Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wedding Weight & Beyond!
Are you in a panic realizing that you need to start losing weight for your wedding? Are you focused on that one day, or the rest of your life? So many brides focus on looking thin and perfect for just one day and spend months in constant anxiety employing crash diets and punishing workouts to lose weight. By the time the wedding day comes, brides are frazzled and exhausted. When the big day has passed, the weight comes back like a freight train out of control. Losing weight should not be about how you look, it is about how you feel!
Here are 5 strategies that I work with clients with for losing weight for your big day and keeping it off forever.
1) Get rid of Deadlines. They create WAY too much stress. Stress creates discomfort in our minds and bodies. When we have discomfort, we search for ways of relief. And the easiest relief is rich, salty, sugary foods. Sound familiar? Lose the deadline and shift your focus on how to feel good everyday. Set mini goals each week; like starting each morning with a healthy breakfast or get to bed 20 minutes earlier each night. Not only will you have a happier engagement, but you will be creating habits you can carry with you long after the wedding.
2) Exercise to relieve stress or just have some fun. Find exercise that you love to do and schedule it in among the dress fittings and spa appointments. Make a date with your fiancé to go for a walk to reconnect. Promise him you will not talk about wedding stuff and just enjoy each other’s company. Try a Zumba class and learn some new moves for the wedding day. Need a challenge or never worked out before? Join a local fitness facility or hire a personal trainer to get you set up with a program that works best for you.
3) Eat a daily balanced diet. Do not cut out entire food groups or starve yourself. Your body needs carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. Eat fruits and unlimited veggies to give you sustained energy. Give into your cravings, but choose healthier options. Want burgers and fries? Make them at home with whole, fresh foods. Use organic, lean ground beef, sprouted grain muffins and make your own sweet potato fires. Start your morning off with a balanced breakfast. Try a veggie frittata with a piece of whole grain toast or a quick fruit and veggie smoothie. Here are a few recipes to inspire you:
4) Planning is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Think about all the planning that you are putting into your wedding day and honeymoon. Focus some of that energy to scheduling in workouts, prepping and trying new recipes and taking some down time for yourself and fiancé. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to prepare for the next day. Before you know it, this will be a new, healthy habit forever.
5) Ask for HELP! Stress levels are already high. Don’t try and do it all on your own and let your health and sanity suffer. If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. Hire a wedding planning to help with wedding day details. Ask your fiancé to help out more around the house or have someone clean your house a few times a month. Work with a health coach to help you set small, realistic and attainable goals.
It is very easy to get caught up in how tight you want your arms to be or how you will look in your bikini on your honeymoon, but being so focused on the outside can actually prevent you from losing weight. You must create change from the inside out. This starts with having a very clear understanding about how you want to feel in your body on your wedding day- not just how you want to look.
Take some quiet time to picture your wedding day. How do you want to feel just before you walk down the isle? Picture your friends’ and families’ heads slowly turning to look at you. What do their faces look like? What you see in them should be a perfect reflection of how you feel. Practice this whenever you get a chance, and your body will naturally gravitate towards this state. All of the healthy habits you are creating will fall into place with far less friction.
Your engagement and wedding day should be one of the most exciting times in your life. Embrace this amazing opportunity to build a lifestyle and create a healthy body that you have always dreamed of.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Garone Photography, LLC
"I became a JP as I had the experience of hearing someone perform a friend of mines ceremony and it touched my heart. I knew right then and there how important it was to have a really great Justice of the Peace. Since that time to now I work hard at each wedding to make it very special and meaningful not only to the couple but also for their family and guests.
I have been performing weddings for over 20 years now and I perform each one as if it was my first one.
Matt and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts from making our wedding ceremony so perfect. We received such heartfelt and sincere comments of adoration from our guests—they said they had never attended such a beautiful ceremony! Thank-you for being so open and willing to let us orchestrate all the different elements of the evening; in particular, for your help in bringing our vision for the wine/letter ceremony to life! I can't say enough words to thank you for being such a kind and genuine person, and we feel so lucky to have had your lives joined together by you!
All the best, and thank-you again! Jill & Matt
"I help each couple to customize there own wedding and to make it special for them. I love what I do and people tell me all the time that it shows in my smile."
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
We’re looking to grow our Wedding Belle family!
In the past we’ve had some really incredible interns and want to continue the tradition of this mutually beneficial relationship! Below is a description of duties we foresee the intern taking on. But above all, we are looking for someone positive, organized, and energetic! The wedding industry is fast paced and all about love, so a thirst for life is necessary in our intern. If this sounds like you or you have any questions, please contact Rachael at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a cover letter.
We look forward to hearing from you!
“Other Duties As Needed”
While this is normally listed last on internship descriptions, we feel this one is the most important! Given the nature of this business, people working in the field have to be ready for the unexpected and go with the flow. While there will be some things we ask you to do on a more consistent basis, the beauty of this industry is that the majority of your work will depend on which wedding we’re working on that week.
Update and Oversee Social Media Sites
This will include both updating the website with appropriate text as well as coming up with ideas for our blog, facebook, and twitter.
Assistance at Weddings
A chance to see all your hard work in action! From coordinating when the bride makes her grand entrance down the aisle down to the couples exit at the end of the night, we make sure the wedding is as the couple imagined.
Institute and Organize a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Program
Our business runs off of fantastic word of mouth from past clients. We are looking to put a new system in place to keep in contact with past clients and remind them of the service we provided, as well as what we can do in the future.
Sourcing of Materials for Upcoming Weddings
Many times we’ll need specific items for upcoming weddings. Items can range from mini pink crystals to the perfect antique bird cage, and we need help finding all the details that make the wedding personal and beautiful.
Nearly all we need for weddings are housed in our downtown office. In order to provide all that is possible for our brides, we need to know first what we have in house!