Friday, May 31, 2013

Flashback Friday: Nascar isn't just about a race, it's an experience

Flashback Friday: Nascar isn't just about a race, it's an experience

Only one thing could keep me from Dover and Tony Stewart this weekend...and that is my sweet cousin Kim's baby shower. Tony will have to wait until September, unless someone wants to surprise me with a trip to another race...I am SO open for that!

So this post is from my last race back in September 2011...also i believe the last time I had fast food (of the big three: McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendys).  And that was the first time in a long time. It had been a good run.

I was reminded of the "steps" when we went to see Annie last weekend. They were no joke.

Nascar isn't just about a race, it's an experience




Oh my stars I am not even sure I can tell you my name right now. Today was quite fun, but exhausting. It was Nascar Race day :-) You would think I was driving with them as tired as I am.

There was some good and some bad today. But, there were lots of good intentions.

I had promised Heather that we would stop at Sonic for at least one meal this weekend. We decided on breakfast this morning. We left a little later than we wanted (but we also discovered yesterday that the start time was an hour later than usual so it was ok). I woke up before my alarm went off so I was dragging. You know that meant a Starbucks run. The Starbucks is in the grocery store so we picked up some baby carrots and grapes to put in our coolers which were already full with water bottles. I should have gotten something small to eat because it was another 45 minutes until we got to Sonic. I was starving. I never wait that long before I eat.

So you know that means I did not make the wisest choice. Although I'm not too sure that there is a wise choice there. I got the egg and bacon on the croissant with a side of tater tots. I'm sorry. My goal was that it would be my cheat for the day. We had stopped at Wawa for hoagies just before sonic. I had gotten the turkey on a whole wheat roll. That plus my carrots and grapes should be good. And then I was planning on a salad for dinner. That was the plan anyway.

As we got closer to the track Heather's injury started to bother her. So being the good friend that I am, I said I would not park so far away and make her walk. We parked about a half mile from the track (as opposed to the mile and a half that I was planning on). As we were walking it became immediately apparent that we had to use the facilities. We are not port-a-potty girls. So we snuck in to McDonalds to use theirs. Not feeling right about using it for free I bought a bottle of water. I REALLY wanted a sweet tea, but I stuck with the water.

We walked all of the way around the track and then we saw the stairs. I made a mistake in my earlier post "Another Left Turn". I said that there were six flights of stairs (it had been a long time, but I took a picture today to post later). There were actually 10. I'm so very proud. We did it with no stops. Go us! Of course I bribed Heather with the promise of a Margarita if she could do it. It worked, but it was way too cold for one.



So when we looked at the weather for today it all said "Partly Cloudy high of 59". That means that it's mostly sunny right? These people should be fired. ALL clouds and it was so cold we saw our own breath. We had stopped to buy some gloves, scarves, and hats on our way, but we still froze. It was so cold that I had to force myself to eat my hoagie (in record time), but that was all. Nothing else was eaten.



My nose was running. My butt was frozen. My cheeks were burning. It was extremely uncomfortable. So what did I do? Every 100 miles that the drivers completed I ran down the 10 flights of stairs and back up again to get my heart rate up and warm up. GO ME! I could not believe I did this. So in total I took on those steps four times today. WAY better than my first race.

I did manage to drink two bottles of water during the race, but the cold water just made me colder so I didn't drink as much as I had planned. And would you believe that they did not have Hot chocolate for sale? I couldn't believe it. We did find a place after the race (and I'm calling Heather out on this...as it was the place where she purchased a funnel cake) that had hot chocolate. Best $2 I spent all day. I could finally feel my toes.



We kind of took the lazy way back to the car after the race. Shh...it was planned on my part. I needed movement. I was already mad at myself for forgetting to start the pedometer when we got there, but I was not going to question our walking. It seemed like forever before we got to the car. As soon as we got there I cranked up the heat and whipped out the carrots. Ahhh.

The plan was to go to one of the restaurant/bars at the beach when we got back for dinner and the Phillies and Ravens games. I really like their Chicken Caesar salad so it was the perfect solution. Except it was really late when we got to the car. So we decided to stop on our way home instead. We chose Wendy's. Argh. You have to know that we passed by so many people grilling and BBQ'ing on the way back to the car. I wanted a burger bad. So I got one. I got a burger and a baked potato. And then we came home.

I am tired. My nose is stuffed. I'm coughing. I can't tell you what day it is. I think I'm taking tomorrow off from working out. I don't want to stress my lungs. I will say though, that this made me a little nervous about doing the Half-Marathon in December. But, at least my feet don't hurt today.

As I end this I just want to give a shout out to all of the drivers that had pink on their car in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (especially my Tony Stewart). It was so nice to see. SUPPORT THE BOOBIES!



Have a Blessed Night.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lost focus for a little while...time to get back on track

Happy Thursday Bleeps!

Woo woo...it's almost the weekend...YEAH! And then I have a short week next week because Nephew is coming to visit (along with his parents of course)! I need baby snuggles something fierce let me tell ya!  

I may be all over the place with this post so please bear with me. I have a lot I want to say and it all sort of ties in, but I have been struggling with focus lately so goodness only knows what is going to pop out.

Last night I was doing a little running and started to do the math...I am 3.5 months out for the next Half Marathon.  When I signed up I had plenty of time to train for it. In fact, I was in a 5K every other week working on my short distance time. Well now we are starting to hit crunch time. I have one 5K next month and then not another until August. That's good. Now it's time to work on my long distance training. But, when???

Last time I arranged to skip lunches on Tuesdays and leave work early for some long distances at night. I need this again. I NEED it. The problem: as long as we are in the fitness challenge I cannot do it Tuesdays or Thursdays. And Wednesdays is Bible study. Mondays are my busy days at work. BAH. I am going to need to ask for it to be Mondays, but it may kill me. I have to do it.  My weekends are crazy and I can't count on them right now.


And so, my focusing on the challenge has to alter. I will do what I can, but it can't be a main focus. If I don't win, then I don't win. As long as I make improvements then I win. And quite frankly, what I am getting out of it from motivating, educating, and helping others is priceless. So I'm good with that. I am sorry to my teammates that I can no longer give 110%.

So now let's talk gym time. The past few weeks I have not had the intense workouts that I am used to or need. I'm very frustrated. Especially since my eating has not been on target. Sometimes I just haven't had it in me. And at this point I know myself and my body. If my brain or body aren't in it, then I can't push it. I will only hurt myself in the end. Instead I need to readjust that day's workout and modify it. Those aren't my worst days. I can deal with them.  What's happening now is that the traffic I sit in to get to the gym is getting crazier and crazier every night. It's 7 miles away and there are days that I'm not getting on a machine for an hour because I just sat there. I still have a 45 minute drive after my workout. And then I need to make dinner, prep lunch, and shower.  I try not to leave the gym past 7. Mainly I would do an intense 30 minute run for those, but my knees can only take so much. BAH.

I do have an option of going to a park close to work at 5 and going for a run there. I may need to do that once a week or something. I just haven't gone yet. Once I do it once I know I will want to put it in the schedule.

Okay, I'm frustrated. I've told you that I'm not getting my calm. I need church to recharge me. I am hoping to get to a church by me this Sunday before I have to head out for a baby shower. I really need some calm in my life.

All of this craziness is not helping my woman issues.

*Boys, feel free to call it a night. You can go now.*

Alright ladies, this week was one of my worst yet. I am stressed. My body is stressed. I have limited my fatty and sugary foods, but I'm still eating more than I should (that belly is going NO WHERE right now). I'm stress eating. And with the lack of intense workouts...well this one was heavy. Argh. I should honestly not have done Boot Camp tonight. I had planned on just being a motivator, but then my brain started screaming "you need this workout!". The result: I was nauseous the whole time. I could only give 50%. But, that's 50% more than if I did nothing. So I'll have to take it.

I am back to eating right full time and have been pretty good for the past couple of days, but my history this month did not help. Now I just need to get back in focus with my workouts.  On top of the ickiness I also have a face full of pimples...argh.  I'm bloated. I'm cranky. And I have the face of the 14 yr old former fat girl.

What's scary, is that this is how the Former Fat Girl was a lot. Man, why did I do it to myself for so many years?  June will be better!  It has to.

Have a Blessed Night.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Random Wednesday: bikinis, belly, and pineapples

Hello Beautiful People and Happy Random Wednesday to you!

It's summer...it's pool season. Argh. I did the bikini thing. I think I want to go back to a tankini this year. The problem: I do NOT want to go bathing suit shopping.

I don't know why I want to go back. The smart part says: It just looks better. The former Fat Girl is screaming: It's because you're giving up! Face it! Your belly is still to fat!

I don't know, maybe I will just look for another bikini. Or maybe I will get a tankini. Or maybe I won't get anything new. No matter what happens, I have to make my move soon before all of the good ones go away...

Maybe I need to wait a week and hit my weights hard for toning...then I might feel better about this...or maybe I should wait until my woman's issues are over...argh...

*****

This morning as I sat in my car during construction traffic and looked in my rearview mirror. I got to watch a man inhale a big giant greasy breakfast sandwich. We weren't moving. There's no hurry there buddy. Take your time.

It kind of made me a little sick.

*****

So for NYC I drank some water, but not my usual amounts. I'm a little disappointed, but I drank way more water than the Former Fat Girl did when she was there.

Part of it was lack of convenience. I carried a bottle with me and drank it, but I didn't have access to the water fountain to fill it up like I do all day.  The other part was that I am not cool with just using any bathroom. I know my good places to go, but I am not good with public bathrooms. I just get grossed out.

Like I said, I still made sure I drank my water, but my swollen feet and fingers were not happy.

*****

Today we are having professional headshots taken at work for LinkedIn. I had a real hard time trying to decide what to wear. Honestly, my office is business casual. I got too small for all of my old "business" clothes and I haven't really replaced them. I tend to lean more towards the "causal" side.

I decided to wear the infamous wrap dress from last year...I still look good in it. This time though I opted to go without the um...belly helper. That's good for the belly, but can shoot some fat up and out on my back and I didn't want any part of that.

Honestly, the dress doesn't look too bad without it. Sure, if my belly is full of water I can sort of look a little preggers...but that's okay. I know I'm not.

*****

While we were having brunch in NYC on Monday, my aunt pulled out her phone and tried to take a picture of me. Now normally I would be all over it, this reeked of a photo app...and I was right. Ack...there are photo apps that will take your picture and give you a fat face or an old face. Um...No thank you.

*****

This week's treat has been pineapple slices on my turkey burgers.

*****

So I have come up with a video proposal that I am going to make...I need to get moving on it soon though.  I'm not going to tell you who or what...because I don't want anyone beating me to the punch...but I'm video myself asking a celebrity crush to join me on something...once it's taped I hope you will all spread the word to help me make it happen :-)

*****

Okay kids, I have some studying to do before the finale of Psych comes on.

Have a Blessed Night.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

I Heart New York

Happy Memorial Day Bleeps,



Wow, a lot has happened in such a short time...haha. It feels like we left for NYC a week ago and yet it was only yesterday morning. I somehow managed to get up and hit Starbucks before getting on the road. The plan was to leave from my Aunt's at 10:30. That meant heading out at 9.

I had my white chocolate mocha with raspberry and polished off my small cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter. I didn't know when I would be eating again so I needed to make sure that I was good.

To get myself into the mood for the weekend I threw on my favorite broadway show soundtrack: Rent. Please note that I am now abandoning all of my previous plans. I am now going to quit my job and pursue my dream of performing a one-woman show of Rent...simply because I know it all by heart and cannot decide which role I would rather sing.  Haha...just kidding, but I really do know it all by heart and sing my little heart out.

So the car ride to NYC was great. GREAT!  Big shout out to cousin Kim who had my quiz book and quizzed me the whole ride. Not only did she ask me the questions, but also asked additional questions and had me walk through some answers.   I did really well and I felt good with it. I also know my weak points that I need to work on.

We got in to the city early and amazingly found fairly decent parking on the same block as the hotel...thanks to my sharp eyes. Luckily they let us check in early. So we sat there trying to decide what to do for dinner. We still had several hours before show time. We took a while to make a decision, but once it was made everyone was happy...except my belly...which was terrified!  Aunt Sue suggested Ellen's Stardust Diner. I made them promise to slap me if I tried to order the reuben again. SLAP ME SILLY I say!

We were staying at the Marriott Marquis in Time Square so we had just a short walk up Broadway for Linner (Lunch/Dinner).  Luckily the 3pm shows were getting ready to start so we were seated right away.

Um so there really isn't a healthy option on the menu. I kind of really wanted the mac'n'cheese, but that's a big portion and I couldn't really take it with me. And so I settled for the North Carolina Tarheel. It was BBQ pulled pork with sweet potato fries, waffle fries, and fried mac'n'cheese bites. I thought it was an option for one and she just didn't ask what I wanted. Imagine my surprise when my plate came loaded with them. Surprise and former Fat Girl elation. Not gonna lie there.

I shared my mac'n'cheese bites and my sweet potato fries. There really weren't that many waffle fries. I ate my BBQ with a fork and skipped the roll. Even though it looked delicious.



The food was so good and the entertainment was stellar as always. It's my favorite place to eat in NYC...It's all about the show I say!

So when we were finished, we walked over to Tiffany & Co. for Kim to get her charm attached to her bracelet. Um yes...I love that store. We walked around and saw the Gatsby collection which was kind of cool. Being there just reminded me of my promise to by myself a ring when I pass my certification. That's right, I said WHEN not IF. :-)

This is one of my favorite pictures of the day. I LOVE NYC architecture. I'm not a huge fan of Donald Trump, but Trump Towers is pretty cool looking.





After Tiffany's we walked towards Rockefeller center. We made a quick stop in the NBC store and giggled at the Parks & Recreation section. We heart Ron Swanson!



Then we had a short time before we had to get to the Theatre. Kim is due with baby Cassidy in 6 weeks and so we needed to make a quick stop for a snack for her. So we stopped at a street vendor for some nuts and then some water. I couldn't resist and I got myself a knish...I just can't get them anywhere.




YUM!  And then we ran for the show. Our seats were the first row in the balcony. So um..that meant steps. Lots of them. But that's good cause we needed to move.

I knew I was going to like the show, but I didn't know I was going to love it. LOVE IT!  If you get the chance, go see it. The young actress playing Annie is so amazing and well Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan is beyond spectacular. And guess what! The sun did come out tomorrow!

After the show we crossed the street to our hotel and relaxed for a little while. And then we began our epic quest. Pregnant woman in the city searching for a pizza place that she loves that she can't remember the name or where it is. Yeah, this oughta be good.



We headed south and then east and then back north. It wasn't looking good. And to top it off we were in the middle of Time Square at 10pm on a Sunday night of a holiday weekend...it might as well have been Friday night. Wall to wall people. We lost each other a couple of times. The pizza place never materialized. It was an epic fail. But, I did point out another pizza joint and we stopped in there for a slice. They were HUGE!  But at almost $6 a slice they better be!  I just got a slice of white and skipped the crust.

Even though it was chilly I had a craving for some gelato. I wanted to find the place that Aunt Carol and I went to after Harvey last summer. I found it first try!  We were only a block away and I knew exactly where it was so that helped. I really wanted coconut, but they didn't have any. So I got a small dulce de leche instead. AND we found my Black & White Cookies!  So I got one for the road.


I wish I had thought ahead and brought an outfit for working out. The hotel had a fabulous fitness center and it was practically empty. I honestly didn't think we would have time and I didn't exactly have the room for any more clothes. A little mad at myself. Even though we were walking around a lot, I easily could have gotten a good run in.

Before bed Kim was telling me about her maternity jeans. She loves them and said I should try them on. I was feeling mighty bloated and quite imaginary pregnant. I don't know why I did it, but I tried them on...and darn if they didn't look cute on me!


I seriously thought check out was going to be at 10. It was kind of nice that it was Noon. Argh I really could have gone for a run. And more importantly, if we would have used our brains we would have gotten up and gone to hang out by Good Morning America across the street. DOH!

Instead we went for brunch across a different street. Kim wanted eggs. I just wanted a light bagel. I didn't want my belly to kill me. But, I saw french toast and had to have it. And it was yummy.  Again, I didn't know when I would be eating again so I made sure that I got something to fill me up. But man, after all of this carb loading I really need to get rid of it this week.






I was sad to say Good Bye to NYC. You wanna know something weird? I loved when I lived there. I missed it when I left. Then when I moved to North Carolina and came back, I just wasn't in love with it anymore. Well the more that I go back, the more I fall back in love with my city.  I <3 NY






PS-The sun did come out tomorrow!


Have a Blessed Night.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Not handling stress well

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Tomorrow I will be heading up to NYC to go see Annie. YEAH!  I'm heading up with cousin Kim (Happy Birthday Kim!) and Aunt Sue. I'm very excited. I need a good distraction.

While I have signed up to share my life, my friends and family haven't. I hope you won't mind that I am not going to share what is going on in order to respect their privacy. So I am just going to say that it's been a stressful month and things are only going to get worse for a while. I hate to see people that I love hurt.

My range of emotions this past month have hit anger, hurt, sadness, and worry to name a few.  It's hard enough to deal with it, but the reaction my body is having is not good. One minute I have no appetite and the next minute I am grabbing a kit kat at the check out counter. The leftover birthday cake that I put in the freezer...well...I've been hitting it. Although in doing so it has kept me in check from binging on additional food.

There have been some angry runs, but my heel was sore after last weekend so I tried to hold it to walking this week. I did run for 30 last night and then walked an incline for an hour. I followed it up with a massage before I left the gym. I was feeling good. And then I stopped at the store to pick up some bread and vegetables. I was doing so well...but the kit kat got me. It was the king size that caught my eye, but I was wise enough not to get that. I just got the single size. Confession: I ate it in the car on my way home.

So add that to my normal stress and I'm a bundle of joy right now. I was feeling pretty good about passing a quiz this week. I was feeling like I was back on track. And then I met up with a friend who is a trainer. She is hard core and I love talking to her. And then she told me that she failed the Ace exam her first try. So not what I wanted to hear. Hello Stress.

Today was supposed to be a study day, but I was too distracted. I'm mad. I did need the day to take care of some housekeeping though. I feel like I haven't been home to get things done in ages and well I'm busy for the next few weeks. So today sort of became a recharge day. I am going to study in the car tomorrow. And I still have Monday when we get back.  The good news is that I did get some sleep this morning, I gave myself a much needed pedicure (looks professional too!), and I washed my sheets and bedspread...ahhh.  I also lifted some weights while I was watching a movie.

So while I was procrastinating writing this post I came across this. OMG my favorite video of the week...and a much needed laugh and smile. Fresh Prince...:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwS14TiO7Pk

I am packed for tomorrow and I'm ready to turn in. I'm not taking my laptop with me so I will tell you all bout our NYC adventures on Monday.

Have a Blessed Night.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Flashback Friday: Boobs....we've all got them...some more than others

Flashback Friday: Boobs....we've all got them...some more than others

(sorry, for some reason I cannot remove the bold print) Recently I was walking with some girls who were commenting that their biggest problem for walking faster or running is their boobs. If you don't have them, then you really just don't understand what a pain in the butt they can be. Sure, they have their advantages, but they also provide huge disadvantages. Ladies, this one is for you:

Boobs....we've all got them...some more than others



Happy Tuesday Bleeps!

For you new readers I have coined the phrase 'bleeps' after peeps and tweeps. I'm not sensoring myself. haha.

Okay, so let's just get down to it. Boobs. I got em. And as much as they demand attention, they also get on my nerves. Last night something new happened though. I actually pulled a chest muscle while I was running. It was bound to happen. Even with the best bras they are flapping up and down and side to side when I am running.

I lift heavy chest weights twice a week and as much as I stretch, they are still a tad on the tight side. So it's really no great surprise what one good swing of the boob and it pulled a muscle. BAH!

I cannot even really describe the feeling. First, thank goodness it was not on the heart boob. I might have thought I was having a heart attack for a quick moment. Second, I felt the chest muscle get tight. I immediately started poking around with my fingers. You know, comparing both boobs (I am sure I looked hot and sexy haha). The left boob was fine. I could feel the tightness in the right, but strangely the right couldn't feel my hand. It was as if my boob was numb for a little bit. The top of the boob. I wasn't down playing with my nipples on the treadmill out in the open for all to see. That's not where the muscle is anyway. PS, right about now my mom is having a stroke reading this. Hi Mommie! Love you!

I have known for a while that I need to get some new sports bras. I do not have the support that they once provided. They are bigger on me now. There is more room for jiggle. It was on my To Do list for before the Half next month, but it's now an urgent matter. Argh...trying on sports bras is like trying on wet bathing suits.

I did not go get one today which means I am either just plain walking or lifting weights tonight. No more running until I get that new bra. I opted for walking on an incline for an hour. I need to get my cardio in. The Half is less than a month away.

I know woman with boobs can run, but those who are without really have no idea what a pain in the ass they are. Go fill ziploc bags with sand and stick them in a larger bra...that might help. If it wouldn't hurt like hell I would duct tape them down before every workout. They are heavy. They move all of the time. They get be tender one week a month. Argh.

I was talking to a friend last night who went to a spinning class. She loves the class but gets very frustrated when it's time to lean down on the handle bars. Her boobs get in the way. Her instructor for the evening was a man and all she wanted to do was yell "YOU DON'T HAVE BOOBS!!!"

So the amazing thing is that as big as they still are, they were much bigger back in the day. They are still sizable. They are still a D...how the heck is that small? How the heck did I walk upright? Now that they are smaller it's easier to sit upright. I used to slouch so bad.

Tonight, even though I did not lift weights, I am spending time stretching my chest muscles. I hope to have a stretching session this weekend, but stretching should be done every day. It helps reduce injury.

Have I told you about my favorite boob trick? You know how some muscle men can make their chest dance? Well I love pumping a bottle of lotion on my dresser. It sounds silly, but in the mirror behind it and I can see my boob move up and down...I got me some good chest muscles! te he.

Before I go, I shall tell you that sadly I have not seen Gym Crush 2 since I talked to him two weeks ago...*sad face*...Now there were two week periods before that I hadn't seen him so I'm trying not to take it personally.

Okay, it's study time.

Have a Blessed Night.

I signed up with Run for Autism again :-)

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****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

BBQ, Belly, and Power Outage

Hello My Lovelies and Gents,

It's getting hot. It's getting hot and humid. It's gross. The humidity (or rain!) does NOT help this hairstyle...argh. Just when it's starting to get long enough for me to do something with it and not hate it sooooo much, the humidity makes me feel like I have a dead rate on my head.  The good news is that I can now put it in teeny tiny pigtails...awwww...I'm so cute.

Clothing in the heat is always fun. I have a bunch of shorts that I sort of forget about. They didn't fit me before. Now they do, but i'm so comfortable in my little cotton skirts that I don't even want to wear them. I have to almost remind myself that I have them.

When I think about it I wonder if it's because I never really loved wearing shorts. Pants are so much easier to hide your waist. My belly is getting smaller...but it's still there. And I know I'm doing it right. The slower I go, the likelier chance that it will stay off.

Of course right now it feels ginormous. We had the Summer Kick Off Party after work tonight. It was BBQ. And you know how I feel about BBQ. My plate was huge. I got a chicken leg, a rib, a small piece of chicken,

-That's as far as I got last night before we got hit with a big storm and our power kept going out.

I also had a little mac'n'cheese and a salad. I'm guessing you might be able to figure how I was feeling last night...I hit the tums mighty hard.  I also felt like my belly was very swollen which would explain a lot. Luckily when I woke up this morning it was back down to normal.

So this eating experience reminded me of last summer's NYC trip. For those of you new to the blog, I went to NYC in July to see Jim Parsons (Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) on Broadway. It was a wonderful show and afterwards we stopped for dinner at my favorite place to eat in NYC, Ellen's Stardust Diner. I had a reuben and it sat in my chest for two days. It would not digest. I felt so sick and horrible for two days. I wanted it to come out and I did not care which way it came out. Eventually it digested, but the thought of another reuben makes me queazy.

We leave for NYC Sunday morning and we will definitely be going out for dinner before the show...I hope I can handle my food this time. And this time I will come prepared with the tums...and a bottle of ginger ale.

Have a Blessed Night.

I signed up with Run for Autism again :-)

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jennifer-henderson-6/RNRPhilly13



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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Random Wednesday...I need a recharge

Happy Random Wednesday,

I have been hitting Starbucks a lot lately. Thank you to everyone for my birthday gift cards, by the way :-)  I try to limit my trips, but when it can't be helped I like to think things through. More often than not, my drink is a skinny. Usually it's a tall, but sometimes it's a grande. Either way, I very rarely get a venti (unless it's my free drink...in which case I say GIMME). If my drink is not a skinny then it has to be a tall. It does not take a lot of caffeine to get me going and I don't need the extra sugar or calories.

My tip for those of you who like cold drinks, get the skinny frappacinos. They last longer than the iced.

*****

I have had my kindle for over a week now and since I have gotten it I have a new bedtime routine. TV off. I read for 5-10 minutes before bed. My sleep has definitely been more relaxed from it.

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So this weekend was scheduled as a free weekend. It was going to be 3 days of studying. Jealous?  haha. It was my only free weekend during a 7 week span. Then I got an offer that I could not refuse. My beautiful cousin Kim asked if I wanted to go to NYC for a show and spend the night. She is due with her first baby in July and she wants to go away. How can I deny my favorite preggers cousin?

Money wise it is going to be tight. 7 weeks of events and travels is taking it's toll on the bank account. More importantly it's taking a chunk of study time out.  But, I adore her. She has offered to quiz me during the trip. She's so cute. She's also still teaching Zumba classes at 8 months. Major props woman!

We are going to see Annie. My theme for this year is "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow"...also I am currently looking for my own Daddy Warbucks.  hahaha. Tony Stewart, Call Me!  Just kidding, I would still love you without the money.

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Once again I signed up with Run for Autism. This time it's for the Philly Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon in September. I've already raised 25% of my goal, but it wasn't until this week that I got my confirmation from the Race people that I am registered. I don't worry about it because the charity organizations are allotted spots so it doesn't matter if the race sells out...but I feel a little better now...ahhh. Let the official training begin!

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Tomorrow we will not have Boot Camp after work. Instead we are having a Summer Kick Off Picnic.  So I will be trading in a good workout for a summer picnic party...um...I will stay for a little while, but then I will leave to go study.

I have also offered for people to meet me out on the front lawn for some walking/running/exercises during lunch since we won't have class. Of course that offer was made before I knew how hot and humid it's supposed to be. Yesterday were were out there and it was a little gross. Thankfully I had a second shirt in my gym bag to change for the gym after work.

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I have said on multiple occasions that I don't like to schedule things on Sunday mornings. Going to church is just too important for me. Not only is it a good time for me to hear a sermon, but it's also a good time for me to relax and breathe.  Sunday mornings recharge me for the week to come.

The problem is that I haven't been to church on a Sunday for the month of May. I will try to go on Saturday the next couple of weekends, but I am feeling lost and unfocused. It really is what grounds me. And right now I feel frazzled and overwhelmed.

*****

I love that it's shorts season...I don't love how much of my thighs I see on the car seat as I'm driving home from the gym though..ugh.

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Tonight was legs night at the gym. Started with a quick 15 minutes on the treadmill. Then it was time for the Leg Press, Leg Extension, Seated Leg Press, Calf Extension, Abduction, and Adduction. So um...the air conditioning was not quite working so well and I was sliding in every seat...I had to wipe down each machine in between reps with gym buddy Lisa...My butt was a big sweaty mess tonight.

When I got home I was eating dinner and literally said "Ick, what is that smell?"....It was my shirt. My own sweat grossed me out tonight.

*****


Have a Blessed Night.

I signed up with Run for Autism again :-)

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jennifer-henderson-6/RNRPhilly13


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Birthday Weekend - Part 2

Happy Tuesday Bleeps.

I know you are all on the edge of your seat wanting to know how the rest of Birthday weekend went. I won't make you wait longer.



Birthday Weekend - Part 2

Sunday morning came mighty quick. And frankly, it wasn't a great night of sleep for me. I haven't had a night like that in a while. I just kept waking up. I would fall right back asleep, but I lost count of how many times I woke up.

I was the first one up and got in the shower. Then it was time to get ready. We had purchased matching white and pink shirts at Reebok the day before "Big or Small Save them All". Love them!  I had that paired with my spandex running shorts, new hot pink running knee socks, and hot pink tutu.

Let's talk spandex. Before I put the tutu on I was loving how I looked from the front with the shirt and shorts. I looked thin!  When I turned to the side I was not as happy :-(  I quickly threw on the tutu.



I got everyone up and ready. I wanted to take some pictures before we left. Ms. Jen was not going to be joining us. She needed to get home and Ms. Danielle wasn't feeling well so she stayed behind to sleep. So after pix Heather, Ms. Tina, and myself got on the road. It was cold and misty. OH fun!  I was wearing a white t-shirt...this is going to be fun.

I wanted us to leave early because I anticipated a lot of people And I was not wrong. I am VERY glad we picked up our packets the day before. The parking lot was MOBBED.  It was a sea of pink. And it was wonderful. Pink Shirts. Pink Socks. Pink Sneakers. Pink Hats. Pink boas. Pink Leis. Pink Balloons. YEAH!

I loved our shirts. Mine was a medium and it fit nicely. But, I had those spandex shorts on. Add that with the sports bra pushing the fat down and I was not super thrilled with how it made the fat bunch up, but I got over it. I still looked cute.



First stop: bathroom. The first one we passed had a huge line. So I took us to the one further away. No line and then when we got out we realized we were close to the start line so BONUS.  We took a few more pictures and then got in line ready to go. Right in front of us were some cool Yoda shirts. Heather is a huge Star Wars fan and she loved it. Throughout the race I saw dozens of them. hmm....



So when it started it was a mob of people. Some were easy to move around and some not so much. At one point I almost ran into a parked car trying to pass. Oops. Then we were moving on to the trail...past the mud.  DOH. Pink and brown are not pretty.

The race itself was good. Ironically I got hot QUICK. The trail is covered in trees and while that may cool you off if you are walking, there was no air and it was like a sauna. By the time I came out at the other end I was drenched...and it wasn't even quite half way yet.

Part of the course took us on a section that we do for the Half Marathon so that was pretty cool. I felt good there. And then it was back on another trail back to the outlets. My pace was great for the first two miles. I was on pace for a new personal best. But then in the trail when I got hot again I was suddenly thinking that the Skinny Margaritas the night before were not such a great idea. I pulled over 3 times thinking I was going to throw up. I didn't, but that was not fun.  I was hot. I was drenched from sweat. And I was extremely nauseous. Then on the last .1 miles we came out of the trail and that cool air made me feel so good that I sprinted to the finish line.

I was a little past my personal best. I kind of knew the day before that this wasn't going to be one of my better runs, but I don't care. It was for a good cause and I felt good for most of it.

Immediately after I needed to find my peeps and hit the food tables. I needed water. I found my peeps and then after checking out the table with the registrations for future races we moved over to the food tent. GIMME!

Within minutes my body temp started to cool and it was gross. I was soaking wet and getting chilly.  We started to walk to the ladies room and car when we spotted some tables with goodies. Good thing we also went for our wallets because we found those Star Wars shirts. YEAH!  A group had them made and had a bunch of extras so they were selling them for donations. Yes please! I also picked up some water bottles...because quite frankly, I cannot have enough.

We had a little time before the outlets opened so we decided to run to Starbucks while we waited. I would most definitely need some caffeine later. So I got my tall skinny caramel macchiato.

I was at the door when Reebok opened. I loved my pink socks so much that I brought back the other socks that I bought to exchange for more. I didn't want to buy two sets if I didn't like them, but I did. So I found some that will match my Run for Autism shirt. YEAH! I also stopped at J Crew for a skirt that I had found the day before...my rule was: If I am still thinking about it then I can get it tomorrow. Well I was. So I did. :-)

Then it was time to go home. I got a shower and had some lunch before we got on the road. Dad had made some Friday Spaghetti so we had that for lunch and then I got to bring the leftovers home. YEAH!  Thank you Daddy!  I also brought the rest of the cake home. 

I forgot to mention that on our way home on Saturday, we stopped to pick up some Fisher's Caramel Popcorn. I call it Candy Crack. It IS that good. It's hard for me to say no to it. Quite frankly it's a miracle that it made it the 5 mile ride home. So Sunday we divided it among ourselves. I got a zip loc and put some in it for Ms. Tina. She was so excited. I packed mine in the trunk. She did not...Ummm...her bag didn't make it home. And that's why I have my rule about putting treats in the trunk. haha.



Have a Blessed Night.

I signed up with Run for Autism again :-)

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Birthday Weekend - Part 1

Happy Monday Bleeps,

Well Birthday weekend was jammed packed and there was so much happening that I will probably need to break it into a couple parts.

Part 1 - Friday and Saturday



Knowing that I would be driving down to the beach Friday night, Ms. Tracey and I planned on a walk at lunch. It was hot and it was muggy. But, we did it. We are working on our grass time. Very proud of us. YEAH!

I left work a little early, but I sat in traffic on my way home. It's okay though because Ms. Tina was leaving a little after me. She was meeting me at home so I had a little time to finish packing.  The only problem was that we were moving past dinner time. Before we were getting on the road we made a quick pit stop at Grandmom's to say hi. My cousin was staying with her and I hadn't seen her in a while. It was just a quick visit so then we stopped at Starbucks for a green tea and one of their new sandwiches. I had the turkey and harvarti. And it was yummy. I also tried one of the new chocolate cake pops. Gotta say...didn't love it.

I was on the fence about what to do Saturday morning. I really wanted to sleep in, but I really wanted to get to the fitness center. The bed won out. The first guest would be arriving around 10 so I let myself sleep in for a little bit.

Ms. Jen arrived a little after 10. We were waiting for the next person due to arrive shortly when she called and said she got on the road late. And so we decided to head over to the outlets for some shopping while we waited. Our first stop was Reebok. I wanted to check for any sales on sneakers. I didn't see any super great deal, but I did see some cute Breast Cancer Awareness shirts....hmm...I had asked the gals to bring white t-shirts and bought fabric markers and paint to decorate them...but this could work too!  And they were on sale. I wanted to think about it though. Before we left I also saw some knee socks on sale. Some hot pink ones...ooh...I have been wanting some, but they had to have the right padding in the foot. So I decided if I came back for the shirt I would get the socks too.

Next we moved over to Aeropostale. I saw a pretty little maxi dress through the window and I was drawn in. It didn't look right on me, but I kept looking around. I found a pretty light knit sweater perfect or a cool summer night. I thought I could wear it that night when we went out. I also found a pretty long lime green cotton skirt. I didn't love the sweater, but I was wearing sweatpants at the time. I decided to get it. I would try it on when we got home with some jeans. If I didn't like it I would return it the next day.  *wore it today and I LOVE it.

I wasn't feeling great about trying on clothes. I was feeling bloated...I had not been drinking my water. It's hard to keep that up when I'm out and about all day long. That's something I still need to work on.

After I made my purchase I found a cute cute CUTE short navy blue skirt with white polka dots. I fell in love. I tried it on and was worried. It had a little flare to it. Would it make my bottom half look thick and heavy?  I thought it did, but Ms. Jen and Ms. Danielle said it looked really cute. They said it was shorter than they expected so I did the "bend and snap" move to see if you could see the goods when I bent over. It was all clear. So I got it.

Next we were passing The Loft. I figured I could easily say no, but they had some cute jersey dresses on the sales rack outside. I found a beautiful yellow dress that I fell in love with. PLEASE look good on me!  While I was in line for the changing room I found a purple jersey dress on a rack to put back out. I had looked at outside, but they didn't have my size. I was hoping only one would look good. They both did. BAH!  I couldn't decide...so I got both.

The original plan for the day was to go to my favorite Jamaican bar on the beach for lunch...we were now past lunch time and still waiting for Heather. So we decided to head to the food court for a quick bite to eat. Ms. Tina is from China and she has never had Grotto pizza...well that was about to change!  She got a special stuffed slice. I kept it to one slice. It was hard, but it had to be done.

We popped over to Coach to take a look. I didn't see anything that I liked...disappointing really. Heather arrived and she wanted to hit another store. By now it's after 3 and my back an hip are starting to hurt. I am not good with walking around all day with bags. It was also starting to rain and getting colder. So the plan changed. We would skip the Jamaican bar (boooo...but it had to be done). Instead, we would hang out a little longer then go home for dinner. After dinner we would go to my favorite Tequila bar for some margaritas.

In the meantime, we decided to hang out long enough to hit up the pre-registration at 5pm and pick up our packets for Sunday's 5K. Woo woo! OH yeah, I did go back for the Reebok shirts and socks. How could I forget?

By the time we got home we were starving. Dad had made his now famous Taco Circle and was getting ready to put the burgers on. YEAH!  Dinner was wonderful and the girls were enjoying their wine while I had some skinny margaritas. I think you can guess that we decided to stay in. It was now pouring, alcohol was being consumed, and we needed to get up early.



Ms. Tina taught us a card game...FUN. And then there was cake...YEAH FOR CAKE.  My birthday cake had a Tony Stewart car on it...and by the way, today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Tony Stewart!  Call me!  Chocolate cake with vanilla frosting...oh heck yeah.








Before I forget, Ms. Cheryl also came over to celebrate. Hi Ms. Cheryl!  Thank you for my present!!!!

So it wasn't the day that we had expected, but I love my girlfriends and we had a lot of fun.  I was so happy they came down to share my weekend with me. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do it with friends and family.  But, we'll have a do over and go out dancing next time when the weather is a little nicer. 




Have a Blessed Night.

I signed up with Run for Autism again :-)

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jennifer-henderson-6/RNRPhilly13


****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

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flashback Friday: You've Got This Jennifer

Flashback Friday!

No matter how far I come I still have to play the mental game with myself. It's a daily challenge. I wish it was as easy as saying "Look at me now", but we are talking decades of self doubt and low self esteem. No matter what, it doesn't just go away over night. This is a post from after I had my first practice run at 13.1 miles.  The bad news is that I still tear up and doubt myself, but the good news is that those times are not as often as before.

Happy Friday everyone!  It's time to head to the beach for Birthday Weekend number 2 :-)

You've Got This Jennifer!

This weekend was an emotional roller coaster.  I was so proud of myself for completing the 13.1 miles, but it physically and emotionally exhausted me. One minute I was completely elated that I was able to do it and the next I was unbelievably sad that I had not believed in myself all of these years.

It's very sad when you don't have confidence in yourself. The Former Fat Girl could put on the happy face and tell the world she was good enough, but she never truly believed it. She hid behind the food and used it as an excuse.  She would tell herself "I can't do it because I am too fat", but then she would continue to sabotage herself by binge eating and sneaking food.

When I think about finishing that Half-Marathon I really do start to cry.  In general they are tears of joy, but some are tears of sadness over the Former Fat Girl and how sad she was.  My eyes tear up more than you know when I'm walking. I start to get choked up.  I have to shake myself out of it and focus back on the task at hand or I'll never make it. I would love to have a whole cheering section at the finish line, but even if no one was there I would be okay because this is my journey.  Besides, I will cry if it is just me or if there are 50 people there waiting for me.

So let's talk about the Half-Marathon.  When I finally admitted that I had dreamed of doing it I was very defensive. What would people think?  I made it very clear that it was the HALF marathon, not the full marathon.  Why?  Because I thought people would look at me and think "She's crazy.  She's too fat do to do that."  Then, once I got used to saying "Half-Marathon" I quickly followed it up with "I'll be walking it of course".  Again, why?  Why did I feel the need to clarify that?  What do I care what people think?  This is about me and how far I've come.  If I could run it then I would.  My knees just will not allow that and I have to accept that.  It doesn't matter if I walk it or run it.  I'm going to finish the whole freakin distance and that's what matters.

Of course last night I got a little excited about it and went on to the site.  I found the times from last year.  I wanted to see if there were people who were in my time range.  I would come in at the bottom, but there were a good 15 people in my range. The former fat girl started to panic.  "You're going to come in last.  You'll be humiliated.  Don't do it."  Luckily, I shoved her to the side.  I finished the distance.  I still have two months to increase my time.  But, who cares?  What if I come in last? At least I will have tried and finished.

So what happened today?  I went out at lunch to walk my 4 miles in the parking lot.  Something had come over me.  I was walking taller and a bit faster. Oh heck yeah!  I shaved 5 minutes off of my 4 mile Parking lot pace (remember, I have to dodge cars...3 close calls today).  I was walking faster and with longer strides.  Why? Because I KNEW I could.  I no longer had that nagging doubt in the back of my head. It was like a giant weight had been lifted off of me.  I had conquered the distance.  Now I just have to conquer the time.

There was no traffic on the way home and I made it to the park in record time.  My plans for tonight got postponed so I could stop and walk if I wanted to.  Oh I wanted to.  I got out and put in another 3 miles.  And I shaved off 3 minutes of my usual time.  :-)

Whenever the negative thoughts start to creep in I just push them away with "YOU'VE GOT THIS JENNIFER!  DON'T YOU FORGET IT! YOU HAVE COME SO FAR. YOU'VE GOT THIS!"  I've got this!

You've got this too!  Give yourself a goal.  In fact, give yourself three goals.  A short range, mid range, and long range.  Once you reach your short range goal it will be easier to get to the mid range and so on.  When you believe in yourself and know just what you are capable of you're whole outlook on life will change.  BRING IT ON!

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Have a Blessed Night my friends.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Today's Lesson: Blood Pressure 101

Happy Thursday Bleeps.

Well as happy as it can be...tonight is the Series Finale of The Office and I will be in mourning for a month. I love a lot of shows, but it's my FAVORITE and I shall miss it.

This past week was another webinar at work. This months' topic was Skin Cancer. I did not attend because I covered the phones while Ms. Liz (the baker of the incredible cookie cake) attended. And so I decided I really really need to write about the other ones that I went to.

This one is especially topical as many people I know have high blood pressure. Some don't even realize it. So sit back kids. It's lesson time.

Under Pressure

How often do you check your blood pressure?  Where do you check it? At the doctor? At home? At the store? At work? Did you know about "White Coat Syndrome"?  You can work yourself up with anxiety over the testing before it begins just being at the doctor's office.  That can affect your results.

What do you think of when you think of Hypertension?
     *Heart attack
     *Stress
     *Anxiety

Did you know that the heart pumps 1500-2000 gallons of blood a day?

What is Blood Pressure?  Blood pressure is determined by the force and amount of the blood pumped out of the heart.

1 in 3 people have Hypertension (I have pre-hypertension) and 1/3 of them do not know it.  There are no warning signs and it's called the "silent killer". That's why it is so important to make healthy lifestyle changes.
     -Prevent it before it starts
     -Helps to avoid complications later
  
So what is the signficance of Hypertension?
     *You are 10 x the risk for a stroke
     *You are 5 x the risk for a Heart attack
     *Increases memory loss and mental decline
     *Greater risk of diabetes and kidney disease
     *Sexual dysfunction in Men (viagra increases the blood flow)

What are the risks for Pre-Hypertension?
     *You are 3 x the risk for a Heart attack
     *You are 2 x the risk for artery disease

So let's look at the numbers now.

Normal Blood Pressure: Less than 120/80
Pre-Hypertension: Between 120-139/80-89
Stage 1 Hypertension: 140-159/90-99
Stage 2 Hypertension: Greater than 160/100

So what do the numbers mean?

The first/higher number is the Systolic Blood pressure. That is the maximum force the blood is being pumped out of the the heart.

The second/lower number is the Diastolic Blood pressure. This is the force of the blood returning to your heart. It measures the pressures in your arteries while your heart is at rest.

So here's some fun stuff for you:
     *Your Blood Pressure is usually the highest while you are at work.
     *It drops slightly when you are home.
     *It dips the lowest while you are asleep.
     *It spikes the highest first thing in the morning when you wake up. That is when you are most at
       risk for a Heart attack or Stroke.

Like most Health Issues there are risk factors that you can control and those that you cannot. Let's start with what you cannot control:
     *Family History
     *Race
          -40% of African Americans are at risk; and many Native Americans
     *Age
          -Increased risk over the age of 50
     *Gender
          -Risk is doubled in men
          -A woman's risk is increased after menopause
Now let's talk about risk factors that you can control:
     *Watching your weight
          -even the loss of 10 lbs can make a difference
     *Stop smoking
     *Limit your alcohol
     *Eat healthy food
     *Exercise
     *Manage your stress and anger
     *Get adequate sleep

Some other risk factors include:
     *Diabetes
     *kidney disease
     *sleep apnea
     *a loved one with hypertension (habits and influence)
    
So what can cause a temporary rise in Blood Pressure?
     *Intense exercise will increase the Systolic Blood Pressure
     *Stress
     *Caffeine
     *Some prescription medications
     *Some over the counter drugs: decongestants, weight loss and energy pills, birth control, steroids,         pain relievers

 Let's talk food. You want to avoid foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar.

You want to eat foods with:
     *dietary fiber (cereal, bread, fruit & veggies)
     *lean protein (fish, chicken, beans, soy)
     *monounsaturated fats (almonds, olive oil)
     *low fat dairy (skim, yogurt, light cheese)
     *fruits and veggies


You want to limit foods with:
     *Saturated fats
     *Animal fats
     *Sodium (salt)
     *transfat
     *fast foods or prepackaged foods
     *high fat dairy (whole milk)
     *alcohol (men up to 2 a day, women 1 a day)


Are you ready for some good news? Studies show that dark chocolate may reduce Blood Pressure. The key is the dark chocolate. It should be 60-70% dark. 3.5 oz daily can decrease your Systolic Blood Pressure...just watch the calories.


Don't stop at eating right though, exercise also helps. Moderate intensity for an hour a day will make a difference. You'll see a difference in 1-3 months.

Try managing stress through yoga, walking or talking to someone.

High Blood pressure is serious. It's not something to mess around with.  The good news is that there is so much to can do to control it.     

Have a Blessed Night my friends.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Random Wednesday!

Happy Birthday Random Wednesday!

So let's get down to it. My birthday cake was AMAZING!!!  Seriously, I could not wait for a piece. It was so yummy and so sweet. Hard to eat a big slice. I had a second piece in the afternoon and I felt like I could run circles around the building and then fall flat on my face.


*****

One night last week I met up with Gym Buddy Lisa at the gym. She got there before me *Thank you Very Much 202 Construction project...the project that will never end* and got on a treadmill on the other side of the gym. It used to be where I went when I first started coming to this gym, but it's in front of the mirrors and I just did not want to see myself run. Well I got on one right in front of her and well...I do not run pretty. So I've been back to the treadmills in front of the windows with no reflection.

*****

Today was Breakfast club day...due to a scheduling error no one brought any in today. BOOOOO.

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Work has been very busy and stressful this month. The first two weeks of the month are when I work on the Monthly Reports. The volume of my daily work has increased and I have barely been able to think. I haven't been keeping up with my daily verse emails or even checking my twitter. #IMissTwitter

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So my birthday dinner was spent at Plaza Azteca...after the two slices of cake. I wanted to get the fresh made guacamole soooo bad.  And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. I even got to bring some home.



Because I had the cake and the chips with guac I made sure that my Margarita was a Skinny version. And let me say YUMMY!





I ordered a  chicken fajita salad. Usually the taco shell bowl would tempt me like no other, but I managed to resist. Wow. Go me!

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My weekend was busy too. Saturday morning I got my oil changed then went to Bibble's daughter's Confirmation. Then I got to join the family for lunch before heading to pick up grandmom and going to Virginia for Mother's Day Weekend.

It wasn't quite the weekend we had planned. Mom ended up at the Emergency room with a scratched cornea. On the positive side it slowed us down for the weekend. Some rest was had.   I did eat out a lot though...well practically every meal: Chinese for dinner, Panera for dinner, and diner for breakfast.

That diner breakfast was Eggs Benedict. That is my go to. If it is a respectable establishment and that is on the menu I treat myself.  One day I am going to treat myself to a nap!

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So the fun part of the weekend was when my Aunt came over and commented on how I was "disappearing" and how skinny my butt looked. Seriously, that doesn't get old. Say it again!

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It's been 6 weeks and the hair is finally growing in. Still can't put it in pigtails, but I'm not giving up hope.

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I have been fantasizing lately about Little Debbie Swiss Rolls...I cannot remember the last time I had one, but the Former Fat Girl could polish off a box in one sitting.

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Birthday weekend Number 2 is coming up: Girls weekend at the beach.  Been planning the food and activities. It was rough trying to narrow it down to a couple places to eat. I want to go Everywhere!  The good news is that we are scheduled for a Breast Cancer 5K on Sunday morning so that should keep me in check.

Stay tuned this weekend....

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Have a Blessed Night my friends.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Breaking the Device Habit

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Well it's been a little longer than I anticipated since my last post. Sorry about that. You know I hate when I get off schedule.  Life has been very very busy lately. I'll tell you more about that on Random Wednesday.

Tonight I want to talk about my lovely birthday present. My family got me a Kindle. YEAH! I love love LOVE to read and I read a lot. I am a page turner though so I have resisted the Kindle for a long time. Also, I get most of my books from the used bookstore. It's the only way to feed my addiction.   So the problem is that I love to read and I travel a lot. When I travel I take 3 books: the book that I am currently reading and two books to start when I finish. Why two books? Well what if I don't like the first one?  Duh!  haha.

And so I have been researching for a couple of years and thinking about getting either a Kindle or a Nook for my travels. But, I've also been resisting it.

For my birthday I was asked if I would want "An iPod? A Kindle Fire? Or just a plain stinky Kindle?" So Grandmom didn't really say "plain stinky" but you get the idea.

My answer: I just want a plain Kindle with a light. That's all.

What? You don't want a Fire? You can play games on it. You can watch movies.

Nope, I just want to read books with a light.

And so I got a Kindle Paperwhite and amazon gift cards to buy books with.

So why is that what I wanted? I have an iPhone and a laptop. I can play games and watch movies on them. But, I don't want to do that either.
 
I am trying really hard to walk away from devices and not let them become my life again.  I've mentioned before how much I love my computer free days.  I know part of it is that I sit at a computer all day (and cannot wait for that to be over). But, another part is that the Former Fat Girl worshiped the TV and computer. She could sit for days and never get up and be happy.

So here's the deal. When technology switched to DVDs that changed my life. Before that the Former Fat Girl was the VCR recording Queen. She would record 3 hours of soap operas every day.  I am not proud of that time of my life. That's kind of one of the reasons why I avoid DVR at all costs. I can't fall back into the TV trap.

As it is, I am actually a little excited that it's Season Finale time. I am excited that I won't be running home to eat and shower quickly before a show comes on.  I can relax and finish my workouts and STUDY!

I still have an outrageous DVD collection, but I've been paring it down lately. And my TV? Well try not to get jealous, but I watch TV on my ginormous 13 inch TV.  And that's good enough for me. The reality is that a good Hoarders marathon will hold my attention no matter what size the TV is.

I have a couple of games on my phone that I play, but not that often. And as anyone who plays Words With Friends with me can attest, I take FOREVER between moves. I have "lost" so many games...and I don't just mean by having the lowest points. I mean by "resigning" because I let too long go between plays. 

I'm getting good at breaking my Devices habit. It's been a long long LONG journey, but I'm doing well with it.   Well except for the fact that I will drop everything for a Golden Girls marathon, I'm not perfect. 

I am enjoying my life away from devices. I am loving spending time outside. And I'm also going to love my Kindle. Thank you Family!  You're the best!

Have a Blessed Night my friends.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Flashback Friday: Retrain Your Brain

Flashback Friday,

Sometimes I am so amazed at how I was able to teach myself and change my own habits. So the good news kids is that it can be done!

Retrain Your Brain

Happy Friday Bleeps!  Can I get a Woo Woo for the weekend?  WOO WOO!!!

I've gotten a lot of questions lately about eating right.  So I want to talk about that right now.  A dear dear friend is having a very hard time.  She if finding herself eating even when she's not hungry.  She can never seem to feel full.

Eating when you aren't hungry is very familiar to me.  It's a large part of my past.  For me it was emotional eating.  When something was bothering me or I was depressed, I ate.  It did not matter if I had already eaten.  I would eat again.  It was a comfort.

I still struggle with it sometimes. I will be at someone's house who has snacks out and I will find myself going back over and over.   Just one little bite.  I only had a little bit so it's okay to have another.  I've been really good lately, one more bite won't hurt.  No one saw that so it's okay to have more.  These are seriously the thoughts that go through my head.

Have you ever gone out to dinner and then when you walked out of the restaurant you smell another restaurant and think "Oh I could go for a Steak right now"?  Happens to me all of the time.  I will literally be full, but I will smell food from somewhere else and immediately want that too.  It's insane.  It's a trigger.  It is not your body, but your brain that is doing it.  You've got to retrain your brain.

It's easy for me to control my eating at home.  Remember: If you Buy it, you will Eat it.  I try really hard to keep from having excess snacks around the house.  If I feel the urge to eat something I go have a few carrots or chew some sugar free gum.

I still sneak snacks some times.  I still indulge in treats, but there are rules to it:
*Only if I have had my proper meals.
*Only if I haven't had a treat already today.
*If I have a slice of pizza I have to make sure I get my veggies in too.

One of the biggest changes I have made to help with this problem is that I eat smarter now.  I make sure that my meals are substantial.  If you have a pop tart for breakfast you are doing nothing good for your body.  It's sugar.  It will not fill you up.  Avoid doughnuts at all costs.  Empty calories.  Seriously, I think we all know we could down a dozen before we even start to feel full.  It's not worth it.
 
Start keeping a journal of everything you eat.  You don't have to share it with anyone.  I have several friends are telling me what they eat every day.  I'm good with that.  If you have to report it to someone else it may make you think twice about making a poor choice.  If you are embarrassed or ashamed and don't want to share it with anyone you know, then please feel free to email me your daily/weekly food journals. I would be happy to help.

I have more to talk about, but I had a big workout tonight and I have to get up early to meet a friend for weights.    He better show up!  I am getting up at 7am for this.  :-) 

Have a Blessed Night my friends.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Last Random Wednesday in my 30's...

Happy Random Wednesday,

Right now a cookie dough birthday cake is being made for me. I am getting reports that it's not going as well as expected. Honestly, how can it go wrong?  It's cookie dough therefore it will be AMAZING!

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The iPod Nano is cracking even more. I'm hoping it can hold off until next month. And then I will go look for a new one. I can only afford one big treat every couple of months. And so that will be the next treat. I am going to hold off on the Tiffany's ring and let that be what I treat myself to after I pass my certification. For my Parks and Recreation fans, it's a Treat Yo Self moment.

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Turn off: Just as Gym Crush Young Stud was moving up...I noticed that he doesn't wipe down the machines at the gym after he is on them. Ewww.

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Tonight was a good fast run for me. So good that I was a sweat machine. So sweaty that I could smell myself and was making myself sick. Ewwww.

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Work has been supercalifragilisticexpialidociously busy lately. I have only averaged half of the water that I usually have. I have been very good about making up for it at the gym and afterwards, but I'm annoyed.

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There is something going on at work. There is going to be a drawing in October for a $500 gift card. To get your name in the drawing you need to do 2 of any number of things in the Wellness program. Ms. Carol said she was making her list of everyone who is eligible already and she said my name was blowing up everywhere. lol. Basically I have done EVERYTHING so far. If only you could enter more than one time. So far I have: attended the Wellness seminars (2 are needed), attended Boot Camp (2 are needed), get Biometric screening (done), Enter 2 events (On my 8 billionth 5k of 2013), attend the Fitness/Nutrition seminar (done)...I'm that good!

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Update: I am now hearing that the Cookie Dough birthday cake is looking pretty cool...YEAH!

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Having a real hard time reading my book right now. I cannot handle the young girl with the eating disorder.  It's causing me stress to read about that.

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So I did it. I ate a slice of pizza at the gym Monday. I have decided that as long as I put in a long run on Pizza night I am allowed one small slice to hold me over until I get home. I am too hungry after the long drive that it's killing me.  Since it's a quick carb load and if I keep it to the smallest piece available then I am ok.

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Tomorrow is my birthday. We are going out for Mexican after work...I CANNOT WAIT!  I will miss boot camp, but I will go walking at lunch.

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At the Nutrition/Fitness seminar yesterday there were a few questions that came up that I want to share.

1. I really really really REALLY hate vegetables. What would you recommend to help with that?
  *I emailed to try veggie soup as an alternative. And upon probing the way in which she is preparing them is a little bland right now. I suggested grilling them with olive oil and italian seasoning. She liked those ideas.

2. Time is a problem. What is your take on Lean cuisine?
*first this is a sweet friend who told me she had read some posts and was laughing because when I was talking about eating a lean cuisine she thought I was being good, and then she read that I was mad at myself for it.
*They are okay, but the sodium is really bad and you don't really get your veggies. So if it's all about time then my suggestion was to make something in the crockpot and then freeze a bunch for lunch.

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Did I mention that I got a hot pink tutu for the next 5k?

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Tonight was my personal best for 3 miles. I repeat: I am Kicking 40's ASS!  And speaking of...I put it out there on FB that people are allowed to wish me a Happy Birthday, however if they use the F word (40) they must donate to my Run for Autism.

My fundraising is in full swing. My dear pal Amy made a donation and then had her company match it. I LOVE that. THANK YOU AMY!

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And for the record, this week FLEW by. What the heck!

Have a Blessed Night my friends.

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