We are in full throttle with site visits, tastings, design meetings and planning galore! It is a busy time for brides, bridal parties, families and wedding professionals. In all of the chaos, don’t forget to take care of yourself!!!
It is so easy to get off track – take some time every Sunday and schedule your workouts into your calendar to ensure that you will make time for them. No excuses!
Sunday is also a great day for food shopping, planning and preparing yourself for a nutritious week ahead. Failing to plan your meals and snacks often time results in eating out and “fast” food choices. Dodge these mistakes ahead of time and aim for success.
Let’s go brides – stick to your goals and look fit and phenomenal in your dress. 😉
Below are a few items that you didn’t know you needed aside from your standard wedding Emergency/Survival Kit:
1.) Coconut Water & Snacks – my favorite is made by Vita Coco, it is an all natural, super hydrating product that is NEVER from concentrate. It says it right there on the bottle. 😉 Coconut water is filled with natural electrolytes that will give you an extra kick of hydration and energy keeping you sane, calm and having fun on your big day!
2.) Flip Flops, Flats or Toms
(Tom’s has come out with a fun and funky wedding collection – check it out HERE!! – these are great to wear for the full day or just post ceremony to save your feet!)
3.) Straws – there are so many options out there that I’m sure you will be able to find some that match your colors or tie into your theme. Check out these awesome birch straws from Anthropologie that would go perfectly with a rustic chic or outdoorsy wedding!
4.) Lip stain
You will be kissing and drinking all night! Lip stain lasts longer than gloss or lipstick and doesn’t have the extra stickiness! If you’re not sure what kind to get, head on over to Sephora to take a look around.
5.) White Out
To quickly fix any stains or small spills on your dress!
Bobby, Safety & Clothes.
7.) Clear Nail Polish
This will save you if you have a small dress tear, if Aunt Gloria has a nylon rip or if you have a nail malfunction!
8.) A “Must Have” Photo List
Although you will meet with your photographer prior to your wedding to discuss style and necessary shots, having a list of group shots that you want is always helpful to have. Also, remember that your photographer doesn’t know your family so assigning a friend or family member to coordinate the troops will save a lot of time and stress for the photographer!
9.) Sand Paper
For the bottom of those slippery shoes! Have you ever watched the episode of Friends where Chandler and Monica get married? Season 7, Episode 25 – watch it.
If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail! Harsh? Maybe, but it happens too often not to address! Let me help you set yourself up for success by following my tips below:
Set Your Goals
Sunday is a great day to take a few minutes and figure out what your goals and intentions are for the upcoming week. Look at your larger long term goals and set smaller weekly steps to work towards them. No matter what you want to accomplish it is SO important to write it down. Whether those goals include planning your wedding, your career, your relationship, health or are hobby related, write them in a place where you know that they will be visible and as a bold daily reminder to you.
Prepare Your Food
Figure out a few options for healthy meals, prepare a shopping list and head to the store! When you return, prep and cut all of your fruit and veggies. Having pre-cut produce makes for a great on-the-go healthy snack. Also, take the time to grill/bake/cook chicken (or another protein) and prepare a few large salads. This will be a huge time saver through out the week, your healthy lunches (or dinners) will be prepped and ready to go saving you time and healthy eating excuses. Plan for success and stay on track!
Schedule Your Workouts
Set weekly workout goals for yourself and schedule your gym time, classes and cardio exercise into your calendar. Writing these workouts into your schedule ahead of time will hold you accountable and eliminate time excuses. Plan ahead, schedule the time and workout because you love your body – it’s the only place you have to live, so take care of it!!
Restore Your Mind – YOU time
Take at least 30 minutes and shut off all electronics and gadgets, go for a solo walk or run, do yoga or just sit quietly. Try to focus your energy and mind on positive thoughts and a restorative outlook. Rather than focusing on negatives (which we all tend to do), remind yourself of all that your are thankful for and everything amazing going on in your life. Remember that your thoughts in the morning set the tone for your entire day, so set the intention to wake up every morning with a confident mindset and joyful heart.
A few engagement session tips for the soon to be bride & groom:
1.) Wear flattering colors and clothes that make you feel comfortable.
2.) Choose a unique location that reflects your personality and style.
3.) If you choose to use props, make sure that they coincide with your “theme” and your relationship.
4.) Communicate your vision and connect well with your photographer. The more they get to know you, the better they will capture your relationship.
5.) Have fun with it! Try to forget that the camera is there and focus on your genuine love for one another.
About the couple: Brian and Lo (my sister and brother-in-law) are a fun loving, outdoorsy, country music loving couple. They wanted their engagement photos to be natural, lighthearted and fresh. We spent the day going around to a few of their favorite local spots and having a great time.
This workout will get your heart pumping, burn calories and help strengthen and tone your major muscle groups!
Equipment: Set of 6-12 lb dumbbells, medicine ball, swiss ball & jump rope.
Circuit: Complete 15 reps of each exercise, and do the circuit 3 or 4 times through. Try and only take about 10-15 seconds rest between exercises!!
1.) Plank Kickback
2.) Wood Chops
3.) Dead Lifts
5.) Ball Cobra
6.) Wall sit with curl to press – 40 seconds!!
7.) Jump rope – 40 seconds!
Rest for 1 minute and REPEAT!!! Remember, we’re sweating for your wedding! Change is uncomfortable, but if it’s not uncomfortable than you’re not challenging yourself and changing your body. Stick with it!
Challenge yourself and complete this workout 3 times this week.
Hunger is often confused for thirst. Try drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, a 130lb woman should be drinking 65 ounces of water daily.
2.) Avoid refined sugar, fried & processed foods
3.) Plan ahead
Set yourself up for success. Plan your weekly workouts and nutrition in advance! You will be 10 times more likely to stick with it if it’s planned out.
4.) HIIT workouts
High Intensity Interval Training!!! They are fat burning, efficient workouts that get you burning calories for up to 24 hours after you’re done. Wouldn’t you rather do 30 minutes of intensive intervals and get faster results than if you were to spend a boring hour on the treadmill?!
5.) Get more sleep
A good nights sleep is more beneficial than you would think. Getting in a solid 8 hours a night will help your concentration, mood swings, food cravings, athletic performance, metabolism and stress levels.
Congratulations on your engagement! We know that this is a very exciting time, tons of emotions, lots of planning to do and time to get in shape for your dress. This can be a very overwhelming time, but by following our workouts, nutrition advice and wedding planning tips, it is our goal to help keep you calm, organized and prepared for your day.