Post # 1
I’m curious as to when other plus size brides started their wedding weight loss regime’s since I cant seem to find the motivation. We’ve been engaged for a little over 3 months and our wedding is next October.
I know I’m not going to drop 10 sizes in a year but I would like to see a significant difference come time for my wedding. I’m hoping that after the 1 year mark I get the ambition but that is coming up in the next 2 weeks and I’m feeling lazy as ever.
When did everyone else start really committing to the weight loss? How did you do it?
Post # 3
The moment I bought my dress, I started trying to lose weight. I bought my dress on size down, and it was motivation enough for me to lose 10 pounds! I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have a dress.
I became the calories nazi and tracked them like crazy. I made realistic goals for myself and had people who knew my goals and helped keep me on track. So I was losing weight for about four months before my wedding, and lost nearly 15 lbs.
Post # 4
I joined the gym and started really working out in May…my wedding is in April…i have lost 5 pounds so far…I plan on having lost 10 by the wedding! not much…but it will make me feel better 😉
Post # 5
We got engaged in August, we’re getting married 8/27/11, I already started. I don’t plan on stepping into a bridal salon until January, when I am at least down 15 lbs.
Post # 6
I’m getting married in February. I’d been meaning to lose weight for a while (some extra padding crept up on me in grad school when I was cooped up for long hours writing my dissertation and eating take-out more often than not), but in July it really hit me that I needed to get a move on. I’ve lost a total of 15 lbs so far, and I plan to lose another 10-15 before my first fitting and then do my best to maintain that weight until the wedding.
I’m making myself go to the gym 3-5 days a week, making sure to include 30 minutes of cardio minimum each session, and I’ve been using a food diary to maintain a daily calorie intake that’s reduced from my usual, but not so much that I feel like I’m starving myself.
FI helps remind me to get my butt to the gym on days when I want to slack off, and I allow myself a donut or other decadent treat every so often if it’ll fit into my calorie allowance so that I don’t feel like I’m missing out too much. It’s been surprisingly easy to stick to because I’m not depriving myself of too much, so hopefully I’ll be able to maintain my target weight once I reach it.
Post # 7
I started weight watchers back in June and I’m already down 25 lbs. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep on track. I find having to weigh in weekly keeps me accountable for what do during the week. I am nervous about how difficult dress shopping will be though, I went to a couple stores and have tried on a few dresses but hated how I looked so now I’m putting that off until November.
Post # 8
No I did the same thing that you want to do, started at around the year mark. I’ve slowly been getting myself to the gym for the last couple of weeks. I am starting out with at least a half hour of exercise 3 times a week. It actually hasn’t been too bad going back but the thing that holds me back is portion control. I think I need to get a little control-freakish about my serving sizes so I stop over-indulging.
Post # 9
I didnt’ lose weight for the wedding, but my weight loss clocked in at 40 pounds in a year. That’s pretty average at 1 pound/week, with some bad weeks, vacations, holidays etc. (2 lbs/week is very difficult for most people–1/wk is much more manageable).
I recommend weight watchers, personally. They’re great and it works.
Post # 10
Once I got engaged, my fiance and I made a “vow” (hehehe) to start living healthier lives together. It all started with going to the farmer’s market to buy fresh foods on the weekends, and going to the gym 5 times a week for 30 minute increments. It has helped us a ton! Not only are we looking great, but we feel so much better emotionally!
It totally helps to have someone around who can motivate you when you are way too tried from a long day at work. I can also do the same for him- especially after he has had an exorbitant amount of work day stress.
Good luck to all my fellow brides, who have made a decision to live life healthy and strong!
Post # 11
I started 13 months before the wedding and did the Montignac Method (similar to South Beach diet). Once I understood the principles, i really got into it and it was dead easy to follow – especially completely cutting sugar from my diet (ya really don’t need it!). I dropped from a UK size 22 to a UK size 14/16, and lost 24 metric kilos (48 metric pounds). I went from the ‘obese’ BMI category to the ‘healthy weight’ category, had so much more energy and felt amazing. The magical thing was that once I had lost all the weight, I found that I liked different foods than before, that I don’t like sweet things at all (I used to have a really sweet tooth) and that all my cravings had gone. I didn’t gain any weight back during the wedding fortnight and will keep going for well, probably the rest of my life. I think you have plenty of time to make it happen – go for it!!!