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Hubby and I at the winery- Thanks for the pic Claire!

Had an awesome time at the color run today. Started out with a little rain, but then cleared up. Happy Sunday!

it must be my 3 year anniversary for maintenance today! Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun! Thanks SP and friends for all of the fun on this journey!


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Hi My name is Holly and I am 50 yrs old and have been with Spark People for almost 4 years. What a time it has been. I never thought I could really lose 40 lbs when I started but I was going to give it a good try. Well here we are a couple of years later and I have gone past my original goal of 36 lbs and have lost a total of 40 lbs!
And maintained my 40 lb loss for the last 3 year.
I have run in 5 different 5K's since last July. And a 10K in April of 2015
Thanks to all the wonderful people that I have met along the way and have cheered me on to lose the weight and to provide the support. Somehow I feel like I can't let my friends down on this site which then spurs me on to go exercise if I am thinking twice about it.
Let's keep up the great work my wonderful spark friends, together we can do anything!

Member Since: 6/21/2012

Fitness Minutes: 127,712

My Goals:
Goals for 2016
Run more 5K's signed up for 3 so far.
Continue to run and walk daily and enjoy doing it.
Cardio and more strength training!
Goals for 2015
Continue to maintain!
Run more 5K's
Run at least one 10K -Done on 4/25/15
Continue to train and run weekly for longer distances.
I can do it!

My goal was to lose weight, and to get in great shape. I can run for the first time in my life.
Spark people has helped me lose over 40 lbs.
I plan on traveling all over the world as time permits so I want to be in the best shape possible to climb stairs and ruins no matter where we go.

My Program:
Cardio at least 6 days a week for 45 mins to an hour.
I have come to love exercise and look forward to it and really do think of it as "me time".
I will add in more strength training this year and continue to train for another 5K.
Inclines on the treadmill are great workouts so I will add them in on non run days as well as the elliptical.

Personal Information:
I live in St. Paul MN.
I have been married for 30 years to a wonderful man that is extremely supportive no matter my size or weight. He has always loved me for me!
I have sparked him as well to watch what he eats and how much, he is not as crazy about it as I am but baby steps are great!

Other Information:
I have 2 beautiful daughters.
My oldesthas graduated from college and my youngest is a junior in college.They are both naturally thin girls and I am so glad that they inherited their fathers metabolism! They are very supportive of me and my healthy life style change and willing to try new recipes as long as they aren't too crazy. Of course, these are girls that grew up eating octopus and squid so they are pretty brave eaters!

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  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon Holly,

    1. You're reading this right now.
    2. You're realizing that is a stupid fact.
    4. You didn't notice I skipped three.
    5. You're checking now.
    6. You're smiling.
    7. You're still reading this even though it's stupid.
    9. You didn't realize I skipped eight.
    10. You're checking again and smiling about how you fell for it again.
    11. You're enjoying this.
    12. You didn't realize that there is only suppose to be ten facts.
    emoticon emoticon Fill your day with sunshine, & smiles!! emoticon emoticon
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    10 hours ago
    Sorry about your long day on Friday, but so glad your girls gave you lots of good hugs and made you feel better. Hope you have a grand weekend!
    15 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long.

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    emoticon Have a Wonderful Weekend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
    Thanks for the blog comment! Yeah, sizing doesn't make sense. My goal is one final pair of pants (which, ironically is a size that in almost every other pair of pants is too big!) so I figure if they fit, I will be a size I want to be. I'm not really worried about it. I just know that by eating right (continually) and exercising, I will lose to where my body needs to be. I won't worry about anything besides that.
    1 day ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon ~~MAKING A DIFFERENCE~~ emoticon emoticon
    One day a man was walking along the beach
    when he noticed a figure in the distance.
    As he got closer, he realized the figure was that of a boy
    picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

    Approaching the boy, he asked "What are you doing ?".
    The boy replied "throwing a starfish into the ocean.
    The sun is up and the tide is going down. If I don't throw them back, they'll die".

    "Son" the man said "don't you realize
    there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
    You can't possibly make a difference?"

    After listening politely, the boy bent down,
    picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf.
    Then, smiling at the man, he said,
    "I made a difference for that one".
    emoticon emoticon Make a Difference To Someone Today" emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
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