Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Had she called 20 minutes ago, I would have added it to my last blog. They got the results from my blood work and everything is great! My total cholesterol is 132 (under 200 is good), my bad cholesterol is 64 (under 100 is good), my good cholesterol is 40 (over 45 is good - I need to keep exercising to improve this number) and my triglycerides are 145 (under 150 is good). I'm pretty excited that everything on the inside is doing as well as everything on the outside.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tomorrow is my 6 month sparkaversary. I've learned a lot over the last 6 months. I learned water makes your skin look wonderful, fruits and veggies taste great, and anything whole wheat tastes SOO much better than anything white. I've also learned a lot about what my body CAN do verses what my brain WANTS me to keep me from doing. I've learned a lot about myself and the desire I have to become a better person. I've also learned, that be it 2 hours away or a half a world away, you can make some of the best friends. When you all have the same goals and support each other with the utmost respect , you form a bond that not many people understand. So I've gained a lot in the last 6 months, but I've lost a lot too...
I've gone from an "apple" to an "avocado"
60 lbs (66 total)
gone from a size 28 to a 20/22 in pants and 18/20 shirts
gone from BMI of 60% to 47%
These measurements weren't even taken until more than a month into my journey. I would LOVE to know what they were when I started...
10 inches off my waist
6 inches off my hips
5 inches off each thigh (10 total)
2.5 inches off each arm (5 total)
2 inches off my neck
This is my journey and I've got a long way to go. Sparkpeople has made it all possible. Thank you to SP, Chris Downey, and most of all my "sparkies" I couldn't do it without your support! Here's to the next 6 months!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I recently had my one year anniversary at my new job, but I was at my previous job for 8 years. I still have some great friends from that job, and because of that, I was invited to their Christmas party that was last night. Sure I'll go, it'll be great to see people I haven't seen in a year, why not? Secretly, though, I wanted to show them my weight loss... how wrong is that? My friend was checking everyone in and giving them their door prize tickets and I was sitting with her. After a while, I noticed that as people came in that I knew, I sat up straighter (and maybe sucked it in a little bit) and made sure I had a big smile on my face. Everyone that came in said how great I looked (did I look that bad before?) and skinny I was (so NOT SKINNY, but I'll take it!), and how happy I seemed to be. Yes, I really am happy. Happy for having a new and fantastic job, happy for having lost a bunch of weight, and most happy for having found myself again. I haven't been this Holly in some time. I didn't realize how much I missed her and how much everyone else missed her. The party itself wasn't great. The food was greasy and covered with gravy. Cheesecake and cookies as far as the eye could see. People drinking too much, getting obnoxious, complaining about the company, etc. I don't know about them, but I sure had a good time!!! Thanks again SP!
Friday, November 26, 2010
I did the Turkey Trot yesterday and had soooo much fun! I was a little nervous because I've only done that distance on my treadmill. It's easy to keep an even speed when you don't have a choice :) I also heard that there was going to be around 3,000 people. I'm not big on crowds, so I was really starting to second guess whether or not I was going to be OK with this. Oh, and to top it off, it was 38 degrees and raining. YIKES! I was with 2 of my very good friends, one of which is also Sparkie (WCTLFAN). There were so many people, but as the walk started, it all thinned out and I was a lot more comfortable. We kept a really good pace and we were at the turn around before we knew it. I think it helped that we talked non-stop! As we got closer to the end, we noticed that we were just about the last few people. I had no intentions of finishing first, but I really didn't want to be last. So we picked it up a bit and then we saw it... the finish line. We did a "time check" because my goal was to do it in an hour. We were about out of time, so we actually ran the rest of the way. I was so excited to cross that line. Time check - 61 minutes, ugh, so close. But I finished and we had a great time and we're definitely doing it again next year. I checked the results today on the race and my official time was 1:00:33 so I guess I did the race in an hour after all! I already have my eye on a few 5K's I plan on doing next year. I love this new life of mine!
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