It’s The Small Things

I dream big. I see the finish line and want to get there as fast as possible. I want the best of everything right now.

To quote one of my favorite commercials- “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works!”

I have been reminded lately that the larger picture can only be accomplished by the smaller goals. When I say small, I mean tiny. For example, I want to be healthy. I have tried dieting and exercise routines. However, I always quit. I need to start small. You know what? I want to drink tea every morning. A nice cup of healthy tea. It’s small, but it’s a beginning.

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In my business, I want a beautiful studio with LOTS of natural light and amazing lighting equipment and only the best cameras and lenses. However, right now, I need to concentrate on building my brand and providing an amazing experience to my clients. My dream studio will be there in time.

You see, I want SO much. However, if you grow too fast, you’ll fall. Right now, I’m content with my cup of tea.

-Kristen

Luke 16:10 – He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much…


Fitness Friday #8- Success!

Okay, so I weighed myself this morning and am 207.6 pounds. That means I reached my goal that I set. After two weeks of no progress, this was a nice change. Now I am going to try to reach 200 next week. I’m pumped!

But, Kristen, that’s 7.6 pounds in one week! Yes, I know. Here’s the thing. I haven’t been exercising. I will walk, and find activities to walk, but not actually exercise. So, I am going to actually start P90X again. I will concentrate on the weight loss cardio program they have set.

In other good news, usually my resting heart rate is around 90 bpm. Yesterday, it was 80 bpm. 19 pounds definitely takes off some stress from my heart! However, I went to the doctor a few months ago about chest pains. I didn’t think a whole lot about it, but I finally followed up with them this week. There is an abnormality on my ekg. I don’t know if it’s anything to worry about, but appreciate prayers.

My favorite meal this week was Ranch Baked Pork Chops. Yummy! Really simple to make. Take the pork chops and any veggies you like. Place in a single layer on aluminum foil covered pan. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle ranch dressing packet, garlic, salt, and pepper over the pork chop and veggies. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20ish minutes and then broil for 2 more minutes.

Super yummy! Be sure to check out Deanna’s progress on her page! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday #6- Got to Move Forward

Okay, this week I gained a pound, and I won’t lie. It discouraged me. I blew my diet yesterday because of that discouragement, and I feel super guilty for doing so. This is usually how it starts to go downhill for me. Normally it starts by being hard on myself, then guilt eating which leads to more guilt, and it’s a vicious cycle. Not today. I can’t do this again. Here is why:

  1. My clothes are starting to fit better. I don’t shop often, and it’s mainly because I just want to avoid seeing the high number on my clothes. So, my clothes had gotten a little tight. Now they are fitting better, and some are even getting loose! I love that feeling and don’t want to give it up.
  2. I feel more confident. Yes, a pound was gained this week, but 16 were lost. I am still way lower than my original weight. I can tell a difference already, and it gives me a bit more confidence.
  3. Junk food makes me uncomfortable. If I eat anything deep fried now, I can tell within a couple of hours that my body isn’t used to it anymore. Same with soda. It almost burns my throat now that I am used to water. This is good! It means my body is adjusting to healthier foods.
  4. I don’t want to fail again. I have failed to really push through and get healthy so many times before. The last time was a year ago, and I fell into the vicious cycle of guilt eating and gained more weight than when I started an exercise program. I won’t let this happen again.

So this week, I am going to amp it up a little. Instead of goals, I am going to post everyday on my Instagram my lunch and what I am doing for exercise that day. This will not be on my business IG, but my personal one. Follow me @kristendellis on IG for updates. Don’t forget to check out Deanna’s progress!

I apologize for posting a day late again. My Fridays have been getting really busy lately. Let me know what obstacles you have overcome in your weight loss journey!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday #2

Hello! Flowers? Why that means!!!

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Yes! Yes, it does! I have lost my first five pounds. *Happy Dance* Here is the break down of the past week:

  • I am down to 220.4 pounds! My actual starting weight was 226.4, but rounded down to 225 in my first post because I like even increments… yeah, I’m odd. (Hehe, see what I did there?)
  • My favorite meal was comprised of steak. Okay, two meals. Tuesday evening, a friend provided dinner (thanks, Marie!) and it was a delicious steak and half of a baked potato. The other was a Panera steak and arugula sandwich with a fruit cup. I could eat one of those at least three times a week.
  • My failures this week were not exercising. In my defense I spent the Monday through Wednesday traveling, setting up/breaking down a photo shoot. That was a lot of energy. I did have fried food, but only twice. Both times they were french fries with a grilled chicken sandwich. I’ve done pretty well with drinking water, but needed some variety. I had a diet coke, a sweet tea, and an açaí berry unsweet green tea.
  • My major accomplishment was actually keeping track of my calories. I would eat when hungry rather than out of boredom. I honestly didn’t think this would be something I would keep up with, but am very happy with the results.

My goals for this week are:

  1. Actually do P90X.
  2. Make a list of healthy foods I love and stock the ingredients.
  3. No sweets!

Normally if I crave sweets I would sit down with the WHOLE box of cookies and eat them with a big glass of milk. Yesterday, I got three cookies and 8 oz. of milk, and it was enough. I also only ate half of my sushi last night for dinner. This portion control is really working for me.

Don’t forget to check out Deanna’s blog to see her fitness progress! Tune in next week for another Fitness Friday! Thanks for reading!

-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.


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.