Getting into shape for wedding?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee

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@mrscatlover:  I don’t believe in getting into shape for an event. If you do that, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up either not hitting your goals in time for the wedding and being disappointed, or hitting your goals for the wedding and once it’s over you’ll go back to your old lifestyle. If you feel like you want to change your habits and exercise more, it should be for bigger reasons: not to look smaller on your wedding day.

A healthy diet and regular diet are important in life. They can increase your confidence/self-esteem, boost your mood and give you more energy. It should be about improving your quality of life and working towards being healthy-not to say that you’re not healthy now. Feeling strong and empowered is more important than “looking thin”. I say this as someone with 2 degrees and 3 certifications in exercise and fitness.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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@mrscatlover:  I definitely got in shape for my wedding!!! I remember really being motivated. I got engaged 3 months before the wedding, so there wasn’t a bunch a time. I had already been doing Beachbody workouts. I was just more focused on my diet and lifting heavier. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

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@mrscatlover:  The Mediterranean “lifestyle change” is one of the few I actually support! Most physicians will tell you it’s the best one as well. I’m honest when I tell you to look at it as a diet, not a lifestyle change. Human’s have this innate thing where when you feel limited, it triggers you to want to stop whatever’s limiting you. I eat healthy, but I do not limit what I can eat. I still eat chocolate, or have the occassional burger or fried chicken. The key is moderation. If you can find a way to balance what out your cravings with what your body needs, it will get a lot better.

Also finding recipes you love really helps! I eat a lot of chicken, but I do it in so many different ways. I aslo found a “pasta” made out of vegetables and quinua. It tastes the same as regular pasta, but is really healthy. The other big thing is to not let yourself feel guilty when you eat something “unhealthy”. The combination of guilt and feeling restricted will mess with your lifestyle change. Simple substitutions are great. I eat frozen yogurt or fruit bars instead of ice cream. If I want some chocolate I’ll eat semi-sweet chocolate chips. You’ve got to find what works for you!

One last tip. Research is very conclusive on consistency being key for these lifestyle changes. Even when you don’t want to exercise or eat chicken again, just give it a try. There are SO many times I don’t want work out (this morning lol) but after the first 5 minutes, it got way easier and I got right into it. If you use a planner, physically schedule yourself a specific time to work out and keep it consistent. Research shows you are 80% more likely to exercise if you write it down in your planner! If you have any specific questions, I’m happy to answer them.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’m all for consistency etc but it’s very common for brides (and grooms) to work on getting in shape for their weddings. A) it helps them feel better on their day. I support that! B) in many instances that have been reported right on this forum and in other outlets, those individuals who worked on getting in shape for the big day found out how much they preferred their healthier routine and made permanent changes to their diet and exercise habits that improved their health long term. So, I support that too! Some people don’t want major changes, but I think toning is a help for anyone no matter their size or shape. Toned muscles are flattering to every figure type and can reduce frustrations of loose flesh puckering up a gown or giving muffin top along seems. Everything fits better if muscles are toned in small sizes and plus sizes alike. Toning can be achieved with a simple workout routine that is low stress on the joints and doesn’t require major dietary changes. However, I also recommend reducing sugars and salts to reduce inflammation and water retention. Bloating is so frustrating when alterations need to be precise. Some dietary changes to avoid that are definitely worth it! Look for healthy recipes you can bring onboard and look for some exercise ideas you can be comfortable with and go for it! If you look for recipes you really enjoy, getting healthier may be a lasting change.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am a die hard listener of Heather Robertson of Half Size Me.  She talks a lot about finding your maintenable weight not your achievable weight.  The first is the weight where you are healthy and can do the activities you want to do – but also love your life, have treats in moderation, etc.  An achievable weight is one you can hit but it’s super hard to maintain and so you have to give things up to the point where you feel restricted and unhappy.  125 at 5’1″ sounds well within the healthy range (I’m 5’3″ so I may be off a bit).  I get wanting to get into better shape for something as monumental as your wedding day.  I’d just hate for your to get down to 110 for the big day and then find that it’s not maintable so you go back up to 125, but then have trouble stopping the slide and then it goes beyond the 125.  I hope that makes sense.  I’m sure you that you will be an absolutely beautiful bride!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2022

I think if you’re not completely satisfied with your weight then why not go for a diet to be looking your best for your wedding? How soon is your wedding and how many lbs is your goal?

Im soon to be engaged… i started  my workout plan nice and light. We plan to get married in 2021. I dont want to wait last min to dress shop so that factor is important. Need to already be at the goal weight much before.

Post # 10
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Newbee

Please don’t worry about your weight, worry about how you think your clothes fit and cm loss, not what the scale says.

I work in the fitness industry and know many woman who weigh quite a bit more than the norm but have beautiful, toned bodies.  

Do not focus on the scale.  Focus on macros, eating at a calorie deficit and lifting as well as some cardio.  Don’t follow fad diets.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I’ve done CrossFit for 3 years, but realized to really look my best for my wedding, I needed to get my nutrition in check.  I counted macros for three months leading up to my wedding and learned a lot about what ratios of foods I’ll eat if left to my own devices.  I wasn’t getting nearly enough protein.  Just three months of focusing on hitting certain macro numbers drastically changed my body composition, and I looked great on our honeymoon to the Bahamas.  I was never hungry because it wasn’t really a “diet” – it was just being more mindful of the kinds of foods my body needed.

Highly recommend.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I got a crepe sheath dress like an idiot so I will be sticking to veggies, whole grains, and chicken for 3 months prior! I do follow a relatively intense exercise plan already, so plan to maintain that!

nothing wrong with making some pre-wedding lifestyle changes! Just don’t let it be all consuming!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

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@krm1984:  Also recommend macro tracking. I’m consistently low in protein and find that when I’m hitting my macros I’m not near as likely to graze. Protein keeps me much happier and fuller longer. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I’ve maintained my activity level after a major weight loss 6-7 years ago but after I got engaged I wanted to step it up a notch. We had planned to start trying for a family right after we got married so I wanted to be in better shape for a baby. And let’s be honest, it was important to me to feel good about how I looked on my wedding day. I started increasing my frequency at the gym, started bikram yoga (this was clutch for me), and limited alcohol. I didn’t change my diet too much other than alcohol because we eat pretty healthy anyways. It was totally worth it and if covid didn’t happen I’d still be at the gym and yoga! 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2020 - City, State

I did it! Lost 15 lbs and felt like an absolute knockout in my dress!!! I did it slow and steady. Went from 130 lbs to 114 on my wedding day

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