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Keep Calm & Plan a Wedding

keep calm and plan a weddingWhether you’re just starting to plan your wedding or in the final few weeks before the big day it’s likely that wedding stress has gotten the best of you. With so much pressure for everything to be perfect it’s easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of what that day is really about: you and your hubby-to-be starting a wonderful new adventure together!

As my wedding day draws near here are five things that have helped keep me sane:

  1. Making time for YOU. Between jobs, errands and wedding planning I know that finding time for yourself can be difficult, but it’s so necessary! At least once a week make it a point to spend some time alone. Get your eyebrows done, take a walk, read a book. Just do something to clear your head and relax. Even 15 minutes of solo-time will help you de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate yourself for the tasks at hand.
  2. Get your sweat on.  Seriously. Besides helping you look great on your wedding day, exercising offers positive emotional and psychological effects. So go to yoga, squeeze in a bridal bootcamp class on your lunch break or go for a run after work. These sweat sessions will produce uplifting endorphins and help to decrease your stress levels.

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Confession: I’m a Goal-Digger

bridal to do listTrue life: I am a goal-digger, not to be confused with Kanye West’s song about money hungry ladies. Whether it’s losing 10 pounds, saving more money or teaching my dog new tricks. I am all about setting goals and putting plans in place to reach them.

I’m getting married in June and my 2014 health goals can be summed up in six words: “Operation Don’t Be a Fat Bride.” While my immediate goal is to feel beautiful, strong and confident on my wedding day, I am also hoping to learn to LOVE exercise along the way.

I’ve worked out fairly consistently since I was in high school but I don’t do it to clear my head or because I enjoy it. Heck no. I work out so I can fit into my jeans and not feel guilty when I drink a latte! Right now a particular white dress is what gets me out of bed for a 6 a.m. workout but I still struggle to stay motivated some times.

Here are things that I’ve done that have really helped me stay on track towards reaching my goals.

My 5 tips:

Find something that you love. I saw great results working out with a personal trainer, but I never really looked forward to my appointments. Plus it’s spendy – like serious dough! So I switched it up. I bid adieu to my personal trainer and joined The Fitness Lab, a gym that specializes in group circuit training sessions. These hour-long classes push me to my limits physically and mentally and I love every sweaty minute of it! I actually find myself looking forward to my workouts for the first time in a very long time. 

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Two is Better than One!

fitness lab evening classMaybe it’s just me but when it comes to planning a wedding there are seemingly an infinite number of things to think (or worry) about: table cloths, guest lists and bridesmaid dresses.Cupcakes, flowers and in-laws. Oh my!

Planning a wedding, balancing a demanding full-time job and trying to get into the best shape of my life makes it challenging to spend quality time with my husband-to-be who doesn’t share my affinity for Pinterest-inspired place cards or cute succulent favors for our guests.

A recently married friend of ours shared her “secret to success” for making it through wedding planning without losing touch with one another: working out together! Whether you and your honey are into running, boot camp or yoga here are a five of my favorite things about couple’s workouts:

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Show Some Love

tree of heartsValentine’s Day has come and gone, and frankly, I’m glad. I’m in the camp that thinks Valentine’s Day is largely an opportunity for expectations to get heightened and disappointment to ensue. Watching all those jewelry commercials leading up to the 14th sure can get a girl’s hopes up!

Instead of focusing on an extravagant Valentine’s Day, I prefer to use that holiday as a reminder to do other (more practical) things to show my partner some love. I found this to be an especially important practice while wedding planning – it’s so easy to get caught up in the details of marrying someone, you can often overlook your beloved in the process.

5 of my favorite ways to show my partner some love:

  1. Go for a walk together. Taking time away from the tv, dirty dishes, cell phones and other distractions can really help you connect with you fiancé. Even just ten minutes is enough for a nice recharge.

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