We are super excited to introduce a new gal to the Hitched blog community and hope you'll help us to welcome our new regular guest blogger, Melissa! As a recent bride, new mom, and guru on all things girly [notably fitness, fashion, and nutrition], we're thrilled to have Melissa on board to bring all sorts of insight and tips to our brides. We'll let her take the introduction from here!
Hello Hitched brides!
As a recent DC bride and new mama, I understand the want and need to look and feel FABULOUS both before and after your big day. My wedding day was everything that I had imagined and much more, but it definitely took a lot of time, TONS of magazines, hard work, tears, and a clear vision to get there. My husband and I were living in NYC at the time, so all my planning was done over the phone or while sitting in my car for 2 hours twice a week during the “no parking” time [anyone who has ever seen Seinfield knows what I’m talking about!].
Now I wasn’t the bride-to-be with a binder “ready-to-go,” in fact I had no idea what I wanted. So my planning started with the dress-- it IS all about the dress, right?! It sets the mood, the style, the scene, the decor, and captures the essence of the bride-to-be. So my search was on, and many stores, hours, and coffees later, I found the dress of my dreams. She was exactly what I wanted--- me in the form of a dress [a glamorous vintage trumpet gown wrapped in chantilly lace that was both sweet and sexy, embracing my Portuguese side]. I'm sure that, as Hitched brides, you all know how it feels once you've checked the gown off your to-do list!
The planning was now in high gear, so I was on a mission to put myself through my own bridal bootcamp. Just to give you a little background, I’m a certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and owner of FitTrition [where we bring personal training and health coaching to you]. I knew I needed to take my own advice, so I committed to my own workout plan consisting of variety: cardio, core, strength, and flexibility. Believe me, I’ve tried it ALL: physique 57, soul cycle, bar bethod, bikram yoga, crossfit, barre3, hot baptiste vinyasa, pilates, pole dancing, gyrotonics, running, swimming, and dancing [my personal fave since I danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Doug Varone Modern Company, and in a few music videos]. But what I learned is that all these styles and trends can lead to a CORE CONFUSION, so I created a workout method that has helped me [twice!! pre- wedding & post-baby], along with my fellow brides and hot mamas, finally achieve those long and lean muscles to look and feel FIT & FABULOUS!
As a special incentive for Hitched brides, we’re offering 20% off any personal training package at FitTrition from now until the end of the year! We offer an all-encompassing Bridal Bootcamp to help you achieve all of your personal goals before reciting those I do’s. My wonderful team and I have helped brides prep for the big day from NYC to LA and now DC. We bring the "personal" to personal training and nutrition by traveling to our clients, working around their schedules, and helping them with both their diet and exercise needs. Consider it our wedding gift to you! For all the details on what we have to offer [including upcoming free events!], check out our website.
I can't wait to share these tips and more with all of you, so I hope
you'll stay tuned every month for the latest in fitness, healthy
eating, fashion, local vendors, and FIT finds for every bride-to-be. And
if you have any questions or want to see a particular feature, just ask
Melissa & the FIT team
A huge thanks to Melissa and her team at FitTrition for sharing their insight and expertise with all of us! We can't wait to see what's in store. If you have a question for Melissa or a topic you'd like to see her tackle, just leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Ask Melissa" in the subject line. We can't wait to hear from you!