The weeks and months leading up to your wedding are some of the most exciting, and sometimes stressful. Every woman wants to look her best. If your upcoming wedding is inspiring you to get in better shape that's great, but please be realistic and kind to yourself. This is a special time in your life, so savour it and don't stress. Only make small, smart changes to your current diet and fitness regime.
1. SET A CLEAR GOAL
Be clear about your goal before you start. What do you really?want? Is it to drop a dress size? Do you want to tone a particular area? Have a set target and then you can stick to it.
2. MAKE A PLAN
Next step is to make a plan specific to this clear goal - that's essential. If you want to lose a couple of pounds there may not be a need for a complete diet, fitness and general life overhaul. It's about doing what you need to do for you. Following a plan also keeps you on track when enthusiasm wanes and it will wane, you are human, so be prepared. Everyone falls off the wagon, everyone has tough days but having a plan gives you direction and motivation.
3. GET HELP
Whether it's from a friend who has done it before or a personal trainer, it is important to get guidance when it comes to exercise and diet. Even one session can help steer you in the right direction and keep you healthy and injury-free.
4. PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE
Consistency is incredibly important. The more you do something the easier it gets but starting can be difficult. However, when you begin to nourish your body regularly with tasty, healthy foods and move more, you create healthy habits that will stand to you long after the wedding. You are training your body to crave real, healthy food and movement.
5. START FROM THE INSIDE OUT
It is important?to treat yourself with love and compassion. Without this it is incredibly hard to care about yourself and when you don't care you don't eat right, you don't exercise and everything is affected. Beating yourself up and judging your mistakes does not serve you. Be kind to yourself and set out to make your body and mind healthier and happier - not?just for your big day but for your life.
WORDS LIZ COSTIGAN?PORTRAIT NATHALIE MARQUEZ COURTNEY
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