- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I have to write this post. I need to write this post. It’s a rite of passage and honestly one of my biggest triumphs of my life. Haha ok, I am a dramatic person but losing weight for my wedding and being confident in my dress has literally been a life long goal of mine. Especially when I decided to wear the dreaded STRAPLESS dress!!!
It is honestly a dream come true of mine to look fit and healthy and toned for my wedding day. When my fiance proposed to be in Oct 2012 it was amazing, but honestly I was like… holy crap I HAVE to slim down. I was a size 8 (probs more like a 10) and I wanted to be a trim size 4. I worked soooo hard. I want to share with ALL of you my tips for slimming down and some tricks! Just know, it took the entire engagement period and it went very very slow, but it was worth it. Remember, your body is a reflection of what you have been doing 3 months ago, for the past 3 months… So by 6 months, you can expect to see major differences that are PERMANENT. This plan aint no atkins, let’s be clear 😀 My wedding was on Sept 21st, 2012 and it was honestly the best and happiest day of my life. Being married to my husband is the best thing to ever happen!
#1) Ease up on the drinking. My fiance (now hubs) was pretty dissappointed to lose his favorite drinking partner, but I explained to him that this was for the greater good haha. I probably had 2-3 drinks per week max. Some weeks maybe none at all, other weeks, possibly more. It’s all aboout your average.
#2) Workouts: Focus on cardio. Running was my go-to cardio and I tried to get in 15+ miles per week. I ran a half marathon in the middle of my engagement/year long weightloss, and it really got me off to the right path, because the training forced me to get those cardio focused workouts in. I would recommend 4+ workouts a week all at 45 minutes +
#3) Diet: I ate 4 healthy meals, with carbs, fats, and proteins all in the correct ratios each day. 40-30-30
#4) Calorie counting. Just do it. Keeps you responsible. If you can’t do this, don’t expect lasting results. My daily cals were from 1400-1600 per day. Breakfast was 350, lunch 450, dinner 450, snack 150. Except for cheat meals. I had a big cheat day and a little cheat day. The little cheat day I ate 2000 cals for the daily total, and big cheat day I had 3000. It’s best to do your biggest workout of the week the day AFTER your 3000 cal blow out.
#5) Weigh yourself. I did it everyday. When you know the number it forces you to keep it real and no lying to yourself. In fact, my avoidance of the scale is was caused me to gain so much in the first place.
In conclusion, I am so happy I had discipline. I learned lessons that I can use forever, and my goal is to lose about 5-10 more lbs and maintain that forever. But I am glad that I had a very healthy look for my wedding! I am by no means a model or a health professional, but I know my stuff and I know from experience with myself and my friends on what works, and what is just temporary fix.
I have been an active athlete my whole life, and this engagemet year was really the only time I have successfully lost weight and kept it off. In fact, I have lost an additional pound this month after my wedding! So yay!
Please ask me all the questions you want, I will be super real with you, but also encouraging. I want everyone to have the best day of their life, like I did!!!
So without further ado, here are all my pics!!!
Here is me as a bridesmaid in September 2011, I got engaged Oct 1. I had blonde hair back then:)
Then this is me the day i chose the dress of my dreams. End of October 2011 I look way smaller than actually I was in this “flattering” picture.
Ok now fast forward to August 2012 at my bachelorette party. Super noticeable in my face and arms.. and stomach!!
My rehearsal dinner outfit. Loved this size 4 dress. Really accentuated my new waistline.
And of course my wedding day!!
Check out my toned arms! Finally!
Hope you enjoyed. I can post more pictures and stuff if you gals want.