Post # 1
I went to my first dress fitting today, and surprise, surprise! My dress is super tight around the chest. They managed to pull the zipper all the way up, but just barely, and it’s not really attractive if you’re stuffed into a dress, you know?
I’m pretty frustrated, especially because I’ve been working out a lot lately. I swear, I do weight training 3 days a week, go rock climbing at 1-2 times a week, and ride my bike and walk everywhere. Shouldn’t that be enough?!?! Geez.
Anyhow, I really do have a question. Because I don’t have any more time in the week to exercise, I’ve got to cut out some calories. I also am mildly hypoglycemic, so I really need protein on a regular basis. Can y’all refer me to something that could jumpstart a diet that would still give me the protein that I need? (I’ve got a little over a month!)
Post # 3
No advice, but I’m sorta in the same boat, except my dress won’t zip by an inch and my wedding is in July (but I’m supposed to do wedding portraits in June).
I’m hiring a trainer and stepping up my workouts, and continuing with my diet plan. I’ve lost 14 lbs so far, and I thought that would be enough. But I think I need to lose another 5-10 lbs.
Post # 4
Sorry you couldn’t fit in to your dress they way you wanted to. You have probably gained muscle and it shifted to where you didn’t want it too. I suggest just having the seamstress letting it out a bit or have a corset back put into your gown.
Post # 5
So my advice would be to cut out the lifting.
I was taking power pump at the gym 3 times a week for 6 months and never lost any weight. I know I was making muscle, but if you want to have the long lean look I’d do less weights and more cardio..
I would also cut out bread, rice and starchy veggies… and eat alot of lean protein.
🙂 Good luck! 🙂
Post # 6
Have you been doing any kind of diet right now? I think about 80% of weight loss is based on diet. I don’t know any specific diets because I usually just keep track of my calorie intake when I’m trying to lose weight.
Post # 7
I do low carb and high protein and have always gotten good results from it!
Post # 8
Thanks for your fast responses!
@texasmeredith – that’s awesome that you’ve lost 14lbs. Good for you! It sounds like you’re on track to fit perfectly into your dress. 🙂
@noritake – I thought about this, but I don’t think my seamstress has ever done a corset back, and while I think she’ll do the simple fixes we requested perfectly, I’d be a bit hesitant to get a corset back. But you know, that would fix the whole thing. I should ponder that.
@Amber – I was kind of afraid that adding more cardio would be the answer. While I really like to lift weights, I kind of hate cardio, buuuuut, I think you’re right. My gym partner will be annoyed, but she’ll live. 🙂
Post # 9
Miss ASB is right… I lost about 30 pounds in the last years, and for the first 20, I wasn’t exercising at all.
For a quick fix before your wedding, eat lots and lots of veggies and lean meat, cut the carbs and fat.
Post # 10
@MissAB & sjones – I’m horrible at dieting. Mostly I work out so that I can eat whatever I want, but it’s not working this time. I think I’ll have to start keeping track of calories, and cutting out a lot of the starchy stuff.
Post # 11
You also have to be careful with the idea that you can eat whatever you want just because you are exercising. A lot of people overestimate how many calories are really burned during exercise.
Post # 12
since you’re slightly hypoglycemic, i’d advise talking with a doctor or nutritionist to help form a good eating plan for you. they would be able to advise a safe way to cut calories without risking your health. good luck!
Post # 13
My tried and true weight loss tool is a good old notebook and a pencil. I write down everything I eat and count my calories. It gives me the freedom to eat whatever I want but so long as I do it responsibly. This would definitely work for you too because you can go ahead and eat as much protein as you need.
Post # 14
Yikes, I’m sure you must be fretting but you still have a month and believe me, that’s plenty of time for a quick fix to help you fit a little better in your dress!!
Look at your diet and see what you’re eating. Exercising doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want and expect to lose weight, Diet is super important. Protein are a biggie, its actually a good thing! Make sure you eat some with every meal. Stay away from carbs and starches and eat a lot of fruits and vegies. Drink lots of water and stay away from extra sodium, especially the week of. Yogurt is great, especially for regulating and keepin everything moving! I eat a lot of backed chicken, vegies, fruit, and actually some type of dairy like cheese! Cheese is a great snack for dieting. I would honestly stay away from any diet food or low fat because you get tricked into thinking you can eat more and its not a big deal and what happens is you actually eat more cals! Ha at least this is bad for me. The things I do like, which you will like for your protein thing, are Special K Protein bars, I get double chocolate, and theyre low cals and have some good nutrients plus 10g protein. I dont eat breakfast and really dont have time so I grab one of these. Good for snacks, too. Cottage chees is another snack I like with fruit/vegies or by itself and it has protein.
I hate that youre not a big fan of the cardio because that is exactly what you need to do! Do you have fitness classes at your gym? Do an aerobics or spin class, that way its not so boring. I LOVE cycling and it is a killer workout. You can still lift weights, its good to balance your workout, but I would seriously cut back. I wouldnt do so much heavy or long lifting workouts, instead use lighter weights and try to do shorter sessions and do more cardio. For the wedding, I would cut back significantly and just really amp up the cardio.
Sorry this is kinda long, I hope it helps. A month is really a good bit of time to get back into your dress and I really think you can! Hang in there and good luck!!
Post # 15
Check out the eat-clean diet book and website!
It sounds PERFECT for you and it is a lifestyle NOT a crash diet!
Post # 16
Drink lots of water!!! Sometimes when we’re thirsty, we mistake the feeling for thirst with hunger and eat instead. Increase cardio and decrease calories…it’s the only way I’m afraid. Good luck!