Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Random Wednesday: Cocoa Beans, Hopscotch, and Butt Massages



Happy Random Wednesday Y’all,

So I heard the worst news yesterday. Brace yourself: Cocoa beans are an endangered crop. I KNOW!  I was horrified too. SAVE THE COCOA BEANS! I literally thought my heart was going to stop when I heard that.

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As of today I am officially registered for the Cleveland Marathon. WOO WOO!  I will be setting up my fundraising page tomorrow. Get ready!

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I would now like to give you a little glimpse into my daily life.

Lent is coming up. And that means giving up something. I thought long and hard about this and I’m giving up games on my phone. I did it before and it felt good. It is time again. I have other things to do.

I mentioned this to a client during a recent session.

Her response: But what will you do while you are in the bathroom?

Mine: I will need to go old school to books and magazines.

Clearly no topic is off limits in Personal Training Sessions. Haha

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Panera Butternut Squash soup was on sale at Target today. WOO WOO

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I am signed up with a babysitting/nanny agency to fill some of my odd available hours. This past weekend I worked with the cutest family. The youngest child is a 5 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. She was the cutest thing you could ever imagine. She spends 6-8 hours a day in braces on her legs because of her weak right calf.

It made me tear up a couple of times watching her move around. She struggles, but oh how she doesn’t let that stop her. She wanted us to play hopscotch in the rain. Watching her hop and balance was adorable. She was so determined.

It was just a reminder of how thankful I am for my body. It’s completely functional and I wasted so many years.

I can’t wait to work with her again. We played Frozen all day.  Haha. As in she was Elsa and I was Anna.

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I got my Girls on the Run roster this week. WOO WOO. Eight of my girls are coming back. So excited. And I am super excited that I received a wonderful donation of water bottles and socks for them. YEAH!  I know the best people.

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My hip has been bothering me. I know it is partly from my hills, but it’s also partly from carrying my super heavy backpack. Monday I did 8 miles. Yesterday I did the bike and core at the gym. And last night it was killing me. So today I did yoga and then went over to Running Buddy’s house. She’s a former Physical Therapist.

I got on the table and she found the source. It was another adhesion at the top of my glutes. She worked on it for 30 minutes and I was practically crying the whole time. Basically, she worked on my bare butt. I feel like I owe her dinner and a movie. Our friendship has been taken to a whole new level. Haha. Ouch!

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It’s almost time for Daytona. WOO WOO! I am ready for some Tony Stewart! Hey Tony Stewart, CALL ME!

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Um did you know about Peppermint Bark Ice Cream?  I think I  have gone to heaven

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, January 26, 2015

Potlucks still terrify me



Hello my Lovelies and Gents, 

This past Sunday we had a potluck at church. The Former Fat Girl used to get giddy beyond belief for a potluck. They are a goldmine!  But, for me they stress me out. Let’s face it, the majority of food is off limits.

There is always so much food. So much rich goodness. She would not even worry about missing something because she would plan on several plates full of food. Seconds…and possibly thirds.
To make sure that things were even on Sunday we were assigned a type of food based on the first letter of our last name. My name put me in the Main Dish category.  I wasn’t sure what to bring, so I improvised. Shh….I totally switched categories. I brought some garlic hummus and whole wheat pita that I ripped into bite size pieces.

The way it was set up was two long tables….hmm…which to choose from. I would not be going for seconds so I had to choose my table wisely. I actually chose it because it was the shortest line.

I filled my plate with salad, hummus and pita (and I did see a young boy in front of me put some on his plate so I felt a little giddy), green beans, tomato/mozzarella/basil salad, and then I didn’t know what to do. I put a little pasta on for some carb loading and I splurged on a sloppy joes. I didn’t fill the bun like I normally do.

I didn’t take a picture, but I wish I had. There was so much green.  I paired it with unsweetened iced tea. 

The potluck coincided with a meeting. The meeting went long and totally worked in my favor. I was sitting up front. It made it a little hard to get up again. That meant that I kept it to one plate and did not get up for dessert. I never even looked at the table. Which is good, because I am pretty sure the visuals would have been dancing through my head the whole time.I stayed strong though. Yeah!  Good for me!

As I said, the meeting ran long and it ate into my afternoon plans. I was supposed to meet Ms. Amy around 1 for a little bit and then go to the park for 5 miles. I did meet up with Ms. Amy for a few and then I met Ms. Crystal in the park. I got in 3 miles. I wanted more, but it was getting late and I wanted to take some pictures. Besides, my hip was hurting. It’s been hurting since Mr. Brian and I did 5 miles last week. Those hills are hurting it I do believe. Grr.

I am proud of myself though. I didn’t overindulge and I very well could have. It would have been very easy. So much food. There have been times that I have considered just packing my own meal for potlucks. That’s how much they terrify me now. This gave me confidence. I don’t have work potlucks anymore, and that’s an added bonus to my career change, but I see a lot more church potlucks in my future. I may have to change my last name though to move to side dishes permanently.

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

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Post Christmas Depression/Winter Blues



Happy Thursday Bleeps,

It kind of stinks when the post Christmas depression coincide with the winter blues. Y’all know what I’m talking about. Putting my Christmas decorations away makes me so sad I can’t stand it. Pair that with naked trees, cold air, and rain and well it’s not good. Thank goodness I moved to North Carolina.

Not being around my family throughout the whole holiday season was sad for me.  It was hard. That played with my brain. Plus I had a post race depression that I was dealing with. I had spent the previous 6 months devoting my life to training and it was over. The trees are naked. It’s a little colder. Continuous rainy days aren’t helping. I had a hard time getting out of bed for a few weeks.

Now in full disclosure my hormones were completely out of whack. My Lady Gift was very off and messing with me. It was not good for me mentally. I spent way too many hours in front of the tv. I have books to read. I have workouts to do. I have scarves to knit. But instead, I was eating chocolate and vegging in front of the tv.

I was having day after day of out of body experiences. My brain was Screaming “GET UP!”, but my body was not responding. I mean I can’t even tell you the number of episodes of Criminal Minds that I have watched recently. And you know they are uplifting.

When I had to get up and go out for whatever reason I immediately felt better. This happened many times, and yet that never registered in my brain that I should do it. I just wanted to shut down and do nothing.

My workouts suffered. I still got some in, but not quite the ones that I wanted. For goodness sakes, my livelihood depends on me being fit. I can’t afford to slack off as much as I did. Some of it was necessary, but some of it was not.

For the most part of 2014 my lady gift was nice and light. All of that training helped. This past month it was so heavy I was drained of energy. It held me back a little. My toe nail held me back a little. But, that doesn’t excuse the other days. I am not going to hit 100 miles this month. I’m pretty pissed at myself about that.  I mean REALLY PISSED at myself.

Thank goodness I am going to be running the Cleveland Marathon. I need it as my motivation. I mean I NEED it. My training this week had shown me just how much I have not done. I’m fine walking long distances, but even short runs are hurting. It’s time to get back in the game.

Luckily the weather has been simply amazing this past week. It’s made it very easy to want to get out there. This morning I had a session in the park with a client. It was 40 degrees and sunny at 9 am when we started. By the time it was 10 the sun went behind clouds and the temperature dropped to 30. I needed to get in at least 3 miles today. The Former Fat Girl has been making her presence known this past month. She was lobbying for me to leave. I knew that I could talk myself into at least one mile. And then while I was on it I would be able to talk myself into two more. And then I got a text from my Running Buddy and she was on her way. Hooray! 

So we ran for two miles then walked one. By the end of the second mile we were breathing hard. I was nervous. I wasn’t wearing my running pants. I wasn’t wearing my patella strip. I was wearing my old reeboks that I want to bring back out for short distances, but worried about my arch. We high fived though and felt so good. The sun had come out and we had a great final mile just breathing in the nice air and enjoying ourselves. 

It is very frustrating when your brain is your biggest enemy. I've said it before and I will say it again, the mental battle is the toughest. I'm thankful that I can recognize when it's happening and I can pull myself out of it. It may take longer than I want, but my desire is too great. I won't let the Former Fat Girl win!

I think I’ve kicked the blues! Thank goodness because I have work to do.

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

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Random Wednesday: Drool, Babysitting, and Burgers



Happy Random Wednesday

Just as I started writing this a commercial for butter came on with a big bowl of mashed potatoes. I just drooled a little.

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So last week I had a session with my Pastor in the park. I got there early and got 2 miles and then put in 5 more miles after. I had lunch plans and went straight there. It was the middle of the afternoon before I was driving home. I was gross. I hadn’t had a shower. I considered stopping at Subway or Starbucks and then I had a horrifying thought. That would be the day that I would finally run into Tony Stewart. I didn’t stop. I know that the odds were against that, but I couldn’t take the chance of grossing him out.

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I had coupons for free Junior Frostys from Wendy’s that were from Halloween. They expire next week. So of course I had to go. I made sure to get in 5 miles first. I couldn’t decide between chocolate and vanilla, but luckily I didn’t have to choose. You can get a twist!  Crap…I wish I didn’t know that.

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I’m just going to give a big shout out to whoever invented the frozen vegetable microwavable steam bags. They are Awesome!

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Toe nail update: It’s still hanging in. But, it is now out from the cuticle area…I’m officially grossed out by my own feet.

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I was babysitting this weekend. The kids were 10 yr old twins. They are awesome. They volunteered to make me lunch. I snagged a chip off of the plate while they were fixing it. I was not prepared for salt & vinegar. I love those chips, but I usually know that I am doing it. It was quite the shock to the system.

The chips went with turkey and cheese sandwiches on the most awesome rolls. Now I am from Philadelphia, home of the hoagie and cheesesteak. Rolls are VERY important to me. These were amazing. French Hoagie Rolls. I ran to the store to get some for myself. Oh mama they are good!
So the kids were talking about pickles that were in the fridge. I offered to get them. I put them on the counter and the label was facing away from me. I opened them and we put on our plates. And then I noticed they were jalapeno flavored. I soldiered up and ate mine, but I drank an enter 32 oz cup of ice water with it. So then I was frozen.

The boy put mayonnaise on his and ate it. I almost threw up.

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Mr. Brian came to visit me this weekend. Sadly he wasn’t feeling too well, but we did manage to go for a 5 mile walk/hike yesterday before he left. We didn’t push it for speed, but we did spend most of the time talking about food. We talked about good options for every meal and snacks. It was good.
We talked about eating out and what some options are at Subway. So we stopped there on our way home and got a foot long to split: turkey and ham on wheat. We did get provolone, even though we discussed not eating cheese, and had it toasted. We had spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers on it. Then we put on some guacamole when we got home. Yum.

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I am still craving that burger…

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Alrighty kids, it’s been a long day and I need to go to bed.

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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