When I first got engaged, I made a vow to myself and my now husband, that I would not be one of those girls who goes on a crazy wedding diet for the wedding. I would embrace my current lifestyle and body, because really he loved me enough to propose to me, he was not going to just leave me at the altar because I did not have the perfect body walking down the aisle. That was the plan, and my mentality.
When I ordered my dress I was between two sizes and ordered the larger of the two dresses. When that dress came in 7 months later and all of my measurements were the same, I was shocked to find that the dress was too snug and would not zip all the way. Looking back on pictures, I looked the same size and all of my measurements were the same, so what was the problem? More likely than not, the company manufactured it smaller than their sizing chart accidentally. Like any bride, I panicked and wanted to fit into my dress!
I was signed up for a half marathon in February, so the seamstress and I decided that I would go in for a fitting following that race. If the dress still did not fit, they would simply let it out a bit. If this isn’t on the list of “Bridal Nightmares” I would be shocked. So I ran my race and followed my clean eating. Though the dress zipped more, it still did not zip all the way; however, I remembered that our wedding day was not going to be less special just because my wedding dress had to be let out.
My goal after that was simply to feel my best for the wedding day and the honeymoon. In order to reach this goal I began writing down my workouts for the following day, each night before bed. In doing so, I had a plan that I knew I would stick with in the gym while not having to think too much. I also made sure to do a lot of food preparation, and stock the house with only healthy foods that would nourish my body. In following this plan, not only did I feel confident on our wedding day, I also knew that I was engaged in a lifestyle that was healthy and maintainable for me. Here is what a typical day of eating looked like for me:
Breakfast post workout (Anywhere from 6:30-8:30 AM depending on when I woke up): Cookies and cream porridge, 2 slices of bacon
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- ¼ Cup shredded coconut
- 1 scoop Dymatize Cookies and Cream protein powder
- Frozen blueberries
Mix everything in a bowl and microwave for one minute. Stir and microwave for another 45 seconds or until desired temperature.
Mid Morning Snack: Boiled egg and grain-free banana muffin
Lunch: Mustard chicken, broccoli, half baked potato with farm butter or Greek yogurt.
Snack: Quest Bar
Dinner: Vitamin packed meatloaf
I typically ate every three to four hours, and drank a lot of water throughout the day. Admittedly, I am not great about eating breakfast before working out. This is controversial but it works for me. It is not something I recommend. I do recommend listening to your body and doing what is best for YOUR body. Here is a sample workout week for me leading up to the wedding:
As you can see, the only cardio I did was running, which was more for sanity sake than for my goals. I also did not cut down calories or particular macronutrients. I ate well rounded meals, often, and put in a lot of hard work hitting the weights at the gym. There is no need to crash diet or spend hours on the elliptical to feel your best on your wedding day!