As the reporter of ESPN’s College GameDay for football and basketball Jenn Brown travels almost 70 percent of the year. That might sound like a dream job, but when your dream wedding is coming up, all those late night drive-thru dinners and wonky work hours can take a toll on your shape! We caught up with Brown just days before her wedding, where she gave us her secrets to how she stayed slim on the road and prepped for her big day.
What have you been doing differently to get ready for your wedding?
I took a different approach to working out than I usually do. I am typically a cardio junkie; I’m always running on the treadmill and follow it with 45 minutes of lifting. For my wedding, I really wanted to focus on looking lean and tone. I had just come off of covering football, where I gained my usual footfall five [pounds] from eating on the road in all these towns with delicious food, so I had three months to get into shape. I started doing Pilates three to four times a week. It was weird to me that you could go and work out for an hour and not be dripping in sweat, but I’ve seen an amazing transformation because of it.
I also started taking vitamins. I had a physical last year and realized that I wasn’t taking any supplements. Since then, I became a GNC ambassador and started taking GNC WELLbeing be-WholesomeHealth and Beauty Vitapacks. I’ve been taking them for about five months and have seen the biggest difference with my hair–it grows so fast! Last, I finally went to a dermatologist for my adult acne. It’s been such a massively frustrating issue for me, especially since I am always on camera, so I started a routine to get that in order.
What are the best tricks you’ve picked up while traveling to help you stay in shape?
The biggest thing I’ve learned is to order a salad right away at a restaurant to pick at. If I have a salad in front of me, I’m much more likely to skip the plate of wings all the guys just ordered. Also, I make sure to work out in the morning. If I don’t do it first thing in the day everything else starts to pile up and I’ll end up not getting to it at all. I always bring workout DVDs to keep in my room like P90X or Insanity. Those are great when I don’t want to go into the gym when all the other players are in there. I’ve also been known to run the stairs in the hotel, it’s a great workout and no one watches you!
I never eat airport food; instead I make a meal before I go. I’ll cook grilled chicken breast and some brown rice and put it in Tupperware for when we travel. It saves money and lets me control what I eat. When we get into town I make sure to shop for food if I have some kind of kitchen in my room. Things like almonds and cottage cheese are good snacks to have on hand. After all, you can only order room service salads so much!
What’s the best wedding advice you’ve heard so far?
Someone told me during the reception to take a couple of minutes to sit back and just look around the room. The day goes by in a minute, and all those people in that room will never be in the same place again, so soak it in and appreciate it.
Any bogus advice?
My parents are generously paying for the wedding, but in the process of sending out invites I told my mom I wanted a small wedding. As we started to make the list she kept inviting people, insisting that they wouldn’t come. But guess what? They do come! I wanted 100 people at my wedding and before I knew it, we were at 180! So don’t invite people and expect them not to come!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a future bride?
If you want to lose weight before your wedding, start early. It’s better for your body and you won’t have to be so severe in your efforts. Plan five months out for a gradual weight loss. Losing a pound a month is a much better approach then trying to knock it all off the week of.
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