You are enough just as you are, today, to be a fiancé. And you will be enough, just as you are on your wedding day, to be a bride and become a wife. Getting ready for my wedding didn’t mean shaping and molding my body to fit a dress or get the approval of others. Getting wedding ready meant becoming more patient, selfless, kind, and more generous towards my soon to be husband. It meant learning to understand him better, and him me, so on our wedding day we were best prepared to step into marriage. And that had nothing to do with my dress size. And it has nothing to do with yours either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzWc0JTsPhg
At $184.99 for a 30 day supply the cutting stack is more expensive than most fat burners but it’s so damn powerful that you probably won’t need to use it for longer than 30 days whereas other fat burners that aren’t as powerful may take 2-3 months to see the same results so although it looks more expensive it actually works out cheaper when you consider that you get results faster and don’t need to buy it for months on end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84TWhmsl8Kc
But during those first few weeks after getting engaged when those thoughts started to flood in my head, I made a decision to relentlessly push back. Throughout our engagement, instead of reading bridal magazines or fitness articles, I chose to put good stuff in. I needed healthy messaging at a time where I felt vulnerable to diet culture. I listened to body positive podcasts and blogs, focused on self care instead of a strict workout regime, ate foods that made me feel good instead of foods that carved my body into a certain shape, and prayed daily that my heart + mind would be most concerned with becoming more like Christ so I could walk down the aisle on April 29th fully prepared to be the most loving wife I know how. And fully prepared to receive love from my husband.
Remember when you were 23 years-old and wouldn’t even dream of spending your coveted cash on letting someone else mow your lawn, wash your car, or paint your living room? Try tapping into that scrappy, resourceful inner you a bit more and you’ll wind up torching calories. For example, a 150-pound person will burn around 200 calories if they wash and wax their car for 40 minutes. For more ways to avoid weight gain at home and to burn more calories, check out these 12 Ways Your Home is Making You Fat!
If you added it up over your lifetime you probably spent thousands of dollars on exercise equipment, from the machine gathering dust in your home, to the little gadgets that contract your muscles for you. If not exercise equipment, then $40 bottles of supplements that had the active ingredient of Caffeine or some other useless herb. Or maybe you spent hundreds of dollars on specially packaged frozen meals that eventually all taste the same (like cardboard).
So first things first, let’s start with the easy one: wanting to lose weight and feeling good about your body aren’t mutually exclusive. You can love your body, and still want to lose weight. (In fact, I’d argue that you should only ever try to lose weight if you’re in a good relationship with your body, but that’s a conversation for another day.) Also, it should go without saying that you can love your body and not want to lose weight, regardless of what the number on the scale looks like.
Of course losing your love handles isn't going to make you a better bride — or even a happier one, as anyone who's watched a carb-free wife-to-be lose her mind over place settings at the rehearsal dinner knows. No, getting yourself in shape before your wedding really can be summed up by two words: Super confidence! (Okay, and two more: Jealous cousins.)
"When I didn’t lose weight fast enough, I would push harder. I slept less, exercised more, and found myself completely depleted. Instead of losing weight, I began to gain weight. So I postponed the wedding—not the marriage, which was still on schedule for October. The big wedding was postponed until the next year. Leading up to that, I kept putting stricter goals on myself, but I kept gaining weight instead of losing it. So I postponed the wedding again (and again after that).
Anyone who has ever been desperate to shed a few pounds is well aware of the myth of the magic weight-loss pill. The truth is that there is no single, magic pill that will melt the excess fat and shed unwanted pounds from your frame without any effort on your part other than religiously swallowing a few pills each day. There are, however, some supplements that have a thermogenic effect, targeting fat and making it easier to burn when you combine it with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
According to research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the metabolic rate of study participants decreased by up to 78 calories a day with every passing decade, while calorie burn dropped by up to 68 calories a day. While this may mean that it takes more work to shed the pounds in your 40s, it’s far from impossible to do so; in fact, just a few small changes to your usual routine can have you hitting your goal weight before you know it. And when you want to jumpstart that slimdown, discover Why Sunshine Is Your Weight Loss Secret Weapon!
Artichokes, avocados, eggs, pickles, and raspberries can help the weight fall off, but those aren't all. Winhoffer suggests, "Asparagus as it is a natural diuretic steamed with no oil or sauce; hot water and lemon as that combination cleanses your digestive track and eases bloating; puréed broccoli soups which you can eat before a meal to fill you up — boil the broccoli in water, hand blend, and add hot sauce for flavor.
Nope, we’re not just talking about Pinterest-y D.I.Y. decor tips. Some of the healthiest food trends out there right now suggest using mason jars—namely, mason jar salads and overnight oats. While eating salads or oats out of a mason jar may make you feel good, it’s what you put in them that will make you look good—and earn you a flat stomach. We aren’t saying you have to toss out your Tupperware; we’re just saying you might beat boredom and find slimming down all that much easier.
3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast is the easiest meal to prepare and it sets the stage for your day. Eat a healthful breakfast to get your metabolism fired up, and then you'll be more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day—like ordering a smart lunch and swinging by the gym after work. Even better: Eating breakfast can help you lose weight, as studies have shown breakfast eaters tend to consume fewer total calories during the day than people who don't eat a morning meal.
You know the ones: In 30 seconds or less, you watch a mysterious pair of hands layer cookie dough with Oreos with brownie mix. Bake, cut, and oh how yummy—and insanely, ridiculously, break-the-chair fattening. “The internet and social media sites are basically making you fat,” Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, and founder of The WellNecessities, told us for our article on The 30 Worst Flat Belly Mistakes Women Make. “If it isn’t 25 ways to eat tater tots then it’s [another] national [something] day. The internet has made it basically impossible to stay away from cravings and indulgences. These are not excuses to eat unhealthy food.” Next time you see one of those videos, ask yourself how you could make it healthier—and if you can’t, click out of it and never look back.
I was so nervous on my first day at HitchFit. I had no idea what to expect or what the diet would be, but I was ready for whatever was in store. I was ready to take back control over my life and make the necessary choices. During that very difficult first workout, Micah explained the process – workout with him twice a week, burn 3500 calories per week by doing cardio, and following a strict diet – and the HitchFit philosophy – to believe in myself, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I could achieve my goals and give 110%. There was no doubt in my mind. I knew I could do it and I knew that I that the experience would change me.
I’m not going to spell out an exact eating plan, as everyone will have their own particular requirements. But I will list a few general guidelines to help you devise your own plan. These are generalized suggestions, and may not be suited for every individual over 40, but they are the key points that I’ve found helpful throughout my time north of 40:
Hi, Andrew! I was a vegan for ten years before I started eating meat again recently due to low energy and a few health issues. I started with bone broths and putting those in my beans (that I was soaking, sprouting and 2x boiling). Then I moved to eggs. I also found a good source for raw milk and made my own kefir. My body loved all of these things and my energy SKY ROCKETED. Transitioning into eating meat was next. If you get a chance check out Kale and Coffee. It will help.
Spending time with your children or grandkids can be fun and may even lower your risk of dementia. However, all that time spent in the land of chicken nuggets and pizza might have you packing on the pounds before you know it. Many busy caregivers find themselves mindlessly eating the leftovers from their little ones, adding hundreds of calories to their daily total. Just because you’re 40 doesn’t mean you should feel old, but it also means you can’t eat like a kid anymore.