Run Jenni, Run











Wow, it’s been awhile!

The end of school is fast approaching, and no one is more ready for summer than I am.  I have got my summer workout plan figured out and I am ready to throw it into action.  It’s full of yoga and a lot of running/soccer practice.  I have June planned out, an I am excited to be opting for the unlimited yoga pass for the entire month.  I will be able to focus on my practice and have myself centered for summer.  Throwing cardio in the mix will help improve my cardio and be the action that really burns the extra calories I am trying to lose.  I am trying to focus on adding rather than subtracting, something that I am learning about as I am reading Healthy Tipping Point, the book written by one of my favorite bloggers, Caitlyn Boyle. 

The main idea I am focusing on this summer is not restrictiong food, but adding physical activity.  As I add physical activity, I know that I will be craving better food.  While I am not restricting myself from a piece of chocolate if that is what I desire, I am hoping that the increase in activity will cause me to increase my intake of healthier options like fruits and vegetables.  I am also hoping to continue my vegetarian diet, which has blackslid a bit the past several weeks.  I am trying not to focus on calorie-couting, as I have done in the past.  This time around I am trying to add in nutritious food, at a reasonable portion size, that will keep me feeling nutured and healthy. 

It definitely a journey, and I am glad to be start it (again!).  I am ready to take back my life and find my healthy, and happy, place in the world.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I made it through my first week of Insanity without dying…that calls for a celebration.  I did my celebrating last night, and I really shouldn’t have dont that.  It’s amazing how much I can tell that bad food has an effect on my body after over a week of healthy choices.  Needless to say, I will not be partaking in bad food for a long while.  I just feel better when I’m making healthy choices and exercising regularly.  This is something that is hard to drill into my head, but I still need to drill it in there whenever possible.  Bad Food = Bad Feels. 

The first week of Insanity is never the worst, but it feels like it after the first few days.  By Monday, I was actually feeling pretty decent.  I don’t have as much muscle pain after a workout, and virtually none the next morning.  I went to the gym yesterday, which was my day off from the Insanity workouts.  It was nice to get moving without Shaun T yelling at me to try harder.  I enjoyed the break, but I am looking forward to pushing myself.  It really is a love/hate relationship with the program.  I hate it, but I feel so good after.  I feel like I am actually working towards something. 

My goals for the second week is to, of course, not skip any workouts.  I am also going to try to add a short hike on Saturday morning after I do Insanity.  I want to mix in gym time as much as I can in order to keep my committment to actual gym trips alive. 

I am also working on my summer plans, and it is going to involve Insanity mixed with gym time and making my way back to Running Club. 

More on that later.

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.



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