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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.


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.

"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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What can you do?!?

Sunday, April 07, 2013

I have been SO down in the dumps... in a terrible funk... just plain blah... I know the weather has a LOT to do with it. Living in Erie, PA has a lot of ups... we live 6 minutes from the lake, we have an amusement park, and tons of things to do ALL the time. The down side is... we could have nearly 6 months of winter, or at least it feels that way. I can't complain too much, we don't often get sub zero temps, or more than 4-6 feet of snow at one time like other parts of the country. That being said, it can still be REALLY crappy for a REALLY long time.

When I was 300+ pounds, winter used to be my favorite time of year. I was hot all the time, so 16 degrees was the perfect temperature for me. NOW, I'm cold all the time and often wear jeans even when it's near 70. I've been looking forward to warm weather for weeks, and it just hasn't shown up. I've been depressed and that's just given me an excuse to stop working out and start eating... we all know where that gets us... even more depressed, more food, and even less movement... if that's even possible.

I posted the other day that "I'm tired of all of it" and I truly am. I'm tired of feeling like garbage because I'm eating garbage. I'm tired of looking like garbage... well, because I'm eating garbage. I forgot just how BAD things are when I'm not taking care of myself. I feel bad, I look bad and I'm just plain cranky!

Everyone has been so encouraging and supportive, and I really appreciate it. Being a part of this community makes this whole journey a bit easier. It's helped me, once again, WANT to continue the fight. I'm not just doing this for for me and my family anymore. I'm doing this to help anyone who has any doubts about losing weight or getting healthy... it CAN be done.

So when you feel this bad about things... what can you do?!? I don't know about anyone else, but I went shopping, lol! Yep, a little retail therapy does a body good! Oh, AND I filled the house with GOOD food again. Saturday, I decided enough was enough. I NEED to get things rolling again. I have events coming up, and I want to feel good and I want to look good. I'm going to South Carolina in 10 days, I've got multiple 5k's planned, and I've got a Dirty Girl to train for... I HAVE THINGS TO DO!!! I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and just do it!!!

I've been batch cooking all weekend and I have my workouts planned for the rest of the month... 3 miles already today, thank you very much. I'm getting things in order for the kids while I'm out of town, and I'm planning my outfits for my trip... want to see?!?

both came from Old Navy

this outfit is from Dots

the top is from Dots, the rest is from Wal-Mart

See, shopping really IS good for the mind, body and soul, lol!

The MOST EXCITING event I have planned this year, is the Dirty Girl Mud Run. I'm doing it with a few of my favorite Sparklers on September 7, and I NEED to be ready for it! I refuse to be disappointed in myself, and lately, that's all it's been... complete and utter disappointment in myself. NO MORE!!!

I've got this!

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HOLLYM48 4/12/2013 8:05AM

    Glad you are feeling better. I totally understand the weather part playing into our emotions. There is a few inches of snow on the ground here again and that just sucks.
You look fantanstic and you are doing fantastic. KEep pushing to be your best.
That is awesome that you are training for the dirty girl!
Wayt to go!
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MOONBIRD 4/12/2013 7:58AM

    I LOVE your outfits! You look great in them. :D Sometimes shopping does help to get you out of a funk. A new outfit really does do wonders. I totally understand the funks. I get that way when the weather is dreary for a long time. I'm also cold a lot now, but I still get hot easily too. It's weird. My husband jokes that I am never comfortable, always freezing or burning up. :) During our journeys and the rest of our lives, I think we'll have times that are harder than others. I think that's normal, but I think it's progress when we see what's happening, and decide not to let it get the best of us when it's all said and done. I know you have the power to continue on, and you will totally kick butt on the mud run! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 4/11/2013 1:41AM

    This journey that we are doing can be so hard sometimes. And I don't even mean physically. The mental drain of it all can really be overwelming at times. I love your answer of shopping. That isn't my cup of tea but whatever works for you, right? I do like to hear that you filled the house with good food and you are getting things turned around in the right direction.

It isn't easy. But you keep your chin up and you keep pushing. That "garbage" feeling, NO MORE! You definitely got this! BTW, the pics look great! They should have a whistle emoticon... ;)

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BMCKEOW1 4/10/2013 2:32PM

    I hear the dirty girl run is alot of fun, we have it here in Colorado to. It's hard to get out of a funk, sometimes just forcing ourselves for a bit works to. Keep trying to find the positive you can do this. You have already come so far, don't forget that.

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AME4IT 4/9/2013 9:43PM

    your honesty about struggles is inspiring. i'm glad a little retail therapy helped pull you out of the funk you're in. have a blast in south carolina (i loved charleston when i visited for new year's!)

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NAYKNITS 4/9/2013 7:55AM

    Good for you for getting in some retail therapy! I love those outfits and that smile on your face =) The sun will be out soon (once all this rain passes). So keep at it. I'm counting on you to drag me thru that mud course emoticon

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ENDERLI 4/8/2013 9:32PM

    You are amazing! Look t all the support you have! Rockin those outfits too! Gorgeous!
Tanks for the inspiration as always! Love you much & looking forward to getting our dirty on! Xo

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CLPURNELL 4/8/2013 7:58PM

    Holly you have done such a great job!!! I know what you mean Igrew up in Chicago and went to School in Iowa so I HATE long winters. My mood is determined a lot by the weather as well as I love being outside and doing things and when I can't I get cranky as well. It is a big reason I moved south years ago and am on an island now. I just can't do the cold anymore it's depressing and I just plain don't like it. I hope spring comes really soon. We all go through bad periods. Korina has a new job where she has been getting off work at 11pm or later. So I have started eating a second dinner super late at night. I can't do that I know better and like you I am done doing it. Just know we are all here for you and even though things are rough now you have done such an AMAZING job. Don't forget about that. You look awesome in your new outfits and maybe that is just the reminder you need of how well you are doing despite the winter blues!

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JENNA54 4/8/2013 7:52PM

    You look fantastic! Sounds like you are back on track and out of the doldrums. You are proof that taking care of yourself is worth it, and that we can all make changes in our lives for the better! keep up the great work, you are yet another SPer who inspires me. (And it is now getting colder here, heat pump on last night for the first time since November - brrrr....) emoticon

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    Wow the out fits are great! Keep the postive coming!As Anie sings" the sun will come out tomorrow!" spring and summer is coming your at the end of winter better days ahead. Filling the house with healthy food and batch cooking is always great.

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VLKSHA 4/8/2013 11:45AM

    I hope you enjoyed the sunshine Sunday, it really made Monday feel like a new beginning for me. I actually packed my gym cloths before work today (I haven't done that since December.)

Thanks for sharing your Spark!


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MISSB8604 4/8/2013 11:28AM

    I am BEYOND proud of you, and you're looking absolutely fabulous.


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-POOKIE- 4/8/2013 10:52AM

    I really like the red top and shrug combo! Its so cute, I would totally wear that as well!

And yes, making good decisions, making plans and filling your path with good things has top help turn things around.

I'm constantly cold over winter now, who knew losing 150lbs of insulation would make a difference *laughs* I've been taking Vitamin D supplements this past Winter, while it hasn't completely helped the "blues" its done enough good to do it again.

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CMGREY14 4/8/2013 10:00AM

    I love your outfits, especially the third one! I want to wear a cute outfit like that and you are motivtaitng me to get there!
Keep up the good work!

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/8/2013 8:51AM

    1) My bf's cousin lives in Erie and says it can be depressing, so your sunny disposition is extra challenging! Winter can drag the best of us down, way to go for keeping your chin up!

2) YOU LOOK AMAZING! I am in LOVE with that first outfit, so sunny and cute! You can really pull off the bright colors!

3) I miss Dots! They closed them here and you can get such cute and affordable stuff there! Plus to living in Erie? lol.

You look fantastic and sometimes a little change in appearance can fuel the motivation fires. You got this girlfriend!

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KANOE10 4/8/2013 8:21AM

    I love your new outfits. That was a good solution to get you feeling happier. You seem to have worked your way out of your funk and are ready to stay on track. Enjoy your trip. The best thing is that even if you were feeling down, you never gave up and now are back on the road to health.

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TINAJANE76 4/8/2013 7:01AM

    Way to pull yourself out of your funk! I often feel that way this time of year too, especially when the early spring weather doesn't cooperate and make it feel like it's actually spring like it's been doing this year around here. I absolutely love your new outfits as well--what a nice boost!

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MADTHENURSE 4/8/2013 6:56AM

    As I recall, someone tried to talk you into retail therapy 20 years ago... just sayin'!

You might FEEL crappy, but you certainly don't LOOK crappy! Look at those pics!!!

You do inspire others. They see your success and want it for themselves (I do!). But you have to take care of yourself - you can't put all your focus on us!! It is ok for you to lean on others, too!!!!! I'm glad you're feeling better.

I'm forcing myself out of my funk today too. I have dinners planned - so I need to start on the meals that are just mine (bfast, lunch and snacks) so that I'm all balanced. That's my start. I'm hoping to squeeze in a workout. It's a very busy work day though, because I've been out training for over a week. I'm not going to go overboard. I think that's why I fizzled so quickly a few weeks ago. But I'm starting back with water and food. If I can master that this week with a few work outs, I'll be happy.

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BEANIES_MOM 4/8/2013 4:01AM

    You look fantastic!! The weather here in SC has been beautiful all weekend hopefully the same is true when you make it down this way.

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SUGAR0814 4/8/2013 12:06AM

    You look amazing! Love the clothes & I really, really love your hair! emoticon

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SWANATOPIA 4/7/2013 11:40PM

    You look beautiful in your new clothes! Ah, winter...I totally forgot that it still exist and can bring a persons motivation to a halt! I'm in Texas but the weather has been very bipolar which makes me that way as well! I may need to go shopping to help...lol! Have a great week!

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123ELAINE456 4/7/2013 11:25PM

  Congratulations for Pulling Yourself out of your Depression. The Outfits are very Nice. You look Great in them. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!

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STAY39 4/7/2013 11:12PM

    Great blog!! Love your outfits, especially that 3rd one- you are really rockin that belt! Glad you found something to help lift your spirits! I hope the weather improves for you quickly- that will definitely help too! emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 4/7/2013 10:49PM

    We've had a long winter down here in VA, too. I got to open the windows up ALL day finally, and it was great. Drove around with the windows down, wore some sandals, it's AMAZING what a little sunshine can do for your soul! I'm glad things are looking up for you! Way to fight the good fight! Love the new clothes!

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MATTEROFHEART 4/7/2013 10:15PM

    Love, love, love the cute outfits! You look great! Congrats for getting out of your funk!

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NASFKAB 4/7/2013 9:28PM

  great getting out of the depression love the clothes

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CHARTHESTAR 4/7/2013 8:41PM

    everything looks good- I especially love the pink/orange one.

I am proud of you for pulling yourself up from the depression cycle and getting back into your new life! It is so easy to take the easy way- and then you just become more miserable and depressed and feel unhealthy. Super Proud of you! for getting back into healthy and getting in shape for your 5ks you are going to do this year.

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POOKASLUAGH 4/7/2013 8:02PM

    Retail therapy can be very, very great!!!!! I've used that several times myself.

I've been very lax with myself since I hit 155. I keep bouncing around, and it's not doing me any mental favors. Today I stepped on a biometric scale at a health fair and it showed 12 lbs over my ticker weight. !!! I know some of that is bloating from TOM and the fact that I was wearing clothes and had just eaten lunch, but STILL. It hurt to see that number and to know just how far away I still am. I know that my home scale numbers - that I base my ticker on - are lower than normal scales by 5-10 lbs, but still, ugh. Maybe it'll be the push I need to get myself in gear again...

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SCOUTMOM715 4/7/2013 7:55PM

    Holly, I can so relate on how you feel. I live in WI and the winter has been so long this year. I was spoiled last year because we had 70 degree weather in March. I was in a funk too, tired of the snow & blah weather. Just like you said, I had to stop feeling sorry for myself, because I got things planned. I now got my "spark" back & it feels great. I did the Dirty Girl 5k last August & it was a blast. You will love it, Mud & all!! Love all your outfits, the colors are beautiful on you! You've got this Holly, I'm cheering you on!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    This is such an inspiring blog! This journey is so hard. But not all the time. It's like a roller coaster. Spring is around the corner and you are definitely ready with your new clothes. I love that coral blouse--so feminine and flattering and beautiful.

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ROSET491 4/7/2013 6:42PM

    Hi Holly,
Loved your blog~ can so relate!! The n/w pa winter's can be very long! I need to get back into program as well! I have been watching what I eat but not doing near as much in the workout area! Just got over that flu/cold thing going around and it left me pretty wiped out!!
So here's to a new week & new season for setting goals and achieving them!!
You look wonderful!


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RAINBOWMF 4/7/2013 6:26PM

    You look emoticon your new clothes are just right.

I can't help with your down and out blues, I have then too.

I think you are going to kick through it all and be good to you.

Hugs Mary

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/7/2013 5:37PM

    let's hope it warms up in your part of the world soon

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ILOVEMALI 4/7/2013 5:16PM

    You look so beautiful. When the winter blahs hit, just look in the mirror.

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CITYDWELLERS72 4/7/2013 4:04PM

    Ok little missy I was getting ready to repay my cyper kick in the pants back to you but as I read your blog I'm happy to say I don't need to. Well done on changing your mind back to a healthy, reasonable plan. Go get'em girl!!!! emoticon

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    You look fabulous! I want to go shopping with you! (once I'm out of the plus sizes, ha!)

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MAMADWARF 4/7/2013 3:35PM

    You're. My. Hero.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/7/2013 3:11PM

    When I saw that new photo before reading your blog, I thought to myself, "It looks like a turn around for Holly." Your eyes reflected a new life and hope. Your blog tells me you have renewed determination and hope. I am so excited for you.

You continue to be my number 1 inspiration here at Spark. My current goal is 175 and I have this idea that that's good enough for me. Then I look at your photos and think about your goal for yourself and I start to wonder why is that good enough for me. For now I'll focus on 175 but I'm not settling for less than I have to when I get there. You certainly haven't. I won't do it either. Thanks so much Holly for you inspiration.

Love your new outfits. They look lovely on you. You wear them well and could be on the runway for Old Navy/Dots/WalMart.

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I'm so emoticon to read this blog.


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GABY1948 4/7/2013 2:00PM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/7/2013 1:33PM

    It HAS been a tough winter. Good for you for turning things around!

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SPEEDY143 4/7/2013 1:15PM

    Winter is not only hard on the Earth but on humans as well... spring is trying to bust through emoticon Now YOU look like Ms. Spring herself emoticon emoticon emoticonso it can't be that far off emoticon Keep Sparkin' beautiful emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 4/7/2013 1:04PM

    You look wonderful!

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SENIOR62 4/7/2013 12:28PM

  You look great and I love your new outfits. Have a good day

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    That top outfit looks like it was *made* for you! Fabulous! Sounds like a good plan.

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 4/7/2013 12:07PM

    Love the outfits, I still have trouble shopping. Mainly because some of the outfits are too skimpy, or too short, or just don't fit me right. You look great. And wishing you lots of luck on your future runs.


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MYRTROSE 4/7/2013 11:48AM

    Glad you found your spark! I can't wait until shopping is fun and I'm not hot all the time!
You give me great hope, and I mean that sincerely. Some days I feel like this is insurmountable, I've been too fat for too long, and my demons are always waiting for me to fail.

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IBSHAUN 4/7/2013 11:23AM

    Love your outfits! Can you come shopping with me? emoticon
It's hard when we are falling in to that pit... I found myself there a few months ago. It's amazing how much better I feel when I reconnect with my spark friends and just start making those changes that make me/you feel good. Little by little... my husband says I go full steam and then overwhelm myself so this time I'm reminding myself to schedule my down time, too. Good for you to break through and get on track!

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BOOKWORM27S 4/7/2013 11:18AM

    P.S. I'm cold ALL the time, too! And I live in Texas! Once you reach your goal weight, invest in cute jackets and sweater, LOL!

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TLG71567 4/7/2013 11:16AM

    It sounds like you have already begun to turn it around. Making positive choices and then acting on them is half the battle. Continuing to act on them is the other half of the battle. It's hard but we are worth it. We deserve to be happy and healthy. We deserve to be able to do the things that we want to do in this life. emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 4/7/2013 11:15AM

    Adorable outfits!

I have dark days, too. Weight loss is a never ending journey, there is no end. What sets us apart from other people who gain all their weight back is the realization if this fact. We just have to keep going...

I know you can meet your goals! Good luck, and shopping really does help. Nothing like a cute outfit to get excited about weight loss again!

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What do I want...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I don't know... You all must think I'm the wishiest, washiest person on this site, and I don't blame you. I weigh just what I did one year ago and I'm up 4 pounds from my lowest weight. I can't say that I've been busting my butt... I can't say that my eating has been stellar... the ONLY thing I can say is that I've maintained my 137 pound weight loss for 1 year.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm SUPER happy about it, but I'm frustrated because I can't find the motivation to go any further. The excitement of being "this size" is gone... I've been this size for a year. The thrill of being able to "do things" is over... I can do things I never thought imaginable... and I've been doing them for a year.

I get all excited, get back into things, it lasts a whole week, and then I'm all... eh, what ever... What IS that?!? Where's my drive? What happened to the girl who was SO dedicated that she freaked if she gained 3oz? NOW, I gain 6lbs, and shrug it off. Work out, eat right, it's gone in a few weeks.

Have I given up? It's hard losing the last 25 pounds... Am I happy with where I am? I'm not sure... Do I think my goal is unattainable? Maybe... Do I REALLY need to fit into those size 8 jeans? They don't look nearly as small as they used to...

Maybe I've just gotten lazy. Maybe I really don't want or care to lose the rest of the weight. I've already changed my life and I'm healthier than I've ever been. I know this is a lifestyle, and I think I've been able to actually live my life for the last year and maintain that healthy lifestyle.

Maybe I just need to adjust my thinking. Maybe it isn't about losing weight at this point... maybe it needs to be about getting stronger and faster. Maybe I just need to continue eating right most of the time, continue to ST and keep up on my 5k's. Does it matter if I lose another ounce... I don't know...

If anyone's still reading, I love you guys emoticon

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ACCT1908 4/11/2013 11:38AM

    OMG. Can i just copy and paste this blog! I'm the same weight I was this time last year and up 15lbs from my lowest. I cant seem to STICK with it. I think I'[m being complacent but yet at the same time I want to "finish".

SIGH. All we can do is hang in there and enjoy LIFE! You rock!

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SYNCHRODAD 4/5/2013 6:31PM

    I posted this comment to BOILHAM's 3/26 blog. His Blog is very much worth reading.
".... I agree and very much think that if anyone exercises 150 minutes a week and at least 3 times a week and tosses in some ST, that person will achieve a level of fitness and aerobics and weight stability that will yield a healthy, all around decent sense of well being."
So I ask, do you have a good sense of well being? Sounds like you have.
Here is the link to BOILHAM's page. https://wfl.sparkpeople.com/mypage_

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ILOVEMALI 4/5/2013 1:14PM

    137 pound weight loss? Off? Gone? FABULOUS!!

Now THAT is what you have to remember! xoxo

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AME4IT 3/31/2013 10:37PM

    you are doing a fabulous job - 137 pound loss in phenomenal. keep your head up and emoticon. emoticon.

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 3/30/2013 1:24PM

    Some other folks have said this but maybe pick a new goal for a little while. Keep eating well but make the focus something different. A new goal time for a 5K, miles per month, weight lifted, something different to work towards that will continue to support the weight loss goals but shift your attention and fire you up again.

For me...I'm trying to focus on the fitness part because I have a couple hikes I want to do this summer and a half marathon in the fall. I hate being squooshy but somehow my interest in wine and steak over rides that on a fequent basis...and I get cranky when I"m always saying no! My alternative is to accept slow variable weight loss (rolling my eyes) and focus on getting my butt moving more.


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MOONBIRD 3/29/2013 8:38PM

    I have many of the same feelings, and I am thinking it's probably pretty normal. I feel like I am constantly having set backs. It's hard to stay on track when you're sick or something. I go for long periods of time just maintaining, and it seems like I am pretty good at that. I do think it's a good sign that you're in a weight range you can maintain. I struggle all the time with just wanting to maintain because to lose lately, I really have to work extremely hard. There is no wiggle room for eating out anymore. It's hard to be normal. It kinda sucks, so I totally understand how you're feeling. Even if the scale isn't where you want it to be, you look amazing!

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BMCKEOW1 3/29/2013 12:20PM

    You shedded a ton a weight that's something to be so proud of. If you are happy don't worry about that 25 lbs, if your not find what will motivate you. Maybe it's a new swimsuit, or a dress, or doing something really fun. Give yourself some goals maybe. But don't beat yourself up for being happy where you are. It's still amazing.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/29/2013 12:20PM

    Wow! You have received quite a lot of in depth comments!

I would just add:

:¦:-* ♥ ~ Hugs and congratulations to one of the most inspirational Sparkers here!
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I am so ready to achieve a significant weight loss and then plateau and get frustrated with it!! I'll let you know what I do about it when I get there!!


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COOKIE_AT_51 3/29/2013 7:34AM

    You are emoticon and I think you should just be happy and live each day in a happy and healthy way. The weight will come off if that is what you want.

What you have accomplished is emoticon AMAZING and keeping it off for a year is something VERY rare. So emoticon celebrate YOU!

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ENDERLI 3/28/2013 12:05PM

    You are amazing & I love you!
We need to find some fire... I'm with you all the way!

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IBSHAUN 3/28/2013 9:13AM

    I completely identify with your blog. Although I haven't had the same experience with the weight you lost -- which, by the way - is amazing! Way to go! I have the same ebb and flow, wishy-washy-ness you do. I'm all for it one week, and ready to just do nothing the next. I think I've figured out I was too focused on the end result and not the process. And because of that, I was missing out on the point and the fulfillment. I'm still working it out, looking for whatever that was that sparked me before. Reading your blog reminds me to find the things I like to do and just do them, the rest will fall into place. Remember that you are not alone. I forget sometimes and I'm glad I stay connected with SP. Good luck and hugs!

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CHEETARA79 3/28/2013 8:13AM

    Heh. I feel like I could have written this blog. I've been super complacent about my weight. I think I've maintained my 60 pound loss for about a year. I'm so close to being out of the obese BMI range but I am not doing what I need to do to drop a few more pounds. I hope we both find our motivation soon!

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BONOLICIOUS2 3/28/2013 8:10AM

    Hugssssss! Holly you have done something INCREDIBLE with yourself! 137 gone and stayed gone?! My goodness, take a second to pat yourself on the back right now!

Could it be that you are comfortable? Maybe you don't need to be 25 lbs. lighter if you are happy with yourself right now? Have you kind of fallen into one of those "comfortable ruts" perhaps? Just a suggestion!

And guess what?! Summer is coming! You're going to want to get outside and run around and feel the sunshine. My guess is that you may start feeling a little more motivated?

And NO ONE is 100% perfect 100% of the time. No one is always hyped up with motivation. If anyone says that they are - LIES! You've just got to go with the flow and encourage the flow sometimes (help it along) when it gets a little blocked up!

You rock girlfriend!

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ITSMATT 3/27/2013 10:20PM

    Hi there. :)

So I think that motivation is an ebb and flow thing. I'd love to tell you that I'm always 100% motivated but that would be dishonest. Some days are better than others.

I'd keep your current current lack of motivation and frustration in perspective - you've lost a PHENOMENAL amount of weight! And KEPT it off. That's pretty fantastic in my mind.

My opinion is that you just focus on the activities you enjoy. If it is running, then run and enjoy it. If it is... umm... tennis, then play it and enjoy it. That 25 pounds, if it is something that you really want to lose, might just take a good long while to come off - particularly if you are close to your "ideal" weight (ugh... not a big fan of that, but you get the idea)... in the mean time, it is quite awesome just to be alive and be healthier than you were in the past, right? I think so.

Anyhow, that's my opinion... focus on enjoying your activities, don't think so much about the weight and work on being stronger/faster. I'm sure others have different opinions. I was short on time and didn't get a chance to real everyone else's ideas. I'm sure there are some good ones.

Make it a great day!

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 3/27/2013 9:29PM

    Wow This is why spark people is so wonderful. Firstly Congrats on maintaining a healthy weight for one year. Also losing so much weight befor that.Your blog is a wonderful example of the choices and decissions we need to make and the support there is on this site. I am unable to comment on what you should do or if you should or when you should lose more. There are many who have got to goal and maintained who have commented and will comment. As you know i am still on the road losing still have lots to lose to catch up to you. Seeing what you are debating helps me stay on track and know it can be done. You have done it. Good luck on what you decide to do and know you have my support with the decissions you make!!!

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1DERLAND14 3/27/2013 9:12PM

    GIRL you have lost 137 LBS... that is not someone who is lazy or something to shrug off! I can relate to what you feel, but I am farther from goal that you are! When I was 320LBS everything was SO HARD. (which you can relate to) sometimes it is easy to get comfortable and BE HAPPY with where we are. The key is that you are happy. If you are happy where you are then more power to you!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/27/2013 8:44PM

    I think you freakin' ROCK lady! To maintain & lose that much weight is AAAMAZING! I have always been motivated by your success! You are right, it is about you finding your happy place for YOU!!! Celebrate your success and determine what defines your "happy"... BIG HUGS my friend!

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KELLY19770 3/27/2013 2:32PM

    You've maintained for a year? That is wonderful and why most of us continue to be overweight: we don't maintain. So you are doing the hard part!
Be proud of yourself, and think back to where you came from. I'm proud of you! emoticon

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    I wish I knew, and could give you, the answers. I haven't been where you are. I hope to be within 25 pounds of my goal. I'm getting closer.

I have a friend who is thin as a rail and very weight conscious--saying that she jumps on the scale a couple of times a day. Today we were talking about the weight and fitness thing and I realized, at some point, I've got to let go of the number. It's just a number that signifies nothing in the end. I expect to get to the point where the number no longer matters and it ends up being more about the measurements--measurements of my body size, measurements of how far I can run, how much body fat I still have floating around. I know I'll never get to the weight the chart says I should be. I want my body to have curves--feminine curves. However, I also want to be tough as nails. I no longer want to be limited in any way.

If you're happy where you are Holly, then maintain until you get the passion to strive toward another goal. Don't "should" on yourself without really thinking it through. Why do you think you "should" lose another 25 pounds? Only you hold the answers. We're behind you no matter what you decide to do. The important thing is to maintain the healthy lifestyle you've learned and focus on honing that, either in maintenance or loss mode.

You are one of my SparkHeroes, Holly, and I am so happy to have you as a friend. You will still be my SparkHero if you decide to maintain at this weight or if you decide to pick up the torch and carry on. I love reading your blogs and getting your comments.

It's so much easier to see clearly when you are looking from the outside in. I have no doubt you can get that extra 25 pounds off if you really want.

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MISSB8604 3/27/2013 1:36PM

    Girl, in my eyes you are absolutely amazing and I think we all agree in that. I TOTALLY understand what you mean about those last few pounds, but what you should do is really think and see if those last 25lbs is what you REALLY want. What will make you happy?
I’m beyond proud of you for maintaining your weight loss for over a year, a lot of people cannot say that.
Do some soul searching and make the best decision for YOU and no one else. This is YOUR journey, YOU say what you want to happen and how you want to go forward. Just know that you’re not alone and you’ve got our support every step of the way.

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SUGAR0814 3/27/2013 11:36AM

    I know exactly how you feel. I'm not close to my goal weight but I'm experiencing that "blah" feeling today! I do know that we can do whatever we put our minds too! emoticon emoticon

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NGCHILD 3/27/2013 10:19AM

    Being able to maintain your loss is fantastic! I hope to be able to say I have maintained my 100+ loss this time next year.

Try switching things up. Try something you didn't have any interest in before. Maybe that will be the spark you need.

Good luck and be sure and let us know how you are doing!!


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ASHMOMOF4 3/27/2013 8:41AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I've felt kinda blah before, too. One of my new favorite quotes is, "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" So, keep pushing and don't stop until you get what you want!
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GABY1948 3/27/2013 8:26AM

    GREAT blog...thanks for sharing your thoughts! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 6:06AM


At this point it's about being happy. If you are happy with where you are that's great. When you put a 'Goal" number out there it's just that a number. If you have erased your health problems. feel fit enough to tackle life then you are at goal! You have lost 137 pounds. that is something to be very proud of. Do not let this last 25 pounds get you down. I have been in the same spot as you for the past year I am a few pounds heavier than I was last year at thins time. and I am about 24 lbs from "Goal". I am living the real goal now though . the goal to be happy, healthy and complete on a daily basis. So teh 24 lbs will come off or they won't. It won't take away form what I have accomplished. it doesn't mean I don't work hard or am lazy. Right now enjoying the awesome life I have is way more important than 24 lbs to me. You are one of my biggest inspirations on this site. you have done something incredible. Whether you lose 25 more pounds or not!

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BEANIES_MOM 3/27/2013 4:01AM

    You and your success are such an inspiration, don't let a little dip in motivation make you feel bad. If you can say you are HAPPY with where you are right now then that is where you need to be and maybe like you said the focus should be more on another type of goal like a fitness goal and not so much a weightloss goal. You are AWESOME!

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ILOVEMALI 3/27/2013 2:40AM

    You are such an inspiration!

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123ELAINE456 3/27/2013 1:23AM

  Congratulations on maintaining your 137 Weight Loss for over a Year. Only You knows the answers to your question. I would read the other blogs and hopefully you will get some insight to the things that may help you. Be happy and Proud of Yourself for all your Accomplishments and Goals You Have Met. You Are doing Great. We are here for You. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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    "If you are not motivated to continue to lose, you won't BUT if you continue to be your healthiest, continue your exercise and continue to challenge yourself, if you continue to maintain and you ARE satisfied, who can say you are not at your best, the best for you? THis can only be answered by you. Dig deep, and ask yourself if you are finished. If you don't know, you're not."

She took the words right out of my mouth. Congrats on the 137 lbs! That is successful in and of itself.

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NASFKAB 3/26/2013 11:57PM

  congrats for maintaining a 137 pound loss for a year keep it up

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SWANATOPIA 3/26/2013 11:44PM

    First of all...you look FANTASTIC! You are living the life and that's what changing our lifestyle is all about! It's really not supposed to be frustrating; counting calories, watching the scale and having emotional breakdowns when we gain. It's supposed to be just like you have been doing for the last year. The easy part is losing it. The hardest part is maintaining the weight after you lose it and you are conquering that...woo-hoo! The last of the weight will come off when you are good and ready but enjoy yourself and have fun!


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BRADMILL2922 3/26/2013 11:34PM

    I guess the easy answer would be to say it isn't all about the number. It isn't, but, we all know a little bit better than that. When we set out for a goal and get closer than we ever really thought we could imagine, we want to finishe that goal. I know that is exactly where I am right now. I can't wait to make that goal number and say that I actually did it! It sounds like you have a little bit of that deep down in you.

The fact that you lost 137 lbs. is amazing! The fact that you have maintained that for a year is also amazing! Both things you should be really proud of. I don't think you area lazy at all, I just think that you have become comfortable at your current weight. Losing all that weight to start wasn't easy and I suppose in your mind, you don't want to put yourself through all of that again? It is hard to say how our minds really work but I don't think you are lazy.

If you really want to do it, make a plan and put it in progress. You did the heavy lifting losing 85% of your goal so you know that you can do it. Whatever we set our minds to is possible, including you losing that last 25 lbs. When you get in the right frame of mind and decide that you really want that last 25 gone, I have no doubts that you can do it! Keep your chin up!

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MAMADWARF 3/26/2013 11:17PM

    You have accomplished great things....maybe its about maintenance and enjoying your hard work forawhile? I love you..yyou're my hero!

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STAY39 3/26/2013 10:34PM

    I am so impressed with how much you've lost and how far you've come! I personally think you should write a book! I'd buy it! This is just a new chapter in your book or maybe the sequel. All part of your journey! Enjoy where you are, be proud of what you've done thus far and set new small goals for yourself. Maybe step outside of your comfort zone a bit. You will figure it out. By the way, all your thoughts/feelings make total sense to me!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 3/26/2013 9:38PM

    That you've maintained 137 lb weight loss for a year is amazing. You are far from lazy my friend!!! If you are happy and healthy and have sustained your current weight for a an entire year, what does your pant size really matter??

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CHARTHESTAR 3/26/2013 8:45PM

    WE all go in cycles. Up and Down and around. That is normal.

I think you look great and more important I think you feel fantastic psychically. Personally I would just ride where you are for now. I think It would be better to get motivated about something- Life Seems better when you are working towards a goal and making steps toward it.

I have an idea of how much I want/need to loose. I hope that when I get to the right place I will know it. I have learned on spark people that the number on the scale is just that- a number. Liking yourself and enjoying life and all the NSV is WAY more important .

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CITYDWELLERS72 3/26/2013 8:28PM

    Holly I'm so impressed with you I can't imagine giving you any kind of advice. Just know I'm sending good vibes to you to make the best decision for you! emoticon

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NAYKNITS 3/26/2013 7:49PM

    Girl- you have maintained for a YEAR!! emoticon I agree, you need a goal that will motivate you. Is it the Dirty Girl? a faster 5k? a 10k?? Only you can decide that. Whatever it is- I'm here for ya!! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 3/26/2013 7:23PM

    This may not be the most popular response but if you are HEALTHY and HAPPY with where you are, then maybe you are already at your goal. I'm not a doctor, I can't say for sure. But maybe you should at least consider the possibility. I might make an appointment with my doctor and discuss it. If you NEED to lose more weight, he'll tell you as much and you'll have your motivation. And if you don't then, it's time to celebrate, because, baby, you're at goal -- and have been for a year!!

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NMSUSTUDENT 3/26/2013 7:06PM

    Quote: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."─Henry David Thoreau

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NEEDBU66 3/26/2013 7:04PM

    I liked the comment about finding that goal that DOES motivate you and shoot towards that. If you are living, loving laughing and inspiring and creating then size 8 jeans are a non-issue. There does have to be a line to draw, though. "if I gain X#lbs, then,....." and stick that post-it-note on the bathroom mirror.

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TINAJANE76 3/26/2013 6:45PM

    Hey, I'm still here and think what you're going through is totally normal. You've already got the mindset of and are experiencing the struggles of a maintainer! Learning to come to terms with the "dailyness" of maintenance and celebrating that is a big part of staying successful and you're fighting that battle. The fact that you can shrug off a six-pound gain because you know you'll take it off again by buckling down a bit is HUGE. Many long-term maintainers still regularly freak out over smaller gains and would kill to have your healthy attitude and approach.

Only you can decide if you've got it in you to keep on losing more weight. Yes, it will require more of an effort than what you're currently doing to kick start your weight loss again. Is that something you feel like you can commit to after spending the past year in maintenance mode or will you be happier to focus on keeping on the way you've been going and turning your focus to other goals that aren't so connected to the scale and a magic number? There is such a thing as shooting too low and I think it's much more important to be able to sustain our losses without our lifestyles feeling onerous than it is to be 10 or 20 pounds lighter and living joylessly.

Maintenance doesn't have all of the excitement of weight loss, but keep on reminding yourself of just how far you've come. I've been at goal for over a year now and am still amazed that I'm here. When my motivation begins to lag, I dig up my old photos and remind myself of how much more limited my life was when I was 100 pounds heavier. I might not need or want to lose any more weight, but I still need reminders of why I don't want to throw in the towel and be back at square one again.

If you're struggling with what you want, it could be a nice idea for you to refocus your motivators. If you don't know if your size 8 jeans are worth fighting for, decide what is and devote your energy towards that goal. Are you most motivated by the idea of not going back to where you started from? Find ways to remind yourself of that every day and especially when the "I don't wannas" kick in. Are you more motivated by fitness and good health? Why not try creating some concrete goals that have nothing to do with the scale and are ones that can be adjusted over time as you improve?

Whatever you do, don't give up altogether. You've come so far and have proven that you can keep your healthy lifestyle up even when weight loss isn't your primary focus or desire. That's a huge achievement and one that you should feel very proud of.

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POOKASLUAGH 3/26/2013 6:43PM

    I think it's hard, once you lose a certain amount and you start to see something close to goal in the mirror. It's not complacency completely, but a mixture of liking what you see and wanting to see something better, and it leads to waffling, I think. I think going for a different goal is a really smart plan, because at some point, you really do just think "I've lost so much, what does another 20 lbs matter??" :/ I feel you. My loss has slowed way down and I'm still going down, but it's at a rate of something like 1 lb per month, and I know it could be more, I know it could, but I just cant' seem to find that determination I used to have... Sometimes I think not having a mental break for so long really affects us...

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JESSIHOVER2 3/26/2013 6:40PM

    I think we all get to this point. I have actually put on about 20 pounds from my lowest, and as much as I hate to admit it, I am happier at that size. You don't have to live by any standards other than the ones you are comfortable with. If you are happy, healthy and satisfied. Then be just that, HAPPY! Just because you set a goal doesn't mean that you aren't allowed to change that goal.

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GINILEE4 3/26/2013 6:39PM


I think the work on being healthiest and as strong as you can be. I have read many blogs written by 100+ lb losers who are or have been at the place you are now. They become complacent and that is NOT a bad thing. If you are not motivated to continue to lose, you won't BUT if you continue to be your healthiest, continue your exercise and continue to challenge yourself, if you continue to maintain and you ARE satisfied, who can say you are not at your best, the best for you? THis can only be answered by you. Dig deep, and ask yourself if you are finished. If you don't know, you're not. Continue to be the wonderful person you are because a number on the scale does not define you one way or the other. A year on maintenance is very commendable and you have done a wonderful job of staying healthy. Now you are at the crossroads and it is up to you which path you choose. Also remember that there is no time clock here. You are not on a schedule. Maybe you need to spend more time right where you are.


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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/26/2013 6:29PM

    I completely understand. My body is so much more comfortable at this weight. It only took 9 months to lose the 50 pounds, then I figured I could do it without tracking every single day. I gained 9 pounds back over the winter holidays, but then lost that and more in the last two months, just to go back to not tracking and gained 5 back again. I know part of it is another holiday and getting really sick (dang head cold that settled into everything!), but that shouldn't be an excuse. I need to go back to my saying : An excuse is just a challenge to find a different way of doing things.

I swear it will take a year to get rid of those last 25.

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    You are at the EXACT same spot I was up until just a few weeks ago. When I started my studies at Integrative Nutrition I came across a lecture and changed the entire way I eat. There's something that will help you - it's just not evident. You will find it - I have faith in you. Let me know if you need help - it's why I went into Health Coaching - to help people like you and even myself. HUGS!

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SHAUNAD30 3/26/2013 6:27PM

    Have you done a 10K? I've done 5Ks, and my goal for this year is to complete a 10K. I don't think you're wishy-washy. I totally get where you're coming from. Figure out where you want to go, then set a goal and a plan to get there. emoticon

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What the heck SP?!?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I've had the SP app for my phone for the last 2 years. Today, I got a new phone, and I had to pay $3.99 for the exact same app. It's still an andriod phone... still the same carrier... what's up sparkpeople??? WHY after 2 years do I now have to pay for this app? I'm probably just behind and they've been charging for the app... I don't know, and that's ok...
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/24/2013 11:16AM

    Cloud based iPhones usually transfer all Apps that were previously held by the user. I dropped my iphone in the toilet and because I had the Apple Care plan, I got a new one and had all my stuff back up and running within 2 minutes. I was very happy!!

Not sure how Android works. I know that the Spark App used to be free, but now they charge. Maybe that was the difference? Hopefully it did not cause you too much heart burn. It is a lot of "bang for your buck!"

I have tried many other Apps, but am defaulting to Spark one now all the time. Allows me to track on the fly and to get my Spark points in too!

(love spinning the wheel on my phone!!)


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ROSET491 3/21/2013 2:37PM

    Actually I found Log it, Free app that you can, like Spark log your meals (food)! Even can scan bar codes of items and they appear!! Very cool!


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NEEDBU66 3/19/2013 4:09PM

    Free is better. I'm sure they have expenses. Too bad they don't have a free version just for food update or something.

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BMCKEOW1 3/19/2013 1:12PM

    I didn't know you had to pay for the newer one either. That's good to know. Probably still worth it but it's good to know.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/18/2013 11:11PM

    Still love the spark - but yeah, bummer

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CLPURNELL 3/18/2013 10:31PM

    Yup I don't have it anymore and they stopped the blackberry app :(

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RAINBOWMF 3/18/2013 4:13PM

    Didn't think there was a charge


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MISSB8604 3/18/2013 11:06AM

    What?!?!?! I didn't know this!!!!!

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 3/18/2013 10:28AM

    I just got my first phone have not looked into the whole spark app thing yet. does it do different stuff then the site when I am on my computer?

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DB1167 3/17/2013 10:14AM

    that sucks! I have it on my Iphone and when I did it I didn't pay. But I love it!!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/17/2013 9:30AM

    I still have the free version, but apparently the new version lets you view sparkpoints or something. They aren't updating the old one either, so if mine ever breaks, I'll have to pay to upgrade. Boo. I'm totally with you.

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AME4IT 3/17/2013 8:38AM

    oooo good to know! i'll be upgrading my phone soon so to know that i should expect the charge is a good fore-warning.

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MADTHENURSE 3/17/2013 6:21AM

    Yep. I did too. It's the only app I've paid for on my phone - ever. I think it's worth it.

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123ELAINE456 3/17/2013 1:27AM

  I do not have a Cell Phone. Only a Land Phone. So i do not know anything about this. Sorry. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!

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NASFKAB 3/17/2013 1:11AM

  all the best

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SUGAR0814 3/16/2013 11:00PM

    When I updated my phone, I didn't have to pay for the SP app. Hmmm interesting. emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 3/16/2013 10:46PM

    I had that same problem! The guy that sold me my new phone said my apps wouldn't transfer over, so I deleted the SparkPeople app on the old phone, so I could get a message, and it looks like all the stuff he said wouldn't transfer did! I still haven't paid for the app. I just log on to the site with my phone's internet. I'm a cheapo!

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SWANATOPIA 3/16/2013 10:43PM

    I think they are trying to make a few bucks on the side. That's okay though, the app is worth paying to keep us in check :)

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NGCHILD 3/16/2013 10:39PM

    I had to pay the one time charge too but it didn't bother me. The site is free and the information and friends I have made make it well worth the 2.99.

Just my opinion.


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2BEABETTERME 3/16/2013 9:48PM

    I had tha same issue with my iPad when they updated the app. Really annoying!

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AALLEY2 3/16/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon that just doesn't seem right!

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GABY1948 3/16/2013 7:47PM

    I am so sorry...but I have been noticing with all the ads and stuff that they are just like the rest of the world...it's all about the $$$ I expect them to start charging for the site and when they do I will leave. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/16/2013 7:19PM

    my phone has a wifi connection so I just log into sparkpeople when there is free wifi around (some pubs in the uk are like that) otherwise I just wait till I can get to my laptop

it's amazing how we use techie stuff to live our everyday lives

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ILOVEMALI 3/16/2013 6:50PM


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    I know! My phone app fritzed on me after 6 months, so I uninstalled it. When I tried to reinstall, I had to pay the 3.99. The paid for app got an upgrade that allows me to scan barcodes. (I don't know if the free app got the same upgrade.) I think the $3.99 is okay. It's less than a meal at McD's after all. (And half the price of Southwestern Eggroll Appetizer at Chilis).

Hope your little guy is feeling better!

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ROBYNROSE26 3/16/2013 6:05PM

    I think they have been charging for a while now, but its too bad, I think some people are choosing other apps because they don't want to pay!

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March of Dimes

Sunday, March 03, 2013

My son, Jake, is currently a student at a local Martial Arts Academy and they do a TON of fundraising for our community. They've done toy drives for Toys for Tots, food drives for the homeless shelters, and recently, they did a break-a-thon where the kids raised money based on the number of boards they could break, for the Asbury Woods Nature Center.

At the end of April they are participating in the "March for Babies" which is a 6.2 mile walk for the March of Dimes. Jake was premature, being born at 35 weeks, so this fundraiser is particularly close to my heart. We were VERY blessed that Jake didn't have any health issues at birth, but there are a lot of babies that aren't so fortunate.

This is the link if anyone would care to donate.


I wasn't sure if I should do this or not. I want to make sure everyone understands that every penny goes directly to the March of Dimes, and Jake doesn't get anything from the Academy for raising money, it's just a great fundraiser.

Thanks friends, and wish me luck!!! I've never walked 6.2 miles, and Jake has never done more than 1.5, it should be interesting = )

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ILOVEMALI 3/12/2013 12:06PM

    What a great cause!! I had full-term "stress babies" -- 5 pounds, 12 oz each -- on bed rest with both at the end of my pregnancies. The March of Dimes for babies is a great idea! Have fun -- you can do it!

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MOONBIRD 3/8/2013 9:11PM

    My son was also born early, at 34.5 weeks. He had to stay in the NICU for one week, but he is perfectly healthy. That is awesome you're doing this!

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    6.2 miles is a long way! I'm sure you can handle it, though! And for a great cause, too..that'll keep you going emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 3/5/2013 11:10PM

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CLPURNELL 3/4/2013 9:23PM


That is a great Charity the walk should be fun!

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MISSB8604 3/4/2013 6:21PM

    SO great!!

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ENDERLI 3/4/2013 2:24PM


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BMCKEOW1 3/4/2013 11:50AM

    I think it's great to post it here. Also that its something you and your son can do together. You both should be very proud of that.

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NASFKAB 3/4/2013 4:49AM

  great job

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SUGAR0814 3/3/2013 10:00PM

    The walk will be so much fun! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 3/3/2013 7:52PM

  The March Of Dimes and March For Babies does Wonderful Things in Helping People and Babies. They need the Donations to carry on the work. God Blessings To Everyone On This Lord's Days. Let's Us All Enjoy It. Take Care. Keep It Up.

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MAMADWARF 3/3/2013 11:59AM

    We are your community. I do t see anything wrong with posting a link for donations...good for you!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/3/2013 11:08AM

    Great cause! Are you guys going to do the walk?

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AME4IT 3/3/2013 9:40AM

    march for babies is near and dear to my heart as well. my little one turns two today and she was born at 34 weeks with no health issues, thankfully. kudos to you and your son for helping out!

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/3/2013 9:36AM

    It's great when young people are involved in fundraising like this. We wish him well.

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