NIKKI_ALCALA's SparkPeople Blog NIKKI_ALCALA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Biggest Loser 15K Done. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:02:11 EST Happy Monday! As a full time Student experiencing the Summer Mondays don't hold that same sense of dread as they used to... Hopefully yours isn't too bad either. <BR> <BR> My long holiday weekend went well. I made some very healthy, solid choices. i haven't been as active lately but that's because it has been int he 90s with 70%+ humidity! Yuck! <BR> <BR> However I will be runnign 4 miles tomorrow and doing Body Pump! <BR> <BR> I hit my next level a few days ago! I love it! <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:38:50 EST Body Pump! About a month ago I got a gym membership from Livingsocial. I knew better than to rush out and get one in January with the rest of the world. This deal was great because it includes an inside track for the Winter and classes. <BR> <BR> I have been trying out new classes: Zumba, Spin, etc <BR> <BR> Last night I tried Body Pump. <BR> <BR> Woah. <BR> <BR> I had heard of it before but wasn't 100% sure what it was. <BR> <BR> Awesome is what it is. It definitely kicks your butt and I am feel... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:45:13 EST In the dressing room... I grabbed a 22 to try on. Ended up fitting into a 16! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 21:29:47 EST Winning! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My winnings! <BR> <BR> (I did ante up $15 and $10) Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:23:00 EST Level Up I am feeling like a hardcore Sparkie! <BR> <BR> I have been active everyday and am super close to hitting Level 6! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can hit to tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Monday! <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:19:01 EST I did it again! I am a winner! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:25:33 EST I am a verified dietbet winner! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boom! <BR> <BR> I lost 13.4 lbs! Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:09:21 EST Trying to not get frustrated... We all know it happens...Even though we fight it... <BR> <BR> But it's real... the dreaded plateau! <BR> <em>333</em> <BR> Evil thing! <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well all month and the scale hasn't moved all week. <BR> <BR> Now, I know a lot of things can affect this... <BR> -the heat <BR> -water intake <BR> -time of the month! <BR> <BR> But it is still frustrating. I just wanted to vent. <BR> <BR> Now I am off to go for a 4 mile run! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:02:34 EST DietBet My weigh in is soon! <BR> <BR> I am still 2 pounds under my goal. I am so excited to see how much I win!?! <BR> <BR> Woohoo! <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:20:04 EST June Run Challange So my plan was to run every other day this month, no matter what! <BR> <BR> Of course life happens and that wasn't 100% possible but I did do several back to back runs so I am actually ahead! Check it out: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not perfect but I am still really proud! I ran Sunday and today. I plan to run 4 miles tomorrow and try to stay on track for every other day for the rest of the month. I also want to hit up Zumba to... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:34:40 EST Glorious>Glamorous I had a slow start today and ended up running later than I wanted to. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> It is officially Summer here in the North East and that means muggy hot days are in store. I am trying to get in run done by 9 so I miss the majority of that sun! Lucky for me the bike bike that I run is 80% shaded! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Well I am still dedicated to running every other day, no excuses, so I got out there because I know I will be busy later. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:37:59 EST Poor choices...and not so poor choices... Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Last night was a farewell party for two of my dear friends. It was at the Rusty Anchor, a restaurant/bar on a boat. As you can imagine there was a lot of seafood and fried things. <em>498</em> <BR> <BR> I feel pretty ok with my choices. I ordered soup and then shared things (fried shrimp, fish, onion chips), which is good and bad since I am not sure exactly how much I had. <BR> <BR> I also had a couple bites of dessert...key lime pie! <em>35</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:59:25 EST My Goal Weight I went to the tracker and entered my ultimate goal weight... <BR> <BR> It told me I should be there by 11/22/13. <BR> <BR> How ironic...that just happened to be my 33rd birthday. <BR> <BR> I am trying very hard and staying focused but I do fear that it will be harder once school starts back up. <BR> <BR> Can I hit my long term goal by my birthday? <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:03:06 EST SparkPoints Page? Did SP get hacked? This is what I see every time I try to go tot he SparkPoints page... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:40:08 EST So I ran...I ran so far away... June Run Update: <BR> <BR> I have been very successful with running every other day this month. In fact I had 2 5Ks this month so I ran 3 days in a row because of where the race landed. <BR> <BR> I have had some left knee soreness but I have rested it, elevated and iced it so i am hoping my run is smooth this morning! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> We can do it! <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:42:07 EST Spin I tried my second Spin class yesterday! <BR> <BR> It was much better. This class involved us actually getting off the bike and doing some weights. I liked breaking it up like that. <BR> <BR> Also and possibly TMI... my crotch is hurting much less. <BR> <BR> I will definitely take this class next week. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone have a great Friday and stay strong this wekend. <BR> <BR> Take care. <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:08:08 EST My First SP Recipe! Good Morning. <BR> <BR> I saw these Baked Egg Cups on a list of high protein snacks and thought "Hey, I can do that...". <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=300231 <BR> <BR> So, I woke up a little early and made them. It was fairly easy. I did skip using the spray oil and added some spinach. <BR> <BR> I was surprised by how much the ham shrunk up but I was using very thin ham. Maybe next time I will try it with a little thicker ham. <BR> <BR> Anyone hav... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:42:55 EST Level Up! I am going to try to jump to the next SP level today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:21:24 EST Happy Pride! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I did the Rainbow 5K on Saturday with some of my nearest, dearest and queerest! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so glad that our Pride Center offers a healthy pride event. <BR> <BR> Happy Pride to all the LGBTQ Sparkies out there! <BR> <em>437</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:56:44 EST Dietbet Update I am officially addicted to dietbet. I am currently signed up for 3. Hopefully they will help me stay on track and be accountable. <BR> <BR> So far I am down 5 pounds! <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well with running every other day. I've even done a couple of back to back runs. The weather is going to be lousy for the couple days so I am glad I got a run in this morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the first year I have d... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:50:43 EST June Hello June! <BR> <BR> We are going to be very busy! I have sworn to run at least 3 miles every other day for the month of June. I have 2 5Ks this month so that helps! <BR> <BR> I also signed up for 2 diet bets so I am hoping that will keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> This is also the first month I made a workout calendar: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's not the best picture but I will definitely be active! The over all plan: <BR> Ru... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:44:53 EST My Lowest Point I came across this picture from 2010. This was definitely my lowest point and my highest weight: over 330lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This reminds me how very far I have come and also lets me know I still have work to do... Thu, 30 May 2013 14:29:37 EST Dietbet and other Updates Hello all. <BR> <BR> New fitness updates: <BR> <BR> *I signed up for a gym membership. It was a great deal on Living Social. Unlimited classes and indoor track. Score! I attended my first Spin class last night. It's tough and I don't know if I have ever sweat so much in my life. Also, my butt/crotch is sore! Yikes. <BR> <BR> *I signed up for a Dietbet. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> It's my first one. The basic premise is everyone pays to play and if you lose... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:59:44 EST Spark Challange: What's In Your Icebox? Challenge Accepted! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting from the top: <BR> <BR> Avocados, Coconut Water, Trader Joe's Honey Yogurt, Almond Milk, Preserves, Creamer, Strawberries <BR> <BR> Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Eggs <BR> <BR> Carrots, Tortilla, Lox, Mini Bagels, Bread, Ezekiel Bread <BR> <BR> Left drawer is filled with veggies. <BR> <BR> Right drawer is filled with beer. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:58:17 EST Easter Candy is 50% off at CVS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:25:52 EST So, I am writing a blog entry... I most likely will not write many of them. Who knows... <BR> <BR> About me... Well, 2 years ago I weighed almost 330 pounds. Sometimes I look at that number and I can't even believe I survived at that weight. I say survived because I know I sure wasn't living. I was miserable in my own skin... and sadly I took it out on my loved ones around me. What a horrible thing to do. Hindsight is 20/20 right? <BR> <BR> Well, I deceived to actually do something about it rather than just bitch and moan.... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:43:39 EST