8. Pick healthy venues for pre-wedding festivities. There will be showers, parties, and outings galore as your wedding gets closer. If you have any say in how these happen, pick a healthful restaurant where you know you can get a good, nutritious meal without going overboard. Need help? Refer to our Dining Out Guide for the healthiest choices at just about any chain restaurant. Focus on your friends and family while you're there, enjoying the good conversation and activities instead of hovering around the appetizers. Create lasting memories that don't revolve around eating, and you won't feel like you're missing out. 

I originally wrote this post on how I wasn’t losing weight for my wedding back in March of 2017. I had a reader email me yesterday sharing how she made the decision to not lose weight for her wedding, instead got her dress taken out during her fitting, and how she felt so present and joyful on her wedding day. It reminded me that indeed, the peak of wedding season is here and I’m sure many other women are walking in her same shoes. Going for dress fittings and being told you need to be x size to fit into the dress. Or perhaps you haven’t yet been dress shopping, but can already feel the pressure to be a certain size. Or maybe you’re where I was a few short years ago, going about life with no signs of marriage in the near future. That’s okay too. You’re right where you’re suppose to be. I’ve added some thoughts that have come up being a year out from that wedding day and wanted to share this revised post today. I hope it’s is encouraging no matter what season of life you’re in.

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Well, I’m tired, and tired of looking in the mirror wondering where my bod went? When I hit 19, I went active military from 87′ to 95’… Army SFOD then USMC 4 yrs reserve. I ran 5 miles 5x wk, did 80 push ups, 69 sit ups, 25 pull ups, <<< all in the military's required 2 minutes, followed by cool-down stretching, etc. 6'1" & 172 lbs… Lean and Mean as we said. I never smoked either. So, five years after leaving the service and ending up with a job that was lucrative, it was very, very low from a physical standpoint. I gradually was down to 2.5 miles a day x5 a wk, then just walking at work and that was all my physical activity. No more push ups, sit ups, pull ups, nothing. My energy dropped off a cliff. Fast forward to 2005. I went from 5-6 glasses of red wine a week, to 3 beers a day x5 a wk, don't eat well, no energy and have a aweful beer belly (looks like I'm pregnant), my arms and legs are thin, and my 30" waist in 2002 is now 36" , I'm 210 lbs, my belly/midsection use to be 28" in 1998, now it's 55" measuring around belly area, blood pressure is up, etc…. Sadly, my newer friends from 2000 to current are similar in shape. They all say: your 48, getting a belly is a part of life, just live with it… You'll never get back in any kind of shape… Well that last remark lit the proverbial, motivational fire under my back side, but I still just don't have the drive. The discipline is there. I need to start out slowly so as to not hurt thy self. Tried push ups and could ONLY do one!!!! I'm 40 lbs heavier now too don't forget. Sit ups?….. one…. Running: one block…. Never had a 6 pack, as those are genetic, maybe a 2 or 3 pack. I need to help myself before it causes health issues I'll regret. Lastly, Doc says to start slowly. He was Air Force and he recommended the pre-basic training physical prep program to slowly get a good routine going again, but I need a "beer belly gone in 30 days" kind of drop first off. I've heard lemon juice, lemon rind and garlic in 50% water, 50% juice, might help along with broccoli, celery, asparagus and salmon jerky, and cut out the BEER, go back to a glass of red wine every other day. He said red wine and 70% or higher pure dark chocolate are good for lowering blood pressure too. Thanks.

If you haven't already, your 40s is a time to begin a mind-body practice, such as yoga or meditation, that helps you manage life's challenges. Any self-care regimen is helpful too; a soothing bedtime routine and delegating some work tasks, for example, can help lighten your stress load. When you feel less stressed, exercising more and eating less are more appealing.


Q: I have more than a year to go before marrying my amazing fiancé, but I recently went bridal shopping and bought my dream dress—a silk crepe fit and flare that shows off my curvy, hourglass shape. The problem? I’ve struggled with negative body image in the past, and while I’ve gotten comfortable with the extra pounds over the last few years, I’d like to focus on eating healthier and toning up to look and feel my best on the “biggest day of our lives.” I just can’t get over feeling like I’m succumbing to the patriarchy and constant pressure to be smaller. I’m setting realistic expectations for myself and want to achieve my modest goals in a healthy way, but I feel like I should just be happy with the way my body looks, however it looks. Is it anti-feminist to set a weight-loss goal for my wedding?

"When we’re lacking in sleep, our body’s hormones get thrown off balance which can impact our hunger levels the next day. We all have two hormones that affect our appetite: ghrelin and leptin. When we don’t get enough sleep, our ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) rise, and our leptin levels (the hormone that makes us feel full) drop. This means that when we’re awake, we tend to eat more but feel less satisfied. Try going to bed a little earlier than usual to avoid this imbalance and remember to remove any distractions that might prevent you from nodding off."
Evaluate your lifestyle to make sure that a change in your daily habits isn’t affecting your weight. Consider getting an activity tracker to find out how many calories you burn each day and make sure that your energy balance isn't out of whack. You can even evaluate your caloric expenditure throughout the day and add activity during the times when you tend to be more sedentary. Simple changes can make a big difference in your metabolism.

"It is amazing to me how focused and motivated they become during this frantic, crazy, panicked period in their lives, and it's the one thing that they stick to," says Fleming. "If you need to use the wedding day to get you started, that's OK, but most people continue to work out, feel great, and look back at the pictures and say, 'Wow, I can do this.'"


During that first week, I realized how laughable my pre-HitchFit workouts truly were! I worked harder, pushed myself beyond limits I didn’t think possible and spent more time on ellipticals,stairclimbers and treadmills in that first week than I had the entire previous year….and I loved it. The diet was difficult, at first. The hardest part was cleansing my body from sugar and processed foods. I had no idea how addicted I was to sugar and caffeine and how those 2 items affected my attitude and my mood! Once I was eating clean and understood how good food choices actually fuel your body, I didn’t look back! Although I grew tired of broccoli and grilled chicken, it is still my favorite meal!
Breast Cancer is now associated directly with Obesity.  We know that fatty tissue changes the actions of hormones in the body increasing the estrogen levels and causing increased Breast Cancer risk.  If you think you’re safe because you’re not taking hormones, think again.  If you are 30lbs overweight or more, your fatty tissue is producing it’s own Estrogen and seriously increasing your risk of Breast Cancer.
Interval training—alternating between high-intensity bursts of movement and a moderate pace—has been shown to amp up metabolism for up to 24 hours postworkout. "You don't have to do a lot to see the benefits," says Wayne Westcott, PhD. "Aim for 15 to 25 minutes of interval training 3 or 4 days per week." If you're just getting started or have a lot of weight to lose, do walking or stationary cycling intervals, which are easier on the joints. If you want to challenge yourself, lace up your sneaks and jump rope or go for a run.
"Only doing abdominal-focused workouts, like crunches, won’t help you banish the bulge. Belly fat is simply where your body stores energy, so you need to take a whole-body approach to tackle it. HIIT training (high intensity interval training) is a great way to burn fat and get your heart rate up. Squats, burpees and treadmill sprints are all examples to try."

Don’t have a dinner companion? Try eating in front of a mirror instead. According to a study published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, people who ate in front of a mirror were more acutely aware of their poor food choices, finding them less pleasurable. And for more clever hacks, check out these 50 Genius Weight-Loss Motivation Tricks. 
Time and again the medical world tells you that Low Fat is the answer.  I’m here to tell you that very Low Fat diets can really be dangerous.  Did you know that 80% of the dry weight of the brain is Cholesterol?  Just think for a minute what that means.  If you don’t provide cholesterol to the body you could actually lose brain function!  It’s also true that ALL of the hormones in the body are made of Cholesterol.  That is, Cholesterol is the building block from which all hormones in the body are made.  So it’s really important to eat a wide variety of foods, even the one’s that most doctors will tell you not to.

As women approach menopause, fat distribution tends to shift toward the center of the body, likely due to a decrease in estrogen, say authors of a 2011 review in Biology of Sex Differences. This makes the struggle to lose belly fat more challenging for women over 40, but not impossible. Tweaking your eating plan and increasing your activity level – along with other lifestyle changes – will help you beat the bloat and improve your overall health and well-being.
Adding a daily walk to your routine means you’ve taken the first step toward achieving a healthier weight. Middle-aged and senior women have an increased risk of hip fracture, but staying active can help you burn more calories and lower your chances of suffering an injury. Research suggests that regular exercise can reduce a person’s risk of osteoporosis, and shaving off those extra pounds means you’re putting less strain on your joints, making it easier to prevent a fall that can keep you sidelined.
In a 2008 study of green tea extract, 60 (30 green tea, 30 placebo) obese subjects were monitored over 12 weeks and received the same food diet. After 8 weeks, the difference of fat loss for the green tea group was 11.24 pounds - statistically significantly (P < 0.05) lower than the placebo. The green tea was shown to effectively increase energy expenditure at rest as well as overall fat oxidation.
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
High in good bacteria, the benefits of yoghurt on gastrointestinal health have been said to provide health benefits for certain gastrointestinal conditions, including lactose intolerance, constipation, IBS, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, and allergies. Look for the nutrition label and make sure no added sugar is used. Opt for Greek yoghurt varieties and use your own frozen berries and cinnamon to sweeten.
The fact is that Obesity (and let’s face it, that’s the medical term if you’re more than 30lbs overweight) leads to many serious health problems.  In recent medical studies, we have found that high blood pressure varies precisely according to weight.  If the weight stays high and the blood pressure stays high, heart attack, stroke and other health crises occur.  I’ve seen fat women with strokes.  It’s not easier to get around in a wheelchair if you’re 50lbs overweight. 
Diet culture is so invasive. It’s like a parasite. But marriage and your wedding is so much more important than your body size! I refused to pursue losing weight for my wedding because that would be me saying, yes you’re right diet culture, I am not enough as I am right now. I didn’t want to look back years from my wedding day and remember engagement as chasing thinness. I didn’t want to look back on my wedding day and remember thinking about my body. I wanted to remember engagement as growing closer to Nick, closer to God, and spending precious, joyful time with my family and friends. I wanted to remember the food we celebrated with, the laughter, the smiles, the conversations with those I love most.  I didn’t want to be distracted from all that because I was thinking about food and my body. I didn’t want to remember stressing out about when to fit in a workout or not being to eat blah blah food at such and such restaurant. Living like that would mean I would not be living in line with my values.
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Earlier, belly fat was considered healthy; it was perceived as a reservoir of adipose tissues that could be utilized when a person needed extra energy. With time, the views have changed. Researchers state that excess belly fat triggers chronic cardiovascular diseases. So, it is important to measure belly fat and check how much you need to reduce. Here are some parameters to measure your waistline.
But when I started dating Nick and marriage was in the foreseeable future, I would be a liar if I said I didn’t start to imagine how amazing I’d look on that day. The way the music would sound as a turned the corner, how the guests would rise, how my hair would gently move with the breeze, and most importantly – the way Nick would look at me as he watched his bride walk towards him. As cheesy as it sounds, I thought about ALL of that quite frequently.
The main ingredient in most fat burners is caffeine, which helps you lose weight by increasing your metabolism and helping the body use fat for fuel. It also helps provide energy for exercise and other calorie-burning activities. In the body, caffeine increases the breakdown of fatty acids that reside in adipose tissue—also known as belly fat. Once the fatty acids are broken down, they enter the bloodstream and can be burned up by our bodies to create energy.
I originally wrote this post on how I wasn’t losing weight for my wedding back in March of 2017. I had a reader email me yesterday sharing how she made the decision to not lose weight for her wedding, instead got her dress taken out during her fitting, and how she felt so present and joyful on her wedding day. It reminded me that indeed, the peak of wedding season is here and I’m sure many other women are walking in her same shoes. Going for dress fittings and being told you need to be x size to fit into the dress. Or perhaps you haven’t yet been dress shopping, but can already feel the pressure to be a certain size. Or maybe you’re where I was a few short years ago, going about life with no signs of marriage in the near future. That’s okay too. You’re right where you’re suppose to be. I’ve added some thoughts that have come up being a year out from that wedding day and wanted to share this revised post today. I hope it’s is encouraging no matter what season of life you’re in.
Dieting and exercise go hand in hand. If you thought that only dieting will burn your belly fat, you are wrong. If you really want to lose weight, you need to include an hour of exercise in your daily routine for targeting and reducing belly fat. Here, we have compiled a list of 16 exercises that can help you reduce belly fat faster than you thought it would take:
Fat burners are the final weapon to bring to the fight against fat, they can help overcome sticking points, attack that stubborn fat, or speed up the a burning effects of the diet and exercise plan, but bring one weapon to the fight at a time, because the body is a fantastically effective creature of adaption, once it adapts to what you throw at it (restricted calories, exercise etc..)  THEN bring out the fat burners.
While your rate of fat loss can be enhanced, you won't be dropping 10 pounds in a week simply because you're using the supplement. Remember: A more realistic but sustainable rate of fat loss is 1-to-3 pounds per week for average, healthy individuals. You can push this rate up to 4 pounds per week, but it's not sustainable. Eventually, your body will hit a plateau and fat loss will slow.
I left thinking about how the majority of the samples had been a size 6, and yet I was a 12. To fit into the average sample dress, to be an average bride, I had to lose three sizes? My mental dialog persisted: How is my husband going to say yes, going to love me, if I'm not the size of an average bride? (I should have realized right then and there that being an average bride is not something anyone should ever want. We are all extraordinary, bride or not.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvF7zYOEfoo
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