I am so excited to share my “something new” for the New Year…
I know I am a month late, but please accept my wishes for a very Happy & Healthy New Year ahead! I’m not sure where the last month went, as I still have a few Santas and rolls of wrapping paper to put away in my house, but I am so excited to get going with 2016!
2015 was an exciting, emotional, and I’ll be honest, stressful year. I lost my beloved Golden Retriever Chrissy, and I miss him every day. We’ve had illness in our extended family. I adjusted to and settled into married life… although my wedding video and albums are still yet to be seen… we still have loose ends to tie, a year and a half later!
My husband bought a restaurant and I’ve learned first hand all that goes into being a business owner. We are coming up on a year of owning The Point Ale House and Grill, and we still have so much we want to do. I’ve learned that everything can’t get done all at once (as deadline driven me would prefer), sometimes your plan isn’t God’s plan, and that teamwork truly does make the dream work. I also learned so much about the restaurant business and so much about my husband. I have such tremendous admiration for his strength, drive, ability to think outside the box and multitasking skills.
I have so much respect for him and all of you who have succeeded in running a business! It’s not easy, but I am excited to help him get some bigger plans going in 2016.
Every year at the beginning of the year I make myself a physical list of goals for the upcoming year. I think for the past decade, publishing a book has been on that list.
I love to write and have written a number of books over the years that sit safely on my computer. This year I am so proud to say that my goal is finally being met. In the next several weeks, I will be a published author! The funny thing is, it’s not one of my beloved books that have lived for years in my computer.
As you know if you’ve read this blog, a big part of my wedding journey was getting in shape and getting healthy. It’s still something I work on every day and a huge part of my life. So many of you have reached out asking for more information about how I lost weight for my wedding. I give so much credit to my nutritionist Stacy Moutafis, who is also a trainer, for teaching me so much, changing my life and my overall well-being.
So we decided to put all of the information that helped me (and her other brides-to-be) into a book that we hope will be the every-bride’s guide to wedding weight loss. For me, it wasn’t just about losing weight, but being healthy and feeling good. In our book, Stacy breaks down all of the nutrition information you need to know and designed specific meal plans and workouts. I contributed my stories and strategies.
It’s called The Bridal Body book and it is being published and will be sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in stores and shops in the next few weeks. It’s been a lot of time and hard work, but truly a labor of love. I am so excited to share it with you and I hope it will change a lot of lives, just as it’s changed mine! We’ll be attending Bridal Expos, having events, workshops and signings in the upcoming months… so stay tuned! And Happy New Year!