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starting to see changes!!! *** PROGRESS PICS ***

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It has been two weeks since I seen the infamous pictures taken of me that made me realize that I was quickly returning to my former, obese and unhappy self. The day that I got those pictures in my email was the day I reclaimed my health. These are the pics that broke my heart but also woke me up:



There were some that were even worst than that. So in one year, I gained 30 lbs. This past weekend, my brother's girlfriend snapped some pics of me at our family game night. I am already seeing a difference with just two weeks of tracking and daily workouts.




I am determined to continue to work my butt off so that I can get back to this



I will know next Monday at my doctor's appt how much I weigh and how much further I have to go. The hormonal issues need to stay under control and currently I am controlling it by taking a natural supplement called Maca. It naturally gives me energy and helps with estrogen and progesterone production. It is also helping me reduce the amount of puffiness due to my hormonal imbalance. Now it is my job to control what I put in my mouth and how I move my body and I am handling that well so far.

  
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KPETSCHE 11/24/2014 1:26AM

    Maca is a fantastic supplement - glad to hear that it's working for you.
You still look great Nikki!!
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KNH771 11/5/2014 2:19PM

    You're gorgeous at any weight, but congrats on the progress!

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PRESBESS 10/31/2014 3:58PM

    Hey gorgeous! You are making it happen. Keep kicking butt! Well, after you recuperate, that is.
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READY4CHANGE81 10/20/2014 12:51AM

    I've always thought you were SO BEAUTIFUL! Inside and out! I know the feeling of backsliding all too well. However, we are victorious when we realize our mistakes and make a change in the right direction!!! You've got this babe!
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CAROLYN0107 10/19/2014 9:39AM

    Congratulations for getting back on track!

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TRUE-NESS 10/15/2014 5:50AM

    I can definitely see the change in your face. Wow! It's only been 2 weeks?! Keep up the consistent efforts. They are working for you! Congrats!

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KTTAYLOR21 10/9/2014 1:56PM

    Go Ms Nikki!! emoticon That's what consistency looks like huh? Let me get my bum on a roll!!

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DAVIS_6311 10/9/2014 8:56AM

    Yay! Great job girl! It's crazy how quickly your body can change with the proper nutrition! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/9/2014 5:30AM

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STEPH-KNEE 10/8/2014 10:56PM

    You are gorgeous no matter what!! But you know what I do think is strange... it takes us so long to accept the new changes... like we can lose a lot of weight, and still see ourselves as bigger. It takes a lot of time for our mind to catch up. With that said I can say that I finally have caught up to my changes, and can see that I am smaller, not small of course, but smaller than I used to be... So I finally catch up to me looking how I look at 180, and then I am feeling so good I gain 10 pounds and I don't notice it right away. It hasn't come back in super noticeable places, but I can FEEL IT! I can feel it and I need to not let it become even more. But it is hard for us to see the changes for the good, and then if we start to backslide it is hard to see the changes for the not so good. You are gorgeous at any weight, that is proof in all of your photos, but I am glad that you were able to make the decision that you didn't want to go back to that unhappy place, and that you are already turning it around and looking amazing and happier!! :D

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SUGAR0814 10/8/2014 10:40PM

    Looking good! Keep it up!! emoticon emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/8/2014 9:27PM

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/8/2014 7:19PM

    Looking good! Keep it up! emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 10/8/2014 4:50PM

    Of course, the current pics are pretty dark so you really can't see my body as much as with the first ones. I will take some full body pics this weekend but I can definitely see it in my face and neck.

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SUSIEMT 10/8/2014 3:46PM

    Good for you Nikki! Woo Hoo!

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SUMMER2203 10/8/2014 2:47PM

    oh my GOD! insane changes!!!! i am super impressed and motivated by you, lady. we both had a backtrack, and you have taken things into your own hands...i am hoping to catch up with you :) you look amazing!

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my butt just might fall off

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

My lovely lady lumps are sore!!! I am pretty sure my a$$ is trying to detach from my hamstrings. I have been working my bum off these past two weeks and now my cheeks feel like concrete. I would ask my hubby for a butt massage, but he is a man, and he reads "butt massage" as an invitation to get down. No, I need these bootay cramps rubbed out.

Sunday I made up my own little master mix to get me warmed up before I did strength training. I did 5 sets of the series: 15 squats, 5 burpees, 15 pushups, and 15 iceskaters. I might add that my arms are sore too but the backside has been brutalized. After the warmup, I did the hip machines and then the hamstring curls. All gluteus maximus this Sunday. But I think the workouts earlier in the week, Insanity on Tuesday, walking on Wednesday, Zumba Thursday, Nike Trainer Friday, and wrestling on Saturday, is what really started the achy feelings I have been having. Tonight I am scheduled to go to Insanity AND my friend wants to meet to go walking. I don't know that I will make it through an hour of Insanity tonight so I decided to do 30 minutes of class and then meet my friend for our 3.5 mile walk. Tomorrow, my other friend wants me to go to Zumba with her. I am certain that by Thursday, I am going to be walking down the hall and my butt cheeks will just collapse in on themselves.

Aside from being sore, I am so PROUD of myself! I committed to myself that I would track my food six days a week, no matter what. I have not fallen off yet! It is actually interesting because I have become facinated with the macro-nutrients. I use My Fitness Pal and it is so easy to pay attention to that stuff and it is starting to help me decide my meals. For instance, this morning I logged my breakfast, lunch and snacks before work. I then looked at the macro-nutrients page and seen that I needed more fiber and protein. I am also a little short on carbs. I decided I would have grilled steak tacos for dinner. I am going to get some whole wheat tortillas, grill some marinated skirt steak, I am making a cilantro lime aoli out of Greek yogurt, add salsa, romaine lettuce and a sprinkle of cheese. I am going to have rice and black beans on the side. I am super excited about dinner.

Back to bums. I have begun drinking prune juice. I have never had the most mobile colon and I am sure a lot of that has to do with my diet. Recently I found that just drinking 4 oz of prune juice can really help regulate the situation and it is high in protein and fiber.

But anywho, I am going to get out of here. Before I go, I want to share this thought with you:

Every life change begins with a decision. You have to DECIDE you are going to be successful at this healthy lifestyle, and you must make that decision every single day. You cannot live your life today based on the choices you made in the past. You must live for the FUTURE you want. That is why everyday I wake up, I reaffirm my commitment to this lifestyle by deciding to take my multi-vitamin, pack my meal and track it.

  
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PRESBESS 10/31/2014 3:54PM

    I like that attitude! You are encouraging me. Yay for us!

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KTTAYLOR21 10/9/2014 1:54PM

    See why you were missed so much!!! You inspire us (at least me anyway) to want to do better and you give EXCELLENT ideas of what to do!!

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/8/2014 2:29PM

    emoticon Way to go on staying on track!! Great job on your workouts too and although your booty hurts like hell right now just think of how good it will look in them jeans!! emoticon you are doing awesome!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/8/2014 10:04AM

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SUGAR0814 10/7/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon You are doing an awesome job! Keep it up!!! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 10/7/2014 9:48PM

    So glad to hear you are working your a$$ off, literally! I need to join you and really get things moving again... but that cuts into my lazy time LOL. emoticon emoticon

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PRIN1978 10/7/2014 9:41PM

    You go girl! Job well done! Maybe you should soak that a$$ in a nice bath for all your hard work! Have a great week!

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SUSIEMT 10/7/2014 7:05PM

    Woo Hoo you! I am so proud of you! Keep up the good work!
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GRANNIEC1 10/7/2014 5:34PM

    This was right on, as well as funny to read. how many times have I felt that same way! LOL, but, I could have never worded as well as this. emoticon
Hang in there and keep up the great work as well as the wonderful blogging emoticon

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*** what keeps you on this path??? ***

Thursday, October 02, 2014

This is a fairly simple question and there are two ways you could answer it. One, is you could identify the "WHY" behind your health journey. For some it may be diabetes, for others it could be dreams of motherhood, and then there are those who want to be amazing athletes. We all have to have a "WHY" and I want to know what yours is.

The second way to answer that question is what are those things you have learned along the way that help you maintain or kickstart a weightloss? These are tips and tricks that you keep in your back pocket when you have had a bad weekend of binge eating and you need to regain control. THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO HEAR TODAY. It is not that I am already falling off the wagon. Quite contrary, I am feeling really good about my diet and exercise this past week. I want to be prepared with words of wisdom when times get tough. Thank you in advance for your AWESOME feedback!!!

  
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PRESBESS 10/31/2014 3:48PM

    I'll be frank... I "never again" want to waste years of my life wishing I was smaller, looking frumpy and yucky in everything I put on. I want to feel confident and attactive and the size I've been maintaining for nearly 3 years now (thanks to the good LORD and SP) has been allowing me the "freedom" of feeling this way.

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READY4CHANGE81 10/20/2014 7:57PM

    Why? Oh, girl, there are so many reasons, but the biggest reason is I want to feel good about myself. So many times I've allowed fear to dictate my life due to my own insecurities. I don't want my weight to hold me back to things I dream of doing. I want to find someone who will cherish me as much as I do them...and in order for that to happen I need to figure out who I truly am, what I want out life, and more importantly love myself. I think this journey is far more than weight loss; it's self-discovery. I am ready to walk down that path. Finally. I want more out life...and more years to my life. I'm tired of feeling second-best, overlooked, and not good enough. I know the more I work on me my self-esteem will improve, but I am finally at a place where I am ready and willing to do the work. :)

What helps me maintain/kickstart?
Well, I've fallen off several times, but I never feel like I've truly given up on myself. I know I am destined for something greater than an average/mediocre life. I remember how I felt when I was at my lowest weight and I was doing something for me. I remember all the energy I had and the permanent smile that was on my face. I was proud of myself for what I had accomplished. I have faith that I will have it again. I know it won't be easy, but I know I will be able to appreciate every step taken in the right direction.



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MRSBLAK43 10/16/2014 3:04PM

    Why? Because my young adult days were give to having babies, putting on more & more weight. Then I developed a bad craving of eating "flour" yes I mean the kind you use to fry chicken . Later found out that it was due to my being anemic.

Because I've never seen my true size after the age of 17yrs old, so I have no ideal of what that should look like, i just know that it isn't what I am now.

Because I want more for myself and I know I can do better.

I know I can do this because I've taken off and maintained 60pds off thus far. Through hard work and consistancy my determination to not have to take any medicine and I'm 43 motivates me to keep pushing

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DAVIS_6311 10/6/2014 9:56AM

    WHY: My kids, husband, family...they all need ME! Not only do they need me, they also need a role model of health and who better to be that then ME! emoticon Another big motivator is the fact that I never want my children to grow up heavy like I did. I want them to enjoy all life has to offer because they CAN do it and won't be ashamed of their weight.

KICK STARTERS: Meal Prepping, Logging all food at the start of the day, Working out as soon as I get out of bed...by doing all of these I know the day/week can be accomplished and on track. I have BIG goals to reach in six months so even a weekend off track can ruin a WHOLE weeks work...and D@mm*t I've worked too hard to throw it away!!

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MJREIMERS 10/3/2014 5:51PM

    My why is because I like what I see in the mirror and better yet, I love the way I feel. I feel strong, I have muscle definition and I've been told that I look younger. In fact, I was told that I am "aging younger." I like that!

I also like that my kids enjoy when their friends tell them that their mom looks great. I can do things with my kids that I couldn't when I was 40+ lbs. heavier. I want to be able to do the same things with my grandkids, when they come.

Keep at it and I'm so glad you are back!

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LISAN0415 10/3/2014 3:39AM

    My biggest Tools I use are 1. A paper Log (I could email you a copy of one I made) I physically write down every food I eat and the calories, and I write it down before I put it in my mouth. Many successful people who have lost weight and kept it off have used that tool. This might take me 3-5 minutes a day.
2. I measure my food, witha food scale, meauring cup and measuring spoon. It takes me less than 2 minutes a day.
3. If I eat something higher calorie, let's say something like almonds or cashews. I meaure out my portion (.5 ounce-1 ounce) and put it in a ziploc or bowl, and put the bag away!
4. I rarely eat out, but If I do, here is 2 things I do. I work out Before eating out.. Like in the morning if we have a Saturday dinner, and I have a healthy snack before eating out, like a low fat cheese stick and baby carrots. I helps keep me from being super hungry. Also I allow myself 1 treat at that meal... like Either a higher calorie main meal, or a drink other than water or a small dessert but not all 3.
5. I eat on the lower end of my calorie range for 3 days before, or if a meal was last minute, 3 days after a special "treat meal" Than way I have 200 extra calories saved per day times 3- so I have 600 extra calories in that meal, and I can still lose weight that week.
6. I keep healthy snacks with me, so I don't get ravenous and order pizza, or run through a drive through.
7. I don't keep singles or more that 45 cents in change with me, so that I don't hit up a vending machine.
8. I try to never "Drink" My calories. I'd rather eat something that can help fill me up, than a soda or juice.
9. I don't keep candy or junk in the house. I do have snacks though... like pretzels, greek yogurt, sugar free jello, 100 calorie packs of almonds, apple slices..
10 (this is a big one) I weigh myself weekly to keep myself accountable and on track. Many people who have admitted to gaining half their weight or more after actively losing it, they admit they stopped weighing themselves.
11. (another big one) I choose more "Calorie dense foods" If I eat a big portion of veggies with every meal, I find that I am rarely hungry.. and the extra fiber helps too. Veggies are very filling, low calorie, and very nutritious. It keeps hunger pains and cravings away. Itt;s sooooo much easier to turn down treats when one is full.
12. I find eating more protein helps me drop weight quicker, than on a week where I stayed within range , but ate more carbs. If I hit a plateau, then the next week I plan more protein, and I usually see a better scale reading the next week.
13. I take GNC vitamins to support my body while losing weight. I take the "women's daily activ pack" It has vitamins and minerals to support the metabolism and keep energy up. It has B vitamins, CLA, and L carnitine which are helpful to the body processing fats.
14. I find that even if I rarely have time (or enery ) to exercise for 2 weeks, I still lose weight just by staying in my calorie range. If that is not happening- then it is possible the calorie range is set too high. Everyone's metabolism is different, so I watch my results and tweek my plan from there. My friend is in her 20s and kind of tall, and Spark gave her a range of 1700-1900 I think. She had a goal of 2 lbs per week, but even by staying within her range and exercising 3 times a week, she was only losing maybe 1/2 lb per week. She went down to 1500-1700 calories, and she started losing 1.5 lbs per week.

Those are my tips, Don't get overwhelmed by them, but take what ever you feel you can use.
Lisa

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SUGAR0814 10/3/2014 12:17AM

    My why? I need to control my Type 1 diabetes (a major pain) so I can be around for my kids, my husband & maybe one day be a grandmother. What keeps me going? Knowing that I'm human & I will slip up, BUT accept my slip ups & get back on track. I think of how good I feel when I'm eating right & taking less insulin & my other meds. You can do it! This journey is hard but it's so worth it! emoticon emoticon

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KPETSCHE 10/2/2014 10:41PM

    Way to get down to those baby steps!!! The most important step is the first one and you need to give yourself a little break as you get started back on your journey Nikki! I'm proud of all you've done and for the fact that you are totally honest with yourself and YOUR reasons for getting back to where you feel better.
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ADARKARA 10/2/2014 1:14PM

    Well... for me, it's that I am loving my new streak of confidence. I never want to lose that feeling. It drives me every day. emoticon

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SUSIEMT 10/2/2014 1:05PM

    Why! I was such a failure all my life at maintaining my weight loss I had given up entirely! I couldn't face another failure! I ran into sparkpeople and it was "free" and the articles both nutrition and I would like to say fitness were what hooked me but fitness didn't come until later. I thought well...I could give it one more try. So now the why behind it so long ago (July 2008) turned out to be that it was so easy! What you say! I had my sister tagging along on this journey which has been my secret weapon all along! We live in the same house, eat the same things and she was the one that guilted me into doing some walking. Making small changes along the way is what kept us coming back to sparkpeople.

We have not been perfect for sure! Becky has kept off approx. 170 lbs. I have lost and kept off approx. 165 lbs.

We weigh and measure our food and log everything. Good or bad! Sometimes we are very bad! Usually not at the same time! We may have a bad day but we KNOW that we will get back on track as soon as we have fallen off. It may be right after that indiscretion and usually is! We don't waste our time in beating ourselves up! It is just that, a waste of time that can be spent on creating a new game plan and feeling good about ourselves. Being consistent has been key to my weight loss and maintenance! So, that being said, I make sure I log into Sparkpeople everyday and log the food I plan on having either the night before or first thing in the morning. I may have to make adjustments throughout the day but that's OKAY!

Having someone else to be accountable that lives in the same house has been real important for me. We don't judge each other! That is another! Every once in a while it's true confession time regarding food. We sometimes have to shake our heads and laugh at each other. We also say when will we learn. I had to say to Thoms1 just this morning (she started cutting herself down) How much weight have you lost and kept off? 172 lbs. You can be proud of that! End of discussion!

I don't know if any of this will be of help to you or not Nikkicole but I know you can do anything you set your mind to! Especially with your awesome hubby!

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JUSTYNA7 10/2/2014 12:54PM

    Why? I guess... I feel so much better about myself overall... having lost weight and being in less pain and being more active. The whole journey has changed me and I never want to look back. I was a grumpy old woman at 40 and now I'm 54 I feel young and positive about life.

Tips - I have my "I matter" list on the fridge. Things I can do for myself that show I care about myself. My list has 12 things from taking meds on time to getting ten minutes of exercise or eating vegetables or walk or pending time with someone I care about in person or virtually. If I slip all I have to do is go to the list and do one thing to start back in the right direction. On a great day I get all those 12 things done.

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MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY??!!! Which of my friends rigged the vote???

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

What in the sam hell is going on? How did yo-yo dieting, back-sliding, Spanx-wearing, little (figuratively) old me get voted Motivator of the Day???? I thought you had to CRUSH IT consistently, and run half-marathons, and track your food to be one of those people. Turns out, you just have to be honest about the fact that you have been struggling desperately to get back to the SHERO that ran races twice a month, and who hungered for the most intense workout, and who had COLLAR BONES!! Who knew those things could disappear so fast??

Truthfully folks, I needed this. Such a small gesture means so much. My fitness life has been a struggle, for so many reasons. I won't make excuses. While some of it was hormonal, most of it was Hand-to-Mouth disease. I couldn't stop putting my damn hand to my mouth, and unfortunately for me, my hand was never empty. I stopped running races. I didn't really do much exercise, honestly. I would walk with a neighbor a couple of times a week but it wasn't hard. I wasn't pushing myself.

Because I was hormonal, and my belly was full of carbs, and I wasn't breaking a sweat, I got mean. I got moody. I was down on myself and abrasive to my husband. My downfall didn't take much time - it was a matter of a 7 weeks. In 7 weeks I gained 12 pounds. Prior to that, I had gained 18 over 10 months. I like to call that my "LOVE" weight. As a newlywed, as soon as I shed that designer wedding gown, I relaxed. But I didn't relax long enough to lose myself completely. No, that all happened over a matter of 7 weeks. Then I was blessed with the most atrocious wake up call a former fluffy girl can get: I saw a photo of myself. It was taken when I wasn't looking, before I had the chance to "find my light" and suck in my cheekbones and stomach. It was the REAL me and I did NOT like what I saw.

But that picture was a blessing. It told me that I was at a crossroads. I was EXACTLY in the middle of my highest and my lowest weight. Destiny was giving me an option. Either throw up my hands and go back to the unhappy, unhealthy girl of my past, or check myself and go back to the strong, confident woman that I had created twelve short months ago. I stared that picture down and decided I liked my second option.

This past week I have logged my food and worked out consistently. I have drank my water. I have reached out for support AND RECEIVED IT, and I have prayed. I realize that this battle is so much more than food and exercise. There is something going on inside of me and until I figure out what that thing is, I will forever be at odds with my weight.

I am excited for this journey to become FUN again, because really, it can be fun. Last night my husband and I went to an INSANITY class. WOW!!! I was the biggest person in there but dammit I WAS A BEAST!!! I gave that instructor everything I had and I felt so proud of myself!!! After class he caught up with me and shook my hand and told me how great I did. We spoke for a little while and it was so good to see in his eyes that he believes in me. There is an athlete in this big girl and she is ready to tear it up!!!!

  
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PRESBESS 10/31/2014 3:41PM

    Hey there! I decided to jump over to your page and see if you were back. I'm happy to read that you attacked your fitness class in BEAST mode. Awesome! I love it! Keep going for it. Don't look back... hit it!

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READY4CHANGE81 10/20/2014 7:46PM

    I am in the same boat!! We got the pictures back from my brothers wedding and I wanted to cry. I was ashamed at how I looked (even though in my head I thought I looked fly!) LOL

You definitely deserve motivator of the day!!!! I always miss you when you aren't here and when I leave/return I always check your page for posts/blogs. :) You keep it real and I love that about you. You've made me feel like I am not alone in this journey so many times. You've shared your ups & downs and so many times I could relate to you, but most of all I really am inspired by you. :)

We will have some new after pics soon and they'll be SIZZLIN'

love ya girl! xoxo

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DAVIS_6311 10/6/2014 9:50AM

    I'm so glad you are back! You are an awesome motivator and have helped me so much in the past!

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MRSBLAK43 10/2/2014 9:07AM

    Wow!

You are such an inspiration, you have no ideal...

You are well on your way to getting back to who you really are thanks for sharing that we all can do the same thing for ourselves


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PRIN1978 10/1/2014 9:47PM

    You go girl! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 10/1/2014 6:48PM

    emoticon and emoticon ! I'm so glad that you are back!! emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 10/1/2014 1:13PM

    You have danced this dance before and from past post I know you can dance your a$$ off emoticon !! I have no doubt that you can kick some weight loss a$$!!

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BANDITOBOY 10/1/2014 12:58PM

    My most recent motivation also came from seeing a picture of myself. Why is it that pictures add so many pounds to the image in the mirror? I've actually decided to take periodic photos of myself after I get back to maintenance so that I don't end up taking the same slide backwards and can catch it before it goes too far!

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SUGAR0814 10/1/2014 12:40PM

    I've missed you!!! emoticon emoticon Your blog was just what I needed to get me motivated today!!

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/1/2014 12:33PM

    How is it that you and I always seem to be in sync with this whole fitness/weight thing?!?! You took the words out of my mouth I could not have written it better than you! I have also regained a few pounds over the past few weeks and I tell you what today is a brand new day a brand new month to get my stuff together no more excuses! So funny you would mention insanity class with your hubs, tonight I will go to to 7 pm insanity with my husband! I have been to this class before and well it is just that "insane" so wish me luck. I am cheering you on!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 10/1/2014 11:57AM

    You have that key and have been using it! It is called consistency! You can do this nikkiecole! Congrats on being motivator of the day. Woo Hoo You!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/1/2014 11:45AM

    This blog shows why you are a motivator!!! Thanks for sharing

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MBEEMOM 10/1/2014 11:21AM

    Sounds like vacation is over and you're ready to get down to business. Welcome back!

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ADARKARA 10/1/2014 11:09AM

    That's the spirit! You can totally kick some butt! emoticon

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***i was hypnotized LITERALLY, became a yogi, and changed perspective***

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

So much has happened in the four months since I last blogged! Actually, there has been no major THING that pulled me out of the Spark stratosphere, my heart just wasn't in it. My heart actually wasn't in a lot of things. My life felt BLAH. Of course we all know that when life starts to feel that way, we tend to pacify our feelings with food. I did that, a little, I guess. I never had a binge in those 4 months, I wasn't sneaking cookies or cakes. Honestly, my food habits weren't as bad as I would have expected them to be. What was bad was my energy, my enthusiasm, and my exercise habits. So I decided to see a hypnotherapist.

I know it may sound wacka-doo emoticon but hypnotherapy turned my energy and enthusiasm for life completely around. I didn't know what to really expect. My first appointment with Kim was very similar to regular therapy with the exception that she focused on when and what I was eating in response to various emotional episodes I was having. We talked about my family. She asked me how our relationships were. We talked about what my workday looked like. When I would speak of something, if she noticed my demeanor changing while discussing, she would stop me there and we would try to figure out what foods I was eating or snacking on immediately following those moments. Were my snacks crunchy? Soft? Could I remember the exact taste? She would ask me to describe the flavor. What was happening to the rest of my body? She was asking me all of these things BEFORE she hypnotized me. Kim was able to assess that the reason for my depressed state was because I was not being intellectually challenged at work and my naturally creative spirit needed a creative outlet, otherwise I was turning to food. She then asked me what would I like my relationship to food to be like. She asked me about the colors of the foods I most often indulged in. Then she hypnotized me. Surprisingly, I am VERY EASILY hypnotized. During hypnosis she provided positive reinforcement. She told me I would beging to crave and seek out brightly colored foods emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . She also spoke into my consciousness that I would find ways to be active at least 5 times a week.

After the session, I felt so refreshed, focused and ALIVE. It was like all the heavy stuff that was weighing me down had somehow been erased. I was in good spirits! Kim's studio also offers hyp-yoga. This is where you go through 70 minutes of yoga instruction and then they perform hypnosis at the end to reset your energy and reinforce positive thoughts. It is emoticon the way I feel after each class. I am sure you are probably imagining hypnosis being some crazy scenario of us acting like apes or unknowingly humping a stranger's leg. It's not like that. We actually don't move at all. It is like being in a deep sleep but your subconscious mind is fully awake. Doctors say that 20 min of hypnosis is like getting 8 hours of sleep in terms of energy and focus. And through these hyp-yoga classes, I have fallen in LOVE with yoga. Going to these classes have helped me forgive myself for not perfecting this weightloss thing. It has helped me appreciate the body I have because the body I have is STRONG and FLEXIBLE. It made me come to grips that while I may never be thin, that won't make me any less of a wife and mother. Do I want to lose more weight? Absolutely. But I am not shooting for a major weight loss any longer. I just want to look cute in my yoga pants!

  
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KNH771 8/23/2014 11:08AM

    I'm glad you've found something that works for you!

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MISSB8604 8/13/2014 6:13PM

    Very cool stuff!!!!!!!!!

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ALLIEALLIE2 8/7/2014 3:52PM

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SUSIEMT 8/6/2014 3:30PM

    Yea you NikkiCole! I have been through hypnosis myself to quit smoking. I really liked the experience. I like the new you. Great attitude! Welcome back to blogging!

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SUGAR0814 8/6/2014 2:37PM

    I must've talked you up! I was just telling a friend I haven't seen or heard from you on SP. Glad all is well. emoticon emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 8/6/2014 1:59PM

    You have me ready to look for a Hypnotherapist in DC!!! That sounds sssooo emoticon !! If for nothing else, it changed your outlook on life!! Good for you Nikki!! emoticon

Glad your back!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/6/2014 1:58PM

    sounds great love.have to let us know how it goes.take care and keep smiling. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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