Wedding Diet

How to Lose Weight for Your Wedding – A Wedding Diet from a Bride Who Did It

24th March 2011 | Julia Braime

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I hardly ever do very personal posts on the blog, but so many of you have asked me to share the secrets of my “wedding weight loss” success, that I really thought I ought to get round to it.  With some scary “before” and not so scary “after” wedding diet pictures, here we go…

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Before Wedding Diet After Wedding Diet

Check me out!  What a difference!

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Like most girls, moving in with my hubby to be had caused me to pile on a few pounds here and there.  I am tall, and carry extra weight well, but I couldn’t ignore the fact that my tummy was far too flabby for my leaner frame.  After being on the skinny side for most of my life (ahem! despite a brief slip at University), I was now feeling more like skinny FAT.  To me – a typical “apple” shape – this meant skinny legs and arms lacking definition, plus a lardy middle.  Not a lovely sight.

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Here I am in my brand new exercise clothes, 6 months before my wedding… (eeks!)  Excuse the iphone pictures, I wasn’t quite yet a blogger back then…

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Before Wedding Diet

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Before Wedding Diet

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Before: skinny fat, with little muscle tone, a flabby tummy, and a concerned expression on my face…

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Before Wedding Diet

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I decided to take action. 6 months before my wedding, it was time to trim down.  Plus, the bikini part of our honeymoon would be in Las Vegas and LA.  Who wants to feel bad in a bikini when there are Playboy bunnies hanging out by the pool?

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Women’s magazines and the internet are full of fad diets and get skinny quick tips.  I have read, tried and failed at almost all of them.  It’s a cliche, but it’s true.  How can a normal working woman survive on cayenne pepper, lemon juice and water for two weeks?

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A personal trainer would have been a great plan…if only I could afford it!

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The first thing I did – and I believe that this is the key to wedding diet success – I got REAL.

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I knew that I wouldn’t be able to stick to running on a treadmill for two hours a day, lettuce and fizzy water. I knew that I wasn’t going to end up looking like a Victoria’s Secret Model (although I was going to try to get as close as I possibly could!).

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What I did know (armed with plenty of actually useful knowledge from all those women’s magazines and the internet) was that being good with food choices 80% of the time, eating a bit less and exercising quite a bit more (than not at all) should work.  And guess what… it’s not rocket science!

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After Wedding Diet

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After: Here I am five or six months later – flab gone, lots more muscle tone, and grinning from ear to ear!

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After Wedding Diet

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Beware! I am not a registered dietician, fitness expert or healthy living guru (and please consult your doctor before beginning any sort of exercise regime!) but this is simply what worked for me.  Give it a go…!

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Let’s see those before and after shots again…

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Before Wedding Diet After Wedding Diet

Yay!

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So here is what I did…

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Exercise (and it was mostly exercise that did it!)

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The most important thing is to GET MOVING.  I would normally say: pick an exercise you love, yadah yadah – but that’s fine for the long term girls, but not when you have a wedding deadline looming!  Plus if I picked an exercise I loved I would need to live in the Alps.

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What I find works best, and I don’t think I am alone here, is to pull on your trainers (proper ones mind you – we don’t want any injuries) and get out there and go running.  I never said it would be easy – but I do think it will work! I have to be the slowest runner of all time and I hate it with a vengeance.  But I love the results.

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I headed outdoors to run, as it was more interesting and it was spring/ summer. What I would say though, is only ever run in a safe place when it is light outside.  If possible, take a likeminded friend with you.  What are fiances or maid of honours for?!  However as I can be a bit of a b***h when I run (due to the hating it with a vengeance part) and alienating the hubby would have defeated the object, I went solo, but ditched the headphones so I was alert and only ran in public places.

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What I did was set a course that I knew would take me about 30 – 40 minutes to run if I were *run* the whole way.  Then I covered that distance about 4 times a week.  Sometimes I ran it, sometimes I jogged, sometimes I walked most of the way.  I always got round though, and I always stuck to it.

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So:

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– Go running

– 3 or 4 x per week – schedule it in like a meeting you wouldn’t miss.

– Cover the distance planned, no matter how long it takes.

– Make yourself accountable – keep a diary or, better still (!) blog about it for the world to see!

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You might also want to add some weights.  The jury is still out on whether lifting big and less reps, or light and more reps is best.  I was confused, so I just did a few bicep curls now and again.  The running seemed to melt the arm flab in any case.

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A diet that’s right…

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Just make healthier choices in smaller portions.  You know a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar is worse for you than an apple. Use your head woman!

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Mostly:

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– Eat stuff that grows from the ground or falls from the trees and lots of it, to fill you up.

– Protein, protein, protein.  And make it lean.

– Avoid “white” carbs like bread, sugar, white rice, potato crisps.

– Cut back on Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio.

– Don’t use food as a reward – plan other treats…I am sure you can think of some!

– Keep your portions reasonable.  I try fill half my plate with salad or greens.

– Drink lots of water.

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And a bit of diddly dum…

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You are only human.  Who cares if you miss a day or slip up?!  Remember the 80% rule – you can be as bad as you like 20% of the time.  Don’t be a diet bore. Enjoy your engagement, and love the skin you are in!

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David Lawson Studios

Looking trim in my wedding dress with my parents! Photograph by David Lawson Studios 

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Honeymoon And on our Honeymoon (not a Playboy bunny in sight!  I was almost disappointed!)

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After spending all winter at my computer building Brides Up North, I think it may be time to follow some of my own advice…

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I hope this helps someone!  Any questions at all, feel free to comment below or drop me a line.  If you want to share your own success stories, let me know!

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Julia x

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comments

  • March 24, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    You look beautiful!

  • deborah
    March 24, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    this has def spurred me on!!! i have ordered my wedding dress in a size smaller, joined slimming world and i am already 9lbs lighter in 2 weeks!!! just need to concentrate on the exercise part too, so thank for your tips xxxxx

  • March 24, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Ha it’s Brill xxx love it and hate you ( in a nice way) i would be happy being your before shot mrs xxx. I too love running but hate it aswell and i always picture my BF running with me slightly ahead, kind of like a floating head encouraging me and all I want to do is catch up with her and scream at her as she is amazing at running xxx well done for posting u know loads will be encouraged by this x I am but bad knees say no !!! Xxx

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