I have been going back and forth on posting this – especially on whether I wanted to include my weight. I mean, I don’t really want the world to know the number I see when I step on the scale, do I? But then I thought it would be good for me and good for my clients to see that yes, even though I shoot boudoir & I am telling them that it’s ok to nervous and to relax and have fun, etc, I know what they are feeling and what it is like to be nervous for a shoot
Last year, I had the wonderful privilege of attending a photographers workshop with the Boudoir Divas in San Diego. I have been following the Boudoir Divas for a few years and had always wanted to do a shoot but I never had the opportunity. After the workshop, I told myself that if my business was doing well and I had moved into a studio space within 1 year of the workshop I would book a photo shoot with them. I met my goal and now I am so excited for my upcoming shoot in September!
EXCITED AND NERVOUS. Lets just say, my body isn’t exactly what it used to be a few years ago and the thought of all my bumps, lumps, and curves being photographed is a bit scary.
I have been trying for about a year to loose weight but I never stuck with anything and it would always fall on the back burner – so I maintained a steady weight of about 145 lbs. My goal weight has been to get down to 130. It really hit me that I needed to start loosing weight and getting back in shape at the end of April this year – I was at my heaviest (155lbs – I can’t believe I just put that out there for the world to read!) and when I attended a wedding for my cousin, one of my uncles came up to me and announced in front of everybody that I had gained to much weight and I need to get skinny again. It was so embarrassing.
Now, I am so lazy when it comes to exercise (just read this post). I will be the first to admit it. When I was in high school, I played sports, etc. But once I stopped playing it was so hard for me to keep a regular gym schedule. It still is. I have a fabulous pair of trainers sitting in my closet that I haven’t worn since college when I used to run a few times a week.
May 6th, I weighed in at 155 lbs. I wrote my goals down, had images to inspire me, etc. But I still couldn’t bring myself to bring my trainers of the shelf for a run. I had dabbled with Livestrong (www.livestrong.com) during my many adventures of trying to loose weight and was thrilled to learn they also had an iPhone app. It has been perfect for me to keep track of what I am eating and the exercises I do (on the rare occasion I decide to dawn the sports bra and sweat). I have been watching what I eat and limiting my calorie intake and by June 29th, I was down to 145.5 lbs. Then I stalled for a couple weeks and my weight stayed the same.
It hit me this last weekend that my shoot is coming up in 2 months, at the end of September. So I need to really get my butt in gear! I guess it’s time to finally blow the dust of my trainers and hit the pavement (or the elliptical) for an hour each– and start going back to Pilates. So I have been doing 60 minutes on the elliptical or running and Pilates 2 times a week. And, as much as I hate working out (especially the whole running thing) – I am having fun and feeling really good. Lets hope I can keep it up!
Wish me luck!