I know it’s not Wednesday, but since I can’t wait to post this until next week, I have decided to jump the gun and give you this week’s Wedding Wednesday today! I am so overly excited to share a very inspiring story from one of my fabulous brides from last year’s wedding season. Courtney has been on an amazing journey for the last year to reach a goal I believe is so incredible…100lbs! She made the decision last spring to set herself up on the right track to a better and healthier life and I must say she looks amazing! Courtney was a gorgeous bride just the way she was, but when she approached me to share her story and give some tips to her fellow brides to be, I thought it was a fabulous idea! I can’t tell you enough how wonderful Courtney is in person, but I hope you get a little sense for her passion through her story and tips to a healthier bride. Happy Friday!
Courtney shares, “I want to start by saying that I am not a dietitian or a nutritionist. I am a woman who is undergoing the biggest change in my life. I have recently (since last August) lost over 70 pounds (58 of that with Weight Watchers) and completely overhauled my lifestyle. I became a licensed Zumba Instructor and now teach 5 classes a week. I am licensed in four Zumba Specialties and dream of, one day, changing the world!
If I’m being very honest, I wasn’t really one of those girls that had always dreamt of my wedding day. I didn’t have it all planned out
with just a need to “drop the groom in”. However, when I went on that first date with, my now husband, Aaron I knew that we would get married. I started planning. I thought about my dress, and my shoes. I dreamt about the flowers and what I would have the bridesmaids wear. I thought about it all, except for my fitness.
That’s not entirely true. Aaron and I had purchased bicycles about a year before our wedding. I can remember excitedly jumping on our bikes and riding around town. Over the rush of the wind I yelled “THIS IS HOW I’LL GET FIT FOR THE WEDDING!” it never really happened for me. Between work stress and planning a big wedding with my mom, I never took time for myself. I never took a little time during my day to plan meals or sit and relax, let alone exercise. That’s my one regret from my wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, our wedding couldn’t have been more perfect to us, but I regret not taking the time to get a little healthier before our big day.
If you are a bride or maid who is looking for ways to tone up or get healthy for your big day, you can follow some easy guidelines. First of all, don’t make any drastic changes for or before your wedding. There’s a common idea among brides-to-be that you don’t need to change your hair drastically – like adding bangs or dramatically changing your hair color – before your wedding. Follow those same rules when it comes to food and fitness. Adding some activity to your day such as walking or pilates, yoga or even a Zumba class will lessen your stress and add some excitement. Also, those activities can be done at home and fit into a few moments if that’s all the time you have. Try to add 30 minutes a few days a week. There’s no need to go overboard in this area. There are lots of books on the market (like Buff Brides and Bridal Workout) that will help you target certain areas like arms and shoulders or your tummy.
As far as eating goes, I have seen that brides usually fit into two categories. Eating to much or eating too little. It’s so important
to strike a balance with what and how your eating. Up your green veggies intake and stick to whole grains. When I started eating dark green veggies (spinach, asparagus) my usually very flimsy and weak finger nails started growing and became strong. I took meticulous care of my skin, hair and nails in the months leading up to our wedding. I went religiously to appointments and indulged in spa treatments. It was AMAZING. You can do that same with your body – treat it well. Try your best to get plenty of rest. Drink water. If you always have water with you, you are more likely to drink it. It’s a good idea to lighten up on the soft drinks and replace that with water, add a glass of milk too if you can. By adding more water you will hydrate your body, keep your immune system up and flush out toxins. Sometimes people don’t want to drink water because of the constant need to run to the restroom – your body will adjust after just a few days of upping your water intake. Give yourself some time
and drink, drink, drink, that water.
The last tip that I have for you, is to really have a heart to heart with your photographer. I was genuinely concerned about looking
overweight in my wedding portraits. I talked with the photographer about this and she did amazing. I never felt so beautiful in my
entire life and it shows in my pictures. She made me glow in the pictures and even though I’ve lost almost a person since our wedding day last May, I still LOVE my wedding pictures and have them hung about the house joyfully!”
To follow and read more about her incredible journey head on over to her website to see her amazing progress!