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All Dressed up and ready to RUN

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

December 31, 2011
Allen Texas
New Years Double

This was a brand new race to the area that included a 5K, Half and Full marathon on New Years Eve AND the same on New Years Days. I had several CRAZY friends who ran this on BOTH days. I only ran on December 31, but I had to get all dressed up to do it!

It was a beautiful day of about 42 when we arrived at race site and just over 50 when we finished. Absolutely beautiful New Years Eve day!

You MIGHT recognize that crazy man with me. YEP, That's SDJ himself, in ALLEN TEXAS of all places?!?! It was a GREAT honor to finally meet John in person and spend 13.1 miles talking. Yep, we were all dressed up and ready to run!


Of course there were more spark friends there as well. Lynette, Amy and of course Nancy all ran as well.


This pic includes my lovely wife and family as well as Nancy's husband. They were the support staff! Note the champagne bottle and glasses? :-)


We saw this guy, Patrick, trying to take his own picture with his medal after the race. John and Nancy walked over and just took over for him, it was awesome. Told him where to stand, how to pose, etc This was his first half.


Yep - all dressed up and ready to run.


what?? we just ran 13.1 miles, we deserve to celebrate that, right?!


The champagne was first used to toast my lovely wife and our 21 years of marriage we celebrated on NYE. We also toasted an incredible way to end 2011 and begin 2012.





  
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BFMONICA 2/21/2012 12:15PM

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ANDREA0301 1/16/2012 12:37PM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate a healthy year together!!

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LESLIESENIOR 1/13/2012 8:08PM

    Happy New Year to you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience. SD John linked us to your blog. We are all living vicariously through you all!!!
Leslie in California

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CHIFANG130 1/13/2012 3:58PM

    So nice to see the smiling faces on everyone!!! What a great way to kick off 2012. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/13/2012 1:08PM

    What a fun race and a great blog! I did a half on the 31st as well, but they didn't have quite such a fun party atmosphere. Maybe I need to come to Texas next year for this one. Happy anniversary, too!

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NANHBH 1/13/2012 12:18PM

    What a cool get-up! Did they sell those shirts that look like tuxes? Congrats on your wedding anniversary, too. You guys are such a cute couple. I may have to come to TX for New Year's Eve next year. No way would I be running a race on NYE in Chicago!
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ON2VICTORY 1/12/2012 1:01PM

    dud, you are really baiting the hook for me! that looks more fun than a human being ought to legally have!

im thinking..........

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MIZZSB 1/12/2012 2:33AM

    Looking good Jerome!!
And what a way to end a year !!

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_LINDA 1/12/2012 1:59AM

    Well done! A run and fun, what more could you ask for!!
Looking fabulous!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/11/2012 9:52PM

    Very cool!

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AMYGOES211 1/11/2012 6:25PM

    It was great seeing you again, Jerome! Always a pleasure :)

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OKIEGIRL75 1/11/2012 6:10PM

    Awesome. What a way to spend New Years.

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COOPAH 1/11/2012 5:31PM

    Awesome man lol love it

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MINNA72 1/11/2012 4:55PM

    Whoa, that looks like it was a ton of fun! Congrats on another half marathon!

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/11/2012 4:19PM

    Great write up! But you missed the best part of it... Trying to get up the next morning and do it all over again lol!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 1/11/2012 3:43PM

    Looked like a great time! Awesome way to end a year!

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CHUBRUB3 1/11/2012 3:39PM

    Fantastic!
You are amazing and should be very proud of all you accomplish and all you inspire.
Hugs,
Angela

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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 3:15PM

    Awesome! You guys look pretty natty and sounds like you had a ton of fun!

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CBAILEYC 1/11/2012 3:15PM

    Great blog and pictures! Congrats!
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RUNNER12COM 1/11/2012 3:11PM

    Love it, love it, love it! It was an amazing experience and I had the best time. And yep, if you want to get to know someone better, spend a couple hours and 13.1 miles running with them!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/11/2012 3:04PM

    Woohoo! What a way to send out 2011 and bring in 2012! Next time, Chelle can dress up, too!

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2012 Goals

Monday, January 02, 2012

Why put my goals out in the public, to help hold me accountable, that's why. I'm pretty simple really, I don't have all that many and I'm certain these will adjust as the year progresses.

2012 Goals
January my primary goal is to HEAL my performers issue! Taking a little down time. This means I will continue to cross train, fewer (short)runs and add yoga to stretch and help the muscles in my butt heal!

Beyond January, my long term goals are as follows:
-Exercise my Spiritual Endurance

-House Chores Ė with wife in school, I need to step to the plate more
o Laundry
o Cooking
o Cleaning
o Girls homework

-Be a better Husband, father and friend

-Improve overall fitness
o Defined arms
o Defined core

-Practice Yoga as much as possible
o This is a step to help my performers issue go away!

-Grow my personal training client list by a few

-Run at least 15 races
o Focused training
o Fueling body correctly
o Varying from 4 miles to 26.2 miles in length.

-Attempt to eat more fruits and veggies
o (I donít eat many right now due to my pallet not liking texture)

  
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OLDERDANDRT 1/8/2012 6:52PM

    Have you considered making vegie smoothies? I've seem a lot of SParkers doing that and they seem to get in a lot of vegies & fruits in quickly & painlessly! They say the fruit pretty much hides the vegie flavor in most cases. I haven't tried it yet myself, but it sounds like a super way to get in more freggies!! Just sayin'! emoticon
Sounds like you are and will be doing well! Keep up the great work!!

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COOPAH 1/5/2012 10:28AM

    I have the EXACT same thing going on with the texture of fruits and veggies dude. To the point I almost swallow stuff without chewing lol. If you figure out a way to get around this PLEASE let me know.

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ANDREA0301 1/4/2012 10:57AM

    Wonderful, realistic goals. I pray you accomplish all you've set before you and more!

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CHIFANG130 1/4/2012 9:55AM

    I am impressed that you are incorporating Yoga into your workout, and more impressed that you make family relationship part of annual goals. That means you are digging into deeper into your mind and soul. emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 1/3/2012 9:36AM

    You set very realistic goals, Jerome. Hopefully the 15 races will come to fruition if you're able to heal your performance issues. Good luck!
Love that you're stepping up to the plate around the house to help out. Happy wife = happy life! Good for all of you!!! Plus you'll be an excellent role model for your daughters to help out a bit more, too! Teach you children well!!!
HAPPY 2012!!!

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NVRGIVINGUP 1/3/2012 1:47AM

    I use to think it was all in my daughters head that there were many fruits and veggies she didn't eat due to the texture, so I just learned to accept that but now I read this and see she is not the only one. Thanks for sharing this bit of information.
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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/3/2012 12:07AM

    good goals Jerome! i am sure that you can pull all that off very easily! i have a huge list of goals, most having to do with household chores! ripping out of bathrooms, etc. tons of fun!

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MARYBETH_OHIO 1/2/2012 11:15PM

    I love your goals and I know you can do it cause look what you have already achieved and I hope you have a Great New Year..

Huggles,
Marybeth

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LEANNROCKS 1/2/2012 11:10PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

Good luck with it!

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PIXIEMOM13 1/2/2012 7:58PM

    Those sound like GREAT goals! Here's to healing and rocking 2012.

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/2/2012 7:26PM

    Great goals Jerome! Start planning now to rock the Pumpkin Run =)

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TAMTAM64 1/2/2012 4:33PM

    Great Goals!

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MIZZSB 1/2/2012 3:01PM

    looks good...! whats a performers issue?

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BTWCOACH 1/2/2012 2:41PM

    Good goals Jerome! You can do it!!!

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CHUBRUB3 1/2/2012 1:18PM

    Awesome!!!
You can do this!!
And as a bonus you are inspiring others...like me!
Hugs,
Angela

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/2/2012 1:08PM

    It sounds like you've got some great goals there!! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/2/2012 12:00PM

    This is a great goal list for 2012!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/2/2012 11:36AM

    I'm a brat, I know.... I read the part about the "girls homework" and thought, "if HE does their homework, will their marks go up, or down?".
Seriously, fantastic list. I can tell you that if you do even one of the things on your House Chores section, your wife will think you're the world's best husband. It doesn't take much to impress us. emoticon
Happy New Year!

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OKIEGIRL75 1/2/2012 11:12AM

    Sounds like you are more than ready for 2012. Wishing you the best in reaching your goals!

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_JODI404 1/2/2012 10:58AM

    Sounds like another great year ahead!

I have serious texture issues with fruit. Try a smoothie. I get a banana, apple, pineapple, blueberries and raspberries in there that I would otherwise not even touch!!

Wishing you another great year in 2012, and healing where you need it!! emoticon

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 1/2/2012 10:26AM

    Love it! Great goals & you can DEFINITELY do it!! Here's to a fantastic 2012!

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2011 Running Stats

Sunday, January 01, 2012


Count: 149 Activities
Distance: 1,001.22 mi
Time: 156:18:13 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 15,438 ft
Avg Speed: 6.4 mph
Avg HR: 155 bpm
Avg Distance: 6.72 mi

All this come from countless training runs andÖ
1- 5 mile face
1- relay race (5.25 mile leg, I think)
4- 10K Races
2- 15K Races
5- half marathons :-)
1- FULL marathon

YepÖ.2011 was amazing. 2012 will be even better!

  
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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/3/2012 7:33PM

    what in the world will you do to top all of that!?

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MEAG29 1/3/2012 3:30PM

    WOW...

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ANGELDD333 1/1/2012 11:46PM

    I watched your video today and you are an amazing inspiration! My goal is a little under 100 lbs and I start today! Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 1/1/2012 10:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Jerome! emoticon That is amazing what a 100 pound difference can make. You are emoticon! God bless you in the New Year~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/1/2012 9:46PM

    Happy New Year!!
Those are impressive stats, but they don't even touch the stats you would have if you could even begin to count the number of people that you have inspired and encouraged! I love how you constantly challenge yourself (and us!) to continue to grow and be the best that we can be!
May each day and year continue to get better!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/1/2012 8:24PM

    That's awesome, congratulations!

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LEANNROCKS 1/1/2012 7:22PM

    You are the BEST!


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_JODI404 1/1/2012 2:11PM

    Wow, 2011 was beyond amazing!! Way to Go!!!

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FREDANN 1/1/2012 11:48AM

    Impressive, you had a great year and I just know you will make 2012 even better!
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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/1/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go Jerome!!!! FANTASTIC!!!

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    Incredible! You are a superstar! emoticon emoticon

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2 year Spark Anniversary

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28th, 2011
2 year anniversary with SparkPeople.

As I sit here this morning thinking about the last two years with SparkPeople, I canít help but smile.

Iíve taken my life back
Iíve made some great friends
Iíve learned A LOT along the way.

Iíve handled myself very well most of the time and Iíve failed on more than one occasion as well. Iíve let outside influences control my habits, from my fitness training regime to my emotional eating.(There will be a DailySpark blog about this in February) This is called a journey for a reason, right? A journey will have ups and downs, turns, curves, changes, etc. I recognize all of this and welcome it with open arms.

I still have work to do, I know this to be true, and I will do the work, no question about that. I have gained a few extra pounds beyond my allowed 7 pound window, and I will lose that, SOONER than later! Iíve always said I wasnít after a given number for my weight loss goal, more of a range. Iím outside that range now, MY FAULT! I mentioned outside influences, training regime and emotional eating, well, all these affected me in the last 4 months of the year. I have all those emotions under control now and Iím working on locking everything back down to where I know it needs to be.

You can count on me to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Chris Downie I know youíre way too busy to read these blogs, but I personally want to THANK YOU for changing my life. I mean, the decision was and is MINE, I own that. (#78 Ė weight loss struggles happens between the ears, right?) Without SparkPeople I would still be a fat, miserable, unhappy husband and father. THANK YOU Sir for making a difference. Thank you for making YOUR dent in the universe, because your dent is changing lives, every day!

  
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ELYMWX 1/10/2012 10:16PM

    Happy anniversary, Jerome!

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NYARAMULA 1/5/2012 12:31AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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CHIEFRYAN 1/2/2012 12:56PM

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TIFFY0906 12/31/2011 11:48PM

    Happy Anniversary and congrats on your accomplishments.

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RUNNINGPFUHL 12/31/2011 9:09PM

    awesome!! :)

What a great year (two years) so glad you're a part of my journey!

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SBNORMAL 12/31/2011 3:49PM

  Congratulations on all your progress and change. I just doing NYE Sparking to end the year on the correct.

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WINTERRAIN 12/31/2011 11:59AM

    That's awesome! I celebrated my two year a day after you! Keep up the amazing work!!!!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/31/2011 4:05AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on all of your accomplishments!

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MICHCLEARY 12/30/2011 9:35AM

    Way to go Agent J! I think ultimately the challenge is not to manage to lock everything down, but to learn how to handle it when chaos is all around and everything is flying. Not saying I am there, but I think that is my end goal. Be healthy no matter what is going on and who is going with it.

You're an inspiration dude!

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JANETRIS 12/29/2011 6:42PM

    Congrats, and happy anniversary with SPARK!! emoticon emoticon Great blog...thanks! emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/29/2011 5:46PM

    emoticonHappy 2nd sparkversary emoticon emoticon
I think Chris would like to read your blog! You are a credit to us all! He does make time if you contact him! Send him a thank you note to his page! He will appreciate it! Go on!
Give it a go!
Hugs from ellen

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NANHBH 12/29/2011 12:46AM

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Jerome, I'm so grateful for your invitation to join MIH about 18 months ago. It has been a joy to watch your transformation. Thank you for your inspiration and leadership. I love you, Man!
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HEALTHDUDE 12/28/2011 7:43PM

    My Christmas present to you ---- A map and compass.

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LEANNROCKS 12/28/2011 7:14PM

    J-man, you are simply the best. I have always loved your honesty and that you don't give a list of excuses. You've got a handle on the mental part - the rest is frosting!

Happy Spark-a-versary to you my friend!

Lynne

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ADEWYN 12/28/2011 5:49PM

    wtg!!! keep on going :)

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    Congrats and emoticon

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OKIEGIRL75 12/28/2011 2:29PM

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on all your progress, success and downs. You are such a great inspiration to many. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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TEXASFILLY 12/28/2011 2:08PM

    All the Sparkers are right~ you are emoticon! Truly a FAB~ulous inspiration! Thank you for leading the way, Jerome~ emoticonBB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/28/2011 12:19PM

    You know how it's been said that knowing there's a problem is halfway to solving it???? Well, it's true and this is one of the lessons on our journeys that we've learned! Happy SParkversary, my friend!! My your journey be always successful and very, very, happily long!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 12/28/2011 11:20AM

    Congratulations my Friend!!
You are doing so well and have done amazing!
You truly are an inspiration to us here on Spark and I am so glad to have found your blogs and sparkpage, because of you I am trying to improve myself and my running.
I also would like to thank Chris Downie...simply amazing.
Hugs,
Angela


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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/28/2011 11:18AM

    You are amazing Jerome. So happy for you!

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KKINNEA 12/28/2011 9:59AM

    Indeed - congrats!

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MEGA_MILES 12/28/2011 9:48AM

    You've earned every lost pound. You should be proud. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANETRIS 12/28/2011 9:44AM

    Happy Anniversary!....um...where are the tissues? You are an inspiration. Thanks for letting us inside your world and for devoting precious time to this team!...Jane emoticon

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_JODI404 12/28/2011 9:20AM

    Happy *2* Year Sparkversary Jerome!!!

Congratulations on all your success to date!

I KNOW you will have those couple of pounds gone in a flash, no doubts, you WILL make it happen!

Looking very much forward to all your upcoming Daily Spark features!

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SAHARASUE 12/28/2011 8:58AM

    Congrats on two years!! You've done an amazing job. Looking forward to staying fit and healthy with you in 2012.

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BTWCOACH 12/28/2011 8:49AM

    2 years!!! Wow! I'm so proud of you Jerome! Your committment is awesome! And remember, 7 pounds will be "easier" than 100 pounds to lose. :-)
I'm on the maintaining roller coaster too. Keep those running (and other) adventures on the horizon so you have something to train for and that will keep your motivation at a high level! Maybe it's time to try some swimmming????? :-)
Thanks for sharing your blog with all of us - you are making a dent in some lives too!!!

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LILBLACKDRESS 12/28/2011 8:36AM

  You are such a inspiration!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 12/28/2011 8:35AM

    Congratulations on your 2 years Spark Anniversary! You have come so far and are such an inspiration to many... myself included!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/28/2011 8:10AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I have no doubt that you'll get off those last few pounds. On to the New Year!

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THINGETTINOUT 12/28/2011 7:46AM

    Thank you and congratulations on your life change. I watch your video daily. It is my morning motivation. I know there will be ups and downs but with people like you to follow the journey can be completed.

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/28/2011 7:44AM

    Congrats on your 2-yr anniversary, Jerome!! You have done an amazing job!!

Looking forward to continued blogging from you as you take back off those few pounds and keep it from getting out of control. So many of us know how to lose... but what we really need to learn is how to maintain -- and I know that you can certainly help to show us the way!! I'm still in the need-to-lose category, so I'm counting on you to show me the ropes when I get to the need-to-maintain category!!
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Celebrating one year of 100pounds lost

Saturday, December 10, 2011


As I sat here enjoying the journey this morning, I felt like I needed to share this again.

Today is officiallly one year of maintenance! Oh sure, I've been up and down a litle with in the year, I've given myself a 7 pound window, and I've maintained that pretty well.

If you've seen it before, maybe you need to be reminded of what is possible.

If you've never seen it, I hope you find the Courage, Determination, Inspiration and motivation I tried to pack into this video.

If you enjoy this, please share the link with others who you think might also enjoy it. My goal is to inspire as many people as possible.

Here is another link to the video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjH49JhQ-uI

  
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HEAVENS_ARROW 1/23/2012 2:13PM

    Jeremy, you are truly amazing and inspiring! The video was excellent and inspiring! I know how happy and good you must feel about yourself now and I know your beautiful family is proud. :-). I wasn't always fat either and then the pounds packed on after a terrible accident then medical nightmares.So, not being able to exercise saddens me but I must not dwell in the negative or past. I wish I could run..I use to be quite the athlete in my day BUT I will get through this by watching what I eat and being accountable for all I choose. My road will be slower but worth it. I can't wait till I can feel happy about how I look once again.God Bless you in your journey through life. YOU inspire so many! Hug those sweet little girls of yours! :-)
God bless,
Peggy


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WRITEMANN1 1/7/2012 12:54PM

    Thank You so much for your INSPIRING vid-blog!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2012 10:50PM

    Well done! You are truly an inspiration. May you continue your life-long learning in ways that continue to incorporate the healthy habits you have learned. Thanks for taking the time to put this all in such a great presentation.

I'm on Week 25 of Maintenance having lost 100 lbs myself, and I'm learning that the healthy habits I've learned, seem to be easier than ever while actively participating in my 5% SparkTeam challenges.

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GANGANDI 1/1/2012 6:23PM

    This is so inspiring. I've just joined Sparks today and I used to be a runner....I'm determined to lose enough to comfortably jog again! Thanks for the great view of your awesome achievements! I loved it!

GanGanDi

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KJORDAN46 12/31/2011 9:07PM

  Thank you! I needed this encouragement.

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/29/2011 5:41PM

    What a wonderful inspirational video and blog! You look fantastic and you have done so well! You are doing great to maintain within 7 pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonFor sharing with us!
I just do short sprints at the moment, but you have made me feel like running! I will do my best in the New Year! Good luck with your races!
Happy New Year!
Ellen in UK! I am a Spirited Underdog! emoticonAnd proud of it!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 12/28/2011 11:36PM

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this video and your journey. You are an inspiration!

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ESILBO 12/28/2011 10:35PM

    I NEEDED THAT BECAUSE I LOSE SLOWLY AND I GET DISCOURAGE....BUT I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND ILL CONTINUE WALKING...
THANK YOU SO MUCH
HUGS
LISE

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MIZZSB 12/28/2011 4:30PM

    thank you so much for this video....!!!
This really motivates me ...

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JMEADOWS0 12/27/2011 11:06PM

    Wow, that's an inspiring video. I've lost 61 pounds so far, just joined a running club, and starting to train with my son at the gym. Getting a treadmill this weekend. Wanting to do as many 5k, 10k and half marathons as I can this coming year.

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IRON_RESOLVE 12/21/2011 12:52AM

    Excellent!!

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4SASHA 12/20/2011 4:08PM

    wow! That was truly inspiring. I see so few other guys on here that are really working.

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JAGRIF 12/20/2011 11:36AM

    Thank you

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WENDLAJJ 12/20/2011 11:23AM

  Inspiring

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PIMPINELLAN50 12/20/2011 3:38AM

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Congratulations!I will say it again...and again...you are such an inspiration to so many!Great Video and Blog.
Thanks for sharing.

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EEAHSJOURNEY 12/19/2011 10:44PM

    Way to go! you look amazing! thanks for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon
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JULIA1154 12/19/2011 10:07PM

  Congratulations on both an inspiring (and enjoyable) video and your journey to fitness. Maintenance is a real challenge, and one I'd love to see addressed more often on this site. Thank you for sharing your accomplishments and the rewards you've reaped. emoticon

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METAMORPHUS 12/19/2011 7:49PM

    i have got tears in my eyes
i can do it ican do it yes i can do it!!!!

thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHANGEDIN09 12/19/2011 9:30AM

    This video NEVER gets old. CONGRATS again on your success. WOW. I lost 65 and have maintained it but really need to lose 20-30 more. Only people who have been on this journey understand how difficult it really is and that knowledge makes your success even more impressive!!!

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FITBY40-2015 12/18/2011 8:15PM

    i watched your video before but i wanted to watch it again...very inspiring! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 12/18/2011 8:04AM

    I love this so much I had to watch it again and again! Thank you, Jerome~ from the bottom of my heart~ thank you for being a success! God bless~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIN59VARA 12/18/2011 6:37AM

    I love it, it is sooo inspiring thanks for posting.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/18/2011 1:37AM

    emoticon Congratulations!! You have done a fantastic job!!! You are a wonderful example to all of us! Thank you!!!

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ALIWVU121 12/17/2011 11:34AM

    Amazing Job losing the weight, keeping it off, and becoming an athlete!! Really great!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/16/2011 10:05PM

    Congrats!

Would you like to join the list of maintainers we've started in the At Goal and Maintaining team? We like to celebrate with folks as they achieve these important milestones. It's also really nice to make maintenance more visible.
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The signup for the list is here:
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MACEWOMAN 12/16/2011 8:29PM

    Losing the weight is awesome, but keeping it off is amazing. emoticon emoticon for sharing your video.

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GRACEISENUF 12/16/2011 8:20PM

    I saw it when you first posted it and I loved watching it again. So happy for you!

Way to go on keeping the weight off!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/16/2011 8:11PM

    I celebrated my 8 month anniversary of maintenance yesterday (12/15). I am forever in awe of someone who is doing it for a year. I so hope to be able to celebrate my one year maintenance anniversary in April. It's not easy is it? But it is SO worth it!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 12/16/2011 12:08AM

   
Great blog, truly motivating.Thank you for sharing your story






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EMPTRS 12/15/2011 10:11PM

    WOW!!! Awesome work!!!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 12/15/2011 2:16PM

    Amazing job! Thanks for sharing. What music is playing in the background?

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ERICACEAE 12/15/2011 11:56AM

    Congratulations! Long-term maintenance is the REAL challenge and you're showing us all that it can be done! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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123ELAINE456 12/15/2011 11:28AM

  Congratulations on all your accomplishments. You are an inspiration to all of us. You Are doing great. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/15/2011 7:52AM

    Congrats!!

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WINNIE1978 12/15/2011 7:18AM

    Congrats on reaching your goals and for maintaining! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/14/2011 7:29PM

    Congratulations! Very inspiring video, thanks for sharing your journey.

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FELICIASMILES 12/14/2011 10:14AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal. You look marvelous! Thanks for sharing your story with us. God knows I need the inspiration. :-)

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FELICIASMILES 12/14/2011 10:13AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal. You look marvelous! Thanks for sharing your story with us. God knows I need the inspiration. :-)

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FELICIASMILES 12/14/2011 10:12AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal. You look marvelous! Thanks for sharing your story with us. God knows I need the inspiration. :-)

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LAURI39 12/14/2011 7:16AM

    I am so thankful you re-posted this for those of us who may not have seen it the first time. Incredible! I don't even know you and I am so proud of you...You truly are an inspiration.
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MARATHON_MOM 12/12/2011 8:39AM

    Very inspirational! Congratulations on your awesome success!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/11/2011 5:28PM

    I just want to give you a big bear hug! I cried through this again, it's so wonderful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/11/2011 4:12PM

    YAY!!I've watched this before but LOVE it and a cried again~~I"m so proud of you!

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ANNEMAC5 12/11/2011 8:49AM

    Congratulations on maintaining, you look great, really enjoyed the video

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ANDREA0301 12/11/2011 12:45AM

    Love it! You're doing emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/10/2011 9:49PM

    I enjoyed watching it again and am continually inspired by you! You are doing an amazing job with maintaining--- and continuing to push yourself and thrive in your new lifestyle!!

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FREDANN 12/10/2011 8:17PM

    Congratulations! You've come a long way, and I can assure you you've inspired me to continue with my journey, but mostly to believe in myself!
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IMSMILEY88 12/10/2011 6:12PM

    I've watched that before, but I'm so glad you posted it again. It brought tears to my eyes...AGAIN!

CONGRATS on one year of maintenance!!! You are such an inspiration! Keep running! Keep being healthy! You deserve it...and so does your family.

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TEDDYBABE 12/10/2011 5:29PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration! You have really inspired so many. Thanks.

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