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Gearing Up for the Wedding

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You’ve probably heard, I shouted it out all over Facebook and Twitter, my son is getting married!  I know weddings are all about the bride, but this Mama of the groom wants to look good too!

Slimfast goalHere they are talking about Justin dropping the ring (while still in the box) and it rolled under the car and he was trying to be discreet about crawling under and scooping it up before she noticed, because at that time he had not popped the question. It was fun listening to all the details of how he asked her to marry him.

They have been very busy with all the details and while they’re picking out colors, photographers, the dress and all that fun stuff. I’m gearing up for the wedding by trying to deflate the muffin top! I found a few dresses for inspiration and came up with my own plan!

Mother of the Groom

1. Nordstrom 2. Brides.com 3. Best Mother of the Groom Dresses

I really want to lose about 15 pounds, to reach my goal before the wedding, I started the Slimfast® 14 Days to Slim program on Sunday. It’s an easy way to jump start my weight loss,  you can lose up to 6 pounds in the first 14 days. If you’re like me, it’s encouraging to see those first pounds drop! Meal planning and writing everything down helps me stay the course, I’m sharing a printable that I created and one of the recipes from the Slimfast website. It’s very helpful to have ideas for the 500 calorie meals. You can also follow them on Pinterest and Facebook for more inspiration.

Goal set…drop 15 pounds.

Plan in place…replace 2 meals a day with Slimfast shakes or protein bars, 3- 1oo calorie snacks, 1- 500 calorie meal, 30 minutes of activity a day, drink plenty of water and no more than 1,200 calories a day.

I can do this!

Here’s one of my favorite meals so far this week:

Pesto Chicken (recipe here), Brown Rice and Green Beans

Pesto ChickenA couple of mornings this week, I sat down and planned out the meals on my printable.

I  can check off my 8 glasses of water, my snacks and my daily activity.  There’s just a sense of accomplishment to see the days checked off.

Slimfast planning

If you’d like a copy just click here to download:  Check it Off printable

check it off to take it off

Activity, no problem, getting 30 minutes of walking makes Murphy a happy girl.  I grab a shake and head out the door.  I find it easier to get my walking done in the mornings, before I find reasons to make excuses of being too busy later in the day. When Murphy hears her leash rattle, she’s ready to go. I’m channelling her enthusiasm. She’s the perfect walking partner, never complains and is always eager to go for a walk!

slimfast walking

slimfast walking murphy

I’m planning on being ready for the wedding, I think I have it easier than they do 😉

Be sure to check out the 14 days to Slim Challenge Sweepstakes taking place on Slimfast’s Facebook page May 12, 2014 till May 27, 2014. There will be TWO $5,000 grand prize winners, given a gift card to a specific retailer or a Visa/Amex gift card. Here’s the link to sweetpstakes: http://goo.gl/pbttUi.


slimfast journey



  1. Congratulations!!! I know you can do it and Murphy will do her part, and by the way I am loving dress number 2

  2. You are so gonna be a knock out mother of the groom! I know you’ll make your 15 pound goal.

  3. Good luck with the diet! You can do it! Thanks for the download. Think I will try this. Gained weight since I retired & this might just help.

  4. I used this method and lost 25 pounds a year ago and have kept it off! I also used an app on my Kindle called My Fitness Pal, which helped track calories and activity. There is a version for Apple and androids, and it is free! You can do it!

  5. Wedding or not. I could use some excercise that’s for sure. I vote for dress #2 😉 You’ll look fabulous. And I’m adding SlimFast to my grocery list right now.

  6. Congrats and best wishes to the lovely couple! Your dress choices are fab! Please keep us posted on all the fun plans. It’s a wonderful time in your life. As for the ’15’………you GO girl!

  7. Congrats to your family on the upcoming wedding! I definitely need to lose a few pounds and get ready for summer!

  8. Good luck with the journey! Thanks for the printable!

  9. Wow, all those dresses are beautiful and a great motivator! I need to get on this plan, so tired of hiding the belly and thighs. blech!

  10. Sounds like a great plan!! Maybe I should pretend Austin is getting married? Or borrow Murphy…

    The Pina Colada sounds YUMMY!

  11. Deneen@dreaming-n-color

    You’re an inspiration. You will look great in that color!

  12. You are inspiring me! I need to get bikini ready 😀

  13. Mmmm….I’m up for anything Pina Colada! So yummy. And what a great printable. Love the water check offs…I need to keep better track of that! 🙂

  14. Hello Debbie,
    Congrats to your son! Looking forward to hearing all about the wedding. I need to lose about 20 pounds before October…maybe I should give this diet a try. I will be sure to check it out and I hope it works for you.


  15. you will be rocking it in all those dresses. Weddings are my favorite. cant wait to hear and see all about it. good luck with those 15.

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