The Buzz: Losing weight for the wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Weddingbee
  • poll: If you attempted to lose weight for your wedding
    lost weight successfully, and kept it off long term : (14 votes)
    33 %
    lost weight successfully, but gained it back after the wedding : (13 votes)
    30 %
    lost weight successfully, but gained it back and more after the wedding : (1 votes)
    2 %
    attempted but didn't really lose any weight : (15 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

    I’ve been working to lose weight for my wedding next year. Down 15 pounds in 3 months, hoping to lose a lt more! Weight Watchers has been working well for me so far, although its not a quick fix by any means. I want to lose weight for the wedding, but I’m even more focused on losing weight/getting healthy so we can start trying to start a family sometime soon after the wedding!

    Post # 5
    6959 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wanted to lose weight for myself but my mom also put quite a bit of pressure on me too. She doesn’t have much of a filter, lol.

    I lost 50 lbs for the wedding and have kept it off (actually lost a few more after). It’s been almost a year now.

    I started doing 30 minutes of cardio 4-5 days a week, and eating healthier/counting calories. I think the main thing that helped me was to keep realistic goals and not to resistrict myself too much. If you can’t give up pasta for the rest of your life, then don’t do it just to diet. You’re setting yourself up to fail IMO.

    Post # 7
    1045 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Sodo Park

    @Mrs. Penguin:  Ugh, what a horrible thing to say!

    I’m not losing weight for the wedding – I’m losing weight because I want to. I started changing the way I eat in 2008 and now I’m down 40 lbs!

    Post # 8
    4657 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @Westwood:  I have a mom like that too. She would want me to be much thinner than I am comfortablle with being.

    I was around my all time heaviest shortly after when we got engaged 2.5 years ago. Since then, I keep losing and gaining 5 or 10 lbs. I’m 10 above where I’d like to be.

    Post # 9
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m in the process of losing weight for my wedding.  I have a lot to lose but trying to lose it slow and steady.  Gladly, I’ll be taking yoga classes for strength training.  I’m not a huge fan of lifting dumbells.

    I do admit I feel a lot of pressure to lose the weight, especially from my mom.  When I went dress shopping, all she said was “will you lose the weight on time?” or “you’ll look better if you lose the weight.” FI loves me no matter what but I want to be healthy so I can live to see our future kids grow up! I want to lose it for myself, not to make mommy dearest happy.  

    Post # 10
    30284 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    What pressure did you feel to lose weight (society? family? fiance/e? personal?)

    I think the pressure I felt was mostly just personal.  DH proposed literally a week after I graduated with my doctorate degree, and I had gained (wait for it) 15 pounds in graduate school.  I was feeling so gross and so un-sexy, that it was so important to me that I could get back to my pre-grad school weight for our wedding.

    If you decided to lose weight for your wedding, did you keep it off post-wedding?

    Oh gosh.  Well, put it this way.  I lost 15 pounds successfully for the wedding, and gained 7 of those pounds back on our HONEYMOON.  Hello, resort eating.  Embarassed  So I kept off half of it, and am now furiously trying to lose the remaining 7 pounds…two years later!

    If you went on a fitness kick, or made a life-long change toward wellness spurred on by your wedding, what’s one fitness/dieting/lifestyle/health tip that you can lend to others trying to make a healthy change in their habits?

    I eliminated sodas all together, and tried to only drink water, with iced tea as my crutch when I wanted something other than water.  I tried to make sure I ate my dinners early, with no heavy starches for dinner.  It worked pretty well for me!  I also got into Wii fit and made sure I walked at least 2-3 miles a day.  Nothing big, but it kept me moving!


    Post # 11
    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I felt pressure to lose a little but IDGAF about the external pressures. I’m working on a sort of radical self acceptance thing. Kind of this:



    I had purchased a steel-boned corset and I was between sizes so I ordered small and figured the skinnier I am, the more comfortable that little thing will be. So I lost about 8 pounds by dropping my carbs low (below 50 per day) and then kept it off by keeping them under 100-150 per day. That’s really all you need to do… I wasn’t perfect every day but I did pretty well and compensated when I fell off and managed fine. 

    Now that the wedding is over, I’ll be maintaining about the same way. I like how I look and would rather stay more or less this way as long as I can. 

    Post # 12
    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

    I sort of felt like I should lose weight for the wedding — I bought my dress when I was pretty light and then gained a bit between then and the wedding thanks to buying it so early. I fit into it without a problem, and I picked a flattering style, so it all worked out, luckily.

    I do wish I had spent some time toning my arms rather than worrying about weight.

    Post # 14
    219 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I was trying to lose weight before my first dress fitting; I ended up being successful at just maintaining (I did lose 5, but I fluctauate easily). Now that I’ve had my 2nd fitting I’ve no desire to shell out cash for additional alterations and the last minute stress that might accompany said alterations! I would still like to tone up my arms, but I’m so busy *insert anything here*.

    Post # 15
    4941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I actually lost a little bit too much weight and my corset back dress almost didn’t fit! OOPS! I don’t know how much I lost, I don’t like scales hha. I just judged by how much better my clothes fit. Honestly I just wanted to tone up and while I didn’t look like a size 2 model on my wedding day, I felt beautiful and in the end that’s all that mattered!

    Post # 16
    312 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I put on a little weight since college, and the wedding has been a good motivation to get me eating right and being active, something I always had an excuse to not do before.  I’ve lost a few pounds so far, and I feel SO strong, and I have a lot more energy than when I was eating junk and not working out.  Of course, I want to look good in my dress too – it was pictures from the bridal salons that made me realize how much weight I’d gained. I insisted that the consultant order me the size smaller, because I wasn’t going to stay my current size for when the dress came in. Let’s hope that works out!

    It’s also been great to do this with my FI, we try new recipes and go on runs together.  He’s always been very active, but doesn’t eat well. And I can eat well, but I’m lazy about working out. So we help each other out!   

    My tip for other brides who are looking to make some changes: for just ONE week, be very, very strict. For me, that was counting calories every day, working out a few times (cardio + strength), eating no fast food, sweets, soda, or alcohol.  At the end of 5-7 days, it doesn’t feel so hard anymore.  I lose some bloat and water weight, I’m more excited about working out, and I don’t crave the bad foods.  After that, you could fall into a not so strict routine,  but this a good “jump start” to get things going right. 

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