The Other Wedding Dress!

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Good morning!

I hope you are all off to a great start this weekend! Thanks for all of your votes in last night’s poll- how fun! :)

Today, we are going to start off with Summer Glow Boot Camp!

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The wonderful Stacy is our fabulous guest poster, exercise-diva today! She has a great blog called Deliciously Healthy Everyday- go over and check it out!

She was so eager to participate when I made the casting call. She sent me tons of awesome exercises along with pictures, so you can expect to see more from Stacy over this month! :)

Today, we are going to work on our balance! It is often an area of exercise that I totally neglect I will admit.

For the first exercise, try to complete 2-3 sets of 15 reps each. For the last two, hold the pose as long as you can (you should be shaking like a leaf!). :)

Balance Moves:
1. Airplane
Begin with one foot on folded towel, raise opposite leg up until thigh is parallel to floor. Pause here for a second.
Sweep your leg back and straight keeping your arms out to the side like an airplane. The shot is somewhat dark, but my back leg is sticking straight out behind me. Complete all reps on one leg, then switch sides.

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2. Tree Pose
Place one foot on folded towel. Take your other foot and place it on your opposite inner thigh. If you have good enough balance place your arms straight overhead, otherwise keep your arms out to the side as pictured. Hold for as long as you can, then switch sides. Make sure to keep your abs nice and tight!

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3. Sideways Reach
Place right foot on folded towel. Reach left leg straight and out to the side, with left hand on hip and reach right hand down toward the ground. Hold for as long as you can, then switch sides. Keep your obliques engaged to hold your upper leg still.

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Awesome balance moves! Thanks Stacy! :)

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As you know, we are off to a wedding today! I got up early this morning so I could squeeze in a great workout. I always try my best to get in a tough workout before a big event where I know I will be splurging!

The workout:

  • 60 min. treadmill hill workout, speed 4.3 mph, incline 15%
  • Max heart rate: 171 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 155 bpm

It was an awesome workout! I will be doing these balance moves tomorrow because I have just run out of time! I also am planning on my long run tomorrow. It will be my last long run before the 10-miler. I am not 100% sure I will be doing the 10-miler yet seeing as my longest run has been just over 6 miles lately, but we’ll see :) I will play it by ear! So please hold me accountable tomorrow for my long run. I am likely going to be VERY tired post-wedding, but I’ll have to dig deep! lol.

Oh and yesterday was an off-day for exercise! I was NOT feeling it at all yesterday! Always best to listen to my body, that is for sure. :)

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So what am I wearing tonight??

I decided I am going with the first black dress #1, and here is why:

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While I like the blue dress very much for the fit and the colour, I decided (and agreed with many of you) that it is a bit too casual. Actually, once I saw the pictures on my post I realized that dresses 2, 3, and 4 were all too casual. I should have mentioned that this is an evening wedding (well, late afternoon but still) AND the weather is cool and rainy today, so I think black is ok. It is also my nicest dress by far and the one that I feel most comfortable in. I think feeling comfortable in what I am wearing is KEY. Nothing is worse than wearing a dress that you feel is too short or you don’t look right in! :)

I am also not part of the camp that thinks that you can’t wear black to a wedding. I see lots of women wearing black to weddings now. The only colours I think are off-limits are white (I feel very strongly about this one!! Maybe this is the old-school part of me!) and really, really bold dresses. I thought about the colour dresses more and I concluded that the pink one was too  ‘look at me’. I also thought the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th dresses were a bit short. The black one is much more classy on me and I won’t have to worry about pulling it down.

Eric’s vote was the first black one because it looked the classiest he said. :)

Here are the Brands:

Dress #1- BCBG (I got it for $130 at a discount outlet BCBG store last summer)

Dress # 2, 3, 4- All from Costa Blanca and all dresses were under $30! Actually, after I tried on the blue one again, I noticed that some threads were coming out of it and the back of the zipper ‘popped off’ my back. It didn’t fit me right and I just didn’t feel ‘wow’ in it! Now with the black dress, I feel that the fabric is so luxurious and it just drapes over my body in a nice, feminine way. While I REALLY wish the dress wasn’t black, it will have to do!

Speaking of colour, I have found a fun way to add a POP of colour that I think you will all like! Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I did!

Oh and the shoes are from ‘Spring’ and I got them on sale for $19.99 when I bought them. :)

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Well, I need to go get ready! Ah! I just LOVE weddings!!! I get so weepy and emotional, haha. I am so excited for our friends Jen and Marcus. Wait til you see how beautiful they are!!! Eric has known Jen since grade 9 and I have known her since grade 12. I love her!

I also don’t think I am going to be able to curl my hair today since it is raining.

Rain + humidity + curls = Super frizzy hair on Ange’s head!!!

I will likely dry it with a round brush and call it a day.

See you tomorrow for a fun recap! I am going to try my best to take pictures of everything I eat! :)

I will also be announcing the winner of the Glo Bakery goodie pack!

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Pam Striker July 11, 2009

Have fun and it was a perfect choice!

Pam
http://www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

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Lara July 11, 2009

good call on the dress. That is the one I voted for :) They were all lovely and look great on you but the others were not dressy enough for most weddings. Black is perfectly fine for weddings and in fact at almost everyone I have gone to the majority of women wear black regardless of season or formality of the wedding. Have fun.

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SweetKaroline July 11, 2009

have fun!

i always cry at weddings no matter what lol

you look awesome in that black dress…sometimes it is worth spending a little extra money for quality

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MarathonVal July 11, 2009

Have a wonderful time at the wedding! :)

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Meghan@traveleatlove July 11, 2009

Great choice! I have been to lots of weddings, and black is always perfectly fine. Just not cream or white! Have a blast!

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Valerie July 11, 2009

Good choice on the dress! I don’t see anything wrong with wearing black at a wedding either, even in the summer. I actually just bought a dress for my friend’s wedding at the end of August and it’s black with some white trim along the hem. Even though it’s not super “summery” I think it still works fine for a wedding.

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Katherine July 11, 2009

Hope you have a wonderful time! You’re going to look beautiful and I’m sure it’ll be a blast :)

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Tay July 11, 2009

Great choice! That was my first choice :-)

Have a wonderful time!!

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Paige July 11, 2009

Have fun at the wedding. I totally know what you mean about needing to feel good to look good.

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 11, 2009

have so much fun! cant wait to hear about it ;)

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Anna July 11, 2009

Love your choice! I am a personal stylist, and I would have picked the same thing for you! Gorgeous dress, and great choice. Have lots of fun!

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Brandi C July 11, 2009

Have Fun Hot Stuff & I’m So Happy You Made Your decicion off of what you FEEL GREAT in =] NOT what won!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 11, 2009

I totally agree with your choice. It’s definitely a classy, stylish dress, and despite the black, will be the perfect “wedding” look. I say whatever YOU are most comfortable wearing is the dress for you! We can ALL totally love one dress, but if you aren’t comfortable in it, you won’t be quite as confident wearing it. Love the choice, and have a wonderful time! :D

xxoo
Heather

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*EM* July 11, 2009

HEY! Just wanted to delurk and say I Love your blog! I shouted you out on mine! Keep the positivity ALWAYS!
Have a BLAST @ the wedding!

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Christina July 11, 2009

Have fun at the wedding!

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Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 11, 2009

i agree – you can never go wrong with black – i wore one to my brother’s wedding.

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Courtney July 11, 2009

It’s so important to have a stong core – which those balancing moves improve – to prevent injury! Building a core is the first step in ANY fitness regime. I really appreciate you posting this ;)

That dress is lovely, can tell from here it’s made well. Rock it tonight, girl :)

-Courtney @PeaceLoveHealthiness

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carolinebee July 11, 2009

so funny i was gonna say the first one but i wasn’t sure if i was too late :D The back is definitely a great fancy touch, with the gold shoes….and I’m also all for wearing black to weddings- it’s elegant and classic!

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Jessica July 11, 2009

I really liked the blue one , but the black is way more wedding appropriate, i agree! :)
-muffy

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Faith July 11, 2009

I LOVE that dress! (I love the casual blue one too, but this one is perfect for the occassion.) Have fun at the wedding!

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Leah @ Simply Fabulous July 12, 2009

Hope you had fun at the wedding!!

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Leah @ Simply Fabulous July 12, 2009

btw not sure if this makes you feel any better but my longest run was 8.5 miles before my half. Probably not the best idea but I think the furthest I would go next time is 10 miles. I’m betting you could pull off the 10 mile race easily!

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