Post # 1
haha i love that quote from bride wars! anywho, my question to you ladies, did you start to workout and diet when you became engaged, to get a good fit in when you started to dress hunt?? i want to lose like 60 pounds by our wedding next june, but maybe a small goal of 30 by the time i go to try on dresses? ok done rambling!!
Post # 3
no I never started a workout/diet routine. I just went about with my daily habits. I just figured my FI loved me the way I am, why mess with that. I don’t want him seeing a stranger walk down the aisle
Post # 3
@MrsNeutrino: LOVE this. What a great point.
Post # 3
I did! It was an 18 month engagement, there was no way I worked out the whole 18 months. LOL But I figured by starting early I was builing in slacking off time
Post # 4
I started running 5mos before the wedding, but I never dieted, lol. Lord knows I don’t have willpower!
Post # 5
Nope. I didn’t change a thing about my lifestyle. I honestly dont understand the desire to go nuts to be fit on the wedding day, unless its truely a life style change that will be maintained…. but, seeing how many boards there have been about how much weight was gained immediately after the wedding… it appears that it usually is not a permanent true lifestyle change and most people bounce back. I just wouldnt want to have probably the most displayed picture in my house to be of a person I am not so I can stare at it everyday and say ‘hey, I looked my best this ONE day and then didnt bother to hold on to it.’
Post # 6
i did. Luckily my FI (now DH) loved me just how I was so there was no pressure from him, but I wanted to be healthier on my wedding day. Because of my terrible job I was not at a happy weight when I went dress shopping. By the time my dress was in I had lost 6 lbs, and by the time I got married I had lost a total of 17lbs. Lots of alterations were done but it was totally worth it. I LOVE the way I look and felt on my wedding day!
Post # 7
I didn’t wear a gown, so I didn’t do anything diet wise (me losing a lot of weight to look good in pics is an unrealistic and possibly unhealthy goal), but I love that quote too. That and “My hair is blue! It’s BLUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEE!!!!!”
Post # 8
@pinkshoes: I think you hit it right on the head. Making permanent healthy lifestyle choices is great and if the wedding kickstarted those changes that is fabulous. But deciding to lose 50lb before the wedding, starving yourself and then gainnig 10 back immediately following is the opposite of healthy lifestyle. As PP said FI loves you the way you are, so why the need to drop 50lbs before the big day.
Post # 9
I’ve been engaged about a month, and I have made a few changes. But I’ve been unhappy with my body for a long time, and FI knows that. He’s been very encouraging and supportive. So I’ve been eating healthier and working out regularly for the past two weeks. The scale hasn’t budged, but I do feel better generally, which is awesome in itself. While getting engaged was the kick in the pants I needed to get off my butt and get healthier (because, yes, I do want to look great in my photos!), I’m not doing this just for the wedding. I want to have a healthier lifestyle in general.
Post # 10
lol I love that quote too!
I did, but only to become fit, not to alter my shape. I’m thin enough normally, but I wanted to tone a little bit, so I started trying to be a bit more active (working out on the weekends, etc) and watching what I eat. I’ve lost a few pounds. That’s all I needed.
Now that I ordered my dress, I wouldn’t want to lose a lot of weight and be swimming in it anyway! I just want it to fit me nicely, so I’m trying to tone my problem areas.
Post # 11
losing 60 pounds is a LOT of pressure to put on yourself just for a wedding dress.
Several of my friends have done this to themselves and ended up feeling really bad about themselves when they don’t meet their deadline. Don’t do that to yourself.
Set a goal of improving your overall health- being more active, and eating well – rather than giving yourself a specific number of pounds by a specific date.
Post # 12
I don’t really care about the weight loss just don’t want to gain & not fit in my dress. Not going to lie I did start lifting because I would love to have Michelle Obama arms…but that has been a goal prior to the wedding.
Post # 13
I’m going to the gym to tone up. The wedding is my excuse to get myself to the gym. It’s a win-win.
Post # 14
My weight and body are very familiar to me. I know that I am (and was when I bought my dress) 5 lbs heavier and 1-2 inches bigger than I will be for the wedding, simply because I go leaner from April-September. I bought my dress to fit my winter size and will alter it in May to fit my summer size.
If I fluctuated more than that, I would have cut down before shopping because I think altering much more than that is a waste of money.