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News from the Dr.......

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

  
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QUILTDAMELIO 1/31/2011 7:56PM

  Glad to hear that all is okay, that is always a relief. Best of luck on a speedy recovery.

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CSULLIVAN83 1/26/2011 6:44AM

    That is SO awesome to hear!!! emoticon

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KLS777 1/24/2011 3:39AM

    Wow, my dad had a double hernia op a few years ago, I feel very sorry for you and the pain, I saw what he went through so I am hoping your gorgeous family are giving you lots of emoticon

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WINNIEVIOLA 1/23/2011 8:07PM

  That sounds like what my md warned about after my appendectomy in July. He said it could do that for a few months, even the smaller laproscopic entrances. Glad everything is going good. emoticon

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PSILER 1/23/2011 7:16PM

    Glad to know everything is OK. My husband had the same thing done and had to deal with the scar tissue, too. You will be good as new in no time!

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CMHARRISON12 1/23/2011 4:14PM

    So good to hear it! Run on!!

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ROBIJO44 1/22/2011 9:04PM

    Good times

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MANDYLOVE_76 1/22/2011 2:29PM

    Great News J!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/22/2011 9:45AM

    This is good news -

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 1/21/2011 6:54PM

    That's great news to hear!
Run strong! emoticon

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TODDJAMES 1/21/2011 6:06PM

    Super News! MOST PROUD of you just for LISTENING to your BODY this time! Run on...

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BTRTHANEVA 1/21/2011 5:43PM

    I hate to sound like a mutha, but will err on my side of better judgment. NO MORE DIPS FOR YOU unless they are of the chocolate persuasion. 'nuf said.

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BESTMEICANBE51 1/21/2011 5:41PM

    Great News ! I had a large hernia repaired myself in 2005. They said I had a high risk of "blow out". So far so good ! I can still get some pretty good pain when I'm doing core exercises. Keep up the good work. You're an inspiration to us all.

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MINNA72 1/21/2011 4:09PM

    Awesome news, Jerome!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/21/2011 2:48PM

    Definitely good news bro!

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MCSNYDER1 1/21/2011 2:41PM

    Praise the Lord!!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/21/2011 2:27PM

    Great news!! Hoping that your recovery will be quicker than 'normal'... cuz who ever falls into that 'normal' range, anyway??? Glad you can still run!! You are doing GREAT!

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3CHIHUAHUA 1/21/2011 12:10PM

    (::X::)

no more band-aids for you LOL

you're just about all better

so glad to hear

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OLDERDANDRT 1/21/2011 10:28AM

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BABUHROW 1/21/2011 8:58AM

    Take Care!!!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 1/21/2011 8:40AM

    Whew is right! Take good care of yourself!

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MOCHWR 1/21/2011 8:01AM

  I'm sorry for your continued pain, recovery is a long slow process.
Glad you got things checked out and had a positive response from the surgeon.
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LEANNROCKS 1/21/2011 5:18AM

    Great news Jerome!

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NANHBH 1/21/2011 12:18AM

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That's awesome news, J-man! So happy for you!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/20/2011 11:47PM

    Nice one:)

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ARIZONAHIKER 1/20/2011 11:33PM

    That is great news!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/20/2011 11:25PM

    sorry for the pain Jerome, but sooooo glad that it is nothing serious!

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GOGOSHIRE 1/20/2011 11:19PM

    Great news! I'm so happy to hear this!

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REM-CYCLES 1/20/2011 11:01PM

    Glad to hear - Todd was right about his update about sharing - glad to hear the good news!!!

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/20/2011 10:53PM

    FANTASTIC!!!! Doc can not take running from you!! That is YOU :) So happy to hear you are healed completely....Enjoy the doc's orders of doing what you are doing! Keep doing it...and have the time of your life!!!

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BTWCOACH 1/20/2011 10:50PM

    Good news!!!

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NDORRIS 1/20/2011 10:47PM

    Whew, glad there were no new injuries. Glad you're ok. Rock On. Or should I say Run On.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/20/2011 10:24PM

    Yeah! Love good news...

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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 10:20PM

  Glad to hear that there was not anything major that was wrong. Also glad that you can keep running. Scar tissue takes a while to work out- massage can help the process. Hope you heal soon. Take care.

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Motivation at it's FINEST......

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!
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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!!
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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!
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Wow - congratulations! You had a perfect reason to do this - what a beautiful family!
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Man, you made me cry. No joke. I know exactly how hard it has been and how far you have come. Never forget.
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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
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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!
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You have encouraged me to start walking. Starting tomorrow. I am going to walk.
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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
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"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!
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I have over 100 pounds to lose and am 5 days in - you've inspired me.
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Unbelievable. You are a machine. I really needed this right now. Thanks mate.
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"" 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!!!
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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!
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THIS WAS WHAT I NEEDED TO SEE TODAY
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Your family must be so delighted that you are now a healthy role model.

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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!
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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!
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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.
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You bring tears of hope to my soul. Thank you for sharing
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"Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth" Ecclesiastes 30:15
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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.
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Buddy- I'm choked up because your journey mirrors my own. I knew you can do it!
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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!!!
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Absolutely what I needed to see this morning. Most of all, you are such an inspiration to your girls. Way to go!!!
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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
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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!
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You are right...YOU are worth it...and I AM WORTH IT!!
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Awesome dude! Your video is amazing, as your story unfolded my mouth hung open like Simon's did when Susan Boyle first sang
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Thank you for not only sharing your story but for telling others that they can create their OWN story too. Amazing.
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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
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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!!!
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That family portrait at the end-- PRICELESS
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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!
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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
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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!
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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!
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So inspirational but yet it comes down to that one step, doesn't it. Seems so basic
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I have been discouraged and really needed your inspiration.
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Hope to find the strength to rise from the ashes, too. Need the sun to shine.
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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.
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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.
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TODAY - We will walk in this journey of life, but will it be forward or will it be backward?
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RUN FOREST RUN! thank you for the inspiration
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Your children will benefit from your example
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"This is proof of What Faith Can Do."
What a powerful statement to pin to an amazing journey! Truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing!
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Did you shed any tears making this ? I shed tears watching it.
-YES, I shed thousands!! and more reading all the comments.
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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!
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This should give us all the strength and motivation to keep going and make the changes that we need to!
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Go forth and keep conquering each and every day.
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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
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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!!!
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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- this is me again.....I can't tell you how many tears I have shed reading all these comments.

  
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CHANGEDIN09 1/23/2011 5:43PM

    I feel better now,hearing that grown men cried when they watched your video. I felt like such a hormonal woman when I cried when I watched it. It's a great success story.

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TODDJAMES 1/21/2011 6:09PM

    A compilation of compliments...interesting concept...and nice reference for many! Congrats again on your success!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/19/2011 4:14AM

    YOU have been a true inspiration all of us - to those of us who feel it can never happen or that its just too hard - your heart has shown there is a light and we can make it there.

thanks not only for sharing your story but being the sort of man who is now willing to help others along the path.

D

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CHIFANG130 1/18/2011 11:51AM

    Splendid! Awesome! Amazing! I just want you to know that I am really grateful for being able to share the Spark with you!

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FANGLE 1/18/2011 11:18AM

    This community is awesome and so supportive.

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CBAILEYC 1/18/2011 11:12AM

    Yea, I've gone all weepy again LOL in a good way.
It's amazing, the way this inspiration, this positive power feeds on itself - you inspire us, we inspire you, we're all working hard, we're all making the effort. This path has been illuminated by you going before so many of us, while following after so many others.
Spark On, my good sir. Spark On!
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NANHBH 1/18/2011 12:19AM

    Dude, you ROCK!

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TIFFXCOREX 1/18/2011 12:15AM

  you are such an awesome amazing man. :) you've inspired me and trust me, i really need some inspiration. thank you.

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MANDYLOVE_76 1/17/2011 11:26PM

    Jerome, you are an sensational guy and you keep me inspired everyday. To be honest I'm not sure I'd be doing as well as I am without your support and faith in me. Thank you for continuing to inspire people everywhere, everyday.



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MEGA_MILES 1/17/2011 10:19PM

    Dude, it doesn't matter what anyone says, you did it. Yes YOU DID IT! And now because of what you have accomplished others will aspire. It all starts and ends with us. What will I do today. Then the ripple runs out. Congratulations on your accomplishment and example. I am thrilled for you and your family. God bless you!!!!!

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BTWCOACH 1/17/2011 10:14PM

    Sparkpeople need to hire you Jerome! :-)
You are great at sharing the spark.... Keep it up!
Molly


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XENA1956 1/17/2011 10:10PM

    Thanks so much for sharing all the great comments. Great Sparking J. Hugs, Teri

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/17/2011 9:27PM

    Jerome, there you go SparkingAmerica AGAIN! WooHOO!! Good Stuff..

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/17/2011 9:06PM

    You've done it to me twice in one day! Tears of joy!!! I finally got around to reading your Hot Chocolate blog today and just wanted to run up and hug you....you have come so far and you look FANTASTIC!!! Tears of joy #1 today...

Now reading this blog...brought up tears of joy, sadness, happiness, you name it!!! I am heading back to your blog to cry some more!!! I must have watched it at least once a week since you posted it :) Thank you for being YOU Jerome!!! You have such a big heart...you are a beautiful person!

Thanks you for being here when I needed you most :)

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Hot Chocolate 10k REVIEW - with lots of pictures

Sunday, January 16, 2011

January 15th
Hot Chocolate 5/10k
Addison, TX

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:
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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)


Finishing strong


Me and my goofy self pre-race

  
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ANDREA0301 1/25/2011 3:23PM

    What a GREAT day this was!!!

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FLBEACHBUM14 1/20/2011 2:50PM

    Great race blog as usual, Jerome! LOL, I have to ask, are those marshmallows on your hat? If they are, how did they survive the rain? Great looking hat though!
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ABSOLUTZER0 1/19/2011 7:53PM

    Totally awesome! Yes, always finish strong! I do not expect anything less from you! Loving the hat, too! LOL!

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CHEERYKK 1/19/2011 6:48AM

    great blog, Jerome! loved the pictures :-) and your HAT!! lol next time, I'll introduce myself to you!

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/17/2011 8:24PM

    WOW!!! Love the hat!!! I love pictures...thanks!!!

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CHANGEDIN09 1/17/2011 5:16PM

    Love the hat. Congrats on the race. Looks like the rain didnt bother you much!!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 1/17/2011 12:23PM

    Great report!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/17/2011 12:13PM

    Glad you had so much fun. even with the rain and cold.

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DBFBILLY 1/17/2011 9:19AM

    Awww..that looks like soooo much fun and the hat is adorable...I'm sure your family is proud emoticon

I love the pix....everyone is having a such a good time..

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ROSIE777 1/17/2011 9:10AM

    Loved all the pictures and so proud of your hard work. The hat is precious please let your daughter know she did an AWESOME job. emoticon
..*) ♥.*) Many Blessings, Rosie
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MEGA_MILES 1/17/2011 2:06AM

    Jerome, I've been reading chi-running in preparation for starting to add running to my program. That picture of you at the finish demonstrates great form. Congrats!

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NANHBH 1/17/2011 1:45AM

    You just gotta love the hat! Did you win a prize for it?

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REM-CYCLES 1/17/2011 1:05AM

    Jerome, you're the right guy to lead that church exercise program. Whether or not it fits for you is for you and God to figure out, but you are remarkable. You live what this is all about!!!

MIH is the best team - sure glad to have met you my friend!

RJ

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CONFIDENTLOSER 1/16/2011 10:32PM

    Man, you are amazing!!! I tell people I want to get to 200. But they say with my body, it is impossible. I think you prove that it is possible.

Thanks for being such an inspiration brother!

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NDORRIS 1/16/2011 9:52PM

    See GRANNYS5's ID picture. That's what it's like where I'm at, not this pretty waterfall on mine. I am getting vicarious pleasure from the runnable (is that a word?) weather of your race. And happy memories of when I was able to do that--seems like a life time ago. You already know I'm sure, but your daughters did a great job on the hat. It's adorable and you're a good sport to wear it (no excessively oversized cool genes in you--yeah!). Congrats on your times. And thanks for all the picks, good to see some faces beaming along with the hidden-behind-clouds sun.

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KSTARANNE 1/16/2011 6:53PM

    Awesome race! Looks like it was a lot of fun!

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EUPHRATES 1/16/2011 6:30PM

    LOVE the hat! :D
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JRSGIRL1995 1/16/2011 6:04PM

    Awesome!!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/16/2011 5:19PM

    Wow. Amazing.

Congrats to you.

The last pic was the best - so much joy!

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BTRTHANEVA 1/16/2011 5:03PM

    Congrats on another well-run race, J-man! Your hat is just too darn cute! Besides Nancy, are all your other friends SP members too??? Great to have such a strong support team. And I'm happy that you got your mug, too. lol. You are too much!

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2BEEANEWME 1/16/2011 4:20PM

    Thanks for sharing...You look GREAT! emoticon

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CARLA0716 1/16/2011 4:14PM

    Its all about the swag, isn't it!? Why else do races!? LOL!

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MCSNYDER1 1/16/2011 3:43PM

    What a fun time, Jerome! Great time, too!!! LOVED the pics!

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MICHCLEARY 1/16/2011 3:26PM

    Great race. Always good to see you. :)

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GRANNYS5 1/16/2011 3:13PM

    Great pictures and awesome race.
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TAMMYLYNN61 1/16/2011 2:51PM

    Awesome!! Love the pics of everyone! I'm planning my 1st 5k March 20th. I'm only thru week 1 of C25k, but I'm going to make it. You inspire me!

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LP2278 1/16/2011 2:48PM

    Thanks for the race report. I really missed being there with you guys. Hopefully, I can come to the next get together.

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ARIZONAHIKER 1/16/2011 2:22PM

    What a fun day!! Love the hat :)

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2011 1:58PM

    emoticon And love the hat! Would like to have seen the one of the person who challenged you to the hat thing,too!!! Oh, yeah and........you look mah-velous!!!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/16/2011 1:24PM

    Fantastic! Congrats :)

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CSULLIVAN83 1/16/2011 1:10PM

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/16/2011 1:04PM

    well Jerome, Looks like you guys had a great time. i guess 8:43 is okay for an old guy like you! i am sure you could have gone faster if you hadn't of had the marshmallows creating resistance on your head!
i didn't see anyone else with great hats like yours. what's up with that?


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LLBEAN75 1/16/2011 1:03PM

    SO nice to meet you yesterday! What a fabulous race time for you! And I told you that bridge was annoying :)

Can't wait to see you again soon and talk more with you!

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TODDJAMES 1/16/2011 12:43PM

    Looks like you had LOTS OF FUN...(and for people who are COMMITTED to make it a LIFE JOURNEY...shouldn't it be fun?); got to build some more relationships, and got to give and receive LOADS OF SUPPORT! As for your time - considering the conditions...GREAT JOB! And look at you...FINALLY some new running clothes! (and for those of us who REALLY KNOW YOU...obviously gifts from Santa...cause Jerome ain't spending that kind of money on THAT name brand...right?)

As always...thanks for sharing the results of the competitive piece of your journey...you continue to inspire those around you!!!

Thanks for MAKING IT HAPPEN!

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MANDYLOVE_76 1/16/2011 11:36AM

    Sweet I'm sad I missed but soon my brother I will be running with Dallas Sparkers.

Love the hat. It's awesome. I give you big kudos for sporting it all day. Fantastic.

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NITELITE72 1/16/2011 11:15AM

    It sounds like you had a great race. I love the hat! My 16 year old saw it and just shook his head! LOL. He doesn't understand that if his kids made it for him, he would wear it proudly.

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BTWCOACH 1/16/2011 11:03AM

    Love the hat, Jerome! I'm pretty sure you won THAT competition! hahaha!
You are so freakin fast! AWESOME!!!

Running in the rain is definitely a challenge! Your Dallas friends are brave to do it! It's not the most fun thing to do.... :-)

Can't wait to see you in April!

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IMSMILEY88 1/16/2011 10:37AM

    Love the pics. Congrats on your race! And, I hope to meet you & the other Dallas Sparkers soon. Hope you will welcome a Houstonite in your midst! emoticon

It really looks like fun, despite the rain. I ran yesterday in a light rain here in Houston. But the temp was 44 so it felt pretty good! We have to train in all kinds of weather because you just never know what race day will bring...right?

Take care & I really appreciate all of the encouragement you spread around! You are my favorite cheerleader! emoticon

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HEAVENSFAE 1/16/2011 10:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your goofy pics & awesome race stats. As always, you are a tremendous inspiration, no matter what you do! I got a Garmin for Christmas and haven't quite gotten to the "upoading data stage" yet! I'm still trying to gently operate the touch bezzle . . . learning curve . . .

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/16/2011 10:15AM

    Congrats on a great race! the pics were way fun and Nancy is my favoritest coach too!!

I gotta tell you though I can tell you're gonna cost me some money.. I clicked on your garmin thingeedoo.. HOLY SMOKES.. that is sooooo cool... and I love data.. love love love data.. I hope your happy... cuz my pocket books not gonna be.. is it pretty intuitive to work?? hope so...

Annie

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B-N-ME 1/16/2011 10:15AM

    Great time, great motivation and always fun to get together with those on the same mission!
I love the hat, showing off your fun side!
Way to go!

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WYNAMT 1/16/2011 10:11AM

    Looks like you had lots of fun. How motivating to have some spark people there. And I love your hat!

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PELESJEWEL 1/16/2011 10:03AM

    I love your running blogs & pictures! That hat is hilarious! Your daughters did an awesome job! Great pace time, you look lean & mean my friend!!


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STEPHANIE0982 1/16/2011 9:57AM

    Looks like you all had a great time!

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ASHARON 1/16/2011 9:17AM

    Love the hat! And love your time...I will be patient with myself and will get my time. I did 91 min last year on my first 10K so I have plenty of room for impovement.
Looks like everyone had a fun time.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

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Health and Wellness Ministry - your feedback requested

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated on this blog!!!!

I've been charged with helping lead a Health and Wellness Ministry at Church. I am super excited about this opportunity and welcome every challenge it might bring!!

As our preacher and I visited about this Ministry, we honestly weren't sure what it would look like. What would a Health and Fitness or Health and Wellness Ministry look like??

My charge initially is to do some research on this topic so I thought I'd turn to my SparkFriends for some feedback. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated to the questions below.

Does your church have any sort of Health ministry?
What does that ministry look like, what does it consist of?
What do you see taking place in a Health ministry?
Strictly study based ministry or service based or what?
How often do you meet or is this ministry part of a normal everyday vibe of the church?
IF you were to be a part of something like this, WHAT would it look like??

I am doing the whole google search, etc. I wanted YOUR heart felt input and thoughts on this topic.

Thanks,
Jerome

  
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MINISTER03 1/25/2011 11:24AM

  Congratulations to your on your success through God! This is an awesome idea that i would love to see happen at my church as well and the ideas and suggestions given are great and have given me ideas as well.

Many blessings on your journey and your video was truly as inspiration to me and I would like to contact you for supporting me on my journey ans running is something that I desire, but am not sure about until I allow God to release this weight.

Be blessed always and again congratulations!!

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ZRAMOMMA 1/18/2011 8:29PM

    Our church has a health and wellness ministry. They do a large variety of things, from upwards sports for kids, exercise classes, weight room (all weights and machines were donated) they sports related mission trips, many many things. It is a great way to serve the community. check out our website: www.fbcw.org

hope this helps you. Congrats on your weight loss success by the way :)

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HEALTHYARTIST1 1/18/2011 1:22AM

    Oh, I have been wanting to do this at my church as well, so I have spent some time researching it. Then up came, 'The Daniel Plan' from the book of Daniel. Saddleback Church JUST started this program on Sat the 15th. Go to thedanielplan.com or to saddlebackchurch.com/thedanielplan. It is truly amazing. I am thinking of starting it off with a small group and then next year making it church-wide, modeling our program after theirs. I am so glad I saw this so I could share it! Good luck and I will add you as a spark friend so you can spark mail me if you need to.

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LYNNAK 1/16/2011 12:57PM

    My church does not offer a health ministry, but as a RN, I think it should definitely offer health education and screenings. You could ask your local hospital if they have anyone to perform the screenings or a healthcare member of your church. Blood pressure screenings, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. Along with the screening, you could offer education about the different health issues. You could even have a health fair. Check with local nursing schools. The senior students usually are required to do some type of community health work. You may be able to find volunteers there.

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/16/2011 9:42AM

    At my old church, a friend and I lead the health nministry. We met once a week to walk/ run with the idea of a race at the end of the summer to keep everyone motivated. During the winter, we met at the church gym for vollyball, basketball, yoga (we used Praisemoves).

She led the Bible study portion of the group- I think she used Weigh Down. Jordan Rubin has a couple of good books (The Markers Diet, The Great Physicians Rx) that can be used as Bible studies as well. He also offers a Biblical Helath Coach certification program through his website- biblicalhealthinstitute.com

The certification took me about 3-4 months to complete. It's a lot of reading with quizes at the end of each section. And then a "final" exam.

Hope this helps give you ideas =)

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FITTEMPLE4HIM 1/14/2011 1:05PM

  A very large church in my area has a ministry like this. Here is the web site to the Dr. who runs it: www.drdonmd.com. You might get some ideas from there. He is also on TV, maybe you can find it aired in your area.

If I were to attend such a ministry I would want it to always point to the Scriptures and what God says. Do a study on gluttony, our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit, staying fit not only physically but spiritually, etc.

Blessings to you in this new endeavor and keep us updated!

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CHANGEDIN09 1/13/2011 10:05AM

    Good luck with the new ministry. We belong to a HUGE Christian church and I dont think we do have a health/wellness ministry. I will have to check. All the suggestions from sparkers sound like good ones. You'll be great at this.

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HUMLADY1 1/12/2011 3:37PM

    GOGOSHIRE touched on the one point that came to my mind -great opportunity to spread the spark-

1. If possible, could your members join SparkPeople?
2. If not, what about the book, "The Spark"?
3. Create challenges / competitions within your church, using the challenges from SparkPeople.

What a wonderful opportunity you have to share the "spark" and encourage others to become more healthy. Your own story can be an inspiration to others!!

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EFELL123 1/12/2011 5:13AM

    Wow - what a great idea for a ministry. I think you are well suited for this calling.

There are many great suggestions that have already been posted. One thing that I think would be helpful would be to assess what are the needs and wants of the congregation.

Could you find a way to survey the congregation? There are some great online survey sites that people could log into and rank their preferences about different suggestions as well as leave comments -- google 'survey monkey'.

I see different facets of the ministry - those who need to lose weight and exercise, those who are seeking to become healthier but don't really need to lose weight, those needing to start an exercise program and of course - helping families as a whole eat better and model great eating habits for their families.

I would encourage you to also survey the members to find out what skills they have that could be contributed -- you can't do this alone. For example, are there older members who garden and are great cooks that could lead a cooking session? Are there nurses or doctors that could share nutritional information? Do you have people that are certified aerobics instructors or sports enthusiast that would want to help with an exercise program?

After assessing the needs of the congregation and the talents of the other members - pick a starting point. Start small with something you would directly lead and then examine how to branch out. You might even consider putting together some sort of committee or wellness board that would help you lead the ministry.

Your video was inspiration and gave hope -- showing it to members is a definite must! Good luck and keep us posted -- what a great ministry!!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/11/2011 10:26PM

    Not really my field of expertise but I it would seem that if God has given you this amazing body with all of its intricate, incredible processes that happen every second we have no choice but to honour this gift and make it the best that it can be.

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MARCYNA 1/11/2011 9:39AM

    Oh my, this is great! Congrats, I regularly attend a Thursday Mass in which special prayers are given for sick & suffering people. It's GREAT.It's giving more light to my life. You're blessed my friend emoticon

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GOGOSHIRE 1/10/2011 10:06AM

    great opportunity to spread the spark!

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SHEPIL 1/9/2011 8:44PM

    Wow! Glad to know you go to church too. My church doesn't have a health ministry but if I were to envision one, I would like to suggest from a personal point of view.

I would prefer a ministry like this to be:

1. Meeting biweekly. This gives you ample time as the leader to plan and do strategies based on the meetings and responses of the people. Then, from there, you can go up to weekly.

2. Mainly study based. Surprisingly, Christians are not so well-informed regarding health (including me, of course). Like my personal and cultural background is...never say no to food because it's God's grace. Or never throw food away coz God will not bless you in the future. I'm sure there are plenty of personal biases and opinions in every church goer's mind. To be educated is the main important thing.

3. Service based may come along later on, depending on the response of your team.

4. Fun and activities will surely follow along or sooner than you'll think.

Bottomline is, I think you're the best person who can start and lead a ministry like this coz nothing beats personal experience. Let that experience be a vessel for others. God bless and I'll be praying for you. Please keep us posted of your progress.

Sheila

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/9/2011 8:25PM

    Wow Jerome! cool opportunity! will they want to join Spark? have a weekly exercise group? have a weight watchers type weekly weigh in? a gym? cooking lessons? support group?

it will be interesting to see what you do with this! emoticon

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CMHARRISON12 1/9/2011 7:47PM

    Before moving to my current home, I went to a rather large church. We had a gym that included a fitness facility (not a lot of equipment, but some basics) basketball, one raquetball court, and some aerobic and jazzercise classes. There were many youth programs that paired study/teaching with games/sports. There was a singles group that also worked with other churches in the area who had singles group to develop a calendar of potential fitness "fun" activities with other singles. There were dances (with guest speakers) for couples, etc. I was very blessed to be a member of that church and to participate with others. (One of our pastors was Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, and he and others regularly assisted in development of new activities. It wasn't unusual for leaders in the church to speak of mind/body as a part of our spiritual needs. You will clearly be led, and I believe that just like your Spark journey, things will continue to be revealed to you...it's all good. Hope this helps and Grace go with you.

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REM-CYCLES 1/9/2011 6:50PM

    Are you kidding? You're a perfect fit. You have the gifts, the experience and the apparent opportunity I'd say that came from above. Take the time to consider, but you are a perfect choice.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/9/2011 6:22PM

    I have often thought about doing this at church. I had envisioned bi weekly meetings that had a some bible study, some nutrition/recipe tips, some exercise and some fellowship. Weigh-ins would be optional.

I had also though of trying to do some web chats (via Skype) with people I knew from the site.

Just my initial thoughts.

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BTWCOACH 1/9/2011 2:40PM

    I have one recommendation for you, personally, Jerome. Start small and then build. :-)
We have a gym at our church that is used ALL THE TIME for all kinds of fitness activities: basketball, volleyball, racquetball, aerobics, weight training, etc.. Sometimes we have dances (for youth and "old" people), inflatables for kids and other 1 time events like that. We also have outside soccer and baseball fields for "rec leagues".
I like the idea of offering classes for church members and as a way to encourage non-members to come to church.
You definitely need to poll your church members to see what they want. You can offer all kinds of fitness/health and wellness activities, but if they don't want it, they won't come.
I think your enthusiasm will be contagious, Jerome! Great committe for you to be involved with!
Good Luck!
Molly


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3CHIHUAHUA 1/9/2011 11:49AM

    i think that is a fabulous idea. I can so see you called to it. First and foremost before any google search as you know is prayer. You do have to consider you demographics and needs. and start from there. blah blah blah you know all that

if I could invision what I would like it would most likely be
encouragement (we can do this)
fellowship (we are not alone)
and yes biblical study
but you gotta have a physical component as well
just meet at local park and walk half a mile
meet at the mall and walk when weather does not permit
chair aerobics one week
yoga and breathing exercises
most of us will never run a 10k(yes we could you did)

looking back over what I wrote ENCOURAGMENT comes to mind the most
don't give up on people even if they give up on themselves

I get a daily email you might like
each day 365 you get a verse and a story and a prayer
somedays they totally bless my sox off

I'll go look it up
brb

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ASHLEEWEBART 1/9/2011 11:10AM

    You could re-assess what your church is already doing regularly that fit in the areas of physical health, spiritual and mental health. Also, you could consider looking at services you offer for those who can attend church and those who are shut-ins.

Next your could look at the needs of people in different age groups (different cycles of life) and ask as I am sure your pastor does regularly "What is the needs of this age group?". This type of assessment is likely already an ongoing thing in your church.

The ideal way may be to be orignial and try some new things that will help members in the areas of health.

1. Our church has a registered nurse on duty to do weekly checking of blood pressure. The nurse is available on Sundays between services.

2. One of the church buildings is designed so that youth can play basketball.

3. The church sponsors children's ball teams, and has a golf league for adults.

4. It offers a group on the topic of grieving.

5. There has been a few classes for parents and couples.

6. A Weight Watchers group is available weekly.

You and your committee will come up with ideas, some of which will be original and not previously done, but these ideas can be condusive to
physical health, as well as mental health.

7. Your church members can give imput and the ideas can be
interesting and useful.



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CARLA0716 1/9/2011 10:48AM

    I don't know what your definition of "ministry" would be in this situation, but I personally avoid that word. Based on past personal experience it has negative connotations. But,
I'm thinking a program like this would be more interactive, service based, rather than just study. Study yes, because people would have to know the background behind what you're talking about. Who wants to just read about health and wellness - you have to DO it! Perhaps that would include, among other things, outdoor / indoor fitness activities, workshops of some sort. Something that would get people socializing with each other while at the same time learning and getting fit.

Good luck with it. :) Sounds like you and your preacher are on to something there.



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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/9/2011 10:31AM

    My church doesn't have a "ministry" per se... instead we have groups that anyone can be a part of...and you can be a part of multiple groups.. there are specific bible study groups, or groups on books like Beth Moore, groups for young married people, weight loss group... dirt bike group... road biking... etc.. some meet once a month... some are seasonal.. some meet every week... some tap on a bible study.. and some don't.. it's really about connecting with each other and building community. so, it depends on what your goal is...
Annie

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Dallas Running Club - Frigid 10K review

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:
connect.garmin.com/activity/62529306
?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4d28f0d3ee05e51c%2C0


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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LALAFLOWERS 1/16/2011 8:03PM

    Hmmmm.. Not fast??!!??! You maintain a sub 9 min/mile for a 10k. That's speedy in my books! Love White Rock.. even though I haven't been there for many a year.... Great race though!

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PELESJEWEL 1/16/2011 10:14AM

    Awesome pace!! I love how your friend didn't recognize you, that goes to show how much you have transformed yourself! You are no longer burdened by your body; Your body, mind & spirit is aligned and when you run, you connect with that harmony!! Way to go my friend! Running Changes Everything!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/13/2011 7:15PM

    Your first race is in the books! You KILLED IT!

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TODDJAMES 1/10/2011 4:05PM

    You are a SHINING EXAMPLE of why a healthy lifestyle CAN work!

Including everyone at home in the decisions...aka Kitchen Pass!
Involving and supporting friends ALONG the way!
And most importantly...Consistency and doing it...not for a prize...but for the HEALTH of it!

Proud...as I have told you 9000 times...to know you!

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NITELITE72 1/8/2011 10:27PM

    Sounds like you had a great race...and not being recognized as a bonus!

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RMX9822786 1/8/2011 10:27PM

    Awesome job Jerome!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/8/2011 9:43PM

    Yay Jerome! that is so funny about your friend not recognising you. nice, huh! you are a NEW creation in Christ! in more ways that one.

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NANHBH 1/8/2011 9:14PM

    Nice race, Jerome! I sure am glad that you got your kitchen pass signed first! You are such a good husband! Love it that your co-worker didn't recognize you. Keep up the good work. You are such an inspiration to me!
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/8/2011 8:25PM

    doesn't it feel weird to you that at the last minute.. with little thought.. you signed up for and ran a 10k?? A year ago I bet that wasn't how you were spending your Saturdays... Congratulations!!
log.move.lift.
repeat.
Annie

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MICHCLEARY 1/8/2011 8:24PM

    way to go! I'll see you next week and eat your dust! I would love to run that fast someday.

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ARMATEYNOTAGAIN 1/8/2011 8:23PM

    You Rock Dude.

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/8/2011 8:19PM

    Hey handsome! So glad to see you have your mojo back! GREAT job on the race!

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GSCOTTC 1/8/2011 8:11PM

    Oh man, I will trade your frigid temps for mine. It was -28c that's -18f for Loreen's 14 mile training run.

Great run report. I start running and my mind just goes away on it's own. I hardly remember the time splits or anything else for that matter.

Take care

Scott

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GSCOTTC 1/8/2011 8:11PM

    Oh man, I will trade your frigid temps for mine. It was -28c that's -18f for Loreen's 14 mile training run.

Great run report. I start running and my mind just goes away on it's own. I hardly remember the time splits or anything else for that matter.

Take care

Scott

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IMSMILEY88 1/8/2011 8:10PM

    Sounds like a great day & great race! And, it's all a matter of perception... I think your times are really fast! emoticon

I've been wanting to do a run at White Rock. I will one of these days! I live in Houston, but my mom lives in Dallas, so I get up there quite a bit. Anyway, I hope to run some races in Dallas this year. I was looking at the Hot Chocolate 5K or 10K, but we just got back from the holidays.

Have fun! And, can't wait for a report on next weekend's race, too!

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FLBEACHBUM14 1/8/2011 7:53PM

    Way to go! Sounds like a great time to me - I ran a training 10K this morning and it took me 61:01 - you are WAY faster than I am! I have not done a 10K race yet but am thinking about that distance for Kansas in April!
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CAT5599 1/8/2011 7:49PM

    I am training for a quarter marathon, 6.55 miles and am giving myself an hour and a half to run it. That is AWESOME that you did 6.2 in under an hour!!

Cathy

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ELYMWX 1/8/2011 7:43PM

    Sounds like a great run!

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SPARKYWATSON 1/8/2011 7:28PM

    You da man, man!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/8/2011 7:24PM

    Hey, Hey!! Sounds like you had a great run! I wish I could've been there, but look forward to the Hot Chocolate next week...I think it's going to be really frigid next week...makes me a little nervous!

Was this picture of John taken at the house on Winfrey Point?? I thought I recognized the fireplace behind you.

Love reading your race blogs - thanks for sharing!
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TRIGRAMPS 1/8/2011 7:20PM

    Wow, 8:40 pace for 10K. That's as fast as I go & I'm only doin 5K's. Good job. Oh Running Ace, Oh Running Ace, How lovely is your running pace!

Can't tell from the picture -- pants or shorts? As fast as you ran, must have been shorts, LOL.

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MINNA72 1/8/2011 7:03PM

    Congrats on a great race, Jerome! Awesome time!

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