My good friend and contributing writer Emily (mcemilywrites) is getting married in May. Our mutual friend Kara and I offered to throw a bachelorette party/weekend in NYC as it is the city where we all met and became friends. We also hadn’t seen Emily in over a year. While bachelorette parties are loads of crazy fun, it can also be a death trap when you’re trying to lose a few pounds. It would’ve been one thing to have one night out, but we had a weekend planned. It’s only two days but a weekend filled with dinners out, bar hopping, shots, penis cakes, etc. can take its toll. Here are a few tricks I learned while celebrating Emily’s upcoming nuptials:
1. Take Control of the Situation.
As soon as I realized that there could be bar hopping and crazy drinking involved, I immediately decided to take charge of planning the bachelorette weekend. I was determined to make it “healthy.” When you plan/host a party, you get to decide what everyone does and what they eat.
2. Have a Plan.
I am the master of itineraries. Part of it has to do with what I do for a living– making sure an artist gets from Point A to Point B with the fewest possibilities of things going wrong. I typed out an itinerary for the weekend festivities: when people were arriving, what time we were eating, what we were eating, where we were going, etc. While you don’t have to be as OCD as I was, it doesn’t hurt to plan out meals ahead of time. We made most meals at my apartment and saved the night out as our big cheat meal.
3. Allow yourself the cheat meal.
Soup dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai were the only request Emily made for the entire weekend. It just tells you how easy going and laid back she is- Joel is a lucky man to be marrying her! Joe’s Shanghai is famous Chinese restaurant in Manhattan’s bustling Chinatown. Knowing ahead of time that we were going to Joe’s Shanghai helped me focus on eating clean earlier in the week. I had been saving for my big cheat meal (and upcoming drinks) by sticking with my lean meats and veggies. Saving for the big meal helped me enjoy the meal and move on with no regrets.
**The famous Joe’s Shanghai pork soup dumplings.
4. You don’t have to drink.
Contrary to popular belief about bachelorette parties, you don’t have to drink (a lot) to have a good time. I had two drinks the entire night and the rest was enjoyed chatting with my friends and meeting new people in the bar. We came prepared with a game that dared us to ask various guys to dance with us. Not only did that burn calories, but it made us laugh the entire time. Laughing has been reported to lower stress levels, suppress appetite, and boost immune function. Check out this CNN article.
5. Plan group workouts.
We planned a yoga class for Sunday morning and a pole dancing class for Sunday afternoon (it’s supposed to be a great workout). While neither of these worked out for us (we overslept and the pole dancing class was full), it got us out of the house and forced us to walk around the beautiful city. We serendipitously found the Museum of Sex instead. While it didn’t get our heart rates up the same way an exercise class would have, it did make our heart race 😉
**kara, mcemilywrites, gracekelle
Photo Credit: gracekelle