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Vacation Saved... I Think... (it's pretty long, fyi)

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Another possible blog title... "Columbus Can Suck It!" After some thought however, I decided that's a bit harsh. Parts of our vacay were ruined, and yes, I blame the WHOLE city. One thing in particular was my own doing, but we'll get to that. We don't take grand vacations, but we try to plan these little 2-3 day mini vacays and take the kids to places they've never been. This year we decided to go to Columbus, OH and visit COSI (a science center) and the Columbus Zoo. We've been to the zoo, but it's been years, and it was only a few miles from the hotel, so why not?

We left Saturday around 6:30am so we'd be at COSI around 10. Yep, it's a 3.5 to 4 hr drive depending on traffic. We were all super excited, and I had planned everything out online. Hours, prices, and activities at COSI and the Zoo, DONE. Decent hotel with a pool, fitness center and FREE hot breakfast buffet, DONE. Suggestions for dining from those in the know, DONE. GPS ready to go with all of our destinations programmed, DONE.

We got to COSI about 10:30, got tickets and signed up for "Adventure" which is this Indiana Jones type thing, which was just fantastic. My son was so excited he was vibrating. They give you a map and these clues to find codes to get these symbols, to unlock the "Observatory of Knowledge".







It was a LOT of fun! The entire building was full of activities and hands on things for the kids, and tons of stuff for the adults to be engaged as well. We all really enjoyed every aspect of it, and I highly recommend going.

They also had a unicycle on a highwire that I was DYING to do. Seriously... I saw it on their website and knew immediately, I was going to do this. You are strapped onto this unicycle that has a counter balance and then off you go. You go backwards and then pedal forwards on a tightrope that's on the 2nd floor, while those on the ground floor watch. The only requirements were having a 25 inch inseam and weighing less than 250. I was able to meet BOTH of those, so I was going to do it... I said WAS. Hubby had the camera on the floor below, the kids were ready to cheer, and I was in line waiting for my turn. Until... FAT Holly got in my head and took over...

I watched person after person jump on that thing and take off. Young, old, kids, grampas, everyone... but me. I was about 10 people back, and I started second guessing whether or not I was going to make it. What if I got out there and couldn't pedal myself back. How was I going to get off? There was no tether of any type, and no one to reel me in. Oh, yeah, that'll be great, totally newsworthy too. "Tonight on Channel 5, see how the Pennsylvania Fatty (that's what they'll call me) got stuck on the highwire unicycle. She's been there for 3 hrs so far, and we have no idea how we're going to get her down. Stay tuned." UGH!!! I was near tears when I motioned to hubs and the kids to meet up up there. They came up and of course they wanted me to do it because they know I can. *I* know I can... I'm pretty sure... FAT Holly NEEDS to DIE!!! She's ruining my fun = (

After I got over my freak out, we enjoyed the rest of the science center and moved on to the hotel. We thought we'd go to the hotel, get freshened up, and head out to one of the recommended restaurants and ice cream shops. We got to the hotel for them to tell us they have no power and cannot check anyone in. No power and no computers ment no check in list, and apparently the email confirmation that I handed them was NOT good enough. Had our reservations been for Friday night we could've stayed, but since we didn't get there until Saturday, we were out of luck. WTF!!!

Apparently they had a HUGE storm on Friday that knocked down trees, and left tons of people without power. Well, don't you think a phone call or email may have been in order? I looked at the two barely 20 somethings behind the desk, asked if they knew of any other hotels in the area that had a room, and I was met with, "ummmm, we heard there may be rooms at XXX, but we're not sure." I asked for a phone book, and again, they just stared at me and said, "If you have a phone, you could probably google it." NO, a phone book will be fine. I then hear snickering, and look at Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber when they say, nearly in unison, "I don't even know how to use a phone book, hehehe." Good God what's going on? Anyhow, 22 phone calls were met with "NO, sorry, no rooms." The closest one was a 2 hr drive south, might as well go home.

Now it's 4:30pm, we haven't eaten, and we're facing a 4 hr drive home... AFTER I have to tell tell the kids we can't stay. Obviously it did NOT go well. However, my son, the sweetie that he is, said "it's ok mom, sometimes you have to change your plans." Hmmm, SO wise for 9. So, do we go somewhere awesome to eat, get the world's best ice cream, and go home... or do we spend the next few hrs at the Zoo, eat at a chain restaurant, and forget the ice cream. We gave the kids their choices, and even without the ice cream, they voted for "ZOO!"

We drove to the zoo, saw that we could have 2hrs, and decided to spend most of it at the Aquarium. The kids were THRILLED with being able to touch stingrays, and see manatees and all of the other aquatic creatures up close without a billion other people there. Plus at that hour it was "only" 90 degrees instead of 96, lol! Despite the rushed trip through the zoo, we had a lot of fun.

After eating, we drove home and got here around midnight. Yep, we were in Columbus for a grand total of 10 hours. We decided that just because we were home early, our vacay doesn't have to end. Today, we ate breakfast on the floor, picnic style. Then, we took the kids to see Madagascar 3 and let them have snacks there, which we never do. After that, we went to the Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, where the kids have never been, and watched our dinner being cooked right in front of us. After that we went to a local ice cream shop for some pretty good ice cream ; )

So it wasn't exactly what I had planned, but honestly, I think everything turned out ok. It was shorter than I would have liked, but we still got to the science center, the zoo, and had ice cream. I guess you can't ask for much more. Except maybe a ride on a unicycle. Next time!

Oh, and when we stopped at a rest area and hubby wanted some crap out of the vending machine, he put his money in and got 3 candy bars... It was the universe paying us back = )

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Because several people commented... We were at the hotel around 4pm and found all of this out. When I got home, I had an email AND a phone call time stamped at 4:46 telling me we couldn't check into the room. How's that for service?!? One hour and 46 minutes AFTER the 3pm check in time, lol! They also assured me I wouldn't be charged. I should hope not!

  
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NUOVAELLE 7/11/2012 10:26AM

    I enjoyed your blog so much! I know many things didn't go as planned but you probably have unique skills of story-telling because you made it sound like an awesome family adventure! I'm glad you had fun at your mini vacation and I hope that next time everything runs according to schedule!
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WINSLOWGIRLS3 7/11/2012 9:43AM

    Sounds like a great time even though things didn't go as planned!!! Your kids sound like they are really great kids!

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JENNA54 7/9/2012 6:00PM

    Sorry things didn't go quite as planned, but the good parts sound fantastic. I love the fact that you carried on the holiday after you got home. I'm sure your children will remember this holiday and laugh about it in years to come. You have created some very special memories - I love seeing families having a good time together - it's what it is all about!

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MAMAOWLS 7/9/2012 2:58PM

    Sorry thigs didn't go according to plan but it sounds like you made the best of the situation. I hope our weekend works for us. We usually don't let "setbacks" bother us we just make Lemonaide out of lemons. emoticon

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MOONBIRD 7/6/2012 2:23PM

    I am sorry your plans got messed up. It seems whenever my husband and I go somewhere that something bad happens. It never fails, so I get nervous when we are supposed to go somewhere. It sounds like despite all that you had a fun time! I always love going to zoos. :)

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WIGIME 7/6/2012 3:49AM

    Oh Holly! At least the kids had a good time and you got through it. I know a year from now you'll look back at this and laugh. (Just keep telling yourself this...)

Some situations that appeared to be disasters at the time are now just fond memories, or laugh out loud ones.....

Before my husband and I got married I managed to cover him head to toe in mud. We were washing his car in my back yard and the ground got really soft. He told me to get in the car and give it some gas, while he and his sons (7 & 13) pushed/rocked the car. I gave it gas when he told me to and I heard some yelling, so I thought he really wanted me to gun it. My mistake! He was directly behind one of the back wheels and he looked like Swamp Thing. I thought for sure I was dead meat (we had just met about 2 weeks before that) and that he would explode, but he just stood there and looked at me while his kids were rolling on the ground laughing. I did help him get cleaned up though, I got to hose him down.. lol


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CLPURNELL 7/5/2012 5:47PM

    Sorry for your travel mishap believe me when I say I feel your frustration. But way to make the best of it!!!!!!

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JAKEKATY 7/3/2012 7:25AM

  By the sounds of it you had a WONDERFUL time. Sometimes when things go different than planned that is the BEST memories when you are older. As for the Fat Holly kicking in, I have a hard time seeing you as the FAT Holly anymore. I had you 36 years ago and have seen you at your heaviest, but I have to look at your Spark page to remember how heavy you were. So shake off the FAT thoughts, as you are NOT THAT ANYMORE. Proud of you and love ya MOM DAD

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SNOWYOGA 7/2/2012 9:07PM

    I am really sorry about those stupid (hotel) people! But I am glad about the rest of your mini vacation. And sounds like "you" pulled it together to not lose the fun! I have to say 1 thing. I am sure that in the years to come as your kids grow up they will always remember how you made sure that a vacation (hotel stay, that went bad) couldn't have been a better time spent as a family. Because you did all you could to make sure! emoticon emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 7/2/2012 6:04PM

    Adaptation is the key to overcoming life's craziest moments - and you did great. For many reasons... While vacation was saved, you also have a son who was probably more mature about the disappointment than you were (hugs!!) - that's pretty awesome!!! What a bummer.

That hotel owes you more than an apology... I'd try to get a free night or at the least a 50% off coupon or something (for your next weekend excursion).

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TEMPEST272002 7/2/2012 5:14PM

    So glad you guys were able to be flexible and enjoy your mini vacation even when you had to change the plans.

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VLKSHA 7/2/2012 3:33PM

    Sounds like a good vacation. The spoiling, love, and support of the family made it a great one!

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BONOLICIOUS2 7/2/2012 11:47AM

    Your son is right - sometimes you gotta go with the flow and change your plans! It is REALLY hard to remember "in the moment" but if we could all learn it a little more, it would make us so much happier wouldn't it? Sounds like you guys ended up having a good day afterall!

Personally, I'd write the hotel about all of that. They are a SERVICE industry and it sounds like theirs was a little lacking. You may end up with another free weekend soon!

Hope you are staying cool!

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DRKYASHI 7/2/2012 10:09AM

    Nothing like a 'quick' road trip emoticon -- glad to hear you had a sense of humor about it! emoticon

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 7/2/2012 10:04AM

    Holly I am so sorry that plans had to change but your vacation sounds pretty fun. I love how you continued it at home.

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-POOKIE- 7/2/2012 9:41AM

    Jeez... I guess NOTHING is on paper anymore!

At least you salvaged something :)

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KTISFOCUSED 7/2/2012 8:46AM

    Holly,
So sorry things didn't work out as planned but like someone said, you need to make a plan to return and show that unicycle who's boss. And you showed your kids lots: switching to plan b, perseverance, bouncing back, etc. and you had fun so the vacay was still a good experience and glad you went to Hibachi, that is a fun place isn't it? You have got to KILL Fat Holly though. She is causing too many problems lol. Thanks for sharing. It brought back memories of some of our vacay catastrophes and I remember how 20 some years later, those are the trips we talk about.

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NARNIAROSE2003 7/2/2012 8:11AM

    I can't wait to read the blog about when you DO ride the unicycle - because you will! Go, Holly!!

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GODIVADSG 7/2/2012 7:56AM

    Wow... I wish you would have rode the unicycle! Fat Holly is dead emoticon. But, I totally understand and since it is only a 3.5 hour drive.... maybe you can do it sooner than later!! What an amazing lesson from your son. I know how frustrating it is just to have everything planned and then it all falls apart.... sounds like a really great time with a really great family!! Good job at hanging in there!! Your kids and hubby are so blessed to have you. What a great MOM!! emoticon

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WILLPARKINSON 7/2/2012 2:52AM

    It sounds like you had quite the adventure. I'm sorry to hear that it wasn't the one you wanted.

That said...

As a hotel worker myself, I agree with Tracy. That hotel owes you big time. A letter to the general manager of the property is definitely in order. I will hope for the best outcome for you. (At our hotel if anything like this happened you would have been invited back with our apologies and your stay would have been complimentary at the VERY least.)

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LITTLEKIM4 7/2/2012 1:34AM

    It sounds to me like your family made the best out of a bad situation, and you still got to have a lot of fun together!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 7/1/2012 10:36PM

    I would make sure they don't charge you! Or if you paid for it since you reserved the room online, call and demand your money back. They should also give you a free night at the hotel another time, if you ask me. NOT cool! I would also have spoken to a supervisor after those two nitwits were so rude. That is completely uncalled for. Ugh! It makes me mad for you!

Kudos to you and your family for making the best of it though!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/1/2012 9:42PM

    I hate when things fall apart like that! I'm such a control freak when it comes to that sort of thing that I don't handle it well. I do think you handled it much better than I would have, haha! And I'm glad you had a good time in parts of the vacation, even if it wasn't exactly what you were planning.

Now, I have to go see what an inseam is...

ETA: lol - I was completely confused when I read what an inseam is, because I think we're pretty close to each other in height, and I thought you meant you had to be UNDER 25 inches inseam. Jason had to point out to me that I was dumb. :D

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GUNNSGIRL91303 7/1/2012 9:25PM

    Sounds like you made the best of a bad situation and had a good time. It was great for your kids to see how to face adversity and a good learning lesson for them. I hope your next mini-vacay goes exactly how you want it to!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/1/2012 9:18PM

    Well, it was a lot of driving but it sounds like you all made a great day of it anyway!

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MAMADWARF 7/1/2012 9:01PM

    Holly this made me smile. I love how you saved it and had the breakfast picnic. We used to do that with our kids when they were little and I miss those days. What a fun weekend. Sorry things went wrong and I can't wait to hear when you ride that unicycle! Love you, girl.

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JFTODAY 7/1/2012 8:48PM

    I love that your kids just rolled with it. That's pretty awesome.

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2BDYNAMIC 7/1/2012 8:47PM

    Well Holly ....... I send you hugs, as if that is any consolation ........ I am sure you did better than myself ....... I prolly (and for sure DH) would have been @%^$#*&# for the world to hear! That was beyond RUDE of them! I am so impressed what your loving son said ........ Wow! That part you can be proud of! ........ And just reading abt the unicycle made me nearly hyperventilate! emoticon ..... Sounds like you did amazing, considering all you went thru! I do hope you have a good and fun summer! .......... 2B/ jan

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MOULEE1 7/1/2012 8:42PM

    What a cool story though! Must have been super frustrating at the hotel but I think these challenges highlight how amazing and smart our kids are! Glad you carried on the holiday at home and did things you wouldn't normally do. It sounds like it ended up being a memorable weekend you will all look back on fondly.

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TRACY31502 7/1/2012 8:41PM

    wow...that hotel owes you BIG TIME!!! I was sitting here getting all mad just reading it....that is ridiculous!!!!! I'm so glad you guys were able to make the best of the weekend though...what great kids too by the way to be okay with it all! That is awesome...must be because they have an awesome mom....btw what hotel was it...sounds like there are a couple desk clerks that need some lessons in using a phone book, costumer service, and well....they could use a little slappin up...LOL!!! Hope you have a wonderful week girl!!!

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JEZEBELSK 7/1/2012 8:36PM

    Oh yeah, I would have been furious! Double check that their system doesn't charge you for the room anyhow. If it's a chain hotel, you may try to email us customer service. They might give you a discount or free room! All the same, it sounds like you made the most of everything!
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2BEABETTERME 7/1/2012 8:35PM

    It sounds like the mini vacay turned out better because of the trouble (though it made for a long, frustrating Saturday and at the time seems worse). It sounds like great memories were made. I would be writing a letter to the hotel reporting the lack of service and no e-mail about the power outage.

Have a great week!

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ILOVEMALI 7/1/2012 8:30PM

    It's ok, Holly. Sometimes you have to change your plans!

Smart kid you have, there.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/1/2012 8:23PM

    What a bummer on the hotel. Good for you for being so positive and turning it into an adventure. Glad the kids had such a great time. I loved feeding the rays too lol!

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What Two Years With Sparkpeople Helped Me Accomplish

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wow, I can't believe I've been on this journey for 2 years. When I started I was going to get to my goal in 18 months, because how hard could it be, right?!? Boy was I in for a surprise! Two years, of exercising, eating right, and believing that my goal IS attainable, and I still have 32 pounds to go, lol. Who knew! I've been going back and forth as to what I should write about. We all know how hard this is, we all know how to do this, we all know this journey takes you on this intense roller coaster of a ride, so WHAT do I write about for my 2 year anniversary?

I decided just to state the facts:
Starting weight 307


Current weight 172

I went from a BMI of 60 to 33.6

I've lost 135 pounds, that's about as much as both of my kids together!


88.5 pounds the first year and 46.5 the second. It averages out to about 1.3 pounds per week. Some weeks I lost more, some weeks I gained, but if I can average 1.3 pound for the next 26 weeks, it will put me at my goal weight by my birthday this year.

I've lost a total of 84.5 inches over my entire body.



In inches, my waist has gone from 59 to 34, my hips from 59 to 42, each thigh from 34 to 23, each calf from 19 to 15.5, each arm from 20 to 15, and my neck went from 16 to 12.5.

I've gone from a size 28 jeans to a 14 or 16, depending on the brand


And from a 4X shirt to a M or L, again depending on the brand


Over the last 2 years, I've finally started living my life. I've gone to the beach, the water park, and amusement park, camping, hiking, completed 10 5K's, taken up biking, Zumba, kick boxing, gotten the kids interested in being healthy, gotten my dad involved, and hopefully inspired others to change their lives.

For the remainder of this year, I have a few things planned. There are a few more 5K's I'll be doing, including RUNNING the Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving. In September, for my husband's birthday, we're going to bike around the peninsula which is 13 miles. I have promised myself that I will get serious about ST and get it done at least 2 times a week. And my biggest goal is to get to my goal weight by the end of this year.

I've also been thinking about what has helped me the most over these last 2 years, and it really comes down to just a few key things for me...

CONSISTENCY... when I'm consistent, I see much better progress, on the scale as well as emotionally. SUSTAINABILITY... I decided when I started this, that I wasn't going to do anything that I couldn't do for the rest of my life. I won't work out 2 hours a day when I'm 60, so I'm not doing it now. 30-45 minutes 4-6 days a week is all I'm willing to do. That's also why I will never cut anything out of my diet. I may not eat a lot of the same foods that I used to, but nothing is off limits. If I want it, I'll eat it. And the MOST important thing, DO NOT GIVE UP! If I gave up every time the scale went up, every time I ate over calories, every time I didn't get a workout in, I'd still be over 300 pounds. YES, I've had bad days, but I NEVER gave up.

What has two years with spark helped me accomplish...





Hmmm, I'd say quit a bit!

  
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TIME4AMY 7/23/2012 9:35AM

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SUZIEMAH1 7/14/2012 10:28AM

    Awesome..congrats on your weight loss you've come so far...Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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WRITINGDIVA1 7/8/2012 4:38AM

    Amazing!

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RSONYA 7/8/2012 3:55AM

    HI my name is Sonya also known on blogging as Chonkey Monkey lol I Am just about in the same boat you were in I started out 2 weeks ago weighing 301.7 lbs and I HAve currently lost 15 lbs as of today. So super congrats on your accomplishment way to go girl awesome I Am very proud for you. IF you don't mind I Am new to this site could you had me as a friend I am not sure how but I think we would have a lot in common if not I understand. chonkey monkey emoticon

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HANDYV 7/6/2012 11:54PM

    AWESOME JOB!!!

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MISSLISA1973 7/6/2012 11:18PM

    INCREDIBLE! I love the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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KASHREN 7/3/2012 7:08PM

  very inspirational. Way to go!

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DSING1770 7/1/2012 11:12PM

    I'm motivated now!! Great Job!!

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MOJIMAK 6/30/2012 4:24PM

    You are glowing :-) Great job on your transformation.....

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123ELAINE456 6/30/2012 1:16AM

  Awesome!!! Congratulations on your weight loss, on meeting your goals and accomplishments. You are a great motivator and inspiration to many people. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/29/2012 10:17PM

    You are simply amazing!!! Congratulations, you are an inspiration!

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DRB13_1 6/28/2012 11:55PM

    Wonderful! Love the pictures (especially the kids in your old jeans) and I know your family is proud of you and the kids will live healthier lives as well. I lost my dad to smoking/cancer, and still have that feeling of abandonment, that he didn't take care of his health in order to have more years with us... so you are giving your family a priceless gift of YOU.
I will celebrate my 2 year Sparkversary the end of July and will not have the success you have demonstrated - but I haven't quit, and I still believe.
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END2WEIGHT 6/28/2012 10:28PM

    Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on all your accomplishments. I hope to be able to post a similar blog!

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AMBER281 6/28/2012 6:13PM

    Truly inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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NATARSHAD 6/27/2012 1:59PM

    Your story is inspirational and quite encouraging. I am currently over 300lbs and wish to see onederland again. As I recommit to my goal, I will be sure to reflect on the wisdom you shared in regards to your experience.

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CRZYMOM04 6/27/2012 12:51PM

    Your story is amazing, congrats on all your hard work. emoticon

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KARENDEE4 6/27/2012 11:51AM

    Love the blog!!

You have done great and always inspire me.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/27/2012 10:21AM

    What an inspiration! emoticon

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 6/27/2012 9:45AM

    FANTASTIC! GREAT JOB!

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SWEDE_SU 6/27/2012 4:12AM

    wow! thank you for sharing! amazing journey, you look wonderful!

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NUOVAELLE 6/27/2012 2:23AM

    Wow! You are such an inspiration! You've accomplished a huge transformation and most importantly, the right way! I've followed the exact same strategy throughout my journey and I believe it's the right way that will lead us to our goals and a healthy life-long living.
Congratulations!
Keep on spreading the spark!
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CHEFMOM1199 6/26/2012 10:56PM

  You are such an inspiration - thank you for sharing your story. I am so glad that I came across your page and I get to follow you to your final goal. You can absolutely do it!!! AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANNBEE 6/26/2012 7:37PM

    What an amazing post! So great!

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SARAHSTARTSOVER 6/26/2012 6:53PM

    So so so impressed and inspired, thank you!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 6/26/2012 5:55PM

    You look amazing! So proud of you! Love ya!

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SO happy for you! You are such an inspiration!

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DABLUECAT 6/26/2012 2:12PM

    Fabulous! Awesome transformation & inspiration!
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JUNQUEMALED 6/26/2012 12:41PM

    Good For You!

I've been on this website since February - with an end goal of -150 pounds. Your journey is perfect motivation! Thank you so much for the one who went before!

Keep up the great work! Enjoy the great rewards!

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DARKLIGHT31 6/26/2012 11:03AM

    Congratulations!!! Your accomplishments are just amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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MRSTABER 6/26/2012 8:37AM

    Awesome!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/26/2012 6:29AM

    WAY TO GO!!! Thanks for the kick in the pants I needed today. emoticon

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 6/25/2012 1:23PM

    Happy SparkVersary to you!! I know I don't have to say it, cause you know...but I'm going to anyway! You look so amazing and you have come so far, what an inspiration and I feel so blessed to have you as a sparkfriend and for being on this journey with you. I know I'm not around as much as I use to be but I do visit your page frequently just to see what your up to. I've been stuck at this last 30 lbs for the last year (give or take) I'm going to join you these next few months to get to our goal weights if that's ok with you...Let's do it!!!

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WILLOWSHIBORI 6/24/2012 9:40PM

    Congratulations, Holly!
You've accomplished so much and are an incredible inspiration to your family and to all of us here on this SP journey.

I'm just beginning this road, and was deeply moved by your wise and inspiring comments, be consistent, make sensible goals that you truly can live with, and NEVER GIVE UP! Your words are ringing in my ears!

Thanks so much for sharing your story, you look beautiful!

~ Willow
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BETHSWORLD 6/24/2012 9:01PM

    You are amazing!!!!!

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TINAJANE76 6/24/2012 8:26PM

    That's so fantastic and I'm so very happy for you! Just look at all that collarbone you're showing. You look mahvellous, dahling!!!
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GOPINTOS 6/24/2012 6:24PM

    I loved this!

I too, thought how hard could this be? I thought I would be 20lbs farther along than I am now. Actually I thought even farther but at least 20lbs lighter.

Anyways, you look great. I am amazed at your progress and look forward to the rest!



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PEACEFULGIRL 6/24/2012 2:20PM

  thank you so much for your blog. I think my mouth dropped open when I saw your transformation. I am inspired and really think your discussion on consistency and not giving up were great. THANK YOU and congratulations on the successes of all your hard work!!

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DUXGRL1 6/24/2012 12:37PM

    You look great! And I heavily (LOL!) subscribe to your philosophy of not doing anything that you couldn't do for the rest of my life!

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SWEETSADDICTION 6/24/2012 9:47AM

    wow what a gift that you shared with us. i like the way you made the promise that you would do what exercises you would do in the future. for me one exercise will not work i get bored way to easy, could be i have adult adhd. so for now i am using yard work and the swimming pool and it is a great change up. from reclining bicycle and dvd workouts. i have been somewhat off on food tracking but i am not fretting since i am back on as of this week. 3 days so far.

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JFIZZL 6/24/2012 6:27AM

    Thanks for sharing! This is very inspiring! I wish you all the best in reaching your goals -- you can do it!!

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KTISFOCUSED 6/23/2012 10:37PM

    Wow! You look beautiful and have done amazing things!!!! Congratulations!

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DEEINWI 6/23/2012 9:57PM

    Thanks for the inspiration, you have done great!
I'm proud of you!
And thanks for sharing your story and your great achievement!
~deb

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WILSON425 6/23/2012 9:47PM

    You look amazing!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/23/2012 7:24PM

    WTG! Congrats!! Thats awesome - btw, I love that picture with your children in the jeans!


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SLIMSOLO10 6/23/2012 6:46PM

    You are truly amazing!!! What an inspiration! Thanks for your great blog!

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HIPPEENIK 6/23/2012 6:37PM

    wow your blog has been the best read yet. I think you have done a fantastic job changing yourself and reaching your goals. You look beautiful and vibrabt. Thanks for the inspiration.I am starting out and have the same views (the now) I hope I can carry on as you have.
Best wishes and good luck for your other goals x

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JEANNINEMM68 6/23/2012 3:38PM

    Way to go, thanks for being who you are and doing what you do.

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Talk about high anxiety!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

We are lucky enough to live in a town that has an amusement/water park that's about 10 minutes from us. The school always sells the tickets at a huge discount, but there's a catch. You can only use them in June, or the last weekend the park is open, usually Labor Day weekend. Well, we are already busy every weekend in June and 2 years ago when we waited until September, it was chilly and rainy. That did not make for a pleasant trip to the water park.

Sooo, we decided that because tomorrow is supposed to be 82 degrees and sunny, better go now! I'm not one for last minute plans, and last minute plans to go to a WATER park is definitely NOT my cup of tea. It really is the best decision because we really don't have any other time to go, but I like to dwell on things... like being in a swim suit in front of God knows how many people...

The kids are older and they want to go on the bigger water slides. I love the water, but the combination of water and children just causes me to have a panic attack. Not just my kids, any kid. Water is not an easy medium to run through when you're trying to reach a child in distress. It scares the hell out of me. I've already told them they can't go on any slides alone, which means I have to ride with one of them while hubby rides with the other. I'm already having a stroke!

I know we're going to have a blast, but I'm not going to sleep tonight stressing about the swim suit and the kids safety. I've been seeing a lot of people posting pics in their swim suits, and I always thought, I could never do that. Well what better way to get over some of the anxiety, then to put it online for anyone to see, right?!?



There you go, that wasn't so bad. Now on to real life tomorrow!

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We had SOOO much fun! I was super nervous about the swim suit, but after I got there, I realized I was not the worst looking thing there. Even some of the tiny people made some very poor choices in suits. Come on people, it's a family park, YIKES! But I quickly got over those fears and moved onto the water phobia. We went on the lazy river with no issues, and then the kids wanted to go on the bigger slides. This is where my fear takes over. Of course there were TONS of steps to get to the top, but that wasn't a problem this year! I've been a swimmer my whole life, and I have no fear of heights, but as silly as it seems, I'm afraid I'm going to fly over the edge of the slide. I know, ridiculous!

You have to go alone, and I thought I could go with Jake, so now I'm really sick to my stomach. He went on one side and I went on the other. It wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined, but I still felt as if I could fly over the edge. When I got to the bottom, I stayed in the water to wait for Jake. He came flying down that slide, flew into the pool, jumped up and asked if he could go again. Ugh, all my fears, were instantly gone! My dad went with us, and we rode a few of the bigger slides while hubby stayed with the kids on the smaller slides, and we all had a great time.

We had a picnic lunch and then went to the amusement park, where all of the anxiety came back from 2 years ago. I couldn't hardly get into the rides, the safety harnesses didn't seem tight enough because they barely came down. I was worried my kids would fly out of the ride when they were with me because the harness didn't seem to fit right. I was sweating like a pig, and was totally embarrassed by it. This time, NONE of that happened. I had plenty of room in all the rides, all the harnesses fit properly, and even though it was 82 degrees, I hardly sweat at all. I'm finally feeling like a normal sized person.

  
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ILOVEMALI 6/22/2012 1:17PM

    You look fabulous! Such an inspiration!!

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MOMRUNNING3 6/21/2012 5:14PM

  Wow, you go girl, I'm sure you made lifetime memories for your kids.-Priceless!

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MICKEYMAX 6/21/2012 10:23AM

    Muwah! Wonderful!

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MRSJOCCO 6/21/2012 9:46AM

    You did it! emoticon I'm glad you had fun.

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SMILEYBEE 6/20/2012 10:52AM

    You joined SP the day after I did (two years ago) and you've accomplished so much more than I have ... that makes me realize I've been a slacker! I have been successful in getting pounds off and incorporating healthier choices into my life, but I need to renew my zest for living. Thanks for your inspiring posts.

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KTISFOCUSED 6/16/2012 3:13PM

    You look great in your swimsuit. I related to every one of your fears. But you overcame them. Go you! Your amusement park sounds like ours. You don't live in Pennsylvania do you? Ours is both an amusement and water park too and we used to have the same problem with school picnic tickets. Anyway, be proud of who you've become. You truly look amazing!!!

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DARKLIGHT31 6/15/2012 9:15AM

    You look great in that swimsuit Holly! Glad to hear you had such a great time.

Hey, I'm afraid of flying off the edge of water slides too -- you're not alone.

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CLPURNELL 6/14/2012 3:38PM

    That is so awesome!!! I am so happy for you Holly!!!! Sounds like a great time!!!1 Also you look AMAZING in your swim suit. You have done a spectacular job!!!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/14/2012 12:03PM

    Dang it, how did I miss this!??!?!

emoticon on all of the victories! That had to feel amazing and a BIG TIME NSV baby!! You're "normal" by the strictest of standards...amusement park rides. What a relief that had to be for you! YAY!

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MOONBIRD 6/14/2012 11:36AM

    Yay! I am so happy for you that you had a nice time! I remember having a lot of the same fears as you, but now it's gone. I enjoy getting to do these things now with the kids. You look awesome in your suit by the way. I got a new suit that I like, and it actually doesn't have a skirt which I said I'd never do, but I liked how it fit. I thought about taking a picture in it, but I haven't. I have only gone swimming once so far this season.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/13/2012 4:24PM

    Glad you had fun! Love your suit and you look super cute in it!

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ILOVEMALI 6/13/2012 3:08PM

    You look great. Try not to worry about it. I have a friend who is a "woman of heroic proportions," and just owns it. She is tall and big-boned, and will never be anything else. She runs, swims, hikes, works out. She has no body image issues whatsoever. I try to take a page from her book. She is so beautiful inside that it translated outside. I think that we tend to forget that we are beautiful inside, even if we have issues about our outsides.

Have fun!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/13/2012 3:08PM

    I am so happy you had a good time. Water parks terrify me too. You look fantastic!

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NEWMOM20121 6/13/2012 3:02PM

    LOVE your blog. Thank you so much for sharing. You look very nice in your swim suit, BTW. It is amazing what we will do for our children, and is even better when we have a great time with them. Way to go.

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JBRIDGES1031 6/13/2012 2:40PM

    You look amazing! And yes there are even the skinny that makes horrible decisions! Cannot wait to get where you are. Great job and thanks for the motivation!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 6/13/2012 2:34PM

    You look amazing girl! Miss you! xoxoxo

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ROSET491 6/12/2012 8:18PM

    Loved your Blog! I know just the park!! So glad you had a good time! Love the suit , someday I hope to get over my anxiety of wearing a suit in public~haven't worn one in years!!!

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PATIB13 6/12/2012 1:31AM

    That is awesome Holly!!! You suit was super cute. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Way to go. emoticon emoticon

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HALVINGCANDIE 6/11/2012 10:37AM

    You look great and even more than that you were able to create precious memories with your family. Go you!!!

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JEZEBELSK 6/11/2012 10:18AM

    Good for you, and you look fantastic!!! How awesome is it that your kids get to remember this fun-loving mom who isn't anxious about fitting into the seat or bathing suit season or anything like that! emoticon

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 6/11/2012 7:38AM

    I love the swim suit also. Funny I was just talking last week about being brave enough to post my pic in my new suit this year when I can remember to get daughter to take a picture. I am glad that you had a great time and overcame tons of things that were in your mind. We just booked our trip to NH this year and I am starting to feel the anxiety over the Monkey Trunks place, which is a three tier ropes course, which I vowed I would do with my kids this year rather than watch them. I am starting to feel those feelings though, but I voiced them to my family already and said DO NOT let me back out.

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HOLLYBELLE77 6/11/2012 7:12AM

    Glad you had a great time! :)

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POOKASLUAGH 6/10/2012 9:00PM

    YES! Best part of your update: "I'm finally feeling like a normal sized person." :D Smiling all over for you right now!

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MANDYJ73 6/10/2012 8:56PM

    I'm so glad to hear you had such a good time... what a moment, when you try something that was so uncomfortable a year or so ago and you realize it's no longer an issue! It's a great remnder for all of us to try things we have not done for a very long time!

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JAKEKATY 6/10/2012 4:03PM

  Holly You look super. I look at you and find it hard to believe you ever had a weight problem. I know you have worked llon and hard to get where you are and I can't tell you howw proud we are of you. The main reason dad went with you toda wqs to support you on the rides and water park. We could not be prouder of you. Anyone would be proud to look as good as you do in that suit. LOVE YA MOM emoticon emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 6/10/2012 2:27PM

    I just love that swim suit! Can I ask where you bought it? Fabulous and covers all the right things emoticon

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MAMADWARF 6/10/2012 1:51PM

    If I saw you at a water park, I wouldn't look twice at you. Let me explain my compliment. You would just blend in with all the other normal size people! You look great, love the suit! You have worked hard and you look Fab....have a great time!!!!

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2BEABETTERME 6/10/2012 10:43AM

    Love the suit, you look great! Relax and enjoy the day, I bet you will be surprised you have more energy than last year.

Have fun!
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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/10/2012 8:59AM

    I'll echo what others have said - you look amazing - happy and proud and beautiful - and I think you're incredibly brave, too! Have a GREAT time at the water park!

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JESSIHOVER1 6/10/2012 8:16AM

    You look gorgeous and I love that top!!!

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SCOUTMOM715 6/10/2012 7:51AM

    I think you look great!! Don't stress and just have an awesome time!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/10/2012 7:43AM

    Holly, you look great! And you're right, you will have a blast. Try to enjoy it!

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-POOKIE- 6/10/2012 4:35AM

    Have fun, you look wonderful!

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HOLLYBELLE77 6/9/2012 11:13PM

    You look great! Have a great time! You deserve it!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 6/9/2012 11:06PM

    I know it really about how we feel about ourselves, but I think you look fantastic!! The swimsuit is very cute& great colors on you!

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PWAYLA 6/9/2012 10:23PM

    OK, here's my completely honest assessment -- I won't sugar coat it or beat around the bush because, after all, if we can't speak candidly about these things then why are we here?

I wouldn't necessarily offer a comment on someone's appearance, but since you asked, here goes........

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u look beautiful. Simple as that. I love the color....the cut....the way it fits you. It's modest, flattering, and you will be able to move around without fear of a wardrobe malfunction. In other words, it's perfect for the waterpark!

I know it's difficult, but try not to let your fears about other people looking/judging interfere with the fun day you have planned. I am CERTAIN you will not be the biggest person there! And as for the kids safety -- totally normal to have concerns (you are a good parent, obviously!), but remember that most waterparks have MANY lifeguards or other staff there to keep an eye on everyone.

So, ENJOY -- take some photos and post here after!!!

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MANDYJ73 6/9/2012 9:55PM

    Holly, you look fantastic! I hope you enjoy your day... it sounds like fun!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/9/2012 9:43PM

    I'm still too self-conscious to put up swimsuit pics!! I think you look great, though. I hope the time at the park ended up being good. :)

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TEMPEST272002 6/9/2012 9:29PM

    I totally love your bathing suit! You look great in it. I'm a bit of a fish, so I love the water. Remember that there are life guards on duty to watch all those other children. Keep yours in sight and focus on having fun!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/9/2012 9:10PM

    Awww! I like it! You look great! :) Don't worry woman! Have fun!

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JAIRIE813 6/9/2012 9:04PM

    You look great!

I know what you mean about the anxiety over the kids. We took the kids to a local lake a couple of weeks ago. While I watch my kids like a hawk, many parents do not. I was so stressed out the entire time we were there that I could not even enjoy myself.

Hope you have a great time!

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ACCT1908 6/9/2012 8:29PM

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MS0669 6/9/2012 7:42PM

    You look great ! Have a wonderful time, relax and enjoy being with your family. The only thing you should be worried about is forgetting the sunscreen !

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HSMOM2FOUR 6/9/2012 7:27PM

    you look awesome!! nothing to be self-conscious about at all!! And... just think of how much fun you CAN have with the kids now that you've been living a healthy lifestyle & are so much fitter! YOU ARE THE COOL MOM!!!!

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GODIVADSG 6/9/2012 7:19PM

    You look great! And you look like you are a Mom who knows how to have fun!! Enjoy your day and don't forget the sunscreen!! emoticon

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LIBELULITA 6/9/2012 6:52PM

    Hurrayyyyyyy!!!! you did it and whatsmore you look great! What gorgoeous colours. I hope you relax and have a fabulous time with your kids.We have a water park 10 mins from my house too and whatsmore I buy a season ticket for 3 months and we go nearly everyday. I've always felt too fat to go on any of the slides with Aimee so this year is going to be a first...she'll have to race me to the top!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUDISP 6/9/2012 6:30PM

    You look very nice! I hope you have a great time.

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My kickboxing experience

Monday, June 04, 2012

I had an AWESOME time!!! It was SO much fun and a fantastic workout. I have a couple kick boxing videos, but doing it with a partner in a class was great. I was really nervous about going, so I was really glad that one of my oldest friends agreed to go with me. I was nervous about not being able to do the moves, and being the biggest one there, and getting all sweaty in front of people... I've done Zumba in front of others, so I don't know WHY this was freaking me out.

It was 45 minutes long, and we only did 4 different moves, most of them being leg work. We did them in a circuit fashion in rapid succession and we never stopped moving the whole time, what a workout. I would have loved to sign up for a class, but I just can't justify the cost.

On the way home my friend told me that her husband did martial arts training for about a year and they have ALL the equipment we would ever need to do this ourselves. So, every Monday, I'm going to go down to her place and do a little kick boxing for FREE! She said her hubby would LOVE to help us out and teach us some new moves as well. WooHoo!

If you want a new workout, give kick boxing a try, it's tons of fun and a great workout!

  
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CATDUG19 6/21/2012 10:03AM

    Good for you, for stepping out of your comfort zone. I would love to work up the nerve to do kick boxing so thanks for the inspiration.

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SCOUTMOM715 6/6/2012 10:50PM

    So happy you loved the class and that your friend her hubby offered their place & equipment for free! emoticon emoticon

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MOONBIRD 6/6/2012 3:05PM

    I would really like to take a class! It's so expensive though. I do tae bo and feel like I get a good workout when I do that. I'm glad you had so much fun and have friends that will work out with you.

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KARENDEE4 6/6/2012 11:32AM

    Sounds great!! Also so nice of your friend and friends hubby to help out!!

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CHANGING4ME49 6/6/2012 8:55AM

    You sound like you really enjoyed it! It's great that your friend is able to help you continue on. Kick boxing is on my list of exercises to try too. Hope I like it just as much. Have fun with your new workout!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/5/2012 6:40PM

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DATMAMA4 6/5/2012 4:50PM

    I've heard great things about kickboxing. Glad you have a friend who can help you continue a fun new exercise!

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TEMPEST272002 6/5/2012 3:35PM

    Good for you for trying something new. I'd like to try kickboxing one day too. Nice that your friend has all the equipment & her hubby will help train you guys.

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CLPURNELL 6/5/2012 12:03PM

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Glad you had such a good time!!!!!

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VLKSHA 6/5/2012 11:19AM

    Way to push your comfort zone and discover fun! So happy you have the support of a great friend!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/5/2012 10:46AM

    Sounds like you had a blast! It's always so fun to find a new way to work out - and great that you and your friend were able to figure out a way for both of you to continuing enjoying it! Yay!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 6/5/2012 9:52AM

    Thats awesome. I used to love doing Tae Bo, but have been slightly nervous about it with my problems with my knees, but maybe it is time to give some dvds a try. I am glad that you had such a good time.

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DARKLIGHT31 6/5/2012 9:27AM

    Way to go!!

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JMMACKIE 6/5/2012 8:45AM

    Woohoo! You've inspired me to pull out a kickboxing video or two and give it a try!

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LIBELULITA 6/5/2012 7:29AM

    It's wonderful when you find exercise that gets you excited and stoked up so I'm glad you've found something new that you love. look forwards to hearing how you get on with it....and for FREE!! You can't get better than that (although YOU alone are enough reason to justify the cost if needs be). emoticon emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 6/5/2012 7:01AM

    Sounds like fun!! Glad you had a great time!

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PATIB13 6/5/2012 12:38AM

    Way to go!!!! I love kickboxing, especially after a particularly hard day at work . That is great that you have someone to do it with weekly. Keep it up! emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 6/5/2012 12:14AM

    Way to go on the kickboxing class!! I love mine emoticon emoticon

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FOXY13445 6/4/2012 11:04PM

    I tried sooooo hard to be a "gym girl"... and then I found kickboxing too!!! NOTHING COMPARES!!! Except Zumba! muahahahaa love em both

Keep it up!! Aside from doing it for free in your friends basement, I would suggest maybe trying some Jillian Michaels DVD's if you havent already emoticon

She has a whole shlew of different DVDs at walmart and they're only like... $9 a piece. Her background is in kickboxing so she uses a lot of different move combos, worth a try!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/4/2012 10:29PM

    I'm so proud of you! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Tae Kwon Do classes and have done one or two kickboxing classes and love those too. They're a GREAT workout. I'm so glad you had fun! You go girl!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/4/2012 10:15PM

    Woohoo! That's awesome! The only kickboxing i've done is Coach Nicole's 10-min video online. It was fun, but I imagine a class would be even better!

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KIBAISREADY 6/4/2012 10:10PM

    GET IT GIRL! emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 6/4/2012 9:58PM

    Get over this fear of being the biggest one! You most certainly weren't at a measly 170-something pounds!! emoticon

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SYCAMOREROSE1 6/4/2012 9:50PM

    So happy you found something you enjoy! It certainly makes activity that much easier and fun too! :)

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Mother's Day Race 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This is the second year the kids, my dad and I did the Mother's Day Race. It's 1/2 mile on the lake and it's just a fun race to do. Everyone gets a ribbon and a chocolate bar from a local candy company when you cross the finish line. Last year, the kids smoked us! Jake ran it in 6:30, Katy in 7:30, and my dad and I came in at 8:20.

2011

This year, we all did a little better. Jake could have gone much faster, but he decided to stay with me, so Jake, Katy and I crossed the line at 6:15. SUPER impressed with myself! And dad beat his time by almost a full minute crossing at 7:30.

after they finished, the kids went back to get papa





We had a great time!!! Oh, and my race shirt is a regular size LARGE, and it fit nicely ; ) No "X's" or numbers in front of it, just an "L." That is something to be REALLY excited about!!!

  
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HEIDIE6 6/20/2012 8:34AM

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WIGIME 5/27/2012 7:08AM

    You are looking AWSOME! You GO girl! Congratulations my dear!

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BMCKEOW1 5/21/2012 2:29PM

    It looks like you guys had so much fun. Way to improve your times to. That's awesome.

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MOONBIRD 5/21/2012 10:51AM

    Yay! I am so glad you did this again. I remember when you did it last year. It's always awesome to see improvements. I can't wait to get into a L! I do have a couple shirts that are that must run big, but most of mine are an xl. You look great in the pics and I am glad you all had fun!

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WIFEALF 5/18/2012 3:14PM

    Good job!

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VLKSHA 5/18/2012 9:14AM

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Do you have a favorite place to run/train? How often do your kids run?

Quite inspiring with all those smiles!

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SAILING2GOAL 5/17/2012 10:11AM

    Congratulations! You are awesome! Love the pics!

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PATIB13 5/14/2012 6:31PM

    WWOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!! Great job! Nice job on cutting your time down in a year. The best feeling....having no x's or numbers in front of the size. Way to go! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 5/14/2012 5:36PM

    That is awesome you and the family really did AMAZING!!!!!!

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KIBAISREADY 5/14/2012 2:04PM

    OH HOLLY I LOVE THIS! YOU ALL LOOK SO HAPPY LOVE THE FAMILY ACTIVENESS! GREAT JOB! emoticon emoticon

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FIZZYBALL 5/14/2012 10:41AM

    SO Great...fantastic improvement on your time. And WOW for L shirts. You look phenomenal.

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SCOUTMOM715 5/13/2012 11:09PM

    What an exciting and awesome event! Looks like such fun. Woo Hoo on a size L. You look great!!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 5/13/2012 6:09PM

    I am so proud of you Holly! You look amazing! Congratulations!

love ya!

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LIBELULITA 5/13/2012 4:37PM

    Love love LOVE the photos. looks like you all had a great day and well done to you all for bettering your times. And what a great feeling to look so fab in a "L" with no X's emoticon I'm so proud of you emoticon emoticon

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IRISH813 5/13/2012 4:17PM

    emoticon job!! emoticon Sounds like alot of fun!!

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TEMPEST272002 5/13/2012 3:02PM

    Everytime I see pictures of people exercising with their children, it makes me so happy. It's something that I wish I'd done with my son. Congrats on such a huge improvement in your time! Looks like you had a lot of fun.

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MUSICALLYMINDED 5/13/2012 1:14PM

    an L is something to be excited about! and look at the difference in the pics from 2011 to 2012!!! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 5/13/2012 12:50PM

    That is so awesome e! I'm so proud of you! You have come soooo far!

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MTOLL81 5/13/2012 12:05PM

    Awesome! I love that you do races with your kids! What a great memory for all of you! Happy Mother's Day!

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HOLLYBELLE77 5/13/2012 11:46AM

    Awesome job! Happy Mother's Day!

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HONESTGRL 5/13/2012 11:45AM

    You guys look great congrats!

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ILOVEMALI 5/13/2012 11:32AM

    I'm sure that your " old life" was good, but your "New life" sounds grand! Happy Mother's Day!!

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POOKASLUAGH 5/13/2012 11:16AM

    That's a great half-mile time! How fun! I wish we had something like that around here - that would be fantastic!!! And how fun that your whole family does it together! :)

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 5/13/2012 11:07AM

    So exciting! Looks like fun! Congrats to everyone!

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RACHEL-SPARKS 5/13/2012 11:02AM

    You look awesome ! That sounds like so much fun. emoticon

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