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Wedding: Bridal Shape-Up

by Meghann on October 10, 2012

I should probably preface this post by saying that the desire to “shape-up” before my wedding does not mean that I have self esteem or body issues. I don’t think I’m fat, I don’t think I’m overweight, and I’m not trying an extreme quick-fix solution to guarantee I’m a size two when I walk down the aisle. I simply want to be the best version of ME as possible on my wedding day and that best version includes a healthy, glowing Meghann, who is confident and radiant in her size 6 wedding dress.

The goal of my Bridal Shape-Up plan isn’t necessarily to lose weight; it’s to tone up, get strong, and possibly have killer arms to carry that bouquet with. There will be a LOT of photos taken that day and, quite frankly, I just want to make sure I look my best for all of them. I’m also using this wedding as an excuse to finally take weight training seriously. I know it works, I just needed a goal to stick to it for. What bigger goal is there than a wedding?

So with all that in mind, here’s my Bridal Shape-Up plan for the final 3-month countdown for the big day. Here goes nothing.

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Workouts:

  • Swimming: 2 days per week

I love swimming with Team XP and didn’t want to give it up, so I’m dropping from 3 days a week to 2 days a week. Since my triathlon season wraps up at the end of the month with my 70.3, I’ll merely be swimming for maintenance.

  • CrossFit: 3 days per week

I wanted to try something a little different with strength training to shape up for my wedding and I think CrossFit is in the answer. I like that it’s short, high intensity movements in a group setting. If I’m going to push my body’s limits, I need peers encouraging me to do so. I started CrossFit this week and am already excited about the possibilities of where it might lead.

  • Running: 3 days per week

I have two half marathons coming up (Women’s Half in November and OUC Half in December), so my goal is to keep up my running endurance so that I’m able to complete both of those races without any issues. I’m also very loosely going off of the “run less, run faster” plan by turning my two weekday runs into speed workouts and saving Saturday for my long run. That way my weekday runs won’t go to waste and I’ll eliminate a lot of junk miles. Who knows, maybe by eliminating the junk miles, gaining strength with CrossFit, and upping my speed workouts, I might even PR in December. (not counting on it, but it’s a fun dream. ;) )

Diet:

I know this will be the most crucial part. I’m not of fan of diets that say what I can or can’t (or really the term “diet” in general), so this will be more of guidelines on cutting back, not necessarily giving up completely.

  • More: protein, vegetables, healthy fats, water, nuts
  • Less: sugar, white carbs, Starbucks, beer, junk

Honestly, you’ll probably see a lot more lean meat on this blog. I know there are ways to get plenty of protein through a vegetarian diet, but sometimes (organic) meat is just easier. I’m also NOT going Paleo. More power to all the Paleo peeps out there, but that’s just for me.

I plan to focus on a well-rounded diet with lean protein, healthy fats, whole grains, and tons of vegetables. My main goal will be to cut out a lot of the processed food (or take-out as much as possible, if you’re in a pinch, then you’re in a pinch). I’ll also be cutting back on dessert. Not eliminating completely, but cutting back. Oh, and sugar! Added sugar is another weakness of mine, hopefully I can be successful at cutting back on that as well.

Again, I won’t be counting calories, carbs, protein, etc. (man, that sounds like a lot of extra work!), I’ll just be striving for a cleaner diet and hope it all balances out in the end.

Mindset:

I will NOT let wedding stress take over my life. I’m usually not an emotional eater or drinker, but I can see where planning a wedding could flip someone. Being stressed never does me any favors so my goal is to try and keep as cool and collective as possible these remaining three months. I will focus on the happy stuff and remember the important thing – Derek and I are getting married!! :)

Extras:

  • Water! I’m going to try and carry my giant water bottle with me everywhere I go just to make sure I’m constantly hydrating.
  • Sleep! At least 7 hours every night for a healthy body and a healthy mind (at least my healthy body and my mind).
  • Maddie! I’m going to take her on longer walks and play with her a little more. This will keep both of us moving.

And that’s it – that’s my Bridal Shape-Up plan. I’ll report back next month to see how it’s going. Here goes nothing!

Did you have a “Bridal Shape-Up” plan for your wedding?

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