Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Break!

It is officially Spring Break in my world right now. My two-week vacation started on Saturday (March 8) and I celebrated by heading to Atlanta to see my good friend, Crys. I needed some time away to reset my brain.

Last week I dealt with some issues with my right leg. Lots of pain and swelling. A trip to the emergency room and a follow-up doctor visit gave me no answers. Just more frustration.

I had already planned my Atlanta trip prior to these issues, so I decided to just go and make the best of it. Driving for three hours each way probably wasn't good for the swelling, but the pain was minimal and it didn't prohibit me from having an awesome time. I needed that time away from my kids and my life.

Crys is actually a friend I met via this blog... she used to also blog about weight loss. But she is now at her goal weight and looks absolutely amazing. When I first saw her I immediately noticed that she has lost even more weight since the last time I saw her in person a year ago. I envy her progress, but I know she worked her butt off for it. She still does.

The night before I left (Sunday night) I accompanied her to the grocery store so she could stock up on healthy food for the next week. It was very encouraging to me to see that even at her goal weight, she still prepares ahead of time for a successful week. It reminded me that having a plan and keeping good food choices around will always be a part of this journey.

So when I got back to town on Monday, after I got my kids settled the first thing I did was hit the grocery store. I stocked up on plenty of fresh fruit and veggies for me and the kids (since they are home for two weeks, too). I also got snack foods and plenty of Smart Ones. The last time I apparently didn't get enough because my son loves them, too! He likes to eat one after school to hold him over until dinner. Which is fine... but I warned him that he better make sure there is always one in there for me!

I am still steering clear of the scale, and honestly I think it's helped me relax a little. I am trying to concentrate on the positive aspects of being healthy and fit instead of dwelling on the numbers. I know I've made progress, even if the scale doesn't show it. I will keep pushing with every food choice and every decision to exercise and be active. Because a healthy lifestyle is what I'm truly after. The numbers will hopefully catch up. But until they do, I will be happy with seeing my progress elsewhere.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation in the clean slate project ( However, all opinions given here are fully my own.


  1. Hollie I love your attitude and your decision to focus on being healthy and fit. I've fallen off track but I am inspired by your focus and commitment.

  2. Good job and keep it up... It is more important to focus on being Healthy and how your body is feeling better than a number. I Love your attitude!

  3. I miss reading her blog! Glad to know she is doing well and you two got to catch up. Grocery shopping is so essential - have to set ourselves up for success! Thanks for your blog, it is an encouragement to me!


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