Originally published on October 14, 2010
Mrs. Socks nominated Mrs. Octopus’ post about pre-wedding weight loss for the Weddingbee “Helpful Series.” Mrs. Socks writes, “Octo’s post about pre-wedding weight loss was also SUCH a good one with great perspective.”
So, disclaimer: I’m going to write about how I lost some weight before the wedding in this post. I totally do not want to reinforce that wedding industry pressure that all brides need to lose weight for their weddings. My diet and exercise efforts were kinda necessary for me (as you’ll see below), but it’s certainly not necessary for everybody! Okay, that’s it. I just wanted to add a little prologue so this post doesn’t come off like one of those incredibly annoying Facebook ads that stop just short of “Stop Eating, You Giant Fat Bride.”
I’ve never been the type to worry excessively about my weight. This tendency is certainly helped by the fact that I’m naturally a fairly thin person, and I don’t usually struggle to keep my weight stable. My mental attitude about my weight held true throughout most of our engagement. I had some vague thoughts and plans about wanting to look my best, but I felt pretty casual about it all. My general health philosophy is to make an overall habit of eating nutritious, non-processed food, to make a reasonable effort to exercise, and not to worry about it much beyond that.
You may recall that, for most of this year, I was in graduate school. I bought my wedding dress the summer before my master’s degree program began, and then, over the course of that master’s degree program, gained maybe”¦six pounds? Seven? Not just a teeny blip on the scale, but nothing really significant, either. It was mostly due to the fact that I was so busy with school that I barely exercised, and that I probably was a bit too enthusiastic about patronizing local businesses. Anyway, I noticed the weight gain, but was not particularly worried about it.
Then, in July, I made a trip to Pittsburgh, and I tried on my wedding dress for the first time since I’d bought it. And””yikes””it barely fit.
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