Hi Emily - congratulations on your forthcoming nuptials :-)
After reading your post I decided to peek on your SparkPage.
" I am getting married in August 2013 and looking to start a strict exercise and diet regime at the beginning of January (so I can enjoy Christmas!!) I do not want to loose weight just tone up everywhere!"
I think that if you go into this with that sort of thinking you are going to set yourself up for a fall. "Strict" diet regime NEVER works!! Because of it's nature people get bored and/or feel deprived so fall off the wagon, often only going on to regain all of the weight they have lost, and at times even more. The "Strict" exercise can also have the same effect. You need to learn balance. That means that some days you give yourself permission to enjoy special treats, or the occasional social gathering without guilt. This journey is not about Deprivation, starvation or excessive exercise - it is merely about a healthy balance.
As far as diet is concerned, just increasing your fruit/veges, considerably reduce processed food, ensuring that you get good quality protein, healthy fats, and good hydration (water is calorie free and additive free) will set you up well. As far as the exercise is concerned, Ensure that you have at least one day off a week to give your body a chance to repair and recover, and also have a mix of brisk walking, weights etc. Achieving a trim tummy can be helped immensely by Pilates. Mat Pilates works all the muscles in the body, but specifically targets the deep abdominal and lower back muscles. It improves your posture; improves your breathing technique and even without dropping weight can give the appearance of being smaller. Be aware tho' that there is physically nothing wrong with a slightly rounded tummy - it is perfectly normal and perfectly healthy, and I am more than sure that you will look beautiful regardless!
As a side comment, rather than using your marriage as the motivation for the goal, why not aim it at the rest of your life? A lot of people who go on this journey for a specific event end up quite disappointed because when they get there, they feel they have achieved their goal, and let themselves go again after.
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