The "Shed Before You Wed" Plan

Written with love, by Leah Bahrencu

workout for a bride to be

Are you ready to look and feel like a rock star in your wedding dress? Well it’s time to kick your health journey into high gear.  Make sure you’re following the basics and don’t make it more complicated than it has to be - you don’t need added stress.


This is the most important of all as it is 80% of the puzzle, so you want to make sure you’re eating clean foods, eating proper portions and fueling your body properly throughout the day.


Every morning drink a glass of warm water with lemon.  This will help rehydrate your body, give your body an energy boost and it nourishes your body with vitamins and nutrients you need to start your day.

Also, make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.  Drink half your body weight in ounces.

Portion Out Your Meals

Make sure you're portioning out your meals properly.  When you serve your food on your plate, your vegetable portion should be ¾ of the plate.  Too often we serve the protein or carbohydrate first and we make sure that takes up most of the space.  When figuring out what to cook, plan around your vegetable dish and NOT around your protein. Then you can decide what type of protein and complex carbohydrate you’re going to add.

You also want to make sure you’re not cutting out any food group.  Eat healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, carbs, protein and oils daily. You DO NOT need to cut out a food group in order to lose weight.  All that will happen is you will gain the weight back immediately when reintroducing it into your diet. Learn to portion control. If you ever need help figuring this out, I have a wonderful program that helps you portion out your food according to your body and also focuses on 30 minute workouts.

Grocery Shopping

This seems to be the trickiest of them all.  SO many options and labels that read “all natural” and “fat free!” Basically they are yelling “PICK ME!”  So here is a quick tip: When shopping you typically want to stick to the outer perimeter of the store, where you can gather your fresh produce, dairy products and meat. If you do have to walk in to the aisles, which we all know we have to, make sure you are reading the ingredients.  Basically if it looks like a science experiment, you’re better off without it.  Stick to the basics and the less ingredients the better.


Sometimes we don’t have time to figure out what it is we need to do.  You don’t want to be just a cardio bunny, but need to incorporate strength training and flexibility training as well.  You need to have variety when it comes to your workouts. 

Here is a quick 30 minute HIIT workout to try.  No equipment is necessary!

workout for a bride to be
workout for a bride to be

I share tons of workout ideas and workout moves to try that require no equipment or minimal equipment on my Facebook page so you can check them out if you need any ideas!

Don’t forget, all these things tie in together to get you wedding dress ready.  So don’t focus too much on one over the other.