Friday, January 4, 2013

Two winners and how the new year is going...

First things first! I'm ready to give some books away! The winner of the How We Did It... is Ronna. Her blog is
And since my first winner for Just Tell Me What to Eat never contacted me, I drew another name for that book. The winner is Jennay! Her blog is
If both of you would please contact me at skinnyhollie at gmail dot com, or on that would be great! I can get these to the post office asap!


I'm officially back to work, and the past two days have been great. Busy, but I don't think I know any other way when I'm working!

I have been getting so many compliments from co-workers who can tell that I've lost weight. I can definitely tell that my slacks are looser than they were before break. It's a good feeling.

But that damned scale still isn't acting right! So I've decided to stop weighing daily. My weigh ins will be on Thursday and Monday from now on. I just can't let the scale play mind games with me at this point. I'm sugar free, low carb, eating healthy, exercising... I've GOT to lose weight. I HAVE to move forward and keep doing what I'm doing. I don't want to get discouraged right now.

This week I made a goal to make sure I'm getting enough fruit and veggie servings, and to make sure I'm drinking plenty of water. I'm doing good so far... 

But I'm struggling with "liking" exercise. I haven't reached that point where I'm happy about going to the gym, or satisfied with my workouts. It still feels like such a chore! My body feels heavy, and I'm just not feeling great when it's over like usual. I tried switching from the elliptical to the treadmill tonight and that was a disaster... I hate the treadmill. Even though I've decided to start going at 4:30 a.m. with my man, I think I may still try a few classes in the evening to see if that makes working out more enjoyable.

I also want to try yoga. Never done that before, but lately it seems very appealing. Not for "exercise", but for flexibility and meditation. I think it might help me relax and de-stress, too. Any thoughts?


I'd also like to add two shameless plugs. Please support Shawn at 344 Pounds by buying his new book! It's only $3.44 on! And if you buy it, please leave a review for him. I got the book on Monday, and I can relate to so much of it. Hopefully, I'll also be able to relate to his success one day!

Second, please check out this blog, This blogger is new on the scene, but I love her blog. She is so funny! And she lost 10 lbs this week! Check it out!


  1. Hi Hollie,

    I've been following you with my BlogLovin for quite awhile and you are very inspirational to me because you're so honest and really tell it like it is, the good and the bad. Great job especially on the no sugar, that seems impossible to me. I got Amazon gift cards for Christmas so I'm definitely buying Shawn's book tonight. You also inspired me to re-start my blog so I can remember this journey, because 2013 is going to be my year! I call it Project: Improve Me! Check it out sometime if you'd like:

    Keep up the great work!

  2. I really need to work on incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet also. I'm lacking in that area.

  3. I know if I were to go to the gym now that it would feel like a chore, but I can't wait to get back to being active. I used to love sports, and I am challenging myself to get fit enough by summer to join the rowing club. I think once I get a bit of weight off, the exercise will be a lot easier.

  4. It's so hard to get those fruits and veggies in isn't it? However, I don't seem to have that same problem with cookies and chips...weird.

    Thank you so much for the shout out Hollie, you have been so kind to me and I really appreciate it :)

  5. I think it's key to find an activity you actually enjoy, and at least supplement with that. I don't think it will become a natural habit and enjoyable if you feel like it's a chore. :)

  6. Congrats on your progress so far, and I think you've made a great choice by focusing on whole, nutritious foods. It's what your body wants!

    I struggle with exercise too. Yoga is one of my favorites, because it's a great workout (especially for my core) and it's all about focus and breathing, rather than shredding muscles. Don't get me wrong, after a good practice I'm definitely sore and I've pushed myself, but it feels GOOD.

    good luck!

  7. I think finding a type of exercise you love to do is so important in wanting to workout. I've gone through several stages- running then yoga, gym classes, now I'm doing bootcamp. All that I've loved doing but then I'll move on to the next thing. Even though I'm doing bootcamp, I'm doing a mix- yoga some days of the week. I'll be going to a Barre class on Tuesday. I found working out at the gym soo boring! Try the classes- you might find that you really like them! I found that I burned more calories in the classes too than doing the treadmill or elliptical because I pushed myself more. You got this!

  8. Thanks for the recommendation. I am loving 344 pounds...


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