EELS4PEELS's SparkPeople Blog EELS4PEELS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just call me Old Fashion So today is my first day at yet another online school because let's be honest...I'm going to be a forever student. Anyways in my class there's a Class Mixer assignment where of course I share a bit about myself. Obviously I'm the only person that's gotten my play on words with the title of my blog entry. <BR> <BR> Class Mixer...Old Fashion....Get it? <BR> <BR> It's okay if you don't, I'm really stretching this one. <BR> <BR> Any-whorooni I thought maybe someone out there in spark land who... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 22:45:52 EST I Ate a Heck of a Lot of Cake. Patrick has been on Vacation since Feb 12th. He goes back tomorrow. He is very dear to me but I have been eager for some alone time. We've been absolutely busy doing things. All of which I loved and enjoyed very much. Personally being new to a very different city than Savannah I'm a bit overwhelmed with traveling to different places alone. It's not a safety issue more of an anxiety issue. Patrick has been more than helpful when it comes to holding my hand and guiding me to different areas. He... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:27:31 EST My First Snow Day It's my first Chicago winter and I must say it's quite different from my Simple Savannah Winters. I moved in with Patrick on December 1st and by moved in I mean he flew down to Savannah, helped me pack ALL my things in a POD and we loaded up the car with the cats and drove the 16 hours back to Chicago. That experience was life changing. It was the first time I made such a drastic decision and did it. Well maybe the second time. I did just wake up one day and decide to get a tummy tuck. Yes. T... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 20:19:41 EST I Did Eat The Carrot Cake It's true. <BR> <BR> Patrick got home a little after 10, wet from biking in the snow. He bikes everywhere, rain or shine. Or I guess snow since we're in Chicago now and he loves it. He's absolutely my motivation. When I moved in he worked 8am to 5pm and he would sleep until 7. Somehow he would be out of the door by a quarter after, biking to work to take a really hot shower in the locker room before putting on his uniform, which he keeps there, and getting busy. <BR> <BR> I can't do that.... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 23:10:40 EST Oh Hi, It's been about 4 years huh? Why hello there. <BR> <BR> It's been a while I know. Don't be mad at me please. I betrayed you. I went to MFP. MFP was hipper, like the Facebook to Myspace. I practiced IIFYM. I went through 4 very hard years. I gained weight and found myself back up to 200 pounds in November 2016. I also found myself in a destructive relationship, two dead end jobs, and in and out of the cancer treatment center. <BR> <BR> Fast forward. 2017 was rough. I don't want to start there. Besides it's 2018. I'll ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 23:00:26 EST I Murph'd It! Quick Update W/ Pics! Hey Guys! Just wanted to share some pictures of my Crossfit family completing Murph this past weekend. I ended up doing Sunday and Monday! Why? Cause I'm crazy! I can't move today. Like for reals. My body is broken! :) <BR> Here's what Murph is: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Basically death. My tome for Sunday was 65 minutes. Monday I finshed regular Murph in 63ish minutes, but then decided that I could do super murph and ran the e... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:46:17 EST Hi. My name is Amber and I have an eating disorder. Hi Guys! I'm still here. Just touching base! I know I know this blog is as long as an episode of The Golden Girls! Mon, 19 May 2014 22:09:03 EST Saving TaTas One Step At A Time! Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> I'm doing something awesome this April 12th. I'm actually pretty proud to announce that I will be completing my first Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure 5K. <BR> <BR> I think the biggest reason that I decided to do this is because my grandmother's best friend is aggressively losing her battle to breast cancer. They have the most beautiful relationship too. My grandmother is nearly 80 and Michelle is only in her early 40s. They met at church and bonded instantly through cho... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:56:29 EST Until Next Time SP Short Blog. <BR> <BR> Things are happening and my life is super stressful right now! Firstly there's school. I started back in full swing the beginning of this month. I'm roughly completing 1 class a month and I'm literally spending at least 20 hours a week on school work. <BR> <BR> Sigh. It'll be worth it in the end right? <BR> <BR> Secondly the head of our AP department quit last week. So my job just doubled at work. And the SP time I used to get on my 30 for lunch is now being divide... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:44:14 EST And Here Are The Reasons I'm Breaking Up With My Scale, Dieting, and Trying To Lose Weight Quickly I sobbed this morning. I didn't just shed a tear, or have a short huffy cry, or even a 5 minute weep. I sobbed uncontrollably this morning. Like a child. It's not something I am proud of, I actually contemplated not even sharing the true results of my Whole30 and just lying and saying that I had this tremendous weight loss and I was the happiest girl in the world. But I couldn't make myself lie. Not when I know that several people read my blogs to know how my many attempts to loss weight turn... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:11:46 EST Technology Can Suck It! Whole 30 Half Way Done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to scream and throw my computer across my room! But I don't. I just sign and think of the grand I just dropped on it and googled YouTube videos to help me learn the ways of Windows 8. I hate change. Especially when it comes to technological advances. I mean who would ever need a touch screen computer? What's with all the bells and whistles? I don't care if my computer has apps! I just want something that w... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:16:15 EST The Last Five Whole30 Days One of my New Year's Resolutions was to complete a Whole30 in January. How original right? After huge binges ranging from October to December January is definitely my Knight in Shining Armor. And I was so ready to hit that reset button. I was tired of the gorging until I couldn't move, but hey if someone shoves a piece of Red Velvet cake in my face smothered in cream cheese icing and Pecans encrusting the sides I will NEVER say no. I can't. I think it's in my genetics, from my mother's sides.... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:44:21 EST New Year. New You. A Short List Of My New Year's Resolutions. How Original! It's a New Year. <BR> <BR> You know how I know this? Well there's the fact that everyone has been wishing me a Happy New Year since the day after Christmas and also everyone has been posting on their Facebook that on New Years Ever AAA will tow your car home with you in it for free if you get intoxicated. There's also the fact that Active Wear is now on sale everywhere and I'm seeing Gym Groupons pop up in my e-mail. <BR> <BR> New Year. New You. <BR> <BR> Well what if I like the old me? ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:56:52 EST So I'm Trying To Not Sound Stupid Just Chatting! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 21:10:51 EST Today I Was A Firefighter. Be Jealous. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 08:13:11 EST I'm Still Alive. I Swear. It's been so long since I've blogged it's ridiculous. It's official. I've got the Holiday Blahs. Now don't get me wrong. I love the Holidays! I love giving gifts and baking and spreading Joy and Cheer and what have you. My Holidays Blahs have actually nothing to do with the Holidays...more the way I feel about my health at the moment. <BR> <BR> I think I may be the only person in the world that can gain 5 pounds in a week. Thank You Thanksgiving Food and Sweets for making me forget any noti... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:16:04 EST One Year, One Girl, 120 Pounds. My Mini Blog Essay Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I had a mini essay I was asked to write for my Fitness Studio's blog. I thought I would share it with you. It's nothing special, but I thought it was sweet and straight to the point! Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <BR> One Year, One Girl, 120 Pounds <BR> I was an obese girl, now I’m not. It’s that simple. <BR> <BR> I made a decision in my mind that I wanted a change for the better. I wanted a healthy outlook on life. I wanted to love myself and have the confidence that I knew I des... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:58:23 EST This Just Makes Me Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My E-mail saying that I won my first Diet Bet! That is all! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:57:38 EST Losing Weight, Having Kids, and Eating Ice Cream My brother had a baby. <BR> <BR> Well HE didn't have a baby of course, but his wife did. Their first child, my 6th niece. Christmas just keeps getting more expensive as the years go on. She was a cutie though. Didn't look like a wrinkled old man at all, which is what all new born babies look like. She had fat cheeks and long feet. Her hair was like black fuzz. She didn't at all when I held her, which was wonderful. She just looked around. It's times like that when I wonder why the thought of... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:59:51 EST Triple P's; The Best Breakfast Until I Google Something Better Not sure where I got this recipe. Probably from a healthy food blog. Who knows! All I know is it's the sh*t. Like for real. I want Triple P's in my Mouth all day LONG! <BR> <BR> Just Picture It. Delicious Pumpkin. Nutritious Protein. Cake Like Consistency. Whipped Up and Cooked Ever So Gently in my Purple Leopard Print Egg Pan. <BR> <BR> No Pictures.....Just use my vivid adjectives to let your mind wonder! Just let your mind FREE! <BR> <BR> OK Enough of that! Here's the list! <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:29:08 EST Awesome Things to Talk About... Including breaking it off with your trainer, Zoos, Aquatic Apes, and PB2 in my Mouth! <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:39:00 EST Weight....The Final Frontier You know what's more sexy than a huge Tupperware bowl filled with Fruity Pebbles and delicious almond milk on this lazy Sunday afternoon? <BR> <BR> Capt....Jean....Luc....Picard.... <BR> <BR> Oh Patrick Stewart before you were Professor X you stole my heart with your nearly two hundred adventures set on the starship Enterprise. You're smart and witty and there's something incredibly sexy about a man with a partially bald head that drinks tea....Earl Gray Tea. <BR> <BR> I would put his ket... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:50:48 EST 7 weeks Post Surgery and 1 Month Since Last Update Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> Please except my apoligies for how long it has been since I've posted. I haven't been on spark very much lately. I've been busy, stressed, tired, and a bit lazy. I find it harder and harder to get on a computer when I get off of work considering I'm on one for over eight hours there. And since I have not been able to exercise, except being released for light walking 3 days a week, I haven't been logging fitness minutes or counting calories. I'm hoping I can get back int... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:51:17 EST Just a Quickie Hey Guys! <BR> <BR> I know I said I would VLOG the other day but with starting work back it's been utter and complete hell. Just to bring you up to speed: <BR> <BR> 1: All Drains have been removed as of Monday! (Worst Pain I Have Ever Felt) <BR> 2: Stitches are out of my perfect Belly Button and I am now cleaning it Daily as Monday! <BR> 3: I can finally take showers as of Tuesday! Best Shower of my life. I'm telling you kids 3 weeks without a shower is freaking REDONK U LOUS <BR> <BR> So ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:26:48 EST OH THE HORROR!! PICS Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> I'm so tired that it's been really difficult to blog lately, but I have some pictures to share! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me + Pain Killers + Drainage Tubes = Filthy Mind <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Flowers My Bestie, Leslie, brought to me. And Yes they are the rare mustache kind <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:57:38 EST Looking Like Death 5 Days after Surgery Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:59:33 EST Quick Surgery Pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so messed up that's all you get! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:23:55 EST Someone Call The Squirrel Police Cause I'm Nuts! (Nearly Nude Pics) Hi Guys. Lots Happened. <BR> <BR> Valentines <BR> Birthday <BR> <BR> <BR> Well it seemed like a lot in my mind.... Shut Up! <BR> <BR> No Really. I have been at my wits the last couple of weeks. A lot has happened and there's a lot to cover. So let's get started shall we? <BR> <BR> It all started the night before Valentine's. I was at my Fitness Center when Cory text me that Lou, my beloved kitty, had some sort of sore that jutted right out of his back thigh suddenly out of no where and h... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:46:22 EST What is a Girl to do? What to do? What to do? <BR> <BR> Guess what guys! My birthday is this Saturday! Guess what else! My surgery is in 16 days! Guess what else else! My Fitness Center has changed to a Yoga Studio 90% of the time! <BR> <BR> Wait...What? <BR> <BR> Yes, that's right friends. My fitness center, the one that I have gone to for over 2 years now. The one that has moved twice since I've been attending. The one where I have went from paying $50 to $64 a month decided to up and change the schedule to ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:58:47 EST All I Ever Wanted...All I Ever Needed.... IS CAKE AND ICE CREAM!!! <BR> <BR> That's right. And it's not "Here in my arms"! Tee Hee! <BR> <BR> But guess what just was? Well not in my arms, but in my belly... <BR> <BR> Cake and Ice Cream. Now hold your horses! Not just any cake and ice cream...Somewhat healthy cake and ice cream. Can I just say Thank God for Pinterest? Seriously. I know when you look under the food category more than 75% of the food you see on there is like brownies stuffed in cookies and rolled in sugar and then d... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:20:15 EST Good Lord Do I Ramble! What's currently going on in my life. My thoughts about the future, health, and my gut! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:26:26 EST The Last Few Weeks New Year is coming. It's fast upon us! Resolutions? Regrets? Predictions? I have a few of each. This past year has been pretty darn good in the sense that I met Cory, still have a job, continued to exercise, met some great friends, made some decisions, and frankly that I am still alive and kicking. I did let my diet slip and I did quit losing weight. I did make some not so great decisions, but Hey! I'm still alive and kicking. <BR> <BR> So what's been up in my life? Thought you would never a... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:39:35 EST Test Results, More Doc Appts, Friends, and Life in General Hi Friends! Hope everyone is doing absolutely wonderful. I myself is just a little "eh..." right now. I know my last blog i was a little depressing, so sorry about that. I can't stand being depressed. I'm such a happy person most of the time, but lately it has been quite difficult to keep a smile on my face. I get so angry thinking about how it's freaking Christmas. I yell at myself to Be happy and merry and jolly and get over your crappy diet and be a big girl and get yourself together. So I... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:37:08 EST When Life Gives You Lemons... I know how to be healthy. I know what to do and what not to do. I've known for 2 years. I'm not an expert by no means, but I do feel well educated in the knowledge of health and how to live a healthy life. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal. I think I have a problem. I think I obsess over food and being healthy. I think that it's to the point of being on that very tiny and vague line of being mentally unhealthy. I try not to talk about it, I'm actually slightly embarrassed. People do nothing but cong... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:53:17 EST Who the "F" shot John Cristow anyways? Photos! I am 23 years old. I'm considered a young adult. I'm outgoing and fun. So guess how I spent my Friday, November 9th? If you think it was going to the club, or to a bar, or to some sort of party because that's what the typical 23 year old should do on a Friday evening you would be wrong. If you think staying home because I have a hang over from all the partying and drinking I had done the night before, once again wrong. So what did I do tonight? <BR> <BR> I, Amber Nichols, was talked into go... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 00:49:25 EST Short and Sweet I told myself that Iwas sick all last week. That's why I ate like crap and only did 1 hour of cardio the WHOLE week. That's it. Well in reality I was just being lazy. Well not quite lazy, just burnt out...and lazy. Needless to say by Sunday I was sick. I made myself sick. A week of crap eating and no exercise will do that to you. I know this all to well. Yesterday I ended up being ultra sick. My stomach was in knots and I felt like a bus had hit me. I looked like it was the ugly bus. So long ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:16:52 EST I think I can, I think I can... Alright. I can do this! I can get back on track and not think that spanx is the answer to every fashion choice. <BR> I can not obsess about calories and enjoy wholesome and healthy foods. <BR> I can enjoy my life without binge eating. <BR> I can focus more on losing inches and gaining more muscle instead of numbers on a scale. <BR> I can encourage others to join me on my mission. <BR> I can love myself for making the decision to be a better person inside and out. <BR> I can dress pretty just ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 00:02:52 EST Flash Back! How My Niece and I have Changed in 2 Years... <img src=""> <BR> THEN <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> NOW <BR> <BR> I Know Right! Couldn't Believe It Myself! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:20:26 EST Hi I'm Eels and I'm STILL addicted to embarrassing Yesterday I had to work 13 hours. We're launching a new system at the plant that I'm Staff Accountant at and it's honestly been a disaster so far. So needless to say stress eating and food addiction reared it's ugly head yesterday. The company brought in our meals, which was nice of them, and I think everyone was dipping their fingers into the stress and eat pool yesterday. So I decided to make a list of everything I consumed yesterday to give you an idea of what my eating habits were 120 pou... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 12:20:42 EST Should Not Have Drank Coffee So Late <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's roughly 12:22 AM and I have to be at work at 8 in the morning to start a 12 day straight work week and needless to say I cannot sleep. It's my own fault, I got Cory a Frappe Maker for his birthday yesterday and we have been trying new recipes all day and I don't believe in decaf. It's just not right. <BR> <BR> So while I'm up I decided to have a few random thoughts relayed from my thick noggin into some kind ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:50:45 EST Broke Down and Shopped...Now I'm Broke. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I spent 2 hours in Buckle last night trying to find the perfect jeans. I had never been to Buckle before, but considering how desperate I have become to find clothes that fit me correctly I decided to give really any store a chance. I am SO SICK OF THE MUFFIN TOP that I want to scream. You see i am this thing we like to call Pear Shaped. I have huge hips. Not a bad thing,but considering that the average american... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:42:40 EST My First Vlog! Super long Vlog of last month's struggles and random ramblings!! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 08:40:18 EST Why do women hate their bodies? Photo Inspiration I have spent countless hours in fron of my mirror poking my gut and hating my body. I don't understand why women, including myself, can't love their bodies and be confident. It's like I was born with that certain voice in my brian that assures me that I look good. So I have spent the last few minutes looking up curvy pictures of women and inspirational quotes to help me love myself and realize that I am beautiful. I thought I would share. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:15:05 EST New Challenges, Enemies, and Rewards So this 4 pound gain got me thinking. I need new goals. Sadly in my mind goals are always about losing weight. I don't think this is helping with the whole being obsessed with the numbers episodes going on in my silly mind. So for the month of June I have 3 Goals that I will try NO SUCCEED at. <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> Challenge 1: Only eat out 4 times this whole month...including takeout. <BR> Reason: I think a huge reason that I have failed to lose anymore is my sodium intake. This should r... Thu, 24 May 2012 21:23:54 EST Calm ya Boots and have a Cupcake Part 1 That right there is one of my favorite quotes at the moment. I tell people all the time to Calm their Boots. I can't remember exactly where I got it from, but it's much nicer than "Chill the f**K out!" I think. Plus I love the puzzled looks when people don't exactly know what it means. They give me a look like "I'm not wearing boots", which of course brings me to a fit of giggles, because you know I'm mature like that. It was a busy, busy week for me last week. On top of work being slightly s... Mon, 21 May 2012 21:29:29 EST A Week Displayed Through Pictures and Words Guess what you guys? I survived my first week officially back! Whoop Whoop! Good Lord was this week busy, but I did manage to track all my food intake for the first time in forever and I'm super proud of that. <BR> <BR> I started to sit down on Sundays and sort of plan my weeks fitness and food as much as I can. I LOVE making lists. Bucket Lists, Shopping Lists, Exercise Lists, Meal Lists, Goal Lists. Pretty much anything that goes on in my mind will be projected into list form. So last Sun... Sun, 6 May 2012 22:05:37 EST Not only did I fall off the Wagon, it backed up and ran my @$$ over I am one confused girl... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First things first I come to my Spark Page and Friends and Strangers that will soon be friends pleading for insight, motivation, advice, and help. I have fallen off the wagon. I don't want to say completely, but enough to scare the straight poop out of me. I know what's right and wrong. I know how to eat healthy. I know how to track my food. I know how much exercise I should do ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:58:45 EST One Year, 120 Pounds, One Girl---Update! Wow it's been a while since I've blogged and I've been itching to make the time to do one for a while now. I'm here and alive. Just turned 23, got a promotion at work, started dating a really cool guy, and am still maintaining 170 pounds. <BR> <BR> This past week was my birthday week. Yeah there is no way you can't have cake when your birthday is here. Well what about 3 cakes? The wonderful people at my job supplied me with an awesome Little Mermaid cake. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 23:59:52 EST Learning to LOVE yourself is no easy task It's been nearly two months since my last blog. I feel like I have almost abandoned all of my faithful friends here and I am truly sorry. I have had so much happen in the past few months and I really think I'm due a good blog. So please strap in and hold on tight. This might get a little rocky. <BR> <BR> The last blog was about shopping, which is something that I have been doing a lot of. You know I read an article that basically said that people can replace one addition with another, I thin... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:25:21 EST Who Says Money Can't Buy Happiness?? PICS!! So guess what I did today? I went shopping. And it was wonderful! Here are a few pictures of what I believe were very wise purchases!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Guess what size jeans I bought???!!! <BR>... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:37:02 EST