The most stressful thing about choosing "the" dress, is the knowledge that you have to fit in it!
I mean think about it, you order this dress almost a year ahead of time! The fact that you have to stay one size is very daunting. You don't want to gain or lose too much.
Although I didn't necessarily need to lose a ton of weight, I knew that I wanted to tone and tighten some things up. With some small lifestyle changes, I've reached my ideal weight and exactly where I want to be and hopefully stay after the wedding.
I was planning on doing a "before" photo of myself and now an "after" photo but I'm truly not that brave my friends. The thought of a "before" photo mortified me!
This is what I did to lose approximately 10 pounds ( I don't own a scale, so I don't know exactly).
Disclaimer : This may not work for your lifestyle, everyone has different schedules and life demands. I just know that I don't like huge change, I needed to alter things on a small scale or I would not stick to it.
I was already working out 3-4 times a week. I would do light weights at home and run 2 miles those three days. Although this was better than nothing, my body was used to it. I jumped on groupon , grabbed my best friend and signed up for kickboxing classes at DoJo One in Seekonk.
This kicked my workouts into full gear and gave us some friend time as well. It's also very cleansing to pound the crap out of a bag.
I also signed up for classes at Mind Body Barre . I wanted something polar opposite to kickboxing and running. MBB is lengthening my muscles and toning them in a whole different sense. Running and kickboxing were condensing my muscles if that makes sense?
The best thing about these classes is that if you pay attention during the killer workouts, a lot of the moves and exercises can be done at home. But of course you don't have an instructor yelling at you. I mean "motivating" you . :)
Adding variety to my normal workouts has actually made me a better runner. My entire body is stronger. In turn, I'm faster.
As for diet. I stripped it down, but not crazy. Here's a walk through my day.
I LOVE my coffee with cream and three sugars. No, I do not want to put milk in and less sugar. Sorry, don't F* with my coffee. So I drink one cup. That's it . one. The rest of the day I drink green tea or water.
My breakfast consists of yogurt with almonds and a banana with a small amount of peanut butter and cinnamon.
Snacks are vegetables with hummus or a kind bar.
Lunch : ... slim fast shake.... you may be saying " girl you need a hamburger" but I must say, this works for me. I'm always on the go during lunch. These shakes are so easy and fill me up I don't have time to stop things to have lunch.
Dinner: Kyle has Celiac disease, so we eat gluten free dinners. I adjust my portion to a smaller size.
I drink wine each night, that's not changing people. I just drink less wine.
With that being said, on weekends I relax a bit. I eat lunch and I'm not as strict with things. If we go out to dinner, I'm having a margarita friends . I do not crave anything nor do I feel like I'm depriving myself .
This diet, along with working out 5 days a week worked for me.
I don't and will never own a scale. I can see how my body is changing when I put on my clothes. We are not a number, nor will I be defined by a number.
SO... here is somewhat of a before and after photo.... I started this diet plan in May and saw results in two short weeks.
Here is a shot from our engagement shoot in October:
I do miss those boobs ..
Here I am now:
I also take a multi vitamin and a hair/nail/skin vitamin daily.
Hopefully some of my tips can help you lose a few stubborn pounds. :)