My Sugar Detox Plan and Beginner Program for Weight Loss/Exercise

May 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

In July 2011, I had weight loss surgery weighing in at 417 pounds.   This is my sugar detox and beginning weight loss program I used.  To be honest, I have learned A LOT about myself and my food issues in the past 2 years.  I believe if I had followed this program prior to surgery, I may not have needed surgery at all.  So for those of you who ask me if this can be done without surgery….YES IT CAN.  Today my surgery rarely “kicks in” to keep me from food.  THIS is what works for me.  And I repeat it whenever needed

DISCLAIMER: I am not a nutritionist or a personal trainer.  I am just a woman who was lost in food addiction.  I’ve lost 237 pounds in 22 months and it all started with this self created program.  I am not saying it is the “way”.  I am only tell you it is MY way.  I am not saying it is the best way.  I am just offering to you what I’ve done and what I continue to do.  If it helps someone then that will make my day!



7 years ago, I went through a divorce

Right after we had moved to San Antonio

I’d been here maybe 4 months when it happened

And I was all alone

I met another single Mom when our daughters ended up

In the same classes

And we became friends

We both struggled with our weight

We would go to the gym together

Then quit the gym together

Then eat together

Then go back to the gym together

You know that drill…right??


Krystal told me the other day how badly she wants to lose weight

How it’s affecting her every day life

And how she’s accepted her life will always be the way it is

That while she finds my journey inspiring

It hasn’t motivated her to do anything in her own life

Because she has lost hope

And don’t WE all know

That you can NEVER lose hope!!!!!


I remember when my brother flew out here

And gave me hope

He gave me a food and exercise plan

That was simple and manageable

Something to get me on track

He stayed with me for an entire week

Cleaned out my fridge

Gave me the plan

And showed me I could get a week in

Without fail

It was hard for me as a food addict

And hard core binge eater

To give it up

Especially to give up sugar

When I weighed 417 pounds and felt that I needed it


Because I was an addict

Who shot up every day with Reeses and Kit Kats




I felt I couldn’t do it on my own

But my brother came out for one week and helped me

That gave me the confidence to keep going after he left

Now I want to give that same hope to Krystal

And anyone else who might find it helpful


So here is the plan

I started  off with 30 seconds of exercise

But for Krystal she is a bit advanced already for that!

So we started with a 15 minute walk

The idea is NOT to do exactly what you are capable of doing

Not to push yourself to the limits RIGHT AWAY

Trust me…there will be time to prove you can go 1 minute instead of 30 seconds

Time to prove you can go 30 minutes instead of 15

Time to prove you can go up that hill at the end of our block

But that’s NOT what we are doing right now

Because right NOW….

It is about forming a habit

A routine

That is what we are doing at first

And that is what we have to keep in mind

It’s about forming habits

The exercise program can be tweaked later

Once it’s become a part of your life

But at first, the idea is simple



And when it’s a habit

Then you can worry about the rest


Don’t consider exercise something you do to lose weight

If you think of it that way it’s a chore

And the truth is this

What you eat is going to affect how much weight you lose

More than your workouts

It’s true what they say

“You can’t out train a bad diet”



Getting food under control is key

More than anything else

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You don’t want to work out and sweat

So you can eat more

That is being a slave to the food




Running on a treadmill to get back to a snickers bar???

No thanks

Food owned me once before



I work out because it’s good for my heart

It’s good for my body

It makes me have less pain

It’s better for mobility and flexibility

It will help me live longer

And it improves my mood

But I NEVER EVER work for my food

I don’t workout so I can eat more

Food will not be something I run for

Food will not be something I chase

No I control the food

It does NOT control me

I work out for health reasons, flexibility and mood enhancement

The fact that it helps me lose weight is a side effect

And nothing more

But will I workout for a donut???

Will I do 20 minutes on an elliptical so I can have pizza?


Food doesn’t get to make me earn my way back to it

Because now that the sugar is out of my system

I just don’t care like I used to

And that is the key


Make it so easy that you can’t fail

Make your victory impossible to NOT attain

If that means you do 30 seconds


We started  Krystal with 15 minutes

And since that time she has added 5 more

Little by little

Step by Step


But you choose to give yourself time to adjust to this new life

Not beating yourself up from the start


But next we must change our way of eating

By figuring out what makes us tick

What sets us off

What our food issues are really all about


The biggest thing I discovered was that I had an addiction to sugar

Because sugar is a drug

Just read on the subject

Of how it is chemically altered in a lab

Sugar is dangerous

And it’s addictive to many people




Maybe you aren’t someone whose addicted to sugar

Maybe you believe in eating sugar in moderation

And if you are one of those individuals—then I salute you!

But don’t ever forget

That many can drink alcohol in moderation too

But that doesn’t mean you should encourage an alcoholic to do so

Let’s respect each other’s differences

Because reality is this

Some people ARE addicted to sugar

And they will fail on every diet they go on

Until they stop injecting it into their system


So let’s give ourselves a break

And stop beating ourselves up

Because we can’t stop eating

When the reality is this

You’re shooting yourself up daily with an addictive drug

That physically causes cravings

Then you wonder why you’re so weak

And what’s wrong with you

When really you’ve got the equivalent

Of cocaine in your system


For those of us who ARE addicted

This drug requires a detox

Because it’s killing us

And it’s causing us to have insatiable hunger


Through our recent conversations, Krystal determined

She is addicted to sugar too

She starts her mornings with a big Coke

And more follow

Sugar gets in your system

And it makes you crave more

It makes you hungry

It makes your appetite voracious

And before long

You are failing at every diet you try

Because your appetite is a beast that won’t quit

And sugar is the driving force behind it


Sugar detox is hard

It can cause you to become sick

Flu like symptoms


It’s hard to do alone

It’s hard to get on track

But if you have someone there by your side

It helps


My Sugar Detox Plan is simple

I used this in the very beginning

When I had weight loss surgery

And if I had used this BEFORE I had surgery

I believe I could have accomplished my goals

Without surgery as well

Because the problem wasn’t the size of my stomach

The problem was the size of my APPETITE

And my appetite was out of control


Because sugar is a chemically altered lab created DRUG

That is a billion dollar industry

Making money at our expense


When I find myself hungrier than usual

Eating more than I should

Thinking about food more often

Getting a little too obsessed with certain types of food

I go back to Sugar Detox

Because odds are something slipped through

Because they hide sugar EVERYWHERE

You have to be relentless if you want it out of your life

Checking every label twice

Doing your research

I eat nothing with more than 4 grams of sugar per serving

And I try to keep it at less than 1 if at all possible

Sugar cannot be listed in the first four ingredients on anything

And sugar is lurking where you least expect it

Like all those cereals you think are “healthy”

Like all those sports drinks you think are good for you

Sugar is everywhere

And it’s waiting to take you back to prison if you let it


This is my Sugar Detox Plan:

Ready to Drink Atkins shakes

Because they are simple and easy

An addict doesn’t need to THINK about what they want to eat

For breakfast, lunch or dinner

Thinking about it will lead to lusting over it

Scanning Pinterest for recipes is asking for trouble

Menu planning and grocery shopping can even be

A risky activity for a true sugar addict still in the throws of addiction

Can we just avoid the  mental trauma until we’re out of the woods??



So you just buy the ready to drink shakes

And fill up your fridge

All the flavors have sugar and carbs completely controlled

Stay away from the Daybreak Ones if possible

Because they have more carbs

But that’s just me and how I do it

And what’s worked for me over time


Here’s a sidenote

Does it have artificial sugar in it—yes?

Do some people frown on that


But guess what??

One step at a time

We can’t change the world in a day

Later on if you want to eat super clean and eliminate artificial sugars

Then go for it

But can we not try to overcome every issue in one day?

Getting overwhelmed is one of the biggest reasons we fail

So let’s cut ourselves some slack


This is the program that works for me

And now it’s working for Krystal

If at some point we want to make our own shakes

That’s fine too

But at this point in life

What we need is to simplify

Once you start worrying too much about the details

You find yourself off the wagon again

An addict doesn’t need complications

They need to walk in the refrigerator

Grab a cold shake

And drink it without thinking

Every 2 hours like clockwork

Because it keeps your blood sugar steady

And you are getting enough nutrition

So if you think you’re hungry

You’ll know it’s mental

And that’s tough to deal with too

But if you can tough it out

For a week or two

You’re going to change your life


It will be difficult in the beginning

But after a week or two

Your appetite will be DEAD


And suddenly you’ll have to remind yourself to eat

Because with no sugar in your system

Your living a normal life

Not one driven by a drug

Suddenly YOU are one of those people saying

Oh…gee….I almost forgot to eat

Don’t you just hate those people???

And yes…you will probably be one

Once you kill the sugar


So here it is

An Atkins shake every 2-3 hours on a schedule

I set a timer and drink it regardless of how I feel

Like feeding a baby every 2-3 hours

Learning to eat all over again

Don’t ask yourself “Am I hungry?”

Just do it

Because you don’t know if you’re hungry or not

Not if you’re a true food addict

Not if you’re a true sugar addict

You have the mind of an addict

You can’t answer that question rationally

So just plan it and do it

And wait for freedom to come


It is tough but by the end of the week

I’m usually feeling stronger

It’s that in between part that is so hard


I recently had to do a sugar detox on myself

Because I had let it back in my life via wine

It was causing cravings

But after 2 weeks

I had lost 15 pounds and I was FREE

Appetite gone

Sugar monster killed

And it feels so good!!!!


I feel like a new person!!

I want that for Krystal

I want that for everyone that needs it

Because it changes your perspective on life

When you don’t have the inner cravings and mood swings

That sugar causes when it gets in your system


You can do full liquids if you want

Or you can add a meal at the end of the day

That’s how I do it

That’s how Krystal is doing it

Shakes during the day

One meal at night

A low carb, close to no sugar meal

A meat/poultry/fish  of some kind

Chicken, pork, steak, salmon

Just watch the sauce

Sauces are evil!!!!!

Sugar hides in them ready to ruin the ribs

And sabotage the chicken


Eat bacon and eggs and sausage if you like breakfast for dinner

But be on guard

Bacon and sausage can have hidden sugars

Get the ones that DON’T

Use salad dressings to spice up your chicken if you like

I always buy Marie Callendar and check the side

Don’t let any sauce or dressing creep sugar back in

Remember that the “Light” versions of food often have MORE sugar

Than the regular versions!!! So don’t be fooled!!


Enjoy a salad but be careful

Don’t throw anything in there with sugar

Get the white flour out of there too

I’ve told you what we eat

And it’s THAT simple

The only thing I might add for a meal is:

Deli meat





And things of that nature

Check EVERY label and be vigilant

Be ready, willing and able to put it BACK on the shelf

Because this is WAR

So don’t forget it


Check even fruits and vegetables online for their sugar content

Natural sugar may not be chemically altered in a lab

But a true sugar addict can be triggered by those things

Just ask about the day I got a hold of some grapes and a banana

It threw me off for 3 weeks




Not for me

Check the sugar content

Yes even greek yogurt

Sure it may be good for you

But this is sugar detox

Maybe one day I can handle a yogurt

But to this day I cannot

Every time I try, I end up back in bondage again

Sorry Chobani….that’s just the way my body works


So that’s the plan

It’s simple

You start walking 30 seconds at a time

Or 15 minutes

Whatever works for you

It’s simple and do-able

We aren’t trying to do anything big

We’re not even worrying about speed

We’re just creating a habit

Plain and simple

Give it a week or two before you up it

Give your brain time to say “Ok…this is what we do now”


Then start your day with a shake

Set a timer

And in 2 hours do it again

In the beginning you’ll do it every 2 hours

But then you’ll move to 3

Because your stomach will shrink

And you won’t need it as often

Your stomach WILL shrink naturally without surgery

And your appetite will die

But first comes the suffering!!!

And suffer you will

Everyone is different

But most everyone has side effects

With the sugar detox “flu”

You might have a fever





Skin breakouts

YOu want to know what that is?

It’s the POISON leaving your body

Seeping out your pores

It’s the toxins inside of you being released

And it gets worse

Before it gets better

But then the sun will rise again

If you hold on


When you do this

You have to take it seriously

Buy a cooler and put it in your car

Fill it with ice

Fill it with shakes

Buy a smaller cooler that you can carry

And never leave home without it

Water and shakes

Packed and ready to go

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing

It doesnt’ matter where you’re going

It doesn’t matter if you feel silly walking around

With your shakes

You do it because it is important to you

Because it means something to you

Because you’re in detox

And you’re giving it everything you’ve got

Because you’re saving your life


When I went to see Krystal

To start her on Sugar Detox

This is what I packed

A cooler full of Atkins shakes

Leslie Sansone Walking videos

My Joyce Meyer Amplified Bible

Joyce Meyer book “Battlefield of the Mind”

BIble Promise Book

And lots of HOPE


These are pretty much my key ingredients to sugar detox

Ready to drink shakes (no thought involved….pop open and go)

A simple walking program with Leslie Sansone or that of your choosing

And the inspiration and hope I need for my faith

There are many ways to sugar detox

This is just mine


When I started my walking program

I only did 2 minutes of the Leslie Sansone video

And only after working my way up from the 30 seconds at a time

I added 30 seconds every day

And I just kept going

Your body will get on board

If it sees you mean business

But be good to yourself

And fill your Spirit with hope

This works

It just does


I believe that there are programs like this out there

But what they lack is encouragement

One on one personal attention

That is what my brother gave to me

And that is what I’m giving to Krystal

Rolling up our sleeves and getting down in the trenches

We took a trip to the grocery store

And we bought every single thing that I keep in my cabinet and fridge

All the safe foods

And we text every 2 hours our shakes

I’m doing it with her

Because sometimes in life you need someone to fight the battle with you


Here is one more important key to this program I have used

And it’s individuality

Remember how I mentioned some people aren’t that addicted to sugar??

Well it’s true

But if you have serious food issues

You need to LEARN and EDUCATE yourself

On what makes YOU tick

What sets you off

Find your trigger foods

And then avoid them like the plague

Krystal told me she doesn’t care for donuts and cake

And for me

Donuts and cake are heroin and crack

She loves pizza though

And while I like it

It’s not something I can’t live without


You tweak your program

Once you get several weeks in

Once the sugar is out of your system

And you’re ready to take off the training wheels

And spread your wings

Learn what works for you

And take total control

Accept that we are all different

And give yourself the respect you deserve

Design YOUR program

Do what works for YOU

Because diets rarely work when they are one size fits all

And well all know

One Size Fits All

Is the biggest lie ever!!!!



If you want to know what it’s like

For someone else to try my sugar detox plan

Just follow Krystal over at the blog very aptly named

Sugar Iz Crack

She’s detailing her day by day adventures

Trying the same exact plan that worked for me 2 years ago

And she’s doing it WITHOUT surgery

Which proves to me

That this plan is something that works not just for me

Not just for surgery patients

Not just for Krystal

But for others

We’re in this together!

Some pics of Krystal and I during detox week!!











A video I made….sugar detox is not funny but hey–you gotta laugh when you can!!!

Excuse my voice…I had lost it from a cold!




The kind of dinner you can enjoy on my sugar detox plan!!!!!




I had never had boiled cabbage before and let me tell you…It is GOOD!! Oh cabbage…where have you been all my life?

Shiskabobs! (did I spell that right??)  Just be careful of cooked onions b/c when cooked they release sugar!

We also had a side salad being careful of dressing.  you can also bring your OWN dressing in a container.

we made sure this was cooked with NO sauces!  (remember sugar hides everywhere!!!)



Time for the walk!!!




For the full adventures of Krystal’s Sugar Detox after I left and went home

Visit her at


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Jenn T May 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I love it Holly…I am so going to try this…I have to be unfilled for 8 weeks and it literally scares me to death…I am almost at goal and scared to death…I am going to try your way because it makes total sense!!!


Trish @I_am_Succeeding May 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Totally love this and seems so familiar n some aspects.

You have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

You are an amazing and strong woman!
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Cathy Jones May 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Holly! I’m going to try your example, hoping my morning blood sugar drops! Do you have any recipes for sugar free salad dressings that you really like?


Loni Garrison May 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thank you so much Holly for all you share with us. I”m going to the store today after work and stocking up on shakes and starting my detox tomorrow. Fingers crossed and prayer going up. 🙂


Paula May 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for posting this. I actually don’t like sugar at all, on my list of food cravings it is at the bottom, I am more a pasta/pizza/chips type of person for sure. I don’t like chocolate either. However, I am wondering if all the hidden sugars in everything is triggering my appetite just the same, causing me to have false hunger and making me eat more than I should. In any case, just having shakes and one meal will be good for weight loss for sure.


Holly from 300 Pounds Down May 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Yes there is sugar in pasta and pizza FOR SURE!!!!!


Yazmin May 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I fell off my wagon big time. I think the last time I commented on your blog, I was 17 pounds lighter. Now I’m fighting a reoccurrence of plantars that stopped me from moving alltogether and a massive desire to eat my 2-year olds junk food.

I think I’m going to try and detox this coming week and start doing pilates. You just gave me permission to do a 20 minute session a day without being upset that it isn’t burning massive calories.
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Faith May 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Great post, Holly! And Yes yes yes that there is sugar in pasta, pizza and chips…in fact, they often make me feel worse than straight up candy or obvious sugar laden products (ice cream etc).


Saskia May 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Holly, for this post! It’s my wake up call. I know I’m a sugar junky, and did so good on a low carb life style, but fell of the wagon. The last weeks I feel terrible, close to a depression. Now I know, I have to go back and start over. Will do that as of tomorrow! And stack up on the shakes. I only did 2 a day, but your detox program sounds much better. Strawberry and chocolat are the 2 flavors that I can buy here in Holland, but I love them both. Your meal look yum! Need to try some cabbage too. 😉


LHA May 26, 2013 at 12:24 am

I also use the Atkins shakes but haven’t tried this exact plan. It looks great! Atkins also makes some good frozen meals that are very low in carbs that could be used for the “regular meal”.

Thanks for passing this plan on. And thanks for all the encouragement you provide so many people through your blog.


AD May 26, 2013 at 1:44 am

Yes! Sugar IS a drug as far as my brain is concerned. So is starch and other sneaky, devious carbohydrates (ie. bread, bagels, toasts, maltodextrin…etc.)

Also it pays to make your own salad dressing. The commerical ones are full of omega-6-rich soybean oil that I find is VERY bad for mood balance. Just an extra thing to watch out for 🙂
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laura May 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

Holly, what about sugar free creamers? Do you use them? I know they have the artificial sugar in them but I how would it affect the sugar detox? Also after the detox do you do any fruit? I love my fruit and wouldn’t want to cut out a great food group. Thank you for sharing your plan. I know I have major issues with sugar to be honest I have not wanted to cut them out because I can not imagine being able to live long term without any sugar thus feeling like I am starting something that I will eventually fail at and gain the weight back. I know very positive perspective but whatever I do I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life. Can I live the rest of my life and never have sugar? I really don’t know.


Holly from 300 Pounds Down May 26, 2013 at 5:10 am

What a great question!! Actually I put the Atkins vanilla shake into my coffee and it tastes awesome!!! I always do this in the morning and it tastes wonderful plus I know that I’m getting part of my shake in along with the coffee. You can try different flavors so that if you add the chocolate shake in with the coffee, it tastes like a mocha! As for fruit….I mostly avoid it. For me, the sugar in fruit is enough to keep my addiction going. It doesn’t matter if it is a natural sugar. It affects me just the same and it continues the hunger cravings. Whenever I get into fruit, I have a lot of problems. While fruit offers a lot of good nutrition, I must view it as dangerous. I have to get those things in other areas because for me the sugar in fruit just continues the cravings.


Yvonne McCarthy(BariatricGirl) June 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

I’m so glad I got to read this blog post. Holly feels the same way I do about sugar. I had weight loss surgery 12 years ago and that was the last time I had a Coke or anything like cake or pie. You can live the rest of your life without it. The secret is cutting it out and not having sugar becomes the new normal or habit. You will lose the cravings if you stop eating the food you don’t want to crave. People who say “take a bite to get past the craving” wouldn’t tell an alcoholic to take a sip of beer to get past the craving. I can eat fruit but everyone is different. When I’m asked if I feel deprived? No way. Deprivation is gaining back the weight. If you compare sugar to drugs (which it is) you can possibly see why you could go the rest of your life without it. I look at sugar like it’s poison or heroin. Sugar puts me back in the prison of obesity. Like Holly said…if you can eat cake or pie and not go overboard that’s AWESOME. I’ve been helping people for over ten years and so far I don’t know hardly anyone who was formerly obese that can do that. Almost every post-op that starts to regain has told me they shouldn’t have started eating sugar again. I hope that helps.


Donita Hammond May 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hello from another sugar addict.
This line made so much sense to me:
Because they are simple and easy

“An addict doesn’t need to THINK about what they want to eat”

I followed the Take Shape for Life/Medifast plan a couple years ago and it is very similar to your sugar detox plan. What I loved the most was just not having to think about my food. Thinking about food is what always gets me in trouble.

I lost 70 lbs but since then I have had a baby and restarted my sugar addiction. I am currently breastfeeding and it is so difficult to find a meal plan for nursing moms. But I will be back on this detox as soon as baby is done nursing.
Thanks for the post.


Samantha @ 24to30 May 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Just curious Holly, do you ever do the Atkins bars as well? I am doing no-sugar as well. I do believe that it’s an addiction for me and am finally seeing some success after going cold-turkey on sugar. I never thought about the Atkins shakes though, thanks for this.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down May 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I do not eat the Atkins bars b/c they are TOO GOOD!! I never eat anything that is too good. Also it is like a candy bar which I used to binge out on. The only bar that I eat are Quest bars which to me have the least amount of sugar/carbs of anything even the Atkins bars. I try to be careful with bars though b/c of the “candy bar” trigger they put into my head. However, I would definitely recommend trying them to anyone who doesn’t feel they have a mental issue with candy!!


Samantha @ 24to30 May 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

That totally makes sense. I used to eat the Atkins bars for breakfast every day but I would only take one to work with me at a time because if I took more I would eat them! I will look for the Quest bars, I have never tried them.
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Lauren May 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I’m planning on restarting sugar detox and was wondering what you did specifically. Thank you for posting this! I’m also curious as Samantha is about the bars. I am not addicted to sugar as you are, I am on of those people who can eat it in moderation but I need to kick start weight loss again and I find I do much better without it. I am almost 1 year post VSG but haven’t lost anything in over 3 months and still 45lbs away from goal. I just found a bunch of coupons for Atkins shakes too. 🙂 I will start on Tuesday. (Grandmom is making potato salad for tomorrow after the parade 🙂 ) Prayers will be needed.


Shay May 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Good luck, Krystal!! You can do it!!

I work out like a motha–not only b/c I have a few OCD traits and this is the one area where I truly appreciate them, but also because I realized a long time ago that if I put in a good sweat session–like a really good sweat session where I’m pushing myself and going hard (I agree; you’ll work up to it–do what you can now as long as you truly are doing what yoiu can!) for 30-60 minutes a day, I will feel SO good the rest of the day/week. That little touch of hard work is so worth it for how awesome I feel the rest of the day. Another thing I repeat to myself if a workout gets hard is “Just keep going.” I never understood the Nike slogan, “Just Do It,” until I started working out. Because you just do it–you do what you can as well as you can. And you won’t regret it!

Again, good luck! We’re all rooting for you!
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Kim May 27, 2013 at 2:00 am

Thanks for this post, I was very curious about what you do since you obviously have been so successful!! I could not agree more with starting small for the exercise. I started with walking for ten minutes and initially I thought I wasn’t doing enough but what helped the most was just making it a habit like you said. Now I can run five miles, even at 325 pounds! Which I never ever thought I’d be able to say and it’s awesome. Thanks also for your acknowledgement that everyone is different in terms of their needs for eating plans. I don’t think I’m a sugar addict and so far have been doing OK with the eat in moderation/clean eating kind of plan but I’m also fairly new to this and reading about what has been successful for others has really helped me to analyze my own eating habits and identify potential pitfalls and solutions! I sometimes feel out of place in the weight loss world for saying I don’t think I’m a sugar addict (what I am is a stress eater, BIG TIME) and it’s nice to hear that even if we’re different we can all still support each other in a quest to be healthier! Reading your story has helped me so much, every time I feel like I’m losing hope I read something that helps me find it again. Good luck to Krystal, I will definitely be checking out her blog too!
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Alesha May 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hi holly! Thanks so much for sharing! Sugar is a big issue for me as well! I just have one question…once you go to bed at night, do you still get up every two hours for a shake or will you be ok until you wake up? Sounds silly I know…but I wanted to be sure.


Julie May 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

Your post got me thinking. I really do need to tackle the sugar issue.

I started on my healthy quest in January (after nearly losing my brother—I promised my family I would make the changes). I have lost about 40 pounds, but I am struggling with some of my choices. I generally stay within my calorie goal, but Pepsi is my big weakness. I was able to give it up for 6 weeks (most of Lent), but once I let it back in, it kept creeping in to more and more of my day.

I don’t have a problem with exercise. I started walking right away, and in January I walked over 75 miles. And I started running (slowly—I still run slowly!) and I can now run a full 5K (3.1 miles). And I do Zumba.

But I need to get the sugar under control. I will start next Monday. (No, I’m not trying to procrastinate, but I’m trying to be realistic. My son’s birthday party is Friday, and I will be making his cake and other stuff. I know trying to detox this week would be setting myself up for failure.)
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Julie May 28, 2013 at 3:16 am

So Holly, I just read all of Krystal’s blog. Very inspiring.

Then I looked to see about buying Atkin’s shakes. I checked pricing at Sam’s Club, and I saw that they have a special going on right now:

$4 Instant Savings applied at checkout.
Limit 2 of this offer per membership.
Offer valid 05/15/13 through 06/09/13.

So for my store, that would make it $11.88 for 12 (less than a buck a piece!!). Just thought I’d share this in case any of your readers are Sam’s Club members.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down May 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Thank you!!!!!!!


Darlene May 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for sharing! 🙂


Emma June 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Hi Holly
A friend directed me to your blog and I’m so glad she did! This year I’ve had gastric banding done for the second time, what a failure I felt like and had completely and utterly lost hope to ever loose the weight. But now my gosh you have inspired me all the way in Australia that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I truly felt like you were explaining me, the panic attacks over food and all. I never even thought about sugar in that light before, but now I think of it I crave it all the time even after I’ve just eaten! Today is only day 1 for me but you gave me the courage and hope to start and try again. THANKYOU XX


Ted August 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Keep making progress! Your success is inspiring.
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Dave Collin September 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

That is so inspiring!! Losing weight is a challenge, but it is not impossible like some people believe. Once you can realize that you eat to live and don’t live to eat, you will find that it’s easier to ditch junk foods and start eating healthier foods. Exercise is very important if you want to change your body, I believe both men and women should engage in strength training to challenge their bodies and promote the production of testosterone. Excellent story, what an awesome transformation!
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Joy October 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I found you as I was searching for help. Six days ago I became very ill in mid morning. I was violently dizzy and had a dull headache. I had never experienced anything like this. I had my family over for a few days and we ate many foods, good and not so good. After they left my DH and I kept eating the left overs. In short I was filling up on sodas, chips, frosted cake. I just feel like I over dosed. At one point during my episode I thought, is this how drug addicts feel at rock bottom? I’m glad I found you. If you and your friend have the courage to live healthy, then I will find mine to live healthy too. God Bless you. I’ve got Joyce’s book, I’ll start reading it for encouragement! Love, Joy, a grandma in Albuquerque.


deb February 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

hi, holly. I had weight loss surgery several years ago and lost 120 pounds, and have gained back most of it. I am pretty sure it is because I am addicted to sugar and carbs and i am depressed and fatigued and in alot of pain. I have a question regarding your Atkins shakes. How many per day is the max? If i do a full liquid that can be alot of calories. I am usually up 16 hours of the day. if im drinking a shake every 2 hours that is 1250 calories at least. just wondered if im overthinking this..
thanks for the pep talk, you are keeping it real. and that is what i needed today.


Julie February 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I love this post of yours. You are a great inspiration. Thank you!


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