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Very Interesting article on weight loss surgery and body image

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I think what SparkPeople does is give us the tools to become both physically and emotionally healthy at the same time. As I shed my pounds, I shed the mental and emotional abuse that led me down the path of emotional eating. Every workout, every time I ate salad rather than mac and cheese, or a sandwich rather than a bag of Oreos, I was making a conscience choice to take care of myself. Ny choice to become healthy was not selfish, was not because of what someone else did, or because a friend had suddenly become skinnier than me, no matter what my ex-husband's voice in my head said. I choose to be healthy because I am not worthless. Quite the opposite. I am full of worth. I am creative, funny and loving, as well as being strong and sexy.

What do y'all think?

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WILDEMOON 6/27/2013 10:02AM

    I'm with you - I think weight loss is something that can't really stick until you do decide to do it for yourself. Not that it won't benefit other people in your life, but it has to be about you being ready and wanting something better and feeling that you DESERVE something better for yourself first.

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VIXSTERLU 3/21/2013 7:33PM

    Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of weight loss surgery, but hate the fact that these people don't get the real help they need to live in a healthy manner. Being healthy is so much more than a number on a scale! That is the wonderful think about Spark!!! If you engage in the process and really be true to yourself on your own journey, you will get there :)

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 3/20/2013 9:16PM

    That is a very good article! Thanks for sharing!

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POISONGIRL999 3/20/2013 6:25PM

    Great article. And I agree with you, you get the whole package here on SParkpeople. And you really learn to do it for you and only you.

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Wedding Fashion Show!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The groom can't see the bride before the wedding, but you guys can! My friend Lacy took lots of pics of me on the day we went dress shopping. Also with me was my mom, my future mother and sister-in-law, and another girlfriend, Nikki. People were surprised I found my dress the first time out, but I had spent months going through images of dresses on various sites. I went in with very specific ideas about what I wanted (mermaid or trumpet style, prefer halter or straps to strapless) and what I didn't want (no pick-ups, no empire waistlines, a dress that cost more than my car)

This is the first dress I tried on - I almost thought I'd found the one on the spot! I loved how tiny it made my waist look.

This is a dress that I liked in theory, but not on me at all. The mermaid style and the ruched fabric were pretty unforgiving of my wide hips.

The sash helped a little, but this one never stood a chance.

I had looked at this one for a long time. I liked the classic, old fashioned styling and the keyhole back. It had been in my David's Bridal favorites and also pinned on my Pinterest page for a long time. But either the size was wrong or the cut around the upper body was off for me, because I was a little disappointed with it once I had it on.

This dress was one of my favorites as soon as I put it on. I had seen it and added it to my favorites on David's Bridal that morning. My mom and future sister-in-law saw it on the sales rack and brought it over to me. (not knowing I'd already scoped it out online) You can tell from my smile how much I like it. That's my real smile, not my "say cheese for the camera" smile.

My sales consultant brought this dress over to try, based on how much I liked the skirt on the previous dress. This one wasn't a hit for me though. It didn't feel like me, I almost didn't bother walking out of the dressing room in it. Also, one of my friends said it makes me look like a giant shrimp

This dress was a real test of will. When I came out in it, everyone ooh'd and aww'd. My two girlfriends especially liked it. The detail on it was lovely. But I didn't like the fit of it, I didn't feel sexy and unique and awesome. So despite everyone else loving it, we moved on.

I really liked this one a lot. It's similar in style to the very first one, but with more bling.

So after some deliberation, and trying a few things on a second time, I made my decision. The second time I put this dress on, I knew it was mine. I didn't want to take it off.

I love the pleated ruffles at the bottom. It reminds me of the ocean and seashells. The top of it fit perfectly, I won't need any alterations there at all. Which is good because it's a clearance dress that originally had a 4 figure price tag, which I got for under $500. So it was meant to be, and I got it at a great price!

I'm so happy to get to share my happiness and excitement with my Spark Friends!

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SIMONEKP 5/2/2013 3:45PM

    lovely dress, it looks fab on yo

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SPASTASTIC 5/2/2013 2:12PM

    You picked a lovely dress! So happy for you!

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ADARKARA 5/2/2013 2:00PM

    You picked the one I liked the most! You look great in it =)

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/2/2013 12:53PM

    I kinow I'm late to this party, but BEAUTIFUL!!!

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SOXYINMO 3/3/2013 7:44AM

    Oh, sorry I missed this earlier, but YIPPEE! I did the same thing with my wedding dress. Went shopping and there it was not alterations needed! Congratulations, you look lovely!

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WILDEMOON 2/21/2013 4:53PM

    I think you chose very well - it's gorgeous!

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JESSALOU7 2/15/2013 6:55PM

    I love it Suz! It is beautiful and definitely you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHELLSBROOD 2/12/2013 9:17AM

    Gorgeous!! Love the dress!!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/9/2013 1:17PM

    Gorgeous! I love weddings! You have an awesome dress and an amazing price!!! Congrats, I do think it was meant to be. This one is definitely the one that I think looks best on you too! Very flattering. And what at extra bonus about the alterations! I do alterations, so I know! I have don't a dress similar to this. I loved doing the bustle! When I had the train put up in back, it looked fabulous, the ruffles folded right up in there and looked like they were meant to be that way. Do you plan on putting the back up for dancing? If you are and don't want to pay someone for alterations, you can just pin it up after the ceremony. Just use big safety pins and pin on the underside of it. Best wishes for you!!!!!

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MBGUYER 2/8/2013 7:23PM

  you look awesome in that dress -- I'm happy you love it!

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BMCOLLEY 2/7/2013 8:17AM

    You are beautiful!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/6/2013 8:58PM

    Wow what a day! So happy you found your perfect dress. Its lovely.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/6/2013 8:04PM

    This is awesome! I think I like the first dress and the one you picked as the best. Great that yours was on clearance too!

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MSCARCHICK 2/6/2013 6:48PM

    Both the dress and you look beautiful! I wish I had begun my weight loss journey before I got married. My wedding dress would fall off of me now.

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CINERICIA 2/6/2013 6:25PM

    You're day seems like it was amazing. You looked absolutely gorgeous. And the dress you picked was my absolute favorite. Congrats. That is one major event done and done well.

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KNYAGENYA 2/6/2013 4:50PM

    It is a great dress and you look good in it.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

This is a blog about my other blog - I posted the story of my engagement, I thought some of you might be interested in the details.

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WILDEMOON 1/4/2013 2:08PM

    Totally belated congratulations!!

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LENLEN3 11/3/2012 12:55PM

    Awwww, I love a romantic story :3

Glad you like the picture! I think when things settle down, and I get my new pen for my tablet, I'm gonna fire up photoshop, and really pretty it up!

Also: Great job on the 5k!!

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My sweetie and I got engaged on Saturday!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

And I wanted to share my happiness with all my Sparkfriends. For my New Who team, my fiance proposed dressed as Captain Jack Harkness, while I was in my Oswin Oswald costume. It's like we're making our own alternate timeline for the series ;-)

I am so happy and thrilled. No date set yet, but I will get more serious now about my goal to "Stay healthy and fit so I look amazing at my wedding!"

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CINERICIA 10/28/2012 1:48PM

    Woooo! Congratulations. And any man who dresses up as Jack is definitely a keeper.

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THELILEA 10/23/2012 5:37PM

    Sigh.... I hope to find my Capt. Harkness .

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ASHAIXIM 10/23/2012 9:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTLIKEALICE 10/22/2012 10:22PM

    Congrats! You guys are too cute!

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SHRINKING_SARA 10/22/2012 6:52PM

    That is SO much fun! I love the CosPlay! (who could ever say no to a Captain Jack!?!) Congrats!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 10/22/2012 5:12PM

    great big huge emoticon

This si such an awesome time, don't let anyone spoil it by saying you HAVE to have a date set, or you HAVE to do it this way or anything like that. Trust people will try!

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LENLEN3 10/22/2012 5:03PM

    !!!!! I'm so excited for you!!! Congrats!!! ::throws confetti:: Yay!!!!

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EDIT: Drew a picture for you :)


Comment edited on: 10/22/2012 6:04:56 PM

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POOKASLUAGH 10/22/2012 5:01PM


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GOLOPTIOUS 10/22/2012 4:58PM

    HAPPY DAY!!! Congratulations! And what a cute, themed idea!

I'm super-happy for you!

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POISONGIRL999 10/22/2012 4:36PM

    That is awesome, big congrats!!!!!!

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LADYBUG546 10/22/2012 4:34PM

    emoticon I have been busy planning my weddings...I am having one in India and one in my home town...Crazy I know...have fun planning I love it...Pinterest will be your new best friend trust me lol

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Signed up for Virtual Halloween 5K

Friday, September 21, 2012

And I went to the gym this morning, before work, for the first time since my scheduled switched back to 9 AM - 6 PM. Go me! Starting next week I'm going to start working the 5K Your Way Running Program to be ready for the end of October.

In other news, I've started blogging again about non-Spark things. My new blog is called The Daily Rite, it's on blogger. The Daily Rite is a play off my previous blog that ended in 2010 called the Daily Rede. I'm trying to write daily, and I'm a Pagan/Wiccan who participates in Rites. Hehe, I know, I'm punny. So if you're so inclined, please check it out.

Have a great weekend Sparksters!

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K-GETTING-FIT 9/22/2012 9:00AM

    emoticon I'll be running that 5K too:)

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CINERICIA 9/21/2012 7:06PM

    Well, a blessed Mabon to you.

I know you're going to rock the 5k training. Good for you. I signed up for the Trick or Treat trot. Always helps to be working toward something.

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JILLITA55 9/21/2012 5:05PM

    I am not much of a blogger, but I do the best on this site. Alot of the stuff I write about don't have anything to do with SP. But I do blogger on SP sometimes. Good luck on your 5K emoticon

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LTMURPHY7 9/21/2012 5:01PM


Great job
I'm not a blogger

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