My tips on how to shape up for your big day

Posted on: 13/04/2019

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so you’ll certainly want to look and feel your best for the big day.

What more motivation do you need to embark on a new training regime and healthy lifestyle programme. We often need an objective and a goal to inspire us to make positive changes which really make a difference to us. Therefore, jumping on the road to a fitter you in preparation for the wedding day is a perfect incentive.

Being in good shape, not only makes us feel happy on the outside but also on the inside as confidence, self esteem and that general morning spark is improved.
It does depend on your starting point and want you want to achieve but regardless of this the sooner you start the better. Don’t wait until the last minute to try and lose weight and then expect miracles.

I have been working with Sophie Taylor and James Perkins of Aynhoe Park since January as they prepare for their big Aynhoe Wedding over the Easter Weekend.
Sophie contacted me in the December to make a fresh start in the January providing a 16-week window to work with. As with Sophie and James, thinking about the nutrition and exercise as soon the wedding planning aspect was crucial, so they didn’t end up resorting to a crash diet in a bid to lose pounds at the last minute.

Ideally you should aim to reach your weight loss goal a couple of weeks before of your big day, in time for the final dress fittings. That way you’ll be able to focus more on the finishing touches of the wedding planning rather than worrying about fitting into your dream dress.”

See below my basic tips to support you in being the best you can be which will take will-power and dedication regarding physical activity and the food you eat.
10 top tips to get in the best shape of your life before your big day:
1- Create a training plan which starts with the first 6 weeks focusing on general fitness and then apply a more targeted approach during the lead up to the final dress fitting. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
2- Make sure the plan is realistic and it fits in with your lifestyle otherwise you will find that you will not stick to it. If it is not possible to access a gym or time is limited, then consider a progressive training plan at home. HIIT using a Tabata app can be very effective calorie burner to see you shape up without the costs of a gym.
3- Maintain a training log and record your progress as it nice way to see the steps being made and reference back to.
4- Set daily lifestyle goals i.e. 10k minimum step count per day
5- Nutrition is key and it is vital that you discipline yourself in a way that is going to support your training. You are what you eat and your training is only as effective as what food you consume. Simple tips include: No food consumption after 8pm and cut out refined carbs as much as possible
6- Work to short term goals which lead onto your long-term goal. It is often good to apply yourself to an event like a 10k run to keep you on track and provide micro reasons to keep motivated.
7- Monitor/measure your progress at the end of each calendar month by assessing body composition or how your clothes fit. Measuring your progress is a motivating way in staying on track. Try not to get hooked into monitoring bodyweight every day, remember your bodyweight doesn’t show your bodyfat reduction and can be deceiving in relation to your results achieved.
8- Reward yourself if you hit your monthly target by buying a new dress or treating yourself to a well earned facial.
9- Forget calorie counting and aim to make it a goal to eat fresh, high-quality foods. You’ll instantly dump the biggest flat-belly troublemakers like all things highly process, boxed, and full of dangerous synthetic hormones, pesticides, and genetically-modified ingredients.
10- Stay motivated by encouraging your maid of honour or family member to join you on the journey of getting in the shape for the big day.

I have previously featured in the Elite Brides Magazine and have supported many brides to drop a dress or two in preparation for the big day. Has this got you thinking….