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My Journey to ONEderland in 16 Months and 2 Days


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Monday, October 17, 2011

I finally made it 198.5, WOOHOO!!!


On June 15, 2010 I joined SP at 307 pounds determined to change my life.


I started by using the food and fitness trackers and logged everything. I simply used portion control (I still ate whatever I wanted) and started walking around the block(that's all I could do). It may not seem like much, but it was a start.


I lost 74 pounds in the first 6 months and then reality set in. When you have large amounts of weight to lose, the first 50, 60, 70 seem to melt off and then you hit a wall, or at least I did. On 1/3/2011, I had my first gain. For the next several months it was gain, lose, gain, lose. It was VERY hard to stay motivated. There were lots of tears, and lots of doubt, but I NEVER gave up. Even when people would say to me "Well, you must be doing something wrong. Not exercising or eating too much junk food." REALLY?!? Do you want to see my food and fitness logs? Or do you want to spend all day Sunday preparing and menu planning for the week. How about an hour with me sweating and grunting trying to go just another 1/2 mile? UGH!!!


I continued to struggle, most of it being mental. I had some very long talks with myself and re-evaluated my goals and what I was doing. I didn't need to make things easier, just more realistic. I was going to make it this time, no matter what. I'm not perfect (shocking I know) and it doesn't matter how long this was going to take, I just need to do it. For me AND my family.


Every day I measure and weigh my food. Every day, I step on the scale. 4 days a week doing cardio and 3 days a week lifting weights. WHY? Because...


This has been my mantra from the beginning. Last year, fruits and veggies weren't a part of my daily intake, now their on my menu every day. Last year, I could hardly walk around the block, this year I'll be running a 5K. A lot can change in a year, if you let it.


The best part of this journey is knowing I'm not alone. I'm so thankful to Chris Downie and everyone at SP for this FREE website. However, I'm MOST thankful for for the friends I've made. I know that ultimately, this is my journey and no one can do it for me, but I couldn't have done this without your support.


16 months, 2 days and 108.5 pounds
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SNOWWALKER 5/21/2013 11:12PM

    I really enjoyed your journey. I am just starting, again. And your words have inspired me to follow your lead. If you can succeed, and I know it was hard. So can I. Thanks again. emoticon

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MMPEARSON13 7/31/2012 9:29PM

    Keep up the great work! Your success is very inspiring!!!

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PRUSSION 4/26/2012 11:40AM

    Wonderful!

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KBLASEN 4/14/2012 11:39AM

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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NEWERIN2012 4/6/2012 12:46AM

    Amazing. You are so inspiring! emoticon

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15LOVEHARRY 3/26/2012 1:59AM

  I appreciate every pound won and lost in this battle, congratulations for sticking with it this long. Keep it up with whatever your next goal is. You can do it.

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DAWNOFMELANIE 3/1/2012 11:36AM

    So motivating!

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BISSA7 2/25/2012 5:57PM

    What an awesome job! I'm so inspired by you and your journey!

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KIN59VARA 2/11/2012 2:57PM

    Love this blog!!!!!

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JEWELRYCINDY 2/1/2012 1:27PM

    You go girl! I loved reading your blog and know you will continue to do great! Thanks so much for sharing!

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KRISTA48439 1/27/2012 9:25AM

  You look absolutely terrific! Congratulations, and keep up the good work!
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LALALOVELY76 1/20/2012 7:48AM

    Congrats!!!

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TSOKOLOSK 1/10/2012 2:10PM

    I am so inspired by your story. I am going to a trainer three days a week, I work out really hard but my struggle is to get in control of my relationship with food. Reading your information today has inspired me and I am so happy for you and you prove that with lots of hard work and consistancy you can do it....
Thanks,

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BALTIC_GODDESS 1/10/2012 12:18PM

    What an awesome and inspirational blog post!!! Congratulations on arriving in ONEderland! I'm on my way there and hope to see you soon!!!
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NEVER2LATTE 1/8/2012 10:11PM

  You should be very proud and you are definately the inspiration I needed to see as I approach one-derland for the first time in probably 30+ yrs.
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NEWPAT314 1/8/2012 5:02PM

  Holly, simply amazing, you accomplished your goal and by sharing you story you are such an inspiration! I love your inspirational quotes, I am picking one for my self "When you want something you've never had.....", Plus i love the term "ONEderland".Please know that your story haS made a such a strong impact with me.THANK YOU

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AWESOMEIN12 1/5/2012 8:26PM

    Very well written and an encouragement to read! I am proud of your very GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT!

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1CHARMINCHICK66 1/5/2012 4:34PM

  This gives me a push in the right direction...especially when you spoke of the plateau. I am in the gain part of a plateau and needed your good words to help me re-focus. Thank you.

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PINKGRACES 1/2/2012 9:21PM

    Thanks for sharing. You give me hope.

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ANGELKW 12/31/2011 1:50AM

    What a great blog! You have a wonderful out look, your writing is both funny and inspirational. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

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TINNATEE 12/29/2011 5:38PM

    I love this blog! VERY VERY INSPIRING! Thankyou for sharing.

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HEATHERZZ7 12/29/2011 10:03AM

  Very Inspirational - thanks so very much for sharing your journey!! emoticon

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GALINAZ 12/25/2011 11:22PM

    What a pretty background to the sparkpage of a pretty girl! Congrats on sticking with it and I love your motivational sayings

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SHOSHANADP 12/24/2011 7:40PM

    I can understand the frustration. You are doing everything right but the weight just doesn't want to come off. I'm glad that you kept with it and were able to get over the hump. Some times the scale tries to get us down so we need to remember the other vistories. You're going to run a 5K! That is awesome! What progress!

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JESSYLOSES4GOOD 12/20/2011 7:27AM

    That's amazing! I needed some motivation and this was perfect! I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon

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DEEEBEE 12/19/2011 12:48AM

    Holly, You look GREAT! But more than that, you have SO MUCH self-discipline. Few people can succeed like you did! My sincere congratulations to you on your amazing accomplishment. emoticon

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SUSANK16 12/16/2011 5:54AM

  Hey, thank you for such an inspiring journal. Those of us who have a lot to lose, really appreciate it. Congratulaitons on making it under 200 lbs (one of my personal goals)--you are an inspiration and you look great.

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AFTERMYKIDS 12/13/2011 11:33AM

    I SEE why you got MOST popular blog, YOUR story is AWESOME!! Thank you so much, You don't know how much I really needed to hear that!! emoticon

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JESSICAKEIBER 12/12/2011 9:32AM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!

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MAMATO2BOYZ 12/7/2011 7:20PM

  Great job. U are such an inspiration!!!!!

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CANUCKGIRL211 12/7/2011 1:30AM

    Amazing job! Very inspirational. Getting down into the 100's is definitely a goal if mine.

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ERICASB 12/5/2011 3:44AM

    i see the amazing weight losses you achieved and wonder why oh why cant i lose the 12 kg i need to. You look amazing and your letter is beautifully done, congratulations

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RYEJOE 12/4/2011 12:35PM

    You are amazing and so inspirational. I love the picture of how you feel when running and how you think you look. It's priceless. emoticon

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CARLAWILLDOIT 12/2/2011 9:13AM

  Thanks so much for the inspiration Holly! I love your attitude. Nothing's stopping you!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 12/2/2011 6:23AM

  amazing journey..It filled me with hope..thank you for my Friday inspiration

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CLWALDRO 12/2/2011 4:08AM

    What an awesome and motivating life experience.
You are looking great and I wish you well on your journey to better health.
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LHOUSTON5 12/1/2011 1:39PM

    Very inspirational!!! Great job!!! emoticon

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CHUNLI541 12/1/2011 7:39AM

  What an inspirational blog!

Congrats on your achievement!

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JIBBIE49 12/1/2011 12:07AM

    emoticon What an honor to see you as the featured blog.


Week of 11/17/2011 - Featured Blog Post




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ANGTRIAGAIN 11/30/2011 2:41PM

    Great job!! I loved your posters as well. emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYNSMILING 11/30/2011 11:54AM

    emoticon You are doing FANTASTIC!!! You have the right attitude and mindset. Keep it going!!!!
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LINDACC.1 11/30/2011 11:15AM

  I really needed this inspiration. Thanks.

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MPLSKEN 11/29/2011 4:26PM

    What an awesome post! Very inspirational! Congrats and thanks for sharing!
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GRAMS26 11/28/2011 1:34PM

  Congratulations! Your story is very inspiring to me. I know it can't be done overnight. That you have to take it one day at a time. Keep up the good work. This makes me think and reevaluate. emoticon

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EMILY0724 11/28/2011 11:49AM

    what a great story you have!! incredible!! I'm so happy for you! keep up the good work!

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JESSICAW09 11/28/2011 9:38AM

    That's awesome, good for you. Thank you for sharing.

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DAILYEFFORT 11/27/2011 6:48PM

    Inspiring emoticon

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STFNELYN135 11/27/2011 3:24PM

    Incredible blog! Congratulations on your continued success. You are an inspiration, and I so need that right now. Thank you.

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DSEWELL40 11/27/2011 2:22AM

  You are an inspiration. Thank you for the motivation and I wish you continued success. You are beautiful.

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KATLIN48 11/26/2011 10:58PM

    An amazing story. And I so loved the motivational photos you found to help you down the road. You are now living the life you always knew you could, and I am sure you will always look forward, never backwards again. High Five!!! emoticon

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