In just under 10 months Dan and I will be saying “I do.” With the start of the new year and our wedding date rapidly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to look and feel on our wedding day. Today, I’m going to share with you how I plan to get in shape, change my eating habits, and focus on gaining energy so that I’m the best version of myself on one of the most important days of my life. After doing some research, combined with what has and has not worked for me in the past, I came up with a ten month plan to get in the best shape (inside and out) for my wedding.
This plan outlines my own personal timeline for my wedding, so feel free to adjust according to your wedding timeline. If you’re a bridesmaid, mother of the bride (or groom) or just attending a wedding this year, this plan will work for you too!
Ten Months To Go
Fail to plan, plan to fail. In order to be in the best shape for your wedding, planning out your workouts is essential. Ten months out is a great time to experiment with what works and what doesn’t, and also to create the habit of sticking to a workout plan. It’s also important to be realistic with your plan. Don’t try and workout seven days of the week if you know you’ll only be able to do 2 or 3. Start small and work your way up. I know that going to kickboxing 7 days a week is unrealistic for me, so I’m aiming to go 3 days a week. On days I’m not at kickboxing, I usually do a Tone It Up workout since they require minimal equipment and are easy to do from home. In addition, I like to do Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide workouts because they are only 28 minutes but super effective. Try out a bunch of things and see what works for you. Another tip I have is to take advantage of the weekends. I know that a lot of people take a break from working out on the weekend but I like to take advantage of the less structured schedule. My schedule isn’t as hectic and the classes at my kickboxing gym are significantly less crowded on the weekends.
Get Moving: This is the perfect time to be aware of how much you move in a day. I’ve been extremely loyal to my Fitbit for years and it’s truly been eye opening to see how many steps I take in a day. I know that in order to reach my goal of 10,000 steps, I need to put in extra effort to reach my goal since Monday-Friday I don’t move that much since I’m at a desk all day. When I’m wearing my Fitbit (now Apple Watch – Christmas present from Dan) I’m conscious of how little I move and remind myself that in order to meet my fitness goals, I need to make more of an effort to walk. I try and take advantage of extra steps when I can by taking Jetty for longer walks, going for a walk on my lunch break, parking my car farther away, etc. Little things like extra steps can make a big difference when reaching your bridal fitness goals.
Nine Months Until Wedding
Meal Prep: I’ve meal prepped on and off since college and it makes the world of a difference. Not only does it cut down time during the week, but you make healthier choices when you meal prep. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips because it’s easy, you can grab your fresh cut fruits and veggies and make that healthier choice. They say that fitness is 80% diet, 20% working out (this article breaks everything down nicely) so by making healthier choices this far out, you’re sure to hit your fitness goals by your big day.
Six Months Until Wedding
Evaluate progress: Congratulations! You’re four months into your bridal wellness plan and six months out from your wedding. This is an excellent time to evaluate your progress and see what’s been working, what hasn’t, and what you need adjust. You’ve been working out consistently 2-3 times per week. Why not kick it up to 4-5 times per week and try adding a different type of workout to challenge yourself.
Morning Workouts: Six months to your wedding = crunch time. You probably have countless appointments and other things on your wedding to-do list, so you may be more likely to slack off on your workouts. If you’re a November bride like me, this is the perfect time to start getting into the habit of working out in the morning. It’s summertime, the sun rises early, and it’s warm so you aren’t trying to drag yourself out of bed in the cold and dark. Get your workout over and done with early in the morning and set your tone for the day so you can focus on all of your wedding tasks in the afternoon/evening.
Two Months Until Wedding
Cut Out Processed Carbs and Sugar: I love carbs just as much as the next girl, but it’s time to say goodbye to them for now. Choose foods that come in their natural state like fresh fruits and veggies and switch to “good” carbs such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat, and oatmeal instead of crackers, chips, and white breads and pastas. In addition to carbs, try and cut out all fake sugar and baked goods. No soda, candy, or sweets, and eliminate sugar in your coffee. Look for products made with stevia, an all-natural sweetener. I promise you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Drink more water: Dehydration is not a good look on anyone, especially a bride. Upping your H20 intake will help flush out toxins, give you clear and glowing skin (a wedding day must) and help suppress hunger by filling you up, so you won’t confuse thirst for hunger. My goal is to drink half of my body weight in ounces of water every day.
One Month Until Wedding
Green Tea: I love green tea and actually prefer it to coffee, and I find that sipping it between meals helps me fight food cravings. When I was getting ready to shoot my engagement photos, I drank two cups every day – one between breakfast and lunch, and another between lunch and dinner. I found that I was less likely to snack, and it helped me drop a few pounds too. In addition, it has enough caffeine to give you an energy boost, but no as much as coffee so it won’t make you jittery. I love drinking mine hot with a squeeze of fresh lemon
Sleep: I always try to get 8 hours of sleep each night, but sleep is going to be critical in the last month leading up to your wedding. Set a decent bedtime and stick to it for this last month so that you look and feel well rested on your big day.
One Week Until Wedding
Treat Yourself: Do one thing to treat yourself this week. With all of the stress and anticipation that’s to come leading up to the big day, squeeze in a little me time to decompress. Get a massage, take a bubble bath, go for a pedicure – whatever your favorite “me” indulgence is. You’ve worked so hard on your dream day, give yourself a little reward now that it’s almost here.
Get in One Last Workout: I know this is going to be hard, but try and squeeze at least one workout in the week of your wedding. Whether it be a yoga class, a run, or my personal favorite, kickboxing, it will be a great stress relief and you will feel great knowing you got that last workout in before you walk down the aisle.
How are you getting preparing for your big day?