As we all know, it’s gonna be May tomorrow (yes, I’m picturing Justin Timberlake’s face as well). And what starts in May? WEDDING SEASON! I don’t know about you, but I love every aspect of weddings – getting all pretty, watching two people in love say their vows, cocktail hour snacks, gorgeous decor, delicious dinner, cake (duh!), dancing, and the booze too! Wedding season is the best! But what’s not the best? Not feeling confident in your dress…
Well, thank goodness I’m here to help!
Getting Wedding Season Ready!
Are you getting married soon? Or maybe you’re in a wedding. Odds are, you’re at least going to a wedding this year. And everyone wants to look fabulous in their dress, that’s a given. So how do we get there? Well, just like anything else, it’s going to take some time and effort. Fortunately, you probably have a few weeks until your first wedding! So let’s start with food.
You do not, I repeat, do NOT, need to go on any crazy diet. I don’t recommend trying a cleanse, or significantly cutting calories. What I DO recommend is tweaking what you already eat. You want to make healthy lifestyle changes that you can maintain. I am in no way, shape, or form a dietitian, but I can tell you lots of fast food, chips, soda, candy, or cookies are not going to help.
My suggestion? Cut out the fast food, make your own meals (we shop at Aldi and love it!) Drop one soda a day and replace it with flavored water. If you crave the carbonation, try sparkling water. Need the saltiness of chips? Grab some salted almonds. Now you want something sweet? Instead of grabbing the cookies, try some of these amazing Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites or sneak a chunk of dark chocolate.
It’s all about balance. Don’t try to drastically change your diet, just tweak it a bit. Make a few healthier choices. Possibly try out some meal prep! Then add in my workouts below, and you’ll be ready in no time!
I’ve got two great workouts for you. One focusing on arms and abs and one on back and booty. Before you get started, get a good, quick warm up in. You don’t need anything special, just 5 minutes to warm up your body.
For any non-movement exercise, perform it for 30 seconds. All other exercises, perform 10-20 reps depending on how easy it is! Repeat the circuit 2-3 times 🙂
These workouts are going to focus on making your arms look sleek and sexy, tightening up your core to give you a flat stomach, strengthening your back so you can wear that gorgeous up-do, and finally working your overall body to burn some great calories.
Here’s what you should do (and what I plan on doing to get ready for a wedding over Memorial Weekend!)
- Perform each workout once a week.
- Add in 1 – 2 days of cardio (running, biking, jump roping, whatever!).
- Clean up your diet by making a few switches.
Arms and Abs
Plank – This is a high plank. Your hands should be shoulder width apart, core and legs both tight. Hold this for 30-60 seconds. Don’t let your butt sag too far down to the floor, or pop up too high in the air and remember to keep your back flat.
Push Up – This is a classic push up. Start in plank form and lower yourself down to just above the floor. Then push yourself back up. Follow the same form as a high plank.
Walk Out w/ Plank Twist – Start standing up, then bend at the waist and walk your hands out into a high plank. From there, twist your torso and reach your hand up to the sky. Bring it back to high plank and switch sides. Then walk your hands back and stand up.
Triceps Dip – Start with your feet and hands on the ground with your stomach facing up. Keep your torso up and lower your body down to just above the floor. Then push yourself back up.
Side Plank – Start on one side. Your elbow and feet should be the only things touching the ground. Keep your hip high towards the sky and core tight. Hold for 30 seconds and then switch sides.
Crab Toe Touches – Start in the same position as triceps dips. Extend your left leg up and reach your right arm towards your toes. Bring them back to the starting position and then repeat on the other side.
Back and Booty
Side Lunge w/ Front Raise – Holding weights, step out to one side and sink into a lunge. Push yourself back up and bring your feet together. Then raise your arms straight out in front. Bring them back to your sides and repeat with the other leg.
Sumo Squat w/ Pull Up – Spread your feet out wide, toes pointing slightly outward. With the weights hanging in-between your legs, sink down into a squat. Push yourself back up and raise the weights straight up to your chin keeping your elbows out.
Squat Press – With weights by your side, feet shoulder width apart, sink down into a squat. Push yourself back up, and then bring the weights up to your ears. Push the weights above your head into a shoulder press. Return the weights back down to your side.
Curtsy Lunge – Starting with your feet shoulder width apart, bring one leg back and out to the side of your front foot while sinking into a squat. Push yourself back to the starting position and switch legs.
Hip Lifts – Lay on your back with your feet close to your butt, knees in the air. Push your butt up into the air until your torso is straight. Remember to keep your hips level. Lower yourself back down to the ground.
Superman – Lay down on your stomach. Lift both your arms straight out in front of you. At the same time, bring both legs up off the ground as well. Hold for 30 seconds.
Do you have a wedding coming up? How are you going to prepare in order to look your best?