A Bridal-Ready Journey with Christie Wang, PMA-CPT/ Part II: Maintaining a Balanced Pre-Wedding Diet

Hello everyone!

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I’m Christie Wang, Principal Pilates instructor (PMA-CPT) at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. I teach classical NY style Pilates at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. My wedding is less than 8 weeks away. For the next two months, I’ll be sharing my journey to feeling and looking my best; including healthy wedding prep nutrition, exercise and self-care routines. I had my very first wedding dress fitting two weeks ago, and it got me thinking more and more about maintaining a balanced pre-wedding diet!

Many brides spend the months before their wedding crash dieting, avoiding carbs and focusing in on their diets to get in their best shape. If you google “wedding diet,” dozens of articles like “21 Day Pre-Wedding Diet Plan” and “The Ugly Truth About Wedding Diets” come up. There’s clearly pressure for brides to go to some pretty extreme measures to “shed for the wedding.”

Knowing that maintaining a healthy “clean” diet is the biggest factor in losing weight, or maintaining my current weight, I’ve taken a few small measures to clean up my diet. As I’m staying super active and running a marathon the week after my wedding, there will be no crash dieting or extreme measures here. And yes, I am keeping around my carbs.

  1. Drinking more H2O and less caffeineAs a Pilates instructor who has to wake up at 5 AM to get to her first class, I run on coffee. But, in an effort to improve my skin, I’ve cut coffee to just one cup a day and increased the amount of water I am drinking (~5-6L a day).
  2. Reducing refined sugars/desserts: Let me say that pastries, cookies, scones and croissants (oh croissants!) are my biggest vice. Knowing that eating a croissant a day is not necessarily the greatest for me, I’ve decided to cut out, to the best of my ability, anything with refined sugars (most desserts). Instead of cutting this out completely, I’m replacing it with healthy alternatives (fruit, dried fruit with no added sugars, nuts and seeds and yogurt).
  3. Green smoothies to start the day: Instead of eating a traditional large breakfast, I’ve opted for a “two part” breakfast. Again, as I wake up so early, I usually whip up a cup of coffee and a green smoothie right when I first wake up. My green smoothies have spirulina powder, hemp seeds, cucumber, kale, pineapple and bananas. A few hours later (usually around 9:30 AM or 10 AM), I’ll grab a piece of toast with almond/cashew butter or a small cup of oatmeal with nuts and fruit.
  4. Avoiding preservatives/processed foods and sticking to whole foods: To the best of my ability, I’ve been avoiding processed “snacking” foods. Of course, in a pinch, or when I’m starving, I’ll have a few pretzels or some dried fruit but, I’ve been trying to stick to homemade and whole foods. For example, I’ve been making my own picco de gallo (just fresh tomatoes, onions, lime juice and jalapeno!) instead of eating salsa from a jar.

As always, I am continuing to run and do Pilates on a regular basis. Stay tuned for Part III: At Home Pilates Exercises to Sculpt your Upper Back, Butt, and Abs.

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This post is written by Christie Wang, an instructor at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. It does not represent the beliefs, opinions or advice of Endurance Pilates and Yoga.

A Bridal-Ready Journey with Christie Wang, PMA-CPT / Part 1: Setting Intentions & a Personalized Workout Routine

Hello everyone!

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I’m Christie Wang, Principal Pilates instructor (PMA-CPT) at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. I teach classical NY style Pilates under the mentorship of Julie Erickson, the owner of Endurance Pilates and Yoga.  I’m getting married at the end of September and know that many brides-to-be are looking forward to their weddings this year. For the next two months, I’ll be sharing my journey to feeling and looking my best; including healthy wedding prep nutrition, exercise and self-care routines.

First, I’ve found it essential to establish goals at the start of any wellness journey. My goals for the next three months is to eat whole, unprocessed foods (my definition of “clean”) and to keep up with my marathon training and Pilates practice. I don’t have a “goal weight” or dress size but, am focusing on cleaning up my diet and honing in on my workouts for more energy and focus

Given that I am a marathon runner and full time fitness professional, some of my physical activity levels may seem extremely high. The majority of my workouts center around Pilates and running as I am training the Chicago Marathon (one week after my wedding day). Here is what my training schedule in a week looks like:  

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As you can see, I run 5-6x a week and try to do Pilates 2-3x a week in a group class setting. My speed workouts are either done with the Heartbreak Hill Running groups (or the Studio) or on my own. They change between a hill workout, track workout and tempo workout. My long runs increase and decrease dependent on the plan I am following (13-22). I supplement this with an active rest day (Yoga or a Barre class where I take it easy) and some of my own personal mat Pilates practice at home. That said, it’s important to understand your physical abilities and build your exercise plan based on your personal schedule and goals. Everyone’s journey will look a little different!

Some may opt for weight lifting, boot camps or HIIT classes for cardio. For others, running or taking a Vinyasa Yoga class can give you a similar experience. Pilates offers a great combination of weights (springs/tension with apparatus), body movement to tone, and stretching to lengthen muscles and increase flexibility.Stay tuned for Part II: Maintaining a balanced pre-wedding diet

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This post is written by Christie Wang, an instructor at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. It does not represent the beliefs, opinions or advice of Endurance Pilates and Yoga as a studio or of Julie Erickson, the owner of Endurance Pilates and Yoga.

5 Confessions of a Pilates Teacher and Personal Trainer

We are not in good shape purely just because of our jobs as trainers! 

Being a trainer is a very active occupation,  however, I schedule my workouts, have trainers that I work with, have a running coach and I plan my students around my workouts.  So, when I have to miss, I have 6 other full days!  I had a friend who mentioned after I opened my first studio, “OMG, I saw you running the other day!  How do you have time?”  I don’t-  I make time.  Every day.   My alarm goes off at 4:30AM most days.   Some nights, I don’t leave the studio until 9:30PM but I get on the treadmill at 11PM.  And, it is very difficult sometimes, but so very much worth it to me.  I am in much better shape in my 40s than I was in my 20s.  My 14 year old son is always my first priority, then my health, then everything else!

We cram too much into our days! 

I never get enough sleep.  I have a Fitbit for the sole purpose of tracking my dismal sleep patterns.  It’s 11PM, I’m getting up at 4:30 to run.  Do the math (because I am denying it- haha).  I’m not done with the post either.  There’s a lot going on in my life and I am supremely lucky to be able to function on not a lot of sleep.  Am constantly working on this one.

We don’t eat perfectly all the time, but we also know that diet is the biggest contributor to our students’ overall health! 

I am not a breakfast person at all.  I will eat toast prior to a long run, but I’d rather have a salad mid morning or a cheese sandwich if I’m really hungry versus any other typical breakfast food. I also believe that banana bread should never be made without chocolate chips and during marathon training, I eat an entire baguette- almost every day.  Wine is a food group, medicine, happy juice.  I have been a vegetarian for 25 years.  In 2010, I cut out all the chemicals and preservatives I could out of my diet and never had a “boofy” belly again.  I eat things that I love that make me happy and would never deny myself a treat if that is what I wanted, but I am a maniacal label reader and will lecture you on the ingredients in the foods you eat. And, expect me to ask for ingredients lists if we are out to dinner.  But, only because some of them do make you puffy- and mess with everything else in your system.  I only eat real sugar.  I don’t believe in shakes or bars- mentally, I feel like they mess with your body’s ability to recognize nutrition and sustenance, so you are still hungry after 500 calories of processed stuff- as good as those ingredients may be.  I try and eat well 95% of the time, so when I want to have that piece of cake my student just dropped off for me, I eat the whole thing, never feel an ounce of guilt and can smile when I well her how much I on

We are maniacally picky about who we work with- doctors, trainers, physical therapists. 

I will question decisions, go with my instinct and seek out other opinions.  All the time.  At least once a month, I will travel 3+ hours to workout with a trainer.  Because I deserve to work out with somebody that I can learn more from as a student and as a teacher.  It is worth it to me to pay for and seek out the best available when it comes to health.

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I sometimes wonder if my leggings are appropriate for dinner out.  I sleep in them, teach in them, workout in them.  I get excited to put on heels and a dress- like it is the highlight of my month!  I can’t imagine life in any other sort of work clothes.  And, if you tell me that yoga pants are not appropriate as pants, I will fight you on that!