Post # 1
I’m pretty sure everyone has some thing they are insecure about…mine is my weight. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I’m fat, I just want to be a size smaller (don’t we all is what my sister says).
I bought my dress which fit me perfectly at my normal weight/size. However for my wedding I’d like to shed a few and feel my best. I’m not talking like 30 lbs or anything. I’d like to lose 10-15 lbs and MAINTAIN IT.
There in turn lies my problem. I started this ‘diet’ basicly its similar to Atkins. I’ve been on it for 2 weeks and have dropped 8 lbs (WOOHOO ME!) However….there is NO WAY I can not eat carbs and all that goodness forever. I’m suddenly angry I did the diet b/c if I eat anything I’m scared I’ll blow up like a balloon. Is there a way to keep the weight loss going and then maintain it while NOT being on such a strict diet?
Here is my next issue, my wedding is October 29, my bridal pics are July 28. When do I go in to get my dress (that at one time fit me perfectly) fitted?
Should I go before my bridals? I’m scared to do it then b/c what if i gain the weight back? then it will be too small by the time the wedding rolls around.
Should I go before the wedding but after bridals? What if I keep the weight off then my dress is too big for bridals?
I know this is a stupid delima to have but its really stressing me out. My dress isn’t a lace up back, its zip up, so im just so scared I’m going to bounce around in my weight and it not fit right on these 2 special days.
ANY ADVICE IS APPRECIATED!!
Post # 3
I would start eating normally again, then work out and watch your calories to maintain the weight lose. Ask your seamstress how long s/he would need to alter the dress, then get it done that soon before your bridal pictures. Its just under two months away so you will know if you can maintain the weight loss or not by then.
Post # 4
My SO lost and has kept off 70 pounds or so. He doesn’t eat any white bread, white rice, or white pasta (but does eat whole wheat bread and whole wheat wraps for lunch). He also doesn’t eat much sugar, but eats a lot of sugar-free puddings and jellos and dark chocolate. Could you do something like that?
I don’t think it is realistic to cut out all carbs forever, but I do think what my SO does is realistic- not to mention healthy. If you lay off the real sugary stuff for a few months, you won’t crave it as much. Whenever my SO eats too much sugar now he feels sort of sick.
Post # 5
@EleanorRigby: Do you think it’s realistic for me to go back to eating some of those things occassionally and not gain it all right back since I basicly cut it all out cold turkey?
Post # 6
I’ve lost about 10 lbs. so far this year, and what I did is count calories and eat natural as much as possible. I rarely eat boxed or processed foods, and whenever I go out, I try to get fish and veggies. I rarely eat pasta, and when I do, it’s whole wheat or organic pasta with Newman’s Own organic pasta sauce. I eat lots of fruit and veggies, drink water (not as much as I should but I try) and I exercise 3-5 times a week (depending on my schedule). You can definitely do it! You just need to put a lot of effort into it. There are no quick fixes and those fixes never last!
Post # 7
@Petunia123: did you take measurements before you started, by any chance? If you cut out refined carbs, chances are, most of that weight is water weight. Whenever I cut carbs, I drop 7-10 pounds quickly (like in a week) and if I ever go back to eating those refined carbs – I’ll add back the 7-10 pounds equally as fast.
You aren’t going to balloon out of control, if you go back to eating the way you were and had been able to maintain your weight. What kinds of things are we talking about? What diet did you go on? And, what’s your current height/weight/dress size?
When does your dress come in? I didn’t start my alterations til 2 1/2 weeks before the wedding (the seamstress was out of the country). I was losing weight for the wedding and kept shrinking prior to that, so it ended up working out that my alterations were last minute.
Talk to whomever is altering your dress to find out what kind of timeline they can work with – I’d do it as close to your wedding as possible.
Edit to add: I just read the part about your bridals – are those pictures of you in your dress? Is there any way you can push that date to closer to the wedding?
Post # 8
I’m a huge WeightWatchers cheerleader…I’ve lost 11 pounds on it since January (I didn’t have a lot to lose, so it’s not really just FALLING off, but it’s steady), and I’ve kept it off!! I don’t ever feel deprived because you get extra points to blow during the week…so it’s like, if I’m DYING for a handful of chips or a bigmac or whatever, I can have it! I just love love love it. I wouldn’t do any fittings until your weight is stable and set…
Post # 9
Make sure to keep measurements because that’s more important than what the scale says! Measure yourself every week instead of weighing. I would start eating more realistic foods but stay in the same calorie range and if you feel hungry then increase your activity level. I’m not an expert but I hope this is helpful. 🙂
Post # 10
@oracle: I’m 5’9 160lbs and a size 10. I’ve attached a picture of me in my dress when I first tried it on. I actually bought the sample I tried on because it fit perfectly (not even a hem needced when I have shoes on) – oh and they threw in 30% off (SCORE).
I’m not really sure what the “diet” is called. But its pretty much no carbs and sugar for the first month, lots of protein, fruits and veggies, then you gradually start adding normal stuff back in but in moderation.
At my normal weight I’m between 166 and 170 and that includes me going to the gym about 4-5 time a week (I’m a runner) but eating whatever the Fiance cooks that night. I’m lucky he cooks but at the same time….its never healthy.
I’m going to be traveling for work the next 2 weeks so I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to stay on the diet during that time. I’ll just have to watch what I eat….which I guess I should be doing on a normal basis anyway.
My bridals are portraits of me in my wedding dress. Based on reading some other posts I think this might be something that’s more commonly done in the South. I think I’ve decided to just get it fitted to me and then do my best to maintain.
@FutureMrsBPB: I’ve heard great things about weight watchers. I think that might be the best option if I don’t want to live on a diet, and make a life change.
I really appreciate all the advice
Post # 11
You look beautiful!!!
I did a similar diet pre-wedding and post-wedding (after a 2-month post-wedding sugar-carb-fest). (Cut out processed foods and sugar as much as I could tolerate). If you can keep it up for a month, it actually gets easier – and it IS possible to do that when traveling or eating out, etc. But, it’s a commitment – especially in the beginning when you are trying to relearn what foods work, etc. – planning is key in those initial weeks.
But, enough about that.
I think you should lose as much weight as you’d like before your bridals and I think the motivation of the wedding looming will keep you at that level. I got scared about 2 months before my wedding because of showers and bachelorette parties, etc. – lots of food I’d sworn off (tea sandwiches, cake, alcohol), etc. But, it all balanced out because I’d go back to my routine of working out and eating healthy/real foods. Unintentionally, the week right before the wedding, I was running around so much, I’d only really eat one meal a day and I think I lost a few pounds in that week alone.
Absolute worst case scenario – you could always have your dress altered a tiny bit, if it ends up being too big or small, before the wedding.
Post # 12
You look gorgeous!
I was worried about the same thing as you. What I did was start working out 5-6x a week (I reccomend the 30 day shred or any of Jillian Michael’s DVDs highly!) and eating healthy. Make it a routine so that your weight doesn’t bounce back and forth.
Post # 13
OK so I did South Beach for about 2 months and have actually kept off everything that I lost- now 6 months later and eating whatever I want. South Beach made me horribly grumpy all the time and my body simply needs what it wants- so now I eat whatever I want, just less of it. I eat a lot of good cuts of steak, and try to have protein and tons of fibre with every meal. I try to skip the salt and high fructose corn syrup (yet give in to a Mountain Dew every now and then). I drink a ton of water @ room temperature. This week, our dinners have been: Monday: Parmesan crusted chicken over a simple salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing. Tuesday: Thin crust pizza with italian meats. Wednesday: chicken quesadillas with homemade guac and stuffed with a ton of vegetables. Tonight: Takeout steak burrito. I have been doing at least an hour of cardio per day. Today, I swam laps, did water resistance weights and went to an hourlong Zumba class. I have been losing 2-4 lbs per week. And I’m not a small girl… I still want to lose 60 lbs.