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Question of the day

Monday, February 27, 2012

"I'll never reach my destination....If I never try."

That lyric struck me this morning.

Destination, what is my destination, this is a journey, do I really have a destination??(This will haunt me all day as I work on my 1.5 year plan that I've been challenged to do)

Curious for others views on that lyric.....what you think friends?

  
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KERRNEL 3/15/2012 10:18AM

    Nothing wrong with a sequence of destinations... You've hopped into an RV and are touring the country on your own timetable with many destinations on your journey.

When you've reached one, enjoy it for a while, then set course for the next!

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GREENMOUSE 3/13/2012 8:20AM

    If we reach our destination, we are DONE. FINISHED. So I hope not to reach my destination until I'm about 100. BUT, I have a lot of LITTLE destinations on the way, things that point me on the right way, things that I hope keep me on the path :-)

Thanks for posting! emoticon

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 3/3/2012 10:41PM

    I'll return a quote for you.

"A dream not put into action is simply a hallucination".

I think its about just starting and sometimes the destination becomes clearer. When you started your amazing weight loss journey could you have imagined where you arrived?

Sometimes the journey can create the destination.

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SUZIEQ1961 3/3/2012 10:08AM

    I agree that destination is more synonymous with goal. My goals are my current destinations...then I will set new ones. But the lyric is right...you will never get anywhere, reach any destination/goal if you don't at least try. Taking that first step...no matter how hard or scary...makes all the difference in the world. To me life is a journey...of many first steps and many destinations reached...but as always...where one chapter ends the next begins.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/29/2012 6:26AM

    I think it is a current destination. Just like we have daily physical destinations that change as our day goes on, this is a current goal/destination. Once we get there, we will start planning for the next destination.

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JANETRIS 2/28/2012 5:34PM

    Destination.....means goal for me. I have hourly, daily, weekly, and yearly goals. It is also a state of mind for me....one of completion....

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ON2VICTORY 2/27/2012 8:50PM

    kinda think along the lines that the destination is more temporary like I am going to XYZ city for vacation. it is my destination but not my residence. I will never reach the goal that I have in mind if I never work up the courage to try, it will always be a day dream.

The journey is always on going because that is the sum total of our life...

just a thought...

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TAYGRL 2/27/2012 11:23AM

    seeing as how i view life as a continuum, i think it's possible to have multiple destinations and that they can be fluid. i try to maintain a certain level of flexibility with myself in order to manage the things that life throws me. seems to have worked thus far.

great question! emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 2/27/2012 11:01AM

    I have a destination.
Its to live what I was put on this earth to do. When I live my live with the purpose that I know I was put here for, I am walking to my destination. (-:
I know how it feels not to try, it sucks, so I never NOT TRY... I cant even grasp that concept! Do or do not, there is not TRY... I choose to DO (-:

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KKINNEA 2/27/2012 10:39AM

    I figured the destination was the end of my life so I'm working on the journey and the sidetrips instead!

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PIXIEMOM13 2/27/2012 10:26AM

    For me the journey IS the destination... enjoying it, trying to do more good than harm -- in my own life, in others lives.... LIVING instead of just existing.



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DAISYTERRI 2/27/2012 9:30AM

    "So, I will sail my vessel.....til the river runs dry......."

To me it means we need to keep trying and trying and trying.......

Kinda reminds me of something my Mom used to say, "As long as there is breath, there is hope".

So, today, I will have HOPE!

Hope that I can do what I need to do to reach my goals for the day.

Thank you for the blog.

Have a great day!

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More pictures from the Hot Chocolate 15K

Sunday, February 19, 2012

These are a few more pictures from the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K blog that is here
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734161









  
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TAYGRL 2/23/2012 12:55PM

    YEAH!!!

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ON2VICTORY 2/22/2012 3:39PM

    the J-Man in action! hang in there buddy, things will get better, let the healing do its work... you'll come out on top.

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CHANGEDIN09 2/20/2012 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing....looks COLD

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GLAZED-DONUT 2/19/2012 4:31PM

    ...and Jerome without his pink running skirt... tsk tsk! ;-)
awesome pics! Proud of you my friend! xo

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CHUBRUB3 2/19/2012 2:27PM

    Great job!!
I always find you very inspiring and motivational.
Thank you!
Hugs,
Angela


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SAC-6582 2/19/2012 10:44AM

    Thanks for sharing. Great pictures.

Steve

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THINGETTINOUT 2/19/2012 8:41AM

    Thanks for posting Jman. Is that snow you are running in. You are still my inspiration.

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Race Report - Hot Chocolate 5k/15K

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's February 11th, 2012
Race DAY

Hot Chocolate 5k/15K - The Sweetest race in Dallas
Fair park

We've had a VERY mild winter in Dallas, even wearing shorts and having 70+ degree weather this year. This morning it was 30 degrees, wind blowing felt like 20 something!! WHAT - where did winter come from and WHO invited it???

So I'm up at 4:15am starting to get ready for the race. Having not run in this cold weather for a while, I wasn't sure what to wear. I opted to go with my tight black Nike long sleeves, then my arm warmers over that and a second long sleeve shirt over that. I also wore a gray hooded sweatshirt(which I've never run with before). On bottom I wore my insulated tights with tight wind breaker pants over that. OH, my Nike gloves too and a Endorphin Warrior hat.

I did some rolling, on my 4" piece of PVC pipe none the less, oh it feels SO good! have a peanut bar and water and was out the door by 5:45am ish. I knew I would be early, but I am an early arriver at races, no dealing with traffic for me, unlike some OTHER Spark friends who ran the 5K flavor today, I won't mentions Michelene and Susie's names though, that way they' remain...on never mind. They were a tad slow to arrive! HA

NO clue how I did it in the mass of cars, but I managed to park right next to my FAVORITE running coach, Nancy! She texted me, I texted back, she called me and I said "Nancy, look to your right", we both bout fell out the car laughing. I went about the 'business' of getting ready, that is a business ya know. I made the trek to the restrooms, and it was trek, I used the this as a nice little warm up run on way back to car, that felt good in the bitter cold! I got my race packets from Nancy, she's awesome to pick up extra's for us. Then I was off to the buildings to find other friends. People.....if you're going to a HUGE RACE, LEAVE EARLY!! I had a few friends who were uh, running late. I had their bibs for the 5K and they were calling the runners to the 5K starting corals! UGH, they made it but barely. The other to I names earlier, well, thankfully Susie is a well trained race car driver, umjussayin! LOL

One more trip to the Men's room - and well, does this photo look odd to anybody?

YEP - the restrooms became, um, unisex? Men at the urinals, women in the stalls. It all worked itself out. LOL

I met Nancy again and we were off the the starting corals. Her husband is awesome and held my glasses for me, OH I can't wait for this surgery to happen so I don't have to mess with this anymore!!
A few pics of Nancy and I as we lined up and moved toward the starting line





I think this one might qualify as a PhotoBomb???? (I love doing that)

AAAAAAAND we're OFF! COLD, Windy, but we're off for a mere 9.3 mile run.
Miles 1-3 were 9:21, 10:24 and 8:49 accordingly. Remember that gray sweatshirt I had on? I got really hot and had to basically stop and undress a little bit on mile two, dang it! Oh well...press on Jerome...press on. Officially at the 5K split I was at a 9:30 pace and in 103 place of the men in my age group.

Miles 4 -6 were 8:59, 8:51 and 10:33. Mile 6 had a monster hill and I walked up that bad boy! my piriformis muscle was sorta screaming at me so I gave it a rest. Officially at the 10K split I was at a 9:34 pace and in 76th place in my division. Not that I care about placing really, honestly, I run these for ME...every step I take is a step of FREEDOM from obesity!!

Miles 7-9 and the finish were 8:41, 8:44, 8:55 and 7:55 for the last .3. This was a really tough course with lots of hills. There was a big bridge at mile 9 that bout did me in! I had to walk up that hill as well, but the kicked it up a notch to finish it off. Officially the last split was an 8:45 pace putting me in 88th place of the 159 men in my division. My official time was 1:26:25 and I was thrilled with that!

Here is why I ran today:

That's right. we got CHOCOLATE. SO YUMMY too! As Nancy pointed out, it is DARK chocolate with SEA SALT, HA. YUM.

After all the group was done, we were walking back to the building for some chocolate fondue and HOT CHOCOLATE and Mimi and I saw some dude getting out of the bushes. The dude had apparently thrown part of his clothes in the bushes before the race. THEN Mimi looks and says, wow, that's my husband and it's been 30 years since that's happened. TOO FUNNY!

Those of us who managed to find each other stopped for a group shot:

Good looking group of people! Some ran the 5K and some ran 15K but all ran!

Then we went inside for some Chocolate Fondue with apples, bananas, pretzels, rice crispies and my finger. HA Hot Chocolate was delicious and ofcourse there were more photos!

PHOTO BOMB ALERT


Yes, this is me with my sunglasses on my head and my glasses on my face(did I mention I can't wait for lens replacement surgery this week):

I was super glad I had that sweatshirt when I finished, that wind was COLD on my sweaty body!!

All in all, this was a great run for me and I'm thrilled that I did as well as I did!

To the SparkDallas team members who I wanted to meet, SORRY I missed you. I LOVE meeting new people so I hope we can meet at the Rock N Roll HALF next month!

To the SparkDallas team members who barely made it to the race, I'm still shakin my head atcha. LOL

Run STRONG......RUN SPARK STRONG!

  
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KERRNEL 3/12/2012 2:00AM

    Congrats! And props on the Canadian mitts! lol

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JOPAPGH 2/20/2012 7:22PM

    Loved the report, although you need to tell that piriformis who's boss.

Way to Walk the Talk and Rock the Choc!

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RUNNER12COM 2/20/2012 7:16PM

    What a fun race report! Way to rock the chocolate!

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SAC-6582 2/19/2012 10:53AM

    Great job Jerome!!!!! I'm looking forward to running, not powerwalking my next event. And I agree with your statement about freedom from obesity!! With every step I took in the PF Chang It was a step of freedom. What a great feeling

Steve

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HLTHYRNRMOM 2/14/2012 3:33PM

    AWESOME Jerome! You can check out my blog if you have a minute, called "the 15k that didn't happen". There is always the Dallas RnR half next month, woohoo!

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 12:26PM

    Fab, love the race report! It was bitter cold in Jax, FL for my marathon too and I was glad I brought the extra jacket from MN.

You guys have too much fun down there - I'm going to have to come out for a race some time!

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/14/2012 11:38AM

    Woohoo! You know I'm always cheering you on, bro! I'm not a fan of chocolate, but if they ever had a Hot Wing run, I'd definitely run for it! LOL! I'm glad you enjoyed it and the photo bombs are great. You know it's because your personality is so explosive, right? You're ready to detonate the potential in others. *smiles*



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OLDERDANDRT 2/12/2012 4:01PM

    A great run, Jerome!!! Then any race run is a great run to me, since I am not brave enough yet to give it a try. Think consistency walking first might be best! hehe! Great reward for having done it, tho! Love chocolate!!!
Love your foot photo bomb, too!! emoticon
Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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JANETRIS 2/12/2012 10:01AM

    Great job Jerome! They have that race here in the Chicago area. I've always thought it would be fun[shorter distance for me] to tackle that one! Chocolate at the end is a bonus! great photos! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 2/11/2012 11:25PM

    we make it fun don't we????? LOL You'll have to read my blog to find out how close we were....

Sorry we missed you. We had a blast and learned a lesson - don't lose your keys, ahem susie. Or your gloves, oh susie again! and you actually woke me up when you texted! Lay things out better the night before, and remember that even though you're 10 minutes from the venue - typically there are several thousand other people driving there. If not for Susie we wouldn't have run today!

We enjyed the run even though it was bitter cold. We'll be at the bridge race and the dash down greenville in March for races 3 & 4.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/11/2012 9:59PM

    Glad you had a better time with that race than we did here in DC ... well not REALLY in DC, but in National Harbor, MD ... running our 15K ... well, not REALLY 15k, but about 14.8k.

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DANA564 2/11/2012 9:30PM

    Great review! I must admit, when I got up this morning and read the email from the Medical race doctor urging all 15K people who run a 12 minute mile or slower pace to run the 5K to limit exposure and possible hypothermia, I got scared. That's me!! But I braved it and ran finishing in just under 2 hours. You are right, the hills at 6 miles and again at 9 miles about did me in. I walked those bad boys too. But overall, it was a great day and the chocolate in the end made it all worth while! Yummo!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 2/11/2012 8:00PM

  What a GREAT day!!! Now some time to kick it up a notch and prepare for NYC! You are such an inspiration!!!

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DREBENEZER 2/11/2012 7:49PM

    Great job! Chocolate is always worth it but I got pizza today!

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NO LIMITS

Sunday, February 05, 2012

My 12 year old daughter has said several times that she has no limits. She has said this in TV and Newspaper interviews, she has said this in Executive Board Rooms while giving speeches as an Ambassador for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. She really does believe this and you know what, the success she's had so far in life proven it. She is an amazing young lady!

Can you imagine what could happen in YOUR life if you thought the same thing??

This picture is a snap shot that I took after we finished the coolest photo shoot we've ever done.


NO LIMITS

  
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NANHBH 3/2/2012 3:44PM

    Dude,

Somehow I fell off your blog notification list! I'm waaaaaaaaay behind in reading your news.

Your daughter is amazing. Is this the same girl whose artwork went to state?

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KKINNEA 2/9/2012 3:17PM

    Yes!

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PIXIEMOM13 2/9/2012 2:07PM

    What a smart and gorgeous young woman! I hope I can instill half that sort of attitude in my own little angel-girl. (who I admit sometimes has her halo on debil horns.. and I wouldn't have it any other way! LOL)

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 2/7/2012 2:30PM

    Wow - she must have one great Dad to be this amazing :)

You ... and she... rock!

So I am back on Spark but with a completely different mindset than ever before. Instead of losing weight because I SHOULD or HAVE to I finally have realized that life is meant to be enjoyed not suffered through.

And to enjoy life I need to be healthy. Simple as that and the weight loss will come from that.

Considering how full on you must be in Spark I love that you always have time to drop nion people and give them a boost.

I'm back, boost me emoticon

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SUKOTO 2/7/2012 11:54AM

    Love the attitude!

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JANETRIS 2/7/2012 9:06AM

    Pretty girl...beautiful attitude towards life! If I had the a pinky finger's worth of her attitude.....well....just think about what I could do!! emoticonYou can be so proud of her Jman!

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ANDREA0301 2/6/2012 11:53PM

    Love this!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/5/2012 9:09PM

    You already know how I feel about this, bro! Putting limits on yourself only holds you back. "Nothing is given to you! If you want something, you have to GO GET IT!"

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3CHIHUAHUA 2/5/2012 7:06PM

    apple doesn't fall far from the tree

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DANA564 2/5/2012 4:30PM

    Awesome! Kids have a way of teaching us lessons on life! She is amazing (so is her dad)!

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CHUBRUB3 2/5/2012 3:38PM

    What a smart, beautiful, young lady. You have every reason to be proud of her.
The message she sends us all is very wise and one I will take to heart.
Hugs,
Angela


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MARCH_ 2/5/2012 2:09PM

    Our kids teach us SO SO MUCH!!

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BEYOURBEST1 2/5/2012 12:09PM

    Great kid! Sometimes we need to learn from our kids. She has the best attitude.
Congrats to you and your family.

Comment edited on: 2/5/2012 12:10:09 PM

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MIZZSB 2/5/2012 11:31AM

    a beautiful daughter you have Jerome!!
And she is right, there are no limits.. you make your own limits...

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THINGETTINOUT 2/5/2012 11:19AM

    On2victory is right . With an example like yours to follow there is " No Limits "

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ON2VICTORY 2/5/2012 11:13AM

    a very amazing young lady indeed...and, rightfully so, a very proud father too. She has no limits because she was given a good example! Wtg J-man!

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PLEASE READ

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Incase you havn't heard.....OR you didn't already know....

SOMEBODY has a BIRTHDAY ON JAN. 13th.

Click the link below and go wish him a Happy Birthday!!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SA
NDIEGOJOHN

  
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MARCH_ 2/1/2012 8:07AM

    Thank you, Jerome!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/15/2012 12:37PM

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OLDERDANDRT 1/13/2012 1:12PM

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NANHBH 1/13/2012 12:27PM

    Sparked him!

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FREDANN 1/13/2012 9:33AM

    Thanks for the info! Sent him a bday goodie! Hope you have a great day too!

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XENA1956 1/12/2012 11:37PM

    Sent him birthday wishes. What a great friend you are and his has done a fantastic job!

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ON2VICTORY 1/12/2012 11:05PM

    time to pass on not only a howdy doody but a haapy bday as well :)

thanks J-man

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CASSIOEPIA 1/12/2012 9:01PM

    Thanks for sharing Jerome!

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