the long road to healthy

August 6, 2009

you capture — you

Filed under: general — karena @ 12:56 pm

I’ve been meaning to participate in You Capture for the last few weeks.  This week’s challenge, a self-portrait, I very nearly blew off.  I occasionally take good snapshots of my kids, or flowers, but I’m no artist.  And trust me, I am NOT a photographer’s dream.  I have a cheesy camera smile.  I blink all the time.  I have bags under my eyes that no amount of coverup can … cover up.  And, well, to be blunt, at 37 I’m still not comfortable in my own skin.  But then I see that everyone else participated, and I started to feel a little bit like a chicken.

IMG_5668You would think that as the daughter of a photographer I would understand that I have to look at the camera, wouldn’t you?  Despite that, this picture has probably the most *real me* quality to it — not a fake, too-wide smile, etc.

IMG_5677Too bright, I know, but it gives me giggles that you can see my collar bones if you squint.  By the way, I hate wearing purple.  My mother-in-law sent this to me and I feel kind of obligated to wear it.  I just finished working out.  I’m sweaty, and I may not have brushed my hair this morning.  The real me.

IMG_5679Me and my personal trainer, Harry.  Who totally slacked off and slept til 7 this morning.

IMG_5683I must admit, that was not as painful as I thought it would be.



  1. Great job.

    Comment by Bacardi Mama — August 6, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  2. you should do it more often – it does get easier!

    Comment by Tiaras & Tantrums — August 6, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

  3. Great shots! glad you took part!

    Comment by jenn — August 6, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  4. great pictures…and I think you look good in the purple!

    Comment by staciesmadness — August 6, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  5. great pictures! I love your haircut. 🙂

    Comment by sodarnhappy — August 6, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  6. You look great! I’m glad you joined in! 🙂

    Comment by Shell — August 6, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

  7. Thanks, everyone! You brighten my day!

    Comment by karena — August 6, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  8. way to go!! it takes a lot of courage to do this, and you pulled it off beautifully. 🙂

    Comment by keli @ twelve paws — August 6, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

  9. Great photos!

    And how dare your personal trainer slack of today! Horrible!

    Comment by mrssoup — August 6, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  10. Yay, Karena!!

    Comment by Thea @ Im A Drama Mama — August 6, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  11. I’m so glad to see pics of you! Beautiful!
    And yay for collarbones…I’m still looking for mine!

    Comment by Heather Damron — August 6, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  12. I think you did a fabulous job, Karena!!

    Collarbones are exciting!! And you’re such a good daughter-in-law 🙂

    Comment by Christy M. — August 7, 2009 @ 3:20 am

  13. I love seeing pictures of us real women out there. These are great pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Comment by girlsworld — August 7, 2009 @ 3:36 am

  14. I love the camaraderie and the support. I should have had my own blog just for me years ago! Thanks to all for stopping by and cheering me on!

    Comment by karena — August 7, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

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