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The story behind the photo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The story behind the photo

I've had several questions about the new photo on my page so I thought I'd do a quick blog to explain how that came about.

My wife works for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and both my daughters are patients at the hospital. Needless to say, we are passionate about TSRH. They do orthopedic care for Children, regardless of their ability to pay, this has been the policy for 90 years now.

TSRH partners with Southwest Airlines to fly patients to Dallas for appointments if that is a necessity. This partnership just celebrated their 5 year anniversary and to help celebrate, they brought in a photographer named Robert Fogarty(he's a runner too BTW). Robert does the coolest photoshoots ever. My family was asked to participate in the shoot and we were to write things on our bodies that were inspiring.

Here is the shot of my family

A Reason to Hope are words that my oldest daughter used to describe how she felt about TSRH. TSRH gives children a reason to hope. She also has a mind set of NO LIMITS, which is written on her hands.


This is my oldest daughter and an employee of Southwest Airlines.


This photo bridges the gap. The lady in blue works for Southwest and is the person who actually books the tickets as needed for patients, my wife is the person who coordinates that ticket on the hospital side. They had never met until we walked into the shoot, it was really cool.


This of course is me. We were talking about my story and running with Robert. We came up with the idea to do a shot of me, I love this shot and I'm very proud of it. (I kinda think SUCCESS would make a cool tat, right? :-) )

The photos of my family and my wife were used by Southwest (along with other families) for a promo about the program.

SO there ya have it, the 'story behind the photo'.

Just wanted to share

  
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GARDENCHRIS 7/1/2012 8:56PM

    so cool!

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MAYLEE425 5/30/2012 12:04AM

  Awesome!

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LBENEDICT7 5/22/2012 10:02PM

    awesome !

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CMHARRISON12 5/21/2012 10:04PM

    Thank you for sharing, about both the program and about your beautiful family. You guys ROCK!! emoticon

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MENHALLS 5/21/2012 8:48PM

    That is a really awesome photo shoot for an amazing program!

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JECKIE 5/21/2012 3:08PM

    Love it!

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DIAMONDBLUE24 5/21/2012 9:54AM

    What an awesome story! LOVE IT!!

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LITTLEBIGGIRL2 5/20/2012 5:32PM

    We have a Shriner's Children's Hospital near me that has the same policy and has helped my family a great deal in the past.

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MANIKLODE 5/4/2012 8:11PM

    A really worthy cause. And the pictures are really great!

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BOURBONIAN 4/25/2012 8:54PM

    Great story, you have a beautiful family!

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CJDMOM2MANY 4/23/2012 4:26PM

    I just watched your weight loss video ( left a comment) then jumped over to this recent post. I got the chills because we have five adopted blessing, two of which are disabled. Our daughter has arthrogryposis and our son Sacreal Agenisis. I currently fly to Philly ( A LOT) for my daughter and wonder if this hospital would be able to help my son or possibly my daughter.
Our family blog is :http://hebrewselevevone.blogspot.c
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my weight loss blog http://nanasweightlossjourney.blogs
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VEACHXCL 4/20/2012 10:56PM

    Nice! Great idea :)

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LEASIM1231 4/19/2012 7:37AM

    I love those photos! What a fun idea.

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MANDYLOVE_76 4/18/2012 11:02PM

    super cool!

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JANETRIS 4/18/2012 7:14PM

    Love the photos the story and the cause! emoticon

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EJRANVILLE 4/18/2012 5:55PM

    Excellent photos! Very inspiring. What a great cause as well.

Also, you have a beautiful family--truly blessed! emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 4/18/2012 5:37PM

    AWESOME!

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DANA564 4/18/2012 5:19PM

    COOL!

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RUNNINGWILD 4/18/2012 3:36PM

    Those are fantastic photos and I love the story behind them. Especially like the one of your wife & the SWA employee.

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BTWCOACH 4/18/2012 2:00PM

    Very nice, Jerome! It sounds like a good place to support!
I love the picture of you with the SUCCESS!!!


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MISSLISA1973 4/18/2012 1:45PM

    That's awesome.

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CALVIND 4/18/2012 12:55PM

    cool. thanks for sharing.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/18/2012 12:30PM

    SUPER cool!!!Thanks for sharing~


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CHUBRUB3 4/18/2012 12:17PM

    This is so WONDERFUL!!

I love the photos, but the messages have so much POWER it is incredible. I hope you have them framed and hung with pride on your walls at home where everyone can see them, every day. Keep them on your page for us sparkers to take pride in with you and your family. The companies involved are doing a PHENOMENAL job with helping kids and families involved.

Thank you for sharing your story behind the pictures.

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ANDREA0301 4/18/2012 12:06PM

    Love it!

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SPARKYWATSON 4/18/2012 11:47AM

    Coolness!

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CINDYBEL 4/18/2012 11:06AM

    My oldest daughter was a patient of Scottish Rite Hospital. What a wonderful place. emoticon

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3CHIHUAHUA 4/18/2012 11:02AM

    very super cool!

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DEE797 4/18/2012 10:59AM

    How Cool is that! Such an inspiring blog! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. You have a gorgeous family.

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_JODI404 4/18/2012 10:56AM

    VERY cool!! Thanks for sharing this inspiring story!!

You ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

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TAMTAM64 4/18/2012 10:50AM

    I totally understand your passion for this wonderful hospital. I feel the same way about St. Jude. It's a wonderful thing when good care is provided for these children - they are our future!

Run Strong,
Tammy

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DANSMOMTPM2 4/18/2012 10:47AM

    AWWW - so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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DRC Tal Morrison 15K - race report

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Saturday April 7th, 2012
Dallas Running Club
Tal Morrison Classic 15K
White Rock Lake

This was the funniest race I think Iíve ever run and there is a very good reason for that.
I am a member of the Dallas Running Club due to the simple fact that I get 8 free races a year. These races are all at White Rock Lake, which is my favorite place to run in the area, basically it all works out perfectly.

Recently Iíve not ran many DRC races due to my group training sessions that I do on Saturday mornings. My fitness is important to me, but itís also very important to me to help others who want to be helped. We took Easter weekend off from our group training, which gave me the opportunity to run this race.

I had a friend/buddy/client David wanting to run something with me so this was a perfect chance to make that happen. This race was TOTALLY about David and getting him to the finish line.

He picked me up at 6am and we were off to White Rock. He confessed he was nervous and secretly had hoped Iíd cancel on him. I of course did nothing but encourage and reassure him that he would be fine and we would get through this. We had to park around a mile from the race site, so we power walked that distance as a nice little warm up, that was kinda nice. It was a beautiful morning and the lake was amazing!

There were other SparkPeeps there as well, which is always fun! Michelle, Shelly and Amy were all present and we had a good chat before we ran. Here is a pre race photo of the SparkPeeps present:


David is a very social dude and was talking to everybody possible, but I wouldnít expect anything else out of him really. We made our way to the bathroom line, then off to the start. After a short jog to get the legs going again, we hung out in the back of the crowd stretching etc. David looks at me and said ďWhy are we in the backĒ? I told him thatís where I always start for two reasons. The first reason is that I donít enjoy fighting crowds typically and secondly, it makes you feel good because I typically get to pass a few other runners that way.
Just before we started, I snapped a self shot of both of us:


We started out around a 10 minute mile and I had to keep slowing him down, the adrenaline was raging and sometimes thatís hard to contain. As we were running, I saw a friend Kevin and was sure to acknowledge him this time, I failed to acknowledge him at the Rock and Roll half and felt bad about that. His wife Mimi was also there so it was good to see them for a moment.

David and I even had the opportunity to run up right behind Shelly as she had little incident. Her arm pocket fell OFF that held her music. Oh dear, that girl is a MESS! I was making funny comments as she fumbled with everything, but I did ask if I could help her. The whole thing was kinda funny and I got a kick out of it. :-0

We were doing great and I kept checking on David to make sure he was doing OK. At first the signs were great. Then they got to more of a Ďso soí, then they hit the ďI have to walkĒ. All good with that dude, this is about getting to the finish line, not about a time, not about a speed, itís all about finishing. We ran, walked, power walked, skipped our way through this course. Ultimately I threw out a challenge for him. There was one guy about a quarter mile ahead of us for quite a while. I told David ďIf you werenít hurting so bad, I was going to throw down a challenge for youĒ. Of course he bit on this idea(which I hoped he would) I told him I did not want that guy to beat him to the finish line! Davidís response to the challenge was two words, ďcome onĒ and off we went. This was about mile 7 or so that I threw this out there for him. David did a great job pushing himself to the finish. We passed the Ďchallengeí guy and never looked back. Ultimately finishing the run with Shelly who had finished her 5K and came back out to run in with us, that was pretty cool. Iím honestly not even sure what the time was and I donít even care really. The goal was to get David through the race and we did that. SUCCESS!

Postrace we had to take a photo ofcourse.


David and I didnít hang around long after the race as we both had family activities we needed to get home for. We were both looking for my favorite recovery drink, thankfully there was a Sonic between us and the car!


YesÖ.chocolate milk, the recovery drink of Champions.
BTW Ė PLEASE vote for my Team Refuel video here: http://www.gotchocolatemilk.com/applicant/
jerome-merlav

David Ė it was an honor to run with you and Iím proud of your progress my friend!

  
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    Great job as a motivator - in real life as well as on Sparkies. Congratulations to you both.

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    That's what friends are for! emoticon

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    What a great race! How nice that you helped David and made it his race. You are a true friend! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/10/2012 4:50PM

    Nice way to help someone get through a race successfully! BTW, just voted for you--good luck there!!


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CHUBRUB3 4/10/2012 4:14PM

    Awesome!!!
You did amazing and it was great to see your freind running too.
I tried to vote and it won't let me, is it only open to USA or can I vote from Canada?
Hugs,
Angela


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PIXIEMOM13 4/10/2012 2:23PM

    I love your race report and great job to David!! (And you too, of course!)

One of my favorite drinks while I'm soaking my legs in a cold bath (not an ice bath mind you, I'm not that brave).. is a nice hot chocolate! ;)

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HLTHYRNRMOM 4/10/2012 2:15PM

    Awesome!! I will be back in my house in Dallas by June, hope to start seeing you all at some races!

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THINGETTINOUT 4/10/2012 2:15PM

    Really great that you helped David through the race and having fun to boot. Well done.

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KKINNEA 4/10/2012 2:13PM

    Fantastic! You were such a great pacer for your friend and sounds like you guys had tons of fun!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 4/10/2012 1:46PM

    Way to go DAVID!! And jerome of course!! :)

It was good to runs with you for a bit! :) we don't get to do that very often.

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TAYGRL 4/10/2012 1:26PM

    yummmm...chocolate milk. it really DOES do a body good right after a work out.

hey! BTW--just started the next phase of my running program--the "5k your way running program". time to take it to another level and up my game.

last night was my first run--1,920 heart pounding seconds of 1 minute walking intervals spliced with 3 minutes of jogging. it was easier than i thought so lets see if that feeling continues this first week shall we?
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Rock n Roll Half Marathon - My 6th Half - lots of pics

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Date: March 25th, 2012
Event: Rock and Roll Marathon Series Dallas

Race Length: Half Marathon Ė my 6th


I have to start this blog by going back to my training run on 3.18.2012. I did a 10 mile training run that was the worst run Iíve had in a very long time. I ran the service roads in my area, like I do a lot when I need a nice long run with some hills. I didnít push my pace as it was probably around 9:40ish per mile or so. When I finished my run, my legs hurt so bad, I honestly did not think I would even finish this Half Marathon.

So, I did what I do, I kept training, kept pushing myself since I have the will, I had to find a way. (I rarely taper for half marathonís anymore BTW). I spent time with my roller. Not just any roller, not your typical foam roller, my 4Ē PVC pipe roller. I use this because itís hard and goes deep enough into the belly of the muscle and works! I rolled twice a day for 20 minutes or so each time. Here is a pic of my trusty roller:


Fast forward to the weekend and Iím READY to run! My family had a great day Saturday at a golf event with my oldest daughter, then we went to the Rock and Roll Health and wellness Expo. We had a great time at the expo searching for bargains and checking out new things. I made a video for GotChocolateMilk as a recovery, that Iíll be asking everybody to vote for as soon as I get the email about it. My daughter and I took a picture together in front of the green screen. The funny thing about this is that we were both wearing green shirts. I thought it was funny.


Fast forward to Sunday morning.
I was up at 4am to start getting ready. Typical stuff, quick shower and then I rolled for a while! Oh I love my roller, have I mentioned that. :-) Since I knew there would be large crowds and I do not like sitting in traffic, I left the house just after 5am for Dallas Fair Park. This was the finish line and we were bused over to the starting line. I relaxed in the car for a while, watching traffic pick up before my very eyes, thankful I was early.
I met a very nice lady named Joyce on the bus to the start village in downtown Dallas. We made small talk and I learned it was her first half marathon as a walker, and she was excited! I was excited for her of course. In the course of the conversation I learned she is 65 years old and had lost 75 pounds. She lost her husband years ago and they used to do 5kís together a lot, her husband enjoyed the tech shirts he got from the races. I shared my story and then I spread the SPARK and told her about Spark People. Here is Joyceís finisher photo


Can you tell she is excited?!

So now I am downtown at City Hall before day break and it is absolutely beautiful. I could feel a great day in the air and loved that feeling. I was really taken by how beautiful it was, so I snapped a photo


I found a spot to start warming up my legs again, then started texting Michelle who is a fellow SparkPeople member and we wanted to meet. I had a really nice warmup time and stretching to get my legs ready. Michelle had found me by now and we were getting to know one another more, then Kim walked up as well. Kim is another SparkPeople member who I was meeting for the first time. I love meeting SparkPeeps in person that brings me joy. Here is a picture of the three of us.


Finally itís time to get lined up. There were nearly 12,000 runners for this race so it was fairly crowded. I was lined up in corral number 8 and you will never believe who was also in my corral?!? Elvis was in my corral. Pfft, who knew?!

This is a picture of the crowd in front of me before we started:


It took me about 20 minutes from my starting position to get to the start line because there were so many people.

Finally, weíre off. The course took us downtown Dallas to the grassy knoll where President Kennedy was assassinated, that was kind of cool to run down that area.

Mile 1-3 were 9:35, 10:00 and 9:38 pace per mile respectively. This was the Ďworstí part of the course really. The scenery wasnít all that great.

Miles 4-6 were 10:26, 9:33 and 9:49. I felt like I was right on target for what I wanted to try to do. I was feeling pretty good, not pushing the pace too much because I knew it was nearly all uphill for the first 7 miles. I hate it, but I had to stop at mile 4 and take a bio break, ugh. My legs donít do that well. The scenery was beautiful though, sometimes Iíd get caught up looking around and forget I was running. LOL

Miles 7-9 were 9:38, 9:30 and 9:14 per mile. Mile 7.5 is where the uphill climb stopped, thankfully! Somewhere around mile 7 we ran right past RunON, which is my favorite running store in Dallas.

Miles 10-12 were 9:00, 9:09 and 8:47 per mile. I remember thinking to myself that my plan had worked. I was able to go slow on the uphill climb, then speed up after that point. I felt good at this point too! This was the same route I ran on my first marathon with Nicholas, so thoughts of my bro came to mind and helped push me speed.

Miles 13-13.1 were 9:00 and 8:24 for the last little bit. I remember thinking as I entered the fair grounds that I was almost done. They had the finish line as far back as they could possibly get! We ran nearly all the way around the Cotton Bowl. I had stopped at the last water and walked through it just like I do every time I run a race, then something new happened. My calf muscles decided to start cramping, ugh, thankfully it was less than a mile or so from the finish line.

All in all, I surprised myself beyond belief! Here are my stats from the run


That time still blows me away. My 6th half marathon and itís my 3rd fastest time over all. I have to give credit to my roller for helping heal my legs the week before the race. I also give credit to my family and friends for posting comments as I ran that encouraged me to keep running strong. Seeing my wife and daughters at the finish line, priceless.
The after party was a hit as well. James Durbin from played and well, he durbinrocked! He is on stage over my shoulder when this photo was taken.


Couple photos shot around the post-race party




The bling


YES Ė I DO LOVE TO RUN! (taken during the half marathon)


  
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CMA444 4/9/2012 10:30AM

    It was great meeting you that very hot day!

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    You ROCK it!!! emoticon

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NANHBH 4/2/2012 10:53PM

    Jerome,

Love the photo of Joyce! You're always Sparking people. That's so cool. Great race, great time. I agree, you should use that last photo for your profile pic. You really look like you love running! And that PVC pipe for a roller - you are one tough dude! I can't stand the foam roller. Can't imagine how that one feels!
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ON2VICTORY 4/2/2012 1:13PM

    Dude, i remember seeing the pics but i cant believe i forgot to comment and hit like... old age....

that is an awesome time, cool bling but the thing that caught my attention is your roller... wow, that is HARD CORE! my roller is hard foam and that is about all i can stand without having to wipe tears.

you rock dude!
BTW - your race pic at the bottom really needs to be cropped and upgraded to profile pic, you look really cool!

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SPARKLISE 4/1/2012 5:33PM

    emoticon I have a hard time walking never mind running! emoticon
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JULESJ1OK 3/31/2012 4:40PM

    Wow!!! Way to go! I hope I get to run with you Spark Peeps someday in the next two years. That is Awesome!

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TAYGRL 3/30/2012 7:29PM

    VERY cool!!!

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ANDREA0301 3/30/2012 4:06PM

    The picture of you during the marathon exudes your enthusiasm and love of the sport of running. Thanks for the awesome blog & keep up the GREAT work!!


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BEINGGUIDED 3/30/2012 3:47PM

    I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I can't wait for my first half in October. great job!

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MARATHONBOUND 3/30/2012 2:05PM

    Great post! I'm doing the Rock 'n' Roll Half in Providence RI Aug 19th! So excited! I loved reading this, so inspring! emoticon

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EDGEOFSANITY 3/30/2012 1:54PM

    Awesome job Jerome! Can't wait for the next race we get to run together =)

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BMCKEOW1 3/30/2012 1:20PM

    Awesome- way to go. Looks like you were really enjoying yourself. Glad to hear your legs held out for you to finish.

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LISAINMS 3/30/2012 12:45PM

    Hey I was right behind you! (Sort of) 2:09. Clock time was 2:21.

Don't you love when a race comes together when you weren't expecting it? Nice job!

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/30/2012 12:31PM

    Look at my bro ROCKING ON! Woohoo! You are an animal. Looks like it was a fun weekend and you continued to spread the Spark and inspire the people!

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CALVIND 3/30/2012 8:59AM

    Congrats! What an awesome race.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/30/2012 6:52AM

    Congratulations, that's fantastic!

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OKIEGIRL75 3/30/2012 12:55AM

    Way to go! As always inspiring.

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BOURBONIAN 3/30/2012 12:44AM

    Great job, man. Congratulations!

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CHUBRUB3 3/30/2012 12:10AM

    Congratultions on an awesome race and fantastic blog!
You inspire me to run and lift my spirits with your postive attitude.
Thanks for sharing your journey my friend.
Hugs,
Angela
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BTWCOACH 3/29/2012 10:57PM

    I love that last picture Jerome. You look like you are loving life!!!! :-)
Congrats on a fine run!!!


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FREDANN 3/29/2012 10:55PM

    Awesome Jerome! What a great day you had!! emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/29/2012 10:40PM

    Way to go on your run!!!

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THINGETTINOUT 3/29/2012 10:10PM

    Jerome thanks so much for sharing. You inspire me every day. emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 3/29/2012 10:06PM

    Congrats (-: no kilt - wth!?! hehe
the pic of you and your daughter on the greenscreen is too funny - love it!
And... did you know of you scroll down you page really fast the little stick figure guy almost appears to be running.... kewl! Well - at least on my laptop using the arrow buttons... well, I see it anyway!!!! haha
You rawk J - xxoo

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Lost 100 lbs and the benefits just keep coming....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I am feeling really blessed today and I wanted to share with you WHY that is the case.

Yes Ė Iíve lost 100lbs (maintaining at a 96lbs loss right now) and the benefits just keep coming. That is STILL amazing for me to say that. I am now honored to have the opportunity to help others to the same thing. Iíve never considered myself as ĎFITí, but I think the results below would qualify for that category.

Recently I had to have some blood work done. Iíve not had any done since mid-2010 and things looked decent then after about 6 months on my journey. This time the blood work results are remarkable! Absolutely everything they measured is perfectly in line(or on low side) for a man my age! From my LDL, HDL and Total Cholesterol to my total protein to my glucose, everything was absolutely awesome.

This blood work was done for a life insurance policy we just bought. There is apparently a huge advantage of being FIT when it comes to life insurance, because I came in at what they called a SUPER preferred rate, meaning I saved nearly $1000 a year, all because of my health these days! WOW that is absolutely amazing to me.

Iíve gone from the man on the left(yes, itís me) who weighed 264 pound at highest measure weight to the man on the right weighing 168 pounds at last weigh in. The picture is completely about UNHEALTHY vs. HEALTHY.



Yes FriendsÖ.there ARE many added benefits to taking your life back, and Iím still learning what they are. emoticon

  
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    You are truly an amazing inspiration! I'm so happy I found your blog!

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MSGO72 4/2/2012 9:36AM

  Congratulations, what a great post.

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CAFEJOJO 3/29/2012 5:21PM

    Wow... great blog... very inspriring! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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LIMIG2 3/27/2012 12:52PM

    Wow, so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/26/2012 10:35PM

    You look Marvelous,what an awesome achievement,Congratulations and the best to you in your Journeys being healthy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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JEN076 3/25/2012 3:43PM

    That is so awesome and very inspiring

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OLDERDANDRT 3/25/2012 2:58PM

    Wow! You're incredible!!! Nice to know that beyond the health aspects that you deserve all the goodness that can come of your accomplishments!!!! emoticon emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 3/24/2012 8:31PM

    Wow, great work!

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Many Congrats to your newly achieved success!!!
So many people out here on SP are reaching their
goals, I can't wait to join you. Thank you for
sharing your story to inspire all of us who are
still working hard.



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AROCHFORD 3/24/2012 12:28PM

    Thanks for the motivation this morning!

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CM_GARDNER78 3/24/2012 12:23PM

    Wow!!! What a comparison!! That is amazing. You have done so well!! Congratulations! :-) And thanks for sharing!

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BRAVEHEART4ME 3/24/2012 11:19AM

  Congratulations! You must feel awesome both physically and emotionally! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 3/24/2012 10:21AM

    Wow!

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MOM195 3/24/2012 10:21AM

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ANGELICSOUL64 3/24/2012 12:04AM

    Amazing! I think you totally rock it! I look to you for inspiration and no doubt I get that!

Congrats to you on your 100 lb loss!

How's the running coming? I am enjoying the great weather in PA.

Again, well done! emoticon

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REDHOTANDBLUE 3/23/2012 11:19PM

    Wow! I thought I had considered all the benefits of losing 100 pounds, but this one wasn't on my radar. Thank you so much for sharing. You are inspirational! emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 3/23/2012 10:46PM

    Rock on! Awesome job! You inspired me!

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PURPLELVR7 3/23/2012 9:58PM

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VAL_LYNNE 3/23/2012 9:42PM

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BAKERBARBARA 3/23/2012 9:39PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!

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KIPPER15 3/23/2012 9:35PM

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OWELETTE 3/23/2012 9:35PM

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MSROZZIE 3/23/2012 9:33PM

    You are not only healthy, but also blessed! emoticon emoticon

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TUBJUMPER 3/23/2012 8:14PM

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SERENITY1954 3/23/2012 7:26PM

  I am so happy for you. You are such a great inspiration and I am happy to see you counting your blessings. I am sure many more will be coming your way!

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PATHGIRL1 3/23/2012 7:09PM

    You have a true reason to be proud of yourself!

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PETESKI24 3/23/2012 6:59PM

    Keepm it up.

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LOPEYP 3/23/2012 6:49PM

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KRISTEN_SAYS 3/23/2012 6:16PM

    awesome!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/23/2012 6:15PM

    Amazing!

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TAMMIEANN76 3/23/2012 5:45PM

    Way to go!

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QUEENTODDLER 3/23/2012 5:31PM

    I love your positive outlook. I love that you count your blessings. And I especially love that you want to give back and pass this along!!

Well done!

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-PAULA 3/23/2012 5:19PM

    That is amazing! You are doing great!

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LUVTOBOWL 3/23/2012 4:48PM

    Wow! What an inspiration you are. I like that....."the benefits keep coming". I look forward to more of those.

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VADAVICTORIA 3/23/2012 4:43PM

    Amazing side plank/t-stand or whatever you call it! Congratulations on maintaining!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/23/2012 4:06PM

    Wow you are amazing!!

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GREENTHUMB70 3/23/2012 3:50PM

    Totally amazing great job!

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JASONMRCDD 3/23/2012 3:50PM

    WOW Dude, you are an inspiration!

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DENNISWIFE 3/23/2012 3:40PM

    That is really awesome! emoticon

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/23/2012 3:39PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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TIFFY0906 3/23/2012 3:30PM

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CHIFANG130 3/23/2012 3:21PM

    Wow! The yoga post is truly amazing! Great Job! So inspiring!

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MOMMY445 3/23/2012 2:44PM

    congratulations! you are such an inspiration and a huge source of motivation for me! have a terrific day!

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JENNY888 3/23/2012 2:32PM

    This is amazing. You are a real inspiration.

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OKIEGIRL75 3/23/2012 2:23PM

    Congrats on maintaining your weight loss and staying fit!!! Thanks for sharing and keep up the hard work. Being fit pays off in many ways. Thanks for being such an inspiration to me.

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RADFEN 3/23/2012 2:08PM

    Absolutely amazing!

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ANGGEL40 3/23/2012 2:05PM

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DESERTFLOWERG 3/23/2012 1:39PM

    Good job. No, spectacular work!

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Question of the day

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Good Morning Spark Peeps!

I've recently heard about Cetyl Myristoleate

My question to you is:
WHAT IS IT
DO YOU USE IT
HAVE YOU SEEN RESULTS

Just curious and trying to educate myself more.

Have a SPARKtastic day

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKINNYMINNIE25 3/20/2012 3:57PM

    I use Shaklee supplements, well tested & guaranteed. Never had a recall. Works for me.

Skinny

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MANDYLOVE_76 3/15/2012 4:20PM

    Have no idea. Sorry.

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OLDERDANDRT 3/14/2012 8:27PM

    Never heard of it except from what NANHBH has replies here, sorry. SP_COACH_NANCY has a very good point, too. Beware of supplements and do your homework. Education is a good thing!!! emoticon

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SP_COACH_NANCY 3/13/2012 10:24AM

  Just be very careful about using supplements (check out Dateline NBC this Sunday)...because they are not regulated by the FDA or monitored by any outside agency, what you believe you are getting to benefit your body may actually be creating an issue you do not want--think ephedra and first generation of Hydroxycut...fatal arrhythmia for the first and liver failure for the latter.

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NANHBH 3/13/2012 9:40AM

    Jman,

I haven't heard of it, but a google search produced this from WebMD --

Cetyl Myristoleate (CETYLATED FATTY ACIDS) Overview Information

There is an interest in cetyl myristoleate for osteoarthritis because it is a substance found in certain mice that do not develop arthritis, even when researchers try to cause arthritis in the laboratory. Cetylated fatty acids are also used for other types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), Reiter's syndrome, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Cetylated fatty acids are also used for diseases in which the body attacks itself (autoimmune diseases) including Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Some people use cetylated fatty acids for psoriasis, fibromyalgia, emphysema, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), silicone breast disease, various types of back pain, leukemia and other cancers, and a disease that involves inflammation of the blood vessels called Behcet's syndrome."

http://www.webmd.
com/vitamins-supplements/ingred
ientmono-400-Cetyl%20Myristolea
te%20(CETYLATED%20FATTY%20ACIDS
).aspx?activeIngredientId=400&a
ctiveIngredientName=Cetyl%20Myr
istoleate%20(CETYLATED%20FATTY%20ACIDS)

What have you heard about it?

Hey, ask Spark why we can't insert a live link in blog posts.

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