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Getting Fit for a Big Day!

July 30th, 2010 - Fitness News, True Beauty


For me..The biggest and best day of my life (so far) was my wedding day (not counting the day I gave Jesus my heart and life of course!) In fact, this topic came to my mind in particular, because my 1 year wedding anniversary is coming up this August 8th!

A lot of people asked me what I did to ‘get in shape’ for my wedding.  It surprised many people (even myself at times while I was going through it) when I said that I worked out less…and ate more….to get my body in terffific shape! In fact, I have continued this ‘approach’ on fitness/eating to this day, (which shows it is attainable, and realistic)…And haven’t gained back a pound, and have ‘toned’ up even more since that day!

In our society today, people ‘stress’ that you should exercise more, eat way less, and go to all sorts of ‘extremes‘ to get in shape for a special occasion! It’s no surprise then, that it’s considered ‘common’ for women to gain 10+ pounds back during their first year of marriage, and/or why people gain back ‘all the weight (and then some) after every ‘crash diet’ they go on!

The problem with all of these ‘extreme‘ forms of getting in shape is that they are not realistic to stick to long term, and they ‘shock’ the body so much so, that often times, a person’s metabolism actually slows down in order to prevent the body from loosing too much fat, too fast.  In addition, extreme dieting and/or exercising can actually break down muscle tissue instead of (or in addition to) fat which also has long-term negative consequences! You can read more about that (in a short sum-up) by clicking HERE.

The reality is, we were all born with different genetics, which determines our body size and shape. We have the ability to make the ‘best’ out of what we have been given, and when it comes to those ‘special days’ in life, we have to pay attention to the health of our bodies, in addition to taking a balanced approach to getting in shape.

We ultimately must recognize that we will still have to work with this body even after the ‘big event’…so it’s best to treat our bodies with respect, and give them rest when they need it, along with a balanced diet, and of course a variety of exercises that are intense, yet fun, and something we will stick to when life after the fact continues on….Which it always does! :)

Now, without further ado, I thought I would post a few pictures of this most-wonderful day that took place (almost) a year ago…The day I married my BEST FRIEND! :)




























Now for a special shout-out! Thank you Jesus for sending a mighty man of God to me to be my husband and life mate! :) Thank you to all of our friends and family who were there to support us on our special day, and have been there every day since. And last but not least…Thank you to my wonderful husband for giving of yourself every day 100% to support, love, cherish, and pray with me! I love you! :)



Kailey said:

You are such an inspiration!! Happy (almost) anniversary :)

July 30th, 2010 — 11:01am  |  Reply

*Andrea* said:

lovely post! i crash dieted for (get this) high school graduation pics! i ended up being grouchy and gaining allllllll the weight plus some back. dieting is just not worth it and is not treating the body like a temple :)

ps you look GORGEOUS in every photo here. beautiful bride + groom

July 30th, 2010 — 11:32am  |  Reply

Sean Farrell said:

I love you sweety. Reading this made me fall in love with you all over again. I’m excited for many more years to come :)

July 30th, 2010 — 11:38am  |  Reply

Viktoria k said:

Hi, I was wonder if you and Katie happen to be from Saline, MI? I think I remember your face from Saline high school, the same school I went to. Anyway best of luck to you both:)

June 21st, 2012 — 5:42pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

i am! :)

June 22nd, 2012 — 6:52am  | 

Naomi(onefitfoodie) said:

love the pics and love the brown and creme colored dresses on your bridesmaids!!! I am pretty much obsessed with everything weddings! i don’t know why but I coudl watch say yes to the dress on TLC all day long haha

happy anniversery!!!

July 30th, 2010 — 11:40am  |  Reply

LizLivingVegan said:

Absolutely stunning pictures! I love them :) You’re gorgeous!!

July 30th, 2010 — 11:57am  |  Reply

Kelly said:

You guys make a beautiful couple!! I love all the pictures, especially the last one. Did you use that for your thank you cards for wedding gifts? Happy (early) anniversary!!!

July 30th, 2010 — 12:25pm  |  Reply

christina said:

these pictures are unbelievably amazing. you looked SO beautiful and the two of you looked so happy. i’m so happy you have someone so special like sean!! :)

July 30th, 2010 — 12:26pm  |  Reply

Run Sarah said:

SO SO gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

July 30th, 2010 — 1:11pm  |  Reply

Tina said:

You look so beautiful! Looking at those almost made me tear up even. Just stunning!

And I love your fitness “plan”. Living a healthy life is how you get truly fit. You are such a great example of that.

July 30th, 2010 — 1:13pm  |  Reply

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Your photos are downright GORGEOUS! And I love that you embrace such a balanced approach, one that will keep you healthy for years. Extreme diets just aren’t worth it! :)

July 30th, 2010 — 1:21pm  |  Reply

Elaine @ Om Sweet Om said:

Happy (almost) anniversary! Those photos are beautiful with a gorgeous bride!

July 30th, 2010 — 3:48pm  |  Reply

Jenna said:

Your photos are breath taking! I love your hair on your wedding day :) You are such inspiration to women everywhere.

July 30th, 2010 — 4:54pm  |  Reply

Emily Fairless said:

you look prettier and prettier every time i see those pictures. i am so proud of you and for the example you set … you can truly eat what you enjoy and workout in a fun way, and still look amazing. happy anniversary to my two best friends!!

love, your lil sis, Em

July 30th, 2010 — 6:51pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you for all the wonderfully kind words everyone!!!! xoxox

July 31st, 2010 — 5:44am  |  Reply

Chantelle said:

You looked so beautiful and i especially liked the one of you guys entering (the reception?) with huge smiles!
Thanks for sharing about God’s faithfulness!

July 31st, 2010 — 1:06pm  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I love Love your pictures Katie! You are such a great role model in everything you do. I see Christ radiate from you and that is so refreshing. Congrats on 1 year! Before you know it, 2 will be here! We just celebrated ours at the end of June. :)

July 31st, 2010 — 1:31pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

You are such a beautiful bride- and person, in general. The way you love your husband-and Jesus- just pops off the page:).

July 31st, 2010 — 8:16pm  |  Reply

katie said:

katie these pics are BEAUTIFUL!!! i agree with jennifer- Christ really does radiate from you. you are so beautiful on the inside and outside girl!

August 1st, 2010 — 9:29pm  |  Reply

Sami said:

what a beautiful post, katie! :) your wedding looks absolutely dreamy. we just celebrated my parents 23rd anniversary on august 1st! :) GOD is so good. happy early anniversary!

August 2nd, 2010 — 9:53am  |  Reply

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said:

I just found you blog :)

I like the sweetheart cut on your wedding dress and the warm color scheme of the wedding party.

Thanks for sharing the pictures.

August 2nd, 2010 — 1:38pm  |  Reply

Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life said:

I agree completely that sometimes people eat to little and work out to much and it works against them!

PS- you look gorgeous in your wedding pictures- what a beautiful bride!!!

August 3rd, 2010 — 7:26am  |  Reply

Gabrielle said:

Ohhh, that’s so cute! You were beautiful!! Congratulations!

August 3rd, 2010 — 11:11am  |  Reply

Courtney F said:

Absolutely beautiful!!!

August 4th, 2010 — 3:46pm  |  Reply

Lori said:

Wow. Reading this gave me chills… the part about your wedding, not so much the fitness part. You’re so beautiful and you look so happy with your husband and family! You are blessed. Happy anniversary!

August 5th, 2010 — 2:39pm  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

this post hits close to home! I’m getting married in 119 days, not that i’m counting so i appreciate this post! and your wedding pictures are very pretty!

March 17th, 2011 — 11:27am  |  Reply

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