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5 Steps to a Fit Wedding Day 

Your boyfriend finally pops the question and now, with the possession of that rock on your finger, you’ve been catapulted to the status of fiance. All of a sudden, your head is flooded by a swelling sea of questions. The first one that usually rears its ugly head is; we’ve set the date for the special day, but I feel as big as a house and how is my dress going to fit? People that I haven’t seen in ten years will come to the wedding, am I going to have to wear a black dress now in some lame attempt to make me look thinner? 

While you may not really look like a duplex, every bride to be feels that they are fat and would love to look more beautiful on their big day. So, I’ve come up with the 5 most important things you need to do in order to lose fat and be more fit in time for your walk down the aisle. 

Create a plan – Not a plan as big as your wedding; you’re not planning a workout for 400 people… just you. In your plan, figure out a REAL schedule, not a wishful thinking, I hope I can, if I juggle this or get my mother in law to do that, schedule. A real “I will workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 pm” schedule. Then figure out where; at home, a gym or a friend’s house (or if the weather is cooperative; the park). When that’s done, pick a non-family member to workout with you, to keep you accountable. This should take all of 15 minutes, so don’t put it off because you think doilies under the centrepieces really matter, they don’t. 

Set Goals – Goals are things you shoot for, they are not fantasies. Four important things to keep in mind when setting goals are; Make the goals specific, “Not, I want to lose weight for my wedding” but “I will lose 15 pounds of fat or 3 inches in my waist for my wedding.” Make sure it is possible to measure your goals, either by yourself, or by a fitness professional. Set big goals. Don’t sell yourself short. You can achieve anything you set out to do. Have realistic deadlines. If you think “I can lose 30 pounds in 30 days” you’re dead wrong. 1-2 pounds a week is a good start. 

Write down your food intake – Keeping a journal of what you eat throughout the day is the best way to keep yourself accountable. Most individuals who keep food diaries are likelier to eat healthier and stay the course, than those that don’t. 

Commit to exercise 2-3 hours a week – I don’t care if it is three days for 1 hour per day, or 6 days for 30 minutes, that’s for you to decide (remember create a realistic plan). A routine that incorporates resistance training and aerobic exercise will create a symmetrical look for your body. Don’t just try to work on your trouble spots, because you will wind up looking out of balance due to overcompensation. 

Exercise with intensity – As with any exercise plan you need to workout, and not just show up. If you can walk or run and hold a conversation with your friend, you’re not working out hard enough. If you’re waiting more than 15 seconds between sets, you’re not working out hard enough. The last 5 repetitions of each set are supposed to burn, and you should need to ask your partner for some help. The higher the intensity, the quicker the results, and the shorter the workouts will have to be…efficiency at its best! 

Understanding these simple principles will not only get you in shape for your big day, but keep you fit for the rest of your life. Good luck and look great on your honeymoon. 

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