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“!!!

2 Lacing Tips For Runners!!!

Hello SuperStarrs, I’m excited to share with you 2 Lacing tips for your Running shoes!!!  Both of them were very helpful to me & so I’m passing on the knowledge to y’all.  Watch the video below to hear them & I’ll show you how to do them both.

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So now that you know the Runners’ Lock you can lace up and get going 🙂  Whether you are a runner or walker it’s a helpful tip.  As the days are getting warmer & lighter it’s a reminder that Spring will be here soon!!! Spring & Fall weather is some of my favorite times of being outside.  Spring is great because it’s the season of new life and new beginnings!!!

SuperStarrs please let me know if you try them & if they have helped ya!!!

What is your favorite season of exercising outside???

How are you gonna create a new beginning this Spring???

Remember you are a SuperStarr!!!

Make Healthy choices while you are “In The Weighting“.

 

 

 

Purpose Of Winter!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, when I started getting healthy, I began saying “I want to wear out, not rust out!!!”.  Basically meaning I realized I wanted to age well & be able to use my body until I can’t anymore, rather than “rusting out” like the Tin Man.  Just sitting around until nothing works anymore.  I’ve seen many older people just sit around & then when they want to be able to do something physically, they can’t because they didn’t maintain their physical fitness.  While working in the salon, there were many woman who would come in to have their hair washed & styled each week, because their arms were too weak to do their own hair.  I learned then, that if we don’t use it, we loose it!!!  So that fired me up to keep my strength up & get moving.  However, God has been teaching me lately that it’s ALL about balance!!! In either direction it can be harmful.  Truth is I don’t want to wear out either!!!  I want to stay healthy & strong all the days of my life.  So if you have seen or heard me say before that “I want to wear out not rust out”.  I’m sorry & still on my Journey of “In The Weighting“.  As God teaches me along the way, I will continue to share & be real with y’all.  Watch video to hear me share more.

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Recently I had a day where I was just exhausted.  I was struggling to keep my eyes open. My Monday morning started off normal and so I went running off into the day checking things off my to-do list.  Kids off to school, Run done, Showered, House Cleaning done and then I realized that I could squeeze in a nap before the kids got home.  So as I was laying so thankful that I was blessed with this moment to rest, I started thinking of other things I could be doing if I didn’t nap & asking myself “Who naps in the middle of the day???  Really who does this???” realizing I hadn’t done this since the kids were little & still getting up thru out the night.  Just as I was starting to feel a bit guilty for taking a much needed rest, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me ” Not everyone has ran 16+ miles, served at church, taken care of family members problems, encouraged others online, worked on a Baby Shower & Birthday party, all while still taking care of their own family by serving them by all that it takes being a Wife & Mom in the past 72 hours!!!”  I then realized I had earned & truly needed the rest my body was s l o w l y telling me to take.  The body can only take so much before it says “I’m done. Outta fuel. Battery empty”.  Isn’t funny SuperStarrs how we won’t let our cell phones run down until they die or allow our cars to run out of gas but we somehow allow it for ourselves.  That’s so not right because truth is we can buy another cell phone or car but we only have this one body, period.  No matter how advanced Science & Medicine gets, nothing will ever replace us!!!  We take time to refuel our cars when the low fuel light comes on.  We charge our cell phones nightly so that we will wake up to a fully charged battery for the day, but how many people don’t take the time to sleep to make sure they are fully charged for the day???   If the dirt, trees & flowers take time to rest & recharge, with only one job to do, then that should show us how much more we need it!!!  If you struggle with getting a good night’s rest check out “Where To Start” to hear more!!!

I hope to get ya to take some time to slow down where you can & purposely schedule rest for yourself.  Look at what you are doing & ask yourself if you really need to be doing that task.  Or can someone else help or take over???  There are things that only we can do but then there are other things we just do.  Where can you get help?  If you can hire it done great!!! I’m not talking like we can all afford maids & personal assistants.  However do you have a child you can train to take over the task while giving them a few bucks???  Even if it’s not done exactly how you’d like, a half swept floor is better than an unswept floor!!! Remember they are in training!!! How many years have you been doing it your way???  Ya never know they could surprise you with a better way!!! If you don’t have kids or they are grown, what about a niece or a neighbor kid??? What about where you serve? Are there others that you can train so that you can have a break sometimes???  Are there things you are doing simply because you have always done it but nobody even cares about it but you??? I’ve been totally guilty of this one!!!  There are certain traditions or decorating that my family doesn’t care about if they get done or not.  So if my chalkboard doesn’t get a new saying weekly or monthly 😉 there’s no real harm done.  They don’t even notice until it’s changed and even then they are not keeping track of when it was done last.  My point is that we sometimes just do more than what we really need to do.  That can add stress & anxiousness that steals our peace, joy & rest!!!

So SuperStarrs How are gonna purposely get rest???

Do you already practice rest??? If so please share any tips with us!!!

What are you gonna do differently with your schedule???

Who can you get to help you???

When are you gonna take time for your God Date???

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“!!!

My 6th Half Marathon!!!

SuperStarrs, I pray you are having a Fabulous Fall!!!  I am so thankful for the cooler running weather.  The trees are changing colors and the sunsets are so colorful this time of year.  I have been just so grateful for all that God has been doing this season.  Especially the fact that I just completed My 6th Half Marathon!!! I can no longer count on one hand, how many Half Marathons I’ve ran.  🙂  I’m amazed that what I once felt was impossible for me to ever do, I’ve now done 6 Times!!!  And I’m not done. The next day I was online looking up my next race.  LOL!!!  God is So Great!!!  He helps us to get to where we want to be.  All we have to do is ask Him to help us & He is with us every step of the way!!! Then before we know it we are doing it, have done it & are working towards getting better, stronger, faster!!! Some days can be weary and we can feel like we might never get there but, if we keep on keeping on we will get there.

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For more pics from this race follow me on Instagram.

This race was the Whiskeydaddle in Peoria, IL & I ran The Bottle, which is the Half Marathon.  This race had perfect cool Fall weather which we were all thankful for.

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The morning started off like my other races before. Feeling a bit sleepy from not really sleeping well the night before. I am always nervous about sleeping thru my alarm and not making it to the race on time.  Adrenaline is pumping and I am having to keep a balance. So I have to remind myself to run fast while I’m fresh and not as tired but also not too fast where I am burnt out and have nothing left for the last part of the race.  I might feel super fast for a few miles but I have to run 13.1 to finish.  So after 3 miles in, a guy on the sidelines cheering for us says to me “I am proud of you!!! You are a role model!!!”.  I said “Thank You.” & smiled back. But for the next four miles his words were like on repeat in my mind.  Of course the whole time I am just thanking God for the transformation He has done for me in my life.

Ya see the day before I was with my best friends from grade school & high school, Andrea & Cristy. My dearest friend Cristy’s Grandpa had passed away.  So all of the family was gathering together to celebrate Grandpa Rasmussen’s Life.  Growing up I was a part of their family. Most nights I was gathered at their table for dinner & helped wash dishes afterward.  Whenever I wanted to stay the night I knew I just had to bake up some Texas Brownies for her Dad, Tony.  Her Mom, Rita taught me so much about being a Wife & Mom.  It was such a Blessings growing up with all of them. I will always be Thankful for them sharing all they had with me.  During those years I was so rebellious. I smoked, drank, cursed and anything else I could to tick people off.  I was always disrespecting any one who would try to control or rule over me. So of course that cause major problems for me in school and with a lot of kids & their parents.  Honestly I was a hurting kid who was just trying to hurt others but, mostly myself.  A role model I was not!!!  I was the poster child of angry teenager & who not to let you kid hang out with!!! Seriously, I really had other parents tell their kids that they couldn’t hang out with me.  Anyways, all thru the day of being together, we shared stories of the crazy stuff we did, and all the drama that we survived.  It was so funny hearing some of it from the parents point of view.  Her Dad questioning the guys we were into. “Why are they going to listen to him, That guy can’t even sing”. LOL!!!

All of those stories & who I had been, was fresh on my mind & heart, when that guy called me a “Role Model”.  The night before I had spent time thanking God that I was no longer that kid any more!!!  I thanked him for the friendships that became family. I thanked him for them showing me Jesus!!!  When I was hungry they feed me, when I was thirsty they gave me drink, when I was a stranger they invited me in.  Luckily I never ever did go to jail for anything. LOL!!! THANK GOD!!! But I know that if I had they would have loved me thru it!!!  When I moved to Mackinaw it was my 6th school move and we were beginning jr. high. Not a fun time to be trying to make new friends.  I was a stranger and they invited me into their family.  They always loved God & showed it by loving others.  They never preached to me, they showed me. They were Matthew 25:35-40 in action. I know I am where I am today because of The Rasmussen Family!!!

So as I am running I just continue to think about where I was and where I am now. How Awesome God is!!! That Jesus loved me thru all my junk. Thru all my hurts & He healed me thru so much. It’s been years since I smoked or acted like that angry teen. I know He has had Great plans for my life from the beginning.  I feel like I see now why the devil was working so hard to try and take me out.  If I’d kept smoking there is no way I’d be running now. I am just so grateful that He is choosing to use the opposite of what the devil wanted to & tried to take me out with.

God has given me Health & Energy. Smoking & partying was robbing me of my health & energy. They were only temporary highs, followed by a painful crash. I remember when I was trying to quit smoking, I thought it was impossible. Now it’s been 16 years!!! God has given me Peace & Joy!!! So much that I forgot how angry & hurt I once was!!!  The enemy constantly reminded me of my hurts which only kept stirring up my angry, making me bitter.  I do have some bad days, but nothing compared to what I used to have without Jesus!!! On my bad days I cry out to Jesus!!! He always helps me!!!

As I was meditating on all God has done for me and in me, it just fired me up to continue running my race, not just the one I was running but my “In The Weighting” Journey.  Being told I am a “Role Model”. WOW!!! SERIOUSLY, WOW!!! GOD IS SO AMAZING!!! So about this time I realize that I have been pacing back and forth with a lady & her dog.  He was Super Cute and I’m not prideful, but I wasn’t gonna be beat by a dog!!!  LOL!!! So I kicked it up and before I knew it I was Halfway, Mile 7!!! The added bonus was My Cheering section was there, Bob & the kids were waiting for me!!!

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This race really did seem to go by much faster than the others before, because it really was faster than any race before!!! As I continue to run I am more & more determined to PR this race.  So I kept pushing myself to keep up a faster pace. By the time I hit 10 miles I was getting tired but I kept going. I kept digging deep to keep myself from slowing down. When I hit Mile 12, I kicked it up and kept telling myself to “run hard”.  “I’m not tired yet”.  “I’ll rest when I’m done”.  “I’ve got just this last mile to run & make a difference of my time, after that I can do nothing the rest of the day”.  That last mile I past a lot of walkers and everyone who saw me knew I was on a mission. Determined Debbie Full Starr Power!!!

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The Rush when I cross that finish line is always Amazing!!! It’s the Highest High!!!  Even though I was tired & sore for a few days, it was a great reminder of how hard I worked & what I had done!!!  On that Sunday, I had ran a Half Marathon before most people were out of church or even out of bed!!!

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I Totally earned my Bling this race!!! I finished 2:56:37 Making this my 3rd race under 3 hours & 2 min & 8 secs faster than my Green Bay time in May!!!  Making this my Fastest race, so far!!!

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Check out My BLING!!!

I want to say Thank You SuperStarrs!!!  Thanks for reading my post, watching my videos, liking my pics & for every encouraging message & comment you write me!!! I love hearing from y’all!!!  I pray I am able to encourage you all to Dream Big Dreams!!!  Even if you think they are impossible, with God All Things Are Possible!!! Jesus said it & I Believe it, because I am living it everyday!!!

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SuperStarrs Remember that you are Loved!!!

Jesus thinks You are to die for!!!

Whatever Dream you have stirring in you, take it to God, & ask for His Help!!!

Believe & Trust God!!!

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