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I had Endless Shrimp AND I inspired someone

Monday, August 19, 2013

My weekend waspretty boring. I spent most of it taking down the micro braids I had in my hair. That was a process! But anywho, Derrell had to work Sunday and then had Guys Night with friends afterwards so I hit the gym. I was NOT in the mood. It was one of those workouts where you tell yourself, "Self, just GO to the gym. Do SOMETHING for 30 minutes and you can leave." I was counting down the minutes until I hit 30 when an old childhood friend, Kizzie, walked up to me. She and I have known each other since we were 5 years old and grew up together. She switched high schools our junior year and I only saw her every so often after that. Facebook allowed us to reconnect but it was nothing more than a few niceties here and there.

Thank goodness for Kizzie! She and I began talking and next thing you know I had completed 60 minutes on the treadmill plus the five minute cool down. In our talking she told me of how she got serious about getting healthy in January after her sister told her to checkout my Facebook page. She said seeing my transformation inspired her and she got to the gym the very next day and cut out all soda. This made me feel so good because this is someone who has seen my struggle with weight my entire life. Kizzie has lost 40 pounds since January!!!

After that I was feeling so much better. Just the night before I freaked out and got all down on myself because when I went to snuggle with Derrell I suddenly caught a glimpse of morbidly obese Nikki and it immediately ruined the mood. Derrell tried to convince me that I was fine and I did not want to hear it. I felt like a lump of lard.

Speaking of lard. After cleaning up from the gym and flat ironing my hair, I invited one of my closest friends and bridesmaid, Ash to dinner. She and I have a tradition that we go to Endless Shrimp at Red Lobster every year together. Ash is a size 3 and couldn't gain weight if she tried. In order to keep myself on track and aware of my progress while in the midst of shrimp heaven, I wore a cute but fitted military style blazer, a little tank and short shorts.

When we got to RL there was a bit of a wait so we had a drink at the bar. I had a Pina Colado on the rocks with a shot of Amaretto Disarrino. Ash had a Top Shelf Long Island Iced Tea. We were then sat. I had a cup of chicken tortilla soup (which he doused with shredded cheese emoticon ) and two biscuits (300 calories of sin and tastiness). I ordered shrimp alfredo and fried shrimp. By the time the food got there, I was pretty much done. I had less than half of my pasta and six shrimp. I ordered one refill of popcorn shrimp, had 4 of the tiny shrimp and quit. I definitely didn't get my money's worth but my friend was the server and so he rang in a bunch of shrimp for me to take home to Derrell. Trust me, the shrimp is safe from me because not only do I not eat leftovers often, but after having my colonic, I am realizing that a lot of the carb heavy stuff that I love, hurts my tummy and I just don't want it.

Well, I am only 18 days from my wedding. I am wrapping up some last minute details and am mostly just looking forward to the whole thing being DONE! I just want to get on that boat and sail away with my husband. emoticon
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    I know I am a little late, but please know that you look fabulous! You have always been my inspiration!!! You prove that you can indulge a little from time to time and still live a healthy lifestyle! That's what I struggle with thank you for showing me balance :)
    1723 days ago
    You are beautiful!!! You've done an amazing job and look fabulous. Think back to the beginning of this journey and what a couch potato you were. Now you run, go to the gym, wear cute outfits, inspire others, and you are getting married to a man that has loved you throughout the entire journey and before you even started.

    Girl you have a lot of positives in your life. Don't let that "old mindset" get in the way!! You did fine at Red Lobster, too. This little treat probably boosted your metabolism and now your exercise will do even more good.

    Take care and focus on the important things in life. Family, faith, friends, and enough food to nourish! You've got it all!
    1735 days ago
    Hey!! You didn't do to bad at RL! I sure do love those biscuits lol I love your outfit, it's cute and simple! And good for you for inspiring someone. I know that is a good feeling and think of all the people who have inspired you and how you felt. You were able to give that back to someone else without knowing it.
    1735 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Great workout. Congrats on your pending nuptials.
    1736 days ago
    It's amazing to know that you have inspired someone to change his/her life! And you are surely an inspiration! You look amazing and so thin!

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    1736 days ago
    You look great in the short shorts outfit :)! I know how you felt with that 30 minutes I was like that yesterday. You are a motivator and I'm happy your friend got inspired and lost 40#s. That's great! 18 days woooowww hang in there you're almost done!
    1737 days ago
    Cute outfit!! You look great girl!! Stop being so hard on yourself. You look emoticon
    1737 days ago
    You are truly inspiring and have inspired many, but it's always nice to hear specific instances where you've done it! :D What a great feeling, and great job with the shrimp, and what a cute outfit! emoticon
    1737 days ago
    Nikki - you have done an awesome job and I can see where you have inspired so many more people than just the one! Your journey has been amazing and you look fantastic in that cute outfit!!!

    Best wishes on your upcoming wedding - it's really been a process but it seems that you are staying sane. Share pics when you get back from the honeymoon!
    1737 days ago
    Nikki, you are a lovely woman not a piece of lard! Stop with bad mouthing yourself! That was a very nice outfit you wore to the RL! You killed it!
    1738 days ago
    That is an adorable outift and you look great! Congrats on your success and inspiring someone else to start their own journey! You Rock!
    1738 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    Looking Good! emoticon
    1738 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    You look amazing! emoticon
    1738 days ago
    You look absolutely fantastic!
    1738 days ago
    It's almost here!! Yay! Congrats on the wedding. And you look absolutely adorable in your blazer/short shorts outfit!
    1738 days ago
    Best wishes on your upcoming wedding
    1738 days ago
  • CARA_FIT37
    Oh my gosh? You are cruising??? My fiance and I are too!
    1738 days ago
    emoticon 0n inspiring your old friend and emoticon on the photo!
    1738 days ago
    Awwww, that last line was cute. 18 more days! Holy cow!

    You look super cute in that outfit!

    WOOHOO for inspiring your friend! It's a great feeling, knowing that other people are learning from your example in a positive way. Congrats!
    1738 days ago
    wow you did great way to go
    1738 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    It seemed you inspired one another! A whole hour, great! I,too did the endless shrimp with the scampi, alfredo and the new teriaki. I like RL as they always provide you with a salad, and the bread, I can eat just one! Congrats on your 18 day count down to your wedding! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1738 days ago
  • SARIC3
    Congrats on your upcoming wedding. I hope it is a fabulous day!

    maybe you can plan your friend Kizzie in the gym on a regular basis. I know when I have someone counting on me, I am less likely to consider any excuse not to go.

    You look great!
    1738 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You look great!
    1738 days ago
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