MSNICHOLS39's SparkPeople Blog MSNICHOLS39's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spark workout #2: Way to go Rainbow Well, a week has gone by since I posted my first Spark workout video and now I'm ready to premere my second Spark workout video. Watch out Coach Denise! Watch and see how YOU can make a workout out of any little extra chore that you may have lying around the a rainbow....Click on the special youtube link below to go to my channel...don't worry...nothing for sale and It's less than 2 minutes! ha ha <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>43... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:51:01 EST Saturday Spark Vlog 1: Watering Can Workout or Be Careful What You Plant Blogging is one of the features of SparkPeople that intrigued me first about the site. All the cool success stories! I have blogged, and with some success, but not with any consistency. I know that I may be more successful if I start bloggin again. Knowing that I have gone ahead and made a Video Blog (or Vlog) about my latest workout: The Watering Can Workout. Someone planted flowers at my workplace in South Georgia but no one seems to want to step up to the plate and water them and it has be... Sat, 7 May 2016 14:59:32 EST Here's My Spark far <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I discovered Spark back in 2009, randomly, while once again desperately searching for a way to overcome a lifelong problem with my weight. I was immediately intregued by the blogs of success stories of men and women who had successfully lost large amounts of weight with good old fashioned diet and exercise because I know that diet and exercise does work, I just don't (or didn't) like to do d... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:58:10 EST My first 5K was a GEORGIA MUD RUN!! (or How a Mud Run is A Lot Like Life) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My daughter made me do it. <BR> I didn't think I could. <BR> I was scared but I dove I'm anyways. <BR> It was AWESOME!! <BR> <BR> Okay, I have been "Sparking" since December 27 and I have lost 38 pounds! (4 this week thanks to the new FITBIT). My daughter talked me into doing this Macon (Georgia) Mud Run 5K! and I actually did it. Mind you, I have NEVER done (or seriously even considered)... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 23:30:45 EST Feeling great about my day! <img src=""> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:58:35 EST Giving it another try <img src=""> So I'm up this morning and downloaded the app again ( the old one wouldn't open) and ate my oatmeal and scanned all barcodes which is amazing for me as I hate to track (perhaps my total problem) and my vitamins are out and waiting for me to take them. I need to go to school and finish cleaning up my classroom for the end of the year. I might work out first since I have to wait for the hubby to wake up.... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:10:37 EST A NEW YEAR: A NEW ME <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Well, I suppose many of you have begun to assume that I have just disappeared into think air, but no I am still around. I answer my Sparkmail. I need to get back to blogging though. <BR> <BR> So here goes. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I am going to get my weight down this year. I am going to make it real. I am going to make it happen. If you saw some of my blogs from last summer I did an in... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:50:27 EST vLog: Week 4 BOOTCAMP ANDREA GOALS I have a goal to vLog every day this week. This is my vLog for Monday, June 24, 2013. <BR> Day 1 of Week 4 of BOOTCAMP Andrea! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>212</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:03:26 EST BOOTCAMP ANDREA UPDATE: VLOG Is My Face Thinner? It's been exactly 2 weeks since I started BootCamp Andera. I've been swiimming, lifting weights, kettlebelling and doin Zumba. I have completed 500 fitenss minutes and lost at least 12 pounds. Going well, I'd say. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:10:36 EST UPDATE: Bootcamp Andrea Week 1 Day 1 Okay, not a lot of information about Bootcamp Andrea. But it is Day 1 Week 1. In this video I do reccommend my favorite air popper for popcorn. I also talk about the two gyms I have joined, my new fad diet "No AC in the Grand Marquis", the benefits of real butter vs. margerine, why old is not a negative word, newly wearing a size 22 and my need to buy a new scale. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Andrea Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:50:00 EST vLOG: Attention! Ms. Nichols to the Media Center! Hi Everyone, I was prompted by a vSpark team member to VLOG so here it is! Gotta get back to work but I wanted you to know I'm still in the game! Fear not! <BR> <BR> Here's a link to some of the videos that I've made on YouTube: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eos?view=0&tag_id=&sort=p </link> <BR> <BR> It should take you to some of my most popular uploads. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Andrea Wed, 22 May 2013 14:44:05 EST VLOG Friday: I just want to be hot Here is my VLOG for Friday! Hope you enjoy it! <BR> <BR> My new team that I created today can be found at <BR> <BR> Team I"ve Got the VSpark: <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60213 </link> <BR> <BR> Please come and join me on my vjourney! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> ANDREA Fri, 17 May 2013 17:30:25 EST Lesson #4: BE VULNERABLE: Loose the bubble wrap Yesterday in my blog entry Lesson #3: DOUBLE IS TROUBLE: A tribute to my chin, I brazenly posted a couple pictures of my arch nemesis, my double chin. It is the true reason I am unhappy with my weight, which is odd because even though my weight registers at the Morbidly Obese scale, I do not carry all my weight in my chin. But, as I stated yesterday. I would keep all the weight on my body if I could get rid of that little wobble under my chin. <BR> <BR> This is me being vulnerable. I recent... Thu, 16 May 2013 11:56:56 EST Lesson #3: DOUBLE IS TROUBLE: A tribute to my chin Everyone has a particular body part that they really dislike. For some people it is their front view, their back view, their thighs, their upper arms... for me it is MY CHIN, or rather, my second chin. I'm okay with the one god gave me not the one I gave myself... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I should be thankful, I believe there was a point in time that I had 2 extra CHINS. As my daughter likes to tell me, I'm down to 1 double chi... Wed, 15 May 2013 11:40:13 EST LESSON #2: See yourself as you really are (WAKE UP CALL) I am now convinced that I have a special ability to see myself (in my mind) as a lot smaller than I really am. People have always told me that it is important to love yourself and to feel good about yourself but I believe that I am overdoing it (in my mind). I realize that a lot of overweight people don't feel good about themselves and may even think that they are larger than they really are. <BR> <BR> This is not my problem. <BR> <BR> I have been Sparking (if not sparingly Sparking) seri... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:14:30 EST Lesson #1 MAKE A MAP: You can't Get There if You Don't Know Where You are Going. Well, I realized that I have lost 10 pounds. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As proud as I am of this fact <em>224</em> , I realize that I have not really been putting forth a truly consistent effort. I have been inspired by another Sparker's blog and realize that I should set some higher expectations for myself if I really want this weight loss effort to be successful. So I have set a series of monthly benchmarks (THE MAP) in hopes of reaching an initial goal weight of 199 by January 1! <BR> ... Mon, 13 May 2013 11:23:24 EST INTRODUCING: Andrea Nichols, Compulsive vBlogger Here's my first vBlog from another Fresh Start. Please watch! I have no problem making a fool of myself you will see! <em>249</em> <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:43:46 EST Sometimes it feels Like a Series of Day 1's <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I've said it before, and I'm almost ashamed to say it again: <BR> <BR> It's Day 1 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> for me at least. <BR> <BR> It's a Monday. The planets seemed to be aligned correctly so here I go...wish me luck! <BR> <BR> More to come, promise. <BR> <BR> Actually going to VIDEO BLOG. For real. <BR> <BR> Andrea <em>150</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:45:34 EST Hey Is it Day 3 Already? Well I can't believe I'm still here on Spark after 3 days. I have had so many false starts over the past two years but I feel as if this time it might work for me (again). I am still planning on video blogging, so stay tuned for that, hopefully later today. I have an exciting announcement to make regarding the video blogging, so that could be exciting as well. <BR> <BR> Here's the skinny on me and my Spark history. In November of 2009 I got really tired of being fat and stumbled upon Sparkp... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:37:35 EST Well I have to start somehwere. My plan is to blog a much longer blog tomorrow. For now all I'm going to say is I'm back on Spark. I have gotten off track due the fact that I do not put myself first and I really need to take care of myself. I am committing to care for myself. <BR> <BR> I am going to start vlogging tomorrow, so stay tuned. <BR> <BR> Andrea <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:40:13 EST The Art of Possiblity I'm reading a book for a Master's class at Full Sail University. It's called The Art of Possibility-Transforming Professional and Personal Life (Zander & Zander, 2000). It's a type of self help book that was written by a conductor and therapist. It's immediately apparent in the first few pages that it's a bit self-help-new-age-ish but I'm cool with that, if not intrigued. Besides, my personal and professional life can use a good spring cleaning. <BR> <BR> Launching the Journey: The introduc... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:56:18 EST Another new start and the other half of my journey to One-derland (199) Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have recommitted my life to me, through Spark. I started a year ago, November 2, my 40th birthday. I successfully lost 43 pounds. AT one point that number was 53 but I have admittedly gained back 10 pounds, give or take an ounce. I met a great guy in February and it really derailed my diet. I'm proud that I have not gained back more! But this weekend I saw some video of myself and I'm not please with myself any more (even if I am smaller than last year) so I'm back ... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 17:13:01 EST Another Late Nite vBlog with Charlie and ME Blathering on about nothing again. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:36:24 EST Me and Charlie Talkin' Introducing: CHARLIE! My boyfriend.... videobloggin' with me for the first (but I'll bet not the last) time! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 01:41:52 EST Summer Vacation Well this is Day 3 of my first week of summer vacation (I'm a teacher). Our school is having an AT HOME Challenge to see who can loose the most over the summer. We all weighed in on the last day of school. I really want to win. Here are some goals I will post to help me win: <BR> <BR> 1) Start tracking my food again. I have a little journal that I have occasionally used to track my eating. I need to get back to it. <BR> <BR> 2) Journaling my feelings. I am an emotional eater. I have... Wed, 26 May 2010 13:30:58 EST First Day of the At Home Challenge: Go DCROCKETS! For those of you who don't know, DCROCKETS and I are co-workers/diet buddies. I January I challenged him to get on the Spark Wagon with me and he took me up on it. Together we have lost 120 pounds! Today is the last day of school for us at our job, for this year anyway, and the last day of the challenge. Well, he beat me 67 pounds to 53 pounds which is fine with me because we both know that we are both WINNERS at LOOSING. <BR> <BR> We're starting our over the summer AT HOME CHALLENGE. W... Wed, 19 May 2010 12:40:42 EST A NEW start. I am starting on the second part of my journey. I've lost 50 pounds and now I have to loose another 50. Today is the like a new beginning for me. I have not lost any weight since the last time I blogged which was March 21! Pathetic! But I don't have to SETTLE for this. I will move on! I miss the fun I had when I was really, really SPARKING it! <BR> <BR> Andrea <em>252</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 10:31:25 EST It's Not About You This is the first line in the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This is my mother's favorite book. Her copy is dog-eared, weathered and worn. She writes in the margins and notates her thoughts on her reading. She's cool. <BR> <BR> We used to drive from Ashland, Maine to Madawaska, Maine everyday for work. We were both employed at Madawaska Elementary School at the time (2006-2008). It's a 79 mile one way-commute on a two line highway through scenic State Route 11 in Maine. ... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 18:39:11 EST 2 Video Blogs in One Day...Lovin' the camera The first blog was from last week, actually, and this one is from TODAY! <em>26</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:13:26 EST MsNichols39 Video Blog! UPDATE! HI FRAN! Finally, I have got around to uploading a new video blog. YEAH! Just me, blathering on....Does this count as the videobloggers challenge, last week Chhriisssss?????? Tue, 9 Mar 2010 15:56:44 EST I'm back! Finally! Well, I took a two week break from the spark website, but not the diet itself, and now I'm BACK! I lost 2 pounds last week, bringing me down to 259 (out of the 260s) and I feel great about that! <BR> <BR> I fell in love over the Valentine's Day weekend. I know that sounds crazy, but apparently, love is still alive and well in the world. It's been a long time since I've been in love, so long I can't remember. I mean, I think I thought I was in love a couple of times but nothing like what ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:59:59 EST the reality of who you are emerges as itself In the seeing of what you are not, the reality of who you are emerges as itself. --Eckhart Tolle, "A New Earth" <BR> <BR> This is a quote from the book I'm reading by Eckhart Tolle, "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose". It's in Chapter 2. I like this because for people who are loosing weight we are constantly looking to see what we are not...fat...and a truer version of ourselves emerges physically. <BR> <BR> In reality, as we loose weight there is so much other "stuff" we h... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 16:32:21 EST Stunned and Amazed I am a musician. I teach music and I also play for the church. The thing about being a musician is that you're really always playing for someone else's enjoyment, or education or fullfillment or turn getting you own satisfaction from how someone else appreciates what it is that you do. <BR> <BR> I realize not all professions are like this. It is not easy performing all day. It's not easy playing music for church services (and making it look like it is). I am fully aware ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:49:35 EST Day #3 of the 28 Day Challenge <em>102</em> Well day #3 of my 28 Day Challenge started with my alarm going off at 4:52 AM. <em>128</em> Amazingly, and I mean AMAZINGLY, I hoped right out of bed. I'm not gonna kid you, it hurt. <em>24</em> Literally. <BR> <em>319</em> I've been working out so much, I'm in a constant state of soreness and I stiffen up overnight. It's a "good" pain though, kinda. Anyway, I let the dog out and jumped in the shower. I took a LONG shower. I got out and took my time getting dressed. ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 11:48:07 EST "You Love Me, You Really Love Me!" <em>160</em> JustDuckie asked in her blog today: <BR> "How Many Support Systems do You Have?" <BR> <BR> So in response to this great blog, I offer the following: <BR> <BR> <em>517</em> Obviously! I'm grateful everyday to be a part of this wonderful community. I've never experienced anything like it. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> My Mom (dancesewread): I live in GA and she lives in ME and I call her wayyyyy tooooo much for a healthy 41 year old. (Just kidding). She's my bigg... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 18:26:25 EST I'm Taking the 28 Day Challenge <em>249</em> I've decided to re-jumpstart my Spark by taking the 28 day challenge. I am hoping to lead my at-work team on the 28 day challenge with me. <BR> <BR> My Three Fast-Break Goals <BR> 1. Get up by 5:00 AM <em>128</em> Monday-Friday <BR> 2. Be to school <em>150</em> by 6:30 for extra productivity time and/or exercise in my classroom. <BR> <em>313</em> 3. Walk my dog (Otis) every day at least 1 mile. <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Plan My Spark Time <BR> 1. I will Spark three ti... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:57:39 EST In the Hills and Valleys of Life...sometimes you're right in the muck <em>149</em> Don't let the title fool you, I'm having a great day. I'm hungry (it's 7PM), I'm still at school finishing work for a reason I'm not pleased with, but I will not dwell. <BR> <BR> Let's just say I had an assignment and it's done! It's 15 pages long and my head hurts, but it's turned in so I'm almost done! <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> I've eaten great so far today, and can't wait to go home and have a healthy dinner. It seems I never have enough time to do everything, but I'm l... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:03:54 EST challenge: TRACK WHAT YOU DIDN'T EAT TODAY <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=4&imparent=18105069 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> Okay, today I thought (as I eyed the vending machine in the teacher's room) that is often about what we DON"T eat each day that actually makes us successful at our new lifestyle. But, we track only what we don't eat. <BR> <BR> I challenge you this: TRACK WHAT YOU DIDN'T EAT TODAY <BR> <BR> What did you really want to eat today that you denied yourself in the name of good ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:03:14 EST I Refuse to Beat Myself UP over a 1.5 GAIN This is not easy, none of it. Not the eating, exercising, blogging, accountability, tracking,'s hard! I am not going to loose every week. Some weeks I will gain. Some weeks I will feel sickly and not be able to keep my level of enthusiasm. Yes, it's a disappointment. Yes, it's hard to admit defeat. But it's not a defeat forever, just for now. I will analyze what I can do to improve, and improve. I will not look back at my progress with any criticism whatsoever. I must stay ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:17:51 EST If Momma's Not Happy, ain't Nobody Happy Well, it's Sunday evening and a new week waits ahead of me with endless possiblities. I am excited for the week because I was feeling under the weather last week, common coldly, and could not muster my usual <BR> Spark-enthusiasm for the week. In fact, my co-worker (so0o0o0o0 competitive!) lunged ahead of me in monthly spark points. Not that I blame him for taking the advantage...I am blessed to have him on board, he is extremely motivating and enthusiastic making this journey that much mo... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:46:46 EST I Have Everything I Need, Do You? I have recently come to realize that I have everything I need. I am one of those people that will go to the store and buy something I know I need and not use it. One example of this is vitamins. I have bought vitamins, and even diet suppliments, and then just neglected to use them. When I started Spark back in October I decided that I was going to find everything in my house that I bought for myself (and failed to use) and finally USE IT! I mean, what a waste of money right? <BR> <BR>... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:20:09 EST I'm So Glad for My Co-Workers I've recently been encouraging my co-workers to join Spark and a number of them have. I am actually in competition to loose 100 pounds with one of them! (GO CARPENTER). We have a Spark team started (It's Elementary) and today I stood up at a meeting inviting others to join us. I am newly motivated by this and lost 5 pounds last week. I am enjoying my Spark experience even more now that "real" people are here on it in the flesh! I feel even more confident that I will achieve my goals, mor... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:33:36 EST Finally! A Video Blog from MSNICHOLS39 It's been a long time since I video blogged but here goes....I'm going to get back in the swing of it now. Feels gooooooood. :) Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:35:14 EST Personal Goals for the New Year I recently posted my personal goals for the new year on my team page. I know that my weight loss goal is ambitious but I truly feel I can do this. I have lost 27 pounds since October 10, 2009, without much exercise at all. I have increased my exercise goals to help continue my weight loss success. I thought I would post these goals on my blog page as well. So here goes! <BR> <BR> My personal goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. To reach 230 by June 1. (That's my official Spark Goal but I really wa... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 11:18:48 EST It's a New Year! Okay, so I'm a few days late! The year is still pretty new, yet. I'm not used to not writing to 00's in a row when I write the date. A new decade even. <BR> <BR> Today was a great day for me in the Spark World. I started a private team for my co-workers and I. I have convinced 10 people to start on spark since November. Not all of them are active on the site but maybe they'll join my team and that will inspire them. So now I'm actually a Team Leader! Yeah for me! I truly love my Spar... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 17:00:11 EST Tuesday! One day closer to School Vacation I WAS SOOOOO HUNGRY LAST NIGHT. I got home and I was famished! I didn't overeat but I was MISERABLE. I am blaming it on this ungodly amount of diet coke that I drank over the weekend. I have not been drinking soda of any kind but I had quite a bit over the weekend and I was like an addict, just guzzling it down. I actually drank 3 cans in a row last night just to get it out of my refrigerator. I'm swearing off it for good. It is my enemy. I think that's why I had a weight gain this week... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:52:56 EST Monday: Time to Crack Down on Myself... Well, I've just been so busy with the Christmas Season at school, I've been negligent in my blogging. That's really an excuse/reason. I have no others. I am discouraged with the video blogging because the Man has blocked the Flikz website connecting spark to the video world, and thus I am unable to vBlog at all from school and I don't have internet at home, to speak of so here I am with pen to paper,virtually. <BR> <BR> I had done really well last week and sometime about Thursday I fell o... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:36:26 EST IF If <BR> Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> If you can keep your head when all about you <BR> Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; <BR> If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, <BR> But make allowance for their doubting too: <BR> If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, <BR> Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, <BR> Or being hated don't give way to hating, <BR> And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; <BR> <BR> If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; <BR> If y... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:01:25 EST Our Deepest Fear Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. <BR> Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. <BR> It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. <BR> We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? <BR> Your playing small does not serve the world. <BR> There is nothing enlightened about shrinking <BR> so that other people won't feel insecure around you. <BR> We are all meant to shine, as children do.... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:04:36 EST Day before Thanksgiving Well, tomorrow is Food Day. I am cooking because my beautiful daughter has been talking up my home cooking for a month. She's a freshman in college, so I guess the cafeteria food is getting to her. I am not afraid to cook. I'm going to try not to nibble and to eat small portions, that is my plan. I am actually excited about cooking that big ole turkey! That's healthy, anyways. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying my school vacation. Despite some sad news from the North Country. A 45 year-old fri... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:29:58 EST