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


Monday, January 17, 2011

As I've read comments on my video blog(several times), I have been BLOWN AWAY by the things that have been said. I've compiled some of those comments here to share with all of Spark People. This is what SPARKPEOPLE is all about....supporting one another...changing lives, one day/one life at a time. There are SO many comments that are amazingly full of support, congrats, love and encouragement.

I've decided to share some of these because I TRULY believe can and DO apply to ALL OF US. These comments have been said over and over on this website, no doubt!
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CONGRATULATIONS! You have worked so hard--and along the way--you have led, inspired, pushed, kicked, and kept me on my feet and laughing! Not just me, but many, many others!!
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What an accomplishment - the best part is you are so much healthier! I believe that your video will inspire others to buckle down and get there too! It is not just a dream!
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Wow - congratulations! You had a perfect reason to do this - what a beautiful family!
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Man, you made me cry. No joke. I know exactly how hard it has been and how far you have come. Never forget.
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Your blog and journey video was exactly what I needed to see today. What you have done is what I need to do and what I so desire to do. I need to start with one step like you did
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All I can say is WOW. You have given me hope that maybe I can do this too. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!
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You have encouraged me to start walking. Starting tomorrow. I am going to walk.
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Fantastic. Not only are you doing this for the family and yourself, by sharing this with Spark People, you can make a difference to so many lives
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"Even though you fall sometimes.. you will have the strength to rise".. I so needed to hear that... I just can't quit crying..

~~~~~~-When I read the following comment, I sobbed
My 12 yr old just watched this with me while my DH was in the shower. As soon as he walked out she pointed at him and said "Daddy, this man went on a journey, and you and i are gonna start on that journey tomorrow". From the mouths of babes. Great job!
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I have over 100 pounds to lose and am 5 days in - you've inspired me.
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Unbelievable. You are a machine. I really needed this right now. Thanks mate.
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"" If I can do it.. you can do it!!! It starts with one step.. Take it.. You deserve it!!!"" I'm going to take that line with me!!! I believe it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
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You have become a blessing to yourself and a GREAT inspiration for others. I have already starting walking (haven't caught the running bug, yet) and I believe in ME. Thank YOU for highlighting that belief, and showing us that it CAN be done. Cheers!
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THIS WAS WHAT I NEEDED TO SEE TODAY
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Your family must be so delighted that you are now a healthy role model.

~~~~~~-I sobbed again....
Awesome! Please pray for my husband to get that motivation he needs to lose 150 lbs. He is a great guy who will die early if he doesn't lose it and I need some people help me pray. Thanks for inspiring people with your story!
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Thanks for sharing your video journal. It was very heart-touching and inspiring. You have done amazing things and I know you will continue to succeed. You have a beautiful family and you are healthier to enjoy life with them!
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Wishing you a wonderful life. You will never know how much you have helped others, by bringing your health to this high level of achievement.
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You bring tears of hope to my soul. Thank you for sharing
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"Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth" Ecclesiastes 30:15
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I am at Sparkpeople to lose weight and get healthy of course, but I've had a lot of emotional pain that frankly, I need lose the source of. I watched this video applying your words and those of the song too, to my struggles and I have to say, I just had a light bulb moment.
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Buddy- I'm choked up because your journey mirrors my own. I knew you can do it!
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Congratulations on your many success-- you are a whole new person, full of life and freedom and happiness. Keep living it, and sharing your SPARK!! You were MEANT for great things!!!
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Absolutely what I needed to see this morning. Most of all, you are such an inspiration to your girls. Way to go!!!
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I hope this is on youtube so people that aren't on sparkpeople can be inspired, too.
-YES, the video is on YouTube as well
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Tomorrow will be my Day One. I think it's no small coincidence that I saw your video tonight. I have 100+ lbs. to lose and it seems nearly impossible, but I feel like it's more possible after seeing your video. Thank you!
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You are right...YOU are worth it...and I AM WORTH IT!!
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Awesome dude! Your video is amazing, as your story unfolded my mouth hung open like Simon's did when Susan Boyle first sang
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Thank you for not only sharing your story but for telling others that they can create their OWN story too. Amazing.
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This made me cry. First they were tears of sadness for you and self recognition for me. But then they were tears of joy for you and hope for me
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Brings me to tears every single time I watch it...I say it is an HONOR to call you my friend! You are a true SparkInspiration, Jerome!!!
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That family portrait at the end-- PRICELESS
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Yea baby! That's what I'm talking about!!!! If I can do it, you can do! Spread the word! Share the health! Pass it on!
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Wow. What an awesome story. You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your story. You inspire me. Prior to watching your video, I was feeling depressed and fighting this feeling of wanting to eat something. I wasn't hungry, I just wanted to eat. Now I do not want to eat. Instead, I have this overwhelming desire to walk... I just want to walk! I want to walk and keep walking. When I walk, I feel better about me. Yesterday I told some coworkers that I want to lose 15 pounds by the end of May. But now, I want to lose those 15 pounds by the end of March and finally be able to say that I weigh less than 200 pounds; something I haven't been able to say in over 10 years, if not 20 years. And I'm not going to stop there
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I'm a grown man balling my eyes out over this video! WOW! What a great message! I'm going to repost this on my SparkPage! We really need to see the tremendous transformations! You Rock man!! I'm 518 lbs & this is just what I needed to see to keep me motivated! Thanks so much for sharing!
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You are an inspiration to many, including your children! I bawled while watching your video because I never thought I could do it. I have lost 57 lbs and have a little more to go, but I KNOW it can be done. Thanks for helping to renew my faith!
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So inspirational but yet it comes down to that one step, doesn't it. Seems so basic
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I have been discouraged and really needed your inspiration.
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Hope to find the strength to rise from the ashes, too. Need the sun to shine.
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I am lost-discouraged-unmotivated--
miser
able-and very unhappy about the situation of my weight.
Today I decided to log back on to Spark People hoping to find some motivating-encouraging story I might connect to.
There it was-your story-before the video finished I was crying. What an accomplishment-and even more-what an inspiration you are to me.
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Thank you. It was meant for me to find...the song, your words, the joy you shared will inspire me in the days to come. Bless you for sharing and blessings to your beautiful family.
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TODAY - We will walk in this journey of life, but will it be forward or will it be backward?
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RUN FOREST RUN! thank you for the inspiration
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Your children will benefit from your example
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"This is proof of What Faith Can Do."
What a powerful statement to pin to an amazing journey! Truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing!
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Did you shed any tears making this ? I shed tears watching it.
-YES, I shed thousands!! and more reading all the comments.
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Jerome, your amazing! I don't think you have to worry about that fat guy catching up with you anymore. You are a new man! Congratulations
-Mike , that fat guy will have to run about an 8:30 mile to keep up with me now!
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This should give us all the strength and motivation to keep going and make the changes that we need to!
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Go forth and keep conquering each and every day.
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And you better bet I'm passing it along to some friends who are sitting on the fence deciding if they want to jump in and join us on this amazing journey.
~~~~~~THANK YOU...please share

Now you can enjoy your family and know you will be there for them to enjoy
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I really needed to see someone be able to do something that I really need to do myself. You have no idea on how much this touched me and how inspired I am from your success. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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There is soooo much life and great health out there waiting for you (and the rest of us). Keep going for it! Keep running for it! BTW, your wife and daughters and beautiful
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AWESOME!!!!! This brought tears to my eyes because I really would like my husband to do what you did. He is overweight like you were but he doesn't want to admit it.
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I wish more people could realize how simple it is- to just keep going. Start with that one first step and just KEEP GOING. You don't even know what worlds can open up unless you try
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Your video brought tears to my eyes, both of sadness then happiness. For anyone who doesn't believe that walking is enough to get them started, I urge them to watch this video
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- this is me again.....I can't tell you how many tears I have shed reading all these comments.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHANGEDIN09 1/23/2011 5:43PM

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

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TODDJAMES 1/21/2011 6:09PM

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

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/19/2011 4:14AM

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

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

D

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CHIFANG130 1/18/2011 11:51AM

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

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FANGLE 1/18/2011 11:18AM

    This community is awesome and so supportive.

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CBAILEYC 1/18/2011 11:12AM

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

    Dude, you ROCK!

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TIFFXCOREX 1/18/2011 12:15AM

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

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MANDYLOVE_76 1/17/2011 11:26PM

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



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MEGA_MILES 1/17/2011 10:19PM

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

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BTWCOACH 1/17/2011 10:14PM

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


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XENA1956 1/17/2011 10:10PM

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

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/17/2011 9:27PM

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

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MOMOF6BOYS 1/17/2011 9:06PM

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

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

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

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