Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Today is such a bittersweet day for me... The first Easter without my mom. Every year, we go to Missouri to spend this holiday with my sister and her family and my mom. 

No matter what my diet is like, Easter is a food-filled holiday. My family COOKS. And we bake. Because desserts are an essential part of who we are. 

And honestly, for me, those desserts fed the emotional void I always felt when around my mom during her sickness. I would often have good intentions, holidays with my family always ended with a food coma and weight gain.

This Easter will be very different. First of all, we are in Florida now. So traveling to MO isn't really realistic. My older kids are staying in TN, so it's just me and Clyde and the kids. We don't go to church. So it's sort of like any other Sunday.

I decided yesterday I will make dinner, but I always do on Sunday. But it will be a little more special and I will make dessert for the first time since Christmas. I got really good deals on a ham and turkey breast yesterday so I will make that for dinner and have leftovers for meal prep this week. Sides will include bacon wrapped asparagus, cabbage, and mac and cheese for the mister and kids. I will make a low carb cheesecake for dessert and I will have a piece. 

Our family traditions have changed so much lately, and I know they will continue to change over the coming years. And it's ok. Change is good. 

For anyone who isn't following me on Facecook or Instagram, I'm still following the Ketogenic way of life and it's still great! I'm still losing weigh, although for the last month it's been slow. And I'm ok with that. My exercise has been almost non existent but my food choices are good! Still no cheats at all for over 2 months now. 

And no matter what emotions happen, or how sad I get about my mom, today will be no different. 

Happy Easter! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Top 100 Weight Loss Bloggers... Number ONE!

What an honor!!!

weight loss blogs listed my blog as one of the top 100 weight loss blogs! Not only am I in the top 100, I'm listed first! I think this is a huge honor! I'm so thankful to everyone who has stuck with me from day one. Through ups and downs and highs and lows.

And thank you to everyone who is following me on my new blog, Transforming Hollie. I appreciate all the support!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why I've chosen Keto

(This post was actually meant for my new blog, Transforming Hollie. But I accidentally typed it out on this page from the Blogger app. So I'm leaving it here. But I still want you to come see me over THERE. XOXO)

Today is my first day of doing the Keto (ketogenic) diet again. I have been slowly weaning off carbs since the beginning of the year so that I could start Feb 1. Well, I'm a couple of days early. But according to my test strips, I'm already in Ketosis so just lowering carbs to 15% got me there. 

I have chosen this way of eating for several reasons.

1. It restores my sanity surrounding food. My cravings and hunger are gone. Eating this way helps me stay in control of what I eat.

2. I've successfully lost weight on this plan before.

3. Sugar makes me crazy, and I need to eliminate it from my diet totally if I'm ever going to be food sober.

4. Keto allows me to make this a lifestyle. There doesn't have to be an endgame. I CAN eat this way forever.

I have NO appetite. I haven't been hungry in days. Now, this may have a little to do with the fact I'm back on my Advocare supplements (I'm still in my 24-day Challenge). Or it may be because I'm already in Ketosis. 

I was going to check today just to see how close I was but I'm already there. I've been at about 15-20% carbs for the past week or so, and I'm guessing that was low enough. 

Today I made a big breakfast (that I couldn't finish 😳). I did our taxes this morning (which was very stressful btw) and afterwards I NEEDED the gym. I worked out, did a little shopping, and got a pedicure. It was while I was in the pedicure chair that I realized... I forgot to eat lunch before I left the house. 

I got home around 4:30 and put my soup in the microwave and proceeded to start dinner. Around 6 pm when Clyde got home, I went to the kitchen to check on the chicken in the oven and realized I FORGOT TO EAT THE SOUP AGAIN.

I ate a few bites, but I just didn't want it.  And I just decided to wait and eat dinner. And I was fine. No headache. No hunger. I was ok.

And it felt significant. That I was able to have a Saturday with no hunger, no cravings. Feeling totally satisfied. All I had to focus on was drinking my water quota.

This is how I want things to be. I'm tired of the struggle. This feels much easier.

My goal is to stick with this way of eating until my birthday on May 26. It's a big one. 40. I will give this my all because I desperately want to have some success with food recovery and weight loss before I turn 40. I want to reach my goal weight this year.

So Keto it is until then and I will reevaluate. But something tells me there will be no birthday cake involved! And that will be the ultimate victory.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

About the scale...

New blog post!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ending the binge cycle... and cake.

I just posted a new blog at Transforming Hollie. It is one of the most therapeutic blogs that I've written in a while. Check it out!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone! I wanted to pop in and say hello, and also remind everyone I am now blogging about my journey at I am also on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) using my new name. See ya in the new year!

Don't forget...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Transforming Hollie

Wow... I'm always amazed at how long it is between blog posts now! I mean, I don't intend to abandon my blog! It's just very easy to document my journey with Instagram or Facebook (follow me there if you're not already).

I am going to start blogging again because BIG things are in the works. I've made some pretty significant goals that have nothing to do with weight loss. Well, they do... but more about being healthy.

So if you're interested in reading, I have a new blog called Transforming Hollie. Come see me over there! And I will still be on Facebook and Instagram.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Catching up...

Greetings from Florida y'all! So much has happened in the past month that it would take a whole novel to catch everyone up but I'll try.

I finished my 24 day challenge with a loss of about 20 pounds. I felt great and was really psyched. Not too long after that I found out that I needed to have a hysterectomy ASAP. Rather than be discouraged or set myself up for a setback I continued with good eating and had my surgery on June 10.

I am really convinced that doing the challenge before my surgery helped me with my recovery. Going in with a healthy body (or healthier) felt good.

When I got out of the hospital my recovery went better than normal. I was up and walking around within a day and experience little to no pain. I continued to eat as well as I could but it was hard because you must remember I was packing up my house to move to Florida at the same time all of this was happening.

I admit, a lot of pizza was eaten. You can't beat $5 pizza from Little Caesars when you're feeding 6 people on a budget. But I did cook as healthy as I could until about two days before the actual move. I was proud of myself for that.

My family and I have been in Florida since Saturday. So far unpacking and getting settled has been nice. I was without a stove for a few days because I forgot to get the gas service turned on, and my stove in my apartment runs on gas. But now I'm cooking and made sure to go ahead and stock my cabinets with healthy food.

I really feel like my lifestyle as far as eating and exercise will change dramatically down here in Florida. I feel a shift happening and maybe I have craved it for a long time. Maybe that is why the transition and the relocation went so smoothly. Maybe this is just my destiny.

Yesterday I wore a 2-pc swimsuit on the beach. First time EVER wearing one in public. But I was confident and felt great in my skin. Maybe it's the knowledge that I am on track and eating well at least 80% of the time. Maybe because in my own mind I know that I have had 1 million excuses as to why I could've fallen off track but I have not.

I feel great. And I'm looking forward to an awesome new life!