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Well, it’s been a bit since I last posted, but I only have a few things to share:

No new recipes. I tried a new one on Monday, but it was pretty bland, so I won’t bother sharing. =/

Found out I’ve lost 4 more lbs on Weight Watchers at my meeting last night (we’d been in Huntsville for a few weeks, so hadn’t gotten to go to a meeting for those weeks)!! I was pretty happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Classes have started…I’m trying to prevent getting as stressed as I did last semester, so I’m trying to keep up with DAD (Drugs and Diseases) better…I’ve already made notecards on today’s lecture, and gone through them!

None of that was very exciting…but it’s all I have. I’ll post another recipe in a few days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well, this past weekend, one of my dearest friends, Erin Goad (or, I should say, Erin Webber), got hitched! Erin and I have been friends since we were in diapers, having both grown up going to Central Church of Christ. She and her family have always meant a lot to mine, and many of my memories include Erin. She, her siblings, and her mom coming over in the summer for lunch and to go to the pool; her coming over for many of my birthdays to eat out, see a movie, and spend the night; spending the night at her house after Christmas Caroling with church kids; playing on (and breaking) my grandma’s neighbor’s trampoline; and many more specific memories. Though we went to separate colleges, and she now lives in Arizona, we have kept in touch, trying to get together when we can over breaks and such. She was my maid of honor last year, and I got to be her bridesmaid this year! This weekend was a whirlwind of wedding festivities, concluding with a lovely wedding ceremony.

Friday was her lingerie shower, put on by me, Christina Winch, Jonna Barton, Mary Brown, Sarah Goad (Erin’s sister), and Jonna’s mom. It was held at the Bartons house, and Jonna did a lovely job setting up tables and getting everything organized for the shower. The night before, Jonna, Christina, and I went to Costco and got food for the shower. It was a pretty good spread, if I do say so myself — chicken salad croissants (Jonna’s mom, Mrs Suellen, made some of the best chicken salad!), chips, a veggie tray, cheesecake, and some yummy grape punch. Then we played Wedding Pictionary/Sharades, where everyone had to draw or act out something “wedding” or “love” related (e.g., movies like “My Best Friends Wedding,” phrases like “Happily Ever After,” and songs like “I got you babe.”) Then Erin opened lots of nice presents, and everyone talked some more. It was a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin & The Hostesses

Saturday morning was the Bridesmaids’ Breakfast, put on by my mom, my grandma, and several lovely ladies from church. They had it in a private room at the Holiday Inn express, and we were served bacon, eggs, potatoes, and a biscuit…yum!! Then we opened up the floor for people to say things about Erin and her mom, Mrs. Melinda, which led to some very sweet, tearful, and touching moments. That night we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at Erin’s house…we supped on delicious food (chicken, red beans and rice, red velvet cake, etc) prepared by a man from church, were entertained by Erin’s dad and brother playing music, and watched a slide show. It was a nice conclusion to the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

That brings us to Sunday….wedding day!! I went to Jonna’s with the other bridesmaids to get ready, and with the help of Christina and Jonna, I got a pretty cute up-do done for my hair! Then we went to Erin’s to take pictures, and not too long thereafter we witnessed Erin and Chad’s wedding! The music throughout the ceremony was beautiful (Erin picked it out, so that’s no surprise!), and they got married in her backyard in the lovely gazebo her father built (and where we swam in their inflatable swimming pool as a kid!) Thereafter followed the reception, with some delicious lasagna and chicken alfredo (Mrs. Melinda gave me the recipe, and I will definitely be trying it…I’ll post it on here when I do) and homemade wedding cake. The newlyweds danced their first dance (as a married couple) in the gazebo, the bouquet and garter were tossed, fireworks were shot off, and then we all lit sparklers as they went to their getaway car. It was a truly beautiful wedding — her mom did an amazing job! –and I am glad I got to take part in it. Best wishes Erin and Chad!

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Only One Pound

“Hello, do you know me? If you don’t you should. I’m a pound of fat, and I’m the happiest pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. Want to know why? It’s because no one ever wants to lose me; I’m Only One Pound, just a pound. Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds or fifteen pounds, but never only one, so I just stick around and happily keep you fat. Then I add to myself ever so slyly so that you never seem to notice it, that is until I’ve grown to ten, twenty or even more pounds in weight. Yes, it’s fun being Only One Pound of fat, left to do as I please. So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying ‘Oh, I only lost one pound.’ ( as if that were such a terrible thing!) For you see, if you do this you’ll encourage others to keep me around because they will think I’m not worth losing. And I love being around you – your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips and every part of you. Happy Days!! After all, I’m Only One Pound of fat!!!”

The above little tidbit was found on a website called Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone, a website created by a woman who lost over 100 lbs on Weight Watchers. It has tips, motivational stuff (like the bit above), points values for tons of restaurants and multiple food items, and much more! Check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So, the reason why I went from posting like mad to not posting for several days straight is that I’ve been in Huntsville (and thus haven’t really cooked much). I arrived Thursday, which was my Mom’s birthday. We went to Carraba’s to celebrate, and amazingly, I didn’t have to dip into my extra points all that much! I’ve started bringing some measuring cups and spoons with me everywhere (like 1/4 cup, 1 tbs, etc)–it may sound silly, but it really helps me keep track of my points!

Friday John arrived (he had to stay in Auburn thursday to finish up his class), my parents grilled out, and my mom and I went on a walk. Saturday John went to visit his mom (his dad and sister were out of town), my mom and I went grocery shopping, and I otherwise sat at home being lazy. Today, Sunday, was more eventful. We went to church, lunch at Ding How II, and then my mom and I went to my dear friend Erin’s bridal shower. She is getting married a week from today (Sunday Aug 8th), and I’m a bridesmaid in the wedding. I’m not sure how well I’ll do with points this weekend with another shower, bridesmaids’ breakfast, rehearsal dinner, and the wedding itself…but I’m sure I’ll manage to find ways to eat some delicious food. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t exercise in a few days (I’ve decided to take weekends off), but I did use my parents elliptical on Friday…my quads hurt so bad that night! The elliptical definitely works different muscles than the treadmill. But it will be good to vary up what I do for a bit.

Anyways, the title of this post, “The Calm Before the Storm,” is referring to the fact that in just 16 days, I will start P2 year, which I’ve heard is the worst (the “storm,” if you will). I’m trying to enjoy my remaining free time before it practically evaporates…this summer has gone by waaaay too fast…and it’s almost my last one! =(

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So, John and I went to our second meeting tonight and…I lost 3 lbs, and John lost 4 lbs!! This was a good way to start out the program. ๐Ÿ™‚ John has been extremely good the past week, and I’ve been pretty good myself. My only “bad” day was Saturday; I was on an officers’ retreat for PDC (Phi Delta Chi, my pharmacy fraternity), and between icecream, cheese dip, and dinner, I’m pretty sure I used all my extra points*–and maybe a little more than that! =/ย  However, I’ve been good all the other days. Weight Watchers really makes you a lot more aware of your food choices — it’s amazing how many calories and/or fat are in some foods! Having to look at those things when making my food choices has definitely been eye-opening.

And to further track my points/make better food choices,ย  tonight I splurged and got the “Deluxe Members Kit” – it comes with a 3 month journal to track my points intake and progress; “Fast Fixes” (50 Easy Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks); “Restaurant Smarts” (Your Best and Worst Choices when eating out); The “Dining Out Companion” (gives points values for 150+ restaurants); The “Complete Food Companion” (points values for over 20,000 foods); “Start Getting Healthy DVD”; and coupons. It was a little more money that I’d like to spend, but I think these products will prove very useful, so I think it was a good investment. Oh, and I also bought a new cookbook (yes, I already have 17…what can I say, I’m addicted!) “Weight Watcher’s Take-out Tonight,” which I will try a recipe from tomorrow night!

Oh, some other good news: our treadmill arrived! John put it together yesterday, and got the TV set up in front of it. So I used today…I did 5 minutes warm up, then walked 4 minutes and then ran 1 minute (I repeated this 5x), then cooled down a few minutes. That may not sound intense for many people, but it was good for me, and I do plan on work up to a more intense workout. I’m just proud of myself for doing it! It’ll be so nice this semester to have a treadmill at home, so I don’t have to waste 30 extra minutes getting to and from the gym.

*In addition to your “daily points target” (how many points you get each day; e.g., mine is 24), each week you get 35 “extra” points, if you want them…you can use them throughout the week, or all at once…and I definitely used mine all at once on Saturday!

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Sorry, sorry…I know this is waaay too many posts for 2 days, but whenever I start a new project, I tend to go a bit overboard at first…

Anyways, John and I joined Weight Watchers tonight. I joined a few years ago, and did pretty well (lost around 15 lbs)…but I started going to meetings less, then stopped going all together…my weight loss stalled, then I started gaining back the weight I had lost. Since our wedding last year, I have gained quite a bit, unfortunately, despite trying to rejoin Weight Watchers several times. But enough of being overweight, and not moderating my food intake. John and I ordered a treadmill a few days ago, and tonight we joined Weight Watchers. And while I know that not everyday will be perfect, I have full intentions of getting back to a healthy weight, and making a good lifestyle change. This should mean more recipes (and lower calorie ones, at that) on here…and I will also try and post weight loss progress on here, as another way (besides WW meetings) of keeping myself accountable. I don’t really want to share my starting weight (it’s pretty bad), but I will try and post the number of lbs and such loss as they occur, and share my struggles, thoughts, etc. I doubt many will find them interesting, but it will still be good for me to write out my journey.

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If you couldn’t tell from the title of my blog, I am a Harry Potter fan. They are probably my favorite books ever, and I’ve read quite a few books in my lifetime. So, when I found out about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that was opening at Universal Studios Orlando, I knew I just had to go.

It sounds amazing! They have a Hogwarts Castle, which you get to tour while you’re waiting in line for the ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. (From the website: “Youโ€™ll visit iconic locations such as Dumbledoreโ€™s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more. Then get ready to soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures!”)

In addition, they have several other Harry Potter roller coasters, including Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff. Finally, the area is complete with a Hogsmeade Village!

This includes Honeydukes (candy/sweets…I’ve heard the Cauldron Cakes are pretty yummy), Zonkos Joke Shop, Dervish & Banges, Ollivanders Wand Shop, and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.

Also to be found is The Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head Pub, both of which serve the famed Butterbeer, which people have reported to taste like “butterscotch and shortbread cookies.” You better believe I’ll be having some!

So yes, for someone who is a Potter fan, this sounds awesome. For a few hours I can pretend the world actually exists! I am so excited about it! I convinced John to take me, and we are going in December (the 12th through the 16th), once we’re done with finals. I booked a package that includes Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, breakfast at The Three Broomsticks, and a 3-day ticket to both Universal parks (it also means a reduced rate at the hotel we chose to stay at).ย  They have 3 “on-site” hotels, and if you book those you can use your room key as an “Express Pass” to bypass the lines…but that cost A LOT more money, so we are staying at a nice hotel a few miles away. I’m considering buying some Express Passes for a day or two…however, I am torn. I can use that money to avoid long lines, or I can use it to go to Disney one evening for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s at the Magic Kingdom, they limit the number of people who can go, and it means some Christmas events and (hopefully) shorter waits at rides. Any suggestions??? ๐Ÿ™‚

Either way, I know we’ll have a great time. Universal has two parks – Islands of Adventure (where Harry Potter stuff is), and the original Universal Studios. In addition to the Harry Potter area, they have a Marvel Superhero area (with all sorts of great rides, like Spider Man and the Hulk), Dr Seuss area, Jurassic park area, rides like Jaws and Twister, and a lot more! It’s going to be soooo much fun, and a great way to unwind after the long semester I will have as a P2.

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