A realization from the blind side

January 26th, 2013

I had a realization today that honestly sort hit me on the blind side. That realization was this:

“we really are an obese nation”

Ok, I knew that. But for some reason it hit me today, of all places at Walmart. Standing in line to check out I looked around and just sort of got sad for a moment. 4 of every 5 people were obese.

I know it’s a very personal journey, it’s a very personal decision that every person must make or not in their own time. I also know that sometimes people have to hit rock bottom before that decision is made. But dang it, it’s still upsetting to me!!!

I just want to help people know that they can take their life back. There is no reason to suffer from obesity. I say suffer because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. It is a suffering that is completely reversible.

Then there is the other side of this equation, have we simply become so desensitized to obesity? Are we so used to this life style that we are numb to it and just get bigger? Have we really given up on our own health and our ability to change?

What about the example we are setting for our children? Does that not matter anymore? We should not be a “do as I say, not as I do” society. As a parent, my single most important role is setting the best example possible. That example encompasses everything in my life. Work ethic, they way I treat other people, the way I care for “stuff”, everything I do….or don’t do is an example to my family!

Research shows that obesity (and related diseases) kill more people every year than malnutrition does. Over 30,000 people will die this year because of obesity and related disease. STOP the madness. This is so unnecessary!!

It’s way past time for us to step up to the plate and make changes. It’s time to make lasting changes to our own health care plan. The kind of health care plan that we control ourselves. The plan where we control what food goes in our bodies. The kind of plan where we control the exercise and activity in our lives.

Your children deserve the best example possible
Your spouse deserves the best YOU possible
You deserve the best YOU possible!

If a tragic accident happened in your home, could you defend your family? If you had to physically help a family member who was injured, could you?

What if you learned to cook healthy meals? What if we stopped visiting McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants? How about a walk a day, what kind of positive energy would that generate?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? Maybe it’s time we be really really honest with ourselves!

We must end this trend!

Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Letter to my Evil Twin

Dear Evil Twin,

I’m writing this letter because I have a few things that I need to say to you.  Please understand that I call you my evil twin with all due respect. As a reference, I am including a picture so there is no confusion as to who I am talking to.

I wanted to write and finally tell you THANK YOU. I feel like I owe you that for teaching me so many things about myself.

First and foremost, I want to thank you for teaching me that I have the ability to change. I really didn’t think I could for a long time. So many times I settled for the way things were. I now realize that I do have the power to change. I did not have to settle for life as I had come to know it. I did not have to settle for the life I was leading for myself or my family. It was a difficult lesson that took me awhile to learn, but I did learn it and I credit you for that.

Because I learned that I can change, I also learned that I must live my life with intention. Most of the time when I lived in your body, I wasn’t intentional at all.  You see, when I lived inside your body, the only things I did by intention were eat and sleep, usually in that order. I didn’t pay any attention to what I was eating, how much I was eating or even when I was eating, for that matter. I’ve learned a great deal about being intentional with everything I do, because I’ve also learned that everything I do matters.

Thank you for the lesson that everything I do matters and that everything I do counts. This was a great life lesson that I needed to learn. There are people watching my every move. These people may be co-workers, family, friends, but the most important eyes that are watching are those that belong to my daughters. I now know that everything I do matters to them. They are taking in everything around them. They are learning from the habits that I follow today. These are healthy habits for the most part and I owe that to you, my evil twin, for teaching me that lesson.

Another great lesson I’ve learned is about my relationship with food. I never viewed food as a fuel for my body before.  I now know so much more about what I put in my body and I owe that to you as well.  Food is now my fuel and I pay attention to everything I put in my mouth. I still enjoy what I eat, and even indulge from time to time. It is my mindset that is different now. I’ve also learned that, as a once extremely picky eater, I can be reformed.  I’ve tried more fruits, vegetables, and other foods in the last two years than I would have ever imagined.

I’ve learned what real endorphins are and I’m in love with them. As a runner, I can honestly say I’ve had that 100% natural high of the endorphin rush. That has to be one of the greatest natural feelings on the planet.  You have also helped me find my real passion.  I have the honor and privilege of helping others achieve their own goals with health and wellness.  This is a passion I would not have known had it not been for you, my evil twin, and for that I must say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

I truly embrace the lessons that you have taught me. I will forever be grateful to you, my evil twin. However, I don’t want you to be offended when I say you are no longer welcome in my life. I mean, you will always be a part of my life.  I can’t change that fact.  What I really mean to say is that I don’t care to ‘see’ you again.  You were my life for too long; I know that now. And I’ve changed, a lot.

Sincerely,
Jerome

PS – a quick note to my current and future self – I commit to maintaining this healthy lifestyle for my family, my friends and most of all, myself.

Sometimes life throws curve balls

Tuesday Jan. 22nd, 2013

I get asked all the time why I get up at 4am to workout.

TODAY is a perfect example of WHY I get up at 4am to workout.  I always say that workout out / my fitness is PART of WHO I am, not something ‘extra’ I do.   Getting up at 4am make that happen very clearly, oh the dedication that takes.  I have a family, sometimes things happen that force schedule changes, IF I get up early and get the workout done, nothing can get in the way of that.

Case and point – this evening my youngest daughter reminded us that she had to be at her school at 7pm.  WHAT, it was 5:45 at the time, my wife and both daughters were about 30 minutes from home at the time.  In the mean time, my oldest daughter had to be at our church at 6:30pm to volunteer at an event.  They leave for the 45 minute drive to the church. I hurry home and cook, yes, actually COOK my youngest daughter something to eat.  I met my wife and youngest on the side of the road, changed cars and off we went to the school, that was about 6:45.  We made it to the school on time and she got to read her I have a dream speech.

Talk about a few curve balls thrown into the mix at the last-minute?!?!  SHEESH.

This is one case when I’m so thankful that my wife and I are up and in the home gym by 4:40ish for our daily workouts!

 

2012 Running Stats

2012 final stats…..the races are from memory, there were probably more.

Count: 164 Activities
Distance: 964.40 mi
Time: 149:49:28 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 14,080 ft
Avg Speed: 6.4 mph
Avg HR: 155 bpm
Avg Run Cadence: 82 spm
Calories: 119,378 C
Avg Distance: 5.88 mi

I lost my thumb drive that had my race schedule, pictures and my life on it..  😦 …..but I think there were
1 full marathon
5 half marathons
2 – 15k’s
4 – 10ks
1 – 4 miler
1 – 5 miler
1 – 223 miler (ok, this was the Capital to Coast relay, lol)

TODAY IS THAT DAY!

I wrote this a year ago….but it’s still VERY relevant today!

THIS is a very special day!
There has been much discussion about this day and we weren’t sure it would ever get here.  However, I’ve checked and I’ve double-checked the calendar and TODAY is THAT DAY!  Oh sure, there will be some who aren’t as happy about this day as others.  I mean, if we really mean what we have said at different times, today should be an incredible day.  Today could quite possibly go down as THE highest productivity day ever in the history of the world. If this doesn’t excite you, I’m not sure what will!  Your life or the life of a loved one could very well be changed FOREVER, just because today happened.
Not only is this January 1, 2013, today is SOMEDAY!
I know, I know, you NEVER thought this day would get here did you?  SOMEDAY finally arrived.  You know what day I’m talking about, right?  SOMEDAY is THAT DAY!  You know you’ve said something like this in the past:    
I’ll get healthy someday I’ll stop eating junk food someday I’ll take better care of myself someday Someday I’m going to go for a walk Someday I might try running Someday maybe I’ll stop smoking Someday we’ll go to the park and play I’ll get serious about my diet someday
These are clearly just a few examples of things that could have been said about SOMEDAY.  The list could and probably does go on and on and on.  SOMEDAY, the word, could also be replaced with “MONDAY” or “ONE DAY” or maybe even “when hell freezes over.”  That’s right friends, TODAY is an incredible opportunity for you, a loved one, a friend, because SOMEBODY in your life will have their life changed forever.
Today is that day we get to own up to all those times we have said it in the past, right?!  I’m not talking about a New Year’s resolution sort of “own up to it.”  I’m talking about a life change.  This is about seriously owning up to this whole SOMEDAY mantra some of us have lived by for too long. 
This is the time to take COURAGE and own up to SOMEDAY.  Take time to own up to MONDAY or whatever day you called it.  It’s HERE, the TIME IS NOW.  You want to live a long life for your family, right?  You want to see your children grow old.  You want to keep up with the grandchildren, spoil them rotten and send them home, right?  Did you realize that you have to own up to SOMEDAY and take care of your health if ANY of that is going to happen?
You can do this!  You can take your health back!  You can make the little changes necessary to live a very long fulfilling life.  It’s not too late!  I’m willing to help you. I want to help you, because my “someday” came two years ago.  Over the next four weeks, I would love to share with you the steps that I took to regain my health.  These steps are very simple.  This is going to be so awesome!   I look forward to meeting with you here each week to help your SOMEDAY into EVERYDAY!
Ask for help!!!