Fired Up for the New Year! (Giveaway)

December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized



When most people

Were out buying champagne

For New Years Eve

I was loading up on candy

And donuts

And ice cream

To ring in the New Year


This will now be

The second year in a row

That I have spent my New Years Eve



But one thing I always hated

About this time of year

Was the tradition of making

New Years Resolutions


Once a year

We get motivated

We’re going to change it all

We’re going to lose the weight

We’re going to start exercising

This is going to be the year!!

And 4 days later

We’re back at McDonalds


Something about this time of year

Was very depressing to me

Because deep down inside

I knew

That I would never really accomplish

Any of my goals

That it was just one more opportunity

To fail



I’m so grateful

That I learned

The secret to success

The secret to accomplishing my goals

Without failing


And it all started

With 30 seconds

Because it was only when

I started making my goals


That I finally was able

To achieve them





Itty bitty

Teeny weeny

Mini sized


That was what it took

For me to finally

Have victory


It’s almost impossible to believe

That year after year

I set the goal

To start exercising

And I would start on that path

Only to become discouraged

Because I could not walk a mile

To me one mile was not enough anyway

To me one mile seemed already too small a goal

So to struggle in the first few steps of that one mile

Depressed me


No matter how I tried

Day after day

I could  never accomplish much

So every day

I felt like a failure

Until I would just give up


30 seconds sounds ridiculous

It sounds absurd!

Why bother even putting on your shoes for that

It’s silly!


When I first started

I had a Leslie Sansone 1 Mile DVD

It took me longer

To get on my shoes

To put in the DVD

To fast forward through the FBI Warning

Than it did

To do the 30 seconds of the workout

Because that’s all I did

30 seconds

And then I stopped it


But here I am 17 months later

207  pounds gone

Jogging on the treadmill

And while it did take me

A year and a half to get here

There is no doubt in my mind

That I would not have made it this far

Without taking my goals

And slicing them in half

And them slicing them in half again

Making them so small

So do-able

That ANYONE could accomplish it


You know what happens

When you do that?

When you give yourself a goal

That you KNOW you can accomplish?

It gives you a guaranteed victory

So long as you do it

You win


Every single day

I gave myself that goal

That miniscule, tiny, small

Do-able goal

And every single day

I accomplished it

Every single day



I liked winning

I liked accomplishing the goal

I liked how it made me feel

For once

There was no failure

Only victory


This year I suggest

You try something new

Instead of making 10 goals

Make one

And then half it

Make it small

Make it so small that you know

Beyond a shadow of a doubt

That you will get it done

And when you’re done with that

You add a tiny bit more


I am fired up about the new year!!

I am ready to move forward

I am ready to lose this last hundred pounds

And I’m ready to do it

With achievable goals

So that every day is a victory!


Consistency is the key

Whatever you do

No matter how small

Do it every day

Do it consistently

And you will see progress


I love books

They are my favorite things in the world

I wrote a blog post here

About the Joy of Reading



My mom was a librarian

She taught me to love books

To enjoy them

To savor them

After all

They are calorie free!


I listen to audiobooks

I read them on the Kindle

And I absolutely love

My Kindle Fire


There are so many great books out there




And when we are embarking on a journey

That’s what we need!


You can read books on the Kindle

You can listen to them too

And you can download apps

To help you

Log your food and track your exercise


My Kindle is actually a tool I use

To help me with weight loss

I’m either reading a book

Or listening to one


I want to constantly fill my mind

With the things I need to keep myself

On track




Sugar Nation

Is a great book

That discusses sugar addiction

And it’s downloaded to my Kindle

For easy reading


My Crossfit Coach, Diana Tyler

Wrote a book

Fit for Faith

Another great one

I have on the kindle


Joyce Meyer has lots of wonderful books

Battlefield of the Mind

Is my favorite

It helps me remember

That this is war

And we can win!


My mom is always with me

Reminding me to stay focused on what is important

She is with me in the books I read

Reminding me of all the good times we had

Flipping through the pages

Of a great find or treasure we had discovered

In some corner of the library

Or some out of the way used bookstore


So this year for 2013

I want you

To get FIRED UP with me!!


So I’m going to giveaway


  •  $50 Kindle Fire Gift Certificate ( to get you started downloading some great stuff!)

I love being able to use apps

To help me

On my journey

My Fitness Pal

Is my most used app

Map My Walk

Is my other favorite


Here is a link

For the best

Health and Fitness Apps

For the Kindle Fire


I hope this will be a great headstart

Into the New Year

I know it helps me

Every day!


This Giveaway is going to be

Very simple

Just leave me a comment

About your goals for the New Year

How you plan to make your goals

Simple and do-able

So that you can accomplish them

And attain victory!!


One person will be selected

From the random generator

At  Random.Org

This will be open for comments

Until January 12 !!



Happy New Year!!

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Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss December 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

I’ve been trying to figure out what goals I want to set for the new year. I’d really love to reach my goal weight — but with about 70 pounds to lose, that’s probably not feasible. I love the idea of setting a much smaller goal. Maybe I should start with a 10-minute walk, 10 crunches and 10 wall pushups a day.
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Mandy Spady December 31, 2012 at 7:11 am

My goal for 2013 is simply to move! Everyday, do something. I work at a gym and get a free membership yet I have made excuses for the last 6 yrs. I WILL MOVE!! I just recently came across your blog and I am completely pumped! I am not the only one with struggles! Keep up the amazing work on your journey!! Get it girl!!


Veronica December 31, 2012 at 7:16 am

My goal for 2013 is to get control again! I gave up on myself and I don’t want to go on this way. I will track, exercise & feel proud of myself again!


Poochy Ponders December 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

I made 2 simple goals this year. 1. to quit smoking again. My quit date is Jan 1. and 2. to get into onederland – I have 83 pounds to go and it’s doable. After being over 400 pounds, 83 pounds seems like a, well, cakewalk isn’t a good analogy here, but seems doable especially since I’ve developed better habits of exercising and being mindful of myself. It’s a freedom I’ve gained over 2012 and it’s remarkable. Thank you for the opportunity. You’ve already inspired me from your last challenge and I moved my duff again since 🙂 Take care.
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Gwen December 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

Hi! Love your blog, and am very inspired by your success!

My 2013 goals are:

1. to figure out how to maintain weight loss, while I’m losing. Because I’m great at losing. It’s the keeping off part I struggle at. A huge part of that will be:

2. learning how to self-soothe without food. Because of course emotional eating (happy, stressed, bored) are when I forage for food. That’s the main thing. And finally:

3. Become a master at portion control.

Day at a time….sometimes a minute at a time, huh?

Thanks for the offer! 🙂
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Roxy Sheppard December 31, 2012 at 7:37 am

My goal this year is to get to my goal weight, which is 63lbs away. I am a member of Weight Watchers so will be using this to control my diet but my biggest challenge is exercising. To help keep me focused I have decided to run my first ever 5k at the end of March. I am also walking a marathon in May for Breast Cancer. I have to keep training to be able to do these.We are going on holiday to Florida in July as well so would love to look and feel good for that!!


Sarah Scott December 31, 2012 at 7:40 am

I love your blog and your progress photos are so inspirational
My goal for this year is to try my hardest and I would love to get my weight down to as close to 200lbs as possible.
Looking forward to lots of help along the way
Have a great 2013


Caroline December 31, 2012 at 8:28 am

My goal for 2013 is to train for my first 10k. I will be using the C2K Run for the Cure app as my training schedule.


Dani December 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

Wow, congratulations on your weight loss. You look not only slender but HEALTHY and FIT. Your family sounds awesome, and I can tell by your reading list that you have faith. My big goal for 2013 is to complete a half marathon. I am using a tested training plan that breaks up the days into manageable chunks. I will also rely on some of the things you do – my family to support my time on the road and in the gym and my faith to keep my mind on the right path.


Shari December 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

I’m sad to see 2012 go, it’s been a fantastic year & I’ve lost 70lbs in the past 4 months alone! So my main goals for 2013 will be to continue to get physically & financially healthy. I’ve found the basics work well and have given me a good foundation to build on:

Eat less, move more
Less caffeine, more water
Less TV, more gym time
More sleep, less social media
For every workout I pay myself $1
Preparing my meals a week at a time
Be easy on myself, not everyday will be perfect
Set aside one hour a day just for ME =)

Thanks for having such a great giveaway! I hope you (& all your readers) have an amazing 2013!!! Happy New Year everyone!!!
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Angela Beaver December 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

My goal for 2013 is to lose the rest of my excess weight. I started focusing on my weight and health on 2.29.12. I was 155 pounds over weight at that time. I am now 45 pounds over weight. I am going to continue my workout plan (I do Insanity and I walk and walk and walk …you get the point) and food diary (I use a BodyBugg). I have signed up for the Louisville Triple Crown in the spring. I will walk the 5k and the 10k. The third leg, a 10 miler is probably not something I’m going to do; I will be thrilled just to do the first two legs! Yesterday we went to the Y and worked on the weight machines. I would like to add this to my workout plan a couple of times each week.


Kelly December 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

My 2013 goal is to be under 200lbs, I have 48 pounds to go and completely run my 5k. I am currently run/walk a 5k in about 55 minutes, now I want to run completely under 40 minutes!


Diane 150 Pounds Gone Forever December 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

My goal is to consistently strength train 3 days a week. I’m going to make it work by going with my daughter to the university gym, keeping a log, and making a commitment!
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Amy December 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

My 2013 goals are to change my families outlook on food. We are doing a complete overhaul of our diet, I have a 5 &7 year old that I never want to have to worry about not eating right! I love your blog!


Cindy December 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

To walk 3 million steps in 2013. That is only 10,000 steps for 300 days. I am excited to get started!


Nancy December 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

My goal is to eat healthier and to do more walking each day!


Denise December 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I’m going to reset and keep it simple in 2013.


Laura December 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

My goal is to eat healthy and clean, and to walk often. I lost 45 pounds over a year but have gained 15 pounds back over the last few months. I’m ready to get back on track and start moving again! I have 45 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight of 170!


Suzy December 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

My resolutions are to continue the healthy living that I undertook in 2012. I am breaking it down into 10 lb goals and 30 minute workouts 6 days a week. I find that if I tell myself to just do 30 minutes, then I am willing to go even longer and sometimes even working out 2x a day.


Jill Cain December 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

My New Years resolutions are to faithfully log my food into my fitness pal and to make working out more of a routine in my weight loss journey. I can do this and persevere!


Dawn Hill December 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

My goal this year is simply to get healthy so I can feel better, physically and emotionally. I know I have to avoid sugar and white flour because it does not work well with my body.


jess December 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

My goal for this year is to get myself under 200! Ive been holding at around 210 for a year so its time!!!


Dawn December 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

In 2013 I would like to reach my goal of 200 pounds lost. I have just hit 100 pounds today. Great feeling to step on the scale the last day of 2012 and hit that goal.


Daphne @DaphneAlive December 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever made a New Years resolution! I don’t think I’ll make one this year either. I’ll just continue to be happy and be as healthy as I can. Have a great New Years!


Naleen December 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

My goal is to get in 5 minutes of exercise a day. There has never been a time when I don’t have 5 minutes to exercise. Just 5 minutes gets my blood pumping and keeps me motivated.


Ivana Lane December 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My goal is to lose all the negatives – weight, insecurity, nagginess 🙂 and gain all the positive I can – better mind & body, confidence, grow in photography business and hopefully be in pictures myself loosen up and live a little and spend quality time with a family ( not around food) I need to gain CONTROL OVER MYSELF. Not that I don;t control myself, but I always fail myself when I say, just one more cookie , it is not going to hurt… well it will and it does. I am going to make a plan and stick with it! Happy 1013! And who said 13 is not a lucky number??


Hollie December 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

What a great giveaway to start the new year! I, too, love books. (We sound like we have A LOT in common). I’m actually giving away all my health/fitness books on my blog (check it out if you want). And my friend, Shawn, just released a great book on Kindle about how he has lost 125 lbs and kept it off. I shared that link on FB today.

My ONE resolution for 2013 is to remain sugar-free, and to keep all bad carbs to a minimum. I have to stay abstinent for me to be healthy and successful at weight loss.

I just emailed you two pics for the challenge. I’m dressed and ready to hit the gym again shortly!
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Adelyn December 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My goal for the 2013 is 7- 5k races where I run the entire way. Ok. There I said it. Now off to do it. 😉
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Michelle December 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm

My goal is to get healthy….workout at Jazzercise at least 3 days a week, walk or use my elliptical at home another 3 days of the week. Use my Nutribullet for breakfast and a snack each day. Eat more whole/natural foods. This will help me lose the 60 pounds I’d ultimately like gone. I’m not saying I have to lose it all this year, but I would like to lose 30 of it this year.

Thank you for your blog! I read it every day….so motivational! Happy New Year to you and your family!


Rebecca Novak December 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

When it comes to goals, I usually bite off more than i can chew but in reading your blog about taking 1 small goal and then cutting it in half, i tgink i will try that. So, my goal is to get this nasty sugar out of my diet. I know i’m addicted to it. I would love any advice


katie December 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm

My goal is to stop making excuses and actually lose the weight this year.


Kelly D December 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I plan to continue doing my 3 1/2 miles of walks while my kids are at school & preschool. I would also like to work in some jogging, and replace more of my meals with fruits & veggies so I can start seeing some weight loss. Your weight loss is inspiring!


Katie December 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I decided last year that I was no longer going to make resolutions on New Years. I had done that for too many years, and every year I broke them. Either within days, and sometimes I made it a few months, but regardless I would break those resolutions. So last year I decided, a lot like you talked about, to setting a goal. Not many, just one. And that goal was to become a healthier me. I wasn’t feeling good, I could hardly move, stand, and walking was out of the question. I pretty much knew that if I didn’t do anything I was going to die. So I started doing little things, I started out by cutting back on the sweets, then I made my portions smaller. If we were to go out to eat I would make healthier choices.. broccoli instead of fries, grilled chicken instead of deep fried. Little by little I started to make small changes. I even gave up pop completely and I was someone who would not drink anything but Diet Mountain Dew I lived on that poison. But little by little those little changes added up, and I started to lose, it was slow at first but it started coming off. Now at the end of the year I have lost 54 lbs for the total of the year. I gave myself time, I worked at a slow pace, but I didn’t let myself get down, I understood I’m human I’m going to make mistakes, I’m going to slip. I just knew I had to get back up and brush myself off and start again!

This year I’m going to continue with the eating right, because I really do feel better! Now I need to add in activity! I’m going to start little and build up from there. Even though I do live in the middle of no where, there is an old school that opens up there doors for people to use there gym for free. I’m going to start walking there.. little by little. I usually walk around the gym once, sit for a few seconds and then walk again. I am also buying a bike with my Christmas money!! I”m really excited about that. I haven’t been on a bike since I was in the third grade when I fell off my bike and broke my ankle. So I guess overcoming a fear of mine is in the works for 2013! lol. It’s all about me living and being here for the long run! Sorry I wrote a book.
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Cindy H. December 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I want to take more time for myself with healthy eating. This means less eating out and more preparing ahead of time.


Lori December 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I am going to heal my hip issues by first following the exercises given to me by the physical therapist and second by losing weight. I’ll lose weight by exercising and clean eating. (Whole fresh foods, prepared at home) I’ll probably even save money in the long run, an incidental benefit.


Lisa M. December 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

This is the first year in 20 something years that I do not have a new year resolution of losing weight. After losing 140 pounds, I am 8 pounds away from a healthy BMI!! I know I will make it. So this year, my resolution is simply to maintain and live life to the fullest now that I am able to. I plan on doing so many fun things with my kids that I would have missed out on. Isn’t walking or doing crossfir with your kid so much better than sitting on your couch alone stuffing your face? So glad we took that step to gain our lives back. Keep up the good work Holly!


Mary Ellen December 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

My goal is to lose the “last 20 pounds”. I lost 60 a year ago and can’t seem to get to my goal. I think baby steps are the key. I have improved my diet considerably and exercise regularly but can still improve so much. My mini-goals include cutting back on diet soda, drinking more water and eating fewer processed foods. Thanks for inspiring me every day Holly!


Rhonda December 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I ran my first Half Marathon in 2012 and am planning to run (or walk lol) a FULL marathon in 2013. I read the book “My Journey to Guiness” by Yolanda Holder and her quest to do 100 marathons in a year…. she walks them. It really inspired me to try a full marathon. Best to you Holly in the New Year and thanks for running the contest :o)


Tammy Herrin December 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I personally am getting all into New Year’s Resolution’s this year. Last year was the first time I stuck to my resolution (I lost almost 60 pounds) so this year I want to keep the momentum up.
1) Lose 52 pounds (that’s 1 pound a week, very obtainable as long as I keep going). I’m not going to get crazy strict with my calories anymore because my body does a lot better at 1500. So I’ll just choose healthier options and add more protein to my diet.
2) PUSH myself during workouts. I’ve been working out steadily for a year now and I’ve only had a handful of workouts where I felt like I really gave it my all. That’s going to change. I want to find my workout potential. I want to push my body and see how strong it really is. No more excuses.
3) Run in a 5k. I use to think this was something I couldn’t do but this year I walked two 5ks. There is something empowering about it. This year I want to be able to run (at least part of the way). I haven’t run since I was in high school so this is a big deal to me. I’m going to start by walking in some 5ks through out the year and work my way up to running one at the end of December.
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mevrouwhoning December 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Bite-size goals, huh? Guaranteed victories. Things I need to do, at a scale where I’ll actually start to DO them.

I Need to exercise. So, I will – for 10 minutes every day. Even if it’s a cumulative 10 minutes throughout the workday. 10 minutes is doable. 10 minutes I can accomplish. 10 minutes, at least, every day!


Susan LaPooh December 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

My goal this year is to continue losing weight, but to make my changes habits. I want to start walking again and adding weight training. I like the idea of paying myself a dollar every time I workout (someone above posted that). I think I may do that, too. Also, less social media and less time in my work chair!


Erin December 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I am going to drink a TALL glass of water before each meal, and drink at least 1 water bottle-full throughout the day. This is harder than it sounds because I’m a teacher and I can’t go to the bathroom whenever I want…ha! 🙂


Melanie December 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My goal is just to live as healthy as I can and enjoy my life to the fullest!


Sheila Bendall December 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

This year I will be perfect! I will reach my goal weight in 2 months by exercising 7 days a week. I will not eat any carbs. I will keep my house perfectly spotless. I will make sure my children make nothing less than straight A’s! I will far exceed all of my company’s goals for me no matter how impossible they are to achieve!

So, in reality, I will not be making these same ridiculous resolutions this year as I have every year. In 2013, I will be methodically consistent, making tiny baby steps to achievements everyday. In this way, I refuse to disappoint myself over and over again. I am certain that this is truly the way.


Karen P December 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hi Holly.

I’m going to maintain my 70+ pound weight loss in 2013. Kicking off 2013 by doing a Whole30 in the month of Jan 2013. And I’ll be growing more herbs in the garden this year to support my Paleo template.

Here’s to a good 2013.
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Chandra December 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

In honor of my grandmother who recently passed away, I want to run my first half marathon in 2013. I was a severely overweight teenager and she was able to watch me transform into a fit adult who loves to workout and run. I will be continuing with my weight lifting routine, but adding in more cardio on my indoor bicycle and running outside.


Karen T. December 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

My first small goal will be to eliminate sugar from my diet. I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and need an overhaul of the way I eat. I need to lose 150 lbs and am hopeful that this will be the year! I gave up diet soda about 6 months ago and I don’t miss it at all! I am hoping for the same with sugary foods!!


Lisa December 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Wow! Another great post!
This year I started my quest to lose all of this extra baggage BEFORE the New Year! Yep, that’s right, I’m on my eating plan RIGHT NOW and have already lost 6 lbs.! So, my goal is to continue eating well, to get past the 21 day mark (where I seem to stop each time – hmm, hormone cycle?) and lose this 45 odd lbs. once and for ALL! Having a fractured foot does seem to get in the way, but my b/f said he would pay for Pilates and swimming. So… here’s to a much healthier 2013 for EVERYONE (including me!)


Katherine December 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm

First, I wanted to say thanks! I haven’t commented before, but I’ve been reading for a few months. Your story is such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. It makes more of a difference than you could possibly realize!

My New Year’s Resolution is to lose another 25lbs by my birthday at the end of April. That is is a do-able pace for me if I stay focused, and it will put me in the overweight (instead of obese) BMI category. To get there I will keep using SparkPeople to track my nutrition, and I am also going to start a beginning running program.


Anne W. December 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I just started the Couch to 5k app on my android phone and I’ve also been doing Zuzka Light youtube videos at home. My resolution is to be able to run at an 8 minute mile pace! Your weight loss story is amazing and I hope you have a great 2013!


Tammy December 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Great post! Your strength and success has inspired me. I’m tired of being stuck in a rut and going no where. I am one to always make goals big and hardly ever reach them. At over 380 lbs, I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. This month, my AC1 test results were my worst ever with a 9.1. Losing weight is always my priority, but this year I am not setting a pounds lost goal. I want to lose weight and I will work at it everyday, but the one goal I do have is to move everyday. I may need to follow your 30 second example to start, because lately standing for more than 10 seconds hurts. To meet my goal of moving everyday, I will start with dancing. It’s not pretty, but it will get my heart rate up. I will start small but push myself everyday to do as much as I can and more than the week or day before. I can and will do this!
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Mandy December 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

My goal is to stay away from sugar- because then I am able to control the amount of food I eat. When I eat sugar I am hungry all day. But when I am off sugar and eat things with lower sodium I tend to eat less through out the whole day and tend to be drawn to food with more nutrients. I want to continue to take Juice Plus pills each day since I have felt better since taking them and I want to get 30 pounds off and keep it off. I just want to be healthier for my kids. I want to have energy when I get up. I don’t want to have to take a nap because I ate too much sugar and feel like if I don’t take a nap I won’t be able to make it through the rest of the day. So I guess my goal is to be more stay focused on staying away from sugar- keep my sodium count low on the foods that I do eat- get more exercise, even if that is just a walk around my neighborhood- and to get some weight off and keep it off. I would be nice to actually get some new sizes in the closet and feel happy when I go to shop for clothes. I loved your blog about the clothes and how the designers are the worst when it comes to making things that people want. I want some cute new clothes for summer. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your life with us!


Liza Glick December 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I only have one goal this year and that’s to lose at least 50lbs. I plan to do this with counting my calories, exercising at least 3X’s a week and reading your blog for support! 🙂


Kelly December 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Last year I set out on a lofty goal of losing 70 lbs …. well….. I lost 37 from January to October then gained all but 12 lbs back from Oct to December. So I figure I have two choices… look at it as a failure OR to realize that I am starting this year 12 lbs less that I did last year. I am choosing the second option. I am setting a 50 lb goal again this year. Last year was a learning experience and hopefully I DID the learning. I tripped over all the pit falls and sometimes fell right in. This year I will do my best to walk around them!


Kim December 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Im taking your advice and cutting my big goal of losing 100lb into chunks of the day. Did I get a good night sleep? Yes Drink calories for breakfast? No yay I did better than before. I’m excited to take it one minute at a time and feel like I’m accomplishing something and not failing. Thanks for the new outlook ! Tonight I promise to myself no “last meal” for new years eve those last meals always get me!!


Michelle Mata December 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

My 2013 goal is to move more. I have enlisted a friend to exercise with me and this is how I am staying focused on my goal.


Melissa December 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

What a cool giveaway for the New Year, thank you for holding it! My goal is to lose 100 pounds for my October trip to WDW. I was very inspired by your trip, and how happy you felt being comfortable in your own skin while there! I am going to use My Fitness Pal to log food intake, and keep a gallon of water at my desk each day to keep me chugging!
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Kdzi December 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

The mistake I’ve always made is to expect my loss to be linear, consistent, and 2 pounds/week (always in a hurry to get skinny, even though it took me years to get fat!) This year: no predictive lines of where I *should be* by any particular date. I’ve been losing for 3 months now…I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, changing it up only if I get bored or stuck, and let the weight loss take its own course. I’m setting milestones to celebrate, but I don’t have a timeline when I will get to each one. That’s my resolution: keep doing what I’m doing (oh, and learn to swim! My son’s a better swimmer than I am, so I’m doing that to keep up with him.)


Cheri campos December 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Holly you are such a blessing and truly an inspiration to those of us that struggle with our weight…the older I get the harder it seems to be an the more I feel the weight causing other issues…in 2013 my hubby and I will be working to participate in our first Rock N Roll marathon in San Antonio. Our goal is to do the half marathon…I will be checking in and seeing what motivations we can use and techniques will help in this journey….


Loriann December 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I’m sitting here looking at your pictures and all I can say is wow! You’re a beautiful woman and I hope that 2013 is your best year ever! God bless you!


Linda Kuil December 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Since I ran my first half marathon, I heard about something called Marathon and half marathon maniacs. I have to run 3 half marathons on 3 months. I would love to fulfill this goal. I’m already registered for the Diva Half again in October, so now I have to find a half in Sept. and November!! I’m also looking to train for a full marathon, but I think I’m going to concentrate on the half distance for now!
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Lizzy December 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I plan to eat healthier, for me and my kids. Right now we eat a lot of junk food, chips, etc.
From now on, I plan to only buy fruit, veggies and lean meats at the store.


Pam December 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I wrote a nice long comment on my iPhone and then it wouldn’t post it. I wrote about wanting to lose 8 pounds this year to try and get to that magical normal BMI! Obsessive and silly, I know. But maybe a more important goal for me is that I want to buy a girl’s bike (so I can get off and on it more easily than my dad’s old boy’s bike that I struggle with) and start riding A LOT. That should help with the 8-lb. loss. Besides if I have the mindset of weight loss, I do better than if I’m thinking weight maintenance.
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Lori Henry December 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I want to thank you for your inspirational posts. I am going to be much more active than this past year. I plan on starting kickboxing again. I have about 130 pounds to lose. I am not giving up on myself this year. I am going to focus on portion control and better food choices. I try to eat healthy now, but my downfall is the sweets. I am a work in progress and look forward to this year to make my weight loss dreams come true.


Melissa Davis December 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

What a cool giveaway for the New Year, thank you for holding it! My news resolution is to become more healthier and be able to enjoy my life I’ve been given. I’ve struggled most of my life with weight issues & have been diagnosed with so many medical issues I wonder sometimes how I still manage to be strong & keep my head up. On February 6 I am getting gastric bypass surgery I am nervous, but looking forward to the new healthier me. Once again thank you for doing this. Happy new year to you:)


Karen January 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

I so agree with your tiny, achievable steps toward a goal. This year I am starting 2 weeks out from my gastric bypass (12/14/12) and have a great tool to make changes. However this new tiny-tummy thing is pretty overwhelming right now! I have to make one goal per day. Yesterday’s goal was 48 oz of water (and that much was hard to do), and today’s goal is 50 grams of protein. I will keep adding in things I need to do, and THEN slowly increase to where they should be, 8 oz at a time, 10 grams at a time, you get the picture. 🙂
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Tracy Stevenson @ My Tiny Tank January 1, 2013 at 2:13 am

Hi Miss Holly, I wrote my goals on my blog last night.
I’m really hoping to work some more of my regain off.
This is such a nice give away you are doing! thanks!


peggi January 1, 2013 at 2:14 am

My goal is to quit eating sugar and get healthy. Not sure how I’m going to do it. One cookie at a time I suppose.(I mean skipping one at a time) hahahahaha


Sunny January 1, 2013 at 3:16 am

Since I am one month out of my RNY, my goal for 2013 is to make my goal weight. I have already joined the Y for my exercise. What a great giveaway…thanks

Happy New year


Sofie January 1, 2013 at 3:36 am

Your posts always inspire me. Thanks so much for sharing.

My 2013 goal is to be my best me. To be true to myself, to be kind to myself and to Love myself. I think everything else will fall into place then.


Rockin' Mama January 1, 2013 at 4:48 am

My 2013 goal is to have the motivation to lose 15 pounds and to exercise regularly. I lived so many years of my life being afraid of food and of letting myself get out-of-shape, but now I don’t seem to care. For health reasons alone I should want to leave off the sugar. I keep thinking of your 30 second walk to the mailbox; what an inspiration you are! I am so proud of you and of what you have accomplished in the past year! Congratulations, beautiful lady, and keep up the good work! May 2013 be your best year ever! Love, D


Debby H January 1, 2013 at 4:50 am

I make New Years Goals. And I make them attainable and measurable.
Fit for Faith is on my reading list!!
Heres to a great 2013!!!Thank you for your inspiration!
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Shannon January 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

I’ve been lurking on your site for a few weeks, Holly. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story! I made the decision to finally go ahead with surgery after many years of struggle and found a link to your blog on Love it! You’re an amazing inspiration.

My resolution is the same as it’s been for the past few years – remain content with life and be the best me I can be. I have my first appt about the surgery this month, and I plan on keeping a blog about it….if only because writing really is cathartic for me and it will keep me accountable. Happy new year to you!


Vickie Jordan January 1, 2013 at 7:34 am

My goal for 2013 is to connect with people who have found victory in their lives. That’s how I found this website. I joined Myfitnesspal and found your post on that site, which led me here. I am so inspired by what the Lord has done in your life. God is not a respecter of persons so I know He can do the same for me. Thank you for sharing your success with thos of us who need this lifeline of hope.

God Bless!
Vickie Jordan


Marilyn January 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

I have three goals for 2013:
1. To reach my goal weight of 125 pounds. I have already lost 171 pounds, and need to lose another 59 pounds! I will do this by simply continuing the path I am on! No sugar, no processed foods, lots of vegetables!

2. To build strength and endurance. I will be using the book “Convict Conditioning”, which uses basic moves like pushups, pull ups, squats and leg lifts, but they start out with very easy exercises that build the muscles you need in order to be able to do an actual pull up, for instance. It was written by a guy who was actually in prison for some time. But isn’t obesity and poor conditioning a type of prison, too?

3. To improve my diet even more, by incorporating more raw foods and fresh vegetable juices!


Tina January 1, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hello Holly and Happy New Year! My main goal this year is to have the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. I’m at my goal weight for the surgery, but need to meet with the nutritionist one more time before they’ll submit my paperwork to my insurance. I am also going to swim in our pool this summer. It’s above ground and last year I was not able to climb the stairs due to my knees and weight! I am determined to do it this year! 🙂


Susan January 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I love how you break things down and accomplish your goals!

My plan for the new year is to lose 60 pounds (big goal). Ok, cutting that down…I’d like to lose 25 to 30 pounds by June 2013. Cut that down again…I’d like to lose 15 pounds by March. My goal is to get another 4 pounds off by January 14th. I’d love to fit into real jeans again!!

Thanks for the great giveaway!!
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Susan January 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Oh gosh – how I am going to do it – focus on exercise/moving every day or at least 6 days per week in some way or fashion. Add strength training a few days a week and work up to 4 to 5 times per week. Watching my intake and learning to eat healthy for a lifetime, not for a weight goal.
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Jen B January 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

My new years resolution is to lose weight (of course), but more importantly live healthier in all aspects of my life. I think I can accomplish my goals by journaling to hold myself accountable.


Georgia Pritchett January 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

My biggest goal for this year is to walk the 39.3 miles of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara. I need to lose about 75 lbs along the training path. I’ve lost 31 as of today (since I got my CPAP on October 9, 2012). I know I can do it. I’m using my fitbit, my aria scale,, walking as much as I can, and, of course, my trusty CPAP which gives me the energy to do all this. Let’s hear it for a good nights sleep (or, at this point, 84 of them!)


Christine January 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

My goal is to do healthy menu planning for me and my family. Planning ahead is key to good results for a healtheir me and I fall very short in that area.
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Taylor January 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

My goal for this year is to be healthy again. I’m sick of being tired all day and being too tired to go out with friends on the weekend. I’m a college student for crying out loud and I’d rather sleep than have fun because I just don’t have the energy. I plan to lose weight and with a healthy plan that includes eating right and exercising I would like to lose 2 pounds a week or so which should bring me to my goal by November. It’s going to be a long haul but I just can’t see myself suffer from all the weight I’ve gained in the last few years. I’ve got 93 pounds to lose, but I know it will happen this year because this year I’ve got a plan and even when I slip up, I know I can rebound (:


Gran of 7 January 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Congratulations Holly in your accomplishments. “We can do all things thru Christ who strenghtens us”. My goal this year is to reverse my Type 2 Diabetes. Need to lose 65 pounds. Will cut out sugar according to my diabetic diet and keep close record of my carbs, use very little salt, exercise daily, even though I have limitations, and watch intake amount of food. Have gone to diabetic classes and did lose 31 pounds last year but unfortunately gained back 26 of these. This indicates to me that my spiritual life needs tuning up also. Will start back to my Bible Study classes on the 13th. Read scripture every day. This will be my long term goal for the year. Continue in your endeavor.


Andrea January 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I have lots of goals for 2013, but my main goal is to workout 5 days per week.
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G Cottle January 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Your story is inspiring and amazing. You’re like a super hero! I’m encouraged to meet the final part of my 126 lb loss goal this year. Right now I’m at an 88 lb loss so 38 lbs to go. I see your example and it helps me to believe that I CAN do this. I CAN be healthy. I WILL have a life that I can participate in! Thanks, Holly, for being a voice for our common struggle. You are brave and so fantastic!


Alison Kitchkommie January 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I am re-dedicating myself to my fitness goals. I have a FOAMY 5K scheduled for the end of March, so I am going to focus on my running endurance. Since I have already lost 96 pounds, with about 80 to go, I am going to really work on my toning up. I have The Butt Bible, The Jillian Micheal’s 30 Day Shred and 6 Week 6 Pack Abs.

In addition, after the carb-a-holics holidays (still in effect), I am going back to my low-carb lifestyle to help with my diabetes. I am off my meds completely and would like to stay that way! I felt so much better on low-carbs. 🙂

My long-term goals are to hit around 150 pounds with diet and lots and lots of toning exercises, get a body lift (at 150ish) and run my 5K. I plan on actually RUNNING it.

Thank you for providing me with HOPE. I love your story!!



Michelle Hodge January 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I often try to make too many goals and don’t keep them. This year I decided to make goals that I know I can keep. I’m starting off with 4 goals: meaningful prayer twice a day, MyFitnessPal daily, read at least 5 verses of scripture daily, and do my blogs once a week.

Right now, I think the hardest one will be getting back into the MFP habit. I had done over 150 days in a row, but then stopped tracking & it’s hard to try again.

Earlier in the year, we started a calendar with a list of things for one of my daughters to do each day and she puts a star next to each one as she gets them done. It helps her keep track of her homework and such. I didn’t want to write them down on a calendar for myself, so I bought a small dry erase board where I can put them each day and either check them off or erase them as I do them each day. That is how I’m going to make sure I do those 4 things!
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Trish January 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

My goal is to eat breakfast & get moving, sign up for a 5k & be inspired to complete my goals throughout the year!


Brenda January 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I call them my “4 Pillars of Success”…
1) walk daily (30-60 minutes)
2) food (1200 calories/low carb)
3) water (64-100 ounces a day)
4) PRAY!

You make me believe I can do this. Thank you for inspiring me with every post.


Maria Yocom January 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I used to make unattainable large goals…. But this year I will walk my dog once a day and work it up to 2 times a day. I am h aving gastric bypass surgery in 6days and I have 300 pounds to lose… One pound at a time.


alice January 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

My new year goal is to stick on a diet and lose weight. I just try to focus on my goal using post it around the kitchen and with the help of my family and friends. I don’t need to lose a lot of punds, I just need to keep thinking about how happy I’ll be to enter in my favourite dress again 🙂


Carolyn G January 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

My goal is to stay consistent with my weight loss and not let it get sidetracked


EmDub @ Faster In Water January 2, 2013 at 2:33 am

My goal is for January only. The whole year is daunting, but I know I can tough something out for one month! Last year I didn’t drink pop all January and it really cut my addiction to nothing. This year I am not eating candy for all of January (even dark choc!). I’m excited because I’m also aware of other things I might run to instead of candy…no searching out cakes or cookies to substitute!
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FeeIsMe January 2, 2013 at 3:28 am

Continue with my high protein/low carb diet (I was sleeved 10/10). Exercise 3 times a week. Finally see onederland for the first time in years!


Jennifer Shaw January 2, 2013 at 3:31 am

One of my goals for the year is to run faster and longer. I started running in July if 2011 with one minute. I’m up to 35 minutes and about 2.5 miles, but it’s still so hard. I will try to get faster and be able to run longer by running 4-6 days a week and gradually add more minutes – about 2.5 minutes added to each run per week.

Another goal is to stop eating sweets. I admire you so much for resisting them. I will start with eliminating candy.


Julie January 2, 2013 at 3:46 am

To have a consistent workout schedule


Donna January 2, 2013 at 3:46 am

To find healthier habits to develop


Stephanie O January 2, 2013 at 3:49 am

My goal for the year is the live healthier. Eat better- more fruits and vegetables, proteins and less fast food/processed foods. Move more! Those two combined will result in weight loss. I have 100 pounds to lose. Seeing the number is overwhelming so I am just going to focus on being healthy. My clothes will show the progress, along with the mirror.
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Great job with your progress!


Kelly January 2, 2013 at 4:04 am

I’m hoping to say yes more to what I should and no more to what I should – how it’s going to be attainable – follow my gut, have my kids remind me. 🙂
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Tess January 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

My goal for 2013 is to say YES to ME!! Say yes to taking care of myself first so I can take care of my family. Say yes to spending quality time with my family. Say yes to walks, salads, sweat, and friends. And not to beat myself up if I slip, just pick myself back up, ask for help, and move on!


Ashlee January 3, 2013 at 2:46 am

My goals for 2013 are to continue to eat clean and enjoy treats in moderation. We want to pay off our credit card and stop relying on it; enjoy life but, once again, in moderation. 🙂


Jennifer E. January 3, 2013 at 3:25 am

Congrats on all your progress.. I have lost about 250 pounds so far so my new year plan is to keep doing what I’ve been doing and get to my goal weight. 🙂


Becky January 3, 2013 at 3:45 am

My goal for this year is to continue to strive to eat clean. Continue to cut out any kind of processed food and stick to more fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve lost 130 lbs so far with eating healthy and exercise and would really like to lose another 20 lb so I’m counting on tweaking my diet as well as continuing to push myself further in strength training being the keys in accomplishing this in 2013.


Leigh January 3, 2013 at 3:59 am

My goals are not just for the year but for the rest of my life. However 🙂 I am starting them this year 🙂 I want to live free and healthy. I don’t want anymore food bondages. As a Christian I KNOW its well able to be done because when Christ died for me he broke those chains of bondage. Its up to me to make the adjustments and choices when it comes to food, exercise and living. I have lost 130lbs. Last Decemebr 18,2011 God gave me my jumpstart on my new life and I had VSG Surgery. I weighed 320 or so at my highest. The night before my surgery I was 310lbs. Today I am 180lbs and in a 7/8 pants. I want to lose 30/40 more lbs and I want to also get into a good exercise routine. Thank God for New Beginnings!!! You have also inspired me to keep going and stop CHEATING!!!! I wish you many blessings!!!!


Lindsey January 3, 2013 at 6:41 am

Hi there!

First off congrats on your weight loss! You are such an inspiring person!

My goal this year is to reach my weight loss goal. To date, I have lost 77 pounds.
With “only” 23 pounds remaining I find myself stuck. My plan is to return to what worked best for me. Weekly goals. Every week I will plan my workouts andand STICK witharound it. Making a list and checking things off is a passion of mine, and weekly goals are just the right amount of time! Oh, and a kindle wuld be an amazing way to get back into reading and distract from thoughts of bingeing!


Colleen January 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Happy New Year! I just discovered your blog and I am just amazed by the transformation you have made… You look like a completely different person!! I read your posts and can relate to so many of the things you have said. Things that occur so naturally in the minds of an Obese person, that we don’t even have to really think about them.

My goal in 2013 is to run a 5K in August. I have never even considered that this was something I could accomplish… but I started using MFP and losing weight slowly… I know that in 7 months I CAN do this run!!!

I have been inspired by so many wonderful people like yourself who have lost so much weight and re-gained control of their lives, that I know I can too!! It’s time! Thank you!!!


MommaHunt16 January 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

For me my new years goal is to take the skills I have learned about being mentally ok with my weight and where I am in the moment and use that to finally get my weight under control. I feel like I am mentally strong and not I can get physically strong. THank you for such a great opportunity


Wendie January 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Last year I lost 102.2 pounds and that 100 pound mark being so close kept me motivated through the holidays for sure. I’ve felt a bit lost the last few days, but have come to the realization that it is because I need a goal. I’m toying with the idea of a fitness related goal this year. The pounds are nice but I think I need to push for more. My main resolution though is another successful year, one that I work for.
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Kimberly January 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

My new years goal is to start Cross Fit. I am so excited because of the results you have had. I had my Surgery on April 16th and have lost 106 pounds. I am hoping cross fit will push me to lose the next 71 to reach my goal:)


Tracy January 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I just came across your video today and was so very touched that I looked up your website. I love your story and the message. I have been going through a transformation on the inside although the outward transition is minimal. However, I know that for real change to happen, it begins on the inside. 2013 is my year! I’m so ready to start seeing outward results. The foundation has been laid, I’ve found that I can only get really filled by God and that anything less is a false idol. One of my biggest challenges has been exercise. I love your attitude towards it and that is what I am making as my resolution this year–to find a way to break a sweat every single day.
Thank you for sharing your story!


Julie January 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now & have been so inspired! My goal for 2013 is to get outside with my children and get moving each and every day, even if it is only around the block. I have over 100 lbs to lose and that seems daunting, but I am focusing on 1 day at a time and celebrating each of my victories. I’m trying to teach my 2 daughters (14 & 11) the importance of being active and making good food choices.

Thank you for sharing!
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Isabel January 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Goals for this year?

To put all I have learned, read, been inspired by and tried together to be healthy.

But after reading your blog….I am thinking that I need to do your mini-goal thing. It is a fantastic idea; not to mention one that will keep me motivated to lose my last 70 lbs.

I’ve just found your blog….and I’m thankful for finding it!


Amanda January 4, 2013 at 2:03 am

My resolution this year is to have WLS. I have been wanting to for a few years, but financial problems, insurance not covering it, and then a pregnancy have all contributed to putting it off. My husband has agreed that we can finance the surgery by refinancing our home.

I plan to be successful by following my Dr and nutritionists guidelines, buy using the “Victory List” from Lee, and by taking the fight to the fat, EVERY DAY! I need this!

Also, I have been itching to get a Kindle, so that would be awesome!


Joanna Covington January 4, 2013 at 2:05 am

I need to lose 60 lbs to be at a healthy weight for my height (5 ft 8 in). This year I will do this. I am a Crossfitter and workout 4-5 times a week at my box but I am also starting to add additional cardio workouts in throughout the week. Starting next Monday (Jan 7th) I will be starting a 3 month Paleo challenge with my box family that I hope will jump start my weight loss.

You are an amazing inspiration! Congrats on your weight loss!


Madeline January 4, 2013 at 2:17 am

My goal is to exercise consistently, especially around holidays, birthdays, etc. Last year I exercised much more but I want to do even better this year. So, my #1 rule is that I can’t go on the computer each day until my exercise is done!


Beth January 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

I want to end 2013 one hundred pounds lighter. I am going to cut out sugar and processed foods. I am going to start exercising- one minute at a time and working my way up.

Have a great and blessed new year!
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Anna Compton January 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

My goal for 2013 is walk at least a mile everyday. I have to make room for this in my life! I have joined a gym so that I can go there to walk when the weather is bad. I will do this!


Patty January 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

WOW I loved your blog about the fire, really hit home. You are AMAZING, you are my new goal, to read everyone of your blogs…thank you thank you thank you. I have joined three different weight loss groups this year. A biggest loser group with friends, one at work and one on-line. Hopefully between those three I will be getting and staying on tract to a healthier life 🙂


Mike Gorman January 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I came up with 13 resolutions for 2013 actually and posted them on my blog, but the one that I am most determined to see happen is to hit my goal weight this year. I feel like I am so close I can taste it, and through continuing to eat right and exercise, I will get there!


Jen January 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

This new year I am committing to my weightloss journey. This year is different than those before in that I am doing it for me. I have build a solid group of friends to support me along the journey, but they do not determine my success. I started by doing things for me. I sought out a gym that offered the things that I was looking for, not because my friends went there. If I am going to be successful, I have to create circumstances that support that success and not rely on others.


Sandra January 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

My goal for 2013:

1. Begin every day with the Lord – prayer, Bible reading, praise

If I do this, then other things will fall into place. I will be in a good place when my surgery date comes (Feb 25) and I will be in a good place for beginning exercise and learning how to work my sleeve. I will be a better person, a better mom and a better wife. In short, life will be better. 🙂

Thank you for this giveaway! I love books as well and have been wanting a KF for a long time now. 🙂


shannon January 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

My New Years Resolution, is to get heathly, again. My eating has been off track since summer, time to get back to the grind. I haven’t weighed myself but think I am up 10 pounds, My lowest weight was 117, and my highest weight was 200 lbs, which I lost on weight watchers, time to get myself back to a meeting 🙂


Lisa Lauder January 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Love your blog… very inspiring. My goal is to lose weight about 80lbs and become healthier. To obtain this my every day goal is to just get moving no matter how much it is i can do for that day i thought walking 20 mins wasn’t enough til i read your blog… drink more water and make healthier food choices


James P. January 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

My goal for 2013 is to commit to losing weight thru weight loss surgery. I have a 6 month waiting period per my insurance requirement so the trick is to do what I need to throughout these 6 months to make sure I’m ready when the time comes for surgery. I’ve included my wife in this journey and have committed to keeping each other accountable. If we’re going to be successful then we need to do this TOGETHER.


Jeanie Batts January 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Holly, I so enjoyed listening to you yesterday on blog radio! You may have been nervous, but you did an awesome job! After being off track for nearly two years, I am back on the journey. Goals for 2013 include blogging about my weight loss, eating with a plan, and losing 56 pounds. Already down 4 lbs. and just started the blog today. Thank you for the inspiration!


Luka Beth January 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

My resolution? To lose the second part of my 10% goal weight prior to my surgery date! I hope to actually surpass that number and end up losing maybe 20% prior to surgery–but that’s my goal. It will make my surgery go easier, and I’ll be healthier before hand and more able to tolerate the recovery!

Happy New Year!


Dee January 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Your story is quite inspirational. My number one healthy resolution this year is give up soda. I am 4 days in and it’s a very hard journey. I have tons of support and I know that is going to help me on my way. I know this one thing has been holding me back from so much as it is an addiction that I need to kick.

Wish you all the best as you continue your own journey. Thanks for being a light to us all who need that ray of hope.
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Rondah January 5, 2013 at 1:03 am

I plan to drop 30 pounds this year by eating healthy and joining the gym at my work
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Sharon L January 5, 2013 at 1:06 am

So glad I found your site…I am preop WLS and have been trying to find other sites, pages, etc., in regards to other people’s WLS journeys. My goal for this year is to move my body more, prepare my mind for life after WLS and make better nutritional choices before and after surgery.


Crystal @ Serving Joyfully January 5, 2013 at 3:42 am

Last spring I was “on track” and doing great with eating habits, workout habits, and actually felt like I had a normal relationship with food. I’d lost 23 pounds. I fell off the wagon and fell hard and now I have gained back 15 of them 🙁

My goal is to get back on track w/ my walking/working out, back to healthier food, and back on track with weightloss…re-losing the pounds I’ve gained back.
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Marcy @ Ben and Me January 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

I have committed to attempting to walk a mini-marathon (1/2 marathon) in April. I’m not sure that I can or should attempt it (I am 120 lbs overweight and have Lupus), but I start training on Monday. I haven’t even tried to exercise in nearly 2 years, but I will take it day by day (or is that 30 seconds by 30 seconds?) and do the best I can.
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A wife, a partner January 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

My resolution/goal/purpose for 2013 is to help my husband. He is committed to becoming healthier in this year. I am not sure how much he weighs, because we don’t have anything for him to weigh himself on, but I know that the weight is destroying our chance for a future together. I fear that without a life change I may loose him.

So in this year, I plan to do whatever it takes to help him… picking up extra hours at work to pay for the gym membership he wants. Changing the way we cook for the entire family, encouraging him, praying for him, and over all just trying to have a positive impact on helping him to make all the small changes and reaching the small goals that will lead to a longer life together.


Denise January 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

A closet full of great clothes I love and can’t wear! Must lose 20-30 lbs this year….I am not buying new clothes. And I want to feel better-I work hard on a farm and gardening, eat fairly healthy, but don’t do a bit of regular exercise, like walking. Started this am, to a walking video, just need to somehow keep it up. You are an inspiration!!


linda estes January 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I am going to lose wt.this year.I am a cancer surviver…..I am not going to let fat win.I can do this.with the help of the good lord.


Kari January 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm

My goals for this year are to eat within my calorie range of healthy, portioned controlled food; to exercise more (and I’m going to use the same 30 seconds a day as you); to not self-soothe with food as emotional eating is a really hard thing for me. And most of all, not get discouraged if I have an off day or the number on the scale isn’t what I’d hoped it would be. Staying positive on the changes on making.

Thanks for your blog. I found it at the perfect time and appreciate the honesty you have. I feel like you are talking to me.


Mercedes January 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

6 days/week
30 minutes minimum for first 4 weeks
Don’t get bored
Start swimming on 1/17 2x per week

First weight goal: 220 (25lbs)
Finals weight goal: 145

Food goals:
Eat less sweets starting now!
Eat more veggies. (And try to come up with ways that my husband will eat them too!)

Every 3rd workout = 10 min tan
First 30 days = resubscribe to Spotify (music app)
First 6 days straight = new socks (last time I bought socks I bought low ankle dress socks… Don’t have many that work with gym shoes)
First weight goal = new outfit


Raquel January 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm

My new year resolution is; with a healthy mind, soul and body, I will become a truely healthy me. This is my last year being in my 20’s and I do NOT want to go into my 30’s weighing more than 200 pounds. I have 62 pounds to be in my 100’s! I AM going to make this happen by making healthier choices not only in food but in all things. By healthier food this will promote weightloss and a healthy body. By healthier thoughts this will continue to keep me happy and positive. With a healthy, happy and positive outlook on life this will keep me moving forward. I will continue my faith in the Lord. When the time comes, and it will, when I will doubt myself, I will turn to the Lord and become stronger in my journey. Even though I have 62 pounds until I am in my 100’s, I will not stop there! I will continue to lose weight until I am at lease 100 pounds lighter than today. I also have a “little” resolution that I made myself to keep me going. I am going to do a 5k walk/run once a month. I already have my 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly 4th lined up. 🙂

*You are doing great, Holly! I really enjoy your tweets, blogs and pictures! I love the relationship between you and your brother. It reminds me of mine with my brother. When you have someone in your life who went through losing weight and becoming fit it makes our journey a little easier. I believe we, and anyone else, are truly blessed to have someone we can lean on and shed our tears, sweat and doubts on and then stand up with and share our tears, sweat and VICTORIES with! You are a true inspiration. Keep up the good work!


Leah January 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

My goal for the new year is to commit:

to getting fit, to losing weight, to staying focused in school, and eating better!


Audra January 8, 2013 at 1:07 am

My goal… Keeping off the 90 pounds that I have lost. It is not an easy fix. I need to start moving more… Hopefully my fitbit will help me MOVE!!!!


Dana (aka Smiley88) January 8, 2013 at 4:00 am

I loved what you said:
“Make it so small that you know
Beyond a shadow of a doubt
That you will get it done
And when you’re done with that
You add a tiny bit more”

I started my ‘road to health’ 2.5 years ago. At the time, I’d never been an athlete. I started a couch to 5K program and completed my first 5K 13 weeks later. When I started running, I could BARELY go for 30 seconds. The first time I ran 2 1/2 minutes, I felt as proud as if I’d run a marathon!

Anyway, back to your ‘set your goals small.’ I’ve learned that so much about running is mental! Sometimes, I have to trick myself by setting small goals. For example, “you only have to run to the end of the block” or “you only have to run 2 miles today” when I’d been planning on running 4. Usually, once I accomplish that ‘small goal’ and feel good about it, I’m ready to set the next goal and keep going!

My goal this year is to lost the 15 pounds I gained back in 2012 and ride in my first ever bicycling event! (But, I don’t really need the kindle so, if selected, I’d love it if you’d just pass it along to someone else.)
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Hannah January 8, 2013 at 7:31 am

I have cancer and I’m about to (next week) undergo the biggest operation of my life.
I was already trying to change my life for the better before the diagnosis but I’m determined to not only survive this horrible disease but come back fitter and stronger than before.
My 2013 main resolution is to survive but I’m also going to be using your 30 second rule to get back to health after my operation, my first aim is to walk to the front door of my flat and then gradually build up to running a triathlon to raise money for all those amazing people who have helped me on my journey!!
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Angela January 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

My goal this year is to be able to jog a mile without stopping. I lost 70lbs and can walk up to 5 but for some reason the jogging is still too much for me. My ultimate goal is to have more patience…..with family, with friends, and with MYSELF!

I just found your awesome blog and I’m so glad I did because I’ve been in a slump lately and you’re such an inspiration!


Beth January 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

My goal this year is to walk 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes each time. This may not seem like a big goal, but for me (one who never has excercised) it is! I hope to lose 20 lbs from walking and eating healthier!


Joanne January 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm

One of my goals this year is to be nicer to myself. Need to stop the negative self talk. It is destructive, unneccessary and does not help achieve the other goals.


Christy January 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I want to get into a consistent exercise routine. I am going to get moving in the morning and head to the gym right away, not wait and let the rest of my life intrude.


Tiffany January 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hi Holly,
I have 3 goals for this year: Actually I have focused on the next 100 days but they are:
1) No McDonalds for breakfast
2) 30 minutes of physical activity per day
3) Memorize the beatitudes
I downloaded a calendar off of Ann Voscamp’s website and will use that to check it off everyday. I also have a friend who has her own 3 goals and we will check in with each other!
Best Wishes to you!


Sara Thornton January 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I am about 6.5 months out from having my VSG and am down 82 pounds now. One thing I don’t do is exercise. This is everyones resolution, isn’t it? To get out, get motivated, and exercise more? This year my inner resolution is to find out what motivates me. I don’t know HOW to get motivated, so how can I make a resolution to exercise or lose weight, etc when I don’t know how to be MOTIVATED? Do I want to lose weight? Desperately, so desperately. But why this is not motivation enough is beyond me. I don’t know why. But this is a big deal, and I don’t know how to start but I would like to have some books on motivation and self help things related to that. You and I have talked about borderline personality, so I would love to find some online books related to that, too. My smart phone has the Android book app or kindle or whatever app it is called but I just never really have had the money to spend on books. I go to the library sometimes since it’s free if you actually return them on time, which I do. I just want to be able to find this peace within myself and be able to better focus on my goals.


Nancy January 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

Just found your blog and I love it. My goal for this year is to give up the fast solution and choose the slow, steady path to better health. I will make this happen by making a list of healthy activities I can do NOW. I will focus on activity by doing one thing a day. I will list my successes and keep a running total for review once a month.


Teri January 11, 2013 at 3:46 am

My one and only new year’s resolution is to be more minimalistic. I already started my weight loss journey in 2012 (lost 24 lbs & have about 60 lbs to go) so I figured it’s time for my house to lose weight as well and start letting things go. I don’t really need all this stuff that surrounds me. I want to live more with less. My plan of attack is making monthly donations to the thrift store. I have 1 bag of clothes and 1 large box of goodies to give away now and I can only imagine what it will be like on the 31st.


Hopefulmother January 11, 2013 at 4:04 am

My 2013 goal is to make food usage of our Y membership!


hopefulmother January 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Oops! I meant “good” usage of our Y membership… kind of a funny typo there.


Steelers6 January 11, 2013 at 4:20 am

Woo, almost missed the deadline! I plan to
get back in my walking groove, as well
as working out with Jillian.
Thanks for the fun giveaway. Chrissy


Donna January 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

My goal is to eat very healthy, exercise 5 days a week, read my Bible every day, and be the best I can be.


Marcela January 11, 2013 at 4:43 am

My goal is to complete all 60 days of the insanity work out. I am 9 days strong! My second goal for 2013 is to make my goal weight and maintain it. I’m so over the yo-yo. Love your blog, please keep writing.


Pat Woodhull January 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I don’t really have a New Years Resolution per say. I’ve never kept any before. But since I had my gastric sleeve in July 2011, my goal has been to get below 200 pounds. So this year, like last, I will continue to plug away at that goal. Hope this counts. Oh, and I don’t have a web site.


Linda January 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

I’m trying to get fit for a marathon by doing daily runs and core exercises


Ann January 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

I want to work on my mental health and by working on my anxiety. Doing lots of yoga


Jean January 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

I’m working on my fears and being more open to new things


Ann January 12, 2013 at 8:05 am

My goal is to complete more marathons this year


Miah January 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

I’m trying to get myself back into shape so I can go rock climbing


Sert January 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

I’m trying to make more time for reading!


Jamie January 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

My goal is to be able to finish a spartan race!


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