Shedding for the Wedding: How to Get Fit for Your Big Day!

Your big moment is fast approaching– you know, the one where all 200 of your closest family and friends gather together to see… well YOU! Now the heat is on: your make-up must be flawless, your dress to die for, and your hair coiffed to perfection! And of course, now is the best time to address the number one obsession among all women— your weight.

It may be that (and if this is true you better not beat up on yourself!) it’s time to drop those couple of extra pounds we all pack on from time to time depending on what is (or isn’t) going on in our lives at the moment. But now that you have chosen to express your love in a most public way, you will at least want to look your best doing it.

But how in the world can you  possibly begin a work-out regime to drop those lbs when you barely have time to plan a wedding? Ah, as Shakespeare would say “There lies the rub“. But the good news is it actually can be done, if you start early enough, plan ahead, set goals, and track your results. Believe it or not, a regular work-out routine can actually decrease and alleviate much of the stress you’ll experience while planning your wedding. So not only do you look good, you feel good too!

Here’s a couple of work-out suggestions to help you get started:

Don’t wait until the last minute to begin your wedding workout

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As soon as you set the date, begin developing a regular and consistent work-out routine. Pick the time of day that works best for you (AM/PM), type of exercise you want to practice (jogging, swimming, cardio, yoga) and set a reasonable amount of work-out time (5 days a week, 1.5 hours a day).

Hire a Personal Trainer

Some people work-out better when they’re directed by a professional rather than try and develop their own routine. The good thing about trainers is that if you hire a qualified and experienced one, they can really help you define your goals, stay on target, and track and measure your results.

Be Realistic About Your Goals

Don’t start off by setting yourself up for failure by setting goals that are completely unrelasitice. To think you can lose 30 lbs in 30 days if you drink only grapefruit juice and water is neither a safe nor healthy way to lose weight. Start with small goals that are easier to reach and as you do reach them challenge yourself to extend even more. This will help to motivate and challenge you as you begin to see real results.

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Don’t go on crash diet

Crash diets are always destined to fail. Once you deprive yourself of anything you enjoy eating, the minute your will power succumbs to your temptation you’ll eat at least twice as much than you would have normally. Gradually cut back on all the things you know for sure are bad for you (sugar, salt, candy, cakes, butter, fried foods, bread, soda, etc.) until you completely eliminate it from your diet.

Do not stop working out once you’re married!

This is going to be the toughest part of your post-diet. Once you’re married it’s sooooooo easy to slide into a regular couch potato routine with each other. Try to set aside some time to work-out together — or apart, just make sure to get it done, and to make it a part of your regular routine of married life.

On your mark, get set, GO! 🙂 

 

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