Monday, July 28, 2014

#MarathonTraining - Believing in Myself

Hello Beautiful People,

Today was another good day. It was a great day. I wasn't excited about it though. It was Distance Day. 

Yesterday was Rest Day. I cannot stress how much my body enjoys Rest day. I try to schedule my Distance days after my rest days. And last week I decided to make them in the afternoon. That way I can get some stuff done in the morning. I am generally done for the day afterwards.

This is good and bad. It's good because in addition to breakfast, I also have a protein packed lunch in my belly. So I'm not as hungry afterwards. It's bad because it gives me the morning to say "oh man I really don't want to do this".  I know I can, but my body just sort of doesn't.

I have been pretty happy to be injury free so far. But this past week I have had a sore foot. Surpise. It's not sore all of the time, but it's there. Today as I was walking to the fitness center my foot hurt and my calf hurt. I figured I wouldn't make it. I wanted 16 today, but I would be happy with 13. Maybe 10.

I want the distance, but I don't want any setbacks. Injuries are not my friend. Once I got started though, I didn't feel a thing. 16 was back on the table.

The first 8 I was pushing. I wasn't sure I would make it, but crossing that halfway mark was magical. My body just said "We're going to do this!" When I hit the 10 mile mark I slowed my pace for a mile. I ate a protein bar. I relaxed. When the mile was over I picked the pace right back up. I was feeling good.

The problem that I have been dealing with on distances, no matter how much I pump my arms, is that my fingers start to swell. I try to just raise them over my head and let the blood drain out of them. Today the fitness center was packed. I felt bad for everyone around me every time I lifted my arms. I felt like they could smell my stink. I was a Sweat Machine!

I hit 13 with no problem. 3 more to go. Miles 12-16 were my fastest pace. I felt great. So good that I added another mile. I did slow it down for 17, but I still hit it.

Why was this so much easier than last week's 15? Because I knew I could do 15 this week. I paced myself differently. I believed in myself so much more this time. I felt good enough after 17 that I could have easily have gone another mile or two no problem. Possibly 3.

I have put the mileage in. I am finally starting to feel like I have this. We are just over 4 months away. I am really feeling like I can do this. Last week when I finished 15 I was happy and then I was in a panic. 11 more felt so far away. Today 9 more feels so much better. My goal is to have several distance days of 26 so that I will KNOW that I can do it.

Believing in Yourself makes all of the difference!

Have a Blessed Night

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Experimenting with Food...Yummy!

Happy Sunday Bleeps,

It's been a good weekend of food. Friday was movie night and I had offered to make a chicken dish that I had seen. I was pretty excited.

I picked up the chicken breasts, mozzarella, and tomatoes. Aunt Carol provided the basil and balsamic vinegar. She also made the sides of roasted asparagus, broccoli, and potatoes.

I grilled the chicken and brushed it with the balsamic vinegar. Then I put some fresh mozzarella, tomato slices, and fresh basil on it. I let it melt and it was ready to go.





Let me tell you, it was SO good. OMG. A flavor explosion in my mouth. It was downright delicious.

I needed that protein fix. Friday's workout had changed because of Thursday's workout. We were expecting storms all day on Thursday. I got out there as early as I could. My plan was to get in 3 miles hopefully before it started to rain. It occasionally sprinkled and it looked bad. After 3 miles I figured that I would just run until the skies open up. After 8 miles I got really hungry and the sun came out. I figured I would be out there all day so I came in.

When I woke up on Friday my knee was tender. I didn't want to aggravate it so I went to the fitness center and hit the weights. I followed up with a few miles on the bike. I needed some low impact leg work.

I wanted miles for Saturday since I missed Friday, but I have a distance day tomorrow and I didn't want to aggravate my knee any further. I got out there and it was decent out. My knee twinged on mile 2 so I knew I couldn't go longer than 5 miles. And then it got HOT on mile 3. HOT. I got 5 miles in and I was happy. I also was happy because I was wearing braids!  Woo Woo!  They were small, but there!





For the evening we were going to a local cafe to see a friend's son perform. He is a singer and on the East Coast for his brother's wedding. The cafe was cute and had a Mediterranean menu.

I started my evening with a Mimosa. HaHa. I don't usually have them so late in the day, but it felt like a good choice. Appetizers of Samplers were ordered. I had a small plate with some pita and tzatziki sauce. I also had the Dolma, which is grape leaves stuffed with zucchini and eggplant. It was delicious.

During his set I got an unsweetened iced tea. He was really good and we enjoyed the music. And I was hungry! The menu was fun. They had some printed on albums. There was more Mediterranean food, pizza, and a sweet looking BBQ chicken sandwich. That's what I wanted, but I am trying to be adventurous. My new philosophy when I am out, especially some place new, is to get something I couldn't get anywhere else or something I eat regularly. I ordered the Humm-u-Song: Vegan pesto, hummus, cucumbers, artichokes, tomatoes, and roasted red pepper on Ciabatta. It is served with a side of french fries.

I would like to say that I didn't eat them, but that's a lie. I was starving and they were the first thing that I started in on. The sandwich was delicious. I was very happy with my choice. Very happy.

There was mention afterwards of going for Frozen Custard. Gah...I can't say no to that. I pride myself on responding "No Thank You" when I have to. There are certain things that I really can't say no to. Dang it.

I made sure to get a small cup. They couldn't do a swirl of vanilla and chocolate, so I got the flavor of the day: cake batter hot fudge. O.M.G. That was Yum. Of course I would have liked a medium, but I was cool with a small.

 Experimenting can be fun!


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, July 23, 2014

Random Wednesday: Burgers, Happy, Burgers..

Happy Random Wednesday Bleeps!

Last week while we were out running errands it ran into dinner time. I don't like getting caught without a plan, but I didn't think we'd be out that long. We went chasing down items in craft stores...you know how that can be.

Three places were popping up in my head: Five Guys Burgers, BBQ, and Panera. I figured Panera would be a safer choice. I am now reserving Panera for soup and a bread bowl when I am cold. They changed the menu. My food was good, but seriously expensive for a caesar salad and tiny flatbread sandwich. I could have bought dinner for two at Five Guys for that price. And of course that's what I was thinking. I don't want to be thinking that. I never want to think that I should have gone for a burger because it's cheaper.

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I have been invited to join an Event on Facebook: 30 Days Happy. 

Every day for 30 days we post things that made us happy that day. It's so wonderful. There is so much negativity in this world that it's nice to focus on the positive.

Feel free to join :-)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1632884116937489/

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One thing that I am struggling with right now is eating on Rest and Light days. I'm used to eating more on training days. But, if I'm not burning the calories then I can't consume them.

What I am working on is listening to my body. Am I hungry or is it habit eating? Portions are key every day, but especially Rest and Light days.

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I think we all know I like to read. I just finished a wonderful book. I read it in a few hours so if you have a couple to kill check it out:

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

It is about a young girl who is a track star. She loses her leg in an accident and has to come to terms with her future without running. In the process she becomes friends with a girl with CP named Rosa. Rosa teaches her how to look at life and in return she wants to cross the finish line with Rosa.

Jennie rates it: 5 tissues.

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We went to visit Mom-Mom in the hospital today. She's okay, just had a little spill. We were looking at the menu. She was excited because she had a great breakfast and lunch. She did have a Diet Restriction: Cardiac. So basically she was allowed only what was on the heart healthy menu.

I was a little shocked at some of the items on the full menu. I think the hospital likes it's patients so much they want them to come back: Cheesesteak, Quesadilla, Cheeseburger, Refried Beans, Mac'n'cheese...to name a few.

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Over the weekend I was out with Cousin Randy. We were at the Mall Sunday night around closing time. That also meant dinner time. We were quite limited: Taco Bell or Elevation Burger. We picked the burger place. They promote that the cows are organically fed. These are the 'healthy' burgers.

Yeah, first off there is no 'healthy' burger. There is a 'healthier choice of a burger'. But, don't tell me they are healthy and then I have to order a kids burger because that's the only one with one patty.

It was a good burger and I do appreciate that fact, but I get very irritated at marketing.

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 All I'm saying is that I'm down 1.5 lbs this week. HOLLA!  I was Super Duper happy looking in the mirror sideways today. All of my hard work is certainly paying off.



Have a Blessed Night

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#MarathonTraining

Hello Beautiful People

I am very excited. Yesterday was distance day. I missed it last week. Travel and weather kept me from it. I still got my runs in, but not the distance that I wanted. I try to make it the day after Rest day, which is Sunday.

Yesterday's goal was 15 miles. I was pretty sure I would hit it. That is a good feeling.

First let me start by saying that my Rest Day didn't go as planned. I was not home all day. It was unplanned. I didn't quite get the water intake that I usually do. I didn't really carb load like I should.

That being said, I had made the decision to start later in the day. I am generally worthless after so I got some things done in the morning. I headed to the fitness center after lunch.

I was doing really well. My goal wasn't time related. It was simply distance and to see how I was feeling towards the end and after. Around mile 9 my feet started to hurt. They felt swollen. I am hoping that is because of the lack of hydration the day before. Around mile 10 my knee started to twinge.

I don't know how to explain it, but my mind and body respond to a timeline. Part of my OCD is that I am a time/distance watcher. If I need ten laps then after the first one I am thinking 'only 9 more'. After two laps I am thinking '1/5 of the way through'. 

Your mind is your biggest enemy and your strongest ally. When I hit ten miles I was mentally prepared. Five more miles to go. I was only 2/3rds of the way through. Mile 13 was awesome. I felt really good. So good I picked up my pace on mile 14. That was my fastest mile. It was happy. My lower body was also a little achy, but I was doing well.

For mile 15 I was going full out. I wanted to finish strong. And then I had a thought. I still needed a Cool Down afterwards. Maybe I should slow it down. That's all it took. My mind faltered and suddenly I had to slow it down. I still finished strong, but not as strong as I had planned. My mind got in the game.

When I finished I was so happy. I had a few tears, I know that shocks you. haha. It felt soo good. All of this work is paying off. Yesterday marked 101 miles in July.

My progress is not as fast as most runners. The pavement is killing my knee and hips. I'm moving slowly, but I'm moving. My finish is going to be long. I'm fine with that. But, I am mentally preparing for that as much as the physical part. The good news is that I am Mentally in the Game!  I'm actually a little excited for my next Distance Day. No, make that A LOT excited.



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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Photos from 90's...ugh

Happy Monday Bleeps,

Well it took a little while, but I finally finished that book that reminded me of my college years (The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot). For the record, it's not because it took me a long time to read it. It's because I finished 3 books in between. haha. I am a Fast reader. I had a bunch come in from the library and I had to get to them. Today I had two more come in. Oh how I love summer reading!

So I had made a deal with you. I would post some pictures that I came across from college (and a little high school). They were such happy times with friends and yet so miserable personally. I hated how I looked.   I hated how I felt. It's a good thing that I had such awesome friends.

Basically, the attire was tight shorts/leggings and a big sweatshirt/tshirt. That's it. no variation.

I will apologize right now for the quality. They are pictures of pictures. I don't have a scanner, but if anyone wants to give me one I will happily accept :-)

Before we start I should remind you that I graduated high school in the early 90's...I had HAIR. There are more that I want to add, but I get emotional when I look through these pictures.

  Graduation with Grandmom Joyce, a faithful reader, and my Grandpop Tom. My Grandparents rocked the shades...so that's where I get it.


After graduation with Pop-pop and Mom-Mom.  This is one of my favorite pictures.


I am not exactly sure when this was, but that is highschool/early college hair. This is at our place in Cape May with Aunt Kathy (my future running buddy). I Loved this dress. It's cute, but it also covered everything. Notice that I wore a t shirt under it. I was very self conscious.

This was my graduation party. Big Hair! The beginning of the big shirts and tight shorts (in Syracuse colors). Grandmom Joyce and Aunt Carol are with me.

They weren't so bad. I had some cheeks, but I was fine. I just didn't feel fine.   

Now for some College pictures.

I CRIED when I saw this today. This is how I found the picture in my photo album. This is before the digital age. You couldn't see your pix until they were developed. Why did I even put this in if I hated it so much? Well okay, Jose still looked pretty cute.



This is my buddy and Woman Crush Wednesday, Kristen. She is one of the best things to come out of my Residence Life Conferences. We didn't go to College together, but we have been friends ever since. She's a big supporter of mine and I am her biggest fan. She's kicking butt in 5Ks this year. So the back story is that this is a National Conference at the University of South Carolina in May. I am in South Carolina in MAY wearing an oversized jacket.


I think this was Junior year at the University of Vermont...as that is what the mug says. Ugh...I do not like these double chin pictures.


 More pix with Kristen. She looks cute, but rule number one for me: Never take a picture from below. So not flattering.

Here she is again. This is a National Conference in Arizona. Yup...I was wearing a SWEATSHIRT IN ARIZONA in MAY!


I loved going all over and seeing the country. I even took my jacket to the Grand Canyon in Arizona in MAY!

Don't I look pretty? All dressed up for Christmas in my XXL sweatshirt and curly hair. What you don't see is that it was paired with white leggings.


This is at Virginia Tech in May with my friend Dana. This was after graduation...I was at my heaviest at the time. Luckily I moved to DC that summer and walked Everywhere.


This was at University of South Carolina. Nice little Daisy Duke shorts paired with a XXL t-shirt.

This was Very hard for me. But, part of the growing is that I need to face my past self and come to terms. I can't ignore her. She is who I was for so long. But, I can learn and move forward.


I needed to feel good so this is me today :-)  Seriously, can you believe this is over 20 years later? See, it's never too late!


Have a Blessed Night

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lady Stuff....grrr

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Okay, let's just put it out there. This week was rough for me.

My training is tiring. The beautiful weather has meant more outside training than usual. Normally that would be a great thing. Pavement training is really hard on my knees and hips. Outside training in the summer is hard on my breathing and my body. The sun is wonderful, but it's also draining.

So we have all of that and then yes, I got my 'Lady Gift' this week. Grr..Usually I would have told the boys to stop reading, but this is life boys. Deal with it. I have to.

I have a lovely app on my phone that keeps track of everything. It's a smartphone and I got an update recently that now literally alerts me that "Aunt Flo is coming". I may have to delete it because that is a little silly. 'Lady Gift' is so much better. haha.

Anyway, one of the things I like about it is that it keeps track of my symptoms, mood, and flow.  I'm used to the basic ones: acne, backache, binge eating, bloating, breast tenderness, cramps, migraines, and weight change. I really looked at the list this time: hopelessness, memory issues, and sadness.

My face started breaking out and I hadn't even had any chocolate...that's just not right! This time I was hit with serious fatigue.  I mean SERIOUS fatigue. I could not get up every morning. It was horrible. Once I was up all I wanted to do was nap.

I was very aware all week of this issue. The good news is that all other 'symptoms' paled in comparison. It got to the point where I almost created chocolate cravings to stop thinking about it. Is that crazy?

I satiated my man-made cravings with animal crackers and sugar-free pudding.

One of the things I like to do these days is look at my body in the mirror. I also enjoy watching the scale go down, slowly as it is, but it's still going down. I'm not a huge fan of this week. It makes me feel like I am losing steam. I know this week will be fine. I will feel much better about myself. Weeks like these are fuel for the Former Fat Girl. She gets in my head all week. Grrr...

I will say that what got me up and moving was that exercise and eating right will minimize the rest of the symptoms. Good news: It works!


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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Let's go to Lunch (spend some time in my head)

Hello Beautiful People,

Today we went out to lunch. It was a new place for me. When I saw the menu I got excited. It's a place that offers breakfast and lunch so the menu favored breakfast...I think you know that made me happy.

I was all over the map looking at the menu.

oh pancakes!

No wait, what's this Baja Turkey Burger: lean turkey patty with avocado, lettuce, housemade salsa, mayo and Pepper Jack on a grilled wheat bun. Served with dressed greens or bowl of soup.  Hmm...not crazy about the mayo, but I am excited about the avocado.

Oh look at the Power wrap: Egg whites, turkey, spinach, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms and swiss in a sun-dried tomato-basil tortilla. Served with fresh fruit and a side of housemade salsa. This would be a good for my run later...but I eat eggs and spinach all of the time...but it sounds sooo good.

Hmm...there's a 2 for you: 1/2 sandwich, 1/2 salad, cup of soup...I'm intrigued by the grilled turkey and the soup of the day..

Dang there is a Pecan Dijon salad: Fresh spring mix topped with all-natural white meat chicken breast, bacon, avocado, pecans, tomato, carrots, cheddar, and Monterey Jack. Drizzled with warm honey mustard dressing. Mmm...this sounds good...are the pecans candied or plain?

I want breakfast! Healthy Turkey: Egg white omelet with turkey, house-roasted onions, tomatoes, spinach and feta. Served with a dry English muffin. Yum yum.

Maybe I should get a sandwich. This Monterey Club looks good: Turkey, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, Monterey Jack, and mayo on multigrain.  

I can't tell you how many times I switched. I went back and forth between these for about 5 minutes. So what did I get? You'll just have to wait. But let me just stress, this is a true story. This is what it was like for me today.

I giggled when Aunt Carol pointed this out. This is what was wrapped around all of the silverware.


On the back of the menu was something that I enjoyed. I'm going to give it to you word for word. This is from the First Watch menu (www.firstwatch.com):

Here at First watch we begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order, and freshness is never compromised. we don't use heat lamps or deep fryers - we use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around.

Shoot, I never saw the French toast.

Fresh breakfast...can't go wrong.

So what did I get to eat? A little hint: I was SO happy with my choice.

I picked the Baja Turkey Burger. What you didn't know is that I have been craving a burger for a while. My meal was sensational!  The avocado and salsa...simply delightful!





Thanks for playing along...and now you know what it's like when I go out to eat...so in general I don't go out. haha.

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Trainer's Tip

BREAKFAST!  It truly is the most important meal of the day. Get your day started right. Start with some protein. Protein converts to energy. It'll help you get through the day.

Do not start your day with a pop tart or sugary cereal. There is nothing good about that. And that sugar crash is a bitch. :-)


Have a Blessed Night

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random Wednesday: Tony Stewart, Motivation, and Oreos

Happy Random Wednesday,

I forgot to mention that Miss Cassidy had a pretty sweet healthy cake. It was chocolate with a peanut butter frosting. I don't remember what exactly was in it, I will ask Cousin Kim for the recipe, but I know there was dark chocolate chips and zucchini. I know, I know it doesn't sound good. It was though.

*****

Last night I did 6 miles when I got home. It has been a while since I had a night run. Even though I am still struggling with the switch from PM to AM workouts, it appears my body has adjusted. I woke up super stiff and sore.

Today I got outside for a run this morning and I was mad tight. It took 3 miles for my legs to warm up. I got in another 4, but my hamstrings are tight. I had a flashback to my first DC race when my hamstrings were super tight. I am thinking that I may need to stop my squats program.


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Have you seen the new Coke promotion? Share a bottle with "Fill in the blank". They have printed out everyone's names. I found a Diet Coke with "Tony" on it...I'm saving it for the next race on 7/27 :-)



Hey Tony Stewart...Call me!

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Fourth of July sales were crazy. I got some items at Old Navy, and I ordered a shirt that I have wanted for a very long time.

There are 3 check boxes: 5K, 13.1 and 26.2

The first two boxes are checked...implying that I am getting ready to check the last one.



I am going to need red duct tape to check off the last one.

*****

So I've mentioned before that I am allergic to my own sweat. After a workout my back is covered in hives. Between the training and the summer heat my back is on fire every day. It is insatiably itchy.

I picked up a shower brush to help.

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I want chocolate.

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 Back in March I got myself a 26.2 sticker, key chain, and cup. I will not use them until I cross that finish line. However, I did get a headband this weekend. I will only wear it during training runs. I needed this. I needed motivation.



*****

I want an oreo.



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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Miss Cassidy's First Birthday - Weekend with my family

Happy Tuesday Bleeps,

Sorry it's been so long, but it was a travel weekend. Well the weekend started on Friday. I went outside for 8 miles. They were hot hot HOT miles. And then I celebrated with a couple of hours at the pool. All of those hours in the sun drained me for the night. I was pretty much a slug on the couch.

Saturday we got up and headed up for Miss Cassidy's First Birthday party. YEAH!. She's such a cutie pie. I had originally planned on a quick run before we got on the road, but as I was a slug the night before I didn't pack. So that plan was nixed. It became a new day off.

The party was lovely and it was great to see my family. I love them so much and miss them. There was some yummy fruit, homemade hummus, and a really nice bean salsa. The favors were mason jars that we could put our name on. Perfect for the lemon/lime water.




In true family form, the party's official end time was 2pm. We didn't leave until almost 9pm. It was a long day. We took grandmom home. She had been in Maine with one of my Aunt's for a few weeks. She lives across the street from my church and a couple of blocks from my park...and Starbucks.

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The scenario for Sunday is that we had one car (grandmom's was being worked on) and there were thunderstorms expected around noon. So I had two options: 1) go for a run early and then walk over to church at 11 or 2) drive to church at 9 and not run. I was planning on option 1. And then when I woke up it looked like end of the world. So instead I chose option 2.

I thought for sure the sky would open up while I was in church, but alas it did not. So while mom and grandmom went to church, I walked to Starbucks, to get a little mileage in, and met up with Heather. For a visual reference I will say that I was wearing my sweatpants because I was going to be there for a while and it gets so dang cold. But, it was hot out. I looked like I was in my pjs doing the Sunday morning walk of shame. haha .

I got my Peach Green Tea Lemonade...ahhh...Heather and I visited and talked about upcoming races and our training....and our pain. lol. And then my friend Pam came in. I got to visit with her a little too. That was funny because I happened to see her at Starbucks one year ago on the day that Cassidy was born. I saw her before I went to the hospital.

After a little while I walked over to grab lunch with mom and grandmom. I was a little hungry. I didn't really eat that much at the party. I grazed, but I didn't really have full meals.  I ended up getting a short stack of strawberry pancakes...there were so many strawberries they were falling out. It was heaven.

Then I went to another Starbucks to visit with Ms. Bibble.  It was great to see her up and so mobile...and she drove! YEAH! So proud of her progress. We visited for a little while and then walked across the parking lot to a shoe store to look at some sneakers. I ended up getting a new pair of Nike slides. That was on my list for a long time and they were on sale so yeah! My old ones were so worn on the bottom. I even threw them out already. I am so proud. No holding on to them "just in case" or giving them away. I replaced them for a reason.




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Monday morning I went over to the park. It was Hot. Hot. Hot. I squeaked in 3 miles. As hot as it was I was pretty impressed that there were so many people going around the track. I counted 10 during my time. I was a nasty soaking mess though when I was done. Ick. I couldn't go any longer because we had lunch plans with Ms. Bibble. Also I was melting.





We went to a new place. It's called Not Your Average Joe. They make everything from scratch. I ordered a yummy Tuscan chicken sandwich. I asked for a multi-grain roll, but they didn't have any made yet. it's okay. I only ate half of the roll anyway. The sandwich had a nice slice of chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and a balsamic dressing. I also substituted organic greens for french fries. It was delightful and filling.

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So today I considered a run before we got on the road to come back, but I opted against it. My hips have been bothering me and I didn't want to run then sit in a car for 3 hours. If I run before a trip I like to have a couple hours in between the two. The whole drive I was wishing I had done it before. But, as soon as we got in I unloaded the car and went straight to the fitness center. I knocked out 6 miles and my abs/squats programs despite my ipod battery dying...boo.

I had two rest days. I needed to get back on track.

Have a Blessed Night

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Ms. Carol's Wedding 4 years ago

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

In honor of Throwback Thursday I am wishing Ms. Carol and Mr. Jared a Happy Anniversary. Four years ago today they were married. I have been wanting to post about that for a long time.  Their wedding and everything leading up to it was a blast. I barely knew the other bridesmaids at first, but we have since become friends. 

It was so much fun planning the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. That was a LOT of fun...even my dad was there! Well it was only fair as we crashed his house at the beach for a few days.





Sadly I was not there when the dresses were selected. That would have been nice. But, since we all have different body types it was decided that we would all pick our own dress. It just had to be full length and empire waist. Ms. Carol would pick the color. It turned out perfectly. We all picked our dream dresses. There was no arguing over two people picking the same.  We each got our own color. I was Watermelon pink. Ms. Shaylee was a beautiful blue green (although I would call it Grand Turk Ocean Blue). And Ms. Ariana was a beautiful yellow.

Bridesmaid dresses are a good motivator. When I bought the dress and it fit perfectly except the length then I was in good shape. My focus became working out my arms. They would be completely highlighted in the dress.  I was very happy with how I looked. Looking back I could have done so much better. I have asked them to renew their vows because I would TOTALLY rock that dress...and need to have it taken in.




I didn't want to loose too much weight because I didn't want to have the dress altered. My goal was to maintain. I should have tried to lose a little. I do see my belly in every picture...and that's with my special tummy sucker-inner. I'll live though.

Aunt Carol hemmed my dress for me and I am forever grateful. We could have made a couple wraps with the excess material. It was not easy. She even delivered it to me to make sure it fit. There were a couple of fittings were it didn't. Very close, but could not zip.

So the day of the wedding we got all prettied up and it was beautiful. And my dress didn't fit. I was starting to flip out. It was sooooo close. What was the problem? And then I realized that I had not been trying it on previously with that bra. The fit was so tight there was no room for one. Crisis averted...except that my tan lines were visible in many photos. haha.

I felt so beautiful that day. I loved everything from my hair to my make up to my dress. I felt happy. When I look at the pictures it makes me smile. It really does. But, it's hard when you have a Former Fat Girl living inside you. She sees the belly and the arms that are nowhere near as nice as they are today. I really need to shove her aside when I look at these. 

Now I just need someone else to get married so that I can rock another dress!








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, July 9, 2014

Random Wednesay: Cake, Movies, and Playlists

Happy Random Wednesday,

All I'm saying is that my butt is AMAZING right now. The increased running. The added squats. The added bike time. Here's a quarter...now bounce it off of me!

Of course, it also means a tight butt. Extra stretching required.

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This weekend is Miss Cassidy's 1st Birthday party!  YEAH!  That means travel...and cake!

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I got my book from the Library on Monday. I finished it Tuesday night. :-)

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Went to the movies last night. We saw 22 Jumpstreet. :-) I packed a baggy of animal crackers. I also took a small Twix. I knew I would want something sweet. I could have made a better decision, but it was a small treat. I didn't get a king size. I didn't get a bag of little Twix bites. I ate my small 1 serving Twix.

It bothers me that movies snacks are such a big deal. You shouldn't need them. It's not a meal. It's a learned behavior. The smell of the popcorn makes you hungry. If I watch a movie at home I can do it without snacks. Grr....darn you movie popcorn people!

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I"m a little excited. I made my first homemade ice/gel pack for my knee. 

1/4 Rubbing Alcohol
3/4 Water

I put it in two ziplocks and in the freezer. It's ready to use :-)

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Today was an unplanned day off from running. Last night there was a huge storm. My knees were achy. My muscles were tight from all of the extra milage. So instead, it was a 2 session yoga day. It was also: Push ups, abs, and squats day.

I feel so much better.

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When I write these Random Wednesday posts I always keep a list during the week of things that I want to write about. This week I wrote 'Starbucks' and I have no idea why. haha.

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I am starting a group for people to share books on the Kindle. I love books. And I love sharing books. I put a message out on Facebook to see if people would be interested in an email group. We could list the books we have and if anyone wants to borrow them.  I knew this was an option, but it turns out that many people didn't.  So if you are interested please email me:

jhenderonfit@gmail.com

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Went to Old Navy yesterday to exchange stuff. I went to the clearance section and scored. They had a bunch of workout clothes there. I found the shirt that I Love in a color they don't usually carry. I don't care. It's beautiful! I got it.

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The eternal battle has begun. I want to cut my hair. I want to let my hair grow. Bah. Watching Frozen makes me long for my long braids. Seeing pictures of my short hair makes me want my short hair.

Right now it's long enough for little pigtails. With the heat right now I am finding myself wearing pigtails even if I'm not running. Gotta keep it a little long until it cools off.

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It's my favorite time of the month!  Time to update that Playlist.

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong - 121 BPM
Katy Perry - Birthday - 124 BPM
Charli XCX - Boom Clap - 93 BPM
Jarrod Niemann & Pitbull - Drink to That All Night (Remix) - 120 BPM
Magic - Rude - 72 BPM
Lady GaGa - G.U.Y. - 100 BPM
Shakira - The One Thing - 84 BPM
Tune-Yards - Water Fountain - 111 BPM
Far East Movement & Riff Raff - The Illest (Rell the Soundbender Remix) - 80 BPM
Lady Antebellum - Bartender - 101 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.

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Trainer's Tip

Sneakers are important. Wearing good sneakers that fit right is very important. When you go shopping for them go at the time you would normally be using them. If you buy them in the morning, but usually workout at night your feet are generally a little more swollen at night. They might be too tight. And vice versa. 

Have a Blessed Night

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Monday, July 7, 2014

She's a size 12 and solves murders

Hello Beautiful People,

I think that it's pretty clear by now that I like to read. I get really excited when I find an author that I like. And especially when I find a series of books by that author that I like. When I really like a character I love when there are more books to come.

Meg Cabot writes a series that I love. She mostly writes young adult novels. She wrote Princess Diaries.  The series that I like is the Size 12 series. It follows Heather Wells who is a former pop star. Her mother, who was also her manager, left the country with all of her money. So fast forward several years and she's now working in a Residence Hall at a college in NYC so that she can get her college degree. She's gained a little weight and has a fondness for sweets. Oh and in her spare time she solves murders on campus.

There are currently five books in the series. I was super excited when the 5th one came out. Every time I finish one I get sad that it's over.

There's something so comforting about someone who isn't a perfect size 6 being the heroine. Although I cringe every time she eats a bagel with bacon for breakfast and then goes for a high calorie large coffee drink later.

I get so torn. I am cheering on the strong non-conventional female character. Why does she have to stress eat so poorly? Then again, that's what the Former Fat Girl did...and sort of still does. That's probably why I struggle. I hate seeing it in the first place, but I especially hate being reminded of my weaknesses.

Reading these books reminds me of my past. No, not my pop star murder solving past, but of my days in the Residence Halls. When I was in college I was very active in the Residence Halls. I worked at the front desk for 3 years. I was a representative in the Residence Hall Association for 3 years. I was a Resident Adviser my Senior year. These are memories that I cherish. I made some wonderful friends. I still talk to many of them.

Occasionally someone will post pictures from a conference that we attended and it will hurt. I love seeing my friends and remembering them, but I hate seeing myself. Recently I found some boxes of photos from those lost years. I cried when I looked through them. I wanted to post a bunch for Throwback Thursday.  I will some day, but right now they are in a storage bin.

Maybe this series is like therapy. I will make you a deal. When I finish this book I will post pictures from those years. And I promise not to drag it. I am 40% done. ACK. She's getting married in this book...at least I hope she does. I won't stop til I find out.

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Trainer's Tip

Chances for success improves with a Support System. Don't be afraid to tell people of your wishes and desires. I'm not guaranteeing 100% success, but if no one knows that you want to make positive changes it will be hard for them to support you.

There are websites to find people with similar interests. Start your own. Contact people at work, at church, at school, etc. Someone will respond.

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A much needed Rest Day

Happy Sunday Bleeps,

Today is a Rest Day and I am quite happy.  Well my legs are quite happy.  Although it's killing me not to get out there. It was sooooo beautiful this morning. When I was driving back from Church I lost track of the number of people I saw outside running. I was actually glad that the NASCAR race was scheduled for 11am. It gave me a reason to stay in.

I really do struggle with Rest days. Even though my body rejoices, my anxiety gets the better of me. I know I just blogged about last week, but I really really struggle. I have such a fear of falling back into old habits that I tend to forget that Rest is required. As a trainer I stress that to clients. I'm my own worst client sometimes. But, when you have the history that I do, you will always worry about it.

I did treat myself yesterday. I gave myself a much needed pedicure. My feet needed some pampering. 

Okay so in reality, it wasn't a total Rest day. My push up program was today. As was my ab and squat challenge. To compensate I did 20 minutes of stretching afterwards.

My rest days also mean that I have to be extra careful with my food intake. My metabolism is higher, but on rest days I am not burning extra calories.

For breakfast I had multigrain cheerios with skim milk.

For lunch I had chicken, hummus, and spinach on whole wheat. Carrots and hummus. Edemame. And a Peach. It was so yummy. 



I am still drinking my water.  So far I'm doing well today. It just has to carry on for dinner.

The good news is that I have plenty to do today, but I really am trying to keep it to a rest day. It doesn't help if I exhaust myself lifting things. I am organizing a few things. I am watching the race (Tony Stewart was a casualty in the first wreck...*sad face*). I have some books that I want to read. I started one at the pool yesterday and it's good. Plus I think that I am FINALLY going to get Fault In Our Stars from the library this week. I am 9th in line. They have 22 copies. I have been on the list since the middle of April. Since I only get it for 7 days and won't be able to renew it, everyone is on notice that I am going into hiding as soon as I get it. haha. Of course we are traveling for Miss Cassidy's first birthday party next weekend naturally.  It's ok.
  
Happy Rest Day Everyone! 

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Trainer's Tip

Right now I am Progressive Training for squats and abs. Every day for 3-4 days I increase my reps. On day 4-5 I rest. Be realistic with your numbers. If you can only handle adding 2-3 then stick to it. If you struggle then don't move forward until you are comfortable.

Have a Blessed Night

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Tony Stewart Challenge

Happy Saturday Bleeps,

So I'm sitting here all excited. I love the Daytona night race in July. Boom...it's raining. It doesn't look like they will start it tonight. Boo. Luckily tomorrow is my rest day so I should be good to watch. They are replaying last year's race...and I'm so bummed that I'm still watching it.

So do you remember that I put my challenge out there:

1 month free Personal Training (1 session/week) if you can introduce me to Tony Stewart

3 months free Personal Training (1 session/week) if you can get me a date with Tony Stewart or to watch a race from his Pit.

Lifetime if he proposes to me. Lol.


Well my dad took to it. He contacted some friends in North Carolina. They know people and it's in motion. So very excited. Now let's get serious. I'm not a stalker. I'm not crazy enough to think that anything will come of this. But, I would like to meet him for real. 

What do I mean by 'for real'?  Well truth be told, it would not be the first time. The Former Fat Girl met him a long long time ago. It's been over 10 years. Back in the day Tony Stewart was sponsored by Home Depot. He was doing an autograph session at a store in Dover before the September race. The Former Fat Girl took off of work and made Ms. Carol go with her. 

There were hundreds of people there. She thought she looked cute enough in her XXL t shirt. When it came down to it, he said hi and signed my book and photo card. And that was it. There was no magic moment. It didn't matter though. She got nauseous at the thought of the attention she would have gotten had something happened. But let's face it. She was unhealthy and unhappy with herself. 

So fast forward to today. At the most I hope for a little flirting. It would be nice. It would make me feel good. I wouldn't say no to that. Although I still get a little nauseous at the thought of the attention if anything happened. Some people can be so mean through social media. I'm not certain that I am strong enough not to turn to food should there be a lot of negativity towards me. Again, I don't anticipate anything happening. I'm a little too realistic about that.

So  a meet and greet would be just fine...and he's allowed to check out my butt. It's a good one! 

Hey Tony Stewart...CALL ME!

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, July 2, 2014

Random Wednesday: Outback, Giada, and BBQ

Happy Random Wednesday Yo!

We have a family dinner at Outback tonight...mmm...Outback. So I got online and looked at the menu. I have selected the grilled chicken, seasoned veggies, and sweet potato...can't wait.

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I forgot to include this in my Cape May post. I was there with 3 young ladies in bikinis. That was a little rough on the ego. No matter how hard I work, I will never have that 18 yr old body again.

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I was at the used bookstore yesterday...one of my favorite places...and just as I was leaving I found a Giada cookbook. It was a little pricier than I like to pay in the bookstore, but then again the real price was pretty hefty. I'm very excited.

Giada's Feel Good Food

I fell in love almost every recipe. I am so anxious to get started. Best $15 in credit ever!

I will share one of her tips on sweets. She suggest frozen sweets. Frozen berries. Frozen grapes. Frozen chocolate chips.

It satisfies the sweet cravings and keeps you from overindulging. On a side note, I absolutely LOVE frozen grapes. Such an awesome treat on a hot day.

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I am on the hunt for a really good backpack. I found a nice one at Kohl's on sale for $45. I want it to use as my gym bag and my gym equipment bag. I love my gym bag, but straps on one shoulder are my enemy.

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My name is Jennie and I am addicted to Crystal Light Peach Mango Green Tea....seriously, if it ever goes away I will lose my mind.

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When I went to Cape May I forgot to pack my manly deodorant for my running. So I used my travel stick, Dove Cucumber Fresh. I smelled like cucumbers the whole time.

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I started a new Push Up challenge today. I am also on day 3 of an Ab challenge and a Squat challenge.

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When I go to the Used Bookstore I tend to go on Tuesday because it's across the street from my favorite BBQ spot. Tuesdays are when my pulled pork sandwiches are on special.  Ironically I made note that there is a Subway in the same shopping center as the bookstore, but I have never gone there because I always get BBQ.

And on that note, Tony Stewart has his own BBQ sauce...we were made for each other. Tony Stewart CALL ME!

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Today on the radio I heard the DJ saying that her son asked her to cancel his gym membership because the gym is too girly. He wants a manly gym. When she called the person asked if she wanted to cancel her membership too. She had to think about when was the last time that she went. It had been over a year. I applauded her decision not to cancel because she plans to go. But, don't throw your money away. If you are paying every month GO USE THE FACILITIES

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I have actually joined 2 100 mile July groups on Facebook. One counts bike and cross training also. So I am going to keep one as running only and one as a full workout compilation. I am happy to say that I invited a bunch of friends to join and they did. I have also become friends with others who have been mutually supportive in June.

If you want to join please do. It's not too late:

https://www.facebook.com/events/603124399784969/604028506361225/?notif_t=like


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Trainer's Tip

It is important to workout opposing muscles. If you lift weights for your biceps then you must do the same for your triceps. If you work you chest, then you must work your back. Otherwise you face muscle imbalance. It's not good for posture and increases risk of injury.


Have a Blessed Night

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