Cheryl Miles, 42, senior presenter of SPH Radio’s ONE FM 91.3, is tying the knot with her beau, Matthew Nixon, 38, in Missouri in the United States.
We find out more on how our June cover girl has been hitting her bridal beauty and fitness goals in time for her big day:
Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! So how is your weight loss program coming along?
I used to be so disciplined with my fitness and diet routine. I love to eat but I used to be able to balance my diet well. During our courtship, Matthew wined and dined me all the time and in return I cooked some truly decadent meals. I just couldn't find the time to hit the gym. As a result we've both put on weight since we met!
My biggest bridal beauty goal is to retrain my appetite and regain my stamina, strength, flexibility, and to get rid of bad habits.
I have signed up for an 8-week Lean Lite program with HIC Juice (based on the 5:2 diet) where I drink only juice 2 days a week. This helps me has curb my appetite for meat so I cook vegetarian meals instead. On days that I'm fasting, I keep my fitness activities light with maybe a yoga session or go for a facial.
How about your fitness regime?
I signed up for the opening promotion at the newly opened Absolute You where you are offered 100 classes with 20 thrown in free which is an average of 2-3 classes per week.
I love their rhythm cycling class which is a great low-impact cardio exercise that burns heaps of calories and works up a sweat. I also take Pilates reformer classes to help strengthen and stretch out tight areas that you can't reach otherwise.
They have yoga classes that are great for toning my arms, legs and working on my core. I need fun and effective classes to get motivated and find my groove again. I have also signed up for 5km & 10km runs to keep me on my toes.
Her World Brides’ advice:
Decide what are your beauty goals before embarking on a fitness regime
According to research, a proper, healthy diet will help you lose weight more effective than exercise. Find a balanced diet to fit your lifestyle and fitness aims.
Besides losing weight, stamina and endurance are important as your wedding prep and celebrations will be long, tiring affairs.
If you’re someone who needs motivation, gym classes are a great way to enjoy your fitness regime. Gyms here have a multitude of classes – try some of them and find a few that you really enjoy doing on a weekly basis.
Don’t forget to chill out after all that exercising. Yoga will help you stretch your muscles after hard workouts, and also relax and calm your mind after all those stressful wedding prep.
Any other advice for brides-to-be?
Work keeps me busy and cooking healthy dinners for both of us takes effort. We try to eat clean and the juice fast really helps curb our appetites for unhealthy food!
My diet isn't super strict; it should be sustainable and easy to manage. I also have at least one cheat day a week - wine and cheese or dining out every now and then.
I still have a social life but eating healthy and my workouts are now a priority so I will schedule social calendar accordingly. I have missed out on fun activities like St Patrick's Day and SingJazz because of this.
I have also bought a bunch of supplements and vitamins to keep my energy up.
Her World Brides’ advice:
- Always find the best fitness and beauty regime to suit your lifestyle. You can sacrifice some things but don’t do it to the extent that you are miserable. Getting prepped for your wedding should be a happy and enjoyable experience.
As with everything, don’t overdo it. Too much exercise and dieting will have negative repercussions. If unsure, check with a medical professional who will help you organize a plan that will benefit you.
Embark on your journey as a couple so you can find support and encouragement from each other. The experience can also be an enriching one where you can build relationship bonds and get to know each other better before the wedding.
Photography: Skyy Woo
Styling: Steve Thio, assisted by Jessie Koh
Hair: Dhylan Chan, using Schwarzkopf
Makeup: Tinoq Russell Goh, using Covermark & Dejavu
Gowns: Grace Atelier Weddings
Venue: Wheeler's Estate
For more of her interview with us, grab a copy of Her World Brides June issue today! Available at all newsstands.