Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it's that time of year again... when we stuff ourselves to the point of nausea on Thanksgiving. Oh, is that just me?

This Thanksgiving I decided that as a family, it was time to start some new traditions for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, we spent all day preparing food boxes and delivering then to people in need with country music singer, Tracy Lawrence. Apparently, I've went to Sunday school with his wife for a while and didn't know it. But hey, I don't listen to country music. But I've been told this is the 6th year that he has fried turkeys for homeless in our area, and I am glad I got to help this year. He seemed like a cool guy. Here he is with my son, AJ...

Doing this volunteer work with my children really blessed our hearts. We don't have a lot, and barely make ends meet. But we are SO MUCH better off than some people around us. I think it was a life-changing experience for all of us.

Yesterday for Thanksgiving, we also spent a couple of hours doing volunteer work at our new church, who was actually giving dinner to people in the Nashville community. That was great, too. It was also great to stop by and see some of my family while I was in Nashville.

That's me, my daughters, two of my sisters, and my brother. I rarely get to see my brother, so yesterday was nice.

We had dinner at Jessica's house yesterday, and let's just say that I was GREEDY. OMG. From the fruit tea to the twice-baked sweet potatoes, the food was just awesome. And the desserts were even better. I only had one plate of food, and didn't even finish it, but I was so STUFFED that I had a hard time sleeping last night from the heartburn and indigestion.


So guess what I did today? I hate a plate of leftovers, and immediately fell into a coma.

Will I ever learn?

Yes. Thing is, I have learned. Several years ago, I would have found absolutely nothing wrong with eating this way.

Good thing? I am going to really start making an effort to do better again. I've been "stuck" for over a month now, and I am ready to get "unstuck" again. Now. I am not waiting for New Years.

One thing that I know is that I NEED to get back in the gym. I am paying $45 per month for a gym membership that I don't even use. That is about to change, though.  I have to get moving again. My body is just tired all the time, and I have no energy. I KNOW that cardio makes me feel great once I get started again, I just need to get off my lazy butt and do it. I have to stop making excuses and MAKE the time to go. My life is not going to slow down anytime soon, so I have to start making ME a priority. I say this all the time, but I never do.... but I at least have to say I am trying. Right now... I am not trying, and it sucks to know that I have come this far and am not even trying to make a change for the better. I at least have to try.


  1. You are so great to do charity work and volunteer. I think if any, this is a time to give back. :)

  2. Hi Hollie - don't give up girl!
    I know that after what feels like a major slip up we sometime wonder "why do I bother" but being able to run arround with my kids tells me why I bother.

    Get yourself back to the gym - if only one day a week. I find myself in classes saying "I can walk out any time I want - but I will stay for 5 more minutes" and before you know it the class if over.

    You do all this amazing stuff for others - now go do something amazing for yourself - for you can help others if you do not first look after yourself.


  3. Hang in there girl! I've started back to the gym and hitting the weights and doing cardio. It makes us feel so much better! I'm not far from Nashville, we should do a 5K together sometime.

  4. glad u spent ur Thanksgiving giving back and with ur fam! Thanks again for my gift cert! I will put it to good use @ Sephora :) Be blessed and get back in the gym!

  5. It is lovely to see people spending their time giving; that is what Thanksgiving is all about! It is hard not to cheat during the holidays, but what matters is jumping back on the wagon. I made sure I weighed myself everyday this week, so I could stay in check.

  6. I've just run across your blog, and I appreciate your honest, upfront posts! I'm just beginning the blogging/weight loss journey, and I'm definitely hoping for inspiration along the way!


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