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Camping whirlwind in full swing...#3 coming up

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hi everyone!!! Feel like it's been AGES since I blogged about anything...well, that is not true, I deleted a b-blog yesterday, but that is beside the point. Sometimes b-blogs are good to vent, but even better to delete when one gets it out of one's system...catharic "moving on" moments...and in that case, a most insignificant one at that. Exhaustion brought about the annoyance, and then it went away.

Now to explain the exhaustion!

Memorial Day we went camping upstate with out good friends...our 4th annual camping trip and every year, we learn something new on how and what we like to do. This place had a lake, so up the boats went...and it had good biking, so in the kid's bikes went. Amazingly enough, we even had room in the truck for more junk!! I guess we are in the "experienced camper" category at this time. We have wittled out the unneccessary to the point of even impressing ourselves! LOL From a mom packing point of view...I like that part a lot! Hubby does a good job too....we make a good team,

Anyway, after a nice & uneventful trip there and back again, it was a short week and then we had to get ready for our CUBSCOUT camping trip out to a local sight on Friday. Not just any old campout....I was IN CHARGE of the whole kit & caboodle for 18 camping families and 4 visitind day familied on Saturday. No pressure. None, at all. emoticon

The long and short of it was this....all of the planning, all of the work, all of the details and knowledge me & hubby had put in was not in vain! The weather was PERFECT. The campsite was large, spacious, and impressive. The facilities were clean. The lake was full of biting fish. and the very worried, 5 newbie camping families had a terrific experience because we were right there to calm them down and help set them up in no time at all. By the time the last late arrival came at 9:30, we had more people to help out on their setups...It was cool. I always say, many hands make light work...and it is so true.

Me & hubby learned a lot in the fine art of delegation. We have a tendency to do things ourselves, just because it's quicker & easier on us....but really, when you have so many people asking "Can I do anything?" my first reaction now is to say "Sure!! What do you like to do? I have this I need done, want to do this for me? It really won't take too long & it's not that hard." I was proud of hubby because he really made a conscious effort. I was proud of myself, because I let other people take my kids out into the woods without me....and they happened to be going the wrong way! LOL (side note: it was a very short hike b/c the kids saw the playground and that was that! LOL) I openly admitted that I was a nervous nellie to the others around me...and they calmed me down pretty quick. emoticon

Of course nothing goes as smoothly as one wants. The NON-camping head of our pack came around 11am and by 1pm she rounded up her group to go on a 3 mile hike...right when we were going to ALL go play a game of kickball. The whole hike thing I THOUGHT was going to be at 2:30, but evidently, that particular group's leader HAD HER OWN agenda. I was hurt, because she just did her own thing and did not let me know about it at all...if I say anything, she'll come back and say that "I told you I had to do my own thing." but the point of the matter is - while we were in the planning stages, I would have completely omitted her boys out of my calculations for X-amount of activities and done everything geared more toward the younger set. Hey, it all turned out just fine....better actually... because her group is not only OLDER but WILDER than the rest. It's just the principal of it all. My group parents are awesome...they made me realize all that was good about it....my parent group is great. She left to go home after dinner...around 5:30...and I admit, I was glad to see her go home. The tone & vibe of the campout changed with her arrival and exit...kind scary, but it is totally true...picture a storm front coming through and passing...just like that. A few closer parents even mentioned the change on each occassion. Nice huh?

So, the question is this: Is it worth mentioning at this committee meeting tonight???? probably not, because this character is going to do her own thing, regardless of whatever I say....it's not worth my breath. I will say this one thing....one of my parents sent out a glowing response reply email praising me & hubby's effortst to include ALL in the activities...he wrote "ALL" 4 separate times and I know for a fact he did that to make a subtle point. Like I said, I love my parents.

The most important thing here was that it was a success...EVERYONE had fun, including us...and now we know what to do for next time!!!

Anyway...we got back from that on Sunday morning and then had the last soccer game and awards ceremony in the afternoon...we did not stop until 5pm.

In between all this stuff, my hubby was getting the pool ready for the boys' grand inaugural summer dip...which happened yesterday after school! This is the earliest it has ever been opened, so they were very very happy to go in! And no shivering teeth!!!! It's a summer miracle!!

This weekend is camping outing #3 - hubby invited my dad & the LI brother-in-laws out to go camping & golfing. So we will be sleeping out there on Friday night when we go help him set up camp.

I have some plans of my own on Saturday....my girlfriend Ann is coming over with her son for some pool-side bonding with my sons. We rarely get to hang out like this, so we are really looking forward to it!! I have to clean the house ASAP, because time is of the essence this week!

So that is what I've been up to. Sparking & exercising is not so hot (note my cyclical lull once again!) but I'm trying here & there to just be active when I can. Just so y'all know, I see everything here that is going on with a lot of you...I just don't say anything all the time....I'm like a fly on the wall emoticon

Ok - this was waaaay long, and probably a small needed vent before this meeting tonight. I'll leave this blog in tact....for now. emoticon

TTYL Sparkers!!!
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FULLOFFAITH 6/8/2011 1:00AM

    Glad to hear you had a nice time. I feel like I was there. :)

Lisa

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YAMINOKODOMO 6/7/2011 3:52PM

    You are definitely on a camping roll! I may go camping july 4th weekend! I have off that friday saturday sunday, I just have to see if my boyfriend is able to go and if yes, then we are going camping! I really do enjoy it!

Glad the clubscouts campout went well! You will always get that one person that doesnt really think of anyone else but herself, just brush her off! Important thing is everyone else had a great time and even gave you and your hubby a shout out!

Hope you have a wonderful time during campout #3!

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ANNIEONLI 6/7/2011 3:19PM

    Hey Jenni...I will clarify...Ms. Goesherownway is the LEADER of the whole shabang - the Cubmaster herself! Little Miss Cubscout Rules and Regs (salute at this time please)....so she is fully aware of everything, in fact, she bought all of the food for the whole pack.

It was just her way of going about the part of the campout the way SHE deemed it for HER group. SHE bypassed the agreed upon PACK's agenda completely from 1pm until 4pm. She was aware of the whole agenda and she changed it according to her group's needs and wants. A little heads up is all I am really complaining about...that is what I am annoyed about NOT getting at all.

C'est la vie!!!

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OAKBORN 6/7/2011 2:17PM

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Wowsers! You have been busy! Good grief! I'm tired just reading it all. (Secretly wishing I had a chance to camp more.)
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You are so inspiring in everything! You could wax philosophical about roadkill, I swear! And then you would organize the scouts to clean it up and prep it for dinner!
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Ms. Goesherownway, aside from being annoying, concerns me in terms of safety. You have to plan for the numbers for food, activities, etc. But where is the accountability for her little offshoot group. It's fine for someone to say, "I know where I am"... but is she stil covered liability-wise by the scouts or is she on her own? (I was a Camp Fire Leader for a few years.) This springs to mind also since I'm learning all about safety with the Army, of course.

It's fine if she understands the risks and liabilities she is taking on herself, but she sounds like one who might choose to sue you if something went wrong.... because it wouldn't be her fault. Shame she hung a pall on your festivities, but luckily it was of short duration.
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Then there is that whole learning to ask for help thing... trips me up everytime until I remember that I DON'T have to do it all and that it's okay to ask. I often have to be reminded.
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Have fun on your further summer adventures! You oughta come to Missouri! We have some beautiful places here!

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My horoscope today...very on point.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I am Pisces...I even have the symbol tattoo'd on my body...and I check my horoscope everyday...and seriously, some days it seems more like a 'horror'scope! LOL

So this is what I read today:
"As the real Pisces that you are, you are not in the habit of talking without saying anything constructive, Anne. Sometimes some people even suspect you or accuse you of having nothing to say! When you are just being patient, people say that you are ignorant. When you are just demonstrating your tolerance, people say that you are indifferent. Today, it's time for those people to learn the real truth about you, and understand just how much you have to say about the world."

Very apropo....very.

We shall see....we. shall. see.
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FULLOFFAITH 5/28/2011 1:40AM

    Cool I'm a pisces too!!!!

Lisa

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YAMINOKODOMO 5/27/2011 6:51PM

    I dont really keep up with my horoscope but sometimes I like to read the horoscope from the day before to see if any of what it said happened. Sometimes it really is on point!

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OAKBORN 5/27/2011 2:14PM

    I so get that!

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Listening to weightloss conversations

Monday, May 23, 2011

I was in the waiting room of the Pediatric Therapy office while my youngest was in his speech lesson....and the conversation between the receptionist and another mom was about weightloss.

The receptionist started WW about 9 weeks ago...was complaining about starving, so I mentioned Spark then......

Today the receptionist was talking about an infomercial 6 week body makeover diet and now she has to drink 100 ounces of water a day, and that she is limited to 2 carbs per day......

***sigh***

I had to speak up and tell them about the recommended amount of water per day...and she shot me down with some cockamamy calculation about drinking half of your body weight...blah blah blah

***sigh***

So be it.

And then I got to wondering what they think when they SEE me (the skinny chick) sitting there with her beat-up looking water bottle in hand who chugged half of it during the conversation.

I once was that woman looking for that quick fix...
I once was that heavy post-partum mom...

And now I wonder how people percieve me now that I am on the other end of the spectrum.

There are SO many pre-conceived notions of thin people....they eat nothing, they workout all the time, they have good genes, they have never been fat a day in their entire life, they have no right to complain about bloat and 'being fat' on their period day, they can eat anything they want.... The list goes on I am sure.....I rattled them off pretty quick just now too, because I was the fat girl who thought of all of those things just a few years ago. I am guilty as charged.

I now see both sides of the coin, so to speak. More so than ever recently. Maybe it's because of the wedding that just past and we saw people who only see us as always being heavy. Maybe it's because it's a daily struggle to keep on track and I think the general populous expect heavy people who lose weight, well, honestly, to fail. That last one sounds very negative...but I think there are envy issues that people deal with: everyone wants what another person has...or rather: everyone wants to see the successful fall. I'm going all sociology/psychology...but I digress....

What I want....

...what I want is for everyone on here having success...well, to keep being successful! Don't let all your hard work go to the wayside just because of a weak moment.

...what I want is for other's struggling to find that small piece of success that will keep them going forward for the long haul.

...what I want....world peace would be nice....but I think the other wants are more attainable for all who I hold dear...my Sparkfriends.

  
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DWEXCEL 6/9/2011 7:16AM

    Good Morning Girlfriend!

Oh, I'm so glad I stopped by here and read this! I had forgotten how pertinent and "in-tune" you are!!!!! And how much I enjoy your brain and your words. I am surely needing an Annieonli fix right now.

Two things. First I got back from Florida, and Second, I just got back from a funeral in Tennessee. I got back from Florida on May 14th, went back to work on May 23rd, and suddenly I'm finding, that with going in early and working all day, how people who work full time have a hard time fitting in their exercise. Me, the exercise maniac that I am, complaining that I would have to get up at 4 am to get it in, and "that ain't going to happen". Having a a husband who wants a real dinner, "it ain't going to happen" right when I get home from work either.....

Then, a special Uncle died, and I had to go to my Dad's for a funeral. I had not seen many of my relatives in a long time, especially some of my cousins. I am "stuck" at around 150 pounds, and in my head, I am struggling to break through, and have been for a while. So I get to the funeral, and suddenly I find myself the "thin girl". So your blog is perfect timing for me! My muscles are toned and defined and my tummy is nice and flat, and everybody is commenting on how great I look, and it really made me feel good. (Although I know my goal is still 135) But it was nice to be the "thin girl" for a while, anyway!

Now, for the good news! (You know I've been tracking my nutrition, for a while now, and I am very faithful to it. I try to keep under 1600 calories, to be realistic, but I may have to shave off a few to get jumpstarted.) I've been whinning and complaining about this work schedule (I'm supposed to be part-time), and then I read the thread on here about "Feeling guilty about finding the time to work out" (again, perfect timing!), and discovered that my little issues were insignificant compared to what other Sparklers are dealing with.

Then, finally, I was able to sit down with my manager and get a real work schedule for me. (At first, they were so swamped they just needed me right away, so she just put me to work, knowing we were going to get a schedule worked out, and then I had to go to TN for a few days for the funeral. So yesterday, we were able to come up with a part time schedule that works....for me and for her!!!! Yay!!!

So now, my excuses have been taken away. And I know that doesn't happen for a lot of people, the way it worked out for me. I'm up a couple of pounds, but nothing that I can't get a handle on. The big thing for me was "Control". I felt like I had lost it, when in reality, I had let myself "give it away". Sounds like I needed to blog, so I'm going to copy and paste this and post it on my blog, "cause I'm feeling better already!

And, I'm going to get up from here, and go work out, before I go to work, because I can. No excuses.

I will be returning to your page, more often! I'm glad you are my friend!

Love ya!
Donna

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SUZYWM 5/26/2011 1:15PM

    What a wonderful blog. What were your biggest stumbling blocks on your path to success? And - how did you get past those? I'll go back and read through some of your old stuff - but your point is well taken. You do a wonderful job of sharing that openly all the time. Thank you.

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OAKBORN 5/24/2011 11:04AM

    Okay you! Get out of my head!

Seriously though, I so GET what you are saying here. I always am so sure that when people see me now, they have to think I've always been that skinny girl... and "Oh my!" if they only knew the whole story. I do exercise a lot and count calories... it's hard work to stay where I have am now. I also live with a constant fear of reverting back to old habits.

But I remember the pre weightloss me looking at the skinny people and thinking their running was crazy and wondering how a half a cookie could actually make a difference. But now that I am the half a cookie person, I so understand.

We all have stories and sometimes we have to be reminded of that!

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PEGGY-BEE 5/23/2011 10:42PM

    I try to remember I don't know what someone's back story is that got them to this point if I start to think negatively about them. I know I don't like people prejudging me.

Excelent blog!

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YAMINOKODOMO 5/23/2011 10:21PM

    I was just thinking about this not so long ago, about how I used to think seeing people who were nice and thin eating salads for lunch were basically starving themselves because how could they possibly eat a salad and be full!

But its true, you see somebody thin walk by and its not like the first thought in your head is "they must have been heavy at one point in there life.." No, you think "ugh... how does she have such a flat stomach, it must be so easy for her to be that thin, she must have never had any weight problems."

Its funny how now that I am thin and eating healthier, I can see how it is now for the thin people lol because honestly I will never consider myself completely thin! I am thin on the outside but my boyfriend and I always joke around about how I will forever be a chubby little kid on the inside because I can EAT!

Anyways! Point is, your right! lol Its hard to tell someone that a quick fix isnt going to solve their problem completely, basically they have to learn for themselves, but I always hope for the best when someone starts a weight loss journey because I know how amazing it feels to lose that weight and I want everyone to feel that feeling!

I want the same things you want!

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The long awaited post-wedding blog (pics included)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

And they lived happily ever after....


Great way to start a blog huh? at the end!

Well this blog has taken a long time to come about, hasn't it?!? It's been a whirlwind leading up to it...and then it took a while to come down off of the whirlwind of visiting family and post-wedding emotions...and post-wedding eating and drinking.

My youngest sister looked fabulous - like a model. A glowing beautiful, ethereal vision of happiness! Yes, I am gushing because it was true!

Her and her fiance planned the wedding from long distance and they did a terrific job! Everyone had a really awesome time! There really was nothing major that went wrong either...and that is really unheard of! Well, nothing major that I could tell anyway! LoL

Here is a pic of me with my family...I love these guys to pieces!


The next is the WOW pic of me in my dress...this is the very first time I was in a wedding party and feeling like "myself" - no corset, no spanx...nothing but the usual stuff!
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I was looking for this certain picture from my older brother's wedding...to show you a before and after of me and my husband...but I couldn't find it...which also delayed this pic blog, because it would have been the BEST before and after shot EVER for us.

Let's prequel the next photo. Hubby & I met in 1996 when we were finishing up our college careers. We were both not looking for anyone...we just clicked and wanted to get to know each other better. There IS more to the story, but I think that is for another blog. Anyway, this was the very first wedding we went to. It was his best friend's wedding...and I was not expecting to have a picture taken with him at all. I was just his date....but we had our picture taken anyway. It's hard to see us really, because we were both wearing black....black is slimming you know. I was around 190 pounds...and he was 240.

And now there is the after...today. Today I am 130 and he is 142. He followed me into healthier eating and is now working on building muscle....we are healthy together now for us and our kids. He's not a Sparker, but I sparked something in him in the last 2 years and this is where he is now. We have come a long long way in 15 years. THIS is where we want to stay and this is how we want to grow old together. Healthy and fit.

It shows that it can be done....that people can change.

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AMJSATURN 5/30/2011 10:48AM

    Annie ,

WOW WOW WOW... you two look awesome together. Before and today!! lol I bet you were happy to locate the photo.

This is the real deal... XOXOXOXOXO for both you and your hubby.

Seeing this in your relationship gives me real hope to stay motivated...

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SUZYWM 5/26/2011 1:07PM

    Hey Girl - you look like a Goddess! You and your sister both look perfectly beautiful -- thanks for sharing! And, I love the family pics, as wells as the B & A of you and hubby. It's a great story to share, your progress together, inspiring each other.

I'm glad it went well!
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HEALTH4LYFE 5/24/2011 6:16PM

    Thank you! Thank you! for the long awaited blog. You Look FANTASTIC!!! Yes your sister looks like a beautiful bride, but you and hubby look absolutely fantastic!!! Keep on being the wonderful inspiration you are! emoticon

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FULLOFFAITH 5/23/2011 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. Loved the blogs and pictures. She was a gorgeous bride and I cant say it enough you looked simply marvelous!!!

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Lisa

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ANNIEONLI 5/22/2011 12:40PM

    Thanks all!!

And Donna - to answer your question - OMG did I gain!!! I honestly started having a bit of an emotional/stress eating thing happen...not tooooo much, but still, I definitely has some extra chips and wine here & there....so I was a bit puffy a few days before the wedding, and on the day of. I can tell when things are not so great by me wedding bands now. Puffy hands = not enough fluids & too much salt.

And then my family was at my house for 4 days straight! We really had a great time...and eating leftovers was a must!

So in total I crept up to 132 - a 4 pound gain from my normal....and I think a lot of it was water...and then everyone went home and guess who came to visit? Aunt Flo of course! LOL I got back on my treadmill and nurtition tracking to get THAT under control and as of yesterday, I am back to my usual 128/129 and the rings are back to fitting correctly. It took 2 weeks for things to settle down physically and to mentally get back to healthy eating again.

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YAMINOKODOMO 5/22/2011 11:15AM

    You look amazing! Your dress is beautiful and you are wearing it marvelously!

You definitely have a lot to be proud of, all your hard work paying off and now you can wear dresses without have to worry about anything other then how hot your gonna look emoticon

Congrats to your sister, she looks beautiful too!

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DWEXCEL 5/22/2011 7:26AM

    Good Morning Anne!
Love it! Love it! Love it!
You look beautiful! The bride looked beautiful! I am sure it was a wonderful, glorious day!
You didn't say whether you gained any over the festivities, so I am sure if any, it was insignificant, and already gone! :)
I love that you showed the before and after pictures with your hubby! I already knew how amazing you have done! But he has done amazing also.....thanks to you! You are a great motivator and inspiration!

Love ya Girl!
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RCOLSON97 5/21/2011 10:02PM

    Annie,
I am so glad I clicked on this blog...I just happened to see it in the status updates! What an awesome story...I think it is so cool what you & your hubby did and you both look awesome! What an encouragement to so many others! Thanks for blogging, you are a great writer! :)
Ruth

P.S. Congrats to your sis!
My sis-in-law is getting married in Sept, I am so excited for her!

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LADYOLIVER 5/21/2011 7:13PM

    AMAZING!!!!!!! I love your life transformation pics. Thanks for sharing


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SUPERMAMA82 5/21/2011 5:59PM

    Annie, I love the pics and the story behind them. You all look amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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OAKBORN 5/21/2011 5:58PM

    Such wonderful pics and a great story to go with of course!

You are so emoticon!!

Keep it real bud!

Hugs from MO!

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PEGGY-BEE 5/21/2011 5:19PM

    You look great! and a beautiful bride!!!!

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Wedding week - no, not the royal one...MY family's!!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

So my sister is getting married next Saturday!!!! So excited for her and her fiance! Consider this our "royal" wedding - she is the youngest and the last to get married...so this is a big one for so many reasons, not only for her, but for so many others as well! :)

This week is all the last minute prep stuff here at the house. It's the house we grew up in, so you can imagine that it is almost a person at this point! The old girl needed some sprucing, so I chucked 40 year old curtains and have chipped away paint and painted the foyer a new coat of white paint....added some privacy vinyl to the 80 year old windows too - and it looks beautiful!!!! Wish I had done it long ago now! LoL The dining room is picture ready...guest rooms are ready for my brother and his family. All that needs to be done is mopping the floors, redusting, decluttering and then we should be ready for the rehearsal dinner on Friday.

Hubby and I love to entertain....it's one of those things that we do best. We love the hustle and bustle. We love seeing people smile and laugh and enjoy themselves....we love that they feel at home in our home. It's what life is about for us. Over the years (12 years married ourselves coming up) we have even gotten to actually ENJOY parties at our house! Yes, for those of you who entertain and feel frazzled...it CAN be done! LoL

Well - we cannot wait to have everyone here for the rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding prep with all the bridesmaids. It's going to be a welcome crazy after waiting for so long!

I tried on my bridesmaid dress today. I HAD to. I was having anxiety that I gained 10 pounds over night since I really have not worked out for 2 weeks. Do spotty situps and pushup count? I don't know. Anyway, I don't know why, it's just one of my dips I guess. Great time to have a pattern dip right??? Meanwhile, my hubby has been working out every single morning for 3 months straight....he looks great - gained some much needed muscle onto his 138 pound frame (he WAS 220 just 2 February's ago, so this is happy news for everyone who loves him and thought he looked scrawny & sickly - he lost the weight through nutrition tracking, and now, this past 6 months, he's getting more fit.....athletic fit too.....he's amazing) but I digress....the dress. When I had the dress fit, I was in an exercise high pattern....so you can imagine this anxiety of it not fitting properly now.

Thank goodness it fit just fine!

Crazy how mental we get with all this stuff, right???

Well, this is theVERY FIRST wedding that I am NOT wearing some undergarment of some sort to suck something in or smooth something out!! This is HUGE!!! In fact, my hairdresser & I had a good laugh about pantylines.....she just said "forget that - go commando - who's gonna know?" emoticon And go ahead and laugh, because I actually thought "yeah, maybe...." emoticon I don't think I will, but still, it's a funny thought....going from all blown-out corsetry to absolutely nothing at all!!! Talk about a complete 180!!!

I'm planning on pics in the next blog - I have this awesome pic from my brother's wedding in 1997 with me and my then-boyfriend/now-hubby. Let's just say that we look a little different from today. I want to get the same stance shot to do a split picture. I've never done one of those - kinda excited to do one...especially with hubby getting all buff now! Might even "come out of the fat closet" on FB - most of the people there just have seen the last 2 years of me & my family in pics. The highschool ones up and some random wedding ones of friends DO tell my story only a little bit, but this story here is NOT as pronounced over there yet. Does that make sense?

Well - that is what is going on in my world this week. So if I happen to disappear entirely - you know why!!! I don't think I will until Friday morning....that is when things will be more hectic/fun.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!
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PS - I'm wearing my trophy pants! They didn't shrink because I hung them up to dry...holy stiff legs Batman!! LoL

  
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PEGGY-BEE 5/18/2011 11:20AM

    Waiting on pictures here!

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SUGARSMOM2 5/6/2011 1:59PM

  wait . you said it was not the royal wedding . I beg to differ with you honey . YOU and your sister are little processes and i am sure daddy the king w0uld agree . His daughters are like royalty to him . you have done a great job . keep up the good work . yes put pictures on your site . looking forward to them . the palace sounds so pretty . must have been a good childhood .

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SUZYWM 4/30/2011 11:50PM

    You're awesome Babe!! Do the split screen pic, celebrate how great you and hubby look as well as how great you feel! I'm constantly motivated by your success, your ability to keep going, getting back on track after you go through a thing, and by your amazing attitude.

Keep the whole picture in mind. You're not just a weight loss success story, you're a great mom, cub scout leader, wife, worker, student . . . and you're kind and generous to others, like on Spark People.

Have fun with the wedding. Your family is clearly a blessing. Happy Spring Honey!

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OAKBORN 4/30/2011 2:03PM

    Have a blast, dear friend!! It sounds like you are ready!

You should do a split pic for yourself, if no one else, it really puts all your hard work in perspective! I am so glad that I did one for myself.

You are fantastically t'riffic!

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LOOKINFIT1 4/30/2011 11:30AM

    Sounds like a fantastic week is in store for you! Have fun!

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HEALTH4LYFE 4/30/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon Excited to see the pics! Hope you have a great time and the weather is beautiful for your sister and her new hubby to be! emoticon

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MRE1956 4/30/2011 10:27AM

    Have a great time!

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SUPERMAMA82 4/30/2011 9:51AM

    YAY, ANNIE!! I am glad the dress fit, and I can't wait to see your side-by-side pics. HAVE A GREAT WEEK WITH YOUR FAMILY!

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