Full Wedding Recaps with Lots of Pro Pictures

…are on my shiny, new blog!

From here on out, I am no longer The Fit Bride.  It’s been fun blogging about wedding planning, but I have no desire to blog about weddings anymore (except those I happen to incidentally attend in the course of living). I’m ready to get back to normal life, full speed ahead, as a happy newlywed.

My new blog, Brie Fit, will chronicle my journey as a newlywed as I train for the Chicago Marathon with Team in Training.  I hope you’ll follow me over there (or update your Google Reader)!

See you on the flip side, dudes!

Blackout!

Blogging from my iPhone in the middle of a blackout.  Yipes!

First official run of marathon training tonight.  3 miles in 28:15.  I could have been a little faster, but my throat’s been tickly and my neck’s been sore since Sunday from being all jumbled on a plane.

When I was running, my dad’s anthem while he was fighting leukemia (“I Believe” by Joe Satriani) came on while my iPod was shuffling over 1000 songs.  If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.  He’s got my back for this marathon thing.

I am off to rescue some melting ice cream from the freezer.

Question of the day: do you believe in signs?

(Photos: today’s eats and how to read Runner’s World during a blackout)

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Live from the aisle

Two days to go!

Well, today was the day of final preparations for the wedding.  We have a little bit to do on Friday morning, but we should be done with everything by lunchtime, and the fun begins!

After we got done breakfasting/blogging at Panera, we went up to get our marriage license!  (I got sent back to the car to put my camera away.  Note: courthouses are not blogger friendly!)  Other than that, it was a pretty quick in-and-out kind of deal. 

We did a quick bathroom mirror picture with the license.  It’s (almost) official!

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Then we went to pick up a last minute gift.  We can never figure out what to get my mom, so we wound up getting her a nice-sized gift card to her favorite clothing store as her “thank you” gift.  We are also getting both sets of parents wedding albums.  It’s not the most personal or sentimental gift, but she likes shopping, and she’ll use it.

We also picked up Tim’s tuxedo!

We went up to my mom’s apartment (she’s a sorority house mom) next.  She was in charge of the out-of-town boxes for our guests staying at hotels!  Aren’t they cute?

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Inside, they have the brochure we made with travel information, two small water bottles, two packets of trail mix, two granola bars, two packets of M&Ms, two packages of crackers, and some Advil.  I love them!

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Her room has also been taken over by wedding stuff.  That’s her bed under there!

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For lunch, we went to Potbelly’s for sandwiches.  I love Potbelly’s, but they don’t have them in KC!   Boo.

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After lunch, we went back to her room and arranged our stuff in boxes—things to go to the church, things that go to the rehearsal dinner, and things that go to the reception site.  This is the box of pictures for our family wedding photo table.  I’m really excited to see this all set up!

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At 3 o’clock, we went to meet the pastor and go over the details of our wedding ceremony before the rehearsal tomorrow.

This will be my view on Saturday.

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THEN, we made the long drive back to my mom’s house in rush hour traffic.  We stopped at home for a bit, freshened up, and headed out to dinner with my bridesmaid (and bestie from when we were babies) Teresa and her husby, Marc.  One of the things I miss the most in Kansas City is having “couple friends” to go out to dinner with, so this was definitely a much-needed relaxing evening. 

After dinner…I had a minor freakout. You know when you can feel a zit coming on?  I panicked, ran to the Walgreens across the corner, and went crazy in the skincare aisle.

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Please pray for my face.

Then, we waited around until 11 o’clock or so for my aunt to drop off our favors.  It’s a long story, but she picked them up for us.  

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The plan for Friday?  We are dropping off the rest of the out-of-town boxes at the hotel where we have rooms blocked, then we’re dropping off all of our decorative frippery for the reception at the reception venue, and then we’re having lunch with my other bridesmaid, Lindsey, and her husband, Ricky, who are in all the way from Boston!  Then…rehearsal and rehearsal dinner time!

I’m not sure if I’ll be blogging tomorrow, so this may be my final post as a single woman!  Hooray!  See you on the other side!

Eat dirty.

It seems like the latest trend in dieting is Eating Clean.  Capital E, Capital C.

Disclaimer: I’ve read none of the Eat Clean books.  From what I understand, the plan seems pretty great–eat lots of complex carbs, veggies, fruits, legumes, organic dairy, et cetera.  All things I like.  I’m sure Tosca Reno is a nice lady.

(Source.)

But for the life of me, the phrase “Eat Clean” makes me want to go on a stabbing rampage.

Why?

Clean.  What’s the opposite of clean?  Dirty.  Dirty is bad, and shameful, and wrong, and lurks in vans with candy and chloroform.

My completely unscientific opinion is that women, especially those who are seeking out “diets” (the original book is entitled The Eat Clean Diet, so obviously, gonna attract dieters), are guilty enough about food.   We stash the ice cream under the bananas in the shopping cart.  We never clean our plates in public and compare our plates to the other women at the table.  If you’re like me, you raid the fridge when your significant other is away.  (Not anymore.  But I did.)

Calling it The Eat Clean Diet means that when you’re not eating the recommended foods, you’re dirty.  And bad.  And doing it wrong.  Hey, awesome, let’s throw another complex on the pile of women’s various psychological hang-ups!

Why do we need to place a qualifier on foods?  Good, bad, clean, dirty, healthy, unhealthy.  They’re all food.  There’s a time and place for all of them.  Even the Double Down.  Yes, we should eat more vegetables than Twinkies.  But should we skip the Twinkies altogether if we find them delicious and really enjoy them?  NO.

I also think that the “clean” versus “dirty” distinction smacks of…arrogance, maybe?   (Note: I’m not saying that people who eat clean are arrogant.)  What I AM saying, though, is that someone saying “I eat CLEAN” to me would automatically make me think “Yikes, I must eat DIRTY then” and feel all self-conscious and whatnot.   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–there is absolutely NOTHING dirty, wrong, or shameful about eating a slice of apple pie made with real butter, sugar, and apples.

My objection is this–do we need to go there?  Why can’t this be called “The Back to Basics Diet” or “Don’t Eat Things You Cannot Pronounce”?  What do we GAIN from these terms?

What do you think?

Podiatrist!

No April Fools’ jokes from me.  I am wholly uncreative.  Uh, I’m pregnant and becoming a vegetarian and quitting running?  There.

Today I spied a plate of macaroons in the break room, labeled with “Kosher for Passover macaroons, <1 Weight Watchers point each!”  I was sold.  It was yummy, but I like all things coconut so that’s not really a surprising verdict.

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All day I was super duper excited about my podiatrist appointment.  Yes, I’m a freak.  I was far more excited about this than I was about my wedding dress appointment yesterday.  Does that say something?

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I waited for awhile and took pictures with my phone.

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Then the doctor came in.  I have never, ever had such a thorough doctor’s visit before.  I was actively being seen or x-rayed for a full hour!

First, he took a history.  I told him the sad tale of Blistersquatch.  I shyly admitted that I had brought an iPhone slideshow of blister photos, and he was SO EXCITED at how prepared I was.  He even turned off the lights to see them better!  I showed him pictures dating all the way back to September, and he asked questions and was really interested.  I then explained that I was starting to have trouble with my ankles, shins, calves, and knees.

At first, I wasn’t optimistic.  He started his speech out with something to the effect of, “Well, the human body wasn’t really designed to run really long distances.”   At which point I braced myself for the “stop running” I was sure would follow.

But no!  Instead, he proposed running a myriad of tests and me trying a myriad of new things!  In sum, here’s what he brought up.

  • X-rays.  I was x-rayed in the office immediately and he read the results with me to make sure there weren’t any breaks or other skeletal issues.  He deemed my bones in good shape, although I have minor bunions on both feet, and pointed out my pronation in the x-rays. 
  • Antiperspirant.  Cheap and easy.  Rub it all over my feet.
  • A Doppler scan of my leg to make sure the knot in my right calf isn’t a blood clot.  (Scary!)
  • Prescription anti-inflammatories.  This will help the pain in my leg muscles/tendons and knee, and also do something in case there is some kind of inflammation response in my feet causing the blistering.
  • A PRESCRIPTION FOR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS.  Thank goodness.  AND, the guy who makes them is a runner!  I am going to get in ASAP for these. 
  • A core biopsy of my skin.  I have another skin condition, as well as asthma, and apparently these can both relate to blistering.  We will do this if the other stuff doesn’t work, after the half marathon.
  • Aqua jogging!  I’m hesitant to try this so close to my half, but I think it will be a good option for if things start to twinge afterwards.

I feel really great about these plans.  My doctor was VERY interested in my situation, listened to me, and did not once tell me to quit running.  He said that competitors are competitors, and he doesn’t want to stop me.

So, after dinner I’m going to go get my prescription for anti-inflammatories filled.  Tomorrow I’m going to (hopefully) go for the Doppler scan, and I’m going to call tomorrow morning for an orthotics appointment.

I am going to play it very, very conservative until the half.  I really don’t want to mess with anything.  I may try some running next week, but not unless I’m feeling 100% great beforehand. 

Also, more presents came today!

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A chip and dip, a cake stand, and towels from Macy’s…

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And our DYSON ANIMAL BALL from my sister!  I cannot wait to try this!

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I also loved the notes our friends put in their gifts.  From the chip n’ dip and cake stand givers:

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And from the giver of towels:

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Our friends are funny.

Anyhoo, it’s such a relief to have a new, fresh plan of action from a competent medical professional. 

Here’s to healthy feet!

Hi from Chi!

Hi everyone!

I’m in my home state, enjoying all it has to offer (namely, friends, family, and giant Italian beef sandwiches). There are lots of surprises afoot for tonight and tomorrow and I’m being a good bride and keeping my nose out of them

Today, I have my hair and makeup trial, and then my downtown bachelorette party. All I know is we have a gorgeous downtown hotel room and are going out for tapas and sangria. Yum!

Full recap on Monday! Hope everybody is having a great weekend too!