Congratulations! You are newly engaged — you’ve picked the date, booked the location and now beginning to eye bridal magazines looking for that perfect gown to say “I do” in. Fast forward to the last few months before the wedding at a fitting and you want the dress to be just right…
Before you start worrying about whether or not you’ll manage to squeeze into that beautiful gown on your special day, take a few minutes to realize the amount of resources that are at your fingertips for managing your weight in a healthy way during this important time in your life. The last thing you want to do is over stress about the planning, work obligations and other life events that can easily distract you from keeping your ideal weight and more importantly, removing the excitement out of the once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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Shape Magazine dedicated an entire website to bridal fitness and health: (http://www.shape.com/bride) Tips they provide can be extremely helpful during wedding season as well as any time in your life!
Here are a few highlights from healthy living expert Lauren Taylor: (www.yourhealthyeverafter.com)
Identify Specific goals, rewards, and consequences:
- Set yourself a few realistic goals per week that can be attainable. If you reach your goals, you can reward yourself by buying yourself something new or meeting friends for a nice dinner. In another line item, list out a consequence – something you want to avoid doing to help further your drive to meet your goals.
Make exercise non-negotiable:
- Put it into your schedule like any other meeting, doctor appointment or dinner plans. For those who go to work early, try to allocate time after work (or lunch time if you’re able to get some time out of the office.) For those who arrive at work later, try to practice waking up an hour or two earlier and making your way to the gym or power walk outside on these beautiful spring mornings.
- This is one of the happiest times in your life – keep the positivity by sharing your goals with friends and family. They will help you to keep on track with your bridal plans and personal goals!
Everyone has a different schedule and circumstances that work for each individual bride-to-be. What is consistent throughout the process is identifying the motivational factor (which could be fitting in the dress, setting a goal to accomplish, adding exercise to your pre-wedding routine) and finding the desire to work towards something. It will give you a feeling of success and may help influence others around you to follow your path of healthy living! Starting with baby steps (walk to work instead of taking the subway or make lunch instead of ordering in) will help continue to urge to make healthier choices for your wedding and for your future!
Here’s an inspirational article from Brides.com: (http://www.brides.com/brides/2011/04/brides-magazine-real-brides-weight-loss#slide=1) that may help jumpstart your weight loss plan! Nothing is more powerful than hearing personal real life stories for how other women overcame their weight obstacles to reach their goals right in time to say their vows!
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St. Patrick’s Day is here! While most eateries are serving the generic green beer, you can try some unique and healthy food ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day party! Here are a few simple do-it-yourself food ideas that will make your guests green with envy that they didn’t think of it!
Fruit & Vegetable Platter
:: Colors of the rainbow in fruits (strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapples, grapes, bananas, blueberries)
:: Use Mini Marshmallows for “clouds” on one end and banananas as “gold”
:: 2 cups lime sherbet, 1 banana, 1 cup milk
:: Mix ingredients in a blender
Green Mac n’ Cheese
:: One box of macaroni
:: 8 slices of cheese singles
:: 1/3 cup of milk
:: One bag prewashed baby spinach
:: Saute spinach in oil until it reduces in size, it will turn bright green and soft
:: Add wilted spinach in food processor and puree. Add milk if you need consistency
:: Cook and drain pasta
:: Add cheese to empty hot pasta pan along with milk, stir until combined. Add spinach puree and mix.
:: Add salt and pepper to taste. Return drained pasta to pan and coat with spinach cheese mixture
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Have nothing to wear to an Indian wedding? Don’t worry! These 3 rental services allow you to rent sari’s and Indian outfits for any special occasion at a fraction of the cost!
We’ve all been through the dilemma of looking into our closets and panicking that we never have enough outfits to wear for Indian weddings, which require a minimum of 4 different ensembles. Borrow It Bindaas, Devi’s Closet, and Sari Closet are 3 online sari boutiques’ that let you rent and return effortlessly!
Check them out!
Borrow it Bindaas
Borrow it Bindaas is here to help: the premiere worry-free online fashion boutique which caters to the everyday fashionista on a budget. Each order is custom tailored and they even take care of the dry cleaning! Everything from sarees, lenghas, anarkalis, to stunning jewelry, to men’s wear is found on the easily navigated site. If you are planning a wedding, they even specialize in catering to you and your guests! They carry up to five gorgeous sets of bridesmaids sarees and salwars, rent-able or buy-able for up to eight! If your wedding is located in Southern California, they can even help drape sarees on the day of your wedding.
Devi’s Closet is your one-stop-shop to rent original luxury designers outfits made exclusively for their customers by some of South Asia’s top designers. This means you can rent an affordable outfit or accessories ranging from $15-300+ by Payal Singhal, Anita Dongre, Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul to name a few. This season mixing saree with a salwar is trendy for 2012 bridesmaid outfits. If you’re looking for mix and match sarees, lenghas, suits, handbags or jewelry for your bridesmaids or even kurtas for your groomsmen, go to the website to explore the most fashionable trends in 2012 wedding wear to standout. The fashion divas at Devi’s Closet, will even personally dress your wedding party in New York City, the fashion capital of the world.
Sari Closet, the nation’s first online sari rental boutique, has recently announced the launch of a new bridal line. The new line boasts a variety of bridesmaids saris offered in sets of six. The saris are designed in a way for brides to easily mix and match should they need more than six for their special day. If your wedding is in the bay area and you need someone to drape your bridal party, please feel free to contact a Sari Closet “sarista” for more information. Along with bridesmaid saris, Sari Closet has teamed up with fashion power house Swati Couture to offer bridal wear for brides. Look for the new line hitting the online boutique soon!
(Photo Courtesy: Borrow It Bindaas, Devi’s Closet, Sari Closet)
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