About Me

There has never been a time that I can recall not being hungry or food not somehow being in my thoughts. I remember always looking forward to eating. Sneaking in the kitchen to try and get snacks. I consider myself lucky that growing up, I was never more than 5-10 pounds overweight. But that is to my mother’s credit. As an adult, she told me that she had me on “diets” as a child even though I was unaware of it. I just ate what she cooked! When she noticed that I was gaining weight she would modify what she gave me without me being aware of it.

In high school I was always about 10-15 pounds heavier than I wanted to be. Again I consider myself lucky that I was not significantly overweight during these teenage years because I realize many who are face a lot of criticism and difficulty. This was, however, the beginning of diet pills and the long list of diet failures. I was always aware that I was overweight and it bothered me. Yet, food was my friend. It was always there for me when I needed it. And my love affair with food had been growing stronger with each year that went by.

In college, I quickly put on 50 pounds. I began using food in a much more significant way for every stress in my life. I even began to look for times when I could be alone. Just me and the food. Often I would pass on going out with friends if it meant a good 3 or 4 hours alone in my room with the freedom to binge.

Binge eating became a favorite past time. I would go to the grocery store and load my cart with every possible food that I could ever want. The things that made me the happiest. Then I would go through the drive thru of my favorite restaurants for more. At home, I would lay it all out around me and admire the treasure. This was pure bliss. All my best friends.

All through college, I toyed around with bulimia. I say “toyed around” because I was never very good at it. As if that’s something you want to be good at! I would never have considered myself a true bulimic even though sadly I tried to be. I have been good friends with anorexics and bulimics over the years. I think people with eating disorders just find each other. And strange as it sounds, I envied them.

But I loved the way I felt when I was stuffed with food. It was one of the only times I ever felt truly satisfied. One of the few times I didn’t feel hungry. In some ways, it was like a drug. I’d lay back feeling sleepy and completely at peace. Not a care in the world. And that is why I didn’t like throwing up my food. It only left an empty feeling all over again. Which led to just another binge. So instead I relied on those moments of peace that the food gave me until the next day when I woke up to empty doughnut boxes and fast food bags. Like an alcoholic trying to hide his liquor bottles, I would furiously try to hide my food wrappers hoping no one would see how much I truly consumed.

When I got married, there were sets of new stresses. Being an army wife and having 4 children. Homeschooling. Graduate school. And there was food. My friend through it all.

200 pounds.

I swore I’d never see that number.

300 pounds

Wow, you came quicker than expected

But there it was and there I stayed. I spent years on diets. Diet pills. I tried it all but nothing worked because every single diet ended in a panic attack. Anxiety at not being able to have the food that gave me peace and happiness. The anxiety would overtake me and finally I’d fall back into the food all over again to escape the panic.

In 2003, I went on a low carb diet and for the first time truly experienced a relief from cravings. I learned that cutting out sugar and carefully monitoring other food sources that gave me trouble was a key to keeping myself from feeling constantly hungry.

This was a lightbulb moment for me and I lost 104 pounds by avoiding these trigger foods.

Then I gained it all back plus more.

The food still had a grip on my heart. There were other issues to deal with because this was more than just a biological problem of sugar cravings.

My heart literally loved the food.

Like some dysfunctional, abusive relationship where you know you need to get out. Pack a suitcase and flee in the night from this destructive and violent relationship that is killing you. But instead you stay.

And people think “Why?” because they can see the effects of it. Maybe not the bruises that you would see from an abusive lover but the pounds that are piling on. It’s obvious to everyone . This isn’t an addiction you can hide the way you might be able to hide your liquor bottles and appear functional to the world. This is an addiction that you wear like a sign around your neck. It is very public.

When my husband left me in 2006, I felt like a complete failure. Everything I had ever wanted to be was wrapped up in the title of wife and mother. And I had failed.

I was over 300 pounds. I had 4 children with two still in diapers. We had just bought our house and moved to a new city. I knew no one. My closest family was 1600 miles away. I had no job because my job was being a wife and a mom. No friends.

No hope.

I wanted to die. I thought about it. Considered it. But I didn’t want the kids to think I wanted to leave them voluntarily.

So I decided to survive. And I did that by turning to the same abusive lover that always seemed to charm me back into its arms.

Food.

And with each passing year, I gained more weight.

Until I was over 400 pounds.

And now the pain. The excruciating, back breaking pain. Swollen feet. Almost unable to walk. Unable to fit in most any chair. Almost unable to even fit behind the steering wheel of the car.

My life was about pain.  Emotional and physical pain.

Pain at being left behind after my divorce. Pain of being a single mother. Pain at not being the mother I knew I could have been had I not had such a destructive relationship with food.

But through it all, my Mom was there. She was the one that never gave up on me. She always believed that I could overcome this and she told me that as long as she was alive, I would never be alone.

And then she died. And I knew I wasn’t far behind. But I did not have it in me to keep trying.

Then my brother did something amazing.  With great courage, he had weight loss surgery and learned how to change his relationship with food. Change his mindset.

He’s lost 275 pounds.  He’s  run multiple Triathlons. And now he’s a personal trainer.

So he got on a plane and he came out to see me to give me hope.

Very soon after that, I had weight loss surgery too. A vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

I willingly had 85% of my stomach cut out of my body.  And I was never so glad to see it go. For it had controlled me all of my life.

I thought it was love but it wasn’t. Because love doesn’t hurt you like that.

I finally got up the courage to pack my suitcase and flee in the night.  No longer willing to sleep with the enemy. To buy the lies.

Knowing that this lover had always had my death on its agenda.

Its goal was to kill me—slowly.  And it almost did.

Now I’m losing 300 Pounds.

One pound at a time.

I’m learning to deal with my life instead of eat it.

I have discovered a faith that sustains me and gives me strength far better than cupcakes.

A love that is not abusive.

One that is filled with great promise.

And what I want more than anything in this world is to give hope to others on the same path.

Because there IS hope.

Lots of it.

And I want that for each and every one of you.

Never lose hope,

Holly

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Staci April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

This is written out so wonderfully, Holly. I *love* your new site look! I never said, but the last one took ages to load, even with my high speed. Something just wasn’t right. This one just flies up on my page and is very easy to deal with. 🙂 Love reading your blog and watching your life change right in front of my eyes! Sassy! Ha!

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Holly Rose April 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks so much Staci!! I am still trying to figure out how to make this website work and how to tweak it. I’ve been kind of nervous about moving it over and hoping that I wouldn’t lose my blog friends by making the jump. I soooo appreciate you telling me this!!

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Tammy April 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

You are doing well. Very encouraging to read your story. I’m interested in getting the VSG. I’m 300 lbs. So I need to lose at least 150 lbs. I wasn’t sure if larger ppl can have the VSG solely because most of the stories I’ve seen was the smaller obese had the VSG and the larger Gastric Bypass. I’m glad to know that it can be done solely by the VSG. Way to go your story is encouranging. I’m hoping to have my VSG in the fall with Dr Alvarez in Mexico since my insurance doesn’t cover it to do it in the States. Now I know it can be done!! Awesome.

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Holly Rose April 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

Yes larger people can definitely do VSG. In fact, it was originally the first half of the Duodenal Switch surgery. But people were so successful with the VSG alone that they often wouldn’t have the second part. I wish you all the luck in the world!!!

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Zoey April 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Holly, I’m new, I found you via Momastery. I’m really enjoying your story. I’m on a mission to lose 60 pounds after my second baby. I’m down 25, and it’s been hard! I can relate to the struggle and the constant temptation. But I know how good it feels to see the changes and be proud of the choice you’re making to be healthy. You are inspiring, thanks for sharing! And you are beautiful, BTW 🙂

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down April 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I know it is hard you are right! But down 25 already that is awesome!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment, Zoey!!
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Karen Sanders April 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Weight and food have been my battles for my whole life. My first major diet came at 16 when my mom took me to NutriSystem. My highest was 256 in 2008. I lost 53 and am hovering at 215ish. It is so inspiring for you to share your story!
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down April 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I did Jenny Craig around 18 so I totally relate! Congratulations on losing 53. Wow that is awesome!! Thanks for coming by and leaving me a comment!
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Cindy April 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Wow! What an inspirational woman you are. You are a fighter, and I know you will win this battle!

I’m so glad you found my blog and left me a comment! I am adding you to my reader. <3
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down April 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Cindy!!!
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XLMIC April 19, 2012 at 5:45 am

Way to GO, Holly!!!!! I love your strength 🙂 It takes great strength and courage to do what you have done…and so much love. Thinking of you and looking forward to watching you take it all the way 🙂
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down April 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Thanks!! I appreciate those words soo much!

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Christina Frazier April 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

Holly,

I stumbled across your page on verticalsleevetalk.com. I’m getting sleeved on May 1 (next week) 🙂 I just wanted to say that your story is absolutely incredible. I know we don’t know each other, but I know that the Lord puts people in our paths for a reason. I too am a believer in His saving grace and the endless second chances He gives us at life. His mercies are new each day, and I cling to that promise ( I know you do as well!) I don’t have a wordpress but I do have a blogspot (http://christinarosefrazier.blogspot.com/). I will send a quick message on the vertical sleeve site with my email if you’d like to keep in touch! I’d love to journey with you! You are SUCH an encouragement and inspiration. God will complete the work He began in you, He is so faithful. Take care, and hope to talk soon.

Christina Frazier

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Kara April 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Holly, wow, what a story. I look forward to following the rest of your journey. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Kara
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Kim @ Coffee Pot Chronicles April 29, 2012 at 12:40 am

What an incredible story! I’ve battled the weight problem for years as well (you can read my brief story on my blog if you choose…absolutely no pressure) and when I hit my highest weight I knew something had to be done.

I’m on your side and rooting for you. YOU CAN DO IT! Here’s to being thin, healthy, and looking fantastic!
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Deb April 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Holly, Wow you were able to explain your situation so beautifully. I am considering WLS and came across your website, I sure will be following your. Thanks for sharing your story.

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Joy May 5, 2012 at 4:20 am

Hi Holly,

I just read your intro and wow very well written. I can totally relate to your story. It really is one day at a time. I look forward to reading your entries it will give me motivation to help me lose 75 pounds. Lost 46 so far… but it is slow going. You are a true survivor and very resilent 🙂
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rey May 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Holly, your story made me cry. What a beautifully written, honest blog. We love you guys and think of your often as we pass through your side of town. Thanks for the inspiration. Let’s get together soon!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down May 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Rey!!!

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Lilly May 10, 2012 at 1:40 am

Holly, I have something to ask. Something that no one has ever explained and certainly never the medical sites.

You LOVED food. I LOVE food. The flavors, the textures and heck yeah sometimes even the fast food grease. The last time I dieted (and lost 50 pounds, but gained most back after a bad injury) I was….miserable. I didn’t cut out whole food groups but I did my best to eat healthier. Less processed foods, less sodium, etc. I counted calories and exercised and would break down in tears if my only food choices were ones that I didn’t know the fat, calories, fiber, sodium, etc for. I needed my logical numbers. But they were just tricks to keep my mouth from wanting a big, juicy bacon cheeseburger, Tiramisu, hot wings from Dominos, real mac n cheese….etc. I would get grumpy and very anxious, especially at my job when it would inevitably be someone’s birthday twice a week (worked in an office of 300). It got to the point where certain things were just as good as valium. Cheese was one.

Ok anyways, so onto my question. When you have the surgery and lose 80% of your stomach, and you simply physically cannot eat the amounts of the things you loved (If it tasted good the first 3 bites, I want more and more and more and more til I’m stuffed. I want to keep tasting it). How did you get over the mental part of the food addiction?
I’m so scared to do the surgery because to me it feels like voluntarily giving up many things that make me feel really good mentally.

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down May 10, 2012 at 2:00 am

I’m still getting over it. That’s the real answer. But I will say this much–when I don’t eat sugar and I eat carefully (meaning the things that I know won’t cause me to binge) then I’m ok. When I’m tamper with the crazy foods that make me want to binge…then I go nuts in my head for awhile. But physically I can’t overeat it. I just can’t. So what happens is that I have no choice but to deal with it. It’s still very tough though but it forces my hand. Makes me deal with it. And in those moments of panic/anxiety I realize that I’m not actually going to go crazy after all. And each time I don’t go crazy b/.c of it…it gets easier. And I pray A LOT! And God has been faithful to get me through!

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Pat March 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Your relationship with food is exactly my biggest fear about WLS. I have a friend that had it done and he is encouraging me to have it done. Of course, I have a few fears about the surgery but I ask myself what is my real fear, and today I realized it is the fear of not being able to eat what I want and as much as I want. That is really the fear. I have battled food my entire life and what you wrote is exactly what I have gone through my entire life. It is that anxiety I fear the most. I have diabetes and other physical illnesses caused by weight. I know I need to have the WLS but any words of encouragement about the mental part is so helpfull. Thank you for telling your story.

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Kimberly July 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I thought that too, but it’s actually a relief not to be thinking about food 24/7. It leaves you open to get other things in life done.

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Kimberly July 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I wanted to chime in here as someone who has the band. I found after having the band, it cut my thoughts about food way back. I stopped thinking about food so much. It took me a few years to work through my part of it. But, the surgery did about half the work on that front for me, which leads me to beleive that there is some sort of physiological issue with a lot of us. My doctor said the band presses on a bundle of nerves at the top of the stomach that signal fullness. I know VSG helps with that as well.

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Ashley May 10, 2012 at 4:24 am

Amazing story and very inspiring. I look forward to following your journey.
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Jamie @ Roubinek Reality May 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

What a great post! So inspiring! You are looking great, too!!
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Lori May 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Your writing is so touching. Good luck on your journey.

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KLG May 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I stumbled upon your blog after reading a comment you left on Jen’s blog over at Prior Fat Girl. 300 Pounds Down is such a strong title I had to come check it out. And I’m glad I did because this made me cry. So much of what you just said spoke to me. I just started my own healthiness journey which I decided to blog about after reading so many amazing weight loss blogs. I decided instead of just reading about them every day, I wanted to live like them every day. Your blog is definitely being added to the list of blogs to read. I am about 100 pounds overweight (being 5’9 really helps). But the addiction to food that you talked about, the hold it had over your entire life, the way food was always there for you no matter what… well, you took those words right out of my mouth. I really hope to find success in the stories you tell, because I am already rooting for you 🙂
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Heidi May 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

WOW! Wiping the tears from my eyes. I felt like I was reading my own story at first. Saw your blog by way of Blogging with Amy and had to read it. How inspiring! I have had my own love affairs with my BFF food (for as long as I can remember) and my second bestie was the Marlboro man for about 25 years until I kicked him to the curb about 5 years ago. I pray everyday that I find your courage to dissolve my relationship with food. Keep fighting the fight, you’re AWESOME!!

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Michelle @ Changed By The Maker May 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Go!

I’ve really changed a lot about our food choices in our family over the past few years, but at 45 I’m really having to still watch those calories! Even though most of what I eat is healthy, I can still eat too much.

I remember a time when I was very driven (in my mind) by thoughts of food. It was a spiritual issue for me, much like lust, and the Lord healed my thinking in a major way. Still you can’t completely quit eating (the way I quit smoking), and making good choices ever day never ends.

I recently started using My fitness pal too, and I have found it very helpful. I especially enjoy a day that I run or do an aerobics video and can add 300-1000 calories to my daily intake! It’s a constant balance.

I pray all the best for you on this journey — freedom in your mind most of all and health in your body so that you will be around for your children!
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Polly May 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Holly, you are amazing! Your courage and willingness to be vulnerable are beyond my comprehension. And you look fabulous, dahling!

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Mary Beth Elderton May 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

Amazing and encouraging.

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Renee May 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

Holly, you are such an inspiration to me! I had failed WLS 6 years a go and have been preparring for a sleeve for the last 1.5 years. My surgery day is in three days and I have been a wreck for two weeks. Your blog has helped me so many times, in my journey to surgery, to remember why I am doing this. I need help to be sucessful on my journey and WLS, support, and inspiration are key. Thank you and I look forward to gaining inspiration and hope from your journey as I embark on mine.

Renee

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Karien June 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

What an inspiring story. It is amazing how far you’ve come and what you have achieved! Keep it up!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down June 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thank you Karien!!

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Elizabeth June 6, 2012 at 6:34 am

Well Holly, I prayed for confirmation and God sent you…this blog into my life. I am 29 years old. I stand 5ft 3in and weigh in at 426lbs. I too struggled with weight and fast food for a large part of my adult life. I’d watch my best friend have bypass and decided since my insurance didn’t cover bariatric surgery this would be my life. But God had a ram in the bush. He blessed me with a job that pays me well enough to self pay and I scheduled my gastric sleeve for July 7th 2012, but even in moving this far into the process I still had reservations…what if I’m making a mistake, maybe I should try to do it myself again etc. But stumbling upon your blog tonight has made my confirmation as clear as a rainbow in the sky. I start my pre op diet tomorrow and in 30 days I too will be traveling to my new destiny. Thank you wholeheartedly. You’ve changed my life.

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down June 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Elizabeth!! This is SO awesome to hear. I completely understand your reservations about the surgery. I struggled with that a lot myself. But I can honestly say it has been by far the best choice I ever made for myself. The only regret I have is not doing it sooner. I really really love the sleeve. I am SO happy for you. And I think it is awesome that you are able to self pay. It hurts a bit to fork out that much money (I had to do that too) BUT I can only say it was worth 50 times what I paid for what it has given me. I hope you come back and let us know how you are doing or link to a blog if you end up recording your journey. I would love to cheer you along!!!

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Jaclyn June 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I am in the 6 months waiting to have the surgery, a select baseball mom, competitive cheer mom, all other sports too, i loved this, you are a true inspiration.. i hope to have the success you have had,, i look to these blogs to find and gather as much information as i can. to go in knowing what i am getting into.

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down June 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Jaclyn–Congratulations!! That is so awesome! I am sure you will find much success. You sound like a VERY busy and involved Mom. I love that!!!!

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Allen June 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

A pal on my fitnesspal said I should check out your blog and subscribe. I just read your BIO and know many of those feelings. I am a male and started this at 404 I have lost 87 and have 113+ to go. You are an inspiration. I left myfitnesspals address above and would love to add you. Congrats on your success thus far.

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trisha July 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Hey Holly – I was wanting to email you and ask a few questions – but I couldn’t find your email addy anywhere! 🙁

If you get a min could you send me an email? 🙂

hugs,

trisha

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jules July 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Holly, your about me section made me cry! I’m so proud of you!

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Leigh July 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I can totally relate to this post. Good luck on your journey and congrats on your progress so far!

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Jana July 22, 2012 at 5:12 am

Hey there Holly–

WOW-oh-WOW! Your story in many ways is similar to mine. I have close to 300lbs to lose. My mom died last Sept. unexpectedly. She was ill but we didn’t know it was near death ill. I am also on low-carb and loving it.
I could go on and on and on…..but this is short comment page…lol
If you were willing to e-mail I would enjoy the correspondence. It’s up to you. So awesome how you have succeeded with weight loss!
CONGRATS!

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Anna July 31, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Hi Holly, I was blog hopping in the middle of the night ’cause I couldn’t sleep and stumbled on your blog. I was immediately drawn in by your story, and I have read pages of your blog entries. I just wanted to tell you that you are a truly beautiful person, and how you are working so hard to overcome is inspiring.
I have also overcome a lifetime of bad eating habits that led me to obesity. I started my weight loss journey in 2004, and have been at goal weight for one year……I find your posts about overcoming and repaving bad habits, recognizing them for what they are to be so identical in my own journey.
More than that, though, I have spent the last year working deep on some anxiety issues…bad ones….and so many of your posts are so helpful to me to see things in a different light. I love how you point everything back to the Bible and your words of encouragement bring tears to my eyes. No joke, I laid in my living room reading your blog and crying for 2.5 hours (or something like that) last night.
So from a nobody in New Hampshire, Thank you for being so transparent. Thank you for pointing and writing truth. xoxo

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Traci August 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I was led to your blog today via a friend on MyFitnessPal.com. Reading your story above seriously brought tears to my eyes. You have overcome sooo much and, although i don’t know you, i am so proud of you. I am currently in the process of losing 70 lbs. It’s slow and discouraging at times, but i’m doing it.
Thank you for sharing your story. And if you are on myfitnesspal, look me up! I am tbskipp in North Carolina.

Keep being amazing!

-Traci

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Kathy September 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Hi Holly,

So thrilled I stumbled onto your blog! I, too, started at 417 pounds and have lost 175 pounds so far, although not in the same way. In so many ways, you tell my same story and have felt the tears come on as you talk about how it was, as well as the joys you have experienced in transforming your life. Thank you for your honesty and I definitely will be reading more.

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Gail September 4, 2012 at 3:39 am

You look lovely! And your story is so well-written. I hope those who need the inspiration will find it. Your mom would be so proud and happy for you. Keep up the good work – on yourself and your blog! BTW, your jewelry is beautiful, too.

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Stephanie September 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Wow! This story is so amazing! Keep up the amazing work! You are truly and inspiration!
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Rebecca September 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Holly – YOU ARE INCREDIBLE. I just wanted to leave a daily dose of love for you because you are my inspiration. Not only do you look frickin’ smoking, you are such a lovely person, inside and out. REMEMBER THAT! xx
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Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene) September 15, 2012 at 1:26 am

Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story. Looking forward to reading up on old posts.

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Cindy October 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I just found your web site and I was so inspired!! I completely understand about the pain you have endured I am down 120Lbs now from I’m guessing about 470Lbs. Your writing is beautiful and I am really enjoying reading your old posts.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Cindy–Congratulations!!! How amazing and awesome!! I am so happy for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I am going to be cheering for you all the way!!

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Sara Thornton October 16, 2012 at 3:30 am

Hello. My name is Sara. I’m 27 years old. I had VSG on June 27 of 2012 and lost 50 lbs in 3.5 months but I am not doing well with diet. I could use some true down to earth help, a real guide. Can you please help me? I don’t know who to ask. I have plenty of support, but none that started as big as we did. So many people start a lot less than us. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s still not the same. People hitting Onederland after 3.5 months and I’m just now excited to be under 300 lbs for the first time since I was very young. Please help, I could use a friend. You seem to know exactly what it was like, and maybe you can help me not make a mistake.

– Sara Thornton

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Hi Sara! Thanks for taking the time to leave me this comment. I do understand the struggle you are facing very well. I’m going to email you. You are not alone!

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Anthony Russo October 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hi, my name is Anthony, I just finished reading your story and I have to say congrats. I found it on the web while I was searching how to get through weight loss plateaus, and I was wondering if you could help me since you said you have been through so many. I will give you a little background info on myself to let you know my situation. In March 2009, one month after my son was born, I was in a really bad accident. It headlined “The Miracle On Highway 6” you can search it to find out more. The accident pretty much crushed my whole left leg all the way up to right above my knee. Luckily they saved it. Since I have been out of service for the last three years I have gained over 100lbs just laying in bed and on the couch eating everything in sight. I weighed in right around 315 lbs in July of this year and I proposed to my better half to be married in March of 2013. I made a personal goal to myself to lose the weight and get down close to 200lbs by then, for I am a 6′ man with a big build. I started in July and I am now down to 253 and it just seems I am stuck. I don’t know how that could be because I am still 60lbs over weight. I thought that the plateaus were only happening for people that had like 10-20lbs left to go. I eat healthy (lots of chicken and fish) and exercise 5 days a week( I am limited because of my leg). I was wondering how do I get past the plateau, do I just keep going at my normal pace and it will pass or do I need to start excercising 7 days a week? I am very dedicated for I have three reasons to be but I just need to be shoved a little more into the right direction. Thank you and you look great.

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Mark November 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

You really should consider writing a book. Wonderfully written About Me page.

Congratulations on your success to date.

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zainab November 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

hi, so happy to have come across your blog. 🙂
way to go. Cant wait to read more

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Shari November 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hello! Lovely blog, Holly!

I just had my VSG 1 week ago today. I’m looking forward to following you on your journey, as I begin mine!
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down November 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

Congratulations Shari on this exciting journey you have embarked on! I know you have great things coming your way!

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Christiana November 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I love the picture of you and your daughter in the pants. It is precious! Congrats on your weight loss journey so far.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down November 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Thank you Christiana!! I appreciate that!!
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Birgit November 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

Wow – this is a very inspirational story and you explain so well what is going on in the mind of a food addict. I can relate to what you wrote!
Congrats on your weight loss and all the best for you!

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Birgit December 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

Dear Holly, I have been nominated for the Sunshine & Very inspiring blogger awards and wanted to pass them along! http://birgitlikes.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/weight-loss-advent-calendar-day-7-pat-yourself-and-others-on-the-back/
Feel free to not participate if you find it boring or difficult to “circulate” or if you’ve been nominated before! I really enjoy reading your blog – especially your last posts about all the little things you can do again. I can feel your happiness through your writing. All the best, Birgit
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Wow Thanks Birgit!! That’s awesome!! Congratulations on your nomination! Will check it out!

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Liza Glick December 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Would love to “friend” you on MyFitnessPal if that’s ok. What is your username?

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I’m 300PoundsDown on Myfitnesspal!! Would love for you to friend me!

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Jessica From Bariatric Beginnings December 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

You are my hero!!! I love your story!

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Tina December 18, 2012 at 4:58 am

You are such an inspiration to me! I am working towards having the vertical sleeve gastrectomy in early 2013. I started at 436 pounds and am currently at 408. Only eight more pounds to go before I can get a date for the surgery! I have had many people tell me that I should have the RNY instead because I wouldn’t lose enough weight. You are living proof that it can be done with the VSG! Thank you for sharing your story! God bless!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down December 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Congratulations Tina on the upcoming sleeve surgery! And major congrats on this weight loss you have accomplished already!! This is really really amazing. I am so excited and happy for you! I actually worried about the sleeve not being for me due to my size. I can promise you that my experience has shown me there was no reason to worry at all. All of the surgeries have something to offer but speaking from someone who had the sleeve I can attest to the fact that it was a great choice for me. I have no doubt you will experience tons of success! The surgery plus careful food planning and exercise are the 3 keys for me. I am cheering for you and I hope you come back and tell me how it’s going!

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Dottie December 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I’m so glad I found this blog. I had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy in December of 2009. I started at 403, got to a low of 253 and in the last year have gained enough to put me back at 300. I never thought I’d see that number again. This past year has been a rough one with lots of loss starting with my dad. I fell into a big pit of depression and anxiety, and stopped exercising and have found myself back up in weight. After the holidays I want to try to lose again but I know it’s not going to be easy. I’m going to try to blog it though and even continue with YouTube videos. Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate it.

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Kirsten December 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

WOW!!! Your story is SOOO inspirational!! THANK YOU for sharing! I have to say your story sounds SO MUCH like my Aunt, but she has yet to go through with the surgery. I think she is scared or something but, I know it would so benefit her. Her daughter is 18 and she has been a single mother all those 18 yrs and going down the same path of destruction. I pray she goes through with it as you have because I know she will have much success and much more confidence and be happier!

I am just about 40 lbs lost with about 15-20 more to go til I re-evaluate! Your story shows everyone that it can be done! Again, CONGRATS and you look amazing!!

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Victoria December 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Holly,

Seriously! There are pictures of two different women on the right column of this blog!!! (My mouth just fell open!) In the words of Hoda Kotb, “I’m sorry! No way! You look great!” What a fantastic accomplishment! Your transformation is truly breathtaking! I continue to scroll back and forth, looking at your before and after pictures…in complete and utter shock! God bless you! And God bless your brother for being so generous and kind and helping you on this journey! Truly amazing! You look stunning! A breath of fresh air!

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Jana L. December 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I cried and cried reading this. I’m so happy you found hope, happiness and release from your painful relationship with food. Much love to you going forward with your new life.

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Trina December 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Holly,
You are SO AMAZING! You are such a good person, I can tell by your life choices and your writing. You look BEAUTIFUL! You look like a completely different person. Congratulations. You give hope to us all!

Happy Holidays.

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Corinne M December 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Holly, all I can really say is YOU ROCK. You’re an incredible human being, and I love how you’re allowing your heart to be set free. Keep it up, girl.
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Pam December 23, 2012 at 1:06 am

I came across your story on MFP. You are friends with one of my friends and she was telling me about your fantastic story. I’m on a new lifestyle journey of my own. I can relate to so many things in your story but in a way mine is totally different. I’m quite a bit older than you, age 58 and was afraid the weight just wouldnt come off anymore. The day I woke up and went to the doctor because of bulging back discs and stepped on the scale and weighed 290 pounds. I was freaked out. Just 10 pounds from 300. That was in October 2011 and I knew with the holidays just around the corner that I would hit 300 by the New Year. I had had double knee replacements and during the first one, the surgeon broke my leg. That was in 2005. My mobility started a downhill drive at that point. Then in January 2011, I had the second knee replacement and I just kept sitting there and gaining weight. By September 2011, my back was a total mess and the MRI revealed the bulging discs.

The doctor talked to me about my options and for some reason my mind finally clicked and said you can do this! You can lose the weight and gain control of your life and body back again. So on October 20, 2011, I joined the YMCA and MFP, weighing 290 pounds. Now, 14 months later, I’ve lost 120 pounds and weigh 170. My original goal was to cut my weight in half, so I set my goal for 145. Once I reach that, I’m going to evaluate how I look and feel and see if I want to go for 10 more pounds or start maintenance.

Your transformation is truly awesome and you are a beautiful young woman! You must be a great motivator and inspiration to your friends. I’m sure your Mom is looking down and watching you and so happy that you are getting your life that you deserve.

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Jenny December 26, 2012 at 4:25 am

Congrats on finding a healthier lifestyle! I lost 212lbs (maybe more, I don’t really know what my highest weight was). What an amazing gift you have given to your children….being there for them!
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Jessica From Bariatric Beginnings December 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Pay it forward!
http://bariatricbeginnings.com/2012/12/26/beautiful-blogger-award/
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Lili January 3, 2013 at 2:51 am

Oh my goodness. I was literally in tears reading this. What an amazing testimony you have! I saw you featured on Sunshine’s page, and decided to check out your blog, and I’m so glad that I did. You are an amazing person and inspiration, keep up the good work!!

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Kristin January 3, 2013 at 4:06 am

All I can say is wow… I have absolutely no clue at all how I even came across your page but I know that things happen for a reason. Every since I can remember I have been overweight. My family jokes because they say even when I was a little baby I was still chubby. I am now only 23 and I am 300+ pounds. I am currently in the process of having gastric bypass which is has been an excruciating process with dozens of appointments over the last 6 months. I finally got submitted to insurance last week and I am now waiting for approval. I don’t have a lot of support in my decision but some people will NEVER understand the struggle of being morbidly obese. It’s nice to say well just diet and exercise but that is a LOT easier said than done when your life has revolved around food for 20+ years. For those of us who can’t do it on our own, it is great to have a “tool” to help us get there. After saying all that, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story because it lets me know that I am doing the right thing. It will be a journey but I can see that it is well worth it. Good luck and much success to you!! 🙂

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skmolove January 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

OMG i found you while surfing thru a myfitnesspal email message that they had sent me; which linked me to Twitter. I am ever so inspiried by your story. WOW Holly! I needed to read your story today. After calorie counting, with the use of myfitnesspal, diet & nutrition counseling by my doctor, and a slow introduction to excercise (i love zumba) I managed to lose 45 lbs in 2012. My goal was to lose 50 in 12 months. I didn’t quite get there but hey, I am very happy with how far I have come. Anyhow I am in need of motivation to shed another 25, my new goal for 2013. THANK U! YOU have inspiried me today to take charge, reevaluate, & to get back to work. Happy New Year & God Bless You!

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Denise January 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Holly, a friend sent me a link to your site yesterday. Am glad she did as I find your story to be so inspirational. So maybe there’s hope for me, too. I’m in the process of being evaluated to see if I qualify for weight loss surgery at one of my local hospitals. I’ve had several consults already and am now waiting to hear from the review board. I am really hoping that I’ll be approved because I have not been successful with any of the other attempts to maintain a weight loss. Of the choices, I’m hoping for the sleeve, too, rather than the Bypass as this seems to have less risks and potential problems.

I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts; thanks for sharing them!

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Brenda Ross January 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Holly, I was wondering how much you weighed when you started with with CrossFit?

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down January 7, 2013 at 12:10 am

I believe I weighed about 260 when I started there. Now I’m 207 🙂

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Kim Lyons January 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

Hi Holly,
Can you please contact me! I would like to interview you for my GNC column. I’m so proud of your success and would love to hear more about your story.
My best,
Kim Lyons

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Susan Muniz January 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Holly,

Thank you so much for sharing your personal journey. Your relationship with food was like a page right out of my life. My marriage has also suffered immensely with every pound I have gained and is now very close to ending. My only identity is a wife and mother – I’m not willing to give it up (I know you didn’t have a choice). I am in the process of getting the VSG but my insurance required a 6 month diet first (I have one month left). I only have 84 pounds to lose but it feels like so much. You are such a beautiful person and a true motivation to me. Thank you again.

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Holly E. January 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Just wanted to say I read your story and had tears…Thats amazing…I, too, had a relationship with food and its destructive…I had my VSG on Nov 2nd of 2012…Good luck and thanks for sharing this amazing and inspirational story

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Wendy January 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Holly~I’m not sure how I came across your blog but WOW, I’m sure glad I did!!! I am super proud of you!!! I have been big my whole life. Picked on in school. Kids made the most horrible comments to me. Making noises that made it sound like I was shaking the world by me walking. It was humiliating. Struggled through out my adult years with my addiction to food and my daily 8 diet cokes. Finally in Feb. 2012 I weighed myself at my best friends house and was 275lbs. I freaked out. 25lbs away from 300. So I finally decided to do something about it. So I joined weight watchers. Quit drinking soda. I’m so glad I did. I have lost 77 lbs already and have another 50 lbs to lose. Thank you for motivating me!!!!

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Cristabel January 18, 2013 at 6:50 am

Just amazing! I thank God for you for inspiring me to continue the fight.

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Julie January 19, 2013 at 2:34 am

Holly,

WOW! I saw a post on MFP, and I had to come check out your story. BTW, I LOVE the music on your two videos! 🙂

In November we almost lost my oldest brother (3 weeks in ICU, 45 days in the hospital, 10-20% chance of survival, unclear if he would fuller recover if he did survive.) Amazingly, he not only survived, but a full (albeit, long) recovery is expected.

While I was visiting him (still in a coma), my siblings and I discussed changes we wanted to make in our lives. I promised to get started on taking care of myself. I met with my doctor who agreed to refer me to a nutritionist. And on January 1, I started MFP.

I started out at 306 (down 4 1/2 pounds so far!) I’ve been walking (30 miles so far this month!) and recording everything I eat. I’m drinking one Pepsi a day. (I used to drink about 100 ounces a day. The cold turkey brought on migraines. I decided I needed to work on getting moving first. Then I’ll tackle the caffeine withdrawals.) We just started doing Zumba at work 2 days a week.

I want to be able to run and play with my kids (15, 9, and 7). I want to live a long life—an abundant life!

Thank you for sharing your story. I look forward to following you!

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Carly January 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Love how you are radiating. Thank you for sharing yourself. We are better for it!

Carly
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Lisa Ellen February 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Wow…what a journey you have had!! I had weight loss surgery as well last year and have lost 101 lbs!! Doesn’t it feel great to be able to do things??! That is my absolute favorite thing…being able to run and play with my kids and husband! You are such an inspiration and I look forward to reading more of your blog!

Sincerely,
Lisa Ellen
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Sara Minck February 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Holly – words cannot express what you have put into words is EXACTLY my life. Controlling my thoughts – I swear that my mind is my worst enemy. I had gastric bypass December 26, 2012. And you know before the surgery everyone was like oh aren’t you sad you can’t eat such and such. I would honestly say no but what I am scared of is the mental demons afterwards. I truely tell you that is where I am right now. I so want to be healthy and fit, and I want to run and bike and be the mom I need to be. But like you said it is the thoughts that come into my mind before I even have a chance to succeed I have already told myself that I am going to fail just like every other time I have ever tried to do something. I have a good faith walk but I think I need to make it stronger and rely on Jesus more then I am currently. I truely think that is why I happened to catch your blog this morning about controlling your thoughts. That is where I am. It is way easier to tell myself oh I don’t really want to do that or I can’t do that or I shouldn’t do that. So with that being said I will begin my training for my first 5k on Monday. I look forward to keeping up with you on your journey. Thanks for being a light in my darkness. Good luck tomorrow! You will do amazing!

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Rachael Pracht March 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I just discovered your blog and I want to say WOW! You are amazing! I’ve lost 40 pounds all together and as much as I think that was hard I can’t imagine anything else. You look amazing!
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April March 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

You are so beautiful, Holly. But we are more than faces and you have proven your strength and courage through so many obstacles. God has used you and shaped you and you have persevered through it all. I will forever admire and remember your story. You could probably outrun me and I’m a size 2. Size isn’t everything – you are stronger than we know, inside and out. I smiled seeing your Crossfit deadlift photos, LOOK AT YOU GO! If you have time to stay so committed as a single mom, anyone could do this. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

Keep fighting the good fight. I hope to see you out there one day. You go, girl!
-April

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Cher March 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

This brought tears to my eyes – congratulations and a BIG HUG to you for your amazing success! I am on the start of my journey, and I couldn’t ask for more motivation than finding you Holly! Keep up the great work 🙂
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Teale March 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hi there, I stumbled upon your blog through another blog I read, and I’m so glad to have found it! I am about 6 weeks out from having my sleeve surgery, and my husband is 6 weeks post-op. I’ve been hoping to find some bloggers that have had the procedure so I could read about their experiences! I look forward to reading through your archives & keeping up to date with your progress!

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Kim May 8, 2013 at 12:40 am

Thank you so much for your story!!! I have read so much of your blog tonight. I googled “how to lose 300 pounds” and you came up. Now 460, I am becoming desparate. You are right, my bff food is not only not my bff, it is abusive, it wants to kill me, and it is happening faster and faster. I am working on trying to have the gastric bypass but they want me to lose 60 pounds, and I have lost and gained 10-20 pounds about 10-20 times. If feels impossible. I lost 180 pounds on my own in my 30’s only to put it back on, but this time, my health is so much worse and I just am not making progress. I have no stamina for grocery shopping so I eat drive thru and even our gas stations have drive thru all night for pop and candy. You have re-inspired me. You are beautiful inside and out!
Thank you!!
Kim

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Paul May 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi, I was always a big guy (6′ 0″, 300+ lbs) but I was active and social so my weight never realy bothered me. Then I got laid off from work, with little money the easiest way to get joy was food. Over an 18 month span of not working I gained almost 200lbs! When I finally got a new job I had to take a physical, that’s when it hit me, I was 500lbs. Humans don’t weigh that much and live long… fast forward a yesr, I turn 30 and my family kinda has an intervention for me and I decied to look into wieght loss surgery. I have settled on the vsg and pre opp have lost 38lbs on a low carb diet. I meet with my surgen in 3 weeks to set a surgery date, so fingers crossed. After reading your story it gives me even more hope that this will work. Thank you for sharing your story.

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ShapedBeauty21 May 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Im sooo happy for you and being able to lose the weight i am a planet fitness member and i need to lose at least 100lbs so are there any training tips you can give me or the excercise routine you do now it would help lots

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lori May 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

loved your blog about the sugar detox. I am going to do it. I am a sugar addict too, and tell myself everyday that I am going to have to limit myself to shakes only. I cannot let myself have any food because I know NO limits. I, too, have been in the workout prison of eating and then trying to run off the calories. misery, slavery, bondage. it is horrible. I am so glad to read your blog and hear someone else that understands. everyone tells me to just eat in moderation, well, if I could do that, I would. we know it is not that easy, and some of those people I ask, “if I were an alcoholic, would you tell me to just drink in moderation?” of course, they wouldn’t, but you are right, we cannot stop eating all together. we must have food to survive. anyway, thank you for sharing your heart. you are such an encouragement!

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Jennifer June 16, 2013 at 4:29 am

I have had an unhealthy relationship wih food for a long time but there came a point in my life where it enveloped me. I am only 26 and had been in the process for the lp band 5 years ago but got lost in insurance paperwork. I use to be an athlete in high school even though I was always overweight. Then I got sick my senior year of high school and was on prednisone off and on for a year and since then I feel like I have been fighting a worthless battle where I would never come out. I’ve been on so many diets, even when I was younger, I’ve seen dietitians so many times. Nothing really seems to work and so I yet again give up and forget about my dreams of playing basketball again. I weigh 300 pounds and have been there for about 2 years. I am only 26 and have so many health problems, yet I always feel drawn to the food to help myself feel better. I know I have a food addiction and I am wanting to see if I have a sugar addiction as well, once I have sugar, I want more and I crave so much. I was really beginning to give up hope for myself. I work in a school and it hurt so much hearing the kids say look at the fat lady and point. I always felt I couldn’t say anything to them because I was probably insignificant. For a good part of my life I thought if I was to be obese no one would want to hurt me as I had been in my past, but I learned that was not true in 2007. I am soooo going to try your detox ideas and really give it my all. I know I need to do something, it’s just hard to have hope a lot of times and its even harder alone. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, it has given me a little hope that maybe I too can be healthy.

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joni July 2, 2015 at 12:17 am

Jennifer you can definitely do it and you don’t have to do it alone!!!
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Gigi June 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I just want to thank you for sharing your private journey. I am your “before picture” and I hope to be your “after” one day as well. I echo your story verbatim. I’m just starting the process (of meeting with my doctor) for my journey and I’m scared but optimistic. I’m so grateful that people who have endured so much are willing to share to give inspiration for those of us coming behind and who will also pay it forward. Congratulations on your successes!
Gigi

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robin July 6, 2013 at 12:27 am

GREAT VIDEO!!!!!! Youre my new hero!

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Katie J July 11, 2013 at 12:28 am

I read your about me and cried. It is so beautifully written and just tugs at my heart. I’ve been overweight my whole life and I still am. I’m trying, but feel like I’m failing. I’m not going to give up though. I’m very happy that I found your blog tonight. Thank you for putting your story out there.
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Lee July 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I came across your blog through the “Journey to a Healthier Me” blog. You are truly an inspiration! I just had VSG surgery on Monday and hope that I can have the same success as you have enjoyed. I too want to be a runner, and can’t wait until I’m able to run/walk/plod through a 5k of my own. Thank you for sharing your story with the world.
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T. July 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

Just found your website after searching for reviews on Planet Fitness. I have some similarities to where you were before you lost weight — I’m an obese, homeschooling mom who ADORES food, and I sometimes hide my fast food bags from my husband. You are an inspiration, but I’m not sure I can do as well as you. Here’s to hoping and trying, though!
May God continue to bless you in your journey!

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melissa schulz July 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm

WOW what a success you have had with gastric sleeve surgery. 300 pounds that is totally incredible. Did I say Wow, I am totally inspired by your story. I also had the gastric sleeve but my result are nothing compared to yours. But I can say having the surgery changed my life so much and I am totally different person today. I just recently did my first 5 K run/walk and I felt such a great accomplishment. I finished and I was not the last one to finish either. Hey you have to toot your own horn sometimes. Thanks for this great blog with such an inspiring story. You look great and you must feel like a new person. Congrads to you and keep up the great work.
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Lou July 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I can so relate to what you said here: “I loved the way I felt when I was stuffed with food. It was one of the only times I ever felt truly satisfied. One of the few times I didn’t feel hungry. In some ways, it was like a drug. I’d lay back feeling sleepy and completely at peace. Not a care in the world.” I want that to end! Why did it start???

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diet September 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Your piece has touched me, I am going to quit the junk food and thanks for all the nutritional advice and weight loss support, I just might do that..

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April September 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

Wow. I’m so glad that I found you! I am in the planning phase of WLS. I will be back to read about your journey and gain inspiration from you! Thank you!
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Jenny (@lukadakis) September 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Oh my goodness! This made me cry. I was sleeved a week ago today. You give me so much hope. Your courage and bravery shines through. You’re an inspiration!

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Alice September 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I am so happy to have found you on YouTube. I anticipate reading all your blogs. You inspire me!

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Bonita September 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

Hi holly, I love your story. It opened my eyes to food. I never looked at food like this, has a lover who is hurting you or me. Wow! It really is awesome how you put it. I really don’t know for sure how much I weight. The last time I got on a scale I was over 300 pounds and that was a few years ago. I know I have put on more since then. My food story is the same has yours. Crazy how something like that can control you. I am so happy that you are doing so well. All the best.

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Lisa October 8, 2013 at 2:06 am

Thank you for your honesty . I am going to do this in less than one month, you are giving me faith.

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Catherine November 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I just saw your video on YOUTUBE and then I showed it to my daughter. I am 39 yrs old and weigh 468 pounds. I am scared to death to have weightloss surgery but your story has revived my will power. Thank you so much for sharing. I will start again, 30 seconds at a time. Please email me if you like..and I would love to talk to you over the phone. ABSOLUTELY enjoyed your video and ALL of the scriptures that you quoted in it. So very proud of you ((((((((((((( HUGS )))))))))))))))))))

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Rel November 20, 2013 at 4:51 am

You look like you’ve gone from 45 years old to 25 years old.

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Sonya November 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

You are so inspiring. I’m glad I stumbled upon you. xo <3

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Erin January 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

You are truly amazing and an inspiration. I am having my gastric bypass one week from today and started my liquid diet today. I was needing some inspiration to take my mind off feeling like I’m starving to death and found your website. It made me cry when I saw your video. I am so inspired! I, too, love Jesus and will look to Him for strength in this. Thank you!

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Sheri Lorenz February 6, 2014 at 3:15 am

Do you ever get tired of hearing what an awesome mountain you have climbed! I’m stunned! What an encouragement you are! Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your walk! Thank you so much! God is using you and your testimony of His unfailing love to encourage and strengthen others that are struggling! Blessings as you continue to press on and lay hold of all that God has already laid hold for you!
Sheri

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Debbie Clover March 23, 2014 at 12:52 am

I know how u felt! You just told my story from the start to finish! And I turned to food! I pray that God would end my life of unhappine tss! I pray that if Im suppose to live that I could have the sleeve surgery done!

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ceejay April 6, 2014 at 6:26 am

WOW! Each word of this was like reading my life exactly. I am just starting the ball rolling on having gs surgery. The only problem is i am not a patient perskn and i want the surgery yesterday lol but i know it will happen soon enough. Thank you for now becoming one of my top insperations. You are truly an amazing person. God bless you.

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David June 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I just joined Planet Fitness myself. I weigh 420lbs. I love this place because they don’t judge you. I signed up for the classes they have. I used to be scared to go by myself but just like you said, it’s about ME. Thanks for sharing your story.

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Crystal June 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment! Your story is truly amazing. I’m 37 yrs old, weigh 330lbs & I’m miserable!!! After yrs of praying for surgery I’m happy to say God answered my prayers. Monday June 16th I’m having lap band surgery. These past 2 weeks has been hard, with only being able to have liquid protein shakes. But its paying off, I’ve lost 15lbs so far. I have 11 yr old twin boys that I’ve missed out on so much already, but all of that is about to change & believe me I’m ready! Thank you Holly for your encouraging story.

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PlumPetals June 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I just came across your blog — congratulations on your weight loss success. What you have accomplished is truly inspiring!
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Suzanne July 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Hi,

I cried when I read the opening:

“There has never been a time that I can recall not being hungry or food not somehow being in my thoughts.”

Thank you for this blog, thank you for sharing your life, thank you for the encouragement and hope you shine out to the world.

Suzanne

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Michelle July 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Wow…what an inspiring story. I am about to embark on a journey similar to yours. I need to lose weight…about 100 pounds so no surgery for me but I need to learn to leave food for what it is and learn to love me again. Thank you for your encouraging words.

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Renu Bakshi July 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

A great post for those who want to lose weight, but needs inspiration to do so. I know it is hard, but where there is a will, there is a way!

Thanks for sharing such a great!
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Janis August 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Thank you thank you thank you. Your blog posts always mean so much to me.Especially at times like now where i am struggling with the weight loss. Your a beautiful writer. You give me hope and inspiration.

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Michelle September 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hi Holly. I’m scared. I need to lose about 150lbs. I was going to have surgery but I’ve had some terrible surgical procedures. Also, all that extra skin terrifies me. Did you experience this by walking off the weight? I’m hoping to get control of my life again.

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valia serdari September 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

Holly, you are my hero!
For the last 7-8 years I am trying in vain to lose my extra 60 pounds after 3 kids and a not-so-perfect marriage. I recognized myself in you before your transformation. Comfort food seems to be so easy to reach when in despair.. And I feel a little embarrassed for making such a big deal of my problem when you and many of your friends that have already commented were facing a much bigger one. But the truth is that a problem no matter how big or small really is becomes HUGE when you don’t take the steps to overrun it. It took courage and willpower to do what you did. You know and I know and everyone else in our position knows how difficult it is to stick with resolutions regarding food choices and exercise. You did it. I am jealous of you, because I still go one step forward two back. I think I am already on the right track, thanks to Leslie’s workouts, I am trying (hard I must admit) to make healthier choices, I even made my website as an inspiration. I am dealing seriously with my challenge for the last 5-6 months. I see some results- at least others see me a bit toned and firm, although my weight still oscillates like a pendulum in a range of 8-10 pounds. But I owe it to myself, first of all, and then to my loved ones to become the beautiful happy woman they always knew. And now, you give me one more reason to do it. I truly promise you I am gonna make it to the end, I am gonna be your next success story! Thank you so much for the inspiration, Holly! God bless you and your family.

p.s. I wonder if you allowed me to publish your story on my site. please contact me through email. thanks, again
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Teresa Smith September 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Wow… I just found your website through FB! Love it! I need to lose weight, I am tired of weighing 249 pounds, and I am only 5’3″ tall.. Your posts are an answer to prayer..all things are possible! Jesus is also helping me by giving me the strength to be an overcomer… Thank you for inspiration to believe again and have hope.. I am a wife, Mother of 4 grown children and 7 Grandkids..I am 57 years old.. When I was 19 I weighed 125 pounds…with God’s help I will see that number on my scale again soon…YES… I am focusing on Jesus this time, not food!

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Helen November 6, 2014 at 6:12 am

What an amazing story. Well done! I’m 306 pounds and planning my VSG. I have seen a lot of people online in the 200s loose significant weight however yours is the first success story I have seen for someone more like me. It’s given me the encouragement that it can be done. My surgeon said my choice of surgery should be 50/50 between the sleeve and the bypass due to my weight. I’m opting for the sleeve as it’s a less invasive procedure. I hope to have as much success as you. Have a happy and healthy life.

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Heather Picard November 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Holly, You have given me hope. I am over 300 lbs, and have no clue where to start…so I will keep reading. I dont want to die.

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Annie November 29, 2014 at 12:17 am

I joined myfitnesspal two months ago (it’s completely free) and have already lost 37lb. It helps you to figure out how many calories you should eat per day (according to your age, height, weight and weight loss goals) and gives you a protein/fat/carbs goal. There’s a thriving community there that has really inspired me and lots and lots of advice to be read. I would totally suggest starting there!

If you want to buy something get yourself some accurate weighing scales (to monitor your progress), a set of digital kitchen scales (to monitor your portions) and a pedometer to monitor your ‘exercise’ calories.

Good luck honey! You can do this! xx

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Bear December 13, 2014 at 1:56 am

Very inspiring blog, ma’am. Sugar/Carbs is my nemesis also. Keep up the great work.

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MzBaker January 8, 2015 at 3:58 am

Inspirational! Thanks for sharing! I have been doing LCHF since June 23 of 2014 and have lost a total finally of 50 lbs! It’s amazing how you don’t go hungry at all! I’m going to be 42 this Oct and I hope to be down 100 lbs! Would be a world of difference for me, I do still have around 180 to go though! <3 You Look Amazing!!
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Suzy Raffensperger January 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm

What an awesome story, so inspiring as I am on my own personal journey towards optimal health and down 120+ pounds. The first half I took off on my own. It was truly a struggle. The second half, I discovered Take Shape For Life. In Sept. 2014, I started their Meltdown challenge and lost 6% of my body weight and continued to lose weight. I’ve hit a plateau for a bit due to side effects from a medication (necessary for a chronic health problem flare). But I’ve started to lose again. It s the quickest, easiest program to lose weight. I’m now encouraging other people to get healthy too by becoming a Take Shape For Life coach. If you want to hear more about me you visit me on Facebook or drop me a private message.

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Stacy January 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

How do I contact you privately? Through an email maybe? I want to speak with you. I hope that you see this. Thank you

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Carolina March 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I just read your blog. Wow! Great job! Very inspiring and motivating. I know I don’t know you at all but I am proud of you!

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Destini March 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Holly you are truly amazing! I am so happy God led me to your website. I have been so frustrated because I have been gaining and losing the same 13 pounds since October! reading your blog has educated and helped me so much! I now think I can really lose this weight. I started out at 313 now I’m down to 300.8 again. Hopefully those annoying 13 pounds won’t come back! I’m so determined because it seems possible to lose weight now thanks to you! Your literally my hero! Next goal is 289! Wish me luck!

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StevenGlen April 17, 2015 at 7:39 pm

First let me say thank you for posting you are most inspiring! May I ask a question? I’m getting back to going to PF and using the cardio routine that you posted here and on Pintrest. My question; is the routine calls for adding 30 seconds each day on the elliptical and the stationary bike, but what is the eventual time goal? My guess is 30 to 40 minutes?

Best Wishes and thanks again!
Steve

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Jaded May 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

OMG, Whenever I read a story of someone who has had the same problems I have had my whole life I can not help but cry. This addiction to food is like every other addiction yet it is never spoke about. I read your story and cried also, I feel and have felt so much of the same pain. Until I found the same hope you did, gastric sleeve. My life has changed so much in the last 7 months and I look forward to it changing even more.
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joni May 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

I eat when I am bored I am preoccupied with food most of my work day but when i am at home or out and about i can go all day without eating. why is this

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Terry June 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

Holly,

I actually stumbled across you on Twitter and had to check this out. What a change. Amazing job!

I recently created a website that celebrates the body transformations of real, regular people. The purpose is to provide inspiration and information to others that want to physically transform their lives, but need a bit of motivation and guidance. You have done such a great job and have already inspired so many, and I would love to share your story on the website.

You can see the site, and the stories of those who have already shared, at:

http://www.realbodiesrealresults.com/transformations.html

I hope you will share yours too. I would love to link back to your blog so that others can read even more about you. If you are interested, let me know and we can discuss the next steps. Again, wonderful job!

Terry

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Marla June 12, 2015 at 2:34 am

what am honezt account. I am 3 years Out from RNY today. Surgeon and nutritionists tell me how fabulous I have done and that I am in a small % of success this far out. That said, i sorry and rind that i try To sabotage myself. How is it that is still sometimes find myself obsessing about food. I am struggling to get my head to a “normal” place. Any tips?

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Gastric Sleeve June 30, 2015 at 7:35 am

Wow…. Your body really lose weight. Amazing
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Jeffrey July 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Holly, I happened on your blog through a complete fluke. Like other people, I’m overweight, been there all my life and after reading your blog decided to try your sugar detox suggestions. Starting tonight.

Thank you for sharing with us your life and your struggle, it’s an inspiration.
Jeffrey

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Deb July 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Holly, you are so inspiring! I have been trying to lose 30 pounds – which feels like 300…it is so hard! But you are so encouraging – I just happened to fall on your blog today. I printed out the work out your brother gave you and I am going to do it! I belong to PF, but haven’t gone…I don’t know what to do, how to do it, and I feel like a clumsy oof. Here I go! I will keep you posted! Lots of love!

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Annie August 9, 2015 at 1:41 am

Thank you for your inspiration. I started my weight loss journey at 305lbs and have lost about 70 so far. I still have a long way to go but your page is giving me the inspiration to know that it can and has been done. Thank you so much!!

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alexander August 13, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Hello Holly,

I wanted to see if you and your readers would be interested in sharing their inspiring stories, to motivate and encourage others.

The non-profit American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, has created a short film and video initiative which encourages people to submit entries that inspire, motivate and educate the country about issues relating to obesity.

There is NO entry fee, and the entries will be reviewed by quite a distinguished panel of judges (see below).

I wanted to send you this information via email so as not take up space in your comment section – but not finding one, I’m posting it here. I hope you don’t mind.

Thank you most kindly for your time

FILM AND VIDEO CONTEST SEEKS TO CREATIVELY INSPIRE, MOTIVATE AND EDUCATE THE COUNTRY ABOUT OBESITY

SUBMIT VIDEOS OR FILMS OF FIVE-MINUTES OR LESS FOR CHANCE TO WIN $5,000 PRIZE

Winning Entries to Premiere at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles in November

GAINESVILLE, FL – Aug. 12, 2015 – Time is running out for members of the public to submit short films or videos about obesity, the nation’s number one public health threat. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is sponsoring “It Starts Now,” a national contest that will award winners up to $5,000 and a trip to Los Angeles, where winning entries will premiere during ObesityWeek 2015.

Entries must be received by October 23, 2015. Visit itstartsnow.asmbs.org for instructions on how to enter.

“Anyone 18 and older with a video camera or smartphone can submit their stories in any genre,” said John M. Morton, MD, MPH, president of the ASMBS. “We’re looking for videos or films that are inspirational or make people think differently about obesity.”

Videos or films of five minutes or less are being sought that creatively inspire, motivate and educate the country about issues related to obesity. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, direction, content and thoughtfulness.

A grand prize of $5,000 will be presented in Los Angeles, CA during ObesityWeek 2015 (Nov. 2 to Nov. 7, 2015), the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity. The second place winner will receive $3,500 and two third place winners will get $1,500 each.

It Starts Now judges include Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Perry Rein; journalist Dan Childs, managing editor, medical coverage, ABC News; screenplay writer of Remember the Titans, Gregory Allen Howard; Jamie Dukes, NFL Network commentator and former NFL player; and Dr. Morton.

Videos or films should address the topic of obesity and can be of any genre including drama, documentary, animation, journalism, public service announcements, experimental or music videos. There is no fee for submission.

Some ideas for video and filmmakers to consider include:

• What makes obesity a disease like cancer or heart disease
• Treating Obesity as a Disease with counseling, medications, surgery
• Obesity in America
• The Health and Economic Consequences of Obesity
• Obesity Affects Everyone
• Obesity: Balancing Prevention and Treatment Strategies
• Combatting weight stigma and discrimination
• Life transformations and personal struggles and triumphs
• Solutions to the obesity epidemic

The ASMBS seeks to build upon its previous motivational video, It Starts Today. This motivational video tells three stories from the perspectives of a nurse, military veteran and former NFL player. Watch it at http://asmbs.org/video-it-starts-today-obesity-surgery-helps-people-reclaim-their-lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 72 million Americans have obesity and, according to the ASMBS, about 24 million have severe obesity. Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death compared to healthy weight individuals, as well as an increased risk of developing more than 30 obesity-related diseases and conditions including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity a disease.

About the ASMBS
The ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the nation. It is a non-profit organization that works to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery and is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about bariatric surgery as an option for the treatment of morbid obesity, as well as the associated risks and benefits. It encourages its members to investigate and discover new advances in obesity, while maintaining a steady exchange of experiences and ideas that may lead to improved outcomes for morbidly obese patients. For more information, visit http://www.asmbs.org.

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Crystal August 20, 2015 at 1:04 am

THanks for all your helpful info. You’re really inspiring!

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Kathy October 29, 2015 at 3:59 am

Holly, I found you after Googling the word Onederland today. I am on a journey to lose 75 lbs and am going through a divorce. The emotional pain I am dealing with has caught me by surprise, and I have been struggling with the darkness of depression and anxiety as well. I am trying to stay off of the Prozac I was on for 10 years after severe panic attacks in 2005, since I feel it has served its purpose but it was time to feel all the feelings and deal with them fully. I am focusing on losing this weight and have found yoga and running as an outlet for my emotions and stress. It has truly helped for me to feel I have some level of control over my life. I am about 40 lbs lighter than my heaviest weight, and only 4 lbs from Onederland! I did not really believe when I started this in August that I could succeed. There was this voice telling me it was not possible and that I would fail. The fear and pain of that being real was terrifying, but I knew it was a lie and I pushed ahead in spite of it. Now, I am seeing success I never thought possible and am excited to continue on to my goal. Thank you for being transparent and putting your story out there. It is greatly inspiring and you are a beautiful person for sharing your story. Prayers and hugs for your peace and continued success. xxoo Kathy

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Fee October 29, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your story encouraging, hope for what sometimes feel like a hopeless situation. You look great! ☺

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chaya November 8, 2015 at 6:29 am

Hi Holly, thank you for your post it’s really inspirational! I weigh 300 lbs and I’m 25 and sometimes it feels like there’s not really a hope of it getting much better, but your story gives hope so thank you!

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Monica May November 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Hi Holly,

I was looking for some information about giving up sugar, when I came across your post “Sugar Addiction, Detox and Gaining Control over food”.

I have to say, great stuff – I’m so happy that more and more people are spreading the word about the benefits of giving up sugar!

I am actually a fitness coach, and I live without sugar for over a year now.

I’ve made a post about my personal experience on quitting sugar with a special unique technique that helped me achieve that.

Here it is if you want to take a look:

http://fitgirlsdiary.com/2015/09/15/giving-up-sugar-the-team-up-technique/

I’d be honored to write a new post with original content especially for your website sharing my experience, of course if you’re open for guest posts.

Let me know what you think.

Anyway, keep up the great work, I’m sharing some of it on my Facebook page for sure 🙂

Kind regards,

Monica May
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Erica November 18, 2015 at 7:09 am

I am 27 years old, 5’1″ and 350 LBS. My mom has been on my back for the past couple of months to find and read obesity blogs. I had every different excuse I could come up with, each time she brought up the subject. Tonight when I spoke to her was no different. I said mom I don’t want to hear it right now. She changed the subject. The truth was I didn’t want to face my reality. What changed tonight? What changed my mind? A comment my 9 year old son made the other day to my husband and I. He said ” Oh no papi. if you get sick, the house will be a mess. Everything will get out of hand, maybe there will be trash everywhere.” I know exactly what he meant by that. I don’t do enough for him or my husband. I physically cant. I have an addiction with food. One soo bad that I have gotten to a point of not being able to get up and walk. I need HELp and I don’t know where to start.
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Margaret Wolfinbarger February 15, 2016 at 1:43 am

Your story is my story. Only I didn’t do WLS. I couldn’t afford it. And I’ll always be dealing with food addiction. Thank you for being brave and for sharing your story. It gives others hope–my self least of all.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down February 15, 2016 at 3:17 am

Thank you Margaret!!

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Michael June 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I have an online prayer to help stop smoking. It helps with any addiction really: http://www.4shared.com/web/preview/pdf/dF5zTv4aba

Your story is SO inspiring!

God bless you for your courage to share it with the world.

If you examine the history of the New World, it seems to be all about cultivating addictive substances, primarily tobacco and sugar.

Shalom baShem Yeshua – Peace in the Name of Jesus!

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Jamee Walker July 25, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Awesome story! You go girly! You look absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing your story. Most ppl think you need 2 hours in the gym every single day. Thanks for helping me realize that small steps are far greater than NO STEPS!

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CYNTHIA YELL August 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Hello Holly, I am exactly your weight when you started and rand across your story when I was on utube searching for hope. Thank you for your inspiration. I had given up hope. Please email me if you would like to.

Best Regards,

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Angie raulston September 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Dear Holly,
I stumbled across your website on accident as I again, began searching for a way to get my weight off. I have been struggling with the same 100 lbs give or take a little bit for most of my adult life. And can never get control over it. And the slippery slope you refer to has been my life. I have been “good” for up to two years, but one slip and its like a non stop runway down hill to weight gain. I
truly appreciate your honesty, and down to earth speak about how controlling food can be to a person. I hope and pray that things are still going well for you. And that you are still moving along in the goal toward great health and wellbeing. Thanks. Angie

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Maegan Jones November 18, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Hi Holly,

Congratulations! 300 Pounds Down is nominated for Healthline’s Annual Best Health Blog Contest! Check it out here: http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest

Every year we take a look at the top health blogs to honor & recognize them. This year things may look a little different, as we’ve updated the contest and taken strides to make sure everything runs smoothly & everyone has a good time voting for their favorites!

The contest has a nomination period, starting now, until November 21st. After that, you can vote once per day for your favorite blog up until December 12th when the winner will be announced.

Once voting begins, we’ll send you a reminder email so you can share with your followers. Remember, the blog with the most votes will receive a $1000 cash prize!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Congrats and good luck!
Maegan


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Freya November 18, 2016 at 9:40 pm

You’re the best inspiration, Holly! Do you mind if I link to you in one of my future fitness posts?

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Alan November 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

Hi there,

This is just a quick email to inform you that you can submit your blog, website or video to our weight loss directory.Free and paid listings are available @

http://www.addlinky.com

We only specialise in the weight loss industry.

To your success
Alan Stone

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Anita Cooper December 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Wasn’t sure how to get hold of you, Holly, but since I know I sent you a link to Bride Ministries wanted to send this to you.

http://beyondthephysical.blogspot.com/2016/12/why-i-left-bride-ministries.html

Love you, girl…God does more…and perfectly!! 😉

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Kristina February 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Hi,

Just wanted to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named:
Top 50 Weight Loss Blogs You Should Be Following in 2017.

Here’s a link to the article:
http://www.fittous.com/best-weight-loss-blogs/

I hope your inclusion in the list drives some new readers to your blog.
Congratulations and keep up the awesome work!

I’ve also made a special badge for you here:
http://www.fittous.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/fittous.com-badge-top-weight-loss-blogs-2017.png

Regards,
Kristina
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Marilyn February 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Dear Holly,
I have never heard anyone describe their relationship with food that so accurately mirrors my own. I am so glad that you have found peace. I want you to know that your story has given me hope, and I am so grateful for you!
Thank you!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down February 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Thank you Marilyn!

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Jamie February 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

I looked for your contact page, but I must have missed it 😬😬. Hoping you still get this. Anyway–I was wondering if you would mind my adding your page to my RSS Feed Frenzy–it would just show a promo blurb on your latest post on my blog. Please check out my site and let me know 🙂 http://www.theskinnysoul.com

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Lis Green May 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Hello Holly, Are you still doing this website? I have been considering the same surgery you had. I especially want to know if people gain a lot of the weight back. I don’t see any recent comments so I wonder how you are doing. Reading your story sounded just like me. I bet you hear that all the time. I would like to talk to you if you could reply. Thanks, Lis

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Allison Wenger May 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Just read your story for the first time. I’m in the process of VSG for July/Aug 2017. I am 49 years old and currently 300 lbs. Did you need or have skin removal surgery afterwards? Among everything else, I am afraid of doing well with weight loss, but being left with excess skin that is just as daunting. You’ve come so far; your insight would be most helpful. Thank you. Brightest Blessings to you and your family!

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