When preparing for the big day we hire and work with vendors of all sorts. Most of these vendors are hired to help us get the space, the food, the music, and the booze ready. However, when I really think about my own thinking process one of the BIGGEST things that I worry about is honestly....How I will look in that DRESS!
I am sure you have seen the T-shirts that say Sweating for the Wedding....Well this month still being early in the year I really wanted to shed some light on another type of professional that can help you hit those health and weight loss goals that you have set for yourself.
While health and fitness are important ALL THE TIME.. Do not get me wrong here, you shouldn't just care about these things during the wedding planning process, but if you do not already have a routine that is best suited for your physical AND mental health...WHY NOT START one while leading up to one of the BEST DAYS EVER!
P.S. It is not just about the physical health practices leading up to that day, but also the mental health practices. Both our body's and our minds react to stress and sometimes we just need the right support to help us stay balanced.
I MEAN AM I RIGHT??
Now, if your anything like me...Knowing and understanding the best way to go about developing a health and wellness routine is not in my wheelhouse. So, just as I encourage all my design clients.... work with a professional!!! These are the type of people that are PASSIONATE about these categories and would love to work with you on developing the right routine that is unique to you.
Honestly, one thing that I have learned from my own journey is that NO ONE PERSONS health and wellness routine is the same. These individuals can work with you on finding yours.
Hey everyone! My name is Brandie, and I am a Michigander, born and raised. I love to be adventurous and explore our beautiful state, and others, whenever I get the chance. Outdoor activities such as, hiking, kayaking, and bicycling are just a couple things I enjoy when I am not working. I also love to read; I'm a podcast junkie, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, I find peace in writing, and I love me some coffee! I am also now registered to become a certified YOGA instructor!
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." -Zig Ziglar
My pre-workout is my favorite. It tastes like fruit punch, depending on my morning I am able to take 2 scoops instead of one if I need the extra umph, and it is packed with nutrients and vitamins to keep my body balanced and ready for any workout!
PiYo (Pilates and yoga mix): is one of my most favorite workouts to do. It's relaxing yet intense at the same time. In just 30 minutes I am able to work my entire body, while also improving my flexibility and focus.
Yoga: is my go to work out. It is relaxing, helps with flexibility, focus and breathing, and it can be practiced almost anywhere with little to no equipment necessary. Many people underestimate the power and the intensity of yoga; It is both a mind and body experience. It is a well rounded practice.
What is your biggest struggle?
Oh man, my biggest struggle?! If I am going to be honest, it is sleep; the snooze is my nemesis. I am one of those people that take my sleep seriously. I find it hard making sure I get to sleep between 9-10pm, so that I can get enough sleep to wake up at 4:30am to get my morning routine in. But my first step to fixing this was determining a bedtime for myself (9-10pm). I did that by deciding how many hours of sleep I want and need, which in my case, I prefer 7 1/2 - 8, if I can. The next step was forcing myself out of bed at the sound of my alarm. How do I do that? Put my phone (my alarm is on my phone) across the room! Not only does that keep me from scrolling through pinterest at 11 o'clock at night, but it forces my body to move in order to make the noise stop. Now as long as I follow those two things, I am good to go at 4:30am. Am I a saint? No. Life happens, we all know that. You just have to have the ability to adapt to the changes as they come about, while keeping your mind focused on your goals. If you hit snooze and miss your morning workout, find a way to increase your activity level throughout the day, or plan your workout to be in the evening instead. It's all about adaptation, focus, and mindset.
"One of the most memorable moments in one's life is their wedding day.
While working towards your big day, it is important for both to remember why you're waking up at 4am to workout, or why you're spending your entire afternoon grocery shopping and meal prepping, it is important to remember who you're doing it for, and why. First, you need to choose this change for yourself, no one else. Once you've done that, you need to talk with your soon to be spouse about each others goals and how you can support one another throughout their health and fitness journey. Then, plan, plan, plan! Choose a fitness program that suits your needs, and focus on your nutrition and water intake. Reach out to friends, family, coach, or community to share your journey, for accountability and record. Finally, crush your goals TOGETHER
I enjoy helping people see their potential, I am a glass half full type gal!
You can always find me reading or listening to personal development books!
I am definitely a foodie and love to try new restaurants or recipes. I’m also bilingual fluent in both Spanish and English.
"Wellness is finding balance between mind, body and soul. I believe that mindset is the key to anything! If you have the right mindset you can achieve anything."
I am currently in the process of becoming a certified health and wellness coach. I have always been passionate about the health and wellness world. Throughout the years, I have tried all the diets, workouts plans, morning routines and healthy habits. I have read books and listened to all kinds of podcasts in the subject. I finally decided I wanted to become like the person on the other side and coach people! I currently have a career in accounting so this change has been really different, but definitely sets my “soul on fire”.
With the start of my new journey, I also started a motivational wellness podcast called “Lattes with Ale.” In my podcast, I talk about how to balance life and stay motivated. Mindset is everything! Each episode is between 10-15 min.
If you want to join me, grab your latté and let’s get started!
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What worked for me was sharing my journey with other people and my fiancé! This kept me motivated and it kept me on track. On days that my fiancé wouldn’t workout with me, I would still do it to prove to myself that I can do it on my own! I also shared my activity on my apple watch with friends and competed weekly!
What is your advice for couples getting ready for their big day??
My biggest advice is to plan together! I bought a dry erase board and placed it in my kitchen. Each week we would write down our workouts, meals, wedding deadlines such as payments due, menus due, or meetings. This helps us get a snapshot of our week/month was looking.
Stress levels would stay low because we scheduled time to do everything that had to get done! Doing this also kept my fiancé in the loop and it didn’t feel as if I was planning everything on my own.
“Do the things today that will help the future you!”
Getting a coach to help you stay focus would be beneficial! You need to build strong habits to keep in the game! Getting married is a life changing event, so why not bring the new you along the way!
I have been married to my husband for 4 years and we have a two year old son named Connor.
I am in year 7 of being a high school math teacher at Stoney Creek High School- I absolutely love it!! I am also an assistant track and cross country coach, as well as one of the coordinators for a freshmen mentor program.
I went to MSU- Go Green!! And during my time at MSU, I really discovered my passion for health and fitness.
" You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."- Autumn Calabrese
My coaching credentials with Beachbody allow me to coach others virtually through their health and fitness journey. I help individuals find the best program for them and also help them keep their nutrition on track. After beginning a program, I offer accountability for them in a group to stay on track.
I absolutely love drinking Shakeology. It’s a superfoods packed meal replacement shake. It helps with cravings, lean muscle, gut health, system support, and stress. I’ve been drinking it for almost 10 years now and love it!! It helps me stay on track when it can be tough and is delicious. I mix mine with coconut milk, spinach, 1/2 a banana, collagen and ice. It’s usually my breakfast every single day. Cafe Latte is my favorite flavor.
P90X3 - This is one my favorite programs because the trainer Tony Horton helped me get back in shape after getting off track when my teaching career started. I enjoyed the mix of workouts and that they were all 30 minutes. Tony has just the right amount of goofiness and seriousness to make the 30 minutes fly by.
Any Shaun T program - Insanity, Insanity: Max 30, T25, Transform: 20 - all liked for different reasons. Insanity and Insanity: Max 30 are great advanced programs, while T25 and Transform: 20 are still very challenging workouts that I believe anyone can do. Shaun T balances the perfect amount of strength, core and cardio in all of these programs.
LIIFT4 - This program with trainer Joel Freeman mixes weights, core, and high intensity interval training. I did this program in a summer where I was so busy because it’s only 4 days/week. It’s great for a busy person like me! By following the schedule and the nutrition plan, I saw great results. I also love the mix of workouts and no workout is the same, which is awesome!!
“Once you find your reason why you need to succeed, you will never make an excuse as to why you can’t succeed.”
I also find it hard to focus on my nutrition all of the time with family events, plans with friends and holidays. I have learned to overcome this by allowing balance! I am happier with a balanced life. This means eating healthy and doing my best to Fuel my body with healthy foods, but also allowing myself the foods and beverages I love. I have found that I stick to my journey better because of this!! So, I love fruits, veggies, healthy proteins, fats, and carbs, but I also love pizza, beer, wine and sweets. A balanced diet is everything!
Physically: My advice for couples on the physical level is to find a routine you will stick with. If you don’t find a program and plan you are passionate about and that works for you, you won’t follow through. Remember that you want to feel your best on your big day! I also believe that working on the physical aspect will help you with the mental aspect. Physical activity does wonders for not only our body, but also our health in every way.
The biggest programs I recommend for max results with a strict deadline are 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme (both 3 weeks),Transform: 20 (6 weeks) and LIIFT4 (8 weeks).
To maintain healthy habits after the wedding, you have to find your WHY. Why do you want to focus on your fitness and nutrition? What’s your motivation? Every person is different, but I knew that when my husband and I decided to start a family, I wanted to be in the best shape I could be. I also feel better when I am active. I feel more alert, productive and happy in general! Staying healthy is so important to maintain success in all areas of our lives including our marriage, parenting, relationship with family and friends, with our job, and our mental health."
I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Gut Specialist as well as a Beachbody Coach and nutpods Ambassador.
"Our bodies want to do well for us; it's in their nature. We just have to do well for our bodies."
2B Mindset (a nutritional and wellness program) because it focuses on our relationship with food, not just a black and white diet.
Transform :20 (a home fitness program) because it supports a busy schedule while still getting in one of the most effective workouts I've ever had...in just 20 minutes.
Tight timelines: I love 21 Day Fix for it's quick, 3 week time frame and it's easy-to-fit-in 30 minute routine. Each workout is dynamic and focuses on the entire body, using weights, cardio, and even yoga.