Jul 12, 2009
Here are some photos from my Chicago bridal shower:
Me and Gram
My Chicago BM's
Goal: To be the healthiest me at whatever weight and size that is.
In the last 16 months, I have lost 19 pounds by being conscious of what I eat and increasing my activity level. I have decided to make a final push until the wedding with more consistent effort.
Original starting stats January 2008: 180.2 pounds and 32.5% body fat
Starting stats for Bridal Bootcamp April 2009: 161.2 pounds and 28.8% body fat
Tuesday 3/31: walked 2 miles (one of those is 500 feet elevation gain)
Wednesday 4/1: Gym - 15 minutes circuit and 45 minutes treadmill
Thursday 4/2: walked 2 miles (one of those is 500 feet elevation gain)
Saturday 4/4: Gym - 15 minutes circuit, 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes rowing and 6.5 mile hike
Monday 4/6: 2.5 mile walk at lunch and 7 mile walk at night
Tuesday 4/7: Cardio bootcamp class 1 hour (20 minute cardio with 30 minute circuit)
Wednesday 4/8: Gym - 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes treadmill walk/run, 5 minutes row machine
Thursday 4/9: Cardio bootcamp class 1 hour (20 minute cardio with 30 minute circuit)
Sunday 4/12: 2 mile walk
Tuesday 4/14: Cardio bootcamp class 1 hour (30 minute cardio with 15 minute circuit)
Wednesday 4/15: Gym - 10 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes treadmill walk/run, 20 minutes bike
Thursday 4/16: Cardio bootcamp class 1 hour (30 minute cardio with 15 minute circuit)
Saturday 4/18: Gym - 30 minutes treadmill walk/run (finally 50/50), 10 minutes rowing, 10 minute elliptical
FI made the memorial candles (inspired by Kohler):
All laid out:
Assembled with planting instructions:
Hoodie (inspired by JackieG):
We are getting married Sunday, July 12th. After our original venue went out of business, we found ourselves re-planning a wedding in 6 months. Since we are getting married in downtown Chicago, I knew Saturday night would be booked and we thought a Sunday brunch wedding sounded lovely! I love our new location. It reminds me of a lovely garden, but it is within 2 miles of the Sears Tower!
The brunch will take place in the adjacent pavilion.
We talked about marriage frequently and I knew he had the ring for 1.5 years, but I was shocked when he did it. We were sitting in our office studying for finals and we were talking about marriage. He said that he hadn't proposed because he thought I wanted something over-the-top like a skywriter or something. I laughed and said that none of that mattered to me and I just wanted to be married to him. He decided there was no better time than the present. He grabbed the ring and got down on one knee. We celebrated over Ben & Jerry's fro-yo!
The ring he proposed with was his great-great-grandma's. As the oldest grandchild, he knew that the ring was being passed down to him for a long time. His grandma gave him the ring in November 2006 and it stayed hidden in our house until March 2008! The original ring was quite damaged, so when we took it to the jeweler to have it repaired we decided to have the metal recreated and use the same diamonds!
The Original Ring:
The Jeweler Rendition:
The Finished Product:
We met in 2005 after a Cubs Game. I lived in Chicago, but he was there for work. The next day I told my mom about him I said "I have good news and bad news. The good news is I met the man I want to marry and the bad news is he lives 2,000 miles away!" We made the long distance relationship work for a few months until I packed my bags and moved west. It was the best decision I ever made.
In March, after 2.5 years of dating, we got engaged while studying for finals. We will both graduate in June. We are getting married in Chicago on 7/12/09!