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Countdown to Wedding.

Over the past two months, I've been slacking - big time.  I've been indulging in desserts on the weekends.  I've been going away with Chris and enjoying decadent dinners at French restaurants and sipping cappuccinos every chance I had.  Work has been extremely busy and I've been putting in plenty of hours.  Freelance projects have included some late nights to meet deadlines and some trips into the city for different events, so I've only been able to get four workouts in per week. 

And I've seen a bit of a flux in my body - nothing noticeable on a scale but I don't feel as strong as I did a few weeks ago and I feel a little sloppier.

No more of this namby-pamby crap "I'll do my best and see what happens."  Change needs to be made and I just need to plain make it.

So, with the guidance of my fitness-freak fiance and armed with enough information to safely manage any diabetes disaster, I'm starting a whole new regimen.  I will roll with this until my wedding date, after which time I will be on my honeymoon, happily married, and not plagued by the white dress stress.

My plan is to take a standard approach to every day, eating almost exactly the same thing daily and following as much of a schedule as possible.  I know that when I eat similar items, I see similar blood sugar responses.  I'm hoping that a more finely-tuned diet will eliminate blood sugar fluctations and help me keep better tabs on what I'm eating.  (Because those almond Hershey kisses on my co-worker's desk are delicious and I keep snaking them throughout the day.  No more of that for the next two and a half months.)

I'm going to try to follow this meal plan at least Monday - Friday:

8:30 am:  Oatmeal and walnuts, with my morning cup of tea.

10:00 am:   Yogurt.

Lunch:  Salad of baby spinach with baked chicken, cherry tomatoes, and portabella mushrooms with balsamic vinagrette dressing.

2:30 pm:  Apple and peanut butter.

5:00 pm:  Breakstone cottage cheese double.  (These things are delicious.)   

Dinner:  Eggs, or soup, or chicken and that zippy white bean salad, or something else healthy along those lines.

Bedtime snack:   Light, low-carb snack, like nuts or a cheese stickPhoto credit:  www.rewardlicious.com

As far as the workout goes, I'm changing things a little, but not completely.  Generally, I'm at the gym Monday - Friday and doing 15 minutes of weight training, then a 30 minute cardiovascular workout.  I'm doing a variety of weight exercises (like tricep dips, push-ups, box jumps, jumping rope, lunges, I'm exhausted just writing this stuff, ab exercises, etc.) and doing 2 minutes walking - 10 minutes running as my cardio workout

Re-reading this, it sounds so regimented.  BORING.  But I've worked very hard over the last few years to change my body and I'm so hopeful that this new routine brings me to a new level of fitness and diabetes health overall, making me ready for my walk down the aisle. 

Because I tried on my wedding gown again this weekend and it fits like a glove.  A glove without much room for weight gain. 

No more nervous nibbling - it's time to buckle down and make this work. Let the sweating begin!


Good luck with your workout plan! I actually lost a lot of weight right before my wedding and my dress was falling down slightly. I even had my last fitting a week before the big day. Just make sure that you don't go overboard like I did! I'm so excited for you! Weddings are lots of fun!

I don't think your plan sounds boring. I think it sounds great.

I made Kerri's Seriously Zippy White Bean Salad. Seriously tasty. So keep sharing your cooking adventures along with the workout progress.
Good luck!

I think your diet sounds wonderful... so wonderful that I might steal parts or all of it. (Um, is that ok? I promise to give full credit to you if I lose weight or gain great digestive health.) I always find I do better with diet changes when I make them regimented. The same thing every day means less room for cheating.

I don't have diabetes, but I have been dealing with Crohn's disease for a number of years now. Right now I'm working with my naturopath to 'reset' my intestines, bacteria and all. Parts of your diet sound like they'd be right up my alley. I'm glad you shared and good luck!!

When you can, do the cardio stuff first, and then do the weight training. When you do weight training, instead of resting in between sets, do jumping jacks or sit-ups. This keeps your heart rate up and makes weight-training a cardio exercise to boot.

Also be sure that you don't do the same weight-training exercises every week, or your body will "learn" the workout and it won't be as productive.

Like Elizabeth said, try not to over do it. I've seen so many wedding shows on TV where the bride has worn herself down so much that she can barely enjoy her day. This sounds crazy but, if I were getting married the only thing I would care about is having thin arms. Everything else is under layers of the dress. Whatever you do, I know you’ll be beautiful on your day!

I am all about routine so I think you are good to go!

Work in Kerri! WORK IT!

What you'll wish for most on your wedding day is more time to savor it all. The prep can be fun, but I'm with Elizabeth and Jillian...don't overdo it!

I think your workout/diet sounds like a great plan regardless of the white dress involved. Good luck!

Very impressive, and I'm sure you'll keep to it. Far from boring I actually thought the diet looked appetising. If you develop and strengthen this kind of will power, you can do so much with it. Good luck!

Sounds like alot of hard work, but you will be so happy you did it. I gained alot of stress weight before my wedding, and it makes me a little sad to look at the pictures.

Way to go Kerri! I work as a RD in a hospital and I wish all my patients could be that motivated. If you haven't already I highly recommend Quaker's Simple Harvest Oatmeal- 33gm CHO, 4gm fiber per pack and a lil' flaxseed to top it off! I also add some whey protein powder and frozen blueberries. Fresh cut veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, bell peppers & green beans) dipped into Hummus can also be a great snack loaded with fiber and protein to fill you up without too many calories. I hope that helped, good luck!!!!


God bless your discipline. That's going to be tough but I know you can do it.

One question, are the mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks really needed?

Are you taking them because it's the way all of us with diabetes were taught to control our BGs, or just to avoid the munchies? If it's the former, you may be able to skip them.

I really need to look to you as an example... I've got 8 weeks left and I'm not doing a damn thing about it. Kill me now.

Kerri, i hear you girl. all i have to say is 51 days for me to make sure i dont look like el chunko in my gown! or my bathing suit which is actually more important lol

I can definitely say something about how "white dress stress" can make a sane person crazy! I was so afraid to gain any weight before my wedding day last May that in the 8 months leading up to the big day I would work out about 6 times a week - VERY HARD - and I ate the same foods every day (still do, actually). My blood sugars were perfect and I lost a few pounds...then a few more...then I was underweight and I looked gross! About a month before my wedding I had to seriously modify some of my behavior and put on about 5 pounds so that I looked healthier and my dress fit properly. It was all worth it becasue I looked amazing (if I do say so myself!). Your plan sounds great but be careful not to overdo it! It can easily become obsessive.

Good luck on buckling down. I know you will look amazing in that dress when the wedding day arrives.

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