The Road to Mrs.: I Lost 50lbs in 7 Months!

Charli: The Incredible Shrinking Bride

If you clicked on this post because you’re tired of popping diet pills, losing money on gym memberships you rarely use, and drinking concoctions that taste awful, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not about to preach about some secret diet. I didn’t do anything you haven’t tried before. I found success with Weight Watchers. But, wait! Before you roll your eyes and say to yourself “Been there, done that, Charli!”, ask yourself this: Did you try it or live it?

Like many of you, I’ve been battling with my weight since college. Back then I took my sister-girl curves for granted, not yet realizing that they needed to be handled with care. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and let my busy go get ‘em twenty something lifestyle turn me into a daily fast food eater. I kept starting diets and never seeing fast enough results, so I’d give up. Then I got engaged. Suddenly, all I could think about was how disappointed I’d be with my wedding photos if I didn’t lose weight. I knew it was time to commit to a smaller me. It took my wedding date getting closer for me to feel the pressure to trim the fat. Before that, nothing got me off my butt long enough to see a change.

Charli crusin' during heavier times...

We brides have a lot of options out there to lose weight – thirty-day diets, bridal boot camps, etc. Watching your weight is probably the last thing you want to add to your wedding to-do list. I get it. I can’t tell you it will be easy, but I can tell you what worked for me: Total immersion and commitment. First I picked a healthy plan. Weight Watchers worked for me because it was about making a lifestyle change. It’s about portions and planning. Next, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t give up, even if I wasn’t seeing results fast. I didn’t set unrealistic goals for myself either. I vowed to lose as much weight as I could before my wedding without picking a number. I started the program in January and realized I had to make major changes around my house. I got rid of everything I shouldn’t be eating and found ways to be active daily. Walking my dog and battling Gibran on Nintendo Wii helped with that. All I needed then was to practice a little (no, a lot!) of patience.

I didn’t give up. I wanted to many times. I cried once because it took everything in me to ride by White Castle without stopping for chicken rings. My friends tried different methods, and sometimes had faster results than me, but I knew I didn’t want to waver from my path. Now, here I am seven months later, so happy I stuck with it. I’ve lost over 50lbs, and so far I’ve averaged about 1.5 pounds a week. I’ve gone from a size 18 to a size 12, and I’m shopping in stores I used to love again. I sleep better, I wake up happier, and I’m so much healthier overall. I’ve never been more proud of myself. What started off being about the wedding is now something that’s all about me. If you’re on a weight-loss journey for your wedding, I wish you all the best. Stick with it – you’ll love yourself so much more for it!

Charli dropped pounds with focus and determination

How many pounds are you trying to lose for your wedding? Have you met your goal? If not, what obstacles have you faced? I’m here, tell me about it!

Be sure to check out Charli’s previous blog posts here.

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  1. Avatar caitlinlosey says:

    Charli you look amazing — so proud of you!

  2. A real(istic) inspiration for a lot of women (even those not getting ready to walk down the aisle). Go Charli! You look amazing!

  3. Thanks so much ladies! If it weren’t for the support of family, great friends, and G, I would not have made it this far! ; – )

  4. You’ve always been a hot mama, Charli, but feeling good looks great on you. SO happy for you! Congrats on such an amazing achievement.

  5. Charlie u look good!! i lost 20lbs in 2 months. i work out nd changed the way i eat. at 1st i couldnt see it but everyone could. Now i feel so much better about myself. I have more energy, happier do more wit my kids and my clothes are falling off me. But im not done yet still have about 50lbs more to lose. U look GREAT!!

  6. Charli, you look so incredible! I loved reading this! Love you so much, crib buddy!

  7. That’s so awesome, Charli! Congrats…and I wish you all the best on your ‘big day’ and beyond!

  8. Charli, I really love your article. YOU LOOK GREAT! You’re right, it’s all about a lifestyle change.

  9. You look absolutely amazing. CONGARTULATIONS!!!

  10. Avatar Oddie Bartlett says:

    What a beautiful story! You look great.

  11. Hey old friend!
    Charli I am so proud of you on so many levels. You are an inspiration to me and I am now sure that I too can accomplish my weight loss goals. Congrats on your upcoming nuptials. I wish you all the happiness you can stand! :)

  12. Avatar Andria Matthews says:

    Charli! Thanks for sharing this… So inspiring! I know so many people that are struggling with their weight. I’ve been preparing for my upcoming wedding too and have been trying to get in better shape. I’m on the I (instinct) diet, which is very similar to weight watchers… slow, steady, a lot of planning. I really love the recipes. I wish you all the best with your journey and your marriage!


  13. Your story is a source of inspiration to so many of us. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations and best wishes for your upcoming marriage.

  14. Charlie!! You are an inspiration!! Im so happy for you and you look amazing!!!!

  15. Avatar Charli P. says:


    I am so so thankful for all of the love and support! It means so much to me to know that I could be an inspiration in your journeys to achieve a better you. For all of you who said you have weight to lose, go for it! I know you can do it. And for those of you who’ve already found success, you go girl! I’m very proud of you — I know how hard it is to get there. In fact, my journey isn’t yet over. I would like to lose 30 or so more pounds to achieve a weight I’ll be happiest with and to elimante more health risks. I’ll keep you posted, BBB family! Keep up the great work ladies!!

  16. Avatar Heather W. says:

    What a great story! Congrats, Charli!


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