Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Like a lot of you, the Holidays we're pretty hard as far as food and exercise go. As a matter of fact, I've been bored to tears with my exercise routine all of November and December. In fact, I hardly exercised at all. Maybe 6-8 times in those 2 months combined. I did do pretty well with the food though. I was able to turn down all the cookies, pies and other delightful confections, but just didn't eat right from being so busy. I ended up gaining a few pounds come new years day. I've been reading everyones "New Year's" blogs and wondering where my journey's going. I have no doubt that I'm still going, I was just thinking about how I was going to begin the year. Like everyone else, I got an SP email about the 28 day challenge. Woo hoo, what a great way to start the new year! A little excitement in my exercise routine and keep plugging along with the food, and we'll be good to go! I liked the SP videos and the challenge to work out every day. I really enjoyed the first week, but wasn't sure if I could continue working out every day. I know it doesn't seem like much, but after working all day and having 2 young kids to do homework with and fix dinner, I wasn't sure this was going to make the cut. Over the weekend I saw a few old friends (from a previous job) that I haven't seen in almost a year. They "ooh'd and ahh'd" at my new found lifestyle and of course I told them all about spark people and how I was able to do this. I was telling them about the 28 day bootcamp challenge, and was met with the response of, "Oh, I don't have that kind of time to work out every day." To which I replied, "it's only about 10-20 minutes, you can't find 20 minutes a day?" **DING** the light went on... of course I have 20 minutes.. for me... to make myself happy... and healthy... I guess sometimes, you just have to say it out loud to make it real. I've worked out every day since I began bootcamp on New Years day. I guess a little "challenge" was all I needed to get back on track and remain excited about my new life.
SPARK PEOPLE ROCKS!!!
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!
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