Days 13, 14, 15 and 16: Wedding Crazed [but loving every minute of it]

AH! Just looking at the headline of this blog makes me blush and giggle at the same time. Elliot is no longer my romantic, nerdy, goofy, simply adorable boyfriend, he’s not my romantic, nerdy, goofy simply adorable fiance. Wow! I still can not believe I’m engaged. I look down on my left finger and see my ring [although it’s still only my temporary one, for now!] staring back at me, it all becomes so real again. I’m engaged, to the LOVE of my life. I’m so happy I can barely stand it.

Well, you may be curious as to where Day 13 went. Well, Day 13 was the day Elliot proposed, so I didn’t do anything but cry and jump up and down and enjoy my engagement. So I’m sorry readers, but some days warrant no behavior and no plans. Some days provide such extraordinary circumstances that all you can is enjoy every second of what is happening and live in the moment. So friends, that is what I did! I enjoyed every second of my proposal, every second of my romantic fondue dinner, enjoyed every second of the metro ride home and every second…of what followed. But maybe that is a mini-lution. To enjoy not having control over everything one day and just live in a moment someone else has created for me. It’s not something I’m good at, not controlling absolutely everything. So I guess I did do something new, and I can’t believe it coincided with one of the biggest days of my life!

Day 14: Cook dinner for my fiance

As I have mentioned in my other post, I am not domestically blessed. Even though I can now successfully sew a button on a jacket, I’m still quite the disaster in the kitchen. Well to thank my incredible fiance for everything he did on the 13th, I wanted to make him a nice, romantic dinner on Valentine’s day, just to show that I appreciate and love him. Well, thanks to my grandmother who gave us a Betty Crocker “everything plus the kitchen sink” cookbook, finding a recipe that looked good and didn’t require weird ingredients like goats milk or white truffle oil, was really easy! I decided on a zesty roasted chicken with red potatoes and asparagus. Although it looked nothing like the photo [I don’t think they ever do] it turned out really tasty! The only problem was that the potatoes took much longer to cook. [Recipe is below]. I, of course, made it more healthy by using non fat mayo. [What kind of nutritionist would I be?] Elliot was very pleased and shocked. “Baby, you didn’t burn it!” but he did make a few jokes. “I’m planning on getting violently ill though after this…” I know he actually enjoyed it. So touche to me, I made my future hubby a dinner that didn’t taste like a foot and was kind of fun to prepare 🙂 I’m just steps away from becoming the next June Cleaver, really!

 Zesty Chicken and Red Potatoes

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 lb small red potatoes, each cut into 6 wedges

Bake in a pre-heated over [350 degrees] for 35- 40 min.

 I love….planning a wedding in Charleston!!

Day 15: Share my blog with the world

What many people don’t know about me, is that I’m very private when it comes to my writing. I’ve always been a writer. From the day I could pick up a pen I was writing elaborate stories and silly poems. As I’ve grown, so has my writing style and abilities, as well as my level of sharing when it came to what I wrote about. As a child, I would always jump to be the center attention and was always the first person to stand up to read their homework, poem or short story aloud. However, as I grew and experienced more of life [both good and bad] my writing took a darker and more personal turn, and I no longer felt comfortable sharing that much of my heart and soul with those around me. In my first years of college, my writing become more a serious of darker, soul baring poems that not even those closest to me were privy to see.  Even though I’m not writing as much as I used to, I still harbor that fear of rejection or judgment that may come once someone reads my writing. It scares me to be that vulnerable, and my writing is a piece of my heart. Just like it’s hard to put my heart on my sleeve in relationships, it’s just as heart to do the same with my writing. With that  being said, it took EVERYTHING in me to finally announce my blog on Twitter and Facebook. I have had my blog since November, so it has taken a few months to muster up the courage, but I’ve finally done it. I think it’s time for me to share my passions with the world and hopefully help others discover and share their passions to. Nutrition and writing are my life and this blog represents that. So thank you all for being so supportive with my blog release, and please, don’t hesitate to share your comments with me. I’m very excited to see where this blog goes and to gain all of the new readers and relationships!

I love…my hair color, which is a perfect mix of sand and sun.

Day 16: Establish a “wedding dress workout”

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One of my greatest fears is that I will not be at my goal weight for my wedding. Of all days to need to look your best, your wedding day is at the top of the list. All of your family and friends will be there, your future husband will be saying I do to your body and not to mention thousands of professional photographs will be taken, which are not the world’s most forgiving camera angles. So if there’s never been more of a push to lose 20 pounds and get my goal body than now! I only have a year, folks, which will pass by much quicker than I think I’m ready for!  In order to get “wedding dress ready” I obviously need to first establish what type of dress I’m going to be wearing so I know what areas I need to focus on the most. Although I’m just newly engaged, I have been dress shopping for a bit longer [cough, a year, cough, cough] so I have a slight idea to what kind of shape and style I want on my big day. Pictured below are a few examples of dresses I’m really in love with, just to give you an idea of what I’m going to need to improve [and just to be the giddy new bride to be and show off!]

Style Ever Strapless Lace Fit to Flare gown adorned with fabric flowers and sequins that become denser as they move towards the hemline. Available in Ivory.

Priscilla of Boston

Style Uma Silk Organza strapless Ball gown with diagonally draped bodice and fabric petal embellished skirt. Available in Diamond White and Ivory.

Priscilla of Boston

Style Wallis Silk Crinkle Chiffon strapless Fit to Flare gown with fabric roses of various sizes appliqued all over and Silk Organza sash at waist. Available in Ivory.

Priscilla of Boston

Maggie Sottero

Maggie Sottero Destination

Those are not all of the one’s I’ve fallen for, obviously, but they all share a similar theme [besides the last one, which is just gorgeous]: tight on the top and strapless. AH! I’m not a strapless kind of girl. I don’t think I own a strapless dress or tube top, for good reasons. I used to be a swimmer, which means I have a strong upper body. It also means that I slightly resemble a linebacker in anything without straps or sleeves. I love football and linebackers play a very important role on a football field, they however, do not play a similar role down the aisle on my wedding day.

Although I can’t do much about the width of my shoulders, I can definitely do something about the toning in my arms and chest! Since most of those gowns are also very fitted down to the waist, I also need to really focus on my abs, making them as flat and toned as possible.  So after doing a bit of research, I found some great moves that I can do on top of my normal cardio-weight training routine, plus I can do them from the comfort of my own home! 

To get the toned triceps, biceps, and pectorals that I really need to look hot in my strapless gowns, I need to do these routines 3-4x a week.  [These workouts are all courtesy of]

Bicep Curls
1. Standing with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent, pull your tummy in and tuck your pelvis under. Hold a heavier pair of dumbbells down at your sides with your palms facing front.

2. Keeping your elbows at your sides, slowly curl the dumbbells toward your shoulders. Reverse direction and lower the dumbbells into starting position — avoid locking your elbows. Do 10 repetitions per set. Slow and steady wins the race here — you’ll get a bigger benefit from the exercise if you use concentrated, controlled movements. If you feel like you’re whipping the weights around to get them up, your dumbbells are too heavy. Downgrade to a smaller weight so you can move more comfortably.

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Dumbbell Fly
1. Lie down with your knees bent and your feet firmly planted shoulder-width apart. Stretch out your arms on the floor so your body makes a T. Grasp a dumbbell in each outstretched hand, keeping your elbows slightly bent. Keep your palms facing up towards the ceiling.

2. Slowly raise the weights upward in a rounded arc (as if you were hugging a tree!), gently touching the dumbbells together at the top above your body. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly lower the weights back to their starting positions. Do 10 repetitions per set.

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Tricep Dips
1. Sit normally on a sturdy, nonwheeled chair. Place your hands on the front edge of the seat (fingertips facing front) and your feet on the floor, hip-width apart and a little bit ahead of you. Slowly slide your bottom off the seat of the chair, keeping your hands where there are.

2. Keeping your arms close to your body, bend your elbows until your upper arms are parallel to the floor, allowing your rear end to descend past the edge of the chair. Using your arms to lift you, reverse direction and push yourself back up to the point at which your arms are straight. Work up to 15 dips per set.

Wedding Fitness & Health:  Tricep-dip on ball Works triceps and shoulders (A) Sit on a

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Tricep-dip on ball

Works triceps and shoulders

(A) Sit on a sturdy chair or bench, hands on edge of the chair. Extend legs and rest calves on ball.

(B) Bend elbows to slowly lower your body about 6 to 8 inches (if you go too far, you’ll place undue stress on your shoulders), with elbows pointed back and butt close to edge of chair. Slowly return to start, squeezing your triceps at the top of the move. Do one to two sets of
8 to 10 reps, working up to three sets of 12 reps.

Wedding Fitness & Health:  Two-way shoulder raise Works front and middle deltoids (

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Two-way shoulder raise

Works front and middle deltoids (shoulders)

(A) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, legs straight but not locked. Holding a set of dumbbells, arms to your sides with palms facing in and abs contracted, lift your arms up and out to shoulder height.

(B) Lower your arms, then lift them forward and up to shoulder height, turning your palms up, elbows slightly bent. Lower, turn your palms in, and repeat, from (A). Perform one to two sets of 10 to 12 reps, working up to three sets of 10 to 12 reps. When the 12th rep becomes easy, increase the weight by 2 or 3 pounds.

Wedding Fitness & Health:  Stationary inchworm Works deltoids, chest, triceps and

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Stationary inchworm

Works deltoids, chest, triceps and abdominals

(A) Stand with feet together, legs straight; don’t lock knees. Place hands on ground in front of feet.

(B) Slowly walk hands forward.

(C) Continue forward until you’re in a plank position. Slowly walk hands back to starting position (hands on ground in front of feet). Perform one set of 6 to 8 reps, working up
to one set of 12. For a more advanced move, add a push-up when you’re in the plank position.

Wedding Fitness & Health:  Tricep-dip with a kick Works triceps, shoulders, glutes and

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Tricep-dip with a kick

Works triceps, shoulders, glutes and abdominals

(A) Sit on a mat, with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Place your hands on the ground with your fingers pointing toward your butt and your wrists aligned with your shoulders. Lift your butt off the ground so you’re in a bridge position, trying to keep knees, hips and shoulders in line.

(B) Bend your elbows and lower your hips as you lift your left leg, foot flexed, to a 45-degree angle from the floor.

(C) Straighten your arms, and lower your left leg back to hip height. Repeat steps (B) and (C) for half your reps, then switch legs. Perform one to two sets of 10 to 12 reps, working up to three sets
of 8 to 12 reps.

Wedding Fitness & Health:  Crunch with a twist Works shoulders, obliques and lower

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Crunch with a twist

Works shoulders, obliques and lower abdominals

(A) Sit on the ball and walk your feet forward, rolling the ball
so that it’s beneath your middle back. Keeping your feet flat
on the ground, hold a light dumbbell (3 pounds for beginner, 5 pounds for more advanced) vertically with your arms straight out in front of you about 45 degrees above your hips.

(B) With abs contracted, crunch up, twisting your torso to your left, then to your right, before lowering back down to starting position. Do one set of 8 to 12 reps, working up to two to three sets of 8 to 12 reps.

Although these will tone the areas I need toned for my dress, exercising is only half of the battle. I also need to completely re-do my diet so that, at the end of the day, I’m burning more than I’m taking in, so that I can both lose the weight I want and tone my flabby muscle. So stay tuned in the next couple weeks as I am diligently working on my wedding dress nutrition plan to go with my exercise regime.  

 I love…that my amazing aunt got us a BEAUTIFUL villa in Tuscany for our trip in June!


~ by therealnutritionist on February 18, 2010.

2 Responses to “Days 13, 14, 15 and 16: Wedding Crazed [but loving every minute of it]”

  1. Dude, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It’s ridiculous and it only takes 20 min. Trust me, you’ll feel like Jell-o after the first time.

  2. Eww Em, nobody want’s to feel like Jello. mmmm jello.

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