Taking A Break From Blogging….I’ll be back :)

September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized



Good Morning Everyone!

I want you to know that this blog has been a huge help to me in my journey to lose weight.  I appreciate all the wonderful people I’ve met through this blog.  I continue to be amazed by the stories I have heard of people fighting this battle.   I know how hard it is and we often feel like we are not going to overcome the obstacles in our way.  It definitely can be overwhelming but I also know there is hope.

When I started this blog, one of my primary goals was to give hope to others as well as to myself.  That is still what I hope more than anything for those out there who are struggling with this same life threatening issue of obesity that I have battled for so long.  In the past 2 years, I’ve lost 240 pounds and regained my life on many levels.  At the same time, I’ve found that there are new struggles we deal with after massive weight loss that sometimes bring new issues into our lives.  In the end, it seems we fight a battle on more levels than we realize when breaking free.  I still believe, though, that we can make it if we don’t give up.

I’ve struggled a lot for the past several months to maintain my focus and keep going.  I’ve slipped and fallen many times back into bad habits.  I’ve let other things take my focus away from what should be important.  It’s taken me close to a month to finally eliminate the sugar I had let creep back into my life.  For the first time in awhile, I’m back on track with food.  I’ve lost 11 pounds of the regain with 7 more to go to get back to my lowest weight.  I plan to continue seeking after that freedom which eluded me for so long.  I want to make sure that never again will I fall so deeply into food addiction that it threatens to claim my life.

For the next few months, I’ve decided to take a hiatus from blogging.  Since I started my blog 2 years ago, I have never taken a break.  The blog has been a lifeline to me at times connecting me with others who walk the same path and allowing me to see that I’m not alone.   For personal reasons, I need to take some time off from my blog.  I don’t intend to disappear forever nor will I take the blog down.  I plan to return January 1, 2014.  In the meantime, I’m going to go on somewhat of a ‘Sabbatical’ in my life.  A leave of abscence from all social media to just rest and refocus.  I’ve been highly involved in social media, blogging, etc for the past 2 years.  I think every now and then we have to just unplug from everything and take a break to reassess and recharge.

In the world of blogging, many blogs die especially those in the weight loss community because as we all know sometimes it becomes hard to maintain the fight.  I don’t want you to think my blog has “died” or that I’ve given up the fight.  That is why I write to you now to ensure that you know my break from blogging is just one piece to the puzzle of me continuing the journey which sometimes includes taking a break from things.  I intend to take the next few months to renew my goals, rest and recharge for the future.  Even though I will not blog for a few months, I will continue to update my weight loss ticker to the right whenever I lose weight.

In the meantime, I can be reached at 300poundsdown@gmail.com

I appreciate all the prayers, feedback and support I have been given.  I will continue to pray for all of you out there fighting this battle.

Remember to never lose hope.  If we don’t quit, we CAN win!

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Samantha September 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

I will miss you Holly and wish you well in the next few months!
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Karen P September 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Safe travels, Holly. Keep up the good work on being sugar-free
And know you’re not alone. I will be sugar-free the whole time too. Onward!
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Sandra G. September 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I will miss you so much, Holly … but I’m glad that you are taking time for you. I will be looking forward to January!!!! 🙂 (Will I still see you around Facebook still?)


Leigh Costa September 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Best of luck to you during your sabbatical. I look forward to reading you again in the New Year!


Aimee September 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I will miss you! Good luck!
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annamarie September 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

May you rest well, renew and refocus on yourself.
We all need breaks to do this.
Wishing you much happiness

May God bless you and your family
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Linda September 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Wishing you rest and peace Holly. We are all so proud of you!
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Hollee September 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Sending you lots of good mojo between now and New Year to get refocused and take some time for yourself!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Do what you need to do for YOU, we’ll still be here when you get back! 🙂
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Faith September 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I’ll miss you, Holly but I’m so glad you are doing this for yourself. Enjoy your sabbatical!!!! 🙂


suzanne September 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Holly I’m definitely going to miss you! Take care of yourself and I look forward to reading about all your new adventures when you come back.
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Jack Sh*t September 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Blogging can be hard work, especially if you strive to create content on a regular basis like you have. A break might allow you to recharge your creative energies, but make sure it doesn’t allow you to lose your sense of accountability – to yourself and to the rest of us. As long as I’m blogging, even on an erratic or irregular schedule, I feel like there is a group of like-minded individuals for whom I have to keep fighting the good fight. Best of luck on building on your incredible success, and I look forward to seeing your bright shining face in the not-too-distant future. Take care!


Sandra September 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for always being so honest with your life!

Looking forward to seeing you in the future!



paule September 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Holly, I have never met you and will never will probably, but your blog was a big encouragement for me. I will wait until you come back!


Courtney September 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I hope this time away is refreshing and inspiring! I look forward to seeing you in the new year!


Pam September 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I think the Internet let us discover how many people are out there who are also super morbidly obese. I thought I was all alone. It really helped to know there were others out there, like you and me, fighting. Succeeding sometimes, sometimes slipping and falling, but always trying. You will be missed. Enjoy your break, you’ve earned it, and we’ll see you next year.
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Heather C September 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Wishing you nothing but the very best Holly~ and you bet I will be thinking of you, praying for you, and hope that you will come back! You will be missed dearly. *hugs*


Brenda September 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I am so grateful for you. You will be missed but I hope you’re able to fulfill your heart’s desires in the coming months.

You have been an angel to me… see you soon!


Sunny September 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Do what you need to do for you but don’t forget this blog is great accountability for you and us~


ErinK September 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I will miss you terribly, but I hope and pray and wish all the best for you and your sweet family! Thank you for all the encouragement, insight and HOPE you’ve given me. May God bless and keep you in His perfect peace until we “see” you again!


Lori September 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I hope this blog break gives you what you need. I will miss you.
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Shelly September 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Praying for you as you refocus. Your blog has sustained me as I began my journey August 1. I did your sugar detox and began to exercise daily and I am so thankful for your honesty. I’ve lost 22 pounds and have 78 to go. I’m looking forward to reading what this next season brings you.


Suzy September 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Thanks, Holly. because of your plan, I am sugar-free now too. 10 days and counting. I wish you well during your break, and see you back in 2014.


Lauri September 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I will really miss your posts Holly. They have been so rewarding to me and really helped me with my own struggle. I hope this time gives you what you need and that you can get some rest and refocus. Take care of you!


Paula September 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Honey, I will miss your blogs, but I am SO happy you are taking time and getting things back in order. I will be praying for you!


Lyn September 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I’ll miss your posts! But I understand. I’ve had to unplug a time or two myself. Enjoy your family and we’ll be here when you return.


Mari September 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Enjoy your break! I’ll miss you and will look forward to you coming back!
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Jane t. September 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

You are so inspiring and amazing! I will miss reading your blog, but I understand the need to take a break, especially with your new job, etc. Wishing you all the best!


Debbyh September 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Will miss your words.!!!


LHA September 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

I was just thinking the other day how hard it must be for you to juggle four children, single parenting, a new job and everything else and still produce such a wonderful blog. I will certainly miss reading you, but can understand that you must need a break. Good luck to you. I am sure I am not the only one who will be thinking of you and hoping that things are going just as you want them to while you are taking a blogging break. Thank you for all the time you have spent inspiring others.


Christine September 20, 2013 at 1:26 am

Aww, I will miss you, but I understand. Look forward to seeing you again in the New Year :).
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Sheryl C. September 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

I definitely will miss you, Holly. Take care.
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Paula September 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

Hope to see you again soon. Have a lovely holiday season and take care of yourself.



Angela September 20, 2013 at 1:56 am

Good luck Holly! Take a break from this. Focus on your beautiful family, your new job and your health. Looking forward to hearing from you again!!


Jane September 20, 2013 at 2:38 am

Holly, I will miss you. Thank you for always being honest. If it weren’t for you I would still believe I was alone in my sugar addiction. God Bless You! See you in 2014. I will keep you in my prayers.


Shay September 20, 2013 at 3:03 am

Oh, Holly, I’ll miss you so much! But we all have to do what we need to do, so enjoy your unplug. I will look forward to hearing from you again in January, and in the meantime, don’t ever give up. Stick to your own advice that you’ve given to countless people week after week and get that workout in so you’ll feel good about yourself every day. Remember that 30-60 minutes of workout pain is worth feeling awesome for the other 23 hours of the day. 🙂 I’ll be thinking of you as I’m running or jumping or Jillian’ing or Shaun T’ing…Have a wonderful few months off!
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Staci September 20, 2013 at 3:27 am

Enjoy your break! I recently just took down my blog because some rude person found me and started making jabs at every area of my life, even telling me I should stop homeschooling because I can’t lose weight. I tried to ignore it,but I’m human and it just kept getting to me. So I bid farewell to blogging. It’s kind of sad, but I’m enjoying not feeling that I have to explain every move I make in life. Blah. Anyway, see ya next year.


Sally September 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I am in agreement with your decision to unplug and focus on your personal life. I blogged every day for years and years, and I started to hate trying to come up with something new and interesting…I blog a couple times a week now, not every day and its so much easier. I dont have new things to say every day, but a few times a week isn’t too bad.

I hope when you come back, you give yourself some time to enjoy the blog and not feel bogged down by it.

Enjoy your time however you want!


Rhonda W September 21, 2013 at 2:18 am

I love reading what you are up to… sort of like watching a real life reality show. I definitely understand that you may want a break. I have NO idea how bloggers are able to maintain the grind that comes with regular posting, photos, emails and comments. Just thinking about all that makes me weary. Take a well deserved rest and I’ll be here when you get back. :o)


Ashley September 22, 2013 at 4:41 am

Best of luck to you on your break!! I don’t post a lot, but I read your posts regularly and look to you as a role model. :). I am starting a sugar detox again tomorrow. I am so mad at myself because I was doing great for months and then fell completely off the wagon! Oh well, at least when you return, I can say that I will be sugar free as well! Enjoy your sabbatical. I look forward to reading your posts when you return. Take care!


Joyce September 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

You have been amazing at blogging. I could start a blog, do it for a few days and then not ever again – just like journalling for me. I’ve got about 10 cute/ beautiful journals with only a few pages it. So I’ll miss reading your blogs, but glad you knew when and what to do. And besides – there are past blogs that I haven’t even read yet!
When you come back I will have just started the 3rd phase of the 4 (Consolidation Phase) of the Dukan Diet and hopefully be at the goal weight they set for me. I am told that the Consolidation Phase is the longest (160 days for me) and hardest phase so I’ll be needing some encouragement and looking forward to reading your blog! Unless, of course, you find you can’t stand being away from us! 😉

So you go Holly! Do what you need to do for you!


Leah September 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I will miss your posts but understand the need to regroup. Enjoy.


Lea September 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

I will miss your regular encouragement, but will be hoping you are doing amazingly. Good luck Holly!

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Tina Marie September 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

I’m going to miss you, but I do appreciate everything you have done for me and everyone else! You have given me hope that I CAN lose the weight I need to with the sleeve! God bless you, Holly! Love, Tina!
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Shay September 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I replied to your comment on my blog, but just in case you don’t see it, I just wanted to say I was honored to have you over there reading and commenting. Thank you!
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Colleen White October 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Holly, yours was the first blog recommended to me on 4/29/13, the day I first met with my surgeon. It has remained the best and favorite of all the blogs I have found it my quest to learn about this surgery I had on 8/27/13. Like everyone, I will miss you more than I can explain but also like them I know you are doing this for the right reasons. I will lift you up to our Lord each time you come to mind. May God continue to bless you for all you have given to this community we are all part of. Thank you so much! <


Kathy November 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi Holly, stopping by to say I am thinking about you and praying for you! I miss your writings and hope your time away from blogging is a good experience for you. You are inspirational and have formed quite a wonderful community here. I am inspired and uplifted by the comments people write and the love that they show. Our walk is a tough one, no doubt about that, but having support along the way from people who understand the power food can have if we are not incredibly diligent makes a big difference. That and being accountable somewhere. I belong to a group called TOPS and I like it because it is run by a non-profit instead of a corporate machine. It is all about support. No weightloss products are pushed. If anyone is looking for accountability in a warm and caring and accepting environment, including you Holly, I encourage you to check it out. Here is the website for the organization http://www.tops.org/ You can go to the first meeting at no charge and check it out. Best wishes to you Holly and to your supporters who have also supported me with their lovely and heartfelt words. I hope all the love is washing over you Holly and bringing you strength for your journey!



Kaira November 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Hi Holly,
I just wanted to check in and let you know I’m thinking about you. I hope you are doing well. 🙂


Elaine November 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Thinking of you today and hope you’re doing well!


Denise A December 7, 2013 at 4:17 am

Hi Holly, I know you’re taking a break from blogging but I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you and am wondering how you’re doing. Granted, you may not see this post if you’re not online to read them right now. Regardless of when you read this, I hope you’re relaxing, refocusing and taking time for YOU!


Shay December 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Holly, I am so excited about your return to blogging! I’ve been thinking about you as I hit the workouts hard every day. Hope you’ve been doing well! I saw this on Yahoo and thought of you; maybe you’ll want to blog about it? If not, still an interesting link!
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Robin December 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

WHEN??? Hurry up already and come back to blogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


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