The History

One of the most common excuses for not doing a boudoir shoot is that "I need to lose <insert number> pounds."  I totally disagree with this excuse, but I can understand where you are coming from.  2 years ago (Aug 2012) I was roughly 30 lbs overweight (from what I deemed as my ideal weight) and had kind of stopped exercising for the most part.  I decided to do something nuts and train for a marathon.  In addition, I went crazy with tracking and logging damn near everything that went in my mouth using MyFitnessPal.  And it worked.  And I realized how anal I could be about minuscule stuff.  By May 2013 I ran my first marathon (a slightly crazy, non-flat course at that) and had lost 35 lbs.  It was about that time that I discovered my love of lingerie and now I felt like I actually looked good in it.  I looked good before - my husband knew that - but I didn't always believe it.

I continued to track my calories and maintained my weight until about Nov 2013 when I fell off the wagon.  Over the past 10 or so months I've put back about 10 unwanted pounds.  Now I'm working a full-time job, trying to get my photography business (hi everyone!) off the ground and dancing 2.5 times a week (2-1 hr class and 1-30 min class).  I've been doing 20-30 min ballet focused workouts on the days I don't dance but sadly it just isn't enough.  Not that I eat poorly per say, but I could probably be smarter about what I eat.  Plus....beer! :-)

Anyway...if you're still with me, the owner of the studio I dance (Pointe of Grace for those of you on the NW side) at is a Beach Body Coach and is starting a 21 Day Fix Challenge today.  I've decided to give it a shot.  I actually am not expecting a huge amount of results; Beach Body certainly won't be using me as a "Look at these amazing results" spokesperson.  But I'm hoping for a bit of a kickstart for myself and a way to get my booty off the couch.

Well if "I need to lose 10 lbs" isn't a good excuse..then why are you losing 10lbs?  

 Keep in mind I actually started doing boudoir selfies for my husband BEFORE I lost the weight.  Both of us still love those first prints I did for him....even though I weighed more and wasn't in as great of shape.  The weight loss did give confidence in myself, but the weight re-gain didn't take that confidence away, it just forced me to a new perspective: I could go back to where I was in Aug 2012 (and I really wasn't happy), or I could make some changes (simple, relatively easy changes at that) and work back to May 2013.     

So here's the thing I want to people to be able to take away from seeing my progress over the next 3 weeks (before pictures below...I'm putting it out there for you!) - everyone is beautiful.  I still think "I need to lose 10 lbs" is a bogus excuse for not scheduling a boudoir session.  You're still beautiful and I can show you that.  This is about personal happiness.  I knew I was still beautiful in August 2012, but I wasn't happy or satisfied with myself.  That's where I am now, I'm still the same Krista as I was in 2012 and when I finished that marathon in 2013, but those few extra pounds would not be stopping me from doing a session for myself if I wanted one but I know I can do better.  So I'm going to.

If you're happy with yourself, that's fantastic and I encourage you to enjoy it and if you want to document that awesomeness, then contact me for a session.  If you're not happy, then I encourage you to make some changes in your life.  You don't need to run a marathon and you don't need to buy into what people will argue amounts to a fad diet.  Set a goal and then set a whole bunch of little goals in between.  Set up a reward system (I'll talk about that in a future post) and find some people to keep you accountable (that's what I'm using this 21 days for).  You can do it.  Small changes equal big results.

Day 1 (Well technically the day before Day 1...but I'm not gonna change that much overnight).  Oh and I pinky swear the only photoshopping I did was to balance the exposure and clone out a fly on my leg.  

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