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Revamping my friend's challenge!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Ok, so I'm pretty far off target for SALLIE51's challenge. I decided instead of getting discouraged, especially since I've been behind since the beginning, I'd revamp my goals. I've got 13 weeks, and I'd like to lose 15 pounds. That's just over 1 pound a week, I really think (hope) that's doable. I'll keep updating here. So, here we go!

8/15 - 210.5 I've got 20 weeks to meet my goal!!!
8/22 - 209 ( - 1.5)
8/29 - 208 (-1 fell short this week, have to make that up!)
9/5 - 207 (-1, still behind)
9/12 - 205.5 (-1.5, still behind. I need a REALLY good week)
9/19 - 203 (-2.5)
9/26 - 207 (+4, CRAP! I may have to revamp these goals)
10/3 - 205 (-2)
10/10 - 203 (-2)
10/ 17 - 198.5 (-4.5) ONEderland, baby!!
10/24 - 198.6
10/31 -
11/7 -
11/14 -
11/21 -
11/28 -
12/5 -
12/12 -
12/19 -
12/26 -
January 1, 2012 goal weight 190!!! -

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CHANGING4ME49 10/7/2011 4:31PM

    I am so proud of what you have done so far. 1 lb a week is definitely doable. Keep up the good work!!

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STEPHLYNNB 10/6/2011 12:35PM

  You totally got this in the bag!! I know you can do it!

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YIWEN39 10/6/2011 6:48AM

    emoticon emoticon Good luck :-)
Any Non-Scale Victories you could celebrate too? emoticon

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MOONBIRD 10/5/2011 8:20AM

    I also want to lose 15 lbs by then, and be under 200! You can do it girl! We are gonna kick butt. I am loving running more now since it's cooler out, so it makes me want to work out more. It's going to be hard to resist the food over the next couple months.

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SCOUTMOM715 10/4/2011 10:28PM

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KIBAISREADY 10/4/2011 9:22PM

    I love that your readjusted your goals... emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/4/2011 4:09PM

    Good choice to revamp your goals. I try not to make scale goals because I don't seem to have much control over the dratted thing. Instead, I have fitness & nutrition goals... and scale "hopes". lol The amount you're looking to lose is certainly reasonable. I remember it seemed to take forever to get to 199, then I dropped 12 lbs in 4 weeks to 187 and then it's taken 11 months to drop another 15. I'm hoping another big drop is right around the corner. See - the scale makes no sense to me.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/4/2011 1:19PM

    A brilliant idea!

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LETTINGGO85 10/4/2011 11:59AM

    This is the key to success, not giving up and setting realistic goals. You and I are only 5 lbs apart (you are ahead of my by 5 lbs) and my goal is to be safely in ONEDERLAND by the New Year! Woohoo we will both celebrate Christmas and New Years in ONEDERLAND!!! Amazing! We can do this!!
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ON2VICTORY 10/4/2011 10:07AM

    This blog says ALOT. What it tells me is that you are becoming a champion. So many people get discouraged when they cannot rigidly follow some training schedule, so they quit. The people that succeed are always in a state of adapting, rolling with the punches, re-evaluating and readjusting to meet the current challenge and they keep going.

Keep developing that habit and you will come out on top.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/4/2011 9:50AM

    I think a revamp is perfectly okay!! You can make it! :)

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LESLIES537 10/4/2011 9:11AM

    Totally doable! Go get 'em girl!! emoticon emoticon

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A very wet 5K with my very best friend!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Melissa (MADTHENURSE) and I met in College in 1994 and, except for a brief time after college, have been inseparable since. Despite the 160 miles between us, we've managed to be together quite often, not only for the milestones in our lives... weddings, births, and Holidays, but we've also seen a few beaches, and amusement parks as well. So, how could we NOT get healthy together?

I convinced her to do the "Her Times" 5K, sponsored by our local newspaper. It's a race for woman only, so I thought that would be the perfect one to start with. It was a typical fall day in Erie, Pa, and if anyone has been here when fall hits, you know that means we've gone from 80 degrees and sunny to 50 and rainy the very next day. I love living in a lake town, but it has its drawbacks. So... we were "lucky" enough to have 50 degrees and rainy, YAY!!! Can you feel the sarcasm?

Initially, she told me her goal was just to cross the finish line, but then I found out that she was hoping to complete it in 1:15. Well, I fogot my HRM, so there was no way for me to tell how we were doing. There were 652 woman at the race and our official time was 58:56, which is great for her first race. Not only did she finish, despite the wind, rain, and the occasional sea lion or shark, (you'll have to wait and see if she blogs about that) but she finished well under her goal.

I can't express how proud I am of her, and I'm so excited to be on this journey with her. She did so well yesterday, and I know this won't be the last 5k we do together!

Her Times 5K October 1, 2011

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/3/2011 6:54PM

    Great job and what an exciting journey to be on together! I would not have minded the 50 degree temps but the rain - sigh.

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ON2VICTORY 10/3/2011 6:36PM

    way to go Holly and great job on getting out there with your friend for her first race!

PS I was just through Erie on my way back home...maybe that is where I picked up my extra mojo... of off all of the woo hoo you had going on there prior to the race :)

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/3/2011 2:39PM

    Congratulations!!!! How awesome, I ran a 5k with my bestie and it was the best experience!!

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JENNIFER_67 10/3/2011 2:31PM

    Sounds like so much fun. emoticon to you both.

I'm running my first 5K this coming Saturday, with my husband and my older son. Well, we'll all be on the starting line together anyway!! (My son ran a 10K two years ago, without any training, and finished in just under 49 minutes, so I know there's no way I'm keeping up with him.) I only have one real goal for this race, and that's to finish. It would be nice not to finish last, but just finishing will be fine.

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-POOKIE- 10/3/2011 11:41AM

    How fun!

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RECOMMIT2ME 10/3/2011 11:40AM

    Congrats on the excellent finish!!

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JANIEWWJD 10/3/2011 12:41AM

    You go girl. That's great!!! emoticon

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/2/2011 9:40PM

    That's awesome!!! I'm so happy for both of you. Coming in ahead of what you hoped for is such a wonderful feeling. I'm so glad that you got to enjoy the event together.

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    Woo hoo! You're lucky to have a running buddy.

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    That's so awesome! I'm glad you had a great time! It's always more fun when you're doing something with a friend.

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TIME4AMY 10/2/2011 9:25PM

    She is so lucky to have you Hol', but most of all...you are both so lucky to have each other. So happy that you accomplished this together...made me teary.

Proud of you,
me xo

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YIWEN39 10/2/2011 7:17PM

    emoticon to you both :-) That is just GREAT!!! emoticon emoticon
Fitness and friendship hand in hand... I love that! Great inspiration, emoticon emoticon

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KIBAISREADY 10/2/2011 7:09PM

    Get it ladies... Rain or shine! I love it! emoticon emoticon

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KARENDEE4 10/2/2011 5:14PM

    way to go!

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MOONBIRD 10/2/2011 5:00PM

    Yay! I am so glad you got to experience that together. Great job!

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ACCT1908 10/2/2011 2:54PM

    Congrats to you both! Always cool to have someone to race with! I alway have my sister...couldn't imagine doing it alone!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 10/2/2011 2:38PM

    That's great! I'm glad you guys got to do it together. :)

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CARROT143 10/2/2011 2:22PM

    Congrats to you both - I wish I had a friend who would run/walk with me in the area. So rainy or not you were both lucky to have each other there. Way to go!

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LETTINGGO85 10/2/2011 1:54PM

    Always great to run with a friend. Go Girl Power!!!

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SWEETBEETL 10/2/2011 1:51PM

    Awesome time for her first:D Proud of both of you.

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TEMPEST272002 10/2/2011 1:34PM

    Yeah to your both! How exciting that you could do it together.

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    How AWESOME!!! I'm so happy for you two!!! Way to go!

I remember how thrilled I was with my first 5k!!! I was slow as all get out, but so proud that I did it!

Aww, shucks! Lemme go give her a goodie!!!

*edited to say: Doh! Her page is private. Oh well, please relay my enthusiastic emoticon for her first 5K!!!

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LESLIES537 10/2/2011 1:15PM

    That is SO awesome!! Congrats to you both!! emoticon

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CALIDAISY030406 10/2/2011 1:11PM

    Thats amazing!!! Ill be in one of those one day!! :o) And its sooo great that you have someone to share it with!!!

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    Congratulations to both of you! Not sure I'm quite ready for a 5k yet, but you sure are an inspiration.

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I still can't believe I'm going to do this

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I updated my status last night with "I'm going to channel my inner Ben Davis so I can run." If you don't know who he is, check this out...


This video was sent to me by ON2VICTORY a couple of months ago, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since. Never in my life have I EVER ran anywhere. I hated gym class all through school, didn't take any PE classes in college, and I hardly even played with my own kids outside because I would have to run after them.

I've tried doing the C25K program a few times when I first started this journey and never got past week 5. I wasn't enjoying it and couldn't figure out WHY anyone would want to run anywhere. I used the excuse, I'm too fat to run... well, we all know THAT isn't true! And the fact is, I really do WANT to run. To me, running = healthy. I don't plan on making a career out of it or running marathons or anything, but I want to run a 5k.

So... I decided on Monday that I would sign up to RUN the Turkey Trot... this year... not next year like I planned... I'm terrified and excited at the same time. I have 8 weeks to train, and I'm using the 5K your way program here on Spark. I started with week 3, because I know I can run for at least 2 minutes at a time. Last night was my first night and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with myself. I know, to some, 2 minutes of continuous running isn't much, but I'VE never done it before. I completed the 30 minute training and I felt really good after.

I'm still nervous about it, but I REALLY think I can do this. It also helps that I have people like LCHADBOURNE, ON2VICTORY, MOONBIRD, LOTUSFLOWER, and others to look up to. These rock stars have run 5K's to marathons, and I'm sure they all had the same mixed feelings I have. Self doubt, excitement, and a little nausea. And, like the others, I WILL do this! One step at a time. I'll keep ya'll updated!

Oh, and if anyone has an android phone, they have a FREE app called "exer time" and it's great. It lets you set intervals for your training. It's really easy to use and it also has a C25K programmed into it already.

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LESLIES537 10/2/2011 12:09PM

    GO Holly!!! You CAN and you WILL! I believe in you! emoticon emoticon

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RECOMMIT2ME 10/1/2011 2:51PM

    You go girl!! I also signed up for the Turkey Trot here, but I'm doing the 2 mile run/walk instead of the 5 mile run. I admire your commitment and dedication to this lifestyle change...you're doing so great! Maybe I'll start training to run it too... :o)

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GOOFIERNU 10/1/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for the heads up on the app. Going to try it out today! emoticon

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JAKEKATY 10/1/2011 9:03AM

  We are so proud of you taking this next step to a healthier you. I can't say better as they don't come any better than you. We will be rooting for you to finish the 5 K today with you friend. and hoping your dad will do Turkey Trot with you. Please don't get sick out in this really wet day today doing your run/walk. I hope Melissa has a good 5K also. Love always Mom emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREBARE00 9/30/2011 4:39PM

    you know what? i was in this exact same position last year. i hated gym class, was never really good at sports, and detested running. something inside me switched, though, and my first 5k was on thanksgiving last year.

you can totally do this! and guess what? it's not unheard of to take walking breaks during 5k's, if need be! you'll feel SO good once you've run your first 5k! :D

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KAT2212 9/30/2011 4:05PM

    What a wonderful goal! emoticon
Ben Davis has a daily blog by the way (if you didn't already know).

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KKINDE 9/30/2011 3:19PM

    In the famous words of Tony Little...."You cann Doooo iiiitt!" Seriously, I am not a runner either, never had an interest in it, but I am working on it....running more than walking, and that is a good start. Keep us posted!

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LCHADBOURNE 9/30/2011 3:14PM

    YAY!!! You will do great! And thank you for the sweet comment. emoticon

I started C25k at 290/285 lbs. I was going to wait to try it till I was "fit enough" but then I figured what the heck, why not. It was hard, and I had to redo a few weeks, but I just kept with it. And each week, as the week went on, what was hard on Monday just wasn't so hard on Friday and I was ready to move on to the next week. You will do great. Just stick with it and focus on small goals.

I'm so glad you are going to do this! And very proud you have the courage to start.

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BMCKEOW1 9/30/2011 3:10PM

    I did my first 5k this last weekend. I didn't have much noticed less the 24 hrs, that was going to be doing it. It was a fundraiser event for my little cousins school. Anyhow I had a hard time sleeping. I was terrified of not making it, of needing one of those carts to come pick me up because I couldn't finish. I didn't want to let my cousin down, he's more like a son to me, and he thought I could do it. Within the first mile I hurt my ankle, but I refused to give up or be last.
Guess what???
I did it, I made it through. I wasn't last. I wasn't the fastest, and had my ankle not been throbbing I probably could have done a bit better, but I did it and I finished. I hate running, I don't see the point unless someone is chasing me.
Knowing this I made a game of it, the group of people behind me, had no idea they were playing it, but I did. If they got close I'd start running harder and faster, cause they were chasing me.
Trust me when your doing it your going to feel like one more step is just to much, but then you get to that finish line and that feeling is amazing. At least it was for me. You'll find that thing that makes it work for you. Keep us posted on your progress.

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MOONBIRD 9/30/2011 2:39PM

    You can so do this! I know for me, a big part of it was getting over the fear. There is nothing to fear (as long as you have good shoes and stretch well before and after) I remember that I used to get that panicked feeling like I couldn't breathe, and when you start to freak out, it only gets worse. So, just know that your body will breathe. Really focus on your breathing taking deep breaths in and out and always know that if you are really feeling winded you can slow down. I always find that in most of my runs, there comes a stretch where I feel like I can't keep going, but if I just force myself to keep going for another minute or two, it's like the adrenaline kicks in and suddenly it feels easier and you can keep going for another mile or more. Instead of worrying about your speed at first, I would just run at a steady pace that you feel comfortable with. You are going to do so well and feel SO good once you've done this. HUGS

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 9/30/2011 7:53AM

    YOU, lady, absolutely, totally, and completely ROCK!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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YIWEN39 9/30/2011 4:58AM

    Waouh, that is SO emoticon!!!! emoticon and definitely emoticon
I'm so happy for you, that you're trying something that you thought you'd never do, that you didn't even know you wanted to do!
Funny thing is I was thinking about you today, thought I'd stop by your page later... and then I stumble upon your blog :-)
One of those coincidences, do you think? ;-)
Take care and again : emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/30/2011 2:35AM

    Hey that sounds great, my friend. Good luck and never stop trying!!!!
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KJDOESLIFE 9/29/2011 2:16PM

    That's awesome! Good luck on your 5k. You'll do great!!

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JENNIFER_67 9/29/2011 12:02PM

    That's great!! Like you, I've always equated running to being healthy, and vice versa. I am still amazed how well my program is going. And I am so proud of myself after every run. It is amazing. Keep it up. You'll love it.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/29/2011 11:19AM

    SO SO happy for you. I too have never been a runner and am training for the Spark Virtual 5K here. I am in week 4 of the 5-week training. Lately I haven't doing as well though, need to get back on it. I have continued my walking in the mornings here at work, but hate to run here, I don't want to get sweaty and then come back to the office all wet! For some reason I have not been going out for my training walk/run this week. I need to get motivated! But I did start a zumba class last night. It was fun even though I was horrible. Coordination is not my strong suit. Maybe with practice, I can do better. But nobody in class seemed to care how bad I was, and I worked up a sweat in the hour long class, so I guess that was the goal. Good luck on your Turkey Trot!!

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ON2VICTORY 9/29/2011 9:38AM

    OMG.. I am totally touched by the comments.

Inspiration works both ways... you guys really keep me going in ways you dont realize. we are all in this together...

You are a runner right now, you have the will and the attitude. I know it when I see it and YOU have the goods. Remember, there is no such thing as JUST a 5K. The unknown distance is YOUR marathon. The same level of focus, dicipline, committment and frankly-swallowing your fear and moving forward anyway, is exactly what it takes to finish a marathon. It's just on a bigger scale but it is all the same stuff.

Courage is courage. There isnt different levels of it, grades or classes.

I am so proud of you for getting out there and getting it done. Having a goal that goes beyond the scale is, in my opinion, what keep me in the saddle. It isnt a pants size or a new look. having these goals is what keeps me in check once I reach a certain size or weight. It eliminates the "now what do i do " syndrome.

there is no end to this life style.

make it happen


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-POOKIE- 9/29/2011 9:03AM

    I signed up for a virtual 5K, but the pollution is kicking my ass here, I feel ill after running :( no way Im going to make mine.

Im pleased you found something to spur you on

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    You really CAN do this ... and I love that you set a goal that is just around the corner, but still gives you enough time to put your heart and soul into training .... You've given me something to think about, as I keep thinking about the things that I might run NEXT year ... I will have to do some heavy duty thinking and re-group this weekend to set new goals for myself. Excited to follow your progress and to perhaps report my own.

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KARENDEE4 9/29/2011 8:20AM

    I know you can do it!!!

It does get easier each week. I was never in to running but now I do like it. I am challenged to get faster go longer etc.

I know you will be a success....


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KATV865 9/29/2011 7:57AM

    The first step is the hardest, and you kept going for 30 mins. Congrats on setting such an awesome goal, you can do it!!

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CHANGING4ME49 9/29/2011 7:47AM

    Good for you! It takes courage to break out of your comfort zone. And you can do anything once you put your mind to it. emoticon Wishing you all the best!!

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MADTHENURSE 9/29/2011 7:33AM

    You WILL do ANYTHING that you put your mind to - look at where you are!!!!! Love your spirit and motivation!

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ANGELEYES67J 9/29/2011 5:15AM

    Congrats. You can do this.

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CHELAGETSFIT 9/29/2011 2:24AM

    I am soooo excited for you!!! I started learning to run in February, did my very first 5K in April, my second one only a couple of weeks ago, and I'm signing up for my third one that will be on November 5th. You are going to LOVE running 5Ks and training for them. ON2VICTORY is a rock star that can inspire anyone he comes across!!! I feel lucky to have crossed paths with him here on SparkPeople.

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JENNYBAKER247 9/29/2011 1:14AM

    Amazing! YOU got it!!! GO Holly Go!!! Soooo proud of you! A great big Whooooop!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETBEETL 9/29/2011 1:08AM

    Lady you got this!!!! You sooooooo got this!!!!

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TIME4AMY 9/28/2011 11:53PM

    Hol'...YOU GOT THIS! It's going to be yet another thing that you doubted, but proved to yourself that you are more powerful than you think! emoticon

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GOOFIERNU 9/28/2011 11:41PM

    emoticon I'm about where you are- 2 minutes of running. I've done a couple 5Ks already, mostly walking. But I'll get there.

And so will YOU! emoticon

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HOTRODSANDY 9/28/2011 11:06PM

    Congrats on signing up. I've had a lot of fun running in 5Ks. Usually I'm at the tail end - but I finish!!! And feel on top of the world. Like you I avoided PE as much as possible. The last time I really remember having to run was junior high. I hated it then. But not anymore. emoticon

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MARIAALAN 9/28/2011 10:59PM

    I can relate to your never taking PE in school or college. The closest I got was to take bowling and golf! I, too, would love to run but I don't think I am quite there yet in my mind to really do it. I have been walking at a quicker pace andI am ealy hoping it will not be much longer before I dare to run. Good luck and I will be following your progress to inspire and motivate me.

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TEMPEST272002 9/28/2011 10:45PM

    Congrats on signing up for the turkey trot - it takes courage to do something a bit scary. 8 weeks & you're going to be ready! Can't wait to read your race report.

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SGRAY478 9/28/2011 10:02PM

    Love Ben Davis!
He also has this blog: http://bendoeslife.tumblr.com/
reat stuff!!

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SCOUTMOM715 9/28/2011 9:43PM

    emoticon Holly!! I'm very excited for you!! I know you can do it!! emoticon

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    Good luck emoticon

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So exciting! I still haven't gotten up the nerve to sign up for a 5K yet. I think I need to sign up before I start C25K again so I have that tangible goal ahead. I think you're going to be so proud of yourself when you finish.

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LETTINGGO85 9/28/2011 8:14PM

    Ok just went and watched the video and it made me cry. What a great piece. (I know I am a sap)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/28/2011 8:07PM

    This is very exciting news!
"And, like the others, I WILL do this! One step at a time." With out a doubt!

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LETTINGGO85 9/28/2011 8:04PM

    That is great. Way to push beyond your limits! You can do it! Can't wait for pics of you crossing the finish line.

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LITTLEKIM4 9/28/2011 7:33PM

    Wow! Way to really push yourself! You're amazing!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 9/28/2011 7:31PM

    I'm so excited for you Holly!!

I know you can do it!

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    Awesome! I want to be able to run, too, but have had problems with my knee. Since I've lost so much weight my knee doesn't hurt much anymore but I've still be scared to injure myself. Maybe I'll try something soon after my P90X stint. Good luck to you! You can do it!

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ERINLINDSAY83 9/28/2011 6:56PM

    You rock! I want to run too....But i HATE it! I keep doing it though. I agree... running = healthy.... ! :D

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Ok, so now what? I need your help!

Monday, September 19, 2011

So I had the week off from exercise and I'm conflicted. I lost 2.5lbs this week, which is the biggest movement I've seen on the scale in a LONG time. I know I need to get back to the workouts, but a week off and a huge loss has me NOT wanting to. It's kind of a head says "no", but my heart says "yes" kind of thing. I guess I'm just looking for advice from anyone. Especially anyone who's had this happen. I'm sure this has all been a case of "I changed up my routine, and good things happened" but I just would like some feed back. Thanks sparkies!

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SWEETBEETL 9/27/2011 11:55AM

    I am not an expert by any means but

I change my exercise every month
two months ago was low impact aerobics
last month taebo
this month balance ball just started -might change to circuit training though not feelin the ball...

THis is my schedule this month:

Sunday = no cardio, walk at least 5 miles the entire day, lower body strength training
Monday = at least 30 hr of cardio and walk at least 5 miles the entire day try to get as close to 10 miles as I can, upper body strenth training
Tuesday = 5k , walk/jog at least 10 miles the entire day (most while watching Biggest Loser), core strength training
Wednesday = no cardio, walk at least 5 miles the entire day, lower body st
Thursday = same as Monday
Friday = same as Tuesday
Saturday = same as Wednesday no Strength training

Got to keep the body guessing, my only problem is my eating...emotional eater here... working on it now. I am glad in four months lost 35 pounds was 36 but ya know stuff happens:D Good luck listen to YOUR body but keep your arse moving in some way if only walking...GOD bless

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JENNYBAKER247 9/27/2011 7:48AM

    Wow Holly! Isn't it fantastic to have so many pro's on here! I love it. Take heed. You are doing exceptionally well, but, for what it's worth, I'd say that exercise does make ALL the difference. Take care, and you will be back hard at it ... You already are. I have just commented on your status today. Woo Hoo!!!
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THINBYFIFTY 9/26/2011 9:31PM

    I think you can enjoy some exercise but change it up a bit - maybe something less intense that allows you to be physical (and keep your fitness level up) but is not as taxing as you may have been doing? Who knows.

I think you'll decide to do what you know is going to work out best in the long run...after all, you've spent lots of time and energy revamping your lifestyle and exercise is a part of it now.

Just trust your gut and let us know:)

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    I'm no expert in the field, but I have had experience on trying to lose weight while in a sleep deprived lifestyle. I think it was probably just the fact that you gave your body a break from the stress. Not so much a break from the workouts, but just time to let your body rest (sleep).

Yes, to some degree weight loss is like an equation. Feed the right numbers in, get the right numbers out. But then there's the oddball effect of hormones and chemicals that our bodies produce under stress (and at different times during our cycles and lives in general as women)... these truly can have an effect on our weight loss (or lack thereof).

You did the right thing by taking a break. And go ahead, get back into your workouts. But maybe you could ease back into them instead of the "full steam ahead" approach. Maybe try something new, maybe yoga if you don't already do it... anything different.

Best wishes to ya, hon. You're a great inspiration!

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LETTINGGO85 9/24/2011 3:31PM

    I have had this happen and the exact opposite which is I am losing consistently but not as big as I want so I step up the exercise and don't lose anything. I think as hard as it is the reality is that week by week is not really what is creating change and loss it is consistency over time. I agree with others your body probably needed a break.

Force yourself to get back in the swing - maybe change up your exercise. You don't want to wait too long to get back to your exercise routine since it is harder to regain your motivation the longer you wait.

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TERRIPAL1 9/23/2011 3:50PM

    Wow I don't think a week will make you lose muscles seriously it's a week!

You needed a break & took it ,well done & keep up the good work!! emoticon

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MOONBIRD 9/23/2011 12:18AM

    Oh, and I am not an expert, but I remember reading you start to lose muscle after about 2 weeks of not working out. So, I wouldn't think a week is going to make you lose a lot of muscle.

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MOONBIRD 9/23/2011 12:15AM

    I have had t his happen where the week I worked out hardly any I lost more weight! I think it's the whole changed your routine thing. I would get back to working out, but maybe some weeks do a little less or change things around and see if it makes a difference.

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JMARIES51 9/22/2011 7:59PM

    I haven't ever been here, but as someone who is just getting really motivated to workout and do it in a meaningful way (like I know you have been doing), I know I would never want to let my body get out of shape, meaning let those muscles that you worked so hard to achieve -- get out of shape again.
I am sure there is a ton written on the subject of how to cut back on the amount of exercising when you finally reach your goal weight. I know there are a lot of plans on how to maximize your workout effort and minimize the amount of time you have to spend at it. Maybe there is a new sport, something fun, dancing, an active hobby that you might like to try and get in your exercise at the same time?

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NANRHYS 9/22/2011 7:05PM

    Exercise is part of your life now, so keep that good habit going even after your one-week vacation. Losing 100 pounds has got to be on par with an Olympic-level achievement, so look at that one-week vacation as a well earned time to refuel (I'm sure Michael Phelps enjoyed a week off after the last set of Summer games) and now return to practice refueled for the next phase.

Now that you've lost so much weight, you might want to reevaluate what exercises you're doing, I bet there are things you can do now that weren't on your radar when you started. Try to find something fun - we're all doing all this work so we can enjoy our lives more - but if that fails you, just make sure you do anything at all! A better-than-nothing workout can turn into a great one or at least keep you on track.

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SJBAILEY1 9/21/2011 10:32PM

    I definitely think you should start back to exercising. I stopped exercising last month and I am having a HARD time getting back in the routine. Don't say away from it too long!!!!

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TINAJANE76 9/21/2011 8:43PM

    I have a huge motivation for working out: vanity! I'm a big loser too (started at about 240) and one of my big concerns with taking off so much weight is loose skin and general flab. Doing lots of cardio and weight training has cut down on that considerably. I've also been doing a bootcamp challenge this month with intense interval cardio and weight training workouts. Although I haven't lost a tremendous amount of weight, I can already see a noticeable difference in my size and muscle tone. I've been taking photos as I've gone along and my two week pics were striking. In the end, I'd rather be a few pounds over my goal and nicely toned than a few pounds under with a huge spare tire and other assorted parts that jiggle when I wiggle because I don't exercise. I think weight is certainly an important part of the equation in getting healthy, but how we look and feel is also a huge factor.

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DIRTYBUNNY 9/21/2011 4:53PM

    It's the muscle weight. You aren't working out and they aren't turgid with fluid, so you (temporarily) weigh less. But you know more muscle means a more efficient burning machine, and I can see you're chomping at the bit to get back to exercising, so I know you don't need a pep talk to do it. The additional sleep will be welcome for your body to rest and repair, and you know what? When you do go back to the gym, the exercise will serve as a kind of shock to your muscles, which will make them work harder again. All in all, it's a good thing. emoticon

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NIKI778 9/21/2011 11:57AM

    I think that your body was telling you that you needed a rest, in your last post you talked about being tired and drained and falling asleep on the couch. You listened to your body, and it rewarded you with a loss as a thank you. I think that maybe you should now change up your routine a little bit. Our bodies get used to what we do and then the workouts become less effective, so maybe try a new cardio class and use different equipment at the gym for strength training, and that being excited about trying something new might be just the ticket to get you excited about working out again.

Congrats on the 100lb loss and fitting into your husbands clothes. Amazing progress keep up the good work!!

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VERONICAVW_140 9/21/2011 10:20AM

    I am so happy for you! I am especially happy to see when people have non-scale victories. After all, we don't and shouldn't live life with the scale chained to our ankles. Your pure and genuine joy from fitting into the fleece makes my heart happy for you and all of us who are trying to get healthy! :)

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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 9/21/2011 7:15AM

    I know the feeling! I took 2 weeks off to recover from an injury and I dropped 4 pounds! But I knew deep down it was muscle loss. Still nice to see the scale move, but I like my muscles!

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SALEX52 9/21/2011 12:03AM

    I find that I get my best results when I change something. And it's often a change that seems backwards--like not exercising or eating more than usual. But, you need to do what you need to do, and don't overthink it.

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SELAH84 9/20/2011 3:23PM

    I'm by no means an expert, but a friend just told me about net calories the other day, and I wonder if that's what is happening?

Most diet advice I see recommends that women shouldn't consume below 1200 calories per day, otherwise there's a risk of going into starvation mode. But, if you're only eating around 1500 calories a day, then turn around and burn 500 or more through exercise, it's the same as only consuming 1000 calories. I've only checked a couple weeks of your shared trackers, but if you've been doing this for awhile, then maybe your body thinks it's starving? Meanwhile, this week of consuming enough food without burning a ton off has boosted your weightloss again.

Not to say you shouldn't exercise. The logic behind net calories is that (calories consumed) - (calories burned) is greater than or equal to 1200.

Or, maybe everyone else is right, and it's muscle loss. All that extra sleep could have helped, too.

Sorry for this random comment/novel from a stranger. Also, congrats on your progress! emoticon

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    My mom when she was alive stressed that muscle weighs more than fat, and in the end it will even it's self out. She was right, but it took a long time for me to be able to actually see the results of her comment.
Plus by doing exercise your giving your body the chance to work it's own magic. Plus it makes you more able to do other things that you may enjoy because exercise actually has a way of giving you more energy. :)

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-POOKIE- 9/20/2011 10:39AM

    Try doing the exercise you enjoy most only?

Any that felt like you HAD too... leave that a while, enjoy some brisk walks in the new autumnal weather...

I have never exercised "hard"... I simply dont enjoy it, and I managed to lose plenty!

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MCHILSTR 9/20/2011 9:38AM

  You know the answer - I just read your last blog and you talked about being stiff when you started up again. It's so easy to lose muscle mass if we don't keep working it.

By the way - your blog titles are great, that's why I read this blog, the title let me know exactly what was up.

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DAZZLE359 9/20/2011 7:41AM

    Well, I have not been very sucessful with breaks. Some of my breaks have lasted for years. I think all of us need routines and balance--which is tuff for some of us. Sleep is extremely important, but equally important is exercise and healthy nutrition. I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to do some sort of exercise every day, even if it is just a small 10 minutes here or there. Everyone in these prior post seem to agree that this is not the end of your journey....this is the beginning.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/20/2011 1:47AM

    Well. you would know more than I, but, how about starting off again with a commitment to 10 minutes a day? You know you will feel like doing a bit more once you are all dressed and into it. And that's OK, do more!

But it does seem like you have been through some emotional trauma, I think you can cosset yourself a little bit while you are getting used to the new you.

One thing I noticed, from stopping regular a hardout exercise habit when I was injured, is that when you start again, if it's only been a few weeks break, your fitness just wooshes back as if it never left you.
Hope that is so for you too.

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SUSANS_TURN 9/19/2011 8:54PM

    The break is probably exactly what your body needed temporarily. BUT, trust me getting back into the workout habit (especially if you put it off) is MUCH harder than getting out of it. When I eased up in the beginning of the school year I saw a loss too, which was great BUT I definitely got too complacent and have had a really tough time getting back into it. Even on the biggest loser some of the contestants take a temporary break as a strategy but they have to get back into the game quickly or it backfires!
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ESHERRILL3 9/19/2011 7:49PM

    Not getting enough sleep will mess up weight loss so your week off was very welcomed by your body. The problem is that if you continue to not workout you are going to start losing muscle....which means all kinds of trouble. See if you can cut back on some of the 4am mornings and use that extra energy in the evenings to add some kind of family activity....walking, dancing, tag, roller skating...you get the idea. You have to achieve a balance you can live with long term. emoticon

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ASHLEYVRONEK 9/19/2011 7:14PM

    I think you should start working out again. Eventually you'll start seeing weight loss from working out and until you do, the working out is still healthier for your body than not working out. So go for it! emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 9/19/2011 7:13PM

    OK tootsie, there isn't any giving up the exercise now, lol!

You changed things. You gave your body some rest. Maybe lose some of the 4am work outs so that you get sleep regularly throughout the week. So, do something energetic in the evening. How many mornings do you go? Cut it back to one or two. Get your sleep but don't give up the exercise (oh how easy it is for ME to say that!! Haha!).

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LITTLEKIM4 9/19/2011 7:02PM

    I agree with Tempest. Think about what is healthier.

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TEMPEST272002 9/19/2011 6:46PM

    Changing it up definitely has an impact. Remember - it's not all about the scale. What is the healthiest choice for you here? I'd suggest going back to regular workout days, but try switching things up completely. A martial arts class? Or maybe ballroom dance or yoga? Something fun!

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DIDMIS 9/19/2011 6:39PM

    Well, I came on to see if I could help but afraid I can't help in this. These girls have more idea than I.

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BBORDEN86 9/19/2011 5:48PM

    Sounds like you got some great advice so far!! Trial and error. It's the name of the game. That's great you lost on your week off!! : ) Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 9/19/2011 5:42PM

    I would say workout...maybe just tone it down a little. :)

I'm so glad you had a great week!

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KARENDEE4 9/19/2011 5:24PM

    I think you got some great advice!

I just wanted to stop by and support you. I am sure no matter what you do it will work out.


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MOMOMMA622 9/19/2011 5:14PM

    I agree with easiwer lighter workouts.

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TREKPURRSON 9/19/2011 5:10PM

    You have to keep moving-just change it up! Muscles begin to atrophy after 3 days of not using them! You can do it! emoticon

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    Maybe try "lesser" workouts like walking so you're still active but maybe not doing more "formal" workouts then see how the scale treats you? You know I'll be following this one closely! ;-)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/19/2011 5:01PM

    If I remember correctly, during your week off from working out *JEALOUS* you slept more which could contribute to your weight loss. And, as you mentioned switching up your routine helped too.

In my humble opinion I'd suggest going back to working out but modifying your routine and schedule.

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Losing 100 pounds didn't make me cry, but this did...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Labor Day weekend, I hit the 100 pounds lost mark. I was happy, but not as happy as I thought I would/should be. For the last couple weeks, I've been dealing with some really weird emotions because of it. Last week, I decided I needed a break. At first, I was going to take a break from the ENTIRE weight loss journey, but decided that would be a HUGE mistake. Seeing as how I've been dealing with these crazy emotions, the last thing I needed to do, was to throw all food sense out the window. Instead, I opted for a workout free week. I was drained physically and emotionally, and I felt like I needed to do this. From Saturday until Sunday I didn't do anything. No walking, no gym, no Zumba, nothing and by Wednesday, I was going crazy. However, I was getting a lot of needed sleep. I go to the gym at 4am 3 days a week, so I really enjoyed sleeping in until 6am. Also, I wasn't asleep on the couch by 9pm either, which hubby really enjoyed! So how did it go... well, because I wasn't going to workout, I ate at the VERY bottom of my calorie range, and I've lost weight. We'll see how exactly much at tomorrow's weigh in. Although, I DID need sleep, I really missed the workouts. And the longer the week got, the more worried I got about not wanting to get back to it. This afternoon, I was SO excited to go for a walk, I was like a puppy jumping around by the door. It felt great, but I'm a little stiff, so it'll be an interesting week.

So if I did so well this week, why am I crying? Well, yesterday when I got home from the zoo, it was pretty chilly in the house. I looked for a sweatshirt, which I don't have yet, and found one of hubby's pull over fleeces. I yanked it out of the closet, saw that it was only a large, and thought "I'll never get into this, but I'll try it on, it might be good enough." IT FIT!!!!!! The large fit!!! Mike is 5'10" and weighs about 170, I've never weighed less than him, let alone fit into anything he owns. Instantly, I broke into tears. I called my mom and she couldn't figure out what was "wrong" I was sobbing AND laughing so hard. I finally got it out and she kind of laughed at me and said "You weren't this happy when you lost 100 pounds!" I didn't want to take the fleece off. Even when I put fish in the oven for dinner and it made the house hot... I just opened the windows! This has meant so much more to me that ANY milestone I've hit so far on this journey.

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STUCKNIRAQ 11/18/2011 9:29AM

    Wow. That is amazing. When did you start your journey?

I am trying to lose 60 lbs by April.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 10/19/2011 10:10AM

    The scale lies to us so often on our journey to fitness. Its no wonder you didn't cry when you got that final pound off to make it a hundred total. Clothes seldom lie to us. (We lie to our clothes saying "those pants must have shrunk in the dryer" when it was ourselves getting bigger.) Putting on that shirt that never fit you hit the home run in your mind proving that you are getting smaller.

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ELLABELLASMOM 10/6/2011 2:33AM

    That's great. Way to go. it's amazing how our emotions work.

Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment! you deserve it. Congrats on the weightloss!

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LETTINGGO85 10/4/2011 12:03PM

    Amazing! Way to go!

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REBELBLITZ 9/27/2011 11:37AM

    Good for you! Those are wonderful happy tears!

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JENNYBAKER247 9/27/2011 7:54AM

    Amazing! You have made me cry too! FANTASTIC! It really isn't about what the scale says, it's about what you can and can't do. What you can and can't wear. How other perceive you. Absolutely fabulous!!! Go Holly, Go!!!

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LENKA763 9/26/2011 3:04PM

isn't that weird that sometimes those little things are more fulfilling then the facts?

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ERIN4771 9/26/2011 1:14PM

    this brought tears to MY eyes my friend!! how awesome!! congrats!

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1FORME2 9/25/2011 7:12PM

  Way to go little girl!

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KIPPER15 9/25/2011 3:06PM

    I now have stolen one of my hubby's shirts to sleep in. I have warned him that I will so be stealing his T- shirts, His jeans will always be safe as he is 6 ft to my 5 ft. I know how cool it was when I stole his shirt. Great job!! emoticon emoticon

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IAMANATHLETE 9/25/2011 11:49AM

    Way to go! I can't fit into my husbands clothes either. You're an inspiration! Thank you.

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KIN59VARA 9/25/2011 5:35AM

    Good for you!

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    That is just wonderful! Way To Go! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 9/24/2011 11:06AM

    that is sooooo awesome, way to go my friend. :)


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AMJSATURN 9/23/2011 1:21AM

    Bravo for you, please love yourself or the success you have made. emoticon

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FITNESSHEATHER 9/22/2011 10:56PM

    Congrats! That is awesome. I hope to have that feeling one day.

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JMARIES51 9/22/2011 7:50PM

    That is really fantastic. Sounds like maybe visualizing 100 pounds gone is more difficult than visualizing what it means when you see it in something familiar, like your hubby's clothes. I hear it often takes time for the mind to catch up with the body image. Great blog! Thanks for sharing.

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MRS.DR.SHOT 9/22/2011 6:53PM

    That was fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

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BLONDBIKEGIRL 9/22/2011 5:45PM

    Awesome! This actually made me cry as well! Way to go sista - I've also gotten smaller than my guy and I have to admit it's really empowering and I feel ultra feminine because of it!

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LADYBUG643 9/22/2011 5:20PM

  CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you for being an inspiration for me to keep going and not give up.

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JENN26POINT2 9/22/2011 3:12PM

    Awesome non-scale victory and victory party afterwards! Tears of joy! So happy for you! 100 lbs is amazing. Congratulations and keep up the amazing work you're doing for yourself! You deserve it!

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ANEWMECOMING 9/22/2011 3:04PM

  Way to go!!!! The 100 pounds was really significant and impressive, but it is a number. Putting on that fleece was the REAL impact of that number. A milestone that is visible that you probably thought you'd never reach. So congratulations!!! Claim that fleece as your own and never forget how you felt when you put it on. It will help you get through future emotions that make you want to take a break from it all. emoticon emoticon

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LORIENABANANA 9/22/2011 2:27PM

    Now I'm going to cry when I see fleece, too!! emoticon

I love the imagery. Thanks for posting!!!

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CHLOESUE 9/22/2011 1:59PM

    Congratulations on your 100 pound weight loss and being able to wear your hubby's size Large sweat shirt.What a great feeling that had to have been for you.

Hope you had a great weigh in.I am working on weighing less than my hubby but have about 20 pounds to go yet.

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JULIEBURGESS1 9/22/2011 12:12PM

  congratulations on the 100 lb loss! and congratulations on the wearing of the fleece!!! totally understand the emotions you felt!!!!!! so happy for you.

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-PAULA 9/22/2011 12:01PM

    Congratulations! Thanks for the inspiring blog!

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Congratulations on your success!

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CHEERCOACH6 9/22/2011 11:09AM

  congrats!!! that is awesome!!!!

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MSMANDA16 9/22/2011 11:08AM

    I completely understand. I could care less what the scale says but, the fact that my jeans fit better is amazing!!! Congratulations on the 100 lbs and the fleece!

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SPORTSMOM03 9/22/2011 10:45AM

    Congratulations - it's the weirdest things that make us lose control over our emotions. Way to go!

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TERESANAVARRO 9/22/2011 10:41AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and the downsizing!
And what a great lesson to all of us that sometimes we do need to take a break from the workouts but it doesn't mean we have to give up all our good habits.

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FLYING2007 9/22/2011 10:39AM

    That is so awesome! I have never weighed less than my hb either or at least not for 20 years! Good for you!

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SWEETNEET2 9/22/2011 10:31AM

    Tears of joy! Congratulations girl! emoticon

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SUZYDVB852GO 9/22/2011 10:26AM

  Wow I loved reading your post. It makes me hopeful that I will be there someday. Congratulations emoticon

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52WEEKSLAURA 9/22/2011 10:23AM


I'm one that loves the journey and as soon as I reach my destination--I want to go back 'home'!

I've had a few of those moments! The other day I realized I was getting dressed without having to sit down! Those little milestones are the best! Enjoy the ride! This is the first day of the rest of your life!

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CHLOEGRACE1 9/22/2011 9:58AM

    Congratulations on your loss; and your cry! The number on the scale is only a number on the scale; the clothes fitting you made it real!

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CARLYDK85 9/22/2011 9:56AM

    That's great! You're amazing!! I'm also trying to work my way to 100+lbs lost and it's so encouraging to hear stories like yours!! Congratulations!

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BEGONIAC 9/22/2011 9:25AM

    Isn't it wierd what pushes your buttons? For me it was getting a regular size bath towel wrapped around me and staying up! It still gives me a thrill...
Congrats on your incredible success! And congrats on making it through an off week without losing your way. You're doing great things for yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSTEMM1 9/22/2011 8:50AM

  You go girl. What ever works, to help you release the pent up emotions.
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THRICEBLESSED 9/22/2011 7:49AM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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KAJIRA_CALLA 9/22/2011 5:11AM

    great story thanks for sharing i need to get back on track again although not sure if i can or not emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great post

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AWESOMEIN12 9/22/2011 12:36AM

    A good HAPPY cry! Good for you!

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SPAYYOURCAT 9/21/2011 11:43PM

Thanks for being an inspiration!

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SJBAILEY1 9/21/2011 10:27PM

    I totally understand!!! It is one of my mini goals, to weigh less than my DH! emoticon

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KEIJAN 9/21/2011 10:12PM

    My Hubs is about the same.....5'11" and weighs in the 160 range and I have never been close to weighing less than him.....but if one of his shirts fit me comfortably, I think I would cry too! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!

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    awesome story. thank you for sharing it. emoticon

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