Every bride does it. The crash dieting before the big day so we look flawless in our wedding dress. We count calories, we hit the gym every day after work, and, as much as it sucks, we cut back on alcohol intake. It's just part of what goes into planning for a wedding.
Starting the first of January I decided to do it big. I've been counting every single calorie that goes into my mouth, I've been going to the gym as much as possible, and I've been envisioning myself and what I want my body to look like on what will be to date the biggest day of my life. My favorite weight loss tool is the Lose it! app on my phone. I used this same app about five years ago when I lost a bunch of weight and I loved it. You input put a few stats (such as age, height, weight), what your goal weight is, and how many pounds you want to lose each week and the app does the leg work for you. It tells you exactly how many calories you need to eat each day to obtain that goal. It works for me because I'm a calorie counter. It's much easier for me to count calories than to count carbs, fats, proteins, or anything else (although this app also takes into account all of those things). The app also deducts the calories that you burn while exercising. There are endless amounts of food choices, restaurants, and brand name supermarket foods stored in the app that you can choose from. There is also a feature that allows you to simply scan the barcode of the food you are eating, select the serving size, and click submit. Like I said, easy peasy!
Last week I was 1,444 calories under budget for the week (keep in mind those are net calories - the calories I ate subtracted by the calories I burned off at the gym. I am not starving myself or depriving myself of nutrients). I was incredibly happy about that! I lost nearly 7 lbs last week alone. Now, I'm not naive. I know the minute I start eating unhealthy or "cheating" on my diet those pesky pounds will sneak back up. That's why I'm determined to stick this out until the wedding. Obviously it will be blown to hell on the honeymoon, but I plan to come right back to calorie counting the minute we get back from Jamaica. It's all about a lifestyle change.
Here are my goals for the remainder of the wedding countdown:
- Lose 10 lbs before February 1. I know this may seem extreme for some people, but I don't plan on trying my wedding dress on until that date, so I want to be at least 10 lbs. lighter before putting that dress on for the first time since I said yes to the dress in May.
- Lost 7-10 lbs in March. After trying on my dress and getting fitted for alterations I don't want to lose too much more weight (because the dress will then be too big), but I do, however, want to keep the weight loss going up until April.
- Maintain my weight without gaining anything back until the wedding day. In theory, this one should be the easiest of all to achieve. Our wedding date is April 12th, so that leaves me with less than two weeks to keep a steady eye on my weight and ensure that I am maintaining my weight loss.
Time to do the damn thing.
80 days and counting!