Post # 1
I am getting married April 27 (sooo soon!) and I am hoping to drop about 5-10 pounds by the week of my wedding. I just want t have somewhere to update my progress and share any set backs. I had my first dress fitting a few days ago and my dress fit perfectly, but I need and want to lose a few pounds to make myself feel better. I am going to reduce my carbs and up my workouts! Please share any tips!
Bees, feel free to share your weight loss progress as well! Especially all April brides 🙂
Post # 3
Have you tried myfitnesspal? It is a good way to track your calories, and also you can enter in your workouts which let you “earn” extra calories 🙂 Make sure if you increase your exercise, you eat enough calories to make up for it. If you consume too few calories, your body will go into starvation mode & it will REFUSE to burn anything more.
Weightlifting is your friend!! You will build muscle tone & look lean. A pound of muscle takes up a lot less space than a pound of fat. So, if you’re 120 pounds and have no muscle tone whatsoever, you’ll actually be a bigger size than someone who is 130 pounds and very toned.
When you reduce your carbs, make sure you’re still eating fruits & veggies, and swap out simple carbs (white bread, rice, potatoes, pasta) for whole grain varieties. Ramp up your protein if you’re working out. Focus on reduced fat but not non-fat foods when possible (nonfat foods tend to have a lot more sugar and sodium than reduced fat versions).
Also, don’t go crazy just before your wedding- you want your dress to fit perfectly!
Post # 4
@blue44: I’m doing the same! But I only have a couple weeks. YIKES! @DaneLady: has great advice for the eating plan. I am planning to do an hour of cardio 6 days a week and a JM video, Ripped in 30, 2 or 3 times a week on level 4 for strength training. It’s important to incorporate a day of rest so your body can recover. I only kicked up the notch on Monday, so I don’t really have any progress yet. Before I was doing the JM 2-3 times a week and cardio 3-4 times a week.
ETA: I’m also trying to reduce my carb intake. I almost exclusively eat whole-grain products, but I’m going to see if cutting them down helps me.
Post # 5
Try eating every 2 hours. It keeps your metabolism going. And definitely lift weight…having strong muscles burns more calories when you are at rest. I cut out processed (or at least I tried…I still cheat on occasion) and only eat complex carbs such as quinoa, ezekiel bread, etc. when I do eat carbs.
Post # 6
@Mrs.SplatterPaint: It’s so hard for me to cut carbs. I’m a cereal fiend! Luckily, I only have to do it for a few weeks.
Post # 7
I have about a month and I have cut out most carbs during the week, I have been cheating a couple of times on the weekend though (fruit veggies and wine allowed, the wine part was by my own design). I try to get to the gym but honestly I am tired after work and the stress of the wedding coming up doesn’t allow for it. I have only gone once this week so far, but I have bungee things to work out with at home, so I can do some resistance exercises there. I feel great and I have lost close to 20 lbs since August with a combo of exercise and diet. I of course want to look good in my dress, but I really wanted to be happy in a bikini on the honeymoon!
Post # 8
Looking at WB is so much more fun than going to the gym. . . I must remember my goals! Off I go!