It’s the small changes that count for Christine as she gears up to her big day

So it’s T-minus one month and one week till my and my fiancée’s big day and things are starting to get real!

The dress is being made (with the most delicate and beautiful lace and satin fabrics), the details are being finalised and the only thing left to do is pitch up and hope that the vendors all do what they said they were gonna do during their sales pitch.

With the attention and the photos all pointed in the direction of the bride and groom, I’m on a mission to look and feel my best on the big day.

Luckily my job tends towards an active lifestyle and Pilates and Barre has done so much more than help me burn calories. It’s helped me clear my head and tone my body in ways that I never thought possible. I mean, I left the corporate world to do it full time so I don’t need to tell you how much I love Pilates and movement.

But that’s not enough to really get results. Upon getting advice from a friend of mine who is a marathon runner who is as tight and toned as a fiddle, she helped me with a meal plan that has done more than just help me lose a few kilos, it’s opened my eyes to the effects of gluten and dairy on my body.

Basically in a giant nutshell I’ve upped my clean protein and veg and given up dairy, refined sugar and anything that looks remotely like bread or wheat / rye / etc… I’ve also cut out butters and oils and begun cooking with coconut oil. Ok, ok, I do put some olive oil on my salads. I can eat an avo a day and can occasionally enjoy a bit of mozzarella or halloumi.

The biggest change if I’m honest has been my energy levels and mood, both perking up noticeably. I don’t feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle all the time. I feel much lighter and not as if there is a whale being digested against its will in my tummy.

Christine in the studio

My skin has cleared up, I used to suffer a bit from breakouts and I’m not sure if it’s the dairy or the gluten but something has helped, possibly also from drinking loads of water and herbal teas too.

I have lost about 2kgs – not sure what that is in pounds (what a bizarre metric system) and with a bit more discipline I’m hoping to lose about 3 or 4 more before I walk down the aisle.

So ladies and gents there you have it. Gut the gluten, down the dairy, sack the sugar and reap the rewards.

Now I just need to get a tan!

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