May 21, 2015

The time crunch: Working out vs. W-Day

When Adam and I started planning our wedding, I swore it wouldn't take over our life. Fast forward about 6 or 7 weeks and we're in wedding planning mode all.the.time. Or at least that's what it feels like. What did I do after work on Tuesday? I spent about an hour going through our catering proposal and requesting that they make many of the changes I'd already requested (read: I was highly irritated). I also researched wedding officiants since we had a crisis with ours. And then I ordered our guest book since I finally threw in the towel and admitted defeat that I wouldn't have time (or emotional energy) to do the fun DIY project I found on Pinterest (side bar: y'all the wedding section of Pinterest is INSANE and WILL make you feel inadequate...I just quit looking!). It doesn't sound like a lot but after 10 hours at the office, this was the last thing I wanted to do. What did I do after work last night? We went and met with an officiant...who we picked to marry us. Yay! One thing checked off the list!
Toasting the one month countdown!
The next two weeks are littered with appointments and activities...build a day-of timeline, meet with the photographer one last time, finalize the rehearsal dinner menu, pick up my dress, meet with the caterer again, etc. I feel like I eat, breath and sleep the wedding. While I love Adam and greatly look forward to having a day to celebrate together, I loathe this phase. I keep telling myself it will be worth it, that we did the most minimal wedding we could, and that we chose a short engagement thereby bringing on some intense weeks of wedding planning. But my body and mind are tired and the last thing on my mind is working out.
Organized. albeit long list! 
I promised myself that I would get my knee and hip troubles in order after the Pixie Dust Challenge so that I'm ready to launch into marathon training this summer. I've been doing lots of yoga and stretching. I've cut back on wearing high heels as much to work. I've been keeping up with my daily ab workouts and push-ups so mixing in a bit of cardio should be a good balance. And I haven't run since the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. So far so good!

Given that my stress levels seem to be perpetually elevated, I know an intense sweat session would help. After walking the dog with Adam last night, we both agreed that working out would be good for both of us. So I'm committing to 3 cardio workouts a week...maybe at the gym, maybe on my bike, or maybe a quick workout DVD. I know I'll feel better, my stress levels will be in check, and I wouldn't mind a byproduct of a svelte physique for my wedding dress!

A long weekend on the horizon is the perfect backdrop for renewed focus on working out. We've talked about taking our bikes out to one of the rail trails or maybe going for a run. What workout or running plans do you have for the long weekend?

{Christine}

28 comments:

  1. Biking on the rail trail sounds perfect! I may just add that on my list of things to do this weekend. I too am taking it easy since Tinkerbell but it's now time for me to step it up and start strength training! Good luck with all this wedding stuff. That is an impressive spreadsheet you made!

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    1. Hope you have a great weekend, Meranda! And hope you're getting some good rest post-TB...and hopefully you'll feel better soon! :)

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  2. Good luck with the wedding planning! Thankfully I didn't have pinterest when we got married. I agree that there is so much on there and it's too easy to get sucked in. We're going camping this weekend so I don't have too many work outs planned other than hiking and maybe some outdoor yoga :)

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    1. Yea I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. It was fun to get some basic ideas but the endless projects and tasks made me feel a little crazy!

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  3. Try not to be too hard on yourself, Christine. Wedding planning is nuts, and I still can't believe that you've squeezed into as short of a time frame as you have. Just remember that it'll all be worth it in the end. And I totally agree, getting your sweat on will help with some of the stress.

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    1. Thank you my friend. It has been pretty overwhelming at times...this week seemed to be the perfect storm. After resolving a bunch of issues, I think they're mostly behind us and I'm excited to relax this weekend!

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  4. Don't be hard on yourself. You only get married once!! Enjoy the journey of the big day..the rest will still be there and can wait!!

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    1. Ah yes, advice that I am so bad at taking! :( Thanks for the reminder...my perfectionist tendencies are bad for wedding planning.

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  5. I don't think anyone just breezes through wedding planning! I'm sure it'll be beautiful! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Jaime - you too! The more I talk to people about it, the more I'm realizing that everyone has some sort of hiccup.

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  6. Wedding planning always does take up quite a bit of time, even when you hire someone to plan it all for you, it still is a lot of work and the last few weeks leading up to it, are pretty much all wedding.. Just make sure to take some time away from it each day, or take a day or two a week and do zero wedding planning and just enjoy the engagment and time with your soon to be:) Seriously, it's not worth the stress, as much as it is worth spending time with the one you love and relaxing and having fun with your engagement!
    FYI, about 80% of brides I book first tell me about their DIY projects they are going to do. By 1 month leading in, over half of those have already tossed the ideas, LOL.. Come the week before, when I make the final check in call, there is literally less than 5% who actually do a few of them. 9 times out of 10 I get asked to just whip something up instead of what they were going to do, LOL My telling you that, is mainly just to hopefully help you de-stress and let you know you're not alone on not getting to all the DIY fun projects you originally thought of:)

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    1. I should have been consulting you the entire time!! :) Adam and I agreed Saturday and Sunday would be wedding planning-free days this weekend. And your comments about the DIY projects made me laugh a lot...time and simplicity are winning over all else at this point! :)

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  7. Wedding planning is crazy. We had a super small wedding with like 40 people and it was still crazy, and I didn't even do much of the planning (my MIL mostly did it). I think yoga will be good to recover from the race, help your hip, and also help you de-stress a little. Glad you found an officiant!

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    1. It really is...it's amazing how many details there are no matter how small it is. We'll have 42 or 44 people depending on if one couple attends, but there's still lots to do! Enjoy your weekend :)

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  8. Wedding planning can be so overwhelming. Try to take a mini break every once in awhile and know that everything will fall into place on the big day! xo
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks Karen :) This weekend we're trying to have some wedding-free fun.

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  9. My coworker and friends is going throught this too, well the stress part. And she has been planning for a year! She too is at the one month mark, and today I told her to just take a short break and not do a thing, which is hard to do, I know! I can't imagine what you must feel like given the short planning period, but maybe in ways it's better than the typical year! I hope you have a relaxed weekend and are able to decompress some! I wish I could help you with the DIY stuff. Thinking of you!

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    1. I can't imagine doing this for a year....but at the same time our timeline has forced us to get a lot done quickly so maybe being able to take breaks would have made it easier if we had a longer planning timeline.

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  10. Maybe y'all should have eloped??? Lol. I had a really small wedding too and it stressed me out planning it also. Can you imagine what couples go through planning those huge weddings?
    I can be having the worst stressful day and a walk or bike ride ALWAYS makes me feel better, though I really have to talk myself into doing it. I plan on riding a rail trail this weekend (we have a GREAT one here in the Cincinnati area) and hopefully kayaking too! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I definitely thought that on Tuesday night!! Ooh kayaking sounds fabulous! The weather looks fabulous this weekend so I'm eager to get some fresh air.

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  11. We had a short engagement, too, and even though it was extremely stressful to plan the wedding in 5 months, I am so happy we did. It all comes together and the weekend of will be fantastic. I know many folks who kept adding more and more to their wedding just because they had time to do so. I can't imagine thinking about a wedding for a year! Ugh.

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    1. Yes, that was my fair...more time would mean more things to do and more money spent. I'm really happy we decided to do a short engagement but there are days when it can be a lot.

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  12. Hi Christine, just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blog posts right now. I can relate so much - just got engaged, having knee problems, and running the Marine Corps Marathon in October (my first!). Starting to realize that I'm just going to have to live with the knee stuff, but I'm nervous about being able to have a good base when training starts in June. I feel like I've lost a bunch of my cardio - and planning a wedding on top of that! Yeesh!

    We'll get through it!

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    1. Hi there! :) Oh I love that we're sharing some life events together. How fun! You will love Marine Corps Marathon - it's incredible. It was my first marathon in 2013 so I'm happy to share any advice or tips.

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  13. A long weekend trail ride sounds perfect.
    Friday night I have my first 90 min Orange Theory Class. They do special classes once a week that are longer than the usual 60 min. I am kind of scared.
    I am so sorry wedding planning is taking over everything. It seems to do that to everyone.

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    1. Haha I've heard how intense the Orange Theory classes are but they also sound awesome. I would love to get back to doing more classes at my YMCA but I've totally fallen off the bandwagon on that one.

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  14. Impressive spreadsheet, I can't imagine how busy you both are. I know you'll have an incredible wedding day. This week I took "off" from running and went to a few yoga classes. Hope you and Adam were able to enjoy the beautiful MDW weather.

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  15. I think you guys are SO smart to get married sooner rather than later, could you even imagine stressing over all these little things for a year or more, no wonder people turn all bridezilla!

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