I am officially 2 days away from my wedding. Shit is super real now. My dress alterations are complete, wedding bands are bought, family members are coming into town and my house is exploding with a mix of wedding day supplies and wedding presents. We even got our first card addressed to Mr. and Mrs. yesterday… it’s all a little surreal, but it’s exciting.
Being this close to the wedding day, it also meant it was time for my last check in on my progress. So just a couple days ago, I did my last round of measurements and another assessment of my goals. I want to lay it all out for you here…
In May when I started personal training, I wanted to lose 10 lbs. I lost 9.1 lbs.
Since I bought my dress a year ago, I’ve lost 12 lbs.
When I started personal training, I could do 2 push ups. I can now do over 30 in a minute.
Over the last 4 months (yes, that’s how long this process has been), I’ve lost 2 inches in my chest, 1 inch in my waist, 2 inches in my hips and over an inch in my thighs.
I could not be happier with what I have achieved. I can honestly say this is the best shape I have been in, in a very, very long time. This is the first time ever in my life I can do as many push up as I can. I am at the healthiest weight I’ve been at in at least 3 years. Physically, I feel great and am super impressed with what my body can do. On top of that, I can pretty pleased with how I look in the mirror too! (I am DYING to post a photo of me in my dress… but that will have to wait another couple days!)
I want to be up front about this progress as well. The last few weeks have been a bit intense. I’ve been in the gym at least an hour and a half every day and a couple days doing double sessions. My diet has been on point… lots of lean protein and veggies (with the exception of some wine here and there to keep me sane…) I have really worked so hard for this and am uber proud of what I’ve achieved. Was this easy? Nope. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Really, in thinking about this whole process, I’ve received so much more from it than I thought I would. I thought I just wanted to look and feel great on my wedding day. And, clearly I’ve acknowledged that I have achieved that. But, the unexpected outcome that I received from this experience is that now, I need to work out. I need to do something active every day. I feel off and out of sorts if I don’t. I had hope that I would also make a lifestyle change in this process, and I absolutely did.
Additionally, I feel not only prepared for my wedding day, but also prepared for a healthier life in marriage. I want to be the best partner I can be for Matty. He means the world to me, and I can’t wait to call him my husband. To me, part of this commitment is taking good care of my body, inside and out. People say you can’t take care of others without taking care yourself first, and I think I have finally learned what this lesson really means. I am a far healthier person now than I was just four months ago and I like to think I am healthier in part for Matty.
So blog friends… thanks for listening and coming along on this journey with me. When I write my next post, I will officially be a Mrs., a wife and a life partner to a pretty amazing guy. I’m so excited. And I can’t wait to tell you all about one of the biggest days of my life… stay tuned!