Hey Friends! I’m really excited for this post today. As you may have seen on social media, I got engaged in August. Dave and I have been looking at venues, updating my Pinterest board, talking about flower arrangements, and dreaming about a honeymoon! We signed our contract and picked a date for next year! We have a photographer and I’ve picked out my colors. Next on the list? Getting in wedding ready shape!
Every bride wants to feel and look her best on her wedding day. I’m writing this post to hold myself accountable (and hopefully you too!) and stick to some healthy habits to get me ready for the big day! Here are some healthy habits I’m sticking too during our engagement. Dave and I have different goals as far as how we want to look and feel on the wedding day. He wants to put on size and I want to tone up a bit. However these habits are something we can both implement into our healthy wedding routines.
10 Healthy Habits To Commit To During Your Engagement
1. Sleep More
I’m so guilty of ignoring this age-old rule. Working night shift is not super conducive with a normal sleep schedule. However, in November I’m switching to day shift-hoping that will allow me to have a more regular bedtime and get those eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Sleep helps in all areas-weight loss, the health of your skin and an overall wellness feeling.
2. Drink More Water
Again, something I really need to work on. Keeping hydrated helps with sugar cravings, your skin and to flush out any extra water weight your holding onto. I bought myself a large water bottle (like this cute one from H&M for under $8!) and try to take it with me everywhere so I hit my goal by the end of the day.
3. Eat 5 Servings of Vegetables A Day
This one is hard for most people but I actually really love how I feel when I eat more veggies. Dave laughs at me because I insist we have at least one green vegetable with dinner every night (this is the only time he eats any veggies!). Throw some spinach in your omelette, have some carrots and hummus for a snack, broccoli with dinner and a Salad for lunch. Boom thats 4-5 servings right there! Plus all the fiber, antioxidants and health benefits. You really cannot feel bad when you eat like this!
4. Exercise 5 Days Per Week
This is a goal I have every week. Some weeks I hit it and others its a miss. Working full time-it can be difficult to make it to the gym that often, especially with other responsibilities, kids or other obligations (I’m so inspired by the Moms who seem to be able to do it all!). I just know that this engagement season, I’m going to be more intentional with my gym sessions and try to not skip just because I don’t feel like going. Plus changing up my workouts and grabbing some new workout clothes always makes me a little more motivated! I’ve added in more resistance band work.
5. Commit To Stress Reduction Techniques
Yoga, meditation, massage, devotionals, stretching-whatever gives you a few quiet minutes to yourself. It’s good for the soul and the mind. Plus it will definitely help your sanity during this busy time of your life. Planning a wedding is no easy feat, so taking a few minutes for yourself will help in the long run.
6.Spend Time With Family
Spend some intentional time with family (and refrain from wedding talk). This is a wonderfully exciting time for you and your family-but wedding planning can take over the conversation (guilty!). Be present and enjoy time with family.
7. Cook More Meals at Home
This is a double tip! Save money and eat better! Save some extra money by not eating out and put it towards your wedding fund. Eating more meals at home means you have more control over what’s in your food and what you are consuming! Plus it can be a fun date night in with the fiancé to cook together! All positives in my mind. Dave and I already eat a majority of our meals at home-but we can definitely get better at this, and reduce our intake of frozen pizza!
8. Reduce Alcohol and Soda Consumption
Let’s be honest, we can all work on this one. I don’t consume a ton of alcohol but I do love a glass of red wine a few nights a week. Soda is also not a huge problem, but I tend to grab a Diet Coke late in the shift when I work overnight. These are habits I’ll be more conscious of, and try to reduce as much as possible. Plus, looking for healthy alternatives can make this a little easier. I really love these new Bai sparking infusion drinks-they have some caffeine in them and are only 5 calories!
Well that’s it! Let me know any other tips you have for staying healthy or trimming down during your engagement!