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GoodWill is one of my Best Friends!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I get such a thrill these days when I go shopping for clothes. I will see a beautiful shirt that I would have loved wearing when I was heavier (thinking it will fit now), but when I try it on, it is much too big. emoticon

I continue searching and find a smaller one, which I know will be much too tight, and it fits perfectly! Same thing with jeans. I look at them and say, there is NO WAY I can fit into this, but then I do! It really helps keep me motivated. emoticon

I have dropped about 4 sizes over this past year and the next drop will bring me into a single digit. I would say I can't wait, but I am already so much happier!

Consistency is the key! No matter what, do NOT give up!!! emoticon

  
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1KSBEST 2/1/2014 10:14AM

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2013 7:57PM

    Congratulations! It is wonderful that your hard work is paying off

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TRICIALICI 11/19/2013 7:37PM

    Very, very cool, Nicole! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/17/2013 8:13PM

    OH MY GOSH! Would love to see you.

Amazing what we can do when we are consistent!

I met a girl .. flutist at the gym.. Maximum Fitness,
she knows you.

FOrgot her name??

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TULULAHFRANKIE 11/17/2013 4:49AM

    Totally agree with you that there is no better feeling than fitting into or being too small

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 11/16/2013 8:32PM

    That is such a cool perspective. I suspect there needs to be lots of work on us seeing our body as it truly are.

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GFYOGAMOM 11/16/2013 8:08PM

    What AWESOME, happy, NSV moments you have had w/your clothes shopping!! CONGRATS on those FOUR SIZES!!

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LADYBIRD82 11/16/2013 7:26PM

    One of weight losses many rewards. Trying on clothes in a smaller size and not expecting them to fit and then they do. Wow a really great feeling. Best of luck on your journey. You can do it! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/16/2013 7:06PM

    What a wonderful experience!! And good for you shopping at Goodwill - for while you are losing weight it doesn't make good sense to spend a lot on clothing. Though I'm in maintenance and I still shop there when I have time. I've gotten some REALLY nice clothes there!!

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SUEWRITES 11/16/2013 6:25PM

    Good for you! I am currently trying to get into my smaller size jeans that have been sitting in my closest for way too long. I can now get them over my hips but not done up yet!

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BLC22 Results (Before/After Pix) with Golden Phoenix

Saturday, August 31, 2013

This was my first round in Golden Phoenix serving as a Co-Captain with our awesome Captain Jane! It ran from June 5th to August 28th, during which time I lost 8.9 pounds and 6 inches. Additionally, my BMI dropped from 30.8 (obese) to 29 (overweight). My body fat percentage dropped from 42% to 39.8%, and I went from size 12 pants to size 10.

Here are my before and after photos. The differences are subtle, but they are there!





Happily, I achieved all of my previously posted SMART Goals:
1. I will move down from the obese to overweight BMI category by the end of the round, August 28th. 
2. I will move down one pants size by the end of the round. (Or, at least, my current ones will be falling off of me!) 
3. I will be happier with who looks back at me in the mirror. 

Our team was phenomenal! So much support, enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication. We were unstoppable and WON Overall Team Biggest Loser!

We are now on a four week ABC (Autumn Break Challenge) until BLC23. I really appreciate our lighter break challenges to help keep me on track!

Congratulations and thank you to all the ladies of Golden Phoenix!!!
(A special congratulations to Carol, for winning the title of Overall Individual Biggest Loser!)

  
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1KSBEST 11/18/2013 7:56AM

    To SINGLE DIGIT SHOPPING
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TRICIALICI 9/11/2013 11:42AM

    AWESOME PICS, Nicole! Congratulations on your progress! Keep up the great work!
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KIBAISREADY 9/5/2013 12:52AM

    LOOKING GOOD GIRLIE! CONGRATS AND KEEP MAKING IT HAPPEN! emoticon emoticon

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JFROGSPYDER 9/2/2013 5:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You look AMAZING!!!! CONGRATS!!!!
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MARINEMAMA 9/1/2013 7:56AM

    Great job! You look wonderful!

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FITAT50 9/1/2013 7:42AM

    Great job! You can really see the difference!

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YO~YOLANDA 9/1/2013 7:07AM

    That feels so good!!! Look at how your clothes fit you better...Smooth...You Look Amazing and I'll bet you feel it too....CONGRATULATIONS...YOU MADE PROGRESS HAPPEN!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/1/2013 6:42AM

    Not subtle at ALL! You made huge strides! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRADDIE 8/31/2013 11:40PM

    Fabulous job!! WAY TO GO!!!

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FITLIKENIC 8/31/2013 10:12PM

    Look at YOU! Real results from dedication!

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MGJARVI 8/31/2013 10:07PM

    Now there are some real results! WTG, so proud of you!! Thanks for your special part in making the GOLDEN PHOENIX team what it is, SPECIAL!

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HARMONYAGAIN 8/31/2013 9:46PM

    I can see it!

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LIZZYP609 8/31/2013 9:40PM

    Awesome results! Good for you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/31/2013 9:24PM

    You Go Girl! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 8/31/2013 9:12PM

    You're looking simply marvelous!

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MS.ELENI 8/31/2013 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon You look fantastic and changes show how hard you have worked. emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon You look great!

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KATI5668 8/31/2013 6:37PM

    sounds like you got it figured out..planning is half the battle...

As BlC 23 rolls around we will all be cheering for you!!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/31/2013 6:35PM

    I love the before and after pics!! You shrank!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Review of BLC 22

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BLC 21 was my first round and it was awesome. I lost consistently, EVERY week. I worked very hard and the weight just seemed to fall right off. I even surpassed my weight loss goal, twice! In BLC 22, not so much. It's been more difficult, and my weigh-ins have had their ups and downs. However, I have learned something very valuable. Whether there is smooth sailing or choppy waters, the main thing is to stay on course. It may take longer when things are rougher, but as long as I stay focused, I will gradually move in the right direction to my destination.
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Although I did not quite reach my (unrealistic) weight loss goal this round, I DID meet all 3 of my BLC 22 SMART Goals. So, that is something I can sure smile about!

emoticon WEATHER THE STORMS AND, NO MATTER HOW BAD THEY GET,
NEVER GIVE UP! emoticon

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/28/2013 6:07PM

    EXACTLY NEVER GIVE UP!

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KIMI_SILVA 8/27/2013 10:17PM

    Wonderful to be able to look back and see where we've been and where we're going ... especially when we're heading there with direction ... and surrounded by a great group of women who are taking this journey as well.

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ITSYBITSYMAMA 8/27/2013 5:13AM

    emoticon You have done an amazing job this round! The path isn't always smooth but as you say as long as you are continuing to move forward you will reach your goal.

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My SMART Goals for BLC22

Monday, June 10, 2013

I have been looking forward to the BLC22, and I'm so glad I did a Spring Break Challenge with my Golden Phoenix team while I was waiting. Doing so enabled me to not only maintain my 14.9 lb loss from BLC21, but I also lost an additional 3.9 pounds. Based on the results I obtained during BLC21, my goals for this round are:
emoticon 1. I will move down from the obese to overweight BMI category by the end of the round, August 28th.
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I will accomplish all of the above by maxing out as many of the challenges as possible, tracking my food and staying within range, daily exercise, and daily interaction on the Golden Phoenix thread.

  
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LMK206 7/12/2013 8:18PM

    Nicole, how are your goals going? you really did AWESOME last round! Thanks for helping Jane out co captain! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/17/2013 6:10PM

    emoticon but Each of us is the one that has to do it.

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BUSYMOM911 6/11/2013 12:38AM

    I'm so glad that I am on this team with you. You are truly an inspiration.
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Glad that you found an exercise that you love. Sparkpedaling is the coolest multi-tasking.

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TRICIALICI 6/10/2013 10:00PM

    Nice goals! I read everyone else's goals, and inevitably they have a goal or two that I'd like to add to my list! I've got some pants I'd love to get into by the end of the challenge. Let's make it happen!

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MURPHI13 6/10/2013 9:57PM

    Wonderful plan! You/We can do it!!! Congrats on the weight already gone and I love that third goal of being happier with the person looking back at you. This is such a positive and great reminder!

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MS.ELENI 6/10/2013 8:51PM

    Looks like a good plan. emoticon

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My Limerick!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

I must thank Colette for this AWESOME limerick she wrote about me for part of our weekend challenge. I LOVE it!!!
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Nicole's the gal who plays the flute,
And in a real orchestra, to boot.
Sparkpedaling away,
Nearly every day,
Shrinking her body, and looking real cute.
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TEDYBEAR2838 6/2/2013 9:48PM

    That was so nice.!
Thanks for sharing Nicole.

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