LUCKYLISA12002's SparkPeople Blog LUCKYLISA12002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Got Married! May 31st 2015 was my big day! I married my best friend and I felt amazing. I've come a long way from 350 pounds at a size 26. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:24:31 EST I'm Alive! I'm still alive and well, I promise! ;) I know it has been a VERY long time since I last blogged and even signed on to Sparkpeople. Planning a wedding, taking care of my uncle, house work, and an unpredictable work schedule has really taken up a huge chunk of my time so I'm not on Sparkpeople as much as I'd love to. Also exercise has been taking up a chunk of time as well since I try my best to get as much exercise as I can without being worn out. <BR> <BR> A lot has happened over the course... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:12:15 EST Packages My wedding invites will arrive today! Can't wait :) Day off today woohoo. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:42:37 EST THE Wedding Dress (With Photos) I have finally gotten a free moment to get back on to Sparkpeople! It's been a few days and I really have missed logging on each day. Work has taken up a big chunk of time but I'm just happy to be working! I've been busy working, wedding planning, exercising, and taking care of my uncle. On my day off on Wednesday I saw 3 florists and that took a lot out of me! I had today off and I have tomorrow as well. I'm trying to set up an appointment tomorrow to visit with a potential DJ :) On Thursday... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:17:20 EST I Found The Dress! I had a wonderful time in Chico over the weekend. On Saturday I went wedding dress shopping at David's Bridal and ended up picking my dress!!!! It was totally unexpected and unplanned because I wasn't planning on finding the dress so quickly. The dress I chose was literally the 2nd dress I tried on and it was absolutely beautiful and perfect for my style. I tried on other dresses after it just to be sure but nothing compared to it. I went with a more form fitting figure flattering dress style... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:34:09 EST Bitter Sweet Super excited yet nervous... I know tomorrow is going to be so bitter sweet for me because my mom won't be there to witness any of the wedding planning or the wedding. I really wish she could be there but I find some comfort in knowing her spirit will be present in some way. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:45:33 EST Dress Shopping I worked today from 7am until 11:30am as a cashier and at the last half of the day I got to be the cashier out in the nursery which I enjoyed :) I get paid tomorrow and I was able to look up my pay check and saw that I got $483 for 63 hours. <BR> <BR> I get to try on dresses Saturday!!!!!!!! I CANNOT wait, I'm so excited. Also we're about to head off to a florist appointment and then the gym and then to go get gas so we can go to Chico tomorrow. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:01:32 EST 3 Day Weekend! Today was my last 5am to 2pm shift for inventory prep! i go in tomorrow from 7am until 11:30am as a cashier. It looks like I have Friday off and I requested Saturday and Sunday off last week so I should end up with a 3 day weekend :) We're going to Chico to visit the Fiance's family and to go wedding dress shopping and to do 2 of our gift registries (Walmart and Sears). I can't wait to try on dresses! I know I'm going to be sad and happy at the same time because my mom won't be there but I kn... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:44:40 EST Yay! So the venue has been reserved for 10am to 6pm and will have the ceremony begin at 11:30 and will last no longer than noon. I have contacted a few DJs and florists and just ordered my wedding invitations :) Things are falling in to place! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:11:38 EST Coming Together So we picked out our invites :) it's a pretty white card stock with sea shells on it and navy blue writing. We got the invites with the envelopes, rsvp cards with envelopes, thank you cards with envelopes, and direction cards. I'll be placing my order as soon as I get in touch with the caterer as I have a couple of questions about time and stuff. I can't wait to place my order and the price is perfect! <BR> <BR> Fiance ordered us our toasting glasses which is a set of two glasses the when pu... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:07:26 EST Weekend Off Got my walk in already and just doing my Sparkpeople stuff right now. I'm hoping to go fishing with the fiance later and do some of my exercises as well as pick out our invites :) I'm not sure which one I want yet but I think it's going to be 2 birds on a branch with a heart above them as they go in for a kiss. It's cute and totally my style and they also have table number cards with the same design. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:29:38 EST Wedding We went to go look at the venue I was looking at and the fiancé ended up liking it! So after our viewing we sat in the parking lot and called the reservation line and set our date by putting down a $100 deposit. The total for the venue is less than $2,000 and $500 of it we get back because it's a cleaning deposit. The venue was so gorgeous! I instantly fell in love with it and there are a ton of places there for some really great wedding photos :) I'm so excited I can't wait to pick out invit... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:25:26 EST I Got A Raise Found out today that I got a .$75 raise! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:58:50 EST Exhausted Exhausted but still trying my best to put in the exercise... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:03:35 EST 5AM Shift Well today was my first day working from 5am until 2pm for inventory prep... I arrived almost 20 minutes early just to find out there was construction going on by my work and the back gate to the back entrance was locked so I had to walk part of the way to work. When I arrived no one was there so I sat there until 20 minutes after my start time when people were finally able to get in to the parking lot. They were nice enough to give me the 20 minutes I didn't work paid time because of the con... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:34:04 EST Morning Shift Well today I only had to work 3 hours but starting tomorrow I start at 5am and work until 2pm for the next 4 days. i don't know if I'm working this weekend or not but hopefully not! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow after work we're going to go take a look at the venue :) I'm hoping the venue is everything the photos make it out to be and then some because it truly does look gorgeous in the photos and the price is right. Also I'm hoping the jewelry store calls tomorrow to tell us to pick up my ring becaus... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:37:17 EST Day Off I found out last night that I have today off! I work as a cashier on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I will be doing inventory prep from 5am to 2pm. I ended up with 39 hours for this upcoming week and just completed 21.75 hours so this pay period should be an okay amount. I got paid Friday and got $68 because I started towards the end of the pay period. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:00:57 EST UGH Finding out that you work at the last minute sucks. Schedules don't get posted until Saturday but since I closed last night I got to find out I work today 4:30pm-9:15pm and tomorrow 9am-6:00pm. So much to do today... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:29:05 EST Tired Really tired :( I have work tonight working the closing shift ugh.... I've never done a closing shift before. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:47:25 EST Work Signed up 3 people total in 2 days for club Orchard :) I was told yesterday I had 130 transactions and more than half were rewards members and out of the ones that weren't I signed up 2 people. I work again tomorrow for closing shift :) <BR> <BR> Wedding planning is going well. Can't wait to check out another venue and do a catering tasting. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:35:43 EST 8 Hour Shift Had my first 8 hour shift in 6 years! It was brutal but just glad I made it through to the end. I think I did okay for it being my 2nd day on the cash register... still getting used to it but getting the hang of it. <BR> <BR> After work I came home and got dinner ready, went for my 3.25 mile walk, did my exercises, and now finishing up my sparkpeople before I do 1 30 minute exercise session and 250 squats before bed. I am beyond exhausted but I needed some form of exercise today since I was ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:57:31 EST Training Day Today was my first day of training on the cash register. It was my first time ever using a cash register so it was weird and took some getting used to but once I practice more I should have it nailed down pretty easily. I'm good with computers and it's basically like a computer. We trained on it for about 2 hours and took a 15 minute break. When we came back we trained for about 40 more minutes and then she had us turn our register number light on to take actual customer transactions. I think... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:47:53 EST Wedding Plans I'm still in shock that I'm engaged! oh my goodness!! So I have my flower girl, matron of honor, and bridesmaids confirmed :) One of my bridesmaids found out she is pregnant and is due in March and might not be able to do the wedding but she is going to talk to her husband and figure it out (they live in Colorado). I sure hope she can make it work because I'd love for her to be there and be in the wedding. I'm so excited I can't wait. I started looking up cake and floral designs and venues. I... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:58:02 EST I'm.... I'm ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We went to the Jack of All Trades event yesterday and walked around and took a look at the different vendors that were set up and we were able to buy a few things. Afterwards we went to the movies and watched Lucy. After that we went to the Il Pescatore restaurant. We had a bottle of Hello Kitty sparkling wine from Italy, brushetta, cheese ravioli in cheese sauce for the FIANCÉ, and chicken caccitore for myself. We shared a sco... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:16:18 EST It's a Date! So I planned our anniversary date for today. I decided we're going to Jack London Square in Oakland to see the Jack of All Trades event that is put on every month. It features vintage and antique items, music, free workshops, and items made by indie designers and craftsmen (jewelry, clothes, etc.). Afterwards we're going to go to the movie theater at Jack London Square and see a movie titled Lucy. Then we're going to walk to a restaurant on the waterfront called Il Prescatore Ristorante that ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:22:14 EST Planning Looking up places to go this weekend or things to do. Since the bf isn't good at planning I figured I'll just do it lol. Maybe next year he will make an effort to plan something but if not it's okay, I've learned to accept the fact he just isn't a planner. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to go back to work next week! I get to start training. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:26:05 EST Day 2 & Anniversary Redemption Today was my second day of orientation for the job :) I got 2 work shirts, my own locker, my employee ID number, a Carhartt tool belt, a lanyard, and as a group of three we got to take 6 online e-courses with quizzes. One of the quizzes we took earned us a pin to attach to our shirt and a card to attach to our lanyard for passing the test :) We put in almost 5 hours today and 4 hours the day before and we will get paid next Friday! Woo hoo so exciting. We will be put on to next week's schedul... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:40:15 EST Anniversary I have a bunch of reading to do for the job... I started it last night and got through a good portion of it but I'll finish it up today. I have to go back in tomorrow at 9am for some more orientation. Yesterday it was just a group of three new hires that sat through orientation and the same three of us will be back tomorrow. The woman running the orientation said she likes to keep the groups small so that way we have a better chance at creating a stronger bond by being in the same group. <BR>... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:30:37 EST First Day My first day of orientation went great! I set my alarm for 6:20am so I could have enough time to get my sick uncle's clothes set out for him and got his stuff ready for a shower. I also went for my 3.25 mile morning walk and got a few of my exercises in before I had to get ready to leave. I arrived 15 minutes early to show my punctuality :) I was there for 4 hours and we went over paperwork and got a lot of papers to take home to read. I got a lanyard and temporary name tag until the "real" o... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:50:57 EST Laundry! The washer and dryer have been installed! I did several loads of laundry yesterday and was able to get all caught up on laundry. Today hopefully won't be as stressful but we'll see. <BR> <BR> I went to Goodwill and got a pair of basic blue jeans for work :) They look practically brand new and were only $8.99. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:14:11 EST Busy Busy Yesterday was definitely a very full day! I cleaned the bathroom (swept and mopped the floor, cleaned the mirrors, cleaned the toilet, and cleaned the sink and counter tops), vacuumed the entire house and sprayed Febreeze in each room, cleaned the kitchen (swept and mopped the floor, cleaned the table, cleaned the stove top, and cleaned all of the counter tops), baked oatmeal raisin milk chocolate chip cookies, made everyone breakfast, made lunch for my bf and sick uncle, washed the car, exer... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:12:29 EST Woo Hoo I got an e-mail yesterday from the new job! They confirmed my orientation for next Tuesday at 9am and my pre-employment checks came back with good results :) I can't wait to start working again and I know it will help boost my self-esteem and to help me not feel so useless and lazy, like I'm actually doing something. <BR> <BR> I sold a few of my clothes already which has been nice. I shipped them out already to those who paid already. I just have 1 item on hold for a woman who wants a peplu... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:29:37 EST July Challenge Totals Here are my July Challenge totals! My numbers are on the left and the challenge number totals are on the right. I am super proud of myself that I not only made it through this month but didn't allow any slacking when it came to my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> squats: 5,650/3,295 <BR> pushups: 3,100/693 <BR> leg lifts: 3,800/1,630 <BR> dips: 2,945/1,348 <BR> bicep curls: 6,200/1,905 <BR> punches: 93 mins/26.5 mins <BR> situps: 3,275/1,610 <BR> crunches: 9,300/2,112 <BR> plank: 84 mins... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:35:45 EST End Of July Well today is the last day of July and the last day of the July challenge I was apart of on a Facebook group that I'm in. I can't wait to tally up all of my numbers to see how I did. <BR> <BR> Today we get the washer and dryer set delivered after waiting over a month for it to be delivered. Apparently they won't be installing it but will be dropping it off... I've never heard of a company doing that but hey what do I know. Never have I had a company wait over a month to deliver and not even ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:32:51 EST Lots To Do So much to do and never enough time to do it all... trying to figure out where in the heck to start my day. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:16:54 EST Blah Kinda Day I'm making homemade potato salad today! I got the eggs boiled and peeled and need to chop up the onions, black olives, and dill pickles, and then I need to peel cut up and boil the potatoes. I was thinking of pairing it with Jennie-O sweet Italian sausage link in a Sara Lee roll with sauteed peppers on top. <BR> <BR> I got half of the clothes photographed, priced, and ready for me to post on the Facebook plus size clothing group. I have 1x, 2x, 3x, 18/20 tops, a few skirts, 2 bras, and a pep... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:18:36 EST Down Feeling really down and stressed out lately... need to figure it out. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:23:58 EST Clothes I got the cutest lunch bag yesterday from Ross for when I start my job :) I have an anticipated orientation date of August 5th which is only 9 days away. I figured I'd be needing a lunch bag at some point so I picked one up for $4.99, something cheap and easy for now. I saw one that I REALLY wanted with minnie mouse on it but that one was almost $20.00 so I stuck with the cheaper option. <BR> <BR> Hopefully today I'll be able to photograph and catalog all of the clothes I have that I want to... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:34:36 EST Exhaustion Setting In Really tired again today... my body aches and feels really weak. I've been trying to cut back on my workouts but it's been hard and finding it even harder to include a rest day in to my routine. I work out on average 2.5 hours every day 7 days a week but it helps if I break that time up throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:17:57 EST Orientation and Final Interview Waiting on the job to schedule my orientation :) Waiting sure is a pain but I'm just happy knowing I have a job! <BR> <BR> I called Target back since when they called me I was at the ER admitting my uncle in the hospital. I got transferred to the woman who called and left me a voicemail message and she told me they are fully booked for interviews this week and they will call me back next week. I waited for 2 weeks for them to call back and now I have to wait another week! I have never heard ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:18:13 EST Gym, Drug Test, Anniversary Made it to the gym last night and I was able to do 140 reps on most of the weight machines that I used. I did arms and legs and was able to increase the weight a little bit on each machine, I'd say by about 5-10 pounds more! I can tell I'm starting to get stronger but need to make sure I start going back to the gym 2 times a week like I was doing before instead of just 1. I've made it my mission to go back to the gym on Friday afternoon right after the bf gets off of work so I can do strength... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:31 EST I GOT THE JOB! So Orchard Supply Hardware called me yesterday and offered me a part-time cashier position with a tentative start date of August 5th at 9am which is the same day as my bf and mine 5 year anniversary! :) OSH sent me several e-mails with steps to do and I completed all of the electronic paperwork I just have to do a drug test today. <BR> <BR> After getting news about the job my uncle had his speech therapist appointment at the house and his blood pressure was spiking at 185/100 with a high hea... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:24:50 EST Size Small! Last night we went to Target and I got a cute navy and white stripped maxi skirt and an ivory hi-lo top with skulls on it that has hearts for their eyes... both in a size SMALL! I've never been able to fit into a small or even dream of fitting into that size but I did and with no effort! I didn't have to squeeze or force it on and no stretching of the skirt! The skirt is long and so comfortable! I'm so glad I decided to get it because it's so versatile I can use it in many different ways. <BR... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:22:00 EST Loved The Colors! So yesterday we painted a section of our wall, trim, and ceiling with the colors that we selected together and we both really like the color combo! We are going with Silent Night (sort of like a slate grey with a hue of blue for the trim), Linen White (a bright white for the ceiling), and Brookline Beige (a light latte looking brown for the walls). We will be sanding the walls and filling in the cracks and we will be painting the ceiling first. The only bad thing is since the room in pink it'... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:25:04 EST Clean Room Makes Me Happy! We started cleaning our bedroom yesterday! It's already looking sooo much better and was definitely much needed. The bf did such a great job going through his stuff and organizing, I'm so proud of him because I know how hard it is for him to do that. I went through my closet and organized things and was able to put stuff in the closet to get it out of the way and not in our living space. Today we're going to finish up and then do our paint samples on the wall to see how it will look. I hope i... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:20:51 EST OSH So the job interview yesterday with Orchard Supply Hardware went really good! They're going to be remodeling the store starting in September so they are needing a lot of new employees to help with that and also to replace the people they had to let go due to not having good enough attendance. The interviewer liked that I was 15 minutes early for my interview, that I'm on time, local, and good personality. The position is part time and will start off at $9.00 an hour which is CA min. wage. He ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:29:56 EST Job interview! So yesterday afternoon I got a call from Orchard Supply Hardware and did an on the spot phone interview. I must have done well enough because the woman who called me scheduled me for an in-person interview for today at 12:30pm with one of the managers. I applied for part-time cashier but they are also looking for sales floor reps and stockers. She asked me if I'd be interested in those as well and I told her yes. Fingers and toes crossed this interview goes well! I updated my resume and print... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:22:14 EST Back Pain Experiencing back pain more and more. I love how the doctors told me once I lost weight my back pain would go away... nope! The pain hasn't subsided not once since losing 193 pounds and I don't think it ever will. I've tried pain medications, ice, heat, icy hot, showers and nothing even touches the pain in my low back. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:46:39 EST Findings So I went to the doctor's yesterday for my check-up and my lab results were normal, yay! They tested my thryroid, to check to see if I am diabetic, and to check to see if I am anemic which I'm not and my thyroid is working just fine. The doctor said my missed periods are normal with rapid weight loss and stress. I really don't see how she thinks it's rapid weightloss when I was averaging 8 pounds lost per month which last I checked was normal. She wants me to return in 1-2 months with a midwi... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:23:45 EST Doctor Appointment I have a doctor appointment today at 11:15am because I've missed my monthly for June and well on my way to missing July as well. There's no reason for why I'm late so the doctor will be able to hopefully figure it out. I went in last week for a pregnancy test just to be sure and it came back negative. I'll see if they can do a blood test to check to see if I am but I'm confident that I'm not pregnant. The doctor I saw last week wasn't my usual doctor and she said that it could be due to my we... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:41:28 EST