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Saturday, April 06, 2013

These are some of the pics along my journey-at the beginning, in the middle, toward the end and the last one in Paris 4 years ago when I was at about the size I am again now.
It is tougher to lose those last few pounds but as I have moved along this journey, I have realized that it isn't really about reaching that ultimate number on the scale because that number fluctuates from week to week.
It is about getting healthier, getting stronger, reaching outside your comfort zone and doing things you did not ever think you could do.
I would love to see that goal number on the scale and even go just a bit lower than that goal number, but the important thing for me right now is staying consistent with the exercise and the amount that I am eating.
I read about others who have decided to stop tracking their food and after all these months, that is a bit scary to me.
I gained alot of my weight because I was on a medication to help control my migraines so I am not sure that I would have gained 35 extra pounds if I hadn't been on it. I am off the meds for the last year and the headaches are so much more infrequent and less intense than ever before and I know that is because of the exercise and the fact that I sleep so much better now.
So the question is, when I decide that I have reached my goal weight, do I stop tracking and just continue to eat pretty much the same as I do now?
That is probably what I will do and see how it goes. I will not depend on the scale to tell me how I am doing but more on how my clothes feel.
It has been an incredibly rewarding journey and I am so glad to have met so many great spark friends along the way. You are all truly incredible and I wish everyone continued success along your journey. Keep on reaching to be the very best that we can be.
We can do it with determination and willpower and commitment.
Keep on spreading the spark everyone!
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  • no profile photo CD9234910
    How wonderful to read this and see again your progress! It really is an inspiration.
    Concerning tracking... I have stopped tracking because it didn't work for me and was encouraging me in my ways as a person affected by an eating disorder. I think when you have an healthy relationship to food, tracking is good as it helps you to see where you are. It sounds to me tracking might even be more necessary once in maintenance to help you keep track of where you are and not go back to your 'old ways'! Anyway, the truth is, I think we must do what works for us! :)
    2941 days ago
    Wow, almost there. What a great accomplishment. You really look strong and fit in your last picture. And what a blessing to have left those migraines behind. I am sure that you will do well as you move into goal territory and maintain because it sounds like your exercise and eating patterns are a part of your routines now. Good going and good luck in this next phase. Jeanne
    2947 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13204501
    This is a wonderful blog of accomplishment! Congrats!
    2949 days ago
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    2952 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/10/2013 9:16:55 PM
    your pictures are lovely you are doing marvelous continue to get healthy and strong on your journey hugs
    2955 days ago
    Wonderful blog - your pictures are so beautiful as your heart. I must have someone take a picture of me now at 225! I want to see some progress also over time. Thank you so much for your total support...
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    2955 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    Thank you for posting and for your awesome blog! You are looking so good and I think you look more fit and younger looking than you did 4 years ago!
    You are doing so good!! Proud of you! Yes, it isn't the scale, but how we are doing otherwise with exercise, healthier eating, etc. As far as tracking, I don't think I would stop personally for myself anyway, but since I eat about the same thing everyday, I suppose I could stop once I got to my goal weight and see how it goes. But, then I would have to use the scale, because I would not want to go & gain and then notice only when the clothes started getting tighter. I think I need the control with tracking too, because I got myself in trouble before by not keeping a close eye on things!
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    2956 days ago
    You're looking great!
    2956 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Beautiful woman - you look great!
    I'm with you, that the objective is to get as healthy and strong as possible, looking better is just a side effect of the wholesome lifestyle!
    I will continue to use the food tracker, too.
    Spark On!
    2956 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3468195
    Love your pictures, really shows how far you have come, great picture of you in Paris.
    You are right getting healthier and stronger is more important than the numbers on the scale. You are obviously more healthy because you no longer have to take medicine for the migraines. Great news that you don't have as many.
    I would still trac for a bit after reaching your goal, I always pay attention to my favorite pair of jeans, if they are too tight I know I need to watch it.
    Keep it moving Holly you are doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2956 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    You look great..I have not tracked my food in a while now..I have just been eating portion size food and it seems to be working..I haven't stepped on that evil scale in a long time either..I let my clothes tell me how much I am losing..this journey has been good and bad for me, but I wouldn't dare change it..I love being on this journey with some awesome, amazing and strong women..the love, kindness and support you receive from people from all over the world is just wonderful..you are doing great..keep sparking and thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon
    2956 days ago
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    Comment edited on: 4/6/2013 12:20:00 PM
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    Holly, you look stunning! Yes , I understand your plight , I have not stopped tracking , perhaps in fear of regaining but mostly to track vital nutrients and sodium. I agree that paying attention to the number on the scale has become the least important aspect of this journey for me as I feel so much better that I have in years and have more energy I am sorry that you suffer horrific migraines. You look Great !! You'll be ready for that Race , for sure !! And that's another point once you reach you goal or are close to your goal with all the exercise that you put in to train for the 5k your calorie range will increase and fluctuate. Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2956 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2013 10:43:12 AM
    You are doing well. Love Paris.

    We can do this with determination as you said. Don't quit is my motto!
    2956 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Thank you for sharing your incredible journey in pix. The transformation is awesome. YOU have done a marvelous job not to mention your great attitude. We are never just that number on a scale and this journey has helped us realize that and our potential to be healthier, stronger and much happier. I had reached my goal and slipped back into old habits, but am recovering from that. My biggest "scariest" concern was will I be able to maintain. When I let life issues get in the way is when I spiraled down. I will keep tracking after getting to goal, for now that is a comfort zone for me. I can see where I am and what is truly going on. So happy for you getting off the meds and controlling those migraines as best as you can. I have a niece who has them and I can see how miserable they can be. Keep pushing forward and I will meet you at the finish line, so to speak....I know maintaining will just be a new chapter in this journey and we will do it. emoticon
    2956 days ago
    Lookin' good. Congrats on your progress.
    2956 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    I am glad your headaches are better. I have had a few migraines, they are bad. I am on meds to take make you gain (not for headaches I haven't had one of those in years) but other problems and I feel like I am fighting a lost battle sometimes. I have lost 12 lbs in 7 months, so I know it is possible. I would probably keep tracking after I reached my goal, because I think I would , start eating things, slowly and the weigh would come back. But that is me I need things to be in black and white,to see it. I think too, that the clothes is a big measurement ,you can always tell in the clothes if you are gaining. Have a great day. emoticon emoticon
    2956 days ago
    congrats on your journey so far, You look great. Keep up the good work
    2956 days ago
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