My 9th Half Marathon

Hey there SuperStarrs, it’s Super Cool that I’m able to chat about My 9th Half Marathon!!! It’s hard to really tell ya the spiritual feeling I had holding my guitar bling, looking at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Pyramid & realizing, what was once a Dream & Desire, just happened!!! This trip was so full of Awesomeness that I can’t possibly write about it all in one post. It started with me picking up my race packet as soon as we got to Cleveland, Ohio.

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The Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio

While there I found a cool coffee shop called Rising Star Coffee Roasters. Of Course I love coffee & being a Starr I had to check it out, even though I already had Starbucks in hand. LOL!!!

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Inside Entrance 

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Coffee Break

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SuperStarr Coffee

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Outside Entrance 

Then we headed to check out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & meet up with my friend Cristy & her family!!!  I will make a future post with more from that visit because it’s gotta have it’s own. Such a cool place that every music lover should check out!!!

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Cristy & I With Our Munchkins!!!

We spent the entire day there before parting ways so they could head home & I could sleep. The next morning was the Half Marathon Race.  Now here’s some videos of this Amazing race!!!

 

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Start

 

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Finish

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Getting My Bling!!!

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Deborah Busy Bee!!!

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My Feet Hurt From Kicking My Own Butt!!!

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My 9th Half Marathon

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Miguel My Running Buddy This Race.

On the way home from the race we had to make a stop at A Christmas Story House . For years growing up I’ve spent every Christmas Eve watching this classic movie.  So when planning the trip to Cleveland, Ohio I knew this was a must stop.  It was AMAZING & the kids had so much fun.  I will post more of our visit on a later time closer to Christmas. Here is a few pics for now.

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Ralphie’s Red Ryder Rifle!!!

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A Major Award!!! Actually I’m Wearing Mine Around My Neck!!!

After having fun at the house we the headed home but stopped on the way to have dinner & ice cream @ Ducky’s Snowballs with Cristy & her family.

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Cristy & I

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Our Boys, Ethan & Kaleb w/ Melody!!!

It’s so Great that our kids get along so well & they never want to leave. So that was our time in Cleveland & we all agree that CLEVELAND ROCKS!!! 🙂

It’s AMAZING that my next race is gonna take me into double digits!!!  I will forever be able to say that I’ve ran 10 Half Marathons in 7 states in 3 years time!!!  And to think back that it all started with a Dream to finish just one.  God is so AMAZING!!!  Seriously SuperStarrs if He can take me from sitting on the couch doing movie marathons to running 9 half marathons, He can do anything for anyone who dares to dream!!!  I believe that the dreams inside us is there because He put them there!!!  So whatever you got stirring in you, start now going for it.  It’s Your life.  Believe in Your Dreams!!!  Ask God for help & put your faith in Him!!!

SuperStarrs What’s Your Dream???

What are ya doing to make it a reality???

Make Healthy Choices & Be Patience “In The Weighting”.

You Can Ask

SuperStarrs, I want you to know that, You Can Ask God for whatever you are dreaming of!!!  Maybe you have Never heard that before and think it sounds selfish.  Maybe you have but you are just not asking.  In today’s video I am sharing all about asking and to keep asking!!!  This video is proof that God answers us if we take it to Him, ask and work towards what we are dreaming.  Us working towards it, is us showing Him our faith that we believe that He will help us to achieve it.   Whatever “It” is.

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God Loves You More than you could ever love yourself!!!  He wants you to do Great things. He wants you to have Peace, Love, Joy, & Success.  As I am putting this post all together I am being reminded of this truth!!! This video was recorded in July of this past Summer & as I was watching & editing it I realized that I am looking at the face of the old me. Even though it was just a few months ago I can totally see in my face that God is still moving me towards my end goal.  Step by Step, pound by pound. So incase you were watching this video & wondering if I have gained weight back, NO. I just had others that I wanted to share before posting this message.  However the Super Cool thing is that sometimes we can think that the progress we have made isn’t really making a difference. Then you see yourself in a video or picture & realize that progress is happening!!! I’m here to tell ya every bit is still progress & it IS making a difference.  Not just in your life but, in every person that is watching you!!!  Just the other day as I was going thru the Starbucks drive-thru, the baristas, two of them said “Girl you are shrinking so small. Your face is so different.”.  Of course it TOTALLY brighten my day, in fact today I’m still talking about it!!! 🙂  My point is that they see me every time I treat myself to delicious Starbucks. Which might be pretty frequent. 😉  They can tell that God is doing an Amazing Healing in me.  Another Super Cool experience of this happening was last year at Joyce Meyer Love Life Conference.  I’ll never forget talking with a couple ladies before a session & when they asked me my age.  I told them & they both responded with “Wow I though you were in your 20’s!!!”  That felt so Amazingly Super Cool!!! Especially since I’m 37 & getting closer to 40 than my 30’s. You can’t buy anything anti-aging like that!!!  An added bonus of losing weight slow & controlled is your skin has time to tighten up while it’s healing.  God used the healing of my skin to be able to show these ladies the benefits of drinking water, sleeping & eating from God’s garden.  That it’s not just weight loss, there is so much more to be able to enjoy on this journey!!! I was able to share with them my website & social media accounts so that they could continue hearing me share my story of healing.  While they all are watching this Determined Debbie do this Amazing transformation it opens the door for them to ask me how & what I am doing.  That’s when I am able to share Jesus with them.  Because I can’t share my story without sharing Jesus.  He Is my story!!!  My pray & hope is that they will be inspired of what God can do for them!!!  What God has done for me He can & wants to do for them too!!!  And for YOU!!!  Just start asking & He will lead & guide you where He wants to take you.  Who would of thought that God could use someone losing weight & getting healthy to share His message of Healing & Hope.  He did!!!

SuperStarrs Remember Matthew 7:7-12 Keep Asking, Keep Seeking, Keep Knocking!!!

What have you been wanting to ask God for???

When are you gonna start asking???

Who will be effected or inspired from watching you on your “In The Weighting” Journey???

SuperStarrs, what are you waiting for???

Ask, Seek & Knock.  God is waiting & listening.  Just ask!!!

Be patient & make healthy choices while you are “In The Weighting“!!!

Two Things You’ve Gotta Have!!!

SuperStarrs, I pray that y’all are having a Super Cool Summer!!!  Or at least being able to stay cool.  It’s been very HOT here in Illinois but it’s not stopping us from getting outside while we can.  I really want to share with y’all two things ya gotta have to have long term success.  Remember  your time “In The Weighting” is a Journey.  Not a quick fix, so that’s why I really wanted to share this message with y’all today.

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Proverbs 25:28 tells us having self control helps you keep Your protective “City Wall” up. That wall is there for protection, just like our self control helps to protect us.  If ever I have ate too much junk then I’ve had a Food Hangover.  Some of ya know what I’m talking about.  You are feeling uncomfortable, sometimes miserable from your food baby kicking in your belly.  Heartburn wakes you up and interrupts your sleep.  In the morning you regret overindulging the night before and maybe even make a empty promise to yourself to never eat or drink that much ever again.  That’s what happens when you eat too much Honey!!!  Thank God I have become wiser and don’t have hangovers any more. From Food or Drink.  I finally made good on my promise to myself, to not allow myself to overdo it. That’s Self Control!!!  There really can be too much of a good thing!!!

Endurance is powering thru difficult or unpleasant times. In The Weighting you will have unpleasant times.  It’s up to you to decided if you are gonna keep going and be productive, or give up and stay the same without any change.  You Decided!!!

SuperStarrs how are you gonna strengthen your Self Control???

What are you gonna do to keep your focussed and be able to Endure???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

My Life Verse

This is it!!!

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SuperStarrs I am so excited to share my story with you about my life verse.  I hope it encourages you wherever you are today and gets you Dreaming about Your Tomorrows!!!

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It’s Super Cool to be able to share this story with you while Bob and I are celebrating 12 years of marriage!!!

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GOD IS SO GREAT!!! He never leaves us and is with us throughout all the storms of life.  He has Great things planned for us, even when we don’t feel like He does or can’t understand what’s going on.  Trust God and Believe that you have Amazing things coming to you.  Things Bigger than we can Dream for ourselves!!!

SuperStarrs, Do you have a Life Verse???

If so, Please share with us!!!

What new promises have you discovered in the Word???

Do you remember a time when you were going through a storm and God brought you good out of the situation??? Trust that He WILL do it again!!!

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

Sparkle

This Last weekend I was so Blessed to be able to share with all my SuperStarrs at Sparkle, The Ladies Conference at RockChurch in East Peoria, IL.  RockChurch is our Home Church, where Bob and I met, and where we are raising our SuperStarrs in church!!! Our kids have been dedicated and Ethan baptized here. In fact years ago when I graduated High School and had no clue what I was gonna do with my life, it was the same day RockChurch was started. May 31st 1998. Only God knew that a few years later I’d be looking for Church, the same time they’d be looking for Hair and Make-up Artist for a T.V. Show they were taping called KDOT.  My first visit was in 2001 and it’s been my home ever since.  Friends have now become Family and our kids are doing life together.  So you can understand how Super Cool it was to be able to share at RockChurch!!! Added Bonus was to be able to do the Conference with SuperStarrs, Maureen Gray and Annette Tate.  Chuck and Annette Tate are the Pastors of RockChurch and Chuck Tate is the author of 41 Will Come.  We had such fun weekend together that went by so fast!!!

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Annette Tate, Maureen Gray, & Me!!!

For those of you who were not able to make it, You are in luck because we recorded it!!!  The full Sparkle Conference will be available on RockChurch’s website http://www.rcpeoria.org and the RockChurch app, that’s free and available thru your app stores on your mobile devices.  Here is my session SuperStarrs.  Enjoy, comment, like and share away!!!  More people need to know how AMAZING JESUS IS!!!

 

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Ya’ll know my Bestie Michelle!!!

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SuperStarrs Jessica, Me & Michelle!!! 

SuperStarrs What are you rooted in???

Do you need to change the soil and uproot where you are planted???

What changes are you going to make in order to be able to maintain your garden so that you can be as fruitful as possible???

Do you have a Church that you are rooted in and call your Home Church???

If you live in Central Illinois area, I want to invite you to come be a part of My Church Family!!!

SuperStarrs, make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

Feed Yourself the Good Stuff!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!! Today I’m chatting with you on the importance of feeding yourself the “Good Stuff”.  Watch the video below to where I share with you my thoughts on the “Good Stuff” and some tips that help me to keep feeding myself the “Good Stuff”.

 

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When I get home from the store and unpack everything, I put the veggies and fruit into the sink to rinse before putting them away.  Except berries.  We don’t rinse them until we are ready to eat them. If they sit in the fridge with any extra moisture, they will get fuzzy pretty quick.  I fill the sink full of clean water and about a half to a cup full of vinegar. I let them sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing them off.  Make sure they are good and dry before putting them away.  I let them air dry on a Kitchen towel or hand dry them if I’m in a hurry.

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Baked Eggs

I find it’s so much easier to bake eggs rather than boil them.  Here’s how I do it.

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place eggs in a muffin tin.
  3. Put them in oven to bake for 30 mins.

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4. Take eggs from oven and place in an ice bath for 10 mins. ( I just fill one side of the                 sink up with water to cover eggs and add ice.)

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5. Done.  Enjoy your eggs or stick them in fridge until you are ready to eat them.  They               will have a small brown spot from sitting in the muffing tin. It’s all good, just eat it               or cut it off when you peel them.

Feeding Your Spirit 

I LOVE this scripture so much that I had My Amazing Talented Husband put it into the Design when He redid our Kitchen.  I wanted everyone who came into our home and ate in our Kitchen to know that “The Lord Is Good” and to know that is why we are Blessed!!!  I want them to accept the invitation that Jesus offers to them.  I pray that their life will be changed and Blessed because of their relationship with Jesus!!!

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This is My Husbands Brilliance of creating this glass art piece above our pantry. He is just so Creative and Talented!!!  One of the many reasons I Married him!!!

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What can you do to help feed yourself the “Good Stuff”???

What changes are you going to make to help yourself to eat your veggies???

Is there a veggie you are gonna give another try???

When in your day are you going to feed yourself with the Truth found in God’s Word???

Are you going to start your day, have an afternoon pick up, or end your day in the Word???

Some days can you do all three???

Remember that every time you make a Healthy Choice you are Loving Yourself!!!

Continue making Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

Life Interruptions

By now you are getting into a workout routine, drinking more water and eating healthier and then a Life Interruption happens.  Instead of getting bummed out and discouraged, refocus and use this time to get other things done.  This video I share 5 things YOU CAN DO even if you can’t get your normal workout in.
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1) Do what YOU CAN DO!!!  If you really want to make a change, you will find a way to keep going!!!
2) Take This Time to Work on Projects or Meal Prep.  Most of us have projects we can work on. Organizing the closets, Decluttering the Kitchen or Bathroom cabinets, or shredding the paper clutter.  Not only will we feel great about getting stuff done but it will help make our environment more peaceful.  The kids can help too.  You can get them in the car, drive to the car wash, have them help clean up their mess and then drive them to finally cash in the free slushes or ice cream coupons they’ve gotten from school.  Added Bonus is when they know they are gonna be the ones wiping up the soda syrup from the cup holders.  They start remembering to throw their drinks away instead of leaving them there to leak!!! Your Welcome 😃
3) Use This Time to Research.  Anything that you want to know more information about research it!!!  Even if it something you are just curious about, check it out!!!  At least then you’ll know yah or nah.
4) Enjoy This Time With Your Kids/Family/Self!!!  God gave you a rest day. Enjoy it, don’t waste it fretting about not getting that one workout in. Enjoy today. We are not promised tomorrow!!!
5) Get Your Kids Involved With Your Workout.  One of the many reasons I wanted to get healthy is so I can do things with my kids without getting too tired to continue.  So get out there with them and see if they can keep up with you!!! 😉
So what are you gonna do this weekend or when the next Life Interruptions happens??? Comment below and share with the rest of the SuperStarrs!!!
Thanks SO much to each and everyone of you for watching my Videos, reading my Blog and following me on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and Pinterest!!!  It’s AMAZING being able to share my story with you. I pray you find encouragement, change your life and are able to share your story!!!
Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting” SuperStarrs!!!