Post # 1
So I have been engaged for 2 years. I swore I was going to get into the best shape of my life for my wedding. Instead life happened and I got side tracked from going to the gym and now my wedding is in less than 2 months, 60 days to be exact! I have officially hit panick mode.
I know I’m getting married either way but there is a huge part of me that wants to look my very best on my wedding day and I hate the fact that I didn’t follow through during the past 2 years. I am starting the gym tomorrow morning, wish me luck.
Does anyone have any tips on how to make the gym my priority during the time of last minute wedding prep, house remodel, and 2 dogs?
Post # 3
Find the time. Everyday. I found that I used to tell myself excuses to avoid working out. But that’s all they were: excuses. When it came down to it at two months out from my wedding I knew it was crunch time (and I work better under pressure) so I adopted a no excuses policy. If I knew I wasn’t going to have time to work out after work I made myself get up earlier in the morning to make it work. And I didn’t wimp out after 20 minutes. I made myself go twice as long. If my legs hurt and I didn’t want to run I mixed it up with the Jillian Michels 40 min dvds. It was hard. But I worked out almost 60 days straight and it paid off, big time. I adopted the same no excuses policy for my eating habits and it was hard but combined with exercise it really made the difference for me.
Post # 4
If it is at all possible (ie – work or kids don’t interfere), work out first thing in the morning. It is so much easier to come up with excuses if you wait until the end of the day. Set your clothes out the night before and put them on first thing. That way it will become a habit like brushing your teeth. And you may just find that you really enjoy taking that time for yourself in the mornings!
Post # 5
I’m pretty effed at this point. I lost 20 lbs, then gained 5 back instead of losing another 10 and I’m feeling the pressure now two months out. Also, I’m pissed off about it.
Post # 6
@rachel leigh- That is awesome! I hope I have as much motivation and determination as you.
@namarie- As much as I am not a morning person, I think you are going to be right about the mornings. That may mean that my FI will be on puppy duty every morning but I need this.
@kittyachi- That’s awesome on losing 20! I gained weight during this engagement and the only way I lost it was having surgery and not being able to eat after 7pm.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
I am in panick mode as well!!! I’ve dropped 20lbs then gained 5 so am only down 15 …Ideally I would have like to be down another 20-25lbs, but started slacking the past 2 months and hit the wall of excuses! I finally snapped out of it a couple weeks ago and am back in gym mode….what I find that works is early morning workouts..I’ve also started to squeeze in lunchtime workouts since the campus gym is a 2 min walk from my office…also I’ve started lunch walk dates on the days that I don’t gym during lunch…that way even if I miss a workout I am still doing something active. Having a buddy will also really help motivate you. And you just need to remember that A LOT can be done in 2 months especially if you are pushing your self and staying focused!
You should also pay close attention to your diet…I find when I slack on one it doesn’t work for me either.
Post # 8
@bluebutterfly- I know my diet is a big one. I have been so busy that it seems so easy to pick up a pizza. I need to start prepping dinner the night before and going to the gym in the morning, ahhh I’m dreading it!
Post # 9
Don’t make yourself stress out any more than you need to right before your wedding! Just try to make healthier food choices that you can stick with after the “big day”. You are going to look amazing on your wedding day no matter what 🙂
Post # 10
I second the idea of making healthy food choices — don’t buy junk food to keep in the house, stock your fridge with healthy snacks you like, eat out less often, cook at home more. This will supplement your new gym routine AND make you feel and sleep better. Speaking of sleep, I’m a cheerleader for that, too, and for drinking tons of water. These small changes are pretty easy to implement, will facilitate the progress of your exercising, and most importantly… will make you feel and look relaxed and refreshed on the big day. You can do this! Good luck! 🙂