Brazen Thoughts

Just a peek into the things that go through my head daily

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Gut Check Time

Literally and figuratively. I need to lose some lbs! Let me preface this by saying, I’m in shape, I have a career in fitness and generally eat pretty well. I’m a very strong woman and proud of my body, and I know that while I’ll never be “perfect” by many peoples standards, I’m overall happy with my body. That does not mean that I don’t look at the stomach of a model and not dream of having a six pack, I do, much like many women out there. I would never take drastic measures to get there and my LOVE of food will probably always hold me back and that’s okay. The bigger focus for me in recent years has become my health, not just how I look. That’s why I always tell people they should get in shape for life, not just a specific event! Once that event has come and gone, are you going to revert back and put 20 lbs on!? I sure hope not! Keep up those good habits that you adopted before your event and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.

I was focused before the wedding, but I was also stressed and dealing with a back injury, so I probably wasn’t in the “best” shape I could have been, but oh well, it was a beautiful day and that’s all that matters! After the wedding, we went to Mexico for a short getaway and we ate/drank whatever we wanted. I said that as soon as we got back, I was going to get focused again, and I did, but that back injury kept me a bit at bay, so I had to back off. Then we had a friend visit for the weekend, so it was back to eating/drinking like crazy! I wasn’t catching a break anywhere!

Which leads me to where I am right now. With my jeans hating me (luckily I wear yoga pants to work), and my stomach more squishy then usual. I’ll get it back to where I want it, but it’s going to take some sacrifice. Exercise has never been my issue, it’s always been the eating, as I said, I love food, and it’s not easy for me to cut down on certain foods, but oh well, it’s gut check time. I’ve told myself that I can’t eat as many sweets as I normally do, I don’t need something sweet after dinner every night. This is just one small change that I need to make for my health and to be honest, for my vanity (I’m not ashamed to say it, I’m vain, it’s true)

In order to keep myself motivated, I’m going to share my “before” pictures, and try to take weekly updates so that I can keep myself motivated. This is something I’ve never done before and am very nervous for people who know me and think I’m in such good shape to see what I look like!

PicMonkey Collage

Check back to see my progress and hear my thoughts on how it’s going!


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I cannot believe it’s been two weeks and the even that we had been planning for over a year is over! It is true what everyone says, it’s over and done in a blink of an eye, but it was worth every single second, every single penny that we put into this and while I look back and would have changed some minor things, I had such an amazing time and I hope our guests did as well!

So, if you’ve been following, you’ll know that I started this process a year ago as Miss City Lights Bride on the It’s a Brides Life Blog. Well sadly, they have ended that blog, so I decided to start my own! Moving forward, this will cease to be about weddings (sorry!) unless I see a really cool idea that I want to share, and become “Brazen Thoughts”. My last name is Brazen, which many people do not know means shameless, so it’s a little play on words 🙂 I’m very big into fitness and nutrition, so you’ll see a ton of that on here, but all in all, it will be about what I’m thinking and feeling.

Enjoy and let me know if there’s anything you want me to talk about (or shut up about ;))

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Hello world!

Hello there! My blogging journey started in 2014 when I was chosen to write for David Tutera’s It’s a Brides Life. The blog was all about real brides writing about their wedding planning experiences; the ups, the downs and in the end the great joy of walking down the aisle. Unfortunately, the blog has ended but I loved the experience so much that I decided to bring my posts to my very own blog!

I plan to share with you my (many) random thoughts, my knowledge and just plain old fun! Welcome and thanks for taking the time to read!