Post # 1
Fiance and I both have about 40 pounds to lose to get back to the weight we were when we started dating (we both had six packs… dreamy sigh). We decided it’s really important to us to be back in good shape for our wedding. So far we’ve been super good and lost 5 pounds in a month.
If we shoot for a pound a week that puts us at around April 2018 for our goal weight, but I know plateaus are a real thing and I don’t want slow progress to feel even more stressful and excruciating.
We were hoping for an October 2018 wedding, but I’m getting really stressed out about the timeline. Is this even doable? I wouldn’t want to go dress shopping until I hit my goal weight because who knows what will look good, and I really want to leave time to order a nice dress to show off my new look. Plus I’m nervous to set a date and book a venue if we just aren’t going to lose weight as fast as we thought, because I know we’d be crushed to not look or best on our wedding day. Also, is it weird to wait that long to take engagement pictures?
Tl,dr: How late is really too late to buy a dress and book a wedding venue (small ceremony space and B&B accommodations) before you start having to sacrifice?
Also please share your successful wedding weight loss stories!
Post # 2
40 lbs in over a year is aboslutly do able and reasonable. You will have to make sure you don’t fall off the wagon too much. But if you stick to a diet and exercise routine, you should absolutly be able to reach your goal by 2018.
As for buying a dress, it depends on what you want. Some dresses like BHLDN can come in a week. Other designers can take months. I would say 7 months out is the latest I would start looking.
Post # 3
I don’t know about pounds, persay. I do know that I started doing yoga 1-2 hours a day and lost 2 dress sizes in 3 months. I gained 8lbs but that doesn’t mean anything. What’s your size loss goal?
Post # 4
pearleaf : damn! That’s awesome!
Post # 5
pearleaf : that’s sweet. I’d definitely like to take the time after I hit my goal weight to work on toning up. But I’m looking to go from a size 10/12 to a size 4 so some dieting is also in order.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to lose weight, I “know what I’m doing” and we were both very healthy people before we had a stressful year+ where we basically ate out every meal. It’s been really hard on us to feel like some kind of unattractive version of our true selves and I’m terrified of feeling that way when I look back on wedding pictures.
Post # 6
12_Elle : I completely understand. My Fiance and I both gained a lot of weight during a particularly stressful year as well. It was horrible not feeling like ourselves. We’re both very athletic people like you guys. I didn’t have as much to lose only because I was far to skinny before in my opinion. After I’d gained about 35lbs I did diet and lost about 18lbs. Then I gained 8 back after I started yoga.
I think your timeline is completely doable. My wedding is March 2018, I started weight loss November 2016, started toning January of 2017, and hit my goal “size” April 2017. Almost a full year ahead of schedule. Good luck!! I think you’ll be fine. 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider
12_Elle : just be careful not to think of strength training and weights as “toning up” or “bulking”, and don’t super-restrict your diet, and you’ll be fine.
I made that mistake – got engaged in May 2015, and by relying heavily on cardio, it took me a full year to go from about an 8/10 to a 4/6, with 30 pounds lost. To do that, I was doing an hour to an hour and a half of cardio every day (maybe one or two off a week), and eating about 1280-1350 calories. It SUCKED, and because it was hard, there would be nights where I fell off the wagon and ate way too much.
Then I started BBG (“bikini body guide”, a 12 week plyo/bodyweight/light weight training program that’s ~30 minutes a day), working out with weights once a week, and eating more like 1400-1450 calories. BOOM. In four months, I dropped from a 4/6 to a 0, and it was MUCH easier.
Now, I weight train 3-4x/wk (30 minutes), do BBG or BBG-like workouts 2-3x/wk (30 minutes), and cardio 1-2 (50 minute spin class) – which does mean I double up, but I do that because I WANT to. Oh, and now I get to eat 1750 calories a day, and I’m still a 0. Much, much nicer.