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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our son, Kevin, got married to his beautiful wife Ashley on Oct. 4th. It was a lot of planning (we gave the wedding), but it was all worth it to see the happiness and love on their faces for their special day!

Ashley was walked down the aisle by her brother...

We had a beautiful ocean setting and they were married at 5pm as the sun was setting.

There was a cocktail hour immediately following while the wedding party had pictures taken.

Our reception was in a ballroom that looked out to the ocean.

Ashley's mom...

And we had lots of dancing!

Mike & I (Kevin's parents)...

My mom (Kevin's gma)...

My sister (Kevin's aunt)....

My brother (Kevin's uncle)...

And then there was cake....

And a fun time for everyone! I'm mentally and physically exhausted! What a beautiful celebration in a beautiful location!

Can't wait to see the professional pics!!!

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_RANDY_ 10/16/2014 3:06PM

    looks like an amazing time.

I wishing them lots of success and happiness!

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DEEGIRL50 10/16/2014 4:38AM

    I can see your special touches throughout the ceremony and reception!! Beautiful pictures of the loving couples (yes, that's plural). Smiles everywhere.
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HONEYLEA 10/15/2014 4:46PM

    BEAUTIFUL! And the Bride and Groom looked good too!

It looked like a breathtaking wedding. You did yourself proud!

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LIFECHANGZ 10/15/2014 2:19PM

    emoticon aaaaaaahhhhhhhh

thanks for sharing, it looks like it was all lovely and everyone looks happy. what a wonderful start to their lives together! Thanks for sharing the day, it made mine :)

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JTREMBATH 10/15/2014 2:12AM

    emoticon emoticon Photos.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/15/2014 1:59AM

    that´s great brenda thanks for shareingthey look a lovely pair infact everyone looked great.i am abit surprized though that you and ashley´s mother wore the same colour dress and in england it is a sin if the bride and grooms mother have the same colour dress.and the view was lovely.worth all the hard work in the planning i would say. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 10/14/2014 10:56PM

    *sigh* emoticon
So sweet! Thanks for the pics!


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BRENDABUNNY 10/14/2014 10:46PM

    Absolutely gorgeous couple and a beautiful wedding..Thank you for sharing it with us emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/14/2014 9:49PM

    WOW! That would be right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We were asked what motivates us to stay on track this week.

Well, I went to my knee doc today because my left knee has been locking up with shooting pains this month and I now have to use my cane again.

I had arthroscopic surgery last September in hopes that my knee would be helped good enough to walk better - that was after 7 years of shots. It helped it bend and feel better, but I still can't go up or down the stairs leading with it. I still had cortisone shots, and it felt good for a few months. This month it took a nose dive.

I know this hasn't been motivating so far, but here it is:
My doctor finally agreed to give me knee replacement surgery!! Woo hoo!! I will have the surgery probably the end of May. That means I need to get things done ASAP!

I'm definitely motivated - I'm going to go to water aerobics more times a week to strengthen my knees (increasing from 2 times to 4 times), pack up the rest of my mom's things to move (we've been overseeing renovations too), and get most of the things for our son's wedding on Oct. 4th.


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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/24/2014 5:18AM

    brenda my knee replacement for my left knee is planned for 23rd of may.i am also having a thigh bones realignment as well.we can have a compition to see who can walk unaided first lol.let us know when you have the date.who knows you might even beat me to it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RICHILA 4/23/2014 9:40AM

    Wow! That is some serious motivation lady!

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DEEGIRL50 4/23/2014 6:38AM

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emoticon Knee replacement surgery should be a more complete solution. An end to knee pain!
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BRENDABUNNY 4/22/2014 11:12PM

    Good deal glad you get to have that done.. emoticon

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our challenge is to list two items we are working on this week to ensure weight loss.

The two I need to work on are:

1. No fast food. Focus on the nutritional value of my meals & increase the number of freggies I eat daily.
My big downfall is carbs. I love bread, tortillas, crackers, etc. I'm going to try to cut back on the processed carbs and fill in with good carbs (freggies).

2. Sleep 6+ hours daily and go to bed by midnight during the week!
My biggest problem is going to bed at a decent time during the week. I don't work outside of the home, so it really doesn't matter that much for getting up. I'm usually updating Sparks after my DH goes to bed, but the hours pass by quickly and I'm up later than I should be. I'm going to update Sparks in the morning or during early evening and go to bed when my DH does.

Baby steps! A couple of goals at a time!

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MARLY53 4/22/2014 1:37PM

    emoticon I know I need to work on getting more and better sleep every night. I too am a night owl because I know I can go back to bed after sending my DH off to work. That is the only thing that has saved me.
I've been told to make me a set nighttime routine to follow so my body knows it's time for bed. That will be a hard one for me to do since I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. Good luck on both these goals.

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LIZZABETH1986 4/17/2014 10:12AM

    I just love your kitty pics... they're so cute!

Those are two things I struggle with, myself. They're tough! Fast food, while disgusting, is sooo convenient. You don't have to clean anything, it's cheap, and you're full afterwards. Just try to remember how actually gross it is. That's the only thing that stops me from eating it.

Sleeping on a schedule is so, so difficult. I can only imagine that working from home makes staying on said schedule even harder, since you don't have a set time that you need to be at work every morning. What about trying to get in bed 15 minutes earlier every night? I feel like I always read suggestions for trying that. It's something I should probably try myself! :o)

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_RANDY_ 4/15/2014 12:22PM

    emoticon small steps -- or crawls !!!!

I'm like your Plan!

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    I've been staying up way too late at night lately too. Let's ALL work on that one!!!


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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/15/2014 6:05AM

    going to bed the same time as dh is a great idea to get extra cuddles in.i love it when we go to bed the same time.sleep is something i have to work on too. emoticon emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 4/15/2014 5:30AM

    Love the sleeping kitty pic! Great goals!!

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DIANITAH 4/15/2014 4:56AM

    This may seem a little random but do you know what help me cut out the fast food? Learning how "not" real it is. Google a few articles on meat processing, how this food is processed/created. Trust me, you'll never ever eat fast food again. If you want to read a whole book on it, try Fast Food Nation. Still, you can find the information readily on most major news sites. The more we educate ourselves on food, the more whole foods we will want to eat.

Good luck on both goals though. Quality sleep is one of my goals, as I sit up here at 3:55 a.m. not being able to sleep! lol

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Friday, April 04, 2014

We were asked what our next mini-goal is, and list at least two things I will do to accomplish that mini-goal.

My next mini-goal is to get into the next 10-lb range. I have 8 lbs to go because I gained 2 lbs last week while my mom was visiting....not good.

BUT I'm back on track 100%! Some of the things I'm doing to lose this weight is:

1. I'm being faithful about exercise and going to my gym as well.
2. I'm tracking my food and eating healthy choices.
3. I'm eating 5 freggies a day.
4. I'm drinking my 8 waters.
5. I'm getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

I know I can do this! I'm excited about the journey! What to join me?

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DEEGIRL50 4/4/2014 6:54PM

    emoticon I'll join you!
You are doing great and your shape shows it!

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144AUTUMN 4/4/2014 4:09AM

  You can do it!!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Like the priceless pieces of art in the Louve, your body is also a work of art. Look in the mirror or take a picture and look at it closely. Consider it to be your blank canvas. What are you going to do with that blank canvas? How are you going to paint your future? What is your muse?

My "muse" this year is my son's wedding! He's getting married in October - very exciting....BUT that means lots of professional pictures that family members will all see and keep. I don't want to be the biggest one in the pictures! I want to look better - for me, my DH, and my son & fiance. I want to feel good and be able to dance without pain in my knees. I don't want to limp down the aisle. I know that I can do this!

Even though I'm still heavy, I have lost weight. Not at break-neck speed or anything, but I'm still down 25 lbs. It's been a rough road - I take a lot of meds and have bad knees which hinder my weight loss, but I've learned lots and have made changes that have been healthy. I had knee surgery in September which helped me walk without my cane. I just went to my doc on Monday for my physical and came out with flying colors. My cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, A1C (for diabetes and controlled only by diet) are all perfect - and dropped from last year!! I was excited....the healthier eating is paying off! Now to get it to work as consistent weight loss is the goal. I'm back to exercising as well as tracking nutrition. I know that if I can get into "Onederland" I'll feel and look much better. I'm not trying to be perfect....just be a healthier me!

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DEEGIRL50 2/12/2014 6:48AM

    Love is a great motivator!!! Love yourself and your family. Love is in the air. I'm so proud of you. Look at all you've accomplished.
emoticon And you will be even more beautiful at the wedding. No matter what weight you are at -- we all know you will enjoy the day and celebrate in style. Feeling better about the way you look will be a bonus!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/12/2014 6:27AM

    that great love and with so much motivation and reasons to loose i am sure it is only a matter of time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSANOFROMUK 2/12/2014 5:11AM

    Great blog, and such wonderful results from the Dr, see it does work, now we have to keep going.
How exciting as well to be shopping for an outfit for the wedding! Can't wait to see the pics emoticon

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