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She's Here!!!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

My brother and his wife had their first baby today!!!





Madelynn Grace was born at 2:49pm, 7 pounds 9 oz and 18 inches long
Hair whiter than anything I've seen and a set of lungs to rival my daughters!
Let the fun begin = )

  
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LOULAR68 4/13/2012 3:58PM

    awwww beautiful!!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 4/10/2012 7:02AM

    She's beautiful! Look at that light hair! Congrats!

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SCOUTMOM715 4/9/2012 11:00PM

    Congrats on being an auntie!! She's a keeper : )

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BMCKEOW1 4/9/2012 1:27PM

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What a cutie!!!

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NEKEL16 4/6/2012 7:21PM

    totally adorable! enjoy her xx emoticon

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MOONBIRD 4/5/2012 11:25PM

    Aww. Congrats on being an auntie!

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MOM4407 4/5/2012 10:09PM

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Beautiful aunt and baby too.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/5/2012 8:34PM

    Beautiful! Can't wait for my grandbaby!

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/5/2012 7:50PM

    That's so awesome!!! So happy for them... and for you! :)

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CLPURNELL 4/5/2012 12:19PM

    Awwww so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PATIB13 4/5/2012 11:40AM

    So awesome!!!! Congrats to your family...what a cutie.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 4/5/2012 11:24AM

    She looks like Billy Idol and apparently sounds like him too! Awesome!!

Congrats all around!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 4/5/2012 11:14AM

    Dawwwww!!!

Zerbert her belly for me!!

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MADTHENURSE 4/5/2012 10:17AM

    Again, sending congrats and love!!

Look at how skinny you are!!!

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/5/2012 8:03AM

    Congrats!!!!!

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DIDMIS 4/5/2012 2:20AM

    emoticonto the grand mother also.
Irene

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MAMADWARF 4/4/2012 11:17PM

    Beautiful girl! The baby, too!

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MSLZZY 4/4/2012 10:35PM

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FORBANDE 4/4/2012 10:20PM

    Adorable!! You look beautiful and sooo happy!!

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HDHAWK 4/4/2012 10:17PM

    Look at that hair! Congrats!

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YESCURLYCAN 4/4/2012 10:10PM

  Yay!! Congratulations Auntie and congrats to your brother and wife :)

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ELSCO55 4/4/2012 10:10PM

    What a cutie. For sure she's a blonde.

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SEATOWN_GAL 4/4/2012 10:09PM

    Omg gosh how cute! Love the hair!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 4/4/2012 9:54PM

    Congrats on becoming an aunt! Love the hair as well!!! Enjoy!

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ROCKYCPA 4/4/2012 9:49PM

    Congrats on becoming an aunt - enjoy your niece.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 4/4/2012 9:16PM

    What a beautiful little angel! I love the name, it's the same as our Goddaughter.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/4/2012 8:59PM

    So cute and congrats on being a grandma!!! emoticon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 4/4/2012 8:31PM

    Yay .... what a blessing! Enjoy spoiling her - being an aunt is just the BEST!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 4/4/2012 8:27PM

    Love that hair. She is beautiful.

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Hair Pics!

Friday, February 24, 2012

I've worn my hair the same way for 6 years.



Here's the new cut...



I'm SOOOO happy ! I love the new do, it's exactly what I wanted. WooHoo, great way to end a crappy week!

Have an awesome weekend friends!

  
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AUNTIEB82 4/19/2012 5:46PM

    Love your new look! emoticon

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MUGSYMOM 4/14/2012 8:23PM

    LOVE the new "do!"

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BLUBBERBLASTER3 3/23/2012 12:27PM

    I love the new cut! You look so pretty and younger!

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PATIB13 3/22/2012 1:11PM

    I like the new cute. It is very sassy and cute. Isn't it awesome when you get what you want.

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BBORDEN86 3/21/2012 4:10PM

    Cute new hair do!!! You look so happy. : )

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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/11/2012 11:26AM

    Did I already mention that I like the new do? If I already did, well then, it must mean it really suits you! emoticon emoticon

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JEWELRYCINDY 3/10/2012 9:24PM

    Love your new 'do'! I've worn mine the same way for 15 years but never quite have the courage to chop it. If I thought it would be as cute as yours I'd do it in a second!


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MUSICALLYMINDED 3/7/2012 8:07PM

    It looks great! And your neck looks so long, lol! I remember your before pics and your neck deficiency...I had the same problem, and now I'm seeing the same thing in the mirror. It's so nice to have a neck!

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NEKEL16 3/7/2012 9:20AM

    love it xx emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 2/28/2012 2:08PM

    It looks amazing.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 2/27/2012 12:33PM

    Love the new cut! I love short hair!

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CLPURNELL 2/27/2012 10:50AM

    You look AWESOME!!!!

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SUCCESSN2014 2/27/2012 1:08AM

    I love your new hair cut Holly!!!

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ROSET491 2/26/2012 8:37PM

    Love the cut! Saw your profile picture and knew something was different!!This will be great for summer!!

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KARENDEE4 2/26/2012 10:55AM

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Looks so nice! You have a great smile too!

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LIBELULITA 2/25/2012 4:02PM

    Stunning...and really suits you!!! You look fab emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONOLICIOUS2 2/25/2012 1:52PM

    Omg your face is so slim! The new do really suits you! Give your stylist a high five and keep that beautiful smile on your face - you look fabulous.,

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FIZZYBALL 2/25/2012 1:19PM

    Looks great!!!

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TINAJANE76 2/25/2012 12:59PM

    Very chic and looks great on you. Love the earrings and necklace too!

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TEMPEST272002 2/25/2012 9:58AM

    Love it! It really suits you. You look confident & professional.

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SARAHJ19 2/25/2012 9:32AM

    wow! I love your new haircut! You look fabulous!

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JAKEKATY 2/25/2012 8:10AM

  Love the new hair, now when mine is short we can be sisters. HaHa I still look like an OLD LADY . Of course that's what I am as Katy remins me.

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FORBANDE 2/25/2012 7:52AM

    Fabulous!!! :D

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SCOUTMOM715 2/25/2012 7:51AM

    Love it!!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 2/25/2012 7:27AM

    Love!

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ANGELEYES67J 2/25/2012 6:49AM

    I love it. You look so happy. This new doo rocks. You go girl.

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WALKINGRED 2/25/2012 2:18AM

    I love it!

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-POOKIE- 2/25/2012 1:58AM

    Cute! A younger style I think!

I like!

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MAMADWARF 2/25/2012 1:13AM

    Love it! We could be twins now!!! Lol


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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/25/2012 12:50AM

    Awesome...it is perfect for you!

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VERGE_OF_ME 2/24/2012 10:52PM

    Fantastic hair!! Shows off your beautiful face and bone structure...you look radiant : )

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MOONBIRD 2/24/2012 10:25PM

    I love your hair! I think short hair looks great on you. I just got my hair cut. I hate my hair. I swear, I have an afro half the time it's so frizzy. I normally pull it back it gets on my nerves so much.

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BLOSSOM2344 2/24/2012 10:16PM

    WOW! What a great cut! emoticon

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    I LOVE IT!!!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 2/24/2012 8:29PM

    It looks fantastic Holly!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/24/2012 8:25PM

    *wolf whistle*

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/24/2012 8:16PM

    Wow! Looks fabulous! And very different. Rock it girl!

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ILOVEMALI 2/24/2012 7:43PM

  Very cute!

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PATTY22984 2/24/2012 7:34PM

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RAPUNZEL53 2/24/2012 7:34PM

  Looks Great!

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What am I doing?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

This happens TOO frequently, and I'm SO tired of it. I do really well for a few months and then BAM, it seems I lose all control. I've done nothing but eat the last 2 days. I've eaten to the point where I'm sick to my stomach. After last nights food fest, my stomach still hurts... In the last 2 days, I've eaten WAY too much, pizza, ice cream , cheesecake and cookies... WTH!?! I don't even like cookies. Every time this happens, I sit and try to figure out why. Am I being too restrictive with food? Am I bored with my menu? Can I blame TOM for this? Do I feel that I get to relax a little because I've done "so well." The answer to all of those questions is a huge NO! I eat what ever I want, nothing has ever been forbidden since I began this journey. My menu is different all the time, and TOM has never dictated what I've eaten in the past. It's frustrating, and I get angry with every bite, yet I continue to consume.

Is this my subconscious "reward" for doing well or is it sabotage? Am I THAT afraid to get to goal that I don't want to get there? Or is it that I'm SO afraid I WON'T get there, I feel there's no harm in eating like this once in a while. When I do well, I get SO excited and I try on my goal outfits... yes, I have more than one. I start thinking about myself in cute outfits, spending the summer in shorts *gasp* and forgetting all about my "old life" of being morbidly obese and miserable. When I have days like these, I feel as fat as I was on day one. My 3 chins have grown back, my stomach is huge, and I feel like at any second, I'm going to go all "Professor Klump" and fit right back into those size 28's...

I know this funk will pass, it always does, but I'm tired of going through it. I know I'm doing it to myself, and I'm REALLY tired of feeling this way. I know I should be able to control this by now, I've been at this for almost 2 years. PUT DOWN THE COOKIE!!! I get it... tomorrow is another day... start over in the morning... don't beat yourself up... no one is perfect... did I forget anything? Just rambling and feeling pathetic... BBLLLAAAARRRGHHHHH!!!!!!! Whatever!

  
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PRIMALMICHAEL 2/24/2012 2:29PM

    Do you know the 80/20 rule? If you are doing what is healthful for you 80% of the time, you'll still meet your goals in time, so I wouldn't worry about this destroying your good efforts. In the long run, it probably won't.

However, eating until you feel sick ...well, I'm sorry you feel sick. There's got to be something that is causing you to want to eat after your stomach is full. In time, I'm sure you'll find out what that is.

Best wishes,
Michael

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MAMADWARF 2/24/2012 11:38AM

    My biggest concern is that you don't like cookies! Lol...really holly, I know you will get it figured out. You are my champion!

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MAMADWARF 2/24/2012 11:37AM

    My biggest concern is that you don't like cookies! Lol...really holly, I know you will get it figured out. You are my champion!

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LESLIES537 2/24/2012 9:12AM

    emoticon It happens to the best of 'em! Sounds like I could've written this myself! Chin up, Buttercup! You got this under control! emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 2/21/2012 4:16PM

    Maybe you are scared of actually meeting your goals. I know there are times when I wonder what it would be like to hit the next goal and that's scary. I know what being fat is like, being fat was easy, sitting on the couch was easy. I don't know what the other side looks like and that is scary.

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BABBINA 2/21/2012 4:06AM

    Oh and lack of sleep can mess w our brains, making us crave high sugar/salt/fat foods to regain the energy not recharged adequately thru sleep. i know this happens to me whenever i have really poor sleep...

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BABBINA 2/21/2012 4:03AM

    Awww honey, sweetie, maybe yr body is actually feeling deprived believe it or not b/c u may be eating too perfectly, yanno? I can relate to this blog entry b/c thsi happens to me like once a mth or 2 its cray but on those tiime si just cave in give my body what it wants, then it calms down & I'm right back on track again :) It's good to give in every now & then, chill out for a day or 2 & dive back in. This wayyy yr bod dont think its "starving" itself. Don't despair, just keep on, keeping on. emoticon

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FORBANDE 2/19/2012 8:05AM

    You will figure this out and conquer it. You will have that Aha moment just give yourself time to review what's going on. Is there extra family stress? Is work a little rough? Maybe it's just the impact of everything getting to you?

Definitely don't beat yourself up! You CAN do it!!

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CLPURNELL 2/17/2012 4:51PM

    We all go through it. Sometimes I think success is just as scary as failure. The fact of the matter is we will never fully defeat the demons that made us what we were. We have to manage them the best we can and continue to build ourselves up from the inside out to limit times like these. You are doing awesome and are such an inspiration to me. You will beat back these days and get back to the New Holly in no time!!!

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MY2CHIX 2/17/2012 4:10PM

    I can sooo relate to this - it is going for me this last week............. sorry I don't have any cool words of wisdom as if I did, I wouldn't be obese myself! All we can do is get back up and move forward. Ready..........set........GO!!
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LIBELULITA 2/17/2012 10:06AM

    I haven't binged for 166 days. In the past I'd only ever held out 6 weeks before having a binge. Why is this time different? I truely and honestly believe that it's because I have cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners, so I don't get blood sugar spikes which start cravings. By cutting these out I also cut out my ˇtrigger foods" ie,chocolate and anything sweet. I also know that if I was to let one single square of choclate past my lips then there's be no stopping the beast unleased inside me. At Christmas I ate a piece of yule log and the sugar cravings it set off in me lasted nearly a week. I eat as clean as possible and think that this is why this time it seems so effortless ....because I have no cravings at all.

Worth a thought?

I'm sorry this happened to you and that you feel frustrated by it. I know you'll soon be bouncing back and on track. emoticon emoticon

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MOONBIRD 2/17/2012 9:01AM

    This same sort of thing happens to me once in a while. I haven't reallk binge eaten in forever, but I have definitely have days from time to time where for whatever reason I just want to eat. I snack all day or have larger portions. It seems to last for a day or so and then I am back to "normal." It's hard to figure out why we do it, but I think there are a lot of reasons. Sometimes I feel resentment. Everyone else I know eats what they want and they don't work out regularly and most of them are normal weight. I guess I rebel against having to work so hard sometimes, and it sucks when you feel like no one gets what you're going through. Sometimes I do have an urge to just eat what I want. And, I really do get hungry, especially for sweets, around TOM. It's terrible. Even the thin people I know have pig out days. A lady that I talk to on facebook lost 80 lbs a few years ago and she ate an entire thing of chocolate candy on Valentine's Day. What makes me feel better now is knowing that after a pig out day I know I can get back on track, but sometimes I do feel like OMG I am HUGE. I will never be thin. I carry all my weight in my stomach and it's still so freakin huge I feel like I will never look normal in clothes. The extra skin is awful, but it's better than being 325 pounds. I know I'll never get back there, but sometimes I also worry that I'll never get closer to my goal. Hang in there girly! I know you are strong and will do this.

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KARENDEE4 2/17/2012 8:59AM

    I do it too!
I actually decided to see a counselor to figure things out.

You can do this!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 2/17/2012 8:51AM

    First of all, I *know* you can do this.

As for the sabotage thing....if I had an answer to that I would stop doing to myself!

Have you read "Half-Assed"? She talks about her weight loss journey, but also the trials of being close and maintaining. Wish I had read that the first time I lost all the weight!!

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BONOLICIOUS2 2/17/2012 7:58AM

    Oh my goodness, Mrs. Klump. We know those changes don't happen overnight!

I know I tend to do this when I let life get in the way. Are you really busy at work? Dwelling on anything in your brain about your personal life? I find if I'm in a funk in one place, I'm probably in a funk somewhere else too. Do some digging!

And I agree with a commentor above - the alternative sucks. Keep going! On days like this I like to get on Pinterest or some fitness blogs and find some motivatonal pictures and stories. The Spark is there but sometimes we have to dedicate a little more to stoking the fire!

You are awesome, chin up buttercup!

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WIGIME 2/17/2012 7:30AM

    As to why you are doing this, that's for you to decide. My feeling is that it doesn't have to be one single reason.

Holly - I KNOW that you will get yourself out of this because you WANT to get yourself out of this. I am not going to go on and on about all the things you have heard before (the past is the past, look to the future, plan ahead, etc) but you do need to do what's right for Holly.

If you have one of these 'episodes' put it in perspective. Ask yourself how often in the past 6 months have they happened. Maybe by tracking it you can get a better handle on it and feel better about yourself.

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Take care my friend,
Genie

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JAKEKATY 2/17/2012 7:09AM

  Holly I KNOW you will get thru this and YOU do not have triple chin!!!! If you remember last year I think it was about the same time you were in a funk. Old mom has been in a funk for 6 weeks. So don't beat yourself up, just pick your much thinner self up of the floor and SMILe when you think of all the success you have had and ALL the people I believe you have motivated. Love you always MOM

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/16/2012 11:57PM

    You can do this! emoticon

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VERGE_OF_ME 2/16/2012 11:24PM

    At the risk of sounding totally cornballish....these are the days of our lives. After having been at this for 5 years, I have come to terms with the fact I will likely always have times like you are describing to muddle through. Sometimes you can pinpoint a "cause"....sometimes, most times, they just are. I believe that hormones do play a part in times when you have that "urgency" to eat and eat badly....I never had problems with that until about age 38. I have also found that I don't struggle nearly as much with these episodes now that I have truly cleaned up my eating....really, truly clean eating for about 90% of my dietary intake. That is the only thing that has made a difference thus far...but the difference has been significant. You are going to make it through this....you didn't get this far by being unable to turn things around when they get tough....you are fierce lady...and this time of trial won't stop you from getting where you want to go. So glad you shared with us all so we can offer support....hang in there Holly....you'll be looking back at this feeling stronger than ever in no time! emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/16/2012 10:52PM

    I took a week off of working out and eating right a couple of months ago and found out that I MISSED being healthy and I LIKE working out and eating right. I felt sluggish, tired, cranky and out of sorts. It made me realize I really HAVE changed my palate and eating behaviors and routines. Acknowledge that this happened and get back on track tomorrow. One thing I have noticed is that you haven't blogged as much lately so maybe make a goal to blog daily and be honest about your feelings. We are all here to support you so let it all out. You can do it!

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FIZZYBALL 2/16/2012 9:16PM

    I think it is part of the adventure. High picks and low valleys at time. You will find ur way out of this funk with a renewed perspective and might even trick ur body to lose weight.

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MUSICALLYMINDED 2/16/2012 9:05PM

    Isn't it weird that after a binge we can look in the mirror and see a few extra chins and fat that wasn't there before? Nuts. And it's funny because after I workout, I look in the mirror and all of a sudden I see all of the fat going *poof* and in the mirror I look like a fit person. Our minds play strange tricks on us.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/16/2012 8:58PM

    I'm not gonna shoot rainbows up your butt. It sucks. Move past it because the alterative sucks more.

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SWEETSOUNDS11 2/16/2012 8:39PM

    Holly, I have every faith in you that you will get past this. Honestly, some really good writing in your journal can do wonders. Can you identify any of the feelings or events that came up before the problematic eating behaviors? Is the time of year or even time of the moth triggering you? More often then not it is usually our emotions that drive our behavior (and if not that, then hormones). Be gentle with yourself. We are all going to have less than perfect days. The trick is in acceptance and appropriate response. I can see by your blog that your response is right on target--analyzing,planning to do better and seeking support.
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HLTHYRNRMOM 2/16/2012 8:20PM

    I know how you feel except I am still in the "before" picture stage!! I wonder how many times I start over!!!!!!!!!!! We got this, I think it is all part of the process!


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TINAJANE76 2/16/2012 8:00PM

    Happens to all of us once in a while. Inexplicable attacks of the 'hungries' when you eat whatever happens to be around--even if you don't really like it! Forget about it and move on. This is for life and that means you're going to have a few bad days from time to time.
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CALI_POPPY 2/16/2012 7:38PM

    2 days like that is nothing! I've lived years like that and I'm not sure I understand why. But we can change it today...

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ILOVEMALI 2/16/2012 7:33PM

  We all have days like this. Just remember that you weren't pathetic "before," and you aren't pathetic now. You are an amazing person who made some bad food decisions over the last couple of days. It makes you human.

Now, cut it out and pick up where you left off! xoxo, Deb emoticon

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MOMMA-MOOSE 2/16/2012 7:29PM

    I have no words of wisdom here, and I know that's not what you're looking for. I just wanted to tell you I totally relate. I'm having that same week! It's so frustrating. I know I'll get through it and be good as new and so will you.

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WORLDSERIES11 2/16/2012 7:28PM

    You wouldn't be human if you didn't slip-up every once in a while. You've proved to yourself that this is just a small detour on your journey. You know you are capable of getting back to work; so although I know you are frustrated, just chalk this up to a momentary lapse of judgement, put it behind you, and get back to business.
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MICHELLESMILES_ 2/16/2012 7:21PM

    My sweet friend...you are being very hard on yourself. We have those days when we eat things we shouldn't . ( I had 2 servings of Doritos last night)
The important thing is that you are still here, and you haven't given up. You know what you need to do in the morning...get out of bed and dust yourself off.

I believe in you babe! You will beat this!

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Just a quick update...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

First, I changed my ticker. A lot of people make small goals at the beginning of their journey, but I usually do things the hard way = ) Staring at that giant number of "pounds needed to lose" seemed to motivate me more than 10 pound increments. Now, it seems the closer I get to seeing my goal, that sadder I get STILL seeing that big number. In order for me to no longer be "obese" and simply just "over weight" I would have to lose half of my starting weight. What a great goal to focus on! Losing half of my starting weight AND becoming "just overweight" at the same time, excellent!

Also, I've been on solids for an entire week now. After juicing for 7 days and losing 6.5 pounds, I was VERY nervous about gaining the weight back. I continued to juice for breakfast but ate regular food the rest of the day. I'm happy to report I lost 2 more pounds this week. My workouts were the same both weeks, the only thing that was different was the juicing. I would say it was definitely a positive experience.

Finally, I just wanted to say how awesome my sparkfriends are. This is a tough journey, and being surrounded by people that get it, has made it SO much easier. All the support and love had made a HUGE difference. Thank you all SO much = ) I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!

  
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ELLIE-1220 2/18/2012 1:48PM

    I'm glad to see your results from the juicing... Thank you for sharing! I've watched the video now, and would like to do it soon as well!!

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CLPURNELL 2/14/2012 2:33PM

    That is awesome you dropped another two pounds after going back on solid foods!!!!! That is AMAZING!!!!

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MADTHENURSE 2/13/2012 7:39AM

    WHOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Keep it up! That is awesome!!

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KIBAISREADY 2/13/2012 1:13AM

    SO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PROGRESS GIRL! YOU ARE DOING IT! YEP THIS IS A TOUGH JOURNEY, BUT YOU WILL DO IT GIRL! AGAIN CONGRATS AND CONTINUE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN CHICA! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/12/2012 8:37PM

    That's awesome that juicing was successful for you. I would never get through that! Congrats on the weight loss too!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 2/12/2012 6:17PM

    I'm glad the juicing worked out for you. I admit, I was skeptical..but it sounds like you still got enough nutrition and didn't go insane, lol! I think I would!

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BELLALUCIA 2/12/2012 5:51PM

    Good luck!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 2/12/2012 5:46PM

    Awesome job! I'm about to go check out your new ticker and then read your juicing blog (just double checking you aren't doing steroids-hehe)

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/12/2012 5:44PM

    Keep up the hard work!

I changes my ticker 5 lbs, so I have 5 lbs LESS to lose...I will reflect and adjust when I hit my goal- do I want to lose those other 5 lbs? Or am I happy? Only time will tell!

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CAPER2424 2/12/2012 5:21PM

  You are such an inspiration.

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MICHELLESMILES_ 2/12/2012 3:42PM

    I changed my ticker back too! :)

Wow you are rockin it girl! Congrats!!!!

I just adore you...

xoxoxo



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SAMBIDEXTROUS 2/12/2012 3:30PM

    You are so awesome!

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KARENDEE4 2/12/2012 11:12AM

    Good idea with the ticker!

Glad you lost this week too. I have a good juicer I might start juicing some.

Karen

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 2/12/2012 8:42AM

    I think resetting your ticker is a great idea and will keep that in mind. Maybe after my "no weighing in February"...I think the support we see on spark makes a huge difference as well. Congrats on your weight loss from the two weeks. Awesome!

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LIBELULITA 2/12/2012 4:04AM

    I think I'm having a dense moment...excuse me for my confusion...are you overweight yet or still aiming to be overweight? I'm not sure if to be encouraging on or congratulating you!!! Sorry!!! I've still got 11 or 12 pounds until i'm overweight but I'm only 5 ft 2...maybe I'm shorter than you?

A massive congratulations on the 8 pounds you've lost in the last 2 weeks.That is astounding!! I've been "stuck" for about 2 weeks which I know is nothing but is a long time for me! I've probably got a period coming or something.

I'm so proud of you sticking to the juicing a whole week...I think I'm pretty disciplined but I KNOW I couldn't do it for a whole week.Don't thank us....we thank YOU for being a constant source of inspiration and support emoticon emoticon

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-POOKIE- 2/12/2012 2:27AM

    *hugs*

I changed mine I think after I had lost nearly half of what I needed to lose!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 2/11/2012 11:51PM

    Congrats on making the transition back from juicing and still losing weight!

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VERGE_OF_ME 2/11/2012 11:42PM

    I love what you had to say about the ticker. My weight loss has really slowed...but I am almost only "overweight" as well. Reading this and your spunk have encouraged me : )

Congrats on the loss! I think that is a true testament to the difference real nutrition makes. If you had been using say..slim-fast shakes...I believe the weight would have come back rapidly. Even though they provide the necessary nutrients...those nutrients do not come from clean, whole foods. I think your body is responding favorably to being given exactly what it needs from the best sources possible! Great job and thank you so much for sharing your experience...it is so uplifting and helpful!

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MAMADWARF 2/11/2012 10:58PM

    You rock, holly!

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DJ4HEALTH 2/11/2012 10:08PM

    CONGRATS ON THE WEIGHT LOSS!!! You can do IT!!

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The juicing blog!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Thanks to my friend Amy (ABHOSIER), I watched the documentary "Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead." It chronicles the life of Joe Cross who decides to go on a juice fast for 60 days. Nothing but juice 4 times day. When I watched this, I thought he was crazy, that's not nearly enough food, he's going to DIE, what a sick movie... WRONG! Great documentary, you should check it out. You can see it on Netflix instantly and I hear it's on Hulu as well.

Well, since I was having serious food issues for 2 weeks prior to watching the documentary, I decided it would be a great way to get rid of the sweet tooth and detox a little. I called my doctor *WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD DO BEFORE GOING ON ANY KIND OF FOOD RESTRICTION* and she said it was basically a vegetarian diet and she has no problems with it. So after getting the all clear, I was on my way. I was very concerned about the calories intake, being that it was all fruits and veggies. It wasn't a problem, I just adjusted things as I went. I also continued to workout everyday, and I didn't have any issues with that either.

First, for those that think juicing is a fad diet, it may be, but all know is that I've eaten more fruits and veggies in the last week, than I have in the last month. And now, after a full week, I'm actually craving the stuff! I decided that I'm going to continue juicing for 1 meal a day, more than likely breakfast.

Day 1, I was all excited and had a real, go get 'em, attitude. That lasted a few hours, until I though my stomach was going to eat itself I was so hungry... or was I? Not chewing your food is really difficult to deal with mentally, but physically, I really think I was fine. Chewing gum helped, but not like I hoped. Days 3, 4, were the hardest. I was really cranky!!! On day 5, I was starting to be ok without chewing, but I was tired by early evening and I thought I had made a big mistake. Then, days 6 and 7, I was feeling pretty good, I had plenty of energy, the juice was great, I wasn't missing the "food" at all.

I do have some pros and cons of doing this experiment...

PROS

- TONS of fruits and veggies. I'm not great with this, so this was ideal. What a better way to mask the taste of kale, but with apples and lemons.
- The juice tasted great!
- I feel really good... not superhuman good, but really good!
- There is a free website www.jointhereboot.com, which is the website from the movie, and it has everything you would want to know. There are recipes, a supportive community, and you even take an assessment to see which "reboot" is right for you.
- My whole family enjoyed the juice. That's very hard to do when you have a child who hates everything that isn't peanut butter or a hot dog.
- I got to eat veggies, that I'd never eat by themselves, kale and beets in particular.
- I lost more weight this week than I have in a LONG time!

CONS

- Cost!!! It was expensive for me to do this, AND purchase groceries for the rest of the family. Another reason why I'm cutting back to once a day.
- I was VERY cranky on day 3!
- I'm not sure the weight will stay off...

So, all in all, I enjoyed doing this and will continue on a much smaller scale. I wanted leave you with some photos of the 2 juices I drank most in the last week, and to show you just how much food you actually ingest in one juice.

The first is the "green Lemonade" which I drank every day. I made it in bigger batches so it was in the fridge when I needed it.


This is made with 3 cups of kale, 1 whole cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 2 large granny smith apples, 4 stalks of celery, and a piece of ginger root. I LOVE this juice, it taste exactly like fresh squeezed lemonade!


Look at all those veggies!

The second juice I drank the most was called "Sunset Blend."


This is 1 large sweet potato, 2 large gold delicious apples, 1 large red pepper, 2 beets, and a medium carrot. (I used baby carrots because I already had them) This was a surprisingly sweet juice, but very good.


mmmmmm.... good!

Well, that's it for the juicing and I hope it was as informative as everyone hoped! Have a great weekend Sparkies!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TINAJANE76 2/25/2012 1:03PM

    I watched the documentary a few months ago and it's certainly an intriguing idea. Don't know if I could go so long without chewing, though. I have enough food issues to work through as it is, lol!

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THEWYRDWOMAN 2/15/2012 1:12PM

    Holly, thanks so much for the photos & details.

If you don't mind my asking, how much & what kind of workouts were you able to do during your juice cleanse?
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BIGBROTHER323 2/15/2012 8:11AM

    Alright, alright, alright....you may have just convinced me to try something I never have....but can I just use a blender? I have the bullet contraption from the old info mercials?

thanks to your comment on amber rules blog. I have some blogs that may interest you too....

Thanks tons!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 2/12/2012 5:52PM

    Intriguing! Thanks for posting pictures. I'm not sure if I will juice but I'm about to go eat an apple after the visual inspiration.

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MOONBIRD 2/10/2012 8:11AM

    I have thought about doing this for breakfast sometimes, but I don't have a juicer. I should get one. I eat fruits and veggies everyday, but t his would be a good way to get more of them in. I am glad it went for you. I can totally see myself being cranky. This morning my husband went to McDs and got him and the kids hotcakes and sausages. I was totally bitchy because I couldn't have any. I plan my food usually the day ahead and I didn't want to get off track, so I didn't have any.

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STEINWANDT 2/7/2012 10:10PM

    Thank you for this blog. I finally watched this documentary and it is such an eye opener.

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BMCKEOW1 2/6/2012 4:29PM

    Wow I've always wondered how these go thanks for blogging about it. You'll have to keep us up dated on if the weight pops right back on after returning to regular food again.

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CLPURNELL 2/6/2012 2:31PM

    Wow that is awesome!!!! Thank you so much for the info Holly! I have been wanting to do a cleanse for a while to jump start my weight loss and this sounds like it may do the trick!!!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 2/5/2012 9:17PM

    Thanks for this! I've done something similar and know that cranky feeling.

I do love juicing....just hate the mess.


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FORBANDE 2/5/2012 11:08AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience!! I watched the documentary about a month ago and did some follow-up reading from Dr Joel Fuhrman's website (the NY doctor in the documentary). What I find completely compelling is the macro-nutrients repairing the body. There are so many cases where people are suffering from skin issues, auto-immune disorder and infections and switching to a vegetarian diet or juicing has made those disappear. It makes a very compelling argument for a vegetarian and/or clean eating.

I love that you will be incorporating once a day. How great!!

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KARENDEE4 2/5/2012 10:13AM

    Glad it worked for you! Those juices look yummy.

I havea juicer and have not used it in a while. Might be time to dust it off.

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MADTHENURSE 2/5/2012 7:42AM

    I think the juice would be great to try but not to live off of... can't wait to taste samples - with my meal!!! lol!!

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ILOVEMALI 2/5/2012 2:01AM

  interesting! I don't think that I could do this! xoxo

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JEWELRYCINDY 2/4/2012 10:05PM

    So interesting and informative, thanks! I've often thought of doing something like this but don't know if I could do it an entire week. Thanks again, Cindy

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AMBERRULE 2/4/2012 9:42PM

    Very interesting concept... I would like to watch that documentary I'll have to look it up!! Juicing has always fascinated me because there is no waste right?

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LIBELULITA 2/4/2012 5:01PM

    Well done for sticking to it even through the crankiness,tiredness and hunger. I know I couldn't do this so I really admire you. They look very tasty and colourful but I like to chew!!!! Saying that, my dinner everynight is some kind of soup...which isn't chewing either! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 2/4/2012 1:51PM

    Hmm.. Not sure I could do that. Did you lose much weight? What is the purpose of it?

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VERGE_OF_ME 2/4/2012 1:49PM

    That is a wonderful and very informative/inspiring show, I just watched it the other day. Have you seen Forks over Knives? Equally as thought provoking and on Netflix instant too. Love the info. you've given here. I eat a good deal of fresh and raw items daily and this just helps me know I'm on the right track. Thank you for taking the time to share this! Your kale veggie juice sounds AMAZING...going to try that one soon! Have a great rest of your weekend!

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ELLIE-1220 2/4/2012 1:14PM

    Wowza!!! Tons of fruit and veggies!!!!!! Sounds delish! Thanks for the blog review! I am going to check out this documentary... I don't have a juicer but love making smoothies in my Magic Bullet. Perhaps I'll graduate to a juicer and follow suit. :) I'd like to try it out.

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TEMPEST272002 2/4/2012 1:07PM

    Very interesting. Thanks! That is a lot of fruits/veggies in one serving. I thought it interesting what you said about chewing. I've known people who eat solely by feeding tube & many of them will chew/spit out food just to satisfy the taste/chew cravings.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/4/2012 12:57PM

    Glad you liked it and congrats on the weight loss!

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2FEATHER 2/4/2012 12:52PM

    Great information!! What type of blender/juicer do you use? I have a Ninja but I hear a lot of people using the Vita-something?

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