Physically, I'm half the woman I used to be, but as a result of my journey with gastric bypass surgery I've gained a lot. I'm Julia, and this blog is about the miles I've traveled in transforming my body, soul, and spirit while shedding more than 160 of the 300-plus pounds I carried before surgery.

I'll share my personal experiences of restoring my health and changing my lifestyle, and I'll offer spiritual encouragement, social and emotional tools, nutritious recipes, health information, and more. I've had a few challenges along the way, but through all the struggles I've grown stronger and regained my health and my life. I had my surgery on Easter Monday, 2006, which I call my personal resurrection day. Because of my transformation, I now look forward to many more "miles to go", and I invite you to travel with me on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle...yes you can...I just did!



The proof is here -

it's a real book.

Actually, this the proof—bound and ready for

the last edit.

Get ready!

Out of Obesity, and into the Promised Land,

will be ready for purchase in a matter of


Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 08:34PM by Registered CommenterJulia Holloman | CommentsPost a Comment

are you getting enough protein?

i ate what?
Everything in your body is made with protein. There’s nothing in your body you can make with just carbohydrate and fat. Your hair, skin, muscles, brain, heart, organs, blood, bones...every cell is made with protein. 

What happens when you don’t get enough? 
An obstetrician we know works with patients who haven’t gotten enough protein in their diet for years. She said that after surgery on those patients and she is putting in the stitches, 

“It’s like trying to sew wet tissue paper”. 

What are the symptoms of insufficient protein?
  • 1. Fatigue and/or weakness. Not just the feeling that we didn’t get enough sleep last night, but deep fatigue...or weakness where it’s hard to get through the day.
  • 2. Weight loss plateau. When we don’t get enough protein, medical research indicates that the body tries to store calories rather than burning them.
  • 3. Hair loss. We believe it is often preventable with enough protein.
  • 4. Surgical complications. Is there surgery in your future? For many, the answer is yes. The best single numerical predictor of how well a surgery will go is your protein status. And, your body will heal slowly, sometimes very slowly, if your protein status is low.
  • 5. Muscle Loss. When you don't get enough protein for weeks, you body starts taking protein from your muscles. So your body is actually taking muscle -- to help maintain other cells, and organs, and hormone levels. So it's possible you might be more easily injured if you regularly don't get enough protein.

These symptoms can also be caused by other things, so it is always good to ask your doctor. 

Article reprinted with permission (in it's entirety) from Unjury Medical Quality Protein

better butter


I hope you are enjoying Amazing Grass Green Superfood in your protein shakes. Another great recipe ingredient product I have found is powdered peanut butter.

There are several brands on the market and you can find more recipes for including both of these fabulous items to your protein shakes under the protein recipe section here on Miles to Go blog. 

The blogger of Vegan Eats and Treats did a taste test—click here to read more. 

Enjoy... Yes, you can. You have many more miles to go!

from cover to cover



From cover to cover, Out of Obesity and into the Promised Land is done and awaiting a proof copy from the publisher. Copies should be available by the end of April 2014. 

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 02:08PM by Registered CommenterJulia Holloman | CommentsPost a Comment

more veggies—the superfood way

After bariatric surgery, it's important to get in lots of nutritious foods, but it's hard to eat enough protein and vegetables to meet our nutritional needs. We all know about protein shakes, supplements, and powders, but what about those healthy vegetables?

I've discovered a great way to add more nutrition into my day with Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder. Along with taking vitamins and protein supplements, Green Superfood is loaded with nutrition and it makes a great addition to a protein shake.

Now before you decide you don't want to drink anything that has the word "grass" in should try it. It it amazingly good and it comes in original, berry, and chocolate flavors. (And we all know that you can never go wrong with chocolate.) It doesn't have a vitaminy or grassy taste at all. 

My basic recipe also includes protein powder and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Click here or check the "Protien Shake Recipe" section for more "amazing" recipes to get you started.

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