Monday, April 30, 2012

Slim-Fast(er)...$50 AMEX card giveaway!

Well... all good things must come to an end!

Today is my last day as a blog ambassador for Slim-Fast! It's been a great 4 months, and I feel blessed to have this experience. I have learned that being busy is no excuse not to make a good choice... at least for two meals each day! Having Slim-Fast around to grab and go has been such a convenience! Of course I will continue to use the product... I have been using Slim-Fast since WAY before this blog ambassadorship!

I would like to thank Slim-Fast for giving me this opportunity! They have been really great to me!

I have one more AMEX giftcard for $50 to give away! Here's how you enter:

1. Follow me on Twitter (@SkinnyHollie), then tweet about this giveaway
2. Follow me on Facebook (, then post about this giveaway
3. Follow Slim-Fast on Facebook, then post a link to my blog about this giveaway
4. Give me a shout-out on YOUR blog!
5. Leave a comment on my Slim-Fast Women of Wow blog page... here.

For each way you enter, PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST. So, if you do all four, you will leave four comments on this blog post. Got it? Good!

I will accept entries until MIDNIGHT CST Friday, May 4!

Have fun!

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, April 17, 2012

If I could wear my iPod all day...

Why is this song making me emotional right now?

I heard the tail end of the song on the radio yesterday, so I was thinking about it again today and decided to put it on my iPod. Sounds like a good workout song, right?

But something about this song reminds me of good times. Good times with my besties... I miss those times. I miss hanging out with my friends. And then I started thinking about the good times I had in 2009 when I was newly separated, in full-party mode, and the thinnest I've been since 2005.


Well, I certainly can't dwell in the past.

I've done so much better this week, but I think I just channeled some new-found motivation. Something from deep within that I forgot was there. I haven't felt that little part of myself in a while. It's hard to describe.

I love music. If I could wear my iPod all day I would stay so motivated all the time!

Only 26 days of school! Woo hoo!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Monday, Monday...

The food choices I've made this weekend are moving me VERY FAR AWAY from my weight loss goals. I have lost my dang mind.

So I guess tomorrow is back to the basics... again. I am prepared, good food stocked. I have two weeks left of this month and I am getting it together OR ELSE. I REFUSE to undo all I've worked hard for. Stress isn't worth it. I am worth more.

My gym bag is packed, and I'm about to go pack my lunch and supplements. I feel horrible, and that, in itself, is motivation to stop the madness.

See ya tomorrow :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Good times...

This blog isn't "exactly" weight loss related tonight... just wanted to share some pictures. I have plateaued, but I know exactly why. I haven't had much time for the gym over the past few weeks, and tracking has been scarce. I am still drinking my Slim-Fast, and still making the best choices I can. It's just been so busy and stressful. Ugh.

But I was able to go to Missouri to see my mom and family this weekend. Good times.

I got to see with my own two eyes that my mom is okay. She has changed so much... her mind is going fast. But she knew who we were, and was glad to see us. She seems to be adjusting well to the nursing home, finally, after a couple of rough weeks. My kids were so happy to see her.

We drove down Friday morning and came back Sunday night. I have to say that it was SUCH a great trip. I really feel like I am connecting with my sister and nieces again. We are finally putting the family drama to rest and coming together as a family... like we should have all along.

We had a huge Easter dinner, which I am proud to report that I didn't eat much of. Since being on plan for so long, I am just not ABLE to eat as much as I used to. My portions are small... which is good!

There were lots of desserts, and I had one small slice of each... which I didn't even finish! It feels good to be able to eat what I want in moderation.

I promise to get back to regular blogging soon... just really trying to wrap my head around so much that is going on. I really can't get into it all... just a lot of emotions and stress. I will be fine, though...

I really want to get a good push going so that I can lose more weight before my birthday (May 26). I know if I can concentrate again I will get there!

Monday, April 2, 2012

2 steps forward, 1 step back...


I'm back. And I'm alive!

But I've gained a few pounds back. I haven't exactly been "on plan". Once again, I've let LIFE and CHALLENGES throw me in a tailspin. But I have got a grip, and I am trying my best to refocus. I have about a month left of my Slim Fast 3.2.1 commitment, and I am going to have SOMETHING to show for it. I also have my birthday goals to achieve. No quitting here.

If you've read my blog for a while, you know about my bad divorce, and the fact that my ex-husband has been in jail for quite a while. Well, he got out of jail a little over a week ago. Although everything has been amicable so far, it's been stressful. My kids are excited and want to see and spend time with him, but I have to be careful. Very careful.

And my mother's Alzheimer's has taken a turn for the worse. She was hospitalized for several days, and is now in a nursing home in Missouri where my sister lives. Honestly, this is what started the downward spiral. I think I cried for several days, and was pretty depressed. I am still very sad, but dealing. My mom and I also had a strained relationship, but she is still my mother. And she is slowly losing her mind. I plan on going up there with the kids this weekend, and I pray that she will still remember us.

I went back to work last week, and let's just say that by Friday, I was very happy for the weekend. The first week back from a 2-week break is hard for teachers and students.

Hmmm... what else....

Oh, sports have started again. Little one is playing soccer, oldest is playing baseball. And the oldest has been doing wrestling off-season conditioning after school. Which means that I couldn't go straight to the gym after school last week.

I had two Thirty-One parties to close last week, so on top of everything else, I didn't get home until close to 11 p.m. for two days last week.

AND my leg has been bothering me again. The DVT I had about 18 months ago caused vein damage in my right leg, and sometimes the swelling gets really bad. Thankfully my Love massaged it really well last night and the swelling was minimal today. Maybe it's the weather? Who knows.

Yes, these are all excuses, I know. But I've just had a rough time staying focused on my diet when all of this other stuff has just hit me all at once. 'Tis life, I guess. And a major part of my struggle. Trying to find a balance between craziness and healthy eating. If I can find that balance, I will succeed.

Today, I was prepared and was able to do 41 minutes of cardio at the gym. I brought a bag of salad greens, grilled chicken, and salad fixings to work today, so I have lunch for the week. This week looks promising, so I am really going to try to get back to where I need to be. Where I was two weeks ago. Where I need to always be!