Well, last May, with the wedding coming up, I decided I had to do something about my weight. I was sore, tired, and feeling decidedly unattractive. My daughter's wedding is July 14, 2012, and I had plenty of time to get serious.
So I did.
And now, with today's shower, the wedding season has begun! I still have a ways to go to get to my goal (remember photos don't always show every bulge), but I am really happy about where I am now. I'm so grateful that I am still focused and not ready to "go off the diet" -- because I'm not on one. It's a life change. Less eating, MORE LIFE!
I'm also lucky to have the support of all you Sparkers out there. I so much appreciate having a place to come every day and read others' thoughts on their journeys, peek in on their lives, share my experiences. I know I'm not alone.
I'll just posts some pix and create some captions.
This is me, my daughter, and my mother in law, out front next to my rose bed before we left for the shower.
Here she is before her cake.
With some of her friends (Maid of Honor in yellow, former roommate to left).
This game involved having her walk around the room with the apron on, and then guests had to write down how many kitchen gadgets they remembered.
She's opening a gift from her father and me -- a diamond and pearl necklace. Etiquette says a piece of "family heirloom" jewelry is appropriate, but since we really don't have such things, we found a nice piece she can start a collection with. :)
Tried to load a photo of my niece, but it won't upload for some reason. Neither will one with Mom in it. :/
But we had a great time. The maid of honor's mother is a Martha Stewart clone, I swear. She made the most exquisite cupcakes -- a fudge chocolate, topped with thick cream cheese icing and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Little candies of either creamy chocolate/Oreos filling dipped in white chocolate and one of cookie dough dipped in dark chocolate, which filled tiny boxes as place favors. She had a strawberry punch that was divine, a yellow cake in the shape of a book "Once upon a time [two people] met and lived happily ever after . . . " it said. And little turkey wraps and avocado wraps and leafy salad and pea salad and curried chicken salad on croissants, and ham pinwheels, turkey wrapped in phyllo dough and baked, a fruit bowl, a superb fruit-filled sugar cone topped with vanilla cream, and other things I can't even remember.
I did have some things -- the fruit cone, the leafy salad, the turkey phyllo, FOUR of the tiny candies (I admit), the small wraps, though I abstained on the punch, cupcakes, cake, and croissant. So I behaved myself pretty well.
So now, eight weeks till the wedding. I hope to be 10-12 pounds further along. But even if I stopped now I'd be pretty happy. I think I'm finally ready to start shopping for a mother of the bride gown. That scares me to death. But I'll find something, I know. Long? Short? Sleeves? Not? (4:30 wedding). It'll be an adventure!