Lifestyle weight loss

Wedding Things

I can’t believe that January will be over next week. I have a long road ahead, but it feels good to be moving in a healthy direction. I’ve lost 80 pounds in nearly four months, and that’s just a fraction of the changes that are happening in my life right now.

I’m getting married in June, and last week we picked the venue, booked the date, decided on the cakes (yes, wedding cake and groom’s cake) and chose the menu. We’ll have 3 choices for the main course, heavy hors de vours and an open bar. Michael and I don’t drink much, but we figured some of our guests will enjoy it.

I came up with a wedding hashtag (because that’s how my brain works,) and I started a wedding registry on Amazon over the weekend too. (Who knew that was a thing?!) And we will probably register at Bed Bath and Beyond as well. Can’t we register at Target too? Ha…

It’s hard to shop for wedding dresses, but thanks to Kiyonna, I’m pretty sure I know which dress I’ll buy. Kiyonna is one of my favorite brands, and though my size is changing too much to order now, I’m looking forward to trying on the dress in the spring.

I’m thankful that companies like Kiyonna exist because, honestly, I’ve lost about 80 pounds, in addition to what I kept off before, and I’m still too big to have many choices at a place like David’s Bridal. Wedding dresses tend to run small (at least that’s what I’ve heard,) and they go up to size 26. That’s about where I am in now in traditional plus sizes. There’s just no way I’d be willing to order a dress without having an idea of how it’ll look or if it’ll even fit. No way, man….

The next few months will be busy. Michael is in the process of taking his CPA exams, we’re traveling a few times in the coming weeks and months, and we’re looking for a new place to live. I’ve been in the same apartment for nearly 5 years, but it’s kind of small for two people.

I’m looking forward to the changes that are coming, and I’m so thankful for everything happening in my life right now. 2017 is already a good year, and I’m looking forward to enjoying it even more.


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    January 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Wow! Congratulations Kenlie!! So happy for you. 🙂

    I’m sorry I’ve been out of the loop for a while; I’ve been having a lot of trouble over the past few months. Not pretty stuff…

    But seeing how well you are doing and now you are getting married puts a smile on my face.
    And even though I haven’t been to your blog for a while, I’ve been keeping you in my prayers and will continue to do so.

    Congratulations again! 🙂

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    January 23, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Wow do you have a lot going on! I remember planning my wedding. Enjoy it. The day goes by so fast, the planning is the fun part ☺

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    January 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Woohoo!!! Sounds like you are doing great!!

    When I got married I did register at target also! And since I had been living on my own for years I didn’t need to ‘set up a house’ so I registered for fun stuff like games and movies. 🙂

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    January 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Hey! Usually lurk, but do think about David’s Bridal. I’m 26/28 and found a beautiful dress there. The trick is – the sample sizes won’t fit you, but they’ll be able to get you in the sample and basically clip it around you so you have a decent idea of what it will look like, then you can order. I was terrified my dress wouldn’t fit, but it’s amazing what Spanx and a corset can do. 🙂 Congrats on your engagement!

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    Megha Jadhav
    January 27, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Congratulations! 2017 is such an exciting year for you, and we’re only in January! You’ve come such a long way, fantastic progress. I just stumbled on your blog today – and will be following you closely! good luck – you’re an inspiration!

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    January 29, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    First of all, congrats on getting married & second congrats on the phenomenal weight loss. It takes a lot of hard work to lose weight. I should know as I have plenty of experience in that department. Enjoy your travels!

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    February 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Congrats on such a significant weight loss! Excited for you and all your wedding plans!

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    February 15, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Kenlie, you haven’t posted in a little bit. Just wondering, how everything is going.

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