It’s Time To Get Hitched!

When I first blogged about getting engaged, I promised Balance Overload wouldn’t become a wedding blog. Luckily, we had nothing to worry about since it just ceased being a blog altogether!

But such is life. And regular blog postings or not, the wedding week has arrived! When JB and I got engaged back in July, it was hard to imagine that an actual event (and yes, most importantly, a marriage) would happen at the end of the planning. It seemed so far away. And it was.

At the time of engagement, I had just started my new job. I worried about not finding the community I had at my former employer or making friends. Now it’s wedding time, and last week 14 of my colleagues showed up for a surprise lunch/shower thrown for me and JB. I couldn’t even get words out I was so touched.

A few other updates from wedding planning. First, the exercise. All was going great. My arms even had these things in them that my personal trainer called “muscles.” And then my trainer left for a new opportunity. I was worried this would deter me, but by that time I had learned enough from her to feel comfortable doing the workouts (to a lesser degree no doubt) on my own. I have also become quite the Zumba-holic. When I first started Zumba, I resented the women who knew all the routines. Between hip rolls and shimmy shakes, I told them (silently, in my head) that if I had the time, I could know all the routines too. Losers.

It turns out, I am such a loser! I can barely brush my teeth without busting out some Zumba moves. There are unfortunate consequences of this, such as almost liking Pitbull songs, but in Zumba, I have found a cardio workout that gets me excited to go to the gym. Combined with a day of weights, I am confident in continuing this plan even when there is no wedding dress as an incentive.

Oh, and the contact lenses? Yeah, they aren’t happening. I tried. Sort of. Once. And it was just too much. So I dropped it. I’m going naked on my eyes down the aisle. I will see JB clearly once I’m up there with him and it’s probably better for my nerves to not be able to make out all the faces anyway. Once the reception starts, the glasses will be back on. I might even clean them for the big day! Much like my decision to not fake tan, the glasses, like my pale fair skin, are who I am.

And that brings us to right now. JB assures me that for someone who has a tendency to freak out under stress, I’ve been a relatively calm bride. But this last week has definitely been full of emotion. And despite my claims of not being that stressed, my body has certainly tried to prove me otherwise.

I went to the doctor last week for an ache in my side that has persisted for the last couple of weeks. As the doctor poked around on my belly, he stopped in his tracks and told me to listen. He tapped my stomach and said it sounded like he was beating a drum. And then he called it “impressive.” Blushing, I was getting ready to thank him and tell him that it’s simply a combination of eating right mixed with crunches and some oblique twists when he said, “You are full of gas.” Oh. So I guess you don’t want to hear about the Roman Chair lifts I’ve been doing?

(I also foolishly let them draw blood despite knowing my body’s reaction of bruising to this. Hopefully JB’s family and friends will be thrilled to know he’s found a nice little heroin addict to settle down with).

But overall, it was my body’s way of telling me to chill out. So that’s what I have been trying to do. The ribbons are on the programs, the tables are assigned, and the lists have been checked over and over again. As JB and I said to each other on the way to dinner this weekend, it’s time to enjoy and make every moment of this week count. As everyone reminds us, it will be over in a flash.

I can’t thank all of our friends and family enough for their support this last year. JB and I know the real meaning of this weekend is to start our life together and we’re super excited for that and everything, but in the meantime, LET’S PARTY!!


23 responses to “It’s Time To Get Hitched!

  1. I’m so excited for you!! I wish I could be there, but there was no way Rich could go (busy season at the store), and I couldn’t travel with a new baby all by myself. I wish I could see you say, “I do!” Please post lots of pictures. Mazel tov!

  2. I’m so excited for you!! I wish so much that I could be there. Please post lots of pictures. Mazel tov! ❤

    • Thanks so much Kimmy! You will be missed Saturday but hopefully we will get to see each other soon and celebrate babies and weddings! Hugs!

  3. YAY! It made my night to see Balance Overload in my email :). You have been an amazing bride to be. I’m so glad we got to go through most of it together and walk and talk about it all when needed. Sit back and enjoy to ride! I can’t wait.

    • I’m so glad too! It’s been a special time together. Can’t wait to celebrate it all with you this weekend! Thanks for reading.

  4. Caryn… I loved this post, especially the Zumba teeth brushing! Haha 🙂 Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

  5. Yay!! The blog’s back!! Can’t wait!!!! See you in a few short days!!!

  6. Loved this post. So happy for you and the coming weekend. I cannot wait. I know your Mother and everything is in place. Chill and just enjoy the wedding. Leslie

  7. Yeehaw!!! I think this is your best post yet… I was just telling Adam that I missed your posts and wondered where they had gone. 😉 And btw, I can totally see you Zumba-ing during your teeth-brushing time. Good call on the contacts and naked ceremony eyes – that’s bound to keep you less nervous as you take those steps! You have been so put-together throughout your entire engagement (impressively – and perhaps surprisingly – so) and I know you are going to be a beautiful, composed bride (though no pressure!)… I am so excited to celebrate with you this weekend and to watch you step into this next chapter in your life!

  8. YESS!!! A BLOG POST!!!!!! 😉 I’m so thrilled for you. This is such an exciting chapter to open and begin in your life together. I love that you’re so into Zumba and I sooo want to try a class. 🙂 Good luck on Saturday, have a blast and enjoy every minute. It goes by so fast, so just live it up and take it all in. Just try to lay off the heroin between now and then. 😉 😉

    • Thank you Debbie! It was a fantastic weekend and it couldn’t have been any more perfect! You should definitely try Zumba! It’s great cardio and fun! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  9. I was wondering where you were and missing your posts! But then I remembered the wedding is right around the corner. I’m so thrilled for you. Mazel Tov and just know that the wedding is wonderful. But for me, the years after were even better. So have fun and enjoy your big day!

    • Thank you Leah! It was a magical weekend and I thought I would be so sad it was over, but now that it is, I finally realize what you and others have said — the best is yet to come! Thanks for reading.

  10. Awww, this is a tad too late, but Congratulations! I love that pic up there, so sweet.


    • Thanks so much! It was a magical weekend. I appreciate you stopping by. Your Freshly Pressed post on blog banners was SO helpful today and I look forward to reading more. Thanks!

      • You’re welcome. I am sure it was for the both of you. I am glad you find the post helpful. I am a little worried that I wasn’t clear enough on things as I get a few comments that I wasn’t – I just didn’t want to sound too assuming so I left things out for others to explore themselves. Have a few things to blog, just time is lacking. 🙂

  11. Ohmyheart, that’s SO exciting! Congrats on the upcoming big day, and for staying true to you through it!

    One more time: Congrats!!

    • Hi Galit! Thanks so much. The big day was wonderful and perfect and we are so thrilled to be married now (I’m just a little behind in my blogging!). Thank you for stopping by the blog!

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