March & April Events

Having a “successful” first two months I was headed into March on cloud 9. One reason of course was the fact I didn’t completely hate life on my new “diet”. I’ve usually jumped ship with new things about 2 months into it, the longest I went was 16 weeks when I did Weight Watchers. Perhaps it’s because this isn’t a diet so much as what I have to do the rest of my life and I do my best to take things a day at a time. Also after spending over a year as sick as I did, knowing how to avoid it provided a ton of motivation and commitment.

The first 1/2 of March was filled with appointments to SAY YES TO THE DRESS, and I’m pleased to say I did find one and it’s perfect.

Something VERY exciting happened at @abbottsbridal today! #ROJWedding #sayyestothedress

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With a dress out of the way a trip for me, Mom, and Becky changed from a continued hunt to a girls’ weekend away and it was a blast! Of course as soon as I got back ordered the dress the reality of the fact I HAVE to lose 3 inches from my waist hit me. Why did I order a dress too small? Well first of all because it was like $100-200 more to get the bigger size because I moved into the plus size range and second because I was afraid if I continue (when I continue) to lose weight the adjustments up top would be too difficult with too much extra fabric. Being a shorty I did pay for the custom hem so I’m at least good in that department. Oh and I’ve lost another 10+ pounds since March and moved down at least 1 clothing size so I should be on the right track for October.

Given my new need for weight-loss and general lack of working out while I sorted my meals, March saw the start of me getting back into it all.

BTW for those curious here is a meal plan for me on an “average” day.

  • Breakfast : Vitamins (lots of them in chewable or liquid form) and sometimes a glass of juice or a yogurt
  • Lunch : A microwave meal
  • Snack: Some cheese or chips or rice cakes
  • Dinner: 4-5 oz of slow-cooked chicken or turkey, or a small amount of white pasta, or steamed veggies. (Please note OR not AND).

Typically I eat about 800-1000 calories a day (yes even when working out). Eating foods with more calories tends to not work because they’re types of foods I can’t process. Eating MORE food isn’t an option typically because my stomach doesn’t work and it’ll all come right back up anyway.

At the end of March I attended a trampoline fitness class, a Zumba Mardi Gras party, and a 5K in Cleveland with my sister.


April began with one of the best days of my life. As you all know Dave and I are not a typical couple. We do things in our own way and in our own time. Despite having nearly all of a wedding planned, we weren’t technically engaged. Although I continue to argue when you’re in your 30’s and buy a house together it’s an implied thing. On April Fool’s Day we attended a superhero themed 5K and dressed as Punisher. It was cold and wet and took forever, but we made it to the end and as we were leaving he asked me to take a few more pictures. I did find this odd because we didn’t get finisher medals so we wouldn’t normally take pictures, and he doesn’t usually want to do pics. So I embraced this rare chance and agreed. Well in the course of those images this happened…

How does anything compare after that for the rest of the month? Well let me tell you.

  • A glow in the dark Zumba Event
  • A Relay for Life Zumba event where I got to get on stage to be a “back up” dancer
  • An Author Meet & Greet
  • Setting up my own fitness studio (in my sun room)
  • 6th Annual Endure for the Cure obstacle course race
  • Canton Hall of Fame 5K where I kicked Dave’s butt by like 4 minutes

Yes, it’s easy to see the 3rd and 4th months of the year were also quite good to me.

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