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Renewed excitement for my journey!

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.
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MRSSMITH622 1/16/2011 9:59AM

    Holly I am so proud of you. You got this. Hopefully next week I will be all pumped for some cardio. I still hate strength training, but my bat wings do seem smaller. i wish I would have measured. I hope you are having a great weekend.

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GONICNIC 1/15/2011 10:29PM

    Congrats! I love that sparkspeople has soooo many tools and ways to help you sustain your enthusias, if you actually want to be enthusiastic....I am very happy for you!

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FIZZYBALL 1/15/2011 9:20PM

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/15/2011 3:07PM

    Ahhh Haaa moments are great!! Congrats! I haven't tried the SP workout videos yet. I think I will now!!!

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ADALAI 1/14/2011 8:28PM

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FEARLESSFATLESS 1/13/2011 4:17PM

    What a great realization!

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TEMPEST272002 1/13/2011 4:02PM

    emoticon Congrats on the light bulb moment! You are SO right - 20 minutes in a day is practically nothing. You can do it!

I found the 28 day bootcamp challenge really helped me when I was feeling like I was in a rut. Got me more interested in strength training. For Xmas, I got an exercise ball. It's the first time I've used one & I think it really adds FUN to my ST routine.

Come to think of it, FUN is key for me in my workouts. I try to do things I actually enjoy... and then it becomes "me-time" instead of the dreaded workout.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/13/2011 8:05AM

    So happy you are renewed!!

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BECOMINGANAFTER 1/13/2011 6:43AM

    I know what you mean about becoming bored with your workout routine. I think that is one of the things that was affecting me, in hindsight, the monotony of doing the same things day in and day out. I think that participating in the Bootcamp Challenge is a great way to change things up for mind and body. As a matter of fact, I'm going to finish what I started back in July and complete the Bootcamp Challenge myself! We can do this... we just have to keep our eyes on the prize.

Good Luck,

Melissa

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-POOKIE- 1/13/2011 6:41AM

    I love the SP work out videos, the kickboxing one is great

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LADYRH 1/12/2011 7:47PM

    Good for you, keep on taking that time for yourself.
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The doctor just called...

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.

  
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FEARLESSFATLESS 1/5/2011 12:44PM

    congrats!! It's nice to have another way to measure success emoticon

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RECOMMIT2ME 12/29/2010 8:43PM

    That's great! Keep up the excellent work!! :o)

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LCHADBOURNE 12/29/2010 8:05PM

    Way to go!!! That must feel so great!


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You should be very proud of yourself. You have come a long way.
I m with you looking forward to 2011.

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PURPLELVR7 12/29/2010 7:17PM

    Those are awesome results - emoticon

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DKELLEY35 12/29/2010 7:01PM

    Those are awesome numbers, keep up the good work.

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Time for change

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So the new year is right around the corner. Time for change... new user name, new sparkpage, which I think add my nutrition tracker to. I need to update some photos and get going on a new exercise plan. I've never been one to make "new years resolutions" because I've never stuck with them, but these are changes I can do. Changes that happened in 2010...

**Made some fantastic new sparkfriends
**Got a handle on my new lifestyle
**Lost 73.5 lbs
**Lost 41 inches
**Lost 15.5% on my BMI

I can't wait to see what 2011 brings!!!

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MRSSMITH622 12/31/2010 1:47PM

    I am so happy for you. New you New yEAR?

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HOLLYBELLE77 12/29/2010 7:59PM

    Good for you! Keep up the amazing progress! (And I like the pretty page!)

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PAMETSITTY 12/29/2010 6:28PM

  That is awsome!

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ZZYYGGY 12/29/2010 6:13PM

    It will be a great year. Congradulations on your losses.

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Sparks still flying after 6 months!!!

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!

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JAKEKATY 1/10/2011 9:51AM

  I am always proud of you but especially now as you continue on your journey of life. Hopefully ole mom can keep up with loss also.

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TEMPEST272002 12/16/2010 12:40PM

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You have done an amazing job of transforming your life in the last 6 months. 60 lbs is AMAAZING!!!!! And the measurements are off the charts. Great job!

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KUEENKAREN 12/16/2010 12:33PM

    Congratulations on all of your current and future success!
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MAY1787 12/15/2010 9:04PM

    Good job! You look great!
I have never heard avocado used as a body shape, but I like. :)
Lastly, I know what you mean about things tasting better. I notice when I eat foods that are made with a lot of ingredients that are not healthy that I tend to dislike them now. Granted, there will always be foods I love that are bad for me, but at least I crave good food as well.

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MRSSMITH622 12/15/2010 9:11AM

    Think of where you will be 6 months from now? Or for when we go to Idlewild? I am so looking forward to it. I snuck on the scale today, 218, only up one pound, not bad. My goal is to maintain over the holidays, although 215 would be a nice even 45 pounds I lost since August. I have a million things to do today and no motivation. I am going to squeeze in a stretch bad work out before I get ready to go to the gyne. Have a good day! Know you re in my thoughts.

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-POOKIE- 12/15/2010 4:52AM

    Great lessons learned there alongside a wonderful weight loss achievement!

So yes! Here's to another successful 6 months!

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ELEXEY 12/14/2010 9:15PM

    Super awesome job! And you are right about all of what you said!

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REVJVH 12/14/2010 9:13PM

    Congratulations! What fabulous progress you've made so far. Keep on keepin' on. Six months of a new lifestyle is such a great indicator that it's a real change. So hooray for you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/14/2010 8:40PM

    Congratulations on how far you have come. emoticon

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DKELLEY35 12/14/2010 8:32PM

    Congratulations! those are wonderful numbers, You should be proud of your accomplishments.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/14/2010 8:19PM

    Congrats! Some amazing accomplishments!!

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ZACKSMOM7 12/14/2010 8:09PM

  Way to go and keep up the good lifestyle!!

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MAMADWARF 12/14/2010 8:06PM

    Awww, Holly! I am so proud of you and so excited that we have become friends here. You rock! (and I am totally jealous cause you have lost more weight than me in a shorter time!). You have done great things, you really have. Congratulations!

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WELSTEACH 12/14/2010 7:53PM

    Wow! Keep going, you are doing great. Too bad those measurements were a month in, but the bright side is they never have to be that way again!

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WELSTEACH 12/14/2010 7:52PM

    Wow! Keep going, you are doing great. Too bad those measurements were a month in, but the bright side is they never have to be that way again!

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The Christmas party was AWESOME!

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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FIZZYBALL 12/14/2010 9:30AM

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MRSSMITH622 12/13/2010 2:29PM

    I am glad you had a good time and got to show off your rockin' new body. On our way to being the hot moms of Idlewild.

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KUEENKAREN 12/13/2010 11:11AM

    Sounds like you had a great pick-me-up. Congrats on finding the old you!
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HOLLYBELLE77 12/12/2010 4:42PM

    Good for you! Thanks for being such an inspiration to me!

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