I can truly say that your wedding day is one of the most beautiful and amazing experiences that anyone could ever have.
Within this lifetime, I have had the pleasure of being involved in many weddings, either as a Master of Ceremonies, member of the bridal party, or simply as a guest. I even worked as a professional wedding photographer for many years, due to my passion for photography that I have had outside of my love of food, fitness and health. On a wedding day, there are so many magical moments to capture that you honestly could not identify any one that would stand out the most.
However, one thing is clear, the day truly belongs to the bride. Her beauty through the lens is just something else to witness and when the images are done, and the album viewing takes place, her reaction is always priceless. Just witnessing her eyes light up with how amazing she looked as a bride, or how handsome her husband looked, and every one of her smiles at all of the magic moments, from mum helping out with the wedding dress at home to the flirtatious over-the-shoulder stares towards the groom at the post wedding shoot. Moments like these are never forgotten, especially when they are printed into an album always able to be viewed for years to come.
One of the most popular requests we receive at Slim Meals, is when a bride-to-be asks for advice and guidance in how to get into the most amazing shape of her life, for one of the most important days of her life, her wedding day.
If you are getting married this year, here are the things you should look out for when planning on getting into shape:
- Be realistic with your weight loss and body transformation goals and thoroughly assess the time you have until your wedding. Have a fitness professional take an honest look at your goals, and your current body shape, so a clear and achievable plan can be put in to place. ‘Shooting in the dark’ with your body transformation goals will present you with very little change and disappointing results. This is your day, you’re investing your heart and soul and, in most cases, a lot of money so you may as well do the right thing and also invest in your health and confidence. It will be worth it!
- Make incremental changes to your diet, not just for the wedding but also for the long hall. A healthier bride leads to a healthier and more inspired woman and possibly mum-to-be one day.
Foods high in protein and low in processed carbohydrates and sugars such as Slim Meals Butter Chicken with Pilaf, which has up to 60 grams of protein per serving, are the best place to start. Protein helps with keeping you feeling fuller for longer, so it will manage to just keep those hunger cravings at bay and will also assist in helping with your muscle tone. No more jiggly bits!
- One of my biggest suggestions is not to be afraid of resistance (weights) training. Doing some light weights with a fitness professional will help tone your back and arms, for that backless, strapless or shoe string wedding dress. Most brides have the top part of their back and arms exposed so having nice toned arms will make you feel and look amazing. Just wait till you see the images at the photographers viewing night. All of your hard work and sacrifice will show and from then on you can continue working on your amazing new body.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people, women who are on the same amazing journey i.e. getting married, those at the office who are on a weight loss journey or you might even be able to inspire a friend to join you, maybe the maid of honour. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and New York Times magazine writer, Tina Rosenberg, explores an approach called the ‘social cure’ in her book Join the Club, which harnesses our longing for social prestige and human connection to create positive social change.
”If you want to help someone change their behaviour to accomplish a goal, don’t give them new information and don’t use appeals based on fear,” Rosenberg says. ”The most effective way is to provide them with a new peer group of people who they can identify with and who can hold them accountable. If you can get people to be active and to overcome their fear, fatalism and passivity, then you’ve gone a long way towards what you want to do.” (Join The Club, by Tina Rosenberg)
- Read a positive mantra every day. We are human, negative thoughts such as those that enhance low with self-esteem and impact on self-worth can lead to us to fail in our goals in life. However, positive conversations and mantras can assist in helping keep us positive and motivated to succeed, as well as enriching our overall level of happiness.
Now scientists propose that each day our brains, i.e. our thoughts and emotions, keep track of our positive and negative moments, our overall mood is lifted. Research, by psychologist John Gottman’s exploration of positive-to-negative ratios in marriages explores this theory using a 5:1 ratio, which Gottman dubbed ‘the magic ratio. In other words, as long as there are five times as many positive interactions between partners as there are negative, the relationship is likely to be stable. It is based on this ratio that Dr. Gottman is able to predict divorce! He and his colleagues predicted whether 700 newlywed couples would stay together or divorce by scoring their positive and negative interactions in one 15-minute conversation between each husband and wife. Ten years later, the follow-up conversations revealed that they had predicted divorce of all participating couples within a 94 percent accuracy rate.
As I mentioned earlier, on her wedding day, there are so many incredible moments to capture for a bride that you honestly cannot identify any one, which stands out the most.
However, the only real thing that a bride has control of on this momentous occasion is the preparation she will bring to the first day of the rest of her life. She will be able to will look back through the lens of the photographer that she had on her wedding day and see it was all worth it. A new beginning, a new chapter, a new life and a new amazing healthy body.