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ZAHARABENGALS SparkPoints: (26,777)
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4/23/13 10:21 A

In addition to your cardio do weights. The muscle will shape you and firm you (make you lose inches) and help you lose weight. You might not need lose 2lbs a week to see the body results you want. Id recemmened going to a gym and speaking with a personal trainer and asking them what kind of routine they would suggest and let them know you are doing it at home not in a gym. I know with some hard work and determination you will make this happen. Visualize how you want to look and believe it will happen. You can do it!

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4/23/13 8:47 A

I know that this graduation means a lot to you, but I also hope that you will have many more graduations in the future. Graduations are called "commencement ceremonies" because they begin a new phase of your life. Best of luck in that new phase. Graduation is a wonderful experience, but you don't have to be perfect on graduation. It's just the first day of the rest of your life.

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4/22/13 2:13 P

I am sure this is causing a lot of stress for you. There have been some really good posts that you should seriously consider. First of all...have a back up. I know that $700 is a lot of money but do not let this dress ruin one of the most important days of your life.

Eat healthy, do not skip meals, you want to keep your metabolism going. Drink lots of water and exercise. You do not have to dedicate your life to exercise...just keep moving. Go for walks, do 10 or 20 minutes here or there. The important thing is that you stick with it. Have you completed your profile on SP? If so it should have given you nutrition & fitness goals. Follow the SP recommendations and you will see changes. I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted!

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4/22/13 9:02 A

Everyone had great tips. It is usually impossible to add size to a dress, so in addition, can you find a backup dress in case you don't fit into this one? I got married 6 months ago and had 2 wedding dresses: one was $75 at Goodwill and it was the only one in my size, and the other was new for $110 from Unique I ended up wearing both of them, and no one could believe where I got them and how little I paid.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,105)
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4/22/13 5:28 A

emoticon I had read the post a few times, but you know what??? I didn't see it there until you pointed it out :-(


4/21/13 1:24 P

Hey everybody...she said she already bought spanx.


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4/20/13 5:15 A


As others have noted, while a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. try not to get trapped in the dieting mentality. Instead, do your best to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training. Will that help you fit into the dress by May ? Maybe.

However, I DO know a way you can fit into the dress if you don't lose 10 pounds. Go to Macy's or any good retail store that has a lingerie department. You're looking for SPANX.

Spanx is the brand name of a pair of panties (your mom might call it a girdle) that can help take 2-3 inches off your waist. Many brides wear something called foundation garments under their gowns. these garments can cinch in waists and take inches off your hips. Shoot, even JLo wears them to smooth out the lumps and bumps.

The point ? If you don't lose enough to fit the dress, there are undergarments that can help you. it might not be overly comfortable, but lots of women use these undergarments. And they're not too expensive. Actually, you might ask your mom if she has a pair.

KOOSHKY SparkPoints: (7,509)
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4/20/13 12:10 A

While losing 2 lbs a week is a reasonable goal, now you are stressed out and not having a good time. You are still young! If you want to learn from my mistakes, in the future buy the dress that fits at the moment you buy it. That way if you lose weight, it is much easier to have it taken in, and you will be happy. If not, then at least you aren't stressing over losing weight. I have been guilty of doing this many times, and all it did was add to my depression. I wish you the best! emoticon

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4/19/13 10:47 P

I suggest getting a seamstress lined up just in case. It will help you relax and getting rid of stress will help you lose weight also. I wish you the very best!

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4/19/13 8:41 P


It depends--the less weight one has to lose the slower the process. Whatever you do, PLEASE do not resort to extreme measures--this can be very dangerous. You can only do what you can do--begin by eating a healthy diet and doing some activity and see where it takes you.

Coach Nancy

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4/19/13 7:30 P

2lb a week is reasonable - you just have to make sure that you stick with the healthy lifestyle and that you aren't tempted to start skipping meals or doing excessive work-outs to achieve it.

One thing I will suggest which MAY help to you fit into your dress - get one of those miracle undergarments. I think you guys call them spanx. Anyway, they really DO work, and improve the look of the figure emoticon

I have some cheap ones - knickers that come a bit higher, and a cami that takes care of the rest. and I also have a gentle one that does a good job, and it is just a tube that goes from under the boobs to the top of the thigh. You can also get all-in-one sets.

Good luck, and enjoy yourself. Remember, your graduation is more than just a beautiful dress. If you are feeling good inside, then it was show on the outside with a beautiful glow - and that over-rides any dress :-)

BIG hugs,
Kris xxx

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4/19/13 6:38 P

I'm 18 years old and I am graduating May 31st from high school. It should be one of the happiest times of my life. But it isn't. I bought a $700 dream dress in November and since then I have gained (at least) 10 pounds. In the past month, I stopped working out (just starting again today) and gained back one inch on my waist after I was after losing 6 1/4 inches overall from my bust, waist, and thighs. My dress was really snug in the belly button area when I tried it on one month ago, but now I'm afraid to try it on again in case it doesn't fit at all. I can't afford a lot of alterations. My goal is to lose 2 pounds a week until then. (Is this reasonable? I really need to get this dress to fit, or else I just put $700 dollars down the drain... and I'm not rich at all... it took us 5 months to pay off the dress) I also bought some spanx. I'm actually so disappointed in myself that I cry. I have no idea what to do. Help!

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