Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Random Wednesday: Snow, Girl Scout cookies, and Phone games



Happy Random Wednesday Yo!

Well it’s snowing…and I mean it IS SNOWING!  It is so beautiful. It started while I was at church tonight. It was such a beautiful drive home.  I love the snow. I’m sure those of you up north want to kick me in the teeth for saying that, but this is nice for me to see.

Snow means that my schedule is about to get all out of whack. No school means no Girls on the Run again…we didn’t have it Tuesday either. That makes me so sad. It also means that my client schedule will be jumping around. But, more importantly this will affect my marathon training schedule. Luckily I anticipated this and switched tomorrow to a cross training day.

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Today a client paid me in Girl Scout Cookies. Hahaha. Not the full amount, but one box and she subtracted it from her payment. I am A-OK with that! Okay, maybe I suggested it. :-) 

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I have been craving chocolate. So I picked up some dark chocolate Hershey kisses.

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Have you seen the tiramisu frap at Starbucks?  I stopped at the one at Target today for a tall. They didn’t have it yet. Boo. I will try again at another location.

I was at Target to get some food for the impeding snowstorm. I picked up a rotisserie chicken, carrots, bananas, etc. I got me some good food!  I heard some talk on the radio about what people stock up on before a storm. Think Twinkies and Ho-Hos.

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Sunday at church the Health Ministry team was providing healthy snacks between services. I was asked to bring pineapple. It brought me such joy to find some in the store, cut it up, and provide fresh sweet goodness. 

I also found a great handout in my mailbox. Now that Lent is upon us they suggest being good stewards of our bodies.

I love some of the suggestions they give:

*Lower the amount of sodium and sugar you eat
*Eat less red meat
*Join the church Fitbit Community site
*Find a buddy to walk with

Just to name a few

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Yesterday I put together a workout for myself. I hadn’t really done any push ups in a long time, and frankly I couldn’t remember offhand when my last chest workout was. My workout consisted of 8 sets of 20 seconds each. I put in Push ups anyway. Happy to say that I knocked out 10 for each round. That was 80 in under 4 minutes. I am definitely in better shape than I give myself credit for.

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I could tell that this storm was coming because my knees were SCREAMING last night. 

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So it’s been a week since I gave up games on my phone for Lent. It’s been surprisingly easy. Go Me!

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I am struggling with my short hair for running. BAH!  I knew I would. It looks super cute for the rest of the time, but I am dripping with sweat on the back of my head after 3 miles. It’s gross. Today it just dripped and dripped down my back. Ewww.

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A big shout out to Ms. Amy for her donation for my Run for Autism. WOO WOO!  Thank you Ms. Amy!  Who’s next?


Have a Blessed Evening

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

I was my own client this week



Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

I am so happy that I am feeling better. I was practically delirious to get back on the treadmill. It’s not my favorite, but the weather did not allow for anything outdoor. The trails were not clear of ice.
My first day back I got in 5 miles. I was happy. I wanted more, but I needed to ease my way into it. Plus I was suddenly aware of how little I had eaten for two weeks. I was sick. I was not burning the calories, so I did not consume them. I was weak on the treadmill. 

My second day out I put in 6 miles. I had wanted more, but it was a faster pace and I was still aware of how I hadn’t eaten. Luckily I was starting to feel better and I was burning calories. I was hungry again and making sure to eat properly.

Fueling properly is so incredibly important. It makes all of the difference in the world. I just reviewed the lessons for Girls on the Run this week and we will be discussing healthy food choices. It’s never too early to start!

Friday I met Ms. Amy for lunch. We went to a place that didn’t offer too many healthy options.  They do have one of my favorite comfort meals: mac’n’cheese with chicken, bread crumbs, and broccoli. It’s a small portion, but heaven. I looked at the menu forever. I kept trying to find something else, but all of the sandwich options were crazy full of calories: mayonnaise, cheese, bacon, and super rich breads. So I opted for the mac’n’cheese. That meant one thing: Carb Loading. My fate was sealed for the next day. I was planning on it to be distance day, but now I had no choice. It had to be. I’m good with that.

I was hoping to get in 13 miles on Saturday. I am behind on my Marathon training. I really needed a distance. The training plan I am following had 8 miles for my distance this week. However, I missed the previous few weeks distances. The problem was that my body was not ready for that. I had book club and a client that morning so I got started later than I wanted.  The whole time I was on the treadmill I was making deals with myself. It was clear after 4 miles that my breathing was getting more difficult and I as unable to take deep breaths. I slowed it down and decided to stop at 8 miles. But then I still had time and decided to take a 1 mile cool down. It was hard, but I had to override myself desires and be smart.  I had to consider myself a client. I would never let a client do more than they were ready for after being sick. I know that my body needed to work its way back to its original form.


 
I was planning on a run tomorrow, but I’m not sure it will happen. My knees were killing me today. This is why it’s really hard for me to follow training programs to a T. I have to factor in my knees. So tomorrow may be a walk.

I also did something last week that wasn’t the smartest thing. At Girls on the Run we let the girls run the hallways of the school. After one lap they slowed down and started goofing off looking in classrooms. So I dropped everything and took off after them. I had already done 6 miles that day and this was running on school tiles. Basically, it was a most unforgiving surface for my knees. They still haven’t forgiven me. Grr.  As I write this they are nice and elevated.

Alrighty kids, Downton Abbey is over and I’m ready for bed…

Have a Blessed Evening

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If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you! Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week. The journey is so much easier if you have support.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Random Wednesday: Tony Stewart, Chocolate Pudding, and Incentives



Happy Random Wednesday Bleeps!

Are you excited? This Sunday is the Daytona 500!  HOLLA!  So happy to have Nascar back. Oh how I have missed it….and Tony Stewart.

Luckily for me he was in the news this past weekend. He was the recipient of the first Black Flag of the season during practice. The Black Flag means that officials want to see him in the trailer. The headline: Stewart refuses to Weigh-In.

Hold the phones. Here’s the story: Every year at the beginning of the year the drivers are required to weigh in so that they can factor in their weight during race inspections. This is nothing new. Tony was out practicing when they called him in. He refused to leave practice for it. Luckily for us the media opted to focus on his weight and not the actual situation. That pisses me off! The story had nothing to do with that,  but for goodness sake let’s call him out. SHAME ON YOU MEDIA! SHAME!

Hey Tony Stewart…CALL ME! I got your back!

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I have been craving chocolate pudding something CRAZY lately.

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The toe nail is still hanging in…gross…but still there. Tender, but still there. It’s never going to fall off…grrr

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I hit the treadmill today. HOORAY!  I got in 5 miles. They were slow and I was still coughing, but I felt good about them.  I’m feeling good about getting back out there tomorrow. The plan is still slow, but longer. If I am feeling good then the plan is to start a run on Friday. Cross your fingers.

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Day 1 with no games on my phone is almost in the books. I survived…of course I was also out of the house for 11 hours.

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Book club is this Saturday. I’m still reading Boys in the Boat and still loving it. I can’t even tell you how lazy I feel when I read it. These guys spent their summers jack hammering mountains to make enough money to go to college. They worked their butts off and didn’t even get scholarships.  Their work ethic was just simply amazing.

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When I came home yesterday I had a lovely package waiting for me. It’s my Run for Autism package. Woo Woo!  I got my racing jersey and my training t-shirt. It’s time to get crackin on the fundraising.   I am formally asking everyone who reads this to post my fundraising page on your facebook or twitter page. Pretty pretty please!


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I really want to see that new Kevin Costner movie about the cross country kids. It’s my new incentive. I can go after I get in a distance of 13 miles. Positive incentives. It’s all good.

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So proud that I have not raided the clearance Valentine’s day candy. GO ME!

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Okay I REALLY want some chocolate pudding. What the heck?

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Today a client that I have been working with for 2 months completed 100 push ups during our session. He was completely amazed at his progress. I love my job!

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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No more games!



Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Grr…I can’t believe another week has gone by between posts. I’m starting to get really mad at myself. Sometimes they are legit reasons. Sometimes I’m just tired and lazy about it. I’m still getting over this coughing/lung thing. It’s almost gone, but I had a relapse on Saturday and it scared me.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to give up. Food isn’t really an issue. I don’t really drink alcoholic beverages. I thought about giving up Starbucks, but I go there for more than just coffee. I need the people. And so I settled on games on my phone. I gave them up before. Quite frankly I’m mad at how many found their way back on. When I am out and about I don’t give them a second thought. When I am home I get sucked in like crazy. That’s blogging time. That’s reading time. That’s knitting time. Grr. I know I need veg time, but I don’t want this kind anymore. Now, they will remain on my tablet, but all phone games are hereby banned for the next 40 days…and hopefully longer.

So this cough may just kill me. I’m ready to go for a run tomorrow, but I’m scared. What if it sets me back? The marathon is THREE months from today. I can’t have anymore setbacks. I simply cannot.  Last week I thought I was good. Then I had the relapse during Girls on the Run. I thought I was getting better and it happened again Saturday night. I couldn’t catch my breath I was coughing so hard. I’ve been fine ever since, with just a little cough, but I couldn’t take deep breaths until yesterday. I WANT TO RUN!!!! 

The positive in all of this is that I lost 5 lbs. I still haven’t gained it back so I may just be able to keep it off at this time. My big Reminder is that If I am not burning the calories then I cannot consume them. I did consume many on Saturday, but that was one day.

Saturday was Valentine’s Day. I had two clients in the morning, then I was meeting Ms. Caroline at Starbucks. We had a bananagrams challenge on. We didn’t get there until after 2 so I didn’t get a coffee drink. But, I did get a light caramel frappucino…you know for my sore throat and everything.  We had been there the day before and I saw chocolate covered sugar cookies…so I got one on Saturday.  That night I met some friends at a bar for the Syracuse/Duke game. Now we all know there will be no good option for dinner at a bar. I was stressing. I could just wait and have a later dinner at home. But, they had a burger and I had been craving one. So I ordered it. OMG…it was HUGE…and delicious! That’s what she said! It was worth it. Except that I was wearing tight jeans and I just wanted to unbutton the rest of the night.

I’ve been good about food otherwise so I’m not going to beat myself up. I have still craved burgers, but keep saying “you had one on Saturday, you’re good for a while.” Besides, it’s on reserve until I get in another distance training day…and that’s planned for Thursday so Woo Woo!

Alright, I have more to say, but I’m reserving it for Random Wednesday…it’ll be late when I get home just so you know. Kind of like tonight. Haha.

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):

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facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAFormerFatGir

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