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What are your top three weight-loss tips for brides-to-be?
Try zero-calorie flavored water! I get the powdered stuff because there are a ton of different flavors and they’re so good! It not only helps you drink your water for the day but satisfies your sweet tooth. I find myself going back and forth to the fridge all the time. This helped me not snack mindlessly!
Exercise with the fiancé. Long walks were so romantic, and we were a huge fan of bike rides in our local parks. You need your partner’s support, I promise. I think it also gets the marriage off to a good start when you have accomplished something together. We loved tennis, too (even though we’re both terrible at it).
Keep your goals in mind and realize that every day is a new day. If you mess up, pick yourself back up. Don’t look at the scale every day, because you will fluctuate and that can mess with your resolve. Learn the science behind weight loss to take the right steps to reach your goals.
How did SparkPeople help you?
How did SparkPeople NOT help me? First of all it’s free, so there is no risk. Second, it offers every tool you could possibly need at your fingertips. The most helpful part was the information it provided; there are a million different answers to the same few weight-loss questions, and SparkPeople provides helpful, honest, scientific, real answers. Plus, the before and after photos and stories were incredibly motivating to me. They made me feel like I could really do it, too! It’s nice to have a community of people who are trying to accomplish the same things that you are. Everyone is so nice and open about everything—so much more so than regular life. I love SparkPeople!
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and advanced health & fitness specialist. See all of Jen's articles.
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