I’m officially less than 8 months out from marrying my best friend and love of my life and I decided to start talking about weight loss leading up to the wedding. Shredding for the wedding.. if you will. (Full disclosure, I wrote this in March and it’s now May – so now I’m 6 months out from my wedding!)
I’m obviously no stranger to weight loss (have you seen my posts about losing 45 pounds? Here it is!) I’m healthy and I like my body how it is, but the wedding is a perfect reason to strive for a goal I never thought was possible for someone like me who was always the chubby/fat girl. So why not try to lose 10-15 more pounds before the wedding? I’d still be in a healthy weight range for my body – so here we go!
I technically never stopped trying to lose weight, I enjoyed the holidays and enjoyed eating my usual healthy foods once the holidays were over. BUT I haven’t stepped on the scale since before Thanksgiving. Technically I was weighed at my annual doctor visit in the beginning of January, but I don’t count that.
My clothes are continuing to not fit me anymore and I started taking progress pictures and measurements here and there. I’m seeing more muscle definition slowly come through, and the best part is that I’m losing weight while eating 1,500-1,700 calories daily. Some days I eat over 2,000 calories but that’s an exception because that’s days I go to the gym twice and get over 20,000 steps done – rare.
Here’s the point, I know I’m not the only bride-to-be trying to lose weight for the wedding. So this series of posts is more about how my weeks go during this whole process and some thoughts around it all.
This week my hormones were all over the place and it took a lot of frustration to tell my body that I didn’t need a cheat meal every day of the week. I ate 425 calories over maintenance on Sunday, and I ate at maintenance on Tuesday – which is weird for me because I never have an issue eating 1,500-1,700 calories in a day.
Sunday I let the hormones win because I was perfectly on maintenance calories until I just decided to have the last 2 servings of roasted garlic and onion potato chips – but I didn’t beat myself up over it. I moved on because I knew the majority of my week is spent in a caloric deficit.
Tuesday rolled around and I was feeling ravenous! Instead of going all-out on food and saying “Fuck my macros” I decided to eat at maintenance calories for the day again to see if that would be enough. It was. Thankfully.
Other than those 2 days, I was able to successfully fight off any cravings for the other days of the week and it seriously made me feel AMAZING that I didn’t give into my hormones.
Here is a general breakdown of my weight loss goals:
- Lose 10-15 pounds (but for the sake of this post I’m going to calculate for 15 pounds)
- 8 months to lose the weight – which is around 33 weeks
- I’m aiming to lose the weight a little earlier – so lets say 30 weeks until the deadline
- If I lose .5 pound per week, I’ll lose 15 pounds!
You should give yourself plenty of time to lose the weight and know that the first few weeks the weight will seemingly melt off because it’s water weight and a complete change to your body. But you should aim to lose .5 pound to 2 pounds per week, which are healthy goals for weekly weight loss.
I’m still aiming to be in a 500-750 calorie deficit per day, but I’m doing this so cheat meals won’t affect my overall progress – and so I can reach my goal earlier than expected. How many other brides are going through this? I’m going to make some youtube videos around this same topic, if you’re interested you can check out my youtube channel here. I have 6 Shredding for the Wedding Episodes live!