I’m beyond thrilled to write this post about my photo shoot that I had in Denver a few weeks ago! It was a HUGE success and couldn’t be more thrilled with the way I looked and how the photos turned out. I of course could not have done this without the help of 2 amazing people. The hard work, sweat, and clean eating truly paid off and I ROCKED it! Why in Denver you may wonder, when I live all the way in New Jersey? I planned this trip so that I could surprise my wonderful friend Jocelyn, have a mini-vacation, and work with Mark Cafiero and Lacey Klein. The goal of this shoot is to use these photos for marketing purposes, social media, and even possibly get into fitness modeling. It had been a year since the last shoot I did and it was time to update some of my photos. Click on the link at the end of the post to see some of the images…
I worked with Mark before, when I was living in Denver. He did my first photo shoot at Red Rocks, almost 3 years ago. I look back at some of those pictures and I look like a different person. It’s amazing how my body, confidence, and overall look has changed. It was such a different chapter in my life. I am so much happier and it shows.
So let’s talk about how I prepared for this shoot both nutritionally and physically:
Nutritionally: My good friend Lauren helped me come up with a eating plan, that would help meet my goals. This was a 2 week plan that I have used before and loved the results that I was able to accomplish. Please note that this is not sustainable for long periods of time. The lack of carbohydrates was really hard on me towards the last few days, which is a sign that YES you do need carbohydrates! Did I mention I ate a enormous PBJ 1-Minute after the shoot? HA! Below are the foods that I consumed a LARGE amount of. The foods that I eliminated for these 2 weeks were: salt, sugar, oatmeal, brown rice, pasta, bread, and milk. I felt great the first week, but towards the end of the second week, my body was tired, hungry, and cranky. 2 weeks was plenty of time and I was ready to get back to my regular eating habits. HA!
- Whey Protein
- Vegetables: I’m surprised I didn’t turn into a leafy green! I ate so many veggies!
- Greek Yogurt
- Chicken Breasts
Physically: I trained hard! Since I wasn’t consuming many carbohydrates, long distance training took a back burner. My workouts included strength training, the Step Mill, and hot Vinysasa. I was doing lots of squat jumps, mountain climbers, jump rope, and heavy weights with low repetitions. I should have also kept track of all the planks I did. HA! Training this way was a nice refresher from my usual workouts and my muscles responded well to the change. My typical workouts were about 75 minutes.
Of course I was decked in Lululemon gear! I pretty much live in their clothing, so why not ROCK it for the photo shoot? the swimsuit bottoms are adorable, flattering, and so comfortable. I’ve already worn these a couple of times to the pool. And thanks to the beautiful Lacey Klein for doing my hair and makeup! Lacey and I met when I lived in Denver and I was so excited to actually work with her. She’s an amazing woman and if you are in the Denver area you need to look her up…she ROCKS!
Check them out…Let me know your thoughts!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and I’ll see you on Wednesday! Have a great start to the short week!