“Oooh,” was my little sister’s response when I showed her these Twilight-themed engagement pictures from K&K Photography. I love anything themed. I think these were done quite nicely. Spraying some sparkles on the groom-to-be would have added an extra special touch
Have you ever planned a theme party, photo shoot, or wedding?
Melody wants me to plan a Harry Potter themed wedding for her. This one was done really well and this Harry Potter wedding was amazing! I’m totally envious of their guests. My favorite details are the Hedwig-sealed invitations and personalized wands.
Growing up, it was a blessing to have a mom who always put a delicious dinner on the table every night. Dinnertime usually comprised of rice and several dishes of meat and vegetables. I was trained to stop eating when I physically could not continue – when my stomach was distended and aching. Pretty much everyone in my family is that way. In fact, after our nine course Chinese wedding banquet, my aunt told people that she was still hungry and had to get a burger afterwards. She weighs about 100 lbs. My family breeds these human garbage disposals who never gain weight.
Case in point – my sisters. I censored myself because I don’t want to traumatize my FB with a picture of me in a bikini. This was us last summer in Hanauma Bay in Waikiki.
Unfortunately, my garbage disposal genes are recessive. See?
Anyway, since getting married, ST and I have packed on some pounds. ST’s answer to this is, “Who cares? You’re married.” This placated me for a while, until my clothes started getting tight. Then they got tighter. Then I stopped wearing some of them. During my spending fast, I realized that I don’t need nice clothes to look pretty – I already have lots of nice clothes – I need to feel good about myself. This was a crucial turning point in my shopping recovery.
I liked my body most when I first married ST. I weighed 118 pounds and thanks to eating right, personal training, and 4-5 days of exercise, some of those pounds were lean muscle.
Toned arms, no double chin, and hard back muscles.
Currently, I weigh 122 lbs. Before you roll your eyes at me, remember that I’m only 5′ 1″! I’m pretty much a hobbit sans the hairy feet (my sisters treated me to a pedicure recently ). That, compounded with the fact that I’ve been on a workout hiatus since August – gaining 4 lbs is a lot. My weight gain is localized to face, chin, and belly. Those 4 lbs are a double chin, muffin top, and flabby triceps that prevent me from wearing two of my favorite dresses.
Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that weighing over 122 lbs or any other number is fat. For some people, like my friend Helene who is 6′ 3″, 122 lbs would be ghastly. For other people like my buddy Livia, 150 lbs is hot. It’s all about the individual and their personal goals. I am very uncomfortable at my current weight and it shows.
The last few pounds are very difficult to shed. The only time I’ve lost them was when I did that crazy 10-day cleanse last summer. I was half-starved and miserable. Shedding the double chin, muffin top, and flab, involves strategery.
THE PLAN – FOOD
THE PLAN – EXERCISE
The best way to stay accountable about going to the gym is getting a buddy. Today, I went to the gym with a friend and we’ve already made plans to go again next Saturday. My other friend has a treadmill, so when I hang out at her apartment I can hop on for 30 minutes. Convenient and fun!
Wish me luck!