Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Get in Optimal Shape for your Wedding Day

Every bride and groom wants to look their absolute best on their special day.  

So, how do you make that happen?  It starts with a plan of attack.  I recently spoke with our Personal Trainer, Sarah O'Hara at Olympus Executive Fitness Center and asked for some helpful tips to help you to get in tip-top shape on your special day:

1)  Write down your goals.  You need to write them down, putting them on paper is the only way to make them real.  First, jot down how many months away your wedding is.  Then, think about what you would like to accomplish in that time and how you would go about doing it.  Then break it up into monthly, weekly, and daily goals.  For example, a goal plan may look something like this:

Monthly goal:   Lose 8 lbs, strive to eat cleaner by preparing healthy meals ahead of time, avoiding the grab on go cycle.

Weekly goal:  Lose 2-3 lbs, cut soda consumption to 1 can per day, eat more green veggies, workout 4-5 times per week.

Daily goal:  Write down all my meals, drink 65-75 oz of water, workout w/weight and cardio for 60 minutes, start a 12-week workout program today!!  Record your weight & measurements for more accurate tracking of progress.

Your daily goals will lead you to achieve your weekly goals, your weekly goals lead to achieving your monthly ones, and before you know it, you're at your goal weight and looking STUNNING!!!

2)  Get educated on a healthy diet and how to prepare fast, tasty and nutritious meals.  There are enormous resources out there, on newsstands, libraries, and on the internet.  Find some recipes that work for you.

3)  Know your physical limitations.  If you haven’t had a health screening or a physical in the last 2-5 years, it’s time to see your primary doctor.  If you do have physical restrictions or injuries, make          sure you get a clearance from your doctor before starting any physical activity.

4)  Get Support!  Get your fiancĂ©, friends, and family to join you in getting healthy and in shape.              Feeling good is contagious, so get as many of your friends involved as possible!  It’s also been proven that those       who start a new program, or make a healthy life change, stick to it when they have more support.  So come on, getting the wedding party involved!!!

5)  Have Fun, and don't take it all so serious.  Forgive yourself if you skip a workout or don’t eat so healthy.  Just start over, and vow to make better choices tomorrow.  Achieving CONSISTENCY is the key, this is what will keep you on the road to reaching your goals.  Also, if you reach a workout plateau, don't give up everything you worked so hard to accomplish.  Keep at it.  Work through it.  These are temporary, it's only a matter of changing some things around, like your meal combos or your workouts.

By following these guidelines, you are on your way to not only a beautiful and healthy wedding day, but you are putting the foundation in place for a whole new way of living your life.

Davina Arceneaux
Director of Catering / Wedding Specialist