Going from Skinny to Plus Size

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I was reading Amanda’s post yesterday and it stirred things in my heart that I haven’t thought about for a really long time.  This is not an attack on her post.  It’s quite the opposite, actually.  This is my weight story because I was one of those girls as well…then things changed.

I was a skinny kid.  I was always doing something active.  I was a dancer, a swimmer, a diver, a tennis player, a performer among other things that I have blocked out of my memory.  I wasn’t always doing these things at the same time (who had time for that?), but I always was doing something.  Summers were spent in the pool.  Playing around, doing laps and competing.

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When I entered high school, I was tall and lanky.  I also got teased for my weight because I was so skinny.  I wasn’t called anorexic.  I ate.  A lot.  Like all the time.  So, kids and even friends called me bulimic.  I know they didn’t really mean it that way, but they couldn’t understand how I could eat as much as I did and not gain a pound.  I was 5’9 and weighed around 125 lbs.  I never really thought about my weight as being an issue because at the time it wasn’t.

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After high school, and after competing, my weight started to slowly creep back on.  I wasn’t as active and there was a tiny thing called alcohol that captivated me.  I didn’t gain a ton of weight during college, but I did gain enough to notice…and to go up a size.  It really wasn’t until I left college that the weight really hit me hard.  Sitting at a cube for 8 hours and having a cafeteria downstairs just made it too easy to gain the weight.

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I am still trying to understand the right view of myself, but sometimes it’s eye opening to remember where I was 15 years ago.  I know that my body will change and it’s pretty normal to not be the same size I was in high school.  I really don’t think I could ever get back there.  But despite that, my view needs to change.  It’s not a competition.  My metabolism finally slowed down, and that is something I just need to accept and understand happens as you get older.

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I am now a size 12 and I’m happy with that.  I really am.  But I mean, who doesn’t want to be back to a size 6?  Yea, not this girl!  Those curves have a story to tell!  And I’m ready for them to tell their story.  Let’s all love and support each other, because that’s what we need to do.

How do you feel about your weight?

The Best Day: The Entrance

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We are married!  And now we get to enter our reception as husband and wife.  One aspect of our wedding that I wasn’t sure about was the bridal party entrance.  I’ve just never been really into the introductions, but Jeremy really wanted it…so here we are.  We had introductions, and what ensues are some of my favorite pictures that we have from our wedding.  The 2 best men just rose to the occasion and totally won the prize.

I will just let the pictures speak for themselves, because they are awesome.

First out were the officiant and his wife – my maid/matron of honor.

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Next up is Jeremy’s sister and brother in law, Eric…they are married, if you didn’t realize that before.

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Next is Joanna and Adam.  Look for a post next week that includes the details and the signs Joanna made for us…like the 2 in the picture.

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These 3 pictures are probably my favorites.  These two guys are Jeremy’s 2 best men and boy…they really do love my husband.

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At least they were happy at the end, right?  HA!  Since my sister wanted to walk out with her hubby, it left 2 guys by themselves for announcements.  So why shouldn’t one hold the other…the terror on Aaron’s face is too good not to feature.

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I plan on having a music post to include the music we used in our wedding – but we walked out to Capital Cities One Minute More.

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So there you have it.  Our entrance to our reception.  We followed that by our first dance, coming in a few weeks.

Our Vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Ridges Resort and Marina
Photography – Jason Hales Photography
Videography – Kimberly K Cinema
Florist – Moore’s Florist
Cake – Cakelady
DJ – Lethal Rhythms
Farmhouse Tables and Chairs – Classic Party Rentals
Beaded Bridal Belt – Elegance by Kate
Bride and Bridesmaid Robes – Silk and More
Brides Earrings – Sticks and Stones NY


It’s now time to link up for Wedding Wednesday!  Grab our new button and link up any wedding post you want.  It can be from your wedding 5 years ago; it can be a post of you planning your wedding; it can be about your engagement.  It doesn’t matter.  Link up here and spread the word!

My co-host today is Amye from Mon Amye.  I love that she shares posts about her wedding from 2012 and we still get to live it with her.  Her wedding was also beautiful, so go check her out!

If you would like to co-host with me, please send me an email and I would love to have you!

Wedding Wednesday



We Will Never Go Camping

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Oh camping.  Jeremy and I attempted to go camping once and it will only be once.  To say that this camping trip was an epic failure would be an understatement.  Almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  Where do I even begin?

I should start saying that this trip was in 2012 and I don’t think I have blogged about how epic-ly bad this was…and we haven’t been camping since then.

We Will Never Go Camping Again

 

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How could a camping trip be that bad?

Oh, where do I begin?

  1. We arrived Friday night and it was late when we got there.  There were only a few spots available for us to grab.  Oh and did I mention that this park is really small?  The camping pads are pretty much on top of each other.
  2. I didn’t pack enough food…at all.  We had burgers for 2 nights, fruit, a bag of pistachios and that was about it.  I didn’t bring anything for breakfast and no junk food.
  3. We didn’t have much to do.  We went hiking to Amicalola Falls and drove to Jasper, but really…not much going on, so we were bored!
  4. It stormed and we didn’t have the tent set up correctly.
  5. We had a couple who came in late that night have sex all night long.  They were right next to us.  It was terrible.
  6. I only brought 2 PB and J sandwiches for both of us to eat on our hike.  No sides and not enough PB and J.
  7. We failed to build a fire either night we were there.
  8. No smores, no things to do at night…awful!

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I am still scared by our experience and I am scared to go again with Jeremy.  I have been since then with girlfriends and it has been a wonderful time (even in the rain), but I don’t feel confident enough to go by ourselves again.

Have you learned anything from camping?

When I Grow Up

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When I Grow Up

When I was a young thing I thought that I wanted to be a pediatrician.  I also planned to go to Emory and get in to their medical school.  I had no idea what that entailed, but I knew they made a lot of money and that sounded good to me.  I was probably 10 when I decided this.  It always seemed like a fun option, right?  Fixing sick kids.  What’s not to love?

Little did I know to become a pediatrician, I would have to be in school for a really long time.  They don’t pay you all that money for nothing.  When I was 10, I didn’t realize that I needed to get a Bachelors degree and then get in to medical school.  I think I just thought you could graduate college and then go to medical school.  I was 10.

I was around 16 when I realized that my dream was just that…a dream.  It wasn’t going to happen.  I didn’t have the grades to get in to Emory and I didn’t score well enough on the SATs to go anywhere in Georgia (we have the HOPE scholarship which will pay for your tuition if you graduate high school with a 3.5 GPA and keep it through college.  I got the HOPE scholarship, but that made getting into Georgia colleges nearly impossible).  Plus, I had already gotten in to Auburn, so there was that too.

I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician, and I ended up getting a degree in Logistics from Auburn.  How I went from helping kids to trucks and transportation, I can’t tell you.  But I know that I am right where I should be.  I don’t think I could have survived if I had tried to be a pediatrician.  I don’t like to see kids sick, let alone in the same room with them while they are whaling, so I will stick to my trucks and transportation – and those awesome red trucks – all day long.

What do you want to be when you grow up?