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Thursday, March 7, 2013

13 weeks... Pushing through



Tuesday marked my 13 week milestone of being sugar-free/low-carb. It's been an amazing journey so far. I've learned so much about myself and my relationship with food over the past few months... it's been mind-blowing at times. But I'm having a good time.

I've lost a little over 40 lbs in that time. So, basically, I'm holding steady at that 10-lb per month goal I made. In December (when I first started), I lost 20 lbs, then 10 lbs in January and 10 lbs in February. At first, I was a little disappointed in that. But now, I'm happy. 10 lbs per month is great. 

I'm over that "race to the finish" mentality. Yes, I would love to lose the weight really fast. But, I gained it over 36 years of my life, slowly getting it off is okay. As long as it's coming off! And really, 10 lbs per month is not all that slow. At this rate, I'll pretty could still lose 100 lbs before the year is up! That's amazing to just think about being at GOAL by 2014. I'm so ready.

The past month has been different... I'm starting to feel "comfortable" with my eating. It's feeling like a lifestyle. I'm not scared (as much) any more. I've had a little bread/white flour slips, but nothing to freak out about. The one thing that I'm holding strong on is NO SUGARY FOOD OR SWEETS. I just really feel like that will knock me off a cliff. I'm just not willing to go there. I won't take that chance... it's just not worth it.

I've also been consistent wth exercise. I'm still enjoying the group fitness classes, and make it to the gym at least 3-4 days per week. I know that's not hard core, but it's a great thing for me and my crazy schedule. I'm actually looking forward to having the next two weeks off for Spring Break so I can exercise more. I'm planning on doing a 5K in April, so I really want to get out and walk/jog more. It feels great to be moving again.

I've also logged/tracked my food for 80 days in a row on My Fitness Pal. I am not crazy strict with calories, but I do find that it keeps my focused and on-track if I am able to look at my calories/fat/carbs/protein. I'm still trying to stay under 100 carbs daily, and I try to shoot for 80-100 grams of protein daily. My net calories usually fall anywhere between 1200-1700. I'm satisfied, and I don't really crave sugar at all anymore. If I'm hungry, I eat. But if I'm not hungry, I don't eat. I just try to listen to my body.

Now that I'm 40 lbs down, I'm finally able to tell a difference in my body and clothes. Remember those size 20 "goal jeans" that have been in my closet for the past 3 years? I can wear them now! Comfortably. No muffin top! I'm wearing them in the photo on the right, with a size 14/16 top from Lane Bryant. The pants on the left are new ones that I bought in a size 20. They fit perfect!


So my goal for March is to keep pushing through! I'm currently at 278ish, and I REALLY want to break through to the 260's with no plateaus. In 2003, and again in 2009 when I lost considerable weight, I hit a huge plateau at around 270. I don't want that to happen this time, and plan to work my butt off to stay focused on eating and exercise so that won't happen.

My biggest problem right now is that I've relaxed enough that I feel like I'm eating out too much. I make great choices when I eat out (fish, veggies, etc) most of the time, but it's still not as good as if I were cooking or preparing my meals at home. When I first started in December/January, I was scared to death to eat out. Now, I go out to eat all the time. I've also started to indulge in alcohol again (Vodka tonics and/or red wine)... I must also stop that. In my own insane way, I realize I might be trying to self-sabaoge as usual. Just in a different way.

So now I'm putting it out there, so I know my blog and Facebook friends will keep me accountable. I am so appreciative of the network of people that I have that support and encourage me every day. People that I know in real life, and people that I only know online. It's great! And I am thankful!

22 comments:

  1. Hi Hollie! I'm new to your blog! You have a lot going on and you've been doing awesome since December. That is some fast track weight losing Ms Lady! Much success to you in reaching your goal by the end of the year. I know that continuing those group fitness classes will prove most beneficial. Good luck. Happy to find you.

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  2. Wow! 40 lbs is so HUGE Hollie! Congrats on the good work! I really admire you!If you don't mind sharing what your food intake is that would be great

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  3. Dang girl! You look amazing, you're such an inspiration!! Keep going strong! <3

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  4. 40 lbs is amazing!!!! Your doing a fantastic job working towards your goals!! I'm also new to your blog and very excited to follow along on your journey! I too am rocking in the same weight loss boat so I do understand the fears of food etc..

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  5. You look great Hollie, I love the Lane Bryant top. Going sugar/white flour free was what did the trick for me and it seems to be working for you. Keep up the good work!

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  6. Hollie ... you have a lot to be proud of! Congrats on your journey so far.

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  7. Awesome job!!! That's great :) I'm glad to hear you say that you feel like it's finally a doable lifestyle change :) That's what is really important!

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  8. I am so inspired by you! I too am a teacher and know the stresses of the job. If you can workout after teaching all day then I can too! You Rock!
    Dawn

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  10. You look awesome! Congrats on your weight loss. It's good to know what your triggers are. Keeping your food choices clean will take you very far.

    I hear you about the eat outs. I was on a strict diet for loss, but I still don't eat out much on maintenance. I've become ace at freezing meals and heating them up. Sometimes I'll do that, then just have a coffee while my friends eat. We still get to visit and I get to stay feeling great. No one seems to mind. Just depends on the restaurant.

    Keep up the good work. All those key learnings from being sugar and mostly wheat free will be awesome for loss and later for maintenance.

    Good stuff. :)

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  11. Hey Hollie! I've been following you for a long time now and I'm so motivated by your recent sugar free posts. Thank you for sharing; I'm just two weeks in to lower carb and I was thrilled to see what you're up to. Here's to week 14 for you!

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  13. 40lb is a fantastic effort. You should be so proud of yourself. Gives me hope that it all is possible with a bit of blood, sweat, tears and determination.
    Well Done.
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  14. Hi Hollie, congratulations on the sugar-free 13 months. In my practice, I help people eliminate unhealthy habits by replacing them with healthier ones. Although food can be the main focus, it's important to fuel your day with healthy food and other daily activities. Maybe you can write a post about the activities you fill your day with that don't include food - I know you could share some great insight for all of us readers.

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  15. You're such a hottie Hollie! I've decided I need to cut out the alcohol too. I've been indulging a little too much lately ;) and it adds up over time.

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  16. I have the same pink top as you... except mine is turquoise!

    Way to go on your progress!

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  17. That is great about the loss and jeans

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  18. Hollie. Congrats on the 40 pounds. My wife is a registered dietitian who just wrote the weight loss book Lose It For The Last Time. I think it is a great book as it is a real life approach to a healthy lifestyle. Check it out at www.loseitforthelasttime.com. If you are interested in a copy to review please email me at mitch@snewmanmedia.com (for your use only please delete last line if you post this comment, thanks)
    Keep up the good work!

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  19. You are truly inspirational and I wish you the best in your journey. Losing weight is extremely hard and having a busy schedule makes it even more difficult.I wish I could be as strong as you in completely cutting off sugar and sweets but I am a stress eater. When I stress, the first thing I crave is sweets even when I'm not hungry! Just don't give up even when you have some slips. Being healthy is a lifetime learning journey and there's always something new to learn. I had already lost alot of weight but due to my busy stressful life, I gained some of it back. I don't see this as a failure; In fact, I see this as a learning experience and I'm getting back on track in my health journey. Keep it up! You're doing great!

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  20. keep up the good work. I also am staying away from sweets. I also stopped drinking diet soda. I fear even one slip up will cause cravings again. I feel better when I avoid the junk.

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  21. Keep up the good work Hollie! Journal your feelings...this will help you get things out. Keep busy with something you enjoy...you won't have time emotionally eat. Try not to think about food during the day. If you think about it you are going to want to go get it. Also if that doesn't help try stocking your house with healthier foods.

    Focusing on each peace of food you put into your mouth promotes greater awareness to mindful eating. Practice to make a note on taste, smell and texture of the food. It will help you to appreciate the qualities of food and you will learn to eat better.

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