Post # 1
I’m planning on having my courthouse wedding in early spring, tentatively April. I fell in love with a (non-wedding) dress online and bought it even though I was unsure if the largest size it came in would fit me – a 16 UK. I got it yesterday and it’s almost 2 sizes too small. I can always return it, but I was thinking it would be a good goal to shoot for losing those 2 dress sizes.
I’ve struggled with my weight all of my life and recently I’ve gotten into doing pilates 3 times a week. My body has changed a lot in the past 3 months – I’m leaner and more toned, but I’m still carrying extra weight on top of all the muscle I’ve built.
Recently I made up my mind to join the Y and start run-walking on the treadmill, and I found the C25K app that someone mentioned here, so I’m eager to try it out. My question is this – do you bees think that losing 2 dress sizes is possible given my current fitness plan?
Post # 3
You can if you give up flour, sugar and dairy! Go to clean eating and eat six small meals a day. I dropped two dress sizes in a month!
Post # 4
If you’re dedicated to it, you can do it. Watching what you eat is just as important as exercising. Work hard at it, and see where you get in about 6 weeks. I never weigh myself, I always do measurements (muscle weighs more than fat) so remember to take measurements before you start and track them!
Post # 5
I’m about to lose my 2nd dress size just by modifiying my food intake on Weight Watchers, so of course I think it’s possible. And I haven’t given up anything except excessive eating through tracking everything I put in my mouth.
That being said, can you afford to get another dress if this one doesn’t fit by the time you need it to? I’m a big fan of buying the dress in your actual size and having it tailored if needed.
Post # 6
Try and find a Boot Camp exercise class – you will love the results and you will lose 2 dress sizes in 2 months without a doubt (along with a healthy eating plan, of course)
Post # 7
You can do it! Is there any way you can have it let out if you don’t quite hit your goal in time?
Post # 8
I think it is definitely possible! I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight and a good 2 dress sizes in 2 months and am still losing. I think there are a few different routes you can go food wise, but what has been working for me is clean eating. Which is just mostly fresh, non packged foods, which means less carbs since carbs are almost always packaged. I also drink a ton of water and green tea and exercise 5x a week. Stick to it and you will get there. Make sure you have a backup plan just in case though!
Post # 9
Thanks for the support, bees! I know I need to pay more attention to what I eat, for sure. I’ve gotten lazy about shopping and cooking in recent months so I’m eating way too much takeout. I know what I need to do, I just need to do it and now i’m motivated.
Post # 10
I think it’s definitely doable to go down 2 sizes by April, but you’re looking at around 30 lbs weight loss, which is quite a bit. In order to accomplish that you really need to commit yourself to healthy eating and exercise. Pilates are great but you need more cardio or circuit training. Even doing the C25K by itself may not be enough cardio since it’s only 30 min 3x/week. I would advice to start tracking your calories, I like sparkpeople.com, others like myfitnesspal.com, either one is a great. Good luck and let us know how it’s going.
Post # 11
For sure you can go down two dress sizes by April with a combination of exercise and clean eating. For me, I exercise all the freaking time, but have the hardest time telling myself that doesn’t mean I can’t eat whatever the heck I want so I never actually lose weight. Still “skinny fat” as bodybuilding.com calls it.
Post # 12
I lost 2 sizes in 8 weeks BUT I worked out really hard and I was (and still am) very strict.
low impact cardio, bumped it up after a couple of weeks, cardio one day, weights the next and repeat, at least 45 mins a day. water only, no carbs, sugar (splenda and all that is worse for you than reg sugar). loaded up on non starchy veggies, lean proteins and snacks. Dropped 5 inches the first month. You CAN do it.. just be very strict
Post # 13
You’re doing pilates, which is FANTASTIC toning and stretching exercise. The cardio you’ve decided to add will definitely help burn fat. A balance of cardio and toning’s important in an effective fitness plan.
Exercise alone will not help you get down 2 sizes: dietary change is needed, too. Weight Watchers is great because you won’t feel deprived; my bff lost 40 pounds on it.
Post # 14
@Macintosh: I you are carrying fat on top of the muscle, maybe you should add cardio into the mix along with Pilates.