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LIFE LATELY | WEIGHT WATCHERS & MONTEGO BAY

I recently started weight watchers [for the third time] I did it for the first time after I had Cash and lost 18lbs, the second time I did it right after I had Emmaline and lost 50lbs…mostly the baby weight I had gained, and got back to a size smaller then I was before I had her. I have never been a small girl, and never really cared to be a small girl, but I wouldn’t mind being a little thinner [even if it's just to feel healthier in my own skin]. My sister’s and I were all born with hips and there’s no way around hiding them. I guess I’ve always chalked it up to “I was destined to have a lot of babies” haha..trying to convince Will of this may be another story! I’ve never viewed Weight Watcher’s as a diet but more of a lifestyle, mostly just eating clean and having a few indulgences every now and then. It works for me. Last winter I gave up on eating the right way. I am not sure what triggered it, I fell into a deep black hole [one with lots of sprinkles and chocolate on the other end] I have been in a really big slump. Getting donuts for breakfast every morning or taking the kids to Mcdonalds isn’t going to work anymore. [I know, it's completely fair for you to judge at this point..shame on me]

So naturally I’ve gained some weight.  18lbs of the 50 I lost after Emmaline to be exact. I have felt really discouraged, and not happy with my body at all. I buy clothes all of the time, wearing them once, hoping something will work. Then realize I really don’t look or feel good in anything. For a long time I blamed it on my clothes, not the donuts. So here I am. Ready for change and already feeling so much better about the choices I am making. I have been drinking a smoothy every morning with bananas and strawberries and eating much less, and healthier during the days. [Not all the way there yet, but doing better and changing my attitude about things] With all of this said, I am about to post images from my trip to Jamaica last month. We stayed at an all inclusive resort which meant I ate three pizzas and five meals a day. As much as I enjoyed the time there, and being able to be a part of Megan and Nathan’s wedding, I am glad to be home making some necessary changes. Not just for me but for my kiddos. Life is so much better for all of us when I feel good about who I am.

I am really not sure why I just wrote all of this, but here are a few images from my trip! I am going to try and get our closet cleared out for a garage sale we have coming up, and hoping to sneak in the latest episode of “Vikings” before Emmaline wakes up and Cash gets home from grandma’s!

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Megan and Nathan [The bride and groom] are good friends with my sister Emily [my friends too!] and she was in the wedding so we traveled together. We had an amazing time and luckily the rain held off for the wedding! The last day of our trip my sister’s boyfriend flew out [for one day] to propose. I was so happy to be in on the surprise. Emily isn’t just my sister, she is one of my best friends. My family has been praying that the Lord would bring her the right guy at just the right time, and it’s exciting to see it all come to pass. Honestly, I think Nathan might be even better then we were all expecting haha…We are excited to have him as a part of our family.

 I am ready to go back, but maybe next time with Will & a little more self control! Have a great weekend!20140304-EN-0027-Edit

April 11, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Erica Baker - I love your honesty and openness. I am beginning a weight loss journey too and relate to the way you are feeling. It was really good to read this and not feel totally alone.

Gorgeous photos of Montego Bay!! Looks like a lovely time! And congrats to your sister!

April 11, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Mel - You’re beautiful. Inside and out.

April 11, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Emily - Couple of things
1. I’m really glad we are friends and not just sisters
2. You failed to mention that Nathan could’ve never pulled it off without you, and for that I am eternally grateful
3. He’s better than I expected too :)

RAINY DAY

 

Can’t say I mind the rain.

Especially when pretty flowers are involved and I carve minutes out of my day to take pictures of them
Then there is this reality. My reality. The best kind of reality.Happy Thursday!

April 4, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Erin - This is beautiful Jenny! Your kids are so adorable!

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We are so grateful for the friendships we’ve made along the way on this photography journey. I knew the first time we met with Bahareh & Jake that they would become good friends. It was instant, and I’m so thankful for their ongoing place in our lives and the life-long relationship I know we’ll have.

Bahareh and Jake’s wedding was held at the beautiful Darby House in Columbus on a warm fall day. Every detail that Bahareh chose perfectly summed up their personalities and told the guests so much about their lives as a couple. Travel and adventure were evident in the little Instagram photos and maps of places they’ve traveled, and the ceremony and dessert table brought in elements of Bahareh’s Iranian heritage. Bahareh surprised all of us on the day of the wedding by wearing her mother’s wedding gown. It was a really special gesture that meant a lot to her family. Just before the reception she changed into her original gown and surprised Jake!

That wasn’t the end of the surprises, their wedding date 9/29 is mine and Will’s anniversary date and Bahraeh had the DJ clear the dance floor just for the two of us to dance. Not only that, Bahareh had remembered our First-Dance song from our 2007 wedding. I cried like a baby.

My husband Will and David Schmaus filmed the video of their wedding day [below], which allowed me to work with the fantastically talented, and very sweet Beth Bevelhymer —thank you for your incredible images of the day.

Bahareh and Jacob \\ Wedding Highlights from jenny haas photography on Vimeo.

If you get the opportunity to check out Bahareh and Jake’s photography work you should! I am one of their biggest fans. These two are so talented, and have captured so many genuine moments on camera. I am so sad they are leaving us for Texas in a few short months…  https://www.facebook.com/baharehritterphotography