Your wedding should be one of the happiest days of your life, but the weeks and months leading up to the big day can instead be some of the most stressful. Taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally, is key.
Make a realistic decision. A healthy weight loss is about one to two pounds per week, for a total of four to eight pounds per month. If you push harder and loose more pounds your body might be getting a shape that you won’t be proud of. The more pounds you plan to loose, the earlier you have to start working out.
Set a deadline. With a healthy level of weight loss, all it takes is some grade school math to figure out how much time you’ll need to do it. For 15 pounds, you’ll need three months of work. The specialists in this field recommend that you stop working out a week before the wedding, so your body can have a little time to relax. So set a firm deadline, just don’t make it your wedding day.
Make sacrifices. It is recommended a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week and the same amount of strength training, though the amount should vary depending on your goals. If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the results you’ve always gotten, but if you want more progress you will need to push yourself a little harder.
Listen to your body. Don’t do something that doesn’t feel right. Not all exercises are good for all individuals. If you feel like something hurts in any way, find a way to modify it or try something different.
Be progressive. If you want to be sure that your goal will be achieved you have to be opened to increasing the intensity of cardio and strength-training programs every week. Working harder does not mean masculine physique, but it means having the perfect shape for your gown.
Track your progress. Keep track by recording your goals in a journal; having them in writing is a fantastic motivator. The key is to keep them small and specific. For example: Week One: Work out at least twice and be sure to strength train; then also do cardio two times during the week for at least 20 minutes.
Take it as a relaxation. Instead of looking at your fitness goals as chores, you should try to see your time at the gym as an oasis of sanity. Going to the gym should feel like a getting away from all the stress you have accumulated with the wedding planning. You should concentrate on your work and forget about the work waiting for you at home.
Be positive. If you are working for a few weeks now, and you can’t see any progress do not despair. It means that you have to change your exercises, because the one you are trying don’t work for your body. You should also try another diet.
Include veggies in your meals. They are full of fiber, are healthy and will keep you feeling full. Make sure your meals and snacks all include fat, fiber, and protein for the best balance of nutrients and you will feel full longer. Also remember, to eat breakfast every day.
Drink plenty of water. When you think you are hungry, start with water – you might just be thirsty. In the winter a nice cup of herb tea is a great option too!
Get enough sleep. Maybe set it as a goal. We think better, feel better, and get better workouts when we are rested. It’s really a treat!
Include goals for your emotional health. Set aside some time to nurture yourself, whether that means painting, listening to music, calling your mom, taking a hot bath, whatever you need to feel good about your self – on the inside.
Partner up. Exercising with a friend (or your hubby-to-be!) will help you both stay motivated and consistent.