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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!)

UPDATE #Bazillion: Nice to be back on the SP Community Team and meeting lots of new friends. Down 40 pounds from my highest weight, and... probably still up about 10 from the first time I joined SparkPeople. I should go check that - see if that's accurate. 15 more, and I will see a shiny new digit in the hundreds place...

Member Since: 1/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 20,756

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.

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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. I've added "walk 5-8 miles each Saturday and Sunday" for an overall goal of about 15 miles per week. I still struggle with that on workdays. My sleep goal is six to seven hours a night.

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    Thanks my friend for your good wishes and prayers. Mother Nature has HAD it with mankind and I think we are going to be seeing a LOT more of her temper tantrums! I guess landfall should be Sunday about 8 a.m. We are on the West Coast of FL and from the latest tracking it looks like she should be pretty much ripping right up the middle. Problem is...FL is only about 110 miles when you have a big girl like this every mile counts.

    Hugs to you! I just am praying for the best. To try and exit FL would be a nightmare...the traffic is insane and so many gas stations are without gas.

    We will just hunker down and say our prayers! emoticon
    42 days ago
    I live in Kingwood which got hit hard, but the water did not reach us. Less than a 2 minute drive away though! Thanks for the concern. :) I've been helping with Second Baptist "Houston Strong" recovery efforts the last 5 days. I'm sorry this response has taken a bit. It's been so overwhelming. And, incredibly heartbreaking to see the devastation everywhere. Volunteering in the am again too. Poor Florida is next. Prayers!!
    43 days ago
    Blessings to you during this sad time in Houston. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family! emoticon
    49 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog, 'My mother's violin', they touched me very much! Sparkpeople is a wonderful place and I feel so privileged to be part of it. emoticon
    67 days ago
    Fun plans, yes!!! Working tomorrow morning than off. On Sunday taking my three Granddaughters to the musical "Annie" in our town! How about you? What are your weekend plans? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    91 days ago
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