Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Random Wednesday: Bloomin Onions, Mexican, and Portion Control

Happy Random Wednesday Bleeps!

I want to apologize for taking so long between posts. I thought things would be better once my schedule freed up a little. But, the truth is that for so many years I was tied to a computer for 8 hours a day. It's been quite delightful not to be anymore.

I've also tried to keep things as scheduled and organized as possible, but things come up and my schedule goes out the window. I'll try really hard to get back into this after the cruise. I miss it.

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So speaking of the cruise..do you know what's happening while I'm on it? Starbucks is having their Frappacino Happy hour all week...it's probably a good thing I will be out of the country. Although there is one in Nassau when we are swimming with the Dolphins...

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Last Friday I took my car in for it's state inspection. It's free at the Dealer where I got it so I went to the old gym after.  It was neat to go back. I was excited to hit up my favorite butt machine and the triceps press.

I got in a great workout and would have gone longer except that I started to get hungry. Really hungry. I had a protein bar, but it was past lunch time and I still needed a shower.

At my regular gym the showers have shower curtains. At the former gym there were frosted shower doors. I always got a little embarrassed seeing silhouettes in there and this time it would be me. I don't think anyone came in and saw, but I was a big girl and sucked it up.

I also used the gym hair dryer. It was my cruise preview. I'm not taking mine since the hotel and cabin will have them. It's not ideal, but I made it work. I'm pretty fabulous after all.

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I am currently in Virginia at my mom's. I packed up my car and headed down after spending the day with Ms. Bibble. And when I say that I packed my car, I mean it. I am in the process of bringing everything down here to eventually move to North Carolina soon. I don't have much to go, but this trip included 2 very heavy bins. I really pulled my shoulder carrying them down the stairs yesterday morning. I was very sore all day.

I had originally planned on a weights day at the gym today, but I changed my mind after that. Then I thought it would be okay to run today. But, the movement of pumping my arms back and forth aggravated it. I tested it just walking around the living room and it was not gonna happen. So I switched to yoga.

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My last post was about my anxiety over the food on the cruise. I've been flipping back and forth. I want to enjoy myself, but I don't want to feel gross or guilty. I have 6 nights of dinner. I think if I splurge on a couple of those nights I will feel okay. 2 out of 6 ain't bad.

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The name of the game Tuesday was PORTIONS.

Ms. Bibble and I went to Outback for lunch. It was just the two of us and we opted for a bloomin' onion to start. I had originally picked it because of the buffalo chicken sandwich. But, that would be tooooo much for my belly in one sitting. So I didn't get it.

A funny thing happened though. We didn't like the bloomin' onion. We were trying to decide if it wasn't cooked right or if it was just that we didn't like fried foods any more. The good thing is that once we decided that we didn't like it we stopped eating it. The former fat girl would have finished it anyway. Sadly I had a few more bites after I finished my burger, but we still left most of it on the plate. Unfortunately, I was burping it up all day after. *I did go get tums for the cruise today because of that*

For dinner that night I went out to Carrabbas with mom. I got the wood grilled chicken with a house salad and seasonal veggies. We got the 'large' plates so that we would eat half and take half home. It was a great lunch today :-)

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Last week I was trying on tankini and I didn't have a good time in the fitting room. I found a beautiful tankini top so it was successful, but I was reminded of something. I'm petite, but still not dainty. And I never will be. I lift weights. I love them. I am a beast with push ups. I love them. The result is that I have broad shoulders. From behind they aren't so girly.  I'll live though cause I won't ever stop lifting.

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It's been a few weeks since I got sick. I know it wasn't the food that made me sick. It was the stomach virus from the girls. But, it was two meals of mexican that I threw up. I have not had mexican or southwest mex in 3 weeks. It's like invasion of the body snatchers. Who am I?  I can't wait until I don't cringe when I drive by a those places. I want to want them again. Even the burritos and quesadillas in the frozen food section made me queasy.

Have a Blessed Night

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cruise Anxiety: Free Food 24/7

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

We are within days of the Cruise. I'm pretty sure I could not be more excited. I also couldn't have more anxiety. No, I haven't been watching Titanic. Actually, truth be told I was a little nerd today and watched an episode of The Love Boat. HaHa.

No, what's got me all anxious is the food. The 24 hours of free food. We have to pay for our drinks, but our food is free. Buffet. Poolside food. Room Service. I am completely stressing about this.

The Former Fat Girl is ecstatic over this. I can feel her planning a takeover like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  She is giddy like a school girl. I, however, am in a near panic. Someone recently told me that the average person gains a pound a day on cruises. I have no idea if this is true, but I wouldn't doubt it. So yeah, I was already stressing about the food, but that didn't help at all.

My plan for the Cruise from the beginning has been to make this a healthy and fit cruise. I am going to run on the jogging track. I am going to hit the fitness center. I am going to take a yoga class. I am not going to drink excessively as it bloats me and will make me not want to workout the next day. We have ordered a case of water bottles for our room. I have my workout clothes packed. It's my plan.

What I sort of forgot is how hungry I get after big workouts...hungry and free food everywhere. Now I'm a little more nervous.  I have checked out sample menus and I'm freaking out. The food looks incredible...as does the desserts. O.M.G....The desserts!  Every dinner has the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake with vanilla ice cream. Oh you know I sure as heck and going to try that.

One week from Monday we will be in Grand Turk. Our excursion includes tasting the local cuisine. I'm intrigued, but a lot is seafood.  So what happens if I don't find anything I like and then show up on the ship starving?  Free food all around!

I have a pretty intense workout schedule leading up to the Cruise. I had a great distance day yesterday. I have another planned later this week. I am going to hit the gym at the hotel Friday and then again before we leave for the ship Saturday morning.  I thought about just hitting the track as soon as we board the ship, but I don't know how hot it will be and how soon I will be able to get in the room to shower...so I will just plan on basking in the sun at that time.

That's my other concern though. I CANNOT get any burn...and I think we all know I will. My first exposure of the year and in the Caribbean...oh that's just a disaster. And I will get some color if it kills me. But, if I burn then I sure as heck won't feel like working out. If I can't sweat then  I can't workout.  If my lips are burnt then I will crave ice cream. That's just how it works.

I will say that my food plan going in is to make sure I get a hearty breakfast in every morning. I am hoping on lots of hitting up the fruits and salads at every meal. I am going in with good plans and intentions...I just have no idea how the Former Fat Girl is going to react.

So yes, I'm super excited...and a whole lot anxious.

Have a Blessed Evening

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Secret Love Affair...with my Butt

Hello Beautiful People,

So my confession right now is that I am having a secret love affair...with my butt!  Seriously, it's getting out of hand. I've talked about my butt  before, but I am slightly obsessed with it.

I was not blessed with a natural round booty. I got the Henderson Flat butt. So even as a Fat Girl I still had a flat tush. It sucked. That meant that all of the fat was in the belly region. Bah. Well over the recent years all of my walking/running has developed a nice round bottom. It's NICE!  I am very close to that Future Butt photo that I posted a couple of years ago. How do I know?  Well because I take pictures of it all of the time. I have more pix of my rear on my phone than of my face I think. haha. And yes, I look at them frequently.

Is that really me???

I am so proud that I had considered posting a photo for you just to show you how well I have done, but I'm not super thrilled with the idea of a photo of my butt in underwear floating around on the internet....then again, I am VERY proud!  So maybe I will take one in my bathing suit and post that after my cruise..I would prefer to have tan legs if I'm going to do this. haha.

I wish I could show you the progress, but the truth is that I have no photo of the Former Fat Girl's butt. It was always covered in gigantic sweaters and sweatshirts. Remember, the fat was all in the front so we needed to cover and hide as much as possible.

So we'll see how brave I get later on.  I'm so in love with it that I may share it with the world soon.

Have a Blessed Night

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Sugar Addict vs. Easter Chocolate

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

So what do you get when you mix a sugar addict and Easter? The answer: a crazy person!

I was doing so well. I was so proud. I was avoiding the Easter candy everywhere I went. Sometimes that meant not actually going grocery shopping, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

I did buy one of the Twix eggs and a cadbury egg to have on Easter. I am allowed a treat. I just need to be careful. Once I get the taste of sugar I tend to want more. There is no "well maybe just one". That's a load of crap. That NEVER happens.

I had done a very good job purging my system. I didn't crave it all of the time. I did, however, crave it when I was stressed.  Unfortunately, there was a lot of that going on. I'll go over that a little later.

So what happens when you've purged your system of sugar, you're stressed, and it's Easter? When there is Easter Chocolate everywhere you eat it. It may just be a piece here and there. A couple of M&M's. A small bite sized bunny. A chocolate covered marshmallow. In the grand scheme of things, you still haven't eaten as much as the Former Fat Girl consumed on a daily basis. But, when it's been out of your system then not only do you get a sugar high and crash, you also get a very upset belly..with a headache.

It took all of Monday to recover. No more sugar!

Today I went to the gym and needed to stop at Wal-Mart afterwards. I stayed on the side away from the Easter display on purpose. I knew that I wouldn't make it out of there if I walked over that way. Crap! I want to get card to send a picture to Miss Olivia and that's just past the Easter section.

Okay, I can just get a card at Hallmark...they have chocolate too. 

No place is safe! 

I will be strong!

Here I go.

What the heck? I don't see any Easter stuff. It's all Summer stuff. The Former Fat Girl is very upset. 

Wait, what is that aisle????  Cookies'n'Creme bunnies for $0.50....damn it I am weak!  

I bought 1.
 
This battle sucks, but I am determined to win. Even if it kills me.

Have a Blessed Evening

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stomach Virus 1 - Jennie 0

Happy Easter Beautiful People,

Well it's been quite a week lots to tell you about, but right now I'm going to focus on one thing. It's been a little while since my last post because I was sick. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend up in the mountains with Ms. Carol and the girls, but they sent me home with a parting gift.

On my first first night there little Miss Sophia was up sick all night. On Saturday night Miss Olivia was sick. It was awful. Aunt Jennie cried. I can't stand to see my girls so sick and sad. We were sitting on the couch with Miss Sophia when Miss Olivia promptly said "Aunt Jennie I don't feel good." And out it came.

Ms. Carol came in and I ran to get a bucket in case there is more. They met me halfway and it was needed. My poor girl. She was very upset and needed to get out of her clothes and get a bath. While I was helping her undress she leaned on me for support...her hand in my hair (Aunt Jennie needs a shower now too). It was a long night and very hard to sleep. But, first thing the next morning a fresh faced little girl ran into my room to tell me to wake up, get dressed, and play with her. She was feeling better and we were all relieved. However, we would be taking it easy.

It was hard to leave on Monday, but I had plans. I will tell you more about the fun times with the girls later. In the meantime I was meeting Ms. Liz and Mr. Jim for lunch before picking up Ms. Bibble and Miss Sarah Jo to head to the beach for a few days.

I met Ms. Liz and Mr. Jim at Chipotle. I had only been there once before and I didn't love it. I know that shocks people, but I was willing to give it a second chance. I got a salad with minimum rice and beans. I had a lot of driving. I couldn't be worried about the beans. We had a nice time and then I was off I had to pick up my peeps.

According to Miss Sarah Jo we were going on a 3 day 2 night excursion to my dad's at the beach. He would not be there and we would have the house to ourselves. PARTY!  Our plans: walk the boardwalk, shop the outlets, watch Frozen, and eat out.

I was starving when we rolled into town so we went to Dos Locos. It's a nice local Mexican place that has lots of seafood options. Not my thing, but I could find something I would like. I ended up ordering the steak tacos. There were just two and it was really steak, pico de gallo, cheese, and a slice of avocado. I could deal with that. I had been nervous about a two mexican meal day, but this didn't seem bad.

The minute I finished it I felt sick. I excused myself and went to the ladies room. Now I've mentioned before that I have a very acute sense of smell and the restrooms were located close to the kitchen. So I could smell the fish in there and it wasn't helping. I made my way outside for fresh air and felt better immediately. Thank goodness.

The ride to the house was hard. I felt sick. I felt better. I felt sick. I felt better. When we got in I unloaded and crashed on the couch. My belly felt huge and uncomfortable. Luckily it wasn't too long until I got sick. I may never have Mexican again. *Insert sad face*

I knew from the girls that they got sick all night so I wasn't looking forward to it, although not to be gross or anything, but I am fairly certain I threw up everything in my belly in one shot. I did wake up feeling very sick in the middle of the night and spent about an hour laying on the cool tiles in the bathroom hoping for relief. Nothing came.

The next day I was a blob on the couch. I had no energy to do anything. I felt horrible. Luckily it was like a monsoon and we wouldn't have left the house anyway. We did introduce Miss Sarah Jo to Dukes of Hazzard. That almost made being sick worth it. Love me some Luke Duke.  I was also able to eat two pieces of bread, a waffle, and a fruit popcicle. It was a big day. I also slept most of it. I did however, wake up to watch Frozen. Cute.

The next day was a beautiful day. It was cold and windy, but the sun was shining. I felt better, but I still didn't feel 100%. My belly was still upset and I had horrible pains in it. I didn't want anything to touch it. But, I would suck it up and make sure that my gals had a good day. The first stop: Grotto's pizza. Kill me.  I knew it would not be good for my belly, but I also knew there was a very good chance that the minute I would smell it and want some.

I ordered grilled cheese and was surprised that the pizza did not entice me at all. I know I'm still sick. GAH!  I did get a kiddie sized coconut gelato too. The rest of the day was fun. It was exhausting though. I wasn't feeling great and I was out of energy, but we promised Miss Sarah Jo fun. We hit up a bunch of the outlets and then needed to get on the road to go home. But, it was dinner time. Honestly, the only thing I felt like was a soft pretzel. Every other option felt like it would be too rough. I had a 3 hour drive home. I didn't want to risk needing to pull over. And so that's what I had.

I think we all know that I hate being sick. I am not a good patient.  This was no exception. I hated not eating. I hated not exercising. OH that hurt. I had planned on a big workout Tuesday morning, but that didn't happen. I hated laying around. I didn't even have the energy to read. I have so many things to do. If I'm going to be laying around then I need to at least be getting things done. Argh.

All I kept thinking about was how the Former Fat Girl would have reacted. She would have relished laying around. It's the perfect excuse not to do anything. She would have also hoped that miraculously this would be the cure to the belly. Being sick would mean she would get thinner. While I am sure I did lose a pound or two, my belly is still here.

One of the issues I had was that I was drinking ginger ale to ease the belly and not enough water. So on top of everything else I was getting dehydrated too. Grr. I was not in my right state of mind all week. Honestly, I felt sick until Friday afternoon.  That's when I got my appetite back too...when we happened to stop at a McDonald's for a potty stop. I got a hamburger. WHAT?  I mean I was happy to feel better and be hungry, but ticked that I reacted that way.

I hate being sick.

Have a Blessed Night

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spending the weekend with Miss Olivia

Happy Friday Beautiful People,

Well I am here. I am visiting Ms. Carol and the girls for a few days. Miss Olivia had a lot of plans for us on day one and wiped me out last night. It probably didn't help that I started the day with a big workout before I drove up. I did stop for my free Starbucks rewards drink on my way up though.

Shh...she's napping right now and thinks I am too. It's been almost two hours so I may not finish this until later tonight.  I promised her that she could come wake me up from my 'nap' so the minute I hear her I have to sneak upstairs. I probably should be sleeping because she has more plans for us this afternoon.

I need to be careful though. Ever since I pulled my knee in yoga on Saturday it's felt a little tight. The rain today probably isn't helping...or the running I've been doing.   Grr.  I probably shouldn't play airplane so much, but darn it I just can't say No to that face.

I should be napping right now, but it's difficult to adjust to other people's schedules when you have one so set. Sleeping. Eating. it's all off. I'm trying to do what I can to stay a little in control. Otherwise I tend to not make the best decisions.  So I am not napping because I needed to eat some lunch and I need to be able to go to sleep on time tonight.  Part of the afternoon plans are to go to the local coffee shop and I don't usually like caffeine after 2pm. So I need to counteract it with absolute exhaustion tonight. I'm thinking that won't be a problem.  We are also going to the local bakery for a treat so I HAD to have a little lunch at my regular schedule.

uh oh...I hear movement...I shall need to finish this later....shhh...

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Okay fast forward to Saturday. Clearly this girl is wiping me out. haha.

My little BFF woke up and we headed out to the coffee shop. Luckily they had baked goods because the bakery was closed. Uh oh. Don't mess with a little girl and the promise of a cupcake. We were saved by a frosted cookie with sprinkles.

I have a confession to make. I like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffees, but I only drink fancy ones. I don't actually like the taste of coffee. There better be mocha or caramel or something sweet in it to make me drink it. So going to the coffee shop was stepping out of my comfort zone. Ms. Carol loves their bubble iced tea. It's Iced Tea with little flavor bubbles in it. I tasted it and it was good, but I didn't like the texture of the little bubbles. I applaud the flavor burst though.

I settled on a marble mocha macchiato. There was white chocolate mocha and dark chocolate drizzle. I got a small and it was heavenly. Very rich so I was able to savor it. I was a little nervous because it was a little late in the day, but I was lounging in that comfy chair and not truly waking up.  So I wasn't worried.

Then we went to K-Mart to get a new pair of rain boots and an umbrella for my little girlfriend. We walked in to a giant display of Easter chocolate...Lord grant me the strength...

We ended up ordering a cheese pizza to go from Little Caesars and did our shopping while it was in the oven. I didn't get any chocolate!  We also didn't find any rain boots in Miss Olivia's size. We did find a whole bunch of Spring/Easter dresses. O.M.G. I love looking at them. I wanted to buy every one of them for the girls. I found an adorable one on sale for $8. I may have to go back and get it. It was hard though, it was rainy and cold yesterday. Hard to think about dresses.

We got a sticker book and headed out. While Ms. Carol was picking up the pizza I found some Karma bracelets in the machines at the door. For a mere $0.75 I would find out my fate. It ate my money. So my fate is doomed. Frankly my secret fear is being marked by grifters on the cruise (ha joke is on you buddy as I ain't rich!). So now we know...I have reason to worry. haha.

When we came home we set up a picnic blanket on the floor and had hummus and veggies while before our pizza. One slice each. So at least we made it better. Plus, I gotta tell ya, when a little girl is sitting there and asks in her sweet little voice "Aunt Jennie do you want to eat hummus with me?" You always say yes.

The downside is that my knee was really swollen and sore last night. Luckily Miss Olivia understood and kept asking if I felt better. She's so sweet. I did feel better when I had my leg up and resting. It feels a little better today, but still not 100%.

So as I finish writing this all of the little ones are down for a nap. So it's time for me to grab some lunch and relax a little. Miss Olivia wants to spend the afternoon blowing bubbles outside. I'm not talking for 5 minutes. We'll be out there for hours. :-)


Have a Blessed Evening

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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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Random Wednesday: Marky Mark, Stress, and solid Chocolate fondue

Happy Random Wednesday Bleeps!

Have you seen Wahlburgers on A&E?  It combines two of my favorite things: Marky Mark and Burgers! HaHa.  It's cheese, but I like it. And it makes me want to go to Boston to check out the family restaurant.

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Monday night was my massage night. It was much needed. The good news is that my shoulder was better. All of my stretching and yoga has helped. I still don't have full range of motion in it, but the knot is getting smaller so we're doing good.

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Today is a beautiful day. The sun was shining and it made it easy to get up and get moving. Yesterday was overcast. It made it difficult. Today though, I got up and went to the park for a nice 5 mile walk. I would have gone for longer, but I am spending the afternoon with Grandmom. Plus, I am going to the old gym for a few hours tomorrow morning before I head up to the mountains to see Ms. Carol and the girls.

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Right now I am dealing with a lot of stress. I can't really talk about it, but hopefully things will get better in a little while. Let's just say that the package I was expecting is not what we thought it would be and I have to do a lot of legwork and waiting to get things that are supposed to be coming to me. It's stressing me. It's making money very tight right now. To the point where I'm eating on a very strict budget. It's not good. It makes me angry. I will either lose a bunch of weight because I'm not eating enough or from stress.

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Yesterday my project was to go through my summer clothes. I wanted to see if there was any to give away. I wanted to see what I had for the cruise. And I wanted to see what fit.

I have a bag in my trunk to give away. I found a bunch of clothes that I forgot about that I can wear on the cruise. And I was surprised by some clothes that fit. There were some things that were too small last year that fit now. YEAH!  And yet there are still some items that were a little snug last year that are still snug this year.  I'm hoping that they will be good shortly.

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Sunday after the race I had a hard time functioning. I was just plain tired by the time I got home. It was almost 7 hours between when I left for the race and when I got home. I did get to take a little nap, but after my shower I was pretty much in bed all day. I caught up on my shows for the past couple of months. I just couldn't get energy. Generally I get an adrenaline boost from my big races when I am up that early. I don't get that same boost from shorter races. Then I realized that my tired body was taking advantage of the situation. I got some rest.

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When I walked in to Grandmom's today she said "Look at you Skinny!  I guess you get tired of hearing that." Nope, I really don't. Keep it coming!

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So I'm going to see Miss Olivia tomorrow night. YEAH! She has plans for us. I have to share the cutest text ever received:

Ms. Carol: This will melt your heartstrings...This morning Olivia said "Will I ever see Aunt Jennie ever again? I love her." When I said that you are coming this weekend she said "Aunt Jennie & I can have an inside picnic, play, & go for ice cream." Adorable.

YES IT IS! I'm coming Miss Olivia!!!!

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When I was at Dad's last week I noticed that he had a book on his shelf that I wanted to read. I had forgotten that the author had a new book come out in September. So I asked to borrow it. He borrowed it from a neighbor. So I am reading it and returning it when I go back next week.

Funny thing. It's a Large Print. I got strangely excited. My eyes have been so strained. I would be able to read a book without my reading glasses. But funny thing. Now that I'm not staring at a computer screen all day I don't need my reading glasses all of the time. YEAH!

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Blonde Moment: I somehow forgot that the chocolate fondue in my Hot Chocolate mug would solidify...Um HELLO! When I went to wash it out I had to chip it out with a knife and there was about 2 hershey kiss sized chunks that came out. HEAVEN!


Have a Blessed Night

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fairy Tale: the Chocolate addict and the Hot Chocolate 5K

Happy Tuesday Bleeps!

What the heck is happening to my days? Yesterday got away from me. I went through my summer clothes and then I had a massage. ahhh.

So let's talk about the Hot Chocolate 5K I did on Sunday...bright and early Sunday morning. The race started at 7:15 so I had to leave at 5:15 to pick up Heather and her son.  Usually I take a shower the morning of the race to wake up, but I didn't want to wake everyone up so I showered the night before. So it was a little hard to get moving in the morning.

I had my banana for breakfast, but I started to get hungry on the ride in. The race started where the Rock'n'Roll races start so I planned on parking in my usual spot. It was an easy ride in, but when we opened the doors it was COLD. What do I do?  I was wearing my running leggings and long sleeve shirt from the December race. But, I was COLD. It's a mile walk to the start and we would be standing around for a little while. I had my jacket that I was wearing in the car. I could wear that. I also had my race jacket to change into afterwards. I would overheat during the race, but it was cold dang it.



Our warm up walk to the start line became a light run warm up. We could see the sun shining, we just had to get out from between the buildings. When we got to the start line things were hopping. I was texting with a friend trying to find out where she was when I lost Heather and Xavier. Doh!  Heather and I were assigned the same corral, but it was packed and I couldn't find an opening in the gate so I jumped in the one behind. I figured I would meet up with them at the Hot Chocolate stop after the race.  Everywhere I looked people were wearing the jackets. Well done organizers!



They spaced us out with 3 minutes between each corral start so I knew that I would be seeing the leader heading back towards the finish line fairly early on. I had to prepare myself for that.  I was a half mile in when the leader came running past...that was also the same time that I started overheating and my knee started to freak out.

I wanted to take pictures, but decided to wait until after the turnaround on mile 2.  I want to give a shout out to the organizers for sticking orange cones in all of the pot holes. Thank you. That did help.

So a little before the turnaround a saw Heather and Xavier coming towards me. Big wave!  I made the turnaround and kept running to mile 3. Then I decided that my knee hurt too much to risk it and it was a beautiful day for pictures. So I pulled off to the side running path and slowed it down. This was probably my last Philly Race this year and I wanted to capture the moment. I also had a lovely assistant offer to take a photo for me.





Okay so did you notice my headband? Isn't it cute!  It's one of the bondibands that I got before the race last month. One day I hope to be a paid endorsement for them. haha. I love them so.

Alright, I finished the race nice and sweaty and with a little difficulty breathing. I tried the controlled breathing that Aunt Kathy showed me. I couldn't remember the numbers, but it seemed to work.  So I headed over for my Hot Chocolate mug.






So what happens when you give a chocolate addict chocolate fondue after a race? She turns into a crazy person. We got mini pretzels, graham crackers, rice cake, banana, and a marshmallow to dip in our chocolate. 





After we finished our goodies we walked back to take the obligatory photos in front of the Art Museum.



And now for my favorite part of the day. There was a dj and a dance floor. They were doing a lot of line dancing and oh I wanted to go, but we wanted to head over to the merchandise tent figuring that it was warm. On our way there the Charlie Brown (Cha Cha) came on...we may have embarrassed the young lad a tad. Right foot let's stomp. Okay. Left foot let's stomp. Okay. To the left. Take it back now....there was no stopping us. I thought the boy was going to faint at chris cross. Cause we did!



We made it to tent. It was a mad house. I found the perfect shirt for me, but I didn't get it.  I did get a headband though.


We made the mile trek back to the car and headed home. Well first we were stopping at Starbucks (I was holding it in cause I was NOT using a porta potty). Plus I wanted to change pants. I was going to make it to church, but not enough time to really change. I was going to just put the pants on over the spandex, but I was too sweaty to do that. So naturally I come out of the ladies room carrying sweaty spandex and there is a big crowd. YEAH!

I was still wearing my running jacket and race bib when I got to church. A lady was walking by my car and asked if I ran in it that morning. She knew some people doing it and asked how it was. She loved that I made it to church in time and said she wanted to do it next year. Then when I was in church and it was time to greet each other one of the Pastors asked if I ran to church that morning. haha. He loved that I ran and still came to church and then he told me about a crispy creme race...I can't even talk about it without getting nauseous. Maybe I will elaborate for Random Wednesday.

It was a great morning, but it was like unleashing a chocolate addict at a chocolate race...oh wait...


Have a Blessed Evening

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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.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

All you need is a little Sunshine

Happy Saturday Bleeps!

Is it sunny where you are?  It is here!  HOLLA!

It is truly amazing how important sunshine is to your mental health. I was down at the beach for a couple of days. Yesterday when we were out and about it was cold, windy, and cloudy. It was depressing. We still went out to see the water, but it was not a super fun time. This morning I woke up and the sun was shining. What a difference that makes.

The original plan was to get up early and drive back home to meet Heather to pick up our race packets for tomorrow morning. Truth be told, I was not even excited for the race. I paid a lot of money for this race and we were getting some good gear. If it came down to it, I would just pick up my stuff and skip the race. I didn't want to drive into Philly at the crack of dawn for a rainy race.

The packet pick up time was different than planned so we decided to go separately. That meant that I could stay a little longer. Thank goodness. If I had to leave early when it was that nice out I probably would have cried the whole ride back. My heart is at the beach.

The reason why I went down for a couple of days was to see Mr. Brian, who was in town to see his mom.  So yesterday I got up early and went to workout for a couple of hours. Then I showered and headed over to see them. I was starving and we didn't really make exact plans for where we were going to grab lunch. So when I got there I was a little antsy. I wanted to visit his mom, but I also wanted to go eat. She was so cute. She said to stay where I was, she had something to give me. She had a couple Reece's Peanut Butter eggs for me. I could hardly say no.

Eventually we went across the street to grab some food. I was promised a place that has a great half sandwich/soup combo. I was told that the amount of meat you get on the sandwich is absurd. He did not lie.  We each got the California Dude sandwich: Turkey, cheese, sprouts, tomato, and avocado on wheat. The sandwich was bigger than my head. Thank goodness I didn't get the whole size.

It was too cold and miserable to go anywhere after so we went next door for some Dunkin Donuts coffee...the fun kind. Butter Pecan iced coffee. Small. O.M.G. Worth the calories. Did you know they have donuts with Marshmallow peeps on them? That Dunkin Donuts is also a Baskin Robbins. I didn't even recognize most of the flavors. They had a movie theater popcorn flavor. Say what???  There were pieces of popcorn in this ice cream. I couldn't handle it.

So then we gathered the nerve to go find some water. We were at the beach, we have to see it. It was too windy and far to head to the ocean, so we went to the bay instead. It was pretty. And COLD. I put on my winter coat and my mittens.

We did walk around for a little while and I was very happy to find some flowers. Spring is definitely coming...even if the cold doesn't agree.



It was nice, but we just couldn't do it for too long. Get me somewhere warm. So we headed back and went to Grotto's Pizza. We could watch the Phillies game, stay warm, and maybe get some pizza. *I was still starving from my morning workout.  So we did. Not proud, but I was hungry hungry HUNGRY. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten the full size sandwich instead of the soup.

So fast forward to this morning and it's a whole new day. It's GORGEOUS. We had plans to meet for lunch and I texted for thing this morning: I NEED to see the Ocean today.  We decided to meet there a little early and walk along the boardwalk before grabbing lunch.

I could not find a parking spot. It was mobbed. SPRING IS HERE! Oh it was so exciting people and dogs everywhere. Places were open that had been closed for the winter. Most importantly, our coffee place, Cafe-A-GoGo, was open. Holla!  So we met up there and got some coffee. Mine might have been toasted coconut flavored and just plain heavenly....SMALL.

So then we headed up to walk along the boardwalk. The boardwalk is 1 mile end to end. Generally we start in the middle and walk down and back. Sometimes we do this multiple times. I wish we had more time today, but I did have to leave eventually so we only got a mile in, but it was pure joy. If you can't smile on a day like today then something is wrong with you. Shoot people were in their bathing suits. It was 62 degrees, but it felt like 80.



We decided to eat at the Greene Turtle which has a balcony overlooking the ocean. Seriously, if we are going to be there we are going to make the most of it. Quite frankly we couldn't figure out why people chose to eat inside. This was our view:

So my meal was fantastic. I ordered the Raspberry Turkey Flatbread. It was Turkey and Cheddar Cheese melted in a flat bread with a raspberry dipping sauce. Oh heaven it was good. And since I hadn't workout this morning I could only finish half. I brought the other half home for later.

It was very hard to leave. VERY hard to leave. I really hope the weather is this nice in a week when I come back with Ms. Bibble and Miss JoJo. The good news is that this totally got me excited for tomorrow's race. As many as I do and as much as I enjoy them, sometimes I am just not mentally ready until we are physically at the race.

I drove back and got my race gear and I was ready to go. I'm good for tomorrow now. All I needed was a little Sunshine.

Have a Blessed Night

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Beginning the Next Phase of my Life

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Well we are on day 3 of Freedom!  Freedom from the chains of a desk. YEAH!  Oh seriously, you have no idea how long I have wanted to do this. I realized a few years ago that was not meant to sit behind a desk any more. I needed to be up and moving around. Sitting behind the desk was dangerous for me. Easier to stay seated. Easier to snack. Easier to make excuses not to do anything.

One of the things that I have heard repeatedly the past few months is that people are excited that I'm following the path of something I love. Do you know how rare it is for people to love their job? To find their passion? For the past few years I have been sitting at work watching people get all worked up about issues or spending hours and hours outside of work doing work. I couldn't understand it. I don't want to be that invested in the corporate world any more. I want to help people. I also want to keep a balance between work and personal time.

There is something a little frustrating about not truly knowing my passion in life until many years after college. The interesting thing is that I am not alone. Aunt Kathy and Ms. Bibble are in the same boat. Both of these ladies went back to school for careers in the medical field. It is a passion for both and a far cry from the first career path.  I can't wait to not dread getting in my car to go to work every day. I can't wait to leap out of bed because I am doing something that I love.

One of my projects this weekend it to put together my schedule for the next month. I have a lot of places to go and things to do. I also need to figure out my workout schedule. If it's in my calendar I will do it. If things come up, I will need to work around it.

One of the things I have been trying to do is to make sure that I don't sleep in. I may wake up and lay in bed reading, but I don't want to sleep away my mornings. I want to keep to a schedule. I don't want to become a night owl. Although I have recognized that my body is tired. I have put it through a lot. I can allow it a rest day.  I have one scheduled for next week. haha. Actually I am not kidding. Monday is my rest day. I have a 5K at the crack of dawn on Sunday and a massage scheduled for Monday night. So Monday morning I sleep in. I can hardly wait.

I have decided that my full time job is to work out.  I want to be in top shape for my clients. I also want to look smashing for my cruise. The plans have been to get my workouts in first thing in the morning. For my big workouts, like this morning which included a long run and lots of weights, I get really hungry after. I sort of forgot about that since I usually workout at night. I felt like a bottomless pit. FEED ME!  OMG. I was hungry all day. And I as eating filling things. Kicking up my metabolism early in the day is a good thing. I just need to learn to control myself and eat properly. 

Welcome to the next phase of my life!


Have a Blessed Evening

****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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Random Wednesday: Last day of work, Happy Hour, and Baseball

It's Random Wednesday Beautiful People!

Yesterday was my last day sitting behind a desk. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....All day long people kept telling me that I was glowing. And I was. You could not wipe the grin off of my face. I am so ready to begin the next chapter of my life.

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Sometimes I really just want to eat a giant plate of french fries for dinner.

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So yesterday I went to the mall at lunch to walk for 2 miles and then after my exit interview I went back to the mall to walk 3 more before happy hour. I ended up walking 4 more. Go Me!

What I didn't consider is that I would show up to Happy Hour starving.


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The bet is on for the Push Up challenge. Still have to pick a date, but now I know what is at stake. I went full on this morning. I want to win! (it's only lunch, don't get too excited)


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Today I had a margarita (at lunch!) and a mocha frappuccino. My margarita was Skinny. And my frappuccino was Light.

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My plan for this morning was to tackle this new beginning head on. I was going to run for 5 miles. Do 30 minutes of core work. And finish with 30 minutes of yoga.

Since I got my pedicure I did 11 miles of walking in two days. I have a blister forming at the base of my big toe at the fresh skin. I have a 5K this Sunday morning. I have to let it rest.

I also got in late last night. So this morning I still woke up early, but let myself lay in bed and read for an hour before getting up (my own personal little celebration). Then I got up for Core and Yoga. The downfall is that I had not showered since Monday night and I had walked and sweated a little the day before. My stink was starting to make me nauseous. I couldn't do any more.

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I was walking past Old Navy yesterday and saw the big sales. I was intrigued, but I talked myself out of going in. And then I saw the long maxi skirts on sale for $15. I went in. Turns out they were maternity. Would anyone know if I got one for myself?  I didn't, but dang it they were cute!

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Baseball season is here and I could not be more excited. I read an article about crazy unique foods being offered at the ballparks. An 18 inch stuffed corn dog. There is a 3 pound hot dog. The corn dog can be found at the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium.

Ironically there was a complaint from fans that the food was getting too healthy.  Nice response. What ever happened to just enjoying a hot dog and peanuts at a game? Why does there have to be so much gluttony?

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Time to update your playlist. Here is the monthly list that I received. I am excited to freshen mine up!

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

Foster the People - Best Friend - 115 BPM

Wisin, Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin - Adrenalina - 126 BPM

Miley Cyrus - Adore You (Cedric Gervais Remix) - 128 BPM

Mystery Skulls - Ghost - 120 BPM

Major Lazer & Sean Paul - Come on to Me - 110 BPM

Breathe Carolina & Karmin - Bang It Out - 130 BPM

Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't with It) - 128 BPM

Kylie Minogue - Into the Blue (Patrick Hagenaar Colour Code Remix) - 129 BPM

American Authors - Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) - 125 BPM

Avicii - Addicted to You - 128 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Have a Blessed Night

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