My goal for you is to look and feel fit & fabulous and to be glowing with confidence on your big and beyond!  Wherever you are in your journey to a Bride Fit Body there are some habits that will secure your success to create sustainable results.

You may be thinking I’m going to suggest a complicated exercise routine that involves endless hours on cardio equipment and a diet program that involves measuring and weighing every morsel of food.  Most of the time we equate fat release to punishing our bodies with exhausting workouts and deprivation of food by drastically cutting calories.

I’m going to paint you a very different picture.  My suggestions for a Bride Fit Body involve eating delicious real food, exercising less and moving more.  It also involves radical self-care and more sleep!

NOTE:  Getting a fit & fabulous body is actually SIMPLE.

No need to get too complex!  I recently watched some interviews on a weight loss summit and one of the health & wellness professionals said, “Complexity is the enemy of execution.”  Don’t overthink it or get overwhelmed.  One step at a time, you will develop new habits that support a Bride Fit Body and a healthier & happier “ever after.”

Get started today with my 12 Weeks to a Fit Bride program and I will guide and support you with all your Bride Fit goals!  Here are 6 habits to establish that will guarantee you having a Bride Fit Body for your wedding day and beyond:

  1. DRINK WATER– this sounds simple and it is, but most don’t drink nearly enough and are in a chronic state of dehydration. You need to up your water intake to at least ½ your body weight in ounces.  That means if you’re 150 pounds, you need to drink at least 75 ounces of water per day, I suggest aiming for 100 ounces.  Here’s a strategy to make this happen; take out the amount of water for the day and put in a glass pitcher with ice, lemon, lime, cucumbers, pure essential oils (peppermint and grapefruit are my favorite) or whatever makes you happy!  Give yourself some rules like, drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning (yes before coffee) and making sure you have 50 ounces down before 2pm.  There’s an App called Water Log (I know there’s more but get something that works for you), this will keep you on track.  Drinking more water can change your life if you are currently not drinking enough!
  2. EAT MORE VEGETABLES– The common denominator in any “diet”; Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian or Paleo, is that eating mostly vegetables is the foundation. Shoot for 10 servings per day.  Quality does matter; local, in-season and organic is best. Do the best you can, that’s all I ask!
  3. EAT PROTEIN AND SOME FAT FOR BREAKFAST– like a protein shake made with coconut milk or nut milk if fat isn’t in the protein mix. This is a great way to add vegetables into your day by adding some greens in your shake.  Eggs are a great choice, the whole egg please!  Pastured eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.  Scramble some in a little coconut oil, or make an omelet loaded with?  You guessed it- vegetables!  Here’s something to try- a bag of frozen organic mixed vegetables, I use a stir-fry mix, broccoli, cauliflower or whatever I have.  Put in a deep pan with a little water, heat medium to high, cover, it’s lightly steamed and ready to go in 5 minutes.  Then I crack 1-3 eggs on the top (you may need to drain or add some water first), cover, heat low, cook the eggs to your liking (don’t burn the veggie’s, the eggs will still cook in the steam, so turn off the heat if you need).
  4. WALK- as much as you can, everyday. Aim for 10,000 steps per day.  First measure your steps and if you are currently a lot lower than that number, don’t panic!  Add 500-1000 steps, after doing that for a week, add another 100-500.  The end goal is 10,000.  If you can walk for 15 minutes in the morning, before eating, and 15 minutes at night after dinner is great!  If you sit all day at work, take breaks and get up every 25 minutes.  If you have the ability to stand at while working, try to switch it up and get out of your chair as much as possible.
  5. DO SOMETHING 3x’s PER WEEK– This can be a Tabata training at home, which is doing an exercise like a stationary bike, elliptical, air squats, push ups, or a combination of exercises, at a high intensity for 20 seconds, then resting for 10 seconds for 8 rounds. It’s a four-minute workout with a huge bang for its buck!  Download the TABATA TIMER App.  Find a training studio with structured small group training or look into hiring a personal trainer.  Remember FAT LOSS is a by-product of strength.  Don’t rush to a level that’s too far ahead, start with where you are, and move up from there.
  6. SLEEP– So important and severely underrated! That false belief that you can sleep when you’re dead is dumb!  Sleep and fat release are directly connected.  We can dive deep into this subject but let’s start with going to bed 15 minutes earlier than you are currently doing.  Sleep hygiene, which is a variety of practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness, is key.  Routine is important; relaxing at night, avoid any emotional upsetting conversations, dimmed lights, if you can eliminate computers, phones or anything with a screen a couple hours before you go to sleep, and a cool & dark bedroom.

Let me know how these suggestions help you on your way to a Bride Fit Body, I love to hear from you!

Sheila Piehler

Sheila is a health coach and creator of 12 WEEKS TO A FIT BRIDE.   She works with BRIDES in the area’s of fitness, nutrition & lifestyle to create a life of “happily & healthily ever after.”

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