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 
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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.

*****

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 :-)

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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 :-)

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