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Holly is a professional writer who claims, tongue-in-cheek, to channel the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe, Erma Bombeck, and O. Henry.

Holly also hates to exercise and is quite fond of procrastination... but all that is about to change!

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Hey, everyone! I took a little break (met my goal, got complacent, overindulged, regained it all and then some) and I'm baaaaaack!

It's not all bad. I quit smoking ten years ago (12/08/06).

My first children's picture book, Trockle, was published by 4RV Publishing in April 2008. My second children's book, A Puppy, Not a Guppy, was published in 2009. A New Leaf for Lyle was released in 2014. (See http://amazon.com/Holly-Jahangiri/e/
B002BMEYUC/ )

My son and I went camping with some terrific friends at Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2008, where we hiked and ate and prayed the bears wouldn't get us. We need to get out more - and I do mean OUT. That was a fun, active, healthy trip.

I have a supportive, loving family; a steady job I enjoy; good friends; and overall good health - although I was diagnosed in 2010 with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or early-stage breast cancer. Believing in the "kill a spider with a 2x4" and use a flame-thrower on it just to be SURE" theory, I have been cancer-free ever since 2011.

I could make all the excuses in the world for why I'm lugging around an extra 80 lbs. of flab, including this "spare tire" where my once-skinny waist used to be, but the best one I can think of at the moment is: "I grew my own replacement boobs on my abdomen!" (I had DIEP flap surgery on 1/25/2011.) Not sure why I felt compelled to grow a matching pair on my behind, but I'll need to get back with the SparkPeople program now and work on getting rid of them.

UPDATE: Did you know that boobs weight about 5 lbs., total? Moving the ab flab up a foot doesn't actually reduce anything. And hospital food isn't all that bad. That's my happy way of saying I didn't really lose an OUNCE, despite a 12-hour surgery five years ago. So now that I'm cleared to exercise and all... :) Time to get serious and stop joking about it.

Can't think of a better place to do it than SparkPeople.com! :)

UPDATE: That was back in 2011/2012. Well, gee - isn't every day just Groundhog's Day around here? :)

EXCUSE #679391: I broke my ankle in 2015. Running, hopping - out of the question until recently. I asked the therapist, "What am I supposed to be running FROM? That might have some bearing on my motivation and ability... maybe." When going down stairs left-foot, right-foot, left-foot, right-foot is a cause for celebration, it's easy to make excuses about actual EXERCISE.

UPDATE #70-11: Jen asked me to lead a newbie SparkTeam! Hahahaha... okay, now I have to be all inspirational and stuff, which actually increases my odds of reaching my own goals, because I hate setting a bad example, even if I can rationalize it (like all good parents) with "do as I say, not as I do" and "well, wouldn't you just hate me if I were perfect?" I can do this. Go, class of August 28- September 3, 2016, wherever you are!! (Yes, tell your friends to sign up at the end of the month - we're going to rock this place and have some fun!)

UPDATE #Bazillion: Nice to be back on the SP Community Team and meeting lots of new friends. Down 40 pounds from my highest weight, and... probably still up about 10 from the first time I joined SparkPeople. I should go check that - see if that's accurate. 15 more, and I will see a shiny new digit in the hundreds place...

UPDATE #Bazillion-and-Ten: I don't know why I struggle so with "maintenance." On second thought, I've gotten fairly good at it - I'm just not maintaining at my GOAL WEIGHT yet. Can we call this a "non-scale victory"? I'm happy - did not let being 80 lbs. overweight stop me from enjoying the sea, sun, and sand in Maui two weeks ago - in a bathing suit - on a snorkel tour. Even tried SCUBA diving! I was waiting to board the snorkel tour when I got a robocall reminding me of an appointment (the next day) with my orthopedic surgeon (did I mention I'd had a disc fusion and an artificial disc replacement in my neck at the end of January?) Anyway, I called from the dock to tell them I was blowing them off and why. They seemed surprisingly happy to reschedule that appointment! :D

Now, to get serious (again) about shedding that 80 lbs.

I'm going be have a grandchild to keep up with in a few months!


Member Since: 1/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 26,924

My Goals:
Reach my goal weight of 170 by May 2017;

Make a habit of good nutrition, water, sleep, vitamins, and regular exercise;

Organize and simplify my life, so I can concentrate on the people and activities that really matter.


My Program:
My diet and exercise program involves consuming 1200 and 1550 calories per day; drinking eight glasses of water a day; taking a multivitamin; and, getting at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise and strength training 3-5x per week. I've added "walk 5-8 miles each Saturday and Sunday" for an overall goal of about 15 miles per week. I still struggle with that on workdays. My sleep goal is six to seven hours a night.



Personal Information:
Houston, TX
holly.jahangiri@gmail.com
www.amazon.com/Holly-Jahangiri/e/B00
2BMEYUC
jahangiri.us/


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    The flowers and blossoms are filling the air with the smells of Spring. This is the time to start preparing for the Summer. Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of June. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    Here are some of the members comments written on a Survey Monkey poll:

    “It helps me stay focused on my goals. It also keeps things interesting and not boring.”

    “I find that the challenges make me be more cognizant of my food intake, better choices etc. The fitness ones encourage me to try new exercises and to keep doing exercises. I think there is a good possibility I wouldnt do as much if I didnt track it for challenges or tried to do better on challenges”

    “My leaders are all wonderful...they stay in touch with team members and do their best to keep us involved and feeling a part of the team.”

    “They motivate me to eat healthier and to be more active. “

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the the link below, or click on my username and leave me a message or click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Waitlist thread.
    https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/grou
    ps_individual.asp?gid=25339

    Note when using the link above you may have to drop the // or even the //www.

    219 days ago
  • v TCANNO
    Thanks for your comment, you are welcome

    Trev
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  • v HEALTHYWRITER
    Thank you! Wow, that was a nice surprise this morning!
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