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An inspiration, a ministry, and honor!?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yesterday's 5k was harder than I had expected coming off my long run Friday night, it was just plain hot and humid and my legs were not fresh, it was hard to breathe. I finished in 28:22 with a ton of walking! When the race was over, at least for me, I was bummed about my time, I had so wanted to set a new PR, really wanted to get into those 26's, but it just wasn't my day.

While stretching and talking to some friends I had a lady approach me, she told me she had been following me on Facebook and she wanted some running advice...we all offered advice and words of encouragement. She also told me what an inspiration I have been to her with my weight-loss and that she had lost about 60 lbs and was trying to lose another 50 or so. That she did her first 5k in February at 52 minutes and that her time this day at been 34, amazing progress and we all boasted about it!

The night before I had a similar experience and again yesterday evening, ladies coming out of nowhere to tell me what an inspiration I am to them. It brings me to tears even now. I was even awarded a medal at the race: This was such a surprise and such an honor!

I posted a little on facebook about it at: "I don't ask people to sign up for races so that I can get group rate, I ask that you sign up to walk, run or crawl because our health, our well-being is the center of who we are, next to Godliness! This is our only chance, our only vessel, and while I may not or will ever be the perfect example, I am pleased that so many reached out to me today to tell me that I make a difference in their lives! That what I am doing for me makes them want to do better for themselves! God had truly chosen to use me and I am feeling very blessed and humbled!"

In church this morning the pastor called it my ministry and the sermon was all about how when you come to God asking for help He asks you what you have to offer and once you find that He wants you to go out and gather people and that even if all you have to offer is a small thing, he will make it plentiful enough to share. So if all you have is your love, your love with be never ending! If all I have to offer is my journey in weight loss, I can continue to inspire and help people as long as I chose to and He will keep blessing me with this small gift.

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JELLI-LEAN 7/13/2014 7:07PM

    emoticon Love your inspiration! You've come a long way baby!

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ROXYZMOM 7/13/2014 4:02PM

    That is awesome! You should be proud! Way to go!!

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LEROYJL 7/13/2014 2:13PM

  emoticon emoticon & God Bless You !

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Do you have a Godly goal?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

With all of the goals I have set forth on here, to run this many half marathons, this many marathons, reach and maintain this weight, eat more veggies, drink more water, run more, walk more, etc., I just realized I have forgotten to set my Godly goals. I thank God for the motivation which has brought me to a healthy time in my life, for my fitness and healthy weight. I praise God for giving me friends whom challenge me and encourage me to do more, be better and who trust in my ability to complete a challenge even when I have doubts. Friends who never tell me that I CAN'T!

My Godly goals are to better Serve Him, always encourage and never discourage others from at least trying to attain their goals. The best effort is better than no effort at all! (CANT - Considering And Not Trying) The only goal you cannot reach is the one you never try to reach!

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GYPSYGOTH 7/9/2014 10:44AM

    I'm not Christian, but my family crest motto (Scottish) is "Grace Me Guide," and for the past few years I have been trying to embody that goal... to me, grace is an attitude, a state of being, a series of actions... I gave myself goals to work toward it, like "Show love," "Live mindfully,"Nourish creativity," etc., and I started a journal where I discuss my progress. It's been a while since I focused on that, though...

Thanks for the reminder that I should get back to it!

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ROXYZMOM 7/8/2014 10:27PM

    Great point - thanks!

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Rolling hills they said!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Am I the only runner that has a "hill day"? That is the day you train your body to push beyond it's comfort zone, your lungs hurt after, you work muscles everywhere and you are definitely not doing it for fun, but it builds you and makes you stronger and faster and THAT is why you do it!

The first 3 miles of The Biggest Loser Half Marathon were gorgeous, running along the Kanawha River with a nice breeze, great conversation and nice speed. I felt strong and confident, I watched the faster girls of my group move on ahead, but I held my own and I felt like I was conserving energy, if I had known then, what I know now I would have run that part faster, had a I known then what I know now, I would have forced myself to run the last 3 faster, I could have had a PR.

What I didn't know was that right around mile 3 we were going to hit a mountain, not a hill, a mountain, actually a cemetery on a mountain and it was rough stuff!
I thank God I did my hill work, had I not, I may not have been able to do what I did!

When we were coming up that mountain of a cemetery, it was an insane and brutal blow to all the work of 12 weeks, all the walking I had to do kinda hurt my feelings, there were times I wondered why, when The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series was suppose to be encouraging people, why then put such a huge obstacle between us/them and the finish line? Of course now that is is over, now that I am home and rested I appreciate that hill, that mountain, that climb of over 1000 feet of elevation, because it represents my journey and how hard I had to fight to reach the top and get to the finish line and all of the others who are reaching to get somewhere. It was tough! That's ok! I beat that hill, I conquered that mountain and I finished!

However, had I run a little faster in the beginning and had I pushed a little harder in the end and stayed with a girl from my running group instead of watching her get further and further away, I would have had a new PR. With that said, the next flat half, is all mine!! On to Marathon training!!


This is after the hill, I promise! At mile 8 1/2

This was when I was telling my friend Sara about the hill as I ran by her!

The finish! Thank heavens!

My husband calls this my brakes. Don't understand why they stand so close? lol

Can't stop this Biggest Loser, bring on the mountains!

Oh yeah, I went there!

The amazing view!

Everything is better with friends and supporters!

and a little cheese...

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2014 9:04PM

    Great job! Wow, what a course, what a mountain. This Florida girl would cry. I don't even like our races that run down to the lakes and up. You are strong. Congrats.

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BURGUNDYBABE 7/3/2014 10:27AM

    So awesome! Congrats!

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BA5454 6/30/2014 8:31PM

    Great recap and you look fantastic at the 8.5 mile mark! Yipes, what a hill, I'm not sure I wouldn't have been discouraged there. Super congrats on getting the job done and you're positively beaming in the last picture ;-). emoticon emoticon

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GARDENGIRL2013 6/30/2014 9:51AM

    WaHoo!!!! You made it!. You have come much further than 13.1 miles. You've made it through some frustrating and difficult times to do this. Congratulations!

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JELLI-LEAN 6/29/2014 9:06PM

    emoticon good job girl. I am very proud of you. Did you get to meet an former contestants?

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KATHARINA01 6/29/2014 2:59PM

    Congrats on making it through. emoticon

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My shirt for TBL half tomorrow! Look, you'll love it!

Friday, June 27, 2014

My friend and a local race director had it made for me, I am so super excited for tomorrow!! Wish me luck!

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JELLI-LEAN 6/29/2014 12:09AM

    emoticon super cool. Best wishes. I am excited for you!

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KEEP_GOING247 6/27/2014 4:24PM

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LIZZY0223 6/27/2014 2:45PM

    Awesome! Good luck!

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and that's a wrap...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

And that's a wrap: With yet another 12 week 1/2 marathon training program seeing it's final long run, a gorgeous yet humid and deer fly infested (only a couple of miles) 8 mile run with some amazing, strong, determined ladies, the emotions are playing on me me a bit.

The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series has huge meaning for me, some people will walk their first 5k, some run it, some walk or run their first 1/2 marathon, some try for personal records for either. All while inspiring themselves, one another and hopefully bystanders who want to break free from the prison of obesity.

When I began the journey to peel back the layers of obesity, to deal with the emotional eating and binge eating and start working on me, I worked alone, I walked alone, I made the decisions alone, I cried and I fought alone. Even in so much as training for my first half marathon completely alone.

This race/run is so much more to me than how fast I can complete it, it is that I can complete it and not alone, I am surrounded, just like today with others who may or may not have come from the places I have come or overcome the obstacles I have overcome, but who are fighting their own battles and defeating their own challenges! Running is about your inner peace and about camaraderie.

This next week-end will end yet another journey, a challenge in which I have dug deep in the trenches to reach, this has been the toughest of all 3 training experiences. This also opens the door to new challenges and distances and I am ready to fight the good fight, Lord willing I will continue to overcome and remain standing to start again.

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GARDENGIRL2013 6/23/2014 9:04PM

    Great blog Julie!! You've really inspired some people. Look how far you have come since I "met" you on our little Spark Team in 2009! A marathon is a long training commitment for sure!


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DEBBYFROMMT 6/23/2014 3:58PM

    You are so inspirational! Keep going! You are a wonderful person! emoticon

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MBTEPP 6/22/2014 12:51PM

    Trust in your training! Learn strength in your journey! Have a great race! It is a notch in your journey.

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KYLIECAT1 6/22/2014 9:14AM

    This is such a touching blog , you deserve everything you have fought for ! And even though you did it alone by yourself , you may not even have known it then but you were helping people you didnt even know who look up to you ! Your My Hero ! emoticon emoticon

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ROBBIEY 6/21/2014 11:23PM

  emoticon What a journey. emoticon

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