Wednesday, June 30, 2010

E-Pics are In

After going on a rant yesterday about our photographer, I woke up to find me tagged in a number of engagement pictures. And they look great! After speaking with her and voicing my concerns, my faith has been restored in her and we're staying with her. She honestly does great work, and after looking at other photographer's website, no one has the creative eye that she does. So after a month of waiting, here are a few of our engagement pictures! I love them all.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Friday!

I love Bethenny Frankel. She's real, she's funny, and her show is the only reality show that I can get LC to watch with me. When I heard that she was coming out with a drink line, I was pumped. Except that you can't find it anywhere in Chicago or Milwaukee. So I special ordered it just in time for my wonderful sister's visit. This weekend consist of Skinnygirl margaritas, pool/fun in the sun, street festivals, Carnivale, and my sister!!! Happy Friday!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fit Bride (To Be)

From as far back as I can remember, I've always had a constant battle with my weight. I've never been one of those girls that could just eat whatever she wants and not have to worry about gaining weight. I look at a cheeseburger and I can feel the pounds being added to my body. I was overweight most of my grade school life and have been the center of jokes. I wasn't severely overweight, but let's just say I carried my "baby fat" up until high school.

The summer of my sophomore year, I lost 40 pounds in 3 months. That's about 3.3 lbs a week! I was active, I was motivated, I was starving! My BFF and I had decided that summer we were going to kick our butts into gear and lose weight together. We were tired of being the "chubby girls". We ran almost every day or night and instead of the summertime water-fights that our other girlfriends were participating in, we were at the Y working out. We also started the "one meal a day" diet. We would eat a piece of fruit for breakfast a big midday meal and very little if anything for dinner. We were on summer-break so this was very easy to sneak past our mothers. And when school started in the fall, a piece of toast for breakfast, yogurt and 1/2 a sandwich for lunch, and a normal sized dinner (so our mothers wouldn't notice). I'll never forget when my mom said that I was almost too skinny and that she didn't want me losing anymore weight. Success in my eyes. And now here I am, 10 years later and the 40 lbs have found me once again.

In college, I started to notice the pounds being put back on slowly but surely. That's when my mom told me about Weight Watchers. I followed the plan, worked out and the pounds came off, but nowhere near what I was in high school. I graduated college, moved to Chicago, and became very comfortable with my now fiance. Then came the "happy love" weight. Beer and wings over football season, cocktails and hotdogs at Cubs' games. Hello the rest of my 40lbs.

Which brings me to today. After stepping on the scale this morning and realizing that it was 3lbs more than it was on Thursday and not having my favorite pair of black work pants fit me. I logged onto my computer and signed up for Weight Watchers before I was out the door for work. I refuse to be a fat bride. And it's not just for my wedding. It's for me. And for the rest of my life. I feel so much more happier and confident when I'm losing weight. When my confidence and mood suffer, my relationship suffers. You know what they say, happy wife happy life! So here I go again, back on the Weight Watchers wagon. Hopefully this time I'm strong enough to stay on.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Proposal

Larry and I got engaged July 3, 2009. It happened after a Cubs vs Brewers game. We got back to my apartment and I went into the kitchen for a glass of water. I turned around and there he was in the hallway, down on one knee. He gave his, "will you marry me" speech. I laughed and then I cried, and then I said yes! We have set our wedding date for July 3, 2011. I didn't want such a long engagement (2 years) but with Larry going overseas this summer with the military, and the cost of weddings, it's just the way it worked out. So here we are, almost a year out. This past year has gone by so quickly. I can only imagine how the next year will go. So here it goes, planning a wedding two hours away from where we live and documenting every last bit along the way. Happy reading!