Wedding Weight Loss
How I lost 15 pounds before the big day
Here’s the truth that no one wants to hear:
- It wasn’t quick
- It wasn’t easy
- It wasn’t cheap
If you want to change your body, you have to change your life. I started my fitness journey in 2016 with no real goals and I didn’t really take it seriously for a long time. I figured if I just worked out a few times a week and tried to not eat trash all of the time, that would be good enough. When I made the decision to really make an effort and listen to my trainer, I started to see what it was really going to take to change my body.
The two things that were complete game changers for me were:
- Having a personal trainer
- Tracking & Buying an Apple Watch
I have had a personal trainer for years now and it makes all the difference as long as you commit to it. A trainer is not a miracle worker because you still have to put in the work on your own time but having the guidance and accountability is such a huge help for me. I’ve been through a few trainers so I can also tell you it’s important to have someone that actually cares about what they do, someone you get along with, and someone that likes to train the same way you do. I say this because I dislike a lot of the popular workout trends. I’m a fan of weight training and minimal cardio. I also like to keep lifting and cardio separate and I stick to the basics. You won’t find me jumping, dancing, or running around in any of my workouts. That’s what works for me.
If you are in Orlando, looking for a great personal trainer, I can connect you with Marshall to see if it’s a good fit!
I started taking things seriously in July of 2019 after buying an Apple Watch. I thrive when I have set goals that I can achieve so being able to see my rings closing every day got so addicting. I had set a goal to get down to 130lbs before my bachelorette party in November and was able to do it! Now I needed to keep it off until the wedding, which we thought would be in April, but the coronavirus had other plans for us.
Like many others, I basically let myself go over the lockdown. I ended up gaining weight and had to start over when the gyms opened back up in May.
I had the HARDEST time after quarantine trying to get my weight back down to 130 but physically I was seeing the biggest changes in my body to date. The weight didn’t come off until I made some diet changes. Here are my average daily diet parameters when I’m trying to lose weight:
- 100+ oz of water
- 1500 calories or less
- 130+ grams of protein
I also realized from paying attention to what I’m eating and listening to my body that I have sensitivities to both gluten and dairy. I’ve cut both out of my diet about 90% of the time and I feel SO much better. I’ve been able to keep my weight from fluctuating eating this way and I am no longer bloated all of the time. WIN!
This is what my workout schedule looked like for the months leading up to the wedding:
Lifting 6 days/week
4 days on (Legs/Upper/Legs/Upper)
1 rest day (Stretching & Cardio)
What I recommend:
- Set goals and take progress pictures. You shouldn’t only be focused on the number on the scale.
- Choose a workout plan and schedule that you can keep up with consistently.
- If you have the extra money to hire a trainer, do it! Or join some kind of group fitness class with a regular schedule.
- Try to surround yourself with like-minded people. So many of my friends are also focused on being the best version of themselves. It’s inspiring and motivating!
- Track everything you can without making yourself crazy (Workouts, food, water, weight, measurements).
- Don’t give up if you think it’s not working. I had a lot of fluctuation in my weight and still do. Any healthy, long-term weight loss is not going to happen overnight.
After the wedding, I gave myself a little time to relax and let go but I’m back at it again with a new plan and new goals! I’m not as strict with myself now but it’s still important to me that I maintain everything I worked so hard for. Thanks to my wedding weight loss accomplishments, I’m now hooked on the feeling of being healthy and taking care of my body. The beauty of getting in shape and building muscle is that you can give yourself little breaks and not have to fear losing your progress. You’ll never see those kinds of results with any fad or short-term diet or cardio-only weight loss methods.
If you’re trying to lose weight, be healthier, change your body, feel better about yourself, etc… You’ve Got This!! Consistency is key!
I’m not proclaiming to be an expert but I’ve learned a lot over the years. If you want to chat about your goals don’t be afraid to reach out!
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