Monday, March 26, 2012

The Winner IS...

Comment #8 (drawn randomly)
Things I L.O.V.E

I have already sent you an email. Congrats!

Thanks, everyone, for giving me love on the blog and on Facebook!

I will be back tomorrow with an update!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Day GIVEAWAY!

I love giveaways!

And today, 3/21, is a holiday over at Slim-Fast... Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Day! In honor of their 3-2-1 plan, they are celebrating, and would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog!

The grand prize? A beautiful scarf...

Remember my trip to NYC? Stylist, Jacqui Stafford help me pick out one of these beautiful scarves for me to take home. It's the only one I own, and I feel especially trendy whenever I wear it.

Want one of your own? Well, you have five SIX ways to enter!

1. Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me what your favorite fashion accessory is... This post is not optional.
2. LIKE SkinnyHollie on Facebook (and leave me a comment HERE telling me you did).
3. Leave a comment on my FACEBOOK wall telling me you entered the contest (and leave me a comment HERE telling me you did).
4. LIKE Slim-Fast on Facebook (and leave me a comment HERE telling me you did).
5. Leave a message on Slim-Fast's Facebook wall saying you entered the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Day giveaway on SkinnyHollie's blog, and link back to my page.
6. Leave a comment on one of my Women of Wow posts, (and leave me a comment HERE telling me you did).

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on March 25 (Sunday). I will then choose a winner at random. US entries only. After that date, I will post the winners. Please leave an email address in your comment so I know how to contact you. Easy? Yep!

Have fun!

Full disclosure: This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Slim-Fast Women of WOW! Program. Visit to join the conversation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 34... Lessons I can teach myself...

Yep... that's what I am doing! Moving forward.

On day 30 of my 30-day challenge I weighed in at 301.4... that's a 14.6 lbs down! Wow. I feel awesome about that.

On Saturday, I had a pre-planned "off" day. Not a "go crazy and eat everything in site day". Just an "off" day... I had a date night planned since the beginning of my challenge, where I knew we would be going to Olive Garden. And I gave myself permission to eat what I wanted. I actually did good! I SHARED an entree with my date, and still had enough to take home in a to-go box... in the past I would have never even considered sharing a plate. I would have never stopped at "Full"... oh, I would have stuffed myself until I was at "Sick and about to Vomit".

After dinner we went to the movies. Where I ate nothing. No popcorn or nachos. Not even a diet soda. I was good! Still full from dinner, so why push it? I really enjoyed ice cream after the movie, though. Man it was good, and worth every calorie! It felt like a treat, and that's what it was!

On Sunday, I didn't really get back on track, though... I ate my leftovers. And didn't track. But I still wasn't really bad. It was a weird day... I babysit a toddler on Sat and Sunday, which threw both days off, lol... I am so over my baby years! But I have to admit, by Sunday night I was longing for the gym. Two days with no exercise and bad eating had me feeling so lazy and lethargic. It was weird...

But I am learned a lesson from it. Just that quick, I was able to "FEEL" my body make a change from healthy food and exercise, to unhealthy food and no exercise. It was a big change. In just two days! Wow. Lesson learned.

Yesterday I was back on track. I figure I have a good 20 days until Easter, so I am challenging myself again for 20 days to journal, eat within my calories, and go to the gym or exercise for at least 40 minutes at least 5 days per week. I know I can do this... I've proven it!

My big thing right now is to just keep moving forward. I am not shedding lbs as fast as I have in the past, but I am okay with that. I will get there! As long as I am moving in the right direction with my food and exercise, the pounds will follow! I am finally teaching myself that HEALTH is my priority, not a pants size or a number on the scale... those things are just the BONUS of living a healthy lifestyle.

I am committed!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 29 - Healthy for my kids...

My sweet baby girl... she was my walking buddy yesterday. We walked for a solid 55 minutes, and at times I just had to smile at her and her enthusiasm. Out of all my kids, she was the only one who wanted to go to the park with me yesterday... knowing that we were going to walk. And she didn't even complain to the end.

She jogged a little, sang a lot, and looked so cute in her "workout clothes". 

I look at her, and it reminds me of why this journey is so important. I'm not just doing this for me. I'm doing this for my four children. It is my prayer that my children will never know the pain of morbid obesity. My oldest daughter does struggle with her weight, but her habits are so much better than they used to be. She has been around the same weight for the past 3 years... which is good considering she is 14. Not gaining is good. But she is very active and is now very conscious about what she eats. She will be fine.

My nephew is a lean machine and very athletic. When he wrestled and they did a body fat analysis on him, the coach said he had 0% body fat. His mother had the same genes... She's never been over a size 12-14 in her life.

My son is not fat, but he is getting pretty thick. He isn't active AT ALL. He eats pretty well, but I need to figure out some way for him to get some physical activity. He will walk with me, which is good. I'm working on him.

My little one (pictured above) likes to eat healthy. She loves to exercise. I try to keep her active while she is so happy about doing things like cheerleading, soccer, and jump rope. She

My kids will be okay... I'm making it my business to make sure they have the right foods to eat. We don't eat fast food, we only have chips and soda on occasion. My kids drink water or Crystal Lite... some juice. They eat fruit and some veggies. I try to stay away from a lot of processed stuff, but I am still guilty of buying some stuff just because it's fast and inexpensive (cold cereal, waffles, etc). I cook for them at least 4 nights per week, and it's a well-rounded meal.

When I was a kid drinking Pepsi and eating a bag of Cheetos was normal to me. I could easily eat a box of sugary cereal every day. My kids don't know what that is like, as far was eating those things on an every day basis. And they never will. 

I want my children to watch my transformation and be proud of me. I want them to know that I am not only doing this for me, but for them, too!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day 27... In the home stretch!

I can't believe that my first 30-day challenge is almost over, and that I am still committed and focused to my goals! It's an amazing feeling to know that I am finally doing something.

I will not have to start over, because I'm not going to quit. During my 30-day challenge, I have taught myself that no matter what happens, I can keep going. One bad meal, or one bad DAY even, does not mean that you just abandon your goals and quit!

As of yesterday, I've lost 13 lbs. I'm currently sitting at 303... almost out of the 300's! My workouts have been really good. I realized to day that I've worked out 4 days in a row! And I have also slightly increased my intensity on the elliptical. All good signs. The only bad thing right now (as far as my workouts go) is soreness! My body feels so good up to an hour or so after my workout, and then the soreness sets in. I've tried ibuprofen, but I really have to watch how much I take because it really tears my stomach up. My back has started hurting, too. I'm just hoping that eventually the fact that I am losing weight and taking that pressure off my body will counteract the soreness.

I found out that we are losing health insurance at the end of this month. I have been holding my breath on this issue for a while. We are still on our state's version of medicaid since my income has been so low. Well, after my raise this fall I had to reapply and have just now been turned down. The insurance at my job is $450/month... unaffordable for me. I am thankful to be able to pay my bills and put groceries on the table, but I have a teacher's income and am raising four kids with no financial support from anyone else. Did I mention that I have a child in braces? Ugh. I will figure something out.

Well, one of my kids has an appointment shortly so I must shower and get dressed. I know that it's Spring Break, but I've still had a lot to do! I really need to get my room clean and organized, and also make some bows for a fundraiser I am doing at the end of the month. I worked on my room a little this morning, and will hopefully be able to get some bows made tomorrow. Next week seems a little slower, so that's good.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 25 - Great day for a hike!

Last weekend I felt like I really backslid a little, and it took a few days to really get back on track. Friday started my long-awaited Spring Break, and I am determined to make these next two weeks full of fitness and healthy eating.

Yesterday I ran errands all day, but ended the day with a nice 45 minute walk with several good hills. Last night my bestie called and asked if I wanted to go hiking with her today, so I figured why not!

I had no idea I was going to do the most physically challenging thing I've ever done.

I knew it was going to be hard as soon as we got there.

About half-way up the steps TO the trail I thought I was gonna die!

Once we got up the steps there was a paved road but you step off onto a trail that basically takes you down, then back up a mountain!

O. M. G.

I thought we were never gonna get to the top. We climbed and climbed and I was breathing so hard at times I thought my lungs were going to explode. And my legs felt like I couldn't take another step.

 But I made it to the top!

Somewhere along the way back down (which KILLED my knees) I saw this sign that said the trail was only 2.5 miles! Brooke confirmed it but I am not sure I want to believe her. It took us a total of 95 minutes.

But it was so worth it. I never expected to be able to do something like this at my size, but I did it! It was hard, but once again I proved I can do anything I set my mind to. I am stronger than I often give myself credit for.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

What day is this?

I intended to post my numbers for this past week tonight, but I am just wiped out. I had to work LATE tonight, and also go to the grocery. It's been A LONG TWO WEEKS! But tomorrow is my last day of work before SPRING BREAK! I will finally get a chance to rest and relax... and work out like a mad woman for the last week of my challenge. I can't believe I've almost made it for 30 days! I had a few rough days, but I am still going strong. I am back to 100+ oz of water, and I took my supplements today!

It is raining like crazy in middle TN and my knees are ACHING. Bad. Even if I had time to workout tonight, I probably wouldn't have. I pray that my old knee injuries aren't going to start giving me problems. Ugh.

I will try my best to post numbers tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 20... hanging on for dear life!

...or even if your schedule sucks... or your circumstances... or your whatever. Just KEEP doing it!

That is what I have been telling myself for the last few days. I knew last week was crazy, but this week has not let up, either. I kind of knew I was in trouble on Friday after baking all those treats and being stuck in the house all day. Saturday... complete FAIL. The only good thing I can say about Saturday is that I started my day with a Slim-Fast, and I walked for 30 minutes (in the dark) after the banquet. I was NOT on plan... at all. Oh, another good thing I can say about Saturday is that I got an iPod Touch, which I have been wanting FOREVER. Now I have apps like everyone else!

Sunday was MUCH better. I was actually under on my calories that day because I was so busy all day.

Yesterday (Monday), I had a party at my house (my Thirty-One launch party). I ate light all day because I knew that I wanted to enjoy a slice of pizza and a chess square... which I did. I also made it my business to go to the gym to get on that elliptical 35 minutes before the party. I went over a little in calories, but according to myfitnesspal (which I am using on my new iPod touch!), my exercise made up for it.

Today, I had another meeting/dinner party to attend, so I also planned accordingly. I was so proud of myself for skipping the decadent brownies they had for dessert. I had dessert Saturday AND last night at my own party... I am good. But I was NOT able to make it to the gym as planned. I actually worked late today! I had no choice... and I even forgot that my doctor had an appt this afternoon. It was right across from her school so she walked there, but I forgot and had to rush out to pick her up! I felt so bad!

I am struggling with drinking water all of a sudden... not sure why. I was doing so good.

Ok. So now it's just time for me to get my butt in gear for the next 10 days of my challenge. The old me would have quit after Saturday, but not the new me! I am still determined to keep my scale moving in the right direction. I am also determined to keep trying to gain the healthy lifestyle habits that I need so desperately.

Honestly, I think that I have had some very "real life" tests over the past few day and looking back, I haven't done as bad as I could have, or would have just a few weeks ago. NEVER in my mind did I just say, "screw it. I've failed again." No... not at all. I have been so good at planning and compensating. Saturday was the only day I really overate, and honestly, it was because I had a "cocktail" before dinner, and since I don't normally drink anymore, I really got a buzz, lol. And like everyone says, alcohol REALLY DOES impede your decision-making abilities when it comes to food. No more cocktails for me. Not right now, at least. :)

Tomorrow night's bunco was cancelled, so I am not free to play catch-up at home, and hopefully with some school work as well. Report cards are DONE and I am finally caught up on most of the paperwork I needed to do before Spring Break NEXT WEEK. I am SO, SO happy that after 3 more days I will be off for TWO WEEKS! I am really needing a break right now. And I am really looking forward to kicking up my workouts during those two weeks, too. It will be nice to go to the gym and have plenty of time.

Did I just say that?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 16... **sigh**

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today was Read-Me day at my school. But, I missed it because I had to call in sick. This stomach bug is no joke! I was absolutely MISERABLE all morning, but after some meds and sleep this morning I feel better. Good thing.

School was dismissed at noon today because of severe weather threats in the area. We have had tornadoes and storms with golf ball sized hail all evening. We even had to take cover once. I am glued to the news right now... it's scary.

Around noon I just happened to remember that I was supposed to bring two desserts to my nephew's wrestling banquet tonight. Crap. SO even though I felt like ^&%(((&^%, I got up and set about making two cakes... Orange Juice Cake and Chocolate Earthquake Cake. The Orange Juice Cake ended up falling apart as I took it out of the pan, so then I had to make chess squares, because I sure as heck wasn't about to go tot he store and I had to use what I had already at home.

Let's just say that I KNOW that I've had way too many BLT's (bits, licks, and tastes). I would catch myself doing it. I did eat a hunk of the orange juice cake when it fell apart. And I am way behind on my water today - between going to the bathroom and the fact that I basically slept until noon... everything is just OFF today.

But I am not going to submit to failure. It's not too late to get it together. My calories are low, so one bite of cake isn't going to kill me. I am going to try to drink as much water as I can before bed. And now that they have CANCELLED the banquet due to the storms, I don't have to worry about being tempted with food tonight. It's been rescheduled for tomorrow, so I can wake up in the morning and plan my day accordingly.

No gym yesterday... I had to go into Nashville after school and didn't get home until 9 p.m. I did go to a great Health/Wellness seminar at my church last night that was good. More about that later.

No gym today, either. Between sickness and tornadoes... it ain't happening.

Tomorrow will be better. But today still counts. No excuses.