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Event Weight Loss – Losing Weight For Your Wedding

on May 28, 2014

 (Please note:  By reading this blog, you agree to my Disclaimer)

 

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of wedding photos on social media which can only mean one thing, wedding season has begun!  The weather is fabulous, everything is in bloom, what more could you want for your perfect day?  Oh I know, you want to look fabulous!!

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So, you’re getting married in six weeks and you’ve got 10lbs (maybe more) to lose before then?  Don’t freak out!  I can help!  Just keep reading…

From experience, I know that one of the BIGGEST stressors dealing with upcoming nuptials is weight.  Yep, it’s even a bigger issue than the cost of the wedding for most people.  Not being able to fit into your wedding dress pretty much trumps how much money you spend on the actual event.  Is that crazy talk?  No!  You can have all the money in the world to throw at a beautiful wedding but it doesn’t lose the weight for you.  Sure, you can have liposuction or a tummy tuck or whatever the celebrities do, but that can take just as long or longer to see results.

We want to look and feel like a princess on our big day and what could be worse than looking like we are ‘spilling’ over our dress or having safety pins sticking out because we can’t zip it all the way?  For me, I waited too long to try to lose weight for my wedding day and finally lost weight the two weeks leading up to it.  Do you think I thought to try on my dress to see if it still fit?  Of course not!  So THE DAY OF MY WEDDING, 30 minutes before walking down the aisle, I put on my dress only to find that it no longer fit in the boobs.  It was a strapless dress.  Needless to say, I did not feel as amazing as I could have since I had to hold my breath the whole time to keep my dress up!

So, for all of you ladies out there planning to walk down the aisle this year, next year or anytime in the future – lets get you set up for success!

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^ My mom ‘taping’ my dress to my skin – how lovely (can you sense the sarcasm?)

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How to Lose Weight For Your Wedding:

 

Ideally, I’d like for you to change your eating habits for the long term so that you never have to worry about dieting again.  But, I understand if you’re short on time, or if you have been so stressed planning that you haven’t spent enough time preparing healthy meals or exercising (in fact, we tend to over eat when we are stressed and all the planning keeps us so busy we feel like we don’t have time for anything else).  So, I’ve put together my best tips and tricks to help you lose weight (quickly) so that you look like a million bucks on your big day.  Lets get started!

 

Commit to Exercise

Obviously, the QUICKEST way to lose those extra pounds is through exercise.  I don’t want to hear that you don’t have time.  Make time.  If looking and feeling great on your big day is one of your goals, then you have to follow through and do the work.  As soon as you finish dinner, go for a walk.  Get up 30 minutes early to hit the gym or do a home workout.  Figure out your two busiest and hardest days of the week and make them your ‘rest’ days (unless you are bold enough to fit in Yoga or walking on those days).  That way you can use your weekend to get in a two really good workouts and only have to pick three weekdays to fit in the rest of your weeks workouts.  Seriously folks, exercise might feel like the last thing you want to do but it is the fastest way to naturally shed that extra weight.  The benefits go beyond losing weight.

 

What do I recommend doing?

  • Walking (briskly- no less than 20 minutes every day.  Get your heart pumping)
  • Riding a Bike
  • High Intensity Interval Training (Please note:  These are not for people who have not already been exercising.  This is intense and not a good idea for beginners.  Check with your Personal Health Care Provider before attempting any HIIT workout.  There are TONS of these on the web, my favorites come from FitnessBlender.com)
  • Weight Lifting (break out those dumbbells!  No, not the 2lbs ones, really lift some weight!)
  • Jumping Rope (Try 40 seconds jumping – 20 seconds rest for five minutes…you will FEEL it)
  • Jogging/Running
  • Swimming (not lollygagging around in the pool but doing laps for 30 minutes.  Really get that heart rate up!)

 

Cardio is going to be your best bet, but like I’ve said before, you can get AMAZING results from lifting.  Not only are you burning fat, you are getting beautiful arms, legs, etc.  Start first thing in the morning to get it over with or hit it hard after dinner, either way, just make sure you are moving!  Get up and get that heart pumping for AT LEAST 20 minutes!  If you’re not looking to lose a lot of weight and you just want to get ‘toned’, you can get away with doing a longer slower workout like Yoga.  Take the stairs, park further away and stand as much as possible.  You’ll be surprised at how fast you see results.

“I like to move it, move it”

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Skip The Junk

Your goal from now until wedding day (depending on how far away it its) is to only eat home prepared meals.  No stopping on your way to work for coffee, donuts or whatever.  No ordering lunch out, I don’t care all you get is a salad from Panera.  Don’t be tempted.  Your best bet is going to be taking all the snacks and meals you’ll need for the day and not stopping ANYWHERE.  This will not only help you lose weight and get healthier, it will save you a ton of money!  And if you’re planning a wedding, chances are you will want to save every little bit.

This is going to take some prepping and might be a little hard, but you can do it!  Set aside one day of the week to prep all your meals and snacks.  This is so worth it!  It might be a little time consuming but you’ll be glad you did it.  What do I fight temptation with?  Why delicious, fresh strawberries of course!  Or Honeydew Melon, blueberries, peaches and plain greek yogurt, peanut butter and celery, hummus and ANY vegetable…I could go on.  Check out Superwomen Recipes for recipes, meal planning and other food related ideas to help get you started.

 

So, here are some suggestions for your next shopping trip (learn to love it fellow Superwomen!):

  • Fruits – Apples, bananas, grapefruit, melons, grapes, strawberries, lemons, blueberries
  • Vegetables – Celery, Kale, spinach, avocados, sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage…
  • Meats/Main Course – Chicken, LEAN beef, Tofu, Black Beans, Salmon, Tilapia, Flounder, etc.
  • Other – Quinoa (not rice!), whole wheat wraps, whole grain pasta, walnuts, tuna, canned chicken, frozen veggies, frozen fruit, cayenne or other hot spices, plain Greek yogurt, whey protein, eggs

 

Not only will you lose weight when you eat like this, your skin will look amazing!  So this tip really kills two birds with one stone.  I bet you wont need to go get that facial before the big day once you see how much your skin loves things like kale, blueberries and carrots!

 

Sleep!

Shut down your wedding planning at least half an hour before bed.  Turn off the TV, close the laptop and put your phone on the charger.  This is an absolute MUST for losing weight.  Trust me, this made a huge difference for me.  Turn out all the lights, grab a fan for white noise if you need it and get the best nights sleep you’ve had since you were a baby.  Exercising will help you sleep better and sleep will help exercising not suck since your muscles will be able to adequately repair overnight (with the right amount of rest that is)!  And again, you’ll have the added benefit of having glowing skin from the extra sleep.

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Drink Water!

Only have  a few weeks to lose weight?  Cut the caffeine and drink water…lots of it!  I mean like a ton.  So much that you have to pee all the time.  Don’t allow any other tempting drink in.  Seriously, you might really want that glass of wine to ease the stress but it’s not going to allow you to get the results you want.  Stay away from sodas, sweet teas, juices, all of it.  Your safest bet is to just stick to water.  C’mon, how badly do you want this?  Ps.  Water ALSO helps to liven up your skin and make you look beautiful.  It helps with acne, puffines, wrinkles and more.  Drink up!!

Avoid List:

Alcohol, Sodas, any sweetened teas, coffees, smoothies, etc.

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Keep A Healthy Distance from Sodium and Grease

Choose your food wisely!  Avoid anything that has a lot of salt.  As painful as it might be, try not to season your veggies with butter or salt for a few weeks and see what a difference it makes.  Steer clear of Fast Food joints, chips, pizza, anything with soy sauce (pretty much give up your favorite Asian restaurants – I’m sorry – just for now).  Reducing your salt intake will greatly reduce bloating.  For more information about sodium check out this great article from The American Heart Association:  Why Should I Limit Sodium?

 

How to lose weight for your wedding in a nutshell:

Eat clean

 Do at least 20 minutes of cardio a day

Give up fast food, sweets and other junk

Stay away from alcohol and sodas

Drink tons of water

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Get more sleep

It really is that simple.  You can do it.  Send me photos of your progress, let me know what exercises you’re doing, what you’re eating and anything you have found helpful that I’ve mentioned or even things that I haven’t talked about.  I want to hear from you!

 

 

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^ Tied the knot!  And thankfully my dress stayed put for the entire ceremony 🙂

 

 

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