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Meet Kelsey, our fitness challenge winner! She will be updating us every Friday with her 10 week fitness program. Leave her comments and help keep her motivated!

Change is good.

 Week one of my Fitness Challenge is wrapping up and all I can say so far is that I am experiencing some big changes, and I don’t mean in my biceps… yet. I’ve realized that it takes a lot of physical and mental effort in order to switch gears, my lifestyle, and move toward a healthier me!

 For those of you that missed the video, I’m signed up with the Farrell’s eXtreme  Bodyshaping 5 am session. 5 AM. Yes, I wake up at 4:25… probably just hours after some of you may go to bed!  (And I’m on summer vacation!) For those of you that think that I may not last all summer, have you looked at Farrell’s challenge winners?  I think Farrell’s results speak for themselves and that is enough to keep me going! (Mentally, the hardest part so far may have been that “before” photo in a bikini… eek!)

 I’ll be honest and say I was a regular student in another aerobics workout class prior to this experience at Farrell’s. I worked hard but didn’t see exactly what I was hoping for. I’m realizing that switching up your exercise is amazing for your body. I’m working some muscles that I realize have been overlooked.  Thanks to my inability to laugh or sneeze without pain right now (SO sore!), I know some of my abs have been!  Also, I’ve never put on a pair of punching gloves before. Farrell’s combines kickboxing and resistance training so I’m putting in plenty of time in front of the punching bag. It’s a great stress reliever!


 It takes a lot to change what and when you eat, when you wake up and go to sleep, where you go to get your sweat on (I miss my old workout buddies!) but I know that the results are going to be worth it! Farrell’s and Max Muscle have been great for me so far, and I can’t wait to tell you more about my changes each week! And if your contemplating a workout switch up of your own for the big day, you CAN do it! If I can do it, you can too. 🙂

In the mean time, let me know what you’re doing to get ready for the big day. New gym? Boot camp? Longer workouts?  Leave me comments and help keep me motivated! We can do it! See you next week!


  • Taylor - You can do it! Can’t wait to keep following you throughout the process!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Reese - If anybody can do it Kelsey you can! I’ll be following you every week. You Rock!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Reese - Also, love your video! You’re such a natural besides being a beautiful bride-to-be!ReplyCancel

I got the call last week that my wedding dress finally came in at Ellynne Bridal! It had been six long months since I ordered it and I bought it after trying on just five dresses, so needless to say, I was anxious to see it again and try that baby on! Since my fiancé supposedly reads my blog posts, I can’t show you what it looks like, but it’s a Maggie Sottero and trust me, it’s gorg.

 Having the dress in my possession makes this whole wedding thing feel real for the first time. It is also forcing me to realize how much there still is left to do to complete my look…let alone everything else!

 I already have a salon appointment booked for me and my ‘maids on the big day at a Shear Thing Salon in Omaha.  I’m leaning toward a half-up, half-down hair style similar to Angelina’s look below. I also LOVE Angelina’s earrings in that photo and it inspired me to look for similar and much more affordable ones on Rent the Runway.  I’m considering the dangles below because not only are they fantastic, but they’re also a way to incorporate my “something blue.” On the other hand, I always hear people say that you shouldn’t stray too much from your normal look on you wedding day and I’m not a big jewelry person. Maybe I should try to find sapphire studs somewhere because that seems more “me”? With four months to go, we’ll see how many times my mind changes.

I booked my make up artist, Natalie, just weeks after we got engaged. Natalie owns Sweet Jane Salon(perfect for bridal parties!) I’ve seen her work on a few other friends and it is stunning. Since I feel as if I lack in that area of expertise, it really takes the stress off of me knowing I will have a professional to give me a gorgeous bridal glow. I will meet with her in early August for my consultation. I still have a few weeks to decide if I want airbrush or foundation, and I am anxious to talk to Natalie for her advice!

When looking at make up ideas, I knew I wanted something fresh, pretty and simple. I love big eyelashes and bright eyes, and that is as far as I’ll take it. I want to look the best version of myself on my big day.

Sticking with that same idea…looking the best version of myself, I had a change of heart on my hair style. Did I love love LOVE the style Amanda did for me? Yes! However, I have had second thoughts on pulling my bangs back rather than them down like I wear every day. I am honestly tossing that idea back and forth. I felt like my bangs back didn’t look like me, but then again, I’m not sure I like how my bangs down with my veil. Am I the only bride that obsesses over their bangs?! Please tell me some of you have things that you are stuck on too!

So, I will ask you, which do you like better?



  • K - Bangs down! You’ll look great! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Angie - BANGS DOWN, SIDE SWEPT!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Susan - Hi Megan!
    Bangs are more casual and will give a younger feel. Off your face is more ageless and sophisticated, especially if you look at it from a photography perspective as bangs can cast shadows. Sweeping them to the side could be a good compromise.
    Love ya,
    Aunt SusanReplyCancel

  • Katie - Love Sweet Jane! Natalie does a great job!!ReplyCancel