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Feeling good on your big day

Every one of us, whatever our size, occasionally look in the mirror and are not necessarily happy with what we see…if you are feeling like that especially at this time of year and you are getting married soon or even next year, remember you can do something about it.

As a Wedding Planner who is also a qualified Ski Instructor and Fitness Instructor, I am not an advocate of diets, I am an advocate of healthy eating and doing some exercise. However, I am also a realist. We all have those odd times (?) where we crave some chocolate oh and the occasional (?) glass of wine…and some times we try to pretend that we don’t have these cravings and hide the fact that we are eating bad stuff from our partners. Oh don’t worry I’ve done that too, especially as my husband doesn’t like sweet stuff – there’s nothing worse than feeling guilty about eating a piece of chocolate!

But do you know what, all of us can feel good. So here are a few tips from me:

  1. Drink lots of water, and when you really crave something, drink an extra glass of water.

  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

  3. Don’t necessarily cut things out of your diet, just cut back slightly.

  4. Try to avoid eating after around 6pm.

  5. Take some exercise – this could be anything – from walking up and down your stairs, doing a few tummy crunches at home, to joining a gym. Whatever interests you. Make sure you do lots of stretching before and after exercise and again drink lots of water throughout to keep hydrated.

  6. Write a food diary – there’s no getting away from what you are actually eating (as long as you are honest) when you write it down, and sometimes you may just surprise yourself with what you eat.

  7. Don’t starve yourself – actually not eating the likes of breakfast can actually have the opposite effect as your body will start to retain the fat so that it can survive the starvation periods.

  8. Serve yourself slightly smaller portions – using a smaller plate could help with this.

  9. Get lots of sleep, although I have to admit that I’m rubbish at this one.  I have to remind myself to go to bed sometimes.

  10. When you’re bored, do something, don’t eat.

  11. Have fun with friends and your other half – dance, laugh, make love…after all it’s all exercise!

  12. Occasionally treat yourself…a facial, manicure, new clothes, a glass of wine, cake with your friends, a massage – whatever makes you smile.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what size you are as long as you are healthy and like what you see in the mirror. If you like what you see, then you will always be attractive. There’s nothing more sexy than seeing someone who smiles a lot, loves life, is happy in their skin, and is excited about what the future can bring.

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