Bride to Be Diaries: The Empowered Bride, Part 4

Our Empowered Bride is back with the fourth part of her Bride to Be Diary. Click for parts one, two and three. “To empower” is defined as “[To] make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights” which is exactly why our our bride to be is called the Empowered Bride.

“When she is good, she is very, very good but when she is bad she is horrid!”

We all know the saying and I have to admit. I have had a month of being horrid. A couple of days away turns into, “I will start again Monday.” Which turns into “no point starting til we come back from holiday” and so on and so on.

So I needed to get my head back in the game. And I asked myself how do I start sorting my head out. Well I needed to do something I haven’t done for a long time! Something I hadn’t ever wanted to do. Something that for me was more torturous than seeing those shoes you have been eyeing up go on sale when you are skint! Something I hated! I decided to take a leaf out of Forrest Gump’s book and Ran!


According to the dictionary, running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. I don’t normally move rapidly or try to lift both feet of the floor except in the recliner chair. But since losing some weight and needing something that scared me I thought why not.

We all know that everything diet or exercise related starts on a Monday. So true to form, early on a Monday morning, I put on some trainers and I braved the road . After 3/4 minutes the little voice in my head consciously said out load “Oh my God I’m actually running!” It might not be anything big for you but for me it was gigantic.

Now I’m not going to say I love it. And I’m not going to say I’m addicted to it. In actual fact, I hate it. It’s hard work and I can’t run for very long. You might say I do a lot of walking on my runs and I look like a sweaty tomato as I go round the roads. With all that aside the one fact that I am proud of is that I am trying!

I remember feeling exactly the same when I started running before the wedding! Do we have any more empowered brides who want to share their stories with us? Please leave a comment in the box below.

Introducing: The Diary of The Empowered Bride

We have a new member of the team joining us today. Introducing The Diary of The Empowered Bride. This beautiful bride-to-be has chosen to remain anonymous to our readers in the lead up to her wedding. Why? Well, she is on a mission. A weight-loss mission.  She wants to share her journey with you without revealing her identity.  The ups & downs but all in good humour.

We really hope you enjoy this series and that you will use the comments box to share your thoughts and experiences as well as show your support too.  Without further a do, here she is…

The Empowered Bride

Today I’m going to climb mountain.

Before you set out to climb a mountain, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, will you need to take equipment with you? Who are is going to join you on the adventure? Will they be able to lift you up if you fall? How long is this going to take?

I am enduring to climb the highest peak that I have climbed in what seems to be forever. I know it has struck fear into many a bride and I can honestly tell you I am feeling exactly the same. Today I am going to climb Mount Everest! Okay it’s not a mountain it’s actually my bathroom scales!scales

So, it’s just scales I hear you say? Well you haven’t met mine. Never in my life have I met anything more judgmental, inconsistent and superficial. I can feel it watching as I brush my teeth waiting for the moment when I muster up the courage to step on. That’s when the routine starts. Earrings out, bracelet off, clothes off, socks, rings off. No make up on or body lotion that might weigh too much. Gosh don’t forget to take the hair bobble out. Every little counts. I can literally hear it groan as I stand there waiting for it to decide if it’s going to be kind and I’m pretty sure I hear it let a sigh of relief out as I step off!

This time I have a massive incentive. I’m getting married and I won’t let some glass and crome bathroom ornament get the better of me. This time it’s different I won’t be doing this alone. This time I will be sharing my challenge with you.

“When God said ‘Who wants a big chin?’ I thought he said gin so I asked for a double!” Only another bride will understand that I don’t want “a double” in my wedding photos.

So this is where you come in. Being on a diet can get pretty lonely and I’m asking for my fellow brides to support each other and myself as I start writing as the Empowered Bride!