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The Stage is Set

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The stage is set and I am ready to arrive. . . .

My sons college graduation is just 10 days away.

His wedding is 11 days away.

The house is being prepared for guests, to improve traffic flow and make areas for groups to gather in to socialize. I now have it so that 20 - 25 people could comfortable gather for conversation/meals. This is important because we live in a college town and most of the wedding party are college students.

The menu has been made for post graduation cookout that will also serve as rehearsal dinner.

The shopping list for paper products, meats, nuts, hummus and veggies has been made.

The dresses have been bought . . . and all fit!

I have three events in three days and a dress to wear to each.

First is the dinner the night before my sons graduation:

Then his graduation:

And then his wedding: (not sure I have a good picture of this dress)

I have the shoes purchased and lined in that go with each dress and a back up dress just encase:

My hair has been highlighted and trimmed recently. I will have my eyebrows threaded on Friday. I have done all the prep work I can to make this go as smoothly as possible.

I didn't wait until the last minute, which would have caused me to feel panic and anxiety. I have been planning all along the way and now, I'm ready. Well, as ready as a mom can be. There will be high emotions on that weekend.

The other thing I have been preparing all along the way is my body, my health, my wellness. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually I have been cleaning house, making room, clearing the flow and cleaning out. I feel the best I have felt since I was 17. I am so glad I invested the time into my physical health and well being. I walk with more confidence, I have better stamina and I am able to feel stress and pressure without internalizing it and allowing it take over my ability to think wisely.

I am in day 18 of the 28 Day Challenge. I have realized in these 18 days that I will most likely always follow a written meal plan. It just works for me. Especially during busy or stressful times it is nice to not have to 'think' about what to eat and just know what is on the menu. It gives me one less decision to make each day when I am packing my lunch. The other thing I have realized is that I am very happy with who I am and where I am at physically. I am a healthy weight for my height. My body fat is reasonably low (20-22%). I'm wearing the smallest size I have ever worn. I am stronger, can lift, push and pull more than ever before. I have great endurance and can run, jump, skip and hop.

I don't know that there is a 'there' for me or anyone as far as health and fitness goes, I will always be working on improving in every aspect with every workout. BUT, as far as weight loss goes . . . I'm there.

Mentally . . . I don't need to see the number drop.

Physically . . . I'm wearing size 6/8 . . . I'm shaped like an hour glass and my husband can't keep his hands off me. What else could I want?

Emotionally . . . I love who I am and the number on the scale does not define my self worth.

Spiritually . . . the number on the scale does not measure the purpose I was created for.

The stage is set and I am ready to arrive . . .

I am my best self now!

Be fabulous! Be YOU!
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    What a wonderful feeling to be at this place in your life - all areas balanced in ways that only maturity and growth that you have worked so hard to achieve on all levels could have wrought. Congratulations! Enjoy! The dresses are lovely, but YOU are a piece of heart and art to behold!
    3422 days ago
  • DEE797
    You look AMAZING! I love all of your outfits. Wishing you continued success on your journey!
    3423 days ago
    The dresses look great! Have fun.
    3424 days ago
  • NEWME0519
    I love that you are well prepared and ready for whatever comes your way!
    3425 days ago
  • TWALKER0475
    "I am my best self now!" What a great feeling, and congratulations for recognizing that you have arrived at that place you were shooting for!
    3425 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/12/2011 4:01:54 PM
    You have accomplished a great deal! Your journey is so inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to take us with you. Your struggles have helped me identify some things I really need to work on. I want to feel like I did 12 years ago. I was in a size 8, very fit and had a lot of endurance. I have a goal, but I am taking my time getting there. For me that is very important. I tend to want it NOW and sacrifice a lot of things to get it. When I do it that way, it doesn't last and then I go the spiral of tearing myself down. I don't want to process my life like that anymore. I am thankful to the many wonderful lives that live in our SP world. You have all helped me on my journey.

    I hope your next 10 days go as planned. I know what it feels like to have your only son get married. My heart is with you.

    And I wanted to tell you how beautiful you are. I love the dresses you chose. Keep up the great work.
    3425 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/12/2011 4:01:19 PM
    I was really tearing up there when I scrolled down to comment and read what your husband yelled at ya! Do me a favor and tell him thanks for keeping me from turning into a blubbering fool....this was just a really lovely blog....very emotional I thought.
    3425 days ago
    emoticon You look amazing. Glad you are loving the improved YOU. It's soooooo worth it. Good job.
    3425 days ago
    You look fantastic - I am sure lots of people will be looking at you at the wedding.
    3425 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Wowza! You look great in ALL your dresses.

    I just have one small complaint . . . you're much too vibrant to always be in black! How bout some color to match your sparkly personality?
    3425 days ago
    Very happy for you, my friend!
    3425 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    LOL! You guys are sweet. My boys are 24 and 22 (almost 25 and 23) The younger one is the one graduating and getting married.

    Oh, BTW, right after I posted this blog, my husband was on his computer in the other room and I heard him call out "Yes I can keep my hands off of you! I just don't want to!"

    3425 days ago
    You will rocking it with each of those dresses!
    3425 days ago
  • no profile photo KRISTINARAINES
    You look hot!!
    3425 days ago
    Wow, you sound like super woman, not sure how you get it all done. I am a sahm and I don't even have a clean house all the time. YOu look and sound amazing. I am sure you will enjoy everything.
    3425 days ago
    What big things coming up! Great job with all the planning! Your dresses are lovely and look awesome on you.

    I have big things coming up this fall. My first grandbaby is due Sept 4th and then my oldest son is getting married Sept 4th. I hope to plan as well as you and to look great in my dress (haven't picked one out yet!)
    3425 days ago
  • ROSET491
    Enjoy this wonderful time!! You have worked hard and have given so many the motivation we need!! I know every time I read one of your blogs I come away thinking I can do that!!

    3425 days ago
    "Your sons college graduation!!!!!!!!!!!" OMG... I dont believe you have suchha grown up kid... I really dont. You look so fantastic, from fat to fit to fierce :):)

    Wayyyyy to go...
    3426 days ago
    Carolyn, Praying for smooth events with JOY unspeakable!
    3426 days ago
    Amazing! You look great and I love all the dresses! Doesn't it feel so good to plan ahead and get it done? I'm slowly learning that. Have a wonderful weekend with your son and family! :)
    3426 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2712264
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    3426 days ago
    If we all had your amazing attitude we would all be doing good :) congratulations on all your upcoming excitement--i am sure it will all go off without a hitch :)
    3426 days ago
    Wooooooooooooooo Hooooooooo!!!! You go, gorgeous mama!
    3426 days ago
    Hot momma! You look amazing Carolyn - what an exciting time for you and your family! Have a wonderful time! You deserve it!
    3426 days ago
    You look great! Sounds like your all ready! Things will go off smoothly im sure! Congratulations and ENJOY!!!!
    3426 days ago
    You look beautiful and strong in each of those dresses! Graduation AND a wedding, wow! Congratulations to your son!
    3426 days ago
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