Post # 1
Please help! I got engaged about six weeks ago and me and FH have been discussing suitable dates to get married. We have semi agreed that September next year would be an ideal time due to work and other family members being able to attend, plus it is one of our preferential months.
However, I want to lose at least 3 stones (42 lbs) before I get married and I would like some advice from some experienced bees as to is this possible? Obviously I am starting a healthy regime of diet and exercise, aiming to lose around 1-2lbs per week. However, working on the presumption that I will lose 1.5lbs a weekon average that would mean 28 weeks to lose the weight, which would take me to Christmas, then I would like to lose a little more if possible.
However will this be suitable for wedding dress shopping? I haven’t planned a wedding before so I don’t know how soon before the wedding I should buy the dress and have alterations made etc. I’ve heard it takes a while
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
x x x
Post # 3
My advice based on experience is to find a program that works for you. For me, it was weight watchers. I joined on 5 December 2010 and have lost 39.6 lbs so far (that’s 1.5 per week). I got married in march and was definitely down 20-25lbs from when I went dress shopping and lost a lot of inches because even with tailoring, my dress was too big.
If WW isn’t a program for you, find one that is a lifelong change.
Also, buy the dress that looks good on you at the weight you’re at when you start shopping. You can always take in, but not always let out.
And focus on healthy living, not a number on a scale – that will help keep you from feeling like you’re dieting and deprived. I eat what I want within reason and have done well, I think.
Post # 4
I think it’s completely do-able. You may not lose your ideal weight by the time, but as long as you’re exercising and dieting, clothing/dresses should fit you better.
Best of luck to you!
Post # 5
@Ozzycee: I also lost about 40 pounds over a six-month period before I went to try on dresses. We have had a long engagement, so I had that luxury, and I really wanted to feel beautiful myself before trying on wedding gowns.
I followed the Weight Watchers program but didn’t buy it because I couldn’t afford it. However, it’s a great way to count calories and watch your overall fat and sodium intake. I never felt deprived. Most importantly, I ran anywhere from 4-7 days a week consistently and walked extra on top of it until I was in good enough shape. I did my third half-marathon this year and dropped over 40 minutes off my time just from being in better shape and much, much lighter.
Because most of the foods I made were in correct portions I was hungry a lot, so I had healthy snacks between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner. I gave up all regular soda and tried to drink a lot of water, although I’m still bad with that.
Just be sure to ask the shop how long it would take the dress to come in. I think I read that Maggie Sottero dresses take 5+ months. Mine took about 6 months. Some come in more quickly, and I’m sure some take even longer. I’ve heard 9 months ahead of time is a rule of thumb just so you have plenty of time with alterations and for stuff to go wrong.
Congrats on getting engaged!!!!
Post # 6
Thanks for your advice. I think would work well as I’m looking to have lost the weight by Christmas/New Year and we are going to formally start planning the wedding from January 1st which would be a good time to go shopping as it would leave 9 months till then.
Quick question though, if I have lost the weight by January and go shopping – if I continue to lose weight (perhaps an extra stone, 14lbs) what happens to the dress, can they alter it or is it too late once you have ordered it? I have literally no idea how the dress thing works. It seems so complicated and seems to take such a long time to organise!
p.s. The diet plan I will be doing is Slimming World which you will probably be familiar with if you are from the UK, it is very similar to Weight Watchers but has a few small differences which have worked better for me in the past as I have tried both Slimming World and Weight Watchers before.
Post # 7
I got engaged on Christmas morning 2010 and my weight has always been something I’ve struggled with. I knew right away that I did not want to be a heavy bride (no offense to plus size brides this was a completely personal thing). So in Feb after all the holiday eating and drinking had finally worn down I decided to try Medi Spa Weightloss Clinic, and all I have to say about that is WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY! Yes the first week I lost 10lb and it was exciting BUT they had me on TONS of suplements and the first week I was on a protien ONLY diet so of course I was going to loose 10lb LOL! After about a month of B12 shots (that later my REAL doctor told me I didn’t need and they were basically hype) and flushing almost a thousand dollars down the drain I decided I was going to do it without the help of Medi Spa. Since then I get up at 6am Mon-Fri and walk with my good friend (who is also getting married soon) or when we can’t walk I do Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. I have a calorie counter app on my phone to help me watch what I eat but I still have fun! I drink a couple cocktails on Saturdays and eat out with my friends and FH occassionally.
I started at 223lbs in March (I’m 5’6”) and now in August I am at 196.4lbs and I did it by old fashion excersize and eating right. I am continuing to loose weight my goal is 2.5lb to 3lbs a month until the wedding. When I ordered my wedding dress they recommended a size 14 b/c of my hip measurement I ordered a 12 because I knew a 14 would need too much alteration. I was right I have lost 2 more inches off my hips and it keep going down. It definitely takes hard work and there are no easy fixes, but I am promising myself now I will never be over 200lbs again!
Post # 8
I am planning on dropping about 50lbs before my wedding in 2013. I lost about 20lbs from Feb-April last spring on WW but then stopped tracking during finals and internship this summer and put on 10lbs.
I really recommend WW, for me it was having the freedom to blow of a “real dinner” for ice cream and popcorn when I needed it (I am an emotional eater and in law school) that enabled me to not feel like I was missing something vital. Plus with fruits and veggies being no points I found it much easier when I wanted to stuff my face in stress to be able to make a massive plate of melon, berries and such from a deli and just go to town without guilt.