Saturday, August 31, 2013

Time for a giveaway!

I'm so close to 1500 likes on Facebook, and lately I'm also getting more support on Instagram so to thank everyone, especially my loyal blog readers, I'm gonna give away some books! First one is:

I was sent this book several months ago to review, but honestly I've never had a chance to read the whole thing... But it's Jillian Michaels and I love her!

So there are several ways to win...

1. Follow my blog and leave a comment HERE  stating you've done so!
2. Follow me on Instagram (@SkinnyHollie) and leave a comment HERE on the blog letting me know.
3. 'Like' my SkinnyHollie page on Facebook leave a comment HERE on the blog letting me know.
4. Follow me on Twitter @SkinnyHollie leave a comment HERE on the blog letting me know!
5. Share this giveaway on any of those sites (blog, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook) and leave a comment HERE for EACH ONE to let me know.

If you're already a follower just leave a comment letting me know.
So up to EIGHT entries (comments) per person!

Please leave separate comments for each thing you do. I'll pick the winner using in one week. You've got until Saturday, September 7 at 11:59 pm CST. Good luck!

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Working out in the morning is just NOT WORKING for me. I've done it for 3 weeks now, and it's such a struggle. And I am so tired... 

I wake up at 4:15, and it takes me about 30 minutes to GET UP. And I'm just not enjoying my workouts like I usually do. It's grueling.

Which makes me not want to do them. And that just won't do.

This morning as I was getting getting up at 4:30, I was thinking about how tired I've been lately. But then I know from past experience that I need more than 5 hours of sleep. Going to bed earlier isn't an option, either. I have 4 kids and all the prep work (getting clothes, lunches, homework ready) plus shower, etc. takes me until 10:00-10:30, sometimes 11pm. 

So I've decided to go back to working out in the evenings again. I'll just have to MAKE time like I used to. But I really need that extra hour of sleep.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Are you on Instagram? If so, follow me I'm doing a couple of challenges over there... 


The first one is a 21-day challenge that I started last week with @jloweweightloss.

So far, this one is going well! As of today, I'm down almost 4 lbs! Only 5 more to go to get back to my lowest.

Tomorrow, I'm starting another challenge with @divareadytowork that will take me to September 30. My goal is to lose 10 lbs and really start seeing some inches lost. 

I'm planning in sticking with the 21-day challenge food rules, along with 5x/week cardio and 4x/week weight training. 

The last challenge I'm doing is from my Get Fit Stay Fab group and its a "Get in them jeans" challenge that ends on Oct. 10. I got these jeans from @jess_lynn4287 and I hope they fit (or are too big!) by then. They're size 18 from Old Navy.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wow... It's been a while!

My laptop at home died about six months ago, and although I have a desktop (that mainly my kids use) and an iPad, it's not as easy for me to blog as it used to be. But my intention is always to try! I update my Facebook page pretty often, so you can always keep up with me on there. The Blogger app for iPad and iPhone SUCKS in my opinion because it doesn't allow you to moderate comments and my pictures always look really large. I like blogging via computer, bottom line. 

BUT I miss blogging and I will find a way. Blogging was always an outlet for me to 'get it out' and to connect with people who had the same struggles as I do. I've been able to connect with lots of great folks via Facebook and Instagram, but it's not the same as the blogging world. I miss y'all.

The good news is that I'm still focused on my journey. As of today, I'm 55+ lbs down since Thanksgiving 2012. I've pretty much maintained my weight over the past 3+ months, but I've lost inches. I'm now hovering between 260-265lbs and am wearing a size 18-20 bottoms, size XL top. I feel good at this size, but the stall is getting old.

Why am I not losing anymore? Well... I think there are several reasons. I've let sugar creep back in... Not much. But I splurge a lot more than I should. Even though I keep my calories low, my choices aren't always clean and healthy. For several months I was very rigid, and the weight really came off. But now, my diet and exercise have to be perfect for that scale to move. And that's frustrating.
Because I'm far from perfect. And at some point I want to LIVE.

SO I guess my challenge now is finding balance between living and weight loss. And how to find structure and focus in my busy, stressful life. But I will. I've come to far to go back now.

I'm on day 6 of a 21-day challenge... No sweets, sodas, junk food, white bread, etc. I'm doing good, but I was a raging bitch for a few days. Detox was hard. But I think it will really help get me on track.
I'm also going to try weight training again. I'm very consistent with my cardio, and was walking up to 8 miles a day this summer. But I never started weights like I wanted to. I think I may hire a trainer to help me. But I'm ready to shake things up. I see all these incredible transformations on Instagram and Facebook, and all these gals believe in their weights. I know it works.

Again, I will try to start posting SOMETHING at least weekly until I get a laptop or until blogger improves their iPad app, lol. Thanks for sticking with me on this journey (almost 5 years blogging!)... We can all get there if we don't give up!