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Who... ME?!?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I've taken off the last 2 afternoons from work to spend time at the kids school for field days. Jake had his Monday and Kat's was today. I hardly get to spend anytime with the kids at school because I work full time, so I try to take off for things like this.

We live in a small town and the entire elementary school is made up of maybe 500 kids. So the kids you go to pre-school with, are the kids you'll be graduating with. Because of that, I do "know" some of the parents. Both yesterday AND today I've had, lets call it, "Holly's new life" encounters with a few of them.

Being in a town this small, when you go for a jog, people see you. Especially when they're out running on a Saturday morning. Three different parents on two different days, said I should go running with them some time. HUH?!? I'm sorry, are you talking to me?!?

Immediately, I started having all these negative thoughts and thinking of a million reasons to say no. I'm too slow... I'm too fat... they all go out in these cute little running skirts and tank tops, and I'm plodding along in capris and ANYTHING that will cover my arms... and most of all, why would THEY want to run with ME???

Then my "new" self told my "old" self to SHUT UP! They've seen you out there, they know how slow you are. Why wouldn't they want to, our kids are friends, and have been since pre-k. And seriously, if they really didn't want to, they never would have even asked. It's not like you're running now, and they ran up beside you and HAD to say something to be nice...

WHEN will I realize that this IS my new life? WHEN will it be ok, to accept the fact that other people think of me as an active person. I think because I'm still in "weight loss" mode (I think) that any exercise I do has a purpose. I'm not just running because it's "part of my life." I'm doing it to lose weight. When I look at those other woman, who are all fit and tiny, and running, it can't be because they want to change their lives. In my mind, they're doing it because they're fit and tiny, and well, because they can... does that even make sense?

I don't know their stories, maybe they were overweight at one time. Maybe they do it to stay in shape now, so they don't get fat. Who knows WHY they do it, I just know that they asked me to do it with them. I need to figure out how I can live my new life WITH others, and not just for myself.

  
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SIMONEKP 6/7/2013 9:52AM

    go for that run!

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GODIVADSG 6/1/2013 9:22PM

    I like the saying at the top of your page. I think it fits perfectly here! People want to be with you because your are awesome! I hope you go run... enjoy the fact that people ask you to run and then try it. Many a problem have been solved with a sole sista!

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WORLDSERIES11 5/31/2013 3:19PM

    You Can Do It, Holly!!! Embrace the new you! emoticon emoticon

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RECREATING_ME 5/27/2013 10:44PM

    When I was reading this, I remembered something you wrote a while back about a doctor saying that you had "a runner's heart." That's probably about as good an endorsement that you are a runner as you are going to get!

You have done amazing things, Holly, and you inspire me to keep on trying even as I root around in the same spot. You are everything you have been aspiring to be. Don't let anyone tell you any different.

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MOONBIRD 5/24/2013 3:55PM

    I feel the same way when my one runner friend says I should meet up with her! I always feel like I'll be too slow, but it's silly, because she told me she's the fastest and other people in the group (even thin ladies) are slower than me. I can never go because I have no one to watch the kids, but I'd like to at some point. You should totally go and enjoy yourself. I think sometimes we have a hard time seeing ourselves as the people we are now, and it's hard to re-wire our brains! Get your run on, girl! :)

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COREY04 5/23/2013 9:01AM

    I think everyone has their own struggles. Some struggles are more visible to others (weight), but we all carry our burden.I run with a friend who is slower than me, and I am always thrilled to get together.

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GABY1948 5/23/2013 6:18AM

    emoticon you can do this keep telling yourself that!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/23/2013 12:29AM

    Here's a link to the blog I wrote about a similar situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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LOTUSFLOWER 5/23/2013 12:22AM

    I've been there before...I met a woman in my running group and she wanted to run with me, and I was like who me?? But it was the best thing. You are a new person, it's hard to embrace that sometimes.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 5/22/2013 12:47PM

    People see you differently now. Differently than you see yourself. They've seen your success...and your new enthusiasm and lust for life. They want some of it. They want to share in it.

I've recently had several semi-strangers call me out on my self classification as "plus size". I mean argue with me that I'm not plus size. I disagree. 16W is still plus. The point is people are seeing me differently than I see myself.

By the way. I want you to know that you ARE good enough. You are worthy. You are wonderful and fun and energetic. Time to embrace it.



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MISSB8604 5/22/2013 12:23PM

    Have a blast girl, and enjoy the new you! You deserve it, we all do.

And girl, YOU ARE NOT FAT.

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SUGAR0814 5/22/2013 12:18PM

    emoticon You're letting fear creep in! Give it a try, you might like it!

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STEFIGURL 5/22/2013 10:29AM

    TODAY, you ARE the YOU you've been trying to be, Holly!

you ARE an inspiration. you ARE an active person. you ARE a success story. :-)
now, you just have to BE...be what you have become!

love you!
stephi

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NASFKAB 5/22/2013 10:24AM

  keep at it all the best

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BONOLICIOUS2 5/22/2013 8:38AM

    I want to run with you too!!!!

As long as the "new you" voice wins out, and keeps winning out, maybe one day it will stick? Who knows - you could end up making new friends, learning something new, or (imagine) have fun! I hope you give it a try!

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KANOE10 5/22/2013 8:35AM

    I hope you find some new friends to run with. I also look at the thin people in their fancy workout clothes and wonder if they had to struggle to maintain their weight loss.

Yet many of them workout consistently and daily.

I like your new life and new self.

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AME4IT 5/22/2013 8:22AM

    Woo-hoo! What an awesome, yet scary, encounter. I'm so happy for you to be acknowledged for all the hard you've put in and being asked to join these other runners. I understand your hesitation but you'll get there and love your new workout buddies.

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DEEDEE1102 5/22/2013 5:12AM

    New Life - New You!
You've worked hard and you are an inspiration to everybody! Who wouldn't want to run with a person like you?
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FORMYDARLINGS 5/22/2013 4:14AM

    This is one area of a new life that I know I will have trouble with too, when I reach the stage where walking is no longer so difficult. It must be difficult to come to grips with the fact that people want to include you. I am very happy for you and you DO deserve to run with the friends you have and are making. Tell old Holly she can't come running with you and set yourself free to discover new people and horizons. Have fun.


Gini

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/22/2013 3:38AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings in this blog. It is hard to change the thoughts about ourselves and you have highlighted how hard the battle can be.
Congratulations on your new life being here and now. You are being seen as a healthy role model in your town, how great is that?
You are the star member today!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/22/2013 2:39AM

    Well that's one loaded and powerful blog. Thanks for sharing. I fully understand what your talking about and it makes total sense to me.

You go and live the new life with others because you have been living it with us here and I know that you have lots to offer to these women too. We so quickly undervalue ourselves and underestimate what we have to offer others. Looking forward to reading about your first run with some of these women.

Maria

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M4JMOMMY 5/22/2013 2:00AM

    How exciting! I hope you join them soon. What a great chance to make new friends.
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ILOVEMALI 5/22/2013 1:58AM

    Why wouldn't they want to run with you? I'd love to run with you! xoxo

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NUOVAELLE 5/22/2013 1:45AM

    I'm so happy for you Holly and I know that you will eventually get used to living with all the amazing changes that you have brought to your life. But I also want you to know one more thing. If we were neighbors, I would have wanted to go running with you, too. And I wouldn't care if you are slow or if you're not fit enough. You're a nice, kind person with a sparkling smile full of positivity. And I'm sure you've always been that.
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BRADMILL2922 5/22/2013 1:33AM

    YES YOU!!!!! Awesome! How about that for a nice NSV? Now who is the rockstar? Get out there and run with them, i'm sure your will enjoy it! This is Holly's new life, so embrace it because it is good stuff!

Love field day with the kids! Mine are Thursday and Friday and I wouldn't miss it for anything!

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123ELAINE456 5/22/2013 12:50AM

  You Are doing Great. Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JOYFULGRATITUDE 5/21/2013 11:33PM

    Keep up the positive attitude! emoticon emoticon

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CMCGRUN 5/21/2013 11:17PM

    I am sooo happy for you!! How wonderful to be able to put your old self "in its place" and breathe some fresh air with the new you! This post made me smile!!!

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 5/21/2013 9:33PM

    Wow This blog is so on the money! I can relate 100 per cent! ["it can't be because they want to change their lives. In my mind, they're doing it because they're fit and tiny, and well, because they can... does that even make sense? "}
It makes big sense!! I wonder it sometimes as well. Sometmes we need to remind our selves others are struggling or have struggled just like we have and are. Take some of them up on there offers you can learn and prehapes share and also have some excerise partners.

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MADTHENURSE 5/21/2013 9:21PM

    Oh Holly....
All I can do is smile through the happy tears!

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KRISTINGETSFIT 5/21/2013 9:00PM

    I so get where you are coming from. There are folks I've met at the gym and my Zumba classes that ask me for advise and recommendations. I don't know what to tell them- I still don't feel l know what I'm doing and most days I'm just happy I got myself out of the house to do something active.

Maybe it's in these moments that we can find some excitement and PRIDE in the changes we've made and the crazy idea that people think we know what we're doing and want to do it with us.

Holly, you inspire each of us every day. The folks at your kid's school are just catching up on what we already know. YOU are a ROCKSTAR. Maybe they just share in some of your rockstar-ness!!


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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/21/2013 8:49PM

    I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from! I totally get your thoughts here. I hope you say yes to running with them sometime! Isn't it crazy to get to this point? It's like it can't be real, but yet it is, and why did they ask you they are all fit n all. Even if you may think you are on the outside looking in, or in a different mode. Your mode apparently fits theirs! It's nice to run with others sometimes :) Enjoy your new life!

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SCOUTMOM715 5/21/2013 8:28PM

    I'm glad you told your "Old Self" to Shut up! You are healthy & strong & amazing!! You may not realize this, but they are probably motivated by you! I hope you told them YES!! emoticon

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NAYKNITS 5/21/2013 8:24PM

    Perhaps they see how AWESOME you are doing and want to share in the awesomeness. Perhaps you inspire them. Whatever the reason- its great that they offered to be a running buddy! I think we are our own worst enemies. you were right to tell that inner skeptic to be quiet =)

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DLDROST 5/21/2013 8:20PM

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DAWNSJOURNEY 5/21/2013 8:17PM

    Those were some powerful words.I can't imagine what it will be like , but trust me I will be there one day. I am excited they asked you to join in and you're right if they didn't want you to they wouldn't have asked.

By reading your blog , I realized one thing.. I will always be changing.. you're still changing and in beautiful ways.

Best Wishes figuring it all out.. I have no doubt you will ..

Hugs,
Dawn

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MAMADWARF 5/21/2013 8:16PM

    Constant change, isn't it? But you may not realize that YOU are FIT, YOU are tiny, YOU are a runner and you have probably motivated dozens of people who will never tell you. You're the BOMB, girly!!!

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Moment of truth

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Weigh in was today.... dun dun duuuunnnn..... Haha! No, it's fine. I'm down a pound and a half from the last time I touched my ticker. A little background on that I guess. The last time I weighed and input my info was March 15. SInce then, I've had a very rough time. I've been uber depressed from the never ending winter which lead to enormous amounts of food and serious lack of exercise. I did get on the scale a few times, and I don't know why. I'd get on, cuss at the scale, and kick it back under the bed. At one point, I was at 179, YIKES!!! That's when I decided I wasn't getting on until after my vacation and a couple of recovery weeks.

Well, I've been home since April 21 and I've had about 10 days to "recover." Down a pound a a half from 6 weeks ago, is just fine with me! I would like to be at goal by the time I do the Dirty Girl which is September 7. That means I have to lose one pound a week. On paper, totally doable, so we'll see. Alright friends, onward and upward. I mean downward!

  
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MSGETHEALTHY35 5/13/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon You can do it!!

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JOYFULGRATITUDE 5/8/2013 1:00PM

    You go, girl! emoticon emoticon

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RECREATING_ME 5/7/2013 11:42AM

    Holly,

You continue to be such an inspiration with your perseverance. You look fabulous (and I'm sure you feel just as great!)

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BMCKEOW1 5/6/2013 4:31PM

    Glad to see that you are back and on track. You can do it in time for your thing in September.

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BRENDABUNNY 5/2/2013 11:10PM

    emoticon Holly and emoticon on the loss

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FINCHFEEDER80 5/2/2013 10:39PM

    You've totally got this!

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MOONBIRD 5/2/2013 10:12PM

    So glad you're back on track! I've had a rough week and am scared to weigh.

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COOKIE_AT_51 5/2/2013 7:35PM

    emoticon emoticon I know you can make your goal!

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ENDERLI 5/2/2013 7:37AM

    Holy Holly, first let me say you are Uber popular! lol.
Great job, you sound like your psychi is back on track! Sunshiney weather will help and you are still owning it! Great job.
I need to do a pound a week too. I will join you on that quest.
xo

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MADTHENURSE 5/2/2013 7:22AM

    You got this! All that food during your food fest/vacation and you didn't gain!! That's AMAZING!!! Great job!

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123ELAINE456 5/2/2013 1:49AM

  Congratulations on Your 1 1/2 Pound Weight Loss. Keep It Up!!! Spring is here and the weather will be much nicer. We will be able to do many things outdoors. Enjoy the Fresh Air and suroundings. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. So Enjoy the Spring and Summer. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care.
Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NUOVAELLE 5/2/2013 1:37AM

    That's great, Holly! I'm sure you can focus on your goal and make it doable by September. I hope you get lots of sunshine and warm days that will lift your mood and help with exercise.
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GRUMBLEGIRL 5/1/2013 11:23PM

    Good for you!!!

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NASFKAB 5/1/2013 11:03PM

  great

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BRADMILL2922 5/1/2013 10:57PM

    That is really good to be down 1 1/2 lbs since your last weigh-in with everything you have gone through and with vacation. One pound a week is totally doable! Keep pushing forward and you will make your goal!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/1/2013 10:00PM

    Great job! I was so depressed this winter too.

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NAYKNITS 5/1/2013 9:10PM

    all that worrying....silly girl! emoticon what a super start to getting back on track emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 5/1/2013 7:54PM

    You can do it! I just got on the scale last Friday after a long absence, so I know how you feel!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/1/2013 7:45PM

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/1/2013 7:25PM

    YA!!!

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PATIB13 5/1/2013 6:45PM

    Good Job! haven't been on Spark people in so long, I thought I would jump on and see how some of my spark friends are doing. Knowing you, you will blast that goal in no time!.

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SCOUTMOM715 5/1/2013 6:35PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/1/2013 5:18PM

    emoticon news, Holly! Good for you keeping things on track during a difficult few weeks. emoticon because that's what we have to do and you'll reach your goal for the Dirty Girl. I know you have it in you. emoticon because you've been strong enough to come this far.

Maria

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/1/2013 5:16PM

    great stuff

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MYRTROSE 5/1/2013 5:15PM

    That is great news! Congrats!

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STAY39 5/1/2013 3:58PM

    Excellent! You survived the long, harsh winter and battled a bout of depression. Now spring is here, you feel better and you even lost weight! You are a fighter! It's great that you have a new, achievable goal too! Dirty girl sounds fun- cant wait to see those pics! emoticon

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MISSB8604 5/1/2013 3:53PM

    Nicely done!

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BONOLICIOUS2 5/1/2013 3:25PM

    YAY! Great news girlfriend! Woo hoo!

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ILOVEMALI 5/1/2013 3:16PM

    great job!!

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NGCHILD 5/1/2013 3:16PM

    CONGRATS on the loss. Every pound gone is a victory!!

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SUGAR0814 5/1/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon on the loss! emoticon emoticon

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VALYNN26 5/1/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon Congrats on the loss!

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MAMADWARF 5/1/2013 2:25PM

    Hey I think thats great!! You are awesome! IM proud of you!

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KJELLYBEAN15 5/1/2013 2:17PM

    Hey, it's a loss and not a gain. We all have our moments. If it were easy we'd all be thin. The most important thing is that you never gave up. You will get to where you need to be when that time comes. Enjoy the ride for now.

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STEFIGURL 5/1/2013 2:12PM

    Good for you, Holly! So proud of you!

love,
stephi

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BOOKWORM27S 5/1/2013 2:03PM

    Wishing you the best as you get back on track! Hopefully a warm Spring will put the Spark back in your days!

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AME4IT 5/1/2013 2:00PM

    emoticon job with the 1.5 weight loss.

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South Carolina blog! Well, it's mostly about the food = )

Monday, April 29, 2013

Seriously, if you don't want to see some really good food, I suggest you LOOK AWAY!

I'll give you a little info on the trip because I had a really great time. I am so blessed to have been able to take this trip with my dad too.

We left at 4am Wednesday morning and, including pit stops, it took about 13.5 hrs to get to Bluffton, SC, which I didn't think was bad at all. We got down there and my Aunt (dad's sister) took us to a great Mexican restaurant, Mi Tierra. My dad hates all food that isn't steak and potatoes, sooo... yah! Fortunately they also made pizza so that's what he had, weird right?!? I forgot to take a picture of any of it, but believe me, it was amazing!

Thursday it was 85 degrees and GORGEOUS! So we spent most of the day in Savannah, GA on River Street. So much fun! It's a street on the river with a ton of little shops and restaurants. We got to take the ferry across the river which was really nice and we didn't have to worry about the extremely limited parking. For lunch, we ate at "Huey's", which was home cooked Louisiana cuisine.


We were in the restaurant and the entire one side, was french style doors that opened to the street, it was really nice.


this was the pasta jambalaya that I had, mmmm...


this was my aunt's muffaletta with red beans and rice

My dad had a blacked chicken sandwich which he said was delicious. Then for dessert, we all had a bineight... yah, I don't know how to spell it, but it was the best misspelled dessert I've ever had!

*edit* a wonderful sparkfriend told me how to spell it - BEIGNET!

Friday we went to Beaufort, SC and went on a horse and buggy ride around the city. Our tour guide was fantastic and he gave a lot of great information. After we got back to town we went to "The Mellow Mushroom" for dinner. It was bar food in a really cool atmosphere. They had pizza, wings, etc, but the pizza was delicious! You all know how I feel about pizza. I ordered the house special which had 3 kinds of cheese, 3 kinds of meat, tomatoes, mushrooms of course, black olives, peppers and onions. I only ate half of the pizza, huge victory for me! It was a "personal" sized pizza, but it was still probably 10 inches across.


mmmm... pizza....

On Friday nights, my aunt's church opens it's doors to the Jewish community so they can have service. That night, they were also having a Holocaust Memorial service. It was very interesting, I've never been to a Jewish service. A lot of it was in Yiddish, but the pamphlets were written in Hebrew and English. I tried to follow along the best I could. It was a very touching memorial.

Saturday we went to Penn Center School. This was a school that was started by a plantation owners wife who wanted to educate slaves. It was a museum dedicated to the students of this school and the woman who ran it. There were a lot of photos, and really interesting artifacts. Then we went to see the remains of different buildings that had burnt down during the war.

For dinner, we went and had some REAL southern barbecue at "Jim and Nicks." Apparently, in the south, macaroni and cheese is a vegetable. I'm pretty sure my daughter feels the same way, lol!


This is a "fat tire" beer. It's every where down there and they're SO yummy! That little muffin type goodie, is sweet, and cheddary and garlicky all at the same time. So good!


this is my pulled pork, fries and YEP, mac and cheese!

Dad had ribs, and what he called, the best baked beans he's had at any restaurant.

To end our 5 day food fest, I mean, vacation, ahem... we ended the meal with chocolate pie. This was not like any chocolate pie I'd ever had. The chocolate was so thick and rich is was like fudge. The topping may look like whip cream, but it was no where near it. It was a wonderful way to end food fest, UGH, I mean vacation ; )



We left Sunday morning, around 5:45am. I had a fantastic time and of course it all ended too quickly. While I was there, I didn't care about the calories, I didn't care about the consequences of eating what I did. I just had a very memorable vacation with my dad. Which just so happened to include some fantastic food, so who am I to say no?!?

  
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SUMMER2203 5/1/2013 5:46PM

    first of all, i am living vicariously through your food haha. second of all, later in life, you are not going to cherish that one vacation you had with your dad where you were obsessing about calories...youa re goign to cherish the one where you had a great, care free time. sometimes the best times with loved ones involve just letting go and enjoying yourself. good for you:)

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 5/1/2013 4:11AM

    That is wonderful you had a great time. The pics look mouth watering thank you for sharing

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/30/2013 8:01PM

    Glad you enjoyed your trip!

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JAKEKATY 4/30/2013 3:00PM

  Wish I would have been there. You deserve to celebrate by trying all those foods. You have accomplished so much and have had a roller coaster ride journey. Really proud of you. I hope to have some success after my knee surgeries. It will be nice to have little less.pain. If I can do have of what you have done I will be thrilled. I know I won't look as awesome as I am old as Katy says. Love us keep going mom

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AME4IT 4/30/2013 1:07PM

    Your food fest looks delicious - I remember all of the delicious, comfort food I had in Charleston when I visited over New Years. Few foods beat southern comfort.

I'm so glad you had a great time with your dad. You'll treasure the memories for a lifetime.

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SUGAR0814 4/30/2013 11:42AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Spending time with family is priceless! emoticon

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GABY1948 4/30/2013 11:42AM

    The food looks amazing! I am so glad I wasn't there, I know I would have WAY overeaten! Thanks for sharing!

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LISALGB 4/30/2013 8:55AM

    Yes, here in the South, macaroni and cheese IS a vegetable. Lovely, isn't it?? Our family spent some time in Beaufort and in Savannah last summer. It is just beautiful in that part of the South.
Next time you are down this way, check out Charleston. Of course, anywhere in the South is fabulous. Glad you had such a good time. Ya'll come back now, ya hear?

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/30/2013 8:39AM

    Wow that looks and sounds awesome! I have never been to to SC but everyone says its slower, nicer, more relaxed. And now it sounds like they have amazing food too huh?!

Glad you had such a great time and thanks for sharing!

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STAY39 4/30/2013 8:12AM

    Glad you had a great time! Food looks awesome- especially that pizza! And fries! I had forgotten what those look like! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NAYKNITS 4/30/2013 7:16AM

    Looks like you had a marvelous time and had some really yummy food! Good for you for relaxing and having a fun time making memories with your family. Everything in moderation, and you exercised that by not eating the whole pizza ;-)

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MADTHENURSE 4/30/2013 6:30AM

    I'm so glad you had a great food fest, I mean vacation. Sounds like you and Mr. B had a great time!! Food looks wonderful!! But... tomorrow - GAME ON!!! You ready?

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BRADMILL2922 4/30/2013 4:08AM

    Looks like a great trip with some great food! Glad you got to do it with your Dad too! Good for you for not worrying about calories during the trip and being able to enjoy your vacation!

We have a Mellow Mushroom and Fat Tire beer here and both are very good!

Glad you were able to have so much fun and to make some great memories with your Dad!

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123ELAINE456 4/30/2013 2:53AM

  Sounds like You had a Memorable Vacation with Your Dad and Family. The Food looks Great and Very Yummy. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!

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NUOVAELLE 4/30/2013 1:53AM

    I'm always happy when I see people enjoying their vacation and their vacation's meals guilt-free! A healthy lifestyle is all about enjoying life. And fantastic food is a part of life. We'll have time to get back to balance and moderation when the vacation is over.
I enjoyed your blog. I hope all your vacations are as enjoyable and memorable as this one.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/30/2013 1:21AM

    Oh Holly who could say no to calories, I mean food, like that?

Glad you had a memorable vacation with your dad.

And now it's back to the real world. Back to the mindful eating and exercise. You can do it.

Maria

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CLPURNELL 4/29/2013 11:32PM

    The food does look awesome looks like you had an AMAZING Time!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/29/2013 10:44PM

    Ummmm YUM!! Looks like you had a great time!

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MAMADWARF 4/29/2013 9:47PM

    Sounds like everything a vacation should be...full of memories!!!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 4/29/2013 9:33PM

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation!!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 4/29/2013 9:29PM

    I'm glad you had fun in my home state! I live in Myrtle Beach. There is a Jim and Nicks not too far away from me - I have to try it now. And yes...macaroni is a vegetable here...this is part of my problem! Good ol' Southern cookin'. Everything is deep fried and covered in grease. And I LOVE IT. lol

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SCOUTMOM715 4/29/2013 8:00PM

    The food looks yummy!! Glad you had a great time & got to spend a memorable time with your Dad. emoticon

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DAWNESS0404 4/29/2013 7:59PM

    It all looks yummy! And yes, macaroni and cheese is a vegetable to us Southerners!! lol Looks like you all had a great time!

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MYRTROSE 4/29/2013 7:44PM

    We've been thinking about going to Savannah for our honeymoon! We have a mutual acquaintance from Savannah and he thinks we'd love it.
The food all looks amazing. I'm glad you relaxed and enjoyed it.
It's beignet btw LOL@ the best mispelled dessert I ever had!!!

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Weekend Fun!

Monday, April 29, 2013

I just wanted to share a couple of pics from the first nice weekend we've had!

We went to the peninsula on Saturday and enjoyed a 3 mile walk.



After the walk, we went to Sara's which is basically hot dogs, burgers and ice cream.


Sooo good!

Then Sunday, even though it was going to rain, we did the March for Babies. The martial arts academy raised $3,000. And I think about 20 kids and instructors did the walk. Jake was so proud of himself for doing all 6.2 miles. They had turn arounds at 1.5 and 2 miles. We finished in 1 hour and 45 minutes. He was super excited because he was the first one from the academy to make it back to the finish line.



It was a great weekend and I'm looking forward to MANY more this summer.

  
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CHARTHESTAR 4/30/2013 9:02PM

    food looks great- you have to be able to enjoy all of that sometimes- or why even be alive. I mean..... really.

that being said- I hope you 'inhaled' lots of great memories with your dad. The most important part of your trip I think- even though you posted mostly about food

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M4JMOMMY 4/30/2013 2:16PM

    Great weekend! emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/30/2013 1:41AM

    Looks like a great family time.

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GRUMBLEGIRL 4/29/2013 9:45PM

    How fun!,,

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CLPURNELL 4/29/2013 9:26PM

    Looks like you guys had a Blast!!!!!!

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KATHANN2 4/29/2013 5:50PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/29/2013 5:04PM

    did you have a hot dog? sometimes we need a treat!

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MADTHENURSE 4/29/2013 3:08PM

    What a great way to spend the weekend!! Sounds like fun - and the smiles on the kids faces say it all!! Again - WAY TO GO JAKE!!!!! (and Mommy, too!!!!). He's got to be proud!!

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MYRTROSE 4/29/2013 2:47PM

    So nice to be able to get out there and DO things with the kids! You must feel great!

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AME4IT 4/29/2013 2:20PM

    looks like you had a wonderful family weekend

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DEEDEE1102 4/29/2013 2:16PM

    Great active weekend!
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STEPHANIE302013 4/29/2013 2:12PM

    great weekend!!

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WORLDSERIES11 4/29/2013 2:05PM

    Sounds like you had a great time!! Love the pictures too!!
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Review: The Spark Solution

Friday, April 12, 2013

I am super excited that I was asked to be one of the few people who got to preview and write a review of SparkPeople's new book.

"The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health" -- By Becky Hand, R.D., and Stepfanie Romine. Chef Meg Galvin created the recipes, and Coach Nicole Nichols designed the workouts. Chris "SparkGuy" Downie wrote the introduction.

sparkpeople.com/sparksolution/

I have to say that when I first started going through it, I thought this was just going to be for those new to healthy living, but I have to say that that's not the case.

This book focuses on the first two weeks of your new lifestyle, and how important getting a great start is. They complied data from over 100 Sparkpeople who have lost weight, and most of them have successfully maintained that loss. They found striking similarities with respect to food, exercise and attitude among those that were successful and decided to help us out by telling their secrets, lol! Just kidding!!! They did, however, do a side by side comparison of success stories with those that quit in the first few weeks, and came up with some great solutions to the struggle.

This book details food and exercise for the first two weeks to give you a great start. For two weeks it gives examples of a SAD (standard American diet) and then tells you how to use "sparkswaps" to make it healthier... and they even give the recipes with nutrition content! I was pleased to see it was "real food" too. Eggs and bacon, hamburgers, lasagna, etc. I made one of the "One Dish Dinners" Southwest Chicken and Rice, and it was delicious and super easy. I have a family to cook for, after I get home from work, and these are the kinds of dinners I like to make and they have to be healthy.

It also gives you options for your two week workout plan. It can vary from 3-7 days with a mix of cardio and strength training. There are examples with pictures, and a detailed explanation of how to do them.

Although the books main focus is on setting you up for success in the first two weeks, it doesn't leave you hanging. It goes on to assist you in weeks three and four, along with giving you tons of recipes, tips on how to stay motivated, and how to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite parts of this book, is that the ENTIRE book is littered with tips, quotes and stories from successful Sparkpeople... some of the stories I even recognize!!!

No matter what part of the journey you're in, I feel this book could be really helpful.

*disclaimer*
"I received an advanced copy of this book for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review"

  
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ILOVEMALI 4/29/2013 3:18PM

    you are doing so well! And, BTW, I ordered a copy of the new Spark book!

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MSROZZIE 4/18/2013 10:16PM

    Great review. I pre-ordered The Spark Solution and eagerly awaiting my copy. On, on May 7th! emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 4/18/2013 1:41PM

    Wow sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review.

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BRADMILL2922 4/16/2013 1:20AM

    Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the review Holly!

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AME4IT 4/15/2013 11:01AM

    What a great review! I've got the new book on my 'wish list' items to purchase so hopefully finances will loosen up a bit so I can get it.

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FINCHFEEDER80 4/14/2013 9:04PM

    I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago, and I'm so excited for when it finally ships! Glad to hear it's good. I got the original recently and am currently reading through that. There's nothing like a good round of positive reinforcement!

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MOONBIRD 4/14/2013 11:32AM

    I might have to read that! It sounds good!

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SUGAR0814 4/13/2013 9:24PM

    I really need to get a copy especially since SP are including gifts for pre-orders. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 4/13/2013 1:24PM

    Awesome! I'm glad to hear there's something to look forward to even for us old Sparkers!

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MADTHENURSE 4/13/2013 12:45PM

    I will have to grab a copy! Thanks for the review, Holly!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/13/2013 11:20AM

    I am also more anxious for my copy after reading reviews. Thanks for sharing!

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SENIOR62 4/13/2013 11:05AM

  I preordered thebook and am very anxious toget it and even more so sice I'vebeen reading all the reviews from th bloggers.

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TORTISE110 4/13/2013 7:03AM

    I'm looking forward to getting my copy!

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123ELAINE456 4/13/2013 12:51AM

  Thank You for the Review of the Book. I pre-ordered the book a few weeks ago and waiting for it to come. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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ILOVEMALI 4/12/2013 8:52PM

    Thanks for the review. I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago.

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SWANATOPIA 4/12/2013 8:49PM

    Thanks! I am certainly going to check the book out!

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DAWNESS0404 4/12/2013 8:47PM

    Great review!

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NASFKAB 4/12/2013 8:08PM

  thanks you did a good review

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ARNETTELEE 4/12/2013 8:05PM

  Can't wait to read it!

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TEMIWUMI 4/12/2013 8:01PM

    Thank you for the information, and congratulations on your weight loss and good luck on reaching your goal.

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