Thursday, June 6, 2013

Goal photos

I'm still battling this cold, and I woke up this morning with a crusty nose and eyes. That's always fun. I woke up at 4:00, and just couldn't go back to sleep, so I ended up going out into the living room to watch TV until it was time to get the kids up for school.

I watched Tuesday's episode of Extreme Weight Loss yesterday, and WOW--I never cried so much during a TV show in my life! (If you're not familiar with the show, trainer Chris Powell chooses an obese person to work with for a year to help them lose weight. It's not competitive at all, like The Biggest Loser--the sole focus is on one individual. It's very inspiring!) I loved that the girl ran a marathon at the end of Tuesday's episode.

Chris Powell has my dream job--wouldn't it be amazing to help someone completely transform his/her life and reach his/her weight loss goals? I first saw Chris Powell on a documentary on TLC, called "The 650-lb. Virgin", and I really liked him. He seems very genuine in his desire to help people. On that show, he helped David Smith lose 400 pounds. I really liked Smith, and I just googled him to see how he's doing today. I am so sad to see that he gained back almost all of his weight. He's on a second weight loss journey now, so I hope that he's successful.



Remember the photo shoot that I did with Stephanie last month? Well, she gave me a disk of the photos, so I can finally share a few! :)  She asked if she could drop the disk off, and I told her I wouldn't be home, but she could leave it inside the storm door. I wanted to pay her for the shoot, but she insisted that she did it for her own experience as much as mine, and didn't want money; so I ended up buying her a bottle of her favorite wine as a thank you.

When I left the house, I put a bow on the bottle of wine and put it just inside the storm door, so when she opened the door to put the disk inside, she'd see the wine. Well, I later got this text from her: "I opened the door and my first thought was, "Oh, it must be a popular day to drop stuff off at Katie's house... someone left her a bottle of wine!" Then she put two and two together and realized it was for her ;)  Hahaha!

Anyway, she wrote all about the photo shoot from her point of view, which you can read about on her blog, That Loud Redhead. She posted a lot more photos from the shoot there, too. But here are a few of my personal favorites:





The whole reason I really wanted to do the photos was because I wanted some "goal pictures" to remind me of why I did all the hard work to lose the weight. Seeing these makes me want to stay on track and maintain my weight, because I think I look pretty darn good in them ;)  When Stephanie suggested I bring Jerry and the boys for some pictures, I was really excited; I don't have a lot of photos of Jerry and me with the kids.

Anyway, I am thrilled with how the pictures turned out. I'm going to get a few enlarged prints to hang up in my house--I really love the one of Jerry and me above, and there are a few family pics that I like. It's going to be hard to choose!

46 comments:

  1. Those pictures are fabulous! You all look great.

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  2. Those are great photos, and you look fantastic. Red is a great color on you!

    I do watch that show, and love it. Chris Powell does seem like a very genuine person. That's really sad he gained back the weight. :( It always makes me sad when I read about people gaining large amounts (or all) of their weight back.

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  3. You look beautiful Katie. You have a very cute family. She did a great job on your pics.

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  4. You are so beautiful inside and out. You are changing lives Katie, everyday you blog!! Thanks for being you!!

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  5. You should be proud!!! You and your husband both look fantastic and your boys are super cute! And, I think your friend did a great job - the pictures look professionally done!!

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  6. Gorgeous pics! Red is definitely your color! Feel better soon.

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  7. Those are really nice! I absolutely LOVE that photo of you and Jerry sitting by the water.

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  8. Love, love the close up one of you with the barn and tractor in the background....wowzers....you look absolutely stunning!!!....and one of the other bloggers mentioned you are changing lives every day you blog....that's correct, you are.....my weight loss goal is to lose 113 pounds....I've lost 16..so I'm on my way.....I come and read you every day.....and even when you write about your struggles, it motivates me and let's me know, it isn't just me that this is tough for......I appreciate your honesty so much.

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  9. You and your family look absolutely stunning!

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  10. Beautiful!! What a gorgeous, healthy family. You two should be very proud of yourselves!

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  11. You look so gorgeous!! Your hair looks amazing and I love all the outfits! What a good looking family!

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  12. Love the red barn picture you look great!

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  13. You and your family are gorgeous! Wonderful photos!

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  14. Great pictures!

    It's sad when people gain all the weight back. It's easy to do though. I've been off track a bit and I keep reminding myself that if I don't straighten up I'll be right back up to fat and miserable.

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  15. I generally don't comment on blogs but I began reading your blog about 3 months ago (and read ALL of your blog posts!) I just wanted to say that you look STUNNING - the picture with you and the barn/tractor is the back looks like it should be from a magazine. Beauty!!

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  16. What beautiful photos, you look gorgeous. Love the curly hair.

    Awesome family photos too.

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  17. Wonderful pictures! You look so beautiful Katie! So proud of you and your accomplishments!

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  18. You are gorgeous!

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  19. Great pictures. Stephanie did a really good job!

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  20. I adore the head shot of you in front of the barn! Gorgeous!

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  21. Katie, you look like a model! Beautiful pics of you and your family! You are rocking that curly hair!

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  22. Adorable photos! You look so lovely!

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  23. Love the photos!! Beautiful family :)

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  24. Beautiful photos! I love the full-body shot!

    Super handsome kiddo's you've got there too!

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  25. You are STUNNING and you have the cutest family ever!

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  26. You're so pretty, Katie! Your entire family is adorable. Keep rocking it, girl!

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  27. Hi, Katie! I'm a long time reader, and I seldom comment, but I just had to today. Wow, you look GORGEOUS and so happy! Jerry looks so handsome and the kids are so darn cute. You can just feel the love beaming out of the pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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  28. You look amazing in red. You should wear it more often! Stephanie takes beautiful photos.

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  29. love love love the cream lace top you are wearing in the family pictures! where did you get it?

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  30. You all look great! Getting pictures taken with my family is one of my motivations for losing weight. I just don't like to see myself in pictures so I avoid getting them taken. I'm trying to get over this NOW because it's pretty selfish of me, but I know in the long run I'll be more confident in pictures if I lose weight.

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  31. Gorgeous Pictures. I hope you can get some really big prints for your house. I was at the craft store a while back getting something I had cross-stitched framed, and a lady brought in a HUGE family portrait she was having framed. Ever since then, I've wanted to do something like that. Back then I was still FAT, and nobody likes their picture when they're FAT, but now....something to consider!

    When you were talking about Chris Powell and Extreme Weight Loss and mentioned the first show Chris did with the 650-lb. virgin, (which I also saw), immediately I thought, "I wonder how David's doing today." How disappointing that he has regained. That is the REAL battle---keeping it off. Not many can do that, but hopefully he can get it off again. One of the earlier members of the Joy Fit Club (from the Today Show) moved to my city after he was on the show, but contacted me through Joy Bauer, after I was on the show, and we are Facebook friends. Jon, who was also featured in Joy's book, lost over 200 lbs., but has put back on 90 of those, and like David, is working at taking them off again. I just can't take off a huge amount of weight again, so am trying to keep it close to my goal like you. Who wants to go through that again? Even though we're living healthy livestyles now, at least we don't need to lose over 100 lbs. anymore. Honestly, at my age, I don't think I could do it again.

    Honey....you look fantastic in ALL the pictures! I love all the tops, but like Sarah K above, absolutely adore that cream lace top. Surely that's not a garage or thrift store find? You're such a good shopper, however, I wouldn't be surprised.

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  32. the pictures are beautiful! You look great in red!

    I so that episode too - I definitely got choked up more than once. :)

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  33. Your family is beautiful. You are beautiful. What a wonderful way to celebrate and remember your amazing success. Thank you for sharing!

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  34. What a beautiful family! Love the idea of goal photos!!

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  35. Beautiful family!! Love your pics.

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  36. All of the photos look great; you have such a beautiful family. I have to say, red is certainly a great color on you! You look stunning!

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  37. I love seeing which ones are your favorites...it was so hard for me to narrow it down because they're ALL my favorites, lol!

    Thank you to everyone for the nice comments on my photos, and a GREAT BIG thank you again to you, Katie, for trusting me to take not only your "goal" photos, but your family photos, too! It was my pleasure!

    PS: I think I may subtitle my blog "Photographs for Wine." ;)

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  38. Those pictures are great!

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  39. Please could you post about how you do your hair?? That is exactly how I want my hair to look!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I honestly just put some gel in it and blow it dry. I have naturally curly hair, so I don't have to do much when I wear it curly.

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  40. Absolutely GORGEOUS photos! Your family is beautiful, as are you! I'm glad they inspire you because they do for all of us as well! :) And I am in love with your naturally curly hair too! :)

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