Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Body by Vi 90-day Challenge... Big News!

I have to admit, when I signed up to do the Body by Vi 90-day Challenge, I didn't really know what I was in for. Yes, I knew it tasted good. Yes, I knew that it was nutritionally sound. Yes, I knew that it has worked for a whole lot of people.

But I wasn't prepared for the momentum that it has given me.

As of yesterday, I am officially promoting this challenge.

Honestly, after the first few days of being on the product, I knew that I would eventually go into the business side of the challenge and become a distributor. It just seems like a no-brainer. I can't count the number of emails, texts, and Facebook messages I've received from people from both is blog and real life who is interested in joining the challenge. So after speaking to a few key people and taking a leap of faith... here I am!

Just to let you know, this blog will NOT be turning into an advertising site for Body by Vi. You know me better than that. I believe in endorsing products that I use and love, but the heart of this blog is JUST ME. THAT WILL NOT CHANGE. I plan on talking about the challenge in the same context I would any other tool that I use for weight loss. And I will always give my honest opinion. Promise.

But I do have to say that I am very excited about this summer and the potential that I have to REALLY get going. The accountability and encouragement that I can see this challenge bringing to the table is amazing. Not only will I realize my own goals, but I also have a tool to help other people, too!

The helping other people part is turning out to play a bigger role than I thought... but more on my WHY tomorrow!

Please check out my challenge site and show me some love! As always, email any questions to me via email (skinnyhollie at gmail dot com) or Facebook. AND PLEASE pray for me! I really feel like God has positioned me here for a reason.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Still swimming... Day 9

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Today I am very appreciative to all of the men and women who are brave enough to fight for our freedom.

Today we had a pool day. My kiddos and I actually got up early to get to the pool when it opened... but even that was too late. It was packed! But we still had a good time. 

Remember how I learned to swim last summer? Well, even though I haven't practiced, or really been back in a pool at all since August, I still know how to swim. I practiced for about an hour today, and IT WAS A WORKOUT! My arms and legs will definitely be sore tomorrow. But today it was a great way to get some exercise in. And it felt good to let go of that fear that I've had for so long. I can swim!

My birthday was PHENOMENAL! Best one I've had, and I've had some good birthdays over the last few years. This is me at 36...

Body by Vi is still going great. I can tell a big difference since I've been doing two shakes per day. I got on the scale this morning and MY BATTERY IS DEAD, lol. I have two other scales, but they are the type that give me different readings each time I step on them, so I never do "official" weigh-ins on those. I feel great, though, and I know I'm losing.

I have promised several of you via email to do a blog post on this program soon... I am still trying to get that together. For now, visit If you get three people to join the challenge with you, you get your product for free. So if anyone is thinking about joining the challenge please do so through my site! Thanks!

The more I read and learn about Body by Vi, the more I like it. There is something about this challenge that really gives me momentum. The next eight weeks are going to be awesome!

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Today is my 36th birthday. I'm sliding into 40 at warp speed! 

I have been in such a reflective mood this week. Today is Day 7 of my 90 day challenge and I must say I am feeling great. I am going to weigh in tomorrow, and I'm actually optimistic. 

Today is also my LAST day of school for the 2011-12 school year! I'm off for the next eight weeks and I am so ready to seriously get on track. I did well last week, but I am not at 100% yet. Today starts 100%. No more excuses. My days are mine!

Even though I had to work for a couple of hours today, it felt good to be able to get up and fix my shake without rushing about. After school, I went to the pool and lounged for about three hours with a friend. Just me... no kids! It was great. Tonight I will celebrate with friends.

When I opened my eyes this morning, my first thought was that I never want to wake up fat on my birthday EVER again. When I turn 37 next year, I vow to NOT be morbidly obese.

Now is right on time. I want this so bad.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 4... Why not me?

This week has been INSANE. But the end of the school year always is, I guess. Tomorrow is the last day with students. Then I have to work Friday and 1/2 day Saturday. Yes... our school district always has the last report card day on Saturday. It's been like that for as long as I remember.

This Saturday is also my birthday... I will be 36! I am now sliding into 40...

And maybe that is why I've been so reflective today.

So far, my 90-day challenge is going well. I have YET to get to the gym, but my focus right now is just drinking the two shakes each day and drinking my water... at least 100 oz. And that has been my biggest struggle so far. I am too busy to drink water and pee all day! When I'm not at school, I am at the ballpark, and the bathroom there is DISGUSTING. UGH.

My ankle and foot are swollen again, and I really think it's because I haven't been drinking water. AND I've been drinking soda. I know better, so I must do better.

The whole reason for me to do this 90-day challenge int he first place has to do with health... I NEED to get my weight under control for my health. 36 is awfully close to 40! I need to get this weight off before it's mandated by a doctor as a result of a health scare associated with diabetes, high blood pressure or both! It's serious. Very.

But for some reason that same scared little voice in the back of my head keeps whispering doubt into my brain. It makes me wonder if I can REALLY lose weight. It makes me believe that I don't have it in me. That I'm fat and that's just the way it is.

But then I look at people around me. I read blogs and get inspired by people just like me who have lost weight and kept it off! Then I ask myself, "Why not me?"... Why can't I be a success story? Why can't I inspire people? Why can't I lose this weight and keep it off FOREVER?

I can do this. And I can show you better than I can tell you.

I know this summer is going to be transforming. I believe that so many things are falling into place in my little corner of the universe, just so I can realize this ONE DREAM that always seems to slip through my fingertips.

Why not me?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Good Sunday - Body By Vi Day 1

Today has been a great day! I was able to sleep in, catch up on some blogging and reading, and I was also able to read more about this new 90-day Challenge I am doing. Today was DAY 1.

I must admit... I really didn't know what I was getting into when I signed up! Nothing bad... but so much good stuff! I didn't know that you could actually win prizes! And it's for real. I called my friend, Ron, to confirm a few things that I read on the website and he said he'd personally met people at the rally that had totally changed their lives. It is really inspiring. And I have been finding all kinds of yummy shake combinations online. I went grocery shopping today to stock up on all the good stuff I need.

If Body By Vi is a bandwagon, I have jumped on it, lol.

But there is nothing wrong with that. I NEED to get motivated and excited again. Lately I've just been in a rut. I broke up with my Love, and that has really made me sad. Then my mom's condition is steadily getting worse... sad. Add end-of-the-school-year stress and the craziness of raising four kids by myself and maybe that's why I just can't focus. But good things are just around the corner.

My ex-husband has been out of jail for almost two months, and is actually helping me with the kids... both financially and as a parent should. As his situation improves, I am hoping the kids will be able to spend more time with him. Giving me more time to myself, and more time to concentrate on me. This might sound selfish, but I think that moms need to be selfish in this way sometimes!

Just the thought of getting focused again with my diet and fitness goals makes me very happy. Of course... things can always come up. But this summer is really going to be the prime time to make this happen. It just seems like the stars are going to be aligned!

And as extra motivation... I really want to prove that I can do it. Lately, several comments by people (negative comments) have been rolling around. Apparently, some think the odds of me succeeding in my journey are very slim. Someone even told Ron that he shouldn't waste his time on me because I'm unable to stick with anything. Really? Hmmm... I admit they do have a point, but I know that I CAN and WILL do this. I will never stop trying until I get there.

And as I've blogged before... I KNOW this is my time. I feel it in my bones.

Last night I had girls night with my bff's and I had Prince's Hot Chicken... a Nashville TRADITION!

Let me tell ya... I paid for that meal this morning! I felt TERRIBLE. But I started my morning with a shake that tasted just like a frappucino, and all was well after that. I stayed ON PLAN all day, and feel great. I already have my lunch packed for work tomorrow. It's field day, so it's gonna be busy.

I have sat down and planned out my workouts for next week, too. I even went through my calendar (that I LIVE by) and charted out the next 90 days... looks like this challenge shall take me to August 17.

Well everyone... take a good look. This is me. For now. Watch me change!

If you want more info on Body By Vi and this 90-day challenge, please visit this website. If I get THREE people to try this challenge with me, I can get my shakes for FREE!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

It all begins... tomorrow!

I am starting my Body by Vi challenge... tomorrow. I actually already started drinking the shakes (because they are GOOD), but I am not PREPARED enough to really give this 100%. My brain keeps saying, "This is why you should wait until after vacation", but I refuse. I just need the next couple of hours to finish my menu planning and workout times for next week. And I also need to get a few groceries (almond milk, various extracts, etc) so that I can make different shake recipes I keep reading about. Apparently, the possibilities are ENDLESS for these shakes. For the past few mornings, I have been doing the shake mix with orange juice and ice cubes. Tastes like a creamcicle. LOVE.

Even thought I've been thrown a few curve balls for the past few days, I am still excited. Today at the soccer field someone came up to me to let me know their MIL is doing a 90-day challenge with Body by Vi and is doing very well. In the back of my mind I thought, "I wonder what she will say when she sees ME 90 days from now...".

Today when I was leaving Kalela's last game and saying goodbyes to the other parents of kids on my team, I thought the same thing. "Wonder what they will think when they see me when Fall soccer starts?".

I know I'm going to do this. I am starting now, but when school gets out it's gonna be so nice. I am already planning my days, and just getting the plan together is so motivating.

I took "before" pictures night before last and it was awful. So embarrassing. I stripped down to just my bra and panties for the BEST "before" picture possible... Why did I do that? I locked my door and cried for at least 30 minutes. In my mind, I am not as obese as I obviously am in person. My body is a trainwreck. I am so disappointed in myself for letting myself get to this point.


WHEN I post my side-by-side "after" picture on day, it's going to be the greatest day of my life!

Maybe I will get the courage to post that "before" pic on her for all to see... Let me think on that one!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Putting my money where my mouth is...

Sorry I haven't posted regularly in a while. It is the end of the school year - only 8 school days left after today! It's been stressful, but I have almost made it.

Over the past few weeks I have had a lot of wheels turning in my brain about weight loss and what my plan is going to be for the summer. I have planned vacation for the 1st week of June but the rest of the summer is free and clear. I know I will have several in-service days, but besides that the summer is mine!

Funny how God works, but He has brought several people back around over the past few weeks that seem to fit into my weight loss equation in some way. One person is a former neighbor who is now a physical trainer, and she offered to help me with training. TWO neighbors have asked if I would start walking with them. And one person has started this new weight loss program and is so excited about the results.

He is so excited about this 90-day challenge he is doing that he has convinced me to try it, too.

It's Body By Vi.

When he first approached me a month or so ago, I was still doing the Slim Fast challenge and declined. So then ANOTHER friend from high school approached me about Body By Vi the same week. He was also excited about his progress. But it was then that I started doing a little bit of research. Over the years SO MANY PEOPLE have approached me through the blog or Facebook about this program... Especially when I started doing the Slim-Fast plan. It wasn't until these two different friends endorsed the product that I seriously considered it.

Since then my friend (Ron) has convinced me to give it a try. I ordered my kit last night. No endorsement or sponsorship. I forked out my own cash for once!

I think I am just ready for something new and different. And the whole 90-day Challenge is exciting. I did really well with my own 30-day challenge... so a 90-day challenge seems like it will push me to another level. ESPECIALLY during summer break. I will finally have the TIME to spend on ME. I can go to the gym when I want... I can walk with my neighbor at night if I want. I will have time to make my shakes without having to rush or worry about being late. AND I have a friend who is also on the plan who I KNOW will push me. I am excited.

That's why I want to start now. I can get a 2-week head start and I even plan on staying on plan during vacation. Honestly, giving myself permission to eat like crazy on vacation NEVER works out for me. I end up sick, tired, and miserable with heartburn every time! And if I remember correctly, the resort where we are staying even has a gym. Sounds like a sign!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Slim-Fast Vow to Wow $50 AMEX giftcard WINNER!

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According to Comment #15 is my winner!

Blogger Frugal Mom from California said...

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win! Get ready... I have some amazing things in the works for both ME and this blog. The wheels are turning, and I am getting excited.

And again, thank you to Slim-Fast for the amazing opportunity to work with you!