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Although we all want to look our best on our wedding days, we also want to feel our best too. Getting in shape for the big day involves being healthy both mentally and physically. You may want to lose a few pounds or tone up to look great in your wedding dress, but remember that one of the biggest contributing factors to how good you look and feel is knowing what you are comfortable with. Everyone should feel proud of themselves in their own skins and confidence is key. If you’re ready to start the journey towards a better you, we’ve got some simple tips to guide you through the process.
Focus On Yourself
The key to being healthy is to feel good about yourself in more ways than one. Physical health is important, but mental health is equally as important. Wedding planning can be a very stressful process, and feeling stressed is something that will immediately show in your face and body language. When you’re feeling the pressure of all the tasks that lie ahead of you, take a moment to step back and breathe. You are planning what’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life and things that may seem hugely important right now will seem trivial and insignificant in the future. Whenever you are starting to stress out, take the time to focus on something not wedding-related. Go for a walk, read a book, drink a glass of wine – anything that will help you focus on yourself and reset. Most importantly, make sure you are getting enough rest!
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Evaluate Your Eating Habits
One of the easiest ways to start losing weight is by evaluating and changing your eating habits. Small changes such as swapping soda out for water and eating a healthy breakfast can make a huge impact. Make sure that you are drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water every single day. Eating a protein-rich breakfast is a great way to kick start your metabolism in the mornings and boost your energy levels, while also keeping those mid-morning hunger pangs away. If you have the time, cooking your own meals for the week is a great strategy because you know exactly what you’re eating since you’re the one making it. Keeping healthy snacks at your desk, such as carrot sticks, apples or nuts, is a great way to keep yourself from snacking on items from the office vending machine or break room. Of course, you should still allow yourself to treats throughout the week, but making minor changes towards a healthier diet will definitely bring you closer to your goal.
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Commit To A Workout Strategy
If you are serious about losing weight and toning up before your wedding, you will have to commit to a regular workout strategy. Depending on your current level of activity and your final goal, these strategies will vary widely. We suggest starting with baby steps, such as standing up every hour or going for a short walk during your lunch break or after dinner. Stretching before bed will help you improve your flexibility and mobility. Lifting weights, doing core exercises and incorporating cardio in your daily routine are three options that can be done in tandem or one by one. Yoga is a great method of exercise that will help you strengthen your body and your mind. No matter what you decide to do with your workout routine, you should treat it as if it is one of your wedding planning appointments. If you wouldn’t miss a meeting with your wedding planner, then you shouldn’t miss a workout.
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Having confidence in yourself is a trait that creates a positive presence around you. Others will feel it instantly when they are around you. Standing up straight and having good posture is a small change you can work on that will improve your appearance significantly. When things aren’t going your way, take a deep breath and relax. Remember that your wedding day is about you and the love that you have found. Everyone that is in attendance is there to support you because they love you. Everything will work out the way it’s supposed to, and anything that seems to go wrong now will turn into a fond memory in the future.
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Everyone has different goals and expectations for themselves. When you’re ready to start getting in shape for your wedding day, the best path to success is setting small milestones for yourself and breaking things up into multiple steps so that you are better able to complete them. Any progress you make, no matter how small, should be considered an achievement. By setting realistic goals for yourself and staying positive you will be able to find yourself in a healthier state both mentally and physically. And remember, any changes you make for your wedding day is a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle.