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Baby Donkey!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Aunt and Uncle have a new addition to their family!

She is 2 days old in these photos! She is all legs and ears and weighs next to nothing. She would get curious and walk away from her mama and then notice how far she was and run as fast as she could to get back to her. She has the softest hair I have ever felt and she loved being touched. I am smitten!

Cute huh???

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 4/16/2014 7:15PM

    What a sweetie!! I love donkeys.... they're adorable at any age.

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NONIE_C 4/15/2014 12:18PM

    I am smitten too!
Oh, how I would love to pet and cuddle that sweet little donkey.
Thanks so much for sharing the photos

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CARINEVE 4/15/2014 10:33AM

    oh my, what a cute little donkey!

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    so cute!!!!

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BLUECAFE 4/14/2014 8:00PM

    So stinkin' cute!

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ADARKARA 4/14/2014 6:12PM

    so cute!!!

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FELINEBETTER 4/14/2014 5:33PM

    What a cute little darling! There is something special about donkeys. You can see a gentle soul in their eyes.

One of my claims to fame is that I once was bitten by, not one but two miniature donkeys at the same time! emoticon emoticon Some people have all the luck!

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I'm finally ready to be a success story.

Monday, April 07, 2014

2 weeks ago today I started my newest attempt to get healthy. I have been ''trying'' to lose weight and get in shape for roughly 15 years. I have these moments of glory ya know? I make all these detailed plans and I get so excited and I stick with it for a few days...or even a week. Then something happens. For lack of a better a word let's call it LIFE.

So any one of the following or even a combo or two can happen....
I get sick.
Someone in my household gets sick.
The phone bill goes up.
I start my period.
I get into an argument with my husband.
I stub my toe.
We run out of broccoli.
I wake up pissy!

My point? It can be ANYTHING! Just give me a reason to quit and I will grab on to it with both hands and jump. I can then tell you all the reasons why this would never work for me. All the flaws that I never noticed during my detailed planning.

Then a month later I will come up with a new plan and so on and so forth. I've been playing this game for 15 years.

2 weeks ago I knew something was different. I have been working on me for about a year now. Little bits and pieces were coming together. We bought an inexpensive glider that gave me no more foot/knee excuses for not working out. I started drinking water. A lot of water. 100 ounces a day. I cut back on dairy because I know in my heart of hearts that certain dairy products were making me sick. I started eating more vegetables. I started working on the inner me.

So 2 weeks ago wasn't really my start. It was me, finally putting together everything I have been working on. Taking each piece and lining them up to show a full picture. Add Bob's Skinny Rules (and I still stand firm it's not a diet least not the way I'm using it) and I have what at this point is a successful combination.

In the past 2 weeks, since I started putting everything in motion, we have had more stress than we have had in years.
Our car broke down with one issue and was kept due to a recall issues...2 separate problems so we still had to pay for the original issue and we have no idea when we will get our car back.
My computer is dying.
Our son has completely changed his mind about where he is going to college and this is after we had everything set and ready to go to the first college.
This past weekend I had not 1 but 2 back to back migraines. My migraines are the kind with auras and numbness, so I lose vision.

Even with all of this, I did not change my eating. Not one single time. I didn't run for the carbs like I would have in the past. I didn't convince myself that its just too hard. It never even crossed my mind to ''cheat''. There was no thought and that's the thing that makes me feel so great. I didn't debate. I just ate healthy food.

For me, THIS is success. I truly believe that no matter what our issues are, we only change when we are ready. No amount of convincing or persuasion or even cold hard facts can MAKE a person change. True, real, at the core of your being want is all that will make a person a change.

I have found my want.


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CARINEVE 4/15/2014 10:36AM

    What a great blog!
So happy for you, that you finally feel committed.
I know how hard this can be, when life throws all these challenges at you.
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LPRUNWALK 4/9/2014 1:01PM

    Oh I am so, so happy for you. You have been seriously tested this week, and you have stayed the course. This really is the truest sign of commitment, when we are faced with a bunch of possible excuses and turn down every one of them in order to do what we know is right. All of the things you are doing to keep yourself healthy will help you to deal with these stresses with as much calm as any of us can muster in such situations. Big, heartfelt congratulations to you.

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IN_TUNE 4/7/2014 11:25PM

    Great blog! I'm proud of you, you're attitude is 100% different this time. Love you.

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NONIE_C 4/7/2014 9:35PM

    I'm so excited for you, Nikki. And I know exactly what you mean. For so, so long I was just spinning around on the same old stuff. I'd make a plan, life would happen, and my plan went out the window. For me, the big change moment was when I admitted I had lost control and went to OA. I'm so glad you found what works for you!!!

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SASSY_BRASSY 4/7/2014 4:42PM

    That's amazing, and I'm so happy for you! Today was kind of an "Ah ha!" day for me, so I feel where you're at. Keep it up, chickadee!


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MAGGIEVAN 4/7/2014 4:00PM

    Yes, you are on your way! Congrats.

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    Wonderful blog my friend! Keep up the good work. YOU deserve the best you can give to yourself.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/7/2014 11:48AM

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FELINEBETTER 4/7/2014 11:46AM

    Nikki! This is a huge turning point for you! emoticon Congratulations on finding your way! I agree with you about things happening when they are supposed to! You GO Girl!

emoticon emoticon emoticon And you're doing it!!! emoticon

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And we meet again.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today I weigh 220 pounds. Again. I have not been below 220 for 4 years. I get to 220 and I gain. It's happened time and time again. So today when i stepped on the scale and saw 220 I had mixed feelings.

Happy..... that I have lost 10 pounds.
Scared.....that I can't get below 220.

I thought about my reaction and I realized that I was just in my head. Letting negative thoughts cloud what I know. I am different this time. I am prepared, focused, driven and ready to finally be free of this weight.

I know what I need to do because I have been doing it and it's working.....

I will earn my body. Oh how I love that statement.

220 is just a number....and soon it will be a part of my past. I will not let it psych me out. BUT I will do one heck of a happy dance when I beat it!


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    You can do it!

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IN_TUNE 4/3/2014 9:43PM

    I can't wait to celebrate with you. You are going to crush 220 and just keep on going. Love you forever. emoticon

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LINDAK25 4/3/2014 8:10PM

    Keep going!

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BLUECAFE 4/3/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon I have no doubt!

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REALLYHOPIN 4/3/2014 6:25PM

    an excellent, positive blog.

Yes, You WILL!

Be good to yourself!


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SCOOTER4263 4/3/2014 6:24PM

    You were right when you referred to not being able to get below 220 as something that has happened to you in the past. Thank goodness you don't live there anymore! Take that 10 pound loss and run with it, into your new future at whatever number you choose!

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FELINEBETTER 4/3/2014 6:09PM

    You are the new & improved version of YOU. This time, like you will be completely different. You got this, Girl! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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Success feels good!

Friday, March 28, 2014

I have been working Bob Harper's Skinny Rules into my life since Monday. I have lost 7 pounds.

To give you a visual....I lost a full grown YORKIE!!

I know for a fact that it's the starchy carb thing. The only starchy carb I have eaten all week is one slice of Ezekiel Bread each day and my Almond milk has sugar in it.

Sample menu....

Wake up drink a glass of water.
One cup of Hazel nut or Vanilla coffee with 2 ounces (about) of Almond milk.

2 egg omelet with 2 slices of VERY thin cheese (That's what its actually called) and mushrooms with or without some zucchini or broc and a slice of toast.
Greek yogurt with blueberries and a slice of dry toast.

can of tuna on lettuce, tomato, zuccinni and black olives with lemon juice for dressing.
lettuce sandwiches with chicken and hard-boiled egg with black olives.

Chicken with a veggie and salad. Glass of non sweetened home-made iced tea.

Water all day (I have been drinking about 100 ounces a day for 6 months) and ONE Vodka tonic each night. emoticon Hubs and I like to have a cocktail while we make dinner. I used to drink wine but the kind I like is far too high in calories.

There were a couple days where I had a snack and that would be an apple, or a Greek yogurt or some strawberries.

The ONLY thing I miss is something sweet after dinner and that's not something I used to want. I'm sure that it's the lack of sugar and that I'm going through sort of a withdrawal.

This is WAY more food than I was eating. I'm not hungry at all and I also have not had any tummy trouble and that was a normal thing for me. I'm not bloated or lethargic....I feel great.

Keep in mind that I was eating white rice every single day and snacking on tortilla chips every single day prior to this. They are my drugs of choice.

We had an incredibly stressful week. Car in the dying...YUP the one I am typing on! And a couple of other high stress issues and I stuck with this. That tells me it's much more natural for me to eat this way than I would have ever thought. Hubs is doing AWESOME too. Sticking to his plan as well. We didn't even get to make dinner until 8pm on Wednesday and we stuck with it. It would have been so easy to just grab something quick. It's nice to have an ally in him.

So...I am happy and determined. This got me under 225 which I have been stuck at for months and months.

Just look how proud he is of me. emoticon


ps.....I know this is way too much weight to lose consistently. I don't expect for it to happen again...but it feels like a great start. I will be thrilled with 1-2 pounds a week.

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ORCHIDLADY56 3/29/2014 10:23PM

    Great work! Congratulations!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/29/2014 10:05PM

    Great job! You're doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/29/2014 4:09PM

    Great! I have dropped most carbs too and it is working.

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IN_TUNE 3/29/2014 12:00AM

    Woot Woot! Your killing it baby. You keep me motivated and and on program, such an inspiration. Love you.

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FELINEBETTER 3/28/2014 6:45PM

    I'm happy for you, Nikki! You are right -- your weight loss won't be this big every week but it sure is motivating to see a difference right away! YOU GO GIRL!!

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LPRUNWALK 3/28/2014 3:15PM

    This is just great. I can really feel your excitement and determination to get this thing done!! It's especially great that you and your husband are doing this together, in such a coordinated way.

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BLUECAFE 3/28/2014 2:45PM

I am eating moderately low carb too and it makes me feel pretty good. I think I'm going to have to stay in a lower carb range to maintain too. 7 lbs. is emoticon

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DNRAE1 3/28/2014 12:41PM

    That is fantastic! Congratulations on the weight loss and your realistic outlook about not being able to continue at that rate. It is a great start, and I wish you great success! Have a great day!

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ADARKARA 3/28/2014 12:28PM


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The Skinny Rules. Bad Name. Great ideas.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

First off you need to know that I ADORE Bob Harper. I think he is smart, funny, good at his job, compassionate and HOT. emoticon But I think the name of his book stinks. I think it sends out the wrong message and I think it just plain turns people off from what I believe is a book full of great ideas.

So on to what I think about the actual book. I like it. I think that if you only see the list of rules it can be misleading. That's why I bought the actual book. Anyone can find the rules online for free but for me, I wanted to see his explanation and reasoning for recommending what he is recommending. I'm really glad I did.

Some of the rules are common sense. Drink your water....Drink a glass when you wake up in the morning.....Drink a glass before a meal. Well for me, this is easy because I already do it!

How about eat your veggies?! Again...easy one for me.

Another is reading labels so you know what you're eating and there is one about knowing portion size. Again...all common sense stuff right? I would say about half of them need no real explanation but for me anyway, I had no idea what he wants when he says ''Slash your intake of refined flours and grains'' That's subjective. OR Go to bed hungry? Huh? (Neither are as awful as they sound by the way)

The book is broken up into sections, first the rules. Then his plan for prep and then recipes if you wish to use them. I really liked this book. It's quite funny. He writes like he talks. He shoots from the hip which I love. No crap...just facts and direction.

I'm going to start following ALL 20 rules on Monday. I wanted time to make a good grocery list, plan and prepare for success. What's worse than being all excited and ready to change your life only to realize you're not really prepared?

I do NOT look at this like a diet. I really don't. I've done the diet thing. The program. South Beach, WW, Carbohydrate addicts....I have no desire to go back to that kinda thing because while I believe that ANY diet can work as long as you stick to it, I've yet to find one I stick to. This is not a ''beat myself up'' moment. I just truly believe that it takes time to learn what works for each of us and for me, a program is not the way to go.

The cover of the book says ''The simple non-negotiable principles for getting to thin''

So instead of seeing this as a program or diet, I see a list of healthy habits that I'm incorporating into my life. But whatever it is...I only see positive changes coming my way!


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ORCHIDLADY56 3/24/2014 5:11PM

    Agree with you Nik. Hate the title - "getting to thin" - it puts the emphasis on how you look rather than how you feel and your health. I think you have the right spin on it viewing it as a set of healthy habits that will only make life better. I will have to check this one out!

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CARINEVE 3/21/2014 1:15PM

    Good point, skinny is not what we should be aiming for, healthy is a better word.
But it seems like despite the name, the book contains sound advice, so I might look it up as well at Amazon.
Thanks for the tip!

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I hear ya on the name... I sooooooooooo regret my sign in name on Spark. I picked this name years and years ago when on another diet/nutrition web site and I was trying to stay with some of the same sign in names so as NOT to get confused and forget them all. I would definitely pick a different now but I have already been on here too long !!

You can sooooooooo do this !


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SHANSHE 3/20/2014 11:12PM

    YAY!!! Bob IS pretty awesome! :)

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IN_TUNE 3/20/2014 10:16PM

    Can't wait to watch you succeed!

I'll be the one on the couch eating carbs and cheering you on. Just kidding baby, you got this and I know it will inspire me to eat healthier as well.

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KRZYKAT3 3/20/2014 8:38PM

    NIkki, I love Bob and his directness as well. I am sure the publisher made the book name up and not him, if that is a consolation, to sell books.

Can't wait to hear how your new path works for you!

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    Sounds like an interesting book. I have another book by Harper & enjoyed it a lot. Hope that you're doing well. Bright blessings to you my friend.

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