Wednesday, November 23, 2011

27 Reasons to Give Thanks

This year I turned 26, which means this is my 27th Thanksgiving, so I thought…why not right down 27 reasons I have to give thanks.  I could think of way more than this, but these are some of the best ones (in no particular order)…

  1. I’m thankful that I met my best friend when we were 20.  We’ve gotten to grow up together, grow more in love together, and take on the world together. 
  2. I’m thankful that this past April we got to celebrate the love we have for each other in front of 50 of our closest friends and family as they witnessed us make the ultimate commitment to each other.
  3. I’m thankful for the 4 best girlfriends anyone could ever ask for.  You know who you are and I love you!
  4. I’m thankful for Pinterest.
  5. I’m thankful for my camera and lenses and all things photography.
  6. I’m thankful for the color pink.
  7. I’m thankful for the ability to run, dance, and all around move my body.
  8. I’m thankful for Winston and Zona.
  9. I’m thankful for my mom. She is so strong and so brave.  I could not have asked for a better example of a loving, devoted, courageous, graceful woman to be my mom and an example of beauty in every aspect of her life.  She gave me confidence. 
  10. I’m thankful for my dad.  He set a high standard of what to look for in a father, husband, and friend.  He set me up for success.  Gave me the guidance and support when I needed it.  He let me fall when I needed that and was there to pick me right back up.  
  11. I’m thankful for my little brother and all of the fun and strange memories we have over the years.  He’s been my best friend my entire life.  Such a goofball with the biggest heart of gold anyone could have.  I’m constantly learning from him.  He has such a good soul.
  12. I’m thankful for music.
  13. I’m especially thankful for LMFAO’s Party Rock this month.
  14. I’m thankful for skinny jeans.
  15. I’m thankful for my personal trainer that helps me look good in said skinny jeans.
  16. I’m thankful that my husband not only puts up with my quirks, but encourages them. 
  17. I’m thankful for aviator sun glasses.
  18. I’m thankful for Pearl.
  19. I’m thankful for the ability to travel all over to visit our friends and family.
  20. I’m thankful for Starbucks Via.
  21. I’m thankful for my in-laws.  They are kind, loving, and giving.  They accepted me into their family with open arms. 
  22. I’m thankful for my "nephew". -- One of my best friends son...I'm "Auntie Jen"
  23. I’m thankful for blue wigs.
  24. I’m thankful to be living in a free nation.
  25. I’m thankful for the city of Austin.  It’s a pretty cool town.
  26. I’m thankful that I always feel like I’m home when I go back to Arizona and California.
  27. I’m thankful for each new day that I’m given.
What are you thankful for? 

Wedding photos by Session Nine Photographers.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

DIY Love

I love Pinterest.

I love DIY.

I love craftieness.

I love bracelets.

This is what I did today...

What DIY craftieness do you love?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

52WPC: Week 2


I was eating raspberries when I remembered that I still needed to do this week's photo...half. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to test out my new Macro Lens Adapter from Photojojo as well!

© Jennifer Stamps Photography

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you to men and women who served and who are currently serving our country.  Thank you to the wives, husbands, parents, and children who support these men and women day in and day out.  Your sacrifice will not go unnoticed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Happy belated birthday to the United States Marine Corps!  Thank you mom and dad for serving this great country in the USMC! Ooo rah! 

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trash the Dress

My latest project...well, one of them! I finished working on my trash the dress session from Arizona a few weeks ago. To view the full post, visit my photography blog;!

© Jennifer Stamps Photography

Friday, November 4, 2011

52WPC: Week 1


I had a different photo in mind, but when I went to get my camera out of my camera bag, this is what I saw.  My hot pink & green Epiphanie camera bag (CLOVER), my retro pink & orange top hanging up, and my orange & purple tote bag next to my camera bag.  If that's not colorful...I don't know what is! 

© Jennifer Stamps Photography

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Burn baby, burn

Why is it so damn hard for women to burn fat?  The answer: I’m still looking into it, but I know that it’s different from men, and likely at least a little different from woman to woman.  Join me on my fat burner journey?  I’ll site and link my sources as I go along and will not claim that I know anything to be fact.  I’m just a 26 year old who has literally tried everything from boxing to bootcamp, marathon training to personal training, dieting to nutritional appoints bi-weekly.  I lost 50 lbs like it was nobody’s business and am having the hardest time loosing this last 30…What am I doing wrong?!

I started researching.  Google is my new best friend.  “Fat burning tips for women”, “women burn fat”,
burn belly fat”…you get the picture.  I’m going to start documenting my findings here and label them.  I cannot possibly be the only one having a hard time losing weight.  Here is what I found to start with.

Change up the Routine
According to Women’s Health: Your Fat Burning Routine ( “routine” is the bad word in “workout routine”.   This is something that I’ve kinda known but chose to ignore.  My trainer always says “confuse the muscles”.  Well – what on earth does that even mean?  It means change up your workout.  Here are a few tips mentioned in the article…

Treadmill – “Challenge your muscles. At the end of a workout, slow your speed to 2.5 to 3.5 miles per hour. Skip for 30 seconds, walk for 30; walk backward for 30, forward for 30; stand sideways and shuffle with your right foot leading for 30 seconds, walk for 30, and repeat with left foot leading.”

Elliptical – “Use intervals. During every third song on your MP3 player or every commercial break, ramp up the intensity and go as hard as you can.”

Weight Lifting – “Minimize downtime. Allow 1 minute between sets for maximum burn. You'll keep your heart rate elevated and your metabolism juiced — both helpful calorie-burning boosts.”

Eat to Burn Fat
Since exercise is best accompanied by a good diet, I decided to research some good “fat burning foods”.  I never really realized there were foods that existed that specifically helped you burn fat.  Once again, I’m drawn to Women’s Health, they say fiber is the key.  Their Fat Burning Food List ( lists a few foods that help burn fat.

Berries – raspberries have 8 grams of fiber per cup, blackberries have 7.4 grams of fiber per cup, and blueberries have 3.5 grams per cup…guess who’s buying berries at the store today?!

Turkey – the fewest calories per serving of animal protein and also contain leucine which they say “may play a role in preserving muscle mass during weight loss, keeping metabolism running at full speed.”

Enova Oil – “made from soy and canola oils — is made of diglycerides, a type of fat that's metabolized differently from triglycerides (found in other oils — even olive) and so not stored as fat as easily.”

Peanuts – curbs hunger

Low-fat Yogurt – they say that calcium might help fight fat, this is a good source of calcium.  I am lactose intolerant, so I won’t be indulging, but it makes sense for those who aren’t lactose intolerant

Breakfast Cereal – I’m kind of surprised to see this one.  I was always told high protein for breakfast is the best way to go…they are saying cereal because it’s lower in fat than bacon and eggs and is packed full of fiber. Hmmmm  WH Best Cereals for a Healthy Morning (

I’m going to try this and actually document weight, inches, energy.  Will it work?  I sure hope so! 

PS - if you're joining in on the 52WPC (52 week photo challenge), the first photo should be posted by Saturday and linked in the comments on this page.  This week...colorful! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Accountability – or lack there of

So, I’ve been struggling.  I go through phases…

One phase I am completely 100% confident in my body.  I know I’m hot.  I know I’m gorgeous.  I’m absolutely perfect. – so why work at it?  Why work out today? Why shouldn’t I eat that?

Then I go through self-loathing phases where I pinch everything on my body…even my elbows and knees…really?  Really?  And I think – well I’m so far from my goal, why work at it?  Why work out today?  Why shouldn’t I eat that?  Especially since the past year has proven that it doesn’t work…

Generally speaking, I can feel like this multiple times in a month.  Fun times…men, don’t you totally wish you could experience this?!

For the most part, I have a very healthy self-body image and I can honestly say that it is 90% because of my parents that I had it growing up and about 90% because of my husband that I still feel like this as an adult. 

The common theme, however, is why do I have to work at it?  I have especially been struggling with this because I tried it for a year and it didn’t work.  The only time in the past year that I lost weight was a two month period where I was literally too busy to eat regularly…only eating about 900 calories a day those months.  Not exactly the healthiest.  

Part of my problem is…I don’t have any accountability.  I mean seriously…my husband can only help so much.  What is he going to do?  Make me feel guilty about not working out or eating something I shouldn’t?  No!  He’s not stupid.

So, I’m going to try to use this as a means of keeping myself accountable.  I’m not going to promise that I’ll post daily about my food intake or workouts, but I’d like to do it on at least a weekly basis…

I’ve been thinking about joining a gym for the group classes.  I’m really interested in Zumba and hip-hop dance aerobics classes, so I’ll think I’ll look into it.  I’m also going to give Yoga a try since Jenn won’t leave me alone about it keeps encouraging me to try it.  I figure since what I’ve been doing hasn’t helped, maybe something a little less traditional for weight loss might work.

Fingers crossed…