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Hi My name is Holly and I am 54 yrs old and have been with Spark People for over 8 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 few years later and I have gone past my original goal of 36 lbs and have lost a total of over 40 lbs!
And maintained my 40 lb loss for 3 1/2 years but did gain about 10 but am maintaining at that for now..
I have run in numerous 5K's since July of 2013. 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

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 and have kept 30 of them off for the last 5 1/2 years
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 33 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.
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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    Thanks for your comment on my blog today! emoticon
    2757 days ago
    I really appreciate that you take the time to leave encouragement and advice on my blog. I can use all of both that I can get!

    I hope you're having a great Sunday!

    2757 days ago
    emoticon for your comment on my blog, 'Hiking near Gerberoy in a winter wonderland'! I am glad you enjoyed it. Gerberoy is in Picardie, North of Paris (about 1 hour and a half drive from Paris, and 1 hour from where I live, when the weather is ok... it took longer yesterday!). We usually get very little snow in Paris, and only a few days a year. So it is very exciting to see so much snow. They were saying in the news tonight that we haven't see so much snow in Paris for decades! It should continue all week, it is exciting! (But I am very glad I am allowed to work from home when I want to and don't have to drive to the office...).

    Have a beautiful week, Holly!
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    2757 days ago
    Good afternoon! Thanks for taking time to read my blog! I appreciate the support!

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    2757 days ago
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    "If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination.
    The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying. "Here comes number seventy-one!"
    Richard M. Devos
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    Just stopping by to wish you a healthy week, Spark friend! Keep doing your best to make progress towards your goals. Remember; you are worth the effort...every day!

    2757 days ago