Last weekend was Tyler and I’s engagement party. This is obviously one aspect I hear about from brides but never did first hand. What an experience!? Surrounded by friends and family all excited about your love? It is quite a humbling feeling. Well, like any other step of the wedding planning process, I am still learning. Here are a few tips:
1. Make things as easy as possible for the host. No I don’t mean tell her everything you want. That does the opposite. I’m talking about things like the guest list. Don’t make it a guessing game. Is that a ST. or a Dr.? What’s the zipcode? Is Terry the husband or wife? Also, if they do ask what you would like, tell them. Not in grave detail but give them some sort of direction so it’s not like planning a party in a dark room wondering “Is this what they would want?”
2. Get to know the couple. You may have guests that don’t know either the bride or groom very well. My sister (who worked so hard for this party and took these lovely pics!) planned The Nearly-Newlywed Game. She asked us both questions for us to match. This produced lots of laughs and only minor embarrassment.
3. Hostess gifts. You know pretty well in advance when someone decides to throw you a party. Keep them in mind next time you are shopping so you can get them a personalized gift instead of the token fill in blank hostess gift.
4. I will probably say it every week. Things don’t always go as planned. My aunt and uncle have an amazing backyard where the sun sets perfect over the river. Luckily the rain held off for us to enjoy the outdoors but it was about 89% humidity and windy (picture a slightly cool steam room-esque feel). I know weather is always a factor for brides on wedding days. Having a great time despite it made me realize I would hate to spend that final month (or more) before the wedding stressing over factors that will not effect the laughs I share with friends or memories I make (affect my perfectly coiffed hair? most definitely).
On to diets! I am not trying to drop a dress size or anything but I would love to tone up for the wedding. I have been blessed/cursed with the same shape for years. I don’t drastically gain weight but no matter what I have attempted to get a beach bod, it has made no difference. I am also what I like to call a celebration eater. We’re on vacation? Sure I’ll have an extra scoop of ice cream. Just finished a rough day? I deserve a nice treat. Just had a great day? Let’s celebrate with a snowball. Wow. Inadvertently proved my point with the first line of this post!
Enter the “Lose It” iPhone app. If you want to really see what your daily intake is download this app. I don’t think I realized how off I was as far as what I should be eating in contrast to what I was eating. Here’s how it works:
1. Enter your weight, your goal weight, timeframe, etc. It will tell you how many calories you should be eating daily to reach that.
2. When you eat anything add it to the total. They have a cheat sheet to figure out the calories.
3. Add when you exercise too, which allows for additional calories to eat that day.
Will I be living by the Lose It app forever? Nope. But it is just what I needed to learn portion control and calorie worth. Realizing that a fast food meal is typically the majority of my daily intake makes me think just a little harder before indulging.