Losing weight for wedding

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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157 posts
Blushing bee

Following because my wedding is May 2019 also and I have the same goal! ❤️❤️

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018
  1. Find vegetables you like and replace half of discretionary food volume with it!
  2. But still eat favourite discretionary foods for sanity, maybe only once a week.
  3. Find exercises you like and do it! Swimming? Yoga? HIIT? Weightlifting? All of the above?
  4. [IF no history of disordered eating or other medical conditions] Try intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding.
  5. ENJOY THE PROCESS!
Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

make yourself a food diary so you can track all your calorie intake as well the foods that you eat.

alternate your carbs intake in a week, 4-5 days low carbs and 1 day high carbs, but make sure not to overeat during the high carbs day. measure everything that you eat and it’s better if you cook.

make a gym membership and implement weightlifting within your exercise not only cardio, they make you look awesome.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I’ve found that what is helping me is changing my mindset. 

I don’t have it in my head this is a temporary thing – this is a lifestyle change. In order for it to be a lifestyle change I knew that all my changes need to be sustainable. There was no point in being really strict, losing the weight and then I can’t keep it up and give up. 

So, I don’t have any ‘rules’ as such. I eat when I’m hungry and try and make healthier choices. I try and cook more often and follow healthier recipes, so I’m cooking from scratch. However, if it’s a special occasion or if we are eating with friends etc then I will eat nachos, chocolate, cheese cake…. This has allowed me to never feel deprived and also means if I eat a biscuit I don’t get the ‘well I’ve ruined my plan, might as well eat the whole pack’. I would say I probably eat healthy foods 80% of the time. But as I said there aren’t rules, some weeks where I don’t have plans I eat healthily for every meal, other weeks where we are on holiday or whatever I treat myself a bit more. It all equals out. I don’t count calories or weigh my food. 

I do exercise which i enjoy (which is Zumba). I do exercise which afterwards leaves me buzzing. Personally, I don’t get that feeling with weights, so I don’t do them. Haha. 

I’ve lost 22kg and I’m now maintaining. 

Good luck 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I always recommend making an appointment with a general practitioner or neuropath to get general blood work done before trying to lose weight! It’s smart to know if you have any problems that might actually inhibit your weight loss. 

Another thing I might add is that diets don’t work (I’m sure you’ve heard this before) Lifestyle changes work. Not diets. Diets are short term fixes while lifestyle changes will help you lose weight steadily and you will be able to keep the weight off long term which is much healthier. A couple of things you can do to jump start weight loss is: 

 

1. Start a fitness routine. Especially weight training. Adults should be getting 1 hour of excercise daily and more if your job involves sitting at a desk all day. Routine takes time but remember to start slow and refer to your doctor if you have questions regarding what is safe for your current health. 

2. Get enough sleep! Not just sleep…quality sleep! Sooo many people don’t realize that inadequate amounts of sleep can severely effect your overall health and fitness level. If you are tired all the time, drinking caffeine often, and just feel sluggish your body will produce more cortisol (stress hormone) this makes you eat more and your body will hold onto fat. 7-8 hours of sleep is recommended and adults who average less than 6 hours of sleep per night are at risk of all sorts of health problems including being overweight/obese. If you can, keep to a schedule with your sleep (going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time everyday). 

3. Prep your meals with healthy foods. Include a lot of veggies and fruits. I always bring small Tupperware containers of food I’ve measured out and prepped the night before so that way I can be sure I’m making healthy choices and not grabbing whatever is convenient (which most of the time let’s be real, is unhealthy). 

4. Make sure you surround yourself with people who support you and your overall goal to health! 

 

 

Good luck ☺️

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

The best tool ever in my opinion is the Fitbit or something similar.  Losing weight is just about math: it’s intaking fewer calories than what you burn.  So being able to know how much you burn everyday with a Fitbit, and then tracking what you eat on their app, it’s foolproof.  That’s really all there is to it.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Things that I’m doing:

1. Intermittent fasting.  I eat on a 16:8 schedule with 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating.  This has also really helped my sleep.

2. Cutting out grains for 2 meals a day.  I only eat grains with dinner.  I am vegan so I have a hard time reducing carbs, but this helps limit them since left to my own devices I would probably live off bread.

3. Walking everywhere – trying to get exercise wherever I can. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

I would love to give you tips or tricks, but there are really only two things that will result in sustainable weight loss:

1. Being in a caloric deficit.

2. Consistency, consistency, consistency.

If you do “cheat days” or even “cheat meals,” those calories still count. That isn’t to say don’t have enjoyable foods, but sometimes people pretend that a cheat day doesn’t count- it does! You can easily eat an entire days worth of calories in one meal if you’re eating out or eating highly caloric foods. You have a LONG time to lose the weight you want to lose, so go slow and do a good job. Download the My Fitness Pal app, and track everything you eat and drink. You should probably aim to lose no more than 1 lb per week, and you can definitely afford to go more slowly than that! Make sure you’re getting enough protein, and I personally would avoid any of the fad diets that are super low-fat or low-carb. I aim for my macronutrient breakdown to be approximately 40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein. THat’s just what works for me though!

The higher your body fat percentage, the slower your metabolism, and the fewer calories you burn, so it’s important to ensure that your muscles are being worked. Lift weights, and don’t waste all your time doing cardio. I would say to get a personal trainer to show you the ropes if you’re new to lifting weights, but so many personal trainers at my gym teach really bad form. Watch YouTube videos of trusted lifters, they can be super helpful! 

Finally, figure out what helps you stay on track eating. I loooove having a snack before bed, so I make sure I’ve got the calories for some popcorn (Smartfood Delights is the best, you can have a big bowl for very few calories!) after dinner. Some people prefer to eat a bigger breakfast or lunch or something. It’s a stupid little thing but it makes a difference mentally when you know what you like and can stay consistent!

Good luck!!!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Our plan is for May or June 2019 too! And I’d also like to lose 20 lbs just to get back to my prelove weight lol so I will be following this thread! I joined orangetheory fitness and its made a huge difference for me for toning. Many people have told me they see a difference in my body and it has completely gotten rid of my cellulite. The thing is I haven’t lost any weight, I’ve even gained 4 lbs since starting so I really need to figure out options for a diet because that is what’s holding me back. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

lovelola214 :  Orangetheory is intense! Just remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so you could very well gain weight while toning up. Pay more attention to how your clothes fit/measurements as opposed to the scale.

I also want to lose 15-20 lbs. It seems like it’s gotten a lot more difficult since hitting my 30s! I am loving Pure Empower (barre method mixed with HIIT) and a HIIT class my gym offers. I need to up the consistency and add more cardio back in, and cut back on wine on weeknights and sweet snacks at work. My currect motivators are a black tie optional wedding in October I want to look smoking for, and then TTC some time next year.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

lovelola214 :  I’m not looking to lose weight, just wanted a hella good workout, and I’ve been doing Orange Theory for 6 months. I’ve gained 4 pounds too… I just always remind myself that muscle weighs more than fat. And I can definitely notice a difference in my body composition. I love the Orange Theory classes! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I lost 30 pounds for my wedding. 

First I had to have someone to hold me accounable. A good friend of mine became that person. I didn’t want to let her down, so it was a challange to myself.

I tracked everything I ate. 

I did everything I could to make everything that I ate. That way I could control it more. 

Water water water. 

Get up and move. I walked 10k and 15k every day. I got up and walked around the buidling, went to someones desk rather than email them. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

As most of the PP have said, eating healthy is key! But….you CANNOT thik of it as a diet. Eating healthier should be a lifestyle change and something you maintain.

Read your labels! Those low fat and and low calorie things are tricks! Crap, even yogurt can have up to 15g of sugar. Try to cut our sugar entirely – well the added sugar. If you drink any soda/pop – STOP! If you drink alcohol – stick to Vodka soda water with lime.

Cut out as many carbs as possible! No more bread and potatoes or chips of the like.

Working out – This is my area of expertise here! In general, cardio is great….BUT you have to change it up and not just maintain. I am a HUGE advocate for weighlifting and i’m not talking about doing 10-12 reps for 3-5 sets. NO….I’m talking about lifting those heavy weights were you struggle on reps 8-10. Muscle burns more calories than cardio and not only will this speed up your weight loss, but instead of saggy skin where you lose fat, it will be firm and tight.

I can go on and on about lifting and suggestions, message me if you want more specifics or try a trainer!

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