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WHY YOU SHOULD BE #SWEATINGFORTHEWEDDING

WHY YOU SHOULD BE #SWEATINGFORTHEWEDDING

WHY YOU SHOULD BE #SWEATINGFORTHEWEDDING

Are you engaged and preparing for your upcoming wedding? Congratulations! I am also engaged and gearing up for my wedding day, August 19. Wedding planning is all-encompassing: overwhelming, fun, exciting, and emotional. People constantly offer their words of wisdom, refer their favorite vendors, and impart advice relative to what you should and shouldn’t be doing before, during, and after the big day.

One recurring piece of advice I see and hear is to get to the gym prior to the big day. I am 100 percent for #SweatingForTheWedding; however, this is not another article about why you should shed a lot of weight before your wedding. You will be beautiful or handsome, glowing, and vibrant on your wedding day regardless of the number on the scale or what other people try to tell you. Ignore anyone who or anything which asserts differently.

Here are three reasons why you should be #SweatingForTheWedding with me at CKO Kickboxing:

  • Relieve Stress

There is no denying that wedding planning will likely create extra stress in your life. CKO is my favorite place to relieve this built-up stress. I am able to punch away many of my frustrations!

  • Build Confidence

Working out consistently builds confidence, thanks to the mood-boosting chemicals released through high intensity exercise. I know it certainly increases mine! When I get into CKO several times a week I feel strong and healthy. It also fortifies my general confidence to better handle other challenging tasks in my day, such as choosing which wedding dress I want to walk down the aisle in!

  • Improve Overall Health

The last thing you want for your wedding day – even over rain – is to be sick! Exercise improves immunity, so your risk of falling ill in the final days leading up to your nuptials is minimized. One example is a study of 1,000 people, reported by BBC news, which found “staying active nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses,” (BBC News, 2010).

Congratulations again on your engagement, and I hope to see you #SweatingForTheWedding soon at CKO Kickboxing! I’ll save a bag for you.

Stephanie

Health & Fitness Enthusiast

 

References:

Roberts, Michelle. “Exercise ‘can Prevent a Cold’, a Study Shows.” BBC News. BBC, 02 Nov. 2010. Web. 04 May 2017.

 

Image taken by Kait.Cole Photography & Design

How to Start Meal Prepping!

How to Start Meal Prepping!

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear someone talking about meal prep? Maybe it’s that friend of yours on Facebook who is constantly posting about how they meal prepped for the week. Or maybe it’s those hundreds of meal prep pins on Pinterest you swore you were going to start doing “next week.”

For me, preparing meals was something I thought was only for those who were about to take the stage in a bodybuilding competition. Until I tried it myself. Today, I consider meal prep a way to save time and money, as well as a foolproof way to fuel my body with healthy food all week long. It takes a load off my busy schedule during the week when I’m rushing off to work, whereas before I would stare into the fridge not knowing what to pack to ensure I was equipped with adequate nutrition for the whole day. Now I don’t stress; I just grab it and go.

After the first week of meal planning in my routine, I couldn’t help but ask myself why I hadn’t done this sooner! If you don’t already include meal prep in your life, it’s time to overcome any hesitation because this can benefit everyone! Below are some tips and tricks on how to get started:

  • As Nike says, just do it!

While I was hesitant about meal prep, part of the reason I didn’t start for so long was out of pure laziness. I had an excuse of why not this week or how I needed to do more research to be fully prepared. Blah, blah, blah. Put aside the excuses and just do it.

  • Get meal prep containers

This is something you don’t need to do but I think it helps to have specific containers you put each individual meal and snack in. This saves time during the week so you do not have to portion out servings each day.

  • Mix it up

The biggest excuse I hear from people not meal prepping is that they don’t like to eat the same thing every day. Meal prep doesn’t mean you must eat the same thing for every meal during the week. I personally do this for breakfast and lunch, but I mix up my snacks and dinners for overall variety. One way you can avoid the monotony is to do four days of the same meal and three days of a different meal. Or, just make sure you are preparing enough meals to cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your week, then store it in the fridge or freezer, choosing what you want from that batch each day.

  • Prep your schedule

Meal prep can initially be time-consuming, so ensure you know what day and time you are planning to go shopping and prep it all. If I don’t schedule it, I know I will put it off and it won’t end up happening. Sunday late afternoon is my go-to day and time to grocery shop and meal prep for the week. It starts the workweek off on a good note! Everyone’s schedule is different though. Do what works best for you.

  • Start small

Prepping every single meal for the week in one sitting can be a little overwhelming at first. Start with prepping only your breakfast for the entire week or only your lunch. After you start to get the hang of it and in a routine, add another meal or snack to the prep. Soon meal prepping will become a habit!

Meal prepping your meals for the entire week can help save you time and money, plus keep you fueled with healthy food all week long! It’s time to put aside the excuses and hesitation and give meal prep a try.