Broke-Ass Tag: fitness

7/10

Sweating for the wedding? I didn’t know that was a thing.

After I got engaged, and I started doing wedding research, I noticed a strange trend begin to emerge on my social media. First, my Facebook feed started filling up with ads for Sweating for the Wedding tank tops and workout gear. Then, the same thing started happening on Pinterest. I started to see workouts, weight-loss plans, and advice on how to get into shape before your wedding. Now, I know many brides want to lose weight before their wedding. This is nothing new, but I had no idea it had become a phenomenon.

I know I need to lose weight, but I don’t want you to want me to lose weight. Get it?

Now, before I got pregnant, I managed to lose a ton of weight. Then, I managed to gain it back during and after my pregnancy. Not all of it, but enough. I know I need to lose weight, not just for vanity’s sake, but for my health. But knowing I need to lose it and losing it are two very different things. It’s been very hard to stay motivated, and on track, I know a lot of women out there can relate. So, after I got engaged, I thought, okay, this is it. The wedding will be the extra push I needed to follow through on my exercise and diet plans.

Then, various people started saying the same thing, and I got a little bit of ‘tude about it. They were just echoing the same thoughts in my head, but because someone else suggested it, my immediate thought was I don’t have to lose weight for my wedding. Don’t tell me what t0 do! Then, I took a chill pill and said to myself, “Okay Kimberly, don’t worry about anyone else says, just do what you want to do.”

The trouble was …  I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

No, I don’t want any cake. I’ll just chew on this carrot while I dream of fitting into my wedding dress.

The main reason I wanted to try and lose weight was that I was stressing out about trying on gowns. When I was the maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding, I had a horrible time. The first store I went to didn’t have any samples in my size, so basically I had to squeeze the dress on as far as I could and imagine what the dress would look like in my size.

Wait, what?

You want me to shell out over a hundred dollars on a dress without knowing how it would look in the proper size? Um, no thank you. On top of that, I was embarrassed and bummed that I couldn’t join in the fun of trying on various gowns with the other bridesmaids. I ended up going to David’s Bridal, who had a much better selection of plus-size dresses, but the experience left a bad taste in my mouth. I still have ways to go before I start dress shopping, and I’m already feeling anxious about it. No es bueno.

BBW seeking plus-size savvy bridal salon. Must carry Allure Women gowns.

So, because I enjoy researching and making lists, I started looking up reviews from plus-size brides on various bridal salons in Connecticut. My goal was to compile a list of bridal salons that carried a variety of plus-size samples in the store to try on, as well as gowns designed specifically for plus-sized women. I even reached out to a few salons to ask questions and share my concerns. One of the salon’s that I spoke to was Mariella Creations in Rocky Hill. They were very nice and assured me that I would be able to try on a good selection of gowns. They were even going to be getting a new collection of plus-size styles in the next few months. I was beyond excited.

Once I had a few places saved in my binder that were BBW friendly, I felt a lot better about the prospect of dress shopping. Which, in turn, made me feel better about the idea of losing weight. If I’m not able to l0se weight, at least I know I can still have a good dress shopping experience.

So, I guess now I have to start sweating. Ugh.

Now that I’ve decided I’m ready to lose weight again, I have no idea where to start. The diet and exercise plan that I used before was not working out this time around. So, I turned to my true-blue friend — Pinterest. After a few days of searching, I finally settled on a few samples of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. I wanted something that I could do at home without having to spend a lot of money on equipment because after all, I am a Broke-Ass Bride! So, I went to Wal-Mart and bought a pair of two-pound weights for about two dollars each. I already owned a set of five-pound weights so I wouldn’t have to run out and get heavier weights right away. I plan to start working out three days a week and then add additional days after a month or so.

As for my diet, I decided to start off with something simple. One thing I learned about losing weight; if the method was too restrictive or too complicated I wouldn’t follow it for very long. So, I am going to focus on portion control. I’m the first to admit that I have no self-control when it comes to eating. Why eat a half a cup of rice when you can have a bowl full I always say. I’m also going to work on reducing my carb intake. I can’t give up carbs completely, but I think I can cut down on how much I eat.

To be honest, I don’t know if I am going to have any luck losing weight. Losing weight has never been easy for me. I’m going to try my damnedest, but if I don’t, I’m not going to let it make me feel bad about myself.

I will enjoy wedding planning, I will enjoy dressing shopping, and I will be a beautiful bride on my wedding day.

  • 2/12

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    Whether you’re trying to turn the corner from the gross effects of winter — because cold, dry weather can really take a toll on your mind, skin and body — or you’re trying to boost your already beautiful self in preparation for your engagement photos or wedding day, you might be in search of some new pampering goodies to get you started on the right foot. And lucky for you, I’ve been testing out some seriously badass beauty and health goods as of late. Here are five of my favorite new things for mind, body and beauty:

    A New Journal

    Blank Journal from Target

    Blank Journal, $7.99 from Target

    I’m a little bit of a geek with journals and planners and love to have a new one every year. I have like, STACKS of old journals — used, partially used, unused — but always manage to find a new one that I fall into deep infatuation with. I tend to keep them by my bed to record those nagging thoughts that hinder my sleep or to jot down a to-do list. I might doodle from time to time or actually properly record my thoughts in the way they should be when using a journal. But most of all, I find them a very useful tool to help me keep my mind in order. As editor of BAB and founder of two new businesses (one online, IRL), I’m often juggling multiple tasks — much like those of you who are in the throes of wedding planning — and it helps me to have something with me at all times to write down anything I want or need to remember. Plus, old-school note-taking and writing is pretty cathartic.

    Foreo Luna 2

    Foreo Luna 2

    Luna 2, $199 at Foreo

    While this is a little pricey (yeah, I cringed), I find it 100% worth it. I’ve been using a Clarisonic Mia for a few years, and I have found a number of drawbacks: 1) I hate, and am often too lazy, to replace the brushes. And those bad boys do need replacing; 2) My skin type varies depending on the season and the brushes can often be too harsh during the drier months, causing blotchiness and excessive dryness; 3) It’s pretty clunky. Foreo sent me the Luna 2, and while I’m always a little hesitant to test products I think are a bit too pricey, I’ve been dying to try some new cleansing system for my face. I’m an avid user of the Dove Beauty Bar and Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer … and that’s pretty much it for product. So I rely heavily on brushes to help with the deep cleaning ish. The silicon brushes on the Luna 2 are really gentle — so much so that I felt like they weren’t even getting the job done the first time around — and my particular model is made for combination skin like mine. I like that the unit pulses when it’s time to move from one face zone to the next during the one-minute cleansing session. And I like that the battery holds a charge for wayyyy longer than the Mia. It’s also more lightweight and I’m not nearly as wary of bacteria buildup due to the silicon.

    Grokker

    Grokker

    One month of unlimited video classes for $14.99

    A new year, a new attempt at working out — amirite? Yeah. Well, this usually ends in catastrophic flames for me as the call of my couch is usually infinitely stronger than the call of a yoga class. See, the thing is that I really, really hate working out in front of other people and I have a tough time with running because of old knee injuries sustained while snowboarding (I used to be a badass). This pretty much leaves me with the option of, well, my living room. But the free programs on my Roku are usually boring as shit and the paid ones like Daily Burn are expensive as shit. And then I found Grokker (what a name, right?). And I love it. I can stream the videos through my computer or tablet and I’m not stuck with just yoga or zumba — it has barre classes and a whole range of other options in a range of difficulty and intensity levels. You can follow your friends and encourage them or keep to yourself and do you (boo). Plus, Grokker is only $14.99 per month and you can test it out free for 14 days to be sure you dig it. Kind of a win-win, right? BONUS: Food recipes, because yes.

    A Fancy Glass Water Bottle

    Kate Spade New York Glass and Glitter Silicone Sleeve Water bottle at Nordstrom

    Glass and Glitter Silicon Sleeve Water Bottle, $30 at Nordstrom

    I’ll be the first to admit I am not amazing at drinking my recommended amount of water every day, but now that I’m pregnant it’s super important for me to get a minimum of 64 oz. every day. I’m also super picky about my chosen vessel — BPA scares the shit out of me so plastic is out, I don’t like the feeling on my teeth of a metal water bottle nor do I enjoy the tinny taste of them and the bottle needs to be small enough that it’s not a burden to carry around but big enough to be worth a shit. A friend bought me this adorably amazing Kate Spade glass bottle from Nordstrom and it’s my everything. At 16 oz., it’s not daunting to drain and is super easy to stick in my purse. Just four bottles full gets me to my recommended 64 oz. and it’s cute as shit (uh, hello #sparklez). Of course we all know that tons of water helps keep extra pounds at bay (if that’s important to you) and keeps hair and skin looking their best, so there’s that, too.

    Fruit-Pigmented Lipstick

    100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lipstick in Poppy

    Fruit Pigmented Lipstick in Poppy, $28 from 100% Pure

    After a recent major hair change, I’ve been feeling a lot more bold about my makeup choices — including actually wearing lipstick, which is such virgin territory for me. After testing out 100% Pure’s fruit pigmented lipstick, I was solidly impressed. Normally, I’m entirely too conscious of the fact that I’m wearing lipstick — which just seems to shorten its lifespan on my face. I’m a total lip-rubber-togetherer when I have anything on them and, of course, when it comes to lipstick this isn’t a good thing as I usually wind up with a super bright outline and nothing in the middle — very ’90s chic (ew). This lipstick, though, seems to “dry” in a way that other lipsticks don’t, making me considerably less conscious of the fact that it’s on my face while also increasing its own longevity. I have friends who had mixed reviews on it, but it worked well for me. Plus, it’s natural and there’s no shame in that game.

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  • 10/6

    Way back when, in the early days of BAB, we had a series called Flab to Fab, which chronicled some health and weight loss tips that had worked for us. Those of you paying attention on Instagram a couple weeks ago might have noticed this pop up as a hashtag as I embarked on a three-day juice cleanse. Health, happiness and general badassery have always been a…

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    7/23

    As I think about what kind of dress I want for my third little stroll down the aisle, there's a little consideration that I can't deny - my big arm pit fat! You know what I'm talking about, that pookie roll (or rolls!) between your boob and your arm. The one that becomes all too obvious when wearing a strapless dress (which is what I'd…

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    11/24

    It's a very exciting day here at Broke-Ass Headquarters..... We are begining a new series called Broke-Ass Testing Labs! Here we will test out and review all sorts of products from must have registry items, to Flab to Fab makers and things that, well... just tickle our fancy. Consider this our beta launch, 'cause we've got lots of ideas a-brewin'. But the one thing that…

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    7/27

    Every once in a while (or, if you're like me lately, every few days) a time comes in a person's life when splurging is simply the requirement of the day. Your day's splurge might be thanks to the blues, a celebration, hormones, boredom, entertaining, or any number of worthy (or unworthy) reasons.... but if you're going to do it, you wanna do it up RIGHT.Periodically,…

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    7/20

    Having friends over to eat is one of our super badass budget and diet tricks. It gives us control over the menu, the cost, gives us incentive to keep our place presentable (which, clutternuts that we are, is quite helpful), and allows us all to enjoy a leisurely meal and great conversation in a cozy atmosphere. Some people find entertaining to be a high-stress race…

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    6/16

    Post Wedding Depression (PWD) is a real thing, people. It creeps up on you, and latches on quietly to your ambition. It hides around the corners of your wedded bliss and pounces in sneak-attack fashion, dragging you down into stagnation. It hides under your covers, a cold bedfellow, suckling the warmth in your heart until you shiver.Well, that may be a bit dramatic. But still....I'm…

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    5/15

    I die. I am dead. I decompose.That's how good these cocoa-dusted almonds are.emeraldnuts.comThey offer the same hunger-satisfying, healthy fat goodness of regular almonds, but with a chocolate-y coating that adds no sugar, no calories and no fat whatsoever! With approx. 23 almonds per serving, you can afford to snack on a few here or there to quell a choco-craving and get some goodness in as…

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