Feel Your Best

WEDDING TIPS FROM A WELLNESS COACH & PERSONAL TRAINER

Feel Your Best

WEDDING TIPS FROM A WELLNESS COACH & PERSONAL TRAINER


We sat down with Kate, a body positive personal trainer and eating psychology coach located in San Francisco, to get the scoop on how to feel your best leading up to your wedding day. She shared her top tips with us below, and you can follow along with her as she helps women be the best versions of themselves and learn more at her website or @wlovekate.

Feel Your Best

WEDDING TIPS FROM A WELLNESS COACH & PERSONAL TRAINER

When wedding planning, the to-do lists never seem to end and it can feel like you’re putting everyone else’s needs above your own. Will your friends from college be happy sitting with his work colleagues? Who will help grandma get from the ceremony to the reception? Do the bridesmaids like their dresses?! The list goes on. Keep in mind that it is YOUR big day, and self-care is more important than ever. As a personal trainer and body image coach, Kate has helped her clients wade through the expansive sea of wellness “must-dos” to find the ones that are actually worth spending time, money, and energy on leading up to their big day. Her top 6 tips to feeling your best from the inside out are below.

When wedding planning, the to-do lists never seem to end and it can feel like you’re putting everyone else’s needs above your own. Will your friends from college be happy sitting with his work colleagues? Who will help grandma get from the ceremony to the reception? Do the bridesmaids like their dresses?! The list goes on. Keep in mind that it is your big day, and self-care is more important than ever. As a personal trainer and body image coach, Kate has helped her clients wade through the expansive sea of wellness “must-dos” to find the ones that are actually worth spending time, money, and energy on leading up to their big day. Her top five tips to feeling your best from the inside out are below.


  1. Say no to crash diets

Repeat after me – I will not crash diet before my wedding day. If you only follow one tip from this list, let it be this one. Diets are typically rooted in deprivation, which has been proven to intensify cravings, increase obsessive thoughts around food, and increase cortisol – the stress hormone you do NOT want running wild right before your big day. Even if you’re a few months out and considering the latest diet trend, be warned that 95% of diets fail and most dieters gain back all or more of the weight initially lost within the first few years. A crash diet the month of your wedding will leave you feeling like a bridezilla for last minute planning. Stick to balanced meals with lots of veggies and whole foods leading up to your big day.

 

  1. Catch your z’s

The last way you want to feel on your wedding day is scatterbrained and fatigued. In order to stay level headed and energized, make sure you’re getting 7-9 quality hours of uninterrupted sleep each night – not just on the weekdays. Studies have shown that getting less than 7 hours a night of restful shut-eye reduces cognitive function, and both short and long term memory. To optimize your sleep, make sure your room is pitch black, avoid screens 60 minutes before shuteye, curb caffeine by 2pm, keep your sleep schedule consistent, and lower the thermostat in your house below 68 degrees.

 

  1. Super charge your wedding day breakfast

Since your wedding day morning will likely be filled with butterflies and bubbles, it can be easy to skip out on breakfast. However, you and your squad have a long day ahead, and a protein-packed breakfast will do you all wonders in the long run. Opt for overnight oats with almond butter and protein powder, or a veggie egg quiche over quickly digested pastries and cereals. Another tip: task your bridesmaids or maid-of-honor with snack duty throughout the day to make sure everyone in the wedding party is satiated before the bubbles start to flow.

  1. Go heavy in the gym

Don’t be afraid to reach for those heavy weights during your workouts. Strength training is a great way to help you look toned and feel strong for your big day. Adding in heavy resistance training will help you rev up your metabolism, increase your energy, and come in handy when it's time to lug gifts, flower arrangements, guest books, and a sleeping flower girl. If you’re not sure where to start or have questions about form, reach out to a personal trainer in your area.

 

5. Cultivate body confidence

As a bride-to-be, you’ve likely been bombarded with wedding day weight loss messages…but what about spending that time and energy on truly appreciating and accepting the body you already have? By doing so, you’ll be beaming with confidence that will show through in your wedding albums for years to come. Altering your body shape in any way won’t change what’s happening in your head and heart, and it would be a shame to spend what should be the happiest day of your life fussing over the size of your hips. After all, the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Start with simply bringing awareness to your negative self-talk and replacing that inner mean girl voice with a positive affirmation such as “I am enough” or “my weight does not define me.” For more support, check out The Body Love Blueprint, a 12-week group coaching program to ditch dieting for good and make peace with your plate.


We sat down with Kate, a body positive personal trainer and eating psychology coach located in San Francisco, to get the scoop on how to feel your best leading up to your wedding day. She shared her top tips with us below, and you can follow along with her as she helps women be the best versions of themselves and learn more at her website or @wlovekate.

We sat down with Kate, a body positive personal trainer and eating psychology coach located in San Francisco, to get the scoop on how to feel your best leading up to your wedding day. She shared her top tips with us below, and you can follow along with her as she helps women be the best versions of themselves and learn more at her website or @wlovekate.

When wedding planning, the to-do lists never seem to end and it can feel like you’re putting everyone else’s needs above your own. Will your friends from college be happy sitting with his work colleagues? Who will help grandma get from the ceremony to the reception? Do the bridesmaids like their dresses?! The list goes on. Keep in mind that it is your big day, and self-care is more important than ever. As a personal trainer and body image coach, Kate has helped her clients wade through the expansive sea of wellness “must-dos” to find the ones that are actually worth spending time, money, and energy on leading up to their big day. Here are her top five tips to feeling your best from the inside out:

 

  1. Say no to crash diets

Repeat after me – I will not crash diet before my wedding day. If you only follow one tip from this list, let it be this one. Diets are typically rooted in deprivation, which has been proven to intensify cravings, increase obsessive thoughts around food, and increase cortisol – the stress hormone you do not want running wild right before your big day. Even if you’re a few months out and considering the latest diet trend, be warned that 95% of diets fail and most dieters gain back all or more of the weight initially lost within the first few years. A crash diet the month of your wedding will leave you feeling like a bridezilla for last minute planning. Stick to balanced meals with lots of veggies and whole foods leading up to your big day.

 

  1. Catch your z’s

The last way you want to feel on your wedding day is scatterbrained and fatigued. In order to stay level headed and energized, make sure you’re getting 7-9 quality hours of uninterrupted sleep each night – not just on the weekdays. Studies have shown that getting less than 7 hours a night of restful shut-eye reduces cognitive function, and both short and long term memory. To optimize your sleep, make sure your room is pitch black, avoid screens 60 minutes before shuteye, curb caffeine by 2pm, keep your sleep schedule consistent, and lower the thermostat in your house below 68 degrees.

 

  1. Super charge your wedding day breakfast

Since your wedding day morning will likely be filled with butterflies and bubbles, it can be easy to skip out on breakfast. However, you and your squad have a long day ahead, and a protein-packed breakfast will do you all wonders in the long run. Opt for overnight oats with almond butter and protein powder, or a veggie egg quiche over quickly digested pastries and cereals. Another tip: task your bridesmaids or maid-of-honor with snack duty throughout the day to make sure everyone in the wedding party is satiated before the bubbles start to flow.

  1. Go heavy in the gym

Don’t be afraid to reach for those heavy weights during your workouts. Strength training is a great way to help you look toned and feel strong for your big day. Adding in heavy resistance training will help you rev up your metabolism, increase your energy, and come in handy when it's time to lug gifts, flower arrangements, guest books, and a sleeping flower girl. If you’re not sure where to start or have questions about form, reach out to a personal trainer in your area.

 

5. Cultivate body confidence

As a bride-to-be, you’ve likely been bombarded with wedding day weight loss messages…but what about spending that time and energy on truly appreciating and accepting the body you already have? By doing so, you’ll be beaming with confidence that will show through in your wedding albums for years to come. Altering your body shape in any way won’t change what’s happening in your head and heart, and it would be a shame to spend what should be the happiest day of your life fussing over the size of your hips. After all, the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Start with simply bringing awareness to your negative self-talk and replacing that inner mean girl voice with a positive affirmation such as “I am enough” or “my weight does not define me.” For more support, check out The Body Love Blueprint, a 12-week group coaching program to ditch dieting for good and make peace with your plate.

When wedding planning, the to-do lists never seem to end and it can feel like you’re putting everyone else’s needs above your own. Will your friends from college be happy sitting with his work colleagues? Who will help grandma get from the ceremony to the reception? Do the bridesmaids like their dresses?! The list goes on. Keep in mind that it is your big day, and self-care is more important than ever. As a personal trainer and body image coach, Kate has helped her clients wade through the expansive sea of wellness “must-dos” to find the ones that are actually worth spending time, money, and energy on leading up to their big day. Her top five tips to feeling your best from the inside out are below.

 

  1. Say no to crash diets

Repeat after me – I will not crash diet before my wedding day. If you only follow one tip from this list, let it be this one. Diets are typically rooted in deprivation, which has been proven to intensify cravings, increase obsessive thoughts around food, and increase cortisol – the stress hormone you do not want running wild right before your big day. Even if you’re a few months out and considering the latest diet trend, be warned that 95% of diets fail and most dieters gain back all or more of the weight initially lost within the first few years. A crash diet the month of your wedding will leave you feeling like a bridezilla for last minute planning. Stick to balanced meals with lots of veggies and whole foods leading up to your big day.

 

  1. Catch your z’s

The last way you want to feel on your wedding day is scatterbrained and fatigued. In order to stay level headed and energized, make sure you’re getting 7-9 quality hours of uninterrupted sleep each night – not just on the weekdays. Studies have shown that getting less than 7 hours a night of restful shut-eye reduces cognitive function, and both short and long term memory. To optimize your sleep, make sure your room is pitch black, avoid screens 60 minutes before shuteye, curb caffeine by 2pm, keep your sleep schedule consistent, and lower the thermostat in your house below 68 degrees.

 

  1. Super charge your wedding day breakfast

Since your wedding day morning will likely be filled with butterflies and bubbles, it can be easy to skip out on breakfast. However, you and your squad have a long day ahead, and a protein-packed breakfast will do you all wonders in the long run. Opt for overnight oats with almond butter and protein powder, or a veggie egg quiche over quickly digested pastries and cereals. Another tip: task your bridesmaids or maid-of-honor with snack duty throughout the day to make sure everyone in the wedding party is satiated before the bubbles start to flow.

  1. Go heavy in the gym

Don’t be afraid to reach for those heavy weights during your workouts. Strength training is a great way to help you look toned and feel strong for your big day. Adding in heavy resistance training will help you rev up your metabolism, increase your energy, and come in handy when it's time to lug gifts, flower arrangements, guest books, and a sleeping flower girl. If you’re not sure where to start or have questions about form, reach out to a personal trainer in your area.

 

5. Cultivate body confidence

As a bride-to-be, you’ve likely been bombarded with wedding day weight loss messages…but what about spending that time and energy on truly appreciating and accepting the body you already have? By doing so, you’ll be beaming with confidence that will show through in your wedding albums for years to come. Altering your body shape in any way won’t change what’s happening in your head and heart, and it would be a shame to spend what should be the happiest day of your life fussing over the size of your hips. After all, the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Start with simply bringing awareness to your negative self-talk and replacing that inner mean girl voice with a positive affirmation such as “I am enough” or “my weight does not define me.” For more support, check out The Body Love Blueprint, a 12-week group coaching program to ditch dieting for good and make peace with your plate.

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