Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What the camera sees

So, I went to the zoo with a friend and her family over Spring Break. I thought I was pretty cute in my aquamarine tee and my jeans, with my Vera Bradley mini-hipster bag and tennies. I left my hair down and even wore make-up (and sunscreen, too!). In the photos they took, where I am posing, I look cute. In the rest, not so much. It is an eye-opener to see myself as I truly am on the outside.

And while at first I was like, ACK! NO! DELETE! DELETE! DELETE! now I am ok. This is in no way a post about me bashing myself over the way I look, just an acknowledgment of what I am up against and where I am starting. It also helps me put myself in perspective. I mean, I did look cute and my outfit was fun & appropriate for the activity. And we walked, and we walked, and we walked...from 10:30am until 4:30pm. The zoo is great for that. The Fort Worth Zoo is HUGE! And Springtime in Texas is a great time to be outside.

Hmmm... maybe I need a zoo membership. I could walk around the zoo all day.

Here are two posed pics... I like them.

and ZOMG! I have HUGE BOOBS!!! (yes, I have know this for a loooong time.)


  1. What are you planning on doing to make these changes with your weight? Im also considering my options now. Tomorrow Im going to speak to Doctors about Lap Band surgery. What do you think?

  2. I plan on reducing my calories and upping my exercise. I have started tracking my food/calories on's My Plate. It is free and really easy to use. I do not want to do any kind of surgery. I think the only real way I'll keep it off is by working hard to lose it myself.

  3. Kandice KartchnerMarch 23, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    I have been going on with a group of coworkers. Interestingly enough, I think that the support networks help more than even just the food and exercise. It keeps your lifestyle changes more in your focus than not. And I think the reality that it's not just one part of your life that has to change its an overall how you view it and do it that changes is not bad either. I like that your not immediately racing for surgery-- I think you have a really solid understanding that it's a full on lifestyle change. :) WAY to GO! (and um.. yeah, I don't have OMG moments with my chest, but that is because mine is so tiny. Are you cool with them being so big? My ex hated her's because they were so big and caused back problems.)

  4. Last spring and summer, I walked at the zoo weekly. It is one of Ian's favorite places to go. I think that is one of the main reasons I gained 15 lbs less with my second pregnancy than I gained with Ian. I highly recommend it, and besides, it is much more entertaining than walking on a treadmill or in a neighborhood. :)

  5. It would be Kristen AND a zoo membership is way less expensive than one to a gym!