Myself and my brother Bradley looking sexy AFTER the wedding.

And even more posing, omg! I think the dress was too big but I loved it!


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Ok, enough with the Celine references, promise. But seriously, how appropriate, right?

Today was a changing day in my life. (And now I'm quoting Dr. Phil) I went down to my school and managed to finally finagle a date for my TEP (teaching education program) interview. Not to mention actually finishing my interview portfolio which was I hadn't realized I did so much while in three short semesters at Athens. My life has been slowly speeding by without my knowledge and it all just sort of hit me today. So today, I've decided, is a new day. I'm starting over. Starting fresh. Brand spankin' new me.

But first we must acknowledge the past, yeah? Well I've been fat (overweight) my whole life. It's true, Mum was told to put me on a diet when I was nine months old. No, you read it right, months, not years. I was oblivious of being fat until I turned eight. I blame TV, all the big kids on TV were made fun of and, hey, looking in that mirror I realized I identified with them more than the skinny kids. And at eight I realized I was not only fat but I was grumpy. I preferred oblivious but what can you do. But I lucked out, none of the girls (or boys!) teased me for being fat. I was fortunate.

However I moved here to Alabama from elementary school to middle school. Like seriously, one day I was in elementary school and the next I was thrown into the fray of middle school. A few boys teased me but, eh, I was never one to care. Some of the girls were catty and the first few years were rough until I wasn't the new girl anymore but obviously it didn't scar me for ages. I'm happier now than I ever was. But we're getting ahead.

When I was eleven I decided to join Weight Watchers (the first of five times, I believe) for the first time. I lost twenty-five pounds (I was really short!) and finally looked like the skinny girls. But that didn't last long because my old eating habits came flooding back and I was back up there. I fluctuated all through middle school and high school and was never the skinny girl or the heavy girl, just the normal girl who felt like the biggest girl in the crowd. I was a size 12 and thought I was so big you could see me from space. How incredibly stupid I was. I'm a size 10 now and while I still have days where I despise my body, I love myself. I think back on my high school days and laugh at my naive view of self worth being completely connected with my body. I had friends! People genuinely liked me! I marched to the beat of own drum. I was cool in my own way. I could have ruled that school if I hadn't let my body rule me.

So I'm not doing it anymore. I'm giving up this lame idea that I can't be happy if I'm not 135. I CAN BE HAPPY. I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY. I CHOOSE TO BE 135, I choose it, I don't HAVE to be 135.

I was at my highest weight, 186.6 last September and managed to get here, 157.2 I've been stuck recently because I hit that mindset again. "If I'm 135 people will like me better. If I'm 135 people will stop talking about me. If I'm 135 my life will change forever". It's high school all over again and I'm not celebrating the changes I've made so far. I'm not allowing myself to. I SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO. I WILL ALLOW MYSELF TO.

I want to do this for me. Not for a boy/man, not for other people but FOR me. I won't let excuses or food get in my way. I'll eat if I want to and if I slip up I won't beat myself silly for doing it. I'll just start over if I have to. But I'll do this. I'm ending this lifetime of weight now. Right this very minute. Who's with me?

I will celebrate the woman I am becoming. I will celebrate the people who love me and I will love them more than I've ever loved anyone else because I finally love myself. I will treat myself as my best friend. I will be kind and thoughtful. I'm going to work hard to get what I deserve because that's the only way you know you deserve it.

My Quote:
"I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back, turn back; you'll die if you venture too far."
– Erica Jong

I didn't realize it but I feared (fear?) change. It held me back from hitting my full potential my whole life. I'm not afraid of it anymore. C'mon life I'm ready to grab ahold and hold on, knuckles white, until you shake me off. Even then I'll hit the ground running, looking for the oppurtunity to grab on again.

I ask again, who's with me?


Found this in a sparkpeople e-mail!

"So, I'm yet to be the runner I aspire to be BUT I'm a better runner than I've ever been.

I don't have a flat tummy BUT I've discovered my collarbones.

I don't always order the healthiest thing on the menu BUT I no longer make my choices blind.

I'm not going to be on the cover of a magazine BUT I'm starting to think that maybe I look good in certain clothes.

I don't always roll out of bed and throw on my sneakers BUT my sneakers are not collecting dust.

I haven't developed an ego BUT I am proud!"

Shamelessly stolen from MCANIRLINH!! That was fantastic, I feel inspired just reading it.

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My Goals:
I don't do well with set goals and dates. I'm not that kind of person. So here's some ideas (ok and a few dates)

155lbs - New shirt
150lbs - Workout shorts
145lbs - New jeans
140lbs - Massage
135lbs - New haircut!

This week's goal is to go to the gym on a day I work eight hours. Tomorrow (Tuesday) would be perfect.

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I'm starting out slow, I'd like to work back up to just tracking truthfully everyday.

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Just the basics, I have PCOS. It's not too bad, causes some crazy strange cramps and super duper cravings around that time. But this time? I'm going to deal.

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I love you Mom.

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  • v APRIL88485
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    The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never live up to and she learns to be stubborn to get her own way since her mother is always pushing her to do what she wants her to do. The little Taurus girl can turn to food for comfort as she feels she isn't given the attention she wants from the parent. Thus she can have a weight issue. She loves the tastes, smells and textures of all things and especially food. She makes a wonderful cook, and can work in the restaurant business as she is a good business woman. She can work in the fashion industry, or hairdresser business as she loves beauty and style. She usually has a wonderful singing voice and has music talent. She can be a good actress. Her health issue is her throat area including her thyroid. She gets along best with Virgo, Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn. She does well being the "woman behind the successful man" as she really needs to have money.

    Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is all about reward. Unlike the Aries love of the game, Taurus loves the rewards of the game. Think physical pleasures and material goods, for those born under this sign revel in delicious excess. They are also a tactile lot, enjoying a tender, even sensual, touch. Taurus adores comfort and likes being surrounded by pleasing, soothing things. Along these lines, they also favor a good meal and a fine wine. The good life in all its guises, whether it's the arts or art of their own making (yes, these folks are artistic as well), is heaven on Earth to the Taurus-born.
    It's the Bull that serves as the Taurus's mascot, and along with that comes the expectation that these folks are bull-headed and stubborn. Yes, they are. Hey, this sign has a Fixed Quality attached to it after all, so expect that things will occasionally grind to a halt. That said, Taurus doesnÕt start out with the intention of getting stuck. They simply want to get things done, and it's that steady, dogged persistence that winds up being viewed as stubbornness. Bulls are actually among the most practical and reliable members of the zodiac, and they are happy to plod along, as it were, in pursuit of their goals. The good news for Bulls is that once they get to the finish line, they'll swaddle themselves in material goods. A self-indulgent beast? Perhaps, but if you toiled as laboriously as these folks do, you'd need some goodies, too.
    Taurus is ruled by Venus, a lovely goddess who didn't deny herself many things. In ancient Roman mythology, Venus was the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure, and Taurus has pretty much taken up where she left off. Bulls are fond of all things pretty, whether it's in their home, at a museum or on the stage. Life as one sweet pas de deux is how the Taurus-born like it. To onlookers, this may look like so much materialism and blessed excess, but Bulls really aren't interested in living without beauty in their lives. Beauty to the Bull also comes in the way of a happy home life, one that includes a partner and a stable relationship.
    Taurus values harmony in their personal lives, so they'll work hard on keeping their mate happy. The Bull's penchant for sensual pleasures, of course, can only help things along! Bulls can also be the sappiest of sentimentalists. Will all this overweening attention to their mate turn a Bull into a possessive mess? Probably not, although these folks do have to manage their tendency to latch on a bit tight. At the end of the day, however, TaurusÕs are true romantics and loyal to the core.

    The Element associated with Taurus is Earth. No pie-in-the-sky for these practical folks, since they'd much rather be on terra firma. Bulls tend toward conservatism, and this is often seen in their day-to-day behavior. No far-out schemes (that's Air) or shrieking ultimatums (more like Fire) here. Taurus much prefers to take each day slowly and steadily and work toward their ultimate goal. Along these lines, those born under this sign are happy to stick with their projects until they have reached a successful conclusion. They are also extremely patient and dependable along the way. Does that sound earthy enough? The only kink in this well-oiled chain is the heckler in the gallery that tries to upbraid the Bull. These folks may not have a hair-trigger temper, but it's short enough. Bulls in a hissy fit can get pretty argumentative, but eventually they'll calm down and come back to center, since these folks would much rather be Zen. The Earth in this sign does tend to act as a balancing mechanism so that things never get truly out of hand. For every one person who considers the Bull a pain, there are two who will say 'No way!' and happily take the Taurus' gentle charms any day.
    Seeing as how Bulls are generally strong and well-built, it's no surprise that these folks enjoy testing their strength on the field of play. Expect to find a Bull engaged in a spirited game of hoops or mountain climbing. Hiking is also a favorite pastime, since it keeps Taurus close to their beloved earth. Indoor adventures are also favored by Bulls, which is why the opera or ballet is right up a Taurus's alley. When it comes to love, the Taurus-born are devoted, romantic and somewhat possessive. Their sensual nature has a way of erasing any mistakes! Since Taurus rules the neck and throat, Bulls would be wise to keep a silky scarf at hand, ideally in a warm (and soothing) earth tone.
    The great strength of Taurus is in their stability, loyalty and dogged determination. Bulls want to get the job done, and they will. What better way to get the riches they so fervently crave?

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    emoticon emoticon Have an AMAZING belated birthday! emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon I hope your day was a groovy one!
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