What was your pre-wedding beauty/wellness routine?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I’m also a little under 10 months away from my wedding. My goal is to look and be as naturally healthy and fit as possible so I don’t have to rely too much on make up.

Just started taking a women’s multivitamin that has high folic acid and other vitamin B complex, it’s got a whole bunch of other good stuff like antioxidants. I have had grey hair since my late 20s which is super early for my family, and have quite a lot of it now (33 years old). I’ve looked into it and it is possible that I have a deficiency (or at least low in the normal range) in one of the vitamin B’s, so thought I’ll give that a try. Hoping I get less grey hair (therefore less of a need to dye my hair regularly) and less hair falling out so my hair can look awesome and luscious on my wedding day haha…

Applying castor oil to my lashes to try and make it thicker and longer. So again I won’t have to rely entirely on false lashes on the day (potentially thinking about a lash lift before the big day as well). 

Using an enzyme mask weekly, I already used before but not regularly, now I’m committed to doing it weekly. Using a hyaluronic acid (The Ordinary brand) before my eye cream and moisturiser to help with hydration especially now that it’s winter where I am. 

Haven’t started the exercise and healthy food routine yet, I’m worried I’ll start too early and lose steam lol. I do watch I eat but it’s pretty loose. The goal at the moment is just to maintain my current weight and not gain any. Will probably start getting into exercising in a few months time and build up in intensity / frequency. For me I know it only takes a few months to see good results, and allowing for Christmas, hopefully start in Aug / Sep with a rest month at the end of Dec / early Jan and getting back into it Jan/Feb should be good amount of time to achieve what I want. 

I’ll be focusing on toning my arms as at the moment they look a bit like tuck shop lady arms lol… also doing cardio to lose fat in general. 

I will also be mindful about not getting tan lines on my back and shoulders when summer comes, as my dress is open back, I still have the ugly tan line from this summer just gone so definitely want it gone by the time it’s my wedding!

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

karkar1234 :  Oooo girl one side note on Biotin – have you taken it before? If you have and it’s been fine then no dramas. But excess of Biotin can cause cystic acne in some women! (it does for me grrrrrrr). 

I wouldn’t roll the dice on it if I hadn’t had it before – just a heads up!! But I guess 10 months is a long enough time to kind of see how it goes ๐Ÿ˜€

For me: Getting engaged was a huge catalyst for weight loss for me. Even though the wedding isn’t until August 2019, Fiance and I have hit the gym and changed out diets. We didn’t want to fall into the trap of “but I’ll do it later” and nek minnit it’s 6 weeks out and we’ve lost nothing! I’m not a stress eater….I’m a stress starver – I cannot eat when I’m stressed. So working keeping a balanced diet through those times is going to be key. But yeah, vegan for us 5 days out of 7. Cut out dairy. Working a treat.

I should note though, that I don’t have a massive amount of weight to lose (I mean it’s still pretty big). I wanted to lose 20kgs after Christmas last year, and I’ve lose 10 so far. I wanted to go from a 14-16AU (10-12US) to a 10AU (6US). But I have so much working against me. I have always been fit, doing strength training and whatnot (my heart rate was a champion 58bpm, now it’s 52bpm), and always ate pretty well. So any diet and exercise changes for weight loss had to be dramatic (hence Veganism), and a huge upheaval of my exercise (from 2 workouts pw to 4 – 5-6 hrs total).

Already as it is I am the smallest on my father’s side, and one of the smallest on my mother’s side. My genetics are GOD AWFUL OHHMYGOSH. It’s like fighting a hurricane with a matchstick! But, no excuses, I persevere!!

I’ve canned the multivitamins (except for iron and B12), because I get plenty of everything else from the food I eat. I feel amazing on this diet and don’t think I’ll ever go back. Also it’s cheap – our last fortnightly shop was $170AU for food and toiletries/house supplies for two of us. $170!!! Gosh to go back to meat every night…I have to weigh up the advantages of vegan dieting vs spending more and feeling worse. 

Anyway….this post started as a discussion about pre-wedding rituals. Ended up being a rant. SORRYYYYYY

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Worker bee

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Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

karkar1234 :  I didn’t change a thing in terms of my diet. I wasn’t going to give up the food I loved. Haha

I may have increased my use of facial scrubs and masks, but that may have been it in the beauty department.

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Bumble bee

ash101 :  How do you feel full and stay full on a vegan diet? I’m considering doing a part time vegan / vegetarian diet, so for breakfast and lunch I’ll have no meat and have meat for dinner with Fiance. 

I do hear a lot of people saying that they lose weight and feel more energetic on a vegan diet. So I am curious. I always get so hungry so soon though without meat lol…

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

 missyjz :  to not feel hungry you must make sure that “meatless” meals will not be simply the same as you usually eat and only meat removed but that you actually get your protein from some other source (for example mixing grains and beans). 

 

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Bumble bee

lovinggemstones :  what’s a typical lunch for you? I think that’s the meal I struggle with. Breakfast is usually not bad. But by lunch time I’m hungry and tempted to have meat haha..

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Oh, I’m sorry, I’m not vegetarian. My comment was based on my attempt at it long time ago, without enough knowledge, I failed because I did what I warned ou against, I ate meals at canteen and simply gave my meat to a colleague.

But I do eat vegetarian meals very often so I can give you some lunch suggestions that work for me 

1. Pilaf-like base with the topping (or you can call it warm salad I guess) – I make a big batch and freeze single portions, so it’s easy to make quick lunches. Using this basic procedure you can come up with many different versions, skipping some ingredients or steps, choosing your own preferred ingredients as long as they match the rest. 

I boil a huge pot of some grain (usually farro or spelt, next time I will try with wheat, once I replaced grain by orzo pasta, I liked it, my husband didn’t)

Version A: I chop some mixture of following veggies (pick one or more or all from the list): bell pepper, zucchini, patty pan squash, aubergine, fennel, onion. Stew veggies in a pot, once they are done, add your grains and mix it all.

Version B: mix the grain with any bean or lentil, either boiled at home or canned. If I do white rice, I mix it with frozen green peas. 

Add salt, pepper, a bit of lemon juice, to taste. 

Finish off with a generous amount of fresh herbs chopped and mixed it at the last moment (again, pick just one or more from the list) – mint, flat parsley, curly parsley, dill, sage. Those work for me, pick the ones you like. 

Pilaf-like base is done. For the topping, I often make fish, but for vegetarian you can make egg (soft boiled, hard boiled, fried), fried halloumi cheese, mushroom, tofu, etc. Or no topping at all, depending how rich your base is already. Sometimes I will top with black pumpkin oil for smoothness and taste. Sometimes I will top with a bit of balsamic vinegar glaze. If I didn’t use many vegetables inside of the pilaf I will make sure to make some veggie side. 

2. Pasta with pesto (sometimes without if I run out of it), mixed with lima or fava beans, topped with halloumi cheese or other vegetarian toppings you might like.

3. Lentil soups, different version made with red lentils or green lentils. Eaten with a slice of bread. Again, make a big batch and freeze single portions. Chop onions, grate carrots and parsnips, stew in a pot. Add green lentils, add water, maybe laurel leaf. Boil until soft, in the middle add some kind of tomato (tomato can, fresh tomato, tonato puree). Finish off with spices: salt, black pepper, coriander, cumin are my preferred choices for this soup, but you can add anything you like. Red lentil soup is even more basic and quick and gives totaly different feeling so you do not feel you eat the same food every day. 

4. Tofu and mushroom “taiwanese” style (inspired by a meal in a taiwanese restaurant). Prepare tofu any way you like (fry slices, steam whole cube, etc), top with mushrooms stewed with garlic, ginger, shallots, sweet soy sauce, sesame oil, maybe a bit of chinese wine. Serve with rice and some blanched greens.  

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

missyjz :  also, I usually have 5 meals. In addition to 3 main meals, I do something I call “second breakfast” and afternoon tea. Those are very small meals, such as a piece of fruit, milk soup, banana egg pancakes, cottage cheese pancakes (syrniki), or just a slice of bread with jam, honey or cheese. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

missyjz :  I get asked that a lot – because Fiance and I were (are?) absolute carnivores, and we detest the stereotype of the “loud” vegan. Almost every meal had meat up until about 3 months ago. But we also got the our heaviest points this year after the Christmas period. We knew something had to change. So as the back story might suggest – it was a really really hard decision, and I knew Fiance had to be on board with it or it straight up wouldn’t work. I can’t eat dairy because it causes month-long hormonal cystic acne, so cutting out a lot of meat was sory of the next logical step.

It was hard at first, but it’s easy now. It’s quite easy to hit your macros actually – beans and legumes have a huge amount of protein and good fats. But it’s something I would definitely ease into – a sudden change of diet can make your body flip a bit. I had god-awful bloating for the first month, I think it’s because I changed too much at once. Going from a complete animal-based protein to plant-based FODMAP protein means you’re cramming about double the amount of fiber into your body when it’s just not used to it. Many people just give up – it can get that bad. But we persevered, and now..

Omg. I have SO much energy. I get up at 4:45am Monday, Wednesday, Friday for my pre-work workout. I jump out of bed! Even my Saturday Pump class – I get so excited for it (then, half way through it I wish I was dead…but alas..). I’ve cut my 5-6 coffees down to 1, and genuinely I think I only get them for the taste. Obsessed with the soy milk the barista uses downstairs. 

We aren’t completely vegan. We still have 1-2 nights a week with meat (Fridays are either Roast or homemade burgers), but we find it’s something to look forward to, and just enough meat to mean we don’t miss it enough to give up on the health kick all together. I also note that I make my own stock, with chicken bones and whatever vegetables are leftover from the last fortnight (about a 3-1 ration of bones-veggies). It cooks for around 24 hours and is unbelievably nutritious. That goes into around 2/3rds of all meals we cook. So yeah, we’re kind of vegan – it’s like a “vegan-based” diet.

I’m eating more, my cystic acne has cleared up (except for pre-period and when I eat dairy accidentally, or “she’ll-be-right” eat it because well who can’t say no to cake?), I’ve lost 10kgs, feel great, spend SO much less.

So yeah – 10/10 would recommend to anyone. But, easy does it. And try to see if you can get your Fiance involed – it’s 100% easier with both on board.

**sorry this became quite the essay haha ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

My wedding is 15 months away so I have plenty of time to prepare but I am kicking it into gear for not only my wedding but just my overall health. I have always been active and eat whole, unprocessed foods but I definitely want to look super fit for my wedding too. Things that I am doing and have started to do more of: 

1. Lifting heavy 4-5 days a week but also add more HIIT workouts into the mix (I love spinning/cycling classes and i’m Seriously considering getting certified in it)

2. Really start to limit my sugar intake (I tend to over-indulge) I will probably do this with tracking apps. 

3. Taking multivitamins, Biosil (this is not biotin), zinc, and vitamin C tablets daily. 

4. I drink one gallon of water per day and make sure I eat enough fruit to reach my water/fiber intake goals. 

5. I’ve began to really push myself into a vegan diet. I have been vegetarian for years but have really made an effort recently to completely eliminate animal products from my diet. I feel my best when I eat this way. 

6. For my skincare I have added hyaluronic acid and liquid vitamin B5 to my routine. I also use coconut oil face masks in the winter to combat dryness (thank goodness it’s summer currently where I live) I will probably start getting professional facials done once a month starting soon and have looked into chemical peels. 

7. Sunscreen!!! Sunscreen for my face is a must. Always. 

 

And so yeah, nothing fancy or probably new but this is what I plan to do ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

ash101 :  thanks for sharing! I’ve actually heard of one couple who started doing mostly vegan diets several months ago and found that their hay fever is pretty much all gone!

I’m starting with vegetarian cos I love eggs and cheese (in moderate amount, not like I’ll eat a whole block kind of way). And doing breakfast and lunch only. So that helps me ease into it and not having to have Fiance on board.

We too are both total carnivores haha…years ago in my 20s I would’ve turned my nose up at the thought of a meal without meat, and even got hangry at my dad once cos he cooked a meatless dinner and I was so hungry LOL, but over the last few years I’ve found meat does make me feel worse than veggies and have definitely enjoyed many tasty vegetarian dishes since then. So I think it’s a good time to incorporate it more into my diet and reduce meat intake. 

It’s only the second day but I’m already feeling good! Unfortunately buying vegetarian lunch isn’t any cheaper than a meat based lunch lol… will have to explore cheaper options tomorrow!

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

missyjz :  Awesome – yeah it’s pretty intense how quickly your body responds to a diet change – especially when you’re adding more of the things it wants! Would love to hear how you go moving forward :). It’s a definite challenge, but one you’ll be glad you persevered through. It’s addictive as well – the feeling you get. Your skin is better, your energy improves, you drop weight (I don’t know if that’s a goal of yours, but if it is, weight loss is much easier), your mood improves. I would be such a moody cow sometimes. But I feel more even now.

I still eat eggs as well. Things are just better when they’re egg based! Like pasta! And Mayo!

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