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When practice makes perfect


Well, I'll never call this perfect, but my friend thought it was. She saw the cropped version of the picture that I was going to delete. This was a practice picture. Her brother, who judged the contest thought it was perfect. He had showed his sister the pictures I submitted for a contest and said "No one does this!"


I used a nice camera for this photo, but I didn't know how to use the camera. I set it up on a tripod and I put an object where I was standing and I set the focus on it. I set the timer and I ran over to the correct spot in those darn high heel shoes. I think I had 12 seconds which was barely enough time.


The construction lights were screwing up the camera lens, so I wrapped them with tar paper.​ I set two construction lights up, one on each side and at slightly different heights. This could be a fire hazard so be very careful!​


Probably you should get a professional photographer instead.


In some ways, the capturing of this picture was felt like pure luck. I'm not sure I could get the lighting to work quite the same ever again. I never did take lessons on how to use that camera. But one thing is for sure, I worked hard to get my body fit enough for that picture to come out the way it did.

This picture is a throwback. Today is Thursday so this could be ThrowBackThursday right?


The picture​ was about 10 years ago now. I took them for a transformation contest. When I won the contest, plenty of people made up narrations and treated the pictures like someone threw a dead fish on the table.


This picture was a "practice picture" which I was going to throw away.​ I was testing the camera focus and the lighting.​ I ended up sending it in to the contest as the "front picture" because a precious friend said it was her favorite. She said I had a look in my eyes that said "I have a secret." ​ I was very happy and feeling a bit spunky at that moment in time.​ It seemed like I got those construction lights to work and have the effect I wanted. I still couldn't believe that was me in the picture!


And see! I did it without a professional photographer.


Oh, it was a lot of work and consistency with workouts.​ I was barely 51 years old at this time. I was just getting started.​ Nutrition was a big key, calories and protein. Since then I