Sunday, June 8, 2008


The wedding yesterday was beautiful! My niece looked lovely and of course I cried. Weddings always make me cry. I'm not sure why...but as soon as the bridal march begins I lose it. I guess it's because weddings are such happy occasions - full of hope and promise for the future. They are a sign that the circle of life continues as a new family is formed and two extended families are merged together. My duaghter and her hubby also sang a beautiful duet during the ceremony "When God made you..He must've been thinking of me..." and of course that made me cry too! (thank goodness for waterproof mascara!)

The reception was so much fun and I danced half the night (unusual for me) but now that I'm running I've tapped into a little more energy than I knew I had. My son in law (whom I haven't seen in a couple of months - he didn't make the last trip in from Massachusetts with my daughter) asked me if I had lost weight (!) That made my night! I told him that I'd been running and while the weight has been slow to come off - I think it's rearranging itself. And my other daughter (bless her heart) told me my butt looked a lot smaller.

Those are the things I need to make me continue on believe that this journey is worth the struggle. And it was those words that compelled me to go out in the sweltering heat this morning before church and do my run. As I'd planned - I deviated form the schedule of running 20 straight minutes. I repeated the two 8 minute runs with a 5 minute walk in between. It was hot but I did it and I'm finding that the breathing is getting easier.

I have also come to the truthful realization that I really need to watch my food intake better. I've gotten lax since I started the Cto5k program thinking that it didn't matter. But it does. Last night at the reception they had stations with the most incredible food! And I helped myself to what ever I wanted. But I did take tiny servings and I passed on the wedding cake. (Each table had their very own cake which amounted to very large slabs of cake!) but being that I'm not a real cake person, it was easy to pass up.

In between the ceremony and the reception we went to my cousin's house for an "in-between" party and I found my hand in the snack bowls more often than it should've been. And it didn't help that the morning of the wedding my oldest daughter showed up at the house with cream filled chocolate covered donuts. My absolute favorite. And of course...I ate one.

So I need to watch it. And maybe when this running becomes something I do daily instead of every other day - and I've managed to drop the weight I'm carrying now - I'll be able to not be so concerned about what goes into my mouth as long as it's in moderation.

I'm trying to keep up with the small plate theory (I swear it really has some merit) and drinking my water and choosing whole grains whenever possible. I keep telling myself - one foot in front of the other and eventually I'll reach my goal.

I've included a few pics of the happy day - the happy bride and groom and me and my siblings. (Me on the far left - the matriarch of the family...) This was at the end of the evening...tired and swaety!
Hope you'll had a great weekend!


Grumpy Chair said...

Lora you look so great and beautiful! I immediately thought "wow, she is looking so trim".

I always cry when children sing or at weddings.

RunningNan said...

You look fabulous! That is a trap that you sometimes can easily fall into with the running. You've recognized it, and you are moving on.. simple enough! I'm glad that you repeated the one day, especially in the heat. Please take it easy out there. It's definitely not worth heat stroke for a smaller but... wait.. maybe it is! LOL. I'm just kidding. Anyhoo... You'll do fine at the 20 minutes.. just keep slow.. if you think you can't do it, slow down a bit. If you think you are slow enough, slow down some more. If you have to stop and walk for a few seconds to regain yourself, it's ok. There's no right or wrong way to do it. I'll be running along side of you in spirit as you do it! It's all down hill from there!

We switched our runs to the morning to combat the heat. It was fabulous getting it done before work!

Honi said...

great pictures.. what a lovely couple too and you look wonderful!!!

Manuela said...

I love weddings too although I don't cry at them. I have one coming up in 2 weeks!

The pictures are beautiful as are you.

Thanks for stopping by my party!

Irish Mom said...

Mindless snacking is something I deal with as well. Sometimes I don't even realize I am doing it. Weddings are sooo fun, I love them.

Kathy said...

Weddings are so much fun, aren't they? Tiny tastes of things you don't ordinarily get to eat are fun too. There's always time to even the playing field with lots of veggies the next few days.
btw...lovely family!

MargieAnne said...

Lovely Photos.

I've just added your Blog to my reader. I'm going to enjoy reading it.


CactusFreek said...

Whos that guy? Is he your hubby?
You are right about our bodies re-adjustng themselves.Sometimes we have to re-arrange ourselves under our skin rather than lose weight some weeks :o)
You are doing great!
I can totaly understand about being a bit lapse with our food when we are exercising regularly. I do the same thing :o/

dadivastreet said...

You look lovely! Thanks for sharing the great photos! You've celebrated, now just move on & continue the journey!

Scale Junkie said...

You look fabulous!

I think that finding a balance with your eating when you're working out so hard is key. Filling up on bulky items like fruits and veggies really helps.