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This is it... The final countdown to your big day. And along with settling those last few details — figuring out where to seat your eccentric Uncle Carl, firming up the flowers, deciding on your first dance song — you're likely also making one last push to make sure the body that will be wearing that gorgeous white gown looks as good as it possibly can. You and nearly every other woman with an engagement ring on her finger. In fact, research shows that an overwhelming 91 percent of brides-to-be are anxious about their weight. But from here on out, you won't have to be!
Whether you want to drop those last few pounds or look more toned — or both — we've got a month's worth of daily tips (none of which require starving yourself or working out nonstop!) that will help you feel stunning and confident when you walk down that aisle. You know where to send the thank-you card. Let's get started!
Day 25: Remember: Bad Days Are Okay
According to the National Weight Control Registry, which collects data on the habits of 10,000-plus people who have lost weight and kept it off, being able to immediately recover when you slip up — you miss a few days worth of workouts, for example, or can't resist the loaded nachos — is one of the key predictors of weight loss success.
So rather than beat yourself up about it, think of it this way: "Every meal, every snack is a fresh start. So if you fall off, pick right back up," says Vandana Sheth, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Beverly Hills-based celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who famously got Kim Kardashian ready for her wedding to Kanye West, has a more tongue-in-cheek (but totally true) take: "Look, he proposed to you before you started this diet and exercise kick. Calm down!"
Just getting started on our 30 Day Wedding Shape-Up? Kick off your journey from Day One, here.