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Birthday Blog! It's all about the numbers!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I just thought I'd compare my birthdays over the last few years. Before Spark, first year with spark and now. That would take us back to December 2009. I found a picture from our company Christmas party. I lost my mind when I saw it...


That's my friend and co-worker Stephanie, my husband Mike and well... me, YIKES!

I didn't start Spark until June 2010, but we'll go with those measurements since I don't have anything from 2009.

weight 307 pounds
waist 59 inches
hips 59 inches
thigh 34 inches each
calf 19 inches each
upper arm 20 inches each
BMI 60

WOW!!! So then I joined Spark in June and 6 months later, I'm turning another year older.


Sorry I don't have a full body photo

At that point, these were my measurements...
weight 239 pounds - a loss of 68 pounds
waist 44 inches - a loss of 16 inches
hips 53 inches - a loss of 6 inches
thighs 29 inches each - a loss of 5 inches of each
calves 19 inches - no change
upper arm 17.5 inches - a loss of 2.5 inches
BMI - 48 - a loss of 12

Now, it's my 36th Birthday. I look at that picture from 2009 and I cry for that girl. I don't even know who she is. I have exactly two photos of myself at that weight. Probably because I would destroy them as soon as I'd see them. There is such a disconnect between me and that girl. I look at her and still think, "that can't be me." Sometimes I still REALLY struggle with this new body of mine. I'm SO far from who I used to be, but not exactly who I'm going to become.

I've had a year full of wonderful "firsts." Water slides, the beach, learning how to run, even learning how to cook. I've discovered myself, who I want to be, and how I'm going to get there. I've made a better life for me, and my family.

This is the "current" me



weight 193 pounds - total loss of 114 pounds
waist 36 inches - total loss of 23 inches
hips 45 inches - total loss of 14 inches
thighs 25 inches - total loss of 9 inches off each
calves - 17 inches - total loss of 2 inches off each
upper arm - 15 inches - total loss of 5 inches off each
BMI 36.5 - a total loss of 23.5

They say things only get better with age, and I'd have to agree.

  
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MCHULIE1 12/31/2011 5:05PM

    You look amazing! Happy Birthday!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 12/29/2011 7:56PM

    Great blog! Don't you love finding those before pictures? It really hits you when you find a new one, doesn't it? I found one the other day and was absolutely floored and the size of my face. You've done so great. Congratulations on a great couple of years.

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ANGELEYES67J 12/29/2011 6:59AM

    Holly, You look wonderful. Thanks for sharing this. You just gave me an extra little push that I needed. Thanks girlfriend as You have been and still are such an inspiration to me. I love reading your blogs.Congratulations and Happy Belated Birhtday.

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ILOVEMALI 12/25/2011 6:25PM

    Congratulations!

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ROXIEBATE 12/25/2011 3:43AM

  Thank you, so inspired me. I have been a stopper and starter on spark, doing my best to stay focused, this has helped,plus my first response on spark! Thanks

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MIZPAM25 12/24/2011 10:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou look great! emoticon emoticon

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LADYGSC 12/24/2011 10:11PM

    Very inspiring!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSROZZIE 12/24/2011 8:00PM

    emoticon emoticon You look fantastic. Thanks for sharing your journey. Your blog is very, very inspiring. You go girl!

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COOKINGSTARS 12/24/2011 4:01PM

    wow!!! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/24/2011 2:12PM

    Wow you have done so well :) Yes, I believe that things are going to get better with age because we are aware of what we are doing.
Thank you for being so inspiring :)

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CM_GARDNER78 12/24/2011 11:22AM

    emoticon You look fantastic!! Happy birthday, and THANK YOU for sharing your journey! What an inspiration!!!

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NLFRALEY35 12/24/2011 8:56AM

    You have done a wonderful job, Holly, and I know you are very happy.

Love,

Nancy Louise Fraley

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HANNAHSUCCEEDS 12/24/2011 7:00AM

    Wow what an inspiration you are! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us. You look fantastic!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas,
Hannah

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THEIS58 12/24/2011 4:10AM

    Inspiring !!

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TIFFY0906 12/23/2011 9:57PM

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DEC2DEC 12/23/2011 12:12PM

    Amazing! What an inspiration. Thanks for posting your success story.

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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 12/23/2011 8:55AM

    Thank you for reminding me why I must keep doing this- such an inspiration!!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/23/2011 7:10AM

    WOW--just amazing! You are a real inspiration. What a magnificent post thank you.

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GRAMPIAN 12/23/2011 6:44AM

  Brilliant! emoticon

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EMILYBBB 12/23/2011 6:02AM

    Wow!

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BABBINA 12/23/2011 3:14AM

    u look so beautiful & dynamite, thxs for sharing!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/22/2011 11:03PM

    What an amazing job! You look wonderful!

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SUCCESSN2014 12/22/2011 10:28PM

    AMAZING Holly!!!

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YIWEN39 12/22/2011 9:59PM

    Holly, you look FANTASTIC :-) :-) :-) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHOAPIE 12/22/2011 9:48PM

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RANDOM00B 12/22/2011 9:01PM

    Now THAT is a transformation! emoticon

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JENNFIELDS4 12/22/2011 7:59PM

    WOW you look amazing and congrats on your beautiful transformation....What an inspiration. I can understand about having no pictures. I run and hide when the camera is brought out. lol

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CHANGE4THEBEST 12/22/2011 6:32PM

    Hi

What a total transformation! Well done you, keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

I like your caption and will keep this in mind!

Have a wonderful christmas and all the best for the New Year!!

Enjoy the new you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRANDI.FEY 12/22/2011 5:18PM

    Amazing! You are an inspiration!

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SEAJESS 12/22/2011 2:39PM

    Who IS that girl? You are not recognizable as the same person. Amazing and inspirational.

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JUSTCHELLE75 12/22/2011 1:00PM

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments. What a great birthday present of health you have given to yourself

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/22/2011 12:47PM

  Congrats you look incredible!

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ASHL_84 12/22/2011 12:10PM

    Amazing! A definite inspiration and proof that it can be done! You look so much happier in your now picture. emoticon

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WELLREDHEAD 12/22/2011 10:53AM

    What a transformation! emoticonYou look emoticon

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GRRARRGH 12/22/2011 8:17AM

    Wow - you look amazing!! Congratulations!

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TEMPEST272002 12/22/2011 8:12AM

    You look incredible in your latest photo. Good health radiating from you & look at that tiny waist! You've done an amazing job of transforming yourself & your life over the last 2 years. What better gift could you have given yourself? Thanks for continuing to inspire me with your journey!

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LSPIZZA 12/22/2011 7:22AM

    How wonderful. You are so inspiring! Your picture is gorgeous!

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TINKYDEE 12/22/2011 4:12AM

    You are very inspiring! ^_^ emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 12/21/2011 11:49PM

    WOW, wonderful accomplishments. Keep up the good work!!!!!!
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FLPALM 12/21/2011 10:33PM

    Holly, First HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love this BLOG, print it out, and save it......you have come a long way GIRL!!!! WTG! I love to see smiling faces, happy people, that have worked and SUCCEEDED, it only HELPS ALL OF US, to see that it can be done.


Thank you for sharing, you are a true inspiration,
Fran

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KATHY_NATURELVR 12/21/2011 10:12PM

    Wow, that IS amazing!!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 12/21/2011 9:57PM

    It's just wonderful every time I come to your blogs - your progress has been hard fought and so very impressive. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season celebrating all that you have to be grateful for ---- your perseverance, the people who have supported you, and most of all - your health!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/21/2011 9:25PM

    Oh my gosh, Holly, you look amazing! I would not have ever thought that first picture was you.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/21/2011 7:35PM

    SHUT-THE-FRONT-DOOR, YOU look FANTASTIC!
And, all those firsts - what amazing fun.


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LIBELULITA 12/21/2011 5:20PM

    You are such a source of inspiration. You must be so proud of all you've achieved. Here's to an exciting and successful 2012 for you... emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINA791 12/21/2011 3:51PM

    You looking freaking amazing! You've given yourself the best birthday present anyone could hope for - I can't wait to see how you're doing 366 days from now (almost forgot it was a leap year next year emoticon)

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BARBWITT1 12/21/2011 3:06PM

  Great job! I'm inspired.Keep up the good work

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CLPURNELL 12/21/2011 1:25PM

    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!! You have done and absolutely incredible job!!!! You should be very proud of what you have done you are a true inspiration!!!!

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-POOKIE- 12/21/2011 11:45AM

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PATIB13 12/21/2011 11:09AM

    I understand those feelings of wanting to cry. I just saw a picture of myself and I feel like I look like Jabba the Hut. I like my old self from before my baby much better. Keep up the good work you look wonderful.

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SALLIE51's Challenge - only 4 weeks left. What will YOU do before the new year?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Ok, so there are only 4 weeks left till 2012. I need to lose 6 pounds. HOW am I going to do that? My weight loss has been so slow lately... Well, I'm going to keep doing what I need to do and hopefully my body will cooperate. I hope there are still people doing this challenge with me. I'd love to hear how you're doing.

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, but down 100 pounds!!!)
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 - 198.5
11/7 - 199 (+ .5)
11/14 - 199
11/21 - 198.5 (-.5)
11/28 - 195 (-3.5)
12/5 - 196 (+1)
12/12 - 194.5 (-1.5)
12/19 - 193 (-1.5)
12/24 - 190 (-3) I MADE IT!!!
January 1, 2012 goal weight 190!!! -

  
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SEXXYBACK2012 12/22/2011 8:35AM

    Wow, you've inspired me all over again! Keep up the excellent work, and you're looking really good! emoticon

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    Don't give up. Keep trying!!! emoticon

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SWEETSOUNDS11 12/10/2011 6:17PM

    What an exciting goal to to try to accomplish! I have 5.5 pounds to meet my lose 30 by 2012 goal, so I'm in the same shoes as you. I think it is totally achievable. Let's do this thing and crush it! I'll be cheering you on.
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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 12/8/2011 7:59AM

    Wow! Nice work! I'll have to plot my progress, I think I've managed to lose about 10 pounds so far, which is well below my goal. But honestly, I'm just thrilled to be heading in the right direction! Let's make these last few weeks count!

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DRKYASHI 12/7/2011 3:07PM

    You CAN get those 6 lbs off -- dig deep and rediscover those weight-loss 'tools' that work for you. emoticon
For me, it'll be increasing my time on the elliptical! emoticon

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WELLREDHEAD 12/7/2011 12:24PM

    I need to lose 4 pounds by the end of the year to meet the first small goal I set for myself. had to double-check too because I just don't remember like I used too. There was a time in high school I could tell you how much I weighed every day of the week for a month. Crazy! But I digress...
We can do it! emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 12/7/2011 7:28AM

    Hey girl!

This is awful but I had to go back and see what my goal was for this challenge...but I'm back on board!

I have 7 pounds to lose!

Starting weight for challenge was

257 lbs

226 lbs is my current



We can do this!

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ILOVEMALI 12/6/2011 9:44PM

    you inspire me. I've got 12 pounds to go to hit my goal, and I have been really having a tough time getting motivated. I want to lose this weight by 2/27 -- my daughter's birthday -- we will do this together!

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123ELAINE456 12/6/2011 9:39PM

  First blog is mess up. Great job. I know that you can do it.
God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. You are an inspiration to all of us.






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KSESSIONS 12/6/2011 8:51PM

    Good luck!! You can do it!!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/6/2011 8:40PM

    I weigh less than I did in January so that is a +.

Not much, but still a loss.

YEA FOR YOU!

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GABY1948 12/6/2011 7:09PM

    You CAN do it! Here's to you! HUGS!

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FLPALM 12/6/2011 6:16PM

    Oh Yeah!!!! You can make it!!! HERE COMES SANTA! BRINGING YOU LOTS OF WELL WISHES!

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IRMA63 12/6/2011 6:04PM

  Hi,
You have done really good. I am hoping to be to my ideal weight, by my birthday in April, will be very happy if it is before that. Hope to be in the country before then also.

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LIBELULITA 12/6/2011 5:43PM

    I'll join you on the last bit of the challenge.....I too weigh 196(.2) at the moment and would loooovvvveeee to be 190 by New Year.It'll be hard with my birthday and Christmas inbetween but LET'S GO FOR IT!!!!! emoticon

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METAMORPH2010 12/6/2011 3:25PM

    Kim said exactly what I was thinking. I hope that whatever transpires in the next 4 weeks that you celebrate what you have accomplished, which is simply amazing.
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CLPURNELL 12/6/2011 3:21PM

    Great Job!!! You will get there!!!

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WORLDSERIES11 12/6/2011 2:26PM

    Great Job! I know you can do it!!

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LAPISWITCH 12/6/2011 1:35PM

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JMACLIVES 12/6/2011 1:34PM

    That is completely within your ability! LIke others said be even more diligent about tracking and maybe add a few extra minutes of cardio to your workout a few days a week? Just that little extra boost can put you over the top . . . or in this case UNDER the goal emoticon

You've met every goal you've set so far, this is no differnt and you'll do it, I know you will! Sending positive slim thoughts your way emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/6/2011 11:46AM

    That's a doable amount! You can do it! Stay focused and determined. Track EVERYTHING. Don't eat the cookies you make, or if you do make sure to track every bite. Remember, your Christmas meals are only what, 1 or 2 or 3 meals? They, too, are trackable. Those are also points I need to remind myself on going into the holiday season. emoticon
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CBAILEYC 12/6/2011 11:33AM

    Woohoo you're doing great! Seriously, that's steady progress, even with the blips here and there. Consistency will get you where you want to be!
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C~

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SPARKL3 12/6/2011 11:32AM

    Fantastic!! You're doing great! emoticon

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EMPRESS8800 12/6/2011 11:24AM

    You can do it! I didn't join your challange, I guess I didn't see it sooner. I'm going on a 14 day cruise on 1/18/11. My "goal" would be to be in the 180's by then. According to my scale as of this morning I was 195.4 I've got close to 5 weeks to do this, I'm hopeful.

I had knee surgery two weeks ago, and have gotten clearance to start working out, SO... I'm off and running (no pun intended). If I make my goal that would be awesome.

I'm hoping NOT to gain more than 7 pounds in the two weeks on the ship. Funny to say I want to control how much I gain. I'm not too worried about the food...really...but I do like a cocktail, two or three, and I'm going with my parents to celebrate their 50th anniversary. So I imagine at LEAST 2 drinks a day. I figure vodka on the rocks....I can milk it a bit. Drink LOTS of water, and just enjoy the experience.

My life is going to continue.

Hey when you set up a goal for 2012, please include me, I need a "team motivation".

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KMCCRIGHT 12/6/2011 10:59AM

    You are doing an awesome job; look at all the weight you've taken off!! I think it's great to do this sort of challenge if it helps you to stay motivated. But here is the concern: we cannot guarantee weight loss every week--even when we stay within our nutritional guidelines and exercise regularly--so it can be very stressful to be on a timetable to lose a certain amount of weight in a specific amount of time. I prefer to concentrate on increasing my activity and making good food choices, instead of concentrating on the weight loss aspect. Naturally I will lose weight from my new healthy behaviors, and that's wonderful, but weight loss is not my focus. I know that I will eventually get myself down to the size I want to be, but I'm not concerned about when I'll get there. I'm just enjoying the process along the way and learning how to change my lifestyle permanently.

So all I'm saying is that you are doing EXCELLENT work to improve your health, and I hope that you will not beat yourself up if you don't happen to lose those six pounds before 1/1/2012. You still deserve to give yourself a lot of credit for everything you have accomplished so far.

All the best to you as you continue your journey to better health; sparkle on!

Kim McCright

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JENNIFERPS 12/6/2011 10:50AM

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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COURTMIGO 12/6/2011 10:46AM

  What about changing up your workout? I am typically a gym (treadmill/elliptical and free weights) kind of gal, with some softball thrown in for fun. But recently a friend of mine asked me to join her at Jazzercise. My first thought? You've got to be kidding!?! I am the most uncoordinated person I know. I can't even walk a straight line without tripping on my own feet. But I still said OK in an effort to support her. Guess what happened . . . I am still uncoordinated but I am LOVING every minute of it! Even better . . . I have lost weight with the change in workout.

It's only 6 pounds, you can definitely do this by Jan 1! Good luck!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/6/2011 10:02AM

    I think a lot of us hit slumps right in the 190s and I wonder why that is. Must be something in our bodies adjusting or doing something.

I actually had to give up this challenge because I was stressing about it every week. So I deleted my progress. I know technically I'm supposed to end around 183 lbs, but I know that won't happen. I'm at around 188.5 lbs right now and I can't lose 6 lbs in the next four weeks. I'll be happy if I just make it to 185 lbs and even that looks dicey at the moment!

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What a difference a year makes

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Last year I did my first 5K walk at the Turkey Trot. My goal was to do it in an hour and NOT be last. My time was 1:00:33, and I was not last! Pretty successful all things considered. I had had lost 63 pounds at that point, and just began to exercise on a regular basis. I signed up for the TT on a whim, and never really thought about what I was about to do. But I did it, and couldn't have been more proud.

This year, my goal was to run/jog most of it and finish in 45 minutes or less. I was registered for the walk, because mentally, I couldn't bring myself to "click" 5k run. I didn't tell anyone the time I was trying for, but secretly, you know we all have a number in our heads : ) I was really nervous and I haven't really slept well in the last few days thinking about it. I ran with one of my oldest and dearest friends, her son, and her new husband. We started off in the HUGE (almost 3000 people) crowd and when we saw a clearing we started running. My friends husband is a well seasoned runner, so I was nervous about running with him, but he let me set the pace. We ran and walked our way through all 3.1 miles.

I wore my Ipod so I could keep a good pace, and as we got closer to the finish line, one of my favorite running songs came on, "Trouble" by Pink, LOVE her! I started running and weaving around people, and I felt great! As I crossed the line, I read 42:43.... WHAT!!! You've got to be kidding! Well, apparently, the joke's on me. My official chip time 47:57... REALLY disappointed but I finished 12 out of 25 in my age group, so I am pretty pleased with that.

Not only have I lost 47 pounds since the last TT, but I took 12 minutes off my time. Next year, we're signing up for the 5K run and I WILL do it in less than 40 minutes. SO much to be thankful for!!! LOVE this new life of mine.

  
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SEABREEZE64 12/20/2011 12:52PM

    Congratulations on your great "run."

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MOONBIRD 12/6/2011 11:10PM

    I am so proud of you! It's such a great feeling to see your times and fitness improve over time. That is what all this is about. :)

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CLPURNELL 12/6/2011 3:24PM

    Awesome Job!! 1 year can make a world of difference!!!
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NLFRALEY35 12/6/2011 1:19PM

    I think you are doing great, Holly. I bet you make your goal.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/5/2011 7:20PM

    Love, love, love this post! You are amazing and inspiring to me.


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    Great job and congratulations!!!! emoticon

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/3/2011 4:41PM

    Well done you... Good luck with the small changes because that's the key... Have a lovely weekend. All the best - Mark

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EMPRESS8800 12/1/2011 9:49PM

    I got the CHILLS reading this post!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

I signed up for the CHOC Walk at Disneyland last April a week before my LapBand Surgery. The walk wasn't until 10/16 so I thought that would be a good goal to get to. The walk was a 5k, I've never done anything like that officially, but it was for a good cause, and I knew the money would be going to Children's Hospital, AND I got to walk inside Disneyland before the park opened.

Well flash forward to July....I slipped in my kitchen, ok tripped in my kitchen, fell and broke my knee cap. YEP surgery soon followed, loaded up by physical therapy.

But I decided I signed up, I would walk what I could and go from there.

I saw my doctor a week before the walk, he said he was signed up too (I thought that was comforting knowing he would be there). He didn't think I could complete the whole walk but wished me luck.

Not only did I complete the whole walk, but also walked 1/2 mile from the Parking lot to the entrance, and then the 1/2 mile BACK to the parking lot instead of taking the tram.

I felt great. Ready to sign up for another one. I had surgery 2 weeks ago 11/16 (a month later) I start PT next week, looking for my next walk who knows maybe even run early next year.

Thanks again for your encouragement!!! Congratulations!!!!

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FLPALM 12/1/2011 4:59PM

    Now how is THAT for a WINNER!!! WooHoo! WTG!

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COMPUCATHY 11/30/2011 11:03PM

    That's awesome! Congratulations! You did GREAT! Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing! Spark on! emoticon

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DEBADEAU 11/29/2011 9:15PM

    So awesome!!!

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SHELLYFOX 11/29/2011 8:13PM

    That's awesome!! Good for you!

I've been playing with the idea of training for a 5K! I have attempted the Couch to 5K program...I think I might try it again! Thanks for the inspiration!

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AGREENSLADE79 11/29/2011 7:53PM

    Great job!!! :)

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KAKAKALI4 11/29/2011 11:33AM

    That is awesome! I can't wait to do my 1st 5k! Way to cut that much time off your first!

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GMAJNET 11/29/2011 11:28AM

  That's the way to do it! One goal at a time. You will continue to see an improvement.

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STACIEPETE 11/29/2011 11:27AM

    Holly, you are suck a ROCKSTAR!!! Way to go, girl! I'm so proud of you.

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KATIEM929 11/29/2011 10:45AM

    What a great accomplishment! The things we can do when we really set our mind on it! Thanks for sharing your story.
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GOING-STRONG 11/29/2011 9:38AM

    Spark on! Great job and congrats on your improvement over the last year. You will be running marathons before you know it.. lol. Best to you, Rhonda

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HIPHOPSCOTCH 11/29/2011 7:54AM

    Congratulations!

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WIGIME 11/29/2011 7:30AM

    Congratulations Holly! I know you have worked hard and will continue to do so. You are definitely an inspiration to everyone (including me)!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 11/29/2011 6:33AM

    Awesome job! Keep going - speed comes with time and practise. You can do this, girl! WOOHOO to you!!!
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MPLONDKE 11/28/2011 11:47PM

  Great job! You'll do even better next year.

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POPEYETHETURTLE 11/28/2011 10:37PM

    What your mind can conceive, your body can achieve!

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AZURELITE 11/28/2011 9:56PM

    What wonderful progress!

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    Awesome improvements Holly - you should be proud. You can make this happen!

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BLADAMS89 11/28/2011 6:51PM

    I am training for the Virtual 5K right now, and I love it. Congrats on your achievements! Seems like all of your hard work paid off. It's also great that you had friends to run along with you! I bet you made them proud. emoticon

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    Congrats!

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    Yes! And next year you will do even better!!

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CBAILEYC 11/28/2011 11:06AM

    The true win is to keep trying, keep striving, desiring to improve. Well done on a great time this year. Here's to next year and making it happen!
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ABRETAK 11/28/2011 9:44AM

    Congrats! That's such a huge accomplishment. I'm still working on trying to finish the 5K in under an hour. Keep going!

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SBNORMAL 11/28/2011 1:41AM

  Congrats, I can not wait until I can do those runs and walks.

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    Congrats! Great job :)

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LOSINGITALL4ME 11/27/2011 8:34PM

    Thanks for sharing. I hope to be running a 5k by Spring so I am working this winter to meet my goal of running. Congrats on improving your time and your weight loss.

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    Congratulations!! That is such a great accomplishment!

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  Congrats on all your great accomplishments. You are doing good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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Plateau... good or bad?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So I've been on a plateau for 5 weeks now, and bouncing between 198.5 and 199.6. I have a lot of mixed feelings about all of it. At first, I was SUPER frustrated because, like anyone else who's dealt with it, you feel helpless. I'm still working out and eating right, WHY aren't I losing? So week after week, I kept at it. At week 4, I made peace with it. I'm not happy about hovering this close to the 200 mark still, but I'll take the plateau over a gain any day. In my head this just proves to me that when I get to my goal, I'll be able to maintain it. For those 5 weeks, I didn't change my exercise or my eating, and I stayed within the same pound... even when I had a random day or three when I "needed" a giant bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup. I don't expect to stay within a pound when I DO get to goal, but I DO expect to be able to maintain my loss. Keep eating right and exercising, and it'll all be fine! So, yeah, typically plateau is a bad word, but I guess if you look at the big picture, maybe it isn't so bad after all. Let's see what week 6 brings!

  
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MOONBIRD 12/6/2011 11:15PM

    I am going through something similar lately. When I did the 8k last month, I was down to 211.7, and now I am 214. Since then it's been one party or occasion after another (my husband, daughter's and friend's birthday, an engagement party, a xmas party, thanksgivings...UGH) Even though I did not pig out at any of these functions and overall did really well, I still managed to gain weight. I seem to gain weight whenever I eat food that I don't cook myself. I have been up and down for weeks because of this, and this is with working out super hard. It's very frustrating because it seems the more I lose the harder it gets. I do think it's right that this proves we will be able to at least maintain our weight without too much trouble.

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TIFFY0906 11/27/2011 7:28PM

    I have been on a plateau also but like you I have turned it into a positive. Not only have I seen that I can maintain but I also look at the other positives. Like even though the scale has not gone down my measurements have. I can do 20 consecutive (men) push-ups where three months ago I could barely do one - and the list goes on and on. So as long as you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and still working out - there will always be positive changes when that dreaded scale just will not budge.

Great blog - thanks for sharing

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MILLIE5522 11/27/2011 12:36PM

    I have a theory about plateaus .....in the beginning when a large loss is recorded that would be mostly water so later this "water" weight comes back so to speak. For example, most women have a metabolic rate of around 2000 or less. If you look at your first week(s) of losing did you really use up all those calories to lose that amount of weight? Considering each pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 calories it would be highly unlikely that you would lose more than 2lbs of fat in any week. If you lost more than that in the first week(s) than the rest would have been water. So plateaus are really just about balancing out the weight loss. You could still be losing fat but it won't reflect on the scales until the "water" weight has been readjusted.
Ok, this is just a theory, and maybe a whole load of hogwash but somehow this theory keeps me going when I have remained at the same weight for the last 6 weeks! emoticon

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MMRB7111 11/25/2011 2:32PM

    Thanks for sharing. I feel better now since I am not the only one going through this bouncing back and forth. I go through this every month. Some months I have lose weight and some months none. As a result, I have not gained back any of the 23 pounds I have lose and I have learned to have patience on this journey.

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MISSB8604 11/25/2011 1:55PM

    Oh man, this makes me feel so much better because I thought I was the only one! Thank you for this!

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DAZZLE359 11/25/2011 8:06AM

    Yes, I seem to be on a plateau too, and I know the feeling. In the beginning of this adventure I lost weight not doing everything right. I tell myself today that my body needs time to adjust to the new weight and me eating small meals during the day instead of one huge meal in the evening. I have to be learn to have some patience, to be gentle with my body and make my body my friend, I am learning to trust that what I am doing is right for not only my head but my body. I am now at a point that I am confident that staying within my daily calorie count will bring success and that may not come suddenly it may take time. I am willing to wait. I am willing to go the extra mile on this one thing-I have all the time it will take.

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KIPPER15 11/23/2011 8:57PM

    Been there too. Very frustrating. I boosted my exercise and broke the plateau. emoticon

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LADYGSC 11/23/2011 7:05PM

    Now that was very encouraging, because when I hit a plateau it really gets me down. It really is better than gaining weight and that's a good way to look at it! Keep on sparking, we're going to reach our goals!!

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HHB4181 11/23/2011 6:51PM

    Great job at maintaining! Keep it up!
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BRITTHORT9 11/23/2011 10:07AM

  Keep up the great attitude! You will get over the hump it just takes time and patience! emoticon

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JENJI_RUNNER 11/23/2011 8:36AM

    Good reframing of the problem. Suddenly your "weakness" becomes a strength, something you know you can do when it comes time for maintenance. :)

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METAMORPHUS 11/23/2011 12:58AM

    Thank you for this post and your positive attitude! Have been on a plateau since god knows when !!!!!!!!!! 7weeks!!!!!!!! Its so annoying*rolls eyes*
I climbed the scale yesterday, and I know I shouldn't allow it get to me, but it did.
Thus your blog came at d right time! ........and I also saw a 13 year old girl on a past oprah show(final week) who lost 13/20 pounds!!!!!!!!...........she is just 13 and could do this ..........I got to get my act together yeah? . Tnx a lot!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/22/2011 11:46PM

    AWESOME attitude!!!! Way to go...........you'll bust through that plateau and come out the other side bigger and better than ever!!! (And ready to kick some major booty!) Keep it up!!!!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/22/2011 6:42PM

    Great positive additude...

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MCMIKE0104 11/22/2011 3:12PM

    Keep up the good work...you are doing great...have you thought about lowering your clorie intake to jump start the process of getting through the plateau?

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KARENDEE4 11/22/2011 9:46AM

    What a great attitude you have!!

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NICKIEECU 11/22/2011 9:23AM

  I have been in the same boat for about 4 weeks and it is so frustrating. I know where I want to end up and it is taking me longer to get there. But we just have to stay motivated. We have come this far so don't give up now!

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ROOSTER72 11/22/2011 2:35AM

    Great attitude.
Just keep on keeping on!

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THEIS58 11/22/2011 1:43AM

    Great way to think about it!

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WELLREDHEAD 11/21/2011 6:02PM

    I never thought of a plateau being like maintenance. Next time I hit a plateau, I'm going to remember that. Thanks!

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KHAYNES_WDE 11/21/2011 11:44AM

    I agree with your sentiment. Plateaus aren't fun, but they are good practice for maintaining consistency and preparing for goal.

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JANIEWWJD 11/21/2011 2:43AM

    You have a pretty good attitude about it all. emoticon

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KIMMIF 11/20/2011 9:47PM

    Holly, while plateaus are frustrating, they're neither good or bad. They just are. Make sure you're consistent with your food plan and exercise, but like folks before have said, mix things up a little. After a while our bodies get used to what we're doing AND how we're doing it so give it a little surprise! In the meantime, rejoice about how far you've come in your journey. emoticon

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SHO-SHANNA 11/20/2011 12:39PM

    You are amazing, and I love your attitude! This is a subject near (& dear?) to my heart.

I've been on a plateau for about 9 months now...after losing nearly 80 lbs...I've been up & down the same 3 or 4 lbs for these months. It can be frustrating, but, I really think after being obese for so long that our bodies are simply adjusting to this new place. It's not the end of the journey....just a respite! Congratulations on your amazing progress!
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PURPLE_ROSE_3 11/19/2011 4:01AM

    This positive attitude is amazing! You are doing great, you can do this!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/18/2011 12:30PM

    I think plateau's are a blessing and a curse. I know, I'm crazy for thinking that but after being on one for 3 years it kinda messes with your mind. :)

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CRYSCLAUSSEN 11/18/2011 11:46AM

  Holly...you are truly an inspiration, keep up the good work!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 11/18/2011 4:20AM

    Your body needs time to adapt - I know 5 weeks can be frustrating but do hang in there! The weight WILL come off, eventually.

Have you ever tried interval workouts? Also called HIIT (high intensity interval training) - means that you switch your running/walking or whatever cardio routine you prefer with phases of high intensity and lower intensity. Like 2 minutes moderate pace and then 30 seconds sprint....repeat up to 8 times. This is a killer but you will feel like you've accomplished a lot when you're done.

Keep going, you WILL succeed!
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LORI1132 11/18/2011 12:31AM

    I'm happy to have found your blog. I am hoping to lose 50-100 pounds more. I just lost 47 pounds and feel like I still have so much to learn. Congratulations on all that you have done.

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PASTORJO 11/17/2011 9:11PM

    I don't think plateauing is a bad thing...esp after all your weight loss in a year. Consider it a rest stop as part of a very long journey, practicing maintaining your weight. Maybe your body is just adjusting to itself. emoticon

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GUNNADOITNOW 11/17/2011 4:36PM

    I have loved reading your blogs. I need to lose 80kgs and you have helped to inspire me.

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 11/17/2011 1:27PM

    Girl, you know I've been there too, I lose, gain, plateau, lose, gain plateau and so on...SO FRUSTRATING!! Refusing myself of the glorious world of One-derland. However, I've switched up my exercise routine this week. Usually I do the same workout every other day. Well, this week instead of my usual MWF I decided to mix my whole week up and like magic the lbs started coming off again (already!). Took two classes yesterday, Cardio Mix and Muscle Max, boy do I feel it!

With all the life/family drama I've had lately I've been "eating my feelings" Luckily no where near what I would have done in the past. But that has also contributed to my plateau.

Bottom line....You are going to break right through this plateau like it was nothing. You should be so proud of what you've accomplished! You are such an inspiration!

You Rock Girl!!! You'll get there!

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DKTURNER3 11/17/2011 1:23PM

  Thanks for sharing your ONEderland with us. I am so happy and excited for you. You look great! The plateau can be very frustrating! I would recommend intervals during your cardio time. It will increase your heartrate and breathing (and sweating!) and jumpstart your metabolism. Also change up your lifting either go more reps, lighter weights, faster or do heavier, fewer reps, slower. The change will get you off the plateau. Keep up your great attitude! You have inspired me!

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EDWARDSC393 11/17/2011 12:27PM

    You have so much to be proud of. I think a plateau is a way for the body to get use to a lesser weight. I,ve started body building and see muscles, but the same weight. Now I,m incorporated more cardio. But I love weight training, especially cause it helps with the saginess! Keep up the good work!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/17/2011 12:12PM

    You have a great attitude. NO, you are not doing anything wrong. There will be weeks when the scale doesn't move and that's perfectly normal. Think of weight loss like a person trying to climb Mount Everest. Does a person climb Everest in a day ? a week ? Climbing Everest takes many many weeks. Even when you get to the base of the mountain, it's still going to take days to get to the top. Why ? Because as you go up the mountain, you have to make stops to acclimate.

Well, a plateau is no different. It's your body's way to acclimate to the changes you've been making. Will your weight loss start up again ? Definitely, but you have to be patient.

Keep making a positive out of this situation like you've been doing. You haven't regained any weight. That says you're definitely doing something right. So, don't worry, you're doing great ! I loved your blog on achieving one-der-land. that was great.

Just think of this plateau as if you were climbing Everest. Your body is just acclimating to the changes. You'll be at the top before you know it.

Now, speaking as someone who's taken the weight off and in maintenance, no it's not easy. Finding that right balance is something of a challenge, but once you find that harmony... you are set for life !!



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KMCCRIGHT 11/17/2011 11:26AM

    I really like the positive approach you are taking to your plateau. I never thought about it like that; when you are on a plateau for an extended period of time, it can be an opportunity to show how you can maintain your weight once you're in the maintenance phase of weight loss!

One thing I wanted to mention: you wrote that for those five weeks you "didn't change" your exercise or eating, and you stayed "within the same pound." You may have heard this concept before, but I want to point it out in case you are not familiar with this idea. Sometimes our bodies get used to the types of foods we're eating and the kinds of exercise we're doing, and we stop losing weight.

To shock your body and give your metabolism a boost, it can be helpful to do different exercise activities. If you typically walk, then incorporate some step-climbing or hills into your workout. Or even better, if you happen to belong to a gym or have access to cardio equipment, mix up your workout routine by using a different machine each time you exercise. And check out the SparkPeople site for some great recipes to vary the foods you're eating.

You're doing great; hang in there--persistence pays off!!

Kim McCright

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FLPALM 11/17/2011 11:18AM

    I AM SOOOOO INSPIRED BY READING THIS! I HAVE A VERY LONG WAY TO GO, BUT I WILL DO IT, EVEN IF THE SCALE ISN'T MOVING AS FAST AS I'D LIKE IT! BUT IT WILL!!!!!

THANKS FOR SHARING!

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ALEXISL2008 11/17/2011 11:13AM

  Wow Holly, I love your story. Very inspiring, I wanted to share with you some advice about your plateau. I have been on a plateau for like 5 years, I have always wanted to lose this extra weight I have had my whole life. Its not much but I hate it, so recently I have upped my strategy. I went on to the spark settings and reduced my calorie settings and set some of my trackers to track my fiber as well as some other things I need in my diet. I figure since I have lost weight since I started on SP why am i still eating the same amount of food. so i reduced my daily calories to 1500 instead of 1700, I am always full and sometimes I don't even eat that much calories in a day. I keep my workouts consistent, even if they are really short like 10 min, the more often you work out the quicker you will break that wall. I am also an evening eater or snacker, so I stopped that. If I have room in my counter I may have snack to avoid hunger pains before bed, but always 3 hours before bed. I really hope this helps, you are doing such a great job.

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SAVYSAVANNAH2 11/17/2011 10:14AM

    congratulation on your weight loss. I'm so proud of you. I only wish I can have the will power to continue, but I'm always on again off again. How do you do it. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing your blog with us.

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MYSPARKLER 11/17/2011 8:46AM

    You have been so successful! Your efforts will continue to pay off. I think your body is just re-calibrating and you will start losing weight again soon.
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AMOON502 11/16/2011 12:10PM

    What an awesome attitude and perspective! I haven't hit a plateau yet but I have been dreading it. I have to agree with DJ4Health, I have heard about your body getting used to the workouts and having to change it up. I know you will break through your plateau and once you do you will be charging toward your goal weight with a renewed vigor!

Keep on keeping on!
~Amy Lynn

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FLORIDASURVEYOR 11/16/2011 9:12AM

    My current weight plateau has lasted several months. I have had a number of weeks where I have given up logging food and have been able to maintained with a few pounds, so I guess it has been good training.

My exercise has only consisted of walking. I have joined a gym (have not been yet) and plan on doing a little strength training to mix things up some and maybe nudge myself off the plateau

Good Luck!
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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/16/2011 8:10AM

    Yes- maintaining a plateau does teach and show one how to maintain when you get to your goal. It is a mini lesson/learning point, if you will. That is what I believe. You can do it- bust on through! You haven't changed anything, but have you thought about it? Trying different exercises or eating a different amount of calories? Just to shake things up? emoticon

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BRITT831 11/16/2011 8:00AM

    Love the positive attitude! U cannot change how ur body responds to what u throw at it, nor can u predict it, but u CAN change how u react to it. emoticon U go, girl! Keep Sparkin!
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ELLIE-1220 11/16/2011 6:57AM

    I love the way you have taken this and looked at the positive in this. Good for you to accept it and move on. I look forward to seeing this plateau break for you and your final goal achieved!

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KIBAISREADY 11/15/2011 10:48PM

    GOOD LUCK ON BREAKING THROUGH THAT PLATEAU... I HATE THEM, BUT YOU DID MAKE A GOOD POINT ABOUT THE MAINTENANCE ASPECT! LOVE THE ATTITUDE!

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SCOUTMOM715 11/15/2011 10:29PM

    Plateaus can be a pain in the but, especially when you are doing everything right. You've got the right attitude, you'll break through that plateau in no time. emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 11/15/2011 10:10PM

    I have been on a plateau since August. I lost ONE pound and ONE inch on my hips and thighs (NONE on my waist or arms) during my P90X program but a friend of mine has a scanner that measures body fat percentage and it said that I went from 29.5% body fat to 25.6% body fat so that's a HUGE change that didn't register on the scale. Also, I went down to a size 10 in pants so I'll take it! Your body may be changing in ways that you're not aware of - just keep doing what you're doing and it will help.

Also, the last plateau I was on broke when I went down 200 calories per day. It was HARD to cut out those calories but it was worth it. I'm hoping that now that I've finished P90X and started doing more cardio I'll break my plateau. Good luck!

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MADTHENURSE 11/15/2011 10:01PM

    I'm right there with you. This will make week 6 (when I weigh in tomorrow morning - and I know it's not gonna change...) with nothing. It's getting old. But I decided that it can always be worse. The numbers could be going up. It's that time of year...Halloween means tons of candy in the house (seriously 5 kids each with like three gallons of candy), baking for the holidays starts, getting dark earlier... the list of excuses goes on and on. Yet, even with this, the scale hasn't gone up. I'm trying to be content with it. I feel healthier. So, take a minute... LOOK AT YOU!!! You look amazing. You're doing stuff you've NEVER done. So what if the scale doesn't look different... Your muscles are toner because of the work you're doing... Things are changing!!!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/15/2011 9:39PM

    I read on Life Scripts that there are two reasons that most people will have a plateau and that is one they are not changing the way they are working out and that the body got used to what you are doing and two that you need to give your body a rest because it is over worked. So you can try either one and see how that goes for you.

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Happy Halloween!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

So much fun, so much candy! The kids had a great time and I enjoyed walking the neighborhood with them. This is the first year they really got into it. I hope everyone had an awesome night!


this was from ZooBoo, I forgot to take pics tonight, oops!

  
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 11/9/2011 8:31AM

    Very cute. I am still sad about Halloween, my older two don't care, but Samuel is two and I won't have a picture of him in a costume, though it will give them all something to talk about! Hope your doing well!

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MOONBIRD 11/7/2011 10:40PM

    They are so cute! I love Halloween, but ours was kind of cut short by the cold and rain. I am glad the kids didn't get too much candy because on Halloween and day after I had way too much of it. I had my husband take the rest we had leftover to work. :)

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TEMPEST272002 11/1/2011 10:18AM

    Too cute! Happy Halloween!

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CHANGING4ME49 11/1/2011 6:14AM

    They look adorable! Glad you and the kids had a good time.

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DSNYCHICK 11/1/2011 5:54AM

    They're adorable!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/1/2011 5:47AM

    Adorable!

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TERRYT55 11/1/2011 1:00AM

    Just adorable! Sounds like a good time was had by all! Happy Halloween!

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    They look cute and happy!!!
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KIKI0531 10/31/2011 10:49PM

    They look great !! Glad you had such a great time. Unfortunately, we had a steady drizzle - the little one went to about 12 houses - our neighbors were extremely generous. We loaded up her pumpkin in no time and was home in an hour. Just too damp and chilly for the 3 yr old and Mommy and Daddy .. LOL. emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 10/31/2011 9:52PM

    Happy Halloween to you also. Your kids look very nice in there costumes
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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/31/2011 9:09PM

    They are so cute! Happy Halloween. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad that you enjoyed it this year! That's what they will remember.

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