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Holly is a professional writer who claims, tongue-in-cheek, to channel the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe, Erma Bombeck, and O. Henry.

Holly also hates to exercise and is quite fond of procrastination... but all that is about to change!

Hey, everyone! I took a little break (met my goal, got complacent, overindulged, regained it all and then some) and I'm baaaaaack!

It's not all bad. I quit smoking ten years ago (12/08/06).

My first children's picture book, Trockle, was published by 4RV Publishing in April 2008. My second children's book, A Puppy, Not a Guppy, was published in 2009. A New Leaf for Lyle was released in 2014. (See

My son and I went camping with some terrific friends at Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2008, where we hiked and ate and prayed the bears wouldn't get us. We need to get out more - and I do mean OUT. That was a fun, active, healthy trip.

I have a supportive, loving family; a steady job I enjoy; good friends; and overall good health - although I was diagnosed in 2010 with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or early-stage breast cancer. Believing in the "kill a spider with a 2x4" and use a flame-thrower on it just to be SURE" theory, I have been cancer-free ever since 2011.

I could make all the excuses in the world for why I'm lugging around an extra 80 lbs. of flab, including this "spare tire" where my once-skinny waist used to be, but the best one I can think of at the moment is: "I grew my own replacement boobs on my abdomen!" (I had DIEP flap surgery on 1/25/2011.) Not sure why I felt compelled to grow a matching pair on my behind, but I'll need to get back with the SparkPeople program now and work on getting rid of them.

UPDATE: Did you know that boobs weight about 5 lbs., total? Moving the ab flab up a foot doesn't actually reduce anything. And hospital food isn't all that bad. That's my happy way of saying I didn't really lose an OUNCE, despite a 12-hour surgery five years ago. So now that I'm cleared to exercise and all... :) Time to get serious and stop joking about it.

Can't think of a better place to do it than! :)

UPDATE: That was back in 2011/2012. Well, gee - isn't every day just Groundhog's Day around here? :)

EXCUSE #679391: I broke my ankle in 2015. Running, hopping - out of the question until recently. I asked the therapist, "What am I supposed to be running FROM? That might have some bearing on my motivation and ability... maybe." When going down stairs left-foot, right-foot, left-foot, right-foot is a cause for celebration, it's easy to make excuses about actual EXERCISE.

UPDATE #70-11: Jen asked me to lead a newbie SparkTeam! Hahahaha... okay, now I have to be all inspirational and stuff, which actually increases my odds of reaching my own goals, because I hate setting a bad example, even if I can rationalize it (like all good parents) with "do as I say, not as I do" and "well, wouldn't you just hate me if I were perfect?" I can do this. Go, class of August 28- September 3, 2016, wherever you are!! (Yes, tell your friends to sign up at the end of the month - we're going to rock this place and have some fun!)

Member Since: 1/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 15,048

My Goals:
Reach my goal weight of 170 by May 2017;

Make a habit of good nutrition, water, sleep, vitamins, and regular exercise;

Organize and simplify my life, so I can concentrate on the people and activities that really matter.

My Program:
My diet and exercise program involves consuming 1200 and 1550 calories per day; drinking eight glasses of water a day; taking a multivitamin; and, getting at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise and strength training 3-5x per week. My sleep goal is six to seven hours a night.

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    Thanks Holly for your inspiring comments.
    50 days ago
  • v JANICEB0414
    Hi Holly, My daughter is a Ginger too, just like you and Sue. LOL

    51 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Thanks for the SP buddy add. I did the same and I look forward to getting to know you better.

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    All the best as you continue on your journey to better health,

    52 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog, "Do You Love Yourself Enough?" I did finally get to your link, and enjoyed your thinking process. Your mother and mine ("Don't plan. Do.") must have been separated at birth. The thinking of these two great ladies is certainly there, imprinted on our collective brains.

    Intellectually, we do know what we need to do. And I'll bet anything in the world that women feel this impediment more than men. Sometimes I just think if I dial down the white noise and just do it ("put one foot in front of the other", as your mother so wisely said), the movement alone would start a groundswell and build on itself. Actually, I do know that to be true, when I apply it to other clogged avenues of my life.

    Let's just save two seats at the Maintenance Table for later, and then we can compare notes.
    52 days ago
    I'm just trying to figure out now if Camey's being intentionally ghoulish or missed a detail. ;)
    57 days ago
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