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Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 12th, 2014
I heard something this morning that really hit me square in the mouth.
I've been on my health journey for just over 4 years now and it's been an incredible journey in so many ways. There have been frustrating times along the way, I'm not gonna lie about it, I like to #bereal.
Most of my journey has been VERY driven. When I was in my weight loss phase, every pound I lost was a driving factor. Every single new habit I formed was a driving factor. As I lost more weight and began to run, I was driven to run faster. Then I was driven to run further and further. I've ran 5k's, 10k's, 15k's, 25k's, half marathons, marathons, and I am about to run my first 50k. I continue to challenge myself with new opportunities and new distances. I keep moving forward no matter what.
This journey started because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Because my wife deserved a better husband and my daughters deserved a better father.....and I deserved to be healthy! These are also the same reasons that I keep going, that I keep pushing myself like I do. The support of my family is first and foremost!
This morning as I was listening to my daily dose of personal development I heard something that I wanted to share. EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS!! Every single thing matters, period. It can matter toward either end of the positive or negative scale, but it MATTERS!! It not only matters now, it matters forever and ever. As Andy Andrews would explain, this is the Butterfly Effect.
I've learned that this also relates to me and my journey to better health. I know there are people watching me, there have been since the day I started. I also know that some of them are waiting for me to fail, for me to quit (I hope they donít wear themselves out waiting on me). I also know that there are many more who watch for inspiration. They follow and wonder if they have what it takes to take their own lives back from obesity. They wonder if they really have what it takes to create new habits.

The Ďthingí that smacked me in the mouth today was the simple fact that this is part of the reason I DONíT QUIT! Knowing that there are people watching me, none more important than my wife and daughters means I must keep moving forward. I keep pressing forward to a better me, not just physically, but a better me all the way around.
You see, the thing that Iíve finally accepted is that every single person who follows me, drives me. Every single person who has ever;
asked for help
shared their struggle with me
asked me to help a family member
asked for help with a training program
told me in private they admire my accomplishments
told me they were proud of me
called me an athlete
worked out with me
continues to come back for help over and over

ÖÖthey drive me to stay with the fight because, if I quit....everyone behind me, everyone that Iíve inspired, everyone that Iíve helped....THEY have a reason to quit too, and THAT is 100% unacceptable!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SEAJESS 8/15/2015 12:01AM

    emoticon I needed to hear this. Thanks for saying it so well.

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SOPHIEZ 8/8/2015 3:04AM

    It is true for me...... I leave I come back and you are always here doing better. You make me believe

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PDQ1203 2/17/2014 9:12AM


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JANETRIS 2/14/2014 4:15PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks Jman!

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MEXGAL1 2/14/2014 10:05AM

    Good for you. Thanks for sharing.
Happy Valentine's Day

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MSANITAL 2/14/2014 9:49AM

    Just what I needed to read .. and thank you for not quitting, because you have inspired so many people including my self.. that if it was not for you I would not be where I am today.. Well said.. well said..

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RASPBERRY56 2/14/2014 2:54AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/14/2014 2:23AM

    " . . . if I quit....everyone behind me, everyone that Iíve inspired, everyone that Iíve helped....THEY have a reason to quit too, and THAT is 100% unacceptable! "


What a powerful motivational statement! And it's one I need. Right. Now.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/14/2014 12:13AM

    Nice blog.

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CHUBRUB3 2/14/2014 12:11AM

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No Quitting!

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TAYGRL 2/13/2014 7:43PM

    Two words--loved.this.
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POSITIVE41 2/13/2014 7:24PM

    Wow - a 50K! That's great - we never know when or how we inspire others. And you are right - our kids are always watching everything we do. Best of luck with your run!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/13/2014 5:29PM


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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/13/2014 4:28PM

    The last paragraph hits it home! Keep going Jerome!

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NOTGVGUP83 2/13/2014 4:09PM

    you're right everything matters even when you think it doesn't. good food for thought! great work best of luck on the 50k! you rock =)

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ANDREA0301 2/13/2014 4:07PM

    You are an inspiration to many! Keep up the great work!

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VICKYMARIEC 2/13/2014 4:02PM

    Best of luck on the 50k at Cowtown! The weather should be warm...maybe a little drizzle, but so what! I've followed you for a long time and you have always amazed me!

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