As many of you know, I had the pleasure of announcing my engagement this year. And since then, the wedding planning has not only been a ton of fun, but it felt like everyone around me was getting engaged too. I have been helping future brides for a long time, but little did I realize how important this countdown truly was until Ive now been going through it myself. While I still may have a year, Im busting at the seams excited… not only to experience this myself, but to help endless brides and bridal parties around me! While I love helping men and women achieve their physique goals, its clear that theres a much deeper WHY for looking and feeling your best on the big day.
Today I have four stories of brides to be and their motivation behind their hustle and dedication… starting with mine….
Its crazy to think I’ll walk down the aisle five years later to a man I met one silly night in Broad Ripple. We got to know each other that night amidst bantering jokes, and although he refused me to dance at first, his dimples had me at hello. We couldn’t help but spend every day together after that night, and truly became best friends. Never had I laughed so often and never had I ever given in to such a childish playful side. We’ve visited endless cities and have had several adventures as partners in crime. He inspired me to literally press play on my fitness business, asking me what was truly holding me back, and he’s been there for me through the most tragic times of my life- not blinking an eye or hesitating in how he could help. He really is my best friend and the person I hold closest at night, squeezing in appreciation and growing love. And if you’re curious, I love to go out to dinner with him just so I can appreciate how dang handsome he is from across a table.
WOW… now when I breakdown how I feel about my fiance, its no wonder I want to look and of course FEEL my best. After talking to several married couples and asking their advice, its clear you’ve really got to want to work with your partner and want to get better and better, growing together year after year. My fiance certainly does that for me. I want to be my best self when walking down that aisle, I want to feel strong and prepared for our adventures to come, I want to feel at peace and relaxed in my trust in him and our partnership, and I want him to know I’ll never stop becoming a better and better wife, hopefully mother, while continuing to be his best friend that I’ve always been.
Of course there’s always the temptation of focusing on 5 lbs less than I am now, or having the perfect toned arms- wedding dress ready, or a bikini body so we can jet off to our honeymoon, but in reality, the wedding day is such a SYMBOL. It marks the first day of the rest of our lives together… what type of person am I going to bring to the table for my husband? Who do I want to represent? What do I want to put out in the Universe? What are my intentions and where do I see us in 30 years? Theres something about having the strength, confidence, clarity and conviction to walk down that aisle and marry the love of my life that is waaaay deeper than looking hott on my wedding day. This sure motivates me to bring my best… for that day, and as a representation and stance for the rest of our lives.
NOW enough about me, here are some fellow extrinsic and intrinsic makeovers from future brides, what worked for them, and their deep WHY! It’s clear that these ladies dug deep. The clearer and more powerful their “why’s” the more impressive the results! See Kayla Skaggs below as an example- starting with the 21 day fix and Shakeology. She has truly rocked it out, and is now one of my most successful coaches. Read her why below…
“I do this because I want to live life to the fullest!! I’m tired of being tired and weak. It was like a wake up call when my fiancé and I got engaged. I realized that if I wanted our relationship to be the best it could be and for us to happily live our lives together, I had to get healthy and better myself. I also wanted to be in better shape for our big day. I never wanted to look back on our wedding photos and be unhappy with the way I looked. Biggest day of my life and I will be in the best shape of my life with the man of my dreams!!!”
Megan Tortorich is another one of my challengers gone coaches and she too had/has success with the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. While I may have had to work on her tastebuds for Shakeology, she finally came around after some experimentation and finding her favorite recipes. Here’s her why…
“There are a lot of blogs out there about having the perfect arms and being as fit as possible for your wedding and pictures etc, this is not why I workout for my wedding. I workout so I can feel as strong on the outside as I do on the inside about marrying Justin. I am so excited to make those vows in front of our family and friends but I’m even more excited for justin and I to exude the health and strength of our marriage both physically and internally.”
Meet my friend and challenger Grace Enslein! Whenever I see her in person, I definitely see a person shining from within. Its such a treat to know she’s created a healthy lifestyle after saying yes to herself months ago… Read her story and why below:
“I wanted to originally start the 21 Day Fix program to better my health and to become more confident in myself. Now I’m doing it for those reasons and to look great on my wedding day. I’ve lost 10 lbs, gained tons of muscle, and dropped 2 pant sizes. I used to hate working out and I now enjoy it and make sure to get my workout in at least 5-7 days a week. My favorite workouts are 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme I’ve also done Piyo and liked that too, but Autumn is my favorite! I feel so much better about myself and stay motivated by joining challenge groups. I am not perfect and still don’t follow the meal plan to a T, but if I did I think I wouldn’t be as consistent as I have been. I usually follow the diet during the week and when we go out with friends on the weekends and I let myself eat/drink what I want. Starting the 21 Day Fix back in May made me so much more aware of what I should be eating and my portion sizes and has made me want to workout, I don’t feel like I have to and it isn’t something I dread anymore.”
Now here is Leslie Cranny, one of my most recent 21 day fix + Shakeology challengers who clearly has had rocking success .. current Mommy and future wife, her why is very powerful, read below:
“This is my why: I can’t image my life any other way, to be truly honest. I lived the college life but I realized I want to be healthy. On top of it, I want confidence. Not only confidence, I want to be ABLE. My fiance and I met eachother at the gym, and just realized that being healthy and fit is one of the most important things in our lives. We do this and commit to a healthy lifestyle for us and our family. Our kids are the most important thing to us, along with our relationship.
I have made this commitment to myself because I am ABLE to run and be ACTIVE. Those that are able, do not take full advantage of this lifestyle. I want this, though. My fiance and I want grow old and live active because it will allow us to see our children live this SAME way. I want to see them be ABLE, and also find the one that will continue this journey with them, like their dad and mom have. So this is my why, why I am who I am, and why I live the way I do. I couldn’t imagine my life any different. I am complete with all the loves of my life.”
If you’re like me you can completely see a pattern here… we want to be our best, for ourselves, for our families, for our future husbands. This motivation doesn’t come from self destruction or hate or shame, it comes from a place of love, empowerment, and faith. It is my passion to help people press play on their ideals, their dreams, and their lives as they know it.
If YOU are ready… if YOU have a deep burning why… if YOU are sick of being sick and tired, Id love to help YOU. ESPECIALLY if you’re looking to get ready for the big day. The #TEAMLETTUCE sweating for the wedding challenge begins April 27th… and Id love to help YOU and anyone else you love. Feeling and looking your best on your big day is a lot of pressure, lettuce help you get there. We’ll root you on all the way down the aisle. Msg me to chat!