Let’s Get Back on Track, Jack!

If there is anything I’ve learned in the past few years about a healthy lifestyle, it’s that you have to continually and constantly work at it. Yes, there are going to be times when you have a bad weekend or a bad week or a bad few weeks and that’s ok.

Why is it that it’s SOO easy to put on the pounds and it can be so hard to get them off!? It’s so annoying. This past weekend, I had so much fun in Conway, S.C. with my family but let me tell you, I ATE and ATE! Stepping on the scale Monday morning, I about had a heart attack. That’s one golden rule about the scale, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, step on it the day after a binge weekend. It will make you go insane. I stepped on and off the scale about 20 million times thinking the number would somehow magically go down, but it didn’t (DUH).

After you royally mess up on your eating, just remember, one weekend is not going to affect you THAT MUCH. It takes work though and it’s a complete balancing act and losing weight takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. That’s one thing that I have always had the most trouble with. I will work out reaaalllly hard and then step on the scale and think “well nothing happened “. Well, like I said, it’s not going to happen overnight.  Nothing worth doing ever comes easy. It takes failing and picking yourself back up and starting over and over again.

6 way to get back on track:

  1. Tracking- write down everything you eat and I mean everything. (Yes, even those 3 M&M’s you had after lunch. Did you know to burn off 1 M & M, you have to walk the length of a football field? Wow.)
  2. Buddy Up- Grab a friend and go. Go on a run, go on a walk, or go to the gym. Keep each other accountable. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Brian and I are meeting my Dad and my aunt Angela at the gym at 6 am and if it weren’t for knowing they are there expecting me, I would NOT be there. They keep me motivated to get there.
  3. Sign up for a run, ski trip or a triathlon- Just something to keep working towards. I’ve got something in the works with some of my best girls and I am SO excited to get our training plan started.
  4. Buy some new exercise clothing- nothing gets me more pumped up for some exercise than some new workout clothes.  ( Check out my ideal outfit below)
  5. Goal setting- set some new goals and stick with them. I like short term goals and have been trying to stick with my weekly goals. Short term turns into long term. It’s good to look at the big picture as well, so jot down where you want to be in 6 months and then in one year.
  6. Drink A LOT (No not alcohol lol ) They always say to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. Green Tea is also great because it fills you up but also increases your metabolism.



Photos Full of Happiness ( and Love)

Brian and I had an absolute blast doing our engagement photos with Brooke Christl Photography. If you are in the south, anywhere near myrtle beach S.C. I would recommend Brooke in a heartbeat. I can’t wait for the day to take our wedding photos (which is in 7 months, 4 weeks, 0 days, and 23 hours—But who’s counting).

Anyways, I read different tips and outfits you should wear for your engagement shots and got some great ideas. Honestly, I was pretty low key about the whole thing and just kind of did our own thing. I knew that Brian and I wanted them done near Murrells Inlet because its amazing there.


Before we got our photos done, I was kinda nervous. I mean if you think about it, we will have these pictures forever (O.M.G Pressure!). I got my hair done and did my make up as best that I could. Some people bring a lot of different outfits for their session but I only wore one. I really didn’t want the stress of changing outfits. I put on my dress and was ready to go about an hour and a half before we were supposed to shoot. I started pacing the floor…back and forth..back and forth.. What else was there to do but pop open a bottle of champagne and have a glass (or three). I wanted to be relaxed and I was. Brooke did a really great job of making us feel comfortable as well.


We chose the hottest day of the year and of course I decided to wear a LBD.  We had the PERFECT lighting. Dusk is my favorite part of day, so i’m really glad we got the timing perfect. I chose to wear black because you wouldn’t be focusing on my outfit as much as you would Brian and I, plus its slimming. ( at least that’s what I told myself). I think it’s a great idea to meet your photographer before your wedding day, so you get to know them. It was a lot of smiling and looking at each other and kissing and goofiness. My cheeks hurt, but that’s too different from when i’m spending time with my love.


After we got our photos done, we had a drink with Brooke at the Mullet Hut ( Best rum punches in the world), which is in murrells inlet on the marsh walk. For a Monday night, this place was hoppin! We all had the best time. After drinks, Brian and I had dinner at the spot where we went after we got engaged, Bubba’s Love Shack. As soon as we walked in, the band started playing our favorite song and then the hostess sat us at a table that had the perfect view of a fireworks show that lit up the sky even better than the 4th of July. If thats not a sign then I don’t know what is. It. was. awesome.

That was truly was one of those nights that will be planted in my memory forever.


Brooke Christl Photography


Brooke Christl Photography


Brooke Christl Photography


Brooke Christl Photography

Brooke Christl Photogrpahy


Brooke Christl Photography


Brooke Christl Photography

Thanks so much to Brooke….Please check out her website—http://www.brookechristl.com. She is amazing!

Happy Hump Day!