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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Something the trainer said this morning during workout made me think.

He said "Limits, once you push past them, you will never go back" That made me wonder what the 'real definition' was so I looked.:

limit - the greatest possible degree of something
limit - as far as something can go
limit - restrict: place limits on
limit - the boundary of a specific area
limit - restrict or confine
limit - the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

SO.......Jerome are you listening? Jerome did you read all that right?

Going forward, I will push past my limits, when I think I've hit a wall, I will bust through that wall (sorta like the Kool-aid man, only skinny) I will push forward for that extra 1/2 mile required, I will pick up that second dumbbell weight while doing squats and lunges (Like my wife already does). I will practice more patience than I think I have, I will be a better leader...........ok Jerome, do you get the idea??

I will push forward to become an even better me!!

So now I say again Jerome......Limits, once you push past them, you will never go back

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REGGIE2009 8/6/2010 10:20AM

    Bravo! A Better Jerome! I didn't think there was a better him. You are already the best!

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SOUTHIE2010 8/5/2010 11:35PM

    Wow great blog! Thanks for sharing! So true!!!

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MGRIFFITH32 8/5/2010 11:04PM

    I totally love this.

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TODDJAMES 8/5/2010 10:54PM are becoming an amazing blogger! The passion, thought, and effort in this might be your best!

I love that you aren't afraid to share your own challenges and efforts with the rest of us!

Now...go forth...but check your household insurance first...sounds like you may be busting through a BUNCH of WALLS!

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DREMARGRL 8/5/2010 10:19PM

    Love that you're in the ZONE.....the point of no return. Where knowing what a fit, healthy body feels like and never wanting to give that up!!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonMaryAnn

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PELESJEWEL 8/5/2010 5:01PM

    emoticon Yah!!! Love this blog! I don't like limits, or ceilings, or any kind of belief that contains potential. I beleive in exponential possibilities. I like to believe that all things are possible and that I have the power to achieve it.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/5/2010 1:15PM

    Something we all need to do, even if it is only one step or drinking one more glass of water.

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ANNASBF 8/5/2010 11:50AM

    I agree with your blog. The most restricting definition in all this is the concept of "self-limiting" ... giving in or up even before you attempt to remove reasonable limits to your thinking. Good thought provoking blog. BTW....I'm sure your wife would protest that you are a "fit" Kool-Aid man.... emoticon

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CARLA0716 8/5/2010 11:16AM

    Then really, limits don't exist?

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EDGEOFSANITY 8/5/2010 10:49AM

    I was just reading about limits this morning... But more along the lines of how you'll hit your limit (mentally, physically, emotionally) at about mile 80 or 85 of a 100 mile run and need to figure out a way to puch past that if you want ot finish.

So, you up for a 100 miler?

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ABSOLUTZER0 8/5/2010 10:44AM

    That is right bro, there is no going back! We are pushing past limits and taking names! LOL! I tell people they must push until they are at their limits, then push even further!

So, you going to be wearing red when you bust through the wall a la Kool-Aid man? LOL! It is funny you should mention hitting the wall. The next book I am reading is titled "Breaking Through The Wall: A Marathoner's story." We connect in ways that are very strange. Be on the look out for that blog. I think it is going to be a great novel!

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MOMOF6BOYS 8/5/2010 10:07AM

    Thanks Jerome!!! I needed this today!!!! You can do it :) BTW, I love your sense of humor LOL!

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HOPERISING 8/5/2010 10:06AM

    love it! So many of our limits are self-imposed nonsense anyway!

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IOWEIT2ME 8/5/2010 9:50AM

    Inspiring my brother! Definitely words to live by for us all! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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Tortoise and the Hares

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Am running in a race this weekend with two seasoned runners!! This is a 6 mile relay. When asked about possible team names, I suggested the Tortoise and the Hares....hahahahahah....I thought it was REALLY funny

Today....Lynette suggests that maybe I'll have to run with bunny ears and a tail...muwhahahahahahahahaha ....I HOPE she's kidding?!?!? YOINKS

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/7/2010 7:15PM

    Funny that I read your race report before the blog. Glad everything worked out.

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EDGEOFSANITY 8/5/2010 10:51AM

    Guess I should get to making those bunny ears then, huh?

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PELESJEWEL 8/4/2010 11:47PM

    That cracks me up! Fur in Dallas, in Aug, NOT! But the ears, maybe?? Tail? Somebody give the man a dolla! Holla!$$$$ That's going to be as crazy as the "Juggler" at my last 5k. Yes, he juggled as he ran.... emoticon

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SOUTHIE2010 8/4/2010 10:47PM

    I think you kind of have to wear the bunny ears now. . . the gauntlet has been thrown.

Take LOTS of pictures!

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CARLA0716 8/4/2010 9:47PM

    I wanna see pics! Especially if you wear fur in Dallas in August!

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MOMOF6BOYS 8/4/2010 9:38PM

    emoticonNOT!!! You can do it!!!
Definitely, you'll be the emoticon

You have the whole team
emoticonCHEERING YOU ON! emoticon

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LP2278 8/4/2010 8:17PM

    Awesome! You must have someone take photos!

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3CHIHUAHUA 8/4/2010 7:55PM

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 8/4/2010 7:27PM

    Which leg are you running?


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TODDJAMES 8/4/2010 6:49PM

    Don't be Dallas in August?

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MGRIFFITH32 8/4/2010 6:46PM

    You'll do great! Can't wait for the report.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

anybody ever heard of this??

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LP2278 8/4/2010 8:20PM

    I have seen all of these things separately or a combo of the glucosamine/chondroitin. Interesting. Maybe it would help my hips. I have a lady in my Bible study who sells WIN products and has given me some samples of other stuff, but she is bringing me some samples of something that sounds like this product, so I'll see how those work first.

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RUNNINGPFUHL 8/4/2010 5:47PM

    I have seen it at the store, but I haven't tried it. However now that I'm injured, dude, I'm gonna get some and let you know how I feel.

11 weeks with no running....the saga continues....

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HEALTHDUDE 8/4/2010 5:31PM

I have not heard of TripleFlex, but I have taken Glucosamine & Chondroitin (on and off) for the last five years. It works for me. I have knee pain from a skiing injury - me and moguls got into it and the moguls won.

If you are having joint pain, esp. knee pain, I would recommend it. But it takes two to three weeks for any results.


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TODDJAMES 8/4/2010 5:00PM

    Jerome -

Funny a friend sent this to me just today! I have seen the commercials...but don't know that much about it!

I did notice that you need to watch it if you are on blood thinning meds!

ASK Doc...he knows EVERYTHING! I just pretend to know stuff!

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Race Schedule for 2010

Sunday, August 01, 2010

July 18th - TooHottoHandle 5K - 32:04
Aug 7th - CrossCountry Relay 2mile leg
Aug 14th - Watermelon Run 5K (newly added)
September 4th - DRC Breakfast Bash 5M
September 18th - Run the Jailbreak
November 7th - DRC 5K
November 25th - Dallas Turkey trot (8 mile version)

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EDGEOFSANITY 8/5/2010 10:53AM

    Slacker emoticon

My dad called to let me know they're going to be here for Thanksgiving, so I might be running the Turkey Trot as well.

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LP2278 8/4/2010 8:22PM

    Awesome schedule! Makes me want to add a few races to my schedule. hmmm...searching...

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RUNNINGPFUHL 8/4/2010 5:45PM

    WOO HOOO!! What a great schedule!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/4/2010 4:43PM

    Be careful out there these next couple weeks.

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MOMOF6BOYS 8/3/2010 8:39AM

    Wow!!! You are the MAN!!! Keep are doing great!

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I was actually going to ask you if you'd ever participated in the Dallas version of race for the cure that starts at Northpark -

You are definitely rockin' the fitness!

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SPARKLE1908 8/2/2010 8:23AM

    WHAT!!! Nothing for October and December??? You slacker!!!!!

Seriously, you already know you ROCK so I don't need to tell you that again...I'm proud of you, you have really taken off...literally!!!!!


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JEMADORE77 8/1/2010 9:25PM

    I've conditioned myself to wishing (and rooting for) Girl Power; however, I now stand (actually sit) corrected....(and I NEVER admit when I'm wrong, just ask the hubster)...Dude,


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NANHBH 8/1/2010 9:18PM

    Hmmmm, I keep thinking about running, but then my knee speaks up and says "I ain't doin' that." And since I need my knee, I listen. My hat is off to you, Jerome -- and to all of you -- who are runners!

Be well,

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HOPERISING 8/1/2010 8:56PM

    Woot! Look at you! I haven't had the courage to sign up for any real races yet... I'm still racing myself. You rock!

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TODDJAMES 8/1/2010 8:55PM

    Jerome...YOU ROCK DUDE! Take a minute to think about it...this time last year you probably would have struggled to walk a 20 minute look at you!

I would say you are a machine...but you aren' are a man...WITH A PLAN!

I am proud to know you! Take the are a super man!

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PELESJEWEL 8/1/2010 8:25PM

    Woot! I have my race scheduled posted on my wall too, just to put it out there in Sparkland to keep me accountable. So, what about December? LOL!! Come to Nashville and do the Jingle Bell 5k! Just kidding ! I'm sure there is a jingle bell run in the "Big D". Great job putting it out there!

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ABSOLUTZER0 8/1/2010 8:17PM

    Race Schedule for 2010

July 10th - Big Dam Bridge Twilight 5K - 29:04.63
August 28th - Goshen Gallop 10K
October 16th - Indianapolis Half Marathon
November 20th - Spa 10K

Now, you have mine. Don't let me get on here tomorrow if you have 2 newly added races. LOL! I look forward to the race reports!

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The emotions of all of this.......

Saturday, July 31, 2010

so it's Saturday morning July 31, 2010. My alarm goes off at 5:30am on a saturday so I can get up and go for a run..........hang on a minute......the alarm goes off at 5:30am on a saturday so I can get up and go for a run???

HOLY CRAP dudes and dudettes........I'm addicted I think. LOL

so what I really wanted to blog about was that I DID get up at 5:30 and left the house around 6am for an outside run this morning. Not something I do often, typical I'm on the treadmill trying to catch the 'red dot' (that's a different blog though). So I get a good stretch and walk to the corner, start my walkmeter (itunes already blasting) and start running, WOW it felt good. Over a few hills, down a hill, back up, oh wait Jerome, where does that path through that park go, didn't even know it existed did ya?!? I ran through the park, back to the street down a full mile, back through the park, back up the hills, back toward my house. Man, I FELT GOOD this mornign, keeping a pace near a 10 min mile and everything. As I got near to the house I was close to 3.5 so I kept running towardthe park across the street from my house. I quit running at 3.57 and kept walking as a cool down period.

This is when the emotions hit me out of the blue. You see, this park I was walking around is where my journey started in December, 2009. I started by doing nothing but walking(I've said that before) and this park is where I walked nearly EVERY morning for several months, around and around the 'island' as I called it. I've not walked around this park since I was probably about 230lbs, a completely different man than I am today. It was the strangest thing that I was having 'flashbacks' and sort of watching my fat self huff and puff up on the sidewalk as I walked in the street today, seeing myself stuggle to keep the walking speed at a rate that would do any good to burn calories. Today I was using this as a nice slow cool down period after running fairly hard for 3.57 miles, I found myself fighting tears this morning, it was the strangest thing, very surreal to experience the whole thing really. Even now as I write this, my eyes fill with tears as I am completely amazed at what has taken place.

I felt it necessary to purge these emotions and share this story to encourage those who might be struggling, those who might want to give up, those who have no/little support to NOT GIVE UP!!! I didn't like 'watching' myself this morning in those flashbacks, I wasn't healthy, it was scary. DON'T GIVE UP....DON'T EVER GO BACK..... (that was a reminder ME, if it inspires anybody else, great)

I'm posting the stats from the morning run only as a reminder for myself
Route: New Route
Activity: Run
Google Maps URL:
Shortened Google Maps URL:
Started: Jul 31, 2010 6:31:26 AM
Run Time: 35:54
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 3.57 miles
Average: 10:03 /mile
Fastest Pace: 8:39 /mile
Climb: 144 feet
Calories: 465

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KTW1992 4/10/2012 5:45AM

  Found this blog post when I was looking through your blog. What an inspiration!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/7/2010 12:11PM

    Hey Jerome - this is an awesome blog, and an even more awesome story. Thank you for sharing - I look forward to meeting you in person, and feel fortunate that we live in the same city! You are an inspiration!

Keep it up dude!!
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KCLARK1355 8/19/2010 5:52PM

    I'm so glad I found your blog! Your words brought tears to me!

What an inspiring journey you've taken! GREAT JOB!

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MCSNYDER1 8/19/2010 12:42AM

    Absolutely brilliant! You came full circle!!! Huh.....amazing!

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KELLBEAN 8/12/2010 11:07PM

    It's been an emotional week. This brought tears to my eyes. It make me think, "I can keep going. I will do this."..and this is just what I needed to read today..encouraging and motivational! Medicine in a blog :)

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    This is awesome! I'm not to the point of being able to see myself in flashbacks...nope I'm still the guilt-ridden overweight unhealthy self that I have been. I'm working on that, though. Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishments!

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BRILIND 8/10/2010 9:06PM

  Great Blog!!

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FULLOFFAITH 8/10/2010 4:57PM

    I won't give up Thx for your blog!!!!



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NIKKIG3 8/10/2010 8:56AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing.... Your story really touched me today as I did so bad last week and today I am back on track... for the 100th time but as you said.... not giving up!!!!

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SIRCATNIP1 8/9/2010 2:45PM

    Run man run!

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TXGRANDMA 8/9/2010 1:03PM

    Congratulations! What an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINABEE 8/9/2010 12:23PM

    Thanks for your great blog and helping all of us to reach our goals.Yes we can do it too.

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ERINWD 8/9/2010 9:29AM

    Thanks for sharing! This is a great reminder to keep going.

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DEBRA-B 8/9/2010 8:13AM

    Wow now I.m in tears, great blog thanks.

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YUMMYBY30 8/9/2010 6:01AM

  thanks for sharing!!!

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WILSLM70 8/9/2010 3:23AM

    Thanks for sharing your blog and your feelings.

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ANNE-ELIZ 8/8/2010 11:44PM

    Thank you for the glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel! emoticon

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MRSABG 8/8/2010 11:25PM

    An amazing feat! Thanks for sharing and giving the rest of us some encouragement!

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K82BTHIN 8/8/2010 9:03PM

    Not only is that amazing, but I sat reading it thinking I wonder if people watched this tranformation of this man - and what do they think??? I bet they are in awe of you1

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MARRAM53 8/8/2010 9:01PM

    Thanks for keeping it real

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RVINGWAY 8/8/2010 7:16PM

    Thanks for sharing and encouraging the rest of us emoticon

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LJHST5 8/8/2010 6:12PM

    Thanks so much!

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JKTENTATIVE 8/8/2010 5:24PM

    Beautiful blog...straight from the heart and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 8/8/2010 4:47PM

    Thank you.

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DBAILEY0438 8/8/2010 3:53PM

    very inspiring keepup the dedication

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FROGGY80916 8/8/2010 3:46PM

    Thank you for sharing, a truly inspirational story. I am slowly becoming addicted to many exercises: walking (need a twelve thousand step program, oh wait! that's what I do daily, Zumba (the newest addiction), and my old stand by Yoga. As my body changes, I am more amazed by the mental and spiritual changes that are accompanying. emoticon

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N-ACHIEVE 8/8/2010 3:21PM

    Wow! What an AWESOME story. You've come so far! Thanks for sharing!!! :) emoticon

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GALEZY 8/8/2010 3:17PM

    I wish I where that dedicated. Thank you for sharing emoticon

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SHERRYJVP 8/8/2010 12:49PM

    That is wonderful. I felt your excitement and look forward to experiencing it first hand, soon. Thanks for sharing and congratulations.

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NEENER967 8/8/2010 11:54AM

    I l-o-v-e-d your blog! I hope that in a few more months, I will be able to look back at how unhealthy I was when I started ... and how much healthier I have become in the process. You are such an inspiration - thank you!

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BLAIREF 8/8/2010 10:50AM

  You are an inspiration! I am a little jealous of your park though:-) but inspired by your progress! Thank you for sharing your story!

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MAZZALIN 8/8/2010 10:27AM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing.

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BTWCOACH 8/8/2010 10:16AM

    Hey Jerome! I just read this blog, again, on the best members blog!!! How cool!!! Your writing is very inspiring - who knew you could write so well???
You are AWESOME!!! Keep it up!!!

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LAURALAUGHS 8/8/2010 9:57AM

    Great Blog!! Thanks so much for sharing and the encouragement! What an accomplishment! emoticon

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MMCOLLECTOR 8/8/2010 9:17AM

    Thank you for letting us know that it is ok to get up early on Saturday morning and get our excerise in. I get tired of following the red dot on the treadmil too. Going for my 5 mile walk today. (sorry, I am just learning to run, but will get there).

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    Lacing up my shoes right now and I haven't ran in a month! Thank you for reminding me how GREAT it feels to be out there sucking up oxygen in this big ol world!!!! AWESOME. emoticon

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FLUENTFROG 8/8/2010 8:41AM

    Yes, you have inspired another to keep going. THANKS!

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CATHRINE2010 8/8/2010 6:58AM

    Hey, thankd man I really needed to hear this as I am struggling with success right now (Idlewild blog) I will not give up !!! I am worthit and so are you. emoticon

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STARBETH469 8/7/2010 11:52PM

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiring blog. This is what I am aiming to achieve. Congrats!

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JACKKELL 8/7/2010 10:55PM

    That's so inspiring. I had only been walking until this past week. Now I alternate walking and jogging. I NEVER thought I would ever be jogging, I have arthritis in my knees but it hasn't stopped me. Thanks for your inspiration! You've done a fantastic job. emoticon

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MARCIAFIT 8/7/2010 10:39PM

    I'm celebrating with your good looking self!

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LIVNGLEGND 8/7/2010 10:35PM

    This piece isn't just motivating, it's inspiring! thanks. emoticon

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KLEMIE 8/7/2010 10:35PM

    Great Inspiration! This is only week 6 for me and I already feel better than I did 6 weeks ago. I can't wait till I get to 6 months...wonder if I will be feeling the same as you?

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AHAPPYLIFE 8/7/2010 10:21PM

    This blog is just so cool! Thank you!!!!!!

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