I’ve mentioned before that I’m getting married and now I am days away from the Big Day. Obviously, I’ll post pictures here when I get some.
In the meantime, I’m combating nerves and excitement as my fiance and I swap ideas for the wedding details and honeymoon adventures. In a way to use up all that nervous energy and prep my body so that it is at its best for the weekend, I’ve added a few things to my usual regimen.
First things first: I just hate that I’m one of those brides that diets before her wedding. But then, I feel like every bride dissociates from them (whomever “they” are) because it’s disappointing to want to change yourself just for one day. But still, I want to go into this wedding knowing that I am happy and healthy, and to me, that doesn’t mean losing the way. No way. I don’t have weight to lose and I’ve embraced my curves thankyouverymuch. But I do want that energy and firm skin that comes with exercise and fresh food.
There. That’s settled.
The main problem is this: I hate working out. Who actually likes it? When it is viewed as a chore it really is not an enjoyable activity. Really. Let me tell you what I do like:
- anything that doesn’t involve a machine
- Green Juice
- HIIT workouts
- 801010 food
How-To: Wedding Ready
Green Juice. Remember this challenge? I’ve been drinking 32 ounces of green juice a day, on top of all my other eats, and it has been great. My body responds nicely to it, my skin seems less angry, and my bloating is minimal. In the past, I loved green juice but always felt so sleepy as I consumed it. I’ve solved this problem by eating a piece of fruit after I finish my juice. This seems to help satisfy me while still getting the benefits of the juice.
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HIIT workouts. High-Intensity Interval Training. I’m almost ashamed to admit this because I’m a firm believer in treating your body nicely but as far as fat loss goes: this shiz works. I am in pretty decent shape, to begin with but I still had some “skinny girl fluff”** since I’d laid off my running habit since the hurricane season hit here in Miami. (Have you ever tried running 4 miles with a steamy, wet blanket wrapped around your face? That’s what it’s like to run here.)
**skinny girl fluff: you are thin but you are saggy.
- I have noticed definition in places that I didn’t even intend to define
- My ass has grown noticeably larger (which, as a Standard White Girl is a very good thing)
- My stomach area has trimmed down (or firmed up?) considerably
- My favorite result? The saggy saddle bags that you get when you don’t build muscle in your legs have diminished significantly. (Again, I’m serious when I say that no amount of veggies can rid you of these things. You also have to move your body!!)