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i'm in the 30's Club!!!!! ***Tons of pics***

Friday, July 05, 2013

Yesterday I officially became a member of the 30's Club! That's right. The Fourth of July is my birthday emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ! When I was 27 I told myself that I had until I was 30 to get my weight under control. At that birthday I begin my first stint with SparkPeople. I was gung ho and gave it my all. My "all" lasted 10 months. I was able to lose 47 lbs and successfully gained 52 back. Even still, I kept reminding myself of the promise I made to be healthy by 30.

While I still have a ways to go, I am excited to say that I am MUCH, MUCH happier and healthier than I was 3 years ago.

This picture with my little brother shows a compeletly different woman both physically and mentally than the one I was three birthdays ago.

To make my birthday even more exciting, my brother got me a bike! He could only afford a used one but that didn't matter. He polished and shined it up. I have been wanting a bike since mine got stolen 20 YEARS AGO! I swear I have asked every guy I have ever dated, both of my parents and Santa Claus for one and it has never showed up. I was super excited! Now I know they say that you never forget how to ride a bike, but I don't know about that! A sista was pretty wobbly. Thankfully with all of the running I do, my quads are pretty strong and I attacked the hills. My family joked that I was the only person who rode better uphill than down! I cannot wait to take my bike to the trails near my house.

Some of you may recall my issues with my dad from a previous blog. He came to my aunt's house yesterday for my birthday. He wasn't there for long. I thought I had some real personal growth since I wrote that last blog and read your comments. Typically when he is around I follow behind him like a little puppy dog. I try to make conversation. I try to entertain him, to make sure he is comfortable. I can remember doing this at 5 years old. Yesterday I didn't jump up, hoot or holler when he pulled up. I kept on with my conversation. When he approached I gave him a hug and continue with what I was doing. I didn't follow him inside, I didn't make his plate or offer him anything. Some time later I went to the backyward to check on my fiance and he was sitting there. I walked on past and sat with my brother, fiance and cousins and we laughed and carried on. When we got tired and got ready to leave, he initiaited conversation with me. He showed me his pedometer and told me about some healthy changes he has been making. I told him "Good Job" gave him a hug and left. I really love my dad. I do. I think it is time that he put in the effort to make our relationship work. I didn't do any of those things yesterday to be spiteful. I just realized that at 30 years old, I am only going to do what makes me feel good and give my energy to those who give it back.

Speaking of 30. Just two days before my birthday I woke up early in the morning and ran three miles without exerting much effort and it only took me 35 minutes. 10 hours into my 30th birthday, I try to go for a 4 mile run and two blocks in my hip starts aching!! I have never had a hip problem! I try to run through it and then my shin and knees begin to hurt. My 4 mile run turned into a 3 mile walk! What the hell??? Please tell me its a coincidence!

I hope you all had a great time celebrating me and our country yesterday! emoticon Here are some more pics from my birthday.

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  • EG8383
    late again, how did I miss your blogs! I need to add you as a friend! lol WOOT WOOT dirty thirty! =) Congrats on your success gf! You look stunning and so not 30!!! I turn 30 at the end of this month =/ Unlike you I am no where near looking fly but trust me...I hope tobe close by my bday next year! Happy belated bday =D
    1681 days ago
    Happy belated birthday sweetie! You look much happier and healthier! Can't wait to see your healthy glow in your wedding photos!!! Much love!
    1684 days ago
    Awww man I missed your great day, but Happy Healthy Belated Birthday!!! Amazing job you have done and so proud that you didn't let your dad dampen your celebration. My daughter has that same relationship with her dad. Keep doing you and hopefully he will come around. Hope your hip, shins and knees are all healed and you're running again.
    1685 days ago
    Nik! Happy Birthday Girl!
    You look so amazing and are glowing. I will say my 30's were the best!!
    I had all my kids in my 30s and life was infinately better than in my 20s. I'm in my 40s now and I still think the 30's rocked.
    I hope you had an amazing day and it's so awesome your brother knew what you wanted! Awesome. You will love the bike! It will help with all those aching joints LOL!
    Have a beatiful birthday month as you prepare for your wedding!!!
    1685 days ago
  • MAY_MAY007
    Happy Belated BDAY Nikki!! loved the pics!!! Hope you had a blast! You look awesome!!
    1685 days ago
    Happy belated my love! sorry I am just seeing this now. Haven't been very active on SP in a couple weeks. You looked gorgeous! And that cake looked yummy too. :)
    1686 days ago

    Welcome to Club 30!!! emoticon I am so glad that you had a celebration!!! emoticon As for your relationship with your father you did great!!! There comes a time in life where just as you stated we have to do whats best for us and that refers to us even when we are dealing with our parents. We have to grow in ways that are best for us!!! Again welcome to club 30!!!
    1687 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday Sweetie! emoticon

    I hope things get better with your Dad. I totally agree that you can't be the one to take the initiative all the time to make your relationship good. It does take two!

    You look awesome in your pics..and yay for Bro getting you a bike...that was so awesome!!!

    I hope you enjoyed your birthday girl!

    1688 days ago
    Happy Birthday! You look gorgeous as always! I am proud of you for recognizing that you cannot control your dads actions that he needs to do his part too. I would always exert so much energy into the people who loved me the least and it left me so unhappy! Good for you!!!!!!!!! :)
    1688 days ago
    Happy BElated BEarthday Nikki! I am glad it was a good one! Looking AWEsome! emoticon
    1691 days ago
  • LIZ324_NYC
    Happy belated birthday! You look happy and healthy! emoticon
    1691 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    Happy Birthday Girly, you look wonderful! Congrats!
    1691 days ago
  • KROLES55
    Happy Birthday!! You look fabulous!!!
    1692 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Go you. Those pictures are awesome. You look so happy. I have also been begging hubby to get me a bike. Still holding out hope that he will get me one soon. Good job with how you dealt with you dad. It takes to people to work on a relationship. So good for you.
    1693 days ago
  • KNH771
    Happy belated birthday! emoticon

    Are you still having problems with your hip? It kind of sounds like hip pointers. (I think that is what it is called...) There are special stretches you can do. It's a common running injury.
    1693 days ago
    Happy belated Birthday Nikki! Welcome to the 30's! You did great with your Dad. You my dear are growing up! I think what happened with your birthday run was your body telling you it needed a rest from running. That's all just something simple. Girl you are doing great! Keep up the good work!
    P.S. I love your cake it is beautiful!!!
    1693 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2013 5:19:00 PM
    Happy belated birthday!
    I remember my 30s....Glad I'm in my 40s now though...Enjoy every moment to the fullest!

    1694 days ago
    emoticon The 30's are very fun! You have your head on straight, but are still young enough to "go be crazy." Enjoy the next ten years, because the 40's is when you start "feeling it."

    You've come a long way in three years and you should be very proud of yourself. You've become healthier and thus have taken a healthier approach to your dad. This is YOUR time and you are right to do things that make you happy. Happy can be equated with health and now you have them both! emoticon
    1694 days ago
    Happy Birthday emoticon emoticon !!!!! You the best birthday! I LUV the 4th of July!!!!

    Great job with your Dad!!!
    1694 days ago
    Happy belated birthday...hope you had a blast :)
    1694 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday! You look fantastic! Holy buckets, what a change! You can see the joy in your eyes in your current pictures. You are looking good sweetheart! emoticon
    1694 days ago
    You did well with your dad! I hope you felt peace with it. He will come around; it seems! Congrats on being able to run/walk 3mi. You look so beautiful as usual!

    Stretch before and avoid any issues with your old' bones emoticon

    No, seriously emoticon to the 30's club & YES stretch! Do NOT end up like me!!!
    1695 days ago
    Happy belated birthday!
    1695 days ago
    Happy Birthday! Looks like it was fun. Glad you had all those wonderful people to celebrate with.
    Sounds like you're starting to treat your dad as a grown up instead of a little girl. Good going! I know it's hard, but it's worth it for your self esteem. Let him come around or not, let him make the effort or not.
    You look fabulous. Rock on!

    1695 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    emoticon emoticon sorry I'm late. Happy belated Birthday hun! You are so beautiful you have come a mighty long way (like the old southern women say, lol). Oh and that cake looks G-O-O-D.
    1695 days ago
    You look amazing!!!! Great job!
    And your behavior with your father was exactly what it should be. You are more mature than the person you were and it is time for the people around you to grow up and treat you the way you deserve.

    PS. You look like your 25, I wouldn't guess that you are turning 30!

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    1695 days ago
    Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great time!
    1695 days ago
  • DALID414
    Love your brother's tank, but can't beat my 'handmade' one!
    emoticon firecracker baby! emoticon
    1695 days ago
  • SKY214
    emoticon I'm glad you had a good day.
    1695 days ago
    There is definitely something about the milestone bdays "20, 30, 40, 50" that make us take a look at things and reevaluate everything. What I love is you didn't wait til 30 to say "Uh oh, I need to make some changes", you did it at 27. And even if it was touch and go for a minute, in the end you prevailed and you kicked it into high gear! Even if you still have more you want to lose, you are looking fantastic and what a great way to ring in your 30's! Looking and feeling good! :D I am 27 now and I have this vision that I will be at goal and maintaining by the time I ring in the 30's... I hope to be feeling happy with my weight and in control by then as well. :)

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    1695 days ago
    Amazing Woman! I'm so glad you had a great birthday. Keep pushing with your health consciousness! You can do it!

    1695 days ago
  • TIGER_LILY_613
    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to the beautiful birthday girl emoticon
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  • SUGAR0814
    Happy Belated Birthday Nikki!! emoticon I'm so glad "the dad situation" turned out ok. He loves you! emoticon Great pics! You look amazing!!
    1695 days ago

    So glad you finally got yor emoticon emoticon
    1695 days ago
    Welcome to the 30 club! It isn't all that different, really! By the way, I just have to say that not only are you thinner than you were 3 years ago, but your It has a super healthy glow now that I don't see in your older pictures, and you are a much more confident, beautiful woman. You ROCK! emoticon emoticon
    1695 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Nope - not a coincidence - you are now Officially Old. NO! JUST KIDDING! It's a coincidence. The 30s are so much better than the 20s, for so many reasons. Happy slightly belated birthday - you're doing great!!
    1695 days ago
    You are one HOT 30 year old! Welcome to the 30's, it's a good place to be!
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    1695 days ago
    Happy belated birthday!! Your pics just exude happiness!! You must post pics of your bike! The whole hip thing is a coincidence I'm sure. emoticon Great job on controlling your emotions when it came to your dad! emoticon
    1695 days ago
    Glad to hear you didn't let your dad get to you. Like you said - it is his turn to show he cares. If he doesn't? You're better off without.

    Love the cake! Love the pictures!

    I'm sure the hip issue was just a coincidence. Maybe you slept wrong?
    1695 days ago
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