My In Depth Weight Loss Journey

So I have gotten a few questions about my weight loss and I wanted to share some more of my story with you. I have told you my quick version of the story HERE.
I was always heavy. Growing up and going through school I as always made fun of because I was heavy. I was the fat kid. Kids are cruel and boy did they have some colorful not so nice names for me.
By the time I graduated high school I had ballooned up to 280lbs.  Because of this I tried to stay out of pictures as much as possible. I started my “big girl job” in May of 2003 and that’s when things started to change for me.
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2001
I had enough. Enough of the name calling. Do you know that even adults do it. Horrible
I know. I knew I needed to do something about my weight I just didn’t know what. So what I did was I decided that on my breaks from work I would take a ride to the local mall and start walking laps. I started off with doing one lap around the mall and slowly worked my way up to four. Four laps around the mall turned out to be about a mile. I was doing good! I was going three times a day so that meant I was doing three miles a day. I started to see the weight come off. I was beside myself!
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2003
Then I hit a wall. I knew I needed to make a change but I was not sure what to do. So I googled it. I found out that I also needed to change my diet. I started to make small swaps. Things like wheat bread for white. Chicken and turkey became my best friends. No more midnight runs through McDonald’s Burger King or Wendy’s. I cut back the amount of ice cream and junk food I was eating from EVERYDAY a COUPLE of times a day to only once a day. Then I eventually cut it out to just on special occasions. Sure enough the weight continued to come off.
Today I am down to 150lbs. I am happy and healthy at this weight and plan to stay at this weight. I have maintained my weight loss for years now. How? It’s a way of life. Its nothing more nothing less. I work out 5-6 days a week. I teach 1-3 classes a week. I life weights. I do TRX. I am constantly changing my work out to keep my body guessing.
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2011
I am by no way a weight loss specialist. I know what worked for me. A lot of hard work and determination. It was by no means easy. I worked my a$$ off to get where I am today. I now eat a mostly clean diet with my occasional cheat days. But then again I am also known to go grocery shopping and some how a bag of DOUBLE STUFFED OREOS will find their way into my cart and will be opened before I even get to the check out stand. Whats worse? I proceed to go home and eat half the bag. I am human I have mess ups! It’s ok!
Weight loss like what I have experienced DOES NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. It is a day by day thing.
Another thing I do not think of myself “on a diet.” Actually I think just the opposite. I made a lifestyle change. I CHOOSE to eat a certain way and work out as often as I do because it makes me feel good!
I find it amazing that to this day people still see the old Nikki. The fat Nikki and they feel the need to “police” what I eat when they see me buying cookies or a treat for myself. I can not tell you how much that flipping INFURIATES me. Seriously I wanna punch people in the face when they do this to me. When someone says to me “Oh ya better watch out what your eating you don’t wanna gain the weight back.” or “Don’t eat that you worked so hard to get where you are right now.” YEAH NOT SHIT I DID! Remember I am the one who lost 130lbs you’re the one who gained 40lbs. Get off my shit!
So yeah there ya have it! That’s what worked for me!
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2012
Ya have any questions please do not hesitate to ask! 




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I have 8 Lovely Comments, I would love to have yours... on My In Depth Weight Loss Journey

  1. avatar
    July 18, 2012

    your story is such an inspirational one! shows that there is no magic trick, it takes time, a long time, and it takes consistency, a ton of work and will power! you look absolutely fantastic and so healthy!! i wish you nothing but continued success and happiness! hugs!

    oh and i do actually have a question.. what do you mean by clean eating? I’ve seen this all over lately.

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    P!nky says:
    July 18, 2012

    THAT is a fantastic story! WELL WELL DONE!

    I feel so bad that people called you names, so rude. I can honestly say I’ve never called someone fat behind their back or to their face. I have made a fat joke or too, but usually referring to myself and how much I eat. I can see how that would be considered rude too.
    When ever I see someone overweight working out,I mentally cheer them on. “YOU CAN DO IT!” Positivity is lacking in our world, and it bums me out!

    Again, well done, you look fabulous dear, totally fabulous!

    xoxo

  3. avatar
    July 18, 2012

    OK, now my ass is going to get moving. You are awesome. Congrats on your life style change. I am going to go walk around my office now and go up and down the stairs. 🙂

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    Katie says:
    July 18, 2012

    I looooove it! the policing drives me nuts too. YOU LOOK AMAZING!

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    Sara says:
    July 19, 2012

    very inspiring!

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    Janna Renee says:
    July 20, 2012

    Haha “Yeah no shit…” I’d punch them too. I didn’t know you taught classes…that’s so cool! I would love to work at a gym. I did once (in the daycare), and the gym membership was fabulous! I was ALL muscle for about a year. Haha.

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    Michael Z says:
    November 30, 2012

    I am truly in awe of our dedication and motivation. I used to have that. I used to get sooo mad when people would make comments about “oh you’re on a diet?” Excuse me? No. I’m changing my LIFE.

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    January 13, 2014

    Hey there! I just stumbled across your blog through the NE Blogger Network. I just wanted to drop a note and say w-o-w. You are such an inspiration! I’ve been overweight my entire life as well. I’ve lost 45 lbs. so far by changing my entire lifestyle like you did, but I still have a ways to do. Thanks for the motivation!

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