Let’s Talk About Fluff

Plus size. Big boned. Big and beautiful. Curvy. Fluffy.

Yeah, I could fall into all of the above categories. And not that I’m ashamed of it, I just wish I wasn’t so fluffy. It’s not like my size just started to be on the larger side. As Mr. PB nicely put it not too long ago, I will always have my cheeks. I mean, they’ve been with me for quite some time now.


Pretty sure I was sleeping because all of the pink made me nauseous. / Personal photo


I could have beaten my Popple in a cheek competition. / Personal photo

In 2009, I finally decided to do something about my weight and joined Weight Watchers. My cousins were getting married in New York City that May, so I had a goal in mind. In five months, I dropped 35 pounds and was feeling great about myself.


Notice the guy in the Superman shirt? It’s Twitch from SYTYCD! / Personal photo

I returned home a month after that, quit Weight Watchers, and slowly but surely the weight I lost crept back on”¦and then some. (I met Mr. PB more than a year later, and he proved to me that I didn’t need to be at my lightest for someone to love me.) For the sake of honesty, I less than proudly will show a more recent photo of me.


Moo, me, and Tubesock before Moo’s sixth grade moving up ceremony / Personal photo

As things got more serious with Mr. PB and I became more honest with myself, I decided I needed to return to Weight Watchers. I rejoined in June 2012, and the scale was less than forgiving. From the time I stopped the program in June 2009 to when I rejoined three years later, I had gained back the 35 pounds I had lost and added on another 48. (That’s 83 pounds”¦) It was shocking to see, but I was back on program. I stayed committed to the program for a couple of months and then fell back off the wagon. Once we were engaged and the 2012 holiday season passed, I began to get motivated again. I’m now at 23 pounds lost and even have a gym membership now. I even hit a major goal at the beginning of June—I completed my first 5K!


Mr. PB was super proud of me and so was I. / Personal photo

My weight has been up and down over the past four years (more up than down), and I have no clue where I will be in March 2014.


Maybe I can get my butt in gear and get down toward that dream weight line.

Any other brides out there struggling with their weight before the wedding? Have you used the wedding as motivation to accomplish a long-time goal like finishing a 5K?


Mrs. Phone Booth

Rochester, NY
Wedding Date:
March 2014
Watercooler: January 18, 2014
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    brightyellowgaloshes, Guest @ 12:46 pm

    Congrats on completing the 5k! That’s a huge accomplishment! (Aren’t they addicting?) Regardless of what you weigh, you have such a beautiful smile. Just flash that on your wedding day and you’ll be looking lovely! : ) All the best to you, Miss Phone Booth.

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    luvbug080688 237 posts, Helper bee @ 1:31 pm

    yay for running! it is such a fantastic sport to do…i love that it can be 100% solo or a group thing to do. be sure to be nice to your IT bands ; ) also, i love how candid and open you were with everything in your post regarding your weight highs and lows. ultimately, in the end, as long as you are happy with you that is all that matters. weight is nothing but a number, it’s the feelings associated with it that number that can wreak havoc. i look forward to reading more and more : )

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    bribaby119 203 posts, Helper bee @ 2:31 pm

    Congrats to you for completing that 5K!! That’s an awesome accomplishment! I wish I could say that I had a goal like that in mind. Kudos to you!

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    creeative1 917 posts, Busy bee @ 2:31 pm

    I love our honesty and I too struggle…. Congrats on the marathon… I did a 26.2 marathon in 2010, and ended up being a couch potato….. picked up 70 pounds and my hubby / who then we were just dating still loved me. This month we started a healthy lifestyle.

    Stay encouraged and I wish you well.

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    Gingerlocks 63 posts, Worker bee @ 3:10 pm

    First, congrats on the weight loss and the 5k! I lost about 55 lbs. for my wedding making healthier choices and running (I did my first 5k in June 2013). My husband and I still run and have gotten back on the wagon to healthier eating after a few months of not-so-great choices.

    Btw, I’m also in Rochester, NY! Hopefully I’ll see you at the next 5k I run (I haven’t chosen one yet).

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:13 pm

    Congrats on your 5K! :)

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    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 6:16 pm

    You’re beautiful at any size, and Mr. PB is lucky to have you!

    I’ve definitely been struggling with my weight, and I think I’ve run out of time to have any significant weight loss before the wedding. Stallion proposed to a fat chick, and he’s going to marry a fat chick, lol.

    Congratulations on the 5K! I sort of did one last summer. I did a great 2 miles or so, then I tripped and faceplanted and shredded my shins into a bloody mess, so it was a less than impressive finish. So I’m sure you did way better than me :)

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 pm

    Congrats on the 5K! Good for you for working towards your goals :)

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:53 pm

    Don’t worry too much. You’re healthy and beautiful!

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    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 3:38 am

    Congratulations on the 5k and on making progress towards your weight goal! I keep going back and forth between wanting to lose weight/get in shape and wanting to eat seconds for dessert… right now, dessert makes me happier so that’s the route I’m taking!

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    kit10 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:22 pm

    Congrats on your first 5k! That’s my getting fit goal right now. People think I’m in good shape because I look thin, but you are way fitter than me. Way to show the Bee’s large audience that strength and fitness in different sizes.

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    LadyJenks 53 posts, Worker bee @ 4:34 am

    Apologies for being off-topic but AAAAHHHH YOU MET TWITCH!!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 7:15 am

    Congrats on the 5K!!!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 7:20 am

    Amazing job on the 5K! Any tips for a run-o-phobe over here?? :)

    Losing weight is such a personal and unique journey, you’ll find your sweet spot where you feel AND look great – keep it up!

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    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:38 pm

    Congrats on finishing the 5K! As the others have said, keep your eye on the prize of a healthly lifestyle, and not just the weight. And whatever weight you get married at, you’ll be such a gorgeous bride!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:29 am

    Congrats on the 5k!! I give you such credit – I don’t think I could ever do the running thing! And you will be *perfect* on your wedding day – you will be *you*, at whatever weight that may be. That’s the most important thing, IMO!

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 5:42 am

    Congratulations on the 5K and good luck with your health journey!

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    kellis 54 posts, Worker bee @ 11:35 am

    YAY! 5k! Way to go. Losing weight is such a process. I’ve yo-yo’ed my entire adult life. I’ve got a year before my wedding and hope to lose another 30 lbs (I’m down 50). We can do it!! :))

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    lac125 24 posts, Newbee @ 10:07 am

    That’s so great about completing your first 5K! Good luck with staying on track. It isn’t easy, especially while planning a wedding! Btw, I had the same Popple!!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:11 am

    Congrats on your 5k, Miss Phone Booth! That’s so awesome – such a HUGE accomplishment.

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