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2011 Goals

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Personal Growth Goals:
Play as much golf with my oldest daughter as possible
spend as much time reading with my youngest daughter as possible
Enjoy side by side morning workouts with my wife
Become a better Father, Husband and Friend by communicating better

Fitness Goals:
Complete the following race schedule (it'll probably change a little)
January 8 - DRC Frigid 10K
January 15 – Hot Chocolate
April 2 – DRC April 5 mile
April 15-17 – Kansas Half Marathon
May 1 – OKC Memorial Half Marathon
June 4 – DRC Bloomin 4 mile
July 2 – DRC Independence 10K
July 10 – Too Hot too Handle 10K
August 6 – DRC Cross Country relay
Sept 6 – DRC 5 Mile Breakfast bash
Sept 25 – Heels Hills and Him 10K
October 1 – DRC The Look 15K
October 8 – Pumpkin Run 10K
November 6 – DRC Half marathon
December 4th – White Rock Marathon – 26.2 (with Nicholas)
This race is the ULTIMATE GOAL!!

Fully complete RevAbs and TuboFire for cross training purposes.
Firm and tone by body all the way around

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CHANGEDIN09 1/8/2011 10:22AM

    Lofty goals...I like that. Good luck

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ASHLEEWEBART 1/8/2011 6:12AM

    I liked the goals you have for you and your family. Being a grandmother and a retired teacher I so appreciate hearing that you will be reading with your daughter often.


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GRACEFULIFE 1/6/2011 10:46PM

    Quite a schedule, J-man. With all that running make sure to give your body breaks and STAY INJURY FREE.

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NANHBH 1/6/2011 10:34PM


WOW, looks like you must be totally healed from your surgery to have this kind of race schedule. How are you feeling?


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LP2278 1/6/2011 9:53PM

    Love it! You will rock this year just like the last one!

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RMX9822786 1/6/2011 9:11PM

    Awesome race schedule man! Looks like you have a great year planned for yourself.

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B-N-ME 1/6/2011 8:44PM

    Love the personal goals! My oh MY that is alota racing!
Wishing you much success in '11!

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NANNER2121 1/6/2011 8:36PM

    OK, I gotta go lay down now . . . . .
But I do like the opening paragraph best.

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BILLALEX70 1/6/2011 8:33PM

    Best wishes for 2011 and all of your goals!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/6/2011 8:27PM

    Jerome, i am glad to see you posted your personal, family goals. i have a few of those i am planning on posting too! still working on "the list"!

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NDORRIS 1/6/2011 7:43PM

    I want to be a great dude like you when I grow up. emoticon

Seriously, fabulous family goals. The running thing is ok, too. emoticon

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ASHARON 1/6/2011 7:38PM

    Wow, that is a great list.
Good luck!

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MOMONTHERUN1 1/6/2011 6:23PM

    WoW! That's an impressive list.

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46SHADOW 1/6/2011 6:09PM

    love it!!

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CARLA0716 1/6/2011 4:51PM

    THat's a lot of running around! I don't know how you do it.... :) Good luck!

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TODDJAMES 1/6/2011 4:29PM


Happy to read about your fitness will soar through those!
Proud of you for putting your personal goals out there for the world to see. I bet it keeps you on track...and knowing exceed expectations in each area...because now...THE WORLD KNOWS what you are working on!


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BTRTHANEVA 1/6/2011 4:09PM

    I'd start stocking up on your new running shoes, Jim. You're gonna need them!

But more importantly, it was great to see your personal growth goals which involved every family member. KUDO'S! You've got your priorites straight!


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MICHCLEARY 1/6/2011 3:58PM sesriously - ambitious goals. Maybe I'll be ready to run with you one day.

See you at the Hot Chocolate!

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MCSNYDER1 1/6/2011 3:46PM

    *Admirable *Inspirational *Attainable!

I will enjoy seeing you mark each of these goals off---one by one!

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    Insane! That is awesome that you are going to do so many running events. I want to be able to do that once I meet my fitness goals!

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/6/2011 3:34PM

    WOW! This list ought to get you moving! Impressive!!!

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A Message TO the year 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010


Bring on fun with family
Bring on the miles
Bring on the cross training
Bring on the weights
Bring on healthy meals
Bring on WISE decisions
Bring on great memories
Bring on fun with friends

you get the idea............

2010 has been an AMAZING year for me to say the least

2011 will be just as AMAZING!!!

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DCGUY72 1/5/2011 11:45PM

    Wow... If I was 2011, I'd be sitting up & paying attention !


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SKINNYDIVA4 1/4/2011 1:43PM

    2011 will rock!!!!

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JOPAPGH 1/3/2011 9:06PM

    You were a superstar in 2010! Hope you achieve all your 2011 goals!

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360NOMORE 1/3/2011 7:08PM

    You inspire me so much, thanks for the posts!!!!

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K-SHIN 1/3/2011 4:38PM

    Bring on the silliness!
Bring on the love!

And hopefully...

Bring on the results that we all fight for daily!

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    I got the idea!

Bring it on 2011..we are ready!

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MINNA72 1/2/2011 5:06PM

    Bring it ON! I am so ready for 2011 and all the amazing experiences I am sure it will bring with it!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/2/2011 1:00AM

    I'm bringing it bro!

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NANHBH 1/2/2011 12:47AM


I'm so grateful to be on this journey with you! Bring it on. 2011 will be amazing, for sure!

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BESTMEICANBE51 1/1/2011 9:01PM

    BRING IT ON ! ! ! emoticon

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TODDJAMES 1/1/2011 5:30PM

    2011...No One Stands Alone!

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COMPUCATHY 1/1/2011 12:39PM

    Yes it will! Enjoy 2011! I hope it is Spark-tastic! You've had such a great for a new year...365 days of glory to enjoy! Spark on! emoticon

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CHANGEDIN09 1/1/2011 11:41AM

    I agree BRING IT ON. This is the year I will reach goal. No more being satisfied with the fact that I've lost 67 pds. I am not at goal and I WILL DO IT. Thanks to you for your inspirational blog.

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/1/2011 8:19AM

    Bring it on Jerome!!!! Totally agree...except...2011 will be BETTER ~ since September was when my body decided to finally kick it in gear and began to actually lose weight ~ I am expecting 2011 to follow through with great results...great friendships...and great team leaders ;)

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B-N-ME 1/1/2011 12:36AM

    Here's to a fabulous year ahead!!

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COUNTING_DOWN 1/1/2011 12:29AM

    You're on to something! Bring it on! Be good, do good, feel good. Happy New Year.

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IMSMILEY88 12/31/2010 11:27PM

    Bring it On!!! Happy New Year!

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MFOLAND1 12/31/2010 10:34PM

    I like it...Bring it on!! I'm ready and focused...

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Experience at the Runners Roost

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So I got a gift card to a running store for Christmas, along with running tights, shirts, gloves, new warm up pants, arm warmers, and other running stuff.....anyway...that's not what this is about.

I got the card and I was SUPER excited. NEW SHOES was the first thing to enter my mind. I've never been fitted for running shoes and thought that sounded amazing to experience!

So I walk in and some English dude greets me, small talk about asked me what I'm looking for. I tell him about my gift card and I'm thinking I want to be fitted for shoes. He asked how much I run, etc. I told him I still consider myself a new runner, but I run 4 days a week. He asked me to take off my shoes and he starts looking at the bottom of both. He explained he was looking a the wear pattern and thankfully, it looks totally neutral to him. I guess the puzzled look told him I had NO CLUE what he just said. He explained the different running types and different types of shoes to support the different runners. I ran on the treadmill for him barefoot and then we looked at the video. This was amazing to me! He slowed it down to show me how I run and then told me that my gate is totally neutral. This means that I run with my weight right down the middle of my foot and I don't roll my ankles in either direction. I told him I was surprised this was the case as I'm totally self trained and self taught.

He showed me the two rows of neutral shoes and explained one had more cushion than the the others did. I want cushion ofcourse, so I tried on the Asics Gel-Nimbus 12 shoes. Immediately I could tell a difference. Then I ran on the treadmill again and holy cow what a difference a good shoe makes!!! I went ahead and tried on one other pair, but don't ask what they were, I can't remember, LOL. I LOVED the Asics!!!! I loved them so much I bought them!

The experience was very cool and his knowledge of running, shoes, etc blew me away. Ofcourse I sparked him and told him my story and he told me congrats! He said if I can run a 10K in 53 min and change, that I'm doing great!

Anyway.......I just thought I'd share the experience. If you've not had your gate analyzed and been fitted for a shoe, it's worth the experience!

This is the shoe I got:

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    AWESOME!!! I did the same thing - got fitted at a runner's shoe store, and man oh man, my feet have been thanking me every since! Asics are amazing - they are worth every penny that they cost. I'm so glad you got a great fitting shoe - it will make your exercise so much more enjoyable!

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RABBLEROUSER75 1/1/2011 11:20AM

    it's gait btw :) A gate is that thing you open and close to keep the dog in the yard lol

I'm going to have to go get me a new pair of shoes soon. I am taking to the gym and the treadmill this year. Here i come!

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JUST_TRI_IT 12/31/2010 11:01AM

    Oh new well-fitting shoes! SWEET :)

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LEANNROCKS 12/31/2010 8:39AM

    Sweet blog Jerome! There is just no stopping you.

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BILLALEX70 12/31/2010 8:12AM

    Sweet kicks!

Anyone who DOESN'T go get a good fitting is crazy. I don't care if you're a walker or a runner; it's worth getting a good fitting pair of shoes.

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TRIGRAMPS 12/31/2010 8:12AM

    'Bout time you got a pair of real shoes. You'll need them to run out of Colorado before there's six feet of snow!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/30/2010 9:56PM

    Everyone that I have heard say that the first experience at a real running store makes a world of difference in their running.

Guess I have to get started first.

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BTWCOACH 12/30/2010 9:20PM

    I wear the same shoe, Jerome! I love mine!!!

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CONTENTCHRIS 12/30/2010 7:09PM

    New balance has a insert that is amzing cushioning I LOVE it . Grats on finding what works for you !

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MINNA72 12/30/2010 5:44PM

    Congrats on getting your first pair of fitted shoes! Awesome! You're absolutely right that it's important to have your gait analyzed, I do that every time I get a new pair of shoes, and every time I find it so funny to watch myself run in slow motion! LOL!

Love my Asics, too! :)

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TRACY1572 12/30/2010 5:23PM

  I'm more of a walker, but I had been plagued with shin splits since I was a teenager. When I got fitted for the first time, it was amazing. The shin splits virtually disappeared.

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NIKNAK1980 12/30/2010 4:16PM

    emoticon Glad you found a shoe to work for you! It's also news to me that there is that much of a difference in the styles of running, and I didn't know running stores even existed! lol Hope the shoes work out well for you!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 12/30/2010 12:53PM

    You have to find the shoe that works for you and it looks like you have found it. I have a running store here in Little Rock that is like my second home. The owners are good people and a great addition to the community. It is amazing how shoes make a difference. I have an Asics trail running shoe, but when it comes to road running I prefer my Nike Air Pegasus.

Learning about pronation, gait, and stride is important if you want to truly understand running and becoming a better runner. You are on you way bro! Happy running!

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ANDASI 12/30/2010 10:05AM

    It will probably benefit the health of youre body a great pair of shoes.

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SABA_MALI 12/30/2010 5:40AM

    You've got some great experiences going on:) i would like to have the analysis too

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RUNNINGWILD 12/30/2010 3:05AM

    Awesome for you!! Enjoy those & remember to get new ones BEFORE you need them :o) I go through a pair every 16 weeks.

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ELYMWX 12/30/2010 12:11AM

    Gel Cumulus for me...

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SASSYBLONDE69 12/29/2010 11:50PM

    So happy for you! Support and encouragement are the best gifts we can receive, and you have cool new shoes, too! I know the difference good runners can make. Luckily you have a neutral gait, I overpronate to the point where the girl in the running room couldn't believe I walk as much as I do!
Keep up the good work!

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LUNADRAGON 12/29/2010 11:36PM

    Sounds like you had a great experience!

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CUPCAKE_LIL 12/29/2010 10:34PM

    You mean I can run without blisters and toe problems? There is something/somewhere that would correct that?

Maybe I would actually enjoy running. But, probably not.

Interesting blog!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 12/29/2010 8:35PM

    Love Asics!!!

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    emoticon New shoes are great. You are so lucky to be a neutral runner - I would give my eye tooth to be that. Have fun running now.

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NANHBH 12/29/2010 6:57PM

    Once I get my feet healed, I'm going to look into something like this. I know that I wear the outside edge of all the heels of my shoes. You mean to say that they have shoes that can correct that?

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BTRTHANEVA 12/29/2010 6:23PM

    The right tools for the job/exercise makes all the difference! Run, J-man, RUN!

Will these be like PF-flyers? (don't think you're old enuf... these sneakers made you run faster and jump higher!)

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MCSNYDER1 12/29/2010 6:17PM

    I'm with SparkyWatson---you only bought ONE????? I run, well mostly walk in PearlIzumi!

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NDORRIS 12/29/2010 5:59PM

    Where is this fabulous store? There are no stores around my neck of the woods that I am aware of that give such attention to detail or have a treadmill in store. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm looking for a good walking shoe. Wish me luck.

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CARLA0716 12/29/2010 5:38PM

    Hey - Happy New Year first of all! I know I'm early, but oh well!

I have to get new runners too, I just checked the soles of my Nikes and I'm pretty neutral as well. Slight wear towrds the outer edge, but most of it is along the center line. I'll look into those Asics, though I'm a bit of a Nike girl. I like the Swoosh! emoticon Makes me feel like I'm Swooshing! when I run.. LOL Though I hear some brands have a design to them where the cold air doesn't get into the tops as much? I'll have to look into that.

I also went out and got running tights and a under thermal layer. Haven't tested them out yet - its cold out there!

Doing a 5K walk on Friday evening - the Resolution Walk/Run. I registered to run, but I haven't been running in over a month....yikes. I'll be out there with the rest of the Resolutioners all next month...BUT I WON"T QUIT AFTER A MONTH!!!!!

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RUNNER12COM 12/29/2010 5:12PM

    You inspire me. And since my birthday is mid-January, I think I'm going to let my husband buy me new fitted running shoes. It's time.



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SPARKYWATSON 12/29/2010 5:12PM

    You only got one? Man you are tough!


Sounds like an educational experience. Some day I'm going to get it done for me.

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TODDJAMES 12/29/2010 5:02PM

    Oh darn it again...those are MY SHOES TOO...and I totally ROLL OUT...darn it...messed up again...wrong shoes...because we BOTH KNOW...I am NEVER NEUTRAL...I have an opinion about EVERYTHING!

Thanks for sharing...and at the same time...messing up my!

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It will happen when...........

Thursday, December 23, 2010

"It will happen not because of where you've already been or what others have told you. It will happen when you decide to make it happen."

Did you read that carefully??

Not because of where you've already been
Not because of what others have told you
but when you DECIDE to make it happen!!

HOLY COWABUNGA!! Just DECIDE you're going to do it....then DO IT!!

SO simple really when you think about it. How many of us have 'made a decision' about something material, maybe a new car, maybe a new purse, maybe a bigger home, could be anything. We made that decision and you got 'it', whatever 'it' is. How many have done that with silly stuff, but we won't make that decision with our own lives??

I gotta wonder what would REALLY happen if we MADE THE DECISION to take our health back?? For some of us it can be a life or death decision and we chose not to make it happen. For others it could be simply setting a goal to become more fit and maybe run a marathon. Others might make the decision to make it happen for very selfish reasons, that's ok too! MAKE THE DECISION..........

Can you imagine what we are capable of doing if we REALLY set out minds to something??

MAKE THE DECISION already.....stop floundering.......MAKE IT........DO IT.....

If you've made that decision, CONGRATS and welcome to the rest of your life.

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CHANGEDIN09 1/25/2011 9:46AM

    I loved this post. I call it MY A HA moment. I think I got that from Oprah. There were things that shouldve been A HA moments and weren' sitting down in a plastic adirondack chair and breaking it. "OH it must be because it's so hot outside" not because my ass was so fat!! But the thing that really did it for me is that I was closer to 250 than 200. I don't know why that bothered me because 200 is bad enough, but it did and here I am 67 pounds down...20 to go. Nike has it right with the famous JUST DO IT. Great post.

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SKINNYDIVA4 1/4/2011 1:38PM

    This is exactly what we need to all hear!!!! So Thanks.

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PAXAPUNCH 1/2/2011 5:48PM

    Thanks for always being real !!

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JILL313 1/1/2011 12:32AM

    I love your blog--so very true!! You look awesome and must feel great!! I can't believe, to be honest, how much healthier you look in the after picture on your SP page. You must be so proud of yourself I'm sure your family is also.
Happy and Healthy in 2011.

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KLS777 12/29/2010 8:46PM

    You are so right! Simple words are very powerful tools if we implement them.

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SMYLESX4 12/29/2010 6:26PM

    WOW!!! I have used the word determination before and you hit it on the nose with how we need to decide to do it and when we do well then we will do it!!!! Thanks for the blog and well i will do it...planning my first marathon this coming novemeber. I have two runs this coming weekend and looking for many more throughout this coming year.....continue with the great work!!!

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TODDJAMES 12/29/2010 5:44PM

    Another GREAT blog...but I would encourage people to NOT just make the decision in regards to fitness and health!

What if you made decisions to make things work in other areas of your life? I think we are ALL capable of focusing on more than one thing and being successful at more than ONE THING! (you are not indicating we are not...I am just challenging the reader)

Make your health IT'S BEST!
Make your faith IT'S BEST!
Make your daily work IT'S BEST!
Make your family IT'S BEST!
Make your friendships THEIR BEST!

Simple concept that can reap each of us HUGE REWARDS!

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LUBAML 12/29/2010 5:01PM

    I am doing it! Thanks!! Happy new Year!!! emoticonLuba

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ANOTHERTAG 12/29/2010 3:42PM


Yes Make the decision and DO IT!

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EUGENIAINSIGNA 12/29/2010 3:12PM

    I wrote this down and have it on a note in my pocket to remind myself. :) Thank you.

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FIT-WHIT 12/29/2010 2:34PM

    AMEN!!! AMEN AMEN! :) I've written several blogs (including my most recent) where I talk about the power of CHOICE in your lives. It's about taking responsibility for your success or failure, and CHOOSING to be and do your best-- in any [all] areas. I TOTALLY agree with you-- you change your life in an INSTANT. The moment you DECIDE to take control of your health, you are already on your WAY! :)

Wonderful blog- right TO THE POINT!

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JKSATHER2001 12/29/2010 11:17AM

    Thank you!! You are sooo right!! It's so much easier to make the "materialistic" decisions rather than face the future of your own health! Shouldn't it be the other way around!???


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BARBARAJ73 12/29/2010 11:06AM

    COWABUNGA!!!!!!!!!! great quote, great advice!

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TRIGRAMPS 12/29/2010 10:21AM

    Making It Happen! emoticon

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50PLUSBABY 12/29/2010 10:06AM

  Decision made. thanks

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TEDDYBABE 12/29/2010 9:33AM

    I am ALL over this theory! Thanks for sharing!!

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BABUHROW 12/29/2010 8:35AM

    Decision Made!!! Thanks for this perfect kick in the rear.

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MESEATURTLE 12/29/2010 7:42AM

    Just what I needed to hear!

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29MOMOF4 12/29/2010 12:24AM

    great quote!

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LMLTEAPOT 12/29/2010 12:23AM

  Wonderful inspiration. Your story is remarkable. What an amazing transformation you made, inside and out, in the past year. Awesome! You give hope to the rest of us. Thank-you and God bless! emoticon emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 12/28/2010 11:50PM

    Thanks for this! Well deserving of a PBA!

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B-N-ME 12/28/2010 11:13PM

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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LBEEKMA 12/28/2010 9:09PM

    Thanks for saying out loud what I already know but often refuse to believe! I alone am in charge of my mouth and what goes in it. I alone am in charge of my limbs and how much they do or don't move. I am in charge of whether or not I can wear that slinky size 8 dress or leather zip up boots. I will become what I want to be!

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BBGOOGIN 12/28/2010 7:50PM

    Such a profound and simple truth...Thanks. And thanks for setting the example!
~Susan emoticon

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CHANGEDIN09 12/28/2010 5:17PM

    Well from the looks of your DID IT. WOW. I like to call it "get real" . One day after kidding myself about why I "can't" lose weight I GOT REAL and realized you cant out exercise a bad diet. It's SO easy to consume 1000 calories and so tough to burn 1000 calories. Yep, I was exercising a lot, but then would eat lots of calories. GOT REAL and stopped eating crap and 67 lbs later here I a little more to go. But, thanks for the motivation and the truth. Like NIKE says...JUST DO IT.

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JENAANN3 12/28/2010 4:21PM

    Well said. I've made othre decisions in my life. I HAVE to make the decision to lose weight. I Have to, I HAVE to....

Thanks for the blog.

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VAJRA82 12/28/2010 3:35PM

    Why is it that the simpler the truth, the more difficult it is for us to process?

Thanks for this lovely reminder.

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DISTYME_4_ME 12/28/2010 3:20PM

    SO AWESOME!!!! Yes, I HAD to post on my cubicle wall!

Let's do this!!!!

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HELENA260 12/28/2010 3:03PM

    You are so right!!! I tell everyone all the time if its to be its up to me!!!

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MCTESSM 12/28/2010 2:13PM

    so true!!

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MISSYGEEN 12/28/2010 2:03PM

    Thanks so much! Back in February I decided to get healthy and stuck to it. Last week I read a blog about a triathlon. I always wanted to try it but stopped myself because of the swimming factor and decided I could not do it. But your words helped me to change my mind. I will add this to my goals this year and take swim lessons. Just like I decided I couldn't do it. I can decide that I can and will do it.

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CBAILEYC 12/28/2010 1:58PM

    Yes yes yes! I finally decided three weeks ago to stop dithering about and finally get past that 50 lbs gone point and I DID IT!
Let's keep making these lifechanging, fantastic decisions! Thanks for this!

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OBIONE686 12/28/2010 1:53PM

    I'm not sure if I'm there yet, because of each time I decided, "This is it!" But I'm saying, This IS it. Let's go. If I actively reach for this goal, it will be mine.

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MARGARITTM 12/28/2010 1:05PM

    love it thanks!


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360NOMORE 12/28/2010 1:04PM

    Great words, thanks so much for sharing - I neeed it today.

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STIPER23 12/28/2010 12:36PM

    Thank you!

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AMARILYNH 12/28/2010 12:23PM

    This is so true - if I can think it I can achieve it! emoticon

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CREATINGCHRIS 12/28/2010 12:00PM

    I decided last night.. how funny is that..I still needed that.. thanks... emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/28/2010 11:45AM

    I totally live by the "it's a choice" mentality. Every single day it is choice to not eat that, to eat what I know my body needs, to get up and move. When you make the right choices the rest is easy.

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DEBLYNN323 12/28/2010 11:38AM

    emoticon...I was asking for a kick in the pants this morning!

Believe and Just Do It!

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BESTMEICANBE51 12/28/2010 11:35AM

    Thanks for being an inspiration .

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CBACH71 12/28/2010 11:27AM

    So true! Just do it!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 12/28/2010 11:23AM

    My new mantra is, our thoughts become our reality! As you said, just do it!

Happy New Year!

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FREES1 12/28/2010 10:29AM

    our brains are our strongest features an dif we do make the decision and exert our wills which also are usually pretty strong than we can do it -thanks so much for the reminder!

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RUNNINGAGAIN12 12/28/2010 6:36AM

    Great reminder. My success (or failure, or lack of effort) is MY DECISION! No one else. No one else to blame.

Thanks for a kick in the pants.


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AMBERL34 12/28/2010 1:31AM

    Love it! I have made the decision... going to DO IT!!!!

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MELTING2SVELTE 12/27/2010 12:25AM

    Great post ... just the inspiring reminder I needed. Thank you!

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/26/2010 3:11PM

    Did You write this? or was it quote from somewhere?

Youre awesome ! thats the emoticon lightening power to take action the spark

the enthusiasm. and motivation

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

“Make it Meaningful, and the focus will be there. Make it meaningful, and it will happen”

I LOVE this statement!

As I reflect on this statement, I think about my own journey. One of the reasons I may be so successful is that I make it meaningful. I am 100% serious about taking my life back; I have a wife who deserves an active husband, rather than a sleeping time bomb. I have two beautiful girls who deserve an active/healthy Daddy who plays with them, who has then energy to keep up with them. (They have a hard time keeping up with me now) I made it meaningful by knowing that I am becoming more healthy every single day and with every single day, I work even harder. Every single step I take is meaningful toward my goal of being healthy. Every mile matters, every calorie matters, every bottle of water matters. IT ALL MATTERS!! Everything I’m doing MEANS something! I have been very focused for the last year and I pray that I remain as focused going forward. I deserve to be healthy, right? You deserve to be healthy, right?

I think this is a piece of the journey that people don’t think about much. We tend to think, “I need to lose X number of pounds”. You fill in the X, whatever that number is for you. There is SO much more to this journey than simply dropping a few pounds. Each journey will be different. Each step of the journey will be different. Every person will have their own meaning and ‘things’ that they need to learn while on their journey.

So I ask you dear SparkFriends, does your journey have a meaning or are you floundering in an unsuccessful attempt? Is the focus there? Is it happening for you?

What would happen if you made your journey meaningful?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKINNYDIVA4 1/4/2011 1:40PM

    Thanks I needed to hear this!! It is not about the amount of pounds it is the journey getting there.

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TODDJAMES 12/29/2010 5:38PM

    Great questions...thanks for evoking some meaningful thoughts!

Eye on the prize...LOVE THAT IDEA!

No ONE Stands Alone!

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B-N-ME 12/28/2010 11:17PM

    Love this blog! Everyone's journey is different, you are right...I love reading about other people's success and some are not weight loss related at all...
Being the best YOU one can be is a WONDERFUL goal to strive for, and one of the greatest gifts we can give others is the gift of ourselve, healthier, happier and at peace!

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REGGIE2009 12/26/2010 5:09PM

    emoticonblog! I hope you don't mind but, I am placing this blog on my fridge as a reminder of why; I embarked on this journey to better health and fitness over a year ago. I have not reached my goal and I know why... I have stopped making it meaningful. I have chosen to allow other things to get in the way of actually making it happen. It is time to renew my promises and make it meaningful once again. My family deserves it! I deserve it! Thank you for inspiring and enlightening me yet again my friend. You definitely rock!!!
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GTOGIRL67 12/26/2010 4:50PM

    my journey hasn't been that meaningful nor successful but that is going to change. i am reaching midlife real quick and i don't want to be that time bomb waiting to go off. thank you for the blog.

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RJ-CYCLES 12/26/2010 12:58PM

    A buddy of mine at work asked me how I lost 45 lbs, he says he wants to do this for obvious health reasons, but to also be able to spend more time with his kids. Making it meaningful adds too the goal

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REJ7777 12/26/2010 10:00AM

    "Every single step I take is meaningful toward my goal of being healthy. Every mile matters, every calorie matters, every bottle of water matters. IT ALL MATTERS!!"

I seem to be losing a bit of my focus and determination, paying less attention to small choices. I needed to read this this morning. I'm going to stick that sentence near my computer screen as a reminder that small choices DO matter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCYNA 12/25/2010 5:58AM

    Love this blog,Jman!
I'm aimed at meaning and so glad I can share it with all of you emoticon

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PUNZIE73 12/24/2010 11:05AM

    How true! I stopped focusing the on number on the scale and I'm really attempting to make meaningful choices (in everything). This health journey is in my heart so I hope with dedication and hard work I'll have a success story to tell one of these days.

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NITELITE72 12/23/2010 9:29PM

    So true! Thanks for this...I needed it!

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KELLIGIRL523 12/23/2010 9:20AM

    Thanks the the insight. I'm going to give that some thought.

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WINNIEVIOLA 12/23/2010 8:36AM

  It's not any particular thing. I especially like, though, not having heartburn. I became aware recently that it's going to be a really good thing not having a pound to spare because I am having back problems. I'll never be able to jump rope again but I can still walk.

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 12/23/2010 2:42AM

    So very true and I have to come to believe exactly what you are saying. The weight loss comes from inside - the number on the scales is a barometer of how you are changing your thoughts and perspective on life not just what you stick in your mouth.

You are a real motivating force to us all - your family must be feeling very grateful to have the new, fitter HAPPIER you around!

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NIKNAK1980 12/23/2010 2:07AM

    Awesome blog! Fitting for me at the moment...Thanks for sharing!

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MOMOF6BOYS 12/22/2010 10:00PM

    FANTASTIC!!!! I stopped worrying about a number awhile ago! I feel great...I am looking great...and it is only gonna get better!!

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ASHLEEWEBART 12/22/2010 8:03PM

    You are so right. This is one of the best blogs I have read here. You make a most important point, if it is meaningful, we are becoming successful, but if the journey loses meaning, we begin to fall out of step. Thanks for such a touching, educational blog.
And Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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MSANITAL 12/22/2010 4:25PM

    Grat Blog Jman and yes it has a meaning to me...
thanks for writting this

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/22/2010 4:25PM

    emoticon blog. I will be coming back to this blog, when I question, why I am doing what I am doing. I want the year 2011 to be my year of achieving more of my goals. emoticon

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NANHBH 12/22/2010 3:56PM


Great blog! I'm with Sheila. It's not so much about the pounds to me (although that might be a reflection of being really darn close to my goal weight - twenty pounds ago, I might have felt otherwise). For me, it's about being happy, joyous, and free to be me! Hiding my feelings or stuffing my feelings with food never solved anything, it just prolonged the pain or the issue that needed to be dealt with.

So for me, "making it meaningful" means to be present in the moment, to feel all my feelings, to love and take care of myself first so that I can then love and take care of others. I don't know if that answers the question you asked, but that's what popped into my head!

Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season! They DESERVE you!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/22/2010 2:05PM

    My journey isn't in the number of pounds i have lost, but in the number of healthy days i am living. sure, the numbers add a bit of fun and challenge to the adventure, but the real focus is on being a healthy, active person who doesn't just exist. i want to be around for my kids and grandkids.

AND i want to look and feel good while i am doing it. i don't want to go through life like my Mom and Grandmom, always struggling on a diet. I want to stay active enough that i can eat a piece of cake when i want, or go to my closet and pick any item of clothing and know that it is going to fit me. gone are the days of pulling out item after item of clothes that are either too big or too small. i will have nothing in my closet that doesn't fit! no more storing multiple sizes because i gained too much weight and then hanging on to the small ones for the day that i lose the weight again! I.WILL.NOT.WAVER.ON.THIS!

And the best part, i am doing it for ME. yes, of course my family will benefit too, but I am worth the 30 minutes a day of exercise. I deserve the time it takes every day to care for myself. I AM WORTH IT!!!

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