Fitness is a huge part of my life and I try to stay as consistent as possible with my routine between a busy schedule and the scorching heat of Florida that can definitely slow you down with fatigue and tiredness. BUT, I have a wedding coming up so I knew I had to bring my working out up a notch not only physically but also with what I was eating. You see, I love food, it’s so hard for me to say “no” if someone offers me anything! I would like to call myself a foodie only because I’m always searching for new spots that are opening here in Orlando to check out, try and share with friends.
I made a challenge to myself for only 4 weeks, because I feel like these other torturous styled diets like “eat watermelon only” or “grapefruit diet“…are just darn right brutal and I usually cave in and eat the whole world, so I wanted to give myself realistic expectations to still enjoy life, eat well, work-out and start to see a steady change to my body.
Search on Groupon, or find yourself a class that you enjoy and stick to it. I signed up for Orange Theory, which is a high intensity interval workout and can I tell you, I’m obsessed! I go Monday through Friday and take the weekends off to recharge. I usually sign up for the 60 minute class, and burn between 500-600 calories each class, its energetic, has good music and the trainers are super amazing! I think fitness classes are awesome because you’re motivated with others that are doing the same thing you’re doing, goals are met in a fast paced mode where you can continue your day after and not stress about it!
Within 4 weeks, I’ve definitely improved around my waist and seem less “bloaty” all around, my skin is clearer and I have so much more energy when I wake up in the morning compared to before. As a bride, I want to feel refreshed, light and ready for my big day, and I’m feeling it, which is satisfying!
Planning a wedding can be very stressful, from paying off balances and seeing your money go bye bye, haha…and making sure everything and everyone will know where to be at a certain time, making sure vendors are all on the same page, and everything else! You need to have a way to vent, but rather than biting your fiances head off…walk out the door and exercise sister! Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. It pumps up your endorphins! Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Sign me up!
Now, I’m not saying you can’t cheat here and there, I surely do ( can’t take all the fun away ) but I truly believe 85% of your consumption of food needs to be healthy, less carby and greasy. If you’re looking for an awesome place to grab delicious organic juices or a lunch, let me introduce you to Clean Juice! I love their fresh juices, avocado toast and helloooooo Acai bowls filled with all the goodness you need to start of your day just right!
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Whatever you decide to do before your nuptials to get in shape, make sure it stays fun and consistent. You don’t want to slack off because you’re torturing yourself, be kind to yourself and realistic. I found that when you do this, you see faster result!