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I'm going to be a bride in June! I'm so excited, but don't want my weight to stand in the way of me feeling the way I always dreamed I would on my wedding day. I'm planning a small beach wedding, which means less clothing and a clingy dress. I want to look amazing, and actually like the pictures of myself from this long awaited special day.

Update (3/10/10): I'm realizing now that this goal needs to stretch way beyond June in order for me to reach my desired end result. Even with an excellent motivational date such as a wedding, I'm finding it a constant struggle to maintain a healthy plan and exercise program. I've lost 20 lbs since Jan. 1, 2010 which is wonderful, but I'm finding myself allowing too many cheats along the way! WOW this is tough. I've got to get the mental game on too!

Update (7/1/10): Well, the big day has come and gone. I feared that my motivation would dissipate with "operation sexy bride". I was worried that I was always working toward a finish line, and now I realize that there is no finish line. My only regret is that I didn't start sooner, now I want to lose another 40 lbs! Now as a wife, I will use that as my motivation. I want to be a wife that my husband is proud of (not that he's not already) but you ladies know what I mean...I want to be a healthy and comfortable in my own skin person. I'm realizing that the weight plays a big part in how I feel about life in general. What I like the most about this journey is that the more healthy I become, the better my life is as a result. I thought that this process would be selfish, that if I was spending time at the gym or working on myself that I wouldn't be as good a mom or significant other.....HA was I wrong. So now I close the chapter on the 'oper. sexy bride' and start the rest of my life...

Update (12/22/10): I reflect on all that I have accomplished in 2010, all the major changes that have occured, and how I've changed as a person just by making myself a bigger priority in my own life! I haven't been able to lose more than maybe 5 lbs in the last few months. But I feel very healthy and happy. I'm maintaining my current weight by exercise, but need to focus more energy on the healthy eating. I've still not mastered it in the last year. I'm working out at least 5-6 times per week, a mix of cardio and weight training. I am doing this all so gradually that I expected people that haven't seen me in awhile to say "wow, you've lost some weight" but I'm disappointed to not get to share that yes, I've lost 50 lbs! I know it's not about what others think, see, notice, but sometimes it helps =)
I look forward to 2011, because I know that it only gets better from here. I need to set my sights on a bikini and not let go! Here I come 2011, you can't stop me now!

Update (1/25/11) Well for the last year, I've maintained my initial loss, but not managed to lose any more. Then around October 2011, I got complacent and despite working out regularly, I ate whatever I wanted. Now, I'm paying the price. Not only have I not reached my goal, I now have a set back of 10-15 lbs to lose all over again! I needed to be honest with myself and get real about this again. It's not rocket science, its self discipline, which is really tough for me. I'm recommitting myself today, no more over eating and basically canceling out all the sweat and effort with indulgent food! It's not worth it, but I am. Wow, this is a never ending journey, one I'm so glad I'm on! ~Happy 2012~

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I would like to get to a comfortable weight, overall size by June for my long awaited wedding. I am so glad that I have the determination and motivation that I need to keep me going. Most times I can only get so far before a trigger sets the whole healthy lifestyle on the back burner. I have two children that keep me very busy, and sometimes making good choices for quick meals is a big problem. I realize that the exercise part is a no brainer for me, its the self control and mental aspect of this I find the most challenging.

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I have, with the rest of the world started out the new year with resolve to shed the lbs! I have starting counting and journaling everything I eat, trying to stay around the 1500 calorie a day marker. I'm also hitting the gym and my basement for some sort of exercise almost daily. I've upped my water consumption a ton too. I've found that doing several small meals throughout the day helps me stay fuller instead of just having three meals a day. So far, so good.

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My name is Taryn and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am 32 years old, a mother of two, a full time employee and a fiance! I'm am always busy!

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