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An unofficial wedding pic; you can see our paid photographer on the ground! 03.28.09, 158 pounds

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Shopping for bridesmaid dresses; (left to right) Megan, me, Lindsay, Eli (09.28.08, 177.5 pounds)

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My sister Megan, Me, and my friend Eli out on a Friday, 9.19.08 (182)

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Hi, I'm Nikki, welcome to my Spark Page.

I'm currently 30, married for 3 years, and living in Chicago. I've always had trouble keeping my weight in the healthy range for my height. I gained weight at a young age (around 9 years old) and have basically never been able to sustain a healthy weight since that point.

My highest weight happened in June of 2008 when I stress-fed myself up to 205 pounds. With my wedding looming only 10 months away I knew I needed to take action if I wanted to avoid humiliation walking down the aisle. I joined SP early in 2008, but it wasn't until June 2008 that I really started using the site and making changes to my lifestyle.

It has been a tough and strange journey, but a good one. Losing weight is hard, but so worth it. I purchased my wedding dress on July 25th, 2008 and at that time it was so small I could not even step into it when it was completely unzipped. With a lot of work and the help of my spark friends, I lost 48 pounds and wore that dress (totally zipped, of course) to my wedding on March 28, 2009.

Today, in 2012, I am working on losing weight again. I kept the pounds I lost for my wedding off for about a year, but as we all know, life happens. Since 2009 I have been laid off, then hired again, gone on a lot of vacations, dealt with a lot of stress, and had a lot of fun. I've put on some of the weight I lost, so I'm back at it again.

This time, I'm following a Paleo-like diet to try and lose weight. I've learned that all the ups and downs I've done over the years have done serious damage to my body. I've also learned that all those "healthy whole grains" I ate as a staple in my diet have caused me to become insulin resistant. I've been grain free since November 2011 and now in 2012 I'm combining that with watching my calories to hopefully lose this weight once and for all.

Member Since: 2/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 18,446

My Goals:
I don't have a specific goal weight in mind at this point. I definitely want to be in the healthy weight range for my height (5'6") so anything under 154 pounds.

My Program:
I'm following a paleo-style diet which means I no longer consume grains and I no longer fear fat. I still consume dairy (full fat varities), so I'm not 100% paleo. I think years of eating "healthy whole grains" has caused many of the health problems I'm facing currently.

Personal Information:
I am a creative person at heart. I love making jewelry and decorating most of all. Someday I hope to have a proper jewelry studio with casting equipment so I can go crazy making jewelry.

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  • v ICEMOM77
    Hey... I saw that you take your phen in the afternoon.. how late in the afternoon are you talking about? I was thinking of doing that myself since I have most problem with my eating after 4pm but I just don´t want to take it too late in the afternoon and be awake all night, lol.

    4570 days ago
  • v *HARBINA*
    Hiya, I just signed-up with Spark People, and it was because I saw your blog. Just wanted to let you know that little things like writing blogs and participating in the online community really can help others. I'm also on IVillage (Getting fit in your 20s, i'm crazysexycool), which is how I originally saw your blog. I justed started my weight loss journey and it was encouraging to see others succeeding in theirs. Just wanted to say "hi" and say stay motivated!! emoticon
    4589 days ago
  • v HBAILEY01
    Hey there! Just checking in to see how things are going!?!?
    4593 days ago
  • v NEE_NEE
    Hey!!! You won't beleive what a difference 9 months can make. You can do it!
    4633 days ago
  • v LISETTE44
    for the first time my sis and i look somewhat related though our coloring is all off... lol till jess was 18 she was barely 100lbs and could eat more than i could any day yet i was shopping at the girls plus sizes while she was running around in mid drifts! thats life right?! well back then i used it as an excuse believing that there was no chance i'd ever be a "Skinny Minnie" because just look at jess i have a diff body type! boy was i wrong! there is no stamp placed on us when we are born that says boom you are doomed! so that means theres def nothing keeping us in whatever doomed phase we're in! change is wonderful and stressful as im positive you know going through all the big and exciting things you guys are going through! but if you're motivated enough to even start sparkpeople at a time like this looks like you'll be going far!!!! stop by my page any time and thanks so much for the add! AND loads of luck with planning the wedding, buying a house and ur new job!
    4768 days ago
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