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I got engaged to my amazing boyfriend on July 4th, 2008...and now I'm starting the "wedding diet". I'm looking to lose around 20-30 more pounds before the wedding. I want to tone my body so I look fabulous in my dream dress!

I've been on and off sparkpeople for a year now and have made it past the 200 mark and will never see that number on the scale again!

My heaviest weight was 215 and at this point I just felt so guilty about how I looked. I had tried things before and only got to 200 before ballooning up again because of emotional eating. Once I got engaged I knew this was the perfect opportunity to change my body for good. I had a goal and a deadline!

I started working out to DVDs with my roomate, we did Hip Hop Abs and the 30 Day shred with Jillian Micheals. HHA didn't do too much for us, just got us used to doing a workout video every night. When we moved up to the 30 day shred, I really started to see results. I could feel my abs getting stronger and could see my endurance building up during the cardio. The one thing I do not like about this video is that you only have 8 minutes of cardio, and I needed much more than that to burn the fat off.

I found out that my apartment complex has a work out room that is free for residents (Thank you Lord, because I can not afford a gym membership!). So now I go there on Tuesdays and Thursdays and sometimes weekends and jog/walk/run on the treadmill for 20-25 minutes, work the stationary bike for 10-15 minutes and do strength training on the machine. This has jumpstarted my weightloss again.

I've come to accept that this is a journey and it's not all going to come off in a month. I am happy losing one to two pounds a week if I know I'm making my body stronger and healthier in the process.

Things I still need to work on:
-Fast food- I stay within my calorie range, but I know it's not clean food and I don't need all the preservatives.
-getting fruits and veggies in- I'm usually on campus or at work during 2 of my meals a day during the week, I forget to bring fruits/veggies with me, or I can't keep them cold.
-not putting myself down: Sometimes I tell myself how good I look now compared to 215 pounds, but often I think "man, I still have a lot to lose". I need to love my body NOW, and love it so much that I want to change it for the better!
-Boredom eating: I eat when I'm bored, it's gotten a lot better since counting my calories and knowing what I put in my body. I need to block off the kitchen at night...

I'm still a work in progress, check back in a couple months and see my success story :)

Weight loss goals:
Sept 1st- 190 (MET)
Nov 1st- 180 (MET on 10/17)
Dec 1st- 180 (STUCK!!)
Jan 1st- 178 (still STUCK!!)
Feb 1st-177 (MET)
March 1st-169 (MET!)
April 1st- 160
May 1st- 155
June 1st- 150
**at this point I want to focus on strength training to get my body firm for my wedding!

Member Since: 6/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,070

My Goals:
-work out 4/5 times a week (cardio and strength training)
-drink 8+ glasses of water a day
-stick with Bride to Be challenges
-daily walks with my doggy Roxy
-Stretching daily

My Program:
-run/walking. I'm running more and more evertime I go to the gym. Up to 1.75 miles without stopping now!

-bike/elliptical. To change up my cardio routine

-ST exercises throughout the day and in front of the tv at night

drinking lots of water, watching my salt intake and eating fresh fruits and veggies!

Personal Information:
I'm a senior at the University of Kentucky and I'm majoring in psychology and sociology. I have an amazing fiance who I have been with for 3 years, he is my best friend.

We're getting married on June 20th 2009 and I couldn't be happier!

I love wedding planning :)

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    4095 days ago
  • v no profile image LIZP17
    One of the best things you can to to kick up that weight loss again for this last month before your wedding is increase the intensity of your strength training. Don't be afraid to go REALLY heavy! I am a personal trainer and trust me, you WILL NOT bulk up! Shoot for 3 sets of 15 reps and aim to barely finish each set. If you get to 15 for one set, increase your weight for the next and so on. If you can't finish a set, thats ok. Also, focus on your major muscle groups - glutes, legs, back (esp. with that dress!), chest and shoulders. Don't worry too much about your arms, you will be getting those with the other lifts. emoticon
    4406 days ago
    Congrats on all that you have achieved. You are ROCKING that wedding gown!

    4424 days ago
    Hey Bev!

    Looks like you are doing a great job with losing weight! Keep up the great work and you will reach your goal in no time! Good luck with the South Beach, if you stick with it it's great.
    4488 days ago
    Hi, and welcome to South Beach. emoticon
    4499 days ago
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