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Category: Fitness/Exercise/Relaxation

Sunflower Bud

Shedding for the Wedding!

May 6th, 2013 by     

What are some of the workout routines you used?  Did they work?  If you are already married, do you keep up with them?

I want to say that I didn’t download every app in existence for weight loss, calorie counting and yoga routines, but I totally did.  And it was definitely worth it.  Not only did I fit into my dress with no alterations, I am STILL working out weekly and on a good eating routine.

The best advice I was given, and try to give, is do not call it a diet. It is a lifestyle change for the better.  Give up soda and make eating fast food a rare dinner.  Plus, don’t give up after the honeymoon.

What are you best weight loss tips?  Favorite exercise routines?

Morning Glory Blossom

How to Get (Physically) Ready for the Big Day!

March 6th, 2013 by     

It’s been almost 6 months since my big day! Wow, time flies.

A ton of my friends are now planning weddings, and I am seeing all kinds of statuses on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter about getting “wedding dress ready,” and I know every bride has been there!

The first thing you think about is “I have GOT to get my arms to look good” or “Gotta get that back toned!” Well, I wanted to give a little advice. I managed to lose 30 pounds before the big day (but I actually started before MG Bear and I got engaged, not because I was getting married) and it wasn’t easy! First, I want to say that you shouldn’t want to lose weight or tone up just because you want to look good in your wedding dress. A lot of brides fall into that trap and end up gaining “marriage weight” right after the wedding, and nothing is more depressing than looking back at your wedding pictures and thinking “Gosh, I would kill someone to be that skinny again!”

Here are some of my personal tips on getting in shape to look good on your wedding day!

1. Nutrition is key! Make sure you are eating the right kind of foods. Think fruits and vegetables, avoid refined sugars and eat the good carbohydrates! Carbs are good for you if you avoid the bad ones, such as potato chips and white bread. Always remember, portion control! I count calories using MyFitnessPal, which is an effective way to see how much you are actually eating!

2. Mix your workouts with cardio and strength training. This burns the max amount of calories AND fat. Think Zumba for cardio, and a sculpt class for strength. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy like attempting to be a competitive weight lifter!

3. You can start anywhere! You don’t need to belong to a gym or even run outside. I highly recommend any Jillian Michael’s workout. I started with the 30 Day Shred (which you can get at Target, Wal-mart, Amazon, etc. for around $10), and it is effective! She uses the 3-2-1 method of 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs. Another great part is that her workouts are anywhere from 20-60 minutes, which is great if you are super busy with school, work, kids, etc. and don’t always have time for a full hour long workout!

4. Most importantly, as I mentioned above, don’t stop after the wedding! Quoting Legally Blonde here when I say “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make people happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!” This is where I encourage you to laugh.

Make sure to start off slow, especially if you haven’t worked out in a long time! You don’t want to hurt yourself. When I was having a hard time motivating myself, I would be on the treadmill imagining how awesome I was going to look in that dress, and it made me push myself harder.

What keeps you motivated to get “wedding dress ready”?

Lotus Bud

Getting toned and ready!

April 12th, 2012 by     

Have y’all heard about this?? Quick, take a looksie!

I stumbled across this website about two weeks ago. Now, I love a good challenge. I like it better when it’s free. And quick! This promises that in four weeks, three times a week, in less than 15 minutes a session, I will be able to do 100 pushups. Seriously?

Can you imagine what my arms will look like in four weeks?!

I know I haven’t shared anything about my wedding dress. (We’re getting there!) I can assure you, having nice arms on my wedding day is priority numero uno in my book.

So! Two Tuesdays ago, I took the assessment test. I could do a whopping 11 pushups. Woohoo, go me! Now I just had to build up my stamina to do 89 more :)

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Dandy Bud

Fine and Dandy…

April 5th, 2012 by     

Our little "family"“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”  – Charlie Chaplin

Laughing is like breathing to me.  When I think of the fact that I’m engaged to a man who I am constantly laughing along with (and note: not laughing at), I feel as if all is right in the world.  My name is Chrissy; my fiance’s name is Rick.  I am 32; he is 38.  Together, we make some pretty hilarious jokes – at least in our minds, we do.   Since we can only gauge our humor by how much we think we’re funny, we tend to have a lot of inside jokes.  Which might make us seem goofier than we are.

Our little “family” includes our gorgeous, six-year-old, retired racing greyhound named Rocco Guacamole.  He is the light of our lives.  Speaking of laughter, not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something zany to make the both of us crack up.

Rocco is a special dog.  He sometimes thinks he’s human.  He sometimes thinks he weighs only five pounds (when, in fact, he weighs 80 pounds).  And he sometimes thinks he is Rick’s only best friend and I am just the waitress who serves up his kibble.  Truly.  Sometimes, it feels as if I am the third wheel.  Oh well.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Witnessing their bond is magical.

On our wedding day, Rick and I both feel strongly that Rocco should be included.  At the very least, he’ll walk down the aisle at the ceremony, outfitted in the smartest looking bowtie we can find.  Rocco being there won’t just make us happy; he will surely make our guests laugh, too.  We are looking forward to that and tying the knot, in general.  When you find the right person, it should feel this effortless — and fun!


Fitness as my Witness

October 26th, 2011 by     

Today, I bought a scale. Yupp. I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet, but just the knowledge that it is sitting there waiting for me is a little more than daunting. That’s right. I’m officially on the “getting more fit for my wedding” bandwagon. That dress won’t look fabulous by itself (okay.. yes it would, but I’d still like to do my part ;)).

Kicking my butt into gear!

Let me explain. I’m currently a size up from my usual due to a very severe ankle sprain that occurred a few months ago in while in Ireland (two words: Irish cider). This kept me on the couch for a week and off the running track for almost three months. I’d definitely like to be back to my usual size if not a size smaller by the big day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those brides that purposefully ordered her dress several sizes too small as an “incentive” to lose weight. My dress fit just fine when I tried it on in the bridal shop. And due to my shape and the cut of the dress (pear-shape for me, a-line with a fitted bodice and voluminous bottom for the dress), I can easily go up or down a few sizes and it will still fit me perfectly; a small blessing of being a pear girl is that my top half has stayed the same size no matter what and is therefore one less thing I have to worry about looks-wise. While a belly bulge is something that won’t be apparent in my gown, my arms will be out in their full glory. And you had better bet that I’ll be sporting some toned and sexy limbs that day! Time to get to lifting weights, I suppose!

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Fitness funk…

August 11th, 2011 by     

Help! For those who know me, you know I’m a pretty avid gym go-er. However, I’m in a rut right now. I can’t seem to find the motivation to go! I think part of the issue is that Apricot Dude, who is a teacher, is home for the summer. Usually, I wake up when he does and go to the gym. However, now he sleeps till 9!

What I need to be doing!!!!

I have heard some people recommend the website but I’m not too sure about it. I signed up but already unsubscribed from all the newsletters because they sent me about 92338 a day, well, maybe not that many. Anywho- I’m going to go and chat with some people at the gym when we get back from vacation about possible personal training packages. Do any of you Bride-to-be’s out there have any success stories about personal trainers? I need to get out of this fitness funk ASAP!!

Peach Bud

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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Freesia Blossom

Fit to be Fancy

March 4th, 2011 by     

I think I speak for most women when I say that I feel the prettiest when I feel healthy. However, finding time for exercise in anyone’s typical hectic schedule is hard enough – let alone finding time when you throw in wedding planning to that already jam-packed day. I’ll start off by admitting that my initial exercise plans made immediately after our engagement have not exactly happened. That said, I am still confident that I will meet my wedding goals in plenty of time for my dress fitting. Importantly, you will want to make sure not to change your body between your fitting and your wedding to keep alteration costs and stress at a minimum.

Initially, I wanted to get more into yoga. Yoga provides amazing health, stress, and flexibility benefits while getting a good toning and cardio workout (given you embrace different types of yoga sessions). My main obstacle when it comes to yoga is that I have not found a way to do it on my own time. I need to go to a class with an instructor. Fortunately my gym membership and the YMCA has some great yoga classes, I am just not always able to work them in my schedule.  So, much to my dismay, I have thus far not achieved my yoga goals, but I won’t give up hope!

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Video Workouts: P90X Vs. Insanity

February 22nd, 2011 by     

Yes, I love to workout.  I’m not talking about taking a walk or jog for 30 minutes.  I’m talking about high intensity exercises where I can get a good sweat after 10 minutes.  Even though I love to train for marathons and run for miles and miles…running by yourself can be a bit…boring.  After getting used to a free gym membership at the university and at my local YMCA where I worked at during summers, I just couldn’t get myself to pay for a monthly fee.   That is where my journey began with these video workouts.  Right before I graduated from college, my friend introduced me to the P90X video workout.   I instantly fell in love with the workout.  It was the perfect intensity level for me.  Anyways, after I finished the p90x series, I went onto p90x plus, and then I started to get sick of it.  That’s when I decided to go with Insanity.  Anyways, here’s some information about the experiences that I had with both video workouts:

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Violet Bud

Fighting My Way to the Altar!

December 28th, 2010 by     

Literally. I’m kickboxing.  Since moving to the Ocean State and meeting Violet Dude, I’ve put on a few too many pounds to happily wear a bikini on our Honeymoon in Atlantis. I feel tired all the time, and have gone from running a mile without breaking a sweat to nearly passing out after running to the mailbox! I’ve tried gyms, and fitness centers, taken Zumba and spinning, tried hooping…but nothing seems to keep me interested and motivated beyond the first class.  Then I saw a commercial for a local, all female Kickboxing gym! Rondeau’s Kickboxing is gonna get me where I want to be, physically and emotionally!

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