Congratulations to those who recently got engaged! If you already had the wedding and are looking to stay in shape or are going to get married and want to look extra sharp in your wedding dress or bathing suit, there are a few things to remember.
First of all, get active and stay active. Like brushing your teeth, it needs to become a part of your day each day, not something you do when you remember to make time for it. Revving your metabolism every day, and even a few times each day, is the key to losing the recommended 1-2 pounds per week. Set a realistic goal-don't try to lose 5 pounds in one week. Too much of the weight loss would be water weight and muscle, and you certainly don't want to lose water because then you'll experience dizziness and fatigue from dehydration, and you don't want to lose muscle because each pound of muscle you have burns 50 calories per day just by being there-fat does not burn anything, because it IS energy. Think of taking the stairs if you live in a high-rise building, or take your dog for an extra walk each day, or set aside time after dinner to walk for 20 minutes. If you depend on your car for everything, park it at the end of the parking lot each time you go somewhere. All of the extra activity adds up!
A little bit here and there
If you do not have a whole hour all at once to work out, then decide when you can leave 10 minutes early and walk a little farther to the office, to an extra train stop, or walk the stairs at your coffee break or lunch break. The time of day when your workout is less likely to get interrupted is in the morning, so try and get the bulk of your activity done in the morning. Anything can come at your lunch hour or after work, and most people are too tired at the end of the day to get a good quality, hard workout in.
Eat every three hours. This does not have to be a whole meal; it can just be a snack like apple with peanut butter or yogurt and granola. Eating consistently will keep your metabolism revved up so that your body is constantly burning energy instead of storing it. Skipping a meal or snack tells your body that food is not available, so it sends food off to store it as fat instead of burning it as readily available energy.
Take care of yourself
You must sleep enough every night in order to completely "recharge your battery" and be able to accomplish everything you need to each day. Brides are typically short on time and long on to-do lists. You need plenty of sleep to get through each day without fatigue and mood swings (especially because your patience can be tried in ways you have not experienced before!). Most women need 7 or 8 hours to be at their best. If you cannot get that much sleep at night, set aside time to take a nap midday. Also, make sure you keep a water bottle with you at all times. Drink any time you think about it--it is better to stay hydrated and make a couple extra trips to the restroom if you have to. Keep a granola bar in your purse along with your wedding planning book in order to keep your blood sugar levels from getting too low as you are out running errands all day and night.
Most of all, enjoy your exercise, enjoy your planning, and enjoy time with your fiance. He wants you to be healthy and happy and will love you no matter how you look!