Post # 17
that dress is GORGEOUS! for the Spanx, try on some different sizes perhaps? they may have different "strengths" as well at the department store.
for slimming, lots and lots of water – no sodas or fruit juice. plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. my friend also had luck with weight watchers, initially dropping 5-7 lbs in the first month, so that may be an option.
Post # 18
okay this is gonna sound really crazy, but I just found out about nuskin (my sister just became a distributor) and their galvanic spa machine. You can use it on your face or body and it lifts, gets rid of wrinkles and cellulite. I tried it for a week (everynight) around my love handles and tummy pouch area and when I went in for my dress fitting (3 weeks after my previous one) I had lost an inch all the way around! I didn’t exercise or change my diet – not that I don’t think this is important – i just hadn’t had time and wasn’t really trying very hard to lose weight at that point. anyways, something you may want to look into. they also have demo videos about it on youtube. it is crazy popular in germany and korea right now. you can pm me if you want more info! she also used it to give me and my Fiance facials before our e-session and I think it was great cuz it helped tighten and lift. i am definitely using it up until the day of my wedding! lol. good luck!
Post # 19
forgot to mention! my friend has an aunt who owns a salon/spa and they actually do the galvanic spa as one of their treatments – so maybe you can find a spa near you that does it. or you can just buy the machine yourself, although it is definitely an investment…
Post # 20
How much time are you putting into your workouts, and are you just running?
Runnning is a great way to drop pounds – but add weights and balance training to work your core and you will slim your waist faster than you would with running alone. I found the only real way to drop a lot of weight fast was to step up my workouts – e.g. by doubling them – if you work out for an hour or an hour and a half instead of just a half an hour or so, the extra weight will come off pretty quickly.
Have you looked into the Abs diet? Supposedly in the first two weeks, you can drop 8-10 pounds.
Post # 21
First off, the dress is absolutely gorgeous! It sounds like the other ladies have already given good shaper/exercise tips so I’ll add in a different perspective. The last month of wedding planning is stressful enough without dress woes. (Spoken as a curvy girl with less than a month to go myself!) Unless you really thrive on the challenge/stress of losing weight quickly it may be a good time to look into the possibility of a second backup dress. While not fun it should be easier to find another dress now than it would a week before the wedding. You need something you can be comfortable in all day through lots of time on your feet and possibly a whole lot of dancing at night, and your photographs will turn out better if the dress sits as it should on you. I recognize that this might not be feasible financially and that all of your accessories probably match your existing dress. You might also look for an online seller of your existing dress in the next size up.
Outside of that, it may also help to stay hydrated and reduce your sodium intake to reduce water retention. One of my best friends swears by Weight Watchers but I don’t know if you can achieve dramatic results from them in the time you have left.
Post # 22
I think 30 days and some good foundation garments should provide the slimming effect you need. That dress really is gorgeous, but yes, very body-conscious.
If you just don’t think it’ll be enough, well, I don’t recommend this for the long-term, but I keep hearing that the Atkins diet will let you drop several pounds in a very short period of time if you stay on the really strict regimen. It won’t be much fun, but it’ll likely get you through your wedding. Like I said, not a long-term solution, but if all you want to do is fit into your dress before embarking on a healthier plan, this will probably do it.
Post # 23
there are also meal delivery services that might be worth it for a month. Exercise is great, but the best way to drop weight is to eat fewer calories – which is a lot easier if you are eating the right foods and these services give you your full day of meals and snacks and the good ones are nutritional.
Love your dress!
Post # 24
have you seen Dr. Rey’s Shapeware? (he’s also called Dr. 90210)…here’s a You Tube you can check out…they say it’s guaranteed to take several inches and drop you 1 -2 dress sizes.
Post # 25
do be careful about drastic diet changes – combined with other wedding planning stress, something too restrictive or far out from what you’re used to may just set you up for an emotional disaster.
Post # 26
Thanks ladies. I’m definitely looking into some of these suggestions.
I was curious if any of you have ever tried this:
evidently its been featured on tyra, ellen and a bunch of places, but it seems like a hoax to me. Unfortunately my mom surprised me with 2 treatments (i REALLY hope she did not just waste her money, gotta love her for trying), so a few days before the wedding I’m having one of these wraps done. I’ll let you know how it goes, but would love to hear from anyone whose done this — especially in LA.
Post # 27
Wraps work by basically sucking the fluids out of your system — it dehydrates your cells. From my understanding, as soon as you rehydrate, the weight comes back on, because all you lost was water weight to begin with, not fat. I can’t speak for this particular technique, however I can tell you that the one time I had an anti-cellulite wrap done before a photo shoot it did nothing. Thank goodness for Photoshop : )
Post # 28
I don’t know how your dress is done in the back. I am assuming it is a zipper. And I don’t know what the material is by the picture but we have actually converted dresses in my shop from zipper and buttons to a corset back. I don’t know if that would work with your problem areas but I thought I would throw it out there.
Good Luck and I am crossing my fingers for you.
Post # 29
I second the corset back idea–I’ve heard that too for getting a slightly too small dress to fit. Good luck!!
Post # 30
Has anyone heard of VelaSmooth laser? Probably expensive, but I just wanted to throw it out there…good luck!
Post # 31
Hey Ladies —- thanks so much for your suggestions. Kates and Blushing — I seriously considered the corset construction but knew that it could turn into a bigger nightmare re-constructing the dress (the dress is finished with beading, so its an actual overlay over the fabric, not sewn onto the fabric.
So where am I at? Well, I have to say, I’ve kept watching the calories, cutting any crazy snacking and drinking lots of water and starting my day with great fiber fruits (hallelujah hollaback for peaches and nectarines in season! yum) and since this first post I’ve dropped from 164 to 157!!!
I’m having a small side section opened up and giving me a bit more hip room. Also, the zipper on the dress was sewn too tight to the fabric so that is helping loosen things up quite a bit. I’m also having boning put on the side and in the bust as there is currently no boob support.
All of this to say…..
That though my dress is gorgeous, I do feel that I rushed when I was shopping (planning this wedding in just about 6months) and I really wish I had paid more attention to the real fit of the dress. This little alteration is costing $450! But I really have no other choice and I did shop alterations around and went with the person I felt was most experienced to handle this sort of thing.
I’ll post pictures when all is said and done —- wedding is in just 14 days!