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Review of Coach Nicole's 28 Boot Camp DVD

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Overall, I enjoyed this DVD very much. The girls looked great in matching outfits, and I REALLY liked that they were REAL woman. They look healthy and very fit, not super skinny models wearing tiny shorts and sports bras.

I've read some reviews that other sparkers wrote, saying the music was annoying. I didn't have an issue with it. It really wasn't very loud and Coach Nicole was giving directions through out the video, so I really didn't pay much attention to it.

I also liked that all the ladies were showing every exercise in varying levels of intensity. Beginner, intermediate, and as Coach Nicole calls it, "a challenge." Every part of the workouts can be modified to your ability.

There are several choices when it comes to working out with this video. The first, is a "28 day workout plan" which allows you to follow along with an interactive calendar. You will go through a mixture of cardio and ST with built in rest days. I think this is a really cool feature because it gives you a no-brain workout plan for a month. How can you NOT like that?!?

You can also design your own workouts. There are warm ups and cool downs. There is a cardio workout, cardio/toning, and sculpting workouts. They all range in length from 12 to 30 minutes. Or, you can run ALL the programs at once giving you a 84 minute workout incorporating all muscle groups and balancing it out with cardio.

I've been working out regularly for over a year and a half, and I really didn't find the cardio workouts very challenging. They would be great for beginners, and I did enjoy them, because it wasn't the treadmill or elliptical. It just didn't get my heart going like I'm used to. It will be great to use the cardio when I'm in a rut with my workouts and just want to take it easy and do something different.

My favorite part was all of the sculpting, toning and strength training. Maybe because I'm totally lacking in that area ; ) I tested all of these workouts, and I felt I got a really good workout doing these. As I said before everything on this DVD can be modified, using weights, no weights, lifting your arms or legs lower or higher, however you need to do it. I really feel I got a very good total body workout.

Overall, I enjoyed the video, but if you want more intense cardio, this isn't for you. If you need switch up your cardio and amp up the ST, this is a GREAT video to get. Remember, these are MY opinions based on MY skill level, or lack there of.

You can get sparkpoints for purchasing this DVD and you can also get a $3 off coupon to purchase it at Target, by going to...

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*DISCLAIMER*
I received this video for free from sparkpeople.com and I was in NO way compensated for my review of the DVD.

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BMCKEOW1 1/24/2012 2:25PM

    Thanks for the review. I was wondering what it was like.

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CLPURNELL 1/23/2012 3:44PM

    Great Review!

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SHFELKEY 1/23/2012 11:15AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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SUCCESSN2014 1/22/2012 8:12PM

    Thanks for the review Holly!

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MISTYBLUE716 1/22/2012 6:16PM

    I agree..the cardio isn't too challenging but the tone and burn 20 minutes workout certainly got me sweaty! I haven't done the total body yet..but I end up supplementing with more when I do the cardio burst and cardio/sculpt!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/22/2012 6:10PM

    Thank you, as I am currently working at high end of cardio this is very good to know.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/22/2012 5:51PM

    Yep, that's about what I feel too (except the music DID annoy me, haha! but all workout music annoys me). Since I need less intense workouts right now, I can't wait to do the full 28-day bootcamp in February!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/22/2012 3:15PM

    We seem to be of a similar opinion! I didn't find this very intense, but is a good switch-up when needed. (I also wrote a review)

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A great poem from my SP friend HOLLIEWALLY

Friday, January 13, 2012

"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
~ Unknown

I just thought this was a great reminder to never give up. Even when you think it will never get better, it will. Just keep going and you will see all of your hard work pay off.

  
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CLPURNELL 1/17/2012 6:24PM

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LIBELULITA 1/14/2012 3:50AM

    I've had this stuck on the wall by my bed ever since I was a student!!! I'd forgotten it over the years so thanks for remindind me of it.... emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/14/2012 12:31AM

    I've read this one before and it stuck with me. I also like "it's darkest before dawn".

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/13/2012 7:40PM

    Thanks for that! I definitely need to hear that, esp today!

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Company Christmas party, then and now...

Friday, January 06, 2012

2009 vs. 2011



307 pounds



190 pounds

I really just wanted this to look at when I'm having a REALLY bad day.

  
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BIBS4664 1/31/2012 4:41PM

    Wonderful!!


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MADMARE 1/25/2012 11:07AM

    WOW WOW WOW! your hard work and determination really paid off! Keep the SPARK. emoticon

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KELLIGIRL523 1/11/2012 12:12PM

    Congratulations! You WILL lose that additional 50 pounds in 2012! It's our year!

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BOOKWORM27S 1/11/2012 12:03PM

    Awesome! Congrats on your weight loss! What a difference!
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SHFELKEY 1/11/2012 8:57AM

    wow you look amazing! you should be so proud of yourself. can't wait to see what goals you are able to accomplish in 2012! emoticon

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TINNATEE 1/11/2012 8:50AM

    You look stunning! Great Job!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 1/11/2012 8:21AM

    Love it!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/10/2012 2:29PM

    How'd I miss this!??! You are a stone cold fox at any weight baby!

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STRUDGEJ 1/10/2012 5:19AM

    I love the pictures! It really shows how far you've come on your journey. I can't wait to have pictures like that! emoticon

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DEVONYA27 1/9/2012 10:38PM

    WOW......You look AMAZING!!!! emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 1/9/2012 10:27PM

    WOW!! What an awesome transformation!! All your hard work has paid off!! emoticon

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MOONBIRD 1/9/2012 10:23PM

    Amazing difference! You look great! You have worked so hard, and it shows.

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You are and look AMAZING!!! Such an inspiration!!!

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ME_FIRST 1/8/2012 11:57AM

    What a difference. You're doing GREAT Holly. Yvonne

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MY2CHIX 1/7/2012 11:52AM

    Seeing it like this puts it in a better perspective doesn't it! You have come a long way chicky and though you are having a not so great day - you are here and sticking with it! that is what matters, you are here and making it work.
I am proud of you and you inspire me to get my rear in gear again. Thank you Holly!
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PINKGRACES 1/6/2012 10:09PM

    You look happy and healthy. Way to go!

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AGREENSLADE79 1/6/2012 9:42PM

    Wow!! A whole new person! Great job!!! :)


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    WOW! emoticon

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ELLIE-1220 1/6/2012 9:18PM

    Wow! Holly! Good for you!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!

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MONIKKI 1/6/2012 9:16PM

    This is a really cool blog. It's great to be able to reflect positively! Great job!

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PENNYROYALTY 1/6/2012 8:47PM

    you look FAB! Even if you've had a single bad day, it looks like you have had many, many more great ones! What a transformation! Your hard work has paid off!

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LIBELULITA 1/6/2012 8:25PM

    Look at that....doesn't it just make you glow with happiness and pride when you see how far you've come? You're a star emoticon emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/6/2012 6:39PM

    Just look at you! All that hard work you put in really paid off!!

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FLAMINGOMAMA66 1/6/2012 6:20PM

    Wow! You are just amazing!!

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JESSIHOVER1 1/6/2012 5:35PM

    You look AMAZING!!

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    You've made amazing progress! emoticon

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KKINNEA 1/6/2012 5:07PM

    Or even any day - great progress!

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KARENDEE4 1/6/2012 5:07PM

    You are so inspiring!


You really look great!

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SUCCESSN2014 1/6/2012 5:01PM

    You look incredible Holly!! :) You've done an awesome job!

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TEMPEST272002 1/6/2012 4:44PM

    You look gorgeous! What a difference a year of healthy choices makes!!! I recently found a pic of me 110lbs ago & I've put it on my desk so I can remember just how far I've come & how every step has been absolutely worth it. When I look at those photos now, I realize that I really didn't grasp how heavy I'd become. Do you find the same thing?

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POOKASLUAGH 1/6/2012 4:38PM

    Love it! That's the best time to look at those good comparisons Holly!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 1/6/2012 4:18PM

    That is amazing!
Yes! Keep those near for the dumb days!!
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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 1/6/2012 4:04PM

    I'm going to come look at these when I'm having a really bad day. Always good to remember what's possible when you really work for it!

Thanks so much for sharing.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/6/2012 3:59PM

    OMG Holly. I have been with you this since the beginning and this shocked me. Wow, truly inspiring. You are amazing.

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AMBERRULE 1/6/2012 3:25PM

    Wow you look so good and your outfit is super cute!!!! Pictures like these can just brighten any day!!!

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HARMONYBLUE 1/6/2012 2:50PM

    What a transformation! And cute sweater in the second pic:)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/6/2012 2:39PM

    Well look at you all dressed in red (both years) and looking Fantastic and feeling it too. I love the curve of your waist! This will be a great photo blog for you to refer to and to add too.

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-POOKIE- 1/6/2012 2:02PM

    Its an amazing change that YOU made!

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-AIMIE- 1/6/2012 2:01PM

    WOWZAS!!! I want to have a comparison photo like this in a year! Great job Holly!!!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 1/6/2012 2:00PM

    Amazing pics! Thanks also for the comment on my blog. Hugs right back to ha!

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CHRISTINA791 1/6/2012 1:57PM

    Awesome. I love that you're rocking the red in both of them, too!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 1/6/2012 1:54PM

    Beautiful! You rock!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/6/2012 1:47PM

    This is amazing!! Way to go! Wow, what a change.

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/6/2012 1:47PM

    You look SO FREAKIN AMAZING!!!! You are a true SparkStar!!!

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The Holidays, a doctor's appointment, and goals for 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

I hope everyone had a fun and happy holiday season, but now it's time to get back to business. I came through Christmas with a 3 pound loss, but I wasn't so fortunate with New Year's. I know I can't actually gain 3 pounds over 3 days, so I'm not logging it. When I weigh next Monday, I will consider that my actual weight. If I did actually gain it, it was worth it.

I had a great time this weekend with my best friend (MADTHENURSE) and her family. It wasn't some over the top New Year's blow out, it was much better than that. Our family's, including her brother and sister with their families and her mom, all spent the evening together talking, laughing and of course eating and drinking a little too much! There was "good" choices, like the 15 pound veggie tray and the 10 pound fruit assortment, but No! I wanted the 10 layer taco dip, with whole wheat tortillas! I wanted the chocolate fondue with the peppermint marshmallows, and oreos to dip. I wanted to eat my weight in Gouda with crostinis. There were 40 different types of cookies, some of which the main ingredient was butter... you know... the ones *I* ate! The wine was delicious, but the company was the best! So I'll take the weight gain, if it's true weight gain, because I made the choice to eat those foods, and I don't regret one bite!

I had a doctor's appointment on 12/29, and my main goal was to discuss my weight loss and my right foot that's been hurting me for more than 2 months. Well, after an exam and an x-ray, it turns out I have tendonitis. UGH! So, the "cure" for that is ibuprofen, icing the area, and to generally "take it easy." Yeah, no good! Doc said I could do low impact workouts, which is ok, because for Christmas, I got a Yoga DVD and Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Not sure how low impact that is, but we'll see. She also said I could walk a little, but if it starts to bother me, I need to back off. For now, running is not a possibility *sigh.*

I also talked to her about going back on the "detox" diet that I used when I first started my weight loss. This was MY idea of detox, it was not something I read about, but for the first 6 months, I gave up everything I considered "not healthy" for me. No coffee, chocolate, pizza, pasta, cereal, or bedtime snaking. These are all triggers for me, and I thought If I could give them up for 6 months, I'd rid my body of the cravings. It worked and I lost a great deal of weight in that time frame. I started incorporating those things back into my diet and I feel I've done really well with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying all of those foods. Because my weight loss has slowed, I asked if she thought "detoxing" again would help to jump start things. She said that a 2 week detox would be a great idea, especially since in the winter, your metabolism slows down. That's definitely something I will be planning to do in the next few weeks.

We also discussed my goal weight. I'm 5 feet tall, 5'1 on a good day, so, according to everything I've read, a "healthy BMI" for me would be no more than 127 at the very top of the scale. 127... that's an incredibly low number to me, and it's caused a lot of stress since I started my journey. I'm 36 years old, I've had 2 kids, and I don't need to wear a bikini. After talking to my doctor, I've found out that the BMI charts that we find online are just a guide. YES, it's a very important tool, but the doctor also has a BMI tool that not only uses your height and weight, but also takes your age into consideration. She said most charts we would find on-line do not use age as part of the assessment. After inputting my info, we discovered a normal, "healthy" weight for someone of my height, and AGE, would be between 140 and 150 (150 being the very MOST I should weigh), and she said I shouldn't go any lower than 135. Based on this info, I changed my goal weight to 140, and If I get lower, great! My plan is to maintain between 140-150.

***THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MY DOCTOR AND I DECIDED FOR *ME* THIS DOESN'T MEAN IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR OWN PHYSICIAN ABOUT YOUR GOAL WEIGHT***

Everyone's been posting goals for 2012, so here goes...

-- My main goal will be to get to my goal weight of 140, which means another 50 pounds
-- I will continue with running (foot injury willing) so I can sign up for, and run the Turkey Trot this year and break 40 minutes
-- This will be the year of strength training so I can decrease my body fat percentage. I also just bought a new scale that I can keep track of this as well as my BMI.
-- Finally, I just want to improve my overall health and fitness level.

Ok, Sparkfriends, it's 2012, let's make this year better than the last!

  
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ANNROSE126 1/28/2012 11:55PM

    You are Doing Great!

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SALLY_MANDER 1/11/2012 12:33AM

    Congratulations on your successes! I love your positive energy - way to go!
BMI can be sooo misleading, as it doesn't take into account weight from muscle, your age, activity level, etc. Personally, I think body fat % is a far more accurate indicator of one's health - good for you for choosing to focus on that as well!
Wishing you much more success for 2012. Happy New Year!

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ROCKINFOX 1/6/2012 3:07PM

    Sounds like you have some great goals! Have you ever considered something like ju-jitsu as a fitness option? One of my friends had tendonitus (sp?) or archilles or something like that and he tried ju-jitsu. It was a good workout for him and he wasn't on his feet too much.

I agree with you on the BMI. I've had a discussion about it with my doctor before. Sounds like the detoxing worked for you. That's great that you found something that you can turn back to.

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COCOMAC7 1/6/2012 2:05PM

    I'm glad I found this blog! I just wanted to say that I'm so happy for you that you came up with a realistic goal weight with your doctor! This is SOOOO important. I also fully believe that sometimes weighing too little makes a woman look MUCH older than she is (the same as being over weight can).

Who knows, maybe you'll get to 140 and say I think I'm going to try for 135 or maybe you get to 140 and say "oh my body was much happier at 145). I think there is no "perfect" weight for each person at each height etc.

I have tendinitis in my knee (from running). Yes I had to take some time to heal, but now that I have I use prevention to deal with it (rest, ice, compression, elevation). You'll get there!

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MOONBIRD 1/4/2012 7:11PM

    It sounds like you had a fun time! I am s orry about your foot. My right foot has been hurting off and on for a few weeks, and I wonder if I could have the same thing. I hope not. I do not want to stop running. I don't think 30 day shred is low impact. You do a lot of jumping jacks and stuff like that. It's only like 25 mins total with the warm up, but it's very intense. I also ate less "bad" foods in the beginning. My weight loss has slowed a lot and I feel like I will never get under 200 at this point. It's so frustrating. I had slowed down before xmas and then on vacation had a gain which I expected, but most of that is gone now. I am trying to get back to my normal schedule of things. My Dr told me 135-155 is a healthy range for me. I am 5'5". I want to weigh around 150, but if I am happy with how I look at 160 and I'm healthy then maybe that is fine for me. I really just want my huge gut to go away. My legs and arms keep getting thinner, but my stomach is still huge. UGH I hope this is an awesome year for you. I hope by the end of the year that I'll be at my goal weight, or pretty darn close.

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JENN26POINT2 1/3/2012 3:09PM

    Sorry for the bum foot! I hate it when things ache! And tendinitis is the worst because it takes so long, seems to be gone, and then pops back up again.

The BMI calculators say I should weigh between 127 and 147 (I think) so I'm aiming for 140. I've seen people on success stories here and there who are close to my height, start at my weight and drop to 120's, so I think it's doable, but for all I know, they could be small framed and LOOK good at 120. I'm large framed according to the calculators out there. Here is the address to a one such girl here: http://eatcleandiet.com/community/s
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Good luck to you with your 2012 goals! I don't doubt for a second that you can make it happen.

Oh, and I love your background pic!

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MADTHENURSE 1/3/2012 7:03AM

    Oh, girl - that three pounds we worked on together... Let the shred begin!! WE are going to get there together - this year! You're now SO close - how exciting!!!

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-POOKIE- 1/3/2012 5:18AM

    BMI charts are nonsense.

The man who created them said they where in fact!

they where only designed to be an average of an average group... they where for military use.
He said they where useless for anybody outside "normal" parameters (like your height for instance!)

Im glad you have found a happy goal to aim for.

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SWEETS86 1/3/2012 12:07AM

    I am glad you had a good talk with your Dr. I love all the New Year blogs, I just wrote one myself. Here's to reaching our goals this year.

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TEMPEST272002 1/2/2012 11:14PM

    Happy New Years! That's interesting about the BMI chart that takes age into account. Makes sense to me. Sorry to hear about foot. Frustrating to not be able to run, but it's so important to be patient and take good care of it. I'm planning on checking out water aerobics next week. Maybe a good alternative for you too with the injury? You look amazing in your current profile pic. Look at that waistline! The changes sure have been dramatic. 2012 is going to be the year we achieve what we once thought impossible.

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/2/2012 10:06PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Glad to hear you had a great time! Ya know I never really thought about talking to my Dr. about my BMI and I'm now interested in what he would say (I do have a routine visit coming soon)

Hope your foot heals quickly. Soon I will be limited for a time as well once I get my legs taken care of I won't be allowed to run.

Great goal and I know you will conquer each one!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 1/2/2012 9:40PM

    Holly, you are such an inspiration and are doing so well! That's awesome that you talked to your doctor. I wanted to this year but my doctor stopped practicing last year. The new doctor I switched to went on maternity leave when I was due for my annual checkup so I saw the nurse practitioner and didn't ask her about it because I didn't think I would be seeing her regularly. My friend has a body scanner that says I should be in the 150-160 range for my body mass and muscle so I'm almost there according to that. The chart says I should weigh 145 but I've been stuck at 160 for a while. Good job and keep up the great work! :)

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/2/2012 9:30PM

    Hope your foot heals quickly! Glad you got in to the dr & were able to have a good conversation, figuring out what's right for YOU!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 1/2/2012 9:21PM

    I loved this blog and that you checked in with your doctor on your goals and progress. You are a great example for us all! ...and go you for setting a goal weight based on what you want and not a chart.
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BONOLICIOUS2 1/2/2012 8:16PM

    1) way to go for enjoying yourself with no regrets but knowing it isn't the norm. No self loathing or guilt, I love your attitude! High five!

2) I have tendinitis too :( a properly fitting pair of shoes works wonders! It is important to stretch but also strength train. All is not lost! You CAN do a lot and push through it!

3) I'm 5'1" too! That BMI has felt impossible to me for a long while. I was 125 once while starving myself....no good! Ill be fine with whatever as long as I'm FIT and I think your doctor agrees and wants you to do the same. You are going to get there, you will!

4) happy new year!!!!!

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WONDERBUG381 1/2/2012 6:12PM

    Your New Years sounds fantastic.
You are doing amazing & i wish you continued success in reaching your goal in 2012.
I know you can do it



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MOMOMMA622 1/2/2012 5:30PM

    You are doing fabulous. I am so rpoud of you.

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SCOUTMOM715 1/2/2012 4:27PM

    Sorry to hear about the tendonitis, hope your foot is better soon! I like your idea of the "detox" these were alot of the foods that I gave up the first 5 months of my journey and had great success, I gradually incorporated them back in too. Even though, I've reached my goal, and eat/drink these in moderation, I can feel my body is a little sluggish, especially since I overdid it New Year's weekend too, but it was soo good! LOL! So I may have to give my body a break from some of these again! You inspire me Holly and I have no doubt you'll reach your goals in 2012. Happy New Year!! emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 1/2/2012 2:41PM

    I was looking at your ticker and realized you have less than fifty pounds to go! Wow! I wish I was you right now! I really think you should take it easy with that tendonitis, though. I haven't experienced it but you don't want to be laid up with something worse from overdoing it.

Have a great 2012! It's going to be a great year.

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KIBAISREADY 1/2/2012 2:19PM

    WISHING YOU THE BEST GIRL! CHEERS TO 2012!

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FREETHEGODDESS 1/2/2012 1:35PM

    You have done amazingly well so far and I know you will succeed in 2012! I am glad you enjoyed your New Year's Eve and are willing to take a couple pounds for it...I gained a few as well and was upset at first but, feel better knowing that I am not the only one. We will get those couple pounds back off in no time.

I love that you adjusted your weight ticker to a healthy weight you can maintain and enjoy life at. My goal weight is 170-180 lbs. and I am 5' 6 1/2 ". Charts say that I should weigh between 140-150 lbs. I don't plan on being "thin", just leaner and healthier. I am 43 years old and don't plan on wearing a bikini either. I just want to feel lean and strong and light on my feet. I can always decide to lose more later, until then, 180 lbs. feels like a manageable goal to me.

Glad to see that you are being realistic and setting yourself up for success. We WILL do this...WooHoo!


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KARENDEE4 1/2/2012 1:12PM

    Sounds great!!

The party food sounds yummy!

In the beginning I cut out all processed foods and junk. I have added some back and my weight loss slowed a lot lately. Maybe time for me to cut out all that stuff again.

I bet you will reach your goal in no time. I hope your injury heals quickly too!

Karen

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 1/2/2012 1:10PM

    Holly your new years sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed every bit(e) of it. I love how confident and in control you sound about your weight loss journey. I think that will be key in maintainance. I set my goal weight above my bmi weight range too for many of the same reasons. My range is 120-140....that seems comoletely unrealistic. Have a great day.

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 1/2/2012 12:58PM

    I am so glad that my NYE party didn't have all those things!!!

But they did have pigs in a blanket. Mmmmmm.....

I told people that the 9 miles I did on Sunday was a mile for every hundred piggies I ate...

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/2/2012 12:54PM

    I gained 6 lbs over 3 days at Christmas, so I completely feel your pain. I overate, and waaayyyy too much. I wasn't about to input that number either. I've lost it all, thankfully. Good to hear you enjoyed your New Years!!

"No coffee, chocolate, pizza, pasta, cereal, or bedtime snaking. These are all triggers for me"

I can totally relate. I've eliminated my big triggers from my house, and try not to ever invite them in. A treat is a treat, and if I want a treat of a piece of cake or chips I go out to enjoy, and not that often. Coffee is a trigger for you?

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SUCCESSN2014 1/2/2012 12:52PM

    Happy New Year to you Holly!

I'm sorry to hear about your tendonitis. I hope that your able to find a way to still workout and not let it bother you to bad. I like the information your doctor gave and I honestly never thought to think of my age when I'm trying to figure my BMI.

I am around the same height as you (but younger). Even at 28 years old I don't think I'd look good at 127 pounds. The lowest I ever got was 135 and that was before I married my late husband in 2005. Now, that I think back even at 135 pounds I was in a size 9 shorts or size 10 pants. I don't think I'd ever want to be any smaller. I'd look like a twig, LOL.

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LIBELULITA 1/2/2012 12:26PM

    I'm really sorry about your tedonitis and I want to warn you to be very careful with it. I got myself into this mess in the first place because of a tendonitis in my achilles tendon that I was doing my best to ignore. By unconsciously compensating my weight distribution so that it would hurt less I damages my knees and got tendonitis in them too. It has taken 18 months once I was no longer able to do ANYTHING and lots of injections to get sufficiently better to exercise, but that still means NO jumps for me,or running. I have to be VERY careful (just 2 weeks ago it was hurting badly again at work.Luckily the school closed for Christmas and I've completely rested it and now it's healing again). Tendonitis is NOT something you can push through or ignore, as I learnt the hard way. I would recommend swimming. Also 30 day shred is great if you are able to adapt the jumping jacks and jogging for something more low impact ( I do marching or grapevines with arm movements above my head to keep heart rate up).

So,not only are we more or less the same weight now, we're also more or less the same height ( I'm 5ft 2 on a good day although at the hospital they insist I'm 5 ft 1!!). The other thing about general BMI that they don't take into account is amount of muscle that person has.I was told to not even attempt to be in "healthy" BMI range because of the amount of muscle I have built up. This seems ridiculous seeing as I weighed 108 pounds when I was a dancer.Mind you,that WAS 20 years ago!!! I too am aiming for somewhere between 140 and 150. Those numbers seem like a dream though don't they? Let's make it happen!! emoticon emoticon

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JESSIHOVER1 1/2/2012 12:08PM

    Good thing New Years is in the past and you can just move past it, plus you're right those 3 pounds would totally be worth it.

The Jillian 30 day shred has low impact options so that will be a great workout for you, I love it!!

Good luck in the year to come!
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CLPURNELL 1/2/2012 11:59AM

    Awesome Blog!!! I am glad you had a wonderful New Years!!! That is the way to ring it in!! You have come such a long way I am sure you will hit your goal this year!!! have an awesome 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2012 11:37AM

    I used to think I had to get back down to 125 lbs too, but realized a few years ago that I was much healthier from 140-155 lbs, so that is my eventual goal too. My goal in 2012 is just to get to 155, the top of that range. I wish there was a better way to measure BMI online!

I didn't do so well over New Year's either. I had one gourmet cookie and that led to a binge of over a dozen of them, plus other stuff. UGH. Somehow, though, I managed not to gain a pound, but even to lose half a pound. I have NO IDEA why. Makes no sense. I'm still waiting for the effects of that to show up on the scale one of these days, haha!

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I did it, I did it, oh yah, yah, yah, WOO!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I've been a part of SALLIE51's challenge (see blog) since August. At that time, there were 20 weeks left till the new year, and my goal was to lose 30 pounds. There we some bumps along the way and I had to revamp the challenge to lose 20 pounds by 2012. As of yesterday morning, I DID IT!!!

It's Christmas Eve 2011, and I weigh 190 pounds!!! That's what I weighed when I finished college... when I met my husband... 12 years ago!

I'VE LOST 117 POUNDS, IN 18 MONTHS, WOOHOO!!!

I hit my goal a week early, so now I have to focus on NOT gaining over the next week. I've got Christmas celebrations, and a New Years Eve trip out of town, so it's going to be difficult, (what on this journey hasn't been?) but I'm going to do it!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

I'll let you all know what the weigh in results are on January 1, 2012!!!

  
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JENN26POINT2 1/3/2012 3:10PM

    GREAT JOB!! WHOO HOO!!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 1/2/2012 10:49AM

    Love love love that you made you goal in the holiday season.... I'm so inspired by you...I've hit some speed bumps lately..mostly mental and your progress/blogs help me to refocus. Many thanks! :)

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/1/2012 9:16PM

    That's so fantastic!! So happy for you! All of your hard work is really paying off!!

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MY2CHIX 1/1/2012 2:20PM

    You are sooo AWESOME! Holly, you are a very beautiful person inside and out! You are very inspiring to me and others here - thank you for sharing your journey.
I am praying this is my year to stay motivated and not let other stuff come first. :)

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TUCKERKT 12/30/2011 2:50PM

    Congrats, meeting goals early really helps to keep ya motivated! Way to GO!!!

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IAMANATHLETE 12/30/2011 12:48PM

    That is so cool. How inspiring, THANK YOU for posting this blog!

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SAPHRAEL 12/28/2011 11:10PM

    That is truly amazing! Way to go!

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SCOUTMOM715 12/28/2011 10:37PM

    emoticon What a great Christmas gift to yourself!! You are awesome!! emoticon

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 12/28/2011 3:43PM

    Girl that is so AWESOME!! I'm so happy for you!

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ELLIE-1220 12/28/2011 12:09PM

    I am sooo thrilled for you! This is super exciting news! Congrats!

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BBORDEN86 12/28/2011 11:30AM

    Congratulations for reaching your goal for the challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EUPHRATES 12/27/2011 9:49PM

    WOW!
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FITNESSJEN11 12/27/2011 5:54PM

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WOWWWWWW!!! HOW AWESOME ARE YOU???
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Soooooo impressed with your dedication and success!! Keep up the great work...you are motivating sooooooo many people!!

Hope you had a blessed Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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God Bless!!
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PATIB13 12/27/2011 2:47PM

    That is AWESOME!!! Way to go!!!! I can only imagine that, that was the best gift you got this Christmas.

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DEDE824 12/25/2011 10:17PM

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Hope you have a great week--Enjoy and keep the spark burning!
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NYMORNINGGLORY 12/25/2011 10:15PM

    You continue to inspire-I love your enthusiasm! Have a great holiday and I look forward to hearing more about your wonderful progress in the new year!

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123ELAINE456 12/25/2011 8:26PM

  Awesome You are an inspiration for all of us. Congrats on all your accomplishments. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

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GUNNADOITNOW 12/25/2011 5:48PM

    Fantastic work. you are amazing.

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IRMA63 12/25/2011 10:38AM

  Hi,
You have done good keep up the good work & keep though unwanted pounds off. emoticon

Irma63

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SUCCESSN2014 12/24/2011 10:28PM

    Congrats!!!

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GEMINISUE 12/24/2011 9:53PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, on reaching your goal!

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KIMMIF 12/24/2011 7:49PM

    Congratulations!!!!

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HANNAHSUCCEEDS 12/24/2011 7:26PM

    Wow congrats! You gave yourself the "The best gift of self-love"!! emoticon

Hannah

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FLPALM 12/24/2011 7:09PM

    AWESOME........ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENDEE4 12/24/2011 5:55PM

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You are so awesome!!

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RETURNTOTHIN 12/24/2011 4:06PM

    It is people like you that are winning with a daily "walk" to get there, that are so encouraging to me..... I joined in Sept and have a goal to lose 100# by next Sept.... but it is so encouraging to read other's successes... which have come with stick-to-it-tive-ness.... perseverance.... commitment....etc... A BIG CONGRATULATION TO YOU! AND THANK YOU FOR DOING IT AS IT ENCOURAGES ME! Regular people just working at it day by day
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WORLDSERIES11 12/24/2011 3:18PM

    Congrats! What a great way to celebrate the holidays!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/24/2011 1:48PM

    Oh joy! What an awesome Chrsitmas gift to yourself!!
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on staying true to your goal and focussed - that can be so challenging, but to do it during the "season of temptation" is truly a terrific accomplishment!
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Best to you as you stay on track to keep it off over the coming days with travel and all - I know you'll be successful.
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/24/2011 1:29PM

    Rock dat shizz girl! SOOO proud of you!!! emoticon

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EMMANYC 12/24/2011 1:05PM

    Amazing. Congratulations!

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DEC2DEC 12/24/2011 1:03PM

    Wow! That is SO exciting!! Congratulations -- what a great Christmas present.

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KSESSIONS 12/24/2011 12:55PM

    Congratulations!! Good luck, you can do it! Merry Christmas!

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MAMADWARF 12/24/2011 12:51PM

    You.are.a. champion! Congratulations!!,

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OTTERMOMMY 12/24/2011 12:44PM

    How WONDERFUL! Congrats! emoticon

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WANNABESKINNYME 12/24/2011 12:28PM

    Oh, envy, envy, envy! I am so happy for you. You are an inspiration and I am overjoyed that you are here to share your journey with us. Keep up the good work and have a great holiday!

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LIBELULITA 12/24/2011 12:20PM

    Well Done!!! I'm SO happy you did it!! I haven't forgotten that we were at the same weight and were going to do it for New Year.Well I wasn't going to say anything until New Year incase you didn't get there until New Year (I had no doubt that you WOULD),but now I-m happy to tell you that I too achieved it yesterday!!! Yayyyyyy....WE DID IT!!! High 5 and a pat on the back to us both!! Now,as you say, we've just got to try and keep it off this difficult week to still have reached our goal on New Year.

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DRKYASHI 12/24/2011 11:44AM

    Congratulations on meeting your goal!! Well done! emoticon

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MINIUM 12/24/2011 11:36AM

    What a brilliant gift you're giving yourself for Xmas! Awesome! Keep up the good work!
Nan

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AMBERRULE 12/24/2011 11:23AM

    That's fantastic girl, I am so happy for you!!!! I only hope I can have as much self control today and tomorrow to make this week count, I have been stuck for a few more weeks at the same weight and just eating way to much but yesterday was a success and I hit the gym 4 times this weeks!!! One day at a time right? :) Good job!!!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 12/24/2011 10:48AM

    AWESOME! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! Merry Christmas! :)

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Fantastic !!!!
Many, many Congratulations !

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MISSG180 12/24/2011 10:13AM

    That's an astounding accomplishment!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 12/24/2011 9:39AM

    YAY!! Great job!!

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KEEPUPWITHMYDOG 12/24/2011 8:57AM

    That is awesome! Good for you! emoticon

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