Shredding for the wedding, wedding diet, and cleanse are just a few of the anxiety-inducing terms I keep hearing when it comes to bridal prep. While I certainly want to look and feel my best for the big day, I also want to be realistic with myself and my goals for my own mental health. No, I cannot become a bobble head in the next 122 days (but who’s counting?!), or rather, it sounds really exhausting. Instead, I’m prioritizing taking good care of myself and updating my fitness and wellness routine with these five small changes.
1 – Get 4-5 workouts in a week, even if it’s a quickie.
With managing a full-time job, my blog and wedding planning, sometimes I just can’t make it to a fitness class before or after work. Lately, I’ve been squeezing in a quick workout in in our bedroom using Body Conceptions’ newly launched video workout sessions. The videos allow you to get the same experience as you would in their dance cardio and toning classes, but you can customize your workout to the amount of time you have. Turn it on, tone it up and move on with the day.
2 – Get in the kitchen.
New York-living can often times revolve around eating out with friends, spending weeknights at events (with calorie-heavy canapés) and just general debauchery. I’m resolving to eat breakfast and dinner at home and bring my own lunch to work as much as possible over the next few months. Boring, but necessary.
3 – Avoid the afternoon snack attack.
This one goes hand-in-hand with number two. If I don’t pack a healthy snack for that 3pm slump, I end up desperately grabbing a coffee shop brownie or a bag of barbecue chips (preferably kettle chips, obviously). A girl’s gotta eat, right? My go-to good girl snacks at the moment are blueberries, walnuts and baked pineapple with cinnamon and sea salt.
4 – Go green.
After an intense workout in the evening, the last thing I want is a big meal (for once!), so I have taken to getting a green smoothie from Liquiteria or Juice Generation post-workout with a friend. Talk about a cheap date! I usually add avocado or peanut butter to make it feel more substantial, and then I feel light as a feather in the morning.
5 – Set mini goals.
Instead of trying to lose tons of weight or inches, I am setting small goals to reach each month. For instance, one of my besties is having her bachelorette party in two weeks, so I want to feel comfortable in a (high waisted) bikini in time for the weekend getaway to Miami. For June, I’ll try to drop 4 pounds and tone up my arms—and so and so forth. If I tried to set larger goals, I would feel overwhelmed and just eat a bag of gummy bears instead.