Fitness Friday #4

Soooo, I finally went to the doctor on Tuesday. She told me I have pneumonia. So, needless to say, I have been taking it easy for the past few days. I feel much better after the medications, but still have a cough. It’s not as intense as it was on Saturday, though. Since I have hardly done anything health wise, other than watching what I eat, I will simply repeat my goals from last week.

I am down to 215.2 pounds. So, not a complete bust for the week. I am happy it went down a little as opposed to gaining weight. I have a feeling this week will be an awesome week as far as fitness.

My favorite meal from this week was Shrimp Scampi from Olive Garden. My husband and I celebrated our four year anniversary this week, and that was our meal. I am so proud of myself! I only had one breadstick. Ask anyone who knows me… bread is like my candy. I did get strawberry cheesecake for our anniversary dessert. It is the Walmart version, so at least the servings are small. That was my cheat this week.

So, next week I am going to go to the dog park everyday, cook more at home, and find a free activity to do that will help get me in shape! Don’t forget to check out Deanna’s blog for her progress!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday #1

I am so excited to announce that I will be teaming up with my awesome friend, Deanna, to become healthier. Every week on Friday we will both be posting updates on our fitness progress.

Here is what to expect each week:

  • Overall progress with weight loss.
  • My favorite meal.
  • Weekly goals.
  • My biggest accomplishment.
  • My failures. (Hopefully they are few and far between.)

Here are the rules:

  1. I must post every Friday.
  2. I will weigh myself once a week, every Friday morning.
  3. Every five pounds lost will result in a reward (not food).
  4. I can have one cheat meal a week.
  5. I must follow the exercise program I am using. (I tend to get lazy with it.)
  6. I will post an updated photo every four weeks.

So which exercise program am I using? Good ol’ P90X! I started P90X last year and did really well for about a month. Then I got lazy. That can’t happen again. I will exercise Monday-Saturday and rest on Sunday. I will be using MyFitnessPal to track my diet.

What are my rewards when I lose five pounds?

  • 5 lbs.- Fresh Flowers
  • 10 lbs.- New Magazine Subscription
  • 15 lbs.- Mani/Pedi
  • 20 lbs.- Go to the Movies
  • 25 lbs.- New Workout Outfit
  • 30 lbs.- New Haircut
  • 35 lbs.- New Camera Strap
  • 40 lbs.- Go to the Aquarium
  • 45 lbs.- Makeover
  • 50 lbs.- New Book
  • 55 lbs.- Spa Day
  • 60 lbs.- New Camera Lens
  • 65 lbs.- Visit New York
  • 70 lbs.- New Wardrobe

Yes, that is a total of 70 lbs. My current weight is 225, and my goal weight is 155. It’s going to be hard, but I will have the support of friends and family and I really want this.

My goals for the week:

  1. Zero fried food.
  2. Only water to drink.
  3. Eat a salad everyday.

So, tune in every Friday for an update on our progress! Be sure to check out Deanna’s page for how she will be getting healthy! Also, I will be tracking my everyday healthy habits on Instagram! Follow me @kristendellis on IG.

Without further ado, here is my before photo. Oh, the irony of a photographer not liking their photo taken!

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What about you? What are your goals this week to become healthier? Let me know if the comments!

-Kristen D.


The Great Cake Debate!

This past Thursday was my birthday! My amazing Sister-in-Law (aka Friend) and Brother-in-Law (aka Brother) took me out on Wednesday to celebrate! On Thursday, my son was sick, so I didn’t want to get him out of the house. He looked at me that morning and said, “Happy birthday, mom!” Then, “Cake?” Haha! Of course he has cake on the brain. I had a nice evening in, eating Mexican take-out and watching a rented movie. The next day, my Sister took me to get my nails done. I have never had color on my nails before. EVER! I chose pink, which may surprise some people. My Husband also came home from training that day. So, my birthday celebrations went for three days. I had a good birthday.

Here is something you may not know about me… I prefer cheesecake for my birthday. I do. I REALLY do. I love cheesecake. This happened about two years ago. I still love cake, but cheesecake is my go to birthday dessert now. Is that weird? I had a Birthday Cake balloon. Does that count?

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I want to thank everyone who wished me a happy b-day! Let me know your favorite b-day dessert! Do you have cake or another delicious treat? Tell me in the comments!

-Kristen D.


Moving, Editing, & The Big Fake Wedding

BFW_promo1Wow, so we finally have an apartment… well, almost. We are waiting for a one-bedroom to be finished with upgrades before we can move. Then we will only be living there for a couple of months, and then moving into a two bedroom in the same building. We are almost there! I am so excited. The past few months have been rough, but we are almost to the point of setting up a home again. I am trying to go minimalist for the sake of space, and I really think I would be much happier to have less stuff. Only having things we use or truly love is a great goal for us, and I think moving into a two bedroom apartment is going to help get us closer to that lifestyle. More on that journey in future post…

The past two weeks I have been editing my heart out. With 8 weddings in 6 weeks, I had plenty to edit. I can see the end of the editing process for these weddings. Just in time, too! I have two engagement sessions and two weddings in the next few weeks, not to mention second shooting for another!!

I have been pretty quiet about The Big Fake Wedding. It was amazing! I definitely want to participate if they come to Kentucky again. I LOVE the photos I created and can’t wait to share them with you! Alas, I have to wait. The Ruffled Blog gets exclusive rights to be the first to display photos from The Big Fake Wedding. So once they post, I will share!!!

My next blog post will be about my albums! I love my albums so much and think that every couple deserves them! Stay tuned!

-Kristen D.

 


Getting My House in Order

My family has taken a very hard hit this year. Many friends and family have passed away. This past weekend was particularly rough. I won’t go into details for the sake of privacy, but it has affected me greatly.

The Bible talks about death, and what we are supposed to do before it claims us if we are able. Three verses that have been in my mind as of late are the following:

Psalm 90:12- “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Proverbs 13:22- “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children…”

II Kings 20:1- “…Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”

So, today I want to write about preparing for the inevitable. The first verse speaks about numbering our days. We only have a certain number, and we can spend those days being foolish or gaining wisdom. Hindering or helping. Hating or loving. I, more than ever, am looking at life differently.

The second verse is something that is very close to my heart right now. My husband and I are supposed to leave an inheritance that will last generations for our family. We have made bad financial decisions in the past. Each time we do so, we are stealing from our son and what we can leave for him. We are currently getting out of debt using the Dave Ramsey books we bought and will hopefully begin to start building wealth soon afterwards.

The third verse says, “Set thine house in order…” which was a command given to a king when he was sick and about to die. We often hear, “Get your affairs in order.” We shouldn’t wait until we can see the end to prepare. By then, it will be too late to really take care of some things. God extended the king’s life. We need to take every day as a gift and use it to it’s full potential.

I am getting my house in order. I can’t afford to wait, because there are so many unknowns.

-Kristen D.


Spanish

Okay, so this summer has been amazing! Every Saturday was booked and some weekends I’ve worked two weddings. God provides! I am so thankful. So here is an update on what I have been doing other than weddings…

Teaching myself Spanish. I remember loving Spanish in high school, but I took it my senior year and didn’t get a chance to really dig into the language. College waved my language requirement because music majors have a TON of classes and practicing on their plates. So now I am teaching myself. Here is how…

  1. I have an amazing app called Learn Spanish Words Free (I know, so fancy) that has 10,000 words and phrases. It teaches you 14 common Spanish words at a time. To test you, it will say the english word and you have to choose from multiple choice or spell it in Spanish. It will also say the Spanish word and you have to select the english translation. This is helping me with my vocabulary.
  2. I am watching movies made in Latin America and listening to radio stations in Spanish. I watch the movies with Spanish subtitles. This is helping me with grammar, understanding pronunciation, and slang.
  3. I research and write a lot. I have a list of 100 most common verbs written in my notebook that I am currently memorizing. Then I need to memorize the conjugations. I pretty cool language hack is saying Voy a…. for I’m going. The infinitive form of Spanish verbs translates “to verb“. Example: comer- to eat. I can simply say “Voy a comer.” for “I’m going to eat.” No conjugations needed!

My next step is to start reading some books written in Spanish. So, hopefully I will be able to carry on a conversation soon. We will see!

Coming up this week: The Big Fake Wedding Bridal Show! Tune in tomorrow for some details!!!

-Kristen D.

 

 


Change

I am currently sitting in Triangle Park, waiting to meet a model to help build my portfolio for my portrait business. The roar of the water is calming. I’ve always liked this fountain. It’s a cloudy day, and the wind is blowing and the trees are swaying.

I remember when this park was being renovated. My sister called me and said, “They took away my trees!” Ashley tends to get attached to the parks around Lex. Looking around now, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell it was renovated only a few years ago. You may think “This is a pretty park,” while relaxing under one of the shade of a tree.

Change. It’s inevitable. Something is going to change eventually. Sometimes it will happen slowly. Such as becoming an adult. The change we notice most, however, happens quickly.

In the Bible, God shows Jeremiah a potter and the clay. When a potter is working with the clay he may find rocks or sticks that must be removed. It leaves holes or dents in the clay. Then the potter will fix and mold his creation.

Sometimes change can hurt and we don’t understand that hurt. Later down the road, however, people will look at you and say, “What a beautiful person.” Maybe even, “What a wise person.” If only they knew the change that came about a few years prior that molded you.

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-Kristen D.


I Need Change

Okay, so I have to change the way I eat and live. I am starting to feel the negative affects, and I’m only 26. The last two days I have had headaches and been feeling sick to my stomach. Which, if I am sick, it would help to be healthier and boost my immune system, or my diet is just that bad. It’s probably both at this moment.

So I invite you to come on my journey with me to a healthy lifestyle. It’s going to be hard, but so worth it.

Here are a few perks to living healthy that I need to keep in mind:

  • It honors God, because I will be taking care of the body He gave me.
  • I will be a better wife and mother. If I change how I eat and exercise, my husband has no choice but to join me, hehe. Also, this will have a positive influence on my son.
  • I will be a better photographer. It’s not easy to be on your feet for up to ten hours, carrying between 5-30 pounds of equipment at any time. I also am getting down on the ground, up in trees, squatting, lunging, anything to get the shot. If I’m healthier, I will be able to get through a wedding day with much more ease.

So come with me on this journey. I will be posting every two weeks on my progress. Let’s get healthy.

-Kristen D.


A Day at a Time

Lately, I’ve been feeling alone. My dreams seem so far away. My goals seem impossible. I have lost the contentment I thought possessed. Maybe it’s a mid-twenties thing. You know, when you thought you would be much further in life. Life is not easy. Nor is the feeling of discontent.

Contentment. Not only being okay with what you have, but being happy and thankful. That’s hard. But Christ gives me strength. So, instead of complaining about what I don’t have, here is a list of things I am thankful for.

  1. I have a wonderful family. No really, my family is huge. We take care of each other. If I am ever in need, I know I have a great family that will help. This includes my family and my husband’s family. I love them all very, very much.
  2. I have a supporting husband. He has never doubted my ability to follow my dreams. He has never said a discouraging word to me. He’s my biggest fan.
  3. I have the most real parents you could meet. They don’t sugar coat anything, and I need that bluntness in my life. I am a dreamer and sometimes I need a dose of reality. They love me, and they want to see me succeed, and so they show me the obstacles I face when I can’t see them.
  4. I have a wise sister. Whenever I feel lost I know I can call her and she will be my compass pointing me to Jesus. She shows me love and patience. I always feel at peace after our talks.
  5. I have a beautiful friend. She has opened her home to me and I am so thankful. We are roomies once again. Whenever we are having a bad day, we get cookie dough and sparkling grape juice and just talk. She’s there for me when I need her.
  6. I have a small group of friends. These are my friends that I can call, even though it may have been years since we last spoke, and chat it up like we were never apart.
  7. My business is growing. I am opening a new portrait business soon and creating projects as you read this. My dreams may seem impossible, but with God all things are possible.
  8. I have a car. I know this sounds odd, but my husband and I lived with one car for three years. We finally were able to get another car on New Year’s Eve. This has given me so much more mobility to build my business.
  9. I am not alone. I know there are other people out there struggling. Others who are saying, “Why am I not there yet?” Life isn’t a race, it’s a journey. There has never been a specified time for anything to happen in your life. We think that we need to be successful by this age, have a family by this age, have a house by this age, have a best selling book by this age, etc. I’ve slowly realized that we don’t. There is no set time when we have to do all of these things. They happen when they happen. It’s nice to chase dreams, but let’s not give up simply because we didn’t catch them when we thought we would.
  10. I have a mighty God. He never leaves me. Even though sometimes I feel alone, I know he’s there, because he has promised to be there. He gives good things to me when I’m undeserving. He has given me everything in this list of blessings. He has worked miracles, and I trust Him to lead me. I tend to rush things, and He tells me to slow down and appreciate what I have. He tells me to be still and know that He is God. Anything is possible, and He will work it out to my benefit.

 

Let’s not give up. Let’s keep our noses to the grindstone. I am not alone. You are not alone. We are in this together. Let’s go.

-Kristen D.


A Sense of Wonder

Yesterday, my mom, dad, son, and I went to the Newport Aquarium. I have been wanting to take G to an aquarium for over a year. My excitement may have overshadowed his a little bit. Having the opportunity to explore and learn about the world is important to me, and I want to pass that on to my son.

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I wasn’t always that way. School work was never something in the forefront of my mind. Unless it was music, art, or theater, I was simply uninterested. Creativity is something I craved. Now that college is behind me, learning is enjoyable. Maybe it was the structure of it all. Ask anyone that knows me. I don’t do well with structure.

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I believe freedom was my key to learning all along. My teachers and professors were excellent through high school and college. However, classes that allowed for more freedom of expression were my forte.

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The wonderful thing about wonder (see what I did there?) is that it will lead you to discovery. You will research, experiment, and learn. This is true in art and science. Stopping because of a mistake becomes absurd, because you know that the knowledge or ability of what you seek is more important than a failure. (Isn’t that how we got electricity?)

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All of this starts with a sense of wonder. So, go out and explore. Reignite your love of learning and discover something new. You can travel, research, go to a play, interview a stranger, anything. Look at things a new way. Live, and always have a sense of wonder.

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-Kristen D.