Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Almost like normal...

I always hate it when I get so busy that I forget to update my blog. As much as I am on the computer for work, I seem to have ditched my home computer lately. I haven't checked Blogger or Facebook in almost a week, and last night was the first time I'd checked my personal email address in over a week. I have been busy, but things have been good!

First things first... I am still under 300! Yay for me. I am not as far down as I would like to be because I had a weekend of bad eating about 3 weeks ago. Then 2 weeks ago I went out of town with a friend for a funeral for the weekend. Both of those weekends combined had me up about 5 lbs, but I didn't freak out. I just went back to my "normal" eating, and as of this morning I am 296.

Funny how I say "normal". These days, "normal" eating for me is lower carb, higher protein. I don't eat after 6pm. I drink more water. I only eat when I am hungry. I don't eat candy and limit my intake of sweets and soda. I basically eat what I want, but my "wants" have changed. I still feel like I am in control.

The weekend 3 weeks ago when I ate out on both Friday and Saturday night, I still watched what I ate and still stuck to my plan for the rest of the weekend. I didn't throw in the towel and say, "Hey, I ate Prince's Hot Chicken last night, so I am going to start over Monday." I started over on the very next meal. No more "Monday" thinking for me right now. I am in this for the long haul.

I am finally comfortable with the fact that small changes is what is going to get me where I need to be. As long as I make an effort to do my best each day, I will reach my weight loss goals. It may take longer than restricting whole food groups, or drinking shakes for months at a time (which I have been more than willing to do in the past). I am changing, slowly but surely.

My big goal for this week is to exercise at least 4 times for 30 minutes each time. I have a friend that is also trying to meet this goal with me, so I am going to try my best. My oldest daughter got braces yesterday afternoon, and I had a baby shower to go to this afternoon. Tomorrow I have Spanish class after school, then church. So I guess I will have to really push for the rest of the week to make that goal. It's so hard to exercise when you've got a million things going on. But I have to try.

My personal life is less stressful, so that is good. I have had to eliminate some people from my life, but it's for the best. I have also formed new friendships and relationships that seem promising. I guess that changes in the people who surround you each day is just part of life. Some people are around for a season or a reason, some people will last for way longer than that. I am blessed to have people who genuinely care for me and my kiddos, and who can hold my hand through the tough times. I am also thankful for the people who have caused me pain and made my life hell, because those are the people who have made me the strongest.

31 comments:

Fatoutofskinny said...

Glad to see you are still holding your own and doing well....keep it up!

B.H said...

Welcome Back!

Amester26 said...

Hang in there! You are such an inspiration! I think one of my biggest obstacles is that "Monday mentality", I just never thought of it that way before!

Christie said...

So glad your doing good! Keep it up, you seem so up beat and positive! 290's here you come

PrettyFTW@live.com said...

I love reading you blog. It reminds me that I am human and everybody isn't perfect. Keep the fight alive I believe you can do it. I weigh 250 and cant wait to reach my goal of under 200. Anyway I also have a blog that I often forget to update. Take a look. www.prettyftw.blogspot.com. maybe we can be virtual fat kickin buddies!! :)

WannabeThin said...

Hey, I just read a little through your blog and I just have to say I think you're doing a great job. I'll definately stop by again for some inspiration :)

Kim said...

funny that you say you start over the next meal and don't wait until Monday. I totally agree with you there. I always did that, and now I start over right away. Great job. I think it is awesome to find people trying to do the same things.

Rebecca said...

I just came across your blog. Stay strong and keep up the great work. Enjoy your journey as I am enjoying every aspect of mine. I'm still new to this blogging thing but I try to document major events on my blog (http://rebeccaeliseoarras.blogspot.com/). Remember to have fun!!!

SAHMom said...

Weight Loss is such a big issue these days, for many reasons. But the question is always the same - can I do it and can I maintain it?
Being a stay-at-home mom, wife and a WOMAN, you must maintain a weight that works for you - meaning it does not compromise your job as mentioned. You have to be able to take care of your family, your husband and yourself. It does not matter what others say as long as you and the bathroom scale are satisfied. What do I mean? Simply put - it does not matter how much you weigh as long as you are HEALTHY! As long as your heart, your sugar and your cholesterol are fine, you can be happy with your weight. Because if you're healthy, you can do your work efficiently.
If you do want to loose weight - it has to be by choice! Chosen by you - not anyone else. Everyone seems to have their own opinion on the topic but it can be discussed at length but if you do not choose to do so, it will not work. Choices - that works! Because if the plan is what you decided on, you will commit to it. The choice has to be one that works for you - not your sister who no matter what she eats, does not gain any pound! Yours and yours alone.
Check this link for choices on weight loss: http://looseweight.com
Remember - your choice.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Great to hear you're doing well! I'll have to ponder on that gratitude towards people who have caused pain thing... a really inspiring way to look at things and not my normal judgmental, grudge-holding sort of world view.

Hmm guess even cranky crabs are open to inspiration...

Rachelle said...

Glad to see your back! I love how you think positive even when it comes to people who have put you thru hell. Keep up the great work and I look forward to ready your blog.

Lilies in my Cereal said...

It is good to see you are doing well! Keep up the good work!! Hurrah on the workout ideas, can only help you reach your goal! :D

Daniel Beale said...

I enjoyed reading your blog - you're doing really well!
Nobody makes big changes all at once, it's always an accumulation of lots if small changes.

Keep up the great work!

Tesia said...

I just found your blog this evening and love it. Hang in there, it will definitely be worth it in the end. :)

Tesia
http://beachbodyandme.blogspot.com

Classygirl said...

Good for you for realizing small changes matter and for staying under 300. Stay the course. It takes time but it's worth it.

Getting my sexy back said...

I am on my own weight loss journey myself...keep up the great work!!:)

Getting my sexy back said...

Keep up the great work!!!! I am right there with ya:)

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She's Crafty said...

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that TOPS lady said...

It sounds like you are doing good!

losingweightgainingstrength said...

Hi! New to your blog :)

One mentality I use is that 'every day is a new day'. If I miss my workout or overeat, I don't let that deter me from my goal. I wake up the next day and pretend like it never happened and get on with it!

In the past I would revert back to old habits and feel sorry for myself. No more of that.

Good luck in your journey! Looking forward to hearing more!

Melissa said...

I love that attitude.... starting with the next meal. That's what I've been trying to do instead of obsessing over the choice I made and continuing with more poor choices! Good job!!

Maren said...

Hi Hollie! I just found your blog through google and wanted to let you know that I'll be following your journey. I'm trying to lose weight myself, but it's damn hard. So crazy hard.. But I think you're onto something when you write about small changes and all that!

All the best,
Maren in Norway

Julia Writer said...

You are doing great, however small the victory, it is still a victory none the less! Keep going!

As the Abel's Turn said...

Thanks for blogging. It motivates me to see others who are in the same boat as I am. Keep up the good work.

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Debs said...

Hi Hollie

Its my first visit here, I found you via Google searching "weight loss blog". I just signed up for the gym, and am going to go every night my bf works. That's 4 nights a week. I'm still working myself up to the full hour, but that won't take long.

I weigh in at just under 250 right now, and am looking forward to Club ONEderful! Heck, I'm looking forward to not being able to shop at Torrid anymore! haha

Kel said...

Just found your Blog, you go girl, keep on keeping on, I'm sure you will make it happen. I too am on a journey to change all the bad patterns in my eating and thinking. Love your Monday idea, it is so true, I must try to remember it. Best wishes with your journey

Susan Blake said...

You are definitely on the right track - getting rid of that "Monday mentality" - love that phrase! And you are so right not to rush things because slow and steady wins the race with weight loss and along the way you have developed great eating choices that you will have forever more!

See how many people you inspire in the comments here? Fabulous! We all need to motivate others because in doing so it strengthens us!
Keep shining!
Susan

Changing my Life! said...

Sounds like you are on the right track. Keep up the great work and right attitude.

Maggie said...

You're doing well, glad to see you're still working hard and doing well. You're an inspiration to many and it's nice to see you here again.