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2 year Spark Anniversary

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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

  Great post. emoticon

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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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IFFUR77 12/31/2011 7:25AM

    emoticon job!!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/31/2011 4:05AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on all of your accomplishments!

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THEIS58 12/31/2011 4:01AM

    Great post. emoticon

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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

    emoticon Happy 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.

Tony

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 12/28/2011 7:37PM

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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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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/28/2011 4:20PM

    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~ emoticon BB~ 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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EUPHRATES 12/28/2011 7:26AM

    Huzzah!!
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