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Bridal Diet?

July 27th, 2011 by     


Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, which for most brides includes getting  into the best shape possible before the big day.  With the Peach wedding about 14 months away, I figured now was a good time to put myself on a semi structured exercise and diet plan.  I’ll never be the girl to run a marathon or eat celery for every meal, so don’t think I’m doing anything crazy.  I think what’s most important for me is to be consistent.  Build in time to work out, just as if it was another responsibility of my day and make sure the fridge is stocked with fresh fruits and veggies.  My biggest downfall?  Snacking.  I’m a snacker.  So my goal for the next year is to cut down on my snacking and when I do snack, make wise choices.

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My work out of choice?  My favorite workout is kickboxing, however the kickboxing studio is probably 10 blocks from the Peach apartment.  This isn’t practical for me, and I know that.  The gym in our apartment complex is fully stocked with many cardio machines, weight machines and free weights.  AND its right across the street-SCORE!  So I’ll be incorporating lots of punches and arm workouts over the next year.  Why?  Because like most brides, my arms will be on full display that day and I intend on making sure they look at least semi toned.  For cardio in an attempt to shed some lbs?  I’m going to be doing intervals on most days.  Intervals on the treadmill, the bike, the elliptical you name it.  I’ve read up on it, talked to friends and fellow brides and all seem to come to the same conclusion that its the best way to burn calories in the quickest amount of time.  So what type of interval am I talking about?  For example, here’s my current treadmill workout:

5-10 mins warm up walk at 3.5 mph

1 min sprint at 7.0

2 min walk at 3.5

1 min spring at 7.0

2 min walk at 3.5

I do this until min 25-30 depending on how tired I am.  Then I’ll usually walk for about 3 mins to cool down.  While this may seem overwhelming and a lot, you don’t need to run at 7.0 nor do you need to sprint for a minute.  Try 6.0 for 40 seconds at first and build up.

I’m going to try to post about my workouts sporadically to keep me on track! But in the meantime, anyone else have any more helpful tips?

5 Responses to “Bridal Diet?”

  1. daustin Says:

    The easiest way to lose weight:

    – Stay away from starchy carbs (bread/past/rice)
    – Instead focus on good lean protein (it will keep you full FOREVER and stop you from SNACKING!!
    – Meat, Fruit and Veggies. If you must eat something starchy keep it to a healthy unprocessed one the size of half of your hand.

    Also, running a ton won’t do much for your weightloss. You might lose some water weight at first…but you’ll eventually plateau. Doing things like squats/planks/lunges will get your heart rate up (cardio) but most importantly will BURN FAT!! You’ll see results MUCH QUICKER. Build muscle first! After all muscle burns fat!

    Best of luck!

    That’s it. :D It’s really fool proof. promise.

  2. Olive Bud Says:

    Hey Peach! Congrats on planning a workout routine that will fit into your schedule. Treadmill intervals are a GREAT way to burn calories in a short amount of time. A few pointers that I’ve learned from Olive Dude (the personal trainer):
    1. Make sure you bump the incline on a treadmill to at least 0.5. An incline of 0 essentially makes your body feel like it’s going downhill. Any incline increases the calorie burn, and is better on your knees and joints.
    2. The key to a successful workout plan (cardio AND weightlifting) is to always push yourself a little bit harder each session. So, if you do what you said on Day 1 – on Day 2 either try and sprint for longer, or decrease your rest time. With weights, always try to do one more rep or up the weight.
    3. Don’t spot train. While I can completely understand wanting toned arms for the big day – a successful workout (and one that yields the best results) cannot focus on one aspect of your body. If you do a full body workout, your whole body will get toned evenly and more quickly.

    Best of luck!

  3. Anna R. Says:

    Supposedly you don’t really start burning major calories until 20 into a cardio workout. Maybe try bumping it up to 30-35 if you have the time.
    Good luck with the training and your wedding!! :)

  4. Cherry Bud Says:

    I have currently been dieting as well. I found for me I eat five meals a day- I have oatmeal or cereal, then two hours later fruit, two hours later lunch, two hours later my fiber on chocolate granola..yummy! and then dinner. It has worked really well! I also suggest calorie counting. It was hard in the beginning but I have really got it down!

    As for working out I do about 30 minutes a day at least. I try to run as much as I can- walk the dogs in the morning..and do some lifting.

    My doctor stressed weights because your body continues to burn more calories after you stop- whereas cardio is over when you are done. I still do both- but she said not to worry about the bulking up thing- it’s more of a myth.

    Hope this helps! =)

  5. Greta S. Says:

    I agree with Anna R. I feel like your cardio sessions have to be longer than 20 minutes to even start burning fat. I like to do 60-90 minutes of slow walking. This is much easier on my knees, and it’s almost kind of relaxing.

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