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****eating better, getting my sparkle back and PARTY PICS****

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I am coming out of my slump little by little. I ate better yesterday but still didn't get enough water. I made it to Zumba and then did a 30 minute hill interval workout on the treadmill afterwards. Part of me felt like I cheated myself for leaving at that point because I still had energy and wanted to do some strength training but-and this will only make sense for some of you-I did not want my hair to get TOO wet because I had somewhere to go that night. I am actually considering getting braids this spring because I know once it gets nice enough outside, I will be exercising like a crazy oerson and can't worry about my hair turning into an afro after spending 30 minutes straightening it.

Last night was Derrell's work Christmas party. This was his first year going. He isn't that social and I had to convince him to make an appearance. He looked SOOOOO good!

He didn't smile in this pic but he was all smiles all night. I asked him to take pics of me before hand and I don't know whether Derrell is just a horrible photographer or if I just looked THAT bad but the pictures were not good. I erased them and that set my mood going into the party. I felt fat, ugly, and I thought I looked old. My spirits were low and for once, I didn't want to go to the party. We ended up going anyway and I put on my game face. Derrell was suprising. He wanted to introduce me to a lot of people, to the point he was hunting some folks down saying he wanted them to meet his fiance. I started to feel better seeing his big smile and pride as he introduced me to people. Everyone was so nice and one woman told me I was gorgeous and she was proud of Derrell for having me. That felt great. Here is a pic of us taken by his co-worker

Here is a pic of me 6 months ago in a similar dress

I am still struggling with the loose skin on my arms and considering I still have 38 lbs to lose, it will only get worse. I am considering surgery to remove the excess skin. Thankfully, I have learned which angles make them look better.

At the dinner I had roasted pork (very lean), chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli, squash and carrots, a small salad and a roll. I also had a lemon bar, a few bites of chocolate cake (not that good) and a glass of wine. I ate very little all day not knowing what I would be eating. And the portions were pretty petite so I felt good about my day.

After the party I felt better and took a bathroom pic. Now I swore I would never, ever do that but the lighting in my bedroom is poor and I could not take a good a pic so I apologize in advance but here I am:

My last weigh-in I came in at 226.4 but I am sure I am closer to 228 in this pic after the week I had. I am going to kick it up a notch so that I can hit 222.1 by New Years!
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    You are a great couple and you look so beautiful in your little black dress!

    1764 days ago
    You are Rockin it, my Sparkler. I think you guys look so happy, and I'm glad you had a good time. You soon-to-be Hubby was awesome to be "aggressively" introducing you!
    So sweet, he loves you and his actions show he can't wait for you to be his wife. Love is grand!!!
    Sounds like good food and choices, just a good night over all. You look amazing as usual....I would expect nothing less.
    1765 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/18/2012 1:17:41 PM
  • LADYBUG546
    You look great...and glad you started to enjoy your evening.
    1765 days ago
  • KROLES55
    You look great in all the photos. You are making so much progress from the June pic to now.. Yes, I can certaintly relate in wanting to not sweat too much for the hair.
    1766 days ago
    LOL on sweating the hair out. I'm a naturalista so sweat is okay, but I wear wigs a lot and although they are human hair I have to wash them a lot to keep them from getting out of control. I'm giving my hair a break from braids until the Spring. I can't wait to get them back. You look absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait until I'm able to wear a sleeveless dress. Love that your man was so proud of his wifey to be. Glad you went to the party so he could show off his wonder woman!!!
    1766 days ago
    You look amazing in that dress. I'm glad you went to the party and had fun!
    1766 days ago
  • EUEK098
    Love the picture and you look amazing. The past 6 months have been amazing to you. Keep it up Nikki, I'm giving myself a much needed kick in the toosh, and moving on.
    1767 days ago
    You look beautiful! I'm glad you both had fun at your fiance's party.

    Have a happy and healthy holiday season,

    1767 days ago
    I love that dress

    I've gotten to the point where I just wrap my hair and workout because I would never get anything done if I was worried about getting my hair too sweaty.
    1767 days ago
    I normally rock my hair in an afro and even I complain about sweating too much on it. Now I gotta go and wash my hair again. . . I'm giving Yarn braids another try so that if I sweat and they get a little old then I figure they will just look more like dreads :D
    You were looking awesome and I am happy you enjoyed the christmas party! We all need a little bit of chocolate cake in our lives!

    Wish I had some advice for the loose skin. My stomach started showing signs of looseness and I quickly pulled out the vitamin E and good lotion. I'm determined to keep things as tight as I can. I know I will have another kid so I am not stressed about it. I can always have surgery if it truly bothers me!

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    1767 days ago
  • DALID414
    You two look so happy.
    1767 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    You are ROCKING IT! I totally understand about the hair. There are mornings when I want to (and have time to) work out before work but I just cant chance messing up my do, lol. emoticon
    1767 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Girl you are lookin good!!! Keep up the good work!!!
    1767 days ago
    You look amazing!! You are an inspiration to me and I've got a plan. i can only hope to do as well with mine as you've done on yours! emoticon
    1767 days ago
  • *MAMA*2*BOYS*
    You look AMAZING in that dress!! And the picture of you and Derrell makes me smile... he looks so excited to be showing you off to all his co-workers! And the before picture, you were still gorgeous, but I don't think I would have even realized that was you... HUGE difference! emoticon
    1767 days ago
  • ALLISON145
    You look amazing!! Next time I'm back in Nebraska we'll have to meet up for lunch or coffee - your determination inspires me!

    1767 days ago
    emoticon Looking great!
    1767 days ago
  • STACYR31
    I think that you look fantastic! The two of you look wonderful together!
    1767 days ago
    You ARE gorgeous both inside and out!
    1767 days ago
  • LEMON2012
    Pictures are such a WONDERFUL measurement/indicator. Sounds like your endurance and stamina have improved as well. Remember: Seek Progression, Not Perfection. You got this! You've made a lot of progress and look fab! By the way, I'm getting braids soon for the same reason. :) emoticon
    1767 days ago
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