Every bride I have ever talked to has ALWAYS seemed to have the number she would like to be when she gets married. Some brides even go so far as to order their dresses a size or two smaller, hoping to lose the weight. SUCH a bad idea by the way, because god forbid you don’t lose it…they can always take a dress in but they can never add fabric on. So many brides try tons of different diets and plans to lose the weight. Well ladies, I am about to reveal THE SECRET to dropping all that poundage for you wedding. This is a highly guarded secret that Jenny, Nutrisystem, and others do not want you to hear about, and I am about to let it loose…ready…
EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE!
Best kept secret anywhere I promise! Open a myriad of bridal magazines and you are sure to find one of those, “Lose 10 pounds in 30 days!” We are bombarded daily with the quick fix, and you know what, I’m sorry, but there really isn’t one. You can lose weight quickly by doing some of the crash diets but once you stop buying into “the plan” you gain all the weight back. In order to lose the weight, it is important that you change your whole life upside down. Quick fixes don’t do it, and are often unhealthy. The long way requires sacrifice, but I am living proof that you can lose it and keep it off. Here’s what worked for me.
Who gained the Freshman 15 (or 20 or 30) in college? This kid did, I got a nice spare tire right around my midsection. I was by no means fat (fortunately I have always been a rather small person thanks to my mother’s genes), but I gained a good deal of weight during college. Who could blame us though? The cafeteria food was horrid, and when we weren’t eating there, we were eating out. So when I left college, I really wanted to make a change. I did end up moving back home for a few months, so my lifestyle change began there.
The first thing I did was achieve poverty. Seriously. I had no job right out of college, so I had no income. My parents were nice enough to give me a place to sleep and food to eat, but everything else was on a (very) limited budget. So the first tip to weight loss is: be poor, well, at least when it comes to eating out. Because I had no cash to spare, I stopped eating out. When you go out to eat, you are consuming THOUSANDS of calories more than you should for just one day! If you can’t stop eating out entirely (my fiance and I like to go out for date night) go out only once a month. This is something you need to hold fast to. Eating out pretty much kills any hope of losing weight and keeping it off. Stopping eating out includes no trips to Taco Bell, Mac Donalds or any of the other death trap eateries, no cheating! You’ll save money too!
The second tip I think is crucial to weight loss. Cook for yourself. Go to the super market and actually pick up the ingredients to make your meals, and make it all from scratch. You can now see what goes into your food. Is it mostly pasta? Cut back, or sub in rice. Is it a lot of red meat? Try chicken, turkey or fish instead! Dump a lot of dressing on that salad? Quit it! Instead put a little oil and vinegar on your salad. This is probably the hardest for people to accomplish. I am the biggest offender of, “If it’s in my house and I can snack on it, I will.” The best way to quit eating all the unhealthy foods you’ve grown accustomed to, is to just not buy them! Only eat the food you prepare, don’t buy extras. Why spend the money for extra snacks? Instead, take the money you usually spend on snack food and put all that money into saving for the wedding! Trust me, if you know what goes into your food, instead of just de-frosting it, as well as not buying those “extras” you will make healthier choices, and be wealthier to boot!
So eventually I did move away from home to a new job. With my work hours, I did start really cooking for myself and making all sorts of different foods. I also started exercising. For this, I blame the dog.
My parents got me an adorable puppy as a graduation present, and he couldn’t be more energetic if he tried. He needed to be taken for walks just to be relatively calm throughout the day. So tip number three, do about an hour or so of non-strenuous exercise everyday. For me, I had the puppy who was relying on me to exercise him everyday, his exercise was my exercise. I lost the weight because I started small and walked it off. I didn’t run or do any strenuous activity. At the time I HATED running and you couldn’t convince me to do it at all, but walking, especially with Charlie, was fun and easy to do.
So let’s recap. I started cooking for myself. I stopped eating out, and I did a non strenuous exercise for about an hour a day. After about 6 months I had lost all the weight and then some! It takes time, and depending on the weight you need to lose, lots of time. Of course you can speed the process up by being more strict about your eating or exercising habits. You can count calories, I have an app called My Fitness Pal which helped me count calories for a time, to make sure I wasn’t eating more calories than I needed. It was also a good reality check to show what I was eating as it gives a nutrition breakdown as well as a caloric breakdown. You can also intensify your exercise. You can jog or run for a little bit, and then walk. The more you put in and commit, the better your results will be.
But I want to give you hope, if you do the bare minimum of not eating out, cooking for yourself, and walking for an hour a day you will still lose weight! The best part about it is, if you can do these three things, and keep it up, you will continue to lose (at a slow pace) the weight and then keep it off! It is all about a lifestyle change. I now work out five days a week either running, walking or with the Xbox Kinect, I love to cook for myself and my fiance (as well as bake!), and I never go out to eat except for date night once a month, and even then I either get a small portion or pick a healthier restaurant. I’m really proud of how I’ve built a healthier AND wedding ready me! I want you all to try it too!
Here are some recipes (of course from Pinterest) that I’ve tried and love!