Ever since we tied the knot I've received several inquires about how I got in shape for the wedding, so rather than continue to respond individually I am going to lay it all out here to be taken as just one point of view/ one option of many to try out there. The first thing I would say is that between working a very demanding job, pulling together wedding plans, and carrying on with everyday life (and living with a boy with the fastest metabolism in the world)...working out and eating right ain't easy. The second thing I'd say is that everyone is different and what worked for me might not be right for you so... you do you!
- I am a naturally muscular person so I tend to stay away from some of the aggressive strength classes at the gym and look for options that tone and lengthen. I was turned on to barre classes back when I lived in NYC, but didn't really truly appreciate them and see how wonderful they can be until I discovered Exhale Spa and Pure Barre. These classes completely transformed my frame and I seemed to just shrink and tone in places I never thought possible. I tired to go to barre classes three times a week in the two months leading up to the wedding.
- I'm not a runner. This seems strange coming from someone who used to be a pretty darn obsessed trackster back in the day, but I think I just ran myself sick of running. However, because of this I often miss out on some essential cardio. For someone who hates running and cardio... in order for me to pick-up the pace and push myself I need something just shy of a drill Sargent screaming in my ear... enter Barry's Bootcamp. They will kick your butt.
1. Exhale Spa // 2. Barry's Bootcamp // 3. Pure Barre
- Diet is a strong word. I don't think I've ever been on a diet nor do I think I ever will be. I just can't do it and I've accepted that, however I'm forever in awe of those who can really stick to something like that (please tell me your secret)
- Starting about a month before the wedding I simply tried to make "the best choice" at every meal. I tried to eat a lot of veggies, and cut back on sweets and processed foods. I generally just tried to eat healthier (i.e., banana instead of skittles). Simple as that!
- Now the kicker... by far the most effective thing I did was that I stopped drinking alcoholic beverages for about 3 months before the big day. Yep. Cold Turkey. Aside from helping me wiggle into my dress, I felt great and was really productive. If you've lived the bulk of your 20's like I have...waking up on Sunday bushy tailed and refreshed is an eye-opening experience
So that's it! No big secrets here! And if you're ever at the Exhale Back Bay or Pure Barre in Burlington keep an eye out for me! I'm still addicted so have been trying to continue to go on a regular basis. The no drinking and eating right thing however has gone completely out the window...