Category Archives: Healthy Bride

Denying the Sugar

Damn you Reese’s Pieces. Damn you.

They just sit there at work. Everyday. All orange, and yellow, and peanut butter-y.  Today I had 11 of them already.  They go straight to the heart of my sweet tooth every time I pass the kitchen.  They know what they do. 

Since we all know what’s coming up in just 152 days (btw a holy cow!  is in order there – where does the time go?!), I really need to make sure I cut down on the sweets and get serious in the gym.  I want to be confidant on my wedding day, feel fresh, light and happy — not worry about an imaginary belly bulge beneath my white dress.  

I know I’m not the only bride with a sweet tooth she hates to deny.  I also know I’m not the only bride who wants to be at her beautiful best on the big day.  And, you’d also think that with just 5 months to go, I’d be a little more serious about my diet and workout regimen.   

I am serious, or usually, anyway.

However, I’ve let the longer work hours and mental exhaustion take the best of me instead of pushing through it and just getting to the gym – which is never as bad once I get there.  I have also been a victim of under-eating during my busy day and making up for the lost time with the sweet treats.  This, as you can imagine, is not a good combination. Go figure.


Lately, I’ve been better at hitting the gym – but not so much on the sugar end.  Once I get back into the habit, it’s never easy to get out.  I’ve been out . . . I like out . . . I need to get out again.  I need to deny my sucker instinct for the pretty pastries at Starbucks, my delicious, hand-made fry sauce with Red Robin bottom-less fries, the mini Milky Way bag in my freezer at home . . . oh yes, and not to forget, the devilish Reese’s Pieces who are currently kickin’ my butt.

Time to get serious. Time to get motivated.

A little flair seems to be in order here — inspired by my fave decade ;):


add the shaggy ‘do

subtract the ‘roids

Richard Simmons – inspiration to get us to the altar

yes, that makes sense 🙂

Need help staying on track, too? As always, a list of wonderful resources :).

Getting Motivated to Exercise

Healthy Eating Guidelines

Do’s and Don’ts of wedding weight loss

How to plan a wedding diet

Wedding weight loss videos

Wedding nutrition and diet videos

Local resources



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{Wedding} Boot Camp

::Wedding:: + Bride/Groom = Motivation


::this pictures make me laugh :)::

Now that you’ve announced your engagement and the excitement as subsided {a little}, you realize you’re going to be the center of attention at parties, showers and of course, the big day.  Chances are that as you are choosing your colors, asking your bridesmaids and worrying about centerpieces, you’ll also be thinking about what you’ll look like as everyone stares at your backside down the aisle.  Don’t let this new found awareness make you go into a panic, rather, use it as an incentive to get in shape!

A 2006 American Wedding Survey from says that “out of the 2.3 million American weddings every year, 80 percent of brides and over half the wedding party and family members will take steps to change their eating or exercise habits for the big day.” Working out and watching your diet during the engagement will not only give you a {glowing confidence}as you walk down the aisle, it will also help you feel better, more alert and will ultimately help you transition through the wedding planning phases with a little more ease.

Amidst all the designing, organizing, bartering, arguing, picking and choosing you may get a bit {flustered} and planning a workout regimen may fall to the bottom of your to-do list. So, with the help of Rob Meinecke, Fitness Director for Yakima Athletic Club and Ryan Dickinson of West Valley Fitness, I’d like to present you with a couple Wedding Boot Camp options for brides, grooms, participants, parents, etc.




Rob developed a {Boot Camp} workout series that ranges from core strengthening (using the latest equipment) to cardio training.  The class will boast a variety of exercises while you’re being pushed by a motivated and professional fitness expert.

The 6-week series is set to begin on {July 13th} with two sweat sessions a week. You can enroll in the Boot Camp at the Yakima Athletic Club or the YAC Fitness (Terrace Heights) location. Class times at Yakima Athletic Club will be held on Monday and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at YAC Fitness in Terrace Heights.  Members of either club pay $99 and non-members pay just $129!  Rob has also offered to set up one-on-one sessions for anyone who prefers private or additional instruction.

To get set up for the series please contact:

Rob Meinecke

Fitness Director

Yakima Athletic Club

(509) 453-6521



Yakima Athletic Club

2501 Racquet Lane

Yakima, WA

Class Held: Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


YAC Fitness (Terrace Heights)

2500 Business Lane

Yakima, WA

Class Held: Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


 West Valley Fitness Bootcamp


Ryan Dickson over at West Valley Fitness also designed a 6-week Wedding Boot Camp regimen, set to focus on core training with supplements to the {butt}, leg and thigh areas.  The sessions will range from 30-45 minutes, twice a week. 

One-on- one packaged sessions are also available.  It will include 12 – 30 minute lessons (split however you like) for the future Mr. and Mrs. at $38 each.  {FREEBIE ALERT} Sign-up for Ryan’s one-on-ones and receive a free massage from Kroner Chiropractic.

Ryan also recommends a minimum commitment of 6 weeks of toning and cardio (two Boot Camps and two one-on-ones are ideal) in order to see the desired results for your big day.

West Valley Fitness members can enroll in Ryan’s Boot Camp for $75 or $125 for non-members.  Times are variable upon clients’ schedules.

For more information or to set up an appointment please contact:

Ryan Dickson

Personal Trainer

West Valley Fitness

Phone: (509) 250-2898




West Valley Fitness

208 S. 72nd Avenue

Suite 210

Yakima, WA 98908

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