My Gym Plan, Bridal Style

Source: Free People Blog
Source: Free People Blog


I’ve had a lot of these moments lately, so it’s not a surprise this quote spoke to me when I saw it earlier this week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Between getting engaged, having my sister move away, moving my home and starting to plan a wedding, these past few months have been emotional. Between the tears of joy and often overwhelming moments, I find myself panicking and wondering if I’m truly living in the moment as much as I can. I know I will look back on this year (and next year) as some of the sweetest, most poignant times. And I don’t want to waste one minute.

One of the best parts about being in this great limbo (a few months after an engagement with still many months ahead before the wedding), is that I still have time to plan, envision, dream, scheme and … workout!

But first, let me take a selfie
But first, let me take a selfie

Despite the crazy summer (there’s always excuses to skip workouts!), I’ve been trying my hardest to get a head start on “bridal bootcamping” and keep up with my fitness. Bottom line–I don’t want to wake up on New Year’s Day after binge eating my way through the holidays with a lot of work ahead of me to get wedding ready. So I’m starting now!

  • I joined the YMCA. The first day in our new town, Nick and I signed up at our local YMCA. I canceled my membership at Planet Fitness, and I have to say that I think the extra monthly fee is completely worth it! The workout equipment at our Y is top-notch and the classes are great. If you’re thinking of joining, definitely request a walk through and ask what the best price is that they can offer you–they worked with us to give us something very reasonable!
  • I’m still running with my running buddy. Even though we’re now about 25 minutes away from one another, my running partner and I are committing to maintaining our weekly runs. I know it will get harder as winter approaches, but it’s really helping to keep me on track. Running is always more fun with a good girlfriend and good gossip!
  • I’m cooking a lot more. It might be a combination of now being out in the burbs away from the great restaurants and wanting to save money, but I’m making homemade food a lot more often and have committed to making our lunches and dinners from whole, fresh ingredients. Our wallet and waistlines are thanking us–it’s a win win. On the menu this week: these peanut noodles!
  • I’m in a walking challenge. My company is challenging all of us to hook ourselves to a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day. It sounds crazy, but even being a runner, it’s extremely hard to get that step count per day! I may not be meeting that goal all the time, but it’s definitely making me more conscious of my activity level.

And with that, I’m off to go for a walk. Have a great week!

What are some of your favorite healthy habits?


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