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Saturday, August 03, 2013

There are no happy endings..there is just an ending followed by a new beginning.
Those were the words that I heard on a TV show last week by a girl who was talking about graduation on a sitcom.
Those words really hit home for me.
We never live happily ever after.
We come to the end of one journey and then begin on another no matter what in life we are talking about.
Beginnings can be wonderful, stressful, joyful, exciting, scary, all kinds of emotions come into play.
I am talking about my ending of the weight loss journey and the beginning of my maintenance journey.
13+ months after starting Spark People, I am smack dab in the middle of a very healthy BMI and decided it was time to switch to maintenance.
As excited as I am to be here, I have to say that I am a bit scared, a bit stressed, very excited and happy.
Why am I scared? because all of a sudden I have more calories allowed per day.
I don't always eat that many per day and it again is all about adjusting and finding out what works for me.
A couple of weeks ago, a man that I work with said to me " Holly, have you been working out, you look very healthful." That was one of the biggest compliments that I have received because this person is a runner, bicyclist, and does other forms of exercise on a very regular basis. I liked the fact that he could tell that I had been working out and that I looked healthy.
I thought that it would be nice to lose 10 more pounds before I started maintenance, but then I thought, the goal isn't to look skinny, the goal really is to look healthy.
I am not worried about continuing on in this journey or losing track because the tools that are on this website will be used for years to come for me.
I tell everyone I can about SP and have been successful in getting several people to join SP.
For all of those still on your weight loss journey, keep on trying. It is hard, there is no magic bullet, but in the end, there is a new beginning. Remember to live everyday to it's fullest, we don't know what tomorrow will bring so don't put life off until you hit the magic number. Do your best every day and make healthy choices, get your exercise in, move as much as you can, dance when you are ironing, doing laundry, go for a bike ride. Just remember to have joy in your life during every single journey.
We can do this!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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    congrats and yes healthy is a life long commitment
    2817 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Congrats on getting to your goal! I am sure you will maintain nicely, but it will take some vigilance and I know you are prepared, you have all the knowledge and tools to succeed! So keep on being one of my roll models, and I will continue to cheer you on! emoticon emoticon
    2818 days ago
    emoticon on reaching goal!! And so wonderful you got those great compliments! .... I agree!! ............ As for the new journey, I am sure you will continue successfully as you already have a handle on the whole scene and we tend to "Just Know' when we need to pull back or go further a little to stay at goal! ............. you are right ............ healthy is best! ............. emoticon You are a star!!
    2818 days ago
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    What a great blog!! It was what I needed to read tonight! Sometimes we just get stuck in a rut, like I am at the moment and feel like after 3 years, should have seen more off the scale! But, when you put it like you did- I am much healthier, more active-have lost about as much inches as pounds and look more fit now than I did when I was this weight 15 years ago!
    One thing I have learned and this will make it less scary for you, I hope-eating large amount of calories and not gaining weight works!!! emoticon I learned that by accident, while on all these plateaus! When I went through my injuries or illness over the past 3 years, I just focused on maintaining and I can proudly say at least I have never wavered more than 2-6 pounds over my lowest weight at the time!
    You will do fine! Stay focused, keep active and it will all work out! Of course we will be here to keep you going!! You have done so great and looking just so healthy! emoticon

    Thank you Holly for all your support and comments you leave at my blogs and my photos and the goodies...always makes my day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2819 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2013 12:00:25 AM
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    Holly I know you will do great on maintenance. It will be stressful in the beginning change always is, but I know you will tweak the program so that it is right for you. Always so nice to get those compliments and not only do you look healthful, but you look gorgeous.
    You can do this I am sure of it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2819 days ago
    Congratulations on making it to maintenance. I love the concept that there are no happy endings just new beginnings. I am sure you will be as successful with this new phase as you have been with the previous one. emoticon
    2819 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    There are no endings just new beginnings....you have put in words what I have been thinking lately. In 13 months you have transformed your life and am so proud of you. Your attitude and determination (not to mention your love for running) is inspirational to so many. Enjoy this time (I know I am) to look at all your accomplishments and by taking this journey one day at a time only good things will continue to happen. Have a super-duper weekend. emoticon emoticon
    2819 days ago
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    Congratulations on your weight loss. It must be nice to have supportive colleagues. Good luck in Maintenance Land. Lots of exciting times ahead. emoticon emoticon
    2819 days ago
    Wow, that is a big compliment to hear that you "look very healthy" . That is my goal as well, and that is what i tell people who notice that I have lost weight. Congratulations on spreading the Spark to other people; I really should do a better job with that. Thank you for the reminder.
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    2819 days ago
    Wow, that is a big compliment to hear that you "look very healthy" . That is my goal as well, and that is what i tell people who notice that I have lost weight. Congratulations on spreading the Spark to other people; I really should do a better job with that. Thank you for the reminder.
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    2819 days ago
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    emoticon message/blog!!! emoticon emoticon
    2819 days ago
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    What a beautiful blog from a beautiful person.
    I tell you all the time how amazing you look! I am not surprised others are commenting.
    You have done so well and will continue to, I have no doubt.
    I wish you nothing but the best my friend. Here's to all good beginnings.

    I have checked - "I liked this blog". Hoping others will read it as well.

    Thank you Holly,
    2819 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon Good for you Holly !!! Congrats , your right its about being healthy !! You area remarkable and have worked hard for 13 months and accomplished many goal along the way. I know that maintenance seems like a scary place and yes the more calorie intake is confusing but you do have the tools and ambition and I know you will inspire many more in the future - Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon
    2819 days ago
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    What a lovely story, thanks so much for sharing it with us. I'm just beginning. Hope I'm still as enthusiastic that far down the line. Have a great day, today and every day

    2819 days ago
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