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What a summer!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today is the last day of freedom for the kids. They go back to school tomorrow, and I just can't believe how fast the summer went. My daughter is finishing up her career as an elementary school student, and my son is entering uncharted territory in the middle school... I'm not sure which of us is more nervous...

This is also a big week for me. Labor day weekend in 2011, I hit the "100 pounds lost" benchmark, and this week marks my 3rd anniversary for keeping that weight OFF! What an awesome feeling that is! On the flip side... I've "successfully" managed to gain back 30lbs of my total weight lost (142) and I've kept it ON for more than 6 months...

However, I have not quit, I have not thrown my hands up, I have come to terms with it and I'm moving on. At one point I was 14 pounds from my goal, and now I have almost 45 to lose... it is what it is, and I have no where to go but down ; )

We've had a FANTASTIC summer full of fun, adventure, and a little bit of chaos! But what summer doesn't come with all of that?!? I wanted to share all the good times we've had, and I hope you all had a great time this summer as well.


The high wire Unicycle at CoSi in Columbus, OH


the Colombus Zoo and Aquarium


My daughters softball team did great this year, and she became a pretty good player!


LOTS of time with family!


We went to a local baseball game


We saw the Luray Caverns in VA


A ropes course at the caverns


We spent an AMAZING week with my bestie and her family in the Outer Banks, NC


More fun in OBX


Kitty Hawk, NC


Panama Rocks, NY


TONS of camping!


Dad, DD, and I did a ropes course at Peak N Peak, NY...


and ziplining!!!


My kids participated in the ALS challenge with a bunch of kids from their school


And the one that makes my heart the happiest... My son got his FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT!!!! I can't say enough, about how awesome this kid is!!!

I told you we had an AMAZING summer!

Oh, and I managed to work out a little too!

  
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LOTUSFLOWER 10/21/2014 11:44AM

    You had a great summer, love the pics!!!

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SNOWYOGA 9/9/2014 9:48PM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun!

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KELAN5 9/7/2014 8:59PM

    You are amazing, Holly! So glad your "new life" is so incredible. Hugs!!! Here's to a great Fall, too!

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KLMEIRING 9/6/2014 3:34PM

    I enjoyed reading about all of the emoticon activities you enjoyed this summer!

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AMBER281 9/6/2014 1:36PM

    Looks like you had a great summer!

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REBECKY441 9/1/2014 6:04PM

    Busy!
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TEMPEST272002 8/29/2014 1:42PM

    As someone's who has been SP friends for 4 years, it makes me so happy to see you living out all these adventures with your family. You started this weight loss journey to make a better family life with your girls and you have been completely successful in meeting that goal! You look so beautiful in your pictures - your skin just glows and your eyes are bright and happy.

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TRUE-NESS 8/28/2014 1:26PM

    Wow! What an adventurous summer you and your family have had!! No regrets there, huh? And the high wire unicycle... DOUBLE WOW!

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SCOUTMOM715 8/28/2014 7:36AM

    Wow! What an awesome and adventuresome summer you've had. This makes some amazing memories! Love all the pics! Congrats to your son on receiving his black belt! emoticon emoticon

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MRSSMITH622 8/27/2014 12:46PM

    Way to go! You look awesome.

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GRUMBLEGIRL 8/27/2014 6:34AM

    Looks like a great summer!! My kids start school today. My oldest is going to be a senior!! Yikes!! My baby is starting 7th grade. I was super nervous about middle school starting too. But it really wasn't too bad. You will survive. Congrats on 3yrs off!!! That's awesome.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/26/2014 8:43AM

    Great pics - you have a wonderful family!

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/26/2014 8:25AM

    Wow! What an awesome summer! Your kids are lucky to have such an awesome momma like you! Best wishes to them for the new school year (I also cannot believe it is "that time" again. Where does the summer go?!?!?!)

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LIBELULITA 8/26/2014 7:20AM

    Well done for keeping the 100 pounds off (as someone who has regained 106 I can appreciate how amazing an achievement that is!). Looks like you've had a great (and active) summer and I loved the workout picture of you in the orange T-shirt! You REALLY looked like you'd worked out there! Well done, too to your lovely boy on getting his black belt...no wonder you're so proud emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 8/25/2014 11:36PM

    Loved it! emoticon Thanks for sharing your summer fun with us! emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/25/2014 10:40PM

  great having a blast in the summer

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STAY39 8/25/2014 10:20PM

    That is so great! Such a fun and action packed summer!! Awesome photos of smiling faces!! emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 8/25/2014 9:58PM

    Wow! It looks like you and your family had a blast during the summer.

Congrats on keeping off 100 pounds too... emoticon

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 8/25/2014 9:54PM

    What an active, adventurous summer you had with your family! Looks like a blast!

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NAYKNITS 8/25/2014 9:24PM

    emoticon what an emoticon summer indeed!! I am super proud of you for your weightloss anniversary!! And UBER-impressed you got on that unicycle AND went ziplining!! YOU GO GIRL!! Those few pounds that crept back on certainly didn't stop you from getting out and having fun! emoticon I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sweaty pics!! Keep'em coming!!

Cant wait to see you soon!

xoxo

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JOYCRN 8/25/2014 8:43PM

    I agree! Thanks for sharing your family's fun filled summer with us!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/25/2014 7:25PM

    Holly! This is why you lost the weight you did -- to enjoy YOUR LIFE and enjoy your family!!!

I am so happy for you and proud that you have kept of 100 pounds! YOU ROCK! I know you will get to your ultimate goal in due time, but for now you are balancing weight MAINTENANCE with having fun and being present in your own life and family!

AWESOME blog!!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful happy photos.

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/25/2014 6:20PM

    What a great summer of fun and adventure you have had! It is so awesome that you are getting your entire family out having fun and being active! I think that is just about the best thing parents can do for their kids!

And bravo for continuing the weightloss journey even with all of its ups and downs! You will achiever your ultimate goal soon! I have complete faith in you!

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MAMADWARF 8/25/2014 5:52PM

    Thank you, Holly, for sharing not just your summer with me but the last 4 YEARS!! You have inspired me, lifted me, made me think, made me laugh. What an awesome friend you have been and I know, we will continue on..no matter what we weigh or how long it takes. I love you. Congrats on your huge milestone!

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SEATTLE58 8/25/2014 5:39PM

    Wow, what a wonderful, awesome summer you all had! And say thank you to your kids from me for participating in an ALS challenge. That's so close to my heart with my Dad passing away with that. I still miss him so much and it's almost 20 years ago! And to let you know that you're not alone in gaining some weight back, I've managed to gain around 20# from my lowest here on SP and I'm not going to give up ever either! We will just keep marching right along and up our movement and control our eating and we'll be to our goals one way or another in 2014 or at least alot better in 2014!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/25/2014 4:24PM

    What an awesome summer! I"m OBX bound in just under two weeks! Glad you had such a great summer and you and the kids got to have so much good, quality time together. Congratulations to your much improved ball player and your new black belt!

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WORLDSERIES11 8/25/2014 4:18PM

    Wow! I'm exhausted just looking at all your pictures...lol
Looks like you had lots of great adventures and lots of family fun!!
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TATTER3 8/25/2014 4:16PM

    What adventures!!! That's what makes memories! Keep Sparkin' and thanks for sharin'!

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Can anyone help me?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I have a heart rate monitor with a chest strap, which I love, and when I go to the gym, their Cybex machines pick up my heart rate through wireless monitoring. Technically, I wouldn't have to wear the watch part of my HRM because the machine does it.

Now I wear the watch because the the Cybex machine consistently says I burn 100-150 MORE calories than my watch is saying. Both devices have my weight on it, and the machine, as well as my watch, are correctly reporting my heart rate. HOW does the machine say I'm burning more calories, and WHICH is right?!?

100-150 calories per work out is a LOT of calories when you add it up over a week. I go to the gym 4 days a week, so you're looking at an additional 400-600 calories burned that I'm not taking into account.... or am I really burning those calories?!? I thought about taking an average of the numbers, but I really don't know what to do.

I read an article on Spark that said you should use your HRM because you also put in your height, gender and resting heart rate... I would love some input from anyone.

Thanks guys!

  
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KLMEIRING 7/19/2014 11:08AM

    I think you got some good feedback on this subject. What did you decide to do?

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/5/2014 10:41AM

    I agree. Trust your monitor! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/28/2014 11:19AM

    Agree that the machines are always high. I too always go with the lower number!

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JESSIHOVER2 6/26/2014 8:49PM

    I tested this out and the machines are all off by 40 - 60 %. I would trust the heart rate monitor, it knows how hard your working the machine is just a rough estimate. Also I asked the gym people and they said that while the machine show your heart rate it doesn't factor it into calories burned.

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REBECKY441 6/26/2014 4:36PM

    I agree with everyone else. I'd go with the lower number (always).
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GABY1948 6/26/2014 11:10AM

    I don't wear an HRM but would love to know the answer....I have always wanted one so may get one! Please share what you decide and why...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/26/2014 9:35AM

    Another vote for HRM.

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CHANGEOLA 6/26/2014 2:49AM

    Vote is definitely for the HRM. Like someone else has already said the HRM knows your stats while the machine, not so much. emoticon

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SUGAR0814 6/25/2014 11:43PM

    I would love to say go by what the machine states, but go with the HRM! emoticon

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KONRAD695 6/25/2014 11:39PM

    I always go for the lower number. That way any extra calories are like free dieting.

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 6/25/2014 10:02PM

    I always go with the HRM.

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TADTURC 6/25/2014 9:18PM

    There are different ratio calculations used for calorie burn. Go with your HRM. Machines always overestimate.

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LIVELYLULU37 6/25/2014 1:57PM

    I would definitely go with the HRM. I'm sure it's the more accurate one out of the two!!

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MRSP90X 6/25/2014 1:21PM

    Definitely go by the HRM.

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WIFE48 6/25/2014 12:31PM

    Good for you, on your daily fitness.

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PENNYLANE15 6/25/2014 11:59AM

    I would stick to your HRM. Gym machines are NEVER right. They don't know your height/sex/age. All it knows is your weight and when theyre made their usual , 'test subject' is a fit male so 99% of the time the calorie burn is based on that, no matter the heart rate.

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FINCHFEEDER80 6/25/2014 11:53AM

    I, personally, would go by the HRM. Who knows when the last time those machines were calibrated, etc, etc. I'll have to do some googling after work and see if I can find you any articles. I don't have an HRM yet, but my guy instinct tells me that's probably the more accurate of the two. I'll let you know what I find out later!

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Biggest Loser Race

Monday, June 23, 2014

I did the race on Sunday with my SiL, and then the kids had a 1 mile fun run. Usually, most of the races around here are done at the peninsula, which is flat and shady. This year, they decided to have TBL race at our local Penn State campus... which is all hills, literally, ALL HILLS.. You know, when your grampa tells you he walked to school, up hills, both ways... he was talking about Penn State Behrend... HOLY CRAP!!! Oh, and NO shade, anywhere!

So I really thought we were in trouble. My poor SiL is having troubles sticking with her journey, and I'm sure the last thing she wanted, was to do this race at all, let alone the hilly course we were going to be doing. Like last year, it was well put together, lots of parking, tons of vendors, and a few BL contestants from past seasons. This year, it was Dan and Jackie from season 5, and Dave and Chelsea from this past season.


He was REALLY nice!


Lisa and I before the race. She looks so happy!

Of course, there's tons of excitement, and people of all sizes sharing their stories. Lots of "before" photos attached to t-shirts, including my own emoticon , and "pounds lost" on the back of t-shirts, it really is inspiring.

Lisa seemed really nervous and I tried to ease her concerns, but honesty, I was just hoping that she wasn't plotting my death as we walked. We started the race by going downhill, sweet! Apparently, it was just to get you going fast enough to make it up the other side of the hill... that kept going up... and never seemed to end... Honestly, I was waiting for her to tell me she wasn't going to do this. She was going to stop in the middle and turn around. She was going to tell me that she was done.... She NEVER DID! Through all 3.1 miles, she pushed herself as hard as I think she possibly could have.

As we were finishing our race, less than a mile to go, there was a woman that just made it over the first REALLY LONG HILL, and was starting to come up another hill... I use this only as a description, you all know there's no judgement... she must have weighed 500+ pounds. There was a guy with her, in his 20's, and I don't know if he was a child, or someone trying to help her on her journey. He was encouraging her, and talking to her the whole time. I got very teary eyed, and I sit here typing this nearly in tears. That woman is AMAZING, and I made sure I told her that. I told her to keep pushing because she was AWESOME! She whispered "thank you" and I started crying. I've never been in her shoes, but I know her pain, most of us do. That's what this is all about. Finding your inner strength to do what you never thought possible. That woman has more inner strength, than I think I'll ever have. I think seeing that woman was a significant moment for Lisa as well.


We finished the race in 1hr and 10mins. Pretty good for those ridiculous hills!


Kat and I hanging out, waiting for the kids race to start

My kids got to do the 1 mile fun run. I'm always so proud of them, but when I found out after the race, that they were supporting each other, and encouraging other kids to "keep going"... I can't tell you how happy that made me.


Woohoo!

The race was great, Lisa gave it everything she had, and I'm SOOOO proud of her. I highly recommend the race to anyone who gets a chance to do it.


Dave and Chelsea from Season 15, with me and the kids

  
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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/9/2014 7:11PM

    How wonderful! What an experience, and your SIL will forever have a story to tell, probably along the lines of- I wasn't about to quit if my SIL was there! LOL



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TRUE-NESS 6/27/2014 9:01PM

    That's so great! I wish they had one of those in my area. Sooo cool.

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STAY39 6/27/2014 12:27AM

    And now I am in tears! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience in this beautiful blog!

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 6/26/2014 7:22PM

    Reading this got me all teary eyed! You are an awesome inspiration to so many people! It looks like you all had so much fun.

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VALYNN26 6/26/2014 12:24PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I wish BL would have a race in my area. I got teary eyed reading about the woman from your race. What an inspiration! Glad you had a good time. Thanks again for sharing & love the pics.

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2014 4:20AM

    thank you for sharing - sounds like a great event, and your description is so inspiring!

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TINAJANE76 6/26/2014 3:54AM

    What an inspiring race! It just goes to show that ANY person can accomplish something tremendous just by showing up and doing the best they can. I know the pain and struggle of trying to be active when you're greatly obese--not all that long ago, just walking, heck just tying my shoes, was an epic feat and now I'm doing boot camps!

I'm so glad you had this experience and that you were able to cheer on a few people along the way. You've done us all proud, Holly!

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JRICHART 6/25/2014 12:15AM

    Wow! What a great experience for all of you. Great job to everyone.

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BONOLICIOUS2 6/24/2014 10:29AM

    This post is amazing in so many ways! You guys are inspiring and I'm so happy for you! I LOVE the positivity oozing from this and I hope MANY people see it and spread it too! WOO HOO - You guys ROCK!!!!!!

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FINCHFEEDER80 6/24/2014 9:48AM

    What an awesome day! I'm so proud of all of you! Thank you so much for sharing the race with us, like I said on your status yesterday I wish they came closer to Richmond, it's a race I would definitely participate in!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/24/2014 9:12AM

    This sounds like such an amazing event, despite the hills! Great photos, and what a wonderful experience with that woman. I remember once during my first 5K post losing some weight (Oct 2011, so I was still around 195 lbs), I watched a woman jogging an entire 5K really slowly, with a guy beside her who was encouraging her the whole way. I was walking/running the 5K, so I would pass them up in my run sections, then they would pass me up in my walking sections, so I was with them all the way to the end, and I got the impression it was her first fully-run 5K and he was a coach of some kind. It was incredibly inspiring. :)

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KONRAD695 6/24/2014 3:05AM

    I think you are emoticon . Most people never take the time to get out and feel the friendship with fellow people on the same path as them. I think that's why I still do so many races. After two years of having the buddy system at the Y, I now miss it. Who knows, maybe you and I will run across each other at a race. Until then emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGEOLA 6/24/2014 2:58AM

    emoticon Holly! This was so inspiring to read. emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 6/24/2014 12:25AM

    Great job! And BL too What more could you ask for! emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 6/23/2014 10:55PM

    emoticon emoticon it's awesome when the whole family does a race together! Kudos to you for being such a great inspiration!!

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KELAN5 6/23/2014 10:40PM

    Way to go, Holly! You are such an inspiration! I am trying to work up my courage to start running. Thank you for being such an incredible role model. :) emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 6/23/2014 10:35PM

    emoticon Holly & Lisa & conquering those hills!! emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/23/2014 10:26PM

    Great job Holly! Congratulations to you and your SIL for finishing! WOO HOO! I'm so proud of you!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/23/2014 10:20PM

    I would love to do one of their races. My daughter wanted to do one this summer with me, but the timing wasn't right. Now that I've read about your experience, I am def going to do one in the future. Great pictures, awesome time. emoticon


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NAYKNITS 6/23/2014 9:38PM

    emoticon So Inspiring!! sounds like a great time (with the exception of those hills!). But seriously- conquering those hills is a huge accomplishment to look back on and say, "yeah, I did that & didn't give up!"

thanks for sharing! You both ROCK!!!!

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 6/23/2014 9:34PM

    Love this. I am tearing up over here too. emoticon

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ANGGEL40 6/23/2014 9:24PM

    Awesome..Just Awesome..Glad your SIL didn't turn around or plot your death..it's so expiring when you see someone of that size go above and beyond..Thank you for sharing..You guys ROCK!

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MAMADWARF 6/23/2014 7:18PM

    That made ME tear up! Holly we have been each other cheerleaders for 4 year and I know you have made the difference for me so many times. I am so proud of the things you have done and things you DO. Lisa is lucky to have you on her side...love you girl and you look amazing!!!

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GABY1948 6/23/2014 6:31PM

    I LOVE this! Holly, I totally understand because I am the same way....when I see BIG people trying to do something I ALWAYS try to encourage them or tell them how PROUD I am of them unless they might be embarrassed! No judgment at all....but I AM so PROUD of them. I wish someone had encouraged me to do something like that earlier in my life! Many years of pain might have been avoided.

You are a true blessing to us here...so glad you shared your wonderful time! emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/23/2014 6:03PM

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MANLEYSANDY 6/23/2014 5:46PM

    Way to support your SIL!! I got tears reading this! I too have never been in that woman's shoes but know how hard it is everyday trying to lose weight and how much harder it is when the burden seems more then you can image. She was amazing just like you are!

Way to go!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/23/2014 5:44PM

    Nice!

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MISSB8604 6/23/2014 5:22PM

    I'm SO GLAD you guys had a good time and that your SIL is as fabulous as you are! You never cease to amaze me, so proud!

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SEATTLE58 6/23/2014 5:21PM

    Awesome Holly!! I loved how you encouraged Lisa all along! emoticon emoticon

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REBECKY441 6/23/2014 4:58PM

    Excellent!!
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My view from the wagon...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

OR, Two weeks back on the healthy living train...
OR, Why did I ever get off?

So it's only been 2 weeks since I decided to take my life back. I've gained 30 pounds from my lowest weight in September 2013. I've bee talking to a few of you, and I said it was 25... so my math skills aren't stellar, but you still love me, so accept it!

I've been eating with in the recommended Spark calories range...
I've been working out at the gym, 4 days a week, and alternating upper and lower ST...
I've been taking walks on the weekends to keep from binging...
I've been keeping my weekend food in check, it's not so easy at camp, but I'm succeeding...

At least that's what it looks like on paper...

I lost 3 pounds the first week... and I gained them back this week... I'm back to where I started...

OMG, it never gets easy to look at that scale and see that crap. I *know* it's the increased activity, I *know* it's the ST routine, I *know* my body needs to adjust...

If it wasn't for my Sparkfriend Maria's blog from the other day, I probably wouldn't have gone to the gym this morning after I weighed in. In fact I was dead set against going... But she's so right! Sometimes you just need to go swimming whether you have your swimsuit bottoms or not. ;)

It SUCKS!!! It's disappointing to do it right, and see a gain!!! It's too hard to keep doing this when I'm not getting anything out of it... Or am I???

I feel a hell of a lot better than I did...
My endurance is nearly to where it was before I gave up on myself...
And my attitude and thoughts are SOOOO much better...

All of this, just after a couple of weeks.

Yeah, I could have said screw it, I gained, who cares, and went back to bed. Honestly, I want to say that every morning when the alarm goes off at 5am! But I'm not going to, I won't.

I went to the gym and I'll go tomorrow. I'll walk this weekend and REALLY try to keep the beer in check.

I know it will all pay off in the end. It's just staying ON the train until it happens. I haven't been this positive about my journey in a L O N G time, and it feels amazing! Once again, I'm FINALLY doing this for ME! I'm not relying on, or waiting for anyone else...

I'M DOING THIS FOR ME!!!!!






  
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KELAN5 6/18/2014 9:42PM

    You can do it, Holly! Remember that weight isn't the only measure. I haven't lost a pound since April according to the scale, but I'm much stronger and I can tell a difference in the way my clothes are fitting. People who haven't seen me since April are noticing, too, so I know my body is changing. I know you are getting stronger, too!!! emoticon emoticon

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KATHIC2 6/15/2014 7:57PM

  It sure is tough. I admire your determination.

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AMBERLICIOUS88 6/12/2014 1:21PM

    I think swimming without bottoms would be quite liberating....lol! Great blog. You can do this!

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READY4CHANGE81 6/10/2014 1:30AM

    I often feel the same frustration you do! I do hit the gym regularly... yet the scale doesn't always reflect that. I've been extremely faithful going going for 8+ weeks now only to try on a pair of jeans today that used to be very loose on me and they were so tight :( So I've really need to track what I am eating. That is the only explanation at this point!! So I am with you...I know that feeling and know that we both can get back on and stay on track! You can do this!!! Thanks for writing this blog...I needed to hear it :)

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MICHELLESMILES_ 6/8/2014 6:12PM

    Love you!

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BEHAPPY0201 6/3/2014 8:38AM

    Even though I'm not going down in the last week or so (not going up mind you) - you hit the nail on the head when you said to continue because you feel better...that's where I'm at too!

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BEWELL48 6/2/2014 9:18PM

    Why oh why is it sooooo hard!
Your honesty is heartfelt!
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HOLLYM48 6/2/2014 8:05PM

    It isn't always easy but it is always worth it! Keep on fighting, we can do this! You have come so far and you are awesome! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/2/2014 4:13PM

    I'm so proud of you Holly

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WIFEALF2 5/28/2014 1:16PM

    Hang in there.we all have days like that and i dont wnat to get up and go for a walk but keep at it,you will see results ..dont give up..you are doing awesome.

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MISSB8604 5/27/2014 1:44PM

    I'm beyond proud of you and have NO DOUBT you'll succeed.

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REBECKY441 5/26/2014 12:10PM

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TRAVELGRRL 5/26/2014 7:46AM

    It doesn't matter if you struggle, you're still in the game. I got on the scale this morning and I'm up 6 or 7, so BACK ON THE WAGON for me too! It's life! Love your positive spin. It WILL happen.

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CHSHULER89 5/25/2014 2:59PM

    :) Awesome.. Yes I need to quite making excuses and jump on too. Quickly... Keep going!!!

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JADED_CHICK19 5/23/2014 11:15AM

    Great blog. You are an amazing person and a true inspiration and I know that if anyone can get back on track it's you! It seems a lot of us have lost our weigh (get it? haha) in the last few months but I know we are all capable of getting back on that ride and rolling through the hills and into healthier living!

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GABY1948 5/23/2014 10:52AM

    I have missed you....I wondered where you were! I'm sorry that it has been hard for you but I am SO glad you are back in the RIGHT place!

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POOKASLUAGH 5/23/2014 8:40AM

    I so needed this right now. I've gotten bad about the scale, and set on both morning and night. I always weigh a few pounds more at night, so I get a hint of what I'll weigh in the morning. Last night, I weighed in at the same weight I was at in the morning yesterday, which was thrilling - maybe I'd go down a pound or two and be back to over 100 lbs lost today! I had a really stressful night, REALLY stressful, and even though I didn't eat a single bite after that weigh-in, I weigh exactly the same this morning as last night. Absolutely no change. And I KNOW this is stress. When I'm stressed, I hold onto weight - if not gain it - like mad, but it's still so very frustrating, and makes me want to cry, to give up. Before I read this, I just said forget it, never mind! But I'm going to take a cue from you and keep going today!

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SCOUTMOM715 5/23/2014 7:20AM

    I think we all hit bumps in the road, but you're here & you haven't given up!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KTISFOCUSED 5/23/2014 6:14AM

    Thank you Holli. I'm in the same place and trying to find my way back.

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SWEDE_SU 5/23/2014 5:22AM

    oh my, i'm right there climbing back on the wagon with you - it's going to happen, just keep on keeping on! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 5/23/2014 4:56AM

    Sounds like you're finally getting your groove back, Holly, and I'm so very happy for you! I know it can be hard not to focus on the "here and now" of what the scale says every morning, but we're in this not just for those every day victories, but also for the long-term prize of our continued good health and wellbeing. Keep moving on, make little changes when and where you need to and, most importantly, don't give up! We'd miss you around here too much if you did!
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BRADMILL2922 5/23/2014 4:37AM

    Well, you are a SUPAH STAH so I would expect nothing less! You know what the deal is with this whole thing so it isn't like I am going to be able to tell you anything new. But, the one thing I can tell you is that I am really proud of you for being back on track and I know how much better you are feeling now! You got this!

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RHAPSODY43 5/23/2014 4:08AM

    I hear you! How many times have we all felt the same way and said the same things?? You hit the nail on the head when you listed all the benefits you have gained even though the number on scale isn't one of them. Healthy is more than the number on that evil scale. Yay for endurance, better thoughts and feeling better!!! AND YAY YOU!! Those numbers will begin to come down and catch up with you :)

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JESSIHOVER2 5/23/2014 1:49AM

    The fact that you're not giving up means you're winning. It's a life long struggle, the point is just to take everything as a learning experience.

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SUGAR0814 5/22/2014 11:50PM

    Just keep moving! emoticon emoticon You are doing an awesome job!! emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 5/22/2014 11:37PM

    You are doing GREAT! I always gain when I re-start working out after time off or if I start a new type of exercise. Take your measurements - don't listen to the scale! :) You can do it! :)

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ANGGEL40 5/22/2014 11:02PM

    emoticon Keep Pushing!

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NASFKAB 5/22/2014 9:59PM

  keep at it

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 5/22/2014 9:24PM

    Hello Gorgeous! In the philosophical words of Dory the fish from Finding Nemo. Just keep swimming. LOL emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/22/2014 6:42PM

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/22/2014 6:39PM

    You can do it, girl!! You are getting back on track and feeling the positives.....keep on keeping on...You will be glad that you did.....You are going onward and downward....It's your turn to ride this wave in! emoticon emoticon

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SEATTLE58 5/22/2014 6:10PM

    I'm so proud of you and your keeping on and that's going to help you get back to where you were, with all the strength and determination and endurance because of keeping on. You're doing it and your body is thanking you and we all are too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/22/2014 5:43PM

    Yes! You've got this! The wagon, even with it's bumpy road at times, is a good place to be.

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PEGGY11 5/22/2014 5:22PM

    I had this problem and realized it was because I was gaining muscle which requires hydration. So it is not a fat gain. It is a muscle gain and muscle uses more calories even at rest. So don't give up. You will get there.

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LOFLLAMA 5/22/2014 5:18PM

  Another friend of mine had this quote on her status & I thought it was perfect for you right now: " It's easier to wake up early and work out than it is too look in the mirror each day and not like what you see."

I know you've got this, but please know if you need any help I am here for you. I'm always a mouse click away...
Love Ya!
Lisa

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KONRAD695 5/22/2014 5:07PM

    Thanks! Think I'll go for a ride/run/yoga or something. emoticon emoticon

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JRICHART 5/22/2014 5:05PM

    You can't get anywhere without putting one foot in front of the other! It only works a little at a time and you will get there!

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ILOVEMALI 5/22/2014 5:01PM

    One foot in front of the other, moving forward. You've got it!

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KNEEMAKER 5/22/2014 4:57PM

  Keep on keeping on. You are a winner. emoticon

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I think I have it backwards...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Since I've started my "6week plan" I've noticed a trend in my eating. The only days I have problems with binge eating are the days I DON'T workout... You know, the days where your calories REALLY need to be in check?!? Unfortunately, I've just now realized this, 1 week before "times up." I didn't have a specific weight goal in mind or anything like that, but when a deadline is looming, it's still nerve wracking.

I have to say the last 6 weeks, especially the last couple, have been great! I really feel like I've gotten back into exercise, and actually look forward to it. My food has been REALLY good, except for the days I days I don't workout... I need to do something about that....

I've been working out 6 days a week, skipping Saturdays. Saturdays are usually kind of busy and knowing that I don't need to find time to workout has reduced some stress. That being said... it has also been the ONLY day I'm "unable" to stay on my food plan each week...

I feel like I really WANT and NEED a rest day, but not if it's going to lead to binging... When I workout out, it's been for 45-60 minutes a day, and I don't know if a 10 minute walk will keep me in check on Saturdays or not. I'm going to have to give it a shot, because I can't keep ruining my week.

Any feedback you guys can give me would be great! Before I get a bunch of "you're not ruining anything with 1 day a week" comments, I want to say that I appreciate the thought, but in reality, I am ruining it. When *I* want to lose weight, I need to stay focused ALL THE TIME. *I* can't have one "bad meal" because it DOES turn into a "bad day." I'm a binge eater, and I don't stop at one meal... That's who *I* am.

  
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WENDYANNE61 4/21/2014 2:38AM

    I have very similar issues and have basically cut out rest days! Instead I try to fit in 2 ten-minute walks or ride my bike to the shops on busy days - anything to make me feel on track and actively moving in the right direction. Rest days turn into mindless eating days for me.... emoticon

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SIMONEKP 4/15/2014 12:57PM

    if 10 minutes doesn't do it then try walking while watching tv or doing some other activity that allows you to get a longer workout without cutting into what is an already busy day for you.

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SNOWYOGA 4/10/2014 12:11AM

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BRADMILL2922 4/8/2014 2:05AM

    Well, 1 day a week won't...oops ;)

No, seriously, I am the exact same way. There is no day to slack! That off day will F* me up mentally!
So I would try the 10 minute walk thing and see how that goes. Those days of exercise, I know for me, definitely help me stay focused and when I don't workout I feel like I have an off day on EVERYTHING...BLAH!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 4/3/2014 10:12PM

    I have the same problem, too. I think you have a great solution.

And I can't really have a "cheat meal" either. It leads to a cheat day, then a cheat weekend, then an "I'll start back tomorrow" or next week, or next month... oy. When I have a craving, I try to just work it into my calories or find a healthy solution.





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KELAN5 4/1/2014 11:43PM

    The ten-minute walk sounds like a good solution if only to reduce your stress and lift your mood a little bit on Saturdays! You may also want to try tracking your steps on those days-- you may find that you're exercising more than you think you are (if only in spurts) and this tracking may help you to resist the urge to eat more. Do the usual, too-- parking further away and looking for other ways to bring exercise into your busy day. You can do it!

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RUNMOREMILE 4/1/2014 4:05PM

  Sounds like a good idea to try. Give it a shot and see what happens.

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SEATTLESIMS 4/1/2014 4:03PM

    How about planning a BIG workout for after your rest day.. so really what you put into your body the day before will be important for that big workout? Just a thought. I've been doing that with my race training.. Friday is rest day, but since Saturday is long run day, I have to prepare for it.. it is Saturday afternoons that are getting me (post workout treats!).

Well, good luck and sounds like your 6 week plan has done a lot to help you refocus and define areas you need to continue to work on! Great job! Have fun!


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FINCHFEEDER80 4/1/2014 3:27PM

    Weekends always trip me up, too. The lack of a schedule just destroys all my good intentions. I think a 10 minute walk sounds like a lovely, active recovery style way to keep your head in the game. I may have to try it myself on rest days! emoticon

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CHANGEOLA 4/1/2014 7:34AM

    No advice to give but I have lots of "woohoos" and "way to go's" in my pocket that I will gladly give you emoticon I hope the 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference; great idea there. Love your determination!

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LUVTOBOWL 3/31/2014 11:00PM

    I understand how you feel Holly. Try preparing your meals for those days you don't work out. I think we all should have a rest day so focus more on your planning the day before your rest day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope this helps my dear friend.

I wish you all the best.....I know emoticon , you've come so far emoticon

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TINAJANE76 3/31/2014 6:41PM

    I function the same way--I have a MUCH harder time staying on track the days that I don't exercise than the days I do, when I don't seem to have a problem keeping to my calorie ranges. I think we all need some sort of rest, but that the key might be to find the minimum amount of exercise that's needed on your "off days" to keep you from bingeing. Maybe a ten-minute walk will be enough, or maybe it will take a 20-minute walk. I'd say keep experimenting until you find the right balance between giving your body a rest and warding off your binges.
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MADTHENURSE 3/31/2014 2:41PM

    You know me and the weekends... wish I had some advice to give you. Hugs!!!!!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/31/2014 1:06PM

    It sounds to me like your mind is playing a trick on you....

Here is what I mean, when you exercise, in your mind, you know you are burning more calories, so if you eat a little more, then you are safe, right? Then when you don't exercise, your safety net is gone, that emotional need probably strikes up more, I can't, so I shouldn't but I want to, so I do...

Try really asking yourself what you are feeling when you are reaching for that food, if it is anything but hunger, then you need to say I am bored not hungry, I am mad not hungry, I want the food because I can't, so I am not going to eat....

You see where I am going!!

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BANDITOBOY 3/31/2014 11:44AM

    Holly- If it were me, I would have two rest days a week, but on those both of those days, I would take a 5 or 10 minute walk EVERY time I could feel a binge coming on. Walking is not so strenuous that you can' tdo it on your rest days, plus it would take your mind off of food. If you only take one rest day a week, and then walk on that day, it feels like you never get any rest, but if you take two rest days, you're not as likely to burn out.

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MISSB8604 3/31/2014 11:03AM

    The 10 minute thing sounds very doable to me. Don't give up and keep yourself focused.

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BONOLICIOUS2 3/31/2014 8:36AM

    I wish I had some advice but I seem to lose my mind each weekend and totally fall apart for the whole weekend and not just one day... but I do know that the old saying usually holds true - fail to plan, plan to fail. Maybe try mapping out your food in advance so you're less likely to slip? That's all I got really. Good luck!

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SUGAR0814 3/30/2014 9:34PM

    That's a hard one cause I'm walking in your shoes!! My no exercise day is Sunday & I always go over my calorie range. Let's try 10 mins & see how it goes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 3/30/2014 7:30PM

    Holly - this is weird but worth a try. I'm not sure what you're eating for breakfast, but try to make sure there are less than 6 grams of carbs at breakfast and when you do have carbs, do it later in the day. Try to add as much protein as you can. This really helps with the feeling of fullness and overeating for myself and many of our patients at the weight loss center I work for. :) A 10 minute walk can't hurt as long as you make it lower intensity. Worth a shot! Good luck!

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ILOVEMALI 3/30/2014 3:26PM

    I am a saboteur. I get close then BOOM! Sabotage. I am the last person to give advice these days.

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FLAGLINDA 3/30/2014 1:05PM

    I know what you mean. I went on vacation and now Im having a REALLY hard time getting back on track. Try going for a walk on Saturdays. My mind set on the days I work out is I worked so hard I don't want to mess up all that work. I really like the idea for LOFLLAMA!!. That may work for me too! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 3/30/2014 11:45AM

    Holly, I think I may have a similar trend. I usually work out on weekend evenings and if I'm not working out, it seems like I'm home with my refrigerator. It's the extra unfocused time that results in the binge for me. Better for me to spend that time working out!

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LOFLLAMA 3/30/2014 11:32AM

  Holly,
This is going to seem like a goofy thing, but I want you to try it. When you are getting ready to eat feel how thin you've gotten. Think about your muscle tone. Pull your belly in & sit up lean & tall. Even touch your favorite new body area. (I love that I can feel my ribs!) Picture your muscles.

I know it's weird, but it helps me WANT to stay slim.


P.S. I would never tell you the 'one day doesn't matter' junk! I'm an all or nothing girl too! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 3/30/2014 10:32AM

    I always find it far more difficult to control my eating if there isn't SOME sort of exercise during the day, too. It doesn't have to be much - even just a good 10 min jog-in-place kind of thing or getting on the elliptical - can be enough to curb my appetite. I'm not sure why it is, but I remember back to the 10-week ban on all activity including walking, two summers ago, and it was SO difficult to keep my eating in check every day. I felt much hungrier if I hadn't done any exercise at all (just like I feel extremely hungry if I do TOO MUCH exercise). I'm not sure why that is, but I think that's pretty common. Is there any way you can sneak in a 10-min moderate kind of activity on Saturdays? Or some active recovery?

Yesterday, I was too exhausted to exercise, and you know what? I ate about 700 calories worth of chocolate in the afternoon. Yep. When I've had no problem controlling my food on other days. Yeah. Totally get you.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/30/2014 9:42AM

    I'd give the 10 minute walk a try. I am like you - I have to be on the food plan all the time or a meal turns into a day turns in a week or more... Maybe subconsciously your body thinks a day off from exercise means a day off from everything. Just a few minutes may be all it takes to keep things on track.



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NELLJONES 3/30/2014 8:35AM

    It takes about one minute to ruin a month's worth of work. Recovering alcoholics cannot have even one sip, you do whatever you need to do to get past the urge, lest you end up dead or in jail. The consequences of mis-eating aren't as dire, but that doesn't lessen the anguish. Whatever it takes!!

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