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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: 27,629

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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  • v 2BDYNAMIC
    emoticon on your Popular blog today! emoticon Such a great message!
    572 days ago
  • v NOMORESTALLING
    Well then all I can suggest is to keep a food diary to keep track of when these hit and how much it takes to satisfy without over indulgence because it tastes good. And then start the gradual cut back. It's worth a shot.
    587 days ago
  • v JSTETSER
    Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog today! I'll be a finisher! emoticon
    587 days ago
  • v NOMORESTALLING
    Yes indeed Welcome Back!

    So, am I to understand the you crave salt more than you do
    sweets? If that is the case Honey, you're not alone! Or do you crave them equally? In which case I would surmise you're still not alone LOL

    But as I said in my blog no restrictions nor deprivation anymore. With restrictions or deprivation we're only setting ourselves up to fail. So no more!
    If you're body is craving something satisfy the craving. If it's a craving because you're body is use to having it and it's something you should have less of then gradual start reducing the portions until you notice the cravings have decreased, even been eliminated.

    I've done that with several things. It's far better to gradually reduce than to eliminate it completely from the get go.

    Make sense?
    588 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2018 12:09:28 PM
  • v NOMORESTALLING
    Hi Holly!
    Thanks for the friend add!
    Yeah, about new year's resolutions They're made to be broken. I don't make them anymore. Instead I make better choices, healthier choices along the way. It's made a huge difference and I actually follow through. Much easier.
    588 days ago
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