Posts in the 'Diet' Category

{Real Bride: Carrie} Losing It Before The Wedding

Okay, okay, I’m not talking about the big “IT”, as in getting my V-card swiped.  I’m talking about losing some poundage!  If you remember back to my Wedding-Induced Ugly Duckling Syndrome post you remember me mentioning that I wanted to lose a few pounds in order to look my best for my wedding.  I know I was far from alone in wanting this.  I totally believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I don’t agree with the immense amount of pressure put on brides to be a stick figure.  But on the other hand, I had been just a little over my ideal weight for years and I figured the wedding was the best excuse I would ever have to drop it!

So in January (along with millions of other New Years Resolution-makers) I commenced my very own Operation Flab to Fab!  The happy news I can now report is that I have lost 24 pounds!!!!!!

After a rainy hike almost a year ago…carrying a little extra weight!

On a recent hiking trip…trimmed it up a bit!

I don’t think the difference is too obvious in photos, but people have been noticing in real life, which is nice!  Now you may be waiting with bated breath to hear my big, miraculous, easy weight loss secret…

Welp, I’m sorry to disappoint but I made this happen with the two classics: DIET and EXERCISE.  Since January, I’ve been using to count calories.  This method works well for me because I can really eat anything I want, I just have to budget for it!  I also experimented with counting calories by the week, instead of by the day, so that I could have some extra treats (or beers) on certain days of the week.

Fitness wise, I’ve been pretty active!  On June 2 I will be running my first half marathon and training for that has definitely kept me moving.  I’ve also been going to yoga class once a week, biking, and hiking on days off.  I’m all for putting the effort into exercise in order to earn those extra calories!

I don’t want to make it sound easy, because it definitely hasn’t been.  I LOVE cooking, baking, eating out, going out to bars, and pretty much every other unhealthy hobby out there.  Thinking of the wedding, support from Zach, mental toughness, and encouragement from a couple other dieting friends has helped me get this far.  The thing is, I’m not done yet!  I have a mere two and a half months until my wedding and three weeks until my final dress fitting and I still would like to lose six more pounds.  Despite my success so far, I feel like I’ve hit a wall.  I’ve been making too many excuses and cheating on my eating far too much!  Getting close is not enough; I want to meet my final goal!  (Which is still in the middle of my healthy BMI range, FYI.)

So I guess part of my reason for writing this is to ask for some support and accountability!  The clock is ticking and I really need to recommit in order to get my body to truly FAB status by wedding time!

Does anyone have any tips for getting through the last few pounds?  Any other encouraging pre-wedding weight loss stories out there?

{Real Bride: Carrie} Wedding-Induced Ugly Duckling Syndrome

Confession: Wedding planning has turned me into a way more superficial brat than I used to be.

There’s nothing like imagining walking down the aisle with all those eyes on me, plus getting professional photographs taken of myself, to make me worry like crazy about how I will look.

Yes, I know everyone says brides ALWAYS look beautiful.  I know I have dreadlocks so I won’t seem like a traditionally-styled bride no matter what, not that I want to.  But I still feel tons of pressure to look my best!  This pressure is mostly self-inflicted, and lately I’m just feeling like an ugly duckling!

Oye vey.

Pardon the bitchfest for a moment, but my two main complaints are my weight and my skin.  In a way, the weight is the easy one.  Too many desserts and cervezas have taken their toll on my midsection, but if I really commit to healthier choices I know I can shed a few pounds by June.  I don’t want to be unrealistic and go on a torturous diet, just lose the beer belly and get more fit!  I know if I can pull it off I’ll feel much more confident on my wedding day!

My skin has always confused me.  First of all, my skin tone is very uneven, freckly, and red.  I blame the Irish in me.  I’ve tried several different makeup regimens over the years but I always end up looking shiny by the end of the day.  With an outdoor summer wedding, I’m really worried about looking like a sweaty beast in all the pictures!  Secondly, I have really dark under-eye circles.  No matter how much sleep I get or how little caffeine/alcohol I drink, they remain.

The concealers I’ve tried never really hide my circles as much as I’d like, and they too end up melting down my face after several hours.  I’m really worried about how I’m going to DIY my wedding makeup when I’m not even satisfied with my day-to-day look!  I’m terrified I won’t feel confident and I won’t like how I look in the photos.  I know these concerns are totally stupid and conceited, but I can’t help feeling stressed about the beauty aspects of the big day!

Has anyone else been infected with Ugly Duckling Syndrome while planning “the most important day of your life”?  Anyone have advice on longer-lasting makeup brands?

{Up for Grabs} Giveaway Round-up!

We’re creeping up on New Years now, and you’re probably starting to hear that old familiar refrain about fresh starts and new beginnings. This year you can be fitter, more productive, healthier, greener, you name it. Yup, its the time of year when we reflect on the past and resolve for the future. I know that Flab to Fab is definitely coming back in FULL EFFECT in 2011… cuz fitness resolutions are an annual tradition up in my business.

Are you already thinking about resolutions? Is yours fitness related or perhaps a wedding to-do? Well then, this week’s giveaways have got you hooked up! BUT FIRST…

Dang, y’all love you some Cookie Pops.  Last week’s Bargain Bash has been EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! Once again, our Bargain Bash is from Bountiful Baskets by Jean, a Santa Monica-based gift basket company specializing in hand-crafted, customized gift baskets and delicious Cookie Pops!

Holiday shopping already in the bag? Need we remind you of Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, or the particularly gift basket-heavy Easter holiday? Not to mention the myriad bridal or baby showers the new year may hold! Last week we even suggested you use those scrumptious Cookie Pops as easy, edible wedding favors, and the idea seems to agree with you!

In cased you missed it last week, our Bargain Bash allows you to purchase $50 worth of gifts or baskets for only $25, a savings of 50%!!!

AND you can snag this deal up to 5 times, for a grand total of $250 worth of gifts at half the price! Just remember to place any X-mas orders by tomorrow, Dec 16th! (Shipping fees apply to those outside the L.A. area)

Beachbody Slim in 6
After you’ve stuffed your face with all the holiday cakes, pies, and sweet treats you can cram into your gob, you might be left feeling a little flabtastic. Well, if you’re lucky, you won’t have to wait until after your NYE hangover wears off to start a new exercise regimen, because this week,we’re giving away over $300 worth of kickin’ Beachbody work out DVDs  to one lucky winner! That’s right, one of our gorgeous newsletter subscribers will get Slim in 6TurboFire, and the ever popular Brazil Butt Lift.

Hmmm, I might’ve just changed my New Year’s resolution to: have ass enviable to most Brazilian women. It’s a lofty goal, perhaps, but I’m setting the bar super high this year! 2011 WILL RULE!

All you have to do to enter is subscribe to our excellent, oh-so-insightful Broke-Ass Brigade newsletter. If you’ve already subscribed, then relax – you’re already entered to win! If you haven’t subscribed yet, just click here!

This week, we also have an awesome giveaway for the green bride-to-be! If you want  to keep your wedding’s environmental impact as close to nil as possible, listen up! Greenvelope would like to award one lucky bride their most opulent paperless package!

Greenvelope’s Gold Package
includes save the dates, wedding invites, response cards, and thank you notes, plus all the tools you need to customize your stationary templates and manage your event from start to finish!

Save trees and time when you opt for Greenvelope‘s elegant, eco-friendly paperless stationary for your wedding or special event! Click here to check out their gallery of gorgeous green designs! Best yet, any bride can get started with a set of FREE Save the Dates!

To enter, just leave a comment here  or in response to any other post this week – one entry per day.


And we have to take a minute to give mad props to our recent giveaway winners…
Kimberley B. won our Blush!nk blog template. We can’t wait to check out your blingin’ new blog, Kimberley!
Theresa S. won our beautiful silk flower set! Congrats, girl! Send us some cute pics! And finally,
Ashlin M. and Brittany each won a FREE wedding invitations package from Glo! Huzzah!!!

Congrats to all of our winners! We can’t wait to see who the winners are next week!