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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Goals, and focusing on what is important.

I finally made my first goal... I am under 300 lbs! I have been hovering at around 298 for a few days. I drank some on Thursday night, so I stayed off the scale yest and today so I wouldn't be discouraged by any fluctuation that the alcohol caused. But I am still in control. Even with the stress (which is still here), and even with the holiday weekend.

Yes, I have been a little tempted. I had some cravings yesterday that I had to fight. And today I was "thinking" about a fast-food lunch (which I haven't had in months). But I have been able to overcome. I am very focused on my next goal of 289 lbs.

I realized today that although I am eating less, I have slacked on making good choices. I am not drinking all the water I should be. And I am also not eating enough fruit or veggies. SO that is my goal for the upcoming week.

With all the madness taking place in my personal life, I have to make myself focus on what is important. My children are my first priority, so I am trying to pour myself into them. They deserve my time, effort, and energy. I am also re-focusing a lot on my classroom and making this a successful school year.

Sometimes I wish I could just get control of my mind. My mind is my worst enemy. I think way too much, and I allow my thoughts to defeat me even before I have a chance to succeed. Medication helps, but I am still struggling. I am praying for guidance and peace in my life. I want to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

48 comments:

Sarah G said...

Congrats on leaving the 300's!!! Way to go!

Sarah G said...

Congrats on making you goal!!

Honeybee said...

I do think the same. My mind is my greatest enemy. Food temptation is hard to resist because I love food so much. Your weight loss journey is so motivating. well done!

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Gavz said...

Congratualtions for ur first goal! Keep going. wishiung u the very best! :-)

Flabby McGee said...

Awesome!!! That's such a mile stone, congrats! it's so nice to see the scale go in the right direction. I've been hovering right around the 300lb. mark for a year now, so I totally get what that's like. Congrats again and good luck for future weight loss!!

Shanita said...

Hi Hollie, Congrats on reaching your first goal! It's something about the small milestones that we reach that gives us courage to move on to the next. I think it was very wise of you to set small goals that all lead up to the larger ones. This is a great tool and I'm taking the same step.

I pray that you find the peace you are looking for. I have a lot going on too and find that food and my own mind can be my worse enemy. I'm encouraging you to keep making more choices as I try to do the same.

Focus on the good stuff, the kids, the weight loss, new school year!

Carbie Girl said...

aww, i will pray along with you to find that strength your mind needs. For now you sound like you're in a great place and keeping priorities in check. Hugs to you and congrats on the goal!!

Lyn said...

Prayers for you to have peace Hollie. I am always here rooting for you.

Scale Junkie said...

under 300!!!!!!!! Congratulations!! Hope to join you there in the near future.

Kim said...

That is awesome. great job.

Krysta Ann Jensen said...

Awesome job on breaking the 300's! That's an accomplishment!

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Christie said...

WHOA!!! Congrats girl!!! The 300's are a thing of the past. Keep it up, you will meet your next goal and just keep getting stronger, inside and out. You help motivate a lot of people and let other people see that we all have struggles, we all have temptations. Keep it up girl!!

Russell Rogers said...

Love your site Hollie, good job.

God's Weight Loss Plan

In this day and age, many people are resorting to lap-band surgery and other similar medical procedures costing up to $10,000, when other less expensive methods are available. Tying your hands together with a string will keep you from eating all the time or too much, and it's pretty much a no cost method. I think the problem lies with what we eat, too much sugar and high calorie foods, not to mention over-eating (gluttony).

I will tell you how I lost weight and am able to keep it off. This method is free, so to speak. It involves you and whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not. To start this weight loss plan, you must believe in Jesus Christ, that He died for the remission of your sins and is able to save you by His indwelling presence. The bible tells us that we need to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. It also says that he who believes and is baptized will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the best gift that anyone can receive if they believe. The bible tells us how to live and how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Now that we have gone over the requirements for participating in this plan, I will explain it as simply as I can. Being filled with the Holy Spirit now makes it possible for us to communicate with a loving and all-powerful God. Yes, you can talk to and hear from God, despite what others may tell you.
Look it up in the New Testament and you will see that I am telling the truth. If you want to read the scriptures pertaining to “Knowing God”, you can read them on my blog site/web page at russellsgospelblog@wordpress.com. There is information and scriptures on other subjects as well.

A couple of years ago, I weighed 215 pounds. I know that’s not an awful lot but I was asking my wife to help me get my shoes and socks on, not to mention feeling stuffed after eating. I knew that God had helped me in more mundane tasks in the past, so I thought I'd ask for help in this matter. I asked God to help me lose weight, and this is what He did. He started me walking in the morning before daylight. It started with a 15 minute walk and gradually became longer and longer as the days and weeks progressed. I was walking up to 2 and 3 hours a day before I knew it. That was just half the plan, the other involved what and how much I ate. I would actually ask God to show me on the menu at a restaurant what I could and could not eat, also how much I ate. I still to this day try to make it a point to rely on the Holy Spirit to keep me at a healthy weight. In the beginning I lost 20 pounds in a few weeks, after that, it was more gradual. Oh, bye the way, now I weigh 160 to 163 pounds and feel much better and have more energy.

As I mentioned earlier about this method being free, free to us but it cost Jesus His life. If Jesus hadn't died on the cross, we wouldn't have received the redemption that we have by abiding in Him and would not have the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us, teach us, and comfort us.

I pray that if you do not know Jesus as your personal savior that you would make an effort to find out what Jesus has done for you and that you would ask Him to come into your life and save your soul from eternal suffering. Revelation 21:8 tells us that unbelievers will be in the lake of fire and brimstone. You don't have to be a murderer, thief, immoral person etc. to be cast into the lake of fire, being an unbeliever will get you there just as quick.

I hope this article will help people with weight issues but more importantly their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God Bless You and Keep You, Russell Rogers

Mizz White said...

Congratulations on reaching your first goal! Stay focused and keep it up!!!

http://1lbatatime.webs.com/ said...

I'm so proud of you for getting under 300lbs! You will be at 289 in no time. The hardest part for me is having patience. Slowly but surely we are getting there!

kim said...

Hey Hollie! I just found your blog and this is just what I needed. My husband and I started watching what we eat but I wanted to find a blog, with other people who could motivate me. I'm also a big girl, weiging in at 255 lbs. I need to lose weight!!! Looking forward to seeing your progress!

Flowergyrl said...

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Hillary said...

Congrats Hollie!

David G said...

Hey Holly! You go girl!

lbs4love said...

Congratulations Hollie. I agree that the mind can be your worst enemy. At times it seems it is at war with your heart and your goals. I started my weight loss journey 2 months ago. I'm down 13 lbs and really starting to see progress. Your blog is an inspiration to help keep me motivated on reaching my goal.

You can find my story at http://www.lbs4love.com

Firm Thighs and Butt said...

Congratulations!
Having temptations is normal, but you managed to resist them. Well done!

Base your diet and meal choices around protein (fish, lean meat)and veggies. You will noticed you will have less cravings.

As for your mind I found this great inspirational website www.worrylessenjoymore.com

I'm looking forward to hear about your next achievements.

Tea
http://www.firmthighsandbutt.com

Sarah said...

Heck YES, Hollie! That's awesome! Seeing the title of your blog made me so excited. I was there a few months ago, and the feeling of being out of the 300's was exhilarating. I don't even know you and I'm stoked for you. I kicked it into high gear in March, and I've lost 60 since then. You can do it.

86fb14ce-d9b6-11e0-804e-000f20980440 said...

Congratulations on reaching your goal Hollie! Continue to focus and lean on your faith to move forward on your journey!

Melissa said...

Congrats on making your goal!!!! That has got to feel so good!!! Temptation is the hardest for me to deal with! I used to love those fast food lunches... They were so yummy. But being healthy is more important to me now!!!

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Stormy@Big Butt Theory said...

Congrats on getting under 300. You re making good progress. You can do it. You are worth it.

Rizwan Sultan said...

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Wendy, Nutrition in a Nutshell said...

Found your blog and am so glad you're using a tool like blogging to express and share your progress. it will help others! Wondering how old your kids are...I have a son and just uploaded a video on exercising with him - he too is my priority :)

Check it out and maybe it's a "fun" workout you can do with your kids.

http://youtu.be/annq2Kfi0dI

Look forward to future posts!

keepingoff200 said...

I just found your blog, and I just wanted to say congrats!! You are rocking the right attitude to get it done, and keep it done! Keep it up, girl!

Andrew said...

Reaching your goal is one thing. Staying there is another. Wish u all success

Classygirl said...

Congrats on reaching below 300 that is fabulous! I remember how good I felt reaching under 200 and then reaching my goal weight. Nothing like it! Remember you are the most important and your health! Having your health helps you give those children the best YOU there is! You can do it. You are wonderful and worth it!

Barbara Royal said...

Congratulations, Hollie. I really like your blog and the comments from your readers. I agree the mind, in particular the subconscious mind, has an important role in whether or not we succeed in overcoming the food fight. Working with my Higher Power has helped me conquer destructive memories held in mind, and has been the most powerful part in my overcoming emotional eating.

Tracy Olafsen said...

Congratulations ! :) Must have been a great feeling! I've currently on a diet/traing plan myself and lost 13 lbs in 3 weeks, hope the pounds keep melting off! Follow me on twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/DietSolutionmom

Lyn said...

Hope you are doing okay! Just checking in.

Samantha said...

Congradulations on your weight loss!! I just started a weight loss blog to keep myself motivated. Your blog is so inspiring. Good luck!!!

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Terry and Kelci said...

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CoachTod said...

Hollie, congrats on reaching your recent goal!!! I know when I dropped from 280 to 199 I was extremely proud of that milestone.

Keep up the great work!

Nona said...

Awesome job on reaching this amazing milestone!

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Ess & Jae V2.0 said...

Focus is so important, isn't it? Good job keeping your eye on the goal.

jimmy said...

wow!! I hope i can do it too... i'd started last week hope it goes well.. good luck to us... :)

Toby said...

Congrats on breaking the 300! You go girl!

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ohtobaloser said...

Good job getting down under 300! :-D This is hard work for all of us. Seeing you achieve a goal motivates me to keep going too. Thank you!

Keep at it! Every good choice is another step towards your next goal!

Carly May St Leger said...

wow, keep up the good work! I recently started my own weight loss blog, please check it out by clicking my profile? i would love some support from someone who knows what its like. you are inspiring and i am soo following you now!

simi menon said...

wow ! this is so motivating ! I am just on my journey too :)

johnny said...

Huge congrats Hollie on breaking the 300's! Keep focused and you will continue to see those numbers falling! I also write a <a href="http://www.hcgadietclub.com>weight loss blog</a> feel free to take a look there's a ton of information and recipes.

Pono said...

Good for you, Hollie. I love your blog. I have a similar blog and pour my soul into it in the hopes of people like ourselves can read and relate on deeper levels. I try to help break down feelings of doubt and self-worth. Good for you times a thousand for reaching this goal in your journey. I raise my glass of water to you and my fork of salad and grilled chicken and say carpe diem! Well done!

Graemesweightlossdiet said...

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I really I agreed that if you have the GOAL you can achieve what you want because you are motivated to do so. Just love what you are doing..

thank you for sharing..