Post # 1
Hello all, so ive been on a diet all year and only managed to loose 14lbs, which i know is better than nothing. Anyway in the last 2 weeks i have managed to put back on 3lbs of that. I am currently 12st 4lbs and was hoping to be 11st 10lbs by the wedding.i just cant stop snacking exspecially biscuits 🙁
As im now so close to the wedding im not really worried about the numbers but i feel big, bloated and uncomfy and exspecially hate my arms.
I count calories and fat and currently have around 1500 – 1600 calories a day and 40grams of fat.
Anyone out their got any advice. I dont have a gym membership but do have a treadmill in my lounge. I exspecially hate my arms and stomach area. Any advice would be appreciated.
P.S heres a couple pre wedding pics weve just had back 🙂 and just for reference my dress.
Post # 3
Don’t but any junk food for the house, that way when you are having a weak moment and looking for things to snack on there will be nothing crap there to eat, like biscuits. Take all the food you need for the day to work so you are not tempted to buy lunch/snacks and make a bad choices. With only 17 days to go I would be:
*cutting cals down to 1200-1300 a day (do not go below 1200)
*eating small amounts of good carbs (wholemeal etc) and lean proteins etc to fill me ip
*no salty foods and don’t add salt to your cooking
*cardio interval training to burn fat cells
now that I have said all that though – you are not a big girl by any stretch of the imagination and look lovely in your dress. I’m not going to tell you to not lose weight as I am just the same and super critical of myself. But please dont spend the fortnight before your wedding stressing about this. Just eat well as I have said above and work out. Stuff you could manage in regular life when trying to tighten up not just to strip weight quickly for the wedding. 1200 cals a day is enough (not long term though – I did it for around 9 months when I was losing and I definitely need to eat more now) if you are eating the right foods.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
Hey, I am the exact same as you and actually have a very similar looking figure. My wedding is in 8 days now and I’ve managed to put two pounds on in the last few weeks. 🙁 I think all the stress has been driving me to eat more than usual. Lets just hope the dress zips!
My arms are my biggest worry too. I have been trying to do some triceps curls and dips to improve the look a bit but they still have some wobbly bits.
The best advice I can give is to try to have the best posture possible. I am going to hold my arms sligthly away from my sides in the photos and going down the aisle. I find that when mine are tight against my sides they bulge out and look bigger. Also, stand up nice and straight with tail bone tucked in. It helps slim the back and tummy. When the photos are from the front I am going to hold my arms back a bit and when they are from the back i am going to bring them forward to make them look slimmer. You can practice this in the mirror. My sister works in fashion and gave me some tips that people use in photoshoots to look better.
Hopefully this helps. But just so you know, I think you look fabulous in your dress and your photos!
Post # 5
Seventeen days left? Here’s the only way I think you’ll drop a noticeable amount of weight and lose the bloat: cut out all carbs (barring a minimal amount from veggies and dairy).
Seriously: make your meals center around protein and fat. Eat eggs with butter and bacon. Have steak with butter and sour cream. What minimal carbs you DO eat should come from leafy green vegetables: all kinds of lettuce, spinach, and perhaps kale (but that’s a bit higher carb, believe it or not).
Eat absolutely no starch (bread, rice, potatoes), no legumes/beans (including chickpeas/garbanzo beans and peanut butter), and no sugar (including fruit).
Basically, do the Atkins induction — eat less than 20g of carbs a day.
You will not be hungry. You will have sugar cravings for the first few days, but they will fade. Most people drop, on average, around 5-7 pounds in the first week — most of which is water weight, as your glycogen stores deplete. It’s not harmful. You may even feel quite energetic on this way of eating.
And you’ll definitely be smaller at your wedding.
But do you really need to be smaller? You look fantastic to me.
Post # 6
@Lollybags: thanks for your reply. Im definetley going to try cutting calories down to 1200-1300. its only 2 weeks so i should survive 🙂
@AnotherMrsBrown: thanks for your reply, ohhh 8 days. im soo jelous. wish mine was that soon. im very ready for it to be all over now. ive been doing some reading and apparently best things for arms are push ups, so im going to try to do lots of push ups as well as intervals on the treadmill. good luck with your wedding.
@calendula: thanks for your reply, i actually dont eat to many carbs, i avoid bread as it bloats me but do normally have a small amount of pasta or rice for tea. may be i could cut down a little more.
Post # 7
@soontobeGray: 30 day shred! I swear by it, I love it. You have enough time to see a difference if you start doing it immediately. You can find it on YouTube by searching for it. There are 3 levels, normally 10 days each, but since you have about half the time, what I did before was do level 1 in the morning and then level 1 at night for 5 days straight, then move to level 2, same thing, and level 3. Obviously you have to eat healthy with it, but I had people commenting that I looked more toned after about 1.5 weeks.
Post # 8
@soontobeGray: You’d be shocked by how many carbs a piece of fruit, or a half-cup of rice or pasta contain. I’m not trying to persuade you to cut them out. But if you did, the results would probably be sufficient to allay your concerns!
Post # 9
Phase 1 South Beach will get you the most bang for your buck in this amount of time.
I am not really a fan of counting calories and with this you wont have to. Its not really about calories, but about the quality of your calories.