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It's a GREAT day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

It's Thanksgiving, and I have SO much to be thankful for. First of all, I'm thankful for my new, healthy lifestyle. Because of the changes I've made, my whole family is living a better existence and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm thankful for my family and the constant support through all of the exciting milestone as well and all the tears and struggles. I'm thankful for all my friends, real and here at SP. I couldn't have done this without your support, and virtual goodies, and well as those kicks in the behind. I love you guys, and I'm so happy to be a part of this site.

Today is a great day... I've lost 140 pounds!!! WOOHOO!!!

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2012

This is also the first year I've run the Turkey Trot. We walked it the last 2 years, and this year we decided that we were going to practice and run it... actually it was more of a slog, thanks Renee! The first year we did it, we finished in 1:00:30... not bad for never exercising. Last year we walked it in 52:25. This year, after running it 3-4 times a week for the last 3 months, and typically completing it in 41-42 minutes, I was shocked to see that, TODAY, I did it in 37:10, AHHHHHHH, WOOHOO!!!!!!


This is before the race with my oldest and dearest friend Lisa, her husband Craig, and son AJ.


Crossing the finish line!!!


And as you can see, we all survived! Lisa and AJ finished in 37:03 and Craig finished between us. He's a runner and he was helping us keep a steady pace.

NEVER did I think I was going to finish in under 40 minutes, I can't tell you HOW excited I am. I will never forget this Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday filled with family and friends and special memories.

***EDIT*** Official results are in, my chip time was 37:01!!!

  
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ROSET491 11/29/2012 8:34PM

    Great job on your race~my goal is to finish under 40 someday!! You look wonderful in your after race picture~don't you just love the "glow"!!
Rose

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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/29/2012 7:55PM

    That is awesome!

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2012 7:38PM

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You continue to be such a super inspiration for me you have done such a phenomenal job and I COULD NOT be happier for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SAINTBETH 11/28/2012 12:17PM

    Good for you! Your before and after pics are awesome!

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RECREATING_ME 11/27/2012 9:10PM

    emoticon That is awesome, Holly! You really are an inspiration for what can happen when you dedicate yourself. You just radiate energy in the picture after the event!

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ELLISH 11/27/2012 9:23AM

    I am coming after you!!! ;) Thing is...(right now), I can't catch up! LOL. . . . . . but I got something to shoot for! ;)

WTG!! Hollister!!

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GODIVADSG 11/26/2012 11:27AM

    Awesome job Holly!! It is so rewarding when all that practice pays off!! Way to move!!! emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 11/26/2012 9:35AM

    Woo Hoo!!! How exciting, Holly! That is some serious incentive to reach your next goal. Way to go, girl!

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ENDERLI 11/26/2012 7:33AM

    YOU are as FAST as Lightening!!!!!
WOWZA!
So proud of you Holly! So Happy for you as I'm sure it feels amazing!
You are awesomesauce!!!!!
Happy 2012 Thanksgiving to you!
xo

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KIBAISREADY 11/25/2012 3:19AM

    Get it g emoticon emoticon emoticon irl!

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DIANER2014 11/24/2012 9:58PM

    Great time! You did awesome! emoticon emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 11/24/2012 9:50PM

    GREAT time! You should be very proud of yourself!

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NAYKNITS 11/24/2012 8:19PM

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you should be soooo proud of yourself!!! you have accomplished so much & I'm inspired by YOU!! Way to slog girl!!! =)

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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 6:22PM

    Good for you!!! You are quite amazing -- I hope that you know this!

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KARENDEE4 11/24/2012 10:43AM

    Love it!!

You look great as usual.

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REMEMBER2BME 11/24/2012 7:41AM

    Killer job on the run and all around. You have obviously accomplished a great deal!!!
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MAMADWARF 11/23/2012 10:09PM

    Holly, as always, you leave me proud and amazed! You rock!

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2BEABETTERME 11/23/2012 3:54PM

    Yeah you! Way to rock it!
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SCOUTMOM715 11/23/2012 2:53PM

    emoticon Holly!! You rock!

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CHSHULER89 11/23/2012 1:16PM

    So happy for you and your family!! You are awesome and amazing!! Happy tears and hugs for you!! emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 11/23/2012 9:21AM

    You're a rock star and I am so proud of you!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/23/2012 7:30AM

    You are awesome!
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LIBELULITA 11/23/2012 5:45AM

    I'm so proud of your achievement and thrilled for all the positive changes it's made to your life. You look so happy and vital in your photos....through all the ups and downs it's all been worth it hasn't it? emoticon emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 11/23/2012 1:49AM

    Congratulations! That's a great time!
You've achieved an incredible transformation to yourself and your life. Keep inspiring!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/23/2012 1:06AM

    What exciting news! WooHooooo!!!! for sure.
You're an inspiration to me.

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KTISFOCUSED 11/22/2012 8:43PM

    Woo hoo! Congratulations!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/22/2012 7:11PM

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What a fantastic improvement in so many ways!

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HOLLYBELLE77 11/22/2012 6:35PM

    Awesome job! Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 11/22/2012 4:15PM

  Yes!! Holly, they should it from the turkey trot to the Holly Run! I am so happy for you and emoticon on your incredible success. Spark on friend cause you are on fire.

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CHARTHESTAR 11/22/2012 2:47PM

    That is totally awesome!
You look great and super happy!

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BONNIEBEANZ 11/22/2012 2:23PM

    Oh my Holly congratulations!! What a great treat for the day!!! You look amazing!! emoticon

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FIZZYBALL 11/22/2012 2:01PM

    That's incredible. Great time. You look amazing.

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KANOE10 11/22/2012 1:36PM

    Way to go on the new healthy you. emoticon

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MISSB8604 11/22/2012 1:16PM

    Nicely done!!!!!!!!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 11/22/2012 1:03PM

    Woohoo!!!!!!! This is absolutely fantastic Holly! I'm so happy for you!

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SPIRALDOWN 11/22/2012 12:26PM

    Great job... You are amazing!

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MOONBIRD 11/22/2012 12:19PM

    Yay! You did awesome! I am so proud of you and for keeping at your running. You're amazing. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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It doesn't matter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

What happened yesterday, happened yesterday. I can't undo it. I can't fix it. All I can do is deal with the aftermath and try to get my head right and move on. I know I'll never be THAT girl again.

  
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HOLLYM48 11/17/2012 9:42AM

    You were beautiful then and you are even more beautiful now! Way to transform your life and become even better than before. Keep on sparking!! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 11/13/2012 8:32AM

    What an amazing transformation! You won't ever be her again!
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ROSET491 11/12/2012 6:47PM

    No you never will be that girl again you have come too far!!

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MOONBIRD 11/11/2012 5:41PM

    Well said! I know that will never be you again. You are amazing for all you've done and continue to do.

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PATIB13 11/9/2012 11:52AM

    Isn't that the truth! You are awesome! You can do it!


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SAINTBETH 11/9/2012 11:27AM

    It's hard to believe that you ever were that girl. You rock!

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CLPURNELL 11/8/2012 1:41PM

    No you won't!!!! EVER!!!! Take pride in that!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/8/2012 1:01PM

    Saying the same thing to myself about last nights dinner/treats out of town. I know this weigh in is blown but it was kind of worth it. I need to remember I don't eat that way all the time.

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ILOVEMALI 11/8/2012 3:17AM

    Nope! You are happy and healthy!

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ENDERLI 11/7/2012 8:58AM

    You are amazing.
You are fabulous.
You are awesome.
You can do this!

Look forward, but looking back also proves that you can do it!
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ELAYNE39 11/7/2012 8:17AM

    We get a clean slate each day. You're right, we can't let yesterday decide today.

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MAMA3MANY1 11/7/2012 8:03AM

    You know what? Because you had a bad day means that you're making progress and ANY progress is good.
What I mean is that bad days are part of a healthy lifestyle. Having only good days would mean being unhealthily obsessed with eating 100% well all the time and I don't think anyone can actually sustain that mindset without having a nervous breakdown and being a really boring person!

Keep going. Your positive attitude is perfect!

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BONOLICIOUS2 11/7/2012 7:51AM

    Amen sister! Each day is a gift, a new day, a chance to start over new. No regrets, just progress forward! Even if you step backwards once in awhile, it is all about putting one foot in front of the other until your journey is complete!

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NUOVAELLE 11/7/2012 1:58AM

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I can't believe I hadn't actually seen a "before" picture of you until now! Your progress is amazing, Holly! You are such an inspiration!
Bad days happen. To ALL of us. It's the desire to continue and the courage to move on that matter. And reminders of how far we've come can serve as great motivators.
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YESCURLYCAN 11/7/2012 1:41AM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/6/2012 9:12PM

    Short but to the point. So true.


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AMBER281 11/6/2012 5:55PM

    So true!

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KELLY19770 11/6/2012 5:07PM

    Wow! You have come so far! Very inspirational!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/6/2012 4:47PM

    Keep Calm and Keep Sparking!!



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MAKINANIMPACT 11/6/2012 3:47PM

    So very true!! I need to remember that with my own life!! If it can't be controlled then don't worry about it and move on!



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POOKASLUAGH 11/6/2012 3:42PM

    It happens. Those days suck, but they do happen. Just keep trying to make the next day better, right?

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MISSB8604 11/6/2012 3:14PM

    You better believe it!! You DESERVE the brand new body you have now!!!!!

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KIBAISREADY 11/6/2012 3:05PM

    WELL SAID! KEEP IT MOVING GIRL! HOLLY WOW THE PICTURE SPEAK MAGNITUDES! YOU HAVE DONE AN AWESOME JOB TRANSFORMING YOURSELF AND FAMILY. WE WILL HAD OUR SLIP UPS, BUT IT'S GETTING BACK UP AND KEEPING IT MOVING THAT WILL ALLOW US TO BE TRULY SUCCESSFUL.... YOU GOT THIS GIRL.. DUST IT OFF AND CONTINUE ON! emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 11/6/2012 3:02PM

    I say learn from yesterday...

live , learn, improve.....you owe it to your self

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DAWNESS0404 11/6/2012 2:52PM

    We all have those days. I think that is the first time I saw a "before" pic of you, you have really come a long way! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 11/6/2012 2:49PM

    too true.

we both need to love ourselves for what we have already done.

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KARENDEE4 11/6/2012 2:47PM

    I love it!!

You are so right!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 11/6/2012 2:19PM

    Today's opportunities erase yesterday's failures. Gene Brown

You've got a lot of life yet to live. Finding a middle ground is ultimately going to be what allows us to maintain our change. However, it seems that middle ground is oh, so very elusive. Perhaps the middle ground comes in our attitude toward our successes, failures, opportunities and mercy. There is no perfection within human skin or mind and no useful purpose in beating yourself up over things you can't change. Focus today on what you can strive to achieve in your present.

"That girl" in your picture should be SO very proud of who you are.

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CHANGING4ME49 11/6/2012 2:16PM

    Every now and then I, too get to thinking about all the things I could have done but didn't because of my weight. I allowed my weight to get in the way of a whole lot of things when it came to my life, my daughter and my family. I missed out on so much because I felt uncomfortable or thought I was too big to do something or enjoy it. I can't go back and fix that. No one gets a do-over. All I can do is change the HERE AND NOW. Just like you are doing. I had to learn the hard way. Time is short. Large or thin, get out and enjoy life!!! And you can best believe I am not making the same mistakes with my grandson. You are not alone my friend. emoticon You and I are changing what needs to be changed. Improving ourselves, our health and our lives. Yes, we made mistakes in the past but we have learned from them and we are forging ahead. emoticon

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JENGOJENGO 11/6/2012 1:41PM

  You are a wonderful person, and like you said, yesterday is yesterday.

Look at all that you have done, and how far you have come---you have incredible strength within you. emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 11/6/2012 1:23PM

    If you had a flat tire, you wouldn't get made, go & pop the other 3. You would deal with it - however aggravating and frustrating it was - and move on.
Yesterday happened. Time to move on & not compound it with further problems.

You've got this. We are with you -- not just right behind you to back you up, we are with you, fighting shoulder to shoulder. I believe in you!!! You are strong!


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VEGAS2010 11/6/2012 1:17PM

    Absolutly! Carry on and move on is all you can do:) We are all with ya, u r not alone.

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It can be so overwhelming sometimes

Sunday, November 04, 2012

The kids had their last cross country race this weekend. It was cancelled last weekend because of all the rain we were getting. This weekend was beautiful, but SO cold. Thankfully they only had to do 1 1/2 miles, get their medals and go home, lol!



As I was watching them run around the track, I suddenly became overwhelmed with emotions. Our lives are SO completely different now then they were 2 years ago. My kids are growing up happy and healthy because of the changes I've made in my life... our lives. Two years ago, there's no way I would have signed them up to run cross country. That would have meant that I'd have to leave the house to do something with them.

Things like this have a tendency to bring all of these emotions to the surface. A lot of them are happy, because of the way we are living now, others don't feel so great. There's still a lot of sadness for all the things I missed out on because of my obesity. I can't change the past, but I sure as hell have improved their future.



And today it was MY turn to go out in the freezing cold and get something done. I think I may have Katy take all my pictures from now on, she's pretty good!


5 1/2 miles in 40 degree weather... and it started snowing. Who IS this girl?!?

  
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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/29/2012 7:54PM

    That is awesome! And that girl?! That is the *NEW* you. emoticon

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ROSET491 11/12/2012 6:45PM

    Love the picture of your kids! You must be so proud of yourself~keep up the great work! Don't you just love it when you totally amaze yourself!!
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RECREATING_ME 11/10/2012 4:29PM

    This is such a great post, Holly! It's a good reminder that the choices we make in our own lives don't end with us when we have kids. They watch what we do and imitate the behavior they see in us. WTG to lay a healthy foundation for your kids that they can take into the future.

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PATIB13 11/9/2012 11:54AM

    This is a girl who is strong and powerful, she is a girl who is moving forward and is such an inspiration to those of us who still have a long way to go. So proud to be able to consider you a friend! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 11/6/2012 2:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon my friend! You are such an inspiration!!!! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 11/5/2012 6:08PM

    You have done an awesome job not only for yourself but your whole family!!! You should be very proud!!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/5/2012 10:29AM

    Thank you for being my inspiration today! You rock! One of my greatest regrets is that I didn't make these lifestyle changes until after my son was grown. You are being an awesome Mum by showing your children how to live an active life.

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ENDERLI 11/5/2012 8:34AM

    WOW- These comments say everything and more. Way to Go Holly! You are doing such a great job! emoticon

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KARENDEE4 11/5/2012 8:28AM

    Good for you!!

Congrats on the kids cross country. My 13 year old did that this year also.

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JENGOJENGO 11/5/2012 8:16AM

  Wow! I love seeing how your kid's lives were so positively impacted by your good choices. Great work!

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CHSHULER89 11/5/2012 7:09AM

    You are so awesome!!! So understand how you feel! So proud of you and me! My kids did the turkey trot 1mile run this weekend. Before i would of thought of it, but not signed them up. The boys were wiped out at the end, but learned. Johanna just blew me away, i can't believe she ran most of the time. This new life is great! We still have struggles, but oh we are doing so much now! Keep enjoying it and keep up the hard work! You are an inspiration! Thanx!!!! emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 11/5/2012 6:08AM

    You are awesome and a total inspriation! Thank you for sharing it with us... I really need to get to the point that I can transform my own life and that of my family as well. Thanks for putting it into perspective for me and reminding me that this is not how my story has to end.
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YESCURLYCAN 11/5/2012 2:07AM

  Wow, that is fantastic that you ran in the cold Holly and I love that you are giving your children a chance to live a life free of issues related to obseity. The best thing is that they will pass these lessons along to their children as well. You darling are marvelous! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 11/5/2012 1:59AM

    I'm so proud of you, Holly! You gave your family a priceless gift by teaching them to enjoy life to the fullest. I really wish all parents could follow your example!
That was probably all the inspiration I needed for today. Thank you so much!
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PS. I think it's my turn to "steal" an inspirational quote picture for my page. I guess we're inspired and motivated by the same things, our children being one of them!
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ILOVEMALI 11/4/2012 10:41PM

    An amazing girl!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/4/2012 9:56PM

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You are awesome, Holly!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/4/2012 9:32PM

    That girl is AWESOME!

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MOONBIRD 11/4/2012 9:15PM

    You are such an amazing person...for transforming yourself and making all of your lives better! You look SO good btw!! I love running in cold weather! I am trying to find a kid's run for my kids to do soon and one I can do with them. I feel like once the half is over I'll be able to loosen up a bit and put more energy into other things. 5 1/2 miles is so great!

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MAMADWARF 11/4/2012 9:12PM

    You have made so many wonderful changes holly...I just love you!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 11/4/2012 9:04PM

    That girl ROCK! I'm still trying to get up the gumption to walk outside when it's cold. But then I just go to the gym or work out at home so it still gets done. Rock on friend!

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DARKLIGHT31 11/4/2012 8:09PM

    Well done!!!


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FORMYDARLINGS 11/4/2012 6:30PM

   

She's the woman who was waiting for you to get on board so she could start living. Congrets on the 5.5 run. Have fun in the cold this winter. I will only be walking so you'll be warmer than me!


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SCOUTMOM715 11/4/2012 6:19PM

    I can totally relate on the activities my family & I had 2 years ago compared to now. You are doing great things & I'm sure your kids are loving it!! emoticon On getting your walk in, did mine today too in the 40 degree temps. Didn't have any snow (thank God), i'm not ready for that, sure felt great!! Have an awesome week!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/4/2012 6:05PM

    you go girl!!!! we took a 2.8 mile walk with our kids today and it felt great!!!

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ELLISH 11/4/2012 5:50PM

    Wow you definately are! Good Job Holly! Way to go! Can't wait to get there. :) emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 11/4/2012 5:25PM

    5 1/2 miles???? Holy donkeys, girl, that's awesome! And here I was feeling good I did 3.5 miles in 80 degrees, haha! You are kicking some serious butt!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 11/4/2012 5:20PM

    Congratulations on getting your family into your healthy way of life! This is such an inspiring story. I hope that my newly forming family lives a healthy life like yours is doing now!

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MYRTROSE 11/4/2012 5:09PM

    You literally just got me off my ass to go out for my walk. I procrastinated all day. Now it's getting dark and cold, and it's time to make dinner...hmm any more excuses?! I'm logging out now and heading out the door. Thanks!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/4/2012 4:45PM

    emoticon I know you have more willpower in you then I do! I don't go out and run in cold weather at all! I stay inside and do higher intensity workouts, but I commend you for pushing it the way you do! That is how you stay successful! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-POOKIE- 11/4/2012 4:42PM

    emoticon you have helped change so much

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    You're doing awesome! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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PAMSPARKS 11/4/2012 4:37PM

    It sounds like you are on the right path and doing great! Best of luck in your fitness journey!

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Hmmmm...

Friday, November 02, 2012

So I gained 1/2 pound this week. It sucks, and I really didn't expect to lose coming off a 3 pound loss last week, but I REALLY didn't think I gained. Food and exercise were both great this week, so I don't know. What really sucks, is that immediately, I thought, what can I change. WHY do I feel the need to change things every single week when I don't get the results I want? I decided to run 4 5k's a week to prepare for the Turkey Trot next month, and this was the first week... I'm doing NO other exercise. I did bump my calories a little to compensate, but we're only talking 50-100 on the days I run... I don't know. So, I'm going to stick it out another week and see what happens.

On the flip side, I lost 1.5 inches off my waist and 2 inches off my hips this month, WOOHOO!!! Those measurements haven't changed in months, SOO STOKED!!!!!

I hope everyone has had a great start to November!

  
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CLPURNELL 11/5/2012 6:22PM

    It will be history before you know it!!! Don't let it get you down!!!

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HOLLYM48 11/4/2012 8:43AM

    Congrats on the inches lost and 1/2 lb could definitely be water weight vs you actually gaining weight! You look great! emoticon emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/4/2012 2:02AM

    Sometimes the scale is just a mean liar - I recommend ignoring it and carry on! Great job on the inches loss!

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ILOVEMALI 11/4/2012 1:14AM

    together, we'll have a great month!

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SCOUTMOM715 11/3/2012 9:57AM

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KANOE10 11/3/2012 8:26AM

    Holly, I get irritated too when the scale goes up for no good reason. Great on losing pounds last week and inches. It probably is water..and hopefully will come off.

If you are losing inches you are still losing.

Good luck on your training.


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-POOKIE- 11/3/2012 7:09AM

    Ah, 1/2 could be a glass of water not got rid of! the inches however are far more tangible! concentrate on that win!

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DIANER2014 11/3/2012 1:16AM

    emoticon on your inches lost! That is great! Keep doing what you're doing the pounds are sure to come off. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBER281 11/2/2012 10:29PM

    You are doing great just keep going!!
Inches lost are awesome!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 11/2/2012 9:31PM

    Could just be water or something weird. Do the same thing next week and see what happens. It may just be that your body needed to adjust a little from the 3 pound loss. Hugs!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/2/2012 7:37PM

    Inches lost are awesome!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/2/2012 5:28PM

    What's 1/2 lb? I know when we loose it we're excited but in reality so many truly little things can cause a slight gain like that. A bit high water consumption or retention adds half a pound so easily. And all that running can certainly effect muscle gain.
Keep doing what you're doing. It worked the week before and give it a few weeks. It should all average out over the month.
Just experienced similar frustration over the last few weeks and know it's difficult to live through. I am finding that I am at a stage in the weight loss where I have to remind myself of the advice I am sharing. It all went easier and more steady at first but now there are more bumps in the road but the overall trend is still gradual loss. Keeping my eyes on the big picture.
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SPEEDY143 11/2/2012 4:15PM

    emoticon on the inches... love those NSV!!!! emoticon emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 11/2/2012 3:07PM

  When I read this, I thought "you know what's great though? She still lost 2.5 pounds from where she was stuck for a long time." So yea, it really does suck but you are still winning. And umm girl, those inches! That is FANTASTIC! You don't hear me though; fantastic! Those inches lost really explain that half a pound up, trust me. I love your hard work and dedication and I can't wait to see you emoticon the heck out of next week. emoticon emoticon

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KTISFOCUSED 11/2/2012 1:30PM

    I would sooo take the inches off over a pound on the scale. It doesn't matter what we weigh really since any little thing can affect it but 1.5 inches off my waist/belly? I'd take that in a heartbeat so nope, no beating yourself up. You're doing the right things. I'm talking to myself too since I do the exact same thing :)

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/2/2012 12:55PM

    With increased activity comes increased muscle building and muscle weight, your body will adjust, just hang in there.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/2/2012 12:54PM

    Stick it out! One thing Jason's been telling me lately is that if you change your plan constantly rather than giving your plan a chance to really work, your body gets confused and stops working for you. I think that's been my biggest problem over the last year, which is why I'm taking a few months off so I can let my body reset. A half-pound gain can be anything - water, hormones, salt, etc. Especially if you're running a lot like that - your leg muscles can retain a lot of water as they build muscle! Just keep on going and you'll continue to see losses in the future!

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NUOVAELLE 11/2/2012 12:11PM

    Focus on the lost inches. Which is an amazing thing! I know how disappointing a gain can be - yes, even the slightest one, we've all been through this - but don't let it get you down. You're doing great and if you run 20 km a week, you surely need the extra calories. Just make sure they come from the right source.
You're doing great!
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JACKIE542 11/2/2012 11:38AM

    Sounds like you are doing well, forget about it and keep moving! Great on the inches. emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 11/2/2012 11:37AM

    Don't let the half a pound get to you. Your loss last week and measurements this week are GREAT! You are doing so well. Keep it up!!!

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MAMADWARF 11/2/2012 11:23AM

    Half a pound. Pshhhhhh, that ain't nothing it a thing, next week you will post that you dropped 2 pounds...carry on my dear, you are doing great!!!

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WINSLOWGIRLS3 11/2/2012 11:22AM

    You are doing an amazing job! Don't let that half lb discourage you. When I increase my exercise, I retain water for about a week, so that's prbably all it is. It will all come off and you'll have more losses. Congrats on losing those inches!!! :-)

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NAYKNITS 11/2/2012 11:00AM

    don't beat yourself up too much. You are doing awesome!!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 11/2/2012 9:48AM

    Those inches lost are a beautiful thing. Half a pound's got nothin' on that.

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BEINGGUIDED 11/2/2012 9:36AM

    I have heard that when you start exercising more your body stores up more water, so I would say more likely water weight. If you really think about it, half a pound of water is how much, 8oz? Looking at it that way makes it seem more practical.

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T21MELISSA 11/2/2012 9:14AM

    Sounds pretty normal to me- extra exercise, a change in diet- your bod is probably like "whoa- whats going on?!?". Kidding, but I'm sure its muscle!!! Keep it up, you'll see double the loss next week!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 11/2/2012 9:07AM

    emoticon emoticon great goal!

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ENDERLI 11/2/2012 9:04AM

    Oh Holly! You are doing amazing. Just Uh-MAAAY-ZING! Wow on the inches lost! Holy cow!
Hey, in fact....looks to me like Holly needs a new outfit!!


(btw A half a pound is a cup of fluid....that's it, just a cup. It was probably fluid still being processed in your kidneys!)

Keep Pushing!
XO
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EOWYN2424 11/2/2012 9:03AM

    I think my tummy problem is getting worse! :(

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KELLY19770 11/2/2012 9:03AM

    Yay for losing inches!!! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/2/2012 8:45AM

    My body does the same thing when I have a big loss like that. If yours is like mine, it should catch up next week. Great job on the measurements!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 11/2/2012 8:45AM

    1/2 pound is negligible... could be water retention in your muscles, could be muscle gain combined with fat loss - especially if you are seeing a loss in inches. You aren't losing inches and gaining fat... it just doesn't happen that way.

Look at the big picture (or the getting smaller picture!!) and be encouraged! You are doing FANTASTIC!!!!!!

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KARENDEE4 11/2/2012 8:43AM

    That is great with the measurements!!

I do the same thing. If the scale does not move I try to change something. I also lose in spurts and sometimes I forget that.

I bet next week will be a loss for you!
Good Job!!!

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I feel AMAZING!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Seriously, for the last couple days, I've been in the BEST mood! I don't know if it's the cool temps, the beautiful leaves, fun conversation, or the fact that the damn scale finally moved in the right direction, WooHoo!

I've been in the 170's since MARCH! Today I saw 170.0. I got off and on 3 times! I know it could go back up next week, and yes, it'll suck just like it sucks EVERY time the scale goes up. But this is the lowest number I've seen since July. I haven't been able to get past 171. This is HUGE for me! To celebrate I had a dance party!!! I've been dancing around my office all day and singing all evening. The kids are telling ME to be quiet, they can't go to sleep, WHATEVER!!!!

It made me think about a conversation I had with my dad about my weight. He's really concerned that it affects me as much as is does. He's SUPER proud of all I've done, but he's afraid I'm hell bent on losing the last 20 "at all costs." Now, he's seen me eat, but he doesn't think I eat enough. The problem is, he's so used to me shoveling it in, even after 2 1/2 years of eating smaller portions, it's still kind of shocking to him. He's afraid I work out too much, especially now, with the bradycardia. But the "at all costs" really bothered ME.

I'm pretty competitive, and when I got on this roller coaster, I set a goal for myself, like we all do. I want to weigh 150 pounds, that would mean I've lost more than half my starting weight. I'll still be 25 pounds overweight, but that's another blog. It's true, I'm an all or nothing type girl, always have been. But I don't know what he thinks I'm going to do to speed up this process. I'm pretty sure, it can't go much slower, lol!

I'm really proud to say that I did this ON MY OWN (without surgical intervention... you all know I couldn't have done this without my sparkly peeps!). Like a lot of you I'm sure, I thought about the surgery, and decided it wasn't for me, so I decided to go old school. I've learned SO much about myself during the last 2 1/2 years, and as frustrating and hard, and downright crappy as it is sometimes, it's been one hell of a ride and I'm glad I'm doing it this way.

This process can be overwhelming to say the least. But it's the little things... like seeing a new number on the scale, beating my mile time, and fitting into a smaller pair of jeans, that help me remember WHY I'm STILL doing this.

I'm on such a high right now, I don't know what to do with myself!!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!

  
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ANDRIANA11 12/3/2012 9:42AM

    Waaooww
I just came across this post of yours. There is so much happiness in it. Well done and keep up the great mood. It can make a huge difference to our motivation in reaching those goals.

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MOONBIRD 11/4/2012 9:18PM

    I'm so happy for you! I feel like I could have written that post! :) I was in the 180s for the longest time, finally got to 176, and now I am around 180 again. :( I haven't been feeling that great lately and with all the running and stuff, I was not careful about tracking, so my weight crept up. It's so annoying how easily I gain weight. Anyway, I am glad you are feeling so great and you should be really proud of yourself and how far you've come.

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BONNYSPARKGIRL 10/31/2012 8:40AM

    That is so great and awesome emoticon

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KATIWONT 10/30/2012 3:08PM

    You GO girl!!! Congratulations to you---you're making it happen!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 10/30/2012 3:03PM

    that is awesome.....so happy for you!

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ENDERLI 10/29/2012 8:05AM

    Oh Holly! I'm doing a happy dance for you my friend! YAY!
Keep doing it, you are doing a great job!
I think to be good at something you have to be alittle obsessive, or you won't accomplish what you set out to do. I'm competative too. Best chance I have at losing weight is if I'm competeing for it. I always win the weight loss competitions at work, because I'm way to competative....but what I need is long term thing.
You are doing an awesome job & should be riding that high for a while!! You are doing it girl, you are fantabulous!!!!!
xo

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ELLISH 10/28/2012 9:40PM

    Simply awesome and very inspiring! :) emoticon

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NAYKNITS 10/28/2012 9:05PM

    emoticon you are emoticon

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GOPINTOS 10/28/2012 1:34PM

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DIANER2014 10/28/2012 12:10PM

    Congratulations! Thanks for the motivation! Very proud of you. Keep up the awesome job! emoticon emoticon

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RECREATING_ME 10/28/2012 5:27AM

    Congrats, Holly! We all know how good it feels when the scale moves us closer to our goals :)

You rock emoticon

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CLPURNELL 10/27/2012 8:13PM

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You will be out of the 170s in NO TIME!!!!!!!!!!! Soooo proud of you HOLLY!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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YESCURLYCAN 10/27/2012 7:26PM

  Love love love it! I am so proud of you Holly for making it happen this week; I knew you could do it. Your blog was so great to read. I could feel the good vibes coming off of it. emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/27/2012 7:02PM

    Congrats Holly! I'm glad you are feeling amazing. It's hard sometimes for those who love us to watch us struggle with our weight. It *does* take an awful lot of focus and energy to make such a big change... but then when you're feeling fantastic and full of energy and positivity, well it's all worth it.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/27/2012 2:55PM

    Congratulations, Holly! I'm so excited for you! I've been the same way - stuck for a long time. I know I'm not where I want to be for good, but it's been a nice break. Time to continue on. Hope you had fun dancing! :)

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JENGOJENGO 10/27/2012 1:20PM

  You are awesome! You looks great, but I understand about those "last x lbs".... When you have a certain # in your mind, you just really want to be there. You can do it!

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/27/2012 12:47PM

    YAY FOR YOU!!!!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 10/27/2012 12:35PM

    So glad to have you share the news. Keep on keeping on.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/27/2012 11:16AM

    Congratulations on hitting a new low! That is an exciting feeling and really motivates you to keep going and break through the next barrier. I am also an all or nothing type of person and it is how I am successful. I think each of us have to figure out what works for us and stick to it.
Happy to see you dancing!

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MAMADWARF 10/27/2012 11:12AM

    I'm excited for you! You are gonna get where you want to be holly, cause yiurecawesome like that! Love ya!

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KANOE10 10/27/2012 9:58AM

    emoticon Celebrate that one pound!!!!! You deserve the best and have done such a wonderful job of losing weight and getting healthy!


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SCOUTMOM715 10/27/2012 9:08AM

    emoticon I'm doing the happy dance & emoticon for you Holly!! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 10/27/2012 9:03AM

    *smiles* love this x

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/27/2012 3:59AM

    You earned every bit of that dance party, girlfriend!!! WOO HOO! So excited for you!!

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TINAJANE76 10/27/2012 3:05AM

    Many, MANY congratulations on everything that you've achieved. There must be some really positive vibes flying through the air!

I totally feel you about the "at all costs" thing and the worry it can sometimes cause both in ourselves and those who love us. I can actually offer you some encouragement in this department because after nearly eight months on maintenance, I am FINALLY starting to become more relaxed about managing my weight. Like I wrote in my blog (thanks for stopping by and commenting, by the way!), I no longer agonize over every small misstep I make and am finally starting to feel like all of my healthy habits are firmly in place and that I can take a deep breath and relax a bit. I know it's frustrating when you feel like you're stuck but, trust me, if you keep up all of your great work, the rest of the weight you want to lose will eventually come off. I hope that you get there soon and that I'll be reading about how great it is for you to be at goal!

Have a great weekend!
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ILOVEMALI 10/27/2012 2:35AM

    Great job!!! Celebrate!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/27/2012 2:00AM

    You deserve to celebrate!!! Dance until your feet hurt.
I am so glad for you. I've heard your struggles with the number on the scale over the last months. You've overcome and the number has budged.
Thanks for being real about your journey--the joys and the struggles.
Have a fantastic weekend.
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You're doing Awesome!
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KARENDEE4 10/27/2012 12:04AM

    So very happy for you!!!

You inspire me all the time!!

Good Job!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/26/2012 10:56PM

    So proud of you girl! Keep up the great work!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 10/26/2012 10:40PM

    I completely understand you, i am an all or nothing guy too. The little victories are just that, victories. ANY victory is a victory, as long as you are happy with yourself and you dont think you are pushing it too far, then you are doing fine. Parents worry about us from the day we are born until the day they leave this world, so dont be too hard on him LOL. You are awesome!!

Paul

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 10/26/2012 9:20PM

    You dance your heart out!! And don't forget to track it while you're at it. emoticon

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HOLLYBELLE77 10/26/2012 9:17PM

    Good for you girl! And I think no matter what age we are, it's our parents' jobs to worry about us and to want to make sure we're eating enough and taking care of ourselves. They mean well, but it can be frustrating at times. You just have to pay attention to your body's own signals and change things up if need be or if at some point it's telling you you're pushing too hard. emoticon

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CHSHULER89 10/26/2012 9:12PM

    Your are so awesome and such an inspiration! So happy and excited for you!! I needed your blog after being in a little rut.. Dancing with you, for you..! Keep it up!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 10/26/2012 8:57PM

    My husband is often concerned about the "at all costs" thing as well. He knows I'm eating plenty and such, but he thinks I'm mentally taxing myself too much, and in a way, he's probably right, because no matter what I try, I can't help thinking about all this, you know? But it gets on my nerves sometimes, and I admit I even snapped at him the other day when he said something to the effect of "Maybe your body just thinks it's supposed to be at this weight." I'm so tired of people saying that. My body doesn't think it should be here. It's slow now, especially since my body fat percentage went into the "normal" range, but that doesn't mean I should just settle for a size I know is too big for me. Anyway, just saying that I understand.

And I also understand how fantastic it feels for the scale to start moving again!! I'm right with you, girl! Congrats! Doing a happy dance for you. :D

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