Is this real life? I still can't believe I'm IN the Oxygen that's sitting on my coffee table. IN it!
Thank you so much to everyone that has congratulated me, I feel so blessed to have to many people that are truly happy for me.. makes me feel pretty awesome!
I've had lots of questions about how I went about getting my photo in there, and I'm happy to share! First of course, you need photos. I prepared for about 12 weeks, the first half focused on building and the second focused on leaning out. I followed Jamie Eason's 12 week trainer and really thought it was perfect for my goal. I won't lie, those were a tough 12 weeks with 100% compliance, but when you have a finish line you're trying to get to, it makes it much easier to stick with. I think I will do another shoot in the spring and will probably follow a similar approach to get ready for that.
Even before I started training for my shoot, I did my research on local photographers so that I could make sure I was shooting with the right person. This in my opinion is the most important part of it all, because it's the photographer that is really going to make or break you. You want to choose someone that has experience with fitness shoots and preferably someone that has been featured in the magazines you want to be in. I did my research, asked for recommendations, and all that led me to the amazing James Patrick. He was SO awesome to work with and I'm so happy I found him.
Next, you want to choose your outfits wisely. Take a look at what the models in the magazines you want to be in look like, and then try to mimic that. When I looked at Oxygen I saw bright colors, workout clothes, minimal bathing suits, and lots of smiles. I had 4 different looks, so I decided to do one bathing suit, one tank/shorts, and two sports bra/shorts looks. This gave me lots to choose from and it was obvious the ones that were going to fit well with the magazine.
If this is something you've ever considered I highly recommend going for it! You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain-- I have learned a tremendous amount about health, fitness, and myself through this process and I wouldn't change a minute of it. Remember, I was that semi-healthy skinny-fat girl not long ago, and now I'm living proof that you can achieve anything you set your mind to!