Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Sorry for my absense, but life is INSANE right now as usual. I am totally overwhelmed with grad school and LIFE. But more on that later...

Eating... well, it has been better. I am still holding strong with the no sugar plan for June, but there HAVE been slip-ups.

While I am getting my act together for a post, let me introduce you to my new friend, Caroline...

Caroline Jhingory is a superstar, and since I showed the video the other day on WHAT NOT TO DO, I wanted to give you a little inspiration. I asked Caroline to give us her story, and here it is!

I was 5’2 and 273lbs in the 8th grade.

Over the last eight (8) years, now at 29 years old and still around 5’2ish in height, I have lost and maintained a 123lb weight loss without gastric bypass surgery, any commercial diet programs or fad diets. 

I attribute my weight loss success to strengthening my faith, determination, patience…and a treadmill. 

Exercise has been the central tool in my transformation, but it’s still only one part of the puzzle towards health.  I significantly changed how I eat; altering my relationship to food and eating.  Again, I adhere to no specific diet.  I practice mindful eating, remaining disciplined and limiting my intake of carbohydrates, sugar, dairy products and caffeine.

What was your turning point and/or "Ah-ha!" moment?

There was no major incident that caused me to have an “aha moment” really.  One day I was home visiting from college.  And I just said to myself “I had enough!”   Enough of wearing body girdles to fit into certain outfits, enough of being the girl that guys never acknowledged.  Overall being obese had caused me to miss out on enjoying simple things in life:  I had not worn a bathing suit since I was 9 years old, was never able to ride a roller coaster because the safety bar did not fit over my stomach, and did not have my first boyfriend until graduate school.

How has losing weight/being healthy & fit changed your life?
Outside of all the superficial stuff of being able to wear cute clothes and a guy or two noticing me, my weight loss has made me more driven all around.  Losing 123lbs has made me feel as if no obstacle to big whether its school, work-related or family-related.  Life has taught me that God is never gonna give me more than I am capable of handling.

How often do you exercise?

My key to success was learning to replace an unhealthy addiction: mindless eating while sitting in front of the television, with a healthy addiction: hitting the gym everyday.  “I eat everyday, so I workout everyday,” is my number one fitness tip when giving advice to others.

What is your favorite workout?

For 60 minutes, I love to do a combined high speed and high incline walk on the treadmill while listening to music and/or watching a mindless reality show.  It really makes me feel like I’m challenging myself and using every muscle in my body to pull myself up on the incline.  And it has also given me a great booty!
What 5 food items are "must haves" in your kitchen?
  • Costco’s Kirkland Organic Salt-Free Seasoning – Sure it is healthy, but I have just never been a fan of salty food.
  • Economy size bag of frozen chicken breasts.  – I think of chicken breasts as my “chameleon food.”  I can make them adapt too almost any dish and they are a convenient source of lean protein.
  • Frozen veggies such as cauliflower, spinach and bell peppers – Being that I am a single lady and feeding only me, fresh veggies tend to spoil very quickly.  Frozen veggies of course last longer, are usually already chopped and cheaper!
  • Leak-proof Tupperware – I am a creation of convenience.  On Sunday, I typically cook my lunches and dinners for the week and put them in Tupperware.  That way I always have healthy food ready that I can just pop in the microwave.
  • Water, water, water and more water – I live in Washington, DC and there has been way too much controversy on drinking the tap water here.  Water keeps me well hydrated for my workouts and lubricates my joints for tough workouts as well.

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote?

“Those who can most be accounted brave are those who know best know the meaning of what is sweet in life and what is terrible, and then go out undeterred to meet what is to come.”   ~Pericles  (a gift from Tulane Professor Cinda Lanza, when I was having a really bad day)

How do you find balance in your life?
My faith, exercise and travel have become my therapy.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

It would be expected that losing 123lbs is my greatest accomplishment.  However, my greatest accomplishment is coming to peace with the car accident death of my two teenage cousins and absence of my father after my parents’ divorce.  For many years, I was angry at the world and God about these two things.  I dealt with my anger by vacuuming in Hot Pockets and Hostess cupcakes.  Perhaps my real “aha moment” was reaching a place of forgiveness.

What do you love most about your body?

I love and admire my body’s stamina when I am at the gym.  My body’s endurance when working out surprises me everyday.  And of course I love my booty!

Best compliment?
A cardiologist looking at a sonogram of my heart, told me that I have the heart and heart rate of a marathon runner!

What are the last 5 songs played on your iPod?

  • Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
  • Keep Hope Alive – Crystal Method
  • Again – Faith Evans
  • All Nite (Don’t Stop) – Janet Jackson
  • On to the Next One – Jay Z

What weight loss/fitness tools do you use that you rely on in your weight loss/fit life journey?
Good, comfortable and affordable workout clothes from discount designer stores like Marshall’s and Ross.  You really can find the durable sweat resistant workout clothes there for half the price.  For me, having cute fitness clothes, motivates me to workout.

My IPOD and Black Berry!  A few weeks ago I learned how to stream music through my Black Berry so it’s a stand in for my IPOD from time to time.

I am a member of many online wellness and fitness communities.  Discussing health and wellness with individuals from all over the world has provided me with continued motivation and tips on adhering to healthy lifestyle.

Find Caroline on Facebook!


  1. Wow she is amazing. I am going to check out her facebook page..

  2. I loved this so much that I tweeted your post! So inspirational. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. This is a great story! Thanks for sharing it... very inspiring!

  4. I have a lot of things that motivate me right now. One of them is wearing my cute new workout clothes!

  5. What an amazing and Awesome transformation. Proof of how one can change her life completely. Very motivational!!!!


  6. Awesome post Hollie! Thanks for introducing us to Caroline! She is amazing! And she went to Tulane in New Orleans! ( : So, of course, I feel a connection to her already! lol

  7. wow a great change and very wonderful .. congratulations

  8. I love this post! She is so inspirational and I'm so glad you shared it with us! www.thehealthyapron.com

  9. Great post! I was "absent" from my blog for a few days too but it wasn't just because I was busy.... this struggle is hard! Check it out!



  10. Caroline said-
    "Water keeps me well hydrated for my workouts and lubricates my joints for tough workouts as well."

    I hate plain water, but I guess I better drink more of it. However, I don't think I'm doing too badly by drinking lots of green tea.


  11. Wow she is amazing. How can she reduce her weight up to that extend. I am also trying to lose my weight by taking Healthy Chocolates.

  12. why is so hard to lose weight? If this is you, you are not alone. Three factors that contribute to gaining weight and makes weight loss difficult. I will go over these factors briefly

    1. AGE: the older you get the slower you metabolism get.

    2. SET POINT WEIGHT AND METABOLISM: The set point weight of a person is predetermined, this means that a person body stubbornly hold to a certain weight.

    3. GENETICS: A person body weight, body shape and body size affected by your genes, making it harder to lose weight.


  13. Amazing Post! I agree, the right songs in the ipod can make a difference in the intensity of the workout~

    Congrats and truly inspirational story!

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  14. I always love seeing amazing success stories, reminds me that i'm not alone and that if someone else like me can do it, then I certainly can too, its all about taking control and believing in myself!


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