Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My battle...

And my laziness, I guess, lol! Saw this on Pinterest and had to share.

I went to the gym again today... 40 minutes. YAY ME!

Wow... 2 days in a row of blogging AND going to the gym. Anyone see a connection?

Blogging = accountability. Period.

Today is just as busy and hectic as most of my other days, but the difference is that I made it my business to get to that gym. I am proving to myself that it can be done, it's just up to me to make up my mind to do so.

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Sidenote: Anyone coupon? I'm going to give it a shot. I struggle with feeding 4 kids on a limited income, so I am going to try this couponing thing. Any suggestion are welcome!



Monday, November 28, 2011

You might be (P)interest'd to know...

Guess who went to the gym today?

Me. 31 minutes on the elliptical.

At some point over my 5-day break I decided that my butt is back in the gym. No excuses. If I do not go to the gym for at LEAST 20 days from now until the end of the year, I am cancelling my gym membership. That's 40 dollars per month that I don't need to waste. But it's also 40 bucks well spent if it's spent on my health.

My workout wasn't as hard as I though it would be. But here I am 3 hours later and I feel like my legs are made of lead. I am committing to at least 30 minutes per day. I will make it happen, because I HAVE to.



Ok, so why in the hell am I just now getting on Pinterest??? OMG! I signed up on Saturday and I am now addicted. As a teacher, I am so excited about the teaching ideas they have on there. But I am also loving the inspirational quotes and recipes, too.

Ok, off to bed for me. We are supposed to get SNOW tonight, so I am gonna say a special snow prayer before I go to bed. Teachers and students alike LOVE snow days!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it's that time of year again... when we stuff ourselves to the point of nausea on Thanksgiving. Oh, is that just me?

This Thanksgiving I decided that as a family, it was time to start some new traditions for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, we spent all day preparing food boxes and delivering then to people in need with country music singer, Tracy Lawrence. Apparently, I've went to Sunday school with his wife for a while and didn't know it. But hey, I don't listen to country music. But I've been told this is the 6th year that he has fried turkeys for homeless in our area, and I am glad I got to help this year. He seemed like a cool guy. Here he is with my son, AJ...

Doing this volunteer work with my children really blessed our hearts. We don't have a lot, and barely make ends meet. But we are SO MUCH better off than some people around us. I think it was a life-changing experience for all of us.

Yesterday for Thanksgiving, we also spent a couple of hours doing volunteer work at our new church, who was actually giving dinner to people in the Nashville community. That was great, too. It was also great to stop by and see some of my family while I was in Nashville.


That's me, my daughters, two of my sisters, and my brother. I rarely get to see my brother, so yesterday was nice.

We had dinner at Jessica's house yesterday, and let's just say that I was GREEDY. OMG. From the fruit tea to the twice-baked sweet potatoes, the food was just awesome. And the desserts were even better. I only had one plate of food, and didn't even finish it, but I was so STUFFED that I had a hard time sleeping last night from the heartburn and indigestion.

Ugh.

So guess what I did today? I hate a plate of leftovers, and immediately fell into a coma.

Will I ever learn?

Yes. Thing is, I have learned. Several years ago, I would have found absolutely nothing wrong with eating this way.

Good thing? I am going to really start making an effort to do better again. I've been "stuck" for over a month now, and I am ready to get "unstuck" again. Now. I am not waiting for New Years.

One thing that I know is that I NEED to get back in the gym. I am paying $45 per month for a gym membership that I don't even use. That is about to change, though.  I have to get moving again. My body is just tired all the time, and I have no energy. I KNOW that cardio makes me feel great once I get started again, I just need to get off my lazy butt and do it. I have to stop making excuses and MAKE the time to go. My life is not going to slow down anytime soon, so I have to start making ME a priority. I say this all the time, but I never do.... but I at least have to say I am trying. Right now... I am not trying, and it sucks to know that I have come this far and am not even trying to make a change for the better. I at least have to try.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another WINNER :)

Sorry... I know I should have posted this on the 12th, but life is unusually busy this month.

The winner of the Weight Watcher's scale is.....

S

That's all that was listed on the comment, and there is no email address attached. So if you are "S" please email me at skinnyhollie at gmail dot come so I can get your scale shipped to you!

Hopefully I will be back tomorrow or Friday to update you on my #failing diet... smh

Update...

Umm... I TOTALLY didn't notice that there were TWO people who posted under the name of "S"... so THIS is the comment that won the scale...

"My worst: I joined in at my job for a coporate YMCA challenge to see which group as a whole would lose the most weight over 8 weeks. I was training for my second marathon and on the final weigh in day I had run 48 miles during the week. I wore light clothing, I didn't eat or drink that morning, I was running like a maniac...and in front of all of my collegues, I was read my weight and informed that I hadn't lost a SINGLE pound- OR gained any muscle... or lost any inches. How could that be? I don't have a scale at home and would love one."

Sorry for any confusion!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review and Giveaway... Weight Watcher's Scales

Back in August, I was given the opportunity to review a set of scales. I am a scale junkie, so I was too excited about it! I already had two set of scales that were okay... But these scales looked really nice so I was eager to see the difference. I am too cheap to pay more than $20 for a set of good scales, so free = great!


These are the scales I received...


Weight Watchers® by Conair™ Glass Body Analysis Scale Model WW52
The scale has a sleek, streamlined design along with a blue backlight on the 1.9” LCD screen with 2 lines. It features impact-resistant tempered safety glass platform with stainless steel and includes bone mass analysis. The 12.2” x 12.8” scale has a 400 lb. capacity and includes long-life batteries. It retails for about $49.99.


My opinion... I really like it. I really only used it for checking my weight, but it also does a bone mass analysis. It was definitely my favorite out of the collection of scales I own. The numbers are easy to ready, and it gave me an accurate reading that didn't change each time I stepped on the scale (I hate that!).


Notice I said "was" my favorite... 


Craziest thing happened just this morning... I nudged the scale with my foot to position it before I stepped on it, and the scale SHATTERED all over my bedroom floor! What a blog to the ego it would have been if it had shattered when I stepped on it! Scared the crap out of me and my daughter who was standing close by.


I guess it was a fluke... I don't know. Crazier things have happened to me. But the company rep has offered to send me another one, which I think is very nice. Hopefully it will last longer than 2 months next time!


The scale that I'm giving away tonight is a different model, so hopefully everything will be okay with this one, lol.


Check it out:


Weight Watchers® by Conair™ Digital Painted Glass Scale Model WW24
If you just want a good old simple weight measurement, but with extraordinary style, this best-selling Weight Watchers scale is a great choice! The smooth scale has an easy-to-read 1.3” digital display with a “tap-on” scale activator.  There is a high-strength tempered safety glass with decorative silk screen available in white, red, or blue. The scale is 11.8” X 12.6” and has a 400 lb. capacity. The scale runs on long-life AAA lithium batteries that are included and has a 10-year warranty.


TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, please leave a comment telling me about your WORST experience on a scale! Ever had one shatter when you stepped on it, lol? Winners must live in the U.S., and you have until November 12! Good luck!

Sephora Gift Card Winners!

Sorry I'm a couple of days late... but here are the THREE winners of the $25 Sephora gift cards:

Cicely C., The Single Momtrepeneur

Leigh, You Betcha I'm a Proud Army Mom!

Christie, Changing From Fast to Fit!

Please email me at skinnyhollie at gmail dot com with your mailing address asap so I can get these cards out for your holiday shopping pleasure!

Check out my facebook page (facebook.com/skinnyhollie) to see who won the other two cards!

**Winners were chosen using random.org**