It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot like 2013!

Ah, and here we are. The New Year came far too quickly, and I had to rush out to Staples today and buy a new wall calendar because sheer panic set in every time that I looked at my old one and didn’t see January 2013 on it! A girl cannot live by planner alone! My planner is for my purse…I cannot function without my wall calendar.

So, yeah! Now that all is right in the world, I thought I’d come and babble to my favorite people: My readers!

The holidays have come and gone, and I can honestly say I am relieved. All that shopping and running around…I am getting way too old for that! Haha!

Christmas brought some awesome surprises!

For example, upon leaving my aunt and uncle’s house the Saturday after Christmas, my uncle told me to make sure I had room in the Jeep…and I was totally confused! Turns out, I needed to make room for this:

My new 32" flat screen TV!!

My new 32″ flat screen TV!!

I was so beyond excited, because I have never owned a television before….let alone one that is brand spanking new!

When I got back to San Diego that day, Sean and I exchanged gifts. He seemed surprised by his Tag Heuer watch, and has been wearing it to his new job at the bank. 🙂 I didn’t expect him to get me anything, but lo and behold, another first!:

My first Steelers Jersey, and a Steelers scarf!

My first Steelers Jersey, and a Steelers scarf!

He gave me the scarf, and then a few minutes later to check in his jacket for a hoodie his dad was missing, and my jersey was hanging up when I opened the closet door! YAY!

I am also really excited about one of the gifts Alex got me!

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I can’t wait to start tracking my progress, and the tips and inspirational quotes are so awesome! I know this will be a great resource! She also got me a hilarious gift, that was on my Pinterest “Must Have” board!

Pineapple-Corer

It seems silly, but I always see whole pineapples on sale, but I don’t buy them because I don’t have ANY idea how to cut them without wasting half the fruit. Also, I am currently obsessed with domestic/houseware type things, and this just seemed too good to be true! But, alas, it is true. Because Alex got it for me! Thank you, Bestie!

I had to buy myself a couple of things for Christmas this year. Top of my list was the Pure Komachi 2 Knife set at costco, for $29.99. They are super colorful, and we were giving them away at work as part of the “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway at work….everyone who saw them and had them, raved about how amazing they are, and with my domestic obsessions lately, I decided I’d like to have them.

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Also, after all the After-Christmas shoppers calmed down, I stopped by Target to catch the Neiman Marcus for Target collection sale, and picked up thge Diane Von Furstenburg yoga mat. It has a carrier strap, and it is the premium thickness that my current one (which is actually one of Alex’s THREE yoga mats) lacks.

FIERCE!

FIERCE!

Last splurge of the season….remember that gold dress from the LC by Lauren Conrad that I was talking about in that last post? Allow me to refresh your memory 🙂

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Well, Kohl’s didn’t let me down! My Auntie Crystal gave me $40 for Christmas, and I managed to scoop up this dress, a $40 cardigan and some $88 Rock and Republic jeans for just over $38! Yup….I said it! One of my best receipts in the last year, if I do say so myself:

Clearance+extra 25% off clearance+20% off purchase coupon= HAPPY SONDRA!

Clearance+extra 25% off clearance+20% off purchase coupon= HAPPY SONDRA!

I mean seriously, how can you not feel like a superhero when your receipt says you saved $156.48?!?!?!

Speaking of dresses, I have QUITE a few hanging in my closet that haven’t been worn, so I’ve been taking every opportunity I possibly can to dress up and use them. Here are some of the recent ones:

December 22nd, for Friend Day with the girls!

December 22nd, for Friend Day with the girls!

I really love this one. It’s from Forever 21, and actually, Sean picked it out. It’s a bandage dress, so it can get a little tricky when it comes to camoflaging lumps and bumps, but I was pretty pleased with this little number! It was the perfect mix of contemporary and classic to me!

My first SIZE EIGHT DRESS!

My first SIZE EIGHT DRESS!

Ok, so I was at TJ Maxx with Alex a few months ago, and came across this dress when I went in the fitting room to try on a Jessica Simpson blouse. I saw it was a size 8, but sometimes, you just look at an item of clothing, and if you know your body (and you used to be a personal shopper, like myself), then you can pretty much tell if something is going to fit or not. I grabbed it, asked the attendant to add it to my items (and sweetly ignored her skeptical look), and went in to try it on….it’s Calvin Klein, and was on clearance for $20….and it’s a SIZE 8!!! Definitely goes in the 2012 Shopping Hall of Fame! Lol. And I just wore it to church this past Sunday, and was definitely pleased with the end result. Plus, Sean came to spend the weekend with my family in San Bernardino, and we went to church, so he got to see the dress too….normally he only sees me in sweats or jeans.

Speaking of Sean….everytime I need a pick-me-up, I find myself going back to a convo of ours that I just had to post on Instagram a few weeks ago:

It's clear why I love him. :)

It’s clear why I love him. 🙂

Sean got me Rosetta Stone Italiano for Christmas in 2011, and while using it the other day, I sent him a corny/mushy text, and this is what I get back. HAHA! Gotta love him!

Also on Instagram (@SeeSondraSlimmer), you can catch me posting the occasional inspirational/motivational image! Some of my faves?

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Of course, you can expect to see my face from time to time as well! My current favorite? My pre-workout shot I caught before yoga….I felt like a fit goddess, and channel that feeling often since!

LOVE THIS PHOTO! And my VS yoga pants!

LOVE THIS PHOTO! And my VS yoga pants!

That top and sports bra were also gifts from a coworker, and they are amazing! Everything at Target is AMAZING, dang it! EVERYTHING! Lol.

I think that is all for now, but stay tuned for the next installment of the 30 Day Challenge, as soon as I get someone to take the photos. It turns out my plastic surgeon’s office called today and asked to push my appointment back, but thankfully it’s only by one day! So I will meet Dr. Ariya on January 30th, and discuss my panniculectomy (a procedure to remove the excess “apron” skin), and thighplasty (a thigh “lift,” so to speak).

I am excited to see what will happen in the futiure, and cannot wait to keep you all posted!

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start! Let’s kick 2013 in the butt, and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

 

30 Day Challenge Part 8, and Some Random Nonsense!

Alas, here we are again.

I’ve said it before: This never gets easier. But it certainly is rewarding! Lately, I have been dealing with myself on some major body-consciousness issues. Being that I was always big before, I was pretty familiar with what parts looked like what, and how to handle it. As the weight drops, I am learning that I have to dress the part (haha, funny pun!), so to speak.

I can wear slouchy tops without looking ten pounds heavier now, but I can’t fill out a dress like I used to. Half the styles I like to wear are now too large on the top if they fit on the bottom, and too small on the bottom if they fit on top.

Can a girl just buy a simple, yet killer empire-waist dress without having a panic attack in the fitting room, pretty please?!

And then, when Sean and I went to Disneyland, I realized something that kinda pissed me off: No matter how much weight you lose, how proud of yourself you become? People are just rude.

I’d like to send a pleasant shout-out to all those at Disneyland who were kind enough to STARE at me wearing my denim shorts all day at the park. From tourists, to Disney Cast Members. 1) My thighs aren’t nearly as large as they used to be. And though they may jiggle, you ought to thank your lucky stars that I wasn’t wearing daisy dukes, or those ridiculous shorts that are so short, you can see the pockets! 2) Although the common public may frown upon larger women wearing shorts…..I’m GROWN!

This is Disneyland, people. Why on earth are you so worried about what I’m wearing? Don’t you need to go get your fastpass for Space Mountain?!?! People would literally look me up and down, stare at my legs, and then say something discreetyl( so they thought) to someone in line with them. And then me, being the hot head I can be (Ask Alex about the lady in the Albertson’s parking lot who cut me off in her Lexus. :)), I would just loudly say, “Wow! If one more person comments on my legs, I might have to look into endorsements!” or “If one more person comments on my legs, I am going to LOSE IT!”

I have no shame. I do what I want, and that includes wearing shorts. And if you don’t like it? Kiss my butt. It doesn’t jiggle nearly as much as my thighs do. Thank you, 24 Hr Fitness! 🙂

I saw a photo on Tumblr recently that really struck a chord with me, and it was all I could think about with all these sad individuals judging me all day:

Sadly, this is the type of societal attitude that leads to all these young girls with eating disorders. Girls who hide their snacks under their beds, because they know people will just look at them with judgment and criticism when they eat them in public. Girls who can’t get past their small chests, or big butts. Girls who hate their thighs, think they would feel better if their hair was thicker….it all stems from a lack of body acceptance. And I can’t change the world, and the way that the people in it think. But I can certainly change the way I think about my body and myself. I love myself. And I love that I have wide hips, and big thighs. I  can get over going from a DD to a C. I will wear shorts, and I will always dress in a way that makes me happy, and makes me feel good.

If they don’t like it….cool. If I can’t change it…fine. But I’m not letting it run my life, or ruin my day. And who knows? Maybe changing my own outlook will end up changing even just a miniscule percentage of the world.

Anyways, on to the good stuff (aka, me in my underwear. Bow chicka wow wow)!

January 2012

That was in January. And then….there was April!

Today, front shot! BAM!

And the side shot!!

And so, my friends…that is that. As I said…I can only be. I can’t be you. I can’t make you realize how significant these changes are, or understand why I would bother to wear shorts in the first place.

But I can certainly look at where I came from, look at where I plan to go, and pat myself on the back for making it this far.

I'll do just that!

OH! and before I let you go! Remember my fabulous experience at The Boudoir Divas that I was raving about? They just recently posted a YouTube video with testimonials about the Hair and Makeup experience with my lovely new friend Peggy (seriously, I feel like she is my friend after our hour together!), and you can catch yours truly towards the end! Check it out here!

Love you all, and hope you have an AMAZING week! I’ll be posting again later this week, with some of my favorite picks for summer: swimsuits, cosmetics, skincare…I go nuts for this stuff!

If you’ll excuse me, I am off to Sprouts for dinner fixins’ and then the gym for a run and Zumba later this evening.

Please don’t forget to check out Relay for Life. I’ll be walking for TWENTY-FOUR hours this weekend, and I have a new fundraising goal to meet! Go to RelayforLife.org and search “Sondra Holtz” and donate to my team! Help us raise even more for the American Cancer Society! And, a HUGE shout out to all of the amazing people in my life who have already made huge contributions. Love you guys!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

Sondra Jo

30 Day Challenge Part SIX! (and, Why Red Lipstick is Miraculous).

It’s that time again! 30 Day Challenge…..six month anniversary style!

It has been absolutely amazing to be able to share the visuals on this journey with everyone. Although I often wonder what will become of me after posting all of these half-naked photos of myself all over the internet, I have to admit….I might just look forward to these posts now.

Why, you ask? Well, amazingly, every time I post these, I get tons of emails and comments from people who tell me that they are truly inspired by SEEING a difference, rather than just reading about my experiences. This started as a way to to motivate and challenge myself, but I am truly humbled to learn that it has become something that motivates and challenges others.

So, let’s look back at last month once again:

And then, there was February!

Front View #1

Front View #2

Side View #1

Side View #2

Whew! Glad THAT’S over. Lesson #1: You always look skinnier when you take photos with the lights off, using just your flash. But, for the sake of all that is legit, I went ahead and had both bathroom lights on. Yikes.

 

 

I am very excited, because at this point, I have officially lost 97 pounds! I know I will have already passed the 100 pound mark before my birthday on March 1st, and that makes me not only ridiculously happy, but I am truly proud of myself.

Also, I would just like to share a photo that Candace took of me while we were getting ready for Sean’s birthday outing over the weekend. I just feel so pretty….and that was before I put the red lipstick on!

Gotta Love It!

I was very pleased to head out this weekend with my fly friends, and notice that a lot of the men were straight up staring at us when we walked by. It’s like….really? I can SEE you, sir! And why do they always make a point of trying to walk past and act like the room is just so crowded that they can’t possibly get by without grabbing your waist? Don’t get me wrong…the fact that you acknowledge the small waist I have somehow whittled down to is much appreciated….but man, don’t touch me!

And you know, add some red lips to the equation…..

Blurry...but you get the idea. The ONE night we don't take a million piks...I swear...

I swear, it’s like using live bait while deep sea fishing. Everywhere I went, there was some man telling me he loved the red lips, and that it was the perfect color for me. And here I was, only trying to distract people from the fact that my boobs weren’t filling out the top of my (size 10!) H&M dress. But hey….I’ll work with it!

Speaking of working it, I totally bought a Groupon for pole dancing classes this week. Oh yeah…time to get crazy! Groupon is going to make all of my dreams come true, I swear! If they could just have a deal on flights to Italy…….

And so, that is that, my loves!

Another 30 Days, and another reason to believe that all of this is paying off. Thank you again to all of you who share the blog, read the blog, or even knows the blog exists. Without you all, I wouldn’t be as likely to stick to this project…but your feedback and interest have made this a huge part of my life.

Signed copies of the book for all (someday!) Lol.

I shall leave you with another ridiculously optimistic and inspirational web finding:

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Admit it…you totally smiled!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

Out of Sight….Out of Mouth.

Courtesy of tumblr.com/healthyisclassy

 

Needless to say, this made my day!

Ahhh. The weekdays are over, and the weekend is almost upon us.

I have realized that having a desk job has been a major problem when it comes to my weight loss struggles. At Corky’s, there was always someone bringing in bagels, cookies, cupcakes, etc.

At my new job, my coworker and I are constantly moving and shaking, and next thing you know, it’s almost the end of those 12 hour work days, and all we want is some kettle-cooked potato chips. So she goes next door, and we get some. There are always cookies, candy, or something like that nearby. Patients bring us baked goods and little bags of treats….it’s insanity! And don’t get me started on those dang Girl Scouts and their demon cookies!! AHHH!

Left to my own devices, there’d just be my bottled water, protein shakes, Rockstar Hydration+Energy, and the occasional tall iced soy caramel macchiato.

But yet, here we are. And it’s time for a change! If I take the steps to keep myself from having these things in my grasp, and then imagine! I could be losing even faster! And, you know, after all this hard work….I don’t want to say that I eat a little bit of crap just because a little bit is all I have room for. It seems like a cop-out. My surgery was a tool to assist me, not an excuse to eat whatever I’d like.

And so, there it is: Out of sight, out of mouth.

I think I need to go back to my Mary Poppins ways and carry a surplus of healthier items in my purse. Also, I will leave my wallet in the car, so that I will not have easy acccess to my cash, therefore, I can’t readily go to the store (we are FAR too busy for all of that!). I really am trying to recognize certain detrimental behaviors, and correct them.So far, I have been doing pretty well.

I have attended Zumba 3 times this week (it would have been 4, had I not forgotten my gym bag at home last night! DOH!), and I feel the burn every single morning. Each night, it’s like the instructor is more intense than the last! But it’s so much fun, I never even realize that an hour has passed, and my shirts are soaked through! It’s a powerful feeling, and it’s really getting me through the hard times I have been having with lack of rest and lack of patience! Lol.

This year is already zooming by! I have printed all of the 24 hr fitness schedules through March and marked my calendar (because it is VERY hard for me to look at it, and NOT go!), my birthday is in 26 days, I am three lbs away from having lost 100 lbs total…..I’ve already been to the Emergency Room, filed my taxes, planned how to use my return, worked out religiously, entered a few contests, seen my blog make records, imported my old blog entries from blogspot to this blog….it’s shenanigans! And there is still so much to be done!

Hopefully all of you have a fabulous Friday, and a weekend that makes you feel wonderful! Next week will bring the next installment of the 30 Day Challenge, and I must say, I am realllllly excited to see if Zumba will bring some improvement to those photos!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

 

Alllllll Byyyyy Myyyysellllllfffffff!

First, let me just share one hilarious tidbit of information with all of you.

Part of the awesome thing about my blog is the fact that I have the ability to monitor the traffic, clicks, and referrers to SeeSondraSlim. So, it will tell me that people have found me through search engines….and what terms they searched under to find me.

Today? I was found in a search for “nude black supermodel.”

You know…as disturbed as I was initally….I’ll take that! LOL! Notice there was no mention of the words ‘plus sized’ in there?

Moving on, I was listening to my Glee playlist earlier and heard “All By Myself,” Sunshine Corazon style, and it dawned on me: I am technically not alllll byyyyy myyyyyyself….anymoooooooooooore! HA! (I am just far too tickled by the fun I can have with this song, I tell you!)

I used to kinda hate going to Zumba, because I didn’t usually have anyone that I knew there with me. Now, I have made friends with some of the girls, and we have a blast messing up moves together with new instructors, and it’s like high school all over again walking out into the parking lot after! “Are you coming tomorrow night? With Rose? YAY! Ok! See you then!”

I have given in to the inevitable, and the formerly mentioned “StupidHead” and I are taking it day by day, but acknowledging our formerly un-mentioned admirations for each other ( did I mention that I really am not too great at relationships? As in, I’ll practically be in a relationship, and refuse to call it one? Taking it day by day….what does that even MEAN?) So, while I am not actually taken….I am not actually single either. Yikes.

I just got goosebumps. Holy cow.

Moving on!

I have made a few decisions in the quest to make it to 100 official pounds lost by the 15th of February.

1. I will continue to go to Zumba at least 3 times a week.

2. No more Starbucks.

3. No more fast food….unless it’s chicken salad from Chik-fil-A. Because some things just cannot be given up. Besides, total protein there!

4. Breakfast will be a protein shake every morning! No excuses!

5. It’s personal training time. My job is thinking of bringing a trainer into the office to work with us for a small fee each month….but I may just go ahead and get a package at 24 hr fitness, and then use that knowledge to continue on my own, since I’m already there most weeknights anyways.

These are the small, easy steps I plan to focus on this month. My birthday is March 1st, and I really want to meet and exceed this goal by then. 5 lbs isn’t so hard to lose, right??! Especially for a girl who can hardly eat more than 3 oz in a sitting.

My annual physical is on Valentine’s Day (scheduled like a true single girl. Smh.), and I am so excited to see my primary care doctor and show him all the benefits I have reaped from his referral to my surgeon last January! Also, I need him to start working on my notes for the plastic surgeon I plan to see next January. Say it with me: panniculectomy!

The year has just begun, and yet…..it’s already a month down! Time to kick it in high gear, and continue to make things happen! And seeing as January is already over…that means next week is the next installment of the 30 Day Challenge! AHHHH! Should be good times. 🙂

Maybe you will be able to see all the hard work I’ve been putting in with Zumba, eh? By the way, for all my local friends who read, if you’re a member of 24 hr fitness, you should totally go to Zumba with me! I go to the Vista Sport club M-w at 8:30 pm, Th at 8:30 am and sometimes Saturdays at 11 am. You won’t be able to walk properly the next day, but you won’t be sorry, either!

I hope everyone has a great night, and is as excited about this year as I am!

Walt Disney said it best: If you can dream it, you can do it.

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO