Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 24 - Strength in Numbers

Guess who joined me at the gym this morning? My oldest daughter! I was so excited, that at one point while we were rapidly pedaling away on side-by-side bikes I caught myself in the mirror smiling like an idiot. She actually ASKED to join me. She got up early and got dressed before I did. And she hung in there... no whining or complaining. We did a total of 45 minutes of cardio (bike, elliptical, and walking) and then some stretching. It was awesome.

Apparently I have inspired her to get moving. Imagine that.

I also found out today there is a BIG difference in elliptical machines. I usually get on the same type of elliptical every time I work out. But today, I got on one of the new ones with the moving handles. O. M. G. I was #dead after 10 minutes. It was so challenging! So I have decided to start switching to different types of ellipticals each day. Maybe 10 minutes on the hard one, and 20 on my usual one? Don't get me wrong, my usual elliptical still kicks butt. But at least I can make it through 30 minutes!

Today has been another BUSY day. But it's all good. I got caught up on coupon clipping and organizing. Tomorrow I will catch up on emails and some business stuff. I will get everything done... not stressing out about it.

I put out an all-call on Facebook today for people who will be my exercise/accountability partner. The response was amazing! When I decided to promote the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge, it had a lot to do with the fact that I really want to help other people, too. There is strength in numbers. If I can get my daughter, my neighbors, my friends... everyone I know!... on this journey with me, then the chance of me failing this time gets really small. Even if the people I know are not trying to lose weight or get fit, they can keep me in check. Something! 

I talked to an old friend the week before vacation and she basically begged me to help her. She is at an all-time high weight and she is miserable. She basically needs someone to motivate her and hold her accountable and I agreed to do that job! So I texted her today to see when she wants to start. She told me that while I was on vacation, her co-worker and good friend dropped dead of a heart attack at age 33. Weight-related. Tragic. This has really pushed my friend, and it also pushed me, today, too.

I will not let my weight cause me to die. I have too much to live for. 

Now is the time.

If any of YOU need an accountability partner and would like to call/text back and forth, let me know! Shoot me an email (skinnyhollie at gmail dot com) or send me a message on Facebook (facebook.com/skinnyhollie). I would be happy to exchange numbers.

Today has been great eating-wise. Besides my two Vi-shakes, I have tons of fruit/veggies. The watermelon I got in Nashville on Sunday is DELICIOUS. Glad I got two! I had another great salad today, too. I have decided to try to eat at least ONCE salad daily so that I get plenty of veggies in. It's summer, so salads can be really good and full of yummy, seasonal veggies. And since I don't like cooked veggies, this seems right down my alley. No cheats today :)

I bought and cut my first avocado today, lol. Of course I've eaten avocado before, but never one that I bought and cut up myself.

I am off to bed... my workout calls at 9 a.m.!


  1. Awww, it must have been great to have your daughter with you. She must be proud of her hard working mama. Keep it up!

  2. Nice work! I think it is soo awesomewhen someone joins you in this wonderful activity! Keep working and keep doing it! your inspiring everyone.

  3. Love your blog, it's verry inspirational to me! And nice done with the avocado, they must be some of my healthy favorites! (:

  4. I've been thinking a lot about accountability. I've also been reading your blog for a long time and really enjoy it. I don't want to use your forum as a way to promote my own endeavors, but my feelings that I couldn't do this on my own led me to start my own blog. I know I can't do this on my own. I'd really appreciate it if you, or any of your readers stopped by my little area of the web to lend your presence and support! And keep at it Hollie. We can't give up, and you are doing great!


    Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy day!

  5. Keep up the good work, i find it better to have a gym buddy too x



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