We have been in complete planning mode over here as wedding season is in full swing! Here in the home office, we are exploring all the diverse ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle within all the chaos and excitement of creating beautiful weddings! Getting married is the next chapter in your life, so you should go into it feeling happy, confident, and prepared for anything. As planners, we see our couples are going through a physical and mental transformation to help them prepare them for that transition from engaged to married. Therefore, we decided to make this week’s blog post all about healthy lifestyle changes you can make in the months leading up to your wedding day, and there after!
Below are some healthy lifestyle changes to not only help you lose weight and tone up for your big day, but also to give you more energy, keep you motivated, balanced and positive throughout all the stressful moments that come up in the wedding planning process.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO START TODAY
A New Outlook
It’s important to set reachable and easy-to-maintain goals for yourself. You don’t want to set the bar so high that you end up disappointing yourself when you don’t achieve results. Therefore, we recommend you don’t view your new healthy lifestyle changes as chores, but rather as choices you are making to better yourself and your partner. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time (at least 6 months) before your wedding so that you are not feeling pressured, and start by documenting your goals in a journal so that you can track your journey. We love bullet journals for everything from grocery lists to tracking your sleep!
Don’t feel like you need to join one of those, what we like to call, “fad diets.” They limit just about everything. It’s about eating clean, practicing portion control, exercising regularly, and finding time for yourself. Mental health is just as important as the physical.
Most people know what they need to do to get healthy, but the biggest question is: how? Meet with a nutrition specialist and a personal trainer to get started. They will work with you one-on-one to get to know you, your lifestyle, your goals and your journey. After that, you’ll receive a detailed food plan and work-out plan to get you started. Your trainers will work side-by-side to help you accomplish and celebrate your goals. Most importantly, they will help pick you up when you fall off track a little.
According to The Knot, who interviewed Doug Rice from Bridalicious Boot Camp, you should be doing a minimum of 3-4, 30 minute sessions of cardio (walking, jogging, running, cycling, or even dancing) per week, and the same goes for strength training. If you wish to lose more than 15 pounds, Doug recommends kicking up your cardio to 5-6 times per week. We’re still encouraging you to seek the professionals to get the right start to your healthier life!
Do What Works For You
We all have different lifestyles; some of us get up at 5 AM to make our way to the gym before work, whereas others prefer afternoon yoga in their backyard. It is so easy to compare yourselves to those around you. However, it’s most important to feel comfortable with yourself and your routine.
Remember, it’s not all about the looks on your big day. We do understand that it is important because, let’s be honest, all eyes are on you. We are encouraging an overall healthy and happy lifestyle transition into your married life!
P.S. How adorable is this bridal yoga? (Photo via Pinterest)
If wedding planning is causing you stress, don’t forget that we can help! Contact us today to get started.