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I was so preoccupied with wedding stuff on the big day that I completely forgot to take pictures of my children all dressed up! Here’s one of just the boys and oh boy, wait until you see the outtakes from this shoot!

L-R: Jackson, Chase & Tyler

35mm Lens, white balance set to “cloudy”, ISO 200, F3.2, 1/60, sharpened and enhanced the contrast

  • May 29, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Sarah - Oh my goodness!!! So adorable!!ReplyCancel

    • May 29, 2011 - 10:57 pm

      Helen - Thanks, Sarah :) My little secret agents. lol!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2011 - 6:13 am

    Kathie - They are so handsom. Instead of Men Dressed in Blac, we now have Boys Dressed In Black. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    Susan - Oh my, they could NOT be any cuter!! You sure have your hands full. Hope you have a great week♥ReplyCancel

    • May 31, 2011 - 11:46 am

      Helen - Thank you, Susan! My hands and heart are both full :) ReplyCancel

This morning I completed 8 weeks of boot camp. Originally I was only going to do 4 weeks, but then I received another 4 weeks as a birthday gift from a very sweet friend (and yes, I was excited about that gift). I am not a morning person at all, but as the weeks went on I found it not so bad to get up at 4:50am in order to make it to the 5:30am boot camp. Who knew?

The instructor treats us all to drinks (not pastries!) at Starbucks after the last session of the month – here we are all sweaty but happy this morning!

Besides the whole getting up early thing, I learned some other things about myself…

I’m very weak. Actually, I was very weak. Now I can actually feel muscles in my arms and it’s not a result of hoisting my 18 pound baby! (Seriously, what’s the deal with that? Shouldn’t I have massive guns since becoming a mom?)

I can workout for an hour and not die. Really!

Measuring inches is key when you’re trying to lose weight and tone up. If I hadn’t been tracking my inches I probably would think Boot Camp hadn’t done much for me because I really haven’t lost much weight in the last 2 months, but I’ve lost just over 12 inches in those 2 months! 12 inches!

I can run faster than I thought! “Testing” this month involved push-ups to the point of fatigue followed by a timed 1 mile run. At the beginning of May I ran the mile in 11:07 which blew me away. I honestly can’t remember the last time I could run one mile in under 12 minutes, let alone so close to 11 minutes. This morning I shaved 29 seconds off that time and ran the mile in 10:38!

20 reps does squat for me, but tell me to do 30 reps of something and my muscles burn like crazy. Now I know to push myself to 30 instead of just calling it good at only 20.

I’ve taken some pictures for a series of chunking up (Lily) and chunking down (me) progress photos. Here’s the first picture and one from this morning! In the first picture I was still sporting maternity clothes and Lily was in size 0-3 month clothes. In the second I’m in regular clothes I had purchased last spring and Lily is in 6 month clothes! Go us!

For you Kansas City area readers, I highly recommend checking out Valeo Boot Camp. It’s early. It’s hard work. It’s early. (Did I mention it’s early?) The sunrises you get to witness are awesome. The results though are so worth the effort! I’m hoping to join them for another month later this summer after Nick’s crazy camp schedule settles down. Yep, I want to voluntarily get up before 5am again!

  • May 27, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Jen - You look great, Helen. Good for you. :) ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Kelly @ Kansas City mamas - Way to go! I know that feels like an awesome accomplishment when you can push through those workouts and see success. Go Helen!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 10:32 am

    Chancy Green - So glad you talked me into it, Helen. It was fun and you are the best accountability partner. I had a blast.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Jessica - Way to go, 12 inches!! And improving your mile time! :) ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 11:08 am

    Aunt Sue - Nice job! You look mahhhvelous!!!! I’m about to finish a month of boot camp tonight (lovely humidity going today – should be fun….) I wish I had tracked measurements – I haven’t lost weight either, but people have commented on some toning. It’s tough, but definately worth it! You and your precious girl take a beautiful picture!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 11:09 am

    Lisa - I am serious thinking about doing the next session. Only thing is I look at the picture you posted and I am soo much older than these girls (50)and really no one seems too much overweight to me. Is it tailored to each person? I really dont think I could keep up with everyone.ReplyCancel

    • May 27, 2011 - 11:11 am

      Helen - Lisa, don’t let that hold you back! You work at your pace. The group has other people of other ages and sizes who just weren’t there today. There are some extremely fit people in the group too though. (I was lapped by those fit people many times over the last couple of months.)ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Lisa - Way to go!!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 11:29 am

    Lisa H. - Did you do the 3,4 or 5 day a week session? I think I will do the 4 day session. Do you bring your own water bottle? thanks
    Lisa H.ReplyCancel

    • May 27, 2011 - 1:10 pm

      Helen - Lisa, I did 3 days a week. And yes – bring a water bottle, mat and hand weights! Enjoy it! There’s a fantastic group of ladies doing it again next month :) ReplyCancel

      • May 27, 2011 - 1:38 pm

        Lisa H. - I signed up. Didnt know about the hand weights and matt. Need to go shopping now. I also put you name as a referral. Hope you can get some sort of credit.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 11:29 am

    Kacia - You look AMAZING, Helen, you’re quite an inspiration… congratulations on such a great accomplishment, wow 12 inches! Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    Sarah - you look great. way to go on the 12 inches. that is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Brenda B - You Rock!!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    Rachel E. - Wow, lady! You’re amazing! Great job. I could never get up that early voluntarily. 6 a.m.? Maybe. 4:50 a.m.? No way. Great job with your will power and self discipline. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2011 - 11:21 am

    RoseAnne (mom and grandma) - I’m so proud of you!ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2011 - 12:18 am

    Auntie Laura - you look awesome Helly! So proud of you!ReplyCancel