This is the beginning….

March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the beginning of my blog.

I’ve titled it “300 Pounds Down” because this is my journey down the scale as I work on losing the 300 pounds that are weighing me down. I don’t know what I’m going to say.  I’m just going to try and be honest.  I’m tired of being trapped.  I want out of this prison I’m living in. And I’m going to fight my way out.

Even though I don’t feel like much of a fighter. So I’ll learn.

 I know there are other fighters out there.  And I hope somewhere along the way we can fight this thing together.

Whether on the mountain top or in the valley, if I keep my focus up on God then He will carry me through.

About Me:
I was married for just over a decade and during that marriage I had four children. They are my ultimate adventure!  In 2006, having just relocated to a new city and with two of my children still in diapers, I received my “termination notice” as a wife.

182/365 - You're Fired.

I suddenly found myself a single mom of 4 kids alone in a new city with no friends, no family, and no idea how I would make it through tomorrow.

The adventure continued because God picked me up and carried me through.

God has been my Anchor (Hebrew 6:19), Provider (Phillipians 4:19) and  Best Friend (John 15:15) and allowed me to embrace the changes that keep coming my way.

He has taught me to focus up and embrace every experience as an opportunity to grow closer to Him.

Now He is taking me on another adventure as we tackle this life threatening condition of my weight.  I am having weight loss surgery and I hope this will be the beginning of some much needed success in this battle!

This blog will be about my life–the good and the bad.  The ups and the downs.  Through it all, I just hope to remind myself to focus up.

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SJHanson March 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hey, I just wanted to stop by and say that I look forward to following your journey 🙂


Holly Rose March 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Wow I have a comment and a follower!! That's exciting! Thanks so much!! 🙂


FreeJulie March 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Ooo, how exciting! I am just getting ready to start reading your blog from the beginning and wanted to say hello. 🙂


Gayle June 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hi, just found your blog. I’m not one to skip to the end of a book, so I have started at “your” beginning. I just started the second blog and see that you are (were?) in San Antonio. I came back to tell you I live in San Antonio too! I am scheduled for a gastric sleeve on 8/22/12. I just wanted to say “Hi!”. Back to reading…


Holly from 300 Pounds Down June 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hi Gayle!! So nice of you to start at the beginning. I do live in San Antonio and my surgery was with Dr.Cavazos. I’m super excited for you going down the same path and I know it will turn out great. Let me know if I can be of any help to you!!


Danielle June 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hi !! Getting ready to read your blog from beginning to end! My surgery is set for July 9, 2012. So excited and nervous.


Holly from 300 Pounds Down June 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hi Danielle!! Congratulations on your upcoming surgery! That is so awesome and I am excited for you!! I wish you all the best. Let me know if I can encourage you in any way!


G Cottle September 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I’m six months post op with RNY gastric bypass. I’m going to read your blog and soak it all in. Thanks for opening yourself to us. You are very courageous.


Kristina April 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

I stumbled across your blog while searching for info on Dr. Cavazos. I’ve attended one of his seminars and have decided that I am ready for this step. Thank you for sharing your success with us. I am on 2 missions right now, 1.) To strengthen my relationship with Christ 2.) Make my health a priority. I found that you’re blog has really inspired me to tackle both of these objectives. I am excited to continue reading! Best of luck and many blessing to you and your kiddo’s!


Ren June 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Like the others, I am starting with the beginning of your blog.. I am at the beginning of my weight loss journey (I need to lose 170 pounds).. I’m already inspired!
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Lou July 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Holly, I’m really enjoying your website and have been posting all over the place here. I couldn’t continue without expressing to you my sympathy to you at being abandoned as you were. Your clinging to God is inspiring and your dedication to your children as well.


Kathy June 4, 2014 at 2:17 am

I just started reading your website and Facebook page and thought I’d take a peek at where it all began. I am MESMERIZED and so inspired. I am not doing the computer work I’m supposed to because I can’t stop reading . . . but I must exhibit some self-control.

All I can say is that you make so . . . much . . . sense. Not that what you say is gospel but it is all so heartfelt that it resounds with honesty and the truth. That’s one reason it’s so inspiring. I can’t absorb everything you’ve written in one sitting but I am starting now to choose the shakes for a week as is my son. I am a fantastic cook. I have waaaay too much Le Creuset and beautiful cookware, dishes, all the tools of the trade, Vitamix, this-a-mix and that-a-mix and until reading your page about sugar addiction and getting away from preparing meals for a while, it never dawned on me that I was stirring up the food cravings or at least finding it hard not to make the best choice, even if it means just adding a little ketchup to the hamburger. And boring is best when you want to just get the nutrition.

Add another “fan” to your group. If I can help you in any way by getting the word out in another forum, even helping edit text or creating documents (I’m a wordsmith of sorts) I’d be more than happy to assist you. Not that what you’ve said is anything other people haven’t said but it’s from a real person who did this and not some never-been-challenged or heavy nutritionist selling a book. Plus you get down to the nitty-gritty and discuss food, and other “addictions,” as things you need to break up with until you can stop being so emotional about it.

So here’s a hug and a huge thank you for changing my life in the last 30 minutes. I’m beyond thrilled that I found your website and story.

Vista, California


Kellie T July 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Hi there! I just found your blog – thank you for the inspiration!! i am currently 400 pounds and will be starting my 30 seconds as soon as i hit “send.” 🙂 thank you!!


Debra May 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Hi I have just come across your blog while I stumbling through the success and failures (mine) of weight loss surgery. I had my RNY in October of 2012 and lost about 115 lbs. I never made it to goal but was happy. One day I was attacked by A Cookie (you know how it goes) next thing one turned into two, then three and then I found muffins, tarts and reacquainted myself with my local coffee shop and began my binging on donuts. Etc Etc Etc . I have been searching for a plan to tackle this problem and came across your blog especially the Sugar Detox article. I had read a book that I found most helpful call The Hunger Fix by Dr. Pam Peeke, but it was not until I read your article that everything gelled.
I am going to try the shakes for a week and then resume my WSL food plan keeping in mind that I will remove sugar from my diet.
I am back at the beginning of your blog to follow your progress. Thanks so much for all you have share.
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Amy July 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm

I just stumbled on your blog courtesy of theworldaccordingtoeggface. I am 9 months out from RNY wls. I am on a bit of a stall and was looking for motivation and a way to know that I am not alone in my battle, So in stumbling across your blog I have to say I am a fan!!! I look forward to new posts and I have read all the old ones. I started out at 262 pounds and in 9 months I am now at 195. I am a slow loser and I think that is what is really aggravating me and killing my motivation but when I look at yourself and shelly (eggface) I know that if you can do it then I can do it! Keep up the great work!! Your newest fan in Ontario, Canada


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