Thursday, December 31, 2015

Not quite the December I was hoping for

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Okay so the year is just about over and December really kicked my butt. I'm seriously ready for a new year to begin.

I am so behind on posts. I promise to make up for them. But, to give you a brief synopsis of the past month:

I was injured with plantar faciitis going into my Half Marathon. So basically I was super unprepared for the race and seriously questioning my sanity at even trying it. I can't wait to tell you about that weekend though. I had a really great time with friends and family and enjoyed the beautiful weather at the beach. It was very soothing for my soul. I needed it too because I was seriously depressed at having to drop from the Full marathon to the Half. My race plan was slow and steady to finish standing. I did a great job and felt really good at the finish line so that was a win.

I felt good, but my foot and calf still hurt afterwards so I was resting it for a week. And then at the end of the week the crud happened. It started with a little scratchy throat on Saturday. By Sunday night I was coughing. And that was the beginning of the end. Basically I was living on Nyquil and musinex. If I could avoid talking it helped. And sleep would have been nice, but thanks to my traveling I still had 6am and 8am clients every day. Sleep wasn't really happening and I really needed that. Instead I turned into a giant coughing blob. Then I would seem to be okay during the day, but come 5pm I would start coughing like crazy again. Grr.

I think I ate chicken noodle soup for a week straight. I don't know how I didn't lose 10 pounds through this. Except that in the middle of it we had the Christmas Cookie Exchange....temptation thy name is COOKIE! 

The bonus from all of this is that I was resting so much that my calf and foot relaxed. My injury has healed. Hooray!  It's not a recovery method I endorse, but right now I will take my good news any way I can.

A week before I was supposed to head up North for Christmas I had a lovely surprise. I went out to my car at 5:30am to head out for clients and my car wouldn't start. Awesome! Needless to say my anxiety level soared because it's never a quick easy fix for me.  But, this time it wasn't super bad. A friend came over and attempted to jump my battery, but it didn't work. So I had my car towed to a mechanic on Friday afternoon. They were able to check it before they closed and it wasn't too bad. The battery was totally dead and that was all. It was replaced in the morning. Not money I really wanted to spend the week before Christmas, but considering it could have been so much worse I was happy.  I was so happy I had a quick adrenaline rush and I felt better...for a couple hours.

I actually started to feel better during my drive on Christmas Eve. I credit it to the humid air that helped me breathe. I even felt human on Christmas. This was especially good because we had tickets to go see Star Wars. Our tickets were for 7:30pm and all week when the coughing started at 5pm I thought I was going to need to back out. Luckily I was feeling good. I loaded up on cough drops and water and away we went.

I did buy a soda when we got there. I didn't take a nap and worried I might fall asleep during the movie. It worked. I stayed awake. Of course I also had to go to the potty...grr...you know we were in theater 1 and the women's room was all of the way on the other side of the building. I don't think that running was good for the lungs...

The original plan for the night was to go in to DC after the movie and go for a run around the National Mall and see the Christmas lights. Yeah, that was not going to happen with my lungs (sad face). Sadly, I just went home after. But, I went home completely excited because I loved the movie.

A little later that night my phone died. Score!  I was no where near it and it shut down and restarted only to get stuck on the start screen. Great. We were supposed to leave early in the morning to head up for our family party. Instead, I was running to the mall to have them look at my phone.

I gotta say, first the car battery and then the phone processor...I was beginning to feel like a character from the X Men. Just call me Magneto. I was a little nervous about what else I could kill.

There's no place I would rather be than the Verizon store the day after Christmas...it's not like everyone got a new phone or tablet for a present. I had a flawless plan though. Cough until they take care of me and get me out of the store. It worked.

It's a good thing that I always carry my old iPhone. The guy looked at it for a minute before saying "It's done. We'll need to send you a new one." We reactivated my old phone and I was on my way. I could even breathe. It was a good feeling. So I stopped and treated myself to a Caramel Dream Mocha Latte. I got a small and it was heaven.

I got back to mom's as fast as I could and set up what I could on my phone, packed and we got on our way. And that's when my lungs began to collapse. I didn't get much sleep and all of that anxiety and running around killed me. I had to pull over and let mom drive. I was popping cough drops left and right. I was drinking water because I was dehydrated from my medicine. So clearly we had to stop for the potty every hour. All of that coughing didn't help. I practically peed myself every cough.

I got a little burst of energy when we arrived and I was happy to see my family, but it was a matter of minutes before I started to decline. I made it through the family picture, although there were a couple of shots of me coughing. I love my family. They took care of me. Lots of tea and medicine...possibly some bourbon. I continued to hydrate, but I was toast. Eventually I made my way to the recliner and passed out.

I got sleep (even though my family thought we needed to go to the ER for pneumonia) and the next day I got some more and started to feel human. Hooray! But, we were now a day behind travel schedule. Instead of going back to Virginia on Sunday, we left Monday morning. That meant I would have to load up my car and get right on the road to North Carolina. It was a long long day. But, I seemed to be okay.

I have done my best to rest and relax since I've been back. I've seen my clients and come right home. I think I'm going to live.

It's been a crappy couple of months physically and mentally. I am far from where I want to be, but I am hopeful. Today was the first day of registration for the Rehoboth Marathon. I used my Christmas money and signed up. I am going for it. Another 26.2 in 2016.

#OptimisticFor2016

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 :-)

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Survival Plan

Hello Beautiful People,

Thanksgiving is coming up this week. Do you have your survival plan?

Here are some of the best tips that I have accrued over the years:

* Wear something with a waist, avoid elastic waist pants
*Sign up for a Turkey Trot or schedule a family walk before your dinner (let's face it, it's mighty hard to motivate people to go for a walk afterwards)
* If you are not the host, offer to bring a Vegetable side or garden salad
* If you are not the host, offer to clean up
* If you are cooking the dinner, put out a veggie tray to snack on during the day
* Make sure you eat breakfast. "Saving room" doesn't actually work and only makes you hungrier.
* Drink water and hydrate all day
* When it's time to fill your plate, fill at least half with vegetables (candied yams and Mashed potatoes don't count...go for the greens)
* Pick white meat over dark
* Biscuits, mashed potatoes, and *stuffing are fine. Just keep them in moderation (unless I am there, in which case you should put all mashed potatoes on my plate)
* Before you go up for seconds, sit for a few minutes. If you are still hungry, fill your plate with veggies.
* Avoid creamy dressings on your salad.
* Minimize casseroles. Moderation is fine, but chances are you should just stay away.
*Desserts...Factor that in. If you really want a piece, make it a serving size and remember that you want it when you go for seconds of turkey.

I have done posts before on the calorie count of Thanksgiving dinner. Your average daily calorie intake should be in the 1500-2200 range depending on activity level. A Thanksgiving dinner can average 4500 calories. That is 3 days worth of calories. Consider that when you have leftovers.

Don't stress out over Thanksgiving dinner. The most important thing is that family time, not the food :-)  I am going to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving with the nephews. Quite frankly, I would be happy to sit on the floor and eat peanut butter and jelly with those cutie pies.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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 :-)

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Books: a Fat Girl's Best Friend

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,



I love to read. I always have. I love classics. I love mysteries. I love historical fiction. I love Christian fiction. I love novels. I love true stories. I love them all.

I could devour books as a kid. I mean hours and hours of reading. My passion for reading only increased as I got older. As much as I enjoy working out in the morning, nothing beats laying in bed for hours on a Saturday morning finishing a book.

Reading is so important. Reading feeds your hunger for knowledge. It helps fuel creativity with imagination. It increases your cognitive thinking. Reading is a good thing. And we readers stick together. To know me and love me is to know my books and love my love for them.

The former fat girl found happiness in books. When she felt down or lonely, she found friends between the pages. When she didn't feel confident about herself she found her voice. When she had problems, she found her solutions.

She did also find some self image problems in books. Her Tween years involved a hundred books of Sweet Valley High books where the main characters were described as "a perfect size 6"...and that led to never feeling good enough because she was not a size 6. I can currently button a 6, but they are a little snug.

The former fat girl would find reading as the perfect excuse not to exercise. Today I can read on the treadmill or bike and that keeps me on for hours. What a difference.

This past week I got an early Christmas present. Ms. Tracy, a fellow book nerd, got us tickets to Verse & Vino. It was an event sponsored by the Charlotte Library. The night included meet and greet with 5 authors, a cocktail hour, dinner, wine, and speakers. As soon as we saw the headliner author we completely "geeked out" as Ms. Tracy would say. The main event was Gregory Maguire. I mean THE Gregory Maguire. If you don't know who he is, then you don't love me. He wrote Wicked.  It's only one of my favorite books of all time.



Many moons ago we read it for my book club. Let me start by saying that I am not the biggest fan of The Wizard of Oz. I know that's shocking, but it's true. Just ask my mom. So I was not in the least bit excited about this. I had a hard time starting it, but once I did, well I just could not put it down. It's the untold story of the Witches of Oz. It follows the life of Elphaba, you may know her as the Wicked Witch. When I read the book I totally identified with her. Her train of thought was so in line with mine. I was super excited to talk about the book in book club. Unfortunately, I was the only one who really loved her and felt that way. It was a little disheartening.

We were so very excited about this night. The suggested attire was Cocktail attire. Um...well I wear spandex all day long. It would be a nice departure, but I wasn't really sure I had anything that fit. But, then I pulled out my dresses and found one that I wore on the cruise and another that I wore at my brother's wedding. I LOVED that dress, but it's a little too dress to wear for just any occasion.  Both dresses would expose my arms so I did extra shoulder workouts for the weeks leading up.

The morning of the event I tried on both dresses. I am about 10 lbs heavier than when I last wore the cruise dress. I didn't love it. BOO. But, I still rocked the other dress. I also was routing for it because I could wear my lower heels. I haven't worn heels in 2 years and with my knee I just didn't want to.

I wasn't sure what we would be eating for dinner so I went light at lunch with a plate full of veggies and a chicken patty.

We planned on meeting early because we were sure that the line for Mr. Maguire would be long. I took my clothes to Girls on the Run (and didn't run because I couldn't sweat) and went to church after to change. I was running late and only managed to get there 15 minutes early. It didn't matter, we were the first ones in line. We are NERDS! I mean I was palms sweaty nervous.

Mr. Maguire was the sweetest and we loved talking with him. We also loved talking with the other authors and then listening to them talk.

We got to have our pictures taken with him and he was adorable. I didn't think it through and hate how my dress fell in the picture. My belly looked huge. I was on a funky angle leaning over. Grr.



Dinner was delicious. There was a salad to start. The main course was a piece of chicken and a piece of steak. The sides were potatoes, stuffing with artichoke, and some veggies. Ms. Tracy had the gluten free plate and her veggies looked so amazing I wished I had it. The sauces and sides to my plate were a little heavy, but thankfully the portions were small.



And then there was the dessert...o...m....g....the dessert. Chocolate cheesecake. I am fairly certain that I licked the plate clean.



I was in Former Fat Girl heaven all night.



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 :-)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Random Wednesday: Hair, Thanksgiving, Injuries, and NYC Marathon

Happy Random Wednesday,

What up Peeps? Well I am super happy. I had a great run this morning. It was my first real good run in a long time. I ran for 6 and then biked for 4. I was nice and soaking wet after. My hair is killing me. It's really too short to do anything with other than a headband, but when it gets wet it's like I am running with a 10 lb wig on my head.

*****

So for Thanksgiving I am going to Pittsburgh to spend time with the nephews. So excited. I haven't seen them since the Cleveland marathon. My brother immediately asked if I wanted to do a Turkey Trot on thanksgiving. Um YES. Oh, but it gets better. We will be doing  a 10k trot followed by a 5k trot. 15k should make me mighty hungry for Thanksgiving dinner...although I'm not exactly sure who will be cooking since my sister in law is running too and mom will be watching the nephews. Thanksgiving spaghetti sounds good to me.

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A couple weeks ago it felt like the end of the world to me. I was housesitting and heading out to go to the park for a run. I rolled my foot off of the sidewalk into the grass. I was uncomfortable, but I could walk. But, I was not going anywhere. I ran home to shower and then I was meeting Ms. Amy for lunch. I wrapped my foot and by the time I got to the restaurant I was limping. By the time lunch was over I couldn't put any pressure on my foot. I could only put pressure on my heel. The problem was that I was going to an event at church. I was the official photographer for the Breast Cancer Tea. I limped around for a little bit taking some pix and then I was ordered by some medical professionals to sit and elevate my foot.

It worked in my favor since the refreshment table was extremely tempting. I got a few things including the needed scone. You can't have tea without scones.

I was dismissed early and sent home. I was a little nervous. I had to maneuver steps and I really didn't have anything to eat for dinner so that meant I would need to go through a drive-thru. I was too hurt so I went straight to the house to elevate. I was super lucky. I had hoped to go see a movie in the park that night with Ms. Crystal, but there was no way I was walking around on uneven ground. At this point I was crying when I walked. So Ms. Crystal brought dinner to make and we watched a movie.

The next morning I was walking around just fine. I had some minor discomfort, but I was fine. I decided to stay off of it for a little while. All of the walking on my heel meant that I was pulling my arch. I'm a hot mess I tell you.

*****

The other day I was watching a Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the plot was that a band of obese siblings attack a violinist. They had my attention.

They left footprints and dna at the scene so the police knew they were looking for a teen girl that weighed around 240 and another person weighing 350. So they went to the school and asked about overweight kids. The person they talked to said they would need to be more specific. With the cutting of Phys Ed and the increase in vending machines and accessable fast food joints the number has risen.

It turns out that a brother and sister were taking revenge on another girl because she was part of a group that beat up their older brother because he was so fat.

I know it's fiction, but this episode made me cry.

*****

So this past weekend was the NYC Marathon...it's my DREAM. I was practically salivating. I WANT IT!  I know I said no more marathons after next year, but I'm not stopping til I do that.

I have a 2 year plan for it. I will do the Rehoboth full next year and my goal is to cut off at least 30 minutes. I will need to cut an hour for the NYC Marathon. I am aiming for 2017.

I WANT this! I might even want it more than I want Tony Stewart to call me. And I really want that too. Hey Tony Stewart call me!

*****

It's time to update your playlist:

In this month's mix, you'll find a social media-powered hit from Madison Beer, one of the fastest rap tracks in recent memory from Shy Carter, and a pop track from Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld. Additionally, the month's most popular track comes from Jess Glynne—the vocalist from Clean Bandit's multi-platinum smash “Rather Be.” In with the newcomers, you'll find two big comebacks—a single from Joe Jonas' new group DNCE and a collaboration between Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott.
Even with most of the heavyweights out of the running this month, there was still plenty of action on the charts. Moreover, without reputations on they can rely, tracks by new acts have to battle their way to the top on merits alone. Since only the catchiest, newest songs made the cut, the 10 tracks below should be perfect for freshening up your current workout mix.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
John Newman & Charlie Wilson - Tiring Game - 128 BPM
Ellie Goulding - On My Mind - 78 BPM
Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love - 122 BPM
DNCE - Cake by the Ocean - 119 BPM
Madison Beer & Jack & Jack - All for Love - 121 BPM
Hailee Steinfeld - Love Myself - 124 BPM
Shy Carter & Aleon Craft - Bring It Back - 152 BPM
Demi Lovato - Confident - 130 BPM
Janet Jackson & Missy Elliott - BURNITUP! - 124 BPM
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand - 123 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.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com


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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CROP Hunger Walk: My stress and our success

Hello Beautiful People,

Tonight I sent out an email to my participants from the CROP Hunger Walk. I was so very proud of them.

In case you missed it, I led my Church's group participation in the annual CROP Hunger Walk this year. Last year was my first walk:

http://jennie-henderson.blogspot.com/2014/10/walk-to-end-hunger.html


When I was asked to take the lead it was a natural fit for me. It combines two of my passions: fitness and ending hunger. I eagerly accepted. Little did I know that my schedule would go absolutely crazy and my time available became limited. I stressed that I would let people down. Our church is always extremely active with walking and generous with donations, what if our numbers dropped this year because I bit off more than I can chew?

It's always extremely difficult for a food addict to reconcile with people dying of hunger around the world and in our own backyard. How much excess food have I purchased over a lifetime while so many people go to bed hungry?

I love the argument that eating healthy is so expensive. It's so not true. Eating healthy is fine, it's the extras that make it expensive. Did you know that $1000 can provide the proper nutrition to feed 15 children for a year? I was extremely humbled to have that amount donated by two of my clients. It made me cry. Shocking I know.

The CROP Walk is a 6K. It represents the miles that women and their daughters walk to get water for their families. Can you imagine having to walk that far to get all of the water your family needs each day? They are able to carry 3-5 gallons of water back. That's it. That's all they get to use for drinking, cooking, and bathing. The average American household uses 100-150 gallons a day. We are so very lucky.  The week before I took a bubble bath to relieve stress and that only stressed me out from guilt. It was so luxurious when so many have so very little water. It was a bubble bath fail.

I am so very proud of my peeps. To date we have raised over $11,000 and are closing in on $12,000 (online and offline). We have exceeded my personal goal. I couldn't be happier.

My afternoon after the walk was exhausting. I had the 5k the night before and then I had the walk. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. It wasn't a physical exhaustion. I was so mentally beat down that I curled up in the recliner and watched my Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers game and then I passed out.

I have a challenge for you. Become aware of your food purchases. Don't buy excess unless you are donating it. Don't buy the extras. That's the Former Fat Girl's suggestion. You know you can't eat it if you don't buy it. Buy fresh. I go to the store 2-3 times a week for veggies and fruits. 

Challenge: Take your weekly food budget and pare it down to food necessities. Don't buy the extras. Don't go out for your meals. And then take what you don't spend and donate it to make a difference. Our fundraising page is still up and we can take donations through the rest of the year. Twenty-five percent stays local and all of it goes to make a difference (no administrative fees). It's time to eat with a conscious.


http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/TR?team_id=120426&fr_id=21276&pg=team



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
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Random Wednesday: Yoga, Stress, and glow sticks

Happy Random Wednesday,

So last year they had pumpkin spice Hershey kisses...they were amazing...I have yet to find them again this year. That's probably a good thing.

*****

Busy schedule means stress. Lots of stress right now. I'm trying really hard to knit for at least 30 minutes a day for stress relief. It beats stress eating.

*****

Horribly sad news: my Monday morning Yoga class has been cancelled. I can't handle this information. My muscles are so tight it's painful. I need a massage.

*****

Yesterday was a tough day with my Girls on the Run girls. Some were not on their best behavior and it got me mad. I was disappointed and angry. When I left all I could think of was chocolate. I stopped at Zoe's Kitchen to get a Greek Chicken Salad. At the counter they sell the most amazing looking chocolate chunk cookies. When the girl asked how she could help me I said:

I am going to place my order and I am going to stare intently at this cookie. You are NOT to allow me to buy one.

The lady next to me was there to buy one slice of chocolate cake. She offered to buy me one because I looked so frazzled. I passed. Holy Willpower Batman!

*****

I love boxing workouts. They are so good. I'm slightly obsessed with them...in fact I'm finding it hard to lift my arms at the moment.

I am going to an event in two weeks that requires a cocktail dress. The two I have to choose from will highlight my arms. I want to dazzle!

*****

The Holidays are around the corner and I'm excited and nervous. I can't wait to see my family, but I always get nervous about the food.

*****

I made the most amazing side of vegetables:

Squash, Zucchini, green peppers, corn, olive oil, and Italian seasoning. OH My GAH!

*****

The other day I saw something that really bothered me. On some morning talk show they were talking about Vin Diesel. We all know how hot his body is. Well they showed a picture (clearly taken without permission) of him shirtless on a balcony. It was clear that he was not in shape any longer. There were gasps all over. What the hell people? Who has the right to do that? That's just obnoxious and evil. What would possess someone to put that picture out there for no apparent reason than to shame him. I was really mad. It's not necessary and I am 100% sure that everyone in that audience and the host herself, would have been horrified if anyone did that to them.

Do unto others...
 
*****

Another thing I saw was a commercial for some Waist trimming belt. This mortified me. Sure it gave the women an hour glass figure, but they looked super fake and imagine how much it is crushing your insides. Eat healthy and exercise for goodness sake.

*****

Running Buddy and I went to the Blacklight Run at the Speedway this weekend. It was so much fun. I was very stressed out about the CROP walk the next day and I really just wanted to skip it and get more done. But, we went. It was great. I had a hard time in the dark with my depth perception and you couldn't really see where you were going except for the people in front of you wearing glow sticks. This was a bit of a problem because it was not flat. There were hills and slants.

The best part is that we got to go on the track for half of it. We were on Pit Road. I of course stopped for a picture on the start/finish line. Then we had the opportunity to climb up the embankments of the turns. They are pretty steep, but there was no way in hell I would miss that opportunity. Up we went. And then we had to figure out how to get down. We stayed up there just laughing for a while. Then I put my water bottle between my knees and crab walked back down. I practically peed myself I was laughing so hard. It was definitely awesome and we will do this one again. Hopefully Tony Stewart will call before then. Hey Tony Stewart, CALL ME!







*****

The CROP walk was a success and I will share more on that later.



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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Random Wednesday: Joaquin, Bad Ass, and Tony Stewart

Happy Random Wednesday,

Do you know what last Thursday was?  I was reminded that it was the 4 year anniversary of when my story was printed in the Huffington Post. Wow. Four years is a long time. So much has changed since my "before" picture was broadcast to the world.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/30/jennies-56-pound-weight-loss-finally-stuck_n_985828.html

The funny thing is that I was so nervous about it for the week leading up to the initial posting and this time I reposted it on facebook without a second thought.

As I reread my story I thought about how far I've come. Not from the beginning of the story, but where it left off. I was still dreaming and hoping to sign up for my first Half Marathon. I hadn't even verbalized my desire to become a Personal Trainer. Wow, so much has happened.

I really have exposed myself to the world...I'm either pretty bad ass or in denial.

*****

My personal mission is to make sure that people are wearing proper footwear. When I was home last weekend I took mom for a new pair. Then when I came back a friend/client tried on my new pair and ordered a similar pair. She was so excited "I feel they will change my life!"

Oh they will my friend....they will!

As will KNEE SOCKS!


*****

I may have moved south, but I moved further inland. We aren't supposed to be affected by hurricanes. DAMN YOU JOAQUIN!

Ms. Amy and I had really been looking forward to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It's such a great cause and so much fun. I had my Pink tutu ready. I also had my pink knee socks, headbands, and sunglasses ready.



Sadly, the race was cancelled. Super bummed. I mean super super super bummed. Stupid hurricane.

*****

We are on week 3 of Girls on the Run. YEAH! Last week we discussed negative and positive self talk. During one activity the Girls were to write down some Negative Self Talk they have said about themselves (don't worry, they symbolically throw them out). I had them in a box and just took a peek.

I am fat.

I am too thick to run.

I am not smart.

I don't fit in.

I literally started crying when I read these. My girls are ages 8-10. They should never have to think this about themselves, let alone as a young girl. I physically hurt thinking that these girls have had those thoughts about themselves. Thank goodness for this program. Girls on the Run is so much more than a running program.

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So the other week I was craving cake. This week it's been ice cream. Several times I thought about hitting the McDonalds drive-thru for a caramel sundae, but I have held strong and not stopped.

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The other day I was at the park and it was packed full of people on the trail. I loved it. The best part was that it was people of all ages and sizes. Just sayin...get out there!

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So my dad's friend has offered to help me meet Tony Stewart. No pressure, but time is a ticking... Tony Stewart, CALL ME!

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Have I mentioned that I'm growing out my bangs...kill me now. The is the second time I have done it. The first time took 2 years. And then I cut them after 6 months. It's extremely frustrating, especially if you have OCD. But, I'm in it now. I've suffered this long.



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It's time to update your playlist:

Not every month produces a mix varied so perfectly for a workout. Moreover, as we edge closer to winter, the days fit for moving outdoors will start getting scarce. So, don't let October's bounty go to waste: grab some new tunes and get out among the leaves.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz - Downtown - 110 BPM
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? - 125 BPM
Kaskade - Never Sleep Alone - 127 BPM
Tink & Tazer - Wet Dollars - 124 BPM
Fenech-Soler - Last Forever - 171 BPM
Nick Jonas - Levels - 102 BPM
Pharrell - Freedom - 95 BPM
Andy Grammer & Eli Young Band - Honey, I'm Good. - 123 BPM
Zedd & Jon Bellion - Beautiful Now (Big Gigantic Remix) - 148 BPM
X Ambassadors - Renegades (Astrolith Remix) - 115 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.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com


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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Random Wednesday: Pumpkin Spice, the Pope, and Tony Stewart

Happy Random Wednesday Bleeps!

Last week we started Girls on the Run again. Hooray!  I have missed these girls. I heart them so! They seemed to sprout up over the summer. I think they were getting their milk through IV.

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Whenever I'm anxious I tend to have crazy dreams. Last week when my schedule was so crazy and tight I had a dream that I took my wet laundry to the gym and hung it on the equipment while I worked out because I didn't even have time to do my laundry...and when your clothes are as sweaty as mine that's disgusting.

Last night I had a dream that I was shopping in the plus sizes again. I actually woke up having an anxiety attack. Please note, I kicked my own butt with my workout today. That's my biggest motivation.

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Did you see any of the Pope's visit? I am sending a big Shout out to the Pope after watching him this week. That man is 78 and had a schedule that would make 20 yr olds tired. He also has sciatica and was limping around, but man that man has energy.

I wonder if the Pope has a personal trainer....

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I had an encounter with myself in a fitting room mirror this past weekend...ugh...I need to switch things up.

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I started up a 100 miles a month group on Facebook. If you are training for an event or just want to keep active please join. It's a closed group, but I will approve anyone.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/964024576991311/?ref=br_tf

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It's hard to keep away from sweets when there is pumpkin spice everywhere....

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Over the weekend I heard that sad rumor that Tony Stewart would be retiring after next season. Well today was the official press conference. I am officially in mourning.

Although perhaps his schedule will lighten up to finally call me...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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Why am I crying daily?

Hello Beautiful People,

Holy Craziness Peeps!  Just when I think my life is as busy as it can get, it gets that much busier. I have had a lot of struggles lately and it's been quite stressful. But, I've also had a lot of blessings.

The good news is that I am pretty full with clients. The bad news is that it's impacting my personal workout time. Add that to my knee issues and I have been a sad little puppy.

The big news is my life is that I made the horribly painful decision to switch my December Marathon to a Half Marathon. It has made me cry just about daily. It might be hard for most people to understand, but to anyone who has committed to a marathon, they know how hard it is to say no.

My calendar has a countdown on it for the weeks leading up to the race. Week by week seemed to go by and I missed another week of training. It hurt. As each week went by I knew I was getting closer and closer to pulling out of the Full.

On top of the busy schedule, I was having a lot of knee pain. I am fine when I am out there, but I have pain for days after. As a trainer, it's very difficult for me. I need full function of my body to do my job properly. I am not getting the rest and elevation time I need after training. I basically have time to shower and eat before heading to my next appointment.

So one day I was on a 5 mile walk to test out the knee on back to back days. I mentally compiled a pro-con list in my head about switching:

Reasons to change to Half Marathon:
-I do not have any regular day weekly to get my full distance training in.
-I can spend more time hanging with the other runners after I finish the Half
-I can spend more workouts cross training with weights
-Less chance of injury
-Easier recovery time
-Allows me to use any free time I have for fun with friends
-My knee will thank me
-No transfer fee
-3 full marathons within a calendar year is pretty aggressive

Reasons not to change:
-It will break my heart to switch

There is no sane reason to keep trying for the full. But, I never claimed to be sane. I know I struggled with my previous trainings, but I pushed through and I finished. I also know that I would have had an easier time finishing if I had trained better.

I cried and cried and cried, but I finally decided to make the switch. I'm so tired right now. I love my job and I love that it allows me the time to volunteer for things that I am passionate about. I am finally doing everything that I have dreamed about for years. That has to be my priority.

During my recertification I took a course on Osteoarthritis. I spent a whole day on it. It was so fun (sarcastic by the way). I found out some things that I really need to stop doing (my quad stretches) and basically distances are severely frowned upon (putting it nicely).

I have a hard time saying No to people. If someone needs something done, I say "Yes, I can help" regardless of my availability. It's a problem. I said yes too many times. I forgot to say Yes to myself.  This is what I want to do for myself and I overcommitted to everyone else.

So why is this so hard to do?

There is a part of me that is very scared. Not of the race, but of the implications of not sticking with it. It makes me feel like the Former Fat Girl won. It makes me feel like my body betrayed me. It makes me feel like I'm not good enough. I know that's all crazy, but let's face it, the brain is not always rational.

I want 3 full marathons. I will get number 3 in 2016. In the meantime, I will focus on filling my schedule with Half marathons to keep me moving and training.

Now I just have to deal with the battle happening inside my head. I'm a little depressed over this decision. Depression plus a food addict equals a bad situation. I need to get my head in the game.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Random Wednesday: Greek salads, Hunger Walks, and Yoga

Happy Random Wednesday,

I have been craving a greek chicken salad like crazy. I finally went out and bought the ingredients and made my own. YEAH!  It was yummy. I made one for lunch and packed a bowl for dinner too.

Tyson's cubed oven roasted chicken (just heat in the microwave)
Spinach
Cucumber
Tomato
Mediterranean Herb feta cheese
Greek dressing
pita chips

I'm not a fan of olives and onions, so I didn't add them.

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Next month I will be walking in the CROP Hunger Walk again. I am also the recruiter for my church for this walk. It was an easy fit for me. My church has been extremely active and supportive for years. It was a little intimidating to go to the rally meeting and have everyone say "Oh you're from Advent! They always do a great job." I just hope I don't let anyone down. Our number of walkers and amount raised increases every year. So what's my goal? My goal this year is to get more of the youth involved. I don't want them to just walk it. I want them to understand why we are doing it. I want them to get it.

Please help me spread the word for my fundraising page:

http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/JennieHenderson

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Have you seen the new Lane Bryant commercial? Shout out to them!  It is a wonderful commercial with Plus size women in their underwear. Love it.

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Girls on the Run starts next week. WOO WOO!

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One of my favorite snacks is to freeze grapes. It's so refreshing on a hot day.

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Monday I was the only person in Holy Yoga class. That means she asked what I wanted to focus on. HOLLA! We didn't have class a the week before and my legs were super tight. So legs it was. They felt so good after. I really needed that.

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Sunday I squeezed myself into my size 6 jeans. I hadn't worn them in a while and they were quite the snug pair. I was able to button them, but sitting was extremely painful. I put on my oversized Ravens jersey and spent the first half of the game standing up. I then leaped into yoga pants for the second half. I need to put them on every day as a motivator.

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This week I was approached by a friend who asked if I had any clients as old as she is. I was happy to tell her that I have clients who are older than she is. In fact, over 50% of my clients are over the age of 50. I love that. I love that these people aren't letting age become an excuse.

I love my job!

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I am growing out my bangs again...the last time took FOREVER (two years) and I cut them after 6 months. I love my short hair and I love the possibility of it with long side bangs. We'll see if I can hold out.


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

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Random Saturday: Sweat, Sugar Cookies and (Tony) Stewart

Happy Random Saturday,

Alright so it's no surprise that I sweat...and I smell. I tend to stop at Target for fruits and vegetables on my way home. I'm starting to get paranoid that they will ask me to stop doing that. The other day the lady in line in front of me started sniffing the candle she was buying as soon as I got in line.

I am telling you, this is how I am going to be when I finally run into Tony Stewart...he is either going to be drawn to my pheromones or completely repulsed.

Hey Tony Stewart, CALL ME and let's find out!

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Big shout out to Panera for their Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa salad...YUM

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I have been treating myself to cut up big giant peaches and frozen Lite-Cool Whip.

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Under the Subject: things that suck...we can add my whole left leg. Because my knee has been an issue my body tries to compensate. The result: tight calf...tight arch...tight hamstring...grr

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I have not bought any Halloween Candy. I count that as a win since it's in my face constantly.

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I did, however, have maybe 2 sugar cookie sandwiches last night...omg so good.

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I love my clients. I really do. They bring me so much joy. It brings me more pleasure than you can imagine to know that I am giving them the tools for a healthier and fitter life. One of the best comments last week was:

If it hurt as much to put the weight on as it does to take it off, I never would have done it.

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It's football season!  WOO WOO. Over labor day weekend the NFL website was having huge sales and discounts. I found a shirt I liked and ordered it. I stressed about the size though. Fan shirts tend to run small. So I ordered a Large. When it arrived it is actually a little big, but it's 100% cotton so hopefully it'll fit right soon.

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I need a massage...STAT!  Or at least a very thorough pedicure.

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I had a nice week. Daddy was sort of in town and I got to meet up with him and his friend for lunch. I picked Outback for it and couldn't wait. Prior the drive my blood sugar dropped super low. I was shaking. I had a little protein bar and it subsided, but I was so hungry when I got there I gobbled down some of the bread. For lunch I picked a combo. I had the cup of baked potato soup and the 1/2 ribeye melt sandwich. Nope, not the healthiest choices, but portion control was my win.

And then a couple hours later dad called to tell me a friend of his had Tony Stewart at his house last week. WHAT???  So the plan is in motion to introduce me...that meant I ran my ass off yesterday morning at the gym. No motivation like a Tony Stewart motivation!

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It's time to update your playlists.

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
Beck - Dreams - 114 BPM
Grace Potter - Alive Tonight - 120 BPM
Veruca Salt - Laughing in the Sugar Bowl - 163 BPM
Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer (Mike Cruz Remix) - 126 BPM
Flo Rida, Robin Thicke & Verdine White - I Don't Like It, I Love It - 119 BPM
Madonna - Bitch, I'm Madonna (Fedde Le Grande Remix) - 128 BPM
Shawn Mendes - Stitches - 150 BPM
Elle King - Ex's & Oh's - 140 BPM
One Direction - Drag Me Down - 139 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 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