Thursday, January 20, 2011
I shouldn't have teased it, but I did, so I'll quickly update everybody.
I had surgery in October to repair a major sports hernia, then I was down until December 3rd not doing any fitness, except walking, which I did the last 2 weeks of my 6 weeks off. This was Dr approved walking I might add. :-)
Well....I've been having some pain/discomfort in that area of surgery since I've started running again. I decided to return to the surgeon, just to be checked out. I was scared to death that I'd already had another blow out so to speak due to the location of the pain!
GOOD NEWS - the Dr. said everything is normal on the side I had surgery. He said that the scar tissue is what I'm feeling and yes, it will hurt when you cough for a while(oh my it hurts). He advised against lift heavy weight, to which I said, OK, not that I lift must anyway. He told me to take aleve or ibuprofen for discomfort and just keep doing what I'm doing.
Yep, I can still run........ whew!!
So there ya have it.........that's the update
Monday, January 17, 2011
As I've read comments on my video blog(several times), I have been BLOWN AWAY by the things that have been said. I've compiled some of those comments here to share with all of Spark People. This is what SPARKPEOPLE is all about....supporting one another...changing lives, one day/one life at a time. There are SO many comments that are amazingly full of support, congrats, love and encouragement.
I've decided to share some of these because I TRULY believe can and DO apply to ALL OF US. These comments have been said over and over on this website, no doubt!
CONGRATULATIONS! You have worked so hard--and along the way--you have led, inspired, pushed, kicked, and kept me on my feet and laughing! Not just me, but many, many others!!
What an accomplishment - the best part is you are so much healthier! I believe that your video will inspire others to buckle down and get there too! It is not just a dream!
Wow - congratulations! You had a perfect reason to do this - what a beautiful family!
Man, you made me cry. No joke. I know exactly how hard it has been and how far you have come. Never forget.
Your blog and journey video was exactly what I needed to see today. What you have done is what I need to do and what I so desire to do. I need to start with one step like you did
All I can say is WOW. You have given me hope that maybe I can do this too. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!
You have encouraged me to start walking. Starting tomorrow. I am going to walk.
Fantastic. Not only are you doing this for the family and yourself, by sharing this with Spark People, you can make a difference to so many lives
"Even though you fall sometimes.. you will have the strength to rise".. I so needed to hear that... I just can't quit crying..
~~~~~~-When I read the following comment, I sobbed
My 12 yr old just watched this with me while my DH was in the shower. As soon as he walked out she pointed at him and said "Daddy, this man went on a journey, and you and i are gonna start on that journey tomorrow". From the mouths of babes. Great job!
I have over 100 pounds to lose and am 5 days in - you've inspired me.
Unbelievable. You are a machine. I really needed this right now. Thanks mate.
"" If I can do it.. you can do it!!! It starts with one step.. Take it.. You deserve it!!!"" I'm going to take that line with me!!! I believe it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
You have become a blessing to yourself and a GREAT inspiration for others. I have already starting walking (haven't caught the running bug, yet) and I believe in ME. Thank YOU for highlighting that belief, and showing us that it CAN be done. Cheers!
THIS WAS WHAT I NEEDED TO SEE TODAY
Your family must be so delighted that you are now a healthy role model.
~~~~~~-I sobbed again....
Awesome! Please pray for my husband to get that motivation he needs to lose 150 lbs. He is a great guy who will die early if he doesn't lose it and I need some people help me pray. Thanks for inspiring people with your story!
Thanks for sharing your video journal. It was very heart-touching and inspiring. You have done amazing things and I know you will continue to succeed. You have a beautiful family and you are healthier to enjoy life with them!
Wishing you a wonderful life. You will never know how much you have helped others, by bringing your health to this high level of achievement.
You bring tears of hope to my soul. Thank you for sharing
"Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth" Ecclesiastes 30:15
I am at Sparkpeople to lose weight and get healthy of course, but I've had a lot of emotional pain that frankly, I need lose the source of. I watched this video applying your words and those of the song too, to my struggles and I have to say, I just had a light bulb moment.
Buddy- I'm choked up because your journey mirrors my own. I knew you can do it!
Congratulations on your many success-- you are a whole new person, full of life and freedom and happiness. Keep living it, and sharing your SPARK!! You were MEANT for great things!!!
Absolutely what I needed to see this morning. Most of all, you are such an inspiration to your girls. Way to go!!!
I hope this is on youtube so people that aren't on sparkpeople can be inspired, too.
-YES, the video is on YouTube as well
Tomorrow will be my Day One. I think it's no small coincidence that I saw your video tonight. I have 100+ lbs. to lose and it seems nearly impossible, but I feel like it's more possible after seeing your video. Thank you!
You are right...YOU are worth it...and I AM WORTH IT!!
Awesome dude! Your video is amazing, as your story unfolded my mouth hung open like Simon's did when Susan Boyle first sang
Thank you for not only sharing your story but for telling others that they can create their OWN story too. Amazing.
This made me cry. First they were tears of sadness for you and self recognition for me. But then they were tears of joy for you and hope for me
Brings me to tears every single time I watch it...I say it is an HONOR to call you my friend! You are a true SparkInspiration, Jerome!!!
That family portrait at the end-- PRICELESS
Yea baby! That's what I'm talking about!!!! If I can do it, you can do! Spread the word! Share the health! Pass it on!
Wow. What an awesome story. You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your story. You inspire me. Prior to watching your video, I was feeling depressed and fighting this feeling of wanting to eat something. I wasn't hungry, I just wanted to eat. Now I do not want to eat. Instead, I have this overwhelming desire to walk... I just want to walk! I want to walk and keep walking. When I walk, I feel better about me. Yesterday I told some coworkers that I want to lose 15 pounds by the end of May. But now, I want to lose those 15 pounds by the end of March and finally be able to say that I weigh less than 200 pounds; something I haven't been able to say in over 10 years, if not 20 years. And I'm not going to stop there
I'm a grown man balling my eyes out over this video! WOW! What a great message! I'm going to repost this on my SparkPage! We really need to see the tremendous transformations! You Rock man!! I'm 518 lbs & this is just what I needed to see to keep me motivated! Thanks so much for sharing!
You are an inspiration to many, including your children! I bawled while watching your video because I never thought I could do it. I have lost 57 lbs and have a little more to go, but I KNOW it can be done. Thanks for helping to renew my faith!
So inspirational but yet it comes down to that one step, doesn't it. Seems so basic
I have been discouraged and really needed your inspiration.
Hope to find the strength to rise from the ashes, too. Need the sun to shine.
I am lost-discouraged-unmotivated--miser
able-and very unhappy about the situation of my weight.
Today I decided to log back on to Spark People hoping to find some motivating-encouraging story I might connect to.
There it was-your story-before the video finished I was crying. What an accomplishment-and even more-what an inspiration you are to me.
Thank you. It was meant for me to find...the song, your words, the joy you shared will inspire me in the days to come. Bless you for sharing and blessings to your beautiful family.
TODAY - We will walk in this journey of life, but will it be forward or will it be backward?
RUN FOREST RUN! thank you for the inspiration
Your children will benefit from your example
"This is proof of What Faith Can Do."
What a powerful statement to pin to an amazing journey! Truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing!
Did you shed any tears making this ? I shed tears watching it.
-YES, I shed thousands!! and more reading all the comments.
Jerome, your amazing! I don't think you have to worry about that fat guy catching up with you anymore. You are a new man! Congratulations
-Mike , that fat guy will have to run about an 8:30 mile to keep up with me now!
This should give us all the strength and motivation to keep going and make the changes that we need to!
Go forth and keep conquering each and every day.
And you better bet I'm passing it along to some friends who are sitting on the fence deciding if they want to jump in and join us on this amazing journey.
~~~~~~THANK YOU...please share
Now you can enjoy your family and know you will be there for them to enjoy
I really needed to see someone be able to do something that I really need to do myself. You have no idea on how much this touched me and how inspired I am from your success. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
There is soooo much life and great health out there waiting for you (and the rest of us). Keep going for it! Keep running for it! BTW, your wife and daughters and beautiful
AWESOME!!!!! This brought tears to my eyes because I really would like my husband to do what you did. He is overweight like you were but he doesn't want to admit it.
I wish more people could realize how simple it is- to just keep going. Start with that one first step and just KEEP GOING. You don't even know what worlds can open up unless you try
Your video brought tears to my eyes, both of sadness then happiness. For anyone who doesn't believe that walking is enough to get them started, I urge them to watch this video
- this is me again.....I can't tell you how many tears I have shed reading all these comments.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Hot Chocolate 5/10k
So this blog will sound alot like most of my race blogs actually, SORRY, except there are more pictures!
I was up early, nervous, excited, etc. RAIN...WHAT...it can't RAIN on RACE DAY?!?!?!
I get in the car and start toward Addison around 6am to arrive around 7am. The race folks said they MIGHT run out of t-shirts AND the coffee mug that finishers were getting. I'm a goof ball and DID NOT pick up my packet before the race, and I wanted my t-shirt, so I was early! YEP, I got my shirt, as plain as it may be, I GOT IT, and I finished quick enough to get a mug before those were gone too!
It was cold and rainy, misting, WET no matter how you look at it! Long walk from the parking garage to the staging area. Thankfully that was inside so we were warm!
I ran a decent race even though it was a little slower than last week. This course was a little longer than last. The course was the 5k course x 2. Not bad, except for the fact that there was a big ole bridge up and over something. Shelly told me AFTER the race to commit to the hill. Then she said she spit on that bridge. Um, I think I had some flem that came up, does that count, LOL! It wasn't bad, I averaged 8:43 per mile so that was OK, I'll take it anyday! Official time was 56:02
Here are my garmin stats:
I will back up a little bit and say that before the race, one of the SparkDallas members threw down a challenge to create the BEST HAT for this race. @Mich threw it down and I accepted the challenge ofcourse, all in good fun. ACTUALLY, my daughters had a blast with it. SO...fast forward, here I am walking into the Addison convention center and people are staring, pointing and or wanting a picture. Here is a pic of the hat that my daughters created:
Yes you will see it again later.
The BEST part of this day was getting to see some of the SparkDallas team members. I LOVE getting to see them, hug some necks and catch up in real life if ya know what I mean.
PRE RACE PIC:
Here is a pic of MOST of us post race:
We are missing Lynette, Andrea, Andrea and Laura in this picture. Lynette had to leave early, Andrea and Andrea are SOCIAL butterflies and Laura hadn't found the group yet.
Here is my and my favorite Spark Coach!! (I like em all, but I get to SEE Nancy more often)
Mich and Susie
Susie and Shelly
Three of us went back out and ran in with Coach Nancy (she's in the blue at on the left)
Me and my goofy self pre-race
Saturday, January 08, 2011
January 8th, 2011
Dallas Running Club - Frigid 5/10K Race
So I get this email on Jan 4th about this race on the 8th. I thought heck, why not run that, I mean I have to train anyway, may as well run 6.2 on a chilly morning. So I checked with my wife first and got my kitchen pass signed, then signed up for the race!
I woke up nervous and excited all at the same time this morning. I don't think those nerves will ever go away. Heck, I know I'm not gonna win anything as far as a medal or whatever, but I'm gonna win better health and I still want to have a good showing, right? Up at 5:30 (I slept in a little) and start getting my self ready and out the door by 6:45 I think. I only had one cup of coffee and some SPARK energy drink as I drove across town to the race venue. The race was at what has become my favorite spot in Dallas, White Rock Lake. I had made plans to meet a friend John at the Reg Table and he was already calling me, asking where I was! Well dude, I JUST left the house, I'll be right there. I couldn't believe how many people were there when I pulled up to Winfrey Point! I expected a smaller crowd. I found a piece of grass to park on and started to the Reg Table, found my Bib, number 555 and for the first time with the Dallas Running Club(DRC), my timing chip. Typically they just use pull tag timing. I liked these tags because the were on a velcro strip that you put on your wrist or ankle and took it off when we were done. I hope they use them again.
John called me again, I was standing there staring at him when my phone rang, he didn't recognize me, until I put the phone to me ear. LOL. I used to work with him and I've not see him in a while so that's the reaction I get these days. LOL We talked it up with for quite a while, he was giving me tips on places to buy cheaper running gear. He's always been fairly active so he had several tips for me. Off to find the porta potties, then for a quick brisk walk to warm up. I think it was around 34 when I got there, so yes, that's frigid in Dallas! HAHA Down the hill out of the house came the mass of people so we knew it was getting close to time to run. With NO warning or anything the horn sounds and off we move, like a hurd of turtles! We were about 40 yards from the starting gate so you know that was a nice slow walk while the crowd thinned out a little bit. John had told me to run my race and not worry about him, he hasn't run for a while so he didn't think he would keep up. I started out at about a 9:30ish pace and bingo, John was right beside me. We were talking it up, laughing, having a good time the first 1.5 miles. He did the 5K so he turned around there and was headed back to the house already. I stepped it up a little close to an 8:46 per mile avg. I've never claimed to be the fastest runner in the world and today, I proved that, LOL!
I did have a REALLY good run for me though. Running at that lake is just peaceful to me. The only bad part is the one bridge that moves with you, I don't like that, I feel like I'm gonna get bucked off the silly thing! Today I ran the furthest around the lake I have ever run and enjoyed every step of it. I had PINK blasting in my ears to keep me pumped. I did develop a tick in my right knee, which was odd, but I kept pushing anyway. With about 2 miles left, I tried to push even harder, my time didn't really show that, but trust me, my heart felt it! haha John came back out to run in with me the last half mile or so and that rocks!! I LOVE it when friends come out and support you like that, THANKS JOHN!!
All in all I had a GREAT run this morning and I'm glad I got out there!! I ran 54:49 on my Garmin and 54:43 on the chip.
My run stats can be seen at:
This is me and John post race
Next Saturday I run the Hot Chocolate with some great friends on the SparkDallas team
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