Run Jenni, Run











My desire to work at Publix ebbed and flowed quickly.  I am now working on getting a few small jobs to ease me through the month of June.  But that leaves the question: What to do with my summer?

I am continuing yoga…hopefully moreso than I have for the past week.  I’m hoping to work up to three times a week, but I might be cutting it close with my “taking advantage” of the unlimited monthly pass for June.  But it’s worth the extra $20 to know I can go whenever I want without planning out if I will have more visits by the end of the month.  In other fitness news, I am planning on starting the 100 pushups and 200 squats challenges next week.  As I have already tested, Yoga is a great deal more taxing when adding in pushups and squats on alternating days… but I’m up for the challenge.

To take up some more time, I am thinking of joining a book club.  I went exploring today, and I discovered Lake Wales has a library.  I looked on their website, and the books they choose for book club seem pretty decent.  I probably won’t get June read, but I am looking forward to putting July’s choices on my toy, a Nook.  Don’t get too excited…it isn’t a super fancy one, but it will do.  I have snagged a few $.99 deals online to download a couple of books to get me started, but nothing major just yet.

If I’m feeling really lazy, I’m starting Grey’s Anatomy over from the beginning, which is definitely going to be an emotional roller coaster as I relive some of the episodes that got me through high school.

That’s about it.  PreK starts tomorrow.  Early to bed this evening 🙂

Later Days,

-Jenni.

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{March 5, 2013}   03.05.2013 – Small Changes

This update is a little off the beaten path.  I have done well keeping up with my fitness for the past five days.  I am eating healthier, and I’ve already gotten down to 206 (that’s four pounds!).  I am staying committed to the majority of my working out, I am terrified of looking like an idiot on the rowing machine, and I’ve added machine weight-lifting into my routine.  I’m working through muscle pain and trying to come out on the other side a healthier, more fit person.  And I feel like I can achieve that.

All in all, my life is coming together quite nicely.  I have the fitness plate worked out, I have a good relationship, and I am finally working towards a career that I can see doing for more than a year before I get bored.  But it feels like I am missing something.  I have never been an overly religious person (except for those two years I went to CRU in college), but I have always had my faith as a part of my life.  And I think that’s a part of my life that I seriously want to explore again.  I have always been told that I’m “one of the good ones”.  I’m a Christian that understands the “real world”.  I’m a little more open than some of the friends I made in college religion groups.  But ever since college, I’ve fallen away from even a basic relationship with God, and I’m not okay with that anymore.

So, I’ve added some reading for each morning and each night to give me something to start getting back on track.  I have The Utmost for His Highest in my desk at school, and I am trying to read it every morning before the rush of classes start.  It’s a lot more in-depth than most of the devotionals I have, but every now and again something will strike a nerve in me that makes life make a little more sense.  At night, I’m journaling through All I Need is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans.  This devotional/book is a little more light-hearted, and definitely easy to follow and relate to.  It’s really any every-girl type of devotional, that you could probably enjoy even if you weren’t of the Christian faith. 

I probably won’t update much more on this subject (only when the Spirit moves me, lol).  But I felt the need to fill you all in on this part of my life.

Later Days,

-Jenni



{February 12, 2013}   02.12.2013 – Tuesdays at the Gym

I know… I’m a horrible person for not updating this weekend!

This will be my first Tuesday at the gym rather than running, and I am really looking forward to it.  I have an extensive workout planned, and I am hoping to get it all accomplished.  I do pretty well with sticking to my gym plans.  I did change my long distance ride to Sunday because they are playing Premium Rush at the Cardio Cinema.  I’ll be riding a bike while watching a movie about a guy riding a bike…ironic, eh? 

Wednesday will be the short workout that I was hoping for, with soccer planned for later that afternoon.  I am hoping that this will keep my speed skills sharpened while I am taking a break from track.  It isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. 

Also, expect a small review of Diary by Chuck Palahniuk later on in the week.  I just finished the book this morning and I am thoroughly looking forward to moving on to Survivor. 

I’ll do an eating update on Friday.  I’m hoping to stay healthy this week in order to prepare for this weekend’s adventures in Orlando.  I am hoping to find some foods that aren’t fried.  Something tells me that might be difficult to do at a Chinese Buffet…at least I know there will be crab legs.

So… updates to look forward to:

Wednesday – Book Review

Thursday – Week at the gym recap

Friday – Healthy eating recap.

 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



As promised, a quick review of Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.  There will not be as much information as I would usually include in a book review because I was hoping to see the movie before writing the review, but such is life.

While it took me awhile to really dive into this book, that is not a problem that I blame on the author.  Because once I found the time to really sit down and enjoy the book (which mostly occurred when I hit the sauna after a hard day at the gym).  After I got into it, I was reading every chance I got.  I even took an hour at Starbucks the other night which nearly got me to the end.  I finished up after a few trips to the sauna between stationary biking on Saturday. 

The book has many twists and turns that, while some would call them predictable, kept me interested; if only to see how the main character, Pat Peoples, would react once he found out the many truths he was searching for.  While Pat does not get the happy ending that he originally planned for in his personal movie (a fact the reader knows from the beginning), he does end up coming out of the story content.  I appreciated that this book dealt with a lot of real problems in a humorous way.  Peoples is haunted by the ghost of Kenny G, which does get explained near the end of the book.  I went into reading knowing what the big twist was (thanks to my mom), and I was still surprised. 

At times, I felt the writing was a bit hard to follow, but as a story written in memoir form it fit well.  The idea is that you are reading a personal memoir of someone who recently left a mental facility.  You are following his actual thought process, and sometimes I found it hard to keep up.  However, this added to my connection to the character, a quality needed for any good novel.

I would definitely recommended this book to someone looking for an easy read (it could probably be finished in a weekend if you had enough time).  It is definitely something to check out if the field of mental health is of any interest.

 

I apologize if this review seems jumbled.  I’m on a small break between classes, but I wanted to get it posted.  I’m headed to the gym this afternoon and I am looking forward to another long day that meets a lot of goals.  No soccer this week, but we are looking forward to getting back on the field next Wednesday.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



This weekend I was, in a word, unmotivated.  Along with my lack of motivation came a slightly sour attitude and the need for a lot of sleep.  After banking a decent nine hours (uninterrupted!) last night, I am feel much more motivated for the upcoming week.  I have three gym workouts already planned, and I have a modified Tuesday workout due to an Open House for Graduate School at Florida Southern College.  I’ve toyed with the thought of not going to the open house because I honestly do not know how I would afford school at this point, but I’m going to check it out anyways.  I’ll probably regret it later if I don’t. 

I’ve put together a new workout routine for the gym consisting of groups of four moves.  Each “quad” is to be repeated four times before moving on to the second.  Each workout has about six quad sets, and I will probably work up to eight by the end of the month.  It’s all a matter of finding new moves to throw into the mix.  The idea is to give a full body workout, which includes small bursts of cardio, for each day I am at the gym.  It is a lot more motivating than focusing on upper or lower body at the gym.  This is probably because I am so drawn to combo moves that use every part of the body.  Therefore, I am never getting just an upper or lower body workout with my routines.  This plan worked out last week, and I am hoping to keep it up through the end of the month (at the very least).  Tuesday I will be running the lake at least one time.  If I am still feeling energetic after the open house (I have no idea how long it will last), I might run the lake a second time before heading home.  Thursday’s hill workout should consist of an easy four hills. 

Starting today I have cut out fried foods from my diet, which should totally be fun.  I am noticing that my mood tends to change when I eat foods that are bad for me, so I am trying to slowly cut out all bad choices until I have a completely natural and healthy diet.  All the enriched flours and dough are going to be the hardest to cut out, so naturally I am saving that for last.  If I get through the month without fried food, I’ll find something else to cut out soon after the end of February. 

Also, I have finished Silver Linings Playbook.  As of right now, I do not have plans to see the movie any time soon (unless it ends up at the drive-in again).  There will be a review of just the book sometime later this week, most likely Wednesday since there won’t be much to write about my lake run (those are always pretty straightforward).  The book I am reading for February is Diary by Chuck Palahniuk.  He is one of my favorite authors, but I have started and stopped this book over five times.  It’s time to get it read and move on to something new.  There will be a few Palahniuk books on the revised reading list, I have a lot of his books and I have never made time to finish them.  Now is the time.

An update on races: I’m putting a lot of them on hold.  While I did say that was a “wish list”, I may not be getting enough funds to make my wishes come true.  Since I would rather do the long distance races, I am cutting a lot of the 5k races first, starting with the Light the Night 5k.  While I would love to do it, Valentine’s Day plans and overspending (as always) is cutting into my race funds.  Hopefully I can get it all straightened out soon and get some of these races on my calendar for real. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{February 1, 2013}   02.01.2013 – Already February?

My lunch is leaving a lot to be desired (sour choice of stir-fry veggies…never getting canned again).  I also am hating the fact that on Fridays my lunch is pretty much a second breakfast.  However, the fact that I am currently allowed to wear yoga pants on Friday makes everything better.  There are certain perks to teaching a fitness class at school.  Today was our nine weeks ceremony, so I’ve had a pretty slow morning.  I just have to make it through third block and I will be on to the easy part of the day. 

I am looking forward to an intense afternoon workout at the gym after a pretty basic workout in class this afternoon.  I have to keep myself entertained until Luke gets finished at work, which means I will be in for a pretty hefty workout today, seeing as he gets off at 730.  But after busting my butt I will get to enjoy an awesome dinner (Ruby Tuesdays…sooo looking forward to their salad bar) and a late night drive-in movie.  It’s all about finding ways to reward yourself. 

My current goals for February are as follows (and I will actually update on progress in March):

1. Don’t skip any long runs on the weekends.  While the distances may change from the original plan, I still want to keep distance running in my schedule, especially since I will have to get used to doing distance more often in the coming months.

2. Move to 12.5lb. weights on all free weight exercises.  I am just now getting used to using 10lb. weights, and I think with the amount that I am using them, I will be able to move up a size by the end of this month.

3. Hold each plank variation for 45-seconds.  I’m at about 30-seconds for nearly all variations that I have in my routine. 

4. Bank 90 miles (running and biking) for the month of February.  Totally possible, even if it seems crazy.

As a bonus goal, I would love to be able to say I ran my February 5k without any walking breaks.  I know it’s possible, I just have to assert myself.  My 5k for February in Light Up the Night in Winter Haven.  It’s only $25 to register, and it is up on Active.com. 

 An update on my book reviews – I may change the book for February to something already in my collection at home.  While staring at my bookcase the other day, I realized how many books I have that I have never even opened.  And a lot of them have movies.  I might read books and compare them to the movies.  Not only will it encourage my reading, it will give me a date night with Luke (like I need an excuse for that). 

After my weekend run I am going to write a review for the Dr. Scholl’s active gel insoles I just purchased.  I am hoping they give some support while I save up money for a new pair of shoes.  I will be testing them with all of my running activities, but I won’t know just how effective they are until the track workout next Tuesday.  That is where I experience the majority of my knee pain.



{January 11, 2013}   01.11.2013 – Read Jenni, Read

I needed a resolution that did not involve fitness.  Upon deciding this, I have decided to read some books this year.  I have the most difficult time sticking with a book once I open it.  I’ll read half of it and put it away for a rainy day that never seems to come.  I recently found of list of ten books that need to be read in 2013.  Adding to those ten, I have compiled a list of twelve books, which will result in twelve book reviews on this blog.  At least then I will have a goal for finishing one book a month, not to say I might be encouraged to finish more.

January – The Silver Linings Playbook by Mattew Quick

February – The Good House by Ann Leary

March – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

April – Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

May – Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

June – Fables by Bill Willington

July – The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

August – Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

September – Female Trouble by Antonya Nelson

October – Atonement by Ian McEwan

November – Potrait of a Novel by Michael Gorrea

December – Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 



et cetera