Post # 1
Most brides try to lose weight so they look good in their dress on the big day but I want to know what happens after the wedding.
Some say the weight comes right back on as though it’s inevitable. For those who lost the weight for the wedding and then stopped working as hard, are you happy that you look good in the pictures or do you sigh because you don’t look like that anymore?
I’ve been eating less processed food but not working out very often. I have seen some VERY slow progress but I’m wondering if I should amp it up by hitting the gym more often now that I’m engaged so I can see quicker results. Then again, I don’t want to go TOO crazy trying to get so skinny for my big day that it’s impossible to keep the weight off after I’m married.
Did anybody here do a slow burn approach to weight loss?
Post # 4
I’m not so much losing weight as attempting to improve my health. Rather than changing my diet I’ve started karate and have really noticed how much better I feel – I’m sleeping better, my stamina when exercising is far improved, I have more energy, I’ve lost some weight and I’m much more toned. I’ve actually found myself snacking less and I’m less hungry than I used to be. There’s still a long time until the wedding, but I feel that because I’m concentrating less on the diet aspect and more on the health, it’s just becoming a way of life for me. I think this will be more sustainable post-wedding than a strict weight loss diet would be.
Post # 5
I did try to manage my weight for my wedding. I just bought a dress that fit and moved on. It’s an important day, but it’s just one day. I already turned my life upside down enough with all the other planning.
Post # 6
I lost 4kg’s due to stress – i liked how my dress looked on me, but in some photo’s my face looked a bit too thin, a little not like me and that was just after 4kgs so im happy i didnt lose any more.
Post # 7
I said I would work out and lose weight, but I haven’t and my wedding is a month away. I’m only about 10 lbs over what I’d like to be, but with the stress of planning and everything I totally lost motivation (and the energy) to hit the gym like I should.
I plan on eating better for the next month and toning some parts of my body like arms and back but no drastic weight loss. My Fiance loves me for who I am, and asked me to marry him when I was the weight I am now so I’d like to think I don’t need to change for one day. Obviously looking good is one of my priorities too, but I like the way I look in my dress now so I guess that’s probably why I haven’t been kicking myself to lose some lbs.
Post # 8
I am simply changing my lifestyle. It just so happens that I’m getting married in September. I am losing weight slowly, but this is a side effect to eating healthier and being a little more active. I don’t want to stress myself out further by going on a crazy diet, then gaining everything back and getting depressed. Which would then only make me want to eat more, a vicious cylce for me.
My friend lost LOTS of weight for her wedding, and she looked beautiful, though still plus size. However she did gain all of it back, and then some. Now she does look at her wedding pic (which is a huge piece hanging in her living room), and just feels rotten. So sad. I hope I don’t feel bad about myself when I look at my wedding pics because I didn’y put enough of an effort to lose weight and look good.
Catch 22 for me. :-/
Post # 9
I lost 7kgs, didnt like it so gained 2 for the wedding. I am anticipating putting on 2 now the wedding is over but would like to stop there. All in all I will aim to be 3 kgs lighter than I was before I started planning.
Post # 10
You can keep it off after the wedding if you are conscious about what you eat and keep exercising. I think too many people fall into the trap of “the wedding is over, I don’t need to care anymore.” It’s your health, after all, so you should keep caring about what you eat, going to the gym, and exercising. The wedding should serve as a stimulus or motivation, but not the end of the weight-loss journey.
Post # 11
I did lose about 20lbs for my wedding and did gain it back and more. Here’s how I feel about the entire situation:
I have absolutely no regrets about the wedding weightloss. I looked sooo beautiful on my wedding day. My face wasnt puffy, my stomach was flat and I felt comfy in my own skin…(and looked good in my swimsuits onthe honeymoon)
While it is true that I did put on the weight after the wedding, I always had my wedding pics to motivate me. I told myself that if I did it back then, I could do it again and this time maintain it. And I am on my way to looking like the sexy wife I know I could be.
Post # 12
I did not regret the loss before the wedding. I was a bit sad about the gain after the wedding, but there was no way we would honeymoon in New Orleans without eating and drinking a lot. It was well worth it, actually.
Post # 13
A lot of mixed feedback, I like it!
The more I think about it, the more I feel like my approach should be building those good habits forthe benefit of looking good for the wedding but THEN carrying those habits into marriage so that I don’t just let myself go. The point would be to keep looking goof for my husband and to stay healthy so I can keep up with the kids.
I guess I don’t want to just go nuts losing weight for the wedding and then going nuts on junk food afterward–doesn’t seem too healthy for me.
I can’t help but think of my goal weight though. I hope I hit it.
Post # 14
@missjuli: I think you’re really smart to think of it that way. My wedding is in December, so I started eating better and working out differently, and it’s totally made all the difference. My fiancée actually loved my new routine now bc I workout from home, and spend less time at the gym!
Post # 15
I did the slow burn. I lost 30 lbs in the past year. I didn’t work out that much just stopped eating proccessed food and carbs. All my snacks are gluten free. I am getting married in december so now all I have to do is maintain my weight so I can fit into my dress!
Post # 16
I have been planning things through it to keep me motivated after. I have a 10k in September (that I am totally not ready for…oh well) and then we’ll honeymoon in December. I am hoping that having these other things planned that I can avoid ricocheting right back to wear I was – lazy and miserable.