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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I have been milk free for almost a year. I still eat some dairy...some cheese and sour cream but not a lot at all. I've noticed a lot of changes but most importantly my digestion has been fantastic and in comparison my period cramps have all but gone away. I honestly wasn't sure if it was the milk or if it was possibly my water intake. About the same time I gave up milk I added 100 ounces of water to my day. Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago...

Hubs bought me some new coffee that is fantastic and my Almond Milk sort of ruined the great flavor so I started using skim milk again. Last night for the first time in about 7 months I had horrible, face melting kinda cramps again. It woke me up! I went for the advil and then back to bed but nope! I actually could not even lay down! The cramps were awful.
I used to get terrible cramps in my legs. It was probably the worst part of it all for me and those have been gone. They were back last night. I finally just had to sit up and wait for the advil to kick in or for the cramps to lesson enough so that I could try to go to sleep.

This morning I did some research and low and behold time and time again I see that dairy has something called, arachidonic acid in it that can cause menstrual cramps to be worse.

Interesting huh?

Back to the Almond Milk for me.


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BATCHICK 6/16/2014 10:59AM

    hmmmm, interesting.

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BLUECAFE 6/15/2014 4:48PM

    I very seldom use dairy, well except cheese.....LOL I do like almond milk in my coffee and have thought about trying coconut milk also. Had no idea it could worsen menstrual cramps!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/12/2014 7:29PM

    Thanks for the info!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/11/2014 10:58PM

    Interesting. I have all but given up dairy (I use half-n-half in my coffee & eat 4 oz cheese per day) and I feel MUCH better. Thanks for giving me something to compare to. Be blessed my friend.

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ADARKARA 6/11/2014 2:43PM

    If you don't love the taste of almond milk, try coconut milk. I drink it in my coffee every day. =)

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Eat my dust 220.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Those of you that have read my blogs know that 220 is my Achilles heal. I have seen 220 on the scale time and time again. I ALWAYS gain weight back at this point. Each and every time I see 220 it's like my brain stops functioning and I start to sabotage myself. I plateau and get frustrated and quit whatever I'm doing and make a new plan.

I've been at 220 for 6 weeks and 2 days. The EXACT same weight. This morning the plateau broke! I am down 2 more pounds.

I have not been perfect for 6 weeks and 2 days but I have been persistent. I may falter a little, get a little frustrated, make a bad choice, but I never gave up.

I'm so proud of myself. Not because I lost 2 pounds but because I didn't quit. I didn't re-write my plan because I was maintaining. I didn't let 220 pounds beat me.

I beat 220 pounds.....finally!!

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NONIE_C 5/31/2014 2:52PM

    Way to go, Nikki!!!
You and I are walking parallel paths, I tell you emoticon
But I'm ready to leave 220 in the dust too.

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FELINEBETTER 5/19/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Nikki!

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    I am so happy for you!!! Congratulations! I'm cheering for you to just keep on going. As you say, 220 can just eat your dust!!!! Love ya

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TATTER3 5/19/2014 4:51PM

    yea YOU!!

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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

    emoticon emoticon

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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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