Hi All! It’s Britt, bridal tailor here with Modern Cottage Bridal. I got the chance to chat with Derek, personal trainer with Beginner Fitness Solutions, and he shared with me his top 4 keys to losing weight. Keep in mind, if your wedding is this spring, summer, or fall, your goal date should be your first fitting. From there on out, plan on staying the same weight (as best as you can) to make your alterations journey easier. If you still have time to work on your goal before your first fitting, check out Derek’s top tips below:
Set a Goal
Every great achievement began with a simple goal in mind. But not just any goal will do. There are a few parameters that can help increase your likelihood of success when setting a goal. First off, it needs to be specific. Simply stating that you want to “lose weight” is too general. It needs to be measurable so that there’s some way to track progress over time. That can be anything from a desired weight, your body fat %, or even a specific number of inches lost around your waist. Lastly make sure that the goal you select is attainable. Be realistic when setting a goal, don’t set yourself up for failure before you’ve even begun. Losing 100lbs in 3 months just isn’t going to happen…In fact anything more than 10lbs a month is going to be pretty unlikely.
Let That Goal Become Your Top Priority
When you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen. There are endless excuses for why people fail when it comes to losing weight. “I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford it”, “I don’t know what I’m doing” …But ultimately what it all boils down to is that it just wasn’t important enough. In order to be successful, your life must revolve around your goal. Everything must come second to doing what it takes to succeed. Whether that means sleeping less, skipping out on social gatherings, or giving up chocolate ice cream for three months.
Have a Plan
A goal without a plan is just a wish. You’re not going to reach your goal by continuing to do the same thing you’ve been doing for the past 5 years. You need to set weekly tasks for you to achieve that will ultimately lead to your overall goal. They should be things such as, complete three workouts a week, eat no more than 1500 calories a day, or weigh in once a week. Whatever they are, just make sure they reflect your goal. If after a couple weeks you notice you’re not seeing the change you were hoping for, change up the plan, not the goal.
Believe in Yourself
What the mind believes, the body can achieve. The mind is truly a powerful thing and if you don’t believe that you’re going to succeed, then most likely you won’t. Positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes, so in times of struggle (and believe me, you’re going to struggle) it’s absolutely essential to build yourself up. Remind yourself how strong you are, think about how hard you’ve worked, and how badly you want to succeed. Doing this will help keep you focused, motivated, and on track.
If you need help coming up with a plan or would like a little more support and accountability feel free to contact me by visiting our website at
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