Leah: Simply Fabulous Now

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“Always A Bridesmaid”

Hi everyone!! I’m Leah, the writer of Simply Fabulous Now – and a long time friend of Ange!

You’ve probably seen my name thrown around OSG a little bit, and I’m always happy to see it’s in a good way ;) I was pretty excited when Ange asked me to do a guest post for her while she is out west visiting her family! Lucky girl!! 

I thought long and hard about what I might want to talk about with all of you wonderful readers of Oh She Glows, and I immediately thought of two things that are happening in my life right now and are so very important to me.

My health and my wedding!

When I say “happening in my life right now” and then list health as the first point, I actually want to say that the importance of health cannot be stressed enough! I began my journey to health about 2 years ago to the date! It was literally this time in 2007 when I really got serious and took matters into my own hands.  You can see my weight loss story here, as I won’t go into loads of details in this guest post but what I can say is as soon as I got real and made significant changes I really noticed changes in my body & mind. 

I feel like this could turn into an episode of Dr. Phil where he sits down with a guest, asks them loads of questions and then says “So how’s that workin’ for ya?” …. and literally, I asked myself the same thing two years ago.  Truth be told, what I was doing wasn’t working!  It wasn’t until I looked at everything I was doing, and then completely did a 180 turn and changed the way I looked at myself, my food, my exercise and my body.  I started eating REAL FOOD. Yeah, I know right? Loads of fruits & veggies, unprocessed foods, WHOLE foods.. all the good stuff!  I exercised because it was good for my body, not because I had to burn ‘x’ amount of calories before I went to bed.  I started looking at exercise as a way to treat my body good, rather than just to burn off the food I had eaten.  Once I looked at exercise in this way, I started enjoying it more.

Now, where the heck does my post title come in?

You know the saying… Always a Bridesmaid ….. never a … wrong!

I am getting married in August!

This brings me to the next most important thing happening in my life right now.  I live in the UK (originally Canadian though!) and I am marrying my British fiancé this August!
Let’s take a walk down memory lane shall we??

Maid of Honour in Wedding #1 (my Sister’s!)- October 2004!
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Bridesmaid in Wedding # 2 – June 2006!   
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 Bridesmaid in Wedding #3 (for Ange!!!!)- August 2008!                   
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Maid of Honour in Wedding #4– Sept. 2008
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This summer, I am the bride!! All 4 of these girls are in my wedding and I couldn’t be more happy!
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Now, where does health and wedding tie in together?
Not to sound vain, but as any bride knows- we all want to look our best!! I know what you are thinking….but every bride glows no matter what! The happiness takes over and you will look beautiful!

              
Yes, yes.. I’m sure that will happen too ;) but… let’s be honest here, I think every girl knows that we’d love to feel confident and look our best for our big day.

What do I eat to achieve this?
This makes an appearance at least once a day.

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Oh yes, the oh-so-popular green monster!!

My diet also has lots of these in it:

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…and this…

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Don’t forget this..
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and …
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I ALWAYS try (try!)  to save room for this:
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Because what’s life without a little ice cream right??
There is much more to see than all of ^that^….check it out!

Along with the eats, comes exercise.  Right now i’m training for my first half marathon!!
I am running a race here in the UK on July 4th! This is my first half and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have seen many bloggers take the plunge into the racing world and I knew it was about time that I did it myself!!!
All the healthy eats, and exercise… will get me ready for this!!
Dress teaser!!!
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I hope you enjoyed this guest post as much as I enjoyed putting it together!!

~Leah

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1 Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance June 7, 2009

Great post Leah! As bride to be its great to see some tips from someone who knows what its like!! Btw, I had my first GM yesterday followed by my second today and I am hooked! xx

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2 Nicole June 7, 2009

Gorgeous!!

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3 Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 7, 2009

GREAT post!!! Your dress looks like it has similar details as MY dress! I’m getting married in November!

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4 lyss June 7, 2009

You look incredible Leah! I mean it! And I’m such a girl – I started tearing up with all the talk of weddings! Whose cake is that? It’s amazing! BEST OF LUCK WITH EVERYTHING! :)

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5 Jenny June 7, 2009

I really enjoyed this post! Congrats on your future marriage, best of luck with everything! :)

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6 Leah @ Simply Fabulous June 7, 2009

Lyss- that was the cake at my bridal shower!!!

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7 Lara (Thinspired) June 7, 2009

Hi Leah! Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed this post..you are going to make a beautiful bride!

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8 Katherine June 7, 2009

Great post! Your rings are GORGEOUS and you’re going to be absolutely stunning. It sounds like you have a great outlook on your health and fitness leading up to your wedding and I know it’ll pay off. Have a blast!!

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9 janetha June 7, 2009

oh leah i love this post!! you are stunning in all the photos and i CANT WAIT to see you as a bride :D

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10 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 7, 2009

Beautiful guest post Leah! You are such a wonderful woman and a huge inspiration to me for staying healthy and strong both inside and out. You looks absolutely GORGEOUS in all those wedding photos, and I’m sure you will look even more stunning at your OWN wedding. I’m so excited for you, and know that you will be one happy, beauitful, AND healthy bride!

xxoo
Heather

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11 Chloe June 7, 2009

you look fantastic, and I’m sure you feel even better! congratulations, and enjoy your wedding!!

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