Monday, July 14, 2014
FRIDAY we had a busy and fun-filled day; a girls lunch, with the mothers, bridesmaids and bride. She and her mother treated us all, followed by mani/pedi combos of our choice. I got a purple pedi to match my dress (I did my own purple mani). Later in the afternoon, we had the wedding rehearsal, and Antony & Amy wore hats appropriate to the occasion.
The rehearsal dinner was at a steakhouse in Orlando, and I sat next to my son Michael.
And, across from my husband, Greg.
Everyone got a turn for photos with the happy couple!
SATURDAY was Wedding Day!
The bride was beaming!
Greg wore a tie and pocket square to match my dress.
The wedding was held outdoors and we had to race to beat a storm that was brewing! As Mother-of-the-Groom, I felt like royalty being escorted down the aisle by my son and followed by my husband, two very handsome men.
Amy looked beautiful as she walked with her father.
The ceremony was lovely and the rain held out until we were inside the reception hall.
We have had such fun in all the events and preparation leading up to this special day. It was a beautiful wedding and I am so happy to have such a lovely and sweet new daughter.
And the rest of her family is wonderful, too!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my future daughter-in-law's bridal tea, hosted by a couple of her aunts. Everyone thought it would be fun to wear hats and it definitely added to the festivities!
I ordered this hat online from Amazon. It is called "Sweet Tea Organza Derby Hat with Shimmering Bow" (Burgundy). I received many compliments, even from a couple of people not in our party. I don't usually wear hats, and I decided I would get a big, fun, showy one for this event!
From left to right, this is my soon-to-be DIL's maternal grandmother, mother, twin sister, DIL, and me.
And, here is one of DIL with her mother and me.
There were other attendees (about a dozen of us total) and they were all sweet and made me feel very welcomed into the family. This is a memory I will treasure always.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I get such a thrill these days when I go shopping for clothes. I will see a beautiful shirt that I would have loved wearing when I was heavier (thinking it will fit now), but when I try it on, it is much too big.
I continue searching and find a smaller one, which I know will be much too tight, and it fits perfectly! Same thing with jeans. I look at them and say, there is NO WAY I can fit into this, but then I do! It really helps keep me motivated.
I have dropped about 4 sizes over this past year and the next drop will bring me into a single digit. I would say I can't wait, but I am already so much happier!
Consistency is the key! No matter what, do NOT give up!!!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
This was my first round in Golden Phoenix serving as a Co-Captain with our awesome Captain Jane! It ran from June 5th to August 28th, during which time I lost 8.9 pounds and 6 inches. Additionally, my BMI dropped from 30.8 (obese) to 29 (overweight). My body fat percentage dropped from 42% to 39.8%, and I went from size 12 pants to size 10.
Here are my before and after photos. The differences are subtle, but they are there!
Happily, I achieved all of my previously posted SMART Goals:
1. I will move down from the obese to overweight BMI category by the end of the round, August 28th.
2. I will move down one pants size by the end of the round. (Or, at least, my current ones will be falling off of me!)
3. I will be happier with who looks back at me in the mirror.
Our team was phenomenal! So much support, enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication. We were unstoppable and WON Overall Team Biggest Loser!
We are now on a four week ABC (Autumn Break Challenge) until BLC23. I really appreciate our lighter break challenges to help keep me on track!
Congratulations and thank you to all the ladies of Golden Phoenix!!!
(A special congratulations to Carol, for winning the title of Overall Individual Biggest Loser!)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
BLC 21 was my first round and it was awesome. I lost consistently, EVERY week. I worked very hard and the weight just seemed to fall right off. I even surpassed my weight loss goal, twice! In BLC 22, not so much. It's been more difficult, and my weigh-ins have had their ups and downs. However, I have learned something very valuable. Whether there is smooth sailing or choppy waters, the main thing is to stay on course. It may take longer when things are rougher, but as long as I stay focused, I will gradually move in the right direction to my destination.
Although I did not quite reach my (unrealistic) weight loss goal this round, I DID meet all 3 of my BLC 22 SMART Goals. So, that is something I can sure smile about!
WEATHER THE STORMS AND, NO MATTER HOW BAD THEY GET,
NEVER GIVE UP!
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