Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Right Way to Lose Weight

I'm sure I've posted this pic before, but I saw it today and it really fits how I feel right now. I'm sore. My legs are screaming in pain from hiking on Sunday, and also going to the gym Monday night. I did 30 slow minutes on the elliptical... I wanted to quit after 10. But I pushed through. I couldn't be a quitter. Today was day 1 of Jillian's 30-day Shred with co-workers after school. I hurt.

I've done much better with eating. Not perfect... But what is perfect? I've tried for years to find the perfect eating plan and I'm just not sure it exists anymore. I've been fat free, carb free, low calories, high calorie... I've drank about every meal replacement I'm the market. I've taken countless pills. I've done no sugar. I've done Paleo. Weight Watchers. Medifast. Body by Vi. Isagenix... Probably more than that. None of these plans have been perfect for me. Some have worked better than others, though.

I've found that lower sugar and lower carbs work best for me to lose weight. But I am addicted to sugar. If I restrict too much at once, I'm not going to follow the plan. No matter what it is.

So what's my happy medium? Can I be happy during weight loss? Yeah... I think I can. I'm pretty happy when I see the results of my hard work. I'm pretty happy when I see the scale move in the right direction, and when I buy smaller clothes. Right now I'm happy because I feel like I'm doing something again.

But weight loss (for me) is not always shiny and happy. Sometimes it sucks. Like this summer, when I was stuck at a plateau and felt like it was impossible to lose weight. Or when I'm starving, or having a craving. Or when I'm weak because my body is craving carbs and I won't give in. Or when even after I've lost 50 lbs, I still look at my body and feel like it's a train wreck.

Ugh. What's the right way to lose weight? Hell if I know. All I know right now is that I have to. Being 300+ lbs sucks a whole lot right now. Almost as much as turning 40 in a couple of years. Being sick and in constant pain isn't easy. I have to lose weight. Hopefully, somehow I will figure it out. But until then, I'm just going to stick with small changes in my diet along with exercise. I'm watching carbs in an attempt to one day get as sugar-free as possible. I'm going to move in the right direction. Because I just can't afford to go backwards at this point.


  1. You're correct, there is no perfect, and there is no right way but the way that actually results in weight loss and improved health. Only you can say what that is for YOU. But I will suggest that if you are addicted to sugar, the best thing you can do is give it up. Totally. Being 'clean' gives strength and clarity.

    From one sugar addict to another.

  2. Hi Hollie,
    I came across your blog when I googled "weight loss blogs." I am starting a year long venture of my own on December 1. It is so hard. I'm an artist and lead a busy life but am taking a year off from doing any shows to concentrate on me and getting into shape. Maybe you could check in from time to time and I will do the same. My blog is
    Thanks, Dee Sanchez

  3. xoxoxo
    and for me it was just picking a direction and moving and knowing I can always switch course...


  4. Hang in there!! Keep from triggering yourself and the clearer mind will provide the space to work on the rest. The moment I abstained from the sweets and wheat were the moments I could get the weight off. You will find what works. Onward !!

  5. I had weight loss surgery. Best thing I've ever done - lost 75 pounds in 4 months and felt great from the start. And, statistically, surgery has the best chance of long term success. I encourage you to check it out for yourself. I'm healthy, happy, wearing a size 8, and training for a half marathon, I feel like I've gotten my life back.

  6. Hang in there! You can do it! There is no perfect answer and you can only do what you feel is right and what you know it working for you. Way to go for powering through your workout. It's those little things that matter and you should feel proud!

  7. You and I are definitely soul sisters with the exception that I will turn 60 in 2013. My weight has been inching up since I was about 40. Inside, I still see myself as fit but outside, I'm a mess. I wish you the best with The Shred. Like you have said before, you are only a failure if you fail to try.

  8. Cutting sugar and carbs out of my life was my saving grace. I'd also tried countless diets and none of them worked. I'm the healthiest I have ever been and I love the way I feel. It was just time for me and I can never go back now. As I used to be addicted to sugar and carbs, I am now addicted to the way that being healthy makes me feel. I hope your time comes very soon! Good luck:)

  9. It's about getting our heads right that's where the right path lies, I would suggest therapy. I also say make the "hollie food plan" because that is the only one that is going to work for life. You have to create what works for YOU. When we are food addicts we have to sort out what triggers us and what works best. Just keep trying, never give up is key. Hang in there Hollie I'm rooting for you *hugs*.

  10. While every individual is different, you need a certain amount of food energy calories every day to satisfy your own personal energy requirements. These requirements will vary according to the amount of physical work you do, how much exercise you take, the speed at which your body burns the energy you are taking on board (your metabolic rate) and your general lifestyle. Exercise plays an important role because when you do exercises, you will be burning additional calories over and above those that you have been using previously. It’s an unfortunate fact that the majority of us have a very dim (and unhealthy) view of vegetables, which is a shame because if you are trying to lose weight by shedding fat, the more vegetables you can include in your diet, the more effective you will be.

  11. I totally agree. Anyone trying to loose weight without involving exercise is actually a serious flaw and that's what I blog about often on my discovery at I also noticed that in doing those exercises its easy to run out of energy in such a short time because of the kind of diet I tried to combine only to discover that Low carbs dont work especially the good ones. I follow GOODLIVING a lot. Keep it up. Thanks

  12. @Amy: You did change your diet afterwards, right?

  13. The right way is doing what you are doing now, on your own time and with your own rules. If it was easy, everyone would be skinny. It takes time, work, and dedication...not some magic pill or quick fix.

    When I am huffing and puffing when I (attempt to) run, I just keep telling myself this will be so much easier when I'm not carrying these 100 extra pounds!

    I know it will always be a challenge for me and I may not do well all the time, but I'm doing better than I used just have to keep striving for improvement. Hang in there!

  14. Go holly go holly go!!!
    You can do this, just never ever give up!!!!
    I started my weight loss journey last month and am proud to say I have lost 5 kg. blogging definitely helps. Please check out my blog, I need all the info and support I can get. Thanks

  15. I love that saying, the pain of being you know whose it is as I would like to use it on my TV show and give credit for it?

    Also here's our latest press release to help people who are severely overweight as I once was.

    Suzanne Andrews
    Host of Functional Fitness, PBS TV


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