Sunday, September 22, 2013


I've decided that 'moderation' is just not working... Not for weight loss. So it's back to strict eating. Same as December - February, only I will earn a cheat meal every two weeks as long as I have no cheats in between times. That will give me something to look forward to.

My workouts will be the same... Different types of cardio plus continuing with the weights (which I'm finally getting used to).

I'm pretty certain that this plateau is all about food, and if I'm rigid with my meals and leave absolutely no room for error I'll know for sure.

I'm ready to finish September and the rest of the year strong. No excuses. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Feeling better, moving forward

I'm feeling a lot better than I was this weekend... I guess clean eating, exercise, and lots of water have eventually flushed all of the bad "stuff" out of my system. I finally got my protein powder in, so I've also been doing my green smoothies again. I'm happy about that. 

I also get to have protein coffee again... Not even able to drink coffee without protein powder anymore!

I'm super excited about my 5k on Saturday. I wanted to run this, but I'm going to walk with a group of friends. I'm doing this in honor of my friend, Coree, who I'm proud to say is a SURVIVOR of lymphoma. And I'm also doing this in memory of my dad, who died of prostate cancer in 2005.

I'm very thankful to be in a place fitness-wise where I'm looking forward to a 5k... After walking 5+ miles per day all summer, walking 3 miles will be a breeze. But lately, I have been feeling really down about this journey. I've basically been stuck in the 260's (size 18) since May/June. I know I haven't been rigid with my eating, but I've done so much less and lost so much more weight. It's alike my body is rebelling... And I'm pissed about it.

Losing weight is so hard... It's such a battle. It's so tempting to just how in the towel and give up. But I absolutely refuse. I don't believe I'm supposed to stay this size or this weight. I feel like it's destined for me to be fit and healthy... I'm just gonna have to keep pushing to get there.

I've joined ANOTHER challenge on Instagram... My 21-day challenge just ended without me losing any weight at all :( But I can say it helped me clean up my eating and cut way down on the sugar again.this new challenge is 7 weeks, so will take me through to October. I've been working out and tracking my calories again, so I'm praying for results soon. I even bought one of those waist belts that make you sweat more while exercising. I just need to see some progress soon.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


The past few days have been very uncomfortable for me...  Really, it's probably been the entire week. 

Labor Day involved beer, but I made a healthy beef stew and didn't overeat. Tuesday was good. Wednesday was Bunco night, and I grubbed! The food was good, so I enjoyed. I made sure I got a good workout before I went, so I didn't feel bad about it.

But the next morning I felt bloated and realized that I hadn't pooped in a few days. So I drank water like a mad woman all day, but the bloat just got worse. By Thursday night I was miserable. My belly looked 6 months pregnant. So I took some laxative and pooped my brains out all night and most of the next morning. 

I felt better Friday, and grilled burgers for dinner. Then, the bloat and stomach ache came back. Then it dawned on me... I'd been eating beef all week. Beef stew for dinner Monday, then leftovers for lunch all week. Then the burgers Friday... Too much beef for someone who already knows that beef just don't digest well.

Lesson learned. The hard way.

I went hiking yesterday and felt much better afterward. But last night we had ice cream after softball practice... Something that is NOT ok but I did it anyway. But TOM arrived so that kinda explained some of the bloat and the sweet cravings.

This morning I got up and made a super healthy breakfast, but my back was killing me so I ended up laying down most of the morning. I just feel so achy and tired.

And I'm still not going to the bathroom.

So now is the time to get honest... I'm not making the best food choices and I'm not tracking like I need to. And I think it's catching up with me. No matter how much exercise I'm doing, if my food isn't great I'm still gonna feel like crap.

So right now I'm meal prepping for next week. I've got chicken taco soup in the crockpot. I've already made kale salad and have watermelon chopped up. Hopefully my protein powder order will be in tomorrow so I can start incorporating smoothies again. 

Something's gotta give. I can't keep BS'ing around. I've been stuck for too long. It's time to get out of the 260's for good!

And the winner is....

lil' brown girl is the winner of the Jillian Michaels book giveaway!

Please send me an email to skinnyhollie at gmail dot com, or send me a message via my SkinnyHollie Facebook page so I can mail your book asap!

Thank you to everyone who paricipated! I'll have more books up for grabs in the next day or so!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September weigh-in...

My September goal is to lose 10 lbs and to see visual changes in inches (I took measurements last week).

What are your goals for September?