SparkPeople Brides To Be Team Messageboard Our main goal is to look great and feel great when we say: "I DO"!!! We've made the commitment to marry our partners, now let's make the commitment to ourselves!! SparkPeople Brides To Be Team Messageboard How did you announce it Hi girls, <BR> How did we all announce our engagements to family and friends? <BR> I still haven't officially announced anything to all my family but i want to <BR> I am looking for the best way to do it. <BR> lisa Sat, 4 Nov 2017 23:37:03 EST Engaged april 2016. We met on an online forum in 2012. he sent me a message, and from there we started texting back and forth. Suddenly the texting stopped. I thought he stopped texting me, and he thought I stopped texting him. Luckily, a few months later, he was at a party, and when he and a friend where walking home they started talking about women in general, and my finacè mentioned this girl who he had been texting with (me), who he felt he had a connection with, but that it had fizzled out. His friend told ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 15:09:07 EST Kitten falls for wolf I had known Michael for a while always talking on MeetMe but never took the chance of dating him, scared to think that someone could really love me because of my MS. I made a profile but ended up deleting it because of a ex couldn't take no for an answer and was causing me problems. I decided one night that i wasn't going to let my ex control my life or ruin my chance at finding love and happiness, i created a new Meetme profile and Michael was online. We started chatting immediately, it was... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:37:50 EST Getting wedding ready! Hi everyone! <BR> I am 28, and living in the Polar Bear Capital of the World (Churchill, Manitoba, Canada). I work a full-time office job, along with a part-time evenings/weekends job. I have 2 amazing golden retrievers. And am recently engaged (after 11 years of dating haha). <BR> Living in the North means limited access to traditional "gyms" and even more so limited access to fresh produce. That combined with outrageous food prices, I usually have to get pretty creative when it comes to pl... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:38:33 EST My Tale As Old As Time Wedding As you have probably guessed from the title my wedding is a Beauty and the Beast theme. <BR> <BR> Growing up Beauty and the Beast was my all time favourite Disney movie. As far as was concenred with my brown hair, and love of books I WAS Belle (I still do). <BR> <BR> I spoke to my partner and asked him if we could Beauty and the Beast theme our wedding and he said of course, so as you could guess I was estatic to include my childhood hero into my big day, I get to be the Belle of the Ball... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:03:49 EST Help! So I just got engaged. But I'm totally into vintage and history and I want to wear my mother's dress for my wedding. It's super rad and 60s but I need to loose 3 inches around my chest to fit it. My wedding isn't for over a year 3/3/18. I have gotten the dress on before but I was 30 lbs less then I am now. It's reasonable but I don't want to stress about it and I want to make the weight loss fun without having to stress about everything I eat. I just know I need to stay motivated and have an ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:10:15 EST Hello! Hi im new!Im Kayla ill be 24 on dec 21.Im happily engaged to my fiance Adam,29.he popped the question on Aug 12!We got together Jan 25.We are getting married Aug 26 2017!nice to meet you all! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:29:22 EST Newly engaged! Hello! I am newly engaged to my partner of six months. It may seem like we're getting engaged so early, but we're known each other for over nine years. We have been in love with each other for much of that time, and have remained close friends and confidants throughout that time. Circumstances simply did not did not permit us to date for many years, but we are together now and couldn't be happier with each other. <BR> <BR> We are hoping to have a handfasting ceremony in October of 2018, and ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:30:50 EST Name Change Oh My....I'm torn about changing my name and all of the documentation that is involved and a friend recommended HitchSwitch has anyone heard of or used them. <em>24</em> <link> </link> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:28:43 EST Purchased Dress So I bought my dress last month. It fit exactly. My first fitting is in May and I am hoping to be down 30 pounds by then. Does anyone know how that will affect things. Can they just fit and taylor it smaller? If I continue to lose weight will they be able to make more adjustments at my final fitting? Thoughts? Suggestions? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:42:10 EST New to the Team Hello all, <BR> My name is Jen and I just got engaged to the sweetest man! Since I want a Spring (ish) wedding the date will be March or April 2017 due to finances and to keep the stress down a bit. <BR> I want to start dress shopping but I also want to wait a few months to drop a few pounds. I am so excited but my main focus now is saving money and becoming healthier to look and feel good for the big day! <BR> <BR> Lets do this! <BR> Jen Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:06:42 EST Introductions! Hi, My name is Susan, I am not new to SparkPeople, but I have been away for quite some time. I am newly engaged, and we are hoping to plan a wedding for summer 2016. My fiance and I have become very comfortable and lazy which equated to me gaining a lot of my weight loss back. Now that we have decided our wedding season (but not the specific date), I really want to get back into exercise, to try and look/feel good on our big day! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:58:15 EST Brides Against Breast Cancer - Gown Sale TX/NY/FL I got married a couple of weeks ago <em>337</em> 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 C... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:41:30 EST November Challenge Greetings brides-to-be (and former brides-to-be like myself!)! <BR> <BR> I'm afraid I failed at my October goal of truly back on track post-honeymoon. Part of it was due to a shoulder/neck injury that made truly re-committing to the gym very difficult...but a bigger part of it was shaking those bad habits I've backslid into post-matrimony. <BR> <BR> Enter No-Excuse-November! My mantra for this month is "what if my wedding were just one month away." Would I let injuries, bad weather or list... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:38:26 EST October Challenge (from a former bride-to-be) Hey ladies! Went MIA during the height of my own wedding 3 weeks ago, then got somewhat offtrack during the honeymoon phase. Can't seem to locate a "newlyweds" team, so I'm going to stick with brides-to-be - since I'd like to kick my fitness into high gear like I WERE still a bride-to-be! <BR> <BR> My overarching goal for October is to get back to my wedding weight, undoing the 5-ish pounds put on during the honeymoon. To get there, I'm planning on: <BR> <BR> -Working back up to at least fo... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:15:41 EST September Challenge Hey All! My wedding is now just 18 days away! This is the final push for me, so I'm inspired to really stick to my routine this next few weeks in order to feel my best. I'm aiming for 300 fitness minutes each week this month (that's 5 days of 60 minute work outs) - anyone with me? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:16:31 EST Old Bride-to-be Hi fellow bride-to-bes, <BR> I am new here, wedding date set for New Years Day 2015. I am trying to lose weight simply because I want to like what I see in the mirror-thankfully my man loves me and my curves. I do dream of being a being a beautiful bride though. I just want to be healthy, three year leukemia survivor, so I can live a long happy life with the love of my life. <em>337</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:37 EST Wedding unity ideas Hey everyone, I'm looking for a unique idea to do for the unity portion of the ceremony. Everyone either does sand or a candle, and I don't want to do either of those. My brother had people tie knots on their arch, so I don't want to do that either. Has anybody seen or have any ideas for something creative to do? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:24:33 EST Belated July Challenge can work for you or work against you. Unfortunately, after closing out a strong June, I was immediately stricken with a hellish summer cold that had me bedridden through yesterday. So my goal of going hardcore for the first 10 days of July before my bachelorette party this weekend is somewhat sidelined, and for extra fun, got a nasty sunburn on the back of my legs that's going to make it difficult to return to spin class this week. Such a bummer. (Though on the "plus side" being s... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:14:40 EST How much time do I have before selecting a dress? Hey All! <BR> <BR> Wedding date is tentatively 8-14-15. I would like to lose some weight before I begin dress shopping. How soon do I need to pick a dress and still allow for final alterations given my current timeline? Any advice greatly appreciated! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:57:33 EST Hurtful comment when trying so hard How do you guys deal with hurtful comments pertaining your weight? <BR> <BR> I just recently got back in touch with someone who was my best friend in high school, whom I haven't really spoken to for about 10 years. I've gone through a lot of difficulty, which made me gain the pounds. We went out for ice cream once, and I'm pretty sure I raved about how much I love ice cream. I've gotten ice cream TWICE in the past like 2 months, I think that's pretty darn good. I don't even desire it anymor... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:21:30 EST Let's Talk About Those Goals and Join together! Wedding Date: <BR> Goal: <BR> Partner: <BR> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be fun to have a Bride to Be partner to share our journey with? Like a sisterhood! We can encourage and motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Please share just a little bit about yourself and what you'd like to in a bride partner. :3 <BR> <BR> Let's pair up! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll go first.. <BR> <BR> Date: June 12th, 2015 <BR> Goal: Lose at least 80 pounds by then <BR> Partner: Someone with similar goals <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 17:10:17 EST Hey Everyone! Hey guys! I just joined SparkPeople and became leader of this team. <BR> <BR> WE ARE GOING TO GET IN SHAPE FOR THE NEXT CHAPTERS OF OUR LIVES... Our married lives! <BR> <BR> Let me feel your Bride Spirit!!!!! Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:59:19 EST June Challenge It's not quite the final countdown for me...but with my wedding dress arriving in roughly six weeks and my bachelorette party set for mid-July, June is really a time I'm looking to step things up. I'm outlining the nitty-gritty of nutrition goals on my blog, but will be very focused on clean eating, nixing refined carbs, sugar and booze, etc. I'm also giving up ordering in food - I live in New York, so this is a very easy temptation! But I figure if I make a rule that I can only eat out/order... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:06:31 EST Introducing myself Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on spark for years now off and on. <BR> <BR> for the last 4 months, I've been on it again very consistently, however I've never took advantage of the social aspect. So I'm hoping to start that. <BR> <BR> My fiance proposed almost a year ago (June 29 2013) on our favorite beach near my families cottage. <BR> <BR> We will be getting married on July 4, 2014 (we are Canadian so that is not a holiday for us). We have just recently booked our wedding venue, bu... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:37:30 EST Mental Illness and Your Wedding - NO JUDGEMENT It is not my intention to bring the mood down, but I imagine that of the thousands of brides here, there is someone else going through this. <BR> I am recently engaged and I have a family member who is mentally ill (paranoid schizophrenic). Although I would LOVE for that family member to attend my wedding, I do not believe it would be a wise decision. She is not on medication and does not think she needs medication. It is unlikely that I or anyone else could convince her otherwise or be ... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:46:28 EST May Challenge Well April wasn't so great for me so I'm doubling down on May. The good news is that while April was literally filled with travel, I feasibly have no overnights in May, which is always a good thing for my focus. May also represents the last month before swimsuit season, so as an added incentive for myself, I'm only purchasing my first two-piece in years if I hit all my goals. <BR> <BR> For May, I'm taking a lot of April's failed goals and upping the ante: <BR> <BR> -"Clean eating" (lots of... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:24:08 EST Engagement and dress shopping! Hi everyone! Congratulations and best wishes on your engagements! <BR> <BR> I actually got engaged in December (2013), but we're going to wait until after I finish law school to get married. May 2015! Fortunately, that means I have a fair amount of time to lose the weight and tone up! I have two main motivators for losing the extra weight: 1) I want to be healthy and confident as I start my marriage! 2) I've done a little bit of dress shopping and, I have to say, I have trouble imagining ano... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:27:23 EST April Challenge What are you ladies thinking to challenge yourselves in April? <BR> <BR> It's admittedly a tough month for me: I've got lots of travel for work, plus a trip to St. Louis for my bridal shower, plus my birthday at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> To help offset some debauchery, here are my goals: <BR> -Focus on "clean eating" (no booze, lots of protein and veggies, very little red meat/dairy/processed carbs). Goal: eating "clean" 22/30 days <BR> -Incorporate strength training/toning into my r... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:03:19 EST How Much Is "the" Dress Impacting Your Weight Loss I'm probably being crazy but.... <BR> <BR> Like most people, I've ordered my wedding dress six+ months before the big day so there's a good two months for fitting. Having done really well with following a fitness and diet plan (and sorting out a medical issue that had caused the weight to pile on), I lost a good 40+ lbs in the six months prior to buying the dress...that rate has slowed down some, but I'd still hoped to lost 20-30 lbs by my wedding day. Which means my dress COULD fit drastica... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:51:02 EST Hi everyone :) HI! I'm new to the team :) I just joined Sparkpeople 4 days ago so still working out how to navigate the site and all the fun tools and knickknacks provided. My fiance and I finally set a date (4/23/21015) and I've got some work to do before then to make it a perfect day :) Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:54:18 EST March Challenge Like many people, my February was less productive thanks to a killer illness - so I'm hoping to up the ante in March. My health and fitness goals are: <BR> <BR> -At least 15 spin classes this month (one down!) <BR> -No "temptations" on weekedays - for me this means no booze or cheese. Because inevitably I'm sure situations will arise that "require" a weekday consumption, I'm keeping the goal at steering clear of alcohol and cheese five our of seven days each week. <BR> <BR> What are other ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:04:57 EST Bridal shower Where are you having your bridal shower? I am looking for venues. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:52:24 EST Wedding take-aways Are you doing any? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:02:03 EST Nightmares about the little things I am starting to have nightmares about the little things. First dance song, cake topper, my shoes, my garter/under garments, hair pins (not even wearing them), panty hose runs..... I still have 2.5 months to go. These things shouldn't be keeping me awake at night Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:01:12 EST Daily Food Journal Posting Hey all, whenever I've tried to lose weight, posting my food journal daily always helps. Here's my plan for the day, I will do my best to stick to it! <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 1 large <BR> Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1.5 oz <BR> Olive Oil, 1 1tsp <BR> BREAKFAST TOTALS: 241c 24cb 12f 10p <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> Canola Oil, 1 tbsp <BR> Pink Salmon (fish), 6 oz <BR> Green Giant Spring Mix Salad, 2 cup <BR> Wishbone Red Wine Vinaigrette s... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:08:37 EST Hello....Again Ya i literally left spark people and came back........again. <BR> I am 215 pounds and I refuse to be a FAT SICK BRIDE. So whenever my wedding happens i will look and feel GREAT. <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:57:46 EST Hey, I'm Esset! Hi everyone, I'm Esset! I'm twenty-two and am getting married on July 31st of this year! Anyway, I'm new here and just figured I'd give a quick hi! :D Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:04:23 EST February Challenge Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am starting a February challenge to try one new way to exercise every week. <BR> For example, I have never done spinning, so one week I will try spinning. <BR> <BR> My goal is to ultimately fall in love <em>247</em> (get it? It's February!) with exercising again. <BR> <BR> Who is in?! <em>381</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:52:46 EST Hi!!!! I'm Lizzie. I'm getting married this Dec & I don't want to be the biggest girl there! Yes, I know its shallow but, I don't. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:18:22 EST Custom garter I am looking for a custom garter. Do you know any ideas where I can order? I don't like how is laid out. Not sure its trustworthy. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:58:04 EST Hello! Hello Everyone!!! I just found this thread! I've been engaged for about 7-8 months now and am getting married May 5th 2014 in Cuba. I started my weight loss for the wedding January 6th and am down almost 10 lbs now. I tried to lose weight earlier in the engagement but just wasn't committed or motivated, but now that the wedding is less then 100 days away its finally hit me that I need to do some serious work! I have about another 20-25 lbs (ideally) to lose but mostly I'd just like to fit int... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:03:14 EST no date set yet hello, I have a wonderful loving man who plays videogames and I enjoy watching him play videogames and have played a few myself. <BR> we've been together for 3 years now and we just haven't had the money to set a date. and my health is crap. i'm overweight with stomach problems and I recently had my gallbladder removed. <BR> I want to look and feel good on my wedding day whenever that is. but we have decided that when the tax checks come in that we'll get out rings. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:35:47 EST January Challenge Hey ladies! <BR> Happy 2014!! I hope everyone is looking forward to an amazing year. I know a lot of y'all are getting married this year and I hope everyone is excited to meet their goals and tie the knot! <BR> <BR> I am looking to start a challenge in January. Right before the holidays I had emergency gallbladder surgery, so my ability to exercise is very limited (right now, I can only walk until my incisions fully heal). In lieu of this, my challenge is a healthy eating challenge. My goal ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:06:26 EST 2014 Brides: Our Year has Come! Can't believe that it's already 2014 - just 261 days til my 9/20/2014 wedding according to my Macy's registry! And with the new year comes new resolutions. I'm hoping a wedding will provide more than enough incentive to stick through to them! <BR> <BR> This year, I'm pledging to: <BR> <BR> -Keep up with the good eating and gym habits I worked hard to develop in 2013 <BR> -Start each day off with some kind of centering activity (ie yoga, meditation) <BR> -Take a moment each day to remind mys... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:06:05 EST Introducing Myself Hi everyone! My name is Kris and my fiance and I just got engaged in February. We are planning a fall wedding for 2015 (plenty of time to save up money and to lose weight!) <BR> I've lost about 70lbs over the past 3-4 years, but am having trouble getting under 200! <BR> I''m hoping the motivation of walking down the aisle will give me the boost I need to lose another 30lbs before the big day! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:41:52 EST December Challenge? Realize it's already about halfway through the month but with the season of eggnog and sugar cookies approaching, I figured it was worth asking if any of you other brides-to-be are doing any challenges to help keep up the good work in December. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my November goals of cutting back on booze (at least during non-holiday weeks!) and boosting up the fitness minutes and strength training. I'm also working to keep my sodium intake in check and challenging myself with a new type ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:52:56 EST August 2014 Bride here! Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa - 33 years old, originally from just outside NYC. My fiance Tom and I have been together for nearly 7 years (it'll be 7 in April), and we were engaged on New Year's Eve 2012. <BR> <BR> Our wedding will be held in St. Augustine, FL, so it's sort of a destination thing. <BR> <BR> I'm in marketing, and am currently planning (on top of the wedding) a move back down to Raleigh, NC due to a work transfer! I am also a certified Zumba instructor, and am lookin... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:12:10 EST Wedding July 19, 2014. We just secured the venue after a long delay. Eight months until the day. That's enough time to get in shape, but the holidays are going to be hard! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:12:10 EST 2014 Bride! After two years in a long distance relationship, he finally proposed! We are getting married July 12th in Baton Rouge. I'm from California, and it's so hard trying to plan a wedding from 2,000 miles away. Fortunately I have a wonderful fiancé that is doing a lot of the leg work for me. Now to just get the last 35 of this 75 lbs off! Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:02:52 EST Thanksgiving and HINTS! How are you guys planning on attacking thanksgiving dinner. this girl needs to lose some poundage, healthily, and want to form healthy habits lifestyle! <em>4</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:52:34 EST November Discussion and Accountability! Hi Brides! <BR> <BR> My goals for November are to carry my healthy habits from mid-week to the weekend. I always do really great Monday through Thursday but come the weekend, all bets are off! <BR> <BR> I also pledge to reach 500 fitness minutes this month and check in with you all daily! What do you all plan to do for November? <BR> <BR> ~Lauren Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:59:58 EST November Healthy Habits & Accountability Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not respond to this informational post! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Brides to Be! Happy November! Hope you all had a productive October and are meeting your goals as you plan your big day. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This month's challenge is all about creating and sticking to healthy habits. This is especially important around the holiday season, as I know for me, most good intentions go right out the window! <BR> <BR> So the challenge is to make those intent... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:57:56 EST What would you like to see for November? Is it already almost the end of the month? I can't believe it. I guess that means it's time to start thinking about what kind of challenge we would like to do for November. Here are some ideas: <BR> <BR> - Keep with the % weight loss goal and/or fitness minutes goal <BR> - Workout challenge, where I post some videos to do <BR> - Healthy eating challenge. Maybe we all post our meal and recipe ideas? <BR> - Stress-free challenge. Something calm and soothing to do per day? <BR> - A combina... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:20:19 EST Figured it out So this weekend I went and tried on dresses just to get an idea. I am not buying my dress until March, because my wedding is in October. So I wasnt the happiest with how the dresses looked on me mostly my arms, stomach, and back fat. So instead of being sad about it, I created a workout routine with weights and cardio to help the situation. I also am going to do the south beach diet, I like the rules of it and I like the food on it. I did find a very flattering dress but it wasn't good enough... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:53:08 EST My new bracelet My 12 year old has one of those "friendship bracelet" kits. Today I asked her to make me a bracelet and I had her use my wedding colors (purple and orange). I'm wearing the bracelet now as a reminder of my upcoming wedding and the weight I need to lose. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 02:24:20 EST 2014 Bride! Hi all, after two and a half years of long distance dating (me in California, he in Louisiana), my boyfriend proposed on Saturday. I'm so happy right now and I think I still have a stupid grin on my face. Anyways, I've lost a little over 40 lbs in over the last 3 years and have about 35-40 to go and I think this is going to be great motivation. I want to look beautiful for him on our wedding day. It will be sometime next year, but no date decided yet as there are a lot of decisions to be made... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:41:01 EST Candle Bars Hey there...I am not a bride to be but my brother is getting married next year and I am super excited for him. I take their engagement pics for them next week. As a Spark member for a couple of years now I wanted to let all you brides to be know if you have seen TLC Four Weddings with the candle bar where you let your guests mix wax sprinkles to create a candle as a favor I sell these products. It is a great idea for something different at your wedding. I am a huge fan of this show also a... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:38:30 EST My BIG Day! I'm getting married on June 8, 2014!!!! I can't wait! <em>30</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:09:25 EST Hello! Good Afternoon Ladies! My name is Tiffany and I have been a Sparkpeople member since Monday! I'm so happy I found this message board. I'm getting married in June 2014 and am looking to lose 41 lbs by then. I'm looking forward to all of the wonderful knowledge, tips and strategies you have to share! Congratulations to each of you on your upcoming weddings! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:47:59 EST HELP! Newlyweds or brides already altering... So I went wedding dress shopping this past weekend and found two dresses I'm having a hard time deciding about. OK, one I absolutely LOVE, but I won't give details or pictures in case fiance checks finds this. The stress I'm having over it (and it's bumming me out that I should stress over potentially having found "the dress!") is that there is a detachable element to it which I LOVE but puts the dress ~$100 over my dress budget. And the shop owner quoted alterations and taxes as sometimes ap... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 18:11:13 EST Hello everyone! Hi everybody. My name is Laura and I'm engaged to marry my best friend of nearly 20 years on March 18, 2014 in Kauai and I couldn't be happier! <BR> <BR> I've been on SP off and on since January, 2010. I had a lot of success in 2010 and it's time for some more! I want to look and feel beautiful, strong and healthy on my wedding day....not uncomfortable in my own skin, anxious, focused on my dress size, etc. <BR> <BR> I want to lose 20 - 25 pounds by 3/18. I weigh 162 right now and my ulti... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:52:37 EST October Challenge - Discuss here! Hello girls! I apologize for the late posting of the challenge. I just started school again and am busy, busy, busy! <BR> <BR> Here are my stats: <BR> Starting weight: 142.2 <BR> 4% to lose: 5.68 <BR> Goal weight: ~136.5 <BR> <BR> I've already met about 20 minutes of activity, so 580 to go! I'd better step it up this week! <BR> <BR> Lauren Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:01:40 EST October Weigh In and Fitness Challenge! <em>227</em> Please do not respond to this informational post! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Brides to Be! Happy October! I hope you all are enjoying the cool sweater weather wherever you are! I love it! <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Now, let's get down to business. This month's challenge is simple and very much like last month's - let's all aim to lose 4% of our total body weight IN ADDITION to reaching 600 fitness minutes for the month. That's only 21 minutes per day - totally reachab... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:54:31 EST Hello Brides to be! My name is Sandra. I'm getting married March 1st and looking to trim the fat <em>336</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Any advice or tips are appreciated!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:52:49 EST October challenge - looking for your suggestions! Hi girls! <BR> Well it's that time again to pick out a new challenge! I am so pleased with our progress for September, do you all want to do another % challenge? If not, tell me your suggestions! Here are some other ideas: <BR> <BR> - Fitness minutes challenge <BR> - Lost % of weight challenge <BR> - Fitness (videos/programs) challenge <BR> - Healthy eating challenge <BR> - Stress-free challenge Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:25:59 EST Wedding Date Etiquette (2 weddings in 2 months) Help Spark Friends! I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of 5 years and we set a date of 5/24/14 for our wedding. May is when we started dating, we're outdoorsy and love the flowers and plants coming back to life, and the month has a lot of meaning to us. My fiance's brother got engaged one month before we did and is getting married on 6/30/14. Now my future brother-in-law and his fiance are really upset that our wedding will be happening a month before and taking away from their "special-n... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:37:04 EST Keeping the weight off after the wedding I was perusing Sparkpeople today and came across this article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1560 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought it was great since I've been putting a lot of thought about how I plan to keep up my healthy habits after the wedding. How can I be sure that the changes I'm making are not just to 'fit into the dress' but rather to be a healthy wife and (future) mother? I'm so scared that I'll gain the weight back right after the wed... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:04:02 EST WTH Parents??!!! So, my fiance's parents are going to check out the venue that we like on Thursday of this week. I emailed my parents asking if they had any specific questions, and my dad emailed me back with questions that I already asked the place over the phone. I answered those for him, including that at the moment our date is available but they are expecting it to book any day now. <BR> <BR> He emailed me back and said, you're looking at November dates right, because someone else is getting married in ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:22:24 EST Accountability thread This is where you I come and tell all of us how you did yesterday! Did you eat healthfully? Did you have a workout? What was it? What was your calorie differential yesterday? It is up to you to decide what you want to share. Just remember, tell the truth! We can't help each other if we are deceiving each other. <BR> <BR> Remember, even if you don't- your body accurately logs your nutrition and exercise! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:05:19 EST I need a bride-to-be buddy/acco untability partner My wedding date is Nov. 24 2013 and I tried on dresses yesterday. It was awful. The lady helping me was not helpful, and the dress I loved didn't come in my size. I was so angry that I came home and worked out and I'm determined to give this 110%. I'm tired of being this size, my fiance absolutely loves me and my curves but I will regret it forever if I do not push myself and lose as much as I can before the wedding. I have no aspirations to do any of this in an unhealthly manner. I am doing ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:31:02 EST September Weigh In Challenge - Discuss Here! Hi team! <BR> Here are my stats: <BR> Starting weight: 144 <BR> 4%: 5.75 <BR> Goal weight by end of September: 138.25 (I can't remember the last time I was lower than 140, weeee!) <BR> <BR> ~Lauren <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:23:06 EST September Weigh In Challenge! <em>227</em> Please do not respond to this informational post! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Brides to Be! <em>332</em> <BR> Welcome to the September Weigh In Challenge. This month's challenge is simple - let's all aim to lose 4% of our total body weight. <BR> <BR> But you might ask, how do you figure out what that number is? Simply take your total body weight and multiply it by .04. So for example: <BR> <BR> For a gal that weighs 200 pounds X .04 = 8 pounds. And so on! <e... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:18:44 EST It dosen't fit :( I bought my dress in June. It fit perfectly. Well...I gained weight. I tried it on last night and I can't zip it up. Not even close. My wedding is in January. 4 months and 6 days away. <BR> It's noon. For breakfast I ate a burrito and a banana. I'm about to finish my 2nd 10oz cup of water. I'm starving! I have a cobb salad and a peach for lunch. It's cold in my office and I want to so badly drive to taco bell and get some HOT food. But I can't let myself. I have got to fit into that dress a... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:00:46 EST September challenge - any suggestions? Hi everyone! As August is winding down, I'm thinking about next month's challenge. Does anyone have any suggestions or something they'd like to see? <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas: <BR> - Another workout-centered challenge <BR> - Healthy eating challenge <BR> - Stress-free challenge <BR> - Something wedding-related? <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts!! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:58:40 EST April 2014 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a 27 year old, newly engaged, girl who likes to have fun. I have used SparkPeople in the past and did very well with it. However, when I stopped, I also stopped caring about what I looked like. I gained back all the weight I lost and then some. I am really excited to be back. I need to lose weight to feel confident and healthy before my wedding. I also want to be healthy enough to get pregnant shortly after the wedding. ;) <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:04:01 EST Wedding dress trends Glamour magazine released what they are calling the top wedding dress trends for 2013. As a bride to be, I am so hesitant to get anything 'trendy' for fear of how silly it will look twenty years from now (yeah, I've seen my mother's wedding pictures, NOT pretty!). <BR> <BR> What do you all think? I really love the sheer overlays and blush colors, but I'm not sure... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-best-wedding-dress-trends-of-2013#sli<BR>de=1 </link> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:52:18 EST What activity did you do today? It's still early for me but I'll be doing my Jillian Michael's Body Revolution DVD tonight... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>320</em> <em>357</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:43:09 EST What's your best advice? Hey newlyweds! <BR> <BR> Now that your wedding has come and gone, what's the best piece of advice to give the brides to be? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:12:51 EST August Get-Fit Challenge - Discuss here! Hello brides to be! Please use this topic section to discuss our successes, challenges, questions, or comments related to this month's challenge!! And if you have suggestions for another challenge, please share! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to starting it!! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:47:33 EST August Get-Fit Challenge! <em>227</em> Please do not respond to this informational post! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the August 2013 Get-Fit Bridal Challenge! I'm posting this a few days before the start of the challenge so we can get ourselves focused and ready! This challenge is all about exercise consistency. It is a 7-day workout plan, but the idea is for you to go at your own pace and do what you can. If you are already doing a workout program (like Body Revolution, P90X, or whatever), then keep ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:45:39 EST 78 days to go :) I'm Krystin - getting married, October 13th, in a small backyard party. I've been on sparkpeople for over a year & I'm more than halfway to what I *think* is my goal weight, but i'm not too concerned with numbers so it's more of a general idea. And while I'd like to be down a dress size or so by my wedding, I'm trying not going to put any weight goals on myself for that day - I don't want my body to be my main concern like it has been during so many other times of my life. It's just not worth... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:37:28 EST Hello I was here a while back but unfortunately I left. I am hoping to stay and find the tools to help me lose weight. It would be nice to network with more people who shares the same challenges at my age. I am 57 years woman with high blood pressure and diabetes 2. I really don't like to exercise but I keep very active cleaning houses. my biggest obstacles are sweets and sweets. If only....... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:52:17 EST Motivation Hello, my name is Tineka and I am a 31 yr old mother of two. I've always been the "fat one" and I'm tired of it. I want to love shopping for clothes rather than feeling anxiety and depressed because I hate the way everything looks on me. I'm 5.5 and 242 lbs. My biggest issue is my inability to give up my favorite foods and exercising!! HELP! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:14:10 EST Bride to be from Minnesota! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Addy, and I got engaged to my long-time partner two weeks ago! We're super excited (and a little overwhelmed). We're thinking of having a fall 2014 wedding, so I have about 6 months to reach my goal weight before buying a dress...sounds simple enough. He also has been trying to lose some weight, so I'm happy that we'll both be working together on it. :) Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:59:50 EST Hi from Florida Hi All! I'm so excited to be joining you! I got engaged over Memorial Day Weekend, and am now busy planning our wedding for June 2014. I can't wait, but I'm sadly the largest I've ever been! I have to shrink now! I need cheerleaders and hand holders to get me through this, so I'll try my best to ask for help when I need it, and hopefully some lovely ladies here will help me out! I look forward to losing with you all! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:09:14 EST TA-DAM-DAHDAM Hi to everyone and CONGRATULATIONS for your big day coming. <BR> I'm getting married september 2014. I'm planning the big stuff for now (church ceremony and reception area) but i'm so excited to look for bulk flowers, weeding bands, catering, dj...WEDDING DRESS!! <BR> I have a wonderful fiancé that accepts gracefully that i gained almost 25lbs since we met for the first time. He understands my will to loose the weight i need to feel GREAT for the first biggest day of our lives. So i'm postpon... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:59:53 EST Veil or No Veil...My dilemma... This past weekend, I found a beautiful hair piece to wear with my up-do! Now I am thinking that wearing a veil would take away from it! Suggestions?? I'm posting a pic in my blog! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:46:55 EST hey Hi I'm Becky. I'm getting married in May 2014. I want to lose those last 10 pounds. Spark People really motivates me with seeing what everyone else is doing. Also, it keeps me on track with eating and working out. I'm excited to look great on my wedding day and honeymoon and after that! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:56:57 EST We need a new challenge! Hey girls! I know we're at a point with the group where we still have an inactive team leader, but just because we don't have an active leader, doesn't mean we have to be an inactive team! I propose we come up with a challenge! I know there are a couple of girls here in our group (myself included) who have wedding dates that are coming up fast! (Mine is only 50 days!) What do ya say girls? Anyone got any suggestions?? Fri, 31 May 2013 13:30:56 EST Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shed Day 1 Hi Everyone, I recently bought JM 30 Day Shed and just did Day 1. I was recommended to try it from this website and others. It's schtick is that you do a 20-minute workout daily for 30 days. It includes a 2-minute warm-up, three 6-minute circuit including strength, cardio, and abs, and lastly a 2-minute cool down. There are three levels and I started on level one. <BR> <BR> Our engagement pictures are May 31 so I'll be about halfway through the program when we take them. I hope I get some qu... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:55:57 EST Oceana Hi! I'm new to this team. I had been on SP a few years ago and have regained some of the weight lost. So I am here to DO THIS this time! ;) Looking forward to getting to know everyone. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 29 years old from up north Canada (the north OF Canada, heh). Have a partner and a bunch of fur babies. ;) Work as a counsellor and advocate for mental health. (More info on my SP page.) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:36:42 EST Where is everybody? Ever since we were notified of there being an inactive team leader, it's like everybody else dropped off the face of the earth! I miss conversations with my fellow brides to be! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:16:42 EST Making Yoga Bags! Opinions Wanted! I am getting ready to begin making yoga bags to sell in my Etsy store. I have found a couple different fabrics that I like, and would really appreciate some opinions! Below is a link to pictures of the fabrics I have selected. Please pic a few that you believe many would buy, and list the item numbers in the comments! Thanks so much! <BR> <BR><BR>/42140441.jpg/ Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:23:17 EST Is there an active leader for this team? Takers? I'm not the best for a team leader because I'm only on here for less than an hour a night but I feel a little stupid right now. I just posted on a post I thought was for the March challenge but after I posted, I realized it was from LAST March! Duh! When I looked closer, it looks like there is no current team leader posting. It's not that I'm too shy to act as a team leader but, to do the role justice, I was hoping someone who is on here more than 30 minutes an evening would step up to the ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:53:21 EST I am so excited! Me and my husband finally had our wedding celebration. It was so much more than I could have imagined!! We just got back from our honeymoon (which I used as an excuse to over eat). Now I am stuck in the mindset of what now... I didn't reach all my fitness goals but I did realize that I have potential to do whatever I would like to do in life, so now I am starting to share my fitness story and goals and hopefully make some money! I am so excited to start on this new chapter in my life and see ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:15:24 EST How do you deal with troublesome mothers? First let me say, I love my mom. She's an amazing woman. Raised me as a single parent for the first three years of my life, somehow made it through alive, and has proven to be one of the most heroic women I have ever known. However... She apparently is never wrong, I'm apparently not doing what I should with my life, She apparently is too busy to help me out planning ANYTHING for the wedding, and to make matters worse, she apparently tells me not to worry about how much my dress cost, but yet... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:35:52 EST Wedding Planning! (YAY!) Thank goodness this week is Spring Break for me! I've just been driving away at these wedding plans! It's been crazy! So far I've gotten Invitations figured out, decor pretty much thought of, the bridesmaids brunch, finalized honeymoon plans, picking up the dress Saturday and getting two out of the three bridesmaids fitted Saturday! I'm so excited! How are you ladies doing in your wedding planning? Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:02:31 EST hello! Hello everyone! my name is laura and my wedding date is set for Sept 14 2013! im hoping to be 30 lbs down by working hard! ive already lost 14 lbs so far! looking forward to my wedding day! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:04:13 EST how do you handle cake tasting? Hello Brides! <BR> I'm getting married this August, and like most everyone on this team, I'm trying to lose weight before the wedding. That's not my sole purpose, but it is a good motivator. Anyway, I've been eating really healthy and staying in my calorie limits, but every time I turn around, there is some wedding-related event or appointment where I'm being fed- and not the food I should be eating! (i.e. cake and catering tasting, bridal showers, bachelorette party, etc.) How are you all ha... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:57:55 EST Weighing In... Down 5lbs! 224.7 today! :-) <BR> Great job everyone! Keep up the awesome work! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:19:44 EST 4 month countdown! Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Niki and I am new to this whole thing. However, I know that I need some accountability and that I want to get in the best shape possible before my wedding in June. <BR> <BR> I am a 3rd grade teacher and I love what I do. When I am not at school I have my own house full of kiddos to look after (7 and 5). I met my fiancee online and it has been a wonderful match. We are looking forward to" officially" (we already live together) blending our families (he has two... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:22:09 EST paper source invites has anyone done wedding invites through the paper source? im thinking of doing some DIY ones.... any feedback? Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:10:47 EST Tips for the final 5lb?! I am nearly at my goal- I have 5lb to go. It has surprised me that I am now lacking motivation more than ever... Has anyone got any tips as to staying focused for the last bit of weight loss? <BR> Thanks!!! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:53:32 EST Father/Daughter Dance Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm in search of a good father/daughter song for my Dad and me at my June wedding. He is not a super sappy guy and even though we're close, we're not the super mushy tear jerker song type. He also doesn't like a ton of attention so I need something that won't leave us out on the dance floor for 4-5 minutes. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions?? Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:26:24 EST Any budgeting and/or saving tips? Beyond the two venues that I am interested in (which include catering!), I have no idea what to budget for the rest of our wedding costs. So... I am going to try to save $ like a fiend for the next year and hope for the best! Haha, no, I guess I won't leave it up to chance that much. I have made a savings plan (setting aside $ from every pay check, tax refunds, possibly cashing in extra vacation time through work) and I am considering taking on extra work here and there to make sure we can... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:25:35 EST Hello! My name is Patti, and I am newly engaged in the Burlington, VT area. My fiancé's name is Hal, and he is a sweetheart. Our three year anniversary is in May, and we are planning a June 2014 wedding. I am so excited and happy to be a member of this team! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 12:11:39 EST Just got engaged a week ago! Setting the date... I will be marrying my boyfriend of almost three years, and I could not be more excited and more nervous, lol. <BR> <BR> My twin sister was married this past September, and my now fiance's brother is getting married the first weekend of August this year. Between these two events and the excitement of both of our families, I was feeling a lot of pressure to get married ASAP (meaning, before his brother gets married in August). <BR> <BR> I am super excited too, but that doesn't give us a ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:15:42 EST Any September 2013 Brides? HI there, <BR> <BR> Im new on Spark People! <BR> <BR> Any September 2013 brides on here? Now is the time to get fit and tone up - it will be good to share successes and stories and offer help to one another. <BR> <BR> Its exciting to be engaged! Any healthy eating/Fitness/Beauty advice anyone has would be helpful! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Suzanne Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:34:42 EST Soon to be engaged I'm getting a jump start on preparing for that special day. I don't have a ring on my finger yet but I will be getting one sometime. I have about 50 lbs to lose. My honey and I live together and talk about losing weight all the time but we end up being bad for each other. I need to find the motivation, ASAP. <BR> <BR> I want to look good in a white dress on a beach in Hawaii. I don't want to regret my wedding photos. They're going to be memories that last a life time and i want to smile whe... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:42:34 EST Hey girls! this is so exciting! my professor introduced me to this site I had this account for sometime but only used it to get a grade now im going to use it to change my life i just got engaged December the 30th and im freaked out! I want so much for my life to live long healthy and happy for me my future husband and children ive gained a lot of weight mainly during my freshman year in college I have to learn self disciplined in order to make this work im excited!!! I hope someone reads this that i ca... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:44:34 EST Married but now throwing the reception/party Me and my husband got married on 12-12-12. We had put deposits and bought things to go through with the big wedding on October 20, 2013, but in all honesty it was becoming something that I did not want. Everything that I wanted or wanted to do someone had a problem with, so on December 11th we were just watching tv and I was like 'how cool would it be to get married tomorrow? On 12-12-12?' my husband was like sure it would be cool. so out of nowhere i was like screw it lets do it! of course w... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:57:59 EST Hi everyone! Hi guys and gals! I joined SparkPeople because after years and years of being unhealthy, I have decided there is no better time than right now to get healthy. I am getting married this September, and have an amazing wedding dress to fit into, and 10 days on the beach after that. I can't think of a better reason to get into shape than that! My biggest problem I have found is my lack of motivation. I've been working out with a trainer to make sure I'm getting to the gym, but now what I lac... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:10:05 EST June 2013 Brides Let's start a sticky for all the June Brides. Introduce yourself and tell us about your wedding plans. I'll go first... <BR> <BR> My name is Monique and I am getting married on June 2, 2013 in Georgia. I'm planning a tradition, formal wedding. My wedding party is small (MOH, 2 bridesmaids, flowergirl) on my side. I wanted to keep things small and intimate. We have about 115+ plus coming to this event (I come from a huge family). My wedding colors are pink and green, which happen to be my sor... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:01:03 EST Newbie on a scene Hello everyone! My name is Monique and I just got engaged on 12-11-12 to my boyfriend of 6 years. We are getting married on June 2, 2013 <em>337</em> - which is exactly 5 months from today. Eek! I am in wedding planning overload. I want to drop about 15 pounds by the big day. My dress should arrive in mid Feb and I will be doing my first fitting in April. Please keep me encouraged and check in with me from time to time. I'm on a mission! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:00:13 EST Hey im new So im a 21 year old with 2 kids 21 months and 3 months old and i have done zumba for a week and IT WORKS GREAT but than the kids started maing it harder to do it im getting married october 2013 and i really want this flat tummy and i want to be back in to my size 8 pants can anyone help motivate me ?? <em>386</em> if you are on here and can motivate me please FACEBOOK ME my name is Jennifer Lynn Bryant :) Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:40:47 EST Shopping For The Dress While Losing Weight Or more accurately, losing a considerable amount of weight and shopping for the dress. <BR> <BR> I really have no idea how to go about this right now. As it stands, I have lost a good 43lbs since this past summer alone; already making a huge difference in my shape. I'm trying to plan appropriately and keeping in mind if the order comes too soon and needs to be altered, it can potentially change the look of the dress or the way it fits. Right now, I'm pretty much just collecting info on pote... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:46:35 EST Hello, hello! Hello all! I am getting married in October. On top of looking good in my wedding dress, I need way more energy than I have now in order to plan my wedding. Also, I want to feel better and be a healthier person for my and my fiance's future. I'm hoping this will be a good source for motivation. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:51:44 EST Work Christmas party Well, we had our work christmas party last night and it was so much fun!!! However, I fell way of the wagon and rolled under the wheels, lol. <BR> <BR> Food wasnt my downfall, it was the drinks. My work paid for open bar for 2 hours and yep, I took full advantage. I havent been out in AGES and havent had a drink since this summer. Plus, I did go over on my calories burned for the week, and right on track for calories, some days under, but I shot the goal for yesterday out of the water!!!! W... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:27:19 EST Any other October 2013 brides here?? Hi I am Michaela ,please call me Kayla!I am getting married October 5,2013 to my amazing man,Shannon Cook. <em>337</em> We plan on having a small wedding.I am just gonna plan it on my own,instead of hiring a wedding planner,due to financial issues.I live in Northeast Ohio right now <em>46</em> But I plan and hope to be moved out to his place,in Southwest Missouri,near Spring! <em>334</em> <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>382</em> We have been together,from today;December 8th 201... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 00:04:15 EST Wedding Shoes Not having much luck finding shoes I like for the wedding. I want some simple, low heal, comfortable shoes for the outdoor ceremony and then I will probably change into some cute flip flops for the reception. Where are some places you guys are finding your shoes? Thu, 6 Dec 2012 08:32:48 EST SO excited! <em>334</em> I was at the courthouse for work today and ran into a court officer. I stopped by her office to talk about one of our cases and she looked at me and asked if I had lost weight <em>193</em> !!! I said I had. She said she had noticed it at the meeting we had Monday, but didnt say anything. I was so happy to hear it! No one else has noticed, but they see me everyday. I hadnt seen this woman for over a month whih is probably why! <BR> <BR> And I had a small victory tonight with... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:33:38 EST September 2013 Brides-where you at?! Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie, I'm 25 from Minneapolis and planning for a September 2013 wedding! <BR> <BR> I've been a Sparkuser since 2009, but I'm looking to use SP as a community tool in addition to tracking my progress. <BR> <BR> I began my weight loss journey in January of 2010, and am down a total of 52 pounds since then! My current weigh-in is 149. I'd like to be at 140 by the big day! I feel like I'm starting to plateau and need the boost to drive forward with the wei... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:26:06 EST Looking for Spark Friends! Hello fellow brides-to-be! My name is Jennifer, and I am getting married on March 23, 2013. I've only recently been able to break my plateau and lose a few pounds. I've struggled for the past 14 months with gallbladder problems resulting in surgery and then discovering the hard way that I'm gluten-intolerant. With the holidays coming up and last-minute planning right around the corner, I know things are only going to get more stressful! I'm looking to find some spark friends to help me p... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 15:44:40 EST Wedding dress from 2 years ago We got engaged in 2009... I bought my dress in 2010 for our wedding in 2011 and I was able to fit in it just fine but my wedding got postpone until July 2013 ... I have gained weight since and now I cannot fit in it. It is truly frustraiting since I love the dress and I have to work twice as hard now. Just trying to stay positive!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just thought I would share this to say, you are not alone!!! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:31:10 EST Hello Hello, I got engaged last November then in April we got married at the court house. But we are having a wedding ceremony next April. Some might say I'm not a bride, but I still see myself as one. I've been on SparkPeople since June or July, and I need a lot of support to loose these 30lbs. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:41:59 EST Did you order your current dress size or smaller? I was between two sizes and ordered the lower one. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:38:57 EST 4 Months till I marry my best friend Hi Everyone, My name is Stacy. I'm 32 years young and getting married March 16th 2013. I'm super excited and this past week bought my dress. However its a PERFECT FIT. A little to prefect. I'd love to lose 20-40 lbs. before my big day. Good luck and blessings to you all on this journey! <em>9</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:23:54 EST Wedding fitness commence! Hello everybody! I got engaged back in August, but I'm just now starting to get serious about focusing on my wedding bod! Haven't set a date yet, but it will most likely be in fall 2013. Lots of time for me to lose about 10-20, tone up, look and feel great, and get back into some good habits with my future hubby! <BR> <BR> Hope to get some good motivation and support on the boards! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 03:22:19 EST Weightloss icon How do I create a weightloss icon like most of you have? I don't see any place on this site to create one. Thanks! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 03:10:00 EST Well Hello There! Hello everyone, My name is Laryn and I am 24 years young. I use to be a proffesional dancer and dance teacher for children and would love to get back to that. I have a 3 year old daughter, Part time job, Im a full time student, and a bride to be. I know my plate is full but I just want o stay on a healthy journey to success and could use a alot of guidance. I am pleased to meet everyone and Im trying to break out of my shell....:) Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:05:54 EST Gettin Married 1/12/2013... 75 days to go,, ive lost 25lbs already.. motivated but lacking the energy... know what i need to do... just getting distracted.....need to keep going to lose until my first dress fitting for alterations on Nov 30... then plan to maintain thru the holidays... that will be hard enough :) looking forward to the journey with you all.... Happy Monday!! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:29:28 EST New to team, not SP Hopefully getting married on 13th July, not found a venue yet. <BR> <BR> I already lost 180+ pounds, regained about 40 and need to sort those out! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:59:45 EST Newbie to SP and getting married 6/29/13 I am looking forward to preparing for this day with other brides who are on their quest to look their best not only for the wedding day . . . but for life. "I don't want to lose weight . . . I have NO intention of getting it back!" Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:11:55 EST Wedding disrupting sleep? Has anyone else woken up with a start worrying about stupid wedding details? <BR> <BR> This happened to me for the first a couple days ago when I woke up at 6am in a mild panic about the jewelry my bridesmaids would be wearing. I do tend to worry and stress about most things, but this was just a whole other level! Our wedding isn't even until May!! Humph. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:19:54 EST What do you do with your ring when you workout?! So I just got engaged last week (Yay!). This weekend I went to work out at the hotel and had no idea what to do with my ring - if I should keep it on, where I should safely put it so it doesn't get knocked about and lost or forgotten, etc. <BR> <BR> I am soo paranoid of losing it or damaging it. Where do you ladies safely tuck it or so you leave it on? <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:55:32 EST pre Marital Counseling Hey everybody! So here's my deal-- <BR> I am going to get married at my fiance's church; his church is currently in flux (the old minister is retiring and a new 'temp' minister is coming in). We were told we were required to take pre marital counseling. I was fine with that. (It makes logical sense! Weddings aren't only about the DAY they are about the lifetime together afterwards!) <BR> <BR> I thought there would be one really long session--we'd laugh, we'd cry, we'd learn--then we'd be do... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:55:55 EST Second Weddings Hi, I am getting married for the second time. The first marriage lasted 14 years. We had a very, very small wedding of less than 30 people. I wore a very simple white dress I made. We had a luncheon. This time, I would like to have a big wedding (about 200 people). I am not sure really if that is appropriate. I also don't know if I should wear a "real" wedding dress. I am still very self-concious about alot of things. What are other's opinions? Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:39:28 EST Hey I am new to the Team I am about to get married in dec 2012, but I seuriously need to loose my baby weight and is not easy. Please any suggestion on how to take this out before dec will be highly appreciated. Thanx and congrats to all the Brides to Be <em>381</em> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:08:46 EST What a realistic weight loss goal for 6 months? Hi, im new on here. Im getting married April 1, 2013 to my best friend. He's a BBW admirer, and im 296 pounds. So he doesnt see my problem, but i really want to loose weight before the wedding. I must clarify by saying i dont want to loose weight because of the wedding, eventually i need to try to get under 200 lbs because i have ALOT of health problems and i dont want to die just yet. But this will take a long time. I would however like to loose as much as possible by the wedding date... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 05:21:17 EST (Sorry, moving topic!) Original post in wrong place, sorry! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 03:46:19 EST Hello! Hello everyone! First, congratulations to all of you! I'm Brittny, I've only been engaged for 3 weeks and just recently heard about SparkPeople from a bride (I'm a wedding photographer). She lost so much weight from her engagement session to her wedding day that she didn't even look like the same girl! My wedding isn't until March 1, 2014. My fiancee is in shape, but doesn't eat too well so we're both trying to work on things! I wish you all the best of luck, and thank you in advance for all ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:56:16 EST getting married October 9 2013 shannon christopher cook have been dating since October 3rd 2011,1 yr anniversary coming up real soon! we got engaged early November 20 2011 since we instantly CLICKED!! i love him and i am happy we finally chose a day! needing help planning plz!thnx u and congrats to EVERYONE ELSE! love to all soon to b newbie brides Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:18:49 EST Hello fellow team members I'm getting married the first week of May we are eloping to an all inclusive island ;) The stress and hours worked on my former job allowed me to put on 25lbs. An unfortunately its all in my abdomen, I call myself Petunia the Potbelly Pig. I have to get the weight off I'm miserable and have a closet full of clothes I can't wear. The biggest day of my life is approaching and I want it to be about us not about my belly sticking out!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:44:13 EST new Hi all! <BR> I got engaged about a month ago to my Now fiance. We have been dating for almost 3 years now, but we have been friends for 7 years. I am super excited to be marrying my best friend. I don't need to lose any more weight I am down to the perfect size for me, I just would like to become more buff and toned. so in other words gaining muscle weight and maintaining a healthy life style Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:14:30 EST Is this a good plan? I need to lose 16 pounds asap. I have the Winsor Pilate system, Core Secrets, and a million yoga DVD's. What if I switched between CS and Pilates and did yoga every day. Combined with running(doing to Couch to 5k program) that enough exercise? I can't afford to join a gym. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:13:46 EST I Do! Hey ladies! I'm getting married June 2013 and am wanting to look my best in my dress and on the honeymoon! Can't wait to get started running again and just becoming a healthier me! We got this girls! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:20:32 EST Hi. I'm new. Hi I'm new here! I'm 32 and trying to lose 100lbs. I've managed to lose significant amounts of weight in the past, but I always end up gaining it back. I ready to change my lifestyle so that it doesn't happen again. Hopefully with SparkPeople's help I can make that happen. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:05:25 EST HI! I just got engaged last Wednesday and I am so excited! Due to the costs of a wedding, I am waiting (impatiently) to get married until 2014 at least. My fiance would like to wait until 2015, but I don't think he's going to get his way on that one. <BR> <BR> However, I am so excited that we're already looking into planning and whatnot. We're going to check out a venue on Wednesday this week. <BR> <BR> I have been on SparkPeople for a couple years now (I think!) and I've gained weight. It's ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:49:26 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Lora, I joined about a week ago. I got engaged to my fiance in March 2012 and we are getting married June 2013. I hope to get healthier in general and to look my best for my wedding as well. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:27:39 EST Back on the wagon.... I am restarting sparkpeople. I have no idea how to look for or add friends. Can someone please help me out here? =) Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:47:51 EST New today Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> Today is my first day on SparkPeople and I have to say that I'm enjoying my first day. My name is Stacey and I'm Kentucky. I hope to lose 30 lbs before Christmas and so far I've lost 3lbs. I've been working out for 3 weeks so far and eating less than 2000 calories and I must say it is super hard not to snack as much as I use to. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:51:46 EST Stress Eating! I've been engaged for about 8 months now (still a year to go until my wedding). And because of all the wedding stress on top of my normal stress I've been pigging out uncontrollably lately and gaining weight! Has anyone else had this problem? If so what is the best way for you to stop yourself before a stress induced binge or bad food decision? Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:29:33 EST Apple of God's eye Hi Everyone, <BR> I am Ruth, My fiance's name is Sunday, meeting him is the best thing that ever happened to me. He is gently, hardworking, tall & handsome/good looking above all he is God fearing.We both live in Nigeria and we r getting married in Lagos . He proposed on November 2011 and we got engaged on 25th February 2012. We are getting married on 9&10 November 2012. Before wet i was weighing 89.9kg, presently, am 79.3kg and my target is 75kg before i say 'i do'. I want to tone my arms an... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:44:06 EST Prenup blues Anyone else out there getting a prenup? I just went through a lot of paper work today for ours and it is very stressful. My fiance makes a lot more money than me and has a lot more saved, not to mention the house. I don't mind getting one, in his shoes I would want the same, but the amount of work it has created for me is very stressful, esp. since I'm working 50 hrs a week or more for the next several months. Also, it is costing me money at a time when I am getting my debt down and I don... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:46:30 EST Dash to the end of August Challenge I find it is easier if I have small challenges along the way. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> <BR> It is the 18th of August.. So we have 13 days left in August. <BR> <BR> My dash to the end of August is to lose 5 lbs! <BR> Blog about my journey <BR> 5 days of bodyrock videos each week <BR> toning exercise 6x a week <BR> stay within calorie range <BR> PUSH THROUGH THE HARD DAYS!!! <BR> <BR> Who's with me? <BR> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 20:50:22 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Rachel. I've been with my fiance (Chris) for almost 7 years (6.5 years living together), we have an almost 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I took of my engagement ring almost 2 years ago (loooooooong story!), and for the last 18 months, my fiance has worked really hard at getting me to put it back on. Last week, he said I may as well sell it if I'm not gonna wear it, and that got me thinking. We've had our issues, but he's trying to do better, and most of the time succeeds, ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:11:06 EST Hey! My name is Naomi. I'm planning a Spring wedding set for May 4th, 2013. Looking to lose the weight for the big day. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:17:28 EST Almost Engaged!! My boyfriend and I have been living together for over a year now and the past several months have been saving for my engagement ring. Since we have a joint banking account I was able to see when he withdrew a big sum of money so I knew he had bought the ring. And since he's so excited about it, he's kept me up to date on when it's supposed to come in the mail and today is the day! I can't imagine that he will hold on to the ring longer than a day at the most so I'm pretty sure I'm getting eng... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:59:06 EST Hey! My name is Meg, I'm living in Ontario, Canada! <BR> Been engaged for about 2 weeks now! Still pretty new to me! We've been together 4 years and we love each other like crazy! I want to look beautiful in a wedding dress and I want to build my confidence up. <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:35:46 EST Hi! Hello everyone! My name is DeAnna. I signed up yesterday in hopes to lose some wieght before my wedding! Things are looking up. Good luck to everyone... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:33:38 EST Trying something new. Hello everyone! My name is Samantha and I am 23 years old. I am a vegetarian and I am a paramedic. I work A LOT. I work something called a 24/48. I work for 24 hours straight and have 48 hours off. It makes for a lot of bored eating and days where I can't exercise. I grab a lot of carb food because it's fast. I have put on a lot of weight and I am unhappy. I have started p90x and trying to eat less carbs and better portion control to lose some weight. My boyfriend and I are both trying to los... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:02:04 EST Jacqui B! Hi there! My name is Jacqui... I'm getting married next year and I have a lot of weight to lose... but I'm not particularly losing it so I'll look good on my wedding day, but because I want to feel better. I've done spark people before, but I didn't really get in on the message boards, trying it out this time... maybe it will help me. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:28:21 EST Save the dates..any where I should look? So my plan this afternoon is to go searching for my save the date invites. I want them to be fun and budget friendly. My invitations ,although very beautiful are very formal and expensive (my mothers choosing) but I want these to be my like my fiancé and I, outgoing and fun. Any suggestions on the best place to buy and have them made would be very helpful .. <BR> <BR> Thanks and happy planning! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:07:13 EST First Day First day on Spark, and first day of my journey towards being active. I have 42 pounds to lose before my wedding day....luckily I have a little under a year to do it, but I know it will be a challenge. I'm excited, but scared because I know I have a LOT of hard work ahead of me! <BR> <BR> It's great to be connected with other women who are working just as hard to achieve their goal weight! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:39:35 EST No sisterly support PART 2 Ugh I am so aggravated. Don't you hate when you hear from family that your sister is talking crap about you nonstop? My sister has continued to not support my diet and weight loss efforts. She continues to ignore my progress and has pretty much ignored me completely since I started this journey. I have had no contact with her and I haven't mentioned my concerns to anyone besides my fiance. Well today multiple family members tell me that she had been hating on me nonstop and has even been... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:37:46 EST New to team, but not Spark Hello everyone. I decided to join this team because I'm getting married. Granted, I got engaged last December, but we finally set the month/year time frame and it's definitely time to get serious about looking and feeling great on my big day. We are getting married in June of 2014 and I look forward to marrying the best friend I've ever had. I've been trying to lose weight for a while now and I seem to have an issue with motivation and saying no to pizza and the likes. Hopefully such thi... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:18:55 EST aahh i'm engaged!! oh my god i'm actually engaged and i'm going to be married next year!! i'm 205 pounds at the moment and both me and my finace want me to be happy and thing again, and right now i'm not. I lost my job due too IB,S apparantly my body can't handle getting up at 4:00 in the morning!!! i also don't want to be a FAT bride!!! i want to look amazing walking down the ile to the man i love. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:26:23 EST Post wedding blues Well the day finally happened (3 weeks ago) and it was so good. <BR> <BR> A little too good. I'm still sad it's over. <BR> <BR> Anybody have any tips for getting over the post-wedding depression? Sat, 14 Jul 2012 09:01:25 EST Hello everyone my name is Ketoyiah Hello, I'm so excited to have joined Spark People. I feel very motivated to start my path to a more healthy and happy me. Just wanted to introduce myself. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:37:15 EST Quick Warmup ideas? I have noticed my energy level is a bit lower this month and it seems to take a little more to get me going during my workouts. I always start my workout every day with 20 minutes of yogilates. On days that I try to skip it I don't get far into my workout before I notice a tweak or a pull on a muscle or joint so I just do the yogilates first every time to stretch out my muscles and get ready. I have especially noticed though that on cardio days it takes me 2 -10 minute workout videos (that... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:28:17 EST Here we go Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Jennifer. A 24 year old mum of 1 (9months old) BRIDE TO BE!!! As of yet no date has been set as we recently moved to Malta from the UK. We got engaged in April this year and are getting married back in the UK *hopefully* in August 2014. I am going dress shopping with my Mum and MOH at the end of august and really need motivation to get back into shape to be able to order my dress next year. I currently weigh 172pounds and need to lose 50 pounds in total! Inspirati... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:59:25 EST $15.00 Playtex Bras I am SOOOO used to spending 50-60 bucks on bras when I saw these on sale I couldn't help but snatch up 4 of them AND use a 15% off code so that I got 4 bras for ! Ans I wear a 52 D so they go up pretty big!! I just thought I would share with you guys! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Promotion Code RMN15 <BR> <BR> But you have to spend 60.00 to use the promotion code. <BR> <BR> $9.99 for shipping <BR> <BR> -Ladii Mon, 9 Jul 2012 00:06:57 EST Engaged 12-17-11 I have been losing weight since before I was engaged and now I have 6 months to go. I only want to lose about 20 more pounds before the big day, but I keep plateauing and making excuses as to why I am okay at the weight I am at. I fit perfectly into my dress now, but in August I am having a lace up back put in and I need it to fit me after the alterations. I'm not doing anything I can't handle - I just wish I could keep up my strength and will power! Here's to the next 5 months because month ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:34:37 EST Future MIL driving me crazy So... My fiance's mother is driving me crazy. She is making EVERY little detail about the wedding into a huge deal. Not to sound like I don't want her input or help, but in reality, she doesn't need to be involved with any of this stuff... So, if its too stressful for her, I'd rather she just stop thinking about it and let me and my mom handle it. <BR> <BR> First of all, my fiance and I are paying for a majority of the wedding ourselves. I have a HUGE family, so to cut down on costs, and ke... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:52:21 EST I'm hoping I really can run a 5k :) My name is Lauren, and I really want to like my body. I want to be like "dang miss thang' when I look in the mirror. My friends are all pretty small and are about my same height with weight in the 105 area. My goal is 115, and I have definitely been able to tell the difference in how I lose weight when I run. I think however, I usually go to hard and hate it so much, as well as feel self conscious that I usually quit pretty soon after. Hoping this site can motivate me and I can meet and moti... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:39:44 EST hello I just wanted to say hi, I'm new here and hoping to stick around a ling time Mon, 2 Jul 2012 06:45:04 EST hello I just wanted to say hi, I'm new here and hoping to stick around a ling time Mon, 2 Jul 2012 06:44:44 EST Dress Timeline? Does anyone know what the general timeline is for ordering your wedding dress and making alterations? How far in advance do you need to pick a dress for the order and alterations not to cost a fortune in rush ordering? <BR> Thanks everyone! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:12:33 EST How long did you give yourself to lose weight? How long did you all give yourself to lose weight before your weddings? Did you start trying to lose weight as soon as you became engaged, after you started dress shopping, or some other time? I'm getting married in a little less than a year and I figured that I'd better get started now if I really want to walk down the aisle feeling at my best. I'm just curious how much time everyone else is giving themselves. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:09:42 EST Wedding Cake After browsing The Knot website last night, I came across a picture for s'mores, and had a kind of good idea...tell me what you think. <BR> <BR> Instead of going with a traditional wedding cake, have a 2 tier cake (so we can keep the top tier for our one year anniversary), with the bottom resembling a s'more (that way we also incorporate a groom's cake, so to speak), and then having a do it yourself s'mores bar. I've included a picture to help give you an idea of what I'm talking about. We w... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:24:29 EST The new girl Hey Im new to this and hopeful i get the hang of it. Im getting married in the end of October.. I really and trying to lose about 50 pounds by then. Im so nervous because ive always had an issue with my weight. I weigh 260 =[ so yea I gained so much wheight when I had got pregnant with my son his almost 2 years old now. Im 20 years old, I gained 60 pounds in my pregnancy. =[ BUT IM READY TO GET RID OF IT lol... <em>24</em> so please keep ya fingers crossed for me and I wish yall the best =] Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:42:03 EST Hi, I'm new :) Hi everyone! I am getting married April 18, 2013. I bought my dress already (10 pounds ago) and I purposely bought it a little tight. I want to lose 15-20 pounds so I look great in the dress and also for my honeymoon in Hawaii! I just started a new job about 2 months ago and it's a stressful desk job.. that's how I gained the 10 pounds since I bought my dress. My goal is to eat healthier, get moving, stop mindless snacking, lose weight and tone up! I have little motivation, but am hopin... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:32:36 EST HI!! Hi, I'm Airyn and my fiance and I just pushed our wedding up to this October!! We are getting married in Key West and planning on having a party/cookout next summer back home in Ohio. I wanted to run away and get married b/c I didn't want a lot of people there and I wanted less stress, but that doesn't seem to be the way it is going!! HAHAHHA!!! Shocker =) <BR> <BR> The only thing I want is the dress. Other than that, we can go to the Justice of the Peace for all I care, but my fiance put th... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:45:08 EST No sisterly support I wish my own sister, my flesh and blood could give me just an inch of the support I have been getting from the awesome people at Spark-- my other family and friends. I have a feeling that her ill attitude towards me has something to do with my upcoming wedding. You see-- she chose to elope and marry her husband without telling any of us or including us. She had always planned to have a "real" wedding in the future but her life has just gotten too busy with work and raising 2 kids. She ne... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:48:34 EST Newbie Hi im new can use some tips Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:57:05 EST Met one of my goals way earlier than expected Hey just an update--- I jogged for 10 minutes today (I alternated with 6 minutes of high marching)!! I guess all the strength training and workout videos (all those modified lunges and squats and all those stretches) have really helped strengthen my knee. It's been 10 years since I have even attempted jogging for fear of injuring myself. I can't believe this! <BR> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:06:01 EST I'm married! I've been married a week! And it was an amazing wedding! <BR> <BR> Thanks to SP I lost about 15 pounds before my wedding- and felt ALOT more comfortable in my dress!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 13:10:17 EST Bridesmaids/ Maid of Honor Gifts Hey! I dont know where to start to look for gifts for my bridesmaids/ maid of honor- what did you get yours? Thu, 31 May 2012 21:41:13 EST Workout DVDs Hey Brides! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some new exercise dvds to shake up my workouts. I just got a Jillian Michaels workout dvd and wondering if people have opinions on those or any other suggestions. I tend to like anything dance related and nothing that's not too long as I tend to get bored working out indoors... <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 29 May 2012 20:50:33 EST Inspiration /Motivation Hello--I'm Jessica and I will be marrying my amazing boyfriend of 3 years this fall. I'm so incredibly excited to continue the journey I started with him and grateful every day that he is in my life. My wedding is coming up quickly and am sure it will be here before I know it, so I want to get started right away on my own personal Bridal Boot Camp. I've been working out on my own and am pretty good about it, but I need the extra motivation to always eat healthy (I'm a deeply devoted fan of... Tue, 29 May 2012 12:34:59 EST That Dress!!!! So today I was at a store and found my dream dress but to get in it will require serious work,just wondering if anyone else on here has a dream dress that they are trying to get the weight off for would love all the support I can get. Fri, 25 May 2012 19:57:19 EST Motivation. Hardest thing to find. I've lost count on the numerous times I've sat up and said "Ok, enough is enough. Let's do this" Excersice for 30 minutes, and give up. I can't help but think what a failure I am, I should have been at my goal an eternity ago... but the truth is, without motivation, it's virtually impossible to get to where you want to be. Why? For who? For what? 3 of the most difficult questions to put into play... but today, today that changes. Because I deserve it. For myself. Because I have to show myself... Fri, 25 May 2012 17:06:49 EST Has Anyone Tried... Bridelicious Boot Camp by The Knot??? <BR> <BR> It looks fantastic, although I am plus size. I am still an exercising beginner. It's kind of expensive, but if it works & gets me to lose some weight & tone me up then I'm in. I'm also worried about it being too complicated for me as a beginner. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts will help! Thanks!! Thu, 24 May 2012 08:18:30 EST Breakfast Ok. I have severally fallen off the ban wagon. I still swim every morning, but I'm just not eating right. I've noticed in the last few weeks that my weakest spot is breakfast. I skip it. I'm just not that big of a breakfast person, but I'm always on the go. So mostly it's swinging into the drive through to grab something real quick & end up eating something a hour later. So I'm now trying to dedicate myself eat breakfast in the mornings. So if you ladies could please suggest some nice ... Wed, 23 May 2012 17:04:26 EST June 2013 391 days <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 May 2012 16:46:39 EST Hey Everyone Hi I'm Shannon. I'm new to this...obviously. Looking for support and a better system than ive been using to get thin for myself and so i can look great at my wedding. Sun, 20 May 2012 11:15:08 EST Celtic Wedding for a Mermaid Hello my name is Ariel (just like The Little Mermaid) I have been engaged for 3 months as of today! I love my fiance John more than anything, he is my world, my life, my support, my rock, he's my everything! <em>212</em> John and his son are so good to me, everyday John tells me that I'm sexy and beautiful and that I don't need to lose weight and I'm not fat. We are not getting married anytime soon, our wedding day is set for April 12, 2014 but I want to have lost weight and have a full rout... Sat, 19 May 2012 02:40:51 EST Buddies?? I am hoping to find some accountability buddies... <BR> <BR> I started on here in Feb, most of the friends that I have made on here have been inactive since about a week after I joined & no longer communicate with me. I kinda fell along the wayside for a bit, but I am back. I am not able to be on here everyday, but am trying much harder to not go longer than every other day. I also check my email daily. <BR> <BR> I am 29. <BR> I have a 14 year old daughter & fiance (getting married in Spr... Wed, 16 May 2012 17:29:10 EST Oceana, Mum of Kitties and Cavies Hi! My name's Oceana. I'm 28 years of age and live up north in Canada (above 53rd parallel). I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me with all of my goals in life! I'm Mum to 7 cats, 3 cavies (guinea pigs), and my boyfriend (Louis) has a lizard! <BR> <BR> I'm a Senior Youth Care Worker-- work with "at-risk" youth in community based healing homes, transition home, and independent living apartments. I'm currently enrolled in a social work degree program. :) <BR> <BR> I was always athlet... Sun, 13 May 2012 17:59:27 EST Back into Shape Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have just recently married and was very committed to exercise, loosing weight and eating healthy. Since coming back from our honeymoon, I have out on some unwanted kilos, I worked so hard to loose. So after having to go out to an engagement party and not feeling all that great, I think I am ready again to dedicate myself to loose weight and become more healthy again. <BR> <BR> My husband and I before the wedding were running every night and since going back to norm... Sat, 12 May 2012 04:56:10 EST Hello! I am engaged and getting married within the next year. I think my target weight is about 8-15 pounds less than I currently weigh--so that is worth keeping in mind but my true motivation is just general health and fitness as a lifestyle. Getting married has focused me to remember what my goals are in life and having a healthy lifestyle is one of them. I am looking forward to continuing to develop healthy habits for the rest of my life. Both of my parents are significantly overweight and st... Wed, 9 May 2012 16:39:13 EST Newbie to SP and tying the knot in August! :) Hello everyone! My name is Sharilynn (Sherry-lynn is how it's pronounced...Mom picked long, difficult names for her 4 children haha). You can just call me Shari. Easier to say and spell! :) <BR> <BR> I'm 23 and new to SP. I also just moved from little ol' New Hampshire to Jacksonville, NC with my fiance Evan. I was born and raised in a small town in NH so moving to the big city of Jacksonville is a HUGE change. Not to mention Camp Lejeune is makes things even crazier! <BR> <BR> When I moved... Tue, 1 May 2012 03:30:18 EST Hello My name is Cassi and I have been engaged since DEC2010. My wedding is this coming September and I am starting to get a little nervous. Originally, I had told my fiance not to propose until I was happier with my weight but he got in the moment and asked and of course I said yes! But now the wedding is approaching fast and I'm not where I want to be. While I am concerned with the number on the scale I'd just like to be happy with my pictures. We are also going to Sandals for our honeymoon and t... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:19:16 EST I hit 50!! I just wanted to share w/ everyone that I hit my 50 mile mark for swimming today!! I've been swimming for 6 weeks & have swam 50 1/2 miles as of today. For my reward I am going to buy myself a new swimsuit! My next 50 will be a new swim cap. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately though, I haven't been eating right, so in away I feel that all this hard work has been for nothing, kinda. <em>39</em> I know that its is my own fault & I'd probably would have lost about 10 pounds by now ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:31:24 EST Hello! Hello, girls! <BR> <BR> My name is Sara and I am not at all new to sparkpeople, but I am new to being engaged!! My fiance proposed on March 31 and we are getting married on October 21, 2012! I am thrilled to get to spend my life with this man by my side. He complements me in every way. <BR> <BR> Since late 2009 I've lost 60 pounds. I'm currently at my lowest tens-digit weight (170s) since 2004! (that's lowest weight in 8 years. Oh my goodness!) <BR> <BR> I have 177 days to lose... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:13:56 EST Hi Everyone Hi all, My name is Rangi. I'm new to the group. I'm taking my wedding on November 2012. I would like to lose 15 -20 lbs and look great on my big day <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:23:55 EST Hi Everybody!! My name is Jen, I just wanted to introduce myself. I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing not only your struggles but achievements as well. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:56:04 EST Looking for support group!!! Hi, My name is Amanda but a lot of my friends call me Panda. I am a 27 year old mother of 2 very active kids. I am doing online college through Kaplan University; trying to get my degree in psychology. I just found this place and have never seen a place like it before. Cant believe it is free! I am low income due to an eye disease (at least until I get my degree) so this is a blessing! Would love to have a good support group in this! would also like to meet new friends! so If you are interest... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:19:10 EST Starting fresh... Hello all! My name is Rikki and I am new to this site and I am sure it will be very helpful and supportive. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 01:30:53 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Shaneka and I am excited to be a part of the SparkPeople Community! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:19:01 EST To register or not? My fiancee and I have decided not to have a wedding or reception. We are just going to get married by his pastor and have a few family members in attendance. My fiancee and my mother think I should NOT register for any gifts since there will not be a ceremony or reception, and I am inclined to agree with them. Some of my family and friends think I should register for gifts anyway. I don't know the etiquette for this, so I was hoping you all could give me some advice. <BR> <BR> Thanks!!... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:41:27 EST Hi I'm new to this. Hello everyone!!! I am getting married Aug, 25, 2012. I have about 30 lbs to lose. I just joined 24hr fitness and hired a trainer. Wish me luck! I am gonna kick butt and take names. LOL. We are going to Ibiza, Spain for our honeymoon and I definitely want to rock a bikini with no reservations. Nice to meet all of you!!! Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:17:31 EST Hello! New around here. <BR> <BR> Getting married October 26 2013 <BR> <BR> That is plenty of time to get into shape. I'm currently 310 or so. weighing in for sure in the morning. Morning is my start day. I want to be under 200. preferably 160-180. I have never weighed this. I have never tried to lose weight for more than a month or two. I lose motivation quickly. But I'm hoping getting an engagement ring and posting pictures of pretty dresses will give me some motivation. <BR> <BR> I plan on up... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 03:12:06 EST This wedding planner PLANS TO LOOK FABULOUS TOO! Hello Ladies and Congratulations to you all ! My name is Camisha Smith and I'm a wedding and special event planner and Day-of-Coordinator. I'll be moving, running, ducking and dashing through a lot of wedding venues so why not look fabulous doing it! :-) Nice to meet you all and I wish you luck in all of your fitness goals! <BR> <BR> My personal lose weight and feel great ! Because after my summer weddings are complete, I'm off to Jamaica to a retreat! So, bye bye 30 pounds... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:58:35 EST Hi I am a new SparkPeople member, Whittney Hi members, <BR> I have been trying to meet my ultimate weight loss goal for quite sometime now. I am 28 yrs old and 5ft even. I am able to stay quite on task with my excercise routine, but as far as my eating plan, its a roller coaster! I have been the same size for about 3 years now. The numbers aren't changing. I know that my eating is the MAIN issue I have that is getting in the way of my weight loss goals. I joined Sparkppl because I wanted motivation on maintaining a healthy eating rou... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:12:28 EST Hi Everyone I'm looking to lose some weight and get into shape. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:59:56 EST Tried dress on again I recently tried on my dress again & am happy to report that it is fitting again beautifully! It still is a little snug, so maybe another 5-10 lbs will be perfect! <BR> <BR> Weigh in, I'm not seeing the numbers on the scale going down, but I have been taking measurements & they are going down. Slowly, but they are going down!! <em>334</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:33:55 EST i want to be married! Wahoo type of day!! Since I have lost some weight and gained some confidence, I decided I would finally make a music video I have been wanting to do! I hope you all enjoy and rejoice with me about this! Check it out, let me know what you think! I hope someday to be getting MARRIED! you girls are so luckky! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:27:51 EST new This is my first day. I hope all goes good!! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:01:20 EST Here I go This is my first day so I'm a bit rusty. I am hoping to lose around 20 pounds that I have gained in the last couple years. My honey loves to eat out and it finally caught up to me! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:47:55 EST What you Don't Want to Hear at the Seamstress Unalterable. <BR> <BR> The question is... Should I go back to the bridal salon about this? My problem: <BR> <BR> Yesterday was supposed to be a happy occasion. <BR> <BR> I picked up my fabulous dress from the bridal shop after holding my breath for five long months. It was just as gorgeous as I remembered. <BR> <BR> It was also just as long as I remembered - really, just way too much for a 5'3 individual like myself. But, just as the salon owners assured me back in November, they assured... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:39:46 EST Hi!!! : ) I am new to this site and am not sure yet quite how to do anything on it. Well, I joined last year, but then forgot about it. I am trying to get motivated after a long period of being just lost in my constant struggle with my weight. I am engaged and want to lose weight for my wedding. But more importantly, I want to lose weight so I can walk out of my house and be comfortable outside and around people. I have never been this overweight in my life, and just putting on clothes and going t... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 03:25:20 EST Wedding Jewellery What are you wearing for your wedding jewellery? Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:27:49 EST Kickstart Change Hello, <BR> I am a 40-ish California girl who will taking THE walk down the aisle in December 2012. While getting fit and creating a healthier lifestyle have been a priority in my mind, it has yet to play out in reality...Until now. Born purely out of a desire to be a dazzling bride, I have decided to kick start my program and fully enjoy whatever results I achieve. It also seems that everyone that I know has started going to the gym or is doing something to get more active, so why not me? I ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 03:07:57 EST Hey from Hotlanta! Just wanted to introduce myself ;D My name is Lisa, I'm 19, and I'm getting married September 8th 2012. I joined SparkPeople because I wanted to get fit and healthy before my wedding. My goals are to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, have more energy, and minimize stress. Oh, and keep up an excersize routine...which for me is impossible, but I'm determined! Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:17:32 EST hello!!! hi, my name is destiny...i just joined far i am so glad i stumbled onto this site...... i love the nutrition tracker.....i am looking to loose about 70 lbs.....looking forward to this journey:-) Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:25:06 EST where did my motivation go!? So two years ago I was seriously FED UP with my weight and worked really hard to lose 62 pounds. But now I still have 15 to 17 pounds left to go and although I've been eating ok, I have NO DRIVE to work out! My engagement party is July 15th of this year and id like to try to lose 10 but I have no urge to exercise! Bob Harper on Biggest Loser said to try new programs when u get bored but I have no idea what's right for me. I lost the weight just w/ my treadmill,dumbells and a resistance band. ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:55:13 EST feeling the love from this team wanted to say hello to all beautiful brides to be. I'm a bit shy so bare with me. i'll be married in less than a month and i cant be any more nervous than i am.... i lost 40lbs in 3 months and i thought the last 20 would've been a piece of cake the past 6 months lol well they haven't and now its never going to happen. i lost motivation which is surprising to me and all this food tasting is killing me. i hope joining sparkpeople and this team will help me spiritually to get thru something. bes... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:35:46 EST Shower Gift What is the one shower/wedding gift you are really looking forward to from your registry? <BR> <BR> Do you give gift to others from their registry to do something special? <BR> <BR> How much do you spend on shower gifts? <BR> <BR> Do you do bachelorette parties and gifts? <BR> <BR> If you are a bridesmaid do you spend more? <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:36:50 EST Long Engagements Are there any brides to be out there that are having long engagements? My fiance & I are going to be marriend in 2 years. Just wondering if there was anyone else in my boat out there. <BR> <BR> I wanted to get my weight loss journey started now so I am healthy (& pretty hot in my dress!!) & have 1 less thing to worry about as it gets closer to our big day. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:54:45 EST Hello from a Texas Bride to Be!! Hello!!! My names Tiffany....I am a 29yr old that is getting married OCT 13 2012 to the love of my life. I am sooo excited!! I have been on a weight loss journey for sometime now. I started a long time ago then I put on a lot of weight last year. I was up to 320 lbs. I made a deal with my fiancé that if i lost 60 lbs he would have to stop smoking....well i am down to 270 lbs now i feel so much better but I still have a long way to go!! I am shooting for 225 by Oct and to be in a dress size 14... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:51:33 EST Hello fellow brides ! My name is Becca and I'm 24. Got engaged December 23, 2011 and we are getting married May 13, 2012. Looking to slim down some for the wedding and feel better about myself. Hopefully I can get some healthy eating/snacking habits in place to help me meet my goals ! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:42:30 EST US Air Hello, <BR> I am getting ready to fly back East, and was going to bring an empty suitcase for purchase of new clothes and some things for Nic. Am I reading this right , it will cost me 70.00 for a 2nd empty suitcase ? <BR> then 200.00 for the 3rd ? <BR> <link><BR>baggage/baggagepolicies.html </link> <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 03:41:19 EST Whoo-Hoo! Weighed myself today & lost 2 lbs!!!! <BR> I'm so stoked! Remotivated because I wasn't seeing anything for the longest time. Wedding dress here I come! Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:12:11 EST hi everyone HI my name is laurie and I've been engaged now for a while, my wedding date is right around the corner june 29th. I love my dress and it fits great but I"M not happy with my body, I want to lose at least 25 lbs before the wedding, I started working out last week and feel great, I just now want to look great. me and my fiance have been together for 7 years and have a 4 year old little boy together and i just haven't been able to lose any weight, every time i try i get discouraged because i don... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:18:21 EST Hello wonderful people :)) Hi, my name is Ayu, working as a backend reservation officer, I just joined the Sparkpeople for almost 2weeks but havent update anything on my page yet. Im getting married in few years down the road but i guess y not start early to look good. I used to be very skinny during my high school but since the last 5yrs i hv been gaining almost 30kg.. And tat is depressing enough. I have decided that i dun want to gain any single kg as im tired of being fat, everytime I went shopping, all those nice ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:55:32 EST Facial Lipo I am thinking of getting my face done. I have Jowls, and I hate pictures of my self, and want no pictures taken. I want to know, for real, if anyone has done this ? What kind of down time is there? and the cost in France vs.other areas. I would love to have this done, before our church wedding. It looks very simple. ty <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:52:08 EST Hi!! Hi my name is Tammy. i am 27 years old and the proud mother of 3 little girls. I have always been a little chunky, but i hit my highest weight back in 2011 when i broke my leg, ankle, and cracked my skull during a four wheeler accident. 5 months of being laid up really packed on the pounds. I am hoping to lose at least 90 lbs before my Oct 5, 2013 wedding. I have tried everything. Hopefully this site works. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:39:29 EST Hello Hi, I just recently (like 10 mins ago!) joined Spark People. I got engaged Halloween weekend and am getting married this August. I'm a full-time college student planning a wedding so it is doubly stressful! I found my perfect dress and while it does fit, it's a little snug. My goal is to lose 20 pounds by the wedding and I did great for a while (lost a total of 13 pounds!) but gained some of that back and have 15 more to go! I don't have anyone to motivate me and it's hard to do everything on... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:36:44 EST dealing with special occasions Hi everyone, does anyone have any advice on dealing with special occasions and still making progress? Thanks! <BR> <BR> PS- I don't have a smart phone so tracking on the phone isn't really an option for me! :) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:12:03 EST having some troubles Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone out there has some tips for me. My whole life I have been very fit. I ran cross country in high school and college. I was never super duper skinny but I was definitely healthy. After I graduated in 2008 I put on about 30 lbs. Ugh! I'm working really hard to get it all off but I'm just having a hard time with it. I'm about 166 right now and want to get down to 140. I workout regularly but am afraid my old workout are the only things that will get ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:57:42 EST Heya all! Hey guys! I'm Niki. I am 24 years old. I am not really new to Spark People but been off track for a while so starting over again with my weight loss goals. I currently weigh 213 pounds and hope to get down to 130 by February of next year. Look forward to talking with all of you! <BR> <BR> Niki Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:23:36 EST Wedding Dress So I went wedding dress shopping for the first time yesterday. It was pretty enlightening about style and cut. This is my dream dress and I will be trying it on in July: <link><BR>-duff-wedding-gown.html </link> <BR> <BR> I would love to hear about everyone's dress shopping experiences and dream gowns! Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:52:14 EST March Challenge- Food Tracking Soo This might be a little selfish- But I really need help tracking my food.. <BR> <BR> So I thought if we do a Challenge.. <BR> <BR> 1 Point for everyday fully tracked! <BR> I can usually do breakfast and lunch and then skip dinner- So I really want to work on doing full days! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:50:49 EST MIL & Nic's friend I would like to ask you ladies a question. Nic's friend Rose told him, that his mother is still calling her, and saying she does not like me. I told Nic yesterday, that Rose is either his friend or his mothers, and the easy test is the meeting; Nic meet Rose from work, and thus how his mother meet Rose. I told Nic, if he does not tell his mother to stop calling , and complaining about his wife, then I want Nic , to delay his weekly visit to mama, as a punishment.. to me this is very simple, M... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 04:28:32 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Shannon. My fiance and I are planning for a summer 2013 wedding. I am very excited about it, but feel anxious whenever I think about having to go dress shopping. I am looking forward to using this site and am happy I have some people around for support. I need to lose 50 pounds! EEEKS! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:20:05 EST Hi my name is Denae I am 43 and A mother of 2, they are adults now. Now it is time to work on me. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:13:45 EST Hey there My name is Destinee and I will be getting married on July 1st. My main goal is to get fit and healthy before we start a family. My secondary goal is to look better than ever on the big day. So far SparkPeople is great so I'm hopeful. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:57:27 EST Hello! My name is Bree. I am going to be getting married in Key West, FL in 2 years. I have 121 lbs to lose, but I am just hoping to be fit by the time I walk down the aisle. <BR> <BR> Congrats to all the Brides to Be!! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:11:23 EST Hello Everyone So glad I found this team page on Spark..We got engaged last August and the wedding date is August 6,2012..I am a ``mature`` bride...I was a widow and after a not good marriage swore I would never be involved again with a man..Never say never <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I belong to a motorcycle forum and this is where I met my soul mate..He is my best friend and the true love of my life..We have been together for 2 years now and it has been the most awesome time..We are being married in Sturgis... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:35:21 EST RSVP feelings We have sent out our invites and are now receiving RSVP's. We planned for 50 guests and carefully picked the people we want to have with us on that day. I have gotten "7 no's" so far and am feeling a somewhat hurt or maybe a bit frusterated. I don't think it's anger. Is it just me or has anyone else felt this way? Hopefully it's not touch of inner bridezilla. EEK! Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:22:28 EST Hello Everyone Hello everybody! I'm getting married on 12/12/12 and made a commitment with myself to get healthier before I walk down the aisle. I have lost 80 pounds before but put almost all of it back on. Now I have problems with my knees and high blood pressure. I want to feel and be stronger and healthier so I can live to see my 50th wedding anniversary! My fiance and I have been together for 3 1/2 years and he's the most supportive person I know. We've both made a commitment to eat healthier and ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:30:47 EST How do I get to my spark Page? Hi I am wondering how do you get to your spark page? I created mine but cannot get to it HELP!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:03:16 EST Bonsoir, has anyone ever married in Paris ? Things are very different in France. You are not allowed to be married in a church here, so we had to have a civil service. I want a church blessing still. any advice ? <em>337</em> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:20:21 EST I am a returning Spark User. Hi Fellow Brides, I am a returning spark people user; the site has been running kind of slow so I guess I just have to grin and bare it. Anyway, I am having to lose 22 lbs. by the 19th of October this year, I originally need to lose 23 lbs. but I have lost one this week already. I really need the support!! <em>336</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:39:55 EST Feel like Dancing What are everyone's song choices looking like? <BR> <BR> first dance song <BR> Dad/Daughter <BR> <BR> any other fun songs that have to be played at your reception?? <BR> <BR> are you doing the chicken dance? macarena? Cupid shuffel? <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:31:42 EST SERENITY67 HELLO TO EVERYONE. I AM NEW TO THIS WEB SITE AND GLAD I FOUND YOU. THANKS SWEETSOUNDS11. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:42:00 EST Hey everyone, great blessings to you on your goals Hi everyone, like a million people who read the yahoo article on this page, I saw this and really wanted to join a supportive community. I am a full time student ( which doesnt help the weight issues) I am also a BBW model and would love to lose the BBW status. My goal is to look great and be healthy enough to try and have a baby.. and a few other goals.. I am fiercely independent so asking for support is a new process for me. I cant wait to find the new old me and love who I see when I look ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:49:24 EST Hi everyone! Please motivate me! I'm getting married january next year and I can't seem to find the motivation to lose weight..maybe not yet..or not ever. <BR> <BR> I'm a yo-yo weight kind of person so when i dont feel like losing weight, I really dont do stuff to lose weight. :( <BR> <BR> Right now I'm thinking I could lose weight before my my gown fitting (around May) but too worried that I'm just gonna gain all the lost weight back by the last quarter. And by January next year, I'm going to be all inflated again! <BR> ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:14:10 EST Woohoo I'm a married woman. Just want to say that I am officcially a married woman and married the woman of my heart. I shall talk more in my blog when I get the photo's. So I am now no longer a bride to be. So where to from here? Loves to you all. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 02:53:10 EST What a walk a day can do... I felt an urge to write to those of you who are feeling extremely stressed to lose an enormous or unrealistic amount of weight before you big day arrives. First off, STOP! Embrace your beauty for what it is!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Yes, losing a few pounds or a healthy amount of weight is great but if you find yourself not eating or exercising excessively to maintain the "ideal body" - STOP! It is not worth stressing yourself over... <BR> <BR> Last week I joined this website because I found myse... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:43:46 EST Checking things off the list I love to share with people when I get things checked off my list.. Makes me feel even better about getting it done. <BR> <BR> So this last week we Checked off 2 things.. <BR> <BR> Photographer- We met with him on Sunday and Brian and I both loved him.. Totally cool guy, right prices. Under $2000 and it includes a photobook and the rights to all my pictures and I will be getting over 400 pictures!!!! Plus he made Brian Comfortable which is what I totally need in a photographer. <BR> <B... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:32:29 EST CRUNCH TIME!!! :) Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kelsey, I am looking forward to getting married on March 16th, 2012! My fiance and I have been together for 6 years, no children! I am 22 and I am a full time student and work part time. Just recently, my stepfather and my dog unexpectedly passed away and unfortunately instead of sticking to my workout/diet plans, my depression, lack of exercise and excessive eating has made me GAIN weight! AH! Only a month and a half away from my wedding and my dress is a ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:41:29 EST Hello, I'm Cassie! Hey all, I'm new to the group and newly engaged! <em>30</em> We're looking at October 2013 and I'd like to drop 25 lbs and really tone up for the big day! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 15:17:37 EST February Fitness Minutes Track your minutes here Brides!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:13:48 EST February Challenge <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team... <BR> <BR> I thought for our February Challenge we could track our fitness minutes and aim for 600 this month individually. <BR> <BR> Since February Starts Tomorrow already- Crazy how time is flying and spring is right around the corner.. Keep us updated on your progress! <BR> <BR> ohh and try to avoid those chocolates from your men <em>493</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:18:26 EST Getting started Hello there, i am a stay at home mother, and i am veryproud to be, But i have noticed thay my health and weight are not where they should be and i am starting to lose interest in my day to day activites, this is no good. So i have made the choice to get healthy and lose the weight getting started seems to be very hard but i am sure i can push through it Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:36:17 EST Hello! My name is Cate. Hello, <BR> I am getting married in August 2012 and I am hoping to lose 41 lbs by my first dress fitting, which is scheduled for June. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:01:15 EST Any brides to be also reptile lovers?! I am a bride to be and wondering if any of you all out there are also reptile lovers? My boyfriend (knowing we are getting engaged soon, he just hasn't popped the question!) and I are major lizard lovers. We have 2 Tokay Geckos (male and female we believe), 1 male Mali Uromastyx, 1 female Nile Monitor, 1 female (maybe?) Fat- Tail Gecko, and 1 female Patternless Gecko. If you are a reptile lover, I would love to connect with you and talk about reptiles as well as losing weight :D Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:37:42 EST How many days til your wedding/Civil Union. My partner and I have just over 6 days for our Civil Union. <em>336</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:15:53 EST Hi, My name is Darby! I'm here to change my life. I'm a 26 year old female who's stuck in a deep, dark hole. I'm considered obese and I don't feel good anymore. I'm in constant pain, sad and lazy all the time...I need a lifestyle change very badly. I hope I keep my motivation going :) Nice to meet everyone! Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:59:51 EST Romantic Recipes - Valentines Day Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I want to make this Valentines Day super special and HEALTHY! We have been eating in more often both to be calorie and cash conscious. Does anyone have any romantic recipes (that are not caloric bombs) to share? <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> <BR> Sam Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:32:30 EST Bridal Shows... Yes or No?? How do you gals all feel about Bridal Shows??? <BR> <BR> My town isn't too big or anything but we have sooo many! I am glad I went to one to know what to expect, but there were soo many vendors and people I could barely talk to anyone. <BR> <BR> I am giving it another try this weekend and I asked my future sister-in-law if she would like to go too.. She is doing the hair for the lingerie models!!! WTH I do not want to see any tiny model walking around in lingire, specially when I want to l... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:59:35 EST Hey everyone! Hi, I'm Keisha. 33 years old from metropolis, IL. I am hoping to get married in October of 2013. I say hoping to because I will not get married until I can buy a wedding dress that I dont have to have made. I am 406lbs and 6ft 1in. This will be my second time down the isle and this time I want to do it right. Anyway, take a look at my page and leave me a message. I would love to connect with bigger brides, brides who arent just here to lose 10lbs so they can fit into their dress, but a... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:28:00 EST i am new I am new and my name is christy and i hope i can reach my goal Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:40:09 EST Save The Date Snafu! Nooooooooo! So my save the dates went out and the first batch of local people have received theirs. We had them custom made by a really talented gal who is the wife of my fiance's graphic designer. They are gorgeous with a gold border, grey script typography and a tiny wallet size photo of one of our engagement shots. They also have our wedding website address on them. <BR> <BR> <BR> The web adress is wrong. Oh. My. God. I could die I'm so embarrassed! <BR> <BR> Now we have to call everybody and tell... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:16:56 EST hello everyone! Hello ladies! My name is Tianna, but I am known by just Tia. The love of my life proposed to me last year, and we had a spring wedding "planned". One day I was taking a shower, and realized that this is my first wedding, and I refused to walk down the aisle looking like a whale! I just found this site and I really hope that this will be the support that I need to finally get this weight off. My goal is to lose at least 80lbs by my birthday in December. I just want to say that I wish all of yo... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:30:05 EST Questions 1) What is the nicest thing your fiance'/husband has ever done for you? <BR> <BR> 2) What are hobbies you like to do together <BR> <BR> 3) How are they supporting you on your journey to a healthier life? <BR> <BR> I'll go first. <BR> <BR> 1) My Fiance' suprised me for our first valentine's day 5 years ago.. He skipped class and drove to my college an hr away from his to take me out to lunch and spend our first Valentine's Day together. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) Well I am starting to take intere... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:14:58 EST April bride challenge i need to loose 20LBs and tone up to get into my dress Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:14:33 EST I need help Hi everyone I'm Mandy I'm getting married 7th April 2012 to Lee and i cant wait to marry my best friend my every thing. I'm needing to loose 1 stone before the wedding but realistically i dont thing it can be done <em>39</em> . i am on medication and steroids for my condition which makes my weight go up and down so if anyone has any advice of how to get me into my wedding dress it would be much appreciated. <BR> thanks Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:09:01 EST Hello! Hi there, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa, 29 years old and I am new to sparkpeople :) I am getting married on August 31, 2012 and I have about 20 pounds to lose before then. I am super excited for the next steps and can't wait to see how it goes. Any advice? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:50:23 EST How to do this without hurting his feelings? I'm trying to figure out how to accomplish something without hurting my fiancé's feelings. He knows how much I adore his hair (he's rather fond of it too) and over the past few years I've noticed that he's starting to thin in the front rather significantly. He notices it too and often laments about it, hating how it's starting to look, especially in his mid-20s. He's growing his hair back out for our wedding (he cut his ponytail over the summer, but it is making a slow return) and I want him ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:33:43 EST mental breakdown So I bought my dress the other day and was absolutely in love with it. I was on a super high swooning over it for the following 24 hours. But then my Dad sent me the pictures he had taken of me in it (so I could forward them to my Mom). I took one look at them and I realized I looked huge. Most of the pictures with me smiling were also accompanied by my double chin. My arms looked all flabby and it seemed my head was way too small for my body and its chub. I just started crying and couldnt st... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 07:25:31 EST New I am new here and wanting to lose inches more then weight. I am in a size 7/8 but my bottom half is alot bigger then the upper half. I make to get some tone on me but have had trouble since my last year in cross country in high school(almost 4 years ago). Nothing I seem to do works out, but I think I just need to cut down on what I eat and THEN eat better stuff. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:37:37 EST Everyone should feel beautiful! Hello All! <BR> I've just recently joined SparkPeople, and I'm new to the forums as well! This seems like a great way to track your daily eating habits and have some extra support from othere brides-to-be. My main goal is to maybe lose a couple pounds, but I would really love to tone up before my big day. It's on June 8, 2013--I still have a while, but why not start now. Feeling comfortable with myself on that day is very improtant. Every lady should feel beautiful on their big day and everyd... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:50:10 EST HI Hi my name is lyndsay i am 22 i have a 3 year old and i am engaged, i am looking to lose 100 pounds so that i can be back down to the weight i was before i had my son. I hope to lose and keep it off the only problem is I HATE VEGETABLES! If you have any advise for this feel free. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:45:34 EST Hello from Virginia! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a 'newbie' again.....I was a Sparker for two years and then life got in the way and I fell - or rolled HARD - off the wagon! lol. I started my weight loss journey several years ago and lost almost 70lbs. It was awesome. And then I got divorced, moved overseas.....and well, life got in the way. <BR> <BR> I'M BACK. And I have the last 20lbs+ to lose before I jump BACK on the wagon with a new wedding, a new life and a new adventure. <BR> <BR> My husband - we h... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:29:44 EST First Weigh In SW: 160.00 <BR> <BR> I got to start somewhere I guess.. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:51:19 EST The first appointment to try dresses I only just got engaged a couple weeks ago, but my over-enthusiastic sister-in-law pressured me into making an appointment to try on dresses yesterday. <BR> <BR> Basically, it has me discouraged. How are we supposed to pick a dress when the sample size doesn't actually let us know how it would look? I looked ridiculous in everything because I was quite obviously at least 2 sizes too big for the dresses, not to mention there wasn't a single bodice that could cover even half my 34H bust. Ba... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:45:44 EST First Bridal Expo/Showcase Hello fellow brides-to-be, <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went to my first bridal expo. While it was a lot of fun, it was so overwhelming! There was a point when I was walking by a booth that specializes in customized invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, programs, menus, etc... basically all of a wedding's paper needs that I haven't given a single consideration. I thought, "Wow, you need a lot of different paper for a wedding." And I realized that general "you" is ME. I wanted to cry! My ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:52:53 EST Promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. Hi, I've just gotten engaged over the holidays and returned to SparkPeople with my tail between my legs, having never reached my goal weight; I actually gained the weight back entirely. <BR> <BR> Oh well! It's a new day! Moving on! <BR> <BR> We set our wedding date for late June 2013, which is great seeing as we're getting married in England and my entire family as well as most of my friends are in Canada and the United States, and it also gives me a good amount of time to try to lose a... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 06:30:26 EST Hi everyone!! Hi everyone! I just joined sparkpeople, hoping to change my life. Im 26 years old, and am getting married in August of this year. I desperatley need to lose weight. I recently lost my Father to a heartache last July. He was overweight and diabetic. I also lost my brother due to a drowning tragedy July of 2010. So now I feel having been through the worst 2 years of my life, its time to take care of myself for ME and for my family. <BR> Im very open to chat with any of you sparkers! Feel free ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:35:29 EST Anyone else "win the raffle?" Did anyone else get the e-mail from Mark Anthony about winning a raffle for free photography for your wedding? I reported this as a solicitation, as I did not enter a raffle, but I also wanted to give a heads up to other brides on the site. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 20:42:18 EST Goodbye Size 18 jeans, hello wedding dress!!! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Raina & this is day 1 of my weight loss journey. I spent my entire life between 120 to 130 lbs, without watching anything I ate. My father passed away 4 years ago, and within 6 months I gained an insane 60 lbs. 4 years later I'm at 234 lbs. I've spent the last 6 months trying to deal with my depression, and now I'm finally at a point where I believe I can tackle the weight issue. FINALLY. <BR> <BR> I sure wish it was as easy to take it off as it was to p... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 20:50:20 EST Greetings! Hi Brides to Be! <BR> <BR> Congrats to us all! <BR> <BR> I got engaged on October 22nd, 2011 and my wedding date is November 24th, 2012. Over the years, the weight packed on slowly, and coming from parents who grew up in a village in Greece, fitness and eating healthy was never a priority. <BR> <BR> Reality has now hit, 40 pounds later. I have to say I often get discouraged at first bc the weight never seems to come off quick enough. I am going to try to stay motived this go around ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:35:30 EST Hi I'm Stephanie! Hey everyone! I'm Stephanie and I'm kind of a fraud to this group. :) I'm not exactly a bride to be but I'm a fiance to be... My boyfriend and I have been together for 2 years and have picked out the ring (he laughs that it may have been purchased already but I know we can't afford it. I am not working while he supports me through school. I couldn't be happier but I also am excited to start my married life. The problem is our weight. Both of us are in our 300's and not healthy at all. His mom... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:15:17 EST im a newbie Hi i'm Rachel im new to this, this is my first day joining SparkPeople and im loving it! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:34:10 EST