Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thank you for your Motivation and Support

Hello Beautiful People,

I just want to take this moment to thank everyone for their support. I've been pretty open on social media about how tough training for the Cleveland Marathon has been for me both mentally and physically. It's very frustrating. It's mentally draining.

There's a lot of stuff going on right now. A lot of friends and family are going through some pretty tough times at the moment. It feels like every week I take another hit. My mind is very preoccupied most of the time. It makes getting my workouts started difficult. It also makes keeping my mind focused during my workouts difficult. Every text, email, tweet, call, facebook message urging me to keep going has truly helped me. Marathon training can be a very lonely journey and y'all have kept me going. I'm not quite where I want to be and there is a very good chance that I might not be able to finish it, but I have not given up because of you.

It doesn't matter where I am on my journey, I will always need motivation and support. It's so important. The journey to health and fitness can feel extremely isolating if you don't feel like everyone is on your side. So many times I feel like people are out there to sabotage me. I keep thinking "If everyone could be on the same page this would be so much easier."

It's extremely frustrating that no matter how far I come, I still face the mental battle. That's the hardest battle of all. It is an eternal battle. I am not sure this war will ever end, but I will never give up. I've won some battles and lost some. I won't accept total defeat though.

One of the reasons why I stressed about not getting to blog over the past those past weeks is that I felt like I was letting you down as a motivator and cheerleader. Not everyone has that support system and if I can help in anyway I will. In Girls on the Run we often talk about how important it is to support and build each other up. It's so very important.

Alrighty kids, Tuesdays are my long days and I'm beat. I need some sleep, but I needed to say Thank You. And I wanted to encourage each of you to be supportive for each other. If someone is supporting and motivating you, then I challenge you to do the same for someone else. #PayItForward


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, April 27, 2015

Sleep and a Distance today...HOORAY

Hello Beautiful People,

I keep forgetting to give you the update on my toe nail. It did finally fall off...the day after I bought beautiful new open toe sandals. Grr...I am able to paint it so that it looks bigger than it is, but it's still awful compared to the opposite foot...why did it have to be the big toe nail????

I had a couple different posts that I wanted to write today, but it's later than I planned on starting and I need to go to sleep soon. I shall improvise.

I had a special bonus today. I have new clients that I meet with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings (I cannot wait to tell you about them!) and they are away this week. I still have a 7:15 am client on Monday mornings though. Last night she asked if we could move it to later in the week. YES! There was a part of me that thought: Hooray I can get a true long distance in tomorrow! That part of me was quickly beaten over the head by the majority rule that screamed: YOU GET TO SLEEP IN! ahhh....I still woke up early for a pee break, but was quickly back in bed. I slept a little more than put on some tv and just cozied up. I got a later start to the day than I planned, but I am no longer running on empty. Isn't that awesome!  God clearly heard my prayers.

I still got a distance in today which was the plan so Hooray!  Sleep in and a distance. It was a good day. Then I met Ms. Crystal for dinner. I didn't have a lot to eat all day, which did affect my distance, so I was starving. We went to a coal oven pizza place that we had been curious about. I got a personal Hawaiian pizza. It was HEAVENLY.

I stopped for some groceries on my way home and I was walking around like I was 80. My knees and hips were killing me. But, I did pick up some veggies, milk, and chicken. I was hoping for some rotisserie chicken, but they were out and there was a line of people waiting for it...I couldn't stand that long.

When I got home I collapsed. I needed to elevate my knees STAT (aww...makes me think of McDreamy...sniff sniff I still can't talk about it). Did you happen to catch that knee was plural? Grr...my good knee was hurting on the run today. I think I need to go get another patella strip for that one too.

And speaking of the patella strip...I'm getting my runner's tan: white feet and running shirt tan PLUS my patella strap. I have a nice strip of white under my knee. Awesome!  I need some pool time STAT! lol. I also got a little burn today. Not much, but my shoulders are red. I took my sport sunscreen, but forgot to put it on. DOH.

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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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Just say "NO!" Jennifer! (Running on Empty)

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Before I get started, here is my shameless plug. I am hosting an online Jamberry Nails Fundraiser for my Run for Autism. If you are interested please check out the page:

http://lauriemclean.jamberrynails.net/party/?uid=8d6caa4d-1bd0-41d9-b4c9-fe3c9bdd8de8

Okay, so it's been a long day. It's been hard for me to get started writing tonight. After church I had 4 clients and I was just beat when I got home. I am not home often so I wanted to do some laundry, dishes and cleaning. I got some done, but the recliner eventually won out. 

I have been running on empty a LOT lately.  I really really need to learn to say "No". I volunteer myself for everything. I was asked if I could babysit my favorite twins last night. I was tired, but they are hard to say "no" to. Then I was asked if I could babysit some kids tomorrow. I did actually say no to that. I NEED a distance day. I'll never make it in Cleveland if I don't. Three weeks to go!

When I left you yesterday I was getting ready to leave for the BBQ at church. First of all, the BBQ chicken was finger licking good. It melted off of the bones. It was sooooo good. But, it was more than just a BBQ last night. There was an Auction also. I was the lucky winner of a Starbucks travel mug. haha. Surprise! But, there were a lot of cakes and food items up for auction. One such cake was an AMAZING chocolate cheesecake. I was salivating. Well lucky me, the winner happened to be a member of my Sunday School class. So guess what I had at 10am? OH Heck yeah it was sooooo delicious. All day I was very aware of though. It kept me from making poor choices...good thing it is carb loading day. I was happy and sad at the same time. Happy because it was awesome. Sad because the scale was extremely friendly this morning. I have been pretty good lately...well for the most part.

Let me tell you about yesterday though. On my way home from the Girls on the Run 5K I was cold and wet....and HUNGRY. I couldn't think and figured I would just hit a drive thru on my way home. Of course I realized that it was before 11am. I ended up going to Chick fil-a for a grilled chicken. My bag spilled on my floor in the 5 minutes it took for me to get home. My car smells like fast food. It's KILLING ME.

Alright, let's get back to the issue at hand. I have been so exhausted it's crazy. I am so very rarely home. Basically, if someone asked me to do something the answer was YES. In short, I get very restless and lonely when I have downtime. Right now I am begging for some downtime, so I really overdid it. That's how I am though. If someone needs help, I will say yes. I don't regret it at all. I got involved in some really amazing things and I have gotten to meet new people. That's been key for me. One of the driving forces behind moving back to Charlotte was my friends that are here, but the biggest blessing has been all of the new friendships that I have made. To be honest, 80% of my time is spent with new friendships. I am so thankful for all of these wonderful people in my life. Of course I will jump in to help with anything that is asked. I just need to figure out how to add hours to the day.

And so my Marathon Training has suffered. I haven't gotten the training I have needed. I haven't had the time I had previously and my knee has been sore. The thing is, it's fine during my runs. It's the days after that I have the problems and they keep me from getting right back out there. Grrr...In a way, the busy schedule has helped. If I was hurting and sitting around then it would not have been pretty.

Alrighty kids, I need sleep. I will see you tomorrow.

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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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Remember me?

Hello my Beautiful People...remember me? Lol

Wow...never ever did I think I would ever go 5 weeks between posts. You have no idea how much it has bothered me. I have composed a hundred posts in my head, I just either didn't have the time or I just have been too exhausted.

I have so many things to catch up on. We had our Girls on the Run 5K today. I am sooooo proud of my girls. It was cold and raining, but they finished. I have new clients. I spent a lot of time at church events (helping the homeless, Confirmation, and Lent events). I did some travelling for Easter.  I have been trying to prepare for the Cleveland Marathon that is in 3 weeks. I have been physically and emotionally exhausted. I have missed you.

Back in September I got a virus on my laptop and it was painful to get on. Well the good news is that I have a new laptop now. YEAH!  So I'm back. I'm so happy. I love it!  YEAH!

So along with my busy schedule has come a lot of stress. I haven't been truly handling it well. Sometimes I was happy not to be blogging because I was ashamed. I consumed WAY too much chocolate. I ate out too much. I didn't like it. But, I couldn't stop it. I would literally be in line at the store and say to myself "Be proud that your cart doesn't have anything bad in it. I will be good." And then minutes later I would throw a twix bar on the counter. I literally couldn't stop myself. I had no willpower.

My Marathon training is not going as well as I had hoped. It's in 3 weeks and I am nowhere near ready. I should be starting to taper and I haven't completed a respectable distance in my mind. I'm going to try for one on Monday, otherwise it's time to resign myself to the fact that I will have to switch to a Half instead of a Full.

Another issue with not getting on my computer has been my lack of pushing my Fundraising for Run for Autism. I am way behind on my fundraising. I am feeling like a failure on this end. I need to get moving on it. People are counting on me. I will dedicate this week to that.

On the positive side, I have gotten control of my eating this week. I have focused on drinking water and eating right. The bloat is gone. I feel better, but I'm still not super happy.  I let things get to me and I lost focus. It's time to focus again.

I am sad to report that Tony Stewart still hasn't called me, but I have not given up hope. haha.

I have some things to do before I head out for a Church BBQ tonight...you know how I feel about BBQ...so I shall sign off for now. Rest assured though, that I will be back tomorrow. I Promise!

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

New to Pinterest