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15 yrs ago. In the basement of a jail.

Tue, Jan 10, 2012

MizFit Muzings

subtitle: this is such a life-minutiae post there isnt a disclaimer large or verbose enough. you’ll have that.

I never really thought Id get married.

Actually strike that.

I had such a poor track-record of not wanting to hurt people’s feelings I thought Id get proposed to, say YES! (while never intending to follow through), and end up stuck & married.

I wasnt the girl who dreamed of her wedding day from a young age (like the Tornado. hold me.) and I loved being alone to such an extent I knew it would take meeting someone worth relinquishing that for me to settle down.

Enter this guy:


I, in fact, picked *him* up on a crowed bus (ahhh public transportation I shall forever heart ye). 

It was the day after Halloween and I was eating Mounds bars for breakfast

I spotted him standing, offered him some candy & immediately joked to the friend next to me he could sit on my lap if he wanted.

Lots of chasing and a few awkward romantic entanglements later we got married.

Kind of spur of the moment  (we decided the day before).

Definitely the way we wanted (justice of the peace.  best 10.00 we’ve ever spent).

And we havent looked back since. 

I mean, Im sure we have (seriously. who married among us can’t say this thing is a choice we make & recommit to daily.  HELLO JUST LIKE FITNESS!)—but we’re still here 15 years later.

Please excuse the quality of the pictures.  Id  blame the fact it was 1997 but we all know digital cameras existed then.  He & I apparently neither owned one nor cared.

I was married in running tights/a sweatshirt and I ran less then than I do now
(if that’s possible). 

The sweatshirt is from my training studio.  The quote reads: The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a God.


I love his face in the picture below.  It’s hard to see but to my eyes he looks excitedterrified.  Excitified.

(Please to let me know if you’d like to discuss what was happening with my hair. I talked about it a little here…)


This is where we held our reception.  No we did not plan this ahead of time.  I was happy to find it’s still there!  We need to go back and bring the Tornado.


This is a picture of my training studio.  OH. I failed to mention we got married the same day it opened. We already had a party planned for that night and both of our parents were in town so it seemed perfect.

(Actual conversation from that day.  Ren Man’s Mom: What are we going to do this afternoon?  Ren Man: Oh, uh, we were thinking we’d get married.)


This is not from that day. Im just forcing it upon you anyway.  The hair. The bandanna. The blissfulnessment of youth.  It all made me smile…


The wedding party!  This was immediately after the conversation above and after we foisted studio sweatshirts upon everyone & informed them we were off to the jail to get married. 

G-d bless Ren Man’s parents.  Even though we’d dated for 3 years  I still think they must have thought A. we were crazy and 2. this marriage would last as long as BritBrit’s to Jason Alexander.


This one isn’t from the wedding day either, but it’s Ren Man’s FAVE EVER from the days of Head2Heel.  It’s him and Matthew Broderick.  Matty B (as we called him NOT to his face) was in for a little while town doing a play & came to our studio to train.  He’s Ren Man’s ABSOLUTE fave actor.  Ren Man was in heaven.  Perhaps even more so than during our jail house wedding…


Ahhh. This last one is from last weekend and the “THE END” to our happy little story.  

We joke a lot about what a handful I am.  We kid about the fact it looks a whole lot more fun to be married to me on the outside than it actually is.  I know life with me is a carnival ride and I also am fully aware Id not want to be on this ride without him. 

I showed up to this marriage with no piriformis pain, a wrinkle-free countenance & plans to work as a counselor.

15 years and so many adventures later Im way off that path and he’s still firmly walking beside me.

I am grateful and I am blessed.


83 Responses to “15 yrs ago. In the basement of a jail.”

  1. Hanlie says:

    I love the hair! Thank you for sharing this - I enjoyed it. You look like a great couple.

  2. Deborah (Schmiet) says:

    Wow! What an amazing story. I suspect you enjoyed the wedding and reception more than many-a-bride who’s spent months (years?!) planning theirs!

    I am slightly intrigued by the hair and the outfits - though on the latter, perhaps you were going for a ‘we were in the neighbourhood’ kind of look! As for the hair… LOVE the short dreadies….


  3. Runner Girl says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!

    I really enjoy these kinds of posts.

  4. Lara says:

    What a sweet post.
    You are blessed.
    And crazy :)

    Happy anniversary.

  5. Terrie says:

    I love this.
    You are very lucky!!

  6. Nicole says:

    love YOUR story. so you and so endearing. also love the bandana & hair. you can rock anything.

  7. Marsha @ Green Mountain at Fox Run says:

    Happy anniversary, Carla & Ren Man! Love the pictures and the story.

  8. Barbara says:

    Wonderful story! Happy Anniversary!

  9. Debra says:

    love the story! happy anniversary!

  10. Lynn says:

    Happy, HAPPY anniversary! No else I know would say, “Hey, since it’s the opening day of our business, let’s get married, too!” You’re never one to do one thing at a time :) Wishing you continued committed and abiding joy.

  11. Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader says:

    Congratulations! 15 yrs! Great going! My dad has a philosophy, the smaller, and LO-key the wedding the more likely it will last because it’s based on love not fanfare. With that in mind, I foresee a long 80yrs + marriage - Happy Anniversary!

  12. Victoria Runs says:

    I LOVE IT! I love all weddings big, small, or purple with black polka dots. It’s about what the couple wants and their individualism. Cheers to 15+15+15+15…. more years :)

  13. Kim says:

    Congrats!!! No comments on the hair from me……you should see what I did to mine in the 80′s! :) (and tell Ren Man and J-E-A-L-O-U-S - I heart Matty B!)

  14. DEBRA says:

    What a sweet story.
    Love the hair but the pre-Seussical leg just looks all wrong :)

  15. Valerie says:

    Aww…congratulations! I think it’s an awesome story…and the best part is it’s still going. Happy “Happily Ever After”. :-)

  16. Courtney says:

    The best part about this story is that it is blissfully yours and totally unique! I love it. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

    Happy anniversary!!!

  17. Maria (RealFitMama) says:

    love Love LOVE!!!!!

  18. Marisa @ Loser for Life says:

    Love this story, Miz. And dare I say, love the hair, too??? :) *raises glass of protein/chia shake* Cheers to 15 years! May you have many more years of love and fun together!

  19. Valentina says:

    nice blog. Happy new year to everyone from Italy!

  20. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    WOW!!! I never envisioned a story like this from you about your marriage & how you met & all the other stuff you wrote - but heck, I should have & I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think you should make into a screenplay or movie. What a wonderful way to do it all & the memories!!! Thank you soooooooooo much for sharing!

    And Carla, every day I wonder how my hubby puts up with me! ;-)

  21. Bex says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Congrats! xoxo

  22. messymimi says:

    Recommit each day, yes. Also, hang on and enjoy the ride. This from 26 1/2 years, you are doing it right.

    Happy Anniversary!

  23. Fab Kate says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    And just think… this is only the beginning!

  24. Tara Burner says:

    Happy anniversary!!!

  25. Melissa says:

    Loved reading this. And Emma will love having this story for the her life.

  26. Kris @Krazy_Kris says:

    I LURVE this! fondly remembering, smiling, giggling… and loving the strange and wonderful journey - go figure, right?

  27. JavaChick says:

    Aw! Happy 15 years! :)

  28. Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) says:

    AMAZING. Congratulations. Marriage is NOT easy, but it’s worth making it for the right person!

    Here’s to 15 more! (and 15 more after that!)

  29. Roxie says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Thank you so much for sharing your story in words and pictures. It made me smile this morning.

  30. Emmie says:

    Happy anniversary!

  31. Charlie Hills says:


  32. Big Girl Bombshell says:

    Happy Anniversary…and all I kept thing was

    and this is a wonderful life….

    that love built!

  33. Heather Frey says:

    Congratulations! Love the photos and love hearing you’re happy. That’s what it’s all about. xo

  34. Dr. J says:

    Wonderful, Carla!!!!

  35. tj says:

    what a sweet adventure of a life you too have made for yourselves. who says we need to live a cookie cutter life? bravo to you both & happy anniversary! :) xoxo

  36. Caron says:

    Great post. We had kind of a haphazard wedding 45 1/2 years ago. We got our license and then went to the phone book to find a pastor. I wore my newest and best dress which was red. My best friend thought it was necessary to tell me “Get married in red and wish you were dead.” Ugh.

    It was just me and now husband, his mom and grandma and my best friend and her mom. My friend did bring rice to throw at the end. :)

  37. STUFT Mama says:

    Happy anniversary! So fun reading your story (and seeing your hair). :)

  38. Fran says:

    Happy Anniversary Miz!

    The way you got married is something I would totally do but hub wants it something bigger so till today we still aren’t married.

  39. Katy Widrick says:

    You probably won’t agree, but I think this is one of the most romantic love stories I’ve ever read. You both look SO happy!

  40. misszippy1 says:

    Love your story! Love the spontaneity of it and that here you are, 15 years later, knowing what a great move you both made. Congrats!

  41. Jill says:

    Happy Anniversary! You two are one of my favorite couples because you seem so perfectly matched. Like two peas in a pod - I love that!

    And oh my goodness gracious, girl. What WAS going on with that hair???? ;)

  42. Geosomin says:

    Happy Love day :)
    It makes me so happy to read this…

  43. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) says:

    Always love a great LOVE story. Kev and I just celebrated 15 years on New Year’s Eve. Life IS good!

    Happy Anniversary!

  44. Cat @Breakfast to Bed says:

    I love you, Miz. The cop and I got married at the JOP in jeans and celebrated at ChiChi’s. 7.5 years ago.

  45. sugar says:

    aww! congrats!!!! me n my hubs have stuck together 15 years too!!
    go us!!

    you are too cute!

  46. Tamara says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this happily ever after story with us! A good marriage is a lot of work, but a huge reward too!
    My hubby and I mark 15 years in 2012 too!

  47. Kerri O says:

    This. Is Beautiful.
    The true love stories are never like the movies. Thank goodness.

  48. Heather Montgomery says:

    love love your story! congrats!
    The hair comments are funny!

  49. Lisa says:

    That’s awesome!!

    I think there is something hopelessly romantic about eloping or doing a wedding that is simple and quick. Like you love each other SO much you cannot wait another moment. :)

  50. Shelley B says:

    Your post title sounds like an Elvis song!

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  51. Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me says:

    Happy, Happy, Happy Anniversary!

    And as far as the hair goes, I kind of love your platinum blond shorty short.

    And his excitified face is awesome.

  52. Elisabeth says:

    Awww, I love this story! It made me smile and reflect…then cry, because I’m a pregnant hormonal mess. =)

  53. Bari says:

    Congratulations and Happiest of Anniversaries!!!!!!!!!

  54. Lori says:

    Love it! Happy Anniversary!

  55. lindsay says:

    this is such a joy to read and i love the story. I hope you tell it often to tornado and to others.
    Happy Anniversary!
    I think that hairstyle is making a comeback, yes?

  56. Kyle @ Getting Better and Better says:

    Happy anniversary friend…you make marriage, parenting, blogging, etc. etc. etc., look EASY!

    Yes…you are wonderful at it all and very blessed.

  57. Roz@weightingfor50 says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!!!! BIG happy anniversary to you both!!! Cheers to MANY more!!!!

  58. Jasmine says:

    Next week is our 15 years. And ours was in the living room of a very old minister we found in the yellow pages. Yup, we non-childhood dreaming of being a bride wives are the best!

  59. KCLAnderson (Karen) says:

    Happy Anniversary MizFit & Ren Man…I know we’ve both said this before, but your relationship and our relationship (Tim and me) bear many similarities. AND we’ll be celebrating 15 years of wedded bliss later this year!

    I, too, am so very grateful and blessed.

  60. Vanessa says:

    Aww, what an awesome post. Happy anniversary!

  61. Emily (faliLV) (@FamilyNLifeLV) says:

    LOVE it! Congrats! Seems like it was just the perfect day for the two of you!

  62. Meagan says:

    Aw thats so sweet!! Happy Anniversary! :) Congrats to you both!

  63. Kelley Burrus says:

    Awesomeness. I had to laugh that Jeff’s favorite sweatshirt is STILL the one featured in these posts. Good times.

  64. Charlotte says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man! Happy anniversary! And your comment about being a people pleaser and accidentally ending up married made me laugh out loud. ME TOO.

  65. Kristin@ Bring Pretty Back says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    Can I just tell you - I love you! You absolutely bring joy to my day!!!
    Have a pretty day!

  66. amber says:

    Happy Annivesary, such a wonderful post.

  67. Heather says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Great post! I love to see happiness in love after so many years. DH and I have been married for over 17 years and we still love each other more than the day we met.

  68. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    I love that story, Miz. It is so YOU! Thanks for sharing. Happy anniversary to you both.

  69. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says:

    Aw thank you for sharing! Happy anniversary :D .

  70. Jackie Sullivan says:

    I just love you! What an awesome happy day!

  71. Kek says:

    Aww. Happy anniversary!

    I love your comment about choice and re-committing every day… :)

  72. Pure2raw twins says:

    Happy anniversary!!! So happy for the two of you!! Best wishes for many more great years ahead!!!

  73. Lisa Marie Mary says:

    Awww…congratulations! Happy Happy! That second to last sentence made me tear up. ;-)

  74. Gena says:

    Love it! Happy anniversary to both of you!

  75. @somerskys says:


  76. lynn cohick says:

    Ren man’s sister is so deeply grateful that he found the love of his life, and that she is so wonderful to him.

  77. Patrick says:

    A cool story to read indeed, Happy anniversary!

  78. Sally Harrison says:

    I am so pleased that you invited us tto the wedding.!!! What a witness to us and to your generation of your commitment to each other and to Emma! May you be blessed with many more years together.

  79. Emily says:

    Wonderful post, Carla! I feel so honored to be invited to your wedding … 15 years later! What an amazing accomplishment, truly. Marriage is a lot of hard work and dedication.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  80. Elm says:

    Awesome post!

  81. Jacqueline Carly says:

    Happy Happy Happy Anniversary to you & C! Thank you for sharing those pics. They are SUPER AWESOME!! Love you xoxo

  82. kia says:

    Congratulations on 15! Thank you for sharing this joy with us. Wishing you much more MizFit fun along on your adventure together.

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