Author Archives: HollyZ

About HollyZ

I am a 20-something freelance writer/editor that was formerly extremely active and now works fulltime in a sedentary and mentally exhausting field. I still enjoy surfing, skateboarding, and playing with my dog at the beach, but I have had little time for such pursuits due to my busy schedule. However, I have launched myself on the path towards weight loss in order to feel healthier, live happier, and increase my confidence.

Holly Week 14: Time to Get Real

Obviously, my current plan has not been working. While my eating habits have improved from a year ago and I have been able to keep 12 lbs off consistently since May, there is a lot of room for improvement (not to mention another 50 lbs to lose). I have decided to make a more tangible goal: I […]

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Holly Week 13: Special Circumstances Again?!

I think I am starting to figure out why I have money and weight troubles, concurrently, which then feed into each other (no pun intended). Monday I found out I didn’t get the job I wanted, so that’s special circumstances; Tuesday I found out I didn’t get my backup job, so what was special circumstances; […]

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Holly Week 12: The Wisdom Tooth Aftercare Diet

Last Thursday, I had both of my bottom wisdom teeth extracted. As part of recovery, I have been instructed to only eat soft foods and liquids, nothing that must be chewed. Since that time, my diet has consisted mostly of thin soups (pho broth, lobster bisque, cream of chicken), juices (naked, orangina, coconut water), and […]

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Holly Week 11: The Greatest Contributors to Successful Weight Loss

I think one of the greatest contributors to a successful diet is routine, and one of the greater detractors is the lack thereof. Establishing a routine in which to conduct a diet and exercise program provides solid foundations for success. By entering each day knowing how you will play the dieting game, one is able […]

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Holly Week 10: Winning the Battle

This week has been a bit of a mixed bag. I have had some great days and some not-so-great days in regards to my diet. I did go on a 6-mile walk and do one day’s worth of strength training, but I also ate a sizeable portion of a pizza on my own and indulged […]

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Holly Week 9: Special Circumstances

In the past month my car’s gas tank cracked, which translated to it being donated due to the cost of repair. I lost one of two major clients, and the other one feels like it’s on the verge of leaving, too. I had to borrow money to pay the rent. I got pericoronitis around one […]

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Holly Week 8: Tackling Excuses

I think I have my system worked out. I am going to be combining Weight Watchers and Atkins-style dieting. Since gorging myself on Atkins came out to 2,000 calories or fewer a day, it seems like it help keep my overeating under control. It also made me realize how many grams of carbs I was […]

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Holly Week 7: Addressing and Reassessing the Low-Carb Controversy

Low-carb diets make a lot of claims, including suggestions that the diet can prevent or reverse diabetes and heart disease. On the other hand, opposition parties argue that the diet can increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease or even cancer. I mean, Atkins died at 73 years old, compared to Jack LaLanne’s 97 years […]

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Holly Week 6: Changing the Game Plan

I believe that if something isn’t working, you should change it. Weight Watchers worked great for me when I started it in March of this year. I lost 13 pounds in the first two months. However, since that time, I have fluctuated between 185.4 and 190 pounds as my dedication has waxed and waned. I […]

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Holly Week 5: Bouncing Back with Beneficial Beverages

This week, I developed a smoothie habit. This development has caused great controversy in my home, because my fiancé argues that once you convert fruit into a liquid, it is no longer free (points-wise). However, I argue that, as long as I do not juice the fruit (thereby removing all of its fiber) and do […]

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