Friday, May 31, 2013

Weigh-in for May... And other numbers

Someone on Facebook asked me for a scale pic the other day. Even though I thought the request was kind of strange (maybe even rude), I didn't mind posting one. 52.3 lbs lost total since mid-November. I'm happy with that, but definitely aware that I have a lot more to lose. Today's number is up a little from last week, about 2 lbs. But I ate a lot of bad food over my birthday/Memorial day weekend. But since I've been on track this week, I know this number will eventually go down. Sooner than later. Because I'm busting my ass.

This is my first week of "official" training for my 3-day walk. I've really put some miles in for the last four days. AND I started weight training (which I don't love).

(I accidentally chose horseback riding instead of walking today. Oops.)

It's really amazing to me how "easy" walking 5 miles is now. I'm tired, but it's a good feeling. I've been taking different routes around my neighborhood, which has been enjoyable. The weather has been warm but really sunny and nice.

And I've found that the walking has been really good for my mind and spirit, too. I have been listening to sermon podcasts that have really fed my soul. Andy Stanley is awesome... you should check him out. I usually get to listen to about two sermons during each walk, then I follow it with some uplifting music. It's my happy time. I look forward to it.

But I am sore. I have been working out pretty consistently since December/January. And I haven't been this sore since I started group classes at the gym in January. I have only been doing upper body weights so far since I feel like walking is 5+ miles daily is all my bottom half can handle. But man my arms are sore! I'm having to lift a lot lighter than I did in the past, but I'll work my way up. I just need to establish a routine and get my head in the game.

I also think I need to really start paying closer attention to my food again. Right now, I think my choices are "pretty" good, but I'm allowing too many chips and salty snacks. I also don't think I'm eating enough calories again. I focused on exercise this week, next week will be food. I plan on stocking up on fruit and veggies this weekend. 

Like I said, this healthy lifestyle definitely seems like habit now, so I'm not worried about it. I had a couple of weeks of half-assing things, so I just need to get back to what works. And since it's summer break, and I have all the time I need to concentrate on this, it will happen. I'm so thankful for the progress I've made!


  1. It's really inspiring (and motivating) for you to post a scale picture. It definitely seems like you are making good progress on your first week of training for your 3-day walk. Keep up the good work and thanks for being a great source of motivation and inspiration for someone on a weight loss journey!

  2. Good for you! Weight training is really amazing, believe me! I can't believe the difference it has made for me.

  3. It seems as if you might be a teacher? Me too. And I can relate to the yo-yo bit to losing weight.

    I agree, though. It has to be a Lifestyle. (Diet starts with "die", after all. I'd rather choose the one that starts with "Life"!)

    I have adopted a workout regime that has been a godsend for me, but everyone needs their own push. My summer push will be as much fresh food as possible, along with a hard-core commitment to exercise.

    This is a journey, and I look forward to continuing, and reading about yours as well!

  4. That's a lot of walking Hollie! Way to go. I used to walk 3 or 4 miles a day and it is such a great stress reliever. Glad you're doing so well :)

  5. Fantastic weight loss so far, Hollie! Even if it feels like you have a long way to go, celebrate that 50 pounds because it's not easy!! Keep it up! :)

  6. Well done Hollie from another Holly lol we have so much in common actually!! im a plus size fashion and beauty blogger, ( my name is Holly and i weigh the EXACT same as you do!! only difference is i live in scotland and spell holly with a Y!

    You've done an amazing job! Im working on my weight loss too - best of luck :) xx

  7. You did a awesome work Hollie Keep Going...


  8. hi its really great that you are motivating yourself to loose weight.. :)


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