- Written by Christina Broat
Anyone who’s ever darkened the doors of a college cafeteria knows about the Freshman Fifteen. These are the pounds that newly freed college freshmen experience when they’re given free range to eat (and drink) whatever they want. I knew these pounds well, but now in a new stage of life I’ve discovered what I’m deeming the Freshly Married Fifteen.
So it’s not quite fifteen pounds - it’s a little more or a little less depending on how the month is going, but I’m definitely packing some extra pounds since I got married six months ago. Turns out that the deadline of the wedding was great motivation and now I’m struggling with the realities of married life and how to keep my weight down.
The true challenge for me is that there are now always two of us at most meals, and while I might be just fine with a bowl of soup and some fruit for dinner, when I float that idea by my dear hubby he’s completely uninterested. So I end up making something heartier for us and inevitably eat too much. The fact is, living with a partner who has different eating habits than your own can be a big setback.
- Written by Christina Broat
Congrats to all you newly engaged ladies (and gents)! Wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming, with all the decisions to make, but one of the best ways to get your feet wet is to check out a wedding show. This may feel like jumping into the deep end, but I’ve got some great tips and tricks for you.
First off, why bother with a wedding show?
Maximize your time
Instead of meeting with multiple vendors for 30 minutes to an hour each, you can get a good feel for a florists work or a photographers style by simply stopping by their booth at a wedding show. It’ll never be easier to compare different vendors than when they’re literally side by side.
Chances are good you’ve got a stack of wedding magazines to flip through or about approximately 1000 things pinned on Pinterest, but seeing floral arrangements, cakes, jewelry, dresses and more in person will really help you solidify in your mind what you like and what you don’t.
- Written by SJ Nieusma
It makes sense that most brides want to know how to tone their upper body for their wedding day. After all, they will be the center of attention on that day as well as their dress and upper body. From hugs to endless pictures, each bride wants to feel confident, fit and worry-free. Here are 5 tips to help you rock wedding ready arms and back!
Lift weights- In order to add sleek shape to your body, dumbbells are a must. Not to mention, the more lean muscle we have, the higher our metabolism and more fat burned. Lifting will add definition and tightness to the shape of your arms and back. So, pick up the weights in the gym, at home in front of a workout DVD or join a strength training class. If you have never lifted before it’s good to hire a trainer or take a class where you can learn proper form.
Cardio- Getting a good cardio sweat on is amazing for over-all fat loss. There is no such thing as “spot reduction” so if you have a lagging body part such as the fat under the arms (triceps) then hit the road for a run, take a HIIT cardio class, swim, jog, anything that involves an elevated heart rate for 30 min or more. If you are short on time, perform intervals which are also great for speeding metabolism. You do NOT have to be a cardio queen to get in shape. Intervals are short burst of energy followed by a rest or recovery period. For example, a running workout would look like this: 2 min walk, 30 second sprint, 2 min walk, 4 min run, 2 min walk, 30 second sprint and so on. It’s tough on fat!