Getting healthy for a wedding

Getting in shape doesn't happen overnight. The good news is that by making changes to your diet and fitness routines, you can slim down in a year. So, when one iVillager asked for advice before her daughter's wedding, members stepped in with advice worth trying!

Wedding Tale to Try

I started eating breakfast every single day. I would have either a bran muffin with low-fat butter and an orange or a bagel with low-fat butter. For lunch I had tuna on whole wheat, and dinner was a tremendous salad with low-fat mozzarella cheese cubes stuffed into pita bread. I ate oranges for snacks.

I wore a size two petite wedding dress and I still fit into it today. I now can eat pretty much anything I want, but I found that my whole way of eating changed once I lost the weight.

Running is a wonderful way to get outside, either before you start the workday or after a long, hard day of sitting at a desk. I have met many new people through running as well. I have just about turned around all my friends who did not run and who were struggling with weight problems. It works for everyone. Running makes you feel so good. It improves your energy level and your self-confidence. You can sort so many things out while you are on the road.

I ran the morning of my wedding, June 14, 1987. It was hotter than hell, and I loved it. I felt relaxed and wonderful (and in shape) when I arrived at the church. Good luck! --Dawn

Countdown to Weight Loss

When I first went to college, my roommate always had a small piece of paper on her desk with the number of foods she should eat from each food group. As she went through the day, she would mark off what she had eaten and the amount of water she had taken in. She always looked great and was an outstanding student. --Janelle

Don't Just Sit There

I made a pact with myself that if I am going to watch television, I cannot just sit there and watch. I have to be doing some sort of strength training. I do crunches, leg lifts and arm exercises with dumbbells. It works great even if you are going to work out for a half hour. Just think how many crunches and leg lifts you can fit into a half hour!

Lighten Up!

Food was weighing me down, and I could tell the difference when I cut back. I drink lots of water and juice. Cut back on your portion sizes and give yourself 20 minutes before having seconds. You'll usually find that you are not as hungry as you thought. --iVillager

Be a Weight Watcher

Weight Watchers, Weight Watchers, Weight Watchers. I can't say it enough. I found it a great way to lose weight. There are no restrictions on what you eat. If you want a "Dairy Queen" go for it, but don't have that and a hamburger from your local fast food joint on the same day. I found the point system an easy way to start eating healthy. The weight loss is steady but gradual, the way all experts say it should be. --iVillager

Have your cake…

Tell your Mom she can still eat her cake (angel food) and cookies (Fig Newton's) and lose weight. Also, with fruit in season, I always have it available for snacks. Treat yourself but do it in moderation. I don't feel at all deprived! --Natalie

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