There is so much to do to prepare for a wedding. Vendors to coordinate, crafts to make, visions to bring to life. For me, it was also important that I get my body into the best possible version of myself. We are spending a lot of money on photography, and we will be seeing people that we don’t get to see very often. It was important to me that I look my best.
In this way, it was great that we had a year-long engagement. It gave me plenty of time to create new routines and really improve my lifestyle. Almost all of these things I plan on maintaining into the future, and I am so excited and proud of where I am.
I actually started my healthy eating & exercise regime March 1st, 2014, before we were even engaged (in April). I had a sort of come-to-Jesus moment where I realized that I was really unhappy with how I looked. I wasn’t overweight, and I have actually always been very skinny & scrawny, especially in my arms and legs. I was carrying a small amount of extra weight in my stomach. I have a mild case of scoliosis (remember in middle school where they made you bend over and the nurse felt your spine? I was one of the lucky ones selected for follow up visits), and the slight curvature of my spine combined with having a desk job has resulted in me having terrible posture that often led to me sticking out my stomach. Combined with the little bit of extra fat on my stomach, I looked pregnant. Not in an “oh gosh I thought I looked pregnant” kind of way. In a “strangers literally asked me when the baby was due” kind of way. In public. To my face. It was humiliating.