If you are like most brides the world over, you were not just worried about picking the right wedding dress but also worried about how to look good in that dress. You did extra crunches, extra lunges, hired a trainer, worked out harder and ate a whole lot less in the months leading up to your big day. You knew all eyes were going to be on you and you wanted those Aunties and ex-boyfriends to eat their hearts out at just how good you looked.
And damn, you did look good!
Then it happens. The wedding is over, you are happier than ever, and there is cake. A big huge delicious wedding cake with carefully considered flavors, fillings and designs waiting there to be enjoyed by you, your handsome groom and all of your guests. If you are lucky, some of that cake was left over and made its way home with you.
Once the wedding is over, the stress of planning, arranging, and beautifying yourself is also a thing of the past and you can just sit back and relax…with cake, cupcakes, pizza, sodas, candy, chocolate and all sorts of fabulous treats that you were denying yourself as you prepared to look the best version of you on your wedding day.
And so it begins. A nibble here, an extra helping there, some dessert after so many months of no sugar…oh and the carbs!!! How delicious bread tastes!!!
In my case, My Leading Man loves to cook so there were lots of cooking nights for us. My mother-in-law was with us for a few months following the wedding and she would cook us the most delicious (and fattening) meals. And since we were newly married without a care in the world, My Leading Man and I would indulge in all the culinary treats my mother-in-law could whip up.
And so it began. The creepage of post wedding pounds. Within a few months, My Leading Man gained thirty pounds and I gained ten. The extra pounds probably relate to a lifting of stress, throwing away exercise time in favor of couple time and indulging in good old fashion eating.
It is a story that I hear with so many couples. After the wedding, the post marital pounds start to creep on. You can try to avoid it but it happens to almost everyone. Call it comfort, call it happiness, call it whatever, but for some reason newlyweds do start to gain weight. So to all the newlyweds out there, accept that you will pack on the pounds after the wedding. It is something that happens even to the best of us, with the best of intentions. Now the question is, what do you do about it?
After you indulged in your post-wedding-eat fest, it is time to get you and your Leading Man back on track. You don’t have to be quite as strict as those pre-wedding months but have a plan in place to correct course, make it fun and try to do it together. It may not happen overnight but being healthy has to be a way of life for most of us, especially after those post-wedding indulgences.