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Jack and I got married in July 2015. Without meaning to sound cheesy, I can honestly say it was the best day of my life… so far!


I had always pictured my perfect wedding, the venue, the flowers, the DRESS! How it would feel to be ‘the bride’…….so I was totally buzzing for our big day.


I bought my dream wedding dress, which I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on. However I wasn’t totally happy with how I looked in it. There seems to be such a huge pressure on brides when it comes to getting in shape for the big day. We all want to look ‘picture perfect’ …….myself included!


Looking back at the videos of me wearing my dress in the bridal shop was all the motivation I needed to get into shape. I knew the areas I wanted to work on to make the dress look great, and I was eager get started.


Now for those that know me, you will know I’m not one for crazy fad diets. I live to eat instead of eating to live. Food is usually the first thing I think of when I wake up in the mornings, so I knew I would not get far with any kind of fast. I’ve always enjoyed a healthy diet, with plenty of vegetables, fruit, protein but I am also a sucker for bread, pasta, chocolate and of course the dreaded wine!! I knew though, if I want to look great on my wedding day I was going to have to make some changes.Workout


I am a massive believer in all things in moderation. I did not starve myself, but I stopped snacking on biscuits with my 4pm tea and swapped it for some healthier alternatives, like a chopped banana with organic peanut butter or fruit and mixed nuts. I also tried to stop drinking alcohol during the week and when I did drink, I swapped my usual glass of
white wine for a gin and tonic.


This time last year I was also working an office job, which could be pretty stressful with horribly long hours. I’m sure most of you can relate when I say I had no idea how I was going to do it all. I knew that it was going to take hard work and dedication to really make some changes to my body, but there are only so many hours in a day, and I found it really difficult at first to try and fit everything in.

Outside Church


I realised I was going to have to get organised with this. I sat down and I wrote a plan, I knew that doing a little something most days was better than doing nothing at all, so I started getting up early and exercising before work. At the time, Jack was running 2 early morning Bootcamps per week, which I used to drag myself out of bed to get to (I found this especially tough after getting home late from work a lot of the time) I was determined! I combined Bootcamps with my own individual workouts which Jack had drawn up for me.


I realised that so much of this you can do in your own home, garden or even at a park on your lunch break. You don’t need heavy equipment or an expensive gym membership and you don’t even need all that much time. As long as you can work your body hard, get your heart rate going and push yourself, you can start to see results from doing just 20 minute sessions.


Through all of this, I found a real passion for exercise and achieving a healthy lifestyle, I managed to completely transform my body and I felt amazing on my wedding day. It wasn’t easy…..early morning wake up calls, resisting the dessert menu when we went out for dinner……but I was so happy with the results and I knew I had worked for it. It didn’t stop after the wedding, I continue to workout at least 3 times a week and I make sure I eat a balanced diet. I realised how much better I felt in
general just making these simple changes to my lifestyle.




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