Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I have very exciting news that I finally feel comfortable enough to share...


Crazy, huh? But yes, I have prayed and contemplated on this for years. In the last six months or so, I decided to start seriously considering this move. My oldest daughter and nephew both graduate from high school this year, and it's time to make a change. As a family, we are all excited. My college bound kids both decided to stay in Tennessee for college, but are excited to be able to visit a new home in Florida on school breaks and holidays.

Things have really been falling into place. This past weekend, I was able to find an apartment that is 37 MINUTES FROM THE BEACH! I'm so excited. Now, I just need to find a job, but I am in the application process for two school districts and I am not worried about finding something that is perfect.

My life is about to change in big ways! I have taken a huge leap of faith, but I am so excited for a fresh start.

After spending both Saturday and Sunday morning on the beach, I realized how easy it can be to lead an active lifestyle when I get down there. I can totally see myself taking long walks on the beach. There were also lots of bootcamps and group exercises going on. It was exciting.

I also noticed that EVERYONE on the beach is in a bikini or two-piece... no matter what the size. Which I think is pretty awesome. But I know that in my current condition, I'd be way too self conscious.

And the picture we took this weekend... Um, no. As cute as I felt in my maxi skirt and tank, the re-gained pounds really show. And it just made me feel... disgusted?

So when I got back on Monday I was motivated. Very motivated.

I don't have a PLAN per, se. But so far this week I've been counting calories and drinking water like it's my job. Oh, and I actually packed a gym bag and went to workout after school yesterday.

Small changes, but at least I'm doing SOMETHING.


  1. So glad to hear that you're feeling more motivated and determined--sometimes it just takes a little spark to get the momentum going. Awesome news about Florida! It sounds like you've got a good plan.

  2. Hey Hollie, sounds great. When I went on vacation a couple of years ago, I noticed the same thing---women of all sizes in bikinis and owning it!! I've recently lost 35 lbs and am now a 16, so I bought a high waisted bathing suit bottom and a bikini top. Can't wait for it to come in-- and I'm going to wear it!!

  3. Congratulations on the move, to be more active, and to focus on you. I love visiting FL for the beach (I just seem clearer in my brain) and for all the fun trails and activities you have easily available. Our town in OK is improving the ease of being more active, but I plan on retiring somewhere that it is part of the community to be active FL! I don't know how I came across your blog but I'm glad I did. I'm cheering you on!!

  4. Yay, congrats! I have been reading you for a while now. Don't give up. I have lost 120 lbs. There are some days that I look back and am amazed by what I have done. Others not so much....because it really is a struggle everyday
    Still to keep the weight off. I'm in Fl as well. All of my friends and I have a saying.... We live where people vacation. I am in a beach
    Town. What part are you moving to?

  5. Congrats, good on you. I definitely think the happier you are the easier it will be for you to keep motivated

  6. You can do it! I think it's great that you're a risk taker, keeps life exciting! I live by the beach myself and walk it daily! Love it, it's my therapy:) I was heavy for many years, now finally getting down to the weight I was meant to be. Not there quite yet but know that I will be and that's what counts:) For me, I track my food on Health Sidekicks app, walk or jog at least five times a week and do light weights three times weekly. I stopped cutting out all the foods I like and got real with a plan that I could continue doing for the rest of my life, otherwise I wouldn't and find myself repeatedly back at square one with extra baggage! Now, I'm happy to say it's just a matter of weeks and for the first time in my life, I will be at my goal weight with a plan that works:) I wish you all the luck and admire your adventure! You can do this, love your blog:)

  7. Hello Hollie Sounds amazing.

  8. Welcome to florida! What part are u in? I live in orlando maybe we could workout together sometime.


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