Physical and Vocal Illness Recovery: How to Get Your “Mojo” Back After Being Sick

Physical and Vocal Illness Recovery: How to Get Your “Mojo” Back After Being Sick

Ear fluid. Sinus infection. Random virus.

Yup, those are the diagnoses I had one right after the other – plus a few others – this summer.

It was one of those times where you get sick with one thing and then, right when you think you’re almost recovered, another illness hits you and BAM! knocks you back down.  BAH.  Not fun.  For three weeks straight, I felt like doing nothing.  You wouldn’t think that something as simple as ear fluid would make you feel so awful.  On the outside it seemed like nothing was wrong with me: I wasn’t coughing.  I didn’t have a fever.  No chills.  Simply FATIGUE.  Well, at least that’s how it started.

We don’t need to get into each and every symptom that I ended up having.  All you need to know is that I felt like doing absolutely NOTHING.  I wanted to lie down in the middle of the day, every day, and rest.  My typically positive “You can do it!” go-getter attitude was placed on the backburner for something more like, “I succeeded in getting out of bed today.”  :/

I lost my mojo!

We all know that your body needs rest when it’s sick.  But the odd thing that I struggled with this time was how to get un-rested.  Being sedentary apparently breeds more of the same…being sedentary.  Several weeks after feeling better physically, I still wasn’t back on the bandwagon with everything that I usually kept up with…cooking meals at home, exercising regularly, and practicing my vocal repertoire.  I felt like I ought to be able to get motivated and hop right back in, but WOW, it was tough getting my booty in gear!  I needed to get my mojo back.

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Are you feeling the same way?  Lost your mojo?  Well, let’s see if we can nip this in the bud and get back on track together!

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Getting Re-Motivated

Know That Restarting Will Be Difficult at First

My first day back at the gym after starting to feel a little more normal was a straight up cardio day.  Not too bad.  A bit fatigued but I could pace it to my liking.  I had a couple of days to rest and then a more intense interval training day with my personal trainer.  Pre-illness, I could have done my typical 5-minute warm up before my training session without a hitch.  Easy peasy.  But this time, I was winded after just a few moves into the warm up.  I felt intimidated.  I wanted to give up.  I felt like all my previous hard work at the gym had gone to waste.

Luckily, I have an awesome trainer.  He told me something that has since been very encouraging.  It was something along the lines of: “Trust me to push you to where you need to go.”  In other words, let him do his job because he’s the trainer, not me.  He’s been working with me for over a year now.  He knows how hard to push me and where my limits are.

“Trust me to push you to where you need to go.”

Those words were like a revelation for me.  All this time, I’ve thought things like I need to pace myself, or I need to make sure that he doesn’t work me too hard to where I pass out, or I need to make sure I don’t get so tired that I hate working out or… Or.  Or.

Wakeup call!  He’s the trainer.  He’s not going to let me pass out, and he’s certainly not going to let me quit.  And it’s okay to let him push me to the point of exhaustion because he will know when to let up.

And I think this can be applied to practicing singing as well.  Right now, I’m in a summer lull, i.e. no performances or rehearsals or anything actively going on.  Sure, I can keep it that way and enjoy the ease of laziness and let my vocal folds get weak.  Or instead, I can allow my voice teacher to push me to where I need to go.  I have a performance with the opera in early fall, and will have a solo recital later this year as well.  If I don’t whip my voice into shape and knock out some of this recital repertoire now, I will have to make up for it later on.

My point here is to try to push yourself to do the easier (though still tough) work of keeping your body and voice in shape now so that you don’t hurt yourself when you need to get your act together later on.  A healthy body = a healthy voice.  They go hand in hand.  It’s the blessing and curse of being living vessels of our instruments as vocalists.

It’s Okay to Make Goals, But Be Realistic

When I first started writing this post, I began my draft with a list of specific goals to get motivated that included your typical healthy goals like: “No carbs, PERIOD.” “Get in four days of exercise every week, NO EXCUSES.” “Meal prep at the beginning of the week, EVERY WEEK.”

As I wrote, my goals felt less like simple challenges to tackle, and more like chores to check off the list.  I was disgusted with the idea following such a stringent plan.  With “no exceptions”-type rules.  With tracking every little morsel of food that went in my mouth.  I’ve been there and done that.  While it may be fun when first starting a regimen like this, following through with it day after day and week after week – to me – gets really old really fast.

The same goes for singing.  Yes, I can make a chart of when I will practice what repertoire.  I can write down exactly what warmups I will do on which days.  I can create clear and specific goals for each and every practice session from now through the end of the year.  And while certainly there is a time and place for planning, right now, while I’m still getting reenergized and re-motivated, I want to ENJOY music.  I want to savor the feeling of singing through a new piece for the first time; spend some quality time translating all of my foreign language pieces word-for-word instead of rushing through it haphazardly; relish the feeling of really getting my voice warmed up before a big practice session.  Those are the moments I love.

Motivation Breeds Motivation

Remember when I said that being sedentary breeds more of the same?  Well, the same is true for being motivated.  Motivation breeds more motivation as well!

I don’t usually think of myself as a creature of habit.  If things in my life are too much the same, I get bored and feel like I’m in a rut; however, I feel better when I work out and eat right and practice singing regularly.  And it keeps me from feeling anxious about needing to “catch up” later on.

So perhaps I do need a schedule of some sort to keep the motivation going. But obviously, I can’t it be too strict. So where’s the middle ground? For me, I think it lies in making some more general goals and agreeing that I won’t beat myself up if I don’t meet them 100% of the time.

“How do you do that?” You might ask. Here is what is working for me right now:

  1. Food. Per my personal trainer, I am currently using a chart for my meals. I simply put a checkmark in a box when I eat a healthy meal or when I work out. This way, I’m not bogged down with the details of tracking every little piece of food that goes into my mouth. What has been interesting, though, is that I find myself wanting more of those checkmarks the more I have.
  2. Fitness. My goal is still to work out four times a week, BUT, if I don’t make it to that goal, no big deal. I remember that anything is better than nothing, and remind myself that no one is judging the number of times I went to the gym this week.Similarly, the more I work out, the more I find myself wanting to do it. I can tell that my breathing is getting a little bit easier again, and my stamina is up from where it used to be after being sick. And I crave more of that instead of the sluggish feeling I had after being sick.
  3. Singing. Getting back into practicing voice was a little tough at first. Sometimes I find it difficult to be motivated when a performance isn’t right around the corner. So I’m trying to keep the end goals in sight and remember the same things as I have with fitness: it’s a lot easier to do the work now than later. Not only that, but it’s easy to forget that this is something I really love and want to make a full time profession out of one day. It may not always be easy, or even enjoyable, but overall, performing is what I’d rather be doing than anything else. And the only way to perform well is to practice well.

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You Are Not Alone (Even Though You Might Think You Are)

Have your ever felt alone on your journey? I know I have. I’ve felt like the only person that I could count on was myself.

While that is partly true (no one can motivate you but you), I realize now that I really am NOT in this alone. There are people who want to help me, push me to the limit, and really see me succeed…not for their own sake or bragging rights, but simply because they truly invested in my success.

My trainer has put a lot of work into my fitness and wants to see me continue my healthy habits and keep improving upon them. My voice teacher wants to see how far I can take my voice career and thinks I may be a voice teacher myself one day. My husband lives a healthier lifestyle when I do the same. My family and friends cheer me on and encourage my successes as they see my dreams being fulfilled.

They care.

You may feel alone, especially after an extended illness, but you are not. Seek out the people who are invested in your success. Let them lead you in the right direction. Allow their words of encouragement to fill your motivational needs and give you that extra push to do what you need to do.

Final Thoughts

I’m sure you’ve read over and over again that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint.  For me, this could never be so true as it is now, what with trying to get back into the game.

In whatever it is that you are trying to achieve (be it eating healthily, working out, practicing your instrument…anything!), remember that there will be pitfalls and setbacks. It’s easy to get depressed when you’re not feeling 100% for a long period of time. It’s easy to get distracted from your goals. It’s easy to forget that the things you do are things you are passionate about. During those times, keep your support system close. Talk to the people who believe in you about what you’re going through. Ask for help. Recognize the ones who really believe in you and lean on them.

Once you start feeling better, make small, attainable goals that, as your trudge through completing them, will give you the momentum to tackle the big ones once again. Practice really does make perfect, so keep your eye on the prize while you’re knocking out a quick practice session, or workout, or even a simple grocery list.

And last, but not least, believe in yourself! There is power in believing in yourself. Mindset really is a huge contributing factor in what you are able to do. If you can’t make yourself think genuinely positive thoughts, try to practice positivity until it becomes your reality. Your biggest battle is against yourself.

Stay Kreative!

Jenn <3

P.S. Are you in a slump? Have you found great ways to motivate yourself after an extended illness? What advice would you give others in a similar situation? Let us know in the comments!

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Kreative Kouple’s Weekend Getaway to Camden Yards

Kreative Kouple’s Weekend Getaway to Camden Yards

The Kreative Kouple at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
The Kreative Kouple at Camden Yards

Hi everyone!  We are popping in to give a quick hello to you all and let you know what we’ve been up to.

We just spent the weekend with some friends on a quick trip to Baltimore, MD at beautiful Camden Yards watching the Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays.  (Check out our pic!)  The weather was a sunny 85° that – besides needing a little extra sunscreen – was the perfect setting for the evening’s game.

The gates opened at 5:05 p.m. – two hours before the game – and lucky for us, we got there in plenty of time to line up early and each get one of the batting practice pullovers that were being handed out to the first 20,000 fans to come through the gates.  (Free IS the best price, after all!)

Camden Yards at Sunset, Baltimore, MD, Baseball
Camden Yards at Sunset

After downing some delicious Boog’s Barbecue, we sat back and enjoyed the game.

Perry is much more able to discuss baseball strategy and the description of the plays than I am, suffice it to say that it was an exciting finish when the Orioles won 8-6 after scoring four home runs throughout the game.  The crowd was going nuts!

A Sea of Orange, Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
A Sea of Orange

Long story short, we had a great weekend getaway and hope that you are enjoying some beautiful summer weather of your own, wherever you are.  Let us know what you’re up to in the comments!  We’ll have another blog post later this week, but in the meantime…

Stay Kreative!

Jenn <3

Perry at Orioles Camden Yards

Tips on How to Improve Your PA Sports Announcing

Tips on How to Improve Your PA Sports Announcing

You’ve decided you want to be a sports PA announcer and are finally getting some work.  Great job!  But just saying names and reading off of a sheet of paper won’t make you the best.  Don’t quit your day job, but you do have to spend some time perfecting your trade.  Things like making sure names are correct when you announce them (there are plenty of tricky names out there), having the correct voice inflection at the proper time, speaking slower than normal conversational speed, and maybe the most important: learning how to use improvisation while announcing.

  • Pronouncing Difficult Names Correctly

During my time as a sports announcer (a little over ten years now) I have come across some difficult names that I never want to say again (sorry if you are one of those people!), but it is my job as a professional sports announcer to get those names correct each and every time I say them over the PA system.  The best way…just ask!  I will contact sports information directors from the teams that are coming to town and ask them over email.  Most of the time they will send me a roster with a pronunciation sheet, or you can wait about a hour and a half before game time and ask the coaches themselves for the correct pronunciations.  You can then write the name phonetically on a separate sheet of paper and practice pronouncing those names until you can say them fluently.

  • Voice Inflection

Voice inflection is important to keep a crowd of people interested.  It doesn’t matter if you have the greatest voice in the world (i.e. James Earl Jones); if everything sounds monotone then nobody is going to want to listen to you.  Sometimes simple things such as smiling while you are announcing can give your voice more personality.  Also, learning when to use those inflections is important.  For example, when I announce basketball games, I want to sound pumped up to get the crowd cheering and the home team ready to go.  On the flip side, when announcing the away team it’s actually a good time to use a boring monotone voice.  As the home announcer, you want to sound less interested in the visiting team to hopefully give your home team an advantage.  After the team you’re announcing for scores a basket, you want to say the name of the player that scored the basket loudly and with lots of inflection.  When the visiting team scores, I simply say the player’s name in a low, monotone voice to once again show that I’m less interested in what the away team does while on the floor.  Watch sporting events on YouTube and study the announcer’s inflections in different situations.

View from the Press Box, PA Announcer
View from the Press Box
  • Managing PA System Reverb

When announcing to a crowd of people, you are likely to have some amount of reverb (delay and echo) in the PA system.  Don’t speak at the rate you would talk with your best friend going a million mph.  Speak as if you are giving a crowd of people vital information (let’s face it, that is what you are doing).  You want everyone in that audience to understand the material that you are giving them while keeping them engaged.  If you start talking too fast, people will start to dismiss it as background noise and start to tune out.

  • Improvisation

I would advise taking some type of improvisation class just to learn the basics and how to speak in any situation.  There have been many times during a game when I will get a change from the director over the walkie-talkie and have to make something up that is not on the script while still making it sound professional to our crowd.  Sometimes you may get a minute or two notice ahead of time, and that’s where I suggest having paper and a pencil with you at all times.  You can hurry up and make an outline of what you are going to say, but even with just an outline you’re still going to be improvising the new content.  This is where practice comes into play.  Taking an improv class will help you to think on your feet.  Practice what you’ve learned from that class, and nothing will slow you down.

I hope these have been some helpful tips.  If you have any more helpful advice or questions, please leave me a comment.

Stay Kreative!

Perry

Mistakes and Anxiety: My First Opera

Mistakes and Anxiety: My First Opera

Costumed Selfie Opera Spring 2016
Costumed Selfie Spring 2016

My heart is pounding.  I’m walking onto the stage with my chair in hand.  I’m excited.  I’m pumped.  I’m ready for anything.  I’ve played this moment over and over in my head a million times: This is my first time on stage as a professional opera chorus member.  I set my chair down onto my mark.  I sit down.  I begin the choreographed hand motions for the scene.  I look around at my cast mates and realize… Oh no!  I’ve started at the wrong time!  I am performing a “solo” that wasn’t meant to be there!

…And that was my first time on stage as a professional opera singer.

Luckily, I realized it early on enough and just filled in a beat with the choreography to let my motions fall back with the rest of the group.  I made it through the scene and later confessed/apologized/cried/all of the above during intermission to the choreographer about how I had made a fool of myself and “ruined” the opening performance.  Being the wonderful person she is, instead of berating me, she talked to me about how many times she had made mistakes during her performance career and that these things just happen.  That’s the beauty and the curse of live theater.  Exactly.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to perform a show live… it’s simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying.  You have to be in the moment, every moment.  It’s draining.  It’s thrilling.  It’s unlike anything else.  And when the show’s over, you’ll miss it, and start the process all over again in order to recreate the thrill of entertaining audiences performing an art that can only be described as magical.

This is how my experience was with my first performance in Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), by Richard Wagner in Spring 2016.  I had spent a good 10 months working on my classical voice by the time I auditioned for the opera after taking some years off after college, and lo and behold, I miraculously made it into the show as part of the opera chorus.  Imagine my excitement when I got the offer.  Here I was, not expecting anything, and then being offered a part in a real, professional opera!

Then the terror hits me.  “What if I’m not good enough?”  I get the rehearsal schedule.  “I don’t know if I can do this.”  I get fitted for my costume.  “What if I gain weight?”  (See my previous post.) “What if my voice gets fried?”  “What if they don’t like me?”  “What if… What if… What if…?”

I went into my first rehearsal feeling completely inadequate.  I just knew that everyone there would judge me and think that I was a sub-par performer as a complete newbie to the process.  I only knew one person in the entire 40+ member chorus already, and figured I would be shunned by the rest.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Flying Dutchman Opera Staging Rehearsal
The Flying Dutchman Staging Rehearsal

The chorus members ranged from a few newbies like me up to members with decades of experience.  The seasoned members were a wealth and abundance of knowledge about how to get the job done.  Not only that, but the entire cast and crew made me feel extremely welcome.  And let’s not forget to mention the rush that I felt every time I heard our amazing chorus sing together.  Or the first time that I heard each of the principal cast members sing.  Or how fun Maestro made the process.  Or how helpful our coach was with solidifying the most difficult passages.  And all of this while maintaining the level of professionalism that one would expect from an opera house.

Looking back… those “what ifs” did me no good.  I questioned issues that weren’t there to start with.  I psyched myself out before the process had even begun.

Ultimately, I had been offered a job and was able to complete it.  But what I learned in the process was that I wasn’t able to do it alone.  It takes a massive team of people – cast, crew, coaches – to put on such a huge production.  And I am grateful for every single one of them.  (If you’re one of those people and you’re reading this… THANK YOU for welcoming and teaching this newbie throughout the show.)

In case you’re wondering, I performed that opening choreography without a hitch for the rest of the run of the show.  🙂

Stay Kreative!

Jenn <3

So You Want to be a Sports Public Address Announcer

So You Want to be a Sports Public Address Announcer

Being a sports public address announcer (the person you hear on the microphone at a sporting event) has been my favorite job I’ve ever had and continues to be one of the things I look forward to the most each new season.  I enjoy it so much that I don’t really consider it a “job” anymore.  Of course I like the paycheck that comes with it but that’s secondary.

Peninsula Pilots Baseball Crowd Opening Night June 2016
Peninsula Pilots Crowd Opening Night June 2016

 

I started PA announcing at the age of sixteen at a charity baseball tournament to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The age group was 7 to 9 year olds and I had a blast!  Since this was a charity event I was not getting paid, but the smiles on kids’ faces, the sound of the parents’ laughter, and the joy it brought our volunteers was worth every minute.  Saying I was the traditional “PA” man for the event was an understatement.  I was more like a DJ, bringing parents and kids onto the field in between innings to do funny dances and commentating over the microphone.  Umpires would put dresses on and call the rest of the game while looking as silly as possible, and I got the joy of commentating on how good (or bad) they looked in those outfits.  Kids would come to the field and perform dances like the Macarena or the YMCA in front of the crowd.  Fans would make their family members sing “Take me Out to the Ballgame” on the pitcher’s mound.  All of this was done for donations to the MDA and that is where the sense of righteousness outweighed the ideal of whether I was going to get paid at the end of the event.

The main objective though is to get your voice heard.  You never know who may be listening.

I announced at that event annually until it came to an end several years later.  Little did I know during the time I announced the tournament, the head baseball coach from a local apprentice college had a son that had played in the division I was announcing.  He thought I was good enough to be his college team’s public address announcer.  Of course I accepted his offer and the rest is history.  I now announce baseball, football, and men’s and women’s basketball at that college.  I also announce for a local summer collegiate wooden bat baseball team (the Peninsula Pilots), and have done substitute PA announcing for Old Dominion University and Hampton University.  Most recently, I have announced for an Allen Iverson hosted basketball event at the Hampton Coliseum and believe it or not, am currently being considered for a PA announcing job for the Los Angeles Lakers.  And I’m only thirty years old.

(Note: I am only being considered for the Lakers job at this point – there are no guarantees.)

Hampton University Basketball Game
Hampton University Basketball Game Dec. 2014

The key is like any other job…you have to work from the bottom up.  Start at your local youth sporting leagues like baseball, basketball, or football events.  Many times for the younger age groups there are no PA announcers, so go to the league that is playing and tell them you are interested in announcing the games as a volunteer.  It will give you experience on a microphone and announcing in front of crowds.  You will learn how different voice inflections work for different situations, and the great part about this is…you’re announcing as a volunteer for children.  They don’t mind what it sounds like because you are already making them feel like superstars.  It gets your voice heard by parents and others.  Sometimes you can get lucky and go straight to local high schools or colleges and offer your services and they will accept.  The main objective though is to get your voice heard.  You never know who may be listening.

Stay Kreative!

Perry

Easy Summer Recipe: Guiltless Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad (Weight Watcher-Friendly)

Easy Summer Recipe: Guiltless Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad (Weight Watcher-Friendly)

After weeks of rain and clouds, we had an absolutely beautiful day today.  It actually feels and looks like summer out there – finally!  I was seriously starting to wonder if I had Seasonal Affective Disorder.

With the sun out and shining so happily, it’s time to break out the grill for our favorite summer recipes.  We got our grill a couple years ago and I have to admit, there is really nothing that tastes quite as amazing as the food we cook on it.  I say “we”…grilling is more of Perry’s forte than mine.  I buy the food from the store, and he cooks it like the Grillmaster he is.

Something that I crave often when it gets warm outside is a good ol’ cheeseburger.  My mouth is watering as I type this.  Clearly I need some red meat in my life.  That being said, maybe you don’t always want to delve into a giant burger with all the fixin’s and no restrictions.  (Why yes, I did intend for that to rhyme.)  Maybe you want to watch the calories a little bit or you need some more leafy greens in your diet.  Whatever the case, here is a super easy summer recipe that my Weight Watchers leader threw together and that I am so happy to pass on to you!

Easy summer recipe: Guiltless Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad (WeightWatcher-Friendly)
Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad

For the salad:

1 lb. 93% lean hamburger meat
1 onion, sliced
3 hearts of romaine lettuce (or lettuce of your choice), chopped
Cherry tomatoes
Sliced pickles
Hamburger bun, if desired
Cheese, if desired

For the dressing:

2 tbsp reduced fat mayo
A squeeze of spicy brown mustard
A squeeze of yellow mustard
2 tsp. ketchup
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Sprinkle of McCormick’s Chophouse Burger Seasoning (optional – I didn’t have any so I didn’t use it and it still tasted great)

Directions:

  1. Heat up a little oil in a non-stick pan on the stove.  Once hot, sauté the onions until caramelized.  Set onions in a plate on the side.
  2. Pat out 4 patties from hamburger meat.  Place in the pan to begin cooking.  Salt if desired.  Brown on each side and cook until desired doneness.  (Or if the weather’s nice: cook the patties on the grill!)
  3. While the patties are cooking, wash and chop your lettuce.  Toast the hamburger bun in the oven or toaster and spread some light butter onto it.  Cut or tear into “croutons”.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl.
  5. Once hamburgers are cooked, arrange your salads: lettuce, hamburger patty, cherry tomatoes, pickles, cheese, and croutons.  Toss with dressing and serve!

Makes 4 servings with 1 hamburger patty per person.

If this Guiltless Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad recipe doesn’t cure your burger craving, I don’t know what will.  This salad tastes like a cheeseburger in a bowl: oniony, ketchupy, mustardy, beefy, pickley, and delicious.  It’s the perfect WeightWatcher-friendly summer meal for the burger lover in all of us.  Yum.

Without cheese, I calculated this recipe as 6 SmartPoints per serving.  Adding cheese will increase the SmartPoints value.

Stay Kreative!

Jenn <3

 

*This website is not affiliated with WeightWatchers.

The Performance-Ready Body

The Performance-Ready Body

There are bigger things to worry about in the entertainment business, like becoming the best performer you can be.

Alright.  This is where we talk about it.  The part where we discuss… DUN DUN DUN… our bodies.  *gasp!*

“No!  I don’t want to!  I hate going to the gym!  I hate eating healthy food!!”

Me too.  Seriously.  I totally get it.

For years I have struggled with my weight.  I feel like I’ve been on a diet of some kind since I was about 15 years old.  I knew I wanted to be a performer even as a kid, and I would tell myself, “I’ll get skinny when I land a big part,” only to then think I was only kidding myself because…how in the world would I land a part if I weren’t a size 0?

I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to move on to other things.  If you’re naturally a size 0 – go you!  If you’re naturally a size 24 – go you!  If you’re naturally a size 12 – go you!  There are bigger things to worry about in the entertainment business, like becoming the best performer you can be.

The best thing that you can do for your body as a performer is to simply keep it in the best condition for YOU.  There are successful people of all shapes and sizes.  Let’s not kid ourselves, of course: there are certainly certain performance mediums that lend themselves more to certain sizes; however, I believe it’s okay to let your health drive your size more than the other way around.  Be healthy.  Stay in the best shape possible for what your specific industry needs are.  And above all, let your obsession fall on the creation of your craft instead of the size of your body.

In early summer 2014, something changed.  I had a cholesterol reading that as 28 year old was a bit concerning.  This was a bit of a wakeup call to me.  I had been so concerned with getting skinny that I forgotten all about putting the proper nutrients into my body.  I began to change my mindset.  I started to eat instead with the deliberate intention to be healthy.  I started working out regularly.  By fall of 2015, I had gone from only being able to jog for about 2 minutes to running my first 5k without stopping.

Jenn at the Pirate Run 5k, Fall 2015
Jenn at the Pirate Run 5k, Fall 2015

Now, I am no size 0…nor do I think I’ll ever be.  But after 2 years, my cholesterol reading is WAY down, back to normal levels, I have more energy than ever, and I’m happy with my size even if it goes up and down a  little bit, because I know that I am doing what I need to do for my own body instead of trying to please the casting directors I have imagined in my head thinking I would be “perfect for the part, but just too large”.

I’m a work in progress.  Do I love the gym?  No.  Do I love eating healthy?  No.  Sometimes.  Do I love my physical self more, now that I’m bettering my health?  YES.

Together, Perry and Jenn of Kreative Kouple have lost over 90 pounds in the past two years.  And we believe that you can achieve whatever your own personal health goals are to keep your body ready for any and all performance opportunities you need it to be in!

Stay Kreative!

Jenn  <3

 

 

 

*We don’t consider ourselves experts in weight loss or health, nor do we recommend anyone starting any kind of diet or fitness program without first consulting their doctor.

An Introduction to The Kreative Kouple

An Introduction to The Kreative Kouple

Hello!  We are Perry and Jenn, husband and wife duo of “The Kreative Kouple” blog!

As “Creative Professionals,”  we are starting this blog to share with you how we have accomplished some of our creative goals, how we are striving for new ones, and to give advice on how YOU can do the same.

In addition to our many other pursuits, we work semi-professionally in our passions: Perry is a local sports announcer for baseball, basketball, football (and more!) with a desire to break into the voice over business.  Jenn is an opera chorus member with interests in music theater, comedy, and art.

Please comment, share and like our posts to your heart’s delight.

We look forward to sharing our creative endeavors with you as we continue on our journeys.

Stay Kreative!

Perry & Jenn

“The Kreative Kouple”