Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm not a professional, but I do write a blog.

Happy Tuesday Bleeps!

Today was such a great day!  SOOOO much better than yesterday.  Thank you God!  The sleep helped that's for sure. Well I did wake up to find Marky Mark on Letterman...ahhh...Now that's some Good Vibrations!

So today there were some really great moments for me.  First, a friend emailed me to tell me what she ate today and how she's changing the food in hers and her son's lives.  Lots more veggies and protein.  Love it.  I also had an email from a friend who has seen my blog posts on facebook and asked my advice on what she should focus on if she only has 45 minutes in the gym.  This makes me feel sooooo good.  This is exactly why I am writing this blog.

I did not go to school for nutrition.  I am not a certified trainer.  But, I was just like you.  I was overweight.  I ate like crap and I did not exercise.  I had my a-ha moment and I changed my life.  And I've done it on my own.  I did not join any programs.  I did not use a trainer.  I educated myself  and found my focus.   Now I'm not saying that my ways are perfect.  I am most certain that I could be a lot further along in my journey if I had a program or a trainer.  But, there is something to be said about the self confidence you get from knowing that you did it all on your own.  I DID THIS. ME.  The former fat girl got off her ass and changed her life.

Work Husband is on day two of a cleansing program.  He's a hurting pup.  He is going through severe caffeine withdrawal.  He's super tired and experiencing headaches.  I was able to talk to him about this.  I know his pain. I used to drink diet coke the moment I got up until I went to bed.  It was okay though because it was Diet. Denial!!!!  I cringe when I think about the damage I did to my insides for 20 years.  CRINGE.  I would tell myself it was okay because I didn't drink coffee and this was how I got my caffeine.  I justified it because there were no calories.  I was sooooo stupid.  I had developed a tolerance to the caffeine, but it still affected my sleep.  Four years ago I started the South Beach Diet and weaned myself off of caffeine.  I maybe have one cup of soda a week.  I can make a 20oz diet coke last a week.  I think I am most proud of this accomplishment.  The addiction is gone.  And I can sleep like a baby every night.

My favorite part of the day was walking in in my former "skinny jeans".  Lety made a comment about how hot my butt looked in those jeans. *insert giant grin*  Someone asked if they were my size 6 jeans.  I have not tried on a pair yet.  That is this weekend....fingers crossed!

So today was a beautiful day.  Barb and I were planning on walking at lunch.  It was so nice that we walked outside in the parking lot. Go Barb!  There was one section that was in the shade and it was a little windy so we looped back around and skipped that section.  We had a great discussion about healthy lifestyles.  I love walks like that.  The best part is that when I told her that I had Bible Study at lunch tomorrow she immediately went looking for another walking partner. 

Tonight I hit no traffic on my way to the gym.  I got there early and hit up the cardio before Gym Buddy Lisa got there.  I wanted to text her to let her know that it was stinkin hot in the gym.  I knocked out some time on the treadmill waiting for her and then we stayed on for a little while.  Knowing that people were asking me for help kicked me into overdrive.  I ran. I ran hard.  I was a puddle of sweat and was drinking water like there was no tomorrow.  I had to walk my last mile because I was so full of water that I was a little nauseous.  lol.  Live and learn.  Anyway, I push it hard at the gym because I want to be that person that others look to and say "I want to be able to do that".  I want to be a good example.

So thank you for pushing me and motivating me.  I hope I am doing you proud.  Have a wonderful night Bleeps!

****Please note****
If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you!  Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week.  The journey is so much easier if you have support.  jhendersonfit@gmail.com


  1. Actually, now that I just read this entry I have a similar question for you. I usually only get about 30 minutes to workout when I'm home with my kids (and my husband is traveling). What do you recommend for a quick, but effective workout?

  2. My advice would be focus on cardio. If you had 45 then I would do all cardio every other day. Then on the opposite days 15 min cardio, 30 minutes weights (alternating legs and arms). Get a pair of free weights and lift them on commercials to get in some weights. :-)

  3. I'm also going to give a plug for Planet Fitness. They have a 30 minute workout area. There are 20 machine/stations. They have a red/green light. You move around the stages in numerical order. Start when the green light comes on and end when the red light comes on. It includes weights and cardio. I haven't tried it yet, but I want to.

  4. Thanks. That 30 minute workout area sounds a lot like the old Curves gyms they used to have. Yeah when I've only got 30 minutes I've been trying to just get my cardio in. When my husband is home for a few days, that's when I do cardio AND weights. I really try and hit it hard when he's home to make up for the days he travels and is gone.