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Front Lawn (before & after pix)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is what happens in a two month period, after fertilizing and seeding, and LOTS of Florida rain. Now I just need to mow again!




  
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DOROTHYBERO 8/27/2014 8:01AM

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TRICIALICI 8/25/2014 11:56AM

    Looks good, Nicole! Your palm trees look great, too!


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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 10:20AM

    LOVE the house, love the palm trees. Beautiful!!!

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RDEE22 8/24/2014 9:59AM

    Love your lawn Nicole and haven't your palm trees grown over the summer. Just noticed the ice cream truck...looking good.

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NUTRON3 8/24/2014 8:53AM

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1KSBEST 8/24/2014 8:49AM

    Nicole, your yard is looking green and healthy emoticon
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OH the joys of Florida

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My Baby is Married!

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.






First dance.

Such passion!

Photo Bomb!


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!

  
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GORIANA 7/15/2014 7:38PM

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MSALICAT 7/15/2014 5:25PM

    You look FANTASTIC! What a beautiful couple - Your son has grown up to be such a very handsome man. Thank you so much for sharing this special day. I hope everyone "behaved" themselves and it was all about them
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TRICIALICI 7/15/2014 12:02PM

    Congratulations, Nicole! I'm so happy the wedding turned out wonderfully! You have a beautiful family - and new daughter - and it's such fun to see everyone looking so HAPPY!!! You're a beautiful mother of the groom! Thanks for inviting us to share in your joy - via pictures!

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LADYHYJINX 7/15/2014 10:41AM

    Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your special day. YOU LOOKED BEAUTIFUL. Hard to tell you are the Mother of the Groom, look more like a bridesmaid!

Your sons look just like you. What a handsome family. Great to see the pics of you and Greg.

Couldn't be happier for you and your son and his new wife. Sending blessings to them.

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ELIZACG9 7/15/2014 10:17AM

    So beautiful to see these pictures.....great memories.. congratulations! emoticon

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1KSBEST 7/15/2014 10:05AM

    Nicole thanks for sharing emoticonwhat joy it brings looking at these wonderful photos. Best wishes to the new couple. (you do look like royalty emoticon)

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DOROTHYBERO 7/15/2014 9:40AM

    So glad everything went so well - you were beautiful as was the bride.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2014 7:46AM

    Just gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for sharing the special day. The bride and groom look very happy. Wishing them a lifetime of blessings.

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RDEE22 7/15/2014 1:21AM

    Nicole absolutely beautiful. Thankyou so much for sharing your celebrations with us , not only the big day but the lead up as well. You are the best!!
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Lovely Bridal Tea

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.

  
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MSALICAT 7/15/2014 5:26PM

    Now that is an AWESOME hat!

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ELIZACG9 7/15/2014 10:18AM

    I agree lovely!
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TRICIALICI 6/23/2014 5:21PM

    Such happy and fun times! CONGRATULATIONS on welcoming a DIL into the family! Oh, and you ROCK the hat! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/23/2014 1:44PM

    Wow, you picked the perfect hat. It's beautiful &
looks great on you!

Enjoy your new DIL!

You'll be a great MIL!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/23/2014 8:25AM

    How fun!

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REGILIEH 6/23/2014 12:59AM

    How great! I love your hat!

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1KSBEST 6/22/2014 10:49PM

    Nicole thanks for sharing this WONDERFUL PHOTO.
LOVE the hat and seeing you enjoying the tea room.
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RDEE22 6/22/2014 10:11PM

    Nicole you look absolutely beautiful. Just love the hat. Lovely pictures. You all look so happy. Thanks for sharing the event with us. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/22/2014 9:56PM

    Awwww, you look beautiful! I LOVE the hat! Your soon-to-be daughter-in-law is gorgeous!



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UKNOWITNOW 6/22/2014 9:37PM

  What a lovely addition to a shower. Most people really don't care to play any more games.

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GoodWill is one of my Best Friends!

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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!!! emoticon

  
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ALIHIKES 11/19/2013 7:57PM

    Congratulations! It is wonderful that your hard work is paying off

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TRICIALICI 11/19/2013 7:37PM

    Very, very cool, Nicole! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/17/2013 8:13PM

    OH MY GOSH! Would love to see you.

Amazing what we can do when we are consistent!

I met a girl .. flutist at the gym.. Maximum Fitness,
she knows you.

FOrgot her name??

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TULULAHFRANKIE 11/17/2013 4:49AM

    Totally agree with you that there is no better feeling than fitting into or being too small

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 11/16/2013 8:32PM

    That is such a cool perspective. I suspect there needs to be lots of work on us seeing our body as it truly are.

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GFYOGAMOM 11/16/2013 8:08PM

    What AWESOME, happy, NSV moments you have had w/your clothes shopping!! CONGRATS on those FOUR SIZES!!

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LADYBIRD82 11/16/2013 7:26PM

    One of weight losses many rewards. Trying on clothes in a smaller size and not expecting them to fit and then they do. Wow a really great feeling. Best of luck on your journey. You can do it! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/16/2013 7:06PM

    What a wonderful experience!! And good for you shopping at Goodwill - for while you are losing weight it doesn't make good sense to spend a lot on clothing. Though I'm in maintenance and I still shop there when I have time. I've gotten some REALLY nice clothes there!!

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SUEWRITES 11/16/2013 6:25PM

    Good for you! I am currently trying to get into my smaller size jeans that have been sitting in my closest for way too long. I can now get them over my hips but not done up yet!

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BLC22 Results (Before/After Pix) with Golden Phoenix

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!)

  
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1KSBEST 11/18/2013 7:56AM

    To SINGLE DIGIT SHOPPING
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TRICIALICI 9/11/2013 11:42AM

    AWESOME PICS, Nicole! Congratulations on your progress! Keep up the great work!
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KIBAISREADY 9/5/2013 12:52AM

    LOOKING GOOD GIRLIE! CONGRATS AND KEEP MAKING IT HAPPEN! emoticon emoticon

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JFROGSPYDER 9/2/2013 5:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You look AMAZING!!!! CONGRATS!!!!
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MARINEMAMA 9/1/2013 7:56AM

    Great job! You look wonderful!

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FITAT50 9/1/2013 7:42AM

    Great job! You can really see the difference!

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YO~YOLANDA 9/1/2013 7:07AM

    That feels so good!!! Look at how your clothes fit you better...Smooth...You Look Amazing and I'll bet you feel it too....CONGRATULATIONS...YOU MADE PROGRESS HAPPEN!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/1/2013 6:42AM

    Not subtle at ALL! You made huge strides! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRADDIE 8/31/2013 11:40PM

    Fabulous job!! WAY TO GO!!!

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FITLIKENIC 8/31/2013 10:12PM

    Look at YOU! Real results from dedication!

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MGJARVI 8/31/2013 10:07PM

    Now there are some real results! WTG, so proud of you!! Thanks for your special part in making the GOLDEN PHOENIX team what it is, SPECIAL!

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HARMONYAGAIN 8/31/2013 9:46PM

    I can see it!

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LIZZYP609 8/31/2013 9:40PM

    Awesome results! Good for you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/31/2013 9:24PM

    You Go Girl! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 8/31/2013 9:12PM

    You're looking simply marvelous!

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MS.ELENI 8/31/2013 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon You look fantastic and changes show how hard you have worked. emoticon emoticon

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KATI5668 8/31/2013 6:37PM

    sounds like you got it figured out..planning is half the battle...

As BlC 23 rolls around we will all be cheering for you!!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/31/2013 6:35PM

    I love the before and after pics!! You shrank!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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