Bonjour, mes beaux amis!
I recently shared that I am just four months away from my wedding (eeeeeek!)!! In fact, I just got the call that my wedding dress has been shipped and is ready for me to pick up. And we all know what that means: that dreaded profane FOUR LETTER WORD…
However, I just read one of the most inspiring and honest articles about being a bride and getting ready for a wedding. (Thank you, @Hipmombrarian!!) And I can’t help but feel like an anti-bride right now. So, I’ve decided that I will at least put forth a little effort (really, just a smidge compared to what I’ve heard other brides do!!) to feel healthier, to be glowing and to look as amazing as my dancing heart and soul to be marrying my best friend, my personal hero and my better half.
It’s impossible to overlook or miss the FLOOD of Pinterest pins about the “bridal bootcamp” or the “bridal body workouts” that can make you feel really flabby and less than fit. But instead of being overwhelmed by all the bridal fitness frenzy, I pushed myself to make a few small healthy adjustments without depriving myself or injuring myself, or spending hours of time in the gym – hours that I don’t have.
What’s my game plan, you ask? Well, I’ve started getting up early in the morning and making my own healthy low calorie smoothies!! I also bought a FitBit Flex to measure my workouts and walking/jogging/running distances, and with my goal of eating 1200 calories per day I’ve begun documenting my daily meals through MyFitnessPal. I’m definitely at least pysching myself out to feel better about myself!!
Here’s my recipe for what I call the Morning Glory Smoothie:
- 1/4 cup cooked oatmeal (I use Coach’s Oats from Costco)
- 1 cup frozen berry mix (strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, etc.)
- 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
- 1 TB Almond Butter (I like 365 from Whole Foods)
- 1 cup raw Kale (chopped, no stems)
- 2 cups raw Spinach
- 1/2 cup raw Blueberries
** if you want a sweeter smoothie, add 1/2 a frozen banana, but this will also add 60 calories to your smoothie, just FYI**
Throw it all in a blender with 6-8 ice cubes. It makes about a big ol’ 24 ounces total, and is only about 314 calories!! The best part is it will absolutely fill your stomach for a good four hours til lunchtime. My other meals are small and include lean protein, veggies and healthy starches, as well as healthy fats. And the MyFitnessPal app will even tell you exactly how your daily meals measure up overall for a balanced diet.
I hope to lose about 10-15 pounds in the next four months through these small adjustments. I will certainly keep you posted on my progress!!
What are you current brides doing to feel great in preparation for your big day? Any advice you previous brides have to share?
Passer un bon jeudi, mes beaux amis!!
♥ – LBH