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The fall colors are just glorious!

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the fall colors are really at their peak this weekend. I am hoping for another beautiful day to get out and walk in the beautiful areas with the leaves lightly falling. It is magical! Enjoy your day!

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We had a beautiful walk admiring all the beautiful fall colors!

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Hi My name is Holly and I am 53 yrs old and have been with Spark People for over 7 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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  • v JACKIE542
    Thank you for liking my bird blog, wish I had a better Zoom.
    I have always wanted to see a Cardinal, they look so beautiful, I didn't know they were so loud, lo. That is why I am always chasing that Mockingbird away!
    Hope you are having a restful Sunday. Thank you for that goodie, I love the smile. Take good care. emoticon emoticon
    2577 days ago
  • v SHRINK_U
    Thanks for the comment on my Dirty Girl Mud Run 5k blog!
    2578 days ago
  • v JACKIE542
    Hi Holly, Thank you for liking my quote. I practice what I preach, every morning I get my cardio done, I just do it, I know I need to. It is also helpful that I have so many different kinds of exercises that I like now, my bike is my favorite, what is yours?
    Looks like you are doing very well.
    Have a great Sunday. emoticon emoticon
    2578 days ago

    Thanks for commenting on my recent blog. I appreciate the support and kind words :o) I've added you as a friend. Have a great weekend!

    2581 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/17/2012 7:28:01 PM
  • v SWAN47
    Thanks for your encouraging words and commenting on my blog. The support is greatly appreciated. Day two tomorrow... emoticon
    2583 days ago