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Employer/Insurance Sponsored Fitness Program

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I'm so very excited, I finally got approval for the fitness program through my insurance company through work. I'm a state govt employee so I have great benefits. My plan looks like this:

Month 1 Intake (weigh in, blood pressure, waist measurement, body fat check)
60 minute Fitness Assessment
120 minutes with a personal trainer
Month 2 Progress Check-In
120 minutes with a personal trainer
60 minutes with registered dietician
Month 3 Progress Check-In
60 Minute Fitness Assessment
120 minutes with personal trainer
Month 4 Progress Check-In
60 minutes with registered dietician
120 minutes with personal trainer
Month 5 Progress Check-In
120 minutes with personal trainer
Month 6 Progress Check-In
30 minutes with registered dietician
60 minutes with personal trainer
60 minute Fitness Assessment
Month 7-12
60 minutes each month with a personal trainer

8 sessions over one year with a Health Behavior Counselor

Expectations from me to remain in the program are:
1. Keep a food log, diary, or journal as prescribed by the nutrition professional
2. Exercise at least 2 days per week for 1-hour sessions at the exercise facility and follow non - facility based exercise recommendations of Program professionals
3. Meet a minimum weight loss goal of approximately 2.5% at the end of month 3 in the Program, 5% at the end of month 6, and 10% at the end of month 12 OR achieve a “normal” body mass index (less than 25 kg/m2) AND healthy waist circumference (less than 40” for men or less than 35” for women) --- or make significant improvements in fitness or other measures in lieu of weight loss

Participation can be extended up to 2 years if I am making progress but haven't reached a normal BMI by the end of one year and have done the above ^

Best part, I can continue going to the gym I've been going to and my co-pay is only $20/month (I'm paying $60 for just general gym usage w/o personal training)

I think this is the kick in the butt MOTIVATION I've been needing.

Now I just have to wait for the call of when I can start the actual program...in the meantime I'll be continuing to slowly work back into things.

  
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THATGIRL7 8/5/2013 11:45AM

    Hi girl! It's been a long time! (Yeah, I've been off SparkPeople for quite a while).

That programs sounds awesome! Finally, did you have it? How are things going?

I can't wait to hear back from you! =)

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JUSTDOIT011 4/3/2012 11:07PM

    I love fitness contests! They always spur me on...this is a great plan! How much weight is 2.5% in a month, though?

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KTNEWJOURNEY 4/3/2012 10:04PM

    That is wonderful that you have that resource at your fingertips!

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THEJENNIX 4/3/2012 8:03PM

    YAY! This is fabulous! Way to go lucky duck!

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RUTGERSM0M 4/3/2012 7:52PM

    It is so wonderful to have such a benefit. Hope you take full advantage so you can reach whatever goal you are working toward. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wedding Album Link

Friday, December 30, 2011

So I didn't lose weight at all for the wedding, I've gained a couple pounds (and inches back) so I'm at starting point AGAIN...

For anyone interested I'm adding a link to our wedding album for you to check out on shutterfly. Follow the link for our fabulous photos! (Oh and make sure when you click view book you click the top right corner of the box when it opens to view it full screen)

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It was a simple wedding and we went out with some friend for mexican food afterwards, but it was exactly us.

  
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STARINTHENIGHT 1/2/2012 1:28AM

    Congratulations! Even though you didn't lose the weight you wanted, you are with the man that you wanted and who loves you no matter what you look like! (I think you look beautiful- btw) :-D I'm happy for you!

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RAINTHIEF 12/31/2011 8:42PM

    Love it - you look gorgeous!! emoticon emoticon

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ASHIKIME 12/30/2011 4:03PM

    Congratulations! I hope you have many wonderful years together!

Just looked at the pics and you look AMAZING! Beautiful wedding!

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NEW JOB and Wedding

Saturday, December 10, 2011

OMG seriously I'm getting sick of changes, but this time the changes are worthwhile! I found out I will be starting a new job with a local DHHR office January 3rd! Yay! The plus side is ridiculously awesome state benefits and decent pay. The downside is I have to cover the cost of child care, added expenses for fuel, and fix "the other car" for Jeremy to drive since we've only been driving one. OH and new clothes because my clothes are either too casual or to business-y for this position.

So the major suck-fest is that Jeremy and I have decided to forgo a "wedding reception" and therefore went ahead and moved up our wedding ceremony to DECEMBER 21st (so that we can have the wedding where we want with the minister of my choice)!!!! Of course I've basically wasted the last couple weeks painting tree branches, stringing crystal beads, making wedding centerpieces, and doing test runs on wedding cakes for nothing! I'm still wearing "my dress" and Jeremy a suit, but we've only informally invited guests. I've decided not to decorate the church to save the extra money on more decor and clean-up. I haven't decided what to do with my hair, if I'm wearing jewelry, I haven't found shoes in my price range, and have no clue what to do about a bouquet! Honestly i don't even know if there will be any music when I walk down the aisle! So thus explains my absence. I've lost a couple of pounds, but I'm not "on goal" Honestly at this point there's no point in worrying about it, my dress fits, that's all that matters for the next two weeks, right?!

  
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GODDESSELLIE07 12/12/2011 2:01PM

    You are correct... that's all that matters! Plus, your soon to be husband loves you no matter what :) I know you'll look gorgeous!

And congrats on the new job!!

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GINAV2 12/10/2011 10:53PM

    Oh my goodness CONGRATULATIONS!!!! On the new job, and on your upcoming wedding. It's a bummer about the wedding reception, but maybe you can have people come over to your house afterwards and use the decorations then? Wow you've got a lot going on - congrats on losing another couple of pounds in the middle of all that chaos, too! I'm very glad to hear things are taking a turn for the better for you!

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MAJOR Wedding Changes and Woes (Advice Please!!!!!)

Friday, November 18, 2011

So as per my last blog, we're not going to Jamaica. So now I have 6 weeks until our new wedding date! Jeremy wanted to go to the courthouse, but we've gotten it worked out that we can get married at the banquet room of the restaurant he works at and only have to pay for the cost of food. And as you probably recall, we're pretty much broke, not as broke as I expected but pretty bad. We finished up shopping for the boys Christmas and bought heartfelt, yet cheap gifts for family, and cut our all unnecessary gift giving that we usually do for this year. My challenge is to do this whole wedding for under $350 (excluding the dress and my engagement ring)

The Dress
Since I put $200 down on my other dress and cancelled it, she gave me a store credit. I went in yesterday to find an alternate dress, one that she had in the store on clearance. She found me an AMAZING pearl pink (tag says ivory but it's pearly pinkish) empire waist gown with beautiful detailing just below the bust. It was a discontinued Christina Wu that was retailed at $936. She let me buy it for $248.04 including taxes and they're going to steam/press it for me before I pick it up! No pictures yet, but will get them.

The Tux
He won't wear one. Instead he's decided to wear his black suit with either his silver dress shirt and black/silver tie or his black dress shirt with his red tie....hmmmm idk about this one myself. Also he found a T-shirt he's getting to wear underneath his dress shirt...it's Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally that says "Simply Meant to Be" since he's obsessed with Nightmare Before Christmas lol

The Food
I have no idea what we're doing yet, I know since Jeremy works for the restaurant (although at a seperate location) we can bring our own cake, fruit/veggie/meat/cheese trays if we opt to do so. It's an afternoon event, actually Friday December 30th from 1-4pm so I'm thinking light appetizers and punch. Any suggestions here?

The Guests
We've opted only to invite our dearest friends (none of Jeremy's family is around and mine aren't interested in attending since this is my second wedding) so our guest list is about 25, only 10-20 will actually be expected to be available though. For this reason we have decided to do our vows and the "reception" in the same location and just spend the whole time mingling and chatting with our friends. I don't even know if we'll do any of the traditional elements such as the "first dance" or toasts.

The Decor
The restaurant already is decorated with black and white linens, which were our anticipated "colors" so I was excited for that bit! I have about 2000 red rose petals from previous events that I plan to scatter across the tables with sunken roses and floating candles I'm also hoping to order some black and white decorations from Oriental Trading or other party store, but nothing cheesy. Atop the rose petals I'm going to scatter little clear crystals, hopefully it will be pretty and not tacky.

The Favors
I'm pretty sure we're skipping these, otherwise we'll do something fun but not that our guests will just go home and trash.

The Guestbook
Not having one, instead we're getting a photo mat that our guests can sign so that we can put it in a frame around one of our wedding photos and remember who shared in our special day each time we look at it.

The Photos
One of my dearest friends is a photographer and she has said she'd like to do all of our photos for us there and take us around the community and will give us CDs with full rights to the images to print as many as we wish for $75. This is usually charged for around $1500 so we're uber excited about that.

The Rings
I already have my engagement ring, so no cost associated there. We went to the mall today and went to one of the little jewelry kiosks centered in the walkway and bought two sterling silver black and white sapphire rings to flank my engagement ring until we get some extra money to buy my diamond enhancer from our jeweler. I still need to find him a ring, but he's said just to order him a solid black stainless steel ring from amazon, until I can afford to buy him his black titanium band.

***Oh and btw while we were buying my rings at the mall, security came running through sending all customers into nearby stores yelling there was a gunman in the mall. Apparently he had robbed a store manager that was going home (in the parking lot) at gunpoint then ran into the mall. The whole mall was on lockdown for about an hour and only let us leave after 20+ police officers plus the local FBI agents showed up to sweep the grounds and cover the exits. They still haven't caught him from what I've been told.***

Us
My dear groom to be is getting shy already about being in front of people. We're having a hard time deciding on an officiant since he's Agnostic and I'm Christian. I'm excited as heck, but worried something else will come in the way (since this will be our 4th planned ceremony and the other 3 all have been cancelled for various reasons over the past 2 years now)

The Woes
I haven't lost any weight and I'm feeling too chubby to be a bride. I'm definitely no where near my goal and my dress is strapless so I'm super self-conscious about my flabby arms, although it does look well everywhere else.

The wedding will be the day before New Year's Eve so Jeremy will have to work the next day so no special private quality time for us emoticon

Also, since it's a WV winter wedding I have no idea what the weather will be like. Sometimes it has been as warm as the upper 60s, other times it's been below freezing. That being said, I have no room in my budget for an expensive jacket/shaw/cape to wear specifically with my dress. I am planning to purchase a pashmina scarf in a white/gold shade to wear indoors from JC Penney, but have no idea what to do outdoors if it's super cold. My idea is: because I'm a huge fan of the newer Pride and Prejudice movie (the Kiera Knightley one) and if you know the movie you'll know the scene at the end where she's walking across the field at dawn she's wrapped in a blanket. I'm seriously considering buying a soft fuzzy blanket to wrap around me outside, just for this reason. Also Jeremy has his black army dress "trench" coat which he wants to have pictures taken of him wrapping around me outside. (Insert Awwwwws here)

Anything I've overlooked? 6 weeks I'm down to the wire to make sure I'm getting everything where/how it needs to be and I could sure use some input!

  
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EMMAVSMART 11/18/2011 5:40AM

    Sounds like you have it all in hand. I got married in Feb and managed to keep to a really low budget but had a wonderful day. I struggled with looking for favours since everything was either pointless or stupidly expensive or both. In the end we donated money to charity, it was only £1 pp and they sent us a pin badge for everyone and I printed out a little card (similar to name cards) that said we had donated on their behalf to say thankyou for coming to our wedding (the charity also sent us the template for this). We chose a cancer charity because my husbands grandma had passed away from leukaemia the year before. I had so many ppl comment on what a lovely idea it was. I think lots of big charities have got on board with this idea so have a look online.
The winter wedding is fantastic for being more creative. I used loads of fairy lights and hung hundreds of silver baubles from the ceiling in groups of 3 or four (I got loads in the sales), I know it sounds a bit tacky but it wasn't, the overall effect was magical and people couldn't believe how amazing it looked.
Good luck, I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 11/18/2011 3:41AM

    I really hope it all goes well for you :) All the best

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Jamaica Wedding Cancelled

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

So we've lost a decent portion of our monthly income, and have no idea when/if it will resume. I've been emotional eating yesterday (I had 5 reduced fat cinnamon rolls instead of a healthy lunch and snacks, though I was still in calorie range) and fighting the emotions today! My mom has decided she won't keep the kids for our Jamaica trip in June, so paired with a reduction of income, we're not going.

Not only is it crappy that once again we've had to give up on our hopes for our dream wedding (we didn't do it this year because my mom had surgery to remove tumors from her stomach when we we were supposed to go) but Jeremy doesn't want to wait any longer (we've been together for 5 years already afterall) and wants to do a courthouse wedding in a few weeks. He's too shy and socially awkward so he doesn't want to have a "real" wedding with guests. I called today to find out what to do about my dress, since I picked it out of store stock and put it on a payment plan at my local bridal salon and she said she will only give me a store credit. Since I didn't sign a contract with her, I'm going to try to fight it, although I doubt I'll get very far.

To top it off, the reduction of income and losing the $150 we've already paid on my dress means no Christmas for my kids. Seriously they may get like 1 gift each this year, because we are down to literally cutting out every non-necessity just to get groceries. It sucks so bad, I'm so stressed and just ready to give up. It just seems that nothing I do/hope for goes right, so why friggin try?

Okay, sorry for the rant, thanks for reading.

  
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ASHIKIME 11/9/2011 10:16PM

    oh my... I'm SO SORRY to hear all this. I've been in tough situations like that before. It doesn't last forever, but it certainly feels like it. I'm sure you'll pull through! You have a wonderful fiance (by the sounds of it =)), beautiful children who will understand (I know I did when I was little... more then my parents realized) and you have some fantastic friends here on SP who will always be willing to listen! I hope its only a short tough time!

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GINAV2 11/9/2011 9:30PM

    Oh sweetie, that is a really tough situation you are in. emoticon

Please rant away, no apologies needed - you definitely don't want to hold all that inside! I don't have anything terribly insightful to offer but I am sending you the very best of good wishes for things turning around for you soon. And please don't give up - YOU ARE WORTH IT, even if everything feels cruddy. And at the end of the day, even if you don't have any of the material things, you still have your family - and you all deserve to be as happy, and as healthy, as you can be.

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MRSB929 11/9/2011 1:06PM

    Hope things get better. I know you don't want to hear it right now, but I always feel like everything happens for a reason. Maybe there is some weird reason you can't go on your trip. Something better will come along. I know this because a couple years ago I was forced to leave school because of mental health problems. When I came home after 3 years of being away, I met my fiance for the first time. We are getting married next year. When I left school I felt like I was at my lowest of lows. And now I am happier than I have ever been. I hope this helps a little. I know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. You just to wait for it to happen. emoticon

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THATGIRL7 11/9/2011 1:05PM

    Oh girl, I am so sorry to hear all of that! Yes, that sucks!

I know it may be hard for you, but try to look at the optimistic side. You have less money and you are struggling, right. But after all, you and your fiancee are still together and in good health, right? And you have beautiful kids, I'm pretty sure of that.

Yes, there are up and downs, but there is a fact that you shouldn't ignore: Everything could be worse. When your things will be settled, even if it takes some time, you'll be able to go to a trip with your future husband, even if it's not about the wedding.

When you tell "why try?"... Well, I have the answer for you. Because it worth it. Yeah, it's friggin hard and it's normal that we want to give up. But giving up means thwrowing up all your work and your dreams in the garbage.

There are things on which you can't do anything, like money problem. But there are other things like your health, that is very important, that you can work for it and it worth it! I'm repeating myself but I think it's very important.

You don't have to be sorry for your rant, it's pretty normal. But if you need to talk a bit more, remember that I'm here.

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