BECOMING_HOLLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BECOMING%5FHOLLY BECOMING_HOLLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Some Progress Pictures & March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638937 I just wanted to share some progress pictures with all of you. This is about 75 pounds down, and one year... and a ton to go! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18851171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1377200547.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As for March, I have some big goals to master. <BR> <BR> 1- I want to be in the 270s! This would take about 7 pounds to lose, but I have only lost 3 since CHRISTMAS!! <BR> 2- I am committed to hydratio... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:27:07 EST Where are all my Spark Friends?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630063 I haven't blogged in a while, and I want to start getting back into it. I have received a promotion (big one) at work and my workload is increasing rapidly. It is great and I absolutely love it, but I feel like I don't have as much time to blog. I am not sure how many people will read this, since it's been so long... but I am going to do this more for myself than anyone else. Here.we.go! <BR> <BR> First, I will start with saying that I have been committed to my progress for over one year! ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:40:36 EST Thanksgiving Portions Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551430 I found a really great guide for keeping our portions in check this Thanksgiving, and I wanted to share it with my Spark family! <BR> <BR> <link>greatist.com/health/serving-size-tha<BR>nksgiving-portion-guide </link> <BR> <BR> Here is another tip - and a great visual for your Thanksgiving plate: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832364046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For me, I am focusing on the turkey and steamed veggies. I am going to stay on my plan this year, because for ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:41:59 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533655 Here are my November Goals: <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Positive self-talk. This is my BIGGEST goal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2013063557.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I talk positively and think positively, I see positive results. The concept is pretty simple but not as easy to do as it sounds! This is my main focus because it really takes time and focus for success in this goal! <BR> <BR> <em>225</em> No more at-home Weigh-Ins!! I will only be weighing in with my ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:13:08 EST My New Fitness Progam -- This girl is in LOVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386982 I wanted to stop by and let you all know the news in my fitness life. <BR> <BR> Nicole found this amazing Groupon <link>www.groupon.com/deals/body-by-design<BR>-brookfield?pt=aUbipWzAAAADq4lPxVbTx83<BR>ROxpMUV-3S </link> <BR> <BR> She bought it for herself and fell in love. She encouraged me to try it too! <BR> <BR> The Groupon is for a fitness place really close to my home. Body By Design <link>www.bodybydesign.net/ </link> is a small gym that works solely on weight loss. Joey, th... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:18:21 EST Super Obese? Nope... Not ME! (picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359069 I know how most of you feel about BMI, and trust me I am the SAME WAY. I don't think just calculating your height vs. weight is any indication of fitness and health... <BR> <BR> EXCEPT for those of us who are so obese that we have skipped obese, even MORBIDLY obese to the category of "Super Obese". The Super Obese is defined by a BMI of 50 or more. <BR> <BR> I have been a Super Obese since (at least) 2011. It doesn't earn me any cool badges or confidence. It is something I have been strug... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:32:49 EST PROGRESS!! Pictures & Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344547 I wanted to share some of my successes!! <BR> <BR> On April 7th, I measured myself. I then measured again on April 29th. Here are my results: <BR> <BR> 4-7 4-29 Total Lost <BR> Weight: 333.3 -- 327.6 -- 5.7 lb <BR> Neck: 16.5 -- 15 -- 1.5" <BR> Chest: 46 -- 45.5 -- 0.5" <BR> Bust: 57 -- 53 -- 3" <B... Fri, 3 May 2013 15:22:10 EST Accountability -- WUB --- Planning out 4-29 thru 5-5 (Special Day!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339462 OK, so today was my day. It was my day to hit my first MAJOR goal. I was going to be under 325 today. <BR> <BR> It didn't happen. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I can scrutinize everything in my past and totally stress myself out about it. I use to do that all the time. Guess what? It didn't help! <BR> <BR> I have to look to what I need to do THIS WEEK to hit it. I am at 327.6 today and I can continue doing what I do and hit that goal. <BR> <BR> Here is my week, planned out, so I can hit that goal: <B... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:37:15 EST It Takes 10 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330713 In 10 weeks --- at the end of this Biggest Loser Challenge--- <BR> <BR> I feel: <BR> -Stronger <BR> -Healthier <BR> -More Confident <BR> -Happy <BR> -Less Stressed <BR> -Pretty <BR> <BR> I have worked hard for these things, but every ounce of sweat and positive thought has turned into progress in my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Not only am I losing the unhealthy lifestyle I use to have, but I am losing inches and feeling GREAT! <BR> <BR> In the long run, it doesn't matter if you lost 10... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 15:07:59 EST Chugging Away - FITSPIRATION INSIDE! - WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328781 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to give everyone a quick update with my progress. <BR> <BR> First: Yesterday I hit a great goal --- under 330!! <BR> <BR> I have been yo-yo-ing in the 330s for over a month now, so I hope it sticks until next week (fingers crossed). I am continuing to eat right and workout so there isn't a reason why it shouldn't. <BR> <BR> I guess this brings me to my level of self-doubt. When a lot of people around me have success (my girlfriend has lost 40 pound... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:03:40 EST What does a 5% Weight Loss LOOK LIKE - Pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305161 If we have been friends for a while, you know that at the end of January I went to Mexico. <BR> <BR> Just before and during my vacation, I was facing a lot of medical problems and was fairly miserable most of the time. <BR> <BR> Although I dropped weight before my trip, I gained (almost) all of it back --- all but 7 pounds of it. <BR> <BR> The last morning of our trip, my sister-in-law snapped this picture. When she posted it on facebook I was absolutely mortified. <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:54:12 EST Wednesday Weekly Update #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285142 Week #4: Wednesday Updates <BR> <BR> Last Week Weigh In: 336.9 <BR> This Week Weigh In: 336.0 <BR> Total Lost This Week: 0.9 pounds <BR> <BR> What did I do to lose the weight? <BR> -Continued to make good choices with food. I ate more freggies, less sodium <BR> -Started walking more!! Circuit training is great, but I need extra cardio too. <BR> -Hung a goal dress for summer on my bedroom door. I look at it multiple times a day and can visualize what I will look like by summer to wear it.... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:15:13 EST If October was Bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275904 Do you know what happened in my family in October? (Specifically my sister and daughter)? If not, read this blog first: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130637 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, that same sister broke her leg in THREE PLACES when she went to take the dogs out around 9pm on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> We didn't realize it happened right away, we kind of assumed she took them for a walk when she didn't come back right away. She was o... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:34:08 EST Wednesday Weekly Update #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275897 Week #3: Wednesday Updates <BR> <BR> Last Week Weigh In: 338.3 <BR> This Week Weigh In: 336.9 <BR> Total Lost This Week: 1.4 pounds <BR> <BR> What did I do to lose the weight? <BR> -Actually ate in my calorie range every day (I noticed that I was not eating ENOUGH!) <BR> -Did circuit training when I could actually breathe (have been sick) <BR> <BR> What do I need to work on: <BR> -Working out more than twice a week! <BR> -Keeping consistent with my water intake on my days off. <BR> -... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:27:22 EST Wednesday Weekly Update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266630 Let's get right into it! <BR> <BR> Last Week: 337.1 <BR> This Week: 338.3 <BR> Gained 1.2 pounds <BR> <BR> What happened? <BR> -Struggled with food. I went out to eat several times and didn't make the best choices. <BR> -Overate at night (mindlessly). <BR> -I have been sick, which has held me back from getting my sweat on. <BR> <BR> Additionally, I think that my scale is getting bad. I plan to change the batteries for last week. I will not prevent this from owning up to my week, but I want... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:58:00 EST Wednesday Weekly Update #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258008 I have decided that I really enjoy blogging. I also like looking back on my blogs. I also noticed that I don't really blog about my own progress. <BR> <BR> This might be because I have had such a roller coaster of success that I generally like to hide the weeks that aren't perfect. <BR> <BR> Well guess what, self? That's life. <BR> <BR> I know if I don't own every moment, I will just fall into the same pattern as every other time I have tried to lose weight. <BR> <BR> So HERE we go! <BR>... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:28:43 EST 200 Calories - a Visual Reference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257669 I don't know about you, but visuals are an amazing aid for me. If I can see the amount of food I can trade up for (from m&ms to apples for example), it will help me make better choices. <BR> <BR> Fitbit posted this article on facebook today and I *had* to share it with my Spark Family!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calor<BR>ies-look-like.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Did anything shock you? What surprised you the most? <BR> <BR> -Biggest Shocker: Peanut Butter <BR> -Biggest ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:17:07 EST Choices -- The DEATH of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256122 Last year, I worked really hard at losing weight. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I got down to about 330 pounds and hit a really hard plateau. I continued to workout, eat healthy, but my weight just was at a standstill. I hated every waking moment of it. There could be a lot of reasons why it happened, but it did. <BR> <BR> During the summer last summer, I realized that I wanted to encourage Heather to be active and find something that she loves that will keep her active and fit. In 2010, we tried ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:38:10 EST Foodie Day - Trying New Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245577 Yesterday, Nicole and I went to the grocery store for just a couple things and we decided to throw caution to the wind and pick up a few of those healthier choices <em>341</em> foods that we have been wanting to try but just never did. <BR> <BR> It is so easy for me to SAY that I want to try something, but to put the money into actually buying it and worrying if I just wasted my money on something I will hate is a whole other story. Can you relate? <BR> <BR> Well, this morning, I took t... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:46:34 EST Tracker Android App -- sad.face. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243878 Quick blog: <BR> <BR> I recently had a problem with my phone and had to get it replaced. As I went to re-download my favorite apps, including the Spark People tracker, I found out that it is no longer free!! <BR> <BR> Why?!?!?!?! <BR> <BR> I guess that I will no longer use the app since I only really used it to scan my barcodes and add my foods to my tracker. I guess I will just have to wait until I am near a computer. <BR> <BR> I am just upset about this because the whole spark people pr... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:31:12 EST Realizations in My Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217205 Things have been going well. I am overall doing really well with everything. I am noticing a few things. Do you notice this too? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> My body CRAVES water. When I am low, I feel it. <BR> <em>192</em> When I overeat a lot one day (200+ calories over range) I always step on the scale the next day to see the damages. <BR> <em>193</em> The scale is always just about the same when I overeat <BR> <em>483</em> When I overeat, I generally also lack water <BR> <e... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:56:20 EST Disgusted with the BEAUTY Industry (link) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207016 In a short 12 days, I will be in Mexico. <em>670</em> <BR> <BR> I am a very fair-skinned girl, and everyone around me told me that I should tan before I go because that way I don't burn right away when I am there, causing me to be miserable on my trip. <BR> <BR> So, I was talking to a friend about it today, and she mentioned that some beds have weight limits. <BR> <BR> Too shy to just outright call the place, I went to google to find out the answers I wanted to about tanning beds and we... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:03:24 EST Keeping you posted --- Week 1 back --- Tracking & Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194101 I have started to get back in the swing of things and tracking my food intake is just part of that. <BR> <BR> I normally go under in some things and over in others but today is the first day since I can remember tracking (over 2 years now) that I hit my targets in the four main components: <BR> -Calories <BR> -Carbs <BR> -Fat <BR> -Protein <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1416769441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did you see the problem? Sodium (slightly high), Fiber (slight... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 23:40:51 EST Zumba ... Sure, Let's Try It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189092 One of the ways I love exercising is through dancing. I have always wanted to try Zumba, but I was terrified of walking into a public room and, frankly, shaking my fat rolls towards the wrong person and getting vomited on. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I know. I have weird excuses... but it prevented me from ever trying it... all these years! <BR> <BR> What is a girl to do? She drools over the concept of Zumba, but she does NOT want to shake her chunky self in public. <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> <em>35... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:25:55 EST 2013: How My Spark Will Shine Differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186225 For those of you who do not know me, I have been actively on Spark again for two or three YEARS. I haven't made any real progress in that time. I have educated myself and gotten my brain on the right track, but I lose and gain the same pounds consistently. <BR> <BR> I have taken some time last month to reflect on this and I have come up with a new strategy for myself. Let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> In the past, I have always associated sitting on Spark Pe... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:18:22 EST My Christmas Wish - PLEASE READ & SHARE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154557 This year, I am so very thankful for my Spark Friends. In general, this community is amazing and one of the biggest happy places in my life. I am very thankful for each and every one of you... from those that I have talked to almost daily to those that are reading my blog for the first time... you are my inspiration to keep trying. <BR> <BR> Yes, I said trying. This year, my weight loss goals proved unsuccessful... but maintaining is so much better than gaining! I am leaving this year lower ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 10:24:37 EST Accountability: One post at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140615 Ok, so I kind of blogged... with a scary picture of me after a workout. Yeah, you probably don't want to read it. If you do, click below... and be sure to comment so I know who is stalking me! haha. <BR> <BR> Anyway, check out: <BR> <link>http://becominghollz.blogspot.com/20<BR>12/11/postworkoutpictures.html </link> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:22:11 EST Centering and Doing IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130637 I plan for this to be quick, but you know me... I'm a talker!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the deal. I won't really get into it, but my life has been HELL lately. <BR> <BR> *WARNING GROSS PARAGRAPH - NOT FOR WEAK STOMACHES* <BR> My sister & daughter were walking in a crosswalk from my five-year-old's dance studio to the car and they were hit by a car. Yep. In the cross walk. My daughter didn't have any major physical issues but she was a nutcase about it (as one SHOULD BE). My sister... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:35:45 EST What are YOU going to do to change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083490 Thanks for all of the comments on my last blog. I am sure that all of your comments were running through my head this morning. Update: I looked at runkeeper as I uploaded this, my pace was NOT 19.57 min/mile but it was 19.51! My runkeeper emailed me saying it was best pace EVER! Woot! <BR> <BR> PLEASE follow my instructions in my vlog!! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:09:53 EST Cleaning House is NOT my Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082293 WARNING: This blog is packed full of self-talk and venting. You have been warned!! <em>32</em> <BR> <BR> ____________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I got a call last weekend from my girlfriend's sister letting me know about a 'surprise' that would no longer be a surprise and would definitely not be a great one. <BR> <BR> OK, now that that relationship has been established, I would like to mention that from here on out in my blog, I will be referring to my girlfriend's family as i... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:45:36 EST 9-26 Vlog of Rambling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075597 Basically, I rambled about me for 12 minutes... plus a really cool story about my workout today. I really don't expect anyone to listen to the whole thing, but if you do, please comment! Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:35:31 EST It's Not the Motivational Blog You Seek... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052840 Ok, when I started writing the title to this blog, I was going to talk about basic stuff and catching you up on my life... you know, the blog that covers the span between two blogs... <BR> <BR> But then as I wrote the title, I thought about what you might think when you see it scrolling in your news feed... or on the side of the team page ---- wherever you catch my blogs. <BR> <BR> Then I realized something (lightbulb moment!) <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I used to scroll member blogs ALL THE T... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:44:24 EST August -- IN YO FACE! Some motivation -- and goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996813 There is no way to put it off. We can't avoid it. It just happens. The month is anew and it is a mile marker for weight loss communities around the world. <BR> <BR> I want to know what August is going to be for you. What will it look like? Yeah, I seriously want to know! <BR> <BR> For me, this picture sums it up pretty well: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945391542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am going to continue to eat fresh, quality food. <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:53:25 EST The End of July -- A Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992169 So, I have been on track for about a month. I haven't hit any major weight loss goals, but slow and steady wins the race! <BR> <BR> All that I know is that I have over 5 pounds that I have taken off my body for the rest of my life. Five pounds that I will never see again. <BR> <BR> I know there are a lot of non-scale things that have kept me going this month: <BR> -I am getting sleep on a more regular basis. Less staying up late, more restful hours. <BR> -I am making healthier choices every... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:30:24 EST Fitting Fitness in a BUSY Life! [Click Here for MOTIVATION!] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964281 I wanted to talk today about another awesome picture: <BR> <BR> (Yes, I love these... I hope you do too... I respond well to quotes) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977531138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another quote I would like to add is "Someone who is busier than you is working out right now." <BR> <BR> Guess what? They are both SO TRUE! <BR> <BR> Yesterday after my workout, I realized that I need to make sure I am getting my pure cardio workouts in above and beyond... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:17:35 EST A glimpse into that second... [Pictures] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962849 If you haven't already, please read my blog from earlier today "Motivation -- What Lies Within Us that SPARKS!" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962661 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay, now that you have read that... I wanted to share what that moment looks like. <BR> <BR> I know you have all seen it for yourself, but I want to take this moment to stop time and be able to see this picture if I ever question a workout. <BR> <B... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 20:24:42 EST Motivation -- What Lies Within Us that SPARKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962661 Ok, so I am at work right now... so this blog won't be full of pictures of me, but please bare with me. <BR> <BR> As I read all of your <em>345</em> comments from my latest blogs, I wanted to tell you that I am so happy that you all get motivated and inspired through my words, experiences and the commitment that I share with all of you. I think it totally rocks! <BR> <BR> In this blog, I want to tell you what really motivates ME! <BR> <BR> First and foremost, there is nothing more motiva... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:53:41 EST How to Complete a 5K... When You Don't Think You Have It In You -- [Pictures] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958011 First and foremost, I wanted to start by saying thank you for all of the outpouring of kindness and support that you all have given me from my last blog. I am truly honored and thankful that you have all given up time to read my story and to leave such thoughtful comments. <BR> <BR> Now that the sap is done, let's get to the story at hand! <BR> <BR> Over the past two months, I have completed TWO 5Ks... with my own two feet... carrying over 330 pounds. <BR> <BR> It all started back in Janu... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:12:22 EST The blog that EVERYONE thinks about writing, but not everyone does. [Pictures] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954495 The Japanese Proverb has said it best: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436128196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I may have already fallen seven times, but I have gotten back up... brushed off and sucked it up. <BR> <BR> This time, I want to do something that I haven't done in a while. I am not going to be funny, I am not going to make light of the situation, I am going to be really REAL with all of you. <BR> <BR> So here's the deal: <BR> <BR> - My highest weight ever was b... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:11:10 EST Making Progress... 8 Weeks Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850314 In eight weeks, when our current Biggest Loser Challenge is over (Go Green Ivy!) there are a lot of things I will have completed and accomplished. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> I will have added more cardio - more than just my High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> I will be starting to walk my puppy -- pending her cooperation as previous attempts have failed because of her tiny size <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> I will have fought the stamina and lasted longer and harder o... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:38:17 EST Personal Trainer Problems - Need Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831769 Ok, so I decided to write this blog.... then wrote it in my other non-Spark People. <BR> <BR> Basically, I wanted to get your feedback on a personal trainer that I have that I feel is not doing what I expect from him... I want to be sure that I am not overreacting so please take a look at the blog and leave your thoughts either here or there. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <link>becominghollz.blogspot.com/2012/04/p<BR>ersonal-trainer-advice-needed.html </link> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:23:47 EST Woah... Less than TWO MONTHS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827484 It's funny how the mundane-ness of your normal life can lead to a shocking moment... and that is exactly what happened to me! <BR> <BR> I am sitting at work, answering phones... and then it hits me! I am less than two months away from a BIG DAY.... or two. <BR> <BR> I start frantically thinking about planning this event and how everything will go down. Will I be ready? Can I do it? Will the people that I need to support me through this be there, and be supportive? <BR> <BR> Then I started... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:52:45 EST I'm Going to Live Like I Was Dying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751091 Yesterday, I was at work and was overwhelmed with my workload and all of the things I had to do - and to figure out how to get everything done all at once to appease everyone. <BR> <BR> Then something truly magical happened to me. I took a deep breath and something inside me urged me to listen the music that plays in the showroom. I stopped, relaxed and opened my ears. <BR> <BR> I quickly realized that Tim McGraw was singing. I decided to listen to the words of the song - and I don't even ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:18:35 EST Goodbye January, Hello February! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716407 Today is February 1st... already! <BR> <BR> Wow, January went by SO FAST. Here is what I did: <BR> -100% soda free! <BR> -Kept working with my trainer <BR> -Lost 8.4 pounds! <BR> -Re-evaluated my nutritional needs, and focused more on planning my meals! <BR> -Set up my Kinect/fitness room in the basement <BR> -Moved all of my belongings to one place! <BR> <BR> I am really proud of myself this January. Even though I was sick, I still surpassed my 8 pound goal. 8 pounds doesn't seem like a lo... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:09:39 EST I have REAL LEGS.... so why do I think I need to excuse my laziness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714100 Wow. I just watched a video ( <link>youtu.be/r4RCXYCgf_Q </link> ) about Katy Sullivan. This girl is SO powerful! She was born with NO LEGS and now, with the help of carbon fiber legs, she is RUNNING.... like on a track, for time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l581967575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This made me feel immediately guilty for all the excuses I make. Why am I chosing to sit on my butt when I have REAL LEGS, legs that people dream about having. Yeah, I am ove... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:42:28 EST How the SNOW Helped me GROW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695187 PREFACE: For those of you who generally follow along with my blog, you know I usually have a quote at the END (sometime maybe in the middle). Today, I want to change things up and START with a quote. This quote means a TON to me, and I want you to think about it as you read. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831154305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Go for it. <BR> <BR> Three simple words... one HUGE decision. <BR> <BR> Look at the picture again... the one behind the words. <B... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:06:25 EST 12 Weeks - A Battle to Become a Healthier Holly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678034 Hey [January 13th] Holly! <BR> <BR> Wow, the last twelve weeks have been your best yet! I am so proud of the progress that has been made and the skills that you have taken on along the way. <BR> <BR> This BLC was so different than the rest. The biggest change? The significant amount of weight you loss! You know, those motivational quotes on <link>www.weheartit.com </link> really does get you going and changes your outlook - even on the most dismal of days... but this one struck a chord w... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:29:17 EST Winter Workout Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675800 I read the article "10 Dead-of-Winter Workout Motivators" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=55 </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the tips that were presented. They all really made sense! <BR> <BR> 1. Sleep in your Workout Clothes <BR> 2. Go Straight to the Gym <BR> 3. Enjoy the Great Indoors <BR> 4. Pump up the Music <BR> 5. Get in Gear <BR> 6. Exercise during your Lunch Break <BR> 7. Set your sights on Spring or Summer <BR> 8. Take up a Winter Sport <BR> 9. Join a... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:24:55 EST Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647339 So it's after 9pm on New Years Eve. The last few hours of 2011 is upon us, and it's time to think about the previous year and gear up for the next. <BR> <BR> I am five days away from my <em>503</em> and although the scale hasn't moved to where I was hoping, I can't look back and change it - I have to accept my past. learn from it; live each moment of the present and make my future better by doing both of those. <BR> <BR> I am officially down 20 pounds from this time in 2010, which is not... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:27:54 EST Is it time to throw in the towel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631499 Ok. re-read the title of this blog. <BR> <BR> Tell me, what is the first thing that you want to say after reading it. <BR> <BR> Let me guess? NO! <BR> <BR> You're right. But here's the thing. Sometimes, it's not that easy. <BR> -It's cold outside <BR> -But I just made 6 dozen yummy cookies <BR> -It's Christmastime. <BR> -I have presents to wrap/shop for <BR> -So-in-so invited me to whatever <BR> -My house isn't company ready yet! <BR> <BR> GUESS WHAT! All of these things may have just ha... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:06:38 EST