Health & Wellness: A Different Way to Approach Your Wedding-Day Goals

Our buds over at Be Well Philly were talking about this article in Shape this week, so we took a look, and found it to have a really interesting way of thinking when it comes to tackling your goals. And the thing is, the method they out absolutely applies to your various wedding-day goals, whether they’re weight-loss/fitness-focused or otherwise.

The basic idea is this: By really coming up with and concentrating on the more deeply rooted reason behind your goals, you’ll probably come up with better ways to meet them—and will therefore be more likely to actually reach your goals, and then stick with your gained good habits, whatever they may be, after that point. The approach is called the “design thinking” philosophy.

Think into the future—six months or a year from now or whatever time frame you have in mind to hit your goal. Maybe you lost 10 pounds or you lowered your body fat percentage to a number you’re proud of. “Bigger than those facts themselves, try to get yourself into that mindset of how that will affect other areas of your life,” {Dani Singer, CEO and director of Fit2Go Personal Training and an advisor to the Personal Trainer Development Center} says. “That’s when people hit on what really matters.”

For me personally leading up to my wedding, two main things come to mind: Like many brides, I wanted to lose a little weight before the Big Day—but what I really wanted was to get in shape. Better shape than I had ever been in in my adult life—and to then use that as a jumping-off point for sustaining that healthy of a lifestyle in my normal post-wedding life. I also wanted to begin my marriage with zero debt. Both my husband and I were fortunate enough to not have any student-loan debt at that point in our lives, and I felt that working to kill any credit card debt I had been toting around would be a really smart, liberating and healthy clean slate on which to build a new financial life with someone. I hit both of those goals, and it’s absolutely true: The satisfaction I felt really had nothing to do with my wedding day. I was just happy to have reached both of those places in my life—which has meant being invested in sustaining them in the year and a half since we tied the knot.

What are the goals you’ve started to associate with your wedding and getting married? Check out a few tips on how to meet them with this design thinking here—and you’ll be well on your way to checking ’em off your list.

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