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Feeling Pretty at Christmas

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Last week was Christmas Party-palooza! I was excited to have the opportunity to dress up and see my now more-fit frame in something other than scrubs and business attire! The red shirt in the picture above hasn't fit me for 3 years so it was nice to get it out of the closet again! I also looked at some pictures from last Christmas (when I was still in the precontemplation stages of my life change) and was amazed to see the difference. I am posting comparison pictures of myself and my husband from 2009 and 2008 to inspire others and to remind myself of how far we have come in a relatively short period of time!


Hollynn & Ron in 2008

Hollynn & Ron in 2009 ~ 100lbs less of us!

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AHEALTHIERME9 12/30/2009 10:37PM

    Fantastic! You both look incredibly great and are an inspiration to us all!

HAPPY 2010!!!

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RACHELRB 12/29/2009 10:35AM

    What a great holiday gift you have given yourselves. Good luck on your journey.

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LADYIRIS313 12/29/2009 1:03AM

    I bet you felt amazing.. both of you are just beaming. Congratulations.

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BESTLIFE79 12/20/2009 12:51PM

    What an inspiration!!!
I too, have lost over 40 lbs since last Xmas, and hope that I can say I have lost another 80 by next year. :)
You look FAB!!!

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BLASIAN-BEAUTY 12/17/2009 6:27PM

    YOU LOOK GORGEOUS!!! You're definitely rockin' that red shirt and you look fabulous!! I just can't say it enough! lol... Keep up the great work!

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CHANA-D 12/17/2009 8:37AM

    You are both doing such a great job!! I hope you both have great holidays! Keep up the great work!

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GGM007 12/16/2009 6:13PM

    You look SOOO great. Your hubby too. Keep it up, you are inspiring to me. I love to look at your page.

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INKYWAG 12/16/2009 8:49AM

    You guys look awesome keep up the hard work.

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HARMONYBLUE 12/16/2009 8:38AM

    Fantastic comparison! Love, love, love that red shirt in the Christmas pic! Looks great on you:)

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LOOZINITNOW 12/16/2009 7:48AM

    You look gorgeous and your husband is hot too, lol! Beautiful couple! Doesn't seeing these pictures make it so worth the effort and time of this journey?

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CSDAYS 12/16/2009 1:46AM

    Wow, pictures say it all! Keep up the good work and I know you must be proud. Let's see three pictures next year.

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Week 20: 0 lbs & 1.25 inches :(

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I suppose having a week with no loss is inevitable...I am mostly ok with it (as long as it is a one week phenomenon!). I know that I ate the right portions and made healthy choices. I exercised every day, so I guess all and all it is what it is and I think it happens to everyone. The only question I have for everyone out there is when do you adjust your calorie intake and by how much? I have never followed the Spark calorierecommendations since I knew they were a bit too generous for me and have stayed on 1500-1700 for the past 4.5 months. Now that I have lost nearly 60 lbs maybe I need to decrease that? Anyone with suggestion on how much to decrease it by I am happy to have input...?200 calories? I still have about 80-90lbs to lose so I am only partway through this journey! On the other hand, my water weight is up a little as holiday parties did lead to more processed food (albeit healthy choices) than I am used to. I think for this week I am going to keep my same calorie goals (aiming toward the lower end) and see what happens. My other main goal this week is not to get too hung up on the numbers. Despite no actual weight loss my measurements are smaller so I know that I am continuing to make progress :)

Below is me Dec 10, 2009 ~229 lbs

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HAMMERINMAN65 12/21/2009 12:57PM

    i just seem to consolidate then the next week drop so i wouldnt worry about a one week same. i weigh every week but wouldn't consider changing things unless i stayed the same with no weight or measurement change for 3 or 4 weeks. could be all that muscle your building too. your doing awesome!!! keep it up!

take care,

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FRENCHTOSD 12/15/2009 5:04PM

    You look great in that photo! Congratulations.

I had the calorie problem as well. Someone advised me to reset my weight goal so the calories will adjust. As you get closer to a goal, the calories go up. So, always adjust your weight goal for about three months out, and make it a bit of a stretch - then the calories will be less.

Right now my goal is for 3/31/2010 and my calories are at 1420 - 1770 per day. As I lose weight, the calories will increse. When they increase, I go reset the goal again. So far, that's working pretty good for me, and I hope it works for you.

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HARMONYBLUE 12/15/2009 4:05PM

    You look great. Yes, I think a 0 pound week was bound to happen, especially on the heels of a 4 pound loss week and the excess sodium could definitely be the culprit. I figure my calorie needs by measuring my BMR plus my daily calorie burn and then aim for 1000 calorie deficit daily between the two.

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OVERHAULING-ME 12/15/2009 2:47PM

    You are glowing and gorgeous! The inches down are great, that let's you know that although no weight loss you're doing the right stuff! You've had amazing losses! I'm not sure what the correct calorie count should be (I'll be reading other posts because I'll be in the same boat, this is a long journey for me).

To me cutting it by 200 seems too much right now. That would be 1300-1500. I've heard you should never go lower than 1200 so you need to give yourself some wiggle room for when you get down to the lower weight. My guess would be 1375- 1575.

Some tips I've heard (maybe you're already doing them). Quit eating 2-3 hrs before going to bed, get lots of water in, and make sure most of your calories are eaten in the earlier part of the day (have lunch bigger than dinner. Also make your body guess. One day do your low calorie count then up high then in the middle etc.... Thankfully I haven't hit a plateau yet but I know it's inevitable. Hopefully I can keep mentally strong like you and gather all my resources so I'll be ready when it comes!
Have a TERRIFIC day! You are such a huge example and inspiration to others!!!

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INKYWAG 12/15/2009 2:12PM

    You look great! Keep up the hard work.
I never used the calorie mark that they gave me either,I thought it was to high,I usually eat around 1200-1400 calories a day for the last 5 weeks or so and I have had a 3 pound difference every week so far.I dont know if that helps you any.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/15/2009 1:02PM

    You look beautiful!

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Week 19: 4lbs & 1.5 inches

Monday, December 07, 2009

YAY! So excited about hitting the 220s this week - even though I largely have the "Gastrointestinal-Evil-Death-Flu" to thank for it. Spent most of last week spending quality time with the porcelein in my house. LOL - I can't recommend this form of weight loss! I will be happy for my usual 2lbs a week :) No pics this week - just didn't get out of the house much - promise something next week. As always, thanks to all of my Spark Buddies for the support & love this week.

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PERSISTENTTIM 12/8/2009 2:35PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. I can relate to the losing weight while sick but hey you are better now and 4lbs lighter. Good luck this week!

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INKYWAG 12/8/2009 10:39AM

    Im glad that your feeling better.
Way to go on the weight loss, keep up the hard work!!

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FEATHERSTITCH 12/8/2009 9:17AM

    Yuck! Glad you are feeling better. Think of it as an immunity building experience.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/8/2009 6:50AM

    So happy you are feeling better and congratulations on the weight loss! We do love your pictures! Look forward to some new ones soon! emoticon

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Week 18: 2 lbs & unknown inches

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

So for my weigh in Monday I actually used my Saturday weight, but hadn't done the measuring yet. The reason? I have had a stomach flu for the past few days. This is the first time I have been sick since beginning this journey 18 weeks ago, and while I am sure my weight is down more, it is just water losses so I am staying away from the scale until next week. It won't make me feel any better to see it going down and then back up again! I am proud of the fact that despite feeling ill I managed to do some exercise each day, albeitedly half-hearted. Before I got sick I was having a great week, hiking several days and really enjoying time outside. Picture below is from hiking on Saturday, and a reflection of how I am hoping to feel by tomorrow again.

Just a walk in the woods

Me after hiking along a gas pipeline for hours, up and down hills, through farms, really a beautiful day for late November.

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HARMONYBLUE 12/2/2009 9:47PM

    Sorry you have been sick. No fun! But beautiful hiking pics as usual.

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FRENCHTOSD 12/2/2009 2:20PM

    I hope you feel bettr soon. I've been having poor health for weeks now, and it can really wear on you. Hopefully December is healthy for both of us.

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INKYWAG 12/2/2009 2:07PM

    I hope that you feel better soon!!
You look awesome in the pic.
Thanks for the 100 day challenge,Ive done well with it and lost alot of weight in the past month too.
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Hiking in the Snow!

Friday, November 27, 2009

So starting this journey in July was pretty easy for me. I had more time off this summer and it was gorgeous outside! Since I enjoy hiking and biking anyway, it was not that much harder to do it more often and add some other exercise as well. I started watching what I was eating and suddenly the pounds were falling away.

As fall approached I became more and more anxious. I grew up in Northern Wisconin and have always HATED the cold. Last winter I spent less than 5 minutes a day outside (usually running from the car into work or into the house). I looked longingly outside and hoped spring would come faster. So as the weather got cooler, I became anxious -what if I stopped all of my outside activities and lost my focus.

Then, it occurred to me - I choose who to I want to be. If I want to go outside I just need to get prepared. I bought a new parka, snowpants, snow snoes, winter hiking boots, long underwear, warm hats and mittens -everything I could think of that would make going outside in the cold more enticing. I told everyone how much I was looking forward to winter and the snow. And an odd thing happened - I actually started looking forward to winter. Today was the first day of snow so my husband and I bundled up and headed to a local state park to do some hiking. Yes, it was cold at first. But once I got accustomed to it, I realized how beautiful it was outside and just enjoyed the hike.

We CAN change ourselves - inside and out!

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HILARYMM 12/9/2009 2:20PM

    Awesome! And very inspirational! I walked 45 minutes to work today in knee-high snow drifts, and it was fun.

-- Hilary

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HARMONYBLUE 11/30/2009 10:50PM

    Soooo pretty! I can't wait for the snow this year emoticon

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/28/2009 10:18AM

    Yikes, it looks so cold! I'm a weakling from California. I remember going to the gym in New York (I went to college there) and having my sweaty hair freeze to my head. NO THANK YOU.

I went hiking yesterday, too--but it was 70 degrees!

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ROXIT22222 11/28/2009 9:47AM

    Great pictures. I passed on the ski trip yesterday to do shopping than just ended up doing it on line. I hate crowds. Tomorrow we are going up in the snow to do something either cross country ski or down hill ski. I cant wait.

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BENJIROX 11/27/2009 11:22PM

    Beautiful pictures! I now live in Northern California and completely miss the snow. The thought of putting on a parka and walking in the snow sounds so wonderful. I'm completely jealous.

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IRISHGIRL2005 11/27/2009 11:07PM

    You look genuinely happy here! I grew up in Michigan, and did a two year stint in Vermont. I now live in Texas. Imagine why? emoticon Like you, I have hated the winter, and the last two years there, barely endured the snow. People down south, hate the heat, but I LOVE how hot it gets. Like you said, it's all about perspective and attitude change. I'm really proud of you. And thank you for the gorgeous pictures!!!


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