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”.

Top 10 Safety Tips For Running Outdoors!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!!  Today I’m sharing tips on how to stay safe while running outdoors.  I’ve been running outdoors now for over 2 years and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!  I LOVE the fresh air. I LOVE the sunshine.  I LOVE the scenery changing.  I LOVE being outside with the seasons changes.  I LOVE waving to people and seeing the neighborhood dogs. I LOVE seeing the flowers and trees blooming.  I LOVE early morning sunrise Summer runs.  I LOVE the falling leaves in the Fall. I LOVE crunching in fresh fallen snow.  However I know that with running outdoors can cause some fear in some people. Especially when just getting started.  That’s why I am sharing with y’all what I’ve experienced, so that you can shake off that fear.  When you have planned ahead & are aware then, you can lace up & getting going!!!

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I’ve heard people talk about being fearful to go out for a walk, run or ride by themselves.  It saddens me when I hear of anyone being controlled or held back by fear.  I totally believe that we should use wisdom like I shared in the video and probably not go running in the woods alone.  However I do think sometimes people don’t even realized they are being held back by fear and worry.  It make me think of in Proverbs where it talks about

“The sluggard says, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” 22:13

“The lazy person claims “There’s a lion on the road! Yes I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 26:13

So many times people can waste time worrying about things that will never happen.  Sometimes people like to find their excuse and then they feel better about staying the same.  When people think of the worst case scenario and allow that to be their reason for not making a positive change then, they are living in fear.  They are believing the lies of fear, rather than believing what God says.  2 Timothy 1:7 God tells us that He hasn’t given us a Spirit of fear but He gives us Power, Love and Self-Discipline!!!  I choose to believe and live in Power, Love and Self-Discipline!!! SuperStarrs I  pray that you want it too.  I believe if you are still reading then you do want it too!!! It’s up to YOU to go get it!!!

SuperStarrs, do you walk, run or ride outdoors alone???

If so, do you have any tips that you can share with the class???

What fears have been holding you back from taken your workouts outdoors???

How are you gonna live in Power, Love and Self-Discipline???

Be Patient & Make Healthy Choice while you are In The Weighting!!!

CrAzY With A Purpose!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, have you ever felt SUPER EXCITED about something and so you start to share it with someone hoping they will be just as stoked as you.  Instead you end up disappointed because not only are they not excited, but they look at you like you are CrAzY!!!  They not only are not excited. They don’t care at all!!!  I have experienced this a few times.  I know how disappointing it can be and the possibility of their words trying to talk you out of your dream.  That is why I knew I needed to share with y’all that it’s all good if people think you are CrAzY.  In fact I LOVE it now!!! Let me explain more.

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People with no passion will NEVER be able to get it.  To them they feel it’s obsessive.  They may even call you a fanatic or excessive about your exercising or commitment to eating healthy.  To someone who doesn’t care or has no interest, any amount seems too much or obsessive.  So they don’t see passion, they see obsessive.  Like I said I LOVE it now when people look at me like I’m CrAzY!!!  It reminds me that what I am doing and have already accomplished isn’t easy!!!  It’s been God, hard work & dedication, that has helped me run my 7 Half Marathon Races. Also, because I know that God has Super Cool things for me, when I listen & obey.  I know that I am CrAzY, but I’m CrAzY with a purpose!!!  I know this now, however when I first started on my In The Weighting Journey a few times I started to allow the dream killers words to make me question.  To start to question,

IF this could really happen???

WHY would God ever choose to help me???

WHAT would I have to give up???

WOULD it really be worth all the hard work it’d take to get there???

WHAT if I failed again???

The problem with all of the questions I had was each one was full of self doubt.  I quickly realized.  Was I gonna believe them or believe God???  I choose to fill my mind with life giving thoughts.  Thoughts of,

What would I look like when I got there???

How much more energy could I have after losing all this extra weight???

If God has helped other people achieve their dreams & goal, Why not me???

What it would feel like to receive my bling after running my 1st Half Marathon???

How would it feel to shop at those store again???

Who could I help encourage & pass hope to???

What a world of possibilities could I open up for myself, if I didn’t have all this extra weight???

How many different adventures could God take me on, if I’d just Trust & Believe Him???

I decided I wanted to Trust & Believe God.  Because He has promised me & you, that ALL things are possible with Him!!!  Jesus said, “What is impossible with man IS possible with God!!!” Luke 18:27  As I encountered different times of people saying things or simply looking at me like I’m CrAzY.  I quickly realized that if I allowed myself to meditate on their words, I could easily become discouraged, which could lead to me giving up.  I decided that it doesn’t matter what others think of me, I only care what God thinks of me!!!

I made a video called Choose Life, where I talked about choosing life when making food choices but, SuperStarrs we can choose life in our thoughts too.  We can choose to meditate on God’s Word, His Promises, and thoughts that give us peace, joy, & hope.

Remember SuperStarrs, that not everyone is gonna be stoked for you, but know that God always is!!!  He is cheering for you to do great!!! He is excited for all the good things He has for your future.  He declares, “For I know the plans I have for you.  They are plans for good, not harm, to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11  Know that I am also praying & cheering for you!!!  Surround yourself with as much love as you can!!!  Has there been a time in your past when God was there you for???  I’m talking like a healing, miracle, answered prayer or just a time you got a God wink.  You had a need, you ask God for help & you were taken care of.  Remember those times and use it to think about whenever you feel doubt or discouragement start to creep in.  Kill it then.  Say to yourself,

“God helped me before, He will do it again.”

“God’s helping me. I’m not doing this alone.”

“God has promised me a good future, so I’m working hard to get it!!!”

Kill those negative thoughts & doubts before they have a chance to kill your dream!!!  Replace them with God’s promises & dream about the AWESOME future God has for you!!!

SuperStarrs, have you ever had someone question your passion by calling you obsessive, fanatic or excessive???

How will you handle it the next time it happens???

What are you passionate about???

Are you putting Faith into Action???

Be Patient & make Healthy Choices while you are “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“!!!

It’s A Wonderful Life!!!

SuperStarrs, it Really is A Wonderful Life!!!  I think we all have days when we need reminded of all that we have to be Thankful!!!  In today’s video I’m sharing all of that and so much more.  It’s A Wonderful Life is one of my Favorite Holiday movies but it’s not just a Christmas Movie.  It’s so much more!!! Watch & Listen.

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Watching Jimmy Stewart in this movie reminds me so much of my Grandpa, Darrell Hawkins. He was tall, slender, handsome and dressed like Classic Hollywood Actor.  Grandpa always wore slacks, nice sweaters & hats.  He had a cool collection of hats!!! And I’m not talking about the beanies & stocking caps guys wear now because they are to lazy to comb their hair. Grandpa did always had a comb in his back pocket to fix his hair whenever he got caught in a wind storm.  However its not just about his appearance and the memories of watching this movie with him.  It’s more about the story of a man trying to do the right thing but somehow there’s always some new obstacle to overcome.  My Grandpa might not have had a lot of worldly riches but he did have the most important!!! He was rich in his Faith, Hope & Love!!!  He loved Jesus & his Family!!! My 1st memories of my Grandpa is driving me to Sunday School in the church bus.  He shared God’s love for everyone, with everyone, everywhere he went.  In fact it was just this Summer that I found out, he was written up a few times at work for sharing Jesus & praying with others at work.  He often left reading material in the men’s bathroom. This happened so frequently that the company encouraged him to retire early!!! I LOVE IT!!!  I just wonder how many guys were encouraged or learned for the 1st time of God’s love for them while reading during their bathroom break???  My Grandpa is now with Jesus, so he knows and I will be patient “In The Weighting” until I get there, to find out.  My Grandpa raised 7 boys… yes you read that right SEVEN BOYS!!!  My Grandparents tried & tried to have a girl, seven boys later decided it wasn’t happening for them but, then I was the 1st born Grandchild!!! 🙂  However that’s another story for another time.  My point is that My Grandpa’s Children carry on the Hawkins legacy & name.  In fact at our Hawkins Reunion every year, we make up over 2/3 of the people that attend.  If ever we all decided to stop going they’d only have a handful of people there.  I am the oldest of 18 Grandkids, there’s currently 18 Great Grandkids and another one on the way due in March.  Grandpa was the youngest of 6 in his family so he did come from a big family. He just really lived out the “be fruitful & multiply” verse found in Genesis 1:28.

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My Grandpa Darrell Hawkins on the left Jimmy Stewart on the right.

My point is My Grandpa was Awesome & I AM SO THANKFUL FOR MY HAWKINS FAMILY!!! We are not perfect & we have had our share of drama throughout the years. As with ALL families.  You can’t do life with this many people and not have had it!!!  We have all made a lot of great memories along the way.  We all live our own lives & do our own adventures but we also make time a few times a year, to get together to make more memories!!! We always know that we have each others back!!!  I know that is such a Blessing because not every family has what we Hawkins have!!! (Yes I know I’m a SuperStarr now but I’ll always be a Hawkins!!!)  Ya see what some people have and take for granted, others are praying for!!!

Even if you don’t like the house you live in, someone is praying for one.

Your job really sucks somedays, someone is praying to get hired where you work.

You son or daughter is being high maintenance this season, someone is praying to become a parent.

You’ve been frustrated with your spouse lately, someone single is praying to find their future spouse.

So SuperStarrs, we all have something to Thank God for.  Even if we are not where we want to be or have what we want, we can still be rich in Faith, Hope & Love!!!  It’s up to us everyday to continue choosing them!!!  We choose how rich in them we want to be.  No one is in control of our thinking or actions but us!!! No matter how others treat us, we can choose Faith, Hope & Love in Jesus!!!  The Greatest of these is Love!!! Love God, others & ourselves!!! When we keep it simple then, we can really see It IS A Wonderful Life!!!

SuperStarrs, I really want you to know that You matter & God’s got Great plans for YOU!!! There will never be another You!!! My Husband has identical twin. Even though they both look & act alike, they are both two totally different people. God is using both of them for different purposes that they can only do!!!  Bob builds & fixes with his hands.  Bernie plays drums & helps lead worship for his church.  Bernie can’t build a house & Bob can’t play the drums.  They are both irreplaceable for their purpose.  You can not be replaced!!! It’s so important for you to know this truth!!!  If you have believed a lie, then replace it with this Truth.  You are Loved & Irreplaceable!!! Having a healthy mind will help you to be successful on your journey.  Our thoughts become our actions. Our actions become our habits. Having healthy habits lead to having a healthy mind & body.  That’s the end goal!!!

Who are you Thankful for???

How is Your Life Wonderful???

What are you gonna start doing to choose Faith, Hope & Love daily???

Remember You are a SuperStarr!!!

Be Patient & Make Healthy Choices while You are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

Happy New Year’s SuperStarrs!!!

Today is New Year’s Eve and in just a few hours we will be in 2018!!!  A New Year brings fresh start and new Hopes & Dreams for the New Year!!!  That’s why we celebrate because no matter how horrible the year before was, we have Hope for the New Year!!!  That’s why everyone makes resolutions and dream of how we are gonna make it the Best Year yet.  In today’s video I’m sharing my 5 tips of making lasting New Year’s Resolutions!!!

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I also want to say

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

SUPERSTARRS, for following me on this Journey of “In The Weighting“!!!

Tonight is my 1 year Anniversary of me sharing my “In The Weighting” Journey!!! As I look back on this year of 2017 I am AMAZED at all the God has done!!! My goal was to run another 3 Half Marathons and I ran 4!!!  My goal was to have at least 50 videos on my YouTube Channel, I have 62!!! My goal was to have 100 followers on Instagram, I have over 200!!! God is so AWESOME!!!  As I continue to Dream, He continues to show me More!!!  So I will continue to Dream Big for 2018!!!  Won’t you join me???

Happy New Year’s SuperStarrs!!!

What goals are you making???

How are you gonna do them???

When are you gonna start???

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve???

CHEERS, to a SUPER COOL 2018 SuperStarrs!!!

Remember You are a SuperStarr!!! God made You to shine bright in the dark world!!!

Trust the process & be patient. Do what You can do and God will help you with the rest!!!

Make Healthy Choices while You are “In The Weighting“!!!

My 7th Half Marathon!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!! Today I am sharing all about My 7th Half Marathon!!!  I’m still Amazed that I can say that I’ve ran SEVEN Half Marathons!!!  GOD IS SUPER GREAT!!! Watch the video to hear all about my Loiusville, Kentucky Half Marathon Race, that I ran Sunday, November 12th, 2017.

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I can not say it enough that if you can Dream It, YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!!!  God has placed those Dreams inside you for a purpose. Just start!!!  Do what you can do now and you will get stronger.  Then before you know it you will be able to do more. Someday you’ll look back on what seemed impossible once, you are now doing!!!  Or have done it SEVEN times!!!

Start Dreaming & Don’t Stop Believing!!!

What can you start doing today???

How can YOU change YOUR future???

Remember God Loves YOU and YOU ARE A SUPERSTARR!!!

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