Run Jenni, Run











After an extended vacation from my daily trips, I hate the gym.  I hated it yesterday and I’m probably going to hate it today.  I also hate that I’m starving right now and I’m not supposed to eat for at least another hour.  Basically, I’m just in a hating mood today. 

But in a positive light… I am looking forward to this weekend.  Two out-of-town trips in which I will probably see two of my most favorite people.  That is something to look forward to.  Furthermore, even if I do hate the gym right now, I am looking forward to starting Insanity again.  I am also looking forward to things I am not at liberty to discuss on this blog… get your mind out of the gutter, people, it’s nothing like that.

I am hoping to add some yoga to my workout this afternoon depending on how I feel.  I know that I am going to have to find a way to keep stretched out once I add Insanity back into the mix.  I am hoping that I will do Insanity Thursday – Tuesday, then have a “rest” day on Wednesday.  During my rest day I am going to try to add in a bit of extra cardio in the form of biking at the gym.  I will also be taking advantage of the sauna at the gym whenever possible, which will probably be two to three times a week.  If money permits, I am also considering adding a hot yoga class (I’ve been talking about it for months, and I finally found one…so I just need to do it).  I think the hot yoga will definitely keep my muscles feeling fresh, and any extra yoga during the week will just reinforce that fact.  I am mostly adding the extra cardio at the gym to allow myself to feel like I am still getting my money’s worth while I am doing most of my working out at home. 

I might also consider setting extra goals within my Insanity regime and rewarding myself accordingly.  Like if I improve by so much on the fit Test every two weeks, I can treat myself to a groupon massage.  I have my little 190lb. spa day planned, but that will be at home.  I need something that involves professionals to look forward to as well.

This unorganized post was brought to you by extreme boredom and avoidance of grown-up tasks.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{April 2, 2013}   04.02.2013 – Mega Update

First, and foremost, I passed the General Knowledge Exam!  Now, on to the Professional Education Test, which I am hoping to take around the middle of May.  Being done with math (again) is a huge weight off my shoulders and it gives me more time to focus on new fitness goals. 

I started my 85% vegetarian journey this week and it is going quite well.  I am currently trying o cut down to only having meat with one meal per day.  This might become a problem as I run low on food, but I did realize that I have more veggie burgers hanging out in my freezer than I originally thought.  Other than my lack of spending money to go towards food this month, I’m doing okay on that front.  It might be a little less fresh fruits and veggies compared to the frozen options, but I think my body will survive a month of the lesser options.  Once I’m finished with what’s in my freezer, there will be more room for the super healthy options.  I am currently reading The Kind Diet, which is more informative than I originally gave it credit.  Not only informative, I love that it is written in a positive and uplifting light, a far cry from Skinny Bitch, a book that suggests the same plant-based diet but with a sharper tongue.

Along with my vegetarian journey, I have a few fitness goals to add to my list as well. 

1. As I have already mentioned, I want to use this summer to learn how to swim.  My major goal is to start participating in triathalons, but I need to get the actual learning process out-of-the-way before I can start looking at swimming as a valid exercise.  Right now it just consists of me flapping around in the water and trying not to drown.  This goal can be reached through private swimming lessons that are offered at the Lakeland Civic Center pool.  Done and done.

2. My second goal involves investing in a bike.  In preparation for the triathalons that I hope to add to my agenda next year, I need to start focusing on biking as its own sport.  This will involve getting a bike and riding on a normal basis.  While I am living at home, I will be able to use the Fort Frasier Trail.  once I move to Winter Haven, I will be able to bike to and from the gym and my apartment.  I’m not badass enough to bike to work…and even if I could handle the distance traffic would scare me off the road. 

3.  The final goal, which I am able to start this month, is to complete the 60-Day Insanity challenge.  I have the program mapped out, starting next Thursday.  This will involve a lot more updates from me in terms of measurements, weight, and how I am feeling.  I tried the program a couple of years ago and had to stop due to my knee.  This time, I am planning to focus on what my body is telling me and taking breaks when I know I need to stop.  I am going to try to add a few gym trips a week to this plan, but just for extra cardio.  And I am planning on staying off the treadmill in order to keep my joints comfortable.

More updates to come.  I’m back in the gym for the first time in two weeks this afternoon.  Wish me luck!

Later Days,

-Jenni.



So… I don’t really have much to update about since I ditched the doctor yesterday, but I need to avoid studying Algebra for the GKE tomorrow, so how about an update?

Today is day one back on the healthy eating train, and I’m doing pretty decent.  I had a banana for breakfast, and I haven’t wanted much more.  I can feel my lunch hunger coming, but I’m not sure what I am craving yet.  I do have a large glass of water that I am keeping close by for the day.  I know I’m not going to get down to anything I was hoping for at this stage of the month, but at least I’m not making it worse.

Since I did not go to the doctor, I did not get on a scale yesterday to see the damage I have done in the past week of being sick and lazy.  I could go do it now, but ehhh…okay.  I’ll go do it now.  The verdict: 213.  It’s not horrible, but it’s not pleasing either.  I was working towards lowering the number and I’ve just made it worse.  But enough of the “down talk”.  There are so many things I am currently working to do to make better health choices.

I recently ordered The Kind Diet, and I am waiting for that to arrive in the mail.  This diet was formed to work towards a vegan lifestyle, which is something I have toyed with before.  I know that I could probably never be a super strict vegan, but I know that even doing it for a short time would be good for my health, and maybe it will stick.  I’ll just need to do a lot of research on how to bake vegan..which isn’t that hard considering most of the blogs I follow are either vegan or vegetarian, so they tend to offer great alternatives.  Of course, switching my eating habits might be better accomplished after I clean out my fridge and freezer…which currently includes a lot of Healthy Choice Meals that I thought I would be eating this week.

I guess that’s all the update I can really give right now.  I am applying rest and muscle cream to my leg, and I hop to be doing better soon.  Maybe actually getting out and moving it different ways will help as well.  I might try to hit up the gym for a bit this afternoon if it isn’t feeling any worse.

Later days,

-Jenni.



Our heater broke this morning…I’m freezing while I wait for it to get fixed because upon it breaking the house filled with smoke and now every window in the house is opened.  I legit felt like we were at the fake house at the fire stations that they make the kids walk through.  I hope to never experience this again and I also wish for my toes to not catch frostbite.

In other news I am headed to the doctor this afternoon to see that is wrong with my leg.  I really don’t know what even happened.  I woke up one day last week and was having trouble with the muscle when it came to lifting it.  I’m not sure if it is a muscle or a joint or a nerve or my mind, but hopefully it will all get worked out this afternoon.

In relation to my leg, I am kind of afraid to get on the scale at the doctor’s office.  I haven’t been to the gym in over a week and my lack of activity has made me crave all the bad food.  What you may or may not know about me is that I tend to be an emotional eater.  I wasn’t popular in high school, which is where a lot of my weight gain stemmed from.  I was fat, so no one liked me, so I ate more.  It wasn’t on par with some of these people who go on television shows to fix it, but it was definitely a problem that I had to face, and I still deal with when I hit a bout of depression in my life.

Part of it this time, is a lot of silly thoughts that may or may not mean anything.  I am worried about my leg because my mom has had similar problem in the past that have pretty much put her out of commission.  I know that it’s an entirely different situation wince I am active and I could have just pulled a muscle doing yoga or running, but I am terrified that I am going to end up where I can’t walk or workout intensely anymore and I’m going to turn into the couch potato that everyone gets annoyed with because she’s “too lazy” to go fix herself.

I am hoping that won’t happen.  Update later today.

Later days,

-Jenni.

P.S. I am also terrified I am going to fail the GKE because everyone keeps telling me it is so easy and if I fail it I am going to feel like a complete dumbass.



Well, I’m finally doing it this summer.  I’m making plans and saving money for something I’ve needed to do since I was a little girl.  I am finally going to learn how to swim.  During the summer months I am thinking that swimming is going to be the best exercise to improve my cardio and overall fitness.  It also is going to help me work towards my ultimate goal of completing a triathlon.  My next investment along those lines will be a good bike, but that will come in time.

In other news, I am trying not to eat the cookies that I made for the students…but I’m a good cook.

I’m jumping back on the health bandwagon tomorrow…promise.  The past two days have been bad, and I apologize for indulging in all this awesome food.  But I think you would do the same thing, so yeah…

Later Days,

-Jenni



{March 21, 2013}   03.21.2013 – Better

I am happy to say that I am completely back on my feet today.  I am over the worst of the flu and back to school, which is a good change of pace from the boring that comes with being resigned to bedrest all day.  I was just thankful I was still able to get some yoga in while I wasn’t feeling 100 percent.  I was hoping to make it to the gym this afternoon, but I’m thinking that I might just call it a day after work and catch up on sleep.  While I have been getting back to normal, my parents are both still pretty sick and my dad is having a tendency to wake me up at 430 in the morning with his hour-long coughing spells.  This has me running on about 4 hours today, which is partially my fault…but ya know.

It’s obviously been a very laid back week when it comes to exercise, but I have actually remained decently healthy, especially compared to how I usually eat when I am sick.  I have upped my carb-intake, but that is something I was working on before I even got sick.  Starting refreshed next week after I’m well will definitely be in my game plan.  I have decided to cut down on sweets rather than cut them out completely.  While it is awesome, and I am impressed by anyone who can quit a food group “cold turkey”, I am not that type of eater, and I need to weed it out one small problem at a time.  My goals is to get where I have moderated my sweet intake enough that I don’t feel bad about myself when I do indulge.

Starting in April, I am considering starting Insanity again.  I think it would be a good way to round out the school year.  I would modify it a bit, probably cutting down on too much plyo, but still doing a less explosive version of the move to save my joints ant unwanted/unneeded pain, but I think I can get most of it done.  I would also still want to get at least one or two days in the gym for some alternative cardio (most likely biking, but elliptical if it fit my mood).  My main reasoning for that is I don’t want to nix my gym membership, but I don’t want to be paying $20 a month for something I never use.  If I can get at least 5-6 gym trips a month, I will feel like my money is not being wasted.  If it cost more per month I would probably put the membership on hold, but $20 isn’t too much to complain about, and I enjoy Wednesday afternoon bike ride and sauna trips.  This entire plan will be mapped out more once I get my Insanity DVDs back from my friend and after Spring Break is over.

In personal news, I am looking forward to taking the GKE next month, hopefully.  I have been studying math, which I hate.  I just need to write a few practice essays to refresh my skills and register for the test (which I will do at the beginning of April).  Hopefully, this will go as well as I am willing it to in my mind.

That’s all for now, I will try to send an update tomorrow to give an overview of Spring Break plans.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I have lots planned for this weekend, starting with a trip to visit one of the besties as soon as school is out this afternoon.  I have been dreaming of this trip for over a month now because I have been dying to go to the beach for over a month, and the day is finally here!

Other than the beach, I will be kicking it with some other friends at a Battle of the Bands in Ybor on Saturday night.  Whether I’m crashing in Tampa that evening is undecided at this point, but it’s going to be pretty awesome.   

My eating and working out this week has been less than ideal, which is why there has been a lack of daily updates.  It wasn’t too bad, but I was trying to feed my need for sweets with carbs all week.  This has been further proof that I don’t think I could ever be burnt out on bread.  I also don’t think I could ever go on that “Gluten-Free Diet” that I’m always thinking about.

I will try to get an update in sometime this weekend, and I will definitely be on track starting next week.  It’s only two weeks before the big trip, and I am failing to reach any of my goals.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I will admit riding to work without the sun glaring in my eyes was awesome this morning, but everything else is a major fail.  I am already so tired today because I feel like I’m doing everything an hour earlier than I usually do.  I am also uping my workout routine this week by adding a morning ab workout to the daily routine.  It is only ten minutes, but it is a lot more active then my average “wake up, get food, find clothes” routine that I have been doing for the past few months.

In other news, I am trying to eat soup all week.  I am hoping this sticks, but we shall see.  I still have mason jar meals, but they are more focused on afternoon snacking with some yogurt and lots of fruit.  I am trying to add hearty snacks into my day that will tide me over more than the normal “grab apple and go” thing I was doing last week.  It would be easier to feel sustained rather than have to find time to eat something small every hour or so, especially at school. 

Speaking of school, I really need to get back on track with my studying.  The weekend threw me off of my game, and I got behind on both of my review books.  I am hoping that my collection of free time that I have gained because the boyfriend’s hours got changed at work will provide me the time to catch up on my study sessions.  I am also thinking a lot more about what specialty I would like to test for.  I am thinking reading, but that makes my options for teaching a smaller pool than if I were to test out of English.  Thoughts?  Concerns?  I’ll take any advice anyone has these days.

Also, I am SO looking forward to the beach this weekend.  I am praying for good weather because I have been wanting this for like a month now. 

Later Days,

-Jenni. 

 



{March 8, 2013}   03.08.2013 – Busy Weekend?

My New Favorite Jam

Pink + Nate = Perfection.  Your argument is invalid.

I kicked major booty at the gym on Thursday, doubling up Thursday and Fridays workout into a major, eight-point workout that lasted a little over two hours.  I may have felt dead today, but it made me feel better about being to busy to get to the gym tonight.  Tomorrow will be a cardio-focused day, hopefully getting a run in after I spend the morning volunteering a the PCSB Health Fair.

I got my glucose and cholesterol screened today as a part of the health fair, and I think it was a great way to show me that I am healthy as freak, even if I’m not a stick-thin model.  While my BMI was up, as it always is (and probably always will be), my Cholesterol and glucose were the signature of perfection.  Here’s the stats:

Glucose (desired < 100): 73

HDL, Good Cholesterol (desired >60): 74

LDL, Bad Cholesterol (desired < 100): 101 …okay, so I could work on that one

Triglycerides (desired < 150): 61

TC.HDL Ratio (desired < 4.0): 2.5

This weekend is going to consist of a lot of working out mixed with a lot of studying.  I’ve held strong at losing 6 pounds this week, and I want to keep it up.  I might reach my dream goal after all!

Later Days,

-Jenni.

 



I apparently forgot when I went to Chili’s last night and split some tortilla chips and guac with a best friend.  Given that my entrée wasn’t to hefty in the caloric section, I let myself slide with just a firm “talking to” and went about my life.  As for today, I am loading up on fruits and veggies and all the herbal tea my body can handle.  I figure it’s good to have a super healthy day to combat the demon food I put into my body last night.  I realize that this is drastic and exaggerated speech.  I am not going crazy, I’m just in a weird energetic mood today.

As for the gym, I am going to try to combine my Thursday and Friday workout today because 1) I have some extra time while I wait for Luke to get off work, and 2) I am not going to have time to go to the gym tomorrow.  This also means that I need to pick a workout for my school fitness class that I will actually want to finish.  We have yoga or a 50-minute ab workout.  I’m banking on the ab workout, but we shall see how it goes.  

This week has actually going really well, and aside from realizing I need to add another hour of sleep into my schedule, I’ve been energetic throughout most of the day.   I also have been adding more cardio at the gym, and that is showing some results that I am really excited about.  I’ll post official weigh-ins sometime this weekend, but I am seeing and feeling results.  I am trying really hard not to go out and make a ridiculous goal like being down to 190 before I go on my vacation with the boyfriend at the end of the month, but it would be really exciting if that happened.  I know it is possible, it just takes a lot of motivation.  And with half of my motivation going towards my certification tests, I’m just not sure I’m ready to make it a goal “written in stone”.  But it is fun to dream about.

In running news, I am starting to like running again…very slowly.  It’s a process, as most things are.  I have signed up for a 5k in May with some besties and hopefully the boyfriend will join in on this one.  It’s another color run called Color Me Rad in Tampa.  I absolutely loved the last one, so I am hoping this one is just as awesome.  I would love to work up to be able to run the entire thing without breaks, but we shall see how I feel by the time May runs around.  I don’t see why it would be a problem, though.  I’ll just beed to add a little more outdoor running into my weekly routine (probably Thursday hills and Saturday morning runs on the trail).

Later Days,

-Jenni.



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