Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Saturday: Joyous moments with my clients and some hot dinner moments

Hello Beautiful People,

Today has been an interesting day.

It started with a client session with my 68 yr old couple. It brought me great joy. We have been talking for several months about proper footwear Today when I arrived the first thing I noticed were the new socks and then the sneakers! YEAH!  Then she proceeded to tell me that she also bought walking sneakers, a pedometer, and a heart rate monitor. My heart soared. I love making a difference.

When I left I had planned on going to the gym, but we finally had a little rain last night and it was a little bit cooler. So I opted to go to the park. I thought of some problems, but decided that I would get through it.

1) I didn't have an extra water bottle. I would need to use the water fountain.
2) I don't have my extra set of keys. I will just need to carry the big set.
3) I was wearing a cotton t-shirt. I would have preferred a quick dry shirt. I will stick to the shade.

I made it through 2 miles before I ran out of water. I stopped to fill up my cup in the water fountain and had to wade through dozens of kids who were filling up their water guns. It was awesome. A massive water gun fight had broken out in the park. Genius. Anyway, my cup was too big to get a lot of water in it before it started spilling out. Bah.  I got a third mile in and headed out.

I was so sweaty and thirsty that I had to immediately stop at the gas station and run in for a Gatorade. Ahhh...so refreshing.

A little later in the day I went to Starbucks to get some work done. Ms. Caroline joined me for a little while. Then we went over to Target for a little bit. We were both hungry and decided to go grab dinner. I was starving so we crossed the parking lot to Buffalo Wild Wings.

My lunch today mainly consisted of a turkey sandwich and lots of vegetables on the side. I didn't get my afternoon snack and I was super hungry. We ordered the spinach artichoke dip to share. We were intrigued because it came with pita chips and veggies to dip in it.

My entrée was the buffalo chicken flatbread. I opted for the mild buffalo sauce. I can't handle spicy. It was good. There were small pieces of grilled buffalo chicken with celery and blue cheese. As hungry as I was, I couldn't finish. My stomach is much smaller than it used to be.

While we were there they announced that there was a Blazing Challenger. The Challenge is to eat 12 blazing hot wings in 6 minutes. It was happening right behind us on the other side of the wall. A crowd was gathering. A waitress came around the corner and caught our eyes. She made a face and came over. We asked who was doing it. "It's just a kid. He has 4 to go and 3 minutes to do it. I have seen grown men cry trying to finish. He's fine. He's going to do it."  There was a large cheer when he finished.

I have talked before about my feelings on food competitions. Food is nourishment for your body, not a competition. I am frankly mortified that the parents let this kid (barely looked 10 yrs old) compete in this challenge. First of all, let's talk about what we are all thinking. That kid is going to HURT on the toilet later. Second of all, he wasn't obese, but this young kid was overweight. I silently wept at the struggles he will face. Overweight kids face an even bigger challenge to start a healthy lifestyle. After all, it's most likely completely new to them. How do you break literal lifelong habits? Who will educate and help them?

I literally felt like throwing up the whole ride home. My stomach was so upset. That "mild" sauce just about killed me. I've had 3 tums since I got home. We'll be crossing this off the list of dinner options for the future.


Have a Blessed Evening
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Who wears Short Shorts?

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Summer is here and that means Short Shorts. I have a love hate relationship with them. I have mentioned before that I have always had shapely legs. They have always been an asset. They are muscular.

Over the years I have seen them slim down, but remain shapely. That simply amazes me. Secret time: occasionally when I am laying on the floor for workouts I will lift my legs and just marvel at how small they are. I don't even recognize them some days.





This year I haven't been super excited for my short shorts though. Because of my knee issues I severely cut back on leg workouts for my Marathon training. It's important to work your legs, and I still worked them a little, but all of that extra swelling and soreness I scaled back the squats and weights. Well when I was wearing pants it wasn't noticeable. But, now that it's shorts time I'm not thrilled. My thighs have dimples that were not previously there. My inner thighs are not as tight as they once were. All of the running and walking thins it down, but I need my strength training to tighten them up.




Since I am doing yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays I decided to make Tuesdays leg day. OMG I was all over it today. I was amazed at how strong my legs were. I mean I did a killer workout. I started with 3 miles on the treadmill. Then I moved to the leg press. Next up were the Hip Abduction (outer thighs) and Hip Adduction (inner thighs). I moved to the Calf extension. Even though my tight calf was the cause of a lot of pain, I still have to work it. I ended legs at the Glute machine...Hello Bootylicious! Before I stretched, and I made sure I did that, I hit the mat for some core time. I was a big sweaty mess when I was done and I most likely will have difficulty walking tomorrow, but I'm so happy I don't care.



I am currently wearing short shorts and I'm not super thrilled, but it won't be long until my legs are back in the shape I love them in. There are still several months to show them off.



Have a Blessed Evening
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Recovery time is over. Resuming regularly scheduled programming.

Hello Beautiful People,

My month of recovery time is over. Holla!  It's time to get back up and moving. And that's what I've been doing.

Tuesday I went to the gym and hit the treadmill. I still wasn't sure about my foot so I just went with a brisk walk. The arch pulled on the third mile for about 10 minutes. I enjoyed my walk, but was a little aggravated.

I had been wanting to attend the Holy Yoga sessions at Church on Wednesday nights, but I was attending Bible study during that time. Ms. Caroline and I decided to go and I am so glad I did. It was so great on my legs. The schedule has changed and added a Monday morning class for the summer. Twice a week is a good good thing for me.

Thursday I was babysitting from 7:45am to 11pm so there really wasn't time to workout. I needed a nap.

Friday night I was with a client and we did a barbell workout. I had all of the weights on it to transport. So when I got home I did a max weight workout. It was gooood. Back. Chest. Shoulders. Biceps. Triceps. I skipped legs because I was planning a run the next day.

My clients moved schedules around and I now have an 8am on Saturday. So my new Saturday schedule is to train them then hit the gym on my way home. I did 5 miles of intervals and then 10 minutes of core work after. The running felt good and my foot hasn't bothered me since last Tuesday. HOLLA!

Sunday night I did some more max weights. And then this morning I had Holy Yoga. We spent most of the time on Upper body which is fine, but we also spent a lot of time sitting on our knees and I didn't really respond well to that. I modified what I could, but ouch.

My gym bag is packed and I will be going tomorrow after my morning clients. I wish I was going to the park, but not in this heat.

I spent a lot of time working on my calendar this weekend. My summer schedule is nice and busy. That means that I NEED to schedule in my workouts. My injury is better and I have to get back into my former shape so that I can kick Marathon #3's Ass!

Get out your calendar now and start plugging in workouts. Start with the times you can do and then figure out what you will be doing during them. Make the effort and your body will thank you.

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.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Season 2 of Girls on the Run

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Well this post is long overdue. I actually started it a month ago, but things got hectic. My second season with Girls on the Run has come to an end. I am so very proud to be a part of this organization and so very sad that I have to wait all summer until I work with them again.

This season was so very different from the first. Some of the girls were the same and some of the lessons we did were similar, but it was very different. This time around we had 4 coaches and 4 less girls. It was a lot easier to work with the girls.

Another big difference was that this season we transitioned from cold weather to hot. It was the opposite last season. It also meant that we dealt with a lot of snow. Well, a lot for North Carolina. We ended up missing 3 sessions because the schools were either closed or canceled after school activities. It made me cry. I missed the girls. We were able to make them up at the end of the year, but it was tough to get going after being out and then just as we got things moving it was Spring Break time.

This year a I was a little more prepared. Several times I stopped and brought in healthy snacks for the girls. One day it was apple slices and another time it was bananas. I had seen a picture on FB that someone wrote inspiring/motivational messages on the bananas with a sharpie. OH yeah, I had to do that.



Last season we had a problem with girls forgetting their water bottles. So I put a call out to my FB friends: "We all get water bottles as give aways and swag. So please save them and give them to me if you aren't using them."  I got a donation from one of my clients and a large donation with socks for all of the girls too from Mr. Eric and Ms. Lisa. It was fabulous. I made the decision to write GOTR on the bottles. If any of the girls needed one they could use it for the lesson and I would collect them at the end. I spent a lot of time washing them, but as many as I gave out this season, I would have run out week 3 if I hadn't done that. Gotta work on that next season. haha.

Once again this season we had a hard time with time. We have an hour and fifteen minutes to fit in 2 lessons and laps. We met in the gym and if the weather cooperated we would move to the bus parking lot outside, but we had to wait until after the buses left. It was like herding bees to get outside. We would constantly lose time. Generally we should have been spending 25-30 minutes doing laps. We were lucky half the time if we got in 20 minutes. Now the main focus is not the laps, but the empowering of these young girls and giving them the tools to foster positive attitudes and environments. But, it did get a little stressful. You would think that we would at least get these girls pushing themselves for that 15 minutes. Nope, mostly lollygaggers. That's okay though because they were really good about discussing the questions and topics we posed to them and that was more important. Luckily we knew that all but one of them had completed a 5K previously. We just needed nice weather.

Some of our lap days were painful. It would be gorgeous outside and you would think we were taking them into a blizzard. And then on the warm days it was like they were dragging their feet through tar. I couldn't stress water enough for them. I was the Hydration Queen!

Some days our laps truly inspired me. One day one of the girls who usually got distracted by things on her laps just really blew us away and ran and ran and ran. She made it a game to tag the coaches and chase us. We happily obliged.  She is also a girl that we saw completely open up and come into her own this season. *Smile* That's why we do this. I loved watching her friendship blossom with the other girls.

There are a couple lessons that really stood out. There was one where the girls were to run for 40 minutes completely silent. They weren't allowed to talk to each other or to the coaches. I'm not going to lie. I was a little nervous. We have some talkers. But, they did it. It was amazing. When it was over we gathered for our stretches and Miss M, our biggest talker, raised her hand. "Can we talk now?" LOL. Yes you can. I thought she was going to burst. When it was time to give Energy Awards she was nominated by the other girls because she went the whole 40 minutes without talking. LOL.

Another lesson the girls were to run a relay. We had a small stuffed bear and the girls were to run a quarter of the track and hand it to a girl in the next group who would run to the next group and pass it on etc. The object was for the bear to complete a 5K in 20 minutes. I don't quite remember the weather that day, but for whatever reason we had to stay in the gym. So we had the girls lines up and they had to run a lap and pass it on. I kept track of the lap times on my phone and the girls were simply amazing. Their times were very consistent with each other. They chanted and cheered everyone on and finished in just under 15 minutes. I had tears in my eyes.

On top of the running the girls also had to choose a Community Impact Project. The girls love animals and ran a donation drive to collect items for the Humane Society. They were so cute. Although I think they thought they were going to get to play with the dogs.

 


This season the 5K was split into two races. We were the first race. The girls were excited and I got them bows for their hair (not pink because they didn't have enough for them all) and sunglasses (that is hilarious). Clearly I jinxed the weather.



I had volunteered at the packet pick up and got to meet a lot of the parents. I also got a new sports bra because we got 20% off. Wow. It was worth the money (made a huge difference during the marathon).

It was slightly drizzling when we got there. We found each other and huddled under umbrellas. There was some dancing going on for a warm up, but the girls wanted to get back under the umbrellas.

Every girl needs to have a running buddy. The coaches are allowed to be buddies and one of the mom's asked if I would run with her daughter. My first thought was: OH NO! Miss M2 is one of our fastest girls. ACK!

The rain really started to come down when we started running. But, these girls were all in! Miss M2 and I ran for a little while and as I was looking ahead I noticed a giant hill. Whoa. I don't run hills. They hurt my knee too much. Luckily Miss M2 didn't want to either. That hill was steep. Luckily when we got to the top we turned around and ran back down.

What I wasn't paying attention on was that when I was noticing that first uphill I somehow missed that we were running down a hill...that meant that we had to go back up at the end.  Miss M2 did great. We paced and we cheered on the other girls when we saw them. We had been chasing a couple of the girls who kept turning around. When we were close to the finish line they turned and saw us closing in. Miss A and Miss K left their running buddy behind and started sprinting to the finish line. They kept looking back to make sure they beat me. Lol. I kept screaming turn around and look in front of you!

The girls all gathered by the finish line to cheer the rest of the girls coming in. We ran out to run in the last runner. I love the support the girls gave each other. I'm really sad about the rain because there was so much planned for after the race, but everyone just wanted to get home. I don't think I was ever so wet.

The following week was the other 5K and I had volunteered to work the water station. I had always wanted to do that. I was the water station captain. We had about 9 people who volunteered. The water station was going to be in the middle of the road at mile markers 1/2. We were going to be busy. There were 5 of us who showed up. We got our water poured and our cups were stacked. We also had a course volunteer come over to help us as well as on the of the race staff members.

The race started at 9am. By 9:04 the young man in the lead was passing us. WHAT? Wow. Soon after the big wave of runners came and didn't let up. We were undermanned, but if there is ever a race for that to happen, it's the Girls on the Run race. The girls were polite and waited for their water and then they were very respectful about throwing out the cups. We hardly had any trash to pick up. I LOVED cheering on all of the girls and encouraging them. It was so much fun.



We had our last meeting together the week after that and it was our end of the year pizza party. Younger siblings (future GOTR girls) asked if they could join us (although I think they just wanted pizza and cupcakes, no they are excited!). The girls gave me a birthday card and got me a little Key Lime pie. Aww. And I made them all their own cups to remember us.



Throughout the season I got to see almost all of the girls from the previous season walking through the halls. Nothing made me smile more than hearing "Miss Jennie!" and then getting a big hug.

It was hard to wait through winter break for the next season. I'm not sure how I'll make it through the whole summer. Haha.

Last week Coach Julie and I took the donations to the Humane Society. They were very thankful for the donations. They let us look around and see the dogs. The girls would have loved it.



I'm already counting down the days until the start of the Fall Season.


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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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Misery = bad food choices

Hello Bleeps,

Unless you've been living under a rock you know that I'm nursing a tight calf. You also know how miserable I am about it.

Injury + misery = eating

It sucks. I'm a stress eater. I'm trying really hard to eat well. I'm not burning those extra calories without my cardio. I'm burning them with weights, but it's not the same. Since I need to rest that also means that I spend a little more time on the couch or in the chair. I tend to eat a little more. Snacking...grr.

For the most part I will do well. I will eat well for most of my day. And then I will blow it. Either I eat too much or I go for the sweets. I'm not eating out as much so that's a good thing.

Sunday we went to Jersey Mike's after church for a fund raiser. I picked a mini on wheat. It's the smallest they had. I did splurge on roast beef, but that was to be my fun for the day. And then on the way home I stopped at Starbucks for a frappucino.

Today I went for BBQ after Ms. Julie and I went to the Humane Society to drop of donations that our Girls on the Run collected. I got my BBQ (the small size), but I got it with mac'n'cheese. OMG it was the greatest mac'n'cheese ever! I should've stopped there. Dessert? Ok. Ms. Julie and I split a brownie with ice cream. Okay, there is my cheat day.




On my way home I stopped for baby carrots and bananas. I seem to crave baby carrots when I eat poorly. I can't explain it.

Tonight I polished off my Girl Scout Samoa ice cream.

I MUST BE STOPPED!

This is what happens when you are a food addict. I will recover soon and this will stop. Life is so different now that I have faith that it will happen. I just wish I had that same faith in my will power.

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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Monday, June 8, 2015

My 5 mile 5K

Hello Beautiful People,

So for the last month I have been on a big Maroon 5 kick. It's pretty much all I have been listening to in the car. Do you know the song "Misery"? Well right now it's my theme song. Well not really the whole song, just part of the chorus.

I am in misery
There ain't nobody who can comfort me (Oh yeah)


I know my body needs to recover from the marathon, but my calf is driving me crazy. It's still tight. I stretch and I stretch. I know it's working because it makes my muscles sore. My arch is just a big owwie right now. I want to get out there and get my cardio in, but it makes it worse. And so I have to rest it. I am still working upper body and core, but grr it is so stinking frustrating. I hate being sidelined.

This past weekend I had a 5K. We had been looking forward to it for a while. It was a night race with a finisher medal that's a bottle opener. I had found out about it when I was working the packet pick up for the Girls on the Run 5K. I mentioned it to some of my clients and they signed up for it.

One had a goal of running the whole thing. One had a goal of finishing strong. We worked on that. I wanted to be there running with them, but alas it was not meant to be.

Due to outside influences two of my clients weren't able to be there. It was just me and Ms. Megan. She had worked really hard to meet her goal of running the whole race. I was going to try to do it, but I knew that it wasn't going to happen. I had walked about 4 blocks with some kids that I was babysitting the day before and my foot hurt, so running a full 5K was most likely out of the question.

We went early because they warned us about parking. There was limited parking at the start/finish and the different parking areas they listed were .5-1 miles away. We needed to get our bibs and shirts then walk the shirts back to the car.

Our walk down the hill was interesting. It was a very busy road and all I kept thinking was that "here I am walking down N. Tryon street in spandex" and then I got offended that we were getting honked at. We did get one eventually. YEAH!

The walk felt like forever, but in reality it wasn't so bad. We got our shirts, which were pretty cool tank tops, and headed back to the car to drop them and our bags off. The walk back was up hill. My foot started to hurt at that point. That extra pull on the calf is murder for me.

I should mention that I could feel pit stains on the walk down to the start line, so I was nice and sweaty on the way back to the car. And we still had over an hour before the race started. Luckily we found a short cut to the car and saved ourselves a block. We got our stuff squared away and headed back down the hill.

The walk was mostly in the shade. When we had time to kill at the start line there was mostly sun. We grabbed a cup of water, ICE WATER (they get big bonus points for that), and headed to the one area of shade. There was a random tall structure in the middle of the lot and the shade it was giving off was packed full of racers.



With a few minutes to go before the start we headed over and grabbed more water on the way. The area quickly filled up, but we kept waiting. They needed to block off a section of the road and I think that was taking a little while.



The next thing we know it was go time. We started running we thought we were just crossing the street. We didn't realize that we were running down it a few blocks before turning off. I started running, but not super fast. I had a mile and a half warm up, but that was also time for my calf to tighten. I kept up with Ms. Megan for about a block and then I dropped back. I wanted to finish standing so I needed to listen to my body.

When we made the first left off of the main road we had about a block before we hit the first hill. CRAP. I have 3 rules about where I don't run: Hills, Concrete, and water stops. It wasn't a horrible hill, but it was enough that I dropped to a walk. I figured I would run a the top. And then I saw it was a concrete bridge. COME ON!

Finally we got off of the bridge and I was able to run again. I can't even tell you how much I wanted to cry when the leader came running back towards us when I was 9 minutes in. That hurt.

I was struggling a bit with my breathing. The humidity was awful and my breathing was shallow. My inhaler was in the car. That was another reason to slow down. But, even slowing down I was holding a pretty good pace. I was proud.

We had a water stop just after the first mile marker. Again, it was ice cold. KUDOS! I should have taken 2. My water bottle was a little warm by that point.

I started running again after the water stop and then we saw a sprinkler. It could have been a mirage at that point. So we hopped up onto the sidewalk (concrete) and took our time walking under. I did declare my love to the gentleman holding it.

We turned on the next block and I saw something that I had never seen before. It was a dog friendly race and one of the runners had to stop to pick up her dog's poo. te he.

The heat was pretty crappy and I fell in with a pretty large group that ran down hill and walked the rest. I was still keeping a pretty good pace up through mile too. I was still running on flat surfaces, but it hurt. The only time it didn't hurt running was down hill.

Right before the 2 mile mark a little girl handed me flowers from her garden. They were pretty periwinkle blue hydrangea. I held them and ran down the hill. But most down hills on this course turned right back into an up hill. Mile 3 started with a hill. It was the end of me. My foot couldn't recover. I kept up with walking, but I was not running again until the final down hill.

I will push myself when needed. I push a little harder during longer distances, but this was not worth injuring myself even more.

I was limping. I was in pain. I was having a hard time breathing in the humidity (how the hell did I finish the marathon in Clevelend????) I was trying hard not to cry. Mentally I was feeling like crap. My flowers were dying. It was awful. Then I hit that down hill. I ran down. I got sore and walked a block after and then I decided to run it in. I wanted to finish strong.

My time wasn't horrible all things considered and I should be happy with that. It just sucks that I couldn't go faster. But, I knew when I signed up that even though it was 3 weeks after the marathon that I could be nursing an injury.

I was happy to get my medal and hug Ms. Megan at the finish. She finished in her goal time and I'm so super proud of her. She ran an awesome race.



So you're probably asking yourself why I keep putting myself through the pain. Well that's easy, there is no feeling like the feeling of crossing that finish line. I am at a point where a 5K is a warm up for me. I had every reason in the world to back out and say "No, that's okay. I'm too injured." But, my body is stronger than I ever gave it credit for.



The heat never got better during the race and the rain held off until after, but we still wanted our refreshments. We got some water and a banana then got in line for the beer. I don't drink it normally, but I do like it after a race. It's a great carb load.

While we were in line I looked over and thought I saw Ms. Susan from Girls on the Run. She had run a Half Marathon that morning a couple of hours away, but it really looked like her. It was. haha. Nothing stops us Girls on the Run. So we moved up and hung with her in line.



We got our beer and cooled off a little, but we still had a half mile walk up hill to get to the car and the storm was looming. It didn't look good at all. It was a little cooler though. I also grabbed a mini bag of mini oreos before we left. I was holding off eating them though because they don't quite go with beer.

So the walk back was pure torture. My foot hurt so bad I was fighting back tears. We talked about the course and that helped keep my mind off it, but I was limping and hurting. And then sky opened up right before we got to the car. That took my mind off of it for a little bit. Five miles later we were ready to head home.

My shower felt so good when I got home and I immediately elevated my legs, but the arch just got tighter and tighter. I had a really hard time falling asleep.



I did put my flowers in water before I went to bed. I didn't want to give up on them.

Once I slept I was okay until my calf seized at 3am. That wasn't fun. It took me a little while to work it out (eat a banana too).

I felt happy when I woke up that I had finished. I was also happy that my flowers came back to life :-) I'm still in misery that I can't do more and that I have to rest it. But, I take solace in the fact that I am hurt because I have pushed myself beyond my wildest dreams and that's pretty damn sweet. Just like those flowers I will come back to life soon enough.



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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Thursday, June 4, 2015

1200 calorie salads

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

So last night I went to dinner at a new food joint in town. It has a Tex Mex menu. You know how much I love them. I went with Ms. Jessie to catch up after her wedding.

It was both of our first time. When we walked in the handed us a menu and then sent us to the counter. We hovered around looking at the menu for a little while. The first thing we noticed was the option for wheat tortilla. The calories were listed and the range on items was interesting. Some had a huge difference between the high and the low. 

I opted for 2 chicken tacos on wheat tortilla. I also made it a Powerlite meal. That means that I had lowfat cheese and sour cream.

Something that drives me crazy. The calories on the salads were insane (1100+). So many people think that they are eating right by getting salads when they go out and they are not.

Things to avoid in your salads: Breaded/fried chicken, red meat, dairy products (and yes, I was that girl who smothered her salad in cheese...well because cheese makes everything taste good), creamy dressings, bacon bits, croutons, tortilla shells, etc. You get the idea.

Low-fat creamy dressing can be gross. I can remember trying it and wincing. It made me not want to eat salads. Once I made the switch to Balsamic Vinaigrette my life has gotten so much easier.

I rarely get salads as my main meal when I go out to eat. Quite frankly they rarely have enough vegetables for me. I especially avoid them if they only offer ice burg lettuce. No nutritional value there.

Look at all of the ingredients and the calories.

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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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Random Wednesday: Strawberries, Sweat, and Sangria

Happy Random Wednesday,


Okay so I was feeling good today. The weather was nice and cool. I was with a client in the park and decided to walk for 3 miles. No run (wasn't wearing a great running bra). I was feeling good after 3 so I said "What the heck, I'll go for 5." I should have stopped at 3. I could feel a pull in my arch. I was in pain by the end and had a very hard time walking for the rest of the day. Grr...I have a 5K on Saturday and I'm not feeling great about it.

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I have been enjoying a pitcher of water with sliced Strawberries. Yum.

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The other day I was trying to decide what to wear and something prompted me to put on a Purple t-shirt from a Purple Stride 5K I did in 2013. I went about my day and my plans changed. I was supposed to go to a client then come home and shower and change before meeting Ms. Amy for lunch. I got to talking to some people and ran out of time. So I went straight to see her. We went to a few stores and ended our day in Target. As we were leaving a woman stopped me. She asked me about my shirt.

It turns out that she is a member of Purple Stride. She is one of 5 children and 3 of them have had Pancreatic Cancer. She has a team in the September Purple Stride 5k here in Charlotte. So she gave me her card and Ms. Amy and I will be signing up to be on her team. That was pretty awesome.

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I have mentioned before that I'm allergic to my own sweat. I mean I get itchy and red. It's pretty gross. Sometimes after a good sweaty workout I look like I've been punished with 40 lashes. Just like Jamie on Outlander...

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The other night I went to Ms. Marisol's for a Birthday Celebration. We had the most delicious Sangria...OMG I liked it. Almost as much as I like the cake. Tres Leches is the most amazing thing EVER!  Where have you been all of my life????  Sponge cake soaked in 3 different kinds of milk...O...M...G!


 
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Time to update your playlist

Starting on the familiar side of things, you'll find chart returns from perennial favorites Ricky Martin and Britney Spears. On the fresh tip, you'll find breakout hits from newer acts like Shawn Mendes and Rachel Platten. Lastly, in the best of both worlds department, you'll find new remixes of recent hits from Sia and Carly Rae Jepsen.
If you're current playlist sounds a little dated, there are plenty of single tracks here that will liven it up. Alternatively, if you're looking for a more ambitious change, this month's top 10 tracks would make for a balanced and invigorating playlist just as they are. Like a good run, it doesn't matter which route you choose—so long as you pick one and get going.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
Sia - Elastic Heart (Kid Arkade Extended Mix) - 128 BPM
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge - You Know You Want It - 99 BPM
Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls - 104 BPM
Shawn Mendes - Something Big - 113 BPM
Martin Garrix & Usher - Don't Look Down - 129 BPM
A-Trak & Andrew Wyatt - Push - 126 BPM
Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You (Blasterjaxx Remix) - 129 BPM
Rachel Platten - Fight Song - 89 BPM
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo & Kid Ink - Delirious (Boneless) - 128 BPM
Ricky Martin & Pitbull - Mr. Put It Down - 129 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

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