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Day 684- I Finally Said Yes to a Dress!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Once again, my SparkFriends came to the rescue. Thank you to everyone who left comments on my last blog. And thanks for chatting with me Julie!

I needed a swift kick in the butt to remind me how far I've come and that I am beautiful right now, and I will be beautiful on my wedding day. I went shopping with my mom last night and dress number 42 was THE ONE. I don't want to go into details, not that JD ever reads my blog, but let's just say, I stopped trying to wear the skin tight dresses because I've lost weight and chose a dress that really compliments my body as it is now and will look even better in a few more pounds.

I didn't cry or scream. I didn't even really let on that it was my dress in the store, because it is by a designer that my uncle's bridal store carries so I knew I wanted to get it from him. But when we walked out of the store, I just looked at my mom and said, that's my dress.

It is such a relief to feel amazing in something. Now to truly focus on losing these last thirty pounds and toning my upper arms. So if anyone has any great arm workouts to throw my way, let me know! I think it's time to restart Jillian Michaels. She always seems to jump start some weight loss.

Thank you SparkFriends for always supporting me and reminding me of how far I've come. Your words really got me in a good mind set and I think truly helped me find my dress.

Hope you had a good weekend!
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GRAMPIAN 12/13/2013 6:21AM

  You'll look amazing in your dress. emoticon

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DRTOVAH 11/11/2013 9:59AM

  congrats on the dress!

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NANHBH 11/5/2013 3:59PM

    You will be an amazingly beautiful bride - no doubt about it! Can't wait to see pictures of the wedding. When is the big day?
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WHITEANGEL4 10/28/2013 11:38PM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/26/2013 12:10PM

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MNNICE 10/24/2013 10:00PM

    What an exciting day! Sounds like the perfect dress that will let you relax, have fun, and just be YOU on your special day!

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BANDMOM2012 10/24/2013 10:43AM

    Awww, what a sweet blog :)

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GREGGWEISBROD 10/22/2013 11:16AM

    lol, it's like I'm one step behind each time I comment! :-D So glad for you, that's awesome!

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SHERYLP461 10/20/2013 7:48AM

    So happy for you that you found your dress, if it helps every bride goes through the same sort of thing. You will be a beautiful bride no matter what you wear as long as you wear the smile you have on your face in these background pics.

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SEAJESS 10/19/2013 5:58PM

    That is really exciting! I love the mental changes that you made to find your perfect dress. Hope you can hold on to them for the rest of your life... and I bet they'll come in very handy in married life!
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CHOCOHOLIC2276 10/19/2013 5:50PM

    That is so exciting!! Super congratulations and enjoy every moment of it:) Don't stress yourself out over all of these what ifs and details. At the end of the day it's you and your fiancée's day so breathe it in and enjoy YOUR especial day:)

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/19/2013 3:32PM

    How wonderful!!! Congratulations! I don't know if they're easy to get anymore, but a few years back I got some really rad muscles from Tae Bo. I'm sure any kickboxing type workout would help though.

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HARPEG 10/19/2013 11:39AM

    Awesome! You are a wonderful Success and Inspiration role model. I wish you all the happiness you could possibly dream of!

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CLPURNELL 10/18/2013 6:55PM

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CICELY360 10/18/2013 6:35PM

  Good blog

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ROXYCARIN 10/18/2013 11:33AM

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WENDYANNE61 10/18/2013 8:24AM

    Congratulations! If you search for arm workouts on Spark People, a number of ones pop up with Coach Nicole! I find swimming has helped me a lot as well as working out with two 3.5 lbs dumbbells - basically I dance around my sitting room to groovy music and punch the air, reach for the ceiling, do curl rolls and also hold the dumbells in front of me with bent elbows, then slowly raise my arms backwards til the dumbells touch my shoulders - you can really feel the back of your arms getting taut. I do about 10-15 minutes of upper arm exercise every 2nd day. I am 52 years old and now have firm upper arms for the first time in my life! My arms started looking much better after 3 weeks of working on them. Go for it!

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BELLYDOG 10/17/2013 11:26PM

    Congratulations on finding a dress! I wasn't so lucky 30 years ago. I had to make my own dress. I wore a size zero at the time. Even finding a pettern wasn't possible. I bought three different patterns in the smallest size available and then had to figure out how to put the elements together and downsize it to my size. I made a mock up out of old bed sheets to make sure I had it right before cutting on the real fabric. I could not afford to make any mistakes. It was an original, not another wedding dress like it to be sure. And nobody seemed to notice that it wasn't perfect. I doubled my weight from my wedding date. But with Sparkpeople, I am on my way back down the scales. Will I ever get back to a size zero? No. Will I ever wear that dress again? Not unless I alter the heck out of it. Maybe, just maybe, a niece will enjoy wearing it, as a party dress. Anyway, I know that you will be a beautiful bride on your wedding day. And you will be a beautiful woman everyday after that too, no matter what you size.

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TULIATART 10/17/2013 11:15PM

    Congratulations!

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JUNEAU2010 10/17/2013 8:50PM

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RECREATING_ME 10/17/2013 8:38PM

    So great about finding THE DRESS! I remember when I was engaged, and my mom knew when I had found the one because I kept referring to it as "my dress." When you can picture yourself walking down the aisle in that dress to the person you want to be with for the rest of your life, you know it's the one.

No doubts that you will be absolutely radiant on your wedding day. In all the pictures of you and JD, you just glow. Congrats!

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NIKO27 10/17/2013 7:23PM

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ELLELARS08 10/17/2013 7:11PM

  Congrats

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RENATA144 10/17/2013 6:22PM

  Congratulations Darling !!! You deserve the best, especially on your wedding day.
Mazel Tov ( =Good Luck/Best Wishes) !!!
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MSROZZIE 10/17/2013 3:07PM

    Excellent blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSPAM1 10/17/2013 2:57PM

    That is wonderful. You are making great progress, and you will be a beautiful bride!

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SHKIRK 10/17/2013 2:41PM

  I feel the relief w/ you !! emoticon

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JKNEPFLE 10/17/2013 9:18AM

    Congratulations!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 10/17/2013 8:46AM

    well done

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JACKIE15108 10/17/2013 8:26AM

    Congratulations on finding the dress for the big day!! Much success for you both!

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LKS2GAB2 10/17/2013 7:08AM

    emoticon You are beautiful and will be stunning in your dress. I am glad you had you "aha" moment. Now that the stress if finding the dress is over you WILL finish your journey. Good luck on the rest of your journey.

I wish you and your Fiancé a long and happy marriage. May you be the best of friends until the end of time.

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/17/2013 1:02AM

  how very exciting!!! When is the big day? emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 10/17/2013 12:54AM

  How exciting to find THE dress! Wonderful news!

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JIBBIE49 10/16/2013 10:30PM

    emoticon You're blog is featured in the Spark Mail.

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LILLY_78 10/16/2013 8:49PM

    Congrats on finding a dress!

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KKLENNERT809 10/16/2013 6:43PM

    I enjoyed your blog and best wishes to you on your wedding day! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 10/16/2013 6:15PM

    emoticon I am pretty sure he will not be looking at the dress as much as he will be looking at you. He thinks you are gorgeous and is so happy you are marrying him. It is great that you found a dress that makes you FEEL as amazing as he knows you ARE.

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NEWTINK 10/16/2013 5:21PM

    If you want a good cardio workout with a great arm toning . The row machine is the trick. It is amazing how that one machine works every thing . Give it a try you will fall in love with it . emoticon

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CURTIOSITY 10/16/2013 3:35PM

    Yes. I do know the all time great arm exercises, but you need to do them in water and I have no idea if you have access to a pool. If you do, get a pair of speedo power paddles (the web-fingered gloves don't cut it.) If you have access to this stuff - spark mail me. Curtiosity


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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/16/2013 3:19PM

    Yaaay! That is a relief to find "the dress", regardless of where you find it (and great that you can get it at Uncle's place too...).


and "upper harms"?? I know what you mean, but this was hilarious, because once you get those guns built up, you'll be smokin' hot and anyone who messes with you will be in harm's way, for sure!!

Have you checked out SparkPeople's article on Wedding Dress Workouts - with targeted workouts for arms or whatever you want to improve -
http://www.sparkpeople.com/res
ource/fitness_articles.asp?id=5
65

It has workouts for whatever equipment you have or don't have - gym access, home workouts, dumbbells, equipment-free (body weight) etc. I sure wish I had access to this article in 1995!!

And I did a SparkSearch for "SP Arm Workouts" and got gobs of hits:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
/myspark/search_results_google.
asp?cx=partner-pub-931894785322
4619:5707387032&cof=FORID%3A11&
ie=UTF-8&q=SparkPeople%20arm%20
workouts&siteurl=www.sparkpeopl
e.com%2Fmyspark%2Fsearch_results_google.asp

Pump em up!!



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JSEATTLE 10/16/2013 3:11PM

  So happy for you, you have done a tremendous thing. Now keep going!!

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NONNAOF2 10/16/2013 2:40PM

  Congrats! You've finally found "the dress"! Now you can take a deep breath and relax! :-)

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