Spring’s Approaching… Time for a Health Kick (in the Butt).

So, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve lost two and a half pounds in the last two weeks.  Though I made it a New Year’s resolution back in January to get my body into kick-ass shape, this really only started a couple weeks ago, when we went to the Hamptons to visit our friends.  I was about seven pounds heavier than my normal weight, with only two pairs of my jeans fitting comfortably (leaving about six others sitting on my shelf untouched for the last eight months).  Winter… that is all I have to say.  My friend Julie was also feeling on the heftier side so we decided to tackle it together.  She made charts and we had an official weigh in.  We also measured ourselves (chest, hips/butt, tummy, waist, thigh, arm, calf) – this was the real deal.  We would weigh and measure ourselves once a week and record our progress on our charts (which we both have access to).  Our target date to get to our ideal self is Memorial Day.

Now let me first say, that my goal with weight loss is always to create a program for myself that is sustainable.  As you all probably know by now, I really really really love food.  It’s one of my greatest passions.  And I don’t believe that depriving myself of what I love will ever lead to long-term success.  I even bought two cheeses today!  (I’ll eat them responsibly).

So in my mind… I had to:

  • make smarter choices – instead of indulging every single day, indulge a little and then hold back a little to create balance
  • cook more at home
  • watch my portions
  • EXERCISE!!!

Aside from some sporadic yoga and pilates classes, I really haven’t exercised regularly since before our wedding back in October 2009!  So I figured if I changed my eating habits a little while adding in a regular exercise routine, I would be able to lose the weight.

So now I’m feeling pretty good… two weeks in, making some progress and seeing a little change already.  I’m also starting to notice a shift in my mood.  I have more energy and I’m feeling a bit lighter (in spirit – that is).  Spring’s on the way of course, so that might have a little something to do with it too!

Most of all, I’m really starting to enjoy yoga.  I’ve done yoga on and off over the last several years.  I was never able to maintain a regular practice for any serious length of time.  I would do it for a while and then get bored (typical).  But really… the classes would always be the same, with the same poses and routines and… ho – hum, yawn, two or three months later I’m bored.  But I’ve started going to a new place called Yogaworks and every class I’ve been to has been totally different.  They’ve all been challenging, but the teachers really mix it up every time.  The best part, is that I keep surprising myself as to what my body is capable of.  Our teacher will demonstrate a pose for us in class and in my head I’ll be like, “yeah right… there’s no way my body is doing that”. But then I’ll try – and more often than not, I’ll find I can do it!   Yeah, that’s right… TAKE THAT  little negative voice!

Anyway… on to the pictures!  My photo shoot with Jess was a blast last week.  It was also a challenge.  We had to do it at night, in her apartment.  I knew the light would be crappy, so I rented a flash (Canon Speedlite 580 exII) .  I’ve never used an external flash before so it was a lot of trial and error, but I got several shots I’m quite pleased with.  It also doesn’t hurt that Jess is an incredible model!

Photo 335 out of 365 – “Jess Making Music”

"Jess Making Music" - Settings: ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, 50mm lens

Here are a few of my other favorites from our shoot:

What a beauty right??

Photo 336 out of 365 – “Water Meditation”

“Water Meditation” – Settings: ISO 100, f/2.0, 1/1600 sec, 50mm lens

Photo 337 out of 365 – “Lucy’s Birthday Halo”

"Lucy's Birthday Halo" - Settings: ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/50 sec, 50mm lens

I love how the candles on the cake created this little halo around Lucy’s head!  A happy accident!

Photo 338 out of 365 – “Adam’s Badass Tattoo”

Adam's Badass Tattoo - Settings: ISO 1600, f/4, 1/50 sec, 100mm macro lens

Yes, this is my husband’s arm.  It was one of the first things that caught my eye when I saw his profile online before we met.  I always thought tattoos were kind of hot – but this is the coolest one I’ve ever seen.  It’s a bunch of words he loves.  Sexy. 🙂

 

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4 thoughts on “Spring’s Approaching… Time for a Health Kick (in the Butt).

  1. I have to tell you that the pictures are fantastic!!!

    I also wish you good luck with your new fitness program, I can understand what you say about loving food, my sin too. Sometimes I cannot understand why I´m not rolling down instead of walking!!! kind of a miracle!! but if you are excercising, I guess that you can indulge yourself with some nice food because it all be balanced.

    It´s great that you have a friend to share this experience, it really helps!!

  2. I couldn’t agree more, sustainable is the key to any change towards health. Diets/extreme workouts fail because they are not sustainable. The rebound often leaves on worse for the wear.

    And, since you are a food lover, I’ll say what I say to my clients who are looking to lose weight. Subtract nothing! Find healthy things to love. Removing food options is painful and no one likes to feel denied. It always backfires and often leads to binging. We like to feel loved. So find amazing vegetable dishes, raw food recipes, a new fruit you’ve never had, a new whole grain (I fucking love amaranth) and let all of the exciting new options fulfill you. Before you realize it they will have already crowded out the lesser foods, although everything in moderation……even chocolate covered bacon. The best part is the subtle refinement that happens to our palate as we move away from richer foods and towards simple things. The complexity of the most basic ingredients begins to reveal itself.

    Devin

    • ooooh – that’s exciting! you might need to share some of those healthy recipes with me. I’ve never even heard of Amaranth! Thanks Devin… inspiring stuff.

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