Wednesday, August 20, 2008

  {Live Well Wednesday: Week 1:}

**Edit: I first want to thank EVERYONE for all of your support! I couldn't do this without you all! Secondly, I weighed in just a few minutes ago and I am starting the journey at 237.6lbs. WOW! Thats a lot! But I will get through this, I will get it off! I am going to church tonight, and will definatly be praying that God can guide me through it!

Hey Everyone!
Ok, so I have been trying to get back on my road of health for a while now, and just couldn't find the motivation. But the other day, I stumbled upon this article, and it completely changed my whole perspective of how I live my life!

So I have decided to get healthy and loose weight the SAFE way, and I want you all to cheer me on! I tend to get a little off the path, so I need people outside of my family that will keep me accountable and not tempt me to stray!

I will not be depriving myself, just making better choices and adding exercise to my daily routine. I am also going to be spending more time with the Lord so as my soul grows, my body will shrink! Let Him increase and me decrease! (Literally!!)

So, here is me being B-R-A-V-E!
I. Am. Scared.
Here is my first "Before Picture" so you can see what I REALLY look like. Totally un-photoshopped, not cropped, full frontal and side body shots from head to toe! And NO...Im not pregnant! LOL!!!

(I haven't weighed myself in quite some time, but I will do it later today and then post that. I am doing this so I am not scared of who I am. I don't want to hide where I am coming from so that when I succeed, I can be proud of myself!)




I'm gonna go cry now....


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25 comments:

momo3 said...

hi nikki . . . . i found your blog a few weeks ago and i heart it so much! i just wanted to wish you the best on your journey of living healthy and well . . . this is something i need to do better at too! you are so beautiful and i really admire you putting yourself out there! kristen

Nikki said...

Hey Nikki! Good for you! We are on the same journey. I just started Body for Life. I am eating well, exercising and I gotta tell you that spending more time in the word and with God makes a huge difference.

I took before pics of myself in a bikini, but I will not be posting them until my 12 weeks are over. I do make myself look at them, and that is motivation in itself.

Nikki

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

You can do it! I used to LIVE off popcorn, chinese takeout and beer until I met my health-nut husband. Now I'm a vegetarian who only eats organic, locally grown food. My best tip? Learn about food. Once you realize where a lot of that junk comes from and how it's made, you probably won't want it anymore!

ko said...

Dont cry Nikki! You are beautiful! I am in the same boat as you!!!!! God is going to get you through this!!!! He will! I need to get on the band wagon with you, but I am scared..i guess scared to fail!
Love ya..you can do it! you are beautiful!
Kyley

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Nikki,
I've been needing to get my weight under control for a while. It seems like I'm too busy to eat right. But I know I need to...so I'll be cheering you on! Maybe you and the article will be what finally motivates me!
Diane

Katy Lin :) said...

first of all, don't cry!

second of all, way to go! i'll be cheering you on from my little corner! :) you'll be in my prayers too.

Kelli@SassySouthernMom said...

Hi Nikki;

Maybe we need to motivate each other!! I had a baby 10 months ago, and just have not had the energy to get off that baby weight. I feel terrible all the time, and fitting excercise into my daily routine feels almost impossible!! You are brave to post your before pics. Wish I could, but I lost my digital camera this past week. Love your blog, thanks for sharing...

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Good for you for recognizing what needs to be done and coming up with an action plan. As for me--well, I recognize what needs to be done...and have no action plan...just failed action plans. My hopes all rest on weight magically melting away when my little one finally decides to be done nursing.

~ Sarah

Joy said...

Oh sweetie, you are so brave! You have taken a giant step towards loving yourself. Hooray for you!!!!
Best of luck on your journey to health.
Oh yes, I like the new hairdo too!

Anna said...

Good luck! You seem to have such a positive attitude about everything, and I'm sure blogging about your experiences will be good for you and help us who read your blog! I had a lot of success with weight watchers a few years ago but lately I have been off track and really need to lose some weight again. What worked the best for me was journalling (writing down everything I ate), it really makes you aware of all those little things that really add up.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

You can do it, Nikki! :) Don't think about weight as much as getting healthy. You'll feel better, have energy, and long term health will be better too! Especially with your little girl, just focus on health and the Lord, and the weight WILL come off! Best of luck!

Gina said...

Hi Nikki!
I've been waaayyy behind on blog-hopping here lately. Should be in bed now...
Anywho!!
CONGRATULATIONS for being brave!!
I can tell that you are totally going to succeed in this- and you will get lots of support on this blog to help you stay focused and encouraged on your journey to better health.
Like Queen Latifah says- ONE SIZE HEALTHIER!!
:-D
We're all cheering you on!!!!

The Berry's Patch said...

You go girl! I know you can do it. :-)

jona said...

Nikki,
I agree with the others. You are very brave to take such a big step and to share it with others! I'm excited for you.

I don't know what exercise you are choosing but we have a large family and can't afford a gym membership so I bought Dance Dance Revolution and it's been the best exercise (and so much fun) we've ever had together.

Ashley said...

Wow! Look at all the support you have. We'll be here! I think you're beautiful and your motivation is definitely inspiring.

Liz said...

Nikki. DO NOT CRY! You are a beautiful girl. We all understand where you're coming from. I'm trying my best to get healthy the right way... apparently the slowest way EVER. But my dr said that weight lost the correct way (even though it takes a while) stays off.. whereas crash diets and pills dont keep the weight off. So... you've got the right attitude. And no matter how much weight you do or do not lose,I think you're gorgeous!

Meredith said...

Don't Cry - Rejoice and think about all of those cute new clothes that you will need to be purchasing soon becuase all of your others are falling off of you!
I'm beginning the same journey and I just happened upon this post today...how interesting,inspiring and refreshing to know that I am not going at this alone! Although I am NOT brave enough to post pictures or weight myself...much less post that!
Here's to a Brave, Refreshed and Healthier You! CHEERS!

Anonymous said...

I <3 you!

You are going to do great!

Dana

Marie said...

Good luck to you!! It's always so hard to just get started on losing weight...I keep telling myself "when those cookies are gone" or "this is my last hamburger!"... I'm such a liar!

Your new hair style is TOO CUTE. Love those highlights!

Love your blog!

Lora said...

My hubby has been working hard to lose weight since this spring (he requested scales and a gym membership for his b-day:). I've not been quite as good as I should be and I really need to do so much better. It sounds like you have a great plan and goal. I'll be dropping by to cheer you on and be motivated to lose some pounds myself hopefully.

Susie Harris said...

You go girlfriend! I will say a little prayer for you....I know that you can do it! I just took a peek at all of the designs that you have created. One word! AWESOME... I think I need a new one now.... take care~

Kimba said...

Good for you! You can absolutely do it!

Thank you so much for sharing your heart and being so real.

Deb said...

Nikki, first of all... I am so proud of you. You are so brave. This is, I'm sure you're going to inspire a lot of the people that visit your blog to hopefully do the same. I, like yourself I'm sure, tend to put everything and everyone else first. While doing this, we forget about ourselves. This journey you have started will make you feel so much better in the long run, and it will be a good model for your daughter.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

You Go girl! If it's any encouragement I used to weight close to 200 then lost it all when I was around 21 years old and have never gained it back even with the babies I had. I weigh in around 130 now. Funny thing is my husband calls me scrawny bones. So I did it and you can too girl!
I'll keep you in my prayers!
Robin~♥

Justine said...

Go for it girl! We are all here behind you on this! And you are brave... you've proved it already by this post!

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