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Tuesday, January 19

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. " ~Ayn Rand 

I actually owe you updates for the last two weeks, so let's get started.

I didn't post fitness stats when I started in January, but I will now. Here is what I started with on Jan. 1:

Weight: 155 lbs.
Waist: 32 inches
Hips: 40.5 inches

I don't plan to take measurements weekly, just my weight, but Sunday was the 3 month mark for the wedding so I figured that was a good time to re-measure for a monthly assessment. So, as of Jan. 17:

Weight: 150 lbs.
Waist: 31 inches
Hips: 40.5 inches

1.  Eat breakfast every morning within an hour of getting up. We're 19 days into January, and I think I've missed 1 breakfast. That's a big accomplishment for me, but what I'm not doing so good with is eating within an hour of getting up. I need to work on that.

2. Taking my vitamins every day. I think I've missed one or two days. The Mister has started taking a multi as well, so we're doing this together.

3. Get at least 20 minutes of exercise everyday. I'm not there yet. I'm averaging about 4 days, but that's not going to cut it. I really need it to be more like everyday--6 days at the least. I'm going to keep pushing here. I started Jillian Michaels 30-day Shred yesterday. That woman is tough! But I like how my body is feeling sore in a good way this morning. I'm planning to alternate The Shred with my running days.

4. Drink at least a liter of water a day and two on the days that I do cardio or strength training-basically 1-2 Nalgene bottles. I'm consistently meeting this goal; in fact, I'm drinking 3 Nalgene bottles on the days that I'm working out. What I'm trying to focus on is making sure that I drink a full Nalgene bottle within the hour before working out, especially on cardio days. I can feel the difference in how my run feels if I haven't had water before I get to the gym. It makes for a very hard run.

5. At least until my wedding, I'm not going to be drinking any beer. I'm good on this too. We even went to trivia last week, and I had no problem passing on the beer. I'm not going to lie though, I was jealous because everyone else was enjoying a rare brown ale that won't be around after the wedding.

6. French fries, those are also gone until the wedding. No problems here either. Though the waiter brought them to meal with my meal anyway on Saturday; I sent them back to the kitchen, just to avoid the temptation. The Mister says I looked like a recovering alcoholic who just had a drink set in front of him. I think he's crazy. Actually, I haven't had any fast food at all this year.

7. NEW GOAL: Eat at least 5 servings of fruits & veggies everyday.  I've been tracking my goals on dailymile and sparkpeople, and I realized that this has not been a high enough priority in my diet. The health benefits to making this a solid part of my diet are just too great to put this off until February. So as of yesterday, I've met this goal so far.

So there we have it, I'm doing pretty good with everything except working out as much as I'd like, but I'm going to get there!
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Saturday, January 16

...with a horrible sore throat. I'm actually surprised that I haven't gotten sick earlier this winter, not that I'm complaining. What I was complaining about was feeling so bad yesterday that I spent most of the day in bed, and it was the prettiest day this year so far. Seriously, it was 60 degrees and sunny outside, and I was sick. NOT FAIR!

I'm still not 100% today, so I took it pretty easy. The Mister and I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up the last of the details for our invites, which we decided last week to print ourselves since I have access to a laser printer. They were our first real DIY. I have a feeling we have several more coming.

We sat at the kitchen table most of the evening finishing them up. Mister cut everything out and mounted everything; I hand-addressed everything. Barring postage tomorrow and about 3 pesky missing addresses, they are ALL DONE and going in the mail on Monday. I'm so relieved.

I'll post pictures of all the details later this week, when I know everything has been received.

Since my throat is still sore and I have a radio show in the morning (the first of the year), I think I better get myself back to bed!
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Thursday, January 14

Image source: Wichita Healing via Google Image Search

This morning we had our first premarital counseling session with our Pastor. I'm not going to lie; I was nervous. I wasn't worrying about the actual session with the pastor; he's great. We love him, and I've always felt like we have a good relationship with him.

What I was nervous about was the test. Part of our church's premarital counseling is each newlywed-to-be takes a "compatibility" test. Think a small booklet with 150 or so statements and you choose how strongly you agree with them on a scale of 1 to 5. Add in the standardized SAT feeling because you have to bubble your answers on to a separate sheet using a No. 2 pencil. Now I understand the purpose behind the test. The results don't tell the pastor whether we should or should not get married or anything link that or a predictor of whether our marriage will succeed or fail. Rather, the results give the pastor an idea of where we're strongest as a couple and what areas we need growth in.

Knowing something and feeling something are two different things, and I was feeling nervous. What if it comes back that we have no areas of strength; what if we need to work and grow everywhere? Silly, silly irrational thoughts that I absolutely couldn't help but have. Of course if we've been together nearly five years, we have areas of strength, and we have a pretty good idea of the areas where we need to grow too.

As I expected, the session actually went very well. It was short and sweet. Our pastor discussed how a Lutheran ceremony typically goes and what parts of the ceremony we could personalize. We have a lot of freedom there; the only requirement is that at least one of our reading be a scripture lesson.

Then he explained the test and all it's sections and sent us off to separate rooms to work on them individually. The test itself was not that bad. It actually gave me pause a few times because I really had to think about the statement. There were questions that made me realize we still need to discuss some things, maybe not the before the wedding but as we begin that journey together. (Example: we've discussed how we would want to discipline our children, but we've never discussed what kind of religious education that we would want them to have.)

The hardest part to answer was the section regarding our family as a teenager. I will not discuss that sort of stuff on the internet as it's very personal to people other than just myself, but let's say that my family life as a teenager at 13 was completely different than at 18. So it was hard to answer some of the questions.

I'm glad now that we had to take the test. There were parts that really made me a mental note to talk to the Mister and parts that made me laugh and parts where I was thinking "I bet I know what the Mister has to say about me in THAT area of my personality." And I agree, this test will be a great springboard for conversation, both with our pastor and in our home. And that's the point of doing this, to give us the best start in a marriage we can have, which can't happen without an exchange of ideas.

Our next session is in two weeks, when the results of our test will be in. I wonder if we passed? =)
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Wednesday, January 13

Last summer when we were beginning to get ideas for our wedding, I wrote about how we are going to include a ring-warming ceremony as part of our wedding. (Gosh that seems like a long time ago.)

Well, we're still stuck on the idea, and one of the things that I left completely up to the Mister was to figure out how we wanted to pass the rings. He really liked the idea of getting his mom to make a small pillow with a pocket to put the rings in and passing the pillow during the service.

Then in November, he saw this picture on Etsy and decided to correspond with Sonny, the owner of Embellishment Queen about having a pillow embroidered with seashells to go along with our beachy theme.  Naturally the process took a little while because the holidays are the busiest time of year for a talented artisan, but this month we reviewed the sketch and thread colors. And yesterday, the Mister placed the order for her to go ahead!

We should have the pillow by the middle of March. I'm going to have a hard time waiting that long.
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I meant to blog about this last week and go sidetracked. Now I'm glad that I waited.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you've heard me rave about how happy we are with our photographer, Chi Pritchard. She did an amazing engagement shoot for us over Labor Day, and we've been super-impressed with the results.

Well, over the holidays, Chi started a photography blog, which showcases her amazing work. And over this weekend, she featured our engagement session! You should totally check her blog out and our photos.

Again, if you're getting married in South Carolina (or North Carolina or Georgia), you should definitely consider Chi to do your photos.
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Since we're not having a formal reception, one of the things that I probably won't get is the Father/Daughter dance (tear). We'll see; the restaurant does have a jukebox, so you never know. But today's post isn't really about that.

It's about this hysterical video that has made me smile today:

Found on The Knot 

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Thursday, January 7

With our wedding date less than 4 months away and the holidays over, the Mister and I are really starting to focus getting the details crossed off our to-do list.

Here's what we've worked to accomplish so far this week (all things we should have probably finished months ago):

Wedding Night Accommodations
Making a hotel reservation for our wedding night. I was holding off on this because I was hoping to make calls to some of the hotels in downtown Charleston. As I've mentioned previously, there is a celebrity tennis tournament that weekend, and many of the hotels are running $250-$300/night with a 3-night minimum. I was hoping to see if I can speak to a reservation manager and get something more reasonable, but I finally realized that I was never going to have the time during the work day to do that. Instead, I booked us an oceanfront king room at the Seaside Inn.

Pre-Marital Counseling
Making appointments for our pre-marital counseling. Our pastor actually asked us to wait until after the holidays to set the dates for this. We start next Thursday morning. It's only four sessions, but I'm nervous!

Finish designing our invitations. If we weren't working with a local printer, I know we would have done this already, but since he's local, and I see him weekly, we've let it slide. The Mister and I are finalizing the details tonight so I can put it my printer's hands the first of the week. These babies need to be mailed out by the end of the month.

Shower Guest List
Provide a guest list to my friend who is organizing a lingerie shower for me. Now, I just need to finish up the list for the bachelor/bachelorette party.

I'm trying to focus on what we have done because it still feels like there is A LOT to do. Let us repeat my wedding planning mantra: "At the end of the day, we'll be married, and that's all that matters."

For those getting married this spring, what do you still have left? Have y'all been more diligent with staying on the planning schedule than I have?

Wedding Paper Divas - Free Shipping
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Sunday, January 3

I have a lot of resolutions this year, but I wanted to share the resolutions related to staying fit and healthy.

Some of these are geared toward being in a specific place for the wedding, which is just over four months away (!!), and some are habits that just need to re-establish for a healthy lifestyle in general. As of today, I'm still on track with all these resolutions so far.

Setting Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Eat Breakfast Every Morning 

I've mentioned this before, but eating breakfast is still a challenge for me since all I really want is my coffee. This means eating a healthy breakfast, not just junk.

Here's a quick run-down of what I've eaten so far: Scramble eggs with turkey bacon and whole-grain toast on Friday, whole-grain cereal with 2% milk on Saturday, and a fried egg sandwich with Canadian bacon on whole-grain toast this morning. I have to thank the Mister for fixing me eggs this weekend.

Taking Vitamins Every Day

I used to be really good about taking a multivitamin every day, but somewhere along the way this year, I got out of the habit. Mostly because you should eat something first, and I'm not so good at the aforementioned breakfast thing.

It would be really nice if I met all my nutritional needs through my diet, but let's face it, that's difficult to do when you lead a busy life where sometimes you're eating at your desk. So I need to be sure I'm doing what I can to make sure I still get what I need. This includes a multi-vitamin, fish oil tablet for Omega 3s and calcium/vitamin D tablet.

Exercise 20 Minutes Each Day

For the sake of the fit of my wedding gown, this really needs to be cardio and/or strength training 5-6 days a week, but I'm also incorporating yoga for those rest days.

Stay Hydrated

I'd like to drink at least a liter of water a day and two on the days that I do cardio or strength training. At first glance, this seems like a lot, but I carry a Nalgene bottle to work with me almost every day, which is 1 liter. And most days I'm drinking two Nalgene bottles worth of water anyway.

Where I really need to improve is the weekends, which is way more important because that's when I'm most likely to indulge in a cocktail or two...which brings me to a resolution, which at this point is wedding date specific.

No More Beer

At least until my wedding, I'm not going to be drinking any beer. I will still indulge in a glass of wine now and then because I do have a job where sometimes you come home and just need a glass of red.

But back in October when the Mister and I did a no-spend month, I lost 10 lbs just from eating at home and not drinking nearly as much beer. Part of this is because when I meet the guys for Happy Hour on Fridays, we almost always indulge in a plate of cheese fries.

No More Fastfood

And about those fries, those are also gone until the wedding. I love French fries, but my waistline doesn't so they're gone for a while. And I'm also giving up fast food, in general not just for the wedding.

Now I know there will be the occasional road trip where that will be the most convenient option, but it's seriously gotten to be a regular lunch for me when I'm eating at my desk, and I don't need the convenience of a drive-thru. I just need better planning.

After I establish these as habits in January, I want to add one or two more fitness/healthy changes each month. While none of the first six resolutions is super difficult, I really want to establish them as habits and not just overwhelm myself.

So there we have it. I will likely be writing a weekly update (probably on Sundays) because it helps me keep myself on track. So if you have no interest, then you're welcome to skip those posts.

In the meantime, tell me what you want to accomplish this year? What's one health resolution that you're making for 2010?

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