Friday, February 29, 2008

The "Bulging" Blues

So many of our clients casually mention to us that they are going on a major weight loss mission for their wedding. I completely understand that. I too went on a diet before my big day. I was very happy to lose 15 lbs in 6 months and even happier to lose another 5lbs in the two days leading up to my wedding! (check out one of my wedding's so bitter sweet....sweet because it's me with my late mother's sisters from Ireland and bitter because I am SO NOT svelte like that anymore). That week of wedding weight loss is just a phenomenon that cannot be medically explained. I attribute it to jitters, anxiety, excitement...etc. I'm not questioning it...I just loved it! :)

But, as a professional yo-yo dieter, I can speak from years of experience and say that the best way to lose weight is to practice a healthy lifestyle. That includes portion control and exercise. We all know it...but for some reason (and this is another phenomenon that racks my brain) we simply do not do it. This is the weight loss dilemma that plagues so many of us. To add fuel to the fire, we are constantly faced with tempting and delicious foods everywhere we go! It's easy to say "I'll pass on the cheesecake, and opt for the sugar free jello" but how often do we really do it??? I can personally say that I have failed to make good choices for the last 4 years and as a result I have gained 30 lbs (I'm actually nauseous when I say that!)

To this end...I have decided to challenge myself and start living healthy. I have joined Jenny Craig and plan to blow Valerie Bertinelli out of the water! JC's new spokesperson is Queen Latifah...and she is not interested in looking like a supermodel, but rather she simply wishes to be a super "role model" and lose about 10% of her body weight. Screw that! (no offense to the Queen!). I want to lose 35 lbs. I don't want to be stick thin..I never will be a size 2 and I'm completely OK with that fact. I just want to feel better in my clothes. I want to look better on national TV (for those of you who don't know, I'm a featured wedding planner on the tv show "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?" and it's aired in over 30 countries and 60 million homes). I really don't like seeing my big fat bum on national television. If that's not incentive enough, then I don't know what is! Yes, I want to look better for my hubby and yes I want more energy and yes I want to be able to try on any almost any outfit and say "hubba hubba" but in reality, I'm all about appearances and I "appear" less than fabulous on that big ole' 60'' hi def television screen! They say the camera adds 10 lbs...well when we're filming, there's often 3 cameras on us at once...that's 30 lbs of tv weight according to my calculations! Scary...

So here's the deal...I am making an effort to change. My reasons are my own. I welcome any and all brides to be, former brides, women, men, etc. to join me on this mission! Let's do this. Let's get healthy, let's get smaller, let's become fabulous! My choice is Jenny Craig...I need the discipline and control that this particular program offers. Whatever "diet" plan you choose...I wish you much success! I also welcome your emails (send to Share your success with me! Share your bad day stories with me! Share it all!

Wedding season has officially started on my end..that means weddings every weekend...that means food, food and more food in my face. I need support! And just as a side note...I am one of those optimistic people that thinks all brides, regardless of size, look beautiful on their wedding day. So this is not in any way, me shoving "weight loss" down the throats of brides to be. If you're happy, good for you! I am simply stating that many of us do not feel comfortable at our current size...And to all of you who fall into that category, this mission is for you!
Let's kick the butt of the bulge!
More updates to come.