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16 Weeks.

16 weeks. That is how long I have until I'm walking down the aisle to marry my best friend in the whole world. I'll be doing it in a size 6 wedding dress I've already purchased - one with a 10-inch-long zipper that I still have about four to five inches to go on until it zips up all the way.

Needless to say, I have some work to do - especially since, if you want to get technical, it's more like 15 and a half weeks. And in those 15 and a half weeks, there are some pretty serious challenges, including but not limited to:

- holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving, namely, and the events surrounded those)
- my bridal shower and bachelorette party (VEGAS!)
- my good friend's wedding
- the Tower of Terror 10-miler, which I am VERY behind in training for

This is obviously not a comprehensive list, but you get the idea. I am currently hovering around my highest weight ever, which is not a great thing. But you know what? I'm going to give it everything I have, and wherever that gets me is where I'll be on the day I get married. My ultimate goal is still in the 120 lbs/size 4 range, but that might come later if my body says so.

What I know now is that I want to be like this guy:

Granted, I don't have 300+ pounds to lose, but issues with food are issues with food. If that amazing man can work up the inner strength to get up every morning and jog in place, then so can I. There is absolutely NOTHING holding me back except myself. No one is forcing me to eat garbage, or sleep in instead of run. No one is requiring me to complain about how hot it is outside, or take the elevator instead of the stairs. My brain is the culprit, and it's time to reprogram that bitch.

I'm starting a new job Tuesday. I'm the editor of a book on the New York Times Best Seller list. I am marrying the most awesome man ever. And I deserve the body I want.

So it's time to get it back.


Danielle Richards
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
You can do this. Don't overwhelm yourself with the long-term end goal of 120. Take it 10lbs at a time and focus on your dress. Maybe that means 135 or 130 come December, but regardless you will feel amazing and accomplished.

Don't stress the bridal shower or bachlorette party. I'm sure you can find some salads in Vegas for most meals!

Holidays are always hard, but depending on plans you know what to do. Make some sides you can easily account for, bring a salad, etc. :)

You got this!
Aug. 26th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
I do not think I will hit 120 by the wedding but I honestly feel OK with that. I think my dress would be big anyway, and I would have to absolutely kill myself. Which I don't want to do, and which isn't healthy or sustainable. I'd risk being sick I'm sure, which...no. Lol.

I am trying. The shower is really only one day, and as for Vegas...well, that's two full days with lots of buffets. :-/ BUT one night will be a nice dinner out and I can definitely plan for that, plus do some research on buffets with healthier options! I can stick to drinks without sugary mixers, etc. and remember that I don't have to stuff my face to have fun. Which reminds me: Josh and I decided to skip Food & Wine Fest this year, so at least there's that to check off my "WTF FALL UGH" list. I need to tap back into those healthy pumpkin-inspired recipes on Pinterest I pinned like three years ago lol. The Skinnytaste ones. Now that I have a fairly decent blender I have more options, yay.

Every time I try to blame the holidays, I remember that you started your WW journey during the holidays and killed it. That helps a lot. Thank you for the support - I am here for you too! Love ya!


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