Wedding Weight Loss
It’s no secret; I’ve always struggled with my weight. I like my grub. After school and especially when Jonny and I moved in together, I got comfy. I ate (and drank) what I liked without really thinking about the consequences. I’ve lost weight before quite easily and quickly, but always fell back into old habits and put it back on.
When a friend announced 2 years ago that she was getting married abroad, the thought of being in a bikini in front of all my friends was the wake-up call I needed. I had to try something different this time and needed a bit of help to get going, so I joined a local Slimming World class. Put simply, its healthy eating; more fruit and veg, less carbs, lean meat and plenty of fluids with snacks between meals to keep my metabolism up. I’ve never eaten as much food in my life! Weight loss has been slower this time but steady, and both Jonny and I feel such a difference in our energy levels. It’s been a change of lifestyle rather than a diet, and has seen us through two of the most social years of our lives (30th birthdays, weddings, hens, stags, baby showers…) without piling weight on. When we got engaged, it was reassuring to know that I was already on the path to a healthier body so any more weight loss would be a bonus to feeling fab on our wedding.
When the time came to start shopping for a wedding dress, I did still have the fear that I’d feel frumpy. I enjoy exercise but never found something that I LOVED to do, and being self-employed, time is always an issue for me…until I discovered HIIT workouts; high intensity interval training. I mainly follow Joe Wicks, The Body Coach on Facebook and YouTube. They are 15/20 minute workouts that can be done in our living room. They are HARD work, but I’ve never been in better shape. Although my weight loss seems to have stopped (I’d love another half stone off to get to my target weight!) I’ve lost inches and have muscles I’ve never seen before! And if I’m feeling demotivated, knowing that it’s only 15 minutes gets me through.
So that’s diet and exercise covered – but what about silky smooth skin? Like many women, I have Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of my arms; dry, bumpy and sometimes red skin. I’ve tried lots of different exfoliators and scrubs but decided to invest in something a little more intensive that would really target the issue. I’ve been using; Cane + Austin, Retexturizing Pads for Body. The pads are saturated with glycolic acid (amongst other exfoliating and hydrating ingredients) to buff away the dead skin. I follow up with Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion on the affected area. This lotion contains lactic acid that provides intense hydration and encourages the skins natural exfoliation process. Although it hasn’t cleared it up completely, there is a vast difference in the texture and appearance.