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Day 1080- Wedding Photos!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Too tired to write but wanted to post photos. Yesterday was amazing. It was perfect and I had such an amazing day. Thank you all for your well wishes and congratulations!



Rehearsal dinner with my Maid of Honor Grace.



Getting ready.



One of my bridesmaids.



Another bridesmaid.



Dad walking me down the aisle.



The back of my dress and vail.



A good pic of JD in his suit.


And saving the best for last...

Finally Mr. and Mrs. !!!!




  
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WRITERWANNAB 11/25/2014 12:04PM

    Beautiful, beautiful photos!

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CICELY360 11/24/2014 8:43PM

  Lovely

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TERRY631 11/23/2014 11:05PM

    You look beautiful! Congrats and wishing you both many happy years together!

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IGSBETH 11/23/2014 2:30PM

    Great pictures!

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JUNETTA2002 11/23/2014 10:06AM

    Just one word - AWESOME,
Congrats

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ANNABELLISABEL 11/23/2014 9:57AM

    Congrats!! How exciting, you look beautiful!

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PRETTYEYES668 11/23/2014 7:50AM

    Congratulations. May you have a lifetime of happiness.

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KALEWINE 11/22/2014 9:04PM

    Congrats! You are absolutely beautiful!

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    congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 11/21/2014 9:02PM

    Your hair is spectacularly amazing! You are indeed a gorgeous bride! I hope you are happy together forever!

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SENNAIRA 11/21/2014 1:47PM

  Beautiful!! from the color of the bridesmaids dresses to your bouquet to your beautiful dress. You looked amazing! So happy for you emoticon

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BDRFLI-TREKS 11/21/2014 7:50AM

    Beautiful!


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LEANIE64 11/20/2014 11:51PM

    So happy for you..and thankyou for sharing your pictures..What a handsome couple you make.

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ANDREAG89 11/20/2014 11:08PM

    How wonderful. You've had a long and wonderful journey to this exciting day! Thanks so much for sharing photos. You are beautiful!

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KNEEMAKER 11/20/2014 10:26PM

  Congratulations BobcatGirl
Your new husband found a real pearl
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CHUBBY_MOM 11/20/2014 9:22PM

    Congratulations! You are such a beautiful bride! May your life as husband and wife be filled with love, laughter, health and happiness!

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AWATTS7 11/20/2014 8:42PM

    May your future be filled with total happiness and good health for both of you. You looked gorgeous and incredibly happy!!

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LLBLOVER 11/20/2014 7:29PM

    You are a GORGEOUS bride, Jan Marie!!! My best wishes to you and JD for a long, happy and healthy life full of blessings!

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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/20/2014 2:09PM

   
You look absolutely beautiful !!! I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful day.

My daughter got married last May, and I wish I could live for the rest of my life, in that very day!

blessings, Bee

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ACHIEVECHI 11/20/2014 12:06PM

    Congratulations!!!

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    Congratulations! What a beautiful wedding! emoticon for sharing with us!

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BLONDEDOG 11/20/2014 8:53AM

    How beautiful! Congratulations!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/20/2014 8:43AM

    You are a very beautiful bride!!! Congratulations and may God bless you both with many, many years of happiness together!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures. May you always be as happy as you are on your wedding day!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/20/2014 8:43AM

    You are a very beautiful bride!!! Congratulations and may God bless you both with many, many years of happiness together!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures. May you always be as happy as you are on your wedding day!


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MELYROD18 11/20/2014 3:50AM

    Congratulations you looked amazing. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures, they made me smiles. :)

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2014 2:04AM

  Congratulations Newlyweds. You are a Beautiful Bride. May you have many years of Happiness and Full Filled Life Dreams Together. Those are Beautiful Photos too.

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HYATTI1 11/19/2014 11:57PM

    You looked lovely and thanks so much for sharing the photos. Congratulations.

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CZESTES 11/19/2014 11:17PM

    Gorgeous!!! Congratulations! Wishing you many years of happiness.

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STEELER71 11/19/2014 2:52PM

   


Awesome pictures, Bride is gorgeous, Groom is sinfully handsome. You make a stunning pair. Congratulations.

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/19/2014 11:55AM

  Lovely pics! You look amazing! Thanks for sharing with us! Always look forward to your posts!

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KCMC911 11/19/2014 10:56AM

    You are beautiful! Congrats! !

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LOVINSHERRY78 11/19/2014 9:52AM

    not that you need another but.... CONGRATS!! :) u look beautiful!



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    Congratulations! emoticon

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BBORDEN86 11/19/2014 8:11AM

    Congratulations!!!!

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MAWMAW101 11/19/2014 7:58AM

    Beautiful...........

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CESPRINGALL 11/19/2014 6:29AM

  You look stunning. Truly radiant

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MARYJEANSL 11/19/2014 1:50AM

  Congratulations!

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LOVES2WANDER 11/18/2014 11:11PM

    So sweet!

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SPECIALGURL7 11/18/2014 10:35PM

    Thank you for sharing the pictures. I know it was beautiful.

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FUDGSICLE1 11/18/2014 10:29PM

    You were a beautiful bride! Congratulations and may you be blessed with many happy years together!

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AMYSYOKO 11/18/2014 8:41PM

  your pictures are wonderful, you are beautiful

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MRSRIGS1 11/18/2014 8:16PM

    Awwwwww, CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. JD emoticon Such a beautiful bride and handsome groom

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WDSKMOM 11/18/2014 8:06PM

  Congratulations. You look gorgeous and your elation shows on your face. All the best.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 11/18/2014 7:40PM

  Woot! Congratulations!

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ARAZA30 11/18/2014 6:38PM

    Congrats!! My advice to you guys are "Never go to bed angry" & Always kiss each other goodnight."

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    Congratulations!!!!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/18/2014 6:31PM

    Awesome pics....
Congratulations to you both

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    emoticon Thanks so much for sharing your day with us! I wish you nothing but happiness and more happiness! You look gorgeous! Your dress was very pretty! emoticon

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Day 1078- TOMORROW! TOMORROW!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Can you believe I'm getting married tomorrow? I can't!

It seems like just yesterday I was going to my senior prom with a junior boy who I'd only met a few months prior. And now I get to marry him!

I wanted to give you a sneak peak of some of the things that will be at the wedding tomorrow!





My father and father-in-law hollowed out this log to create a box for cards! How cool right?



Here's the gift basket my work surprised me with before I left on Monday! I'll be incorporating the football sign on our table.



Here's the banner we will run through as the Ohio University fight song plays when we're introduced.



And here's the seating chart I made by writing all the tables on old window panes.


I will post so many more next week hopefully, but as for now, I just want to say thank you Sparkfriends for all the comments, goodies and messages of well wishes. I never ceased to be amazed by our community, and how truly loving and supportful you all are. You are all a huge reason as to why I feel confident that I will be beautiful tomorrow, and that I'm on my way to happy and healthy life with my HUSBAND!

Love you SparkFriends!
Jan-Marie

  
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SUPERSYLPH 11/24/2014 6:55PM

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    All the best always!

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    emoticon How fun! How special!

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MRSRIGS1 11/20/2014 9:57AM

    I am seeing your blogs out of order so I already know you were a beautiful bride! It is nice to see pictures of the before and how nice it all is. You had such great ideas!

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STEELER71 11/19/2014 2:46PM

   

My husband proposed to me when we were 10 years old and married me at age 19 and we've been happy together for 57 years. I hope you have that kind of love. Congratulations and best wishes.


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/19/2014 1:21PM

    best wishes and looking forward to more pictures!

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HYATTI1 11/18/2014 8:53PM

    Congratulations you deserve a wonderful life and you are on your way to getting it.

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CAROLJ35 11/18/2014 5:38PM

    You have thought of everything, I'm sure!

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SUNGIRL822 11/18/2014 10:00AM

  Congrats and best wishes!!!

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KRICKET57 11/18/2014 7:44AM

    Congratulations! Best wishes on you marriage.

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4KIDSANDI 11/18/2014 5:41AM

  Congratulations. ...:-)

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CAGANER 11/18/2014 12:52AM

  Congratulations and best wishes.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/17/2014 11:42PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your Wedding. emoticon

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K1TT3N 11/17/2014 8:52PM

    congrats !!!

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MARGOH12 11/17/2014 4:55PM

    It's over twenty years since I married my best friend. We are still totally in love with each other. I hope you are as happy as us. Best wishes Margo

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 11/17/2014 11:36AM

    I bet you looked phenominal!! So happy for you both, CONGRATS emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/17/2014 11:12AM

    congratulations!

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BOWKAY 11/17/2014 10:57AM

  Congratulations! It's great being married to your best friend. May you have many years of happiness together.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/17/2014 10:48AM

    I was so excited for your wedding, I told my husband Saturday all about it. I had talked about you to him before, since we have the Frank Solich connection, I feel like I know you. I hope it all went great Jan-Marie, and I can't wait to see the pictures. Bet you were a stunningly beautiful bride my young friend. Congrats to you and JD!!!!

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CHUBERASER 11/17/2014 9:59AM

    Congratulations! I know you are a beautiful bride...inside and out!!!

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STEVIEBEE569 11/17/2014 9:10AM

    Once more, congratulations & best wishes

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NESHAMA123 11/17/2014 8:39AM

    I hope your wedding was everything you hoped for. Blessings to you for a lifetime of happiness and health. Hi

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PINKIE78 11/17/2014 8:24AM

    Awesome. Congrats and blessings.

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    Congratulations

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    Wishing you a blessed future. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/16/2014 10:59PM

    I'm impressed that you are so "on top of things" that you took time to share all this wedding glory.... you GO, girl!

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    Congratulations on your marriage. God bless you both. emoticon

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2BEEFIT 11/16/2014 9:31PM

    Congrats to you. This was such a sweet post

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JILLRY03 11/16/2014 9:21PM

    Yay! Congratulations to you and JD!! Best wishes for a long and healthy life together!!

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MKREISC87 11/16/2014 8:25PM

    Congratulations on your nuptials! I love all of the little touches you added.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/16/2014 6:19PM

    CONGRATULATIONS and BLESSINGS for a long, happy and healthy marriage!!! May you always be as happy as you are on this very special day!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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    Congrats Mrs. JD ! emoticon

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CARSU77 11/16/2014 5:47PM

    Your married now, so wonderful.

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2DAWN4 11/16/2014 4:36PM

    Congratulations! How wonderful the pictures are! Can't wait to see more! It must have been a totally special day!

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2DAWN4 11/16/2014 4:36PM

    Congratulations! How wonderful the pictures are! Can't wait to see more! It must have been a totally special day!

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/16/2014 2:30PM

    Such cute ideas ... thinking of you ... and I look at the clock, your ceremony may be taking place right now!

Many blessings to both of you!

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COOP9002 11/16/2014 1:35PM

    blessings to you both as you begin your new life together.

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/16/2014 1:21PM

    emoticon I know it's going to be a beautiful day for both of you and your families! You will have to post some pictures! I love how your wrote your seating chart on a window pane! Very creative! emoticon

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URBANAUDREYE 11/16/2014 10:52AM

    Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and JD!

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CRADLEY 11/16/2014 10:29AM

  Congratulations!! Enjoy your special day!!

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  Congratulations. All the best for a successful marriage.

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Day 1070- Just Some More Wedding Info

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Hi Everyone.

Just decided I'd share my wedding website with you so you could learn more about my bridal party and see the church! I'll of course post wedding photos after the wedding!

www.theknot.com/wedding/JanMarie-and
-JD


I'm finishing up the playlist for the DJ and working on final decoration ideas.

Single digits! Nine days away!

  
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    Thanks for sharing website of wedding and all events.
Feels as though we all know you and are so excited for the two of you!!!

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    emoticon for sharing this wonderful time!

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BABYBARNEY 11/15/2014 8:12AM

    I have just read the proposal & your blogs up to today, what a way to start a Saturday...the football field proposal brought tears to my eyes...may you both have a WONDERFUL wedding day & future ahead!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/14/2014 11:16PM

    TOMORROW is the big day! Good luck, congrats and everything else you say to a bride. I can't wait to see your wedding pictures, you're going to be a beautiful bride. Now go make some memories!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/13/2014 8:30AM

  Congrats!

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GRACELYN8 11/12/2014 7:35PM

    Congratulations on your success, and you're upcoming wedding !!! You're simply beaming now !!!

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TERRIJ7 11/12/2014 1:03PM

    Wow! How exciting!

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ERABEL 11/10/2014 7:44PM

    Thanks for letting us share this special event in your life. Thank you for inspiring us with your weight loss story and I hope you will continue to share with us emoticon emoticon . I wish for you a long and happy life with J.D.

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MRSFANCYLADY 11/10/2014 1:57PM

    emoticon again! You will be a lovely bride and it will be the most memorable day of your life. God bless!

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JEANKNEE 11/9/2014 11:03PM

    Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride. I trust that you have a busy week ahead of you!

Wishing you and J.D. a lifetime of deepened friendship and love.

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    Congratulations !!! How exciting !! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 11/8/2014 7:15AM

    Oh girl - every time I look at photos of your happy smile I burst out in a grin too.

Thanks for sharing the site. I am majorly excited for you both.

What a bride you're gonna be.

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  Wishing you and JD every happiness! emoticon

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GRUMBLEGIRL 11/7/2014 7:35PM

    Wishing you and JD a lifetime of good health and happiness!!! Can't wait to see the wedding pics.

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LOVINSHERRY78 11/7/2014 6:21PM

    what an adorable idea....so happy for you!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/7/2014 6:19PM

    9 days, how exciting. Thanks for sharing.

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LOVINGKATE 11/7/2014 6:11PM

  I am so excited for you. Thanks so much for sharing your web page with us.

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GRLTAZ 11/7/2014 3:31PM

    So excited for you. Thanks for sharing your website !

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CAROLJEAN64 11/7/2014 10:59AM

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments. My DH and I have been happily sharing our lives for over 47years. One of those years we lived in Turkey. Here's the translation of the traditional Turkish wedding toast: May your heads grow old on one pillow.

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KNYAGENYA 11/7/2014 8:45AM

    AAAAAWWWW!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/7/2014 6:46AM

    Your big day is almost here.

Thanks for sharing your website with us.

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BFLOGRL 11/7/2014 6:27AM

    Thanks for sharing your website. Looking forward to seeing the pictures from your wedding.

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MILMOM2000NEW 11/7/2014 6:24AM

    Super excited for you,lady! Its gonna be amazing for sure!

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NASFKAB 11/7/2014 12:18AM

  thanks for sharing

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    Thank you for sharing! So excited for you! emoticon

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JAMER123 11/6/2014 11:53PM

    Such an exciting time for you two!! Your web blog is really well done and great for those coming to be with you. Thank you for sharing!!
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KRISTA987 11/6/2014 9:51PM

    How exciting! Can't wait to see your pics!

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COLOR-BLUE 11/6/2014 7:41PM

    Jan-Marie,

Thank you for the link! Now, I have one question for you! Do you have ants in your pants or butterflies in your stomach, concerning the wedding?

Blessings!
- Nancy Jean -
GA

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 11/6/2014 7:01PM

    Thanks!

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    So very excited for you! emoticon

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LINDAK25 11/6/2014 6:34PM

    So exciting! Best Wishes.

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MTN_KITTEN 11/6/2014 6:30PM

    Please, please, please .... remember to enjoy yourself on your BIG day. You want to come away with lots and lots of memories ... not with the knowledge that you ate too much wedding cake
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MILLEDGE2 11/6/2014 6:21PM

    Thanks for letting us have a peek!

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123ELAINE456 11/6/2014 6:20PM

  Enjoyed seeing your Wedding Website. The Photos Are Beautiful. May You and JD Have a Very Wonderful Beautiful Wedding. God Blessings Always. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care. Have a Great Day. Take Care.

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JOJOSLIVIN 11/6/2014 5:55PM

    The church is beautiful. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing.

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POCKETFULOFSUN 11/6/2014 5:52PM

    I just watched the proposal video, I need to go get some tissues. But first I just want to say how precious you both are. emoticon Now I need to go hug somebody for real. That was so special thanks for sharing.

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JENNY888 11/6/2014 5:49PM

    Love your wedding website. It is so touching and personal. Can't wait to see more.

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 11/6/2014 4:31PM

    SO excited for y'all! :) I can only imagine how excited y'all must be!

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    Best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness!
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    Thanks for sharing your web site!
Exciting times for you both!!
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    thanks for sharing

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Day 1068- Eleven Days Until Our Wedding!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Hi Sparkfriends.

As I sit here thinking about how "not wanting to look fat in a wedding dress" was a driving force in the beginning of my journey, even though I'm not at my "goal" wedding weight of 149, I'm still so much happier and healthier than when I began this journey nearly 3 years ago.

Since I joined SparkPeople, five official 5ks with countless others in my neighborhood or on the treadmill, two 5-mile Turkey Trots, and one half-marathon. Considering, I was the girl who played goalie on my soccer team to get out of running, I consider these races to be huge accomplishments.

I've also become much better at tracking my food and being more aware of the food I'm eating. I generally make healthier choices rather than binge eating junk food. I've learned about moderation, and plateaus and whole food diets.

I've maintained a 90 pound weight loss for 2 years and there's something to be said for that. I've hit my bumps in the road, but as I said in a previous blog, this year I've been bouncing around in the 170-180 range, whereas I was bouncing around in the 180-190 range last year. So hopefully I can continue to gradually make changes and eventually reach a goal weight that I'm truly happy with.

I read somewhere that people have more success keeping weight off when they lost it with a normal diet and exercise, rather than restricting calories down to 1200. It said something to the effect of, if you're losing weight at 1200, the moment you start eating 1300 you could see a gain.

And I think that's where my mindset has changed. I worked extremely hard that first year to lose those 90 pounds, rarely ever outside my 1200-1500 calorie range and working out regularly. But when I got into the 180s, when I tried on my first pair of single digit pants, and when I ran my first sub-30 minute 5k, I just stopped focusing so much on losing weight. Because yes it would be wonderful to have a "healthy" BMI, though we all know that's not the best judge of health. And yes, a lower body fat percentage would be great. And knowing I haven't been in the 150s since I was in 7th grade, it would be awesome to be there again.

But I am enjoying life too much to place the same restrictions on myself that I did when I started this program. At 275, I needed those restrictions and strict exercise regimen. I needed my life back. But now that I have it back, I'm happy.

And I'm getting married in 11 days.

And our cake is going to be delicious.

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WRITERWANNAB 11/17/2014 2:56PM

    I'm running behind & I know that you two got married last Saturday, but this was still a lovely blog to read. The best to you both always! emoticon

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  Yay!

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    emoticon To keep the weight off, you need to have a healthy lifestyle, and you need to accept yourself. Losing gradually makes it easier for your body to shed excess skin.

You will be a beautiful bride because you are at peace with yourself. That is priceless!

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SHARONCAPPS 11/11/2014 8:15AM

  That day is really going to be here soon. Congrats and enjoy the cake.

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BABYFYREFLY 11/11/2014 6:58AM

    congratulations on all of your successes!

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MRSRIGS1 11/9/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon Looking forward to seeing a wedding picture or two! emoticon

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TJMOAG 11/9/2014 12:18PM

  Good job!

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SHENDERSO1 11/8/2014 4:54PM

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WARRIORWOMAN81 11/7/2014 11:21AM

  Happy and healthy with many wonderful adventures ahead of you. What more could any bride want as she starts her new life? Celebrate yourself! You will be a beautiful bride.

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WALNUTT1961 11/7/2014 8:52AM

    Congrats! I know you will be a beautiful bride. Enjoy this time!

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TUDAFD 11/6/2014 10:58PM

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding and enjoy the cake. :) You both look wonderful.

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USMAWIFE 11/6/2014 10:55PM

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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/6/2014 10:47PM

    way to go girl!!!!!

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CLUBJOBROS 11/6/2014 10:06PM

    Wow to go congratulations

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WHITEANGEL4 11/6/2014 9:59PM

    Congratulations, you have come so far

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PHEBESS 11/6/2014 9:58PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss, your positive attitude, your accomplishments, and your upcoming wedding!!!!!

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WDSKMOM 11/6/2014 9:23PM

  Awesome attitude. All the best on your special day. Enjoy it AND your cake!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 11/6/2014 9:06PM

  I am so excited for you!


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CAROLJ35 11/6/2014 8:14PM

    You are one young gal with a LOT of common sense!!!
It will be so much better to focus on maintenance than struggle to lose more weight.
Will be so anxious to see the wedding photos!!!

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EDGYKITTEN 11/6/2014 7:59PM

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, your continued success in keeping off the weight, your logical and happy attitude. You are inspiring. emoticon

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NEHA14DUBEY 11/6/2014 7:40PM

    congrats !!!

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MAWMAW101 11/6/2014 7:16PM

    Congratulations and best wishes! Enjoy your day!
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CECELW 11/6/2014 7:09PM

    I so love your blog! You're just so upbeat and inspiring. You enjoy your special day. You definitely earned it! Congratulations ahead of time!

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AMBER461 11/6/2014 6:13PM

  Congratulation on your wedding day, you look great and I wish you long and very happy married life, you and your husband to be. Thanks for sharing.

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BIGPEORIA 11/6/2014 6:12PM

    Congrats on your wedding and all of your accomplishments. Thank you for sharing you have given me some inspiration. emoticon

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DONNELDA22 11/6/2014 5:22PM

    You look awesome and your wedding will be wonderful. emoticon

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 11/6/2014 5:17PM

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Have fun.

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PEGGYO 11/6/2014 3:28PM

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ACHIEVECHI 11/6/2014 2:48PM

    Can't wait to see wedding pictures!!! Congratulations on maintaining the huge weight loss, getting healthier and having such a wonderful outlook on where you are TODAY.

Many blessings to you today and for the rest of your life. May you wedding be a joyous day!

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DMCWJR 11/6/2014 2:25PM

  All the best I am so there with you tell the lucky guy hello.

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SUPERSYLPH 11/6/2014 2:01PM

    emoticon I can't wait until you post the pictures!

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ADMIT2ACCEPT 11/6/2014 1:53PM

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Congratulations on your weight loss. Love your positive attitude. emoticon

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LEONAMAUREEN 11/6/2014 1:37PM

  Best wishes and congratulations on your weight progress. You are an inspiration to me. I need to lose at least 80 lbs

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KNEEMAKER 11/6/2014 1:17PM

  You will be a gorgeous bride and you are a gorgeous person. Thanks for sharing your journey and inspiring so many. You should be very proud and I know that you will be beaming that beautiful smile in 11 short days. You will be radiant! I look forward to seeing that smile with you wearing your wedding dress. Enjoy your cake! You deserve it. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/6/2014 12:42PM

  YOU are so emoticon !!!!! YOU are healthy in SO MANY ways and I am sure that you will continue to be, as you have learned so much along the way.
ENJOY these final days of anticipation.............what a wonderful event to look forward to.
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LALALOVELY76 11/6/2014 12:13PM

    Thank you for sharing this!! I have been so obsessed with reaching a number that I've gotten back into old habits feeling that I have failed, but you're right!! I've got LOTS to be thankful for!!! I'm over 50 pounds down since February and that's nothing to shake a stick at!! Hard work, determination and dedication was what I did to reach that goal. And no, I'm not done, I do want to eventually get to 150 but I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't reach it by December 31, 2014.

I have LOTS of living to do!!!

And congrats on the wedding and I'm sure that cake will be scrumptious because you've earned it!!!

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DAVISM6 11/6/2014 12:04PM

    What an inspirational post! I think we all need to hear this, at some point or another. It's not about restrictions - it's about changing your habits so you can enjoy your life. Have a FABULOUS time at your wedding and enjoy the hell out of every single minute! emoticon

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NLYR20 11/6/2014 11:47AM

  Kudos, emoticon for the big day...

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/6/2014 11:20AM

  Congrats! Stay the course!

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TINY67 11/6/2014 10:37AM

    You're looking emoticon

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CRUISEGAL55 11/6/2014 10:23AM

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Blessings, Happiness & Great Health! Never forget the lessons you've learned. Always Love yourself as much as you love others.
Enjoy your wedding day!
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CINDYBEL 11/6/2014 10:16AM

    Congratulations. You look great. All that hard work has paid off. Enjoy you wedding day and the many years ahead of you both. emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 11/6/2014 9:58AM

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CARSU77 11/6/2014 9:43AM

    Remember every moment and cherish it.

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ANDREAG89 11/6/2014 9:41AM

    Thanks very much for sharing your story. I found it especially helpful to know that your mindset has changed. I'm sure mine will, too, one I get a good chunk of this extra fat off, but I'll keep this blog in mind as I get closer to "that number."

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MSLZZY 11/6/2014 9:39AM

    The days will pass quickly and you will look just lovely. Have a wonderful day!

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Day 1067- Who Wants to Do a DietBet?

Monday, November 03, 2014

I completed my first successful DietBet last week and am thinking about starting my own and was wondering if any of you would be interested?

Basically you wager money ($25-35) on your ability to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You are required to weigh-in and take a pic of the scale as well as a full body pic of you on the scale. Judges then verify your starting weight, and 4 weeks later you do the same thing. If you make the 4 week goal, you split the pot, but lose the money if you don't make it. I found the money to be very motivational, because I didn't want to waste what I put in. But I've also lost a few DietBet's before, and while I was upset to lose the $25-35, I was glad that others were rewarded for their hard work.

I was thinking of starting one on Thanksgiving Day that would end Christmas Eve. A good way to stay accountable for the holidays. What do y'all think? If I started one, would any of you be interested in joining? The website is www.dietbetter.com if you'd like to read more.

Let me know!


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Dearest SparkFriends. In no way do I want you to think I'm doing this to get money out of you or anything like that. So please know that this is just a simple idea I had after some people showed interest on my Facebook fitness page. I completely understand that some people don't believe in gambling, or will be traveling or just don't want to do this during the holidays. Again, just an idea I had.

  
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WHYTEBROWN 11/5/2014 9:58PM

    I'm in!! Just let me know when you all are ready to start the group.

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MOMMACASSEY 11/5/2014 1:04PM

    I've thought about dietbet before but I've never known anyone who was doing one...

LOOK how big the pot would be! That's got to be as much motivation as not wanting to lose the money...

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TIME4CARRI 11/5/2014 12:36AM

    I'm in. Will it automatically put us all in the same group? Will check out site now.

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DAVIS_6311 11/4/2014 12:25PM

    I'm in! Let me know when you create it!

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POLSKARENIA 11/4/2014 11:56AM

    Great idea - good luck and enjoy of course!!

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123ELAINE456 11/4/2014 11:40AM

  Congratulations on your Successful DietBet. last week. I'm not in a position to do it. Have to move and my health will not let me do it. Sorry. Have a Great Day.

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KOLINA 11/4/2014 11:33AM

    I love this idea, and putting money on the line and having a contest are always super motivating to me. I'm just not sure that I can lose that much that fast, I have been working for 10 weeks have only lost 2.5 pounds. Good luck with your challenge!

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EDENZMOM 11/4/2014 10:08AM

    you can play for charity as well, for those of you/us opposed to betting
plus it's not really a gamble... more of a structured plan :)

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EDENZMOM 11/4/2014 9:58AM

    LOL-- not to sound mean, but the majority of the replies are excuses.
not that I'm one to talk... !!
Good luck, sounds like an excellent idea!

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MSLZZY 11/4/2014 9:37AM

    Great idea! Thanks for posting.

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CARADAWN 11/4/2014 8:41AM

    I love the idea! Does it have to be 4% of your body weight? That would be 5lbs for me and I don't think I have that much to loose. Can you do it based on body fat percentage - there I have some to loose!!

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NASFKAB 11/4/2014 12:36AM

  awesome great way to stay motivated

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SUGAR0814 11/4/2014 12:15AM

    Congrats on completing the DietBet last week!!! emoticon emoticon

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 11/3/2014 11:00PM

    I've read about DietBet in... Woman's World? First? All you? One of those LOL It seemed to have quite a few fans! I'm not in a financial place to do that challenge on DietBet, but if we had a "4% in 4 weeks challenge"? THAT I'd join! It's a great idea!

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GINA180847 11/3/2014 10:07PM

    I think I am in. I could do that I'd lose about 6 lbs. as I calculate it. I can do that. When is Thanksgiving?

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DJSHIP46 11/3/2014 8:58PM

    I'll think about it, but don't count on me. I'm really not a betting woman, but I might try to keep up with the group from the sidelines.

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VANILLABEAR 11/3/2014 8:34PM

    Never heard of DietBet! That sounds like an interesting idea and I definitely like having it during the holidays, because that is the worst time for me to stay on track. Unfortunately, I have no disposable income at the moment, but I love the idea and good luck!

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CAROLJ35 11/3/2014 8:20PM

    I'm out! I'm already on 100 Days with NO Sweets for the 2nd time and it ends New Year's Eve, so I won't be tempted over the holidays.
Besides, I am not equipped to take photos and enter them.
Good Luck with this venture!

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JAMER123 11/3/2014 8:07PM

    Jan-Marie, this is not something I would not do as i never share my weight with anyone (that's just me) nor do I like to take pictures of my body and put them out there. I am also in a challenge right now and not doing well but definitely cheering others on! good luck and enjoy the challenge as I am sure others will love the challenge.
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COLOR-BLUE 11/3/2014 7:59PM

    Jan-Marie,

My hats off to those who are able to do this Dietbet, but I'll pass on this one. A 5% challenge is just finishing up here with me and I've entered another one for the holidays. I don't believe in spending money where I can do it for free, right here in SP Land! Go ahead girl and get that money for yourself, and have FUN with it! I'm rooting for you! let me know how it works out!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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SUSIEMT 11/3/2014 7:55PM

    Good luck with that! Not for me though! I love your new picture! Woo Hoo you! emoticon

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MSMYLEY 11/3/2014 7:54PM

  Congrats, what a difference...you look awesome...you are an inspiration, thanks for sharing your journey...it motivates me for my journey

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JENN53888 11/3/2014 7:52PM

    The one I'm on, (the jillian one) Is ending tonight, and I'm SOOOOOO happy to see it GONE. lol

I had heart palpitations all month long, literally almost passed out working out one day.. Dietbet totally stresses me out.

I've won, and managed to loose +2lbs extra, but only by restricting calories/carbs like crazy... I'm doing atkins and eating 1200 calories a day barely, and like 20-30g carbs.

I'm not one of those people that loose easily, no matter how hard I try,but I'm too cheap to loose and it took joining dietbet to figure that out I guess. I'm done with them. not for me. lol

loosing 10lbs in like 2 weeks has been crazy. (I gained weight the first couple weeks)

I admire your strength to do one during the holiday season, but I think them ending and starting before/after the major holidays is brilliant. I didn't realize we were going to coast though Halloween on this stupid thing until I'd already spent the money. lol Halloween.. Candy everywhere on sale, Candy sitting in the kitchen in my kids bags.. Doing Atkins.. that stuff is hard to resist. lol But because I'm too cheap to loose, I managed to stay away from it. lol

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MSHEL7 11/3/2014 7:30PM

    I think it is a great idea and may check out the site. I would have to really think about it before I would decide to do it though. That would be an excellent time, but also like the worst timing for me personally since there is so much going on with school and church then, however, that would make it even more important to me to lose right? Good luck with it.

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ROCKYCPA 11/3/2014 7:01PM

    Good luck with your Dietbet - sounds like a great idea!

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SHANTODD420 11/3/2014 6:56PM

    Good luck and keep burning up those calories.

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COASTAL6 11/3/2014 6:50PM

    Well, this a Big Challenge! Let me do some research on this, and I'll get back to you soon. emoticon emoticon

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LINFHALL 11/3/2014 6:38PM

    As much as I would love to do that, I know my body and there is no way that I'd be able to lose 4% in 4 weeks. So wish my body worked that way! Good luck!!

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ICECUB 11/3/2014 6:33PM

    GOOD LUCK.WISH YOU THE BEST.

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DAKARISAH430 11/3/2014 6:21PM

  Best wishes with that.

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SLIMLEAF 11/3/2014 6:07PM

    That's an interesting idea.

I won't take part myself - partly because I'm not happy about betting but also because I know I can do 'all the right things' and still not lose weight. This is really discouraging as it is, without losing money too. So it's not for me.

BUT I can see how motivating it could be for others and anything that helps us to reach our goals has got to be a good thing. I'll follow your progress with interest!

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PEGGYO 11/3/2014 6:03PM

    no thanks

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SHELLE13 11/3/2014 5:57PM

    I have never done one, but kind of wanted to! I think that might be fun a a good time since people normally veer off track. But...Maybe starting the first Monday after Thanksgiving (since many of us travel) and ending maybe New Years Eve?! Please let us know if you do one and PLEASE post in the Done Girl Challenge board! Thanks for mentioning! =)

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DAWNESS0404 11/3/2014 5:52PM

    Bad time of year for me with all the holiday shopping and entertaining we will be doing money wise, but if you do one after the first of the year I would be interested! Good Luck!

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THOMS1 11/3/2014 5:51PM

    You are looking amazing. I think the Diet Bet is a good idea and will really think about it. emoticon

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AJB121299 11/3/2014 5:43PM

    good luck

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THEN_JENN_SAYS 11/3/2014 5:40PM

    I LOVE dietbet! I think I might already be in 2 during that time period but if I can squeeze in a third, I will! OBSESSED with dietbet!

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