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Friday, December 07, 2012

I am sure some of my Spark Friends were beginning to wonder since I have been non-existent for several days. I have been busy with work. Our manager flew in from Newport Beach and two of our team members came in from Denver and so Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were jam-packed.

Have any of you ever felt like a friend or relative were unconsciously trying to sabotage your weight loss efforts? When I first joined the team in April, we all flew out to California for a big conference and meet and greet and good times. I was at my heaviest. Here is a pic of me trying my best to look thin :

Since our team is spread across the West and Midwest, we don't see each other often. There are 4 of us that work together but the other 8 never see me. Well this week the Great Plains team along with our big boss came down. One of the girls, Sarah, trained me when I first started and we spent alot of time traveling together. I told her that i wanted to lose weight and that I was going to do something about this. She also expressed interest in losing weight (mind you, she is a little thick but she is not big). In the six months that have passed, she has managed to gain and lose the same ten pounds. When she came into Omaha this week she looked utterly shocked to see me. She kept telling me how great I looked. She would say littel things like, "Well I would hate for Nikki to fall off track; she is doing so well." I paid it no mind. The next day we sat next to each other on a panel as we reviewed the new curriculum we were putting out with a pilot group. We always put candy bowls out at each table whenever we facilitate. I made a choice to bring my own healthy snacks to the pilot that day so that i would not eat candy. As the session went on, I noshed on my apples and popcorn and sipped my green tea and water. She would coyly grab a piece of candy here or there. Then she decides to grab the entire bow, put it in front of me and say , "here." I looked at her and said, "What are you trying to do to me?" and she put the bowl back.

They ordered us in lunch for the afternoon and she intently watched what I ordered (the club lite, no dressing with baked lays). That night our boss said he was taking us out to dinner and took us to a really nice French restaurant. We had a four or five course meal. I did my best to stay conservative, the whole while she insists that I have some of her French onion soup (mounds of melted cheese and french bread in a creamy soup, uh, no thanks). SHe wanted me to have red wine with her (I will drink my iced tea thanks), she wanted me to dip the bread in the garlic butter with her (I caved on that one emoticon ) and she even wanted me to taste her food. When it was time for desert, I did decide to have a slice of chocolate torte. She wanted me to finish her creme brulee. Nope. By this time, sabotage was in full effect. The next day we all go to a Southwestern resatuarant for lunch and I endulge and have the chicken and cheese enchilada (too much cheese). I have to leave lunch early because I have training to conduct. After my webinar I run to my desk to grab my notes before my group meeting and there is a box sitting at my desk. Sarah decided to stop at a cupcake shop and buy me a devil's food cupcake with a MOUNTAIN of cream cheese frosting on top and chocolate chips sprinkled over it. When I got to the meeting, she was so proud of herself and was like, "Did you see my present?" Everyone knows my weakness is cupcakes. I just told her, "I am so happy you came to OMaha but I will be so happy when you go!"

Here is a pic of the team after dinner. Sarah is the young lady with the long hair:

Needless to say, I took two steps back in my eating healthy journey after visiting with my team. However, I have a new motivation! We will be holding our 2nd Annual Trainers Conference in Southern California in April. That will be exactly one year since my team first met me. My So Cal colleagues have only seen me via video conferencing so I am hoping to knock their socks off! I got back to the grind Wednesday evening when I went to Zumba. I did take Thursday off but this morning my sister and I put in a hellacious workout. We did 35 minutes on the elliptical. She could not fall below 120 strides per minute and I could not drop below 150. I did get all the way up to 196 s/m but I couldn't sustain that and stayed in the 154-164 range. After that we did squat jumps followed by squats, repeated and then did farmer's haul down the gym. Farmer's haul is when you grab two heavy dumbbells and carry them like grocery bbags. We used two 35 lb dumbbells. When we got back to our starting point, we did extreme jumping jacks (almost like a cheerleader's spread eagle but no breaks in between jumps) and followed those with ice skaters and repeated. We then did the farmer's haul again and repated everything. After that we did upperbody strength training. We did all of that in a total of 60 minutes so there were no breaks. We have more of the same tomorrow so hopefully it will get me back on track.

Before i go I want to share pics from the 70's Themed Sagitarrius Birthday bash I threw for Derrell and my brothers. It was so much fun! I decided to be a flower child because everyone else was wearing afros. Here are the pics:

My brother-in-law Johnnie and Derrell- "Right on brotha!"

My brother's brother-in-law. He was cool 70's.

My Aunt Gwen and Derrell. She cheated because she lived in the 70's!

Me and my brother's best friend Munch. He stole the show with this getup!

Where do you find salmon plaid pants???????

Katrina was chic 70's!

My brother-in-law Darryl and I

This looks like a casting call for Good Times!

The birthday boys. By the way, my brother was supposed to be a 70's porn star by the name of Percie. Yuck! emoticon

Have a fabulous day Sparkies!
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    I convince myself to believe that people have the best of intentions but OMG! This woman really tried to sabotage you! Instead of feeling motivated, she was probably so jealous!!!
    Well done for not getting off the wagon!
    The pictures are great and you look amazing!!!

    1893 days ago
    Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures. You looked great and looks like you guys had a great time. Great job on staying focus during your co-workers sabotage attempts. I'm sure she took back some positives in watching you.
    1901 days ago
    I love those pics!!!! Fabulous!
    And I am gald you are back. emoticon
    1901 days ago
    WOW! I cannot believe that some people will behave that way. She's obviously jealous and it is a great thing you do not have to see her on a regular basis!

    You look fabulous and I LOVE your costume! Keep doin' what you're doin''s working ;)
    1903 days ago
  • DALID414
    Omg! I SO would have told Sarah to F-off!! Wtf! I HATE people like that! I was so mad reading it all, right up until the pix TOO funny! It was hard to stay mad while cracking up!!
    Stay strong girl!
    1903 days ago
    You are an example of strength overcoming some pretty tough bumps (ditches) in the road! It was a good idea to bring your own snacks so you could ignore the sugar and fat. Shame on Sarah for non-stop food pushing. Sounds to me like she's jealous of your determination to take good care of yourself. For the life of me I find it hard to keep saying "No thanks" to all those people who grew up with "food is love" and you have to clean your plate ( I just switch to a smaller plate). All in all you did great and I enjoy reading about your journey.
    1903 days ago
  • EUEK098
    emoticon Sarah is out the door, glad your back on track, had my evening of indulgence yesterday, now I have to get on the straight and narrow.
    1903 days ago
    So glad your sabotager is gone!

    I love love LOVE your party pics! You look FIERCE and those salmon pants are a riot. =)
    1903 days ago
    Don't the saboteur's just drive you nuts!! My boyfriend's mom does that to me and I'm much happier when I've got control over my food around her. The party looks like it was a ton of fun!! :)
    1904 days ago
    Ugh, what a waste of... just ugh. "I can't lose weight but you are and I CAN'T LET YOU WIN."

    Novel idea: instead of making someone else lose, how about you try to win yourself, right? Gracious.

    And your work outs sound VICIOUS. I should seriously try them sometime. Way to be a superwoman!
    1904 days ago
    PURPLE180 took the words right out of my mouth!!!!! Munch looks EXACTLY like Pinky for Friday!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and Percie the Porn Star is not cute name emoticon emoticon

    Great pix!!!

    I'm glad you were able to survive the hater, Sarah. Thank goodness she's from out of town. Could you imagine ya'll being in the same office every day emoticon
    1904 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/7/2012 8:58:25 PM
    Glad to see you back. Sounds like a busy time - I think you did a great job with your eating during a difficult moment. It's hard enough to eat good when you go out and you have food in at work. Just stick by your guns and don't let co-workers sabotage your plans. Having your own munchies was a great step.

    You are looking so good! I'm sure she's a bit jealous of your success.

    LOVE the 70's party - I grew up in the 70's and I can totally relate to those plaid pants. My favs were green plaid bell bottoms! LOL. What a fun idea!
    1904 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    First off I have to say, "Why does Munch look like "Pinky" from Friday, emoticon ." Looks like you guys had a blast. Okay, now as far as the sabotage goes...yep, it was pretty clear that was her intent. Hopefully she is "clueless" and really had good intentions. Way to make healthy choices... LOVE THE PARTY PICS and your outfit/hair. P.s. Kill them with kindness emoticon
    1904 days ago
    I WAS wondering this morning looking for your blogs! I thought I was slow and just didnt' see them!

    Good to see you back but know that you are working hard.

    Booooo! to Sarah. People like that are drinking MAD amounts of Bitterade and need a wake up call. You are very professional and sweet not to say something more to her than what you said.

    GREAT pictures! I would love to have a 70's party! emoticon And Percie! WOW really!? LOL too funny! I burst out laughing on that one!
    1904 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    HAHAHAHA! LOVE the pictures!! And it doesn’t get any better than the name “Percie”!

    That woman was AFTER you my girl! I’m proud of you for not telling her off, because I probably would have. NOT cool. You were very classy and handled yourself very well!

    We missed you on here!

    1904 days ago
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