6 Simple Rituals to Get the 2017 Bride Fit Body You Desire

Don’t beat yourself up or feel defeated about overindulging during the holidays, it’s time to look forward and make a plan for your 2017 goals.   A goal without a plan is a dream, it’s the everyday habits we establish that make our goals a reality.   My suggestions don’t involve deprivation, endless hours at the gym, or punishment when you have unplanned eating or a missed workout!   Implement the following practices now and you’ll be on an accelerated to road that will take you from;

  • FAT to FIT

Ready, set, go!

  1. DRINK WATER— this sounds simple and it is, but most don’t drink nearly enough and are in a chronic state of dehydration. Staying hydrated makes you feel full and supports fat burning.   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 (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.   Adding in more vegetables will fill you up with fiber, which is essential for gut health and burning fat.   In addition you’ll be taking in many nutrients by eating a variety of different colored vegetables.   By increasing your intake of nutrients you will be more satiated and cravings will diminish.
  3. EAT PROTEIN AND SOME FAT FOR BREAKFAST– such as a protein shake made with coconut milk or nut milk if fat isn’t in the protein mix. Eggs are a great choice, the whole egg please, not just the whites!   Pastured eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.   Poaching is the best way to eat the egg but cooking in coconut oil or pastured butter is a great choice too.   Make an omelet loaded with vegetables.   Have hard-boiled ready to go for breakfast and snacks too.   This is a quick recipe I love- 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 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! Sleep and FAT RELEASE are directly connected.   Your goal is to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep.   If you’re under that amount, start with going to bed 15 minutes earlier.   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.


I’m so excited to support you in reaching your goals to get Bride Fit in your body, mind, home and relationship!   Did you just get engaged or are you getting ready for your big day coming soon? Join my program get all the information on how to get wedding dress ready and learn the secrets to make you an extraordinary bride, purchase today during the New Year’s sale and get started!


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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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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