- 2 years ago
- Wedding: December 2018
I would try to cut down on sodium if possible
I would try to cut down on sodium if possible
The 100 push-up challenge helped my arms look defined! 100 total pushups in sets dispersed throughout the day (ex. 10x 10, 25×4 etc) it’s usually a month long challenge but you could have great results after 6 weeks. You may gain muscle though so don’t worry if the scale goes up a bit.
I wouldn’t focus on losing fat, but losing water weight might help. Doing a keto diet will help you lose the excess water weight.
have you had your final fitting? Dropping another 7 pounds might make your dress look too big!
My next dress fitting is in 3 weeks. I will be about 102-103 for that. After reading all of the helpful replies I plan to up my arm routine and self tan . At 102 I look pretty lean and still have fullness in my face which I like .
People are going to give you a hard time about your low weight, but I totally get where you’re coming from. I’m 5’9” and normally about 122 but went down to about 117 for my wedding. (Probably wasn’t worth the trouble but I wouldn’t have believed that beforehand so I won’t try to convince you further.) I also have the worlds skinniest arms IRL, and I’m going to tell you: this is all going to come down to posing. Posing with your hand on your hip or your arms away from your body holding your flowers is going to be your best bet (and remember to flex if you can!) Here are 2 photos from my wedding day that illustrate what I mean:
See the difference?
Also, don’t bother with the wrap…you’ll look much better in the photos if you’re showing off your dress and feeling comfortable, even if your arms aren’t 100% what you’re hoping for.
Losing 7 pounds, particualrly at your height, may make your dress a size too big. What if you lose all the weight from your boobs or something?
The posing really shows a difference. Your arms still are gorgeous in the other photo. I actually look pretty good at 102,but after that my face will look too thin. I revceived a ton of useful suggestions and also a few great recommendations on gradual self tanners . I think I will return the shrug . I really do love my dress and I will have a medium size cascading bouquet. I think the wrap will be too much. I’m 5’3 with a build like Natalie Portman and really think a shrug will take away from my dress . Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!
This is a great Tracy Anderson arm tutorial for creating lean arms Do this twice a day with heavy lifting at the gym and your arms will be burning! (i agree with all the previous advice about spot reducing and that you don’t need to focus on the number on the scale)
First, throw away your notion of how many pounds you need to lose because that doesn’t sound like your real goal. Your real goal is to replace fat with lean muscle. So your weight might not change but you will appear leaner and more cut.
Count macros. Make sure you’re eating enough protein. And you DO need carbs for energy. One potato every few weeks isn’t enough. @thegymnurse is a great insta to follow for counting macros. She had been lifting for years and until she transformed her diet this summer she didn’t have much muscle definition. You can see pics of what she did in just 2 or 3 months.
Do reformer Pilates. Either get a ClassPass account and hop around (usually first 2 weeks or month is free) or Google studios near you to see if you can do new client special offers for a discount at a few different studios between now and your wedding. Aim for 3-4 classes a week.
On my arm days, I do a 400, 500 or 600 rep arm/shoulder workout, depending on how much time or endurance I have on a particular day. Pick 4/5/6 arm exercies, and do 10 sets of 10 of each, with as little rest as possible in between. You will have to lower your weight after the first few sets. I normally do 2 shoulder, 2 bicep and 2 tricep movements so I get a mix of arms and delts.
Are you doing heavy enough weights? I’m 5’5 and feel my best around 108-110lb, but when I got down to that level (haven’t for a few years now lol), I noticed my arms weren’t much skinnier / still looked like tuck shop lady arms (a bit of an exaggeration but you know what I mean). Whereas now I’m 116lb (looking to lose a few lbs before the big day), but I’ve been focused on doing weights, and gradually increasing once I find a weight becomes easier to do, and I can definitely see some good definition after just a few weeks. So I really don’t think what you need is weight loss but to improve muscle tone.
I do tack on a 15 min sprint / HIIT exercise after weights, to maximise weight loss (it’s not necessarily about how long you spend exercising or how often you do it, I think it’s mainly the intensity that matters).
To actually see the number on the scale change, I find what makes the biggest difference is portion size (like if I had a small healthy dinner, say small portion of salmon with veggies, my weight immediately drop the next morning and my stomach looks flatter). So really if that’s what you want, it can be done pretty quickly through diet. I just don’t think spending hours at the gym doing cardio makes a big enough difference that is proportionate to the amount of time and effort you put in.