few too many cookies
I has too much steak at my father in law's house (that guy cooks a MEAN steak though)
ALL of that was just saturday!!!! Sunday was MUCH better though

I'm taking the bull by the horns today with at least a 3.5 mile run, swimming with the girls and enjoying a day of playing around!!

YES....I think super hero's do have bad days......BUT I THINK they pick themselves up and start all over again!! SOOOOO..Here I go...picking myself up and moving forward!

  
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LAURA31370 7/23/2010 9:18AM

  I am happy that you realize every one has bad days but if you pull yourself back up it is ok. Now I am going to have to hear my own words sometimes.

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Caveman Crawl article

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

not a bad read

http://www.wcmessenger.com/sports/allspo
rts_content/EkZyZpAuZuyPEuhQHJ.php

  
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TRIGRAMPS 7/8/2010 5:31PM

    How cool! But, they missed the best part: the fact that you did it again with DD.

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REGGIE2009 6/28/2010 12:20AM

    emoticon emoticonfor posting this article! You have proven that; with hard work and determination we can accomplish anything we set our hearts and minds to accomplishing.

emoticonon completing the Caveman Crawl's 5K! You are the best!
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BARBARAROCKSIT 6/26/2010 1:41AM

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well done!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/22/2010 8:50PM

    Very cool!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/22/2010 5:48PM

    That is awesome bro! I may have to join you one year.

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ANDREA0301 6/22/2010 5:09PM

    Way kewl!! emoticon

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TODDJAMES 6/22/2010 5:02PM

    WOW! You are famous! Way to carry the SPARK torch!

That SHOULD get EVERYONE sparked up!

Jerome...on behalf of the team...WE ARE PROUD OF YOUR SUCCESSES!

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