Many Brides are self-conscious when preparing to go Wedding Dress Shopping. We constantly hear Brides wanting to wait until they lose some unwanted weight or tone up so that they get a better idea how the dress will actually look. Our philosophy here at the Perfect Wedding Guide is don’t waste time, embrace your curves and go find your wedding dress.
Unless you are not very set on a specific type of white and style of your dress and you are okay with purchasing a gown off-the-rack, you should order your dress 6-9 months prior to your wedding, which means that ideally you should start your Bridal Shop appointments 9-12 months prior to your wedding day. This gives you time to order a dress that might need to be customized.
Remember that many wedding dresses can be altered by 2-4 sizes so there is good leeway should there be any weight fluctuations by the time the first fitting comes along. Instead of putting the focus on losing weight, challenge yourself by eating healthier and being more active. Below are 7 simple things you can do to get healthier for your wedding and be in Perfect Bridal Form.
- Cut down your caffeine intake. Instead of getting that Large Timmies or Venti Whatchamacallit, order a small coffee or tea. Although it has been said that caffeine can be a great appetite suppressant there is no evidence that it helps you lose weight. The trick is not to suppress your appetite; it’s to eat healthier so that you have a good amount of energy to keep you going throughout the day and planning.
- Take the stairs or walk whenever possible. Instead of the elevators and escalators, take the stairs. It really doesn’t take that much more time and is a great way to burn some extra calories and tone up. Also, try parking and going into a restaurant instead of the drive-thru. Just that little bit of movement does help in the long run (and saves you gas too).
- Get to bed an hour earlier. Sleep is important. Although there can be a million things to research and plan to keep you up at night, it is important that you get the right amount of sleep. It will help with your overall mood and keep you in a sound decision making mode.
- Pack healthy snacks. Instead of going through the drive-thru for that quick snack wrap that can be anywhere from 250-500 bad calories, bring some sliced vegetables, nuts or fruit with you. Even Granola Bars are great. Aside from saving calories and money, you are taking in great vitamins and good proteins to keep you alert and in shape.
- Drink Water. Don’t leave home without your full water bottle. Most of the time when we feel hungry between meals, we are dehydrated. Water is the best hydration around and we are lucky we live in a city where our tap water is great, so it saves us money too.
- Incorporate Berries into your diet. Aside from being a great antioxidant, berries are great at keeping your skin glowing. Add them to your oatmeal, on their own or with yogurt.
- Add in a 10 to 20 minute easy exercise routine. You can do reps throughout the day. For example do 15-20 squats, 15-20 sit up’s, 15-20 push up’s and 15-20 leg lifts every chance you get: When you wake up, when you are waiting for your dinner to heat up, before you go to bed etc.
We’d love to hear your tips and what you do to keep healthy on a daily basis. Please comment below with your simple solutions.