Friday, April 27, 2012

Ah, man!

Argh!  This is the second time that it’s happened (not in a row – thankfully).  I didn’t lose at least 1 lb this week.  I lost 1.4 pounds since my last “official” weigh in, 2 weeks ago.  However, I unofficially weighed myself last Wednesday (9 days ago) and was 177.  Today, I’m 176.6.  That means that in a week and a half, I lost .4 pounds.  THIS is why I should not weigh myself midweek.

What is even more frustrating, is that I set milestone goals for myself.  My next one is 175lbs by Friday, May 4.  That is 1 week from today.  Which means I need to lose 1.4 pounds in 1 week.  If I can’t make it, I can’t make it, not the end of the world.  I’m just REALLY trying to make goal weight by mid-September.  In order to do that, I need to lose 5 pounds every 3 weeks until the last 10 pounds.  I get 8 weeks to lose the last 10 – I figure it’s hardest to lose that last 10…right?

So, here’s my plan for this week.  Here is how I hope to lose those 1.4 pounds in 7 days.
  • Weight Watchers took yet ANOTHER point from me today!  My daily allotment is now 29 points (I started with 31) 
  • I still get 49 weekly bonus points.  It’s my goal to only use those on beer if I need the extra points.  (Remember, I only have 1 beer on days I work out, and 1 each weekend day)
  • Still working out with my trainer 3 days a week.  I’ll probably add cardio in tomorrow or Sunday to get that 4th day in.

I really think that if I work out all 3 or 4 days and keep within my daily points, I’ll be able to lose it.  We will see.

I’m just trying to set realistic goals and help keep my motivated WITHOUT becoming obsessed with the scale.  If I can’t reach this mini goal, I may need to reassess.  We’ll see.

Things I remind myself of daily:
  • This is long term
  • This will be permanent
  • I’ve come a LONG way already

Start Weight: 191lbs 
Weight Today: 176.6lbs 
Goal Weight: 145lbs 
Weight Lost: 14.4lbs 
Pounds to Goal: 31.6lbs 
Height: 5’8”

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

I was having a major sweet tooth last night.  They kind that wouldn’t go away until I ate something sweet.  I remember seeing something with peanut butter and whipped cream on Pinterest a while back, so I searched for it.  And low and behold, found a delicious recipe.

The receipt said it yielded 12 “cupcakes” but every review I read said they made 6 “cupcakes”.  So that’s what I did.  Next time, I’m going to make 12…they are a bit too big right now.

Here are your ingredients:

  • 1 tub of cool whip free (softened – not melted)
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (the recipe called for sugar free chocolate syrup but I didn't have any)

Mix together in a large bowl.  Put cupcake cups in the cupcake pan, and spoon into your cups.  Freeze for at least 2 hours.  Enjoy!

I can think of a million different ways to make this – with fruit, cookies (if you don’t care about points/calories), nuts, flavored whipped cream, jam instead of PB, the list goes on.

6 cupcakes – 3 weight watchers points each

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


When I was training for my first half marathon (at over 200 lbs), all I did during my runs was visualize myself running across that finish line.  Running is hard.  weather you're "built like a runner" or not, it's hard.  And it's painful, and most of the time (for me at least) I wanted to quit.

I remember many times, especially on my long runs, I'd visualize myself crossing the finish line at least 7 or 8 times during a run.  Guess what, it worked!  It kept me motivated.  The feeling I got when I pictured myself doing crossing the finish line, made me work hard enough so that I eventually could cross that finish line.

Currently, there are no races in my immediate future.  Four halfies were enough to tide me over...for now.  But as you know, there is another goal I'm working on.

I'm in the process of losing 46 pounds.

Today isn't weigh in, but I'm hoping that by Friday (weigh in day) I'm hoping to see that I've lost 15 pounds since starting WW and seriously working out with a trainer (about 9-10 weeks ago).

So, what does this have to do with visualization?  Well, there is a former MMA Fighter out there whom I've admired for a long time.  Gina Carano.  I absolutely love her!  And she is what I'd like to look like.  You'd be proud because I didn't pick a skinny mini, with no ass, who is 5 foot nothin'.  Because that is not me.  I'm 5"8 and have been blessed with curves.  Why would I try to look like someone I'm not?  Instead of picking the typical Hollywood Starlet as my goal to look like, instead I picked someone like me.  Someone who is built like me, has the same stature, and the same height.  Her Wikipedia says she's 143.  My goal?  145.  How perfect!

When I feel like giving up.  Feel like it's impossible.  Feel like a Hot Fudge Sundae would be better than boot camp.  I just picutre her.  This is what I'll look like once I reach goal!

Visualization is a powerful tool - no matter what your goal is.  I encourage you to utilize it!

She's on the left.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Plan it out!

My mom always told me: luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

I’m a travel junkie.  And my travel season has begun!  I’ll be in 9 different cities this summer and I refuse to let it interfere with my weight loss!  This means that if I want to continue to lose weight, I need to PLAN IT OUT! 

Houston was fairly easy.  I was there for Friday night and left first thing Saturday morning.  We went to a Suns game (they were playing the Rockets – and won!) so I researched best stadium foods for Weight Watchers.  The winner?  I was delightfully surprised…hot dog!  Yep, weighing it at only 7 points, the hot dog was one of the best options.  So I got one.  And loved it!

We’re going to Chicago for our 1 year wedding anniversary.  It’s not until April 29, but we are celebrating a little early.  Chicago next weekend is going to be a little more challenging.  They have Italian Beef sandwiches there.  Not only do they have them, but that’s one of their specialties.  Like the Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia.  So – the plan you ask?  I’m scouring websites to find the best options for everywhere we go – and save some points to have at least half of an Italian Beef Sammich!

I’m going to stalk up on my go-to, low point, tide-you-over snack: Fiber One Bars.  Each bar only has 4 points and really does tide you over for a bit.  I’m researching both Wrigley Field and United Center (where the Bulls play) to figure out what they have.  Many stadiums and arenas are offering awesome healthy choices these days.  Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) has several healthy options, including Gluten Free stands.  Awesome, right?

I’m also checking out the sit-down restaurants around the areas that we will be spending time.  Checking out their menus.  And plugging those foods into the Weight Watchers calculator to figure out what’s best. I figure if I plan it, and know what I’m going to get (or at least narrow it down) ahead of time, there will be less chance for “whoops” and more chance for SUCCESS!  

And with that, I don’t have a super awesome closing statement; I’ll just leave you with some super awesome photos instead.  What do you expect?  I’m a photographer. 

I had the honor to photograph this lovely lady a few weekends ago.  Her wedding was this Saturday, so I was able to post the photos of her this weekend (since her fiance hadn't seen the dress, we wanted to keep it a secret.)  Go check our her photos:

This is me, this past weekend.  nearly 13 pounds lost and counting!  
iPhone photo.

Hubby's gift to me for our anniversary.  I love Michael Kors watches!!
iPhone photo.

My gift to hubby for our anniversary.  He's a music junkie and his favorites are The Beatles and The Rolling Stones - everything you see is an original! :)
iPhone photo.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Girl In My Reflection

I don’t want to say that I’ve struggled with weight my entire life, because I don’t think that’s accurate.  I can say however, that weight has been in the forefront of my mind for as long as I remember.  Looking at photos of myself as a kid, I was definitely not fat.  None of the kids were fat back then.  That was before highly processed foods for breakfast and video games after school.  I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t one of the skinny kids.  Never was.

I was often singled out as a young girl.  One of my earliest memories, I was made fun of for falling.  I was probably in first or second grade.  You see, there was a huge divot in the asphalt on the playground.  Almost like something was sitting on it when it was drying.  It was there for years, but one day I fell on it on accident while playing.  A few of the girls started laughing at me and pointing out to the other kids that I was so fat I made that divot in the ground when I fell on it.

Yep, that’s one of my very earliest memories.  Shitty, huh?

I didn’t tell you this to feel sorry for me.  I told you this to paint a picture.  You see, as someone who was made fun of throughout my childhood, the image of myself as an adult was effected.  Greatly.

It’s funny, because I’ve always (or for the most part) portrayed myself as confident.  And I am.  To a degree.  I’m confident in who I am and what I stand for.  That, my friends, is because my parents raised me that way.  Thankfully!

What I haven’t been confident about was how I looked.  Even when I was actually thin, I still felt like the fat kid who made divots in the asphalt.  I’ll be 27 in 2 months and I can honestly say that I have NEVER felt 100% good about the way I looked.  EVER.  I could sit here and blame The Mean Girls, but in reality, there comes a time when you need to buck up and take responsibility.  Sure, might make it harder, but still – I’m responsible for me.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers and working with a trainer for about 7 weeks now.  I’ve lost 12.8 pounds.  And have gained an entirely new version of me.

I caught a reflection of myself and had to do a double take.  I didn’t even recognize what I saw.  I looked like me, but different.  For the first time ever, I saw me.  The real me.  Not the girl who was picked on about weight.  I saw Jennifer.  I saw the fighter.  I saw the lover.  I saw the woman who is taking charge and making a change.  And let me tell you, it was nothing short of AMAZING!

Start Weight: 191lbs
Weight Today: 178.2lbs
Goal Weight: 145lbs
Weight Lost: 12.8lbs
Pounds to Goal: 33.2lbs
Height: 5’8”

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


We all need it. At least from time to time. Motivation comes through many different facets, but sometimes it’s those little words of encouragement that push us to that level we thought we couldn’t reach.

Yesterday, I came across this video. It’s about 4 minutes and I think everyone needs to watch it. It’s called Make It Count.

Did you watch it?

I’m serious. Watch it.

Right now.

Do it.

I’m waiting…

Did you watch it?

It’s awesome right?

So motiving and encouraging!

Right now, at this very moment, I’m climbing 2 very challenging, very rewarding mountains in my life. Both are equally important for me, so I’m not labeling them 1 and 2.

A -I’m trying to lose weight and get fit. 46 pounds to be exact (only 35 more to go).
1 - I’m building my photography and design business so that I can one day realize my dream of doing what I love, my passion, my heart and soul, for a living – solely.

I told you those are both challenging mountains to climb. But guess what?! I’m doing it and freaking LOVING IT!

Last night I had boot camp (to reach goal A I’m doing weight watchers, boot camp twice a week, and working with a personal trainer once a week). Last night’s boot camp was one of the most challenging work outs I have done in the past 2 years (probably since my last race). My trainer could see it on my face and his encouragement helped me realize that I could do what I thought was impossible. I completed the workout and didn’t stop for more than 20 seconds at a time. And even then, I only stopped a few times. Later that night, he sent me a text message:

Hey, girl! You worked really hard tonight, Jen! I can tell you really want it! Showed a lot of heart and I appreciate that more than you know! Have a great night!

That one text message. Those 31 little words. They were the most encouraging words I’ve read in a long time. It feels so good, working your ass off towards a goal and having someone recognize it, commend it, and encourage you to do it again.

Goal 1 is quickly turning into one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Being able to pursue my passion is amazing. Photography is one of the most challenging, rewarding, exciting things in the world. Every day I’m growing. Learning more. Seeing more. Experiencing more. It’s amazing. And I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to help create memories in people’s lives!

So, go out there and tackle your dreams.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fabulous Photography Weekend

I had such a fabulous weekend.

If I said “I love photography” it would be a severe understatement. Photography is one of the most important, rewarding, challenging, exciting, beautiful, fun aspects of my life (other than my hubby of course!). I photograph lifestyle, wedding, family photography under my name and boudoir photography under the name Blush. I had a photo session for each this weekend and they were awesome!

My weekend started with a sunrise bridal session in downtown Austin! She’s getting married in 2 weeks, so I won’t unveil all of the photos until after the big day, but I did get her blessing to share one photo and I chose this one!

Then – on Sunday, I had an outdoor boudoir session – which was also AWESOME! Just a single frame from that session, there will be plenty more on the website ( in the next few days.

I love photography; it makes my heart smile!

Jennifer Stamps Photography

Blush by Jennifer Stamps Photography