Any bride who tells you she’s not dieting is lying.
Just throwing that out there.
So for myself?
Sure, I cut back on my food intake. Nothing drastic, or anything. I like food. Food and me? We have a great relationship. It tastes goooood. Case-in-point.
But who doesn’t want to look even better? With the proper motivation, like ahem, your wedding, you can go far, right?
I mean you can, and sure I’ve come far, but comfort food is so darn yuuuummmmy.
So here’s how it goes for me:
About 6 months out from my wedding I
gave more money than I care to admit to hired a personal trainer. I know me. I will purchase a gym membership, plan on going religiously, do that for about a week, and then taper off and still end up paying for it when not going at all. That money lost is now body image gained with my personal trainer. And bonus: she’s someone I enjoy working with, centers me emotionally during my rants, and will continue to work with post-nuptials. Super bonus: my biceps rock.
The hypoallergenic, doctor prescribed diet back in October taught me a lot about food: quality, quantity and preservatives. While there’s no way in hell I still eat what or how I did on that diet, I know how certain foods affect me and try to make concerted effort to eat better. Now consistency is my problem. I’ll eat whole, good foods for about 2 days, then fall off the wagon at a bbq and gorge on those hotdogs I try to deprive myself of otherwise. But a few hotdogs/bruchetta/macaroni salad here and there is not bad! I try to be realistic. Reality is harsh when you want a flat belly, though.
Last week I asked a thin friend of mine how he does it. He asked if I wanted the truth. Um, yes. (Hindsight: no no no.) Enemas and not eating. Ok so that first part is out the window. Nothing too extreme for me, please. But not eating?! We’ve established my love affair with food. Sure you eat less you should weigh less. You eat right you should also weigh less. For the record, this friend does eat.
Moving on, I asked another friend who happens to be a nutritionist at a certain government run health organization that same question. Disclaimer, this was at her birthday party and she was definitely enjoying herself. Her response: Don’t eat. What?! Wait, wasn’t that the skinny friend’s advice?! Now things are wonky. She went on to explain that smaller meals are better, not totally restricting calories. Oh, and she also advised that if I plan on drinking any alcohol, then I should really not eat. Like, at all.
Last stop on the bad-advice train, with a happy twist, my personal trainer. I recounted the pointers given above and she nodded and agreed. If you don’t eat you will loose weight. But of course you shouldn’t do that. Whew. Finally, someone who sees the reality to this bad guidance. Then she shared how she prepared for a body building contest by basically not eating for the remaining days leading up to the show. ARG! She supports eating.
For the love of all things tasty, people must eat!
I’m going to write a book called “You have to eat to loose weight!”
Not that I have any credentials on the topic.
Just random advice from others.
And no worries, I’m eating. And I’m working out. And Mike and I are running a 5K together tomorrow. And we eat really well.
Food is meant to be enjoyed.
But the jellybeans & candy cane oreos are hidden from sight.
Sidenote: I fear the google searches that will land people on this post!