Losing Back Fat

After my final wedding dress fitting yesterday, I became consumed with thoughts about toning my back and losing the dreaded back fat.  Since starting the Body Revolution program back in April, I have toned up quite a bit and have lost a number of inches but for whatever reason the bust area of my dress was really tight yesterday.  A million thoughts ran through my head but you know what, I’ve really been working hard on my diet and exercise so I can’t get down on myself.

I’ve had to face a tough decision, as I really want to complete the last 3.5 weeks of the Body Revolution program before the wedding but at the same time I can’t get too much bigger in my upper body.  A number of people recommended that I back off (no pun intended) of the intense upper body lifting and just focus on my legs, core, and cardio until the wedding. So that’s what I’m going to do. I would like to focus on getting 30+ minutes of cardio in each day as well as abs and a few circuit weights.

Spin Bike

I am extremely motivated to lose a few pounds before the wedding, so I will also be logging my daily eats on the Countdown to Wedding Diet page as a way to track what I’m eating, to hold myself accountable, and to show y’all my prep for the big day! For my diet, I am going to focus on these 6 things…

1.  Drink a full glass of water before every meal (from Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules) and 3 nalgene water bottles each day (96 ounces)

2. Eat 3 cups of vegetables each day

3. Eat 2 cups of fruit each day

4. Eat protein with each meal

5. Eat lean, clean, and green for dinner (no complex carbs)

6.  No eating after 9PM

Maren shared an awesome new app on her blog yesterday called Clear, which I started using today as a way to track my diet goals.

clear app

I’m sad to not be continuing the Body Revolution program for now, but leading up to the wedding I need to focus on cardio and losing some pounds.  I’ll return to Body Revolution after our honeymoon!

Any advice or tips?


  1. says

    I’ll give you a couple of my bootcamp workouts when I see you this weekend. They do involve some strength training- but it’s only using your own body weight. They focus on bringing your heart rate up super high for a short amount of time, and I love them! I’ve actually noticed more toning in my back than anything (and I definitely need to get rid of some back fat!)
    My biggest advice for losing weight: don’t completely eliminate anything. If you say “I’m not going to eat dessert at all” or “no carbs” or “no alcohol” I think you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Enjoy the indulgences in moderation- which I think you already do a pretty good job of. And be MINDFUL of what/when you eat. And #1: Don’t stress too much about it. I spent way too much energy stressing about losing weight for my wedding and took drastic measures, which just came back to bite me in the butt in the end.
    You will look BEAUTIFUL on July 7th, no matter what!!

  2. says

    Yay! I’m so glad you like the app. It’s so perfect for this kind of stuff, right? I especially like that you chose the pink colors too.

    Good luck. I think you’re doing the right stuff to drop a few pounds before the wedding.

  3. says

    I am a new blog reader, you are a great writer!! Quick advice from my shape up plan for my wedding last year… YOGA! if you add in yoga a few days a week and a half hour of cardio on those days too, your body will lean out quickly… I did it a few months before my wedding last year and my upper body slimmed down too quickly!! ended up having to EAT to fit into my dress which had been TIGHT at the last fitting. I also tried swimming and jogging in chest deep water on the days I took off from cardio and yoga combo, it all took literally 4 weeks and my body was totally different. Good luck with your wedding build up :)

  4. Laura says

    I bummed not to be able to conintue the Body Revolution programw ith you, but you have to do what you have to do for your big day!! Good luck and I will continue to read about your progress.

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