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.



  1. Hollie congrats on your weight loss success. I found stretching before and after my workouts helps with the soreness. Also, learned applying ice right after working out, to my sore area works well too!!

    I hope this helps!! :-)

  2. Hollie congrats!!! I have lost 40lbs in the last year and am in my home stretch as well!!!

    Other than all the great stuff you are already doing, I wanted to let you know of one thing that really helped me- I started cooking with Rice bran oil and threw out all the other oils. I think Dr. Oz just had a segment about it, and its a really great, especially for weight loss! The one I use is Suriny Rice Bran Oil and they are great - plus its delicious!

    Hope this helps you and everyone else looking to lose weight!


  3. Congratulations Hollie! You are an inspiration. I created a fitness blog(diary)recently. I created the blog so that posting my comments and conversations; along with my progress, I will have to remain accountable. The blog is new and unrefined, but if you get a chance please visit. I added your blog to my links (please let me know if this is ok). I just want others to see the commonality. I am exicted about your accomplishments and wish you well..."Keep going lady"

  4. Don't let a little sorness get you discouraged. You're gonna start feeling better WAY SOON! I'm so proud of you!

  5. I def need to do one of these...i started looking at the ones where you're supposed to blog dif things but i think this would be a great idea!


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