Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Recap: The Year of Jennie



Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

What a year it has been. Oh my. I wish I had posted during this past week, but there was lots of traveling for me and lots of family time. That has to take precedence. Especially snuggle time with nephew. Aww. Aunt Jennie was in heaven. Right now I am in my pjs nursing a cough ready to go to bed before the new year comes. I do believe exhaustion has finally set in from this year. It was well worth it though.

So clearly there are some Christmas posts on the way, but right now I want to reflect on 2014. I often joked that it was “The Year of Jennie!” and I wasn’t kidding. So much happened that I had been wanting to for so long. There was a lot of sacrifice and that led to a lot of stress, but it was literally the most rewarding year of my life.

Shall we take a stroll down memory lane?

Do you remember my cruise? I DO!  Oh my gosh, in any other year that would have been the biggest highlight of the year. I was in the bluest of blue waters. I was kissed by a dolphin. It was glorious.
After years of wanting to, I was finally able to move back to Charlotte. Oh I missed it so much. I feel whole here. It’s been a big struggle missing my family and friends, but thankfully I have been a little active on social media. Haha. A little. I am going to try harder this year for facetime and skype. I 
need to see those faces.

I am still building my client base and expect a giant rush in the next month, but I am now really and truly a Personal Trainer. My fulltime job is to help people lead a healthy and active lifestyle. I support them and give them the tools they need to do it all on their own. No more sitting behind the desk for me.

Girls on the Run was the most rewarding experience. Working with these girls touched my heart in ways that I never anticipated. I am beyond excited to see them again in 5 weeks. I have missed them oodles since we parted. I know that they all said that I helped them, but they each stole a little piece of my heart.

Lest we not forget ending the year completing my first Marathon. It was literally a lifelong dream that for most of my life I could never even imagine it coming true. I signed up for it a year ago today. I had 11 months to prepare physically and mentally.  Through most of the training I kept saying “one and done” because it was taking a toll physically and mentally. But deep down I knew that I wanted another. And so tonight I signed up again for next year. I am currently working on a training plan for this one. I am forever changed by this experience.

The past three weeks have been a little sad. There’s a post race depression that I’ve been going through.  I had been away from my family leading up to Christmas. And money has been a BIG stress. But, I am coming out of my funk. Tomorrow is a new year. I have a new race to train for (and possibly another…oooh I shall tell you about that later). I saw my family. And I have some new consultations happening. It’s going to be great. Besides, my year was so full of ups that it had to balance out with some downs.

What does 2015 have in store for me?  I have no idea, but I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and see. Maybe Tony Stewart will FINALLY call!

I have been thinking a lot about New Year's Resolutions. I'm not generally too good at them. I tend to make a bunch and then not keep focused. I shall make one Health/Fitness related and one mental. 

Health/Fitness - work on my speed

Mental - I resolve to reread the full Harry Potter Series this year. I have been wanting to do that for a long long time.

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 
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Surviving the Cookie Exchange



Hello Beautiful People,

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful festive season. I think we all know that I am little Ms. Christmas. I love it! I have had a few moments of the Christmas Blues though. I love being in North Carolina, but I miss being around my family at this time of the year. I am anxious to head home in a couple of days.

Luckily I have the most wonderful people in my life. Yesterday I was at Church and our Sunday School class was hosting a breakfast. We were decked out. There were muffins, coffee cakes, omlets, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, and fruit. I brought Charlie Brown Christmas for us to watch. It was delightful. When we were closing up there was an announcement about the cookie exchange that night. And so I was invited to my first cookie exchange.

I have avoided them in the past. I just can’t handle it. It’s like inviting an alcoholic to a wine swap. It’s just not a good idea. Now most people have time to prepare for a Cookie exchange. It’s a little hard to knock out 12 dozen cookies in an afternoon with short notice. And so I was invited to just come and be merry. Okay, I can do that. Although I sensed a trap. Haha.

The afternoon brought me some serious joy. There was a Downton Abbey Season 4 marathon. I was ready! Two episodes in I was having second thoughts about going to the Cookie Exchange. How could I leave Anna in her time of need? I needed to go though. I love my church family. I needed some holiday lovin. So I set it to record and went.

When I walked in I was hugged and introduced to everyone. Some people I knew. Some people I recognized. And some people were completely new to me. All I know is that I spotted a veggie tray on the counter. I have found my spot. I barely moved for the next couple of hours. Carrots. Celery. Broccoli. Hummus. I was good to go.  I even brought my own crystal light. I was going to be good.
And then I took a tour of the food. MISTAKE!  I found some cheese and crackers. Not too bad there. I had a couple. But, there was also the most amazing thing EVER!  I don’t know what it was or who made it, but there was a white chocolate melt that I couldn’t handle. White chocolate with M&Ms, oreo pieces, and pretzels. Um…only my most favorite things all mixed together. I had a couple. And then I high tailed it back to the veggie tray.

A little while later someone came over with some “white trash bars”. I don’t know what all it is in, but it has a little bit of everything with a frosting. We split the smallest pieces ever. I mean it was smaller than a starburst. It was rich!  Back to the carrots.

Before I left for the party I had to eat dinner. I knew I would be having some treats later so I made sure to go veggie heavy. It was good, but not super filling. I practically inhaled those veggies from the veggie tray.

Pretty soon it was time to divvy up the cookies. Ms. Abby generously offered to share her cookies with me. Out of her dozen of every cookie, I would take 3 and she would take 9. When I walked into the room with my container it was like heaven. Cookies everywhere.  There were gingerbread, oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered cookies, key lime cookies, buckeyes, biscotti…I felt like I was going to go into a diabetic coma just being in the room. We joked that I would need to leave my car and run home to burn off the calories just from being in the same room with the cookies.

I happily got my stash of cookies. Everyone kept asking if I had enough. Haha. Thank you for the concern, but I am just one person and I was leaving with 3 dozen cookies. I was just fine. Plus, I got sent home with some of those white chocolate pieces of heaven. *On a side note, those puppies didn’t last 24 hours. I ate them.

I got home and was a little sugared up. I put on Downton Abbey and watched a few episodes. I was wide awake and then BAM…I sugar crashed. This morning I had a cookie hangover. And I really didn’t eat that much. I can’t handle what I used to. I am taking that as a good sign.

Before I go I am going to call a foul on PBS!  Come on! You have a 7 episode marathon and skip the final episode (8). That was CRUEL!  I have to wait a WEEK!  I can’t handle this. I am hopped up on sugar. I am missing my family. You just can’t do that to me! Dang it I want a scone!

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 and 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 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Marathon Part 3: After the Race



Happy Random Wednesday,

Alright well it’s been a little longer than I had anticipated.

So last we spoke I had just crossed the finish line. I was an emotional mess. I was crying…surprise. One of the advantages of coming in at the end is that you can just hang at the finish line without worrying about getting run over. When I got my medal, the lady asked if it was my first Full Marathon. When I said “Yes” she gave me the biggest hug. Awwww.

I was looking for my family for more hugs. I saw my Dad and Ms. Danielle. I asked where Grandmom Joyce was and was told they would tell me later. Oh no! 

I got more hugs from Mom and Aunt Kathy. And then I went over to give Ms. Melissa a hug for her finish. While I was there I got more hugs from people who knew me from the Facebook group. That meant so much.







*****

Right before I finished Grandmom started to feel sick. She and cousin Jacob were sitting in Starbucks resting. So I went into the After-Party tent to grab some food and then meet everyone there to formulate our plan.

I got a hamburger, hot dog, and pancakes. There was no more mac’n’cheese. I’m sure there was a lot more food at the After-Party in the restaurant, but I couldn’t walk up those stairs. 



Note to self: Next time have someone in the family get a party bracelet to get me food early and hold on to it.

I also made sure to take a picture with Ms. Melissa.


*****

While Aunt Kathy and I were on my last 8 miles, she asked if there was anything I would do differently for the race. There are some things that I will change for next year, but I don’t regret any of my choices. Clothing wise I had to prepare for the end of the race when I would be so cold.
I might lose the water bottle at the halfway point and just rely on the water stops.

*****

When I got to Starbucks I got a hug from Grandmom and Cousin Jacob and then I sat down…ahhhh. That felt good. But, I needed my feet up so I put them on Jacob’s lap. He was immediately the most important person in my life. Lol.

While we were sitting there Mr. Joey walked by. He had already showered and gone to the After-Party. Haha. He’s a fast runner. We got to congratulate each other on our finishes. 



And then I couldn’t take it anymore and took off my sneakers. My feet were swelling so bad. Poor Jacob had my stinky feet on his lap, but OH how wonderful that felt. 



*****

The plan was for me to go home with Dad, shower, and pack. Then we would all meet up for dinner. 

While we were in Starbucks the heavens opened and it began to POUR. OMG. Thank goodness it 
waited for me to finish.



Dad went to get the van and I waited for him. So let me paint you a picture. It’s raining. A van has pulled over to pick up a striking blonde beauty who cannot lift her legs to save her life. Cars are lining up behind the van as it takes her an hour to get in. It wasn’t pretty my friends.

*****

Dad offered that I could use the Jacuzzi tub to relax. It was nice in theory, but there was no way in heck that I would have been able to climb out of it. I would probably still be in it.

*****

We met for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Harpoon Hannahs. In traditional form I ordered a cheese burger. But, surprisingly I wasn’t that hungry. So I didn’t even order fries.

I was told that I probably wouldn’t be really hungry until lunch the next day. I actually had to force myself to eat all day.  I never really got that giant appetite…I did eat a ton of chocolate though.

*****

That night mom and I drove back to Virginia. She drove and I was propped up in the backseat with my legs up. We stopped at Wawa for gas and we went in for soft pretzels and caffeine so that I could stay awake for her drive.

It took me forever to get inside. I couldn’t lift my legs over the curb. I believe you should be able to hang your medal from your rear view mirror for two days and get preferred parking. It’s not easy.

*****

Aunt Carol picked me up for church the next day. She parked in the back so that I could use the ramp and avoid stairs. She loves me.

I tried to be as mobile as possible. Even though it was difficult, it was important. I couldn’t stiffen up.
There was one problem though. I couldn’t wear shoes. My burning toe resulted in the future loss of my big toenail. My toe was bruised, swollen, and so sensitive. Socks hurt. I was wearing my slides, but they kept falling off because of the swelling. Bah. Why didn’t I pack moccasins?

I did stop and buy some slippers. That is noted for next year.

I believe the cause of the toenail issue was my sneakers. At the last minute I made the decision to switch sneakers. My toes had hurt during the last two distance runs in my newest pair. I couldn’t take that chance so I went with the other pair. I probably needed another 2 weeks breaking them in.

So the problem was that the new sneakers are a half size bigger and I had gotten some thicker socks for them. I wore the thicker socks with the smaller sneakers and friction happened. BAH.



*****

Happily I did go out and put my 26.2 sticker on my car. My original plan was to put it above my 13.1 sticker, but it was a little bigger and the font was different. That didn’t work for my OCD, but I just put it on top of the other sticker.



*****

One of the first questions on the Facebook Group the day after the race was “What was your favorite sign?”

This made me a little sad. I literally saw two and then the ones my family made. By the time I was on the back half of the course all of the signs were gone. People had finished and were celebrating. That hurt a little. Thankfully my family was awesome with their many signs.

*****

Usually I can remember when certain songs came on during races, but I think my brain was just so focused on the finish. I can’t even tell you if most of my songs played. I really only remember 2 songs coming on and then a bunch of Pitbull songs in a row.

*****

My original plan was to drive home to NC on Sunday, but I couldn’t move so I pushed it back until Monday. And that meant that I could stop and see mom’s class. She teaches 3rd grade.

I got to sit in the front of the class and tell them my story. I cried. Surprise. Luckily they gave me tissues.

They were so cute with their questions and hugs. The girls kept telling me how pretty I am. It was very hard to leave. Haha.

*****

The best thing about the Facebook Group is when people ask about people who were struggling and if they finished. A woman went down on the Half and people were checking in on her.

There was a gentleman behind us who was joined by his family on the back half. I knew he was still out there when it started to rain and I felt so bad. Someone asked about him and we found out that his family pulled him on mile 24 because of breathing issues. The race directors were just about to go out and run in with him when they heard.

That’s why I love this race! I love the support.

*****

I was so excited to see my Girls on the Run girls when I got back. I wanted to hear all about their 5k and see their medals. I took mine to show them. They were so sweet. A few were unable to attend the race due to illnesses (a nasty flu/virus was going around), but everyone who did finished!  I am so proud of them.

A couple of the girls gave me Starbucks cards as a thank you.

They got upset thinking they would never see me again. I told them I hoped to be back with them next season, but if they have the coaches and another school needs one then I would go there. They told me that if I couldn’t be their coach then it should be cancelled. Haha. I heart them.

I had a Coaches Appreciation day on Saturday and I spoke with some of the organizers. I will be back with my girls. YEAH!

The appreciation involved several workout classes. I signed up for barre, air fundamentals and yoga. It was fun, but I thought the toenail was a goner during yoga. 



*****

The race took a lot out of me. It also delayed my lady gift for 5 days. That was fun. Training has certainly affected my cycle, but this was unexpected and one of the reasons in the delay for my blog post. I was zapped of energy.

*****

I loved hearing from so many people for days later that they were thinking of me all day on Saturday. Some were out shopping and thinking "she's still running!" haha. That meant a lot. Of course I also heard "You know you're crazy right?" Yup.

*****

So the day after the race I could barely move. I tried to move as much as possible and that paid off. Monday I was fine. I could even go up and down stairs. I was a little sore, but you would never know how far my feet took me two days before. That's why we train and prepare our bodies for this. It was just like another day. I am still so amazed at how far I have come. 

The other big bonus is that my legs have felt fine. My knee hasn't bothered me since the race. I do believe that patella strap and knee compression sleeve have saved my life.

*****

The official pictures were posted. They totally got me crying. Haha.

I was told that some family members want to buy me the finisher plaque. I just have to figure out what picture to use. I’m still a little torn. I like the finisher picture even with the tears. My other option was one I called “I got this!”. It’s from mile 2 and I am happy as can be with my arms up in the air. 




*****

I finished my first Full marathon on Saturday. I was a little in shock still on Sunday. And Monday I was mentally preparing my training program for my second one. I finished and now I want to Smash my time. I know what to expect and plan for now. OH yeah, I’m hooked.

*****

The only thing that would have made this better is if Tony Stewart would have called. Haha. Oh well, there’s always next year. 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 

Check out my Facebook Page for Confessions (there are before and work-in-progress pictures):

http://www.
facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAFormerFatGir

yeah, sorry, I messed up and the "l" is missing....I need an assistant :-)

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter: hugsnsmile

Instagram: Jennie5973

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