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Have you ever flipped through a magazine at the grocery check-out and seen articles about how that magazine helped a group of women lose weight?  Ever wonder how those women got hooked up with that magazine to get the free personal training and support to lose weight?  Well, I had the opportunity to do that.  A few years ago, I was part of a weight loss challenge run by Redbook magazine.  It was an awesome experience.  I lost weight during the challenge and I still follow the workouts and meal plans I learned to keep the weight off.  Keep reading to learn more about my experience with Redbook.  And I’m gonna show you how you can get your hands on all the workouts, meal plans, tips and tricks the celeb trainers and nutritionists taught me to drop the weight.

A few years ago, I was a part of a shoot for Redbook magazine.  Now, before you watch the video, I need to let you know something.  The photo shoot and my reason for being in Redbook has NOTHING to do with blogging.  I was very blessed to be asked to be part of a wedding dress fitness challenge.  Redbook is providing me and everyone involved with the challenge a nutritionist and a celebrity fitness trainer

When I first learned about this Redbook weight loss challenge, my twins were 2 years old and my oldest child was 5.  I didn’t have time to work out every day or think about what I was eating.  I was just trying to get enough rest each day.  Even though my twins were sleeping through the night, I was still exhausted from the sheer amount of work I had to do every day.  By the time nighttime came, all I wanted to do was plop down on the couch in front of the television, get a snack and drink alcohol.  And that’s exactly what I did every single night.  But as a result, I was over 200 lbs and couldn’t fit into my jeans or any of my old clothes. I had lost all my baby weight from after having my first child.  But I had no idea when or how I would be able to lose my baby weight from having my twins.  I just had the mindset that I could never be skinny again and I’d be a thick girl for the rest of my life.  I was slowly, in my mind, just accepting the weight.

Then one day by chance, I came across a study that was looking for people who wanted to lose weight so they can fit back into their wedding dress.  The people sponsoring the study were not revealed but I was instantly interested.  I definitely wanted to lose weight but didn’t think I could ever fit back into my wedding dress.  When I got married I was 150 pounds.  I was my thinnest and fittest self when I walked down the aisle.  I was a workout queen and only “good” carbs rarely passed through my lips.  But now, I was a far cry from the girl who wore that wedding dress years ago.

I sent an email to the group conducting the study and they responded quickly by asking me to sent them photos of my in my wedding dress (at my wedding) and what I looked like now.  They also wanted me to tell them why I wanted to lose the weight and how I gained the weight.  I sent them back my pictures and story and guess what?  I made it into the program.  And to my complete surprise, I found out that Redbook magazine was sponsoring this program.  It was called the Wedding Dress Challenge and it was helping women who can’t fit into their wedding dresses anymore because of weight gain due to pregnancies, age, and inactivity lose weight.  

I was given all the help and support I needed to succeed in the Wedding Dress Challenge.  Redbook provided me with a gym membership, a fitness trainer that worked with celebs like Jessica Alba and Halle Berry and a nutritionist to help me through the process.  Plus, I got sent free swag like a pedometer to use during my workouts.  I was excited to be working with Redbook magazine but I was more excited to have support and coaching through a weight loss program.  I had everything at my disposal that I needed to lose the weight.  I just had to do the work and that was the hard part.

During the challenge, I participated in glamorous photo shoots in New York City to document my “before” and “after” body.  It was a great way to mark the beginning and end of the program.  The photo shoots were like a celebration.  I got to meet the other participants – 12 women and one man – and the staff at Redbook magazine.  The stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists at the shoots were amazing.  I found out that one of the hairdressers went to high school with me (small world) and my makeup artists had just done the Victoria’s Secret show.    Everyone was so cool!  It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of.

I am so thankful to Redbook magazine for allowing me to participate in this program because I really don’t think I would have lost the baby weight without them.  When I began working with Redbook magazine, my goal was to lose 20 pounds and fit back into my wedding dress.  I did this program over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s which was great because I lost instead of gained weight during the holidays.   I lost a total of 18 lbs and dropped 2 dress sizes.  I was able to get back into my wedding dress and a lot of other clothes that I had not been able to wear for a long time.  I would gladly work with Redbook magazine again.  It was a wonderful experience.

In the media, we see so many extreme cases of weight loss on the daily.  We watch “The Biggest Loser” on television and read about how celebs work out for 2 hours daily or more to lose weight for a movie.  However, Redbook magazine provided me with a realistic diet and exercise plan to lose weight safely.  I’m a busy mom with 3 girls and my life moves at a frenetic pace.  However, I am certain that any other mom can drop those last stubborn pounds of baby weight following the meal plans and workouts that I learned from my celebrity trainers and nutritionists.  So, if you want my actual eating plans and workout routines, check out my eBook “Diet”.  I know it will help you shed those excess pounds you want to lose.  I am here to help you because if I can do it, I know you can do, too.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

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