Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dropping Those Pesky Pounds Before the Big Day

We can't all afford personal trainers, which is why so many of us are left up to DIY weight loss. Before and after my wedding I tried every diet under the sun. And, although they did work when I kept up with them, ultimately I'd fall off the wagon into a puddle of fat. Recently I had a huge breakthrough with commitment. Especially in the area of being fit. I would like to share my discovery with you all, in hopes, that it will help people achieve their wedding day weight.

Eating Right
Firstly, coming home from work, starving, and having to eat a salad with no dressing or fixings can really suck. But here's the thing, can you honestly remember what you've eaten yesterday, or the day before or the week before? I can't. But I can remember how miserable I feel every time I look in the mirror or at pictures. As much importance as we put on eating things that taste good, or temporary make us feel better, meals are forgetful and your wedding day you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Working Out
I had a really hard time keeping up going to the gym. I would be really good for a month, following my schedule, then I'd miss a day and really beat myself up about it and stop going - as if I've failed myself terribly. I thought, "If really wanted to get fit, I would be doing so." But here's the thing, just because life gets hectic or you get lazy and you miss a day or a week at the gym, does not mean your uncommitted to getting fit. All it means is you missed when you scheduled to go. All there is to do, is go back to working out as soon as you can and DON'T MAKE YOURSELF WRONG FOR IT!

How I Lost 17 lbs
I had been working out from time to time, nothing committed, and was stuck at 150 lbs. I felt miserable and had no stamina. The first 7 lbs I lost by accident. I discovered I had a cheese allergy and cut out dairy, which I would definitely try a few weeks leading up to your wedding. I had no idea dairy was so fattening. Then FOREVER I could not break 143 lbs. It seemed like any diet I did, I'd loose 5 lbs, fall off the diet and gain 5+ back. One day while staring in the mirror feeling miserable about myself, I realized how I had been doing this to myself. I started following the philosophy I explained above and I am now down to 133 lbs! I'm not perfect about eating right, or going to the gym, I don't have a set schedule or diet, but every time I fall, I just get up and move forward. I feel great, my stamina is awesome, and I don't hate myself for messing up on my goals!

Had I discovered this before my wedding, I would have been the weight I wanted. I did manage to loose some weight right before, but I will forever look at my wedding pictures and know that I didn't look the way I wanted to, and that's just sad. Don't let that happen to you.

Much love and support, Siena


Marty J. Christopher said...

This post is like the opposite of my Thur. post! I agree with you that the not beating yourself up for missing a day is key. Before I hurt my knee, that part of my weight loss really made all the difference. If I only got to the gym 3x a week instead of 5x, I didn't beat myself up. I just made it a goal the next week to go 5x again.

JuliaEmily said...

I intended to lose weight for my wedding but in the end found myself too busy preparing everything to get much exercise done so got married at my usual weight - the good thing is I can and probably always will still fit in my wedding dress while other friends who got really skinny for their weddings will never be able to put theirs on again!

Siena Heart said...

Totally, and there's nothing wrong with whatever weight people wish to be for their wedding. What I'm speaking to is people who want to loose weight and keep it off, forever. I had always been 125 and gained 25 lbs for 5 years and never felt like myself. Now I feel healthier and happier. It is about diet and excersize definitely, but it's really the commitment to that which allows you to loose weight and keep it off.

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Andy After Flats said...

Great tips! But never go to crash diet!

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