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What other brides-to-be say

Here’s what three other Chicago women are doing to get in shape for that walk down the aisle:

Sarah Gottlieb, 33

Lives in: Buena Park

Getting married: Aug. 24

Works out at: East Bank Club

As East Bank Club’s registered dietitian, Gottlieb helps members eat well for better health and to stay in shape. Now that her own “big day” is approaching, “I’m definitely trying to tone up in the places my dress will highlight — a defined back and defined arms.” She’d love to lose 10 pounds, but mostly wants to “lean up and be more toned.” Working out at East Bank, she uses weights and does “interval-style training because I’m a distance runner. To lean up, you want to do the shorter, fast workouts.

“Ultimately, as a dietitian, I think it’s more nutrition than exercise. I try to eat more protein, Greek yogurt. I log my food every day to keep myself accountable. Drinking more water and more tea, cutting out sweets.”

Amber Rodriguez, 27 Lives in: Lake View Getting married: Aug. 17 Works out at: David Barton Gym

Rodriguez is a rare bride — one who’s not trying to lose weight before walking down the aisle. “I’ve always been kind of lean, so right now, I’m just trying to tone everything. I work out about three to four times a week. I want to flatten my stomach, tone my butt, and definitely get my arms in tone. (Rodriguez has “heard brides say they wish they would have toned their arms more” for their wedding-day photos.) “Working out helps with stress as well, because we’re planning every single detail ourselves.” She works out at David Barton with personal trainer Danielle Maddox, but also with her fiance at gyms around town.

When eating, she’s “incorporating more protein and more greens — just trying to get healthier. I’ve got a few friends who are dietitians, and my trainer also is helping me get my diet intact.” She’s already bought her dress, so “if I stay fit, the dress is perfect.”

Hillary Shulman, Ph.D., 30

Lives in: Wicker Park

Getting married: Oct. 5

Works out at: Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

“I’m using [my wedding] as an excuse to start getting more serious about learning about fitness. There’s so much money being spent on this wedding, so I’m diverting some of the funds to getting healthy. Last year, I started to get into running with the Couch-to-5K running program, but I wasn’t a member of a gym. I thought going into the new year I should get more guidance.” That’s when she started working with Lakeshore Senior Personal Trainer Carey Schueler, which she does twice a week. “I’m thinking more long-term because my wedding is still months away. I feel if I learn what I’m doing and get a good base, come summertime it will have paid off.

“I’m trying to be mindful of calories. I definitely allow myself some indulgences, but once it gets to a couple months before the wedding, I’ll talk to Carey about taking the diet a little more seriously. I’m trying not to be obsessive about it. Just working out three to four times a week and incorporating it into my routine has been great.”

Maureen Jenkins

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