If this sounds like you, then we are sure you'll want to feel your absolute best too. You'll likely want the most gorgeous wedding dress and to look stunning in every photograph which we're sure you'll be hanging all-around your house for years to come...Even if the pics are for your Instagram followers, you're going to be reminded of this day for the rest of your life.
So, of course, you want to look your best! As women, we are particularly critical of ourselves, particularly when it comes to our appearance. This only magnifies every time we are enjoying an occasion where getting dressed up is mandatory. Even if you're not fussed about your appearance – which is totally fine and perfectly healthy — it's important we feel good on the inside.
Now, times that by several (possibly hundreds of) wedding guests including old friends, best friends, family, colleagues with all eyes on you. Can you feel the pressure yet? You may be worrying: Will my make-up stay put? Will my hair stay in place? And, despite our passion for positive body image, the top of many- a-bride’s concerns will be: ‘Help, I don’t want to look fat on my big day!’
First things first...
Let’s just clear up something very, very important. This is your wedding way. This is the day you officially become legally joined to the person you love. You've invited the people who mean the most to you to come and share this wonderful day. Whether you’re a size 8 or 18 is not that important – your other half wants to marry you just as you are. They either asked or agreed to marry you at your pre-diet size and will love you regardless of whether you lose weight or not. Love is much deeper than appearances and if the person you’re marrying wants to you lose weight for any other reason than genuine concern for your health then stop right now, call off the wedding and find someone who isn’t so shallow.
Anyway, now we’ve got that out of the way and established that you simply want to look and feel your best on your wedding day (and who wouldn’t), just how is this going to be achieved? And what can you do to make this more successful than previous attempts to lose weight? Like every other aspect of a successful and smoothly running wedding, it’s all in the planning and organisation.
Set a Date
You’ve got the date of your actual wedding in stone. However most women will be having their dress adjusted, and losing (or gaining) extra inches at the eleventh hour is going to be a logistical nightmare for your seamstress and may even result in your dress not fitting properly on the day. Most seamstresses require final fittings to be done at least a month before the day itself, so make this your goal date then try not to change shape too much after this. You’d have to diet quite drastically to make huge differences in a month anyway which would only leave you feeling lethargic and miserable by the time the big day arrives.
Decide On Your Goals
Make a Mood Board
Or you can do it the 21st century way and use Pinterest, which is essentially a digital mood board. Make a board for exercise, one for healthy food, one for motivational quotes, and of course, one for more wedding ideas!
Enrol Help and Delegate
20 Minute Bodyweight HIIT Workout
Do as many as you can of each exercise for 1 minute, then once you have done all four exercises (4 minutes) rest for 1 minute. Repeat for 4 rounds.
The idea of HIIT is that you work as hard as you can – push yourself hard (stop if you feel pain instead of just tiring muscles though) but make sure you rest properly between rounds.
Begin with a warm up by jogging on the spot and doing jumping jacks for 2-3 minutes then stretching out each muscle in turn. A quick search on Youtube will bring up numerous videos if you need a visual demonstration.
End your workout by stretching out each muscle and holding for 30 seconds. If you can do today’s walk straight after your workout it will help clear lactic acid and you won’t ache as much the next day.
Stress depletes willpower to and the stress hormone cortisol encourages fat storage around your midsection. Yoga and massage are great stress relievers, so I can’t think of a better excuse to ask your fiancé for a romantic massage!
Finally, remember that the most beautiful look of all is deliriously happy sparkling eyes, laughter and smiles, so once the day arrives, push all thoughts of your size out of your mind and concentrate on having the best and most magical day of your life.
About the Expert
Pollyanna Hale is the Founder of The Fit Mum Formula, an online resource for women to get in shape from home in their own time regardless of work or family commitments - www.thefitmumformula.comh is