Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hello My Name is Jennie and I have Olympic Fever!

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

It's time for me to go to sleep, but I am an Olympics junkie and Usain Bolt just won the Men's 100m so I'll be up for a little while.

If you find yourself in a conversation with me during the Olympics there is a 100% chance that the conversation will eventually land on the worldwide phenomenon. I have loved the Olympics for as long as I can remember.

Thank goodness for Social Media because I think there was a lull in popularity of the Olympics for a long time. I blame it on cable. When I was younger and there were not nearly as many cable channels, EVERYONE watched the Olympics when they came on. Bear with me for a minute while I get a little nostalgic. Boys and Girls, that was during a time when you had to actually watch the TV in order to know who won. It was lovely. Of course the downside was that we only had one channel providing coverage so we mostly saw highlights. I have been so annoyed this time around and tried really hard to stay off of social media because of spoilers. It hasn't worked.  BAH!

Also when I grew up watching the Olympics it was full of athletes who had other full-time jobs. There are still a good number of those athletes today, but more and more they are professional. But, as a kid there was always that dream that I could one day be an Olympian. Granted, I was the most unathletic kid, but I had that dream. That is the beauty of the Olympic Dream.

Have you seen the movie Eddie the Eagle? If you haven't., then you should. It's one of my favorites and it is definitely a Feel Good Movie. It's based on the real life story of a kid who's only goal in life is to be an Olympian. My dreams paled in comparison, but it reminded me a lot of how I felt about the Olympics. Granted, I always envisioned myself as an Olympic champion in the least athletic sports and focused more on skills. I pretty much thought I could be the best at archery, even though I had never picked up a bow and arrow. I just knew that it didn't involve running or swimming. Well okay, I was the queen of the handstands in my grandparents' pool so there might have been a little pool dream, but they don't have any events where your feet touch the ground.

Okay, I think it's time for me to try and wind down. I did have some coffee to make sure I was wide awake for Mr. Bolt's performance, but it's wearing off.



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, August 9, 2016

You Only Get One Body. Be Good To It.

Hello Beautiful People,

It's been a crazy week since my last post. Sound familiar?  Well it all caught up to me and I hit my wall....and that lead to my crash and now I'm sick. Friday I was so exhausted when I got home that I just sat like a blob. On Saturday I ran around getting errands done and prepping for a week of house sitting. That whole day I could feel the scratchy throat and the sore neck. By the time I went to bed I was fully congested. Sunday I finally got out of bed and showered before falling asleep again. I think I may have been awake for a total of 4-5 hours on sunday. I felt better yesterday, but after a morning of clients and working at the pre-school I had to cancel my meeting that night and passed out. I definitely have more energy today though. Hooray!

I'm happy to be breathing and feeling better. I'm hoping for a good night sleep. Rest has been my biggest ally.

The irony is that I was planning a post on Friday about taking care of your body. I had been struggling all week. I have talked about it before, but it's time again. My scoliosis kicked my butt last week.

I have minor scoliosis from the years of wearing my backpacks and super heavy pocketbooks on my right shoulder. To compensate my body would hoist up the right side and as a result my left side got pushed down. Mine isn't so severe that you would notice if you weren't looking. But, the reality is that I did this to myself. My spine is crooked and my left hip is condensed. It's super tight. Every now and then I will have a bad day where it bothers me, but last week I had about 3 days in a row. I try to sleep flat on my back, but sometimes when I have a lot on my mind I end up curled up on my side. When that happens I generally can't bend over for the first half of the day, but my body becomes more flexible as time goes on.

Last week every step that I took felt like someone had stuck two rods into my lower back and twisted every time I took a step. Even sitting was painful. The only relief I got was from laying flat on the floor, and well I couldn't do that all day.

It eventually got better, but the first thing I did after clients on Saturday was shop for new sneakers. I wear my sneakers all day every day. You should only be able to get 300-500 miles out of your sneakers before it's time for a new pair. I have felt so much better and feel like I could run a marathon in them...oh wait, I will in 4 months.

Okay, I'm ready for bed...and some more Olympics. I can't wait to talk about it with you. Just remember to take care of your body. Listen when it needs rest. Use BOTH straps of your backpack. Check the bottom of your shoes for too much wear.

You only get one body, be good to it.



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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Random Wednesday...oh how I've missed you!

Happy Random Wednesday!

As a refresher and for those of you who are new to my blog, I like to use Wednesday as the day to post about my random thoughts. Basically, it's for things what won't fill a whole post, but that I feel need to be addressed. Haha.

Let me start by telling you about the dinner I made tonight. I try to have this 3-4 times a week.


I made it with spinach, Grilled chicken, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. It is YUMMY.

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I am constantly being asked if I like the Pok√©mon Go fad because kids are moving around. The answer is a resounding HELL NO!  I love people moving. However, I love people moving in a safe and respectful way. Look up people!  I was driving at night through an apartment complex. My lights were on. People were walking directly in front of my moving vehicle even with my LIGHTS SHINING ON THEM...did I mention this was after 10pm?  Safety first kids(and adults)!

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That very next day I had the most amazing breakfast. I was heading North for a long weekend with my bestie and my little besties. I stopped for the night at my Mom's and had a wonderful breakfast with my family before continuing on to the beach.

I ordered the eggs with the toast with avocado and sea salt. I was intrigued...and highly satisfied.

It was beyond yummy...and I full for a while. The funny thing is that I was listening to an audio book on my trip and an hour after I left breakfast someone in the book ordered "Avocado toast with sea salt". Is this a thing now? Because I'm TOTALLY on board! 

I have since made my own version.




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Do you have Olympic Fever?  I DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I cannot wait until the opening ceremonies. You know I have some posts planned for it

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My new favorite place to go is Amelie's French Bakery. I went for my birthday and can't seem to stop going back. I have an addiction to the Salted Caramel Brownie mocha and the Palmiers.



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Donuts...oh dear donuts.

So Former Fat Girl Jennie LOVED Donuts...she could eat half a dozen in a sitting. Hence the former fat part. The problem is that donuts are empty calories. They do not fill you up which is why she could eat so many at once.

It was pretty easy to give up, a lot easier than I thought oddly enough. You can put donuts in front of me and I'm good about walking away. With one exception...Duck Donuts. What the heck? Do they put crack in them? We had them at the Outerbanks last month and I damn near lost my mind when they were brought in the house. Yet I can walk into Dunkin Donuts and I'm fine. I do that a lot too. I go for the coffee, but very easily walk away from the donuts. Well, munchkins are a different story. That's clearly an evil plot by some evil mastermind.




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It's time to update your playlist. I'm sorry I'm behind, but this is the list that was sent to me for July.

Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood – The Fighter – 132 BPM
Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better – 83 BPM
Tegan& Sara – Stop Desire – 159 BPM
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – 82 BPM
Pitbull& Enrique Iglesias – Messin’ Around – 80 BPM
Sigala, John Newman & Nile Rodgers – Give Me Your Love (Cedric Gervais Remix) – 126 BPM
Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb Remix) – 102 BPM
Elle King – Good Girls – 88 BPM
The Chainsmokers & Daya – Don’t Let Me Down (Hardwell & Sephyx) – 151 BPM
Selena Gomez – Kill Em With Kindness – 119 BPM

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Stereotypical Personal Trainer

Hello Lovelies and Gents,

It's been over two years since I left the corporate world behind for the Personal Training life. And I have to tell you that there has never been one regret. I do not miss the corporate world one bit. I miss being around so many people all of the time, but I do NOT miss being tied to a desk.

It is truly amazing how what an unhealthy atmosphere so many people are subjected to day after day. Extra work and overtime piled on and then you are bribed with pizza. Yep, that's a fair trade. Sit here for hours and hours and then we'll heap fatty calories that you don't have any time to burn off on you.

That's not to say there aren't downfalls to being a Personal Trainer. The biggest issue is clearly the stereotype. Every murder mystery show has the trainer having an affair with the victim or the victim's spouse. Now the relationship between trainer and client is intimate. You definitely become aware of your client's body in a way most other people don't. And if you are good at what you do, your client will start to develop more self confidence and be a little happier with themselves. Those could transfer to the trainer. Okay, I probably need to stop watching murder mysteries.

Or they portray the trainer as a hard-assed muscle Nazi. Um, no.  It's about being healthy, not zero body fat. And I truly don't understand the Dumb Personal Trainer...that was one of the hardest exams I have ever taken. Although in fairness, mine is a very well respected certification and not all of them are. In fact, there are trainers out there who aren't certified. That infuriates me. There is so much you need to know and consider to be effective.

One of my clients has a history or falling and breaking bones. I have spent more than a year working on bone density and balance with her. I asked her recently if her doctor does bone density tests and if there has been any improvement. She says there has been no decline. We're taking that for the win. But, the big thing was that she had recently fallen after stepping into a hole. She had previously broken ribs doing the same thing. This time she was able to steady herself and came away with all of her bones intact. I was beaming ear to ear. It has made me so happy. I most certainly never got that satisfaction sitting at a desk.

I love my job.

Now, I will have to add that were I to become Tony Stewart's Personal Trainer, I would have to reconsider my "no relationship with my clients" rule...oh yes, I would reconsider. 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):

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hello Stranger (Me),

Hello Beautiful People,

Once again it's been a while. I want you to know that it's killing me. I need to clone myself. I was at a meeting last week were we joked about using me as the Example of preventing Burn Out. I am getting better and have actually said "No" to a bunch of requests lately...sadly it has been because I have also said "Yes" to more. I recently had a series of road trips for long weekends and was able to relax for my mini breaks and that was nice. I need more of them. The downside of course was the time crunch in between where I could barely find time to breathe.

In a previous post (or one that I comprised in my head and never actually got to write) I talked about finally putting myself first. I lost myself for a while. My life once again revolved around helping others. What was best for me wasn't even an option. I lost who I was. And while I got satisfaction being able to help, I got depressed about my regression.

I haven't quite been putting myself first, but I put myself near the top of my list.  I have also been injury free for a little while and that has really helped. My foot/calf injuries really knocked me down physically and mentally.  I wasn't able to keep up my cardio and the pain got to me. My eating wasn't the best, but it wasn't horrible...it was the snacking that was the problem. It's the curse of a food addict and stress eater.

It got to the point where I didn't recognize my body anymore. Where were they awesomely toned legs that I was so proud of? Why couldn't you bounce a quarter off of my butt anymore? And where the hell did that tire around my waist come from?  I am vertically challenged. Every pound gained on me is like 5 lbs on someone else. Grr....it was depressing and embarrassing. I mean my job it so educate and help others to lead a healthier life and here I was losing myself. I was still great at what I do, but I was frustrated with myself. I gave the Former Fat Girl an opening and she tried her best to break through. And I heard about it. I heard about my "fat" belly from quite a few people. I thought I had gotten away from that. And let's face it. That HURTS. It's so not necessary and seriously, words hurt. How have people not learned that by now? I just don't understand why people feel it's necessary to go there. Some of the comments came from young kids and I would literally turn away and cry. I would repeatedly explain how that hurts my feelings, but it didn't matter. They would just say it again.

Over the last 3 months I attended a family wedding, went to the beach a couple of times and visited my brother's family before they move to Minneapolis next month. I literally stressed about before each trip. All I could think was that when people would see me they would say to themselves "what happened to her? why is she so fat?" As excited as I was to see people, I was secretly terrified.
The crazy thing is that while I had gained some weight, I was still fit and in better shape than when I started, but I just couldn't handle it.

I will also confess that every time I drove past Stewart-Haas racing I would think "OMG I can't meet Tony Stewart like this!". I am told that a plan is in place for us to meet, he just has to find an opening in his schedule. TAKE YOUR TIME TONY!  I'm not ready!

Besides the visual physical changes, I also experienced health changes that you didn't see. Because I wasn't getting my regular cardio, I went from about 100 to 25, my blood pressure rose and my resting heart rate increased. Not good for someone with my health history. I'm happy to say that in the 3 months since my last post both are back to normal for me. HOORAY! No matter what the scale says, that is the MOST important thing.

Physically I am feeling better. My legs are starting to look like themselves. Get that quarter out!  That's right, you can bounce it off of my butt again!  HOLLA! Hey Tony Stewart, CALL ME (and bring a quarter ;-)! For the longest time I couldn't take deep breaths and that hindered any distance training. In fact last weekend, I had to stop my run several times to go get the inhaler and focus on my breath. This week I have been able to take deep breaths again in what feels like FOREVER....ahhh. Don't take breathing for granted.

We are less than 5 months away from Marathon #3 and that has become my focus. I couldn't handle the thought of switching another to a half Marathon. I will finish this one if it kills me. My training has been sporadic though. It's easier and healthier to train in the morning, but I'm not available until the afternoon. It is too hot and humid, and quite frankly unsafe, to train outside at that time. So it's been challenging, but finding myself again has been quite refreshing.

I have been wearing my 26.2 necklace and drinking out of my 26.2 cup. I have it in me. For the first time in months I am actually excited when I think about it. For the longest time I would just shudder at the thought. I really do have to put myself first though. This has meant rethinking my fall schedule. I can't even believe that I am saying this, but I don't know if I can coach Girls on the run. I NEED training time.  I don't know my schedule yet. If my mornings are fully booked then I need all of my afternoons for training. If my mornings are free then I can still do it. It might kill me not to do it so I am super torn. However, if I don't train then I will just end up injured again with another year long setback and that CANNOT HAPPEN.

One of my favorite movies is Finding Nemo. I love when the birds are repeating "Mine!  Mine!  Mine!" That's my new motto. My time is MINE!  MINE!  MINE!

So I have considered saying that I will post a daily diary of my exercise, but let's face it, it's been 3 months since the last post. I already keep track of it, so I will try to at least post it weekly. This blog is important for me. It holds me accountable. So If you don't see a post every week (Amy and Kim) you may call and harass me. lol.

Thank you all for your continued support.



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

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Random Sunday: Girls on the Run, Lose Weight Fast, McDonalds, and Playlist

Happy Random Sunday Bleeps,

It's been a busy 2016 good gravy. I seem to be either GO GO GO or Pooped Pooped Pooped. 

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Yesterday was my Girls on the Run 5K. I can't wait to find time to sit and tell you all about it. I think I can fit that time in around 2020. lol. No, I will make time for that because I am so darn proud of them. Every girl deserves a standing ovation.

I will just give a teaser. Going into the day I was 8 miles short of 100 miles for the month. I was planning on going to get 5 more miles after, but I was exhausted. My adrenaline crash after cheering on all of my 8 girls and countless others had me so spent I could barely move. It was like I birthed them all in one hour.

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Fitbit Step Strategy: Take 50 steps after completing small tasks

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Last night was the annual Chicken BBQ at church...Oh Dear Lord it was yummy....I can't say NO to BBQ...luckily I keep it to every few months.

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It's birthday month. The emails with free Birthday offers have started to come in. The first one was from Zoe's Kitchen...only my MOST FAVORITE. I get a free meal...I'm a happy camper.

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This morning there was a story on tv that there is a new way to lose weight fast for the summer that included eating lots of chocolate.

Just stop. These stories are so irresponsible and drive me crazy.

Eat healthy. It's literally THAT SIMPLE.

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Marathon training is coming along. It's slow, but steady. The focus right now is strengthening my knee and working on my cardio endurance. I have one more month on this schedule and then we kick things up a notch in June.

My 26.2 sticker on my back windshield is drying and breaking off (darn heat). It's making me sad. I need to scrape it off and put my new one on.

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Tony Stewart is back behind the wheel. WOO WOO!  He looks great and clearly he has been working hard with his physical therapy. If you missed it, he broke his back in January. Last week was his first week back. It's his last year as a Driver for NASCAR so every race missed has broken my heart.

Seeing his tremendous progress is a testament to just how amazing the body is. It's strong and it heals.

Hey Tony Stewart, CALL ME!

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I keep seeing posts on facebook about people complaining about McDonalds employee,s whose work performance and ethics were questionable,  making $15/hour while they make less doing more important work. STOP GOING THERE! For goodness sakes, please stop going to McDonalds. There is nothing good for you there. Poor choices.

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I'm a little behind on the Playlist update.

The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2016

Fort Wayne, IN – April 4, 2016 – Ladies rule the gym this month—with females out front on all but three of the month's top tunes. The list also favors the poppier end of the musical spectrum. At the same time--even with these elements in common—there's still room for a few surprises.
The most anticipated songs of the month are the new singles from Sia and Meghan Trainor. Collaborations also proved popular—with Zara Larsson and Fifth Harmony teaming up with MNEK and Ty Dolla $ign, respectively. Lastly, from the fellows, you'll find the latest from Pitbull, a remix from Coldplay, and a fast track from St. Lucia.
In short, what seems like a homogeneous playlist on the surface turns out to be a remarkably fluid mix of dance, pop, rap, and rock on further inspection. Moreover, it's spring—when pop's jauntiness returns after months of hibernation. So, it's a great time of year for buoyant beats and an even better time to get outdoors.
Here's the full list—according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.
Pitbull – Freedom – 118 BPM
Zara Larsson & MNEK – Never Forget You – 73 BPM
Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime (Matoma Remix) – 112 BPM
Years& Years & Tove Lo – Desire – 126 BPM
Sia – Cheap Thrills – 90 BPM
Meghan Trainor – NO – 94 BPM
St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away – 158 BPM
JoJo – When Love Hurts (Hugel Remix) – 120 BPM
Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign – Work from Home – 105 BPM
Tori Kelly – Something Beautiful – 93 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 :-)

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter: hugsnsmile
Instagram: Jennie5973

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Every Step Counts

Hello Beautiful People,

Good gravy life got busy...or I should say Busier. I think I may get some air this week.

The good news is that I am living by my Fitbit. I have set up buddies and challenges and I am getting my steps in.

So here's the thing. Whenever I talk to people about the recommended amount of steps people should take per day, 10K, I always hear "I'm on my feet all of the time. I must walk that at least."  *Insert buzzer sound*

One of the biggest things that Personal Trainers deal with is RPE, Rate of Perceived Exertion. Most people think they do much more than they actually do. Sorry, but it's true.

I am on my feet all day. At most my daily steps get me 4,000 steps. I work my butt off to exceed my daily goal. Sometimes that means parking far away from the store. Sometimes that means taking extra trips to the car. Sometimes I get up and walk around the room after I knock off something on my to do list. I get it done no matter what it takes.

A lot of my steps are high knee march in place steps. This is good for me right now. Because my foot issues kept me grounded for so long the muscles around my knees got weaker. Therefore, my knee started hurting a lot again. The muscles are getting stronger and the steps in place are landing differently than my running steps so my feet are not hurting as much. It's all good. Plus, My butt is LOVING IT...and by loving I mean FEELING IT.

The downfall is that since the fitbit is on the left wrist I find myself carrying more things on my right side. I also now loathe shopping carts. LOL. When I'm in stores I tend to walk around more to get in extra regular steps.

My Fitbit buddies range from people that I am happy to encourage in their daily steps to fellow marathoners that challenge me to get more done. I never linked up with anyone the first time I had my fitbit. I definitely needed this right now. So if you want to add me please do: Jhenderonfit@gmail.com.

I definitely thriving on my competition. This past week I had daily challenges with Cousin Hannah, a work week challenge, and a Weekend warrior challenge. I won the first 2 daily challenges. Day three was my highest step count of the week. I had 20,000+. I lost by 1000 steps. That Stinker! She won the rest of the week and then the work week challenge. Saturday morning I had just gotten out of the shower at 6:45 only to get an alert that I was already 18K steps behind her. Awesome...I didn't beat her, but it definitely pushed me to get more in for the day.

Yesterday was 33 weeks from the next marathon. I need every step to count so that I can stay injury free this time.


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

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Life is so busy I have have to schedule Rest/recover time

Hello Beautiful People,

Life is about to get a little hectic...for the next 3 weeks at least until Girls on the Run ends. I will be working at the church preschool in the mornings for the next couple of months. I have been in a little panic because I need to move some clients around. I have made it work out, but I will have clients before I even start my day there and then I have clients, coaching, and babysitting in the afternoon. And I have clients during some evenings.

A) Trying to figure out when I will have time to workout for myself
B) Really need to be on the ball with my meals
C) I NEED to get to bed early

The good news is that I thrive when my schedule is tight.

I have goals for April and I intend to hit them: 100 miles of running/walking, 50 miles of biking, and 8 hours of Weights.  I just have to be diligent about getting it done. Right now I have  11/100 miles of running/walking and 5/100 miles of bike.

Right now I am battling a super sore foot. So I am actually a little nervous that I may not be able to stand by tomorrow afternoon. I have a 2 hour window in the middle of the day and I will need to come home and rest it.

Last year I sold my fitbit to Ms. Amy, who called me out yesterday for not having a blog post in 2 weeks and then admitted that she is cheating on me and reading other people's blogs :-O. I asked if she is using it and she said no, so I asked if I could buy it back. I may not be able to get in the miles that I really want, but I can make sure to get my steps in. I had been tracking with my phone, but I can't carry it with me all of the time. I would like to start a step challenge so if you have a fitbit and want to join let me know: jhendersonfit@gmail.com

Tomorrow is a long day, so I need to get some sleep.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Random Wednesday: Oreos, Summer clothes, and a Wedding

Happy Random Wednesday,

Once again I am behind on posts. I have a lot to talk about from the Rock'n'Roll DC Half Marathon this weekend. I can't wait to share (I know you don't believe me since it was on Saturday and it is now Wednesday and I haven't said anything yet). It's been a little busy. I'll try to write about it this week.

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On Monday was I was babysitting Miss Olivia and she offered me a Red Velvet Oreo. "Come on, you know you want one!" I DO!  I DO WANT ONE! 

And I had one. It was unbelievable. Life changing really.




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If I see one more commercial for Domino's Bacon wrapped pizza I may die. I just can't handle it. It's SO not necessary.

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It was 83 degrees today. I went to the park and it was packed. WOO WOO

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I heart my little Girls on the Run Girls. They are so sweet and innocent....and completely distracted when someone is walking a dog near their track.

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Tonight at church we had a Peruvian dinner. I had no idea what to expect (even though I was on the email list to organize, I just didn't check since I couldn't help). It was So yummy. Chicken. Potatoes. Fruit. Slaw. I don't usually like slaw, but I really liked this one.




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Dunkin Donuts brought back my Butter Pecan iced lattes...I haven't had one in over a week. I'm going through withdrawal.

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With the race over the next thing I am in training for is my cousin's wedding. I need to look for a dress and of course kick my arm workouts into high gear.

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It's time to get out the summer clothes. I'm hoping they fit.

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.
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yeah, sorry, I messed up and the "l" is missing....I need an assistant :-)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Random Wednesday: Growing 2 inches, being sick, and pancakes

Happy Random Wednesday,

Have you ever walked down the street listening to Stayin Alive? You can't walk normal when it's on. I don't care who you are, you start strutting. It came on while I was on the treadmill yesterday. I was amazing!

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In case you missed it, Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth last week after 340 days on the International Space Station. One of the first things they noticed when he returned was that he was 2 inches taller. He didn't grow, his body simply decompressed. Think of all of the stress tight muscles make on your bones. When I started working out I grew an inch.

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Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Shoot me now. I didn't realize it was this weekend when I signed up for the DC Half Marathon. It's not right I tell you!

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Last week I got seriously sick with Sinuses. On Thursday it felt like an elephant was sitting on my cheek bones. I felt a little better on Friday morning and then Friday afternoon I was done. My face had swollen up and I couldn't breathe. I had to cancel my evening plans and got in bed. I didn't get out until Sunday morning. I couldn't lift my head. It hurt so bad. I was miserable.

On Friday my throat was so sore that I fixated on getting a milkshake. It's Shamrock shake time at McDonalds. I needed one. I went through the drive thru and got a small. It felt so good on my throat. Of course I would have liked a bigger one, but a small is fine. I ended up losing 3 pounds and I've kept it off. So if you are sick and want a milkshake, just do it. But that's it! 

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So tomorrow I head north for the Rock'n'Roll USA Half Marathon. I have mixed emotions over this. I am excited and I'm full of anxiety. I have been training and I know I will finish, but I am nowhere near as fast as I had hoped when I signed up.

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Tonight was baked ziti night at church...I have been salivating all week in anticipation. I was not disappointed.

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Quite frankly I have gotten annoyed at how every day seems to be National Something Day. And then this week was both National Oreo and National Pancake day. I'm sorry I got annoyed. They are the greatest days EVER!

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Good news!  There was an update today on Tony Stewart's back injury. The doctors are pleased with his recovery and he is ready to begin the next phase of physical therapy. Still no word on when to anticipate his return to Nascar. I will just be patiently waiting.

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It's time to update your playlist:

In short, the allure of this month's list is that it emphasizes catchy, rhythmic-driven tunes that will give your routine an immediate boost. At the same time, there are enough surprises and detours to keep you engaged. So, when you're ready to move, you'll find plenty of good times—and a little adventure—below.
Here's the full list--according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.
Sia& Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills – 90 BPM
Paul Oakenfold – Bla Bla Bla (Radio Edit) – 138 BPM
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out – 85 BPM
Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker – Bad Man – 120 BPM
Tori Kelly & Big Sean – Hollow – 126 BPM
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You – 118 BPM
Ellie Goulding – Something in the Way You Move – 109 BPM
Dillon Francis, Kygo & James Hersey – Coming Over (Tiesto Remix) – 122 BPM
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself – 121 BPM
Diplo& Sleepy Tom – Be Right There (Boombox Cartel Remix) – 146 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 :-)

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter: hugsnsmile
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

My Saturday: From Depression to the Cheesecake Factory

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

Well yesterday was a long long day. Luckily my early clients called me to reschedule.

I spent the day at church getting my Mental Health First Aid certification. It was 8 hours of very important information. It was also a very hard day to get through. Depression. Anxiety. Suicide. Schizophrenia. Bipolar Disorder. Alcohol abuse disorder.

Sitting and paying attention for 8 hours is a long time. Thankfully we had healthy snacks and lunch. There were beautiful fruit and veggie trays. I brought hummus and pita chips. We had soup and sandwiches and peach tea. It was delightful.  That was a bright spot.

The material was hard. Sometimes it made me think of friends and family who are dealing with these issues. It made me think of past experiences where I needed to calm down someone having a panic attack. It made me think of friends who have contemplated suicide and friends who have attempted it. And it made me think of my own depression.

During my last year of college my grandfather passed away right before winter break. I was extremely close to my Pop-Pop. That last semester of college was a blur. I was 6 hours away from my family. And you need to remember how old I am. The internet was just starting and we didn't have cell phones. You weren't in constant contact with everyone. My friends were busy getting ready for graduation. And I was barely able to function. I failed a class my final semester. I was able to walk for graduation, but I had to take a summer class. It worked out and I spent my summer interning in Washington DC at the Department of Commerce for credit. Yes, it was the Monica Lewinsky summer.

That whole semester was spent in a dark hole and eating away my pain. It is not my most favorite of memories from college. Whenever I think about that time my first impulse is to eat something.  Being a food addict SUCKS.

So yes, it was a joyful 8 hours. I am very glad I did it though. It is important information to have. More people need to be trained and educated about Mental health issues.  I am also glad that I went because someone made the most amazing ginger molasses cookies that I feel were laced with crack. I am obsessed with them. And I am the lucky girl who got to bring some home. O...M...G!

While I was there I was invited to join Ms. Marisol and a bunch of 20 somethings for a birthday dinner at...wait for it...Cheesecake Factory!  WHAT?  Twice in two weeks? I was not quite dressed for it and said I wouldn't be available until 5:30. That's okay because the rest would be there at 8. So I had time to run home and shower before going out.

I was freaking out a little though. I can't go that long before eating dinner. And I was emotional so I knew I probably wouldn't make good decisions. I was leaving at 7 and got a text that we had another 2 hour wait. Crap on a cracker. WHAT?




We didn't get seated until 9:30. I was secretly imploding. I'm usually in bed at this time. Our job was to check out the menu before we got seated so that we could order immediately. I looked at that menu for about 30 minutes. I was happy to see the skinnylicious menu. Basically, it was a lot of burgers and sandwiches with garden greens instead of fries. I kid. That was most of it, but there was more. I had originally thought I would get the turkey burger, but I didn't think I could handle that so late. On the specialties menu I saw a vegetable melt with garden greens. It sounded yummy. And it was, but I only ate half. I brought half home. I know what you're thinking. A melt means butter and cheese. You are correct. I was too tired and hungry to think that through when I was ordering.

You know they put bread on the table while we were waiting right? I somehow managed to hold myself to just 2 small pieces. It's a dang miracle....we didn't get food until after 10. It's a bloody miracle that I didn't pounce on tables around me for something to eat.

When in Rome...it's called the CHEESECAKE FACTORY...you don't skip dessert. You just don't!  Our table of 11 split 3 desserts though. There was one slice of red velvet cheesecake. There was a slice of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. And there was strawberry shortcake. That was more cookie like with ice cream...o...m...g. I had a third of that.

What I didn't have was a diet soda to help me burp. I was miserable the entire drive home. I needed to burp or I was going to pop. It finally happened and I was able to sleep. It was a long day.


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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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Random Wednesday: Running buddy, Cheesecake Factory, and Bangs

Happy Random Wednesday,

Hooray!  This week I finally hooked up with Running buddy at the park. YEAH!  Although we just walked, but we walked for almost 5 miles so I'm good. Right now my training is mostly involving walking anyway. Stupid knee. Stupid foot.

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The race is in a couple of weeks. Aunt Carol's kitchen is currently being remodeled. So there is a good chance that we won't be able to carb-load at her house. Bummer. But wait! Mom has a gift card to Cheesecake Factory....SOLD!

It has been suggested that maybe we get cheesecake for the post race celebration. My brain might explode right now just thinking about it.

Basically, I have stayed off of the menu until tonight so that I wouldn't obsess over it, but now Pandora's box has been opened.

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So my bangs are long. They are almost chin length. I am not loving them. BAH! I think I would like it if the whole length was long, but I like my hair short. Grr.

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Tomorrow I need to go get some groceries. Specifically I need vegetables. Buying fresh means frequent trips to the store.

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Monday was National Margarita Day and I didn't have one. WHAT????

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It was EXTREMELY windy today. My poor little car was blowing all over. It was the only time that I was happy that I have the extra pounds to lose. They may have kept me from blowing off of the road.

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Sunday was the Daytona 500. Of course Tony Stewart was not driving since he injured his back. It killed me that he wasn't racing. But, they did interview him by phone. They kept asking when he expected to be back (no pun intended). As much as I want him back, I want him healed. Do not rush the man. It's his BACK. Can you imagine the vibrations of those cars on the back? Take your time Tony. Call me if you need some company.

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Speaking of Daytona, I ran to Zoe's Kitchen after church on Sunday to pick up lunch. They have some new items on the menu and I got a sandwich with ham and mozzarella and rosemary. Oh heck yes!  I love rosemary. I want it on everything!

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As much as I would like to write more, tomorrow is distance day. I need to get some sleep.

Good night my loves.


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