SparkPeople Knottie Team! ( Team Messageboard Brides to be (and grooms) are welcome to celebrate their engagement, weddings, honeymoons and happily ever afters as we work together to reach our goals! SparkPeople Knottie Team! ( Team Messageboard Hi All Hi Ladies and Gents. Im Nubia , 30 years old with a seven year old. I got engaged on November 11th 2014. I plan on getting married between May-August 2016. I want to loose 20-30 lbs. I support anyone who needs and wants my support. Add me! I have great ideas to share. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:50:49 EST Brides Against Breast Cancer - Gown Sale TX/NY/FL I got married a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share where I found my dress back last May. I found a wedding gown that fit me perfectly at an event with Brides Against Breast Cancer. Brides and various bridal boutiques donate wedding dresses and accessories to this awesome cause of providing money to those affected by breast cancer. If you are interested in checking out an event near you, see below for November dates: <BR> <BR> Austin, TX November 7 & 8, 2014 River Place Coun... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:43:12 EST Almost Aug It is almost August and that means looking at goals and making changes... <BR> <BR> What are some changes you are making? <BR> Where do you see yourself at the end of the month? <BR> What is keeping you motivated this summer? <BR> <BR> Fill me in! Sound off and help others who are in the same place as you. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:19:09 EST Mid July Check in Hey everyone <BR> <BR> I wanted to see where you are fitness and eating wise. <BR> <BR> Food has been good for me. I am taking portions a lot more serious. I count every calorie and I am enjoying life while doing it. If I want a brownie, guess who is getting one. <BR> <BR> I am getting a minimum of walking in daily. I love it... I am loving my gym time more. <BR> <BR> Where are you at? Fill me in! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:56:44 EST June Goals for me. With the wedding in two months, My June goals are non specific. <BR> <BR> 1. Lift 5 days a week. I need to tone for the strapless dress <BR> 2. Cardio 4 days a week. I want to lose 15 more pounds minimum <BR> 3. Come in under calories and sugar 6 days per week <BR> 4. Spend more time with the family. I have neglected some time with them due to working out but I need to change that and try to get more healthy activities planned. <BR> 5. Keep my eye on the prize. TWO MONTHS!!! <BR> <BR> D... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:59:15 EST Parasols for Bridesmaids Hello Ladies, <BR> I'd like some feedback from ya'll. My wedding is in late spring next year. Where I live it'll be sunny and hot (most likely). I was thinking of having my bridesmaids carry parasols to help with the heat. Now, do ya'll think I should do them with or without bouquets? <BR> <BR> Here's a photo with bouquets <BR> <link><BR>/uploads/2009/10/19/bridesm04.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a photo without bouquets <BR> <link> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:47:23 EST May 14th Good afternoon all <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> I would love a check in with anyone who still hangs out here and would love some general info. Share with the group <BR> <BR> I am Christina. I am getting married in less than three months and want to get healthy. I workout 4 to 5 times a week and track all my food. Please share any info you want... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:12:23 EST Insperation My name is Mandy, I have been going back a forth with the exercise and eating thing a lot of stress eating. I am in a good place right now were i'm not to stresses or depressed, but I looking for new ideal...i love to dance and do walk or as i call it "dance walk". I also do yoga and stairs with my friends. I am not a free weight person and do not have the extra money for a gym membership. Any ideas either post them here or send me a message. <BR> <BR> Much love!! <BR> <BR> Mandy Fri, 2 May 2014 16:32:13 EST Motivated So, good morning all <BR> <BR> I took the weekend off from tracking, ate and drank all I wanted and it really helped me mentally. I still made decisions about not going back for seconds but I allowed the chocolate I wanted and drank way too much BUT I feel great this week. My mind needed the reset and it has really kicked me into gear this week. I did 70 of cardio and lifted last night. Planning the same thing tonight. <BR> <BR> What helps you when you feel like you are in a rut? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:22:31 EST Motivation I am not sure where everyone is in this team... <BR> <BR> Challenge for you. Simple easy challenge. Respond to this.... What motivates you. Could be the wedding, could be wanting to live longer, could be your dog. Tell me and the whole team what motivates you. <BR> <BR> Do not be shy. We are all in this together. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:07:05 EST How are you handling wedding planning stress? I am wondering what you all are doing to cope with wedding planning stress, and all that goes along with it? Not only are we planning our wedding, but I'm trying to plan my 2,000 mile move, as well as a heavy stress load at work. I workout 5-6 days a week, but I feel like it's just not enough. Some days I feel like I could just sit down and cry. I think being this far away from my fiancé (I'm in California and he's in Louisiana) is a contributing factor, but I need some suggestions. I've gott... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:11:23 EST Feb Week 1 Good morning all <BR> <BR> I hope you all come check in once a week. I want that to be our goal. One time a week, check in with your plans for the week, anything good or bad you want to talk about and what your goals are. Wedding, fitness life or otherwise, I would love to talk to you. <BR> <BR> Christina Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:05:14 EST What motivation got you through your workout today Today: was the song "Going to the chapel and we're, gonna get married". The thought of going to the chapel and becoming Mrs.... pushed me through my run. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:28:19 EST Photo booth Are you having a photo booth at your reception? We are :) Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:26:28 EST Welcome I just want to say welcome to the newbies and hello to the followers! <BR> <BR> What do you do to keep yourself on track during the week when you are stressed? <BR> <BR> How is the wedding planning coming? <BR> <BR> Favorite healthy recipe? Share it. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite weekend activity that helps keep you on track for your goals? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:46:01 EST Update Good afternoon all! <BR> <BR> I encourage you to give updates and check in. I am always responding to emails and would love to talk to anyone and everyone. <BR> <BR> I have been watching my sugar intake via My Fitness Pal and calorie intake. Loving it. Its been two weeks and I have lost 7 pounds. <BR> I have been doing 20 to 30 minutes of cardio minimum 4 days a week and lifting three days a week. <BR> <BR> Wedding planning is coming along. I am having a destination wedding so my plann... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:30:55 EST UPDATE TIME Good morning ladies.. <BR> I hope all is well with everyone... <BR> <BR> I have put down a deposit on a dress and I have picked and put a deposit down on a venue. Reception will be booked with my Xmas bonus... <BR> <BR> I have lost 11.2 pounds since July 5th.... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:11:07 EST Wedding dress Good morning ladies. <BR> <BR> I am going wedding dress shopping on Friday. I am super nervous! I have vacay planned the next two months and then its the holidays and I will be so busy so I am hoping I find something I am in love with.... I want to get this out of the way. That sounds bad, I know but I just want to be married. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and enjoy this but I am nervous Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:48:17 EST Is your fiance' supportive about losing weight? I unfortunately am the chubbier one in this relationship. <BR> My fiance' has trouble GAINING weight, while I'm the complete opposite. <BR> Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated when your other half doesn't understand what's so hard about trying to lose weight and keep it off. It's not his fault, since he's naturally thin and only gains weight through lifting weights and drinking protein shakes everyday. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if other bride-to-be's sometimes feel like they can't totally l... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 05:24:06 EST Nov 30 Wedding, Top-Heavy Bride Last week, I went to try on wedding dresses for our October 6th pre-wedding photoshoot. The gowns were all so beautiful, but I was so disappointed to see my arm and back fat spilling over the strapless tops! I've always been more top-heavy, and when I do lose weight I see it first in my stomach, legs and face. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to eat clean and workout regulary, but I still feel so discouraged and desperate. I want to look good for my once-in-a-lifetime wedding and I just don't know if I ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 01:58:56 EST Hitched!!! On July 6th this year at 2:45ish pm, I threw away my old, long, complicated, and hard to spell last name, and got myself a brand new easier one! Not to sound to cliche, but I married my best friend, and while it wasn't the wedding of my dreams, seeing him standing there made it perfect in every way. I've posted some pictures on my Spark page, but if you want to see them all they are on a website called Wedpics (ID Kernen), and I whole-heartedly recommend any bride looking for a photo sharing ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:59:52 EST Week one and this week Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> So I have made big changes in my life. Trying to eat better.... Not clean eating yet but making progress towards it. Chicken, rice, small amounts of cheese, wheat tortillas, so on and so forth. I have found a love for fish... White fish, cod, snapper... those are the ones I like so far. All baked, never fried. All water... 2 sodas a week max. I only had one last week. I had half a margarita. Not worth it anymore to me. <BR> <BR> Gym is going great! I find myself d... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:39:44 EST Say Hi and catch up Good morning all.... <BR> <BR> I am not getting a lot of response from anyone on the challenges so I will hold on for a few weeks on those. I just wanted to stop by and say Hi and see what everyone was up to this week? <BR> <BR> I am wondering about venues and when I want to get married... No date set and no plans as of now. We are going on a year of being engaged and I am just enjoying life right now. I feel weird for not having plans but I want to do it on my own time. <BR> <BR> I joi... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:32:32 EST Week three challenge Good morning Knotties... <BR> <BR> I apologize for being MIA... Been madness in my world! <BR> <BR> Lets get to the challenge!!! <BR> <BR> ---Check in once a week to let us know your progress. Does not have to be long... Just how you are doing and let us know you are working with us. <BR> <BR> ---Cut out three sodas per week. If you have a soda a day, replace it with tea or water for just three days. If you have one soda (A can of coke) a day times 7 days, that's 840 calories a week. ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 07:23:32 EST Week two Challenge Good morning Knotties... <BR> <BR> I did not get very much response last week on the challenges. I would love to hear from everyone. Let me know what you like, what you hate, if you want to change or add anything. Speak up!! <BR> <BR> Week one: <BR> <BR> ---Check in once a week to let us know your progress. Does not have to be long... Just how you are doing and let us know you are working with us. <BR> <BR> ---Cut out three sodas per week. If you have a soda a day, replace it with tea... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:24:47 EST Motivational Quotes! -Add to me! Good morning!! <BR> <BR> I want to start a thread that has motivation! Quotes, stories anything... Add your favorites and share with us all! <BR> <BR> First one! <BR> <BR> The definition of Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Nothing will change if you do the same thing. When I get home, I want to sit in the couch and not work out. My change, I do not sit down. I walk from my front door to the bathroom where my w... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:44:59 EST Week One challenge (Start over) Good afternoon Knotties... <BR> <BR> My day has been crazy so I am sorry I am starting this late! Every Monday I will add to this challenge. This was compiled from all the emails I received back from the email I sent. I want to add and add so if you do not see yours on here this week, don't fret.. I will add it!!! <BR> Do what you think you can do then do one more just to push yourself. Modify it to fit you and lets do this! <BR> <BR> Week one: <BR> <BR> ---Check in once a week to let ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:13:42 EST Good Day! I've just recently committed myself to get into shape and lose weight. I'm 23, 5'8", 220lbs -a BMI of 33.4. I set my wedding date rather far off, 4/12/2015. I did that because I want my son to be the ring bearer. He's so adorable, he is turning 1 on 6/25/2012. I've tried to lose weight with my fiance, as well as my mother before, but neither worked out. With the two of us, there was always an excuse here or there. So, I'm hoping by joining this website, and this group, I'll be able to get som... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 21:24:20 EST Week 6 challange Knotties!!!! <BR> <BR> Good morning and HAPPY MONDAY! <BR> <BR> Week 6 brings us great things... <BR> <BR> Drink 10 cups of water a day <BR> -45 minutes of cardio a day (light or heavy) <BR> -3 days worth of upper body weights <BR> -Eat three servings of fruits and veggies <BR> -Do three days worth of Ab exercises for minimum of 20 minutes per day week <BR> -20 squats per day, three times a week. <BR> -Try cutting out all soda for one whole week. See if you can notice the difference in ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:05:50 EST Elope. So is it still considered eloping if I take my mom? <BR> <BR> My mother would dis-own me if I did not let her see me get married. I am the only girl and the youngest kid and its a huge deal. My fiancée and I want to go to Vegas and get married in our favorite spot. Our friends and family are scattered all over the US so we want this. <BR> <BR> My fiancée is on board with her going but is it still eloping? Fri, 31 May 2013 14:36:48 EST Week 5 challenge Good Tuesday afternoon Knotties! <BR> <BR> Week 5 challenge is upon us! I want to add squats 3 times a week <BR> <BR> <BR> -Drink 10 cups of water a day <BR> -45 minutes of cardio a day (light or heavy) <BR> -And 3 days worth of upper body weights <BR> -Eat three servings of fruits and veggies <BR> -Do three days worth of Ab exercises for minimum of 20 minutes per day week <BR> -20 squats per day, three times a week. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope we have people out there who are motivated by... Tue, 28 May 2013 13:57:48 EST Long Weekend Good morning Knotties! <BR> <BR> I know I have not been around but I am checking and I am trying to talk to more of you. I will be away this weekend for a much needed break with my wonderful man. I hope you all have a great time this weekend, get some exercise and fun in and enjoy the break... Remember all those we lost which is what this weekend is about. <BR> <BR> Have a great time!! Fri, 24 May 2013 08:35:53 EST VENUES Alright I want to see what everyone has in mind for their venue and also things you would like to do with it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Right now I have 3 places in mind! Will find more and then tour! <BR> <BR> 1. Wild Basin Lodge: Love the scenery!!!!! Amazing! Also they seem to work with you as much as possible and will be the only wedding there! <BR> <BR> 2. The Stanley hotel: Sadly I have noticed the majority of my friends have no idea what The Stanley is from!!!!!!! So when I've asked for opin... Mon, 20 May 2013 21:46:00 EST Motivation Hey knotties... <BR> <BR> I need a hand. I started my job in Oct and I have excelled in that time to get two promotions. We recently had two people quit and two people (myself included) are doing the jobs of four, sometimes five. I work from 6:45am to 5:30pm often with no lunch break. I was moved to the top floor so I am getting a lot more exercise by taking the stairs and taking a 5 minute break every two hours and walking and running the stairs. I do the stairs minimum 20 times per day an... Sat, 18 May 2013 10:24:13 EST No more Fast food! No more Soda! That's my goal! I need to start eating better. I've been naughty and have been eating out alot! I'm pretty good while at work... I bring my lunch or grab a smart ones or something there... But I have been bad. <BR> <BR> I went for my dress fitting and I need to lose about 2 pounds. Granted I did just get done with my cycle.... so I'm sure that didn't help my bloatyness.... but I know my eating habits aren't the best! <BR> <BR> My next dress fitting is in 1 month. I know I can do t... Wed, 15 May 2013 10:28:20 EST Week four Challenge Good afternoon Knotties!! <BR> Week four is upon us! I do not want to change anything this week as I just received a promotion and I know there are more people joining us. I want to get everyone caught up on what we are working on. I will be keeping this week the same as last. Lets kick it into high gear and blow this week out of the water! <BR> <BR> Check in with us and let us know how you are doing. I would love to hear questions, ideas, anything! <BR> <BR> Share with us!! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:24:25 EST Happy Mothers Day:) Happy mothers day to all the moms out there!!!!!!!! :) Sun, 12 May 2013 20:17:30 EST Newbie here! Hello Everyone! I want to introduce myself - I got engaged on Thanksgiving day of 2012 and we are getting married on 3/13/14. I have about 60 lbs that I would like to lose before then, but I am just finding it hard to stay motivated! I'm hoping that by joining this group, I can make some friends who can help me stay on track. Fri, 10 May 2013 20:27:55 EST Week 3 Challenge GOOD AFTERNOON Knotties!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am pumped and excited! I am looking forward to this weeks challenge! <BR> <BR> Last week was <BR> <BR> -Drink 10 cups of water a day <BR> -30 minutes of cardio a day (light or heavy) <BR> -And 3 days worth of upper body weights <BR> -Eat three servings of fruits and veggies <BR> -Do two days worth of Ab exercises for minimum of 20 minutes per day week <BR> <BR> This week I want to add 15 more minutes of cardio so 45 total and 1 more day of abs ... Mon, 6 May 2013 15:43:37 EST Had a great day Today was a great day! Met up with some friends at Bar Harbor, ME and went to Acadia and we walked 5 miles along some carriage trails. We did stop and enjoy the views and take pictures so it took us a little less than 2 hours but had a blast! <BR> <BR> I've been busy with work... in the middle of learning a new area so its been a bit stressful. Have a different schedule. I'll try and be more active here. <BR> <BR> Also have been stressed with wedding things but it looks like things ar... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:32:04 EST Challenge week two!!! Good morning Knottie team!! <BR> <BR> I am pleased to announce I am a co leader for this group and I want to get the challenge started. Its May first and I am ready and motivated to move in the right directions. <BR> <BR> The first week was Week 1... <BR> <BR> -Drink 10 cups of water a day <BR> -30 minutes of cardio a day (light or heavy) <BR> -And 3 days worth of upper body weights <BR> <BR> This week would be awesome if we can add: <BR> <BR> -Eat three servings of fruits and veggies ... Wed, 1 May 2013 07:14:21 EST Challenge update So I am not sure where everyone went that was doing the challenge. I know our team leader is training for her new job. I wanted to stop in and check in since I forgot on Friday because it was a terrible day at work for me. <BR> <BR> I last week did my 30 minutes of cardio a day. I missed my water goal one day last week and working on getting 12 in the rest. Weekend was great besides Saturday night... I want to get more people involved in this. <BR> <BR> What do we need to do to get this AC... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:17:30 EST Registered Where is everyone registering? We registered at JC Penney and Target, but I'm having a Pampered Chef bridal shower. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 00:42:44 EST I'm Back! So, I kind of took a hiatus from Spark but with my wedding only 3 short months away, I felt it was time to come back and whip my butt into shape. I noticed that the team has been kinda quiet, I hope it picks up soon, cause I need all the help I can get. Can't wait to get reacquainted with everyone here. <em>244</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 23:18:56 EST Challenge Track this in a blog at the end of the week or comment back here!!! I will add on other weeks soon. Also this would be a great day to take measurements (don't have to share if you do not want to). Please add weight at the start date and on the end of the week challenge. <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> -Drink 10 cups of water a day <BR> -30 minutes of cardio a day (light or heavy) <BR> -And 3 days worth of upper body weights Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:19:24 EST Challenge Ideas We want to make this as fun as possible for everyone! If you have any ideas for challenges or what you'd like to see involved please let us know. <BR> <BR> Challenges help keep motivation! Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:16:35 EST I was also made team leader! Hi everyone my name is Chelsea. I am getting married June or July 2014. I just got engaged 3 weeks ago and since then I have been trying to eat healthier and get fit. I hope I will be able to wear a beautiful dress when I have reached my goals, but it is not just about looking trim for the wedding. I have been struggling with weight loss for a while now, and finally I feel like I have some concrete motivation to change my lifestyle! Like Tammy, I am also 23, turning 24 in April. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:16:31 EST Sparkpeople added me as a team leader :) I'm Tammy! Wedding might be next year in April or may. Have not decided. First we need to get a ring! Ryan already knows what he's planning to get now that he has the funds. <BR> <BR> I am also 23 about to be 24. <BR> <BR> Lets get this team super active!!!!! Open to all ideas. <BR> <BR> And unlike the last leaders I will make someone a team leader to take my place after the wedding. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:22:57 EST Non Active Group?? I know I'm new here... within the week... and I've been trying to post daily... check daily... but rarely any responses... Is there any way we can get this group more active for those who need it?? It gets kinda lonely posting by my lonesome :( <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:19:42 EST Hello!! My name is Alexis. I am a mother of 2 boys. They are 2 and 4 and full of energy. I am recently engaged to my best friend and our wedding date April of 2014. I'm a cosmetologist and starting my own business specailizing in hair and make up for weddings and specail occasions. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:21:17 EST Happy Sunday Hey :) New here.... Have our wedding just about planned out. Less than 6 months go. Cannot wait. It's my 2nd wedding... His first. IT's going to be so special:) I can't wait. <BR> <BR> On a side note...Went out today to buy a scale. So now I can do my weekly weigh ins. I think that'll make a big difference for me to keep motivated. <BR> <BR> So I did my first weigh in so now i have a good starting point. I'm glad that I have a spot where I can start off with. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:15:10 EST New here New to this team but not to SP. I did take a hiatus. But I'm back to the grind! <BR> <BR> I'm Roxanne.. i'm 34 and I'm getting married this coming August. When i went to try on my dress yesterday with a slip I noticed it was a little snug! So time to tone up and lose some fluff. I am going to go out and buy a scale today. And I have been trying to eat healthier and better portion controls... Less fast food, etc. I have no idea where I am weight wise but I want to lose 20 pounds in th... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:19:16 EST Bridalicious Boot Camp I just started this DVD and was wondering what to track it as? I did total Body Workout Disc 1. Also if anyone has done it, did y'all alternate Disc 1 and 2 until ready for the others? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> -Tammy- Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:49:55 EST Hey all! 5 months 8 days to go... Hey all! <BR> Just thought I'd introduce myself, I've got got 5 months and 8 days and just under a stone to loose for my wedding in the south of France. But I've a dress fitting in 5 weeks so am hitting the cross-trainer hard and need to work my bum off - literally! <BR> Has anyone tried the 5:2 fasting diet? I've heard it's a great way to shed slowly but more permanently? <BR> <BR> Becci <BR> xx Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:50:54 EST struggling with choosing my bridal party when i got engaged, i knew i wanted my bff to be my maid of honour. i am however, struggling with choosing my 4-5 bridesmaids (from 7 special ladies). we will have 1 best man and 4 groomsmen. with just under 10 months left, i need to choose soon. <BR> <BR> i need to choose 4-5 ladies from the following: my sister (we're not close at the moment but we are still sisters), my niece (who is like a daughter to me), my fiance's 2 sisters (who can be mean and i am not close with at all), 3 girlf... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:26:39 EST Nine Months to go My name is Lydia, my wedding is going to be on September 21st. We haven't planned a honeymoon yet, his work schedule is crazy so we will planned that closer to the date. My total goal weight loss will be 60 lbs. This time I have a lot more determination that ever before so fingers crossed that I reach my goal. If not I'll be happy with any progress Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:25:26 EST Wedding and Fitness Related So, I have an opportunity to get my dream wedding dress for about half price. The problem is it's like 6 sizes smaller than I am currently. I know I've been working on getting into better shape and have made some good progress, but is it even possible to lose that much in a year? Thoughts? Please. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:30:20 EST Shoe Recommen dations? So, my next investment is going to be a good pair of shoes for when I work out. <BR> My normal activities include walking, jogging, crossfit, and zumba. Any suggestions on a shoe that could accommodate my entire routine? I really don't want to buy more than one pair, at least for now. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:14:23 EST 339 Days to Go! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'll be getting married in 339 days and I couldn't be more excited! I've been dating my fiancé for 6 years, and we're thrilled to finally get married and start our family. <BR> Though my weight has never really been a big problem, I have been on a mission to be in the best shape of my life for my wedding, honeymoon, and my new life. My best friend (and Maid of Honor) suggested that I join Spark People as a way to ensure that I keep my weight down and get toned be... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:39:18 EST Two Months to go! Hello everyone! I am getting married in just two months at the beginning of November and it's time to get really serious about losing some weight! <BR> <BR> Right now I weigh 141.5 pounds and I'm hoping to get down to 130 in two months. I know it's possible but I have quite a sweet tooth so it will be hard! <BR> <BR> I've been trying out the Dukan Diet for the past month, and lost about 6 pounds, almost entirely in the first week. Eventually I think I was eating so much of the "allowed" foo... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:33:12 EST Sentimental Gift Ideas for the parents??? While vacationing, I found a stapled paper book written by the grooms great grandfather in a small store in Maine where his mother's family is from. I am thinking I am going to make a bind the book and add my photos from Maine. The book is about lobster fishing and is a really neat book. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> What ideas do you have for the Father in law and my parents? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:38:07 EST struggling i'm struggling to get motivated again. we're planning a fall 2013 wedding and i want to get back on track now so i'm not doing crash diets at the end. i had done so good for 2yrs and then recently, fell off the wagon and am struggling to get back on. <BR> <BR> i need to find my inner spark again...what helps you ladies (and men) stay motivated? or get back on the wagon after a few months? <BR> <BR> ~d Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:51:36 EST Hello! :) Hi everyone! I'm newly engaged - my boyfriend proposed to me under the fireworks on the 4th of July! :) So while we are just starting our wedding planning, I think it's time to plan ahead and make sure I feel and look my best on my wedding day. I'm hoping this group helps me stay on track because I've been using Spark People for a few years and do really great for a few weeks and then get off track and stop for a while. Also: Congratulations to all you other brides and grooms to be!! :) Mon, 9 Jul 2012 07:22:43 EST OMG!!!! I get married in 44 days!! THATS NEXT MONTH! Where has all the time gone? I have not even had my dress fitting, still hoping to lose more. LOl <BR> <BR> How long until you get married? Thu, 5 Jul 2012 12:00:41 EST Plans I was just wondering how everyone's planning is coming along. We got some free prints from CVS, so we ordered our Save the Dates that way...granted they are printed on 4x6 photo paper, but they turned out really well. I've also gone ahead and created a calendar to show when things need to be either bought or paid for, that way we aren't bombarded with all the costs all at once. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:55:37 EST Newly Engaged Hi all! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend, now fiance, proposed two weeks ago today. We've been together for two and a half years, living together for most of that time. I am an on-again-off-again sparkpeople member who is currently on again. <BR> <BR> Ideally I would like to lose 80lbs before the big day, however that's a far off pipedream kind of goal, that doesn't need to happen before our wedding, just eventually that is the weight I would like to get to. <BR> <BR> My main concern right now is t... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 12:04:09 EST Getting Married in 2 months and 14 days.... My name is Jessica and I'm getting married on 8/18/2012! i'm hoping to shed about 20 pounds or so.I already have my dress just wanting to look even better in it =) Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:39:22 EST TICK-TOCK on my WEDDING DATE CLOCK!!!! I need HELP Hello Sparkees! I need helllllpppppppp! I'm getting married in 5 MONTHS, 3 DAYS, 5 HOURS, 22 MINUTES and ........SECONDS--So I have to really buckle down and be consistent in my pursuit of "wedding weight" loss! Although my short term goal is to be slightly slimmer and trimmer for our wedding, my ultimate goal is to establish healthy habits when it comes to fitness and exercise. My fiance' LOVES ME JUST AS I AM, me too, but I'm not THE BEST ME I CAN BE----That's WHY I NEED YOU. :-) ANY SUG... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:47:39 EST Wedding Traditions - Unusual, Useful, Origins... I think it is pretty interesting some of the wedding traditions of today and how things used to be in the past. Many are obsessed with doing things according to tradition...but what is traditional, I mean seriously traditional...really? I am starting to do research and find it interesting. <BR> <BR> Here is some of the information I found at <BR> <BR> The phrase “tie the knot” goes back to Roman times. Back then, the bride would wear a girdle that was tied in many knots ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:33:16 EST Hows it going? Still on track to your wedding day body? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:53:06 EST Anyone out there? I noticed that most of the posts on this team are from last year! Are there any knottie brides out there currently? If so, do we want to make a support group for those of us that are still active? Thu, 1 Mar 2012 00:57:05 EST Hello everyone!! Hello everyone! My name is Jane, I'm 26 (almost 27), and I'm getting married May 26th 2013. My fiance and I have been together for just over a year now. He proposed on our 9 month anniversary in a photo booth (a thing we do). I've always been a bit chubby. In 2008 I was able to lose 50 pounds! But the pounds have been coming back on since then. On Jan 1st, I was back up to 155. I want to blow people away when I walk down the aisle, so my goal is to get down to about 120, safely of course. I'v... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:04:12 EST Hello Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm currently restarting what has felt like a lifelong battle with my weight. I go to Florida at the end of February and California at the end of April so I want to feel good for those vacations, also I get married August 9th, 2013 and I want to look and feel good about myself long before then. <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> ChelseaIrene Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:29:30 EST June 9 Bride Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Emily, and I'm a June 2012 bride! The days are getting fewer until our wedding, and I'm trying to focus on making the day beautiful and my body healthy! FI and I have a 2.5 year old furbaby. She's a blue-parti pomeranian and looks more tan and white than anything. She's named Dolce, for the caramel and milk colorings she has. Cutest darn thing ever. <BR> <BR> After the wedding I plan to go back to grad school, which involves a slight move from where we grew up, ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:44:32 EST what motivates you on the difficult days I am having difficulty staying motivated on days the weather is too nasty to get my walks, and jogs in! Moved to Ohio, and really missing Florida sunshine! Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:07:39 EST Bride to Be I'm Jen, and I just recently got engaged in Alaska. <BR> Not sure when the wedding day is yet, but I know I want to look good in my dress. <BR> Instead of waiting until after the holidays, I have decided that in between making cookies and <BR> having a holiday dinner, I can get started on getting healthier. <BR> So today I got back involved on Spark People and joined this group. <BR> I am excited for my wedding and look forward to dress shopping with my thinner self next year. <BR> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:56:59 EST December 2012, Guatemala Wedding Getting married in December of 2012 (date could change) in Guatemala. Not really sure much about the wedding as I JUST started planning, I'm thinking about Antigua Guatemala since my husband is from there. <BR> <BR> So, I'm part of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge here, and I really want to look incredible for wedding. So not only am I starting to lose weight early on, I'm hoping to be extremely healthy too :) <BR> <BR> I really need help with wedding ideas, support with dealing with my mo... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:51:25 EST Hello! My name is Kim and I am engaged to THE sweetest man that I have ever met. We got engaged in May and are planning a March wedding. I look forward to getting to know some fellow brides to be! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 00:58:23 EST New member to Spark Hello all! =) My fiancé and I just joined spark to help motivate us to lose weight for our October 2012 wedding. We have tried many diets and workouts, but it seems like every one just ends up failing. We are hoping by working as a team and having some control over our decisions; it will help us reach our weight loss goals. I am extremely excited to finally get into shape because I have gained 25 pounds since I graduated high school. It's time to finally do something about it! <em>249</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 09:10:34 EST 07/28/2012 knottie bride to be Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm going to be 21 years old on August 19th, and I am so excited to be married and IN SHAPE!!! <BR> <BR> Faith Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:27:00 EST Getting in Shape for My Winter 2013 Wedding My fiancé and I have recently gotten engaged and are looking forward to our February 2013 wedding date. We have an 8 month old beautiful little boy, but sitting at home on mat leave has not been kind to my weight. I went down to my pre-baby weight quickly, but that was already 40 pounds over weight. I have since gained an additional 20. I will need to kind a wedding dress about 8 months before the wedding so I have about 7 months to lose as much weight as I can and get healthy for the big... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:38:19 EST When is your wedding day, and what is your goal? When is your wedding day, and what is your goal? <BR> <BR> Mine is next summer, still no date set. and my goal is to lost the last 50lbs by then to be at the weight of 125 so i can wear whatever kind of dress i want without being worried it wont look right. =D Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:43:10 EST Is this team still active? I see a blurb saying they are looking for a new Team Leader for the Knottie Team. Is this still an active team? We are getting married this December 2nd & I can use all the motivation I can get! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:15:41 EST June 2012 Bride Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I'm getting married next June! :) Two days ago we celebrated our "negative 1 year anniversary" as my FI called it. We've been planning for just over 2 months now and I'm loving it. Our engagement photos are next weekend! <BR> <BR> For the wedding I'm hoping to maybe lose some weight, but mostly just tone up. I don't really like my arms. I think they are big. They have some muscle in them, but not all of it is muscle. So I want to get toned there and my back. Just want... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 18:19:00 EST 11/11/11 bride! I'm getting married in November and I have at least 50 lbs to lose. I already found a dress that I look gorgeous in, so if I don't lose as much as I had wanted, it won't be a big deal. My motivation for losing weight is to be in good baby-making shape physically and emotionally after the wedding. I am a compulsive overeater and food addict so this journey has been extremely difficult for me, but I have found that *spark* to make sure that I can be the best mother for my future children and... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:16:10 EST Summer Workout Schedule <em>213</em> fellow knotties; I have changed my workout schedule for the summer and it goes like this: <BR> <BR> Cardio and strength will be done 3x/week- this is Tuesday,Thursday, and Saturday (Sunday off) <BR> Cardio Only 2x/week Monday and Friday; since Saturday is a cardio day with strength anyway. This schedule is about me and my (unofficial)Blue Angels BF/Future Fiancee,I am working hard for I haven't already! <em>336</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:55:17 EST My Blogs! Hi Ladies, I have been blogging about my weight loss success for the last two weeks; and then some, I am asking that everyone go to my spark page and post comments my page is public so you can go to the "My Spark Page" tab and that will take you to my page and you can leave the comments on my blogs <em>304</em> Wed, 25 May 2011 14:22:11 EST Ready To Lose That Food Baby! Hello SparkPeople World! <BR> My name is Jes and I joined SparkPeople about a week ago and figured I should introduce myself. I am 21 years old and currently weighing in at 147 pounds. I know that that seems to be the goal weight of most of the people on here, but it is my antigoal weight because I am only 4' 11", which means that that seemingly low weight is all crunched into a quite small package. Since I am short, all the weight seems to rest right in my belly region, and my fiancee and I ... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:17:19 EST Hey knottie brides! Hey fellow brides! My name is Molly and I am from Overland Park, Kansas! I am 22 years old and I am a senior getting an undergrad degree in psychology next semester! I live with my fiance and my dog, Princess, that we adopted in February. My fiance's name is Dave and he is 26 years old. We are getting married this July 17! I joined just a few days ago. I have over 50 pounds that I need to lose, and I was just having trouble doing it on my own, so hopefully I can get some help ... Wed, 11 May 2011 23:19:16 EST Hello everyone! I just got engaged on Thursday and after a weekend of celebrating, am finally getting myself on a healthy living plan. We haven't set a date yet, but we will probably be getting married in about a year. I have gained about 40 pounds since I first met my fiance, so my goal is to be slim and trim again on the day we get married. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about getting healthy, but completely nervous about wedding planning! I'm hoping that this team can help to give me advice about both of these... Tue, 10 May 2011 13:37:43 EST Newbie Hi Knottie's! My name is Talya, I'm also on the Knot, preparing for my September 2011 wedding. I joined SparkPeople to help me lose about 30lbs by my wedding. I'm hoping I won't have too much of a problem with that since the weather is starting to warm up and I can be outside more! Thu, 5 May 2011 09:54:41 EST Hey knotty people! New here! My name is Anna and I'm actually on My boyfriend/fiance just talked about figuring out a new date for our wedding. <BR> <BR> I have about 100 lbs to lose and he has about 50. Right now we are set for mid 2013 for our wedding. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:25:41 EST New to the team My name is Jamie and I'm new to the team. My "hubby" and I have been together just over 4.5 years. May 15th will be 3 years that we've been engaged. Last year we started referring to each other as husband and wife because of several reasons. 1. It made things less complicated with our daughter being in school. 2. All of our friends already referred to us that way. And 3. We live in Alabama, which recognizes common law marriage. <BR> <BR> We have postponed having our wedding for financial re... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:03:06 EST Hello Hi-I'm Jessie. Engaged about 6 months ago. Our date is October 7, 2012! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:27:34 EST Long engagement, long distance Hi everybody, <BR> I'm from Wyoming and my fiance is from North Dakota. Right now we live 10.5 hours apart until he finishes grad school. We are planning on getting married Oct 6, 2012 (he graduates May 2012). <BR> I'd love to lose some weight to feel better wedding dress shopping and just to feel better all around. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:52:38 EST Engaged on Sunday, getting married in 8 weeks! Hi! I am very newly engaged and very quickly planning a wedding all of a sudden. To ensure that my mom will be able to make my wedding my fiance and I had to schedule our wedding in 8 weeks. Which means I am beyond stressed. Even more so because we aren't exactly sure who is paying for our wedding. If it is my father or us -- so not knowing an exact budget quite yet and with such limited time is definitely a source of stress. I was never a big wedding kind of girl and we plan to keep it small... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 10:45:48 EST Check Out My Wedding Blog! Hi girls! <BR> <BR> I just started a blog about my wedding! I'm going to be including my weekly DIY projects. Please check it out! I would really appreciate input from other brides to be! Thanks! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:15:51 EST Engaged last weekend, getting married in 8 months! Hello, nice to meet all of you all. I just got engaged on the 12th of February for me and my fiance's one year Anny. I know it might not seem like we have been together for very long, but when you know your with your soul mate, you just know. Heck I knew I was gonna marry this guy the day I met him lol. We are planning to get married in November of this year. We don't make lots and lots of money so we are having a smaller wedding with just family and a few friends. I am wanting to lose all of... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:54:55 EST Newly Engaged Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just got engaged on 2/9/11. I am going to be getting married sometime in 2012 but do not have a date yet. I am hoping to lose some weight and tone up before the big day. I look forward to this experience and all the advice I can get. Thanks! :) Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:25:59 EST Hello Dolls!!!!! <3 This has been an emotional rollercoaster of a year... But im alive, kicking, and getting married in JULY! :) Not looking to loose TOO much weight (because my dress makes me look flawless) BUT i would love to loose a little and tone up my back and arms! I dont have a Gym membership (waste of money and would NEVER go!)... So I turn to the park as my Gym. Any recommendations on work out routines and Motivation is ALWAYS welcomed! :) Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:40:07 EST What to do when there is trust issues when getting I am getting married in 6 months aug 6th and my fiance is having a crazy idea to put off the wedding because I lyied about someone small and he forgave me. Now he wants to deley the wedding. So what do I do I have already got people comign from out of town and brought my dress and bridesmail dresses. I am in shock I do not know what to do. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 08:51:51 EST My maid of honor. Hey every one. This is dealing with my Maid of Honor, she's my brothers fiance and sadly she had just passed away this past Sunday. I don't want to replace her as my maid of honor so I have this idea, my brother would walk down along side the best man. He will be holding a calla Lillie which was her favorite flower. The Calla Lillie is not part of the floral arrangement, but it's something to represent her. My brother would then place the flower where my maid of honor would have stood. what d... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:30:21 EST Wedding 2011 I am getting married August 2011 and of course I want to lose weight probably like most brides. I have a desire to be healthy and not just lose weight. I’m tired of being on the weight loss roller coaster hopefully can be healthy. I just list to “the spark” on audio book and I’m very motivated to make obtainable goals that are measurable and realistic. Hopefully this year will be the year my weight loss journey ends! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:57:21 EST Getting Married this year! I really need to get in shape to keep my mind right! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:06:29 EST New and need motivation! Hello, I'm Rachel. My bf and I aren't exactly engaged (such as his family doesn't know yet and he wants to get me a ring) but he said I can still start planning the wedding. I haven't started buying anything yet as the time we get married might change. I want to get married either late oct. or early sept. when the leaves start changing color this year. But when he gets the engagement ring will depend if that changes or not. I weight currently at 240 lbs and I want to be at least under 200 bef... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:44:49 EST New to the Group Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Megan. I'm new to this group and am getting married 11/11/11 on the beach in Florida. I already got my dress and it was such an inspiration to lose weight when I saw what size dresses I was having to try on! I've never worn a size 12 in my life! Since we're getting married on the beach and going on a cruise for our honeymoon, I really want to lose weight and get in shape! Good luck everyone! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 18:33:13 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! My name is Kelly and I am getting married on Oct. 28th of this year. It is crunch time now as far as getting in shape. I go for my first dress fitting in 6 weeks and am hoping to have lost 5-10 pounds by then. It is very daunting to have someone tell you all of your measurements, especially right after the holidays. I have done Sparkpeople twice before and I hope this time, with a goal in mind, I can stick to it better. I look forward to hearing about what everyone else is going throug... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 16:19:18 EST Hi all My name is Jihane, I'm 26 and getting married this summer. I'm at 195lbs today and want to be at 145lbs by July 2011. I'm just tired of being overweight, tired, depressed, lazy and ugly all the time. I need help. I want to achieve this. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:32:15 EST Happy New Year! Happy New Year 2011! <BR> <BR> Do you have any resolutions for the new year? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:34:07 EST Once again, I'm pregnant! This past July, I was elated and so excited to find out that I was pregnant only to be devastated a month later with a miscarriage. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to announce that I am pregnant once again! <BR> Baby's due date is August 30th! <BR> <BR> I hope everything works out with this baby!!! <em>79</em> <em>80</em> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 17:30:33 EST New to the Team Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Margot, and I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm getting married in May 2011, and want to lose some weight before the wedding. My weight has been a lifelong struggle, and I want to lose about 150 lbs. once and for all, especially before we are ready to have children in a couple of years. I'd like to lose 40-50 lbs. before the wedding, and realized that I really need some added support in doing this. My fiance is wonderful, and we're wo... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:28:38 EST Starting ahead of time Hi ladies. I'm Rachel. <BR> <BR> Our date is set for 1/20/13, yes, that's 2013. My goal isn't to get in shape for my wedding, but for dress shopping a year before. I don't want to be guessing how my dress will look on my body if I lose 20 pounds after buying it. I want to start shopping a year before my wedding, which gives me a year to get into the shape I want to be in for the wedding. <BR> <BR> For me, it's not really a set weight goal, but shrinking some spots and toning others. ... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:37:14 EST Not exactly a new Knottie but a bit new to SP Getting married *hopefully* July 2, 2011. Working on losing about 25 lbs. I already have a dress, but I'd rather have to take it in then try to let it out. Eek I'm so excited, though!!! Now to just lose this extra fluff I have... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 10:54:28 EST Modern woman getting married... First, let me preface this by saying that I am not a girlie girl wedding lover. In fact, I have been in three weddings and that was enough torture for me to decide not to have a wedding party at all for my nuptials. I am definitely a modern woman who prefers a wedding to be short, simple, and with little hoopla. <BR> <BR> I suppose I should also mention that my "fiancée" (I kinda hate that word) and I have been together for over five years. We're 29 and 30 years old with a dog, we also r... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:12:14 EST NYC Marathon Who's watching it? I am! <BR> I'd love to be a part of it one day. <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to sign up for next year's. It's really difficult to get in, but I'd like to be on the waiting list. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 09:40:48 EST May 14th Wedding... and FREAKING OUT! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Ashley and I am getting married on May 14th. Since my engagement last October, I have gone through so much and have gained extra weight as a souvenir. I'm so down about it and really don't know where to start. Any help and guidance you can give me would be super. Today is day one for a change to make me happy before the big day. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:54:16 EST Newbie--getting married on 4-2-2011 Hi everyone, I just got started with Sparkpeople and I already love it. I'm hooked on tracking. <BR> Anyway, I'm getting married on April 2 , 2011. Having an outdoors garden wedding in the afternoon. <BR> I've been procrastinating in my planning a little bit lately since I started this new diet. Menu planning and food prep gets time consuming. Once I get the hang of the new schedule I'll be back on track. Hope everyone is having a nice day and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyb... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:42:26 EST want to look GREAT for my wedding.... Engaged in March this year (on my birthday!). We had selected 8/21/2010 as our wedding date but found that some friends of ours were assigned that date for their daughter's bat mitzvah (before we picked a date). I know we can't please everyone, but if we both have our events on the same day it will leave our group of friends (50+ people) all having to choose between the two events and I don't want to put people in that position. <BR> So..... we have to move our wedding. Got a crazy idea that ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:25:42 EST May 02, 2011 Bride XD Hi y'all! Love that there's a Knottie team! Basically, I'm getting married next May, and I'm trying to get all kinds of pretty for the big day. Wedding planning is going great, although having a dysfunctional family, no financial help, and a string of crummy bridesmaids seem to causing some trouble. Anyways, I can't wait to be a part of this team!! Best of luck to everyone! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 21:34:54 EST October 2011 Bride Hi all! I'm new here! I'm an October 1, 2011 Bride to be. I am looking to tone up and lose a few pounds to get down to my goal weight before I order my dress in January!! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:22:43 EST Fall workouts For those who like to workout outdoors, do you change your routine once it gets colder outside? I like to run outdoors, but I do most of my running on a treadmill, cuz its just more convenient for me. <em>315</em> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 21:16:08 EST What's your plan to look your best? So what are your goals and how do you plan to get there?! <BR> <BR> Goal Weight: <BR> Starting weight: <BR> Wedding date: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Excerise Plans: <BR> <BR> Mini goal dates: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:22:14 EST June 2011 Bride-to-Be :) This is great - a Knottie team! My now-fiance proposed just last Sunday, so I'm absolutely thrilled and have been poking around on We're looking at a June 2011 wedding, though we haven't set an exact date yet. We're looking to have a relatively small and intimate wedding(100 guests) and are going to try to keep things as low-budget as possible. Anybody else doing the "don't-want-to-take-out-a-second-mortgage-<BR>to-fund-my-wedding" wedding? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:09:09 EST June Bride Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have been a Spark-a-holic for a little over 2 months now. This is my third go around with SP and it's worked the two other times I have tried. I've been half heartedly trying to lose weight for about 2 years but once I got engaged, I really kicked myself into gear. So far I'm halfway to my goal of losing 30 pounds before my wedding in June. <BR> <BR> My fiance and I live in a suburb of Milwaukee after living in Chicago for most of our lives. The change is welcomed, but ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:05:48 EST Bonjour! Hello! Okay, 20-somethings are supposed to be tech savy but clearly I am not -- I joined SparkPeople but am still not quite sure how to best utilize this network. But alas, I've found a SparkTeam I should belong to... <BR> <BR> My wedding is in April 2011. 7 months, 40+ pounds to lose. Sure, the wedding is just an excuse to get my butt in gear but I want to look and feel beautiful on my wedding day. For me, that means slimming down. I have always been self-conscious about my size. I may not be mor... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:37:55 EST Fall 2012! Recently engaged. We're both in college and want to wait until after we graduate to get married. I would like to get down from around 220 lbs (where I have been for the last few years) to 155lbs in time to pick out a dress that's not for a plus sized girl! Hope to stick with this, since now I have a visible goal! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 15:46:06 EST 10-1-2011 So I'm getting married next year, and I'm planning on getting down to my goal weight (140 lbs) by that point. I've been battling some health issues (insomnia for the last 3 months) and so I haven't been doing much as far as exercising goes. I've just started back up with my personal trainer (this is the start of week 3) and I have 13 more to go (including this week). I'm also hoping to get back into my running schedule and I'm planning on running the Madison Marathon in May 2011. I know I... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:58:39 EST Hi! Getting married 10-10-10! Hi! I'm new to the boards. My name is Jessica and my fiance is Mark. I am 35 (so is he) and I'm the mother of 2 boys ages 15 and 9. <BR> <BR> Mark and I are heading to Vegas to get married on October 10, 2010....cheezy I know to have a 10/10/10 wedding date but what an easy and great way to remember it!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of this group! <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:12:58 EST 4 year anniversary with Sparkpeople! In two weeks I'll celebrate 4 years with Sparkpeople! Wow! Can't believe it! <em>506</em> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:30:09 EST Ten Pounds in Seventy Days Hi y'all! <BR> <BR> I have seventy days to plan my wedding, and ten pounds to lose in the process. I've had an awful time trying to lose the weight I gained while pregnant (my son is eleven months old, and I've only lost twenty pounds in that time). I KNOW it's because I don't exercise enough, and I've got to get moving! <BR> <BR> Other than the weight loss: I'm a volunteer with our local Humane Society, something I absolutely love doing. I'm marrying a two-time combat vet who is in the Arm... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:19:36 EST Hey!!! Hey!! I am new to this!!! My name is Kristen and I am trying to lose 50 pounds before my wedding in June next year. I need as much advice or motivation as I can get! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 23:11:20 EST New to this team! Labor day bride : ) It's been way too long since I've logged onto spark : ( <BR> <BR> but I am back as a bride to be! My wedding is in early September, and I couldn't be more thrilled... or need more to get in tip top shape! <BR> <BR> My wedding dress final fitting was in the Spring, and I have gained 12 pounds since then : ( <BR> <BR> The wedding is just over 6 weeks away - so I figure that if I commit myself to healthy eating and exercising (cardio and toning with strength training), a loss of 2 pounds a... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:44:28 EST I'm pregnant! Hey Knotties! I know this is a team forum for brides getting married...I created this team a year before I got married...that was 4 years ago...I've been married for 3 years now....and I'm still active on the knottie team and sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I'd like to announce to all of you that I'm pregant! Only my husband knows now....I can't wait to tell my family...but I'm waiting for my first ultrasound next I have to tell someone else...what better that you girls! :) I'm very ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:25:40 EST YAY ME!!!! Hi fellow future brides, <BR> I weighed in this morning,and I weighed in at 181 lbs. compared to last week which was 186.6 so all together I have lost 17 pounds. <em>248</em> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 14:50:41 EST Hi I'm new! Hi, I'm new!! I'm getting married October 1, 2011!!! <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> I want to get fit and lose a few pounds to look great in my dress!!! Fri, 9 Jul 2010 12:46:45 EST Jan 2011 Bride Hello hello, <BR> <BR> Well I'm getting married in exactly 6 months tomorrow, and I'm trying to make a full lifestyle change. However, I love the idea of being able to talk to people who want to lose weight about wedding stuff!! <BR> <BR> My goal is 50 lbs. I'd down 3 so I guess my goal is 47 lbs....I'm fine with losing 20 heck I'm fine with being healthier....we'll see how it goes Wed, 7 Jul 2010 13:38:27 EST Short Term Goals My Short term goals: <BR> <BR> 182 end of July <BR> <BR> 172 end of August <BR> <BR> 162 end of September <BR> <BR> 152 end of October <BR> <BR> 142 end of November <BR> <BR> ** 132 January 1,2011 <em>337</em> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 14:12:47 EST Hello Hello, My name is Samantha, and i am planning on getting married next Nov of 2011. Yes I know its pretty far off but I think I can lose the weight I would like by then.. I am doing this more for me then for my to-be-hubby. I'm lucky he is supportive in anything I do, yet I find ways to not get moving. Any help would be helpful. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 10:12:00 EST new... My name's Tina and I'm 28. My fiance, Scott, and I are planning an afternoon wedding for July 30, 2011. My goal is to lost 1-2 pounds a week until the wedding which would put me at my goal weight. I have to make certain healthy events- tracking food/exercising daily for example- habits so that I can reach this goal. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:47:18 EST Goals and Rewards My Goals in 10% increments and the rewards: <BR> <BR> 172.8 lbs. by July 10 reward running bra <BR> 155.5 lbs. by Aug 14 reward running shoes <BR> 139.9 lbs. by Sept. 11 Reward HR watch <BR> X-treme Goal: 132 Oct. 9 reward Complete Running outfit. <em>337</em> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:19:44 EST New to the team Hi all! <BR> <BR> I just joined SP back at the end of May and I have lost 7 pounds so far! I am getting married on 8/13/11 and I'm trying to slim myself down before the big day. I've been on the knot a lot since March as well. I just wanted to introduce myself... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:46:40 EST second wedding no-no's I am getting married for a second time. I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on what not to do. I read that the 2 major no no's are wearing a veil over your face, and tossing the garter. Any other thoughts. I didn't have my dad give me away the first time(young feminist who didn't want to be owned or given). I thought this time I would have him walk me in, although I still won't have any "who gives this woman..." talk. I will be wearing a long ivory gown. Wed, 26 May 2010 13:56:46 EST Getting married July 23, 2011 Hi there. I am newly engaged and getting married for a second time. I am almost 43, but I am as excited as a 20 year old getting married. I don't have much to lose (15 pounds), but I would like to tone my arms, so I can wear strapless or sleeveless. Wed, 26 May 2010 13:16:10 EST Getting Married 9/10/11 Hi everyone! I'm getting married next year, which gives me a good reason to lose the extra 20 pounds I've managed to gain while in graduate school. I joined Spark People once before, but I ended up disappearing when the semester got busy. I eat pretty healthy, but I have trouble motivating myself to exercise. I'm hoping that this group can help keep me motivated with my exercise routine and help me plan my wedding, writing my dissertation, and lose some weight all at the same time. Tue, 25 May 2010 16:08:20 EST My Introduction I am a 25 year old woman looking to lose 43 pounds before I get married. I just recently got engaged at Christmas time and have been loving every moment of it. I've known my fiance, Bob, for six and a half years and we're getting married May 5th, 2012. I have the best friends and family I could ever ask for. My goal is to simply lose the weight before I get married, 23 months from now. I love bowling more than anything in the world and it's what keeps me sane in life. I joined the site to gui... Tue, 25 May 2010 16:04:00 EST Getting Married Dec 3, 2010!! Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm 28 yrs old and am getting married in about 6 months!! I've had weight struggles most of my life and want to end it once and for all. I ordered the Weight Watcher Books online and plan to start the program, as well as starting the P90X exercise program. I hope these steps, as well as this forum, are the answer to feeling and looking my best on the most important day of my life! :) Thu, 20 May 2010 19:46:24 EST new here!! Hey brides!! <BR> <BR> Im new to this team! i used to be on sp a long time ago and lost 40 lbs in 3 months!! well im back and determined since the wedding is on three months away!!! im also on theknot911 on the iphone if anyone is familiar?? im sward~8/15/2010 <BR> <BR> happy wedding planning everyone and heres to losing that wedding weight!! Sat, 15 May 2010 13:28:15 EST 2011 Bride! Hello, ladies!! My name is Heather and I've been on Spark on and off for the last three years with successes (when I stuck with it). But nooow, I have a REAL fabulous reason (besides myself) to do this! My boyfriend, Randy, of three years proposed on May 8th!! :D We're planning a 2011 wedding (possibly November 26th but we're not entirely sure)! :D <BR> <BR> I'm 5'4" and 265 lbs, the heaviest I have ever been. I really want to be a sexy curvy bride, NOT a lumpy curvy bride. 10% at a ... Fri, 14 May 2010 16:19:48 EST Gift Ideas for an Upcoming Wedding...? We've been invited to a casual BBQ reception next weekend. This will be his 2nd wedding and her first. As far as I know, they didn't register or anything. What kind of gift do we give??? My fiance knows the groom but neither of us know the bride. <BR> <BR> Thanks Knotties! <BR> Michelle <BR> <em>337</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 15:51:41 EST This is going to be tough Hi! My name is Joyce, I'm 31 and I'm engaged to be married next spring! <BR> I'm 40 pounds away from being at a healthy BMI, and am ready to introduce healthy habits for a couple of reasons. <BR> 1) Everyone in my family is diabetic- and I don't want to be! <BR> 2) My knees hurt :( <BR> 3) I want to look beautiful on my wedding day <BR> So I'm looking forward to the journey! Sat, 8 May 2010 20:24:34 EST The Spark I just purchased "The Spark" today as I need more motivation and I am already in the third chapter so I will be done with it in no time at all, I will keep everyone posted on that. <BR> <BR> NatesGirl5 <em>337</em> Fri, 7 May 2010 13:59:39 EST How many Bridesmaids are you going to have? I am going to have 5 bridesmaids in my future military wedding; my sister in law is going to be my matron of honor. <BR> <BR> NatesGirl5 <em>337</em> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:03:42 EST 11/11/11 bride! Hi all, <BR> <BR> The mister and I have finally set a date, and I am working hard to reach my goals by then (574 days, right?)! <BR> <BR> We are having a Nov 11th 2011 wedding, and are excited to start planning! Fri, 16 Apr 2010 06:34:31 EST Set the date!! Any other August 2011 Brides?? Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> So excited to be engaged, but let's get the weight down down down!! Anyone else with me? My date is August 20, 2011 and I'm already down 17.8 pounds since end of February!! What movitaes you all?? Looking for a bride buddy!! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:34:51 EST finally set a date! let the insanity begin! our big day is Nov 12, 2011! I just had gastric bypass (was in the process for it before we got engaged) and so I'm going to have to work incredibly hard in the coming year to have that dress look great! I am looking forward to a healthy life and happy babies too! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 06:20:03 EST Post wedding depression First of all, I want to make sure everyone knows that I am 100% happy in my marriage. I love my husband more than anything. He is my best friend, and marrying him after 8 years of being together is the easiest decision I have ever made. <BR> <BR> That being said, now that the wedding is over, I find myself feeling depressed. The wedding was a little over a week ago, on March 27, and I am so unbelievably sad. <BR> <BR> I was unemployed for almost 6 months prior to the wedding, and I spent... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 20:38:16 EST Hey Knotties!!! Hey, guys! My name is Tabitha. I'm due to be getting married September/October of next year. (The crazy man can't set an EXACT date yet. haha) <BR> <BR> I'm currently over 300 pounds, and you know what? I refuse to weigh that much walking down the isle! Fri, 2 Apr 2010 19:40:31 EST June 2011 Knottie with a lot to lose! Hi folks, I have a huge goal ahead of me. I've been feebly attempting to lose weight since 2006. Now that I have a wedding to plan I want to look radiant in my dress! I have 3 months before I go shopping for a dress and a good 9 months probably before my first fitting. I'm certain that I could lose about 50 lbs by then with all the hard work I can put into it. Ultimately I want to lose 140 lbs. <BR> <BR> I've been fat my entire life and my FH loves me for me; in fact he doesn't want me to b... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:32:02 EST Bridal Boot Camp..... Hey everyone I subscribed to Fitness magazine and they have a "Bridal Boot Camp". Go to its free to sign up and they will give you exercises, diets and more. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy I subscribed to this magazine last month! <BR> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:36:26 EST Cake Topper Hi there - does anyone have a good website to go to for cake toppers? I have found a couple sites, but all of the toppers are cheesy or cheap looking. I'd like something a little different than the classic couple standing pose. If you have any ideas, let me know! Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:24:06 EST Is this too odd????? Our wedding is going to be an outdoor fall wedding in late Sept. Our colors are red and black with fall flowers mixed into the bouquets. <BR> <BR> My question is do you think having bright blue (royal blue) shoes would look too odd. I know you wouldn't be able to see them under my dress really but suppose my shoes did peek out while I was walking down the aisle. <BR> <BR> I saw pictures once of bridesmaids shoes that were this color and I fell in love with them. I was planning on red or b... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:18:04 EST Rose petal replacement??? Ok, I have an interesting question here. Any ideas on what to use instead of rose petals for the flower girl to scatter? We are having an outdoor wedding, on an extremely limited budget. Real flower petals are a bit more than I want to spend and fake ones would require cleaning up. Can anyone think of an idea to use that would be natural and organic that we can spread and then just leave? My wedding is May 1...only 44 more days!!! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:33:31 EST Eloping? I need some MAJOR advice. My fiance and I are planning to elope now (March 31st or April 1st) and then do a beach vow renewal later. We were thinking of inviting our families to an "engagement dinner" but etiquette says that the bride and groom should not do this. This ruins our whole "April Fools" the-engagement-dinner-is-off-bc-suprise-we got-married idea. How bad is it (really) to invite our family and friends to a dinner "announcing our engagement"? Would you consider this the same a... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:04:17 EST hello team! Getting married 7/1/2011 Hello all! I am getting married on the water on July 1st of 2011, to my best friend, dream man, rock, etc. I'm very excited! I had lost a bunch of weight and was the most fit I've ever been about 3 years ago, but once we moved in together and I started to think I could eat everything he ate, and picked up more hours at work I stopped going to the gym and doing all the fit things I once did. So now 20 some odd pounds heavier I'm back in the game. I just bought my dress and where I know its ear... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:25:09 EST 1/1/11...The Big Day Hello everyone! I have just recently gotten engaged on December 4th and have been toying with the idea to really committing to SparkPeople. I have been active all my life and swam competitively from a young age all the way through college. I have found that the more take on the more I put off working out. I am getting nervous I will lose the will to workout and stay healthy all together! Plus when its the dead of winter, freezing, and there are 26 inches on snow outside its hard not to come h... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:10:25 EST Get It Started I'm getting married this summer and my fiancee thinks I look great. I, on the other hand, want to look and feel great on my wedding day and beyond. I lost about 40 pounds 2 years ago, and have gained some of it back. I'm ready to get this extra baggage off and stay off. This is the first step and the start of something new!!!! Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:18:06 EST Soon to be (officially) engaged/ probably eloping Hi, I'm Jess! I have been on SparkPeople since Jan 22nd, but just joined the Knottie's Team. I have been with my boyfriend for 3 wonderful years and we just purchased my engagement rings (Blue Sapphire and Diamonds) and diamond wedding band. We haven't made it official though because I want "traditional" proposal. We are on a very "tight" budget with me being a full time college student and him the sole "breadwinner" with two kids. One is OURS and one is mine from a previous marriage. W... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:16:32 EST Engaged to the man of my dreams I was proposed to over the Valentine's day weekend!!! We've been dating 11 months and went out of town for the weekend. He proposed on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. So now the pressure is on to be a hot,sexy bride!! <BR> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:08:46 EST Intro Hi, All! I've been engaged now for about a year but we've finally set a firm date of November 12, 2011 and although it seems far off, I do have quite a ways to go until I'm at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I am currently undergoing assessment for gastric bypass but here in Ontario it is difficult to get approved for government funding unless you have co-morbidities - my only real issue is my weight, i.e. no high blood pressure, diabetes or anything else, so I'm having to jump through extra hurdl... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:53:29 EST New Bride-to-Be! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Amanda and very new to spark people. I have heard nothing but great things about this site and i'm looking for all the encouragement and advice I can get! <BR> <BR> I'm getting married in May of 2011 and I would love to lose 75 lbs before the big day. Ideally, I would like to lose at least 50 by September-ish so I can start trying on wedding dresses. <BR> <BR> I belong to a gym and have been going everyday. I am always good about getting my cardio in, it's jus... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:00:13 EST New Here Hi, I found this site from message boards and thought "Hey, that might help." Today is day two or three (day 1 was kind of just signing up but no activity) for me on SP. I am planning a wedding in 2011. I am trying to lose close to 40 lbs before the end of this summer, though. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Also, how can I include my fiance in this? He says he wants to lose weight but gets upset with me when I say I do (and I am no where near skinny so it isn't like I sh... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:15:19 EST Not fitness related, but thought it'd be fun... 20 wedding questions: <BR> <BR> 1. what is your wedding date? <BR> 2. what are your colors? <BR> 3. small, medium or big wedding? <BR> 4. any special decor that you are doing? (ie damask, stripes, etc) <BR> 5. how many BMs & GMs? <BR> 6. where is your wedding at? (outdoors, indoors, winery, gold course, etc) <BR> 7. flowers you are using? <BR> 8. 1 thing you are dreading/worried about the wedding? (a guest, the preparation, the night of, the cost adding up, etc) <BR> 9. 1 thing you are most ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:17:13 EST Vegan? Has anyone tried to go or has recently gone vegan or vegetarian? <BR> I am considering it, but not for the reasons of animal cruelty. I believe, more or less, that humans are just healthier with a vegetarian or vegan diet. I'm considering it but I honestly don't know anyone that is vegetarian or vegan. I don't know any recipes and it would be difficult to get family support (like thanksgiving.. etc.) Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:02:42 EST New Bride to Be needs advice! Hi all! <BR> <BR> My fiance proposed to be this past Christmas and I'm super excited. We've set the date for 2-26-11 and I'm starting my new title as bride-to-be on the right track and getting back in the gym, but now I need some help in the wedding department. <BR> Maybe you can help me...any suggestion is much appreciated : ) <BR> <BR> 1.Engagement party: I'm thinking of combining an engagement party with a house warming party (we just moved in a couple of weeks ago.) How long after the... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 20:16:31 EST Newbie! Hi, I'm Tina, bride to be on 10-8-10. We've got down to single digit month and it is crunch time! I've been trying to lose weight for about the last year and it's just not budging, so I'm here to try a different approach, and hopefully this will help! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:24:06 EST Hey Team! Hi Brides/Grooms-To-Be!!! <BR> <BR> Happy wedding planning! <BR> <BR> My name is Letia and I am a large girl - 288 lbs! I've lost 65.5 so far and am looking forward to staying on the path to a healthy life. <BR> <BR> I am a new mom (baby born in Oct.) and have been engaged since March. Scottie and I are hoping to tie the knot sometime in 2011... and are hoping to be able to do so without breaking the bank. <BR> <BR> I am currently a stay at home mom but am considering going back to sch... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:28:17 EST Bride To Be! My name is Tessa <BR> <BR> I am 22 years Old and have never tried eating right or exercising in my life! I'm also a notorious quitter when the goings get rough :( <BR> <BR> in October 09 my boyfriend (soul mate, partner, love of my life i don't know boyfriend sounds to typical) of 4 years proposed! and became my fiancee!!! Yay :) <BR> <BR> I'm planning a whole interfaith, semi traditional, ultra fun, ultra us, ultra modern wedding all by myself, and I have my heart set on one dress out of ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 08:04:20 EST April 2011 Bride to Be Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just bought my wedding dress so now my wedding feels "very real" now. Figured what a better way to start the new year off right by getting into shape and eating better to look fabulous in my dress. Looking forward to being a part of this team. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:38:28 EST I'm training for a half marathon! Hey Knotties! I'm excited to tell you all that I'll be doing my first half-marathon this April. I've done 5 K races and a 10 K race, but this will be the most challenging race I'll do so far. It's also a challenging route with hills.....wish me luck! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 19:01:52 EST Wedding theme I like all these ideas but I can't decide on just one my colors are pink and black but I want one of these themes as well. <BR> <BR> Cherry Blossom <BR> Angel <BR> Catch a Falling Star <BR> Football <BR> <BR> If there is any that you think would be good tell me those as well. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 18:04:36 EST Heya! Oct 2010 Knottie Here! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Katie, and you can usually find me on the Oct 2010 boards over on the knot but I lurk in others too (same username!) :o) <BR> <BR> Back on the wagon with getting fit and healthy! Wedding is only in little over 9 months now! Eek! Wed, 30 Dec 2009 18:29:11 EST Flower Girls How many flower girls are you all having? I'm considering 7... <BR> The thing is that they are mostly my cousins' kids (and I adore all of them) plus two from his side. I don't want any of them to feel left out - especially since I got to be a flower girl when I was younger and loved it - but 7 seems kind of ridiculous. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 14:06:04 EST Hello already married but renewing vows Hello my name is Samantha I am 24 will be 25 on Christmas I am already married but we had a really really small wedding with just me and him and my sister there this past March but we are going to be having another wedding when my husband gets off parole which we are thinking the wedding will be March 16 2013 hopefully sooner. Please don't judge me on my dicison of marrying someone that was in prison at the time, I am not here for that. Thanks and hope to meet some friends here. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 13:19:57 EST Hey!! :-) Hi ladies! I just started using spark people, and so far I love it! I'm getting married in Sept and have a lot of extra pounds i need to lose... I cant wait to work with u guys to your goals too! Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:03:38 EST hello to all My name is jana and I am getting married to a great guy in April. My goal is to loose weight and look beautiful for my FH!!!! Sun, 20 Dec 2009 11:27:52 EST Holiday Plans Hey Knotties! What do you have planned for the holidays? Are your workout routines harder to do because of all the hectic things you have to do during this time? How about all the food temptations! This is the hardest part of the year for me when it comes to eating! I'll need to be extra strong! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 20:50:56 EST Hello from Texas :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark today in an effort to boost my (and my FH's) motivation to get into a healthier routine - both diet and exercise. We both want to get back into shape and healthy together, which is great! Unfortunately, right now we've only been motivated enough to TALK about exercising and eating better. : <BR> Our wedding is next June and we both want to look good at the wedding AND for the honeymoon! ;) So, hopefully utilizing Spark and putting some tangible goals in ... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:14:42 EST New :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> Very very new to spark, the teams, the site...well, everything. <BR> <BR> Hoping my FH will join as well, but I have to figure it all out first before I can suggest it to anyone else! We want to lose weight together, but only seem capable at this point to motivate each other to cuddle on the couch. ha ha <BR> <BR> I love weddings; I've been a bridesmaid over 10 times, and am planning my own right now (no date picked yet). Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:37:21 EST Hi Ladies! Hi Ladies~ I am Lisa, 26 yr old female from Pittsburgh. I've been engaged since March 09 but have just recently set an official date. We are getting married May 29, 2011. I have been a member of SparkPeople since 08 but have fallen off the wagon a time or two. I'm hoping that now since I have a date (goal) I can stick with it. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:17:56 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to the Knottie team and am always looking for more Spark Buddies! <BR> <BR> My FH and I haven't set a date (or even became officially engaged yet) but we know we want to get married next year. I think he's planning the engagement for this Christmas and I'd like to trim up as much as possible by then let alone for the wedding! Sat, 7 Nov 2009 00:34:59 EST Just starting! Hello! I'm getting married May 22, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. I am on the knot regularly with the same screen name. I can always be found on the May 2010 board. <BR> <BR> I am 5'5, 170 lbs and my goal is 145 by the wedding. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:44:37 EST Did you pick your engagement ring? I'm a bit of a control freak, and I'm the one that designed my engagement ring and kept tabs on it through the whole production process. From talking to some other recently-engaged women, I'm getting the impression this isn't all that common (and in fact is shocking to some). So I'm curious - how many of you either picked out or designed your engagement ring? Or did your man do all of that and surprise you? <BR> (We're still doing s pseudo-engagement event tonight. The ring was just rec... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 11:04:41 EST HELP OUT THIS BRIDE!! Hey Guys! My name is Niki! I am in extreme need of help for some wedding funds, so many things are falling apart and all I want is my dream wedding. <BR> <BR> All I am asking is for you to VOTE! <BR> <BR> I entered my dog Macey in a cute dog competition and I need votes for us to win some prize money that will ALL go towards my special day!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m?h=77168F0F97267F2A66E51F5ABB04066B&p<BR>age=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Click the link to vote ... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:57:50 EST WORKOUTS THAT WORK :) does anyone have any advice for some workouts that you can do at home that have seriously helped you!?! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 18:00:01 EST 2011 Bride in the HOUSE! :-) Hello everyone! My name is Yashica and I am not new to Spakepeople but new to the team. I am marrying the love of my life (JB) on June 25th 2011. We are both in school for Electrical Engineering (He will finish his B.S in May of 2010 and I will finish my PhD in late 2011). I am always on the knot. Any more 2011 brides around? Mon, 21 Sep 2009 13:51:55 EST Military wedding Has anyone had one? Any ideas? Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:53:00 EST Not even sure where to start We have our color scheme picked out, we have the church. Next month we'll have the date and we also have our wedding party picked out. My biggest thing is invitations. They are so expensive! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 17:49:26 EST September Challenge! Ok Knotties! Summer is almost over :(, but this is not the time to slow down your workouts. <BR> <BR> Make sure you dedicate a good 500 minutes this minutes to exercise. <BR> <BR> How's your wedding planning? Remember, the more support you have, the better! <BR> <BR> <BR> Good luck knotties! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's gear it up for September! <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:45:24 EST 05/15/10 bride! :) Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I just joined the community, thought I would stop by and introduce myself! I recently (i.e last week) started using Sparkpeople again after a longggg break! I've previously lost 65 lbs to get down to ~178, and I'm just trying to work out/eat correctly as consistently as possible! I don't have an exact goal weight I would like to get down to, it will depend on my progress throughout the year. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 09:17:38 EST 3 year anniversary with Sparkpeople! I can't believe I've been a part of sparkpeople for 3 years now! I have truly benefited from this site. I'm so happy to be a part of it and I hope I have helped others to achieve the same goals I have. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>505</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:22:39 EST Your Bridal Party Hey Knotties: How big is your bridal party? How many bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. Will you not have a bridal party for your wedding? How about flower girls, ring bearers and maid/matron of honor. My fiance couldn't decide so he chose his two brothers for the best men. I chose my sis for the matron of honor. <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:23:02 EST Getting Married July 2010 Hi! My name is Sara and I'm engaged to be married July 2010. Just wanted to introduce myself to the group :) Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:11:42 EST Summer 2010 Bride Hi all- I'm getting married in June 2010, I already bought my dress but have since gained 12 lbs so I need to lose that and then some to be comfortable and confident on my big day! Mon, 17 Aug 2009 19:50:39 EST Best planning books and software Please share any books, software and websites you've used and love! <BR> In particular I'm looking for a comprehensive planning tool that will help down to the smallest detail. <BR> <BR> My share- <BR> a book, The Best of Martha Stewart Weddings <BR> It is full of great, traditional wedding ideas, and I got it at the library. Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:43:29 EST Sand Ceremony I wanted to see if anyone knows of a website on-line where you can purchase stuff for the sand ceremony and its not that expensive. Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:44:41 EST Who wants to be a Millionaire: Wedding Edition Hey Knotties! A few years ago, my man and I decided to go to NYC and try out for Who wants to be a Millionaire show, specifically designed for engaged couples who wanted to raise $$ for their wedding. Unfortunately, we didn't make it. I'm still a big fan of the show. <BR> <BR> Would you ever try it out? Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:37:15 EST Knottie Challenge: August 9-August 15th Hey Knotties! How's the summer going so far? <BR> <BR> This week's goal: Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water, run or walk at least 5 miles this week (You can track it in our team goals). <BR> <BR> Wedding challenge: Check out your guest list. Is it bigger than you'd hope for? One of the biggest ways to cut down your budget is by cutting down your guest list. This might be a difficult task, but it's doable. If you haven't seen or spoken to this person in over 3-5+ years ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:27:31 EST New to SparkTeam Hi! <BR> <BR> I am using "The Knot" to help plan my wedding, June 5, 2010. I am extremely excited and would like to look my best for the occassion. I am not needing to lose it all, but would like to get the most off that I can. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone and congratulations on your engagement and upcoming nuptials. <BR> <BR> Dana Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:26:55 EST Weekly Challenge Aug. 1-8th Hello everyone. Just thought I'd start a new challenge. I'd like everyone to pick their favorite item from their wedding and post it here. I'd also like everyone to try something new this week. Something you wouldn't normally do in a workout routine. I'll start. <BR> My favorite thing for my renewal is having such a special theme. The thing I'm going to try cave exploring for the first time this week. I'll upload pictures and let you know how it goes. <BR> Feel free to share your experiences... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 01:19:30 EST Introduction of Co-leader I'd like to say hello to everyone. As you can tell by the front page of the team I've become the new team co-leader. If there's anything anyone need please let me know. I'll be checking in on friday, but I'd like everyone to check out the weekly challenge and don't be pashful about posting. Sat, 1 Aug 2009 00:55:13 EST Renewal Bride 2010 Hello. as you can tell by the title, I'm not a bride to be exactly. After being married for 10 years and family slpitting or passing my husband and I are renewing our vows. We didn't have that great of a first wedding, everything having been thrown together in two weeks and then only a few people we wanted showed up, this time we're doing the full thing with plenty of time and people. <BR> We're doing an enchanted theme with dragons, fairies and lords and ladies and such. I'm doing just abou... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:01:45 EST Hey there! Just wanted to say "hi" to the Knottie family. <em>30</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 20:53:56 EST Amazing wedding wesbite/blog I found this website yesterday and worked on my blog until 2 am last night. It's a great place to get other ideas, too! <BR> <BR> I highly recommend it! <BR> <BR> Sherry <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <em>26</em> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 11:37:01 EST Teacher getting married Is anyone here a teacher? I'd like to invite my current/past students to the ceremony (not the reception) and I'm looking for ways to do it. Anything you've seen in the past, are doing yourself, etc. would be helpful! Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:50:09 EST Reception Is is wrong to have the reception at my Mom's house to save money? She offered and I know she'll drive me crazy but it looks like it'll save us $5,000 - $8,000! Where is your reception going to be? <BR> <BR> I need some ideas. <BR> <BR> We are getting married at the chapel of our church so at least that is decided. Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:27:08 EST NEED HELP! Wedding 5/10 - need buddy w/ 50+ 2 lose Just got engaged! I'd like to be the weight I was when I met him when we get married. I hurt my back last summer and gained 90 pounds. I truly can't believe that he proposed when I look this big. It makes me love him even more. I've completely fallen off my exercise trend and would love a buddy. <em>33</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 13:46:50 EST I'm glad to have found this team! I love the website so the team should be fun too! I just wanted to say hi to everyone. Hope you all had a great 4th! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:00:59 EST Bride-to-be in 2010! Hi!! I'm a bride-to-be getting married on February 27, 2010 in Negril, Jamaica! :o) I'm currently trying to set a weight loss goal for myself of a minimum of 25 pounds before my wedding day and if I can do more than that it would be great! :o) <BR> I'm doing pretty well when it comes to exercise - I do Jazzercise and love it! - but when it comes to eating habits...I'm no good! :o( I welcome any and all advice on good eating habits!! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:38:38 EST Hi! 10/30/10 bride Hi everyone! I am new to this team and am a bride to be! I can't wait for my wedding ... but first I want to lose some weight! <BR> My FI and I are getting married twice ... once at city hall and then next year in CA (where we just moved to CO from). I am hoping that by the city hall wedding I am down 20 pounds ... which means I need to lose 5 pounds a month, starting now! <BR> <BR> Talk to you all soon and happy wedding planning!! <BR> <BR> PS - I love the knot and spend way too much t... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:02:03 EST The Dreaded Wedding Dress! Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> I am just trying to figure out what to do and wanted some advice. I am planning on losing any where between 30 and 50 pounds before I get married in March. My friends are suggesting I get a dress as soon as possible, and then just have it taken in, but I don't think I will feel pretty enough in any of them to really comfortably buy one at this weight. Any suggestions? How long is longest I can wait? Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:15:30 EST Hey Brides to be: I need your help!! Hey y'all. I'm an English major, minoring in Professional and Technical Writing. My project for my last TW class is writing a handbook for women planning a wedding for $7,500 or less. I'm trying to gather information for planning my own wedding while I write the project, and I noticed that I got such good response on things like my "Can't Live Without It Item" thread that I was wondering if y'all would be willing to help me out by allowing me to use data from things like that in my project. ... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 23:08:22 EST New Knottie!! Hey everyone! I joined here last week after seeing so many good things from the Knotties on the GIS board. I am soooo glad I did. This site has given me great tools to keep me motivated and on track! Great to see so many other Knotties here! Mon, 8 Jun 2009 15:10:13 EST The "Can't Live Without It" Item We're probably all on budgets here, and we're learning how to cut corners. But what's the *one* thing you refuse to cut corners with/on/for, the one item you feel guilt-free splurging on? Is it a specific favor? Flowers? The cake? Are you spending less on the dress to be able to get the big honkin' diamond? Spill it, y'all!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 14:45:10 EST unconventional bouquet/garter toss It seems I am the last single friend/family member! I only have a handful of single coming to the wedding, and some of which I know will not go out to catch the bouquet or garter. I came up with the idea to make a bouquet with lottery tickets, gift cards, and movie passes (along with a matching garter). The idea is to toss those in place to whoever wants to come out and catch. <BR> <BR> My problem is this: what to say? I don't really want to ask around my friends for suggestions becau... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 11:56:22 EST Newbie Bride Hi, my name is Clary and I'm getting married January 2011, to some its far off, but not to me. I'm working on losing between 50 to 60 pounds between now and then...hopefully the majority of it will be lost by next fall when I go to do my bridal portraits. I some times tend to lose my focus and I get derailed from following through with my plan. It's good to know that I'm not the only bride out there facing challenging issues such as this before the big day! Wed, 3 Jun 2009 19:43:15 EST Bride to Be <3 Hey y'all. I'm getting married on November 27, 2010, and I am trying to lose sixty pounds by then. I'm going to be back to the weight I was in high school and look smokin' in that wedding dress!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>241</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:01:47 EST I'm doing a 10 K tomorrow!! Tomorrow morning I'll be a part of a 10K race for a great cause! I've done a 5K recently, but this will be my first time running a 10K. Unfortunately, the weather isn't the greatest with rain all morning, but it's still worth it! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck girls! <em>185</em> Sat, 16 May 2009 22:44:18 EST What I've learned thanks to Sparkpeople I been a member of Sparkpeople for almost 3 years. I wanted to lose weight for my wedding and was able to do so in a safe, healthy manner. Now fitness is part of my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Strategies I've learned: <BR> <BR> Have a positive attitude and keep yourself motivated with loved ones. You can't lose weight if you see workouts and diets as punishments. Losing weight can be a lot of fun when you workout with someone. Be consistent and follow your own routine that fits into your s... Wed, 13 May 2009 21:02:05 EST May Challenge!! Hey Knotties! Happy May! <BR> <BR> This month....celebrate Spring! Go outdoors! <BR> <BR> Make sure you don't get into a plateau! Intensify your workouts. Even if you don't have more time to workout, it's ok. All you need to do is work harder while you're working out. Don't forget to tone up those muscles. Many of you have succesfully lost some weight and now you need to tone up those muscles to increase your metabolism and to lose inches off the waist, hips, thighs, and arms. <BR> ... Mon, 4 May 2009 20:15:43 EST Mother/Son Song I need ideas for a mother/son song. I have heard a few songs but nothing that impressed me. Does anyone have any ideas??? Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:25:55 EST 5Ks,10Ks, Half Marations and Marathons Has anybody done a race for charity? Are you planning on being part of a race? <BR> <BR> I'm about to be a part of my first 5K this spring and hopefully I can increase it to 10K by the fall. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear suggestions and advice regarding this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <em>185</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 21:17:05 EST First Dance What is everyone using for the first dance? We have a list of about 10 songs that we need to choose from, but I'm trying to avoid the very traditional slow love song. I want someting that we can "dance" to & it means something, but there aren't 1,000 other brides across the country dancing to it at the same time.... <BR> <BR> <BR> What about mother/son dances, or father/daughter dances? Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:37:44 EST Survived Easter Weekend! I made it through Easter Weekend. All that yummy food and candy made it tough but my will is stronger than the Easter Bunny! Mon, 13 Apr 2009 11:52:27 EST April Challenge! Hey Knotties! It's April! How is your progress? Have you seen any changes? <BR> <BR> The weather is getting nicer, and the temperature is getting warmer. Let's try to make this month fun and exciting by creating your workouts outdoors! I would recommend going with someone. It'll make your workouts faster and less boring. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's keep the momentum up! We can do this knotties! <em>104</em> <em>126</em> <em>108</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 22:40:18 EST Bride to Be! Hi Everyone!! <BR> I couldn't help but join this team. I'm not sure why i've never joined a wedding team on SP before but I suppose better late than never right?!? I am getting married on August 14th and I want to maintain my fitness and possibly get even more fit for the big day! I'm so excited to wear my wedding dress and 'wow' my hubby-to-be on our wedding day! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to 'meet' all of you! <BR> <BR> I have a blog that I write in, to track my progress - check it out if y... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:32:46 EST Another new team member! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Andrea, I'm 31 and recently (December 20, 2008) engaged to my man of 8 years, Tom. Planning an October 2, 2010 wedding in Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> I've got a lot of weight to lose, but enough time to do it. I'm going to be a skinny bride! Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:51:13 EST New to the team but not SP Hello everyone! My fiance and I have been engaged for about a year and a half. I know, crazy right? We kept putting off setting a date until we had saved some money...well, his mom came over last Friday and said lets just do it! So, I think we are just going to jump right in it and I'm sure things will fall in to place with a lot of help from friends and family. I love but will still have some questions. Happy to be here! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:31:46 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge March 22nd-March28th Hi Knotties! How are you feeling? <BR> <BR> Spring is here! The weather is nicer, so now it's time to get out there! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Go outdoors and burn off your calories outside. Whether you want to bike, jog, walk, or swim. Bring a loved one to work out with you. It'll be fun and you can catch up on life. <BR> <BR> Brides: Work on your guest list and where you'd like them to sit. What types of table settings do you prefer? Round tables, Square/rectangular tables... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 18:46:41 EST New Team Member! Hello Knottie Team!! I am excited to be here! I am getting married on 9/5 of this year and have a website with the knot. (Best wedding website out there) I am looking forward to being apart of the Knottie team. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2009 08:23:28 EST New Knottie Here Hey Ladies- I'm getting married on 12/27 of this year and am determined to loose a big chunk of weight before I buy my dress! <BR> I'm 22 years old and the heaviest I've ever been! But that ends today! Well I sorta started last week... But you get the picture! <BR> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 18:05:14 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge - March 15-March 21st Hey girls! Sorry I've been MIA for a few days. I've been pretty sick lately. I do feel better today. I managed to workout 3 times last week, and I've noticed that I'm losing inches, not pounds. <BR> <BR> I've been delaying it for quite some time, but now I have to go shopping for new pants for work. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Measure yourself: Your neck, arms, thighs, waist, chest, and hips. Do you see a difference? <BR> <BR> <BR> Bridal challenge: Call friends/fa... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:33:45 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge March 8th - March 14th Hey Knotties! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Since the weather is getting a bit nicer, your challenge is to do something fun outdoors: A nice jog in the park, walking with a special someone, biking, hiking, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's get out there knotties! Smell the fresh air! Spring is coming!! <em>224</em> <em>57</em> <em>260</em> <em>300</em> <em>131</em> <em>299</em> <em>237</em> <em>217</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 09:37:42 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge: March 1st - March 7th Hey girls! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> Report your progress on this discussion forum. Write down any pounds and/or inches lost, any new workouts that have worked for you and any foods that you've eaten that are good and good for you. (Any recipes are welcome!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start with my own progress: This year, I've managed to lose 3 lbs and about 2 inches off from my body. My clothes are loser, and I feel so much more energetic. <BR> <BR> I have to t... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 11:06:37 EST Newbie Hey, everyone! I've spent a lot of time lurking on TheKnot since my guy proposed. I just joined SparkPeople (for the second time, but this one's going to stick) and here was TheKnot again! Very cool. <BR> <BR> My wedding is in June of this year, way too soon to meet my final goal, but I'm hoping to exercise and reduce calories to the point where I drop a dress size, at least. Hopefully by then, my habits will be healthy enough that I can tackle the rest of the weight loss I need. One st... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 19:05:04 EST Oak Meadows.. Just need to vent a little, my reception hall had a horrible fire last night and the roof of the ballroom caved in and they don't know if it is salvageable. We are almost 100% that we can get the deposit back, but its such a shame, we loved that place. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 10:29:58 EST first meeting with the pastor! what happens? so we meet with our pastor this week for the first time! i grew up going to church there, so i know him already, but my fiance is from out of state and never really went to church. what is the first meeting like? what things will we talk about? anyone else out there going through the same thing? we've been living together for about a year, so does that change things? Mon, 23 Feb 2009 12:02:15 EST Check tout this article about fitness<BR>tness-donts-for-exercise-newbies-to-at<BR>hletes-364376#photoViewer=7 <BR> <BR> Check out this article that talks about: "The 7 fitness dont's for exercise newbies to athletes". <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 02:09:48 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge: February 22-28 Wow! Can you believe it?? We're already at the end of February! 2009 is flying by right before our eyes :) <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Tone it up!!! <BR> <BR> By now, you've seen some positive changes in your body. You might have lost 1, 5, 10 or even 15 pounds or more. <BR> <BR> What should you do now? Tone your body! <BR> <BR> Use resistance bands, dumbells, or weight machines to increase muscle, increase your metabolism, and have an overall toned body look. <BR> <BR> of cou... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:44:13 EST Root canal! Yikes! Ok, so I'm getting a root canal done tomorrow morning. Yes, I'm thinking about the pain, but I was also long can I wait until I can workout again? <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:17:52 EST How did he propose - tell me your story Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm currently researching for a series of articles I'm planning with a working title of <BR> "Catching you - How men propose to the woman of their dreams". <BR> If you have a great story and would like to be part of the series please PM me and I’ll get in touch. <BR> I’ll be starting with my own story since I’m currently a bride to be <BR> Can’t wait to hear from you all <BR> Frances xxx <BR> Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:10:27 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge: Feb. 15th -Feb 21st Hey Knotties! Did you get to celebrate Valentines Day? I spent it with my family. Dinner and a movie with the whole gang. Not very romantic, but filled with love <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Watch what you eat! Make sure you log in your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items with the help of the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> <BR> Stay within your calorie range and don't forget to eat foods filled with vitamins and nutrients! The healthiest bride... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:22:31 EST Finally back in a gym! I started working out about a year ago, but due to a breakup and having to move, my life because less stable and wasn't able to work out like i was before. Now, almost a year later, My fiance and I have a gym membership and went to work out this morning. It was the first time I've really worked out in months and it felt great! Especially since I found THE DRESS yesterday. I put the dress on layaway (amazingly it was my size), but fortunately it can be sized down up to 2 sizes (i'm currently i... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:36:41 EST Using Bamboo Frames as favors...I have extras!!! I have extra Silver bamboo wedding favor frames. <BR> I have 95 remaining from my own wedding. Make a very cute wedding favor and can be used as place card holders as well. It is about a $140 value purchased online. I will take less than $75 if you make me a reasonable offer. <BR> A sample can be seen at <link><BR>er-bamboo-frame </link> <BR> Reply here or email me at Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:57:54 EST Using Bamboo Frames as favors...I have extras!!! I have extra Silver bamboo wedding favor frames. <BR> I have 95 remaining from my own wedding. Make a very cute wedding favor and can be used as place card holders as well. It is about a $140 value purchased online. I will take less than $75 if you make me a reasonable offer. <BR> A sample can be seen at <link><BR>er-bamboo-frame </link> <BR> Reply here or email me at Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:56:55 EST Valentine's Day is coming? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Have you made any plans? Mon, 9 Feb 2009 19:15:17 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge February 8th-February 14 Hi girls! Have you lost momentum? Are you on your A-game? <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Drink more water! It can be difficult to gulp down 8 glasses of water, but know that drinking tea, and healthy fruit/vegetable drinks are another way of getting your H20. <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep hydrated! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bridal challenge: Make sure you up to date with your checklist. If you need to call a vendor, make an appt., or start making a DIY project, make sure you leave som... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 19:36:12 EST New Knottie Team member! Hey! I am a knottie from the CT Message Board & one of the girls recommended SP to me. I JUST joined & I am looking forward to getting to know you & getting healthy with you! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My wedding is Sept 6, 2009 - I have exactly 7 months to go and about 30-35 lbs to lose to look exactly how I would like to look. Its going to a hard work - but I can do it! <BR> <BR> Since our engagement in June I have lost 25 lbs. I need to step it up a bit because I have been kind of at a stan... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 16:42:12 EST How do you reward yourself? When you manage to lose an inch, or a pound, how do you reward yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> When it's a big accomplishment (like losing 10 lbs, or 2 inches off my waist) I rewarded myself with a spa treatment, or a pedicure (whatever I could afford at the time! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you do? Do you reward yourself after accomplishing a goal? Wed, 4 Feb 2009 22:47:46 EST Unemployment Is anyone here affected by the crazy amounts of people getting pink slipped? I watch the news and I fear for so many out there who probably for the first time, are jobless at one of the worst possible times. I'm even nervous myself. I'm a teacher and I see how NY state is cutting jobs left and right: firefighters, police, healthcare. You name it, it's going to be cut. <BR> <BR> How are things in your area? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 19:50:23 EST What's your favorite movie? Hi knotties! I was wondering if you had any favorite movies to talk about. <BR> <BR> I don't have a favorite, but I have a list of favorites: <BR> <BR> 1. Life is Beautiful <BR> 2. Gladiator <BR> 3.Slumdog Millionare (I hope it wins an Oscar for best picture!) <BR> <BR> And many more! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 14:02:05 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge February 1 - February 7 Hey Knotties! How did January treat you? Did you lose any weight? Did you measure yourself? How are your clothes fitting you? How are your energy levels? <BR> <BR> There are so many ways to tell if you're on the track to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Be more flexible! Physically and in life. <BR> <BR> Before and after any workout, please stretch your arms, legs, core muscles and back for a safer and better workout. It's a great way to warm up and c... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 13:56:11 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge Jan. 25 - Jan. 31 Hey girls! Sorry I'm two days late with the weekly challenge! <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Increase your cardio minutes. Now that you've been working out for a month (or more) kick your workout routine and pump it up! It will prevent you from reaching the dreaded plateau that nobody likes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Kick it up a notch knotties and keep your workouts interesting! <BR> <BR> I'm doing a boot camp class twice a week for the next 2 months. <BR> <BR> How's your progress... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 23:25:34 EST Major Motivator Okay so this weekend I went to a bridal show and thought I'd take a bit of time for some extra motivation. I tried on some wedding dresses (my wedding isn't till 2010 so I've still got some time) to create a visual motivator. First I was totally shocked at how heavy those things are! Good lord the first dress I tried on was a beaded monstrosity that didn't even need me to stand up on its own. This of course made me look like a monstrous wonder akin to the big fat greek wedding dress. Well th... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 23:13:25 EST What's with the lack of huddlers? Hey team! We need to huddle. It shows support to our team members. Hope to see you next huddle. I need more huddle buddy's. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:02:17 EST Hello everyone! New to the team! I'm a member on the knot. I'm getting married October 17, 2009. I'm 22. I have a 2 year old son. I've been on spark for about a year, but slacked off about six months ago due to a breakup and having to move. <BR> <BR> So here I am starting a whole new chapter in my life, so I figure it's time for a whole new, healthier me! Fri, 23 Jan 2009 22:25:24 EST New-ish Knottie and new to team! Hi girls! I just got engaged Christmas morning, so I'm fairly new to the Knot. I've been wanting to lose the weight for a looooong time, but now that I have "wedding dress motivation", I'm ready to get serious! I friend told me about SP and here I am. I have a ways to go, but I'm hoping that a great support network will help make the journey less daunting. Good luck to us all! Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:36:33 EST Which part are you working on? Which part of your body are you focused on getting the most in shape for your dress? <BR> <BR> My dress is a halter, so I'm focusing on my upper back, shoulders, and arms. Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:57:38 EST I stumbled apond a website called the knott It has the same logo. Is it related to this team? It is a wedding site. <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 14:48:55 EST hello loves I'm new! I am turning 22 next month... Because I set my wedding for next year for 04-17-2010 I will be 23. I am mostly on here to learn better life styles and to loose about 8-10lbs. I want to improve my image a little and hopefully I can do this and stick to it. <BR> <BR> I love to talk and I'm looking for new friends. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:34:37 EST Centerpiece Ideas... Hi Ladies! I was wondering if anyone can help me think of some centerpiece ideas. I can't think of anything that sounds really great. Thanks for the help :) Tue, 20 Jan 2009 18:27:31 EST Place Settings Versus No Place Settings My fiancé and are debating whether or not to have place settings for our reception. We feel that people should be allowed to sit where they please though my other people feel that it would cause chaos. We are only inviting 75-100 people, some of which probably won't come. Who is and who isn't and why? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:18:36 EST June '09 Bride Hi everyone! I must say I was pretty excited to find a Knottie Team! I LOVE The Knot and Weddings By Color! Well I'm trying to get fit for the wedding/honeymoon as well as for TTC! Good luck everyone! Sun, 18 Jan 2009 16:43:32 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge: January 18-January 24 Hey Knotties! This week we're celebrating MLK jr, Day and the inauguration of a new president: Barack Obama. I decided to make two challenges this week. <BR> <BR> Challenge #1: You must be within your calorie range. Please make sure you fill your tummy with healthy and filling foods that contain fiber and vitamins. It's cold out there, so we need to boost our immunization, since many out there are getting colds and viruses. <BR> <BR> Here are some foods that you can shop for this wee... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 01:28:57 EST DIY Weddings Hi everyone! I was just curious if any past brides or current are using do-it-yourself (DIY) elements for their weddings? I've been starting to look into it to save some money, but if it's too much of a hassel I don't know if I should try. <BR> So: For your wedding, are you using any DIY elements? If so, what? Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:13:36 EST Reality shows Does anyone here watch any reality shows?? <BR> <BR> I hate to admit it, but I think I watch too many reality shows. They're comic relief to me. <BR> <BR> Here are some reality shows I've actually watched (some I consider embarrasing to watch!) <BR> <BR> Rock of Love <BR> Biggest Loser (not embarrased to watch this one) <BR> I love money <BR> I love New York <BR> Rock of Love Charm School (notice a pattern? lol!) <BR> The bachelor (haven't watched this show in a long time) <BR> Mamma's ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 20:54:38 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge January 11-January 17th Hey Knotties! Believe it or not, we're halfway through January! Time does fly! Have you made any progress? Remember that progress is not just measured on the scale, but also by measuring yourself, trying on your old clothes and noticing your energy levels. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Use some weights together with your cardio routine. Start with low weights with 3 sets each. Count up to 8 (or 12 if you've been working with weights already). A combination of cardio and weights ca... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:36:48 EST My grandfather's 108th birthday today!! Today, my grandfather celebrates his 108th birthday :) I've been blessed to have a grandfather who has lived this long. Happy Birthday Papalefo! :D <em>177</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2009 22:16:23 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge: Jan.4th - Jan. 10th Hey Knotties! So now that you're on a high note from the holidays and celebrating a brand new year, lets kick it up a notch and get a real challenge: <BR> <BR> Cardio time! A great way to jump start a healthy weight and metabolism is to increase your cardio. Jump rope, run, walk, bike, elliptical, stair master, aerobics and so many other choices. There is something for everyone! <BR> <BR> 30 minutes each day or a total of 3 full hours of cario for the week. If you're just starting to w... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 16:59:46 EST Holiday Bills! Ok, so am I the only one who spent more than they should of during the holidays? I have a really big family and I always give them gifts (big ones for my siblings, parents and smaller ones for cousins, aunts, etc) <BR> <BR> So, I wanted to see how much I spent and so I made an excel chart. My jaw dropped when I added all the money: Over $1000! On holiday presents! The reason why I didn't realize it was so much was because I would buy items on sale throughout the year. For example: Victoria... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:51:00 EST Destination Weddings Is anyone planning a destination wedding or has been to one? <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:41:16 EST October 2009 bride I joined a while ago but never really referred back to the site. <BR> <BR> I am getting married in October and I would look to lose some weight. <BR> <BR> I was looking at the weekly menus that they create and there wasn't much on the lunches menu that I would take/make at work. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice on this? <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 20:39:43 EST New Years Plans Hi girls! What are your plans for New Years? <BR> <BR> Was it any different from last years? Are you going to change anything (in terms of the food/drinks/location? <BR> <BR> Have fun and Happy New Year!! Tue, 30 Dec 2008 14:50:43 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge December 28-January 3rd Hi Knotties! Did you enjoy your holidays? The new year is almost here! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Write down either on a journal, your computer, or anywhere you keep documents your goals for 2009. It's the best way to keep the resolutions. <BR> <BR> Create different types of goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Goals that will make you healthier <BR> 2. Goals that will make you happier <BR> 3. Goals that you not only benefit you, but at least someone else <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Knotties!... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:07:49 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge: Dec. 21- Dec. 27 Hi knotties! Happy Holidays!!!! <BR> <BR> We are all very busy, with work, holiday shopping, shoveling snow (for those who live in the northern areas), planning a wedding, going to school, buying/selling a home, and so much more! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Give some time just for yourself: pamper yourself!!! Whatever you like to do, do it! Whether it's a spa treatment, yoga class, a nice hot bubble bath, sleeping an extra hour or two, or whatever makes you feel better and more... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:45:12 EST What are your goals for 2009? Hi! Do you have any particular goals for the new year? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm still thinking of mine, but I'll let you know soon! <em>52</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:37:09 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge December 14-20 Hi girls! How's December going? We're already halfway through this month and just days away from Christmas, Hannukah and New Years! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Add some miles to your workout! Run , walk,use the elliptical, stepmaster, treadmill, bike, etc, and add some miles to our knottie monthly goal. <BR> <BR> I'd love to see us reach the goal of 100 miles by the end of the month! <em>57</em> <em>186</em> <em>231</em> Sun, 14 Dec 2008 00:25:37 EST Knottie Team challenge December 7-December 13 Hi girls! This week's challenge: track your food daily,making sure that you don't go over <BR> Your calories. Make sure you also remain active every day. Even if you can't go to the gym. Take a walk, dance, workout at home, etc. Get active girls! <em>224</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2008 10:03:31 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge November 30-December 6th Hi Knotties! Did you enjoy your thanksgiving break? Did you do good on your portion control? <BR> <BR> Well, this week is all about increasing our energy levels! We might have traveled to see family and we might have eaten a little more than we should of, and sometimes these things can take a toll on your energy levels. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Pump some iron! Of course, do some cardio, but focus on some weight lifting to increase muscle, metabolism, and get your energy back! ... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 12:27:16 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge November 23-29 Hi! Wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! <BR> <BR> It's also a very important time to watch what we eat! It can be really easy to go overboard during these days! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: Eat more veggies! <BR> You can have your turkey and stuffing, but a great tip is to fill up on salads and veggies before you eat your main meal! <BR> <BR> Enjoy the holidays!! Sun, 23 Nov 2008 10:58:28 EST Knottie Weekly Challenge November 16-22 Hey Knotties! It's a week before thanksgiving, so a great way to mainatin (or lose) weight is to burn calories!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge: Burn 1000 calories!!!! Sounds like a lot? If you work out 4 times this week, that's an average of 250 calories per workout (not bad at all)!! <BR> <BR> So burn those calories!!! <em>224</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to post your progress!!! Sat, 15 Nov 2008 19:58:39 EST Hair ideas? How will you wear your hair for the wedding? Up? Down? Curls? With/without the veil? <BR> <BR> <em>32</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 17:29:40 EST