Monday, May 27, 2013


Sorry again for the long gap in posting... it's been a wild month or so with the end of the school year, etc.

Yesterday I celebrated my 37th birthday. It was an awesome day and I was surrounded by my closest friends/family.

My daughter got me a cute little kitty for my birthday... even though SHE is the one who's been wanting a pet!


Last night as I was looking through pictures, I did some side-by-side shots of me compared with last year's birthday pictures. I could really see a big difference.

I've also been posting a few more comparison/progress shots on my Facebook page. I'm seeing a difference, and it's very motivating.

Oh, here's a picture of my glorious cake. Yes, I allowed myself cake for my birthday. But it had to be a specially made cake that I know would be worth every bite. And it was!

My ex-husband's sister came in from Florida for the weekend, which was great. I really enjoy still having a relationship with his family.

I am officially on Summer Break! I am so excited for this time off. I am dedicating this summer to my health and fitness. I'm really planning on getting back to stricter eating and exercise.

My size 20's are getting loose already, so I've made a goal to be in a size 16 by the time that school starts back at the end of July. I really think I can make it.

And I hope you noticed that I set a size goal instead of a scale goal. My 21-day challenge really helped my weight start dropping again. Last week I was down to 264. Weekend/birthday/holiday eating has most likely brought that up a few pounds, but I'm not worried about it. I'm so ready to kick it back into gear, I know that I will be moving downward again in no time.

I have also decided to start more serious weight training this summer, so I am hoping to lose more inches now. The scale will no longer be my only indicator of success (but I've really let that scale obsession go over the last few weeks anyway). I want to be a size 16 in two months. I know I can do it. And it starts NOW!


  1. Happy birthday Hollie! You look great... and happy :)

  2. Happy Birthday! I have no doubt that those size 16 pants will fit you in no time at all.

  3. Happy Birthday Hollie, you can definitely see a big difference in your before and after pictures - you're looking amazing.
    It's good for us to have goals and I've no doubt you'll manage your size 16 goal.
    Looking forward to reading about your progress.

    Linda -

  4. Happy Birthday Hollie, progress pictures are always very motivating, I'm glad you are startign weight training, it helps a lot with toning and makes you so much stronger, I also started weight training a few months back and I can see a change, if you are looking for basic exercises to start your training I have listed them here :

    have fun weight training

  5. Happy birthday Hollie!! You're looking absolutely fab. Such an inspiration.

  6. Happy birthday, Hollie!

    That cake was gorgeous! I, too, usually allow myself a little treat on my big day. ;)

  7. Yay! You can definitely do it Hollie! Weight training will do wonders you just wait and see ;)And I don't know if you noticed or not but you were put on this list of 100 inspirational bloggers.

  8. Happy belated birthday! You look great, Hollie! I'm also incorporating some weight training into my routine in hopes of getting stronger, increasing my metabolism, and dropping inches.

  9. Wow! I can't believe the difference in your before and after pics!! You are doing a great job girl! Keep it up and may we all be motivated by your success.

  10. Happy belated birthday. I enjoyed your blog.

  11. Wow I love all of the dresses in this post! Please tell me where they are from! Great job you look so so happy!!! Happy belated birthday!!!

  12. Hi Hollie happy birthday.. :)
    hope you all had a great time


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