Wedding Fitness Plan
…yeah, that’s cliche. But let’s talk about part one of the wedding beautification grand master plan: fitness.
And to be clear, not everyone’s going to like this post. I’m talking about pole dancing (gasp) and body image and my own personal weird diet.
Because let’s be honest…I really do want to look my best at the wedding, and not just for the pictures. I want to feel beautiful, and that’s always been an uphill battle for me.
Story of my life. Thanks, Pinterest. | Image via vanessa_mmm
You see, over the course of my adult life, my weight has gone up and down like a yo-yo. And for the past five years, I’ve been pretty good at keeping it down-ish, but I have trouble seeing the good. Instead, I look in the mirror and see the exhausted, out-of-shape, 235 pound woman I was.
I’d show you a picture, but honestly, I’ve deleted everything from that time period…not because of the weight, but because it reflects a harder time in my life.
I’m currently pretty happy with the way I look, but I’m about 12 pounds over where I want to be. And I’d LOVE to say it’s muscle, but I have a sneaking suspicion that peppermint mochas, buttered toast, and four plates of Thanksgiving stuffing are to blame.
And even though people always tell me I’m going to lose weight while being engaged, I’ve put together a game plan…because I know me. I stress eat. Wedding planning will NOT be the magic diet pill the lady at the bridal salon promised.
Yep, pretty accurate | Image via Someecards
So what’s the plan? Well, it breaks out into two phases, because I’m being realistic here.
Phase 1 – Between Now and January 1: Strength and Maintenance
Let’s be honest—if you’re trying to diet over the holidays, things are gonna get ugly. And I LOVE holiday food. So I’m not worrying too hard about what I eat between now and the animal-style fries I’ll have for my New Year’s hangover.
What AM I doing?
The Diet: Eating between 1,300 and 1,600 calories a day, most days, and writing down what I eat even on days I eat complete crap. Ask me about the meatball, sausage, and salami sub I had at lunch. It went on the app, along with the four plates of stuffing I had for Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, that’s balanced out by 1,300 calorie days like yesterday.
I’m trying to focus hard on eating vegetables, cutting out refined starches at dinner, cutting back the drinking, and meeting my calorie goal four to five days a week.
The Workout: You can’t out-train a bad diet. But you CAN balance out a mediocre diet. Here’s what I do…and brace yourself, this is where pole dancing comes into play.
- Crossfit, three to four days a week, one hour each day. I’m not a fanatic, but it’s free through my job, and I’m all about that free workout. I do it with coworkers, work up a good sweat, shower, and go to work. I also coach Crossfit here at our work gym.
- ALL THE WALKING. I have a high energy dog. She’s the cutest thing ever, and she needs a lot of walks, so we walk at least a few miles a day. Other than this week, since she’s in a cast. She’s fine. Just a deep, nasty cut.
- Pole/Aerial. Yup, I’m one of those people who pole dance for fitness, and I do it three to four days a week, for 90 minutes a pop. I also work in silks workouts, lyra (the hoop), some contortion, and stretching to make me a better dancer.
Goal: Get my body back to the way it looks here
- Not everyone gets it. I mean, it DOES have its roots in strip clubs. But it’s a fantastic full body workout, and is probably the reason I can knock out pull-ups like they’re nothing. Plus, I’ve gotten to know a really positive, strong, bad-ass group of women through pole. And look, ma—I can hang upside down by just my arms.
Actually, Mom would be appalled by that pic, but I’m super thrilled with it.
Phase 2 – Between January 2 and the Wedding: Scary Slim Down
Once the holidays are over, it’s crunch time. I’m good at losing weight (when I need to be), so the second the champagne hangover clears, I’m on it. I can’t lose too much or alterations will be a pain in the ass, so my goals are appearance based, not “I’m gonna lose 30 pounds” based. I want a flat stomach, slim, toned arms, and a defined jaw line. And also for my dress not to pull too tight across the hips/butt.
I put it on the other day, and it zips, but it’s SCARY tight in a few places.
The Diet: When people ask me how I lost weight the first time, they’re always a little disappointed in the answer, because it’s boring. Cut calories and work out hard.
I’ve got a relatively low metabolism to begin with, so for the months leading up to the wedding I’ll cut intake to 1,100 to 1,300 calories a day (with doctor approval—I’d NEVER start a diet this restricted without checking). It worked in the past, and I have faith it’ll work again.
Beyond that I want to cut refined sugar, up my fiber intake, and increase my protein while reducing overall meat consumption.
The goal is to stick to the plan six days a week, with a rest day on Saturdays.
The Workout: I’m not changing this much from phase one. I’ve got a pretty solid base.
I’ll keep up the pole, Crossfit, and animal walking, but add in a little extra cardio. I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to run (my knee doesn’t like it but I can do it), bike, or re-up my gym membership to swim. Plus, we’re gonna take dance lessons, because Mr. W needs to learn. That’s cardio, right?
I’ll definitely be bringing more lunches from home and walking on my lunch break—that’s for sure.
Anyone else got a pre-wedding fit plan they want to share? I’m ALWAYS looking for ideas.