We’ve all had those moments, when we feel ready for better. Often the beginning of the year is that moment for many of us. But what about when, let’s say, it’s March and the enthusiasm of early January feels like forever ago? When we don’t feel like pushing through? Excited to share with you this glimpse into a strong amazing woman who pushed through to achieve a big time personal goal! Meet our friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, Kristina Foerster!
What made you start this journey?
It was a normal day, I had been working out regularly but not getting the results I wanted. I had just gotten married and life had settled. Everyone was telling me I was fine–and I wasn’t fat– but I thought I could be better. Even though I was working out, I wasn’t being as consistent. My gym had a challenge and I decided to do it!
What made this time different from the other times you wanted to make a change?
I’d say 3 main things were different this time. I was…
Seeking advice and
Looking at the scale differently.
It wasn’t just about the pounds anymore. This changed my perspective about what I should eat. Also this was something I was doing for ME. My hubby and family were happy with me as I was and loved me, which is great, but they don’t live in my skin, I DO. Confidence in your own skin is what gets you through the day. I needed to make a change for ME.
OK TODAY IS THE DAY…
My gym had a challenge. Weight loss wasn’t the goal, but being committed to the routine even though the process isn’t fast. So many days I felt like I was regressing. People want that one or two week fix. Really what makes the change is the momentum you build up to it. I didn’t want to yo yo, I wanted to keep it off.
The first three months had the most moments of doubt and usually in the evening after my shower being so aware of my body. I wanted my body to change as fast as I imagine it would in my mind. You think, I’m working out 5 or 6 days a week why am I not there yet? It’s hard to judge your own progress when you see ur body everyday. I had to tell myself to stop judging so harshly and push those thoughts out of my mind and focus on staying committed to the routine rather than examining my body.
It’s hard when you compare yourself to others. If I looked at the person next to me on the treadmill and compared myself that would discourage me. So wherever you are today, that’s your starting point. There’s no point looking to the left or the right. All you can do is look in the mirror and say this is what I’ve got and I’m gonna work with it. You have to love who you are first when you start. You can still love yourself for who you are but push towards better.
While Kristina was dedicated to weight lifting and high intensity interval training, she says that food made the most difference.
Here’s a peek into a typical day for her…
Wake up drink: ice water with apple cider vinegar–it wakes up my organs!
I make breakfast and eat it within 30 mins of waking up–1 egg, 2 whites, and turkey links Shake snack later that I made the night before
Coffee– I love it! The biggest change is I drink it black, no sugar or cream, it’s not dessert anymore!
Lunch salmon over a cup of greens
4 oz plain yogurt 15 almonds for another snack
Workout, either weights or interval training 3 days of each
Dinner with hubby is usually some chicken with a cup of veggies.
“The answer is consistency and commitment. True lifestyle change. Nothing long lasting comes easy.” If you want to chat more with Kristina about her journey or about your upcoming wedding day–we mentioned she’s an amazing wedding planner, yes?!–visit her site here.
And what better way to celebrate smashing your goals than to have a photoshoot (with a little hair and makeup of course!)! Love these pics by Dee and Kris Photography! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Kristina!
March 6, 2018
P&P Stylist Ashley Aspenlind shows us your not so average pony tail…taking it from girlie to glam…rockstar worthy for sure!
Start by gently teasing down the center of your head in three sections, setting with hairspray as you go. We are going for mega volume and texture.
Tease the sides now in a backwards motion.
Then gather your hair into a pony tail, gently smoothing the hair back. Make sure you secure the ponytail tightly so you don’t loose the volume you created.
Grab a small section of the pony tail and smooth it.
Take the separated piece and wrap it around the ponytail. Secure the end with a bobby pin. Push the bobby pin from the underside of the pony directly up and into the hair…it’s essentially hidden in the ponytail behind the hair band!
Tease the ponytail for extra drama and set with hairspray.
There you have it! It’s girly with an edge…and I love the mega volume!
Cheers to Being Girlie, Glam, and Anything But Average,
February 17, 2014
Hair is so much fun and I love doing my hair in new ways…the same down with curls look gets old! And honestly I only wash my hair once or twice a week (that’s better for your hair!) so learning new ways to wear my hair up is necessary!
When I saw Nicole Richie on the red carpet at the Golden Globes with this amazing hairdo I felt super inspired!
Then, when I saw the character Rebekah on Vampire Diaries with a very similar do I knew I just had to create my own version of this look! Is it a ponytail? Is its faux-hawk? Who knows! I guess I’ll call it a punk ponytail…
So here’s what you’ll need:
A hair-tie, a comb or brush, a few bobby pins, and some hair spray
Comb out your hair and either straighten or curl it. Mine is left over wave and texture from the previous day. Create a deep, defined part on one side. Section the top portion of your hair to create your faux-hawk.
Tease the top portion of the hair that you sectioned off and smooth over the front of the hair. Take your comb and slick back both sides of your hair. Secure with bobby pins (like your doing some up/some down) and spray.
Your hair will now look something like the left picture below. The top teased hair is left out on top separate from the slicked back sides that you’ve secured. Gather all of the hair, except for the top section, into a ponytail and secure with a hair-tie.
Arrange the top section of hair so that it lays over the back ponytail and slightly swooped toward the side opposite of the deep part. Tease more if necessary. Spray the heck out of it!
And there you have it!
Side note: If your hair is all one length, then the top portion of hair that you teased will lay over your ponytail with that “cascade” effect that Nicole Richie’s hair had. In that case, be sure to hairspray the underside of the teased hair generously. My hair is layered and the top layer quite short, so it barely grazed the top of my ponytail.
So Cheers to Hairstyles that looks good on the Red Carpet, on Vampires, and on Regular People too!
March 7, 2012