Tasting the excitement


I’m in Melbourne now. The Boy was here until yesterday and we were running around having meetings with the photographer, the band, the Rabbi, getting his suit measured, having a menu tasting. That tasting was awesome. I’m really looking forward to the wedding now – okay, the meal itself mainly :P Oh so good.

But now I don’t see The Boy for 2.5 weeks until the wedding. It’s traditional not to see each other for a week before the wedding but since he has work and stuff to do in Auckland, he’s there and I’m here. Personally I think he’s smart – avoiding all the stress! Although I have lists for him so he’s not completely immune. Things like “empty the bins before you fly out so we don’t get home to gross mold and a stinky apartment” so he’s getting something from it too.

Today is my final dress fitting. Although they have it as “pick up the dress” and I have it as “another fitting” since I’m all about managing my expectations. One more thing to cross off the list.

We met with the venue yesterday after the tasting and went through all the things we need to think about. The wedding planner there remarked that I seemed so calm and I had to laugh, because her idea of me calm is me stressed! But really, we’re well organised and nothing she said yesterday threw me for a loop. The list of things to do is still miles long but they’re all easy to cross off items, so whatever. I’m a little stressed about getting all my work done before the wedding since I’d rather not be working on the honeymoon.

That said, we have some long layovers in New York (Newark) and Houston – anyone wanna meet us at the airport and entertain us?

Wedding planning is killing me


I see a market for a new wedding planning book. Hear me out – I know the market is saturated but trust me, this book will sell like hotcakes (mmmm …. hotcakes ….)

How to plan your wedding without killing your entire wedding party in the process

See? It’s a sure-fire winner. Chapters will include such topics as

  1. What to do when you groom doesn’t want to call his groomsmen and formally ask them to be in the wedding party
  2. How to deal with a grandmother who is scared her grandchildren will be excluded
  3. How to quell a rebellion of bridesmaids who moan about not being able to find the shoe colour you want even though you gave them 6 months notice
  4. What do do when part of your wedding entertainment cancels on you 6 weeks before the wedding
  5. How not to go insane when your mother adds people to the list at the last minute

And more!

I’m not sure I’m the one to write this book however, since most of my solutions involve dreaming of ways to kill said wedding party members and bury the bodies without getting caught.

My mantra at the moment (other than “Murder is a crime.”)? None of this matters. We’ll be married. That’s all that matters.”

I’m still working on remembering that sometimes.

Whirling through the week


I’ve just spent a week in Melbourne fully immersed in Wedding Planning. Yes, that requires capital letters, despite what any editing checklist tells me.

I arrived in Melbourne last Sunday and had a dressing fitting, a hair trial, a centrepiece appointment. A chose some jewelery to wear for the wedding and discovered that my conservative grandmother and I had the same taste in jewelery, since everything I liked was her’s. It’s a nice way to have her close to me on the day. Even though she died 2 years ago and never met The Boy, I know she’d be thrilled.

I did a bunch of other things too boring to talk about really, but it was a massively productive week. It was also a long week – me, my parents and wedding planning. Not something I’d wish on many people. The Boy arrived on Friday night and managed to diffuse the stress. Really, he seems to know just what to say. And also, he managed to keep me warm since the end room we were sleeping in was FREEZING. Damn south facing bedroom in Melbourne winter.

I took my exercise clothes and shoes with me but alas, they stayed in the suitcase all week. My original excuse was that I’d forgotten to bring a sports bra with me but then The Boy brought one in his case for me on my instructions and yet I still did nothing with it. And it’s not as though I didn’t have time. We were busy busy busy but there were pockets of time. So I admit this: I had no excuse.

I also had no excuse last week for not exercising. And this week the sloth must stop. I will get to the gym this week. I will get some movement in this week. It’s a busy week but nothing stopping me from moving.

At least I didn’t eat TOO badly this week – a few yummy ginger biscuits (or cookies for my US friends), some mars bar ice-cream (too yummy to pass up) and a bag of sour lollies. Oh, and half a burrito and too many nachos at Mexican last night.

On second thought, maybe the eating wasn’t that great either. Hmmmm … this week I will redeem myself, get back onto that course I write about and all will be good.

How’s your week been?

5 in 5 starts this week and a general update


First, an update on 5 in 5 – 5 workouts a week for 5 weeks. I don’t care what your workouts are, as long as there are 5 of them. Starting this week, the aim is to get those 5 workouts in for 5 weeks and at the end of it, I’ll draw a random name to win a random prize. If the winner is US based, you can pick ANYTHING from the lovely, fantabulous Mizfit’s store (which I’m rather jealous about!). If you’re like me and not US based, do not fear – I’ll organise an awesome prize too.

My workouts this week will all be gym based as it’s getting a tad cool here and with that weather change, my excuse meter usually jumps up. So 2 classes, 2 cardio sessions and a weights session. Tuesday through Saturday and then a rest day on Sunday (and yesterday/Monday, since I did nothing!)

On to a general update now.

I’ve spent the last 5 days in Melbourne, visiting family and friends, wedding planning and birthday celebrating. I’m turning 30 this Wednesday and I wanted to be home with the family to celebrate really. It was super low-key, which disappointed me a little to be honest. I invited a bunch of people out for dinner on Saturday night and it ended up being 4 of us – me, The Boy, and my two closest friends. Just dinner – no dancing, no partying. I felt old :P

But that said, I had a breakthrough. You may remember me freaking out slightly about fitting into my wedding dress, which was ordered in an Australian size 8 (US size 4 or so). This freakout was not helped by my mother expressing her concern but it’s not her fault. I don’t know my body shape anymore. It’s changed so much over the past 3 years that the body in my mind and the reality don’t always match.

So we went to try on the dress. It fit. In fact, it’s too big and will need taking in, but I’m glad I didn’t get the smaller size again – it would have been very unforgiving! It looks gorgeous and I love it just as much as I did when we bought it (which is a relief!). It showed both me and my mother that my body shape has definitely changed!

And then I proceeded to eat myself back to the weight I thought I was. Seriously, the amount of food over these 5 days was insane. I weighed myself this morning and it’s a number I didn’t want to see again. I’ve been losing and regaining the same pound for the last few weeks. This week? I gained it plus a few more. I know the weight will drop again once I get into a routine. Plus my back didn’t allow for much in the way of workouts – one in total last week was not enough! I’m hoping the 5 in 5 can get me back into routine. It’s not about the weight though. It’s about the feeling healthy and fit and good again. And right now? All I feel is tired (we got in at 1am this morning), lethargic, and lazy. Time to change that.

How was everyone else’s weekend? What’s on the cards for workouts this week if you’re doing 5 in 5 with me?