Dieting Stinks

All of us at some point may have felt the pressure or need to diet, but brides, their grooms, and other guests may feel an enhanced urge to shed a few pounds before the big day. We just got through the first few weeks of the New Year, the part of the year where we redeem ourselves for the splurge from the past year’s holidays, and start fresh. Whether or not you have tried a diet yourself, I assume most people are familiar with dieting; magic weight loss pills, and cleanses. Who can honestly say, “I love dieting! I love not feeling satisfied! I love feeling guilty when I slip up and eat that stupid piece of chocolate!” No one.

Other than the fact that dieting is physical and emotional torture on our bodies (and possibly wallets - cleanses and pills are expensive and not conducive to a wedding budget), dieting does not work! Well, let me rephrase that last statement. In a short time frame people can be successful on a diet and lose some weight. However, rarely anyone can maintain a diet for a lifetime, and even if you could, why would you want to? In dieting, or cleansing, or whatever other measures you choose to take, you may not be providing your body with sufficient nutrients. Think of your body like a beautiful car. Cars will not run without fuel – just as our bodies will not run without fuel, or food. We must properly fuel our body if we want it to perform. Or if you are not feeling the car metaphor, lovely lilies and hydrangeas will begin to wilt without sufficient water. Not eating enough, or enough of the right nutrient-dense foods will cause our bodies to become fatigued. Fatigue prevents us from doing the things we want or need to do - like planning our wedding, being active, working, and enjoying the winter sunshine. Just to clarify, when I say nutrient-dense food, I am talking about whole grains, fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and low fat dairy products - not a dense piece of German chocolate cake.

We cannot meet our weight loss goal and just go back to doing what we have always done…which was what got us into the predicament of needing to lose weight in the first place. If we always do what we've always done then we will always be what we've always been.

Weddings are a major life event, an event that will be photographed and remembered for a lifetime. Why not make a lifestyle change that will last as long as the memory of your wedding. A lifestyle change is something that we will be able to maintain throughout our lifetime – by itself it is not drastic or earth shattering, but over time will add years to your life, and quality to those years.

So how do we go about making a lifestyle change?

  1. Start with something that really matters to you – not media, not your friends – just you. Choosing something that really matters to you keeps you motivated to maintain the change.
  2. Start small. You do not want to make a huge change that cannot be achieved – that is essentially what dieting is all about. An example of a small change may be switching from a grande mocha with whip cream (330 calories) to a tall mocha without whip cream (200 calories). This small change would save you 130 calories each cup. Say you did this small change 4 days a week, that would save you 520 calories a week or 2,080 calories a month, or 24,960 calories a year. This minor change would save you from gaining over 7 pounds throughout one year! You are not eliminating your daily coffee; you are just modifying the size. This would be a change you could maintain for a long period of time, without feeling deprived.
  3. Make one change at a time. Choosing to take on too many changes at once can be overwhelming. Feeling overwhelmed can cause us to give up on our goals.
  4. If it helps, involve a friend, or ask for help. Being surrounded by people who support your new change will help you be more successful. That may mean having a walking buddy to meet you at the park or gym, or getting your fiance on board with a small nutrition change (like switching from full fat milk to a lower fat choice.)
  5. Remember that NO ONE is perfect. It would be ridiculous to assume perfection for anyone. We are human. The best thing to do after a slip-up is to get right back on the horse. Do not think that just because you slipped up one time, you have to wait until Monday (or after vacation, or the holidays, etc.) to get back on the saddle. If you splurged at lunch, have a healthy dinner. Or if you haven’t exercised in a few days, get up off the couch and go for a walk.

Here's to a happy engagement, amazing wedding, perfect honeymoon, and long healthy life with your other half!

This One is for the Groom!

Okay guys, we haven't forgot about you and we know you have a pretty big part in all of this wedding stuff.  You have to get fitted for your tux, have an awesome Bachelor Party, and stand at the altar to say "I Do!"  On a more serious note, you guys are the ones who listen to the bride's constant ranting and raving, and have the stress of making sure it is the wedding of her dreams.  That is a lot of pressure!  So we feel you deserve to have the best Bachelor Party a man could ask for. What is better than Black Jack or a game of Craps with a group of your closest friends? Funny, we couldn't think of anything either!  Talk to your groomsmen to clarify what the parameters are for the party, if for instance you have your heart set on Vegas, then you will need to start with hotel arrangements and of course entertainment.

If Vegas or Reno aren't your style, you don't have to travel to have a good time.  Here are a few local casino's to consider:

Casino 99 - Chico Rolling Hills Casino - Corning Win River Casino - Redding Gold Country Casino - Oroville

In addition to local casinos, did you know there are companies in our local area that can bring the Casino to you?

The Casino Party People offer a unique party experience which mimics a a real casino environment without the risk of losing money, so you and your guests can relax and everyone can be a high-roller for the evening!

So make sure you mention to your best man or groomsmen that you would like to have a casino party, and let them know to check out The Casino Party People.

For any Brides reading this, you could always suprise your Hubby-To-Be with a Poker Night, which would be a great way for you to score points with him and his guy friends!

For more information on the Casino Party People, click here to be redirected to our Featured Vendors Page formal ties

My baby sister got married...

Veronica was reluctant to start out with a feature of her own wedding...mostly because she hates being the center of attention...welllllll....since I'm the one doing the typing today... I say we start with a feature on my beautiful little sister and her beautiful wedding. Veronica became Mrs. Enns on October 10th, 2010 in Chico. It was a gorgeous day and a gorgeous ceremony. Here is a little video slideshow I put together...


Just so all of you ladies (and gents) out there know that we know what you're going through. Planning a beautiful wedding is hard work...but so worth it in the end....and we hope that we can help!



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