Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Hi, I'm Holly!  Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Friday, October 21, 2011

How I Lost 27 Pounds

Many have asked me HOW I lost so much weight so quickly- so here's my story!

How did I lose 27 pounds? I wanted too! Really bad!
A true do it your- selfer, I started losing the day after Mother's Day with the goal of losing 20 pounds. I met my goal and then some by my 50th birthday on Oct. 3rd. I have the most energy and motivation in the Spring so that's when I started.I started out slowly and I made a plan with phases for each week as I went along.

Phase 1 /week 1 included:

*Smaller portions of food

*Less desert (I was a daily 2 times a day desert eater PLUS candy bars!)

*Drinking more water

*Walking to the mail box every morning (about 4 football fields there and back.
*Walking up the wheat field/ hill at least 6 days a week.
(I'd have to stop and catch my breath several times on the way up!)

*10 crunches daily (This was hard!)

*Run up and down the stairs twice in a row- daily . (This was hard, too.)

* I try to remember to stand up/sit up straight and suck in my gut! Yup! I truly believe this helps tone your abs- especially if you've given birth to 4 huge baby boys! It also helps you feel good about yourself, makes you feel thinner and it's good for your internal organs.

*I also naturally increased my activity with Spring cleaning, gardening and sports.

* I started keeping a food and exercize journal. I don't count calories- just write down what I eat.

I lost 3 pounds in my first week! Wow!
This motivated me to keep going and I felt so hopeful. I now know that I always lose about 3 pounds after my menstrual cycle is over (if I have one that month or not) I did not continue to loose 3 pounds weekly but at least once a month, I have a 3 pound loss. (I love those days!)

Phase 2/week 2 was similar with some small but big changes which included:

*2 Balanced meals a day with a healthy snack if needed-avoiding heavy carbs or empty calories. (Chewing slowly and putting down your fork really helps!)

*No desert except on the week end.

*Daily walk to the mail box now included jogging for several feet of it.

*Running up the stairs 3 times in a row now!

I was hungry the first 2 weeks but do you know what? In the past, my stomach would never growl. That's because my stomach was never empty! That's just not good for you! Those first few weeks, I would NOT eat until my stomach would growl and when it would growl, I would say, "This is good, it means I'm getting skinny." When I *would* eat again, I would not "wolf it down" to curb that hunger but I would slowly eat until I felt satisfied. My stomach is used to this now and if by chance I *do* try and eat as much as I used too, I feel miserably FULL!

By phase 3, my crunches easily jumped up to 25 and my hill walk was getting easier! (I can now walk that hill without having to stop once- even when I reach the top! My daily jog gets longer and longer, too!

Throughout the months, my food intake/restrictions have remained the same- 2 meals a day and no desert except on the week ends. I don't forbid any other foods except desert- I just avoid things like white bread or pasta or I only have a little bit. I do make occasional exceptions for family celebrations and holidays. I honestly feel stuffed and uncomfortable if I have 3 meals a day instead of 2. *Some people cannot do this* but I have done it in the past too and I actually feel better and sleep better when I do. What I like to do best is eat around 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

My activity has increased! I now jog half way to the mail box, and run up the stairs 5 times in a row! I'm getting in shape! (You'll never see me at a gym. Me? Exercise in front of strangers? I don't think so!) In the Summer, I traded my hill walk for swimming and now I've been playing a lot of badminton and volleyball in the place of the daily hill walk. I just sort of monitor my activity. At one point, I was doing 200 crunches a day but with my back, it's hard to maintain that amount.

When I'm not as active due to illness or my back, I stall or gain a bit but I lose it when my activity picks back up.

I made a promise to myself to be good to me and to not get down on myself if I "cheated". There have been a few desperate rummagings for chocolate for my hormones sake but no guilt was allowed! We do what we have to-right?! The time I ate a huge meal like I used to was "punishment" enough for that slip up. Boy did I feel awful!

* I set fun rewards for myself.

I told myself that when I lost 5 pounds, I could buy a brand new top. THAT was fun! I set an award for the next 5 pounds also but by that time, I didn't need any other reward other than feeling my jeans get looser every day! Woo-hoo! I have bought LOTS of new clothes at my favorite thrift store and it's such a good feeling to try on clothes and have them FIT! Yay!

I only weigh myself once a week- on my Friday (which is your Monday) and I take my measurements about once a month. I have lost a bunch of inches!! My belly is at a stand still right now while my bust keeps shrinking! Rats! ☺ Actually, my bust needed the shrinkage since it was so difficult to find a top that fit right- plus my shoulders would hurt when wearing a bra. But... the bust can stop shrinking now-okay?! ☺

Everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you.

Before menopause, I could lose a few pounds just by cutting back on calories or increasing activity but now, I have to do BOTH.

Well, I guess that's about it. Ask questions here if you'd like and I'll answer in the comment section for all to read.

PS I AM wearing Spanx in this picture! ☺ And if any of you think I didn't need to lose weight, my current weight is now 160 and I finally can get back into a size 14 jeans. I'm a big lady and always will be but just not as big as I was on Mother's Day 2011!

I ♥ you all!


Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Girls, when you look at my blog, are all my side bar pics moved to the bottom of the page? I can't change it!

Cindy said...

Congratulations Holly!!Way to go Girl. You look so happy!!!

Thank you for sharing this. I am pn week two three pounds gone...but reading...my time has flown!

Love how you treat yourself. I love thrifting..a three dollar find in clothing makes me giddy...lol

Stop by and see if you want to play...

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Debbi said...

Holly, it might be the width settings on your blog that is moving everything down???You might try reloading your template. Are you using the new blogger designer or the old one. I finally gave in and learned he new one a while back...love it now that I finally figured out all bells and whistles.

okay, now on to your weight loss....thank you for sharing!! Your two keywords (and I was hoping you would say it) were FOOD JOURNAL. When you are doing it alone, that has got to be the best way to stay accountable to yourself! It have been trying fitnesspal.com It is a really good calorie counter site, but I still have trouble sticking with it....

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

looking Fab and a very happy belated birthday to you!!!! : )

Jane said...

No, they're all on the side - at least for me!
Congratulations on your wonderful weight loss and exercise program! You've done so well! Yay, Holly!
Thanks for sharing your program with us too!

Suzann said...

You look so good!!!
Congrats on the weight loss, and feeling better too!!!
I wish I would be more motivated and stay on track
You did good!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

My Vintage Mending said...

What a fantastic looking Grandma you are. I am so impressed. Pics are on the side the right way as I see it. What a wonderful roll model you are for all of us. And what great taste you have too....smiles...Renee

Creative Breathing said...

Holly, Thanks for all these very simple ideas. I'm truly going to take them to heart, especially the growling stomach.
IRMI - This is your lucky day! As I head towards my last crafting days, I have found tucked away items I had completely forgotten about. I have the little characters from a mobile that you are welcome to have. I want to say they are circus characters but in your favorite colors, pinks and blues and grays. I will dig them out and send them to you before December!
Loved this post so much!!!! In my mind you were a tiny, tiny girl no more than 5ft tall. LOL! It must be that couch you are on that makes you look so big!
Always, E

Ruby Jean said...

You certainly took the right approach to it and that is Eating Healthy and Good Old Fashioned Exercise.... I was looking for your contact button and wasn't able to find it.... So if you wouldn't mind emailing me and I can give you me address...shoprubyjeans@gmail.com

~~Carol~~ said...

Congrats on your continued weight loss Holly! It sounds like you're doing all the right things, but I'm just disappointed that it involves exercise. I thought you had discovered a new way to lose weight without it. Darn! I need to do something, because I just don't feel like myself these days. You're a real inspiration, girlie!

Nan said...

Sounds good and it works for you that is all that matters. You are looking good girlie.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Fantastic! I congratulate you for sticking to your plan!

Sewn With Grace said...

Congratulations! I'm currently on the way to losing 40 pds and my daughter is doing the same. I love to find out that most people don't need a "diet" and a fancy gym. We all know what we need to do to lose weight, we just have to do it! We are trying!

rosechicfriends said...

What amazing will and determination! Way to go and such a good plan for us all to live by.

Thanks for your sweet comments on my cmas cards,

HUGS, Lorena

ImagiMeri said...

Congratulations girlfriend, however you did it! I've lost about 24 pounds in the past 6 months, but it's mostly been because of running around about my mother (back and forth between home and the hospital twice a day) and now because she's staying with me I chase around all day caring for her. It's a way to lose weight!!!LOL

BTW, there's no stinkin' way you're 50!!!!! You're so darn cute and young looking. I swear I thought you were in your late 20's....geez I wish I looked like you, and I'm 51 now!

Keep up the good work missy, and God Bless.


Sweetina said...

You have done so well and look so great! You must be very tall, because you look tiny!
I love your sensible approach to weight loss and especially the food journal. You've got a lifestyle plan that is both healthy and fun!
Awesome Girl!

{oc cottage} said...

So...you have already discovered the fountain of youth...and now you are all skinny & svelte too boot??!!!! Holy cats, I'd never guess you were a 14 in that picture! You look awesome!

m ^..^

Betsy said...


Congratulations! You went about losing weight in a very healthy way and had a reasonable plan of action. I'm convinced this is the way to do it to make it last over time. You are an inspiration to all of us who need to take off some pounds!

Diane Mars said...

Congratulations, I think weight loss is one of the hardest things.... and you have made great progress with your life goal... get-fit that is so #1.. Keep it up Hugs, Diane

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

You look great! Good for you!

Queenie said...

Congratulations on your weight loss Holly, you look beautiful! I hope that I can look as good as you do when I get 50...I can't hardly believe you are 50 now! Thanks for sharing your weight loss journey with us...I appreciate it, and I know how hard it is at first to cut down on chocolate because I have been doing that myself lately. But now that I am trying to eat right and exercise more these days, I am feeling so much better that now I think I can keep up my better eating habits, and I don't feel as tired as I was feeling since passing on the sugar and eating more fruits and vegetables...I'm 41 now, and it does seem like the older I get the more it does take to keep weight off. Where just exercise used to be enough, and I could eat all the junk I wanted...now I find that cutting back on the sweets is a must too along with better eating and exercise. I hope that I can lose at least 10- 15 pounds in the future...wish me luck :)
Keep up the good work Holly....I am so proud of you girl!
Big hugs,

Julie Ann said...

Great job, Holly!!! I gotta say- your picture makes you look like a 10, not a 14! It's super hard to lose weight- don't I know it- so reward yourself with something awesome!! :) *Hugs*

rubyslipperz said...

CONGRATS!!! Reading your blog post about the lost pounds has remotivated me to keep going on my quest. I have started blogging one day a week about healthy life choices. It's to include eating healthier, moving more and some easy simple healthier recipes for meals, snacks and desserts.

I would love to have you post on one of the days...or, if you'd rather, I could say a few words and link back to your blog post?

retrorevival.biz said...

Well aren't you GORGEOUS?! Congratulations!


Lisa said...

Sounds good! I need to add more exercise, now that I ride the bus more I get good jaunts to the . Also I tend to walk more between spots as I go. I can walk forever, hehe, and I feel better but I sweat so bad even as it is cooler, I am drinking more water and my gluten free diet helps with carbs. I have been trying to eat less and not stuff and LOADS less processed food. Although my weight hasn't changed my clothes fit better. I will use you as inspiration, I do have anxiety over next spring/summer I really hate sweating on my way to work :( My roommate NEVER gets hot and runs the defrost on the fromt window year round! I don't miss my commutes with her ;) Glad your vacation didn't hurt. I do better when I have projects too! But it is getting cold and dark early so time to read again!!
Hugs, Lisa