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141 days to go. I’m 5’6 and 155lbs (normal, healthy weight is usually around 130-135)
I’d love to get down to 125 but I’m not sure if I have the time to do that. Here is my breakdown. I have, what I’m told, is a very simple dress to take in if need be so I could, potentially, be losing weight up until the week before the wedding.
Thoughts? Ideas? Advice? Anything from diet plan to dress fitting timeline adjustments are MOST helpful. Here is the timeline backwards starting with wedding
- Wedding – Feb 8th
- Final Fitting – Feb 1st
- Second Fitting – Dec 21st
- Initial Fitting – November 1st 🙂
Thank you all so much!
Post # 3
@skippydarling: How active are you now? How much time are you willing to commit to exercise? Diet is a big part but so is exercise. What’s worked in your past? …Just looking for some history…
Post # 4
@LilRhodyGem: Thanks for the speedy reply.
Honestly – the best thing that works for me is good, old calorie restriction. I’m a member of a fabulous gym but know bupkis when it comes to working out.
What’s better for weight loss? Lots of cardio, less weight training? More weight training, less cardio? I’m currently not active.
I’ll be in that damn gym 5-6 days a week if I have to
Post # 5
Definitely think about what has worked for you in the past with weight loss. I know for me, it is making changes to my diet alone that causes me to lose weight. I can lose just as much sitting on my butt as I do if I also try to exercise. The only advantage of exercise for me from a weight loss perspective is if you are following a plan like WW that will allow you to eat more if you exercise more. I usually don’t get allocated enough points on that kind of plan to be full, so if I don’t exercise and eat those points I’m starving.
My FSIL is getting married before me and she was exercising like a fiend and was so disappointed in her lack of results. She hadn’t made any real changes to her diet. Then she went on an Atkins-like plan just a few weeks before her dress came in and dropped a bunch of weight fairly quickly.
We should exercise because exercise is good for us. But for weight loss, in my experience, the only thing that makes me lose weight is cutting calories.
Post # 6
@skippydarling: Almost (former) body twins!
I’m 5’7″, went from 173 to 138 from January to May of 2011.
Then I went from 143 to 122 from January to March of 2013!
So you can lose (safely) up to in 36lbs in 18 weeks (2lbs a week is safe and sustainable)
I calorie counted the initial weight loss! I used Livestrong’s My Plate, but everyone else in the world uses My Fitness Pal.
I also picked up exercising 3-5 days a week–JUST walking for 30 minutes before or after dinner. That’s it! No gym membership, no insane 3X Day/7 days a week crash plans. Just a pre- or post-dinner walk.
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I lost 10 lbs in one month by eating primarily grilled chicken sandwiches, salads with little to no dressing, lots of fruit and pretty much only unsweet tea or water. I did 30-45 mins on my Wii fit about 3 times a week.
Post # 8
@skippydarling: I’m currently doing a lean protein-rich diet, 1400 calories a day and working out 6 times a week, both aerobic and weight training (I have a trainer for the weights). If I stick to my eating plan and exercise, I am able to lose pretty easily.
I think you should set out to exercise 30 minutes a day (even if it’s just a walk) and track your calories. I’m on myfitnesspal.com and it works well.
Post # 9
Wow, I was in almost exactly the same boat. I am 5’6 and weighed 160 when I started. You do have the time to lose the weight, but it will take a lot of work. I had a personal trainer 2x a week, bootcamp 3X and I did cardio 2-4X a week. I enjoy the exercise part, it’s a great stress reliever. The other girls are right, eating is a big part of it. That is the part that I struggled with and what prevented me from reaching my goals. When I saw my biggest results, I was drinking 10 – 16 glasses of water a day and doing 10 squats everytime I went to pee (it’s a lot when you drink that much water). Make sure to eat breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up to boost your metabolism and eat a 300 calorie meal every 2-3 hours. Also, try not to eat about 3-4 hours before bed.
And if you don’t hit your goals, be proud of what you did accomplish and try to make being healthy a life long thing, not just a chance to look great for the wedding. I am sure you will look beautiful either way and enjoy your day!
Post # 10
What’s better for weight loss? Lots of cardio, less weight training? More weight training, less cardio?
that depends what you want. if you want “skinny fat” and just lose lbs, all cardio. if you want to get those arms looking sexy, lose a ton of inches (but not see the scale change at all possibly), do weights + cardio.
Post # 11
@kristen182: oh yea – good point. Consider it done
Post # 12
I’ve lost weight many different ways. Diet restriction alone, diet restriction plus cardio, diet restriction plus cardio and weight training. I prefer to do that last one. If you do the weight training, it’ll be much easier to keep the weight off because muscle burns fat all the time. I think you need to do at lease diet restriction plus cardio because you only have 1 month and 10 days until your first fitting and 30 lbs to lose. Eek! You can easily lose 10 lbs before then. But your seamstress will be mad at you if you keep losing weight after the first fitting. I’d wait until January to do the first fitting. Most bridal seamstresses are not busy in the dead of winter.
Post # 13
@idoalterations: Gotchya! My dress is out of state so I am limited for fittings.
But to be honest – the seamstress can get mad at me all she wants – I just want her to be able to take me in if I need it from the December 21st – Feb 1st weight loss.
I’ve been told it’s a simple alteration and in February (slow wedding season) it should be ok for her to take it in within a week. Oh man – cutting it close.
Post # 14
@skippydarling: Get ready to hit the gym, lady! It sounds like you’re figuring out your diet pretty well. I get to the gym 6 days a week, and alternate my days between long cardio and weights. So, for example, yesterday, it was a 20 minute warmup on a bike, then arms and back, followed by 20 more minutes on a bike, abs, and stretching. Today is just a long cardio day, with a 60 minute hill/interval ride. I also love to hate the stair master (the one with the actual moving stairs, not the ones you just pup your legs up and down) and tomorrow is a leg day. I always, always take one day a week off to recoup and relax.
If you don’t currently work out, I’d look for stuff that is fun to you. Not everone does well with lifting and gym cardio machines. Try spinning, yoga, kettlebells, zumba, etc. Whatever is fun for you will make this so much easier. And I agree with @kristen182 that you want to avoid the skinny fat look. But you can build muscle with mody wieght exercises (pushups, pullups, yoga, etc.) or go with more traditional weight routes.
I personally LOVE FitSugar for great workout ideas, videos, meals, and other fitness links.
Post # 15
@BlondeBee: Wow – great advice – thanks.
Do you think the timeline for my fittings is nuts with significant loss between the second and final fitting? My dress is out of state and the plan is to get fitted when I’m back home (where the wedding is.) hmmmmmm I guess that’s hard to tell from an outsider’s perspective
^^^ please note this is NOT my size now….but this is probably my frame when I hit the 118lb mark but no way I’m getting down to that size ever again.
Post # 16
like others have said- calorie restriction, cardio, and.weight training are the way to go. have a food diary and dont cheat yourself by not including things. Hire a personal trainer if you can afford one; they can help you stay on track, especially since youre making a huge lifestyle change. its totally possible but you need to really set your mind to it and commit.