Throw a Wrench In It Challenge! (And a link up for my fellow bloggers)

December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized




My brother (click the link to follow him on Twitter)

Has now lost 270 Pounds


And here he is now



He sent out this email today

And it really made me stop and think

About the importance

7 Days can make in our lives

So I’d like to share it with you



Good morning !!

Halloween – gone

Thanksgiving … Checked off

Xmas, Finished

So… Now what ?

This can be the time of year

Where we sometimes say to ourselves

I didn’t do that well

 Ate too much

Ate  the wrong thing

 Didn’t get my Victory exercise in every day

New Years is coming in a few days

 I’ll get back in the groove then

I can weigh then 


Well… I was “surprised” to find out that there are


Not just one or two

Between Christmas and New Years



A person can do a lot in 7 days


Or not so good


There’s now 3 days  left

What will You do to move into action ?

What will I do ?

I challenge you to take action today


Too tired?

Too busy?

Too sick?

Too injured?

Too cold ???


Can you do 30 Seconds ?

Or ADD 30 Seconds TODAY?!!


YOUR Freedom awaits – Seize it : )



This email really  made me stop and think

About something

I had never realized before

The fact that there are seven whole days

To really do serious damage

If we go off the rails during the holidays


Now here’s reality

I don’t need seven days to do damage

Give me seven MINUTES

And I can get the job done!


It often takes just one bite of the wrong food

To throw me into the hole


Imagine how far off track I could go

If I had seven days?


But  what if I was already off track right now?

What if I was reading this

But I had just spent the past 4 days

Eating whatever I wanted

Ingesting a lot of sugar

Not working out


Then I’d be thinking to myself…..

It’s already too late

The damage is already done

I might as well just keep eating

I might as well just keep indulging

I’ve already done it now

So what’s the point?

So here’s the point

Four days of damage

Is not SEVEN days of damage

And when your head tells you that

4 equals 7

That 3 more days of damage

Is not going to make any difference

That it’s already too late

Then it’s time you hit the eject button

And tell those thoughts

To take a hike!

Because your head is telling you lies!


There are three more days

To turn it around

And it doesn’t even take

3 days to make a difference

It only takes 30 seconds


So if you are already off the rails

And you’re not so sure

That you can stop the runaway train

If you aren’t convinced yet

That you should try to get back on track

Then just do this one thing

30 seconds of walking


If you can do 10 minutes

Then do 10 minutes

If you can do 20 minutes

Then do 20

Just do what you can do

And then see how you feel


You may have sugar flowing through your veins right now

You may have your grandmother’s banana nut bread

Floating through your mind

And invading your dreams


So don’t get overwhelmed

Don’t try to change the world in one day

Just commit to that one thing

30 seconds of exercise

Or whatever level you can do

For the next 3 days


Even if that is all you do

It will still make a difference

It will help flip the switch in your head

It will keep you stronger mentally

So just try it and see what happens


So many will say at this time of year

That the most important thing for you to do

Is to enjoy the holidays

And not worry about your food plan

Or your exercise


But did it ever occur to you

That the people who are saying those things

Don’t have the same problem

As many of us!


They don’t have any problem getting back on track

So of course they say that!

Of course they say indulge!

Because they know they can handle it


They know they won’t spend the next month

In a box of donuts

So to them…eat, drink and be merry!


But seven days in my world

Could mean a 10 pound gain


That is how efficient I am

At packing on the pounds

That is how insane I get

Once I let the flood gates open


If you are like me

And a little indulgence

Leads to destruction

Then the holidays may have

Thrown a wrench in your plans




Take the challenge

And commit to some form of exercise

No matter how small

For the next 3 days

Even if it’s just for 30 seconds


Believe it or not

That small step

That one choice

In the midst of the storm

Could be the very thing

That flips the switch

And puts the train

Back on its tracks


Will you take the challenge?

Will you make the next 3 days

Count for victory?


If you decide to take on the challenge

Put a link to this post on your blog

And then blog about it!

Tell us how you threw a wrench in things

And turned it into victory!

I don’t care if you walked in place for 30 seconds



So whether you went to the gym and lifted weights

Rocked it out at Crossfit, Curves or Planet Fitness

Walked across the room and back for 30 seconds

Whatever it was

Do it

Snap a pic of it

Post it

And link back here


Then email me at

Or message me via the 300 Pounds Down Facebook Page

With the link to your blog post

And I will post your links here on the blog next week


While you’re at the 300 Pounds Down Facebook page

Look for the post where everyone is leaving links

To their weight loss/fitness/health blogs

Add yours!!

The more motivation and inspiration we all have

The better!


If you don’t blog

Then tell us what you’ve done

To throw a wrench in it

In the comment section

Because we want to know!


I know we can do this!

We can turn

7 days of potential damage

Into  victory!!


So if the holidays have thrown a wrench

In your plans

Throw it back!!

Be victorious!

Fight on my warrior friends!!

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Katie December 28, 2012 at 5:38 am

I actually did really well during Halloween, and Thanksgiving! I haven’t been sleeved yet but I am on a very strict diet. I have to lose some weight before surgery. I have done well on this diet. Lost 30 lbs in a month! It’s hard but I’m doing it and I know it will be worth it. But I am getting really tired of eating the same things over and over. So Christmas was my wrench. Instead of eating my regular meal at lunch time I ate pizza. It was a small individual pizza with four little slices, and I had four cheese sticks. Then for dinner that night I had green bean casserole with my chicken. It tasted so good, but it made me feel so bad at the same time. I have gotten back on track! When I have my mind set, I will put 100% of my devotion into it! And I know that I’m going to make mistakes and fall.. I’m not perfect! However, working out is my down fall. I live in the country, in Ohio and I am buried under 10 inches of snow!! So walking outside is a no no right now.. so it’s back to walking in place!
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 28, 2012 at 5:50 am

You are doing really awesome. To lose all that weight before you have even had the surgery is amazing. Just imagine how much butt you’ll be kicking afterwards if this is what you can do now! I absolutely love Leslie Sansone walking DVD”s. They are perfect for inside walking!! They totally work and get the job done! I’ve been breaking mine out this week as a matter of fact!


Staci December 28, 2012 at 5:51 am

This is great. Your brother looks amazing! Can I ask… did he have to have loose skin removed or has his rigorous exercise taken care of everything? Sorry if that’s too personal, but I have a friend who did her best with The Firm and Walk Away the Pounds. She lost 125 lbs and had lots of loose skin under her clothes. She and I always wonder about people who lose all this weight. Inquiring minds, I guess. LOL She ended up gaining back all her weight and therefore is reusing the loose skin. LOL
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Lee December 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

Wow … Throw a wrench in it …Great idea ! People often think losing “lots” of weight is about doing Extraordinary things, but it’s NOT, It’s about doing Ordinary things DAILY!

Staci – to answer your question no I have not had the loose skin removed and No you can’t exercise it away. It does improve over time a little through the exercise but its still there like a sweater .. TMI ? Lol good luck on you journey n blog



Staci December 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

LOL, thanks Lee. Well you can’t see your under sweater when wearing your clothes, so that’s great! 🙂
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Linda Kuil December 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thanks Linda!! That picture of you in the race on your blog always motivates me!


Hollie December 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I just posted on my blog last night about getting back to the gym. Christmas was my first day of exercise, yesterday was my 2nd. And I’ll be back at the gym this morning.

This year, the phrase “I’m going to enjoy the holidays and get back on my diet afterwards” really started sounding like an excuse to me. I have used that phrase every year… but this one was different. I stayed ON PLAN and SUGAR/REFINED CARB FREE for the entire holiday season and it was an awesome feeling. I proved to myself that the holiday IS NOT about food. It is about so much more than that. The food is just an excuse.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

That’s awesome Hollie!! If you post on your blog about the challenge let me know so I can post it on here. I think your level of commitment is motivating not just to me but many!!


Jeanette December 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Holly, your brother looks amazing and he looks so happy. I wanted to tell you that in your recent pictures I can really see a huge difference in how small you are getting. The picture of you and the girls in the pj’s really show just how much you have lost. You are beautiful but honestly the thing I admire even more is your inner beauty and the light that shines for Christ through you. God bless you this coming new year.


Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thank you so much Jeanette!


Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Wow you made my whole day!!! Thank you so much!


Lisa December 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks for getting me started~ I just walked 1 minute, not much but at least it wasn’t 1 minute of eating!

Starting slowly, love that you radiate God’s Love…



Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

AAAH!! This is exciting Lisa!! I am so happy for you!! Way to go! ONE WHOLE MINUTE??? Well you did DOUBLE my time the first day I started!! WOO HOO!! I am the crazy one on the sidelines cheering you for you and jumping up and down!


Anna December 29, 2012 at 1:54 am

Hi Holly, thank you for the challenge — I LOVE challenges! I have decided to do a 5K every single day until New year’s….and I wanted to tell you that it was because of this blog post, I got up off my lazy rear and jumped on the treadmill tonight. I was in that the-day-is-almost-over-so-i’ll-wait-for-tomorrow mindset, but I changed my mind after reading your post. I don’t have a blog, but i do have a daily mile account (I don’t know if that counts….)
ps I love what another commenter said, “love that you radiate God’s Love” — I completely agree!!!


Anna December 29, 2012 at 1:57 am

ps again……I guess I wanted to tell you that i have lost 155#, and am trying so hard to maintain that loss. Your blog is SO inspirational to me to keep going, and not to look back!!!


Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 29, 2012 at 2:46 am

Anna! I am so happy you left me this comment . I went to that website you left “Daily Mile” and it is awesome . I had never seen it before so thanks for telling me about it. You’re gorgeous! I am so inspired by you and encouraged. Thank you so much for this comment!! I am still trying to get logged into it so I can see your other pictures. Maybe I will set up an account over there. Way to go being a runner! I am still working on it myself. I am new at it but I just admire you so much for doing what you have done. 155 pounds!!!! YAHOO!!!!!


Lee December 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

Lisa that walked 1 minute yesterday… Awesome! Can you add 30 sec and walk 1:30 today ??



Andrea December 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

You two are quite a team! I don’t blog but left this same message on FB: I didn’t really struggle through Halloween or Thanksgiving but Christmas and all its sweetness made for a more trying time than I expected. This post is right on, though. So far this week, I walked 3 miles the 25th, did 3 12 minute Denise Austin workouts (cardio once and upper body twice) on the 26th, and walked 4 miles with my daughter yesterday, the 28th. Today, although not completed yet, will be some sort of inside workout, I have several videos. Thanks for showing that “I” am not the only one thinking about/struggling with this! xo


Poochy Ponders December 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hi Holly! I took the challenge and feel great.
You look amazing.


Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Yeah!!! Thank you so much for participating! You have inspired me today!!


FeeIsMe January 2, 2013 at 2:45 am

I too took the challenge, I have survived Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas food wise, but exercise has really been a challenge for me… So today my whole family went for a walk on the beach (we live in NY it’s cold). We walked 2.71 miles saw seals and picked shells, thanks for a great challenge and a great family day!


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