Nicole Mullin: "Crossfit is fun, challenging and competitive — I really felt a sense of accomplishment and saw great results quickly."
The turning point:
"I am one of three girls and my wedding will be the third in three years for our family (my poor parents!). After seeing photos from my older sister's wedding, I decided I wanted to lose a few pounds."
How I did it:
"I began losing the weight by boxing and dancing. Eventually, I joined Crossfit and started hot power yoga. I love to switch up my workout routines to fit my schedule and keep my body from plateauing. I love hot yoga because it helps with stress, balance, muscle soreness, stretching and mobility. I follow a Paleo Diet and try to eat mostly lean protein, vegetables and good fats. Sometimes I add brown rice or sweet potato, especially after a hard day of workouts."
Left: "Before" photo: Courtesy of Nicole Mullin
Right: "After" photo: Courtesy of Nicole Mullin
Advice for other brides:
"Set smaller goals. At the beginning of the year, I decided to ramp up my workouts to prepare for my little sister's wedding, which took place on March 8th. I signed up for a hot power yoga challenge (30 days of classes in a row), along with a six-week clean eating challenge at Crossfit."
Enlist the support of your fiancé:
"My fiancé Patrick goes to the gym daily and he also plays hockey a few days each week. We love to go for walks with the dog and hikes when we can."
Photo courtesy of Nicole Mullin
Where I am now:
"In addition to losing 30 pounds, exercising helps me sleep better, have clearer skin, higher energy levels and less stress. I have made great friends at my workout classes and I actually look forward to going to them now. My goal for my wedding on May 23, 2015 is to be healthy, fit and happy, while still allowing myself to indulge in occasional treats!"