A little life update

Hi All!

While it is no excuse, school has taken over my life. Who knew being a senior would be so much work (ha). I have missed you all and I want you all to know that I haven’t completely forgotten about you all. I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and to let you know I have big plans to get this back up and going at the end of the semester.

 

Love and Kisses!
Jenn

Happy September

Hi All!

Back from vacation, back to school. Day one of classes went pretty good I’m kind of excited for the start of the semester. Super duper nervous about job hunting but hey, conquer your fears.

I’m currently thinking about a thousand things. However all I’ve wanted to do is update you all, and start posting more frrequently. Since I only have school Mon, Wed,Fri expect to see more posts from me!

I just wanted to check in and say hiiiiiiii obnoxiously.

My trip to San Fran was amazing. My brother is too good to me and has introduced me to some fabulous connections that I hope will prove beneficial to me during the job hunt. We also ate lots and lots of food, and drank just a weee bit ;). It’s always so nice to spend time with him. He is one of the few people who I feel just, get me without too much explaining.

I’m headed off to crossfit now! :)

WOD for Thursday

Strength:

4 rounds

1 Power Snatch/2 Overhead Squats

at heaviest possible weight

3 minute rest between sets

Conditioning:

10 Rounds of Cindy for time

5 Pull Ups

10 Push Ups

15 Squats

Yikes looks like its going to be a good one!
Thought for the Day:

Sitting on the right track is equivalent to racing down the wrong track

xox

Bucket List

Hi All!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m en route to San Francisco for a few days. So excited. I like spending time with my brother, but mostly I just love this city. But I have made it and survived my first night :)

There’s something just so fresh and new about the city. I definitely know that when I move out I’d love to live in a city. It’s also so nice to be on vacation as well

 Any who,  since I’ve visited my brother a couple of times, many touristy things have already been said and done.  So I have a few plans of my own ;)

Here’s my vacation bucket list:

  • Do atleast one WOD at San Francisco Crossfit (hopefully more)
  •  Get a snazzy t-shirt from said box.
  • Spend too much money at sports basement ( I made sure to leave enough room in my suit case)
  • Run to the bridge and back
  • Take pictures everyday
  • Alcatraz
  •  Napa
  • Visit Stanford, and rightfully swoon

It may not seem fancy, but its perfect vacation for me. I really need some relaxation after the summer I’ve had.

So long for now!

Jenn

Call It A Comeback

HELLO!

I’m back. I know its been so long and I’m so sorry for that. I planned on taking this blog up to a more professional level, and thought it would happen overnight. As I do still plan on doing it, its going to take a little bit. I’m okay with that. I am excited to get back to you all though!

I am currently mile high, on my way to visit my brother in San Francisco

This will be my view for the next few days. Not too shabby!

I plan on posting lots while I am away. But today I wanted to catch you up on the last month and a half. And share my bucket list for this vacation!

I finished my internship, which was a wonderful experience, but I am definitely glad it is done. Not because I hated it. I was commuting 1.25-2 hours EACH way! It was a killer. I am glad to have my life back. I learned so much and hope to apply what I learned into future career paths.

I ran my first 5k! The Color Run in the middle of July. It was great!

It was so much fun! By the end it didn’t even feel like I ran 3 miles! Makes me super excited for my races in the future!

I have spent the last couple days relaxing and reviving myself. Only to get exhausted on this trip, but I found a Groupon for a massage that I’m saving for when I return.

I have taken lots of time this last month to find where I really am at. I have found that I have neglected a huge part of a healthy life. A spiritual life. Whatever that may mean to you personally, I have spent time reflecting and deciding where in my life needs improvement. I hope you are excited to move on this journey just as much as I am!

I heard this quote the other day. It could not be more perfect.

“ Take a look at yourself in a mirror who do you see looking back? Is it the person you want to be? Or is there someone else you were meant to be the person you were meant to be but fell short of? Is someone telling you, you can’t or won’t? Because you can. Believe that love is out there. Believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do. Sometimes happiness doesn’t come from money or fame or power. Sometimes happiness comes from good friends and family and the quiet nobility of leading a good life. Believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do. Believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do. So take a look in that mirror and remind yourself to be happy because you deserve to be. Believe that. And believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do.”

Dream Big! Fill your heart with joy and love don’t be afraid of it. So many times we get scared or afraid we’ll be hurt, in love, or let down when things don’t work out. But I am here telling you to hold back the fear.

LOVE. BE HAPPY. DREAM THOSE BIG IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS.

Now, go out and make it happen

“Believe that dreams come true everyday. Because they do.” 

Little Update

Hi All!

I wanted to give you all a little update. I know I’ve been MIA. I’ve been taking time to myself, which is kind of odd because I’ve been running around like a crazy women.
I have some big plans in the works for this blog. But unfortunately it does not involve me posting for a week or two.

Stay with me! I’ll be back, more feisty than ever.

I love you all and appreciate the readership. I PROMISE not too much longer.

Thought of the day comes from my John Mayer listening : The Heart of Life is good.
What do you think?! J

Dream Big, Do Big

xoxo

So long June, Hello July

Happy July!

Where is the summer going? It’s going way to fast. I’ve been in a bathing suit once. Ah! Don’t fret though, I’ll have plenty of time in a bikini this week.

Thank god for a two day work week!

I told you all yesterday that I’d be updating today and then go MIA for a bit. I want to make some big changes to this blog. Which I plan on doing on my “week” off! So you shall be seeing big changes this week :) , if all goes well!

Weekend Recap!

Friday: Cam and I hung out and cooked some mighty good steak tips. And by we cooked I mean, I made the salad and he grilled the tips. We wanted to go and see TED but we’re both old people and fell asleep and “napped” for way to long.

Saturday: I ran around like a crazy person with my head chopped off and did everything. Cleaned, ran (ran ½ of my usual route and was too hot so I walked the rest :( ), cleaned the car, got my car inspected…

Speaking of inspection it’s amazing how far a pair of shorts and mascara will get a girl, because my car probably should have not passed inspection. Then I headed up to my second home for dinner. Which was Salmon, brussel sprouts, and corn. My 2nd mother really knows how to get me to come to dinner. It was great company to see Kels <3 .And then I picked up my brother from the airport.

Sunday! I had the morning off from waitressing, which was glorious I really needed the rest and sleep in time. I did all my laundry, watched Mad Men and it was just glorious. Then I went and waitressed for a bit at night.

All in all it was a good weekend to get stuff done I suppose.

As it is the beginning of the month it is time to evaluate how well I did on my June goals and set some new ones for July!

June Goals:

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How’d I do?

Workout 5-6 day a week? I’d say I did pretty good on this. Some weeks it was more like 5, but hey I’ll take it!

Journal all food? Eh, I did about 80% on this, something I must work on for July!

Reduce Sugar? Definitely did this a lot. I get headaches now when I do have it. I’ve been feeling great! I have had a slip up or two which I need to balance more but for the most part I’m proud of this!

Run Run Run. Eh half and half I skipped a lot of planned runs. Something I can’t and won’t be doing anymore now that I’m officially training!

Work Hard and learn from internship? I’ve learned a lot since being here. I’m still not loving it, but I like it a lot more than I did

Start looking for fall internship? Yeah, I’m looking

Stay organized? Eh fake it til you make it? :)

Don’t miss Crossfit? I haven’t missed it during the week. I missed and will be missing this Saturday’s team WOD but for the most part I’ve been keeping up with it!

Saturday Beach Runs? Did not happen, must try again!

July Goals:
(since I don’t have spiffy markers at work, I’ll withhold a picture, but I will for sure be making one!)

1. Stay on track with half marathon training runs, mentally and physically push through
2. Learn how to cook at least one new thing per week
3. Juice more, I have this awesome juicer and I barely get to use it!
4. Stay organized
5. Journal all food!
6. Saturday Beach Runs
7. Read Econ book and get a head start on the report ( Every time I take a class with this particular professor, we always have a book report. I plan to get a head start on this report instead of hating life and waiting for the night before its due, which is usually my birthday!)

I think that looks good for this month! :)

Until next time!

Rock this Monday!

xoxo

Important Message

Tomorrow I’ll be doing my July goals! :) Email me, comment, tweet or Facebook me your goals for July, maybe a team goal we should have?

Also, after that post my site will be down for just a little bit, I want to make some big changes!

xoxo !

Have a great Sunny Sunday!

Thirsty Thursday

It’s Thirsty Thursday !

Drink Up! Grab some water, and some ice cubes and go to town. We should all be drinking half our body weight in ounces a day! Tea counts!
Here’s my hydration!
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(I’ll fill the water up a bunch throughout the day!) I like to add lemon to my water helps curb my sugar cravings and mindless eating.

Last night I got about zero sleep, or like and hour and a half so I’m running on empty right about now.
How do you all function on little sleep, I’m Miss I can’t focus and chatty cathy. Hopefully I can keep this mindless energy for later. I’m planning on crossfitting today! Maybe a run if I feel up to it, but I’ll be happy with whatever I get out of myself today.
Todays WOD

STRENGTH:

15 minutes to 20 rep Back Squat

CONDITIONING:

AMRAP in 12:

15 Kettlebell Swings

10 Wall Ball

5 Burpees

CHALLENGE:

Max Rep Bench Press (3/4 Bodyweight)

Looks like a fun one. Lat week I squatted 85lbs for 20 reps, I’ll probably be doing the same today.

Great news is my manager isn’t at work today and my “backup” manager who is super nice says if I’m not doing anything I can run away early today. I’m probably going to take advantage of this mostly to beat traffic.

My body really wants to run right now so if I’m feeling it today maybe I will! J

I’m starting to get better about making food in advance to ensure I can have food to eat. Especially when I go away. I’ve purchased asll the ingrediants for a frittata and Brussels and quinoa, I can’t wait to give them a roll and let you know how it goes.

What are you go to make ahead meals that keep well?

That’s all for now <3

xox

Wednesday Wisdom

Hi Again!

I apologize for my scattered post earlier, I’ve been just that, scattered.

I am for some reason really really nervous about this half marathon. I know I haven’t even started officially training but just the thought scares me. I’ve never run a distance like this and never considered myself a distance runner. Yeah I go for quick runs but that’s only recently. What if I can’t keep up?

With all this going through my mind I’m getting really anxious. Plus everyone wants to hangout with me and I’ve been saying no because I have to train. Am I being too selfish balancing all this with a 45+ workweek? I need social time as well, right?

Well I put the $$ down so I will run it. I’m taking a selfish approach working as much as I can for this because it’s a goal I truly want to achieve, and I need to get over my mental hurdles. I refuse to let someone talk to me otherwise, and I can’t feel bad for taking time to do this for myself! This photo made me think through all of this:

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So a good attitude is what is going to get me through this. I’m sick of just talking about the idea and am ready to atleast attempt it.

Danny, my Crossfit coach, told me last summer “ Dead *Mothafluffin* last beats Did not finish with beats Did not start. I will cross the finish line, running , jogging, walking or crawling.

Happy Afternoon Push!

Wednesday Fun

Good Morning Lovelies!

Happy Wednesday! I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday, what do you mean it’s only Wednesday?!

Alas, here I am.

Let’s review last night’s workout for a hot second. If you can’t remember it was…

STRENGTH:

5 Sets:

5 Shoulder Press

Max L-Hold or Support

CONDITIONING:

5 Rounds for Time:
5 Wall Climbs
10 Box Jump Overs
15 Hollow Rocks

We had a warm up of 15 hollow rocks, forward bear crawl, backwards bear crawl, and walking lunges x 3 rounds. Okay Okay so my weight on the presses was about 45-55lbs ( I sort of rotated to whichever was free. This worked because I think 55 would have been too much for all 5 rounds but it was enough of a challenge to mix in to work my way up! Getting the weight overhead without momentum is difficult for me, so it’s good we are working on it. For the “WOD” its was fairly interesting. Let’s talk about wall climbs are… you start chest to the ground feet right up against the wall. Push up, and precede to walk your feet up the wall into a handstand and touch your chest to the wall, and walk right back down that is one rep. Now coming from the background I did, doing handstands daily it wasn’t too too difficult. Getting 5 was, my wrists are weak or else I would have had no problem with it. So more handstand practice it is! Also, I can’t wear a skirt for a few days seeing we did them on the turf and my knees and hands have turf burn. Ha. All in all it was a fantastic workout.

On Crossfit, I just want to share how much I love it and why I love it. It is a fantastic workout no denying that. It’s a great way to cross train and push my limits physically and mentally. But that’s not the main reason why I love it. I used to think going to the gym meant draggggging myself over to the local gym with cardio machines cable machines and free weights. The girls were discouraged from the free weights and more pushed to the cardio machines. I’d go in keep my head down and my ipod blasting hoping I didn’t see anyone I knew. Of course with the small town issues I saw about everyone I knew and their mom, and dad. Don’t get me wrong when I first took a step to become healthy and start going to the gym this method worked great. But I soon found myself doing the same old same old and not challenging myself. Crossfit I look forward to go to because I LOVE the people there. I hate switching up my class time, which happens sometimes due to other life events, because I feel guilty missing my normal classmates. We push each other in a healthy way, and we laugh and have F.U.N. weird the gym being fun? It’s like another family to me and I adore it.

Anyways switching up my meals has definitely helped! I feel like a happy camper this morning feeling the opposite of sick! WooHoo for figuring this out! I have more energy and I’m staying away from the devil, sugar, for energy! Also everyone was super jealous of my protein pancakes this morning that I’m downing as writing this post. I always talk about taking more pictures of my food for you all, only by the time I remember there’s a bite left. Whoops. Maybe I shall make that a July goal!

The biggest news of the day: FIRST DAY OF TRAINING!

yippee (holy cow am I nervous!): Today’s run will be easy though it says 2 easy miles, since my loop is just a little over 2 miles I’m going to push myself a little further :)
I keep reminding myself I can do this I can do this. I say I have this fear that my body is going to get hurt but I came to the realization that my body was built for this. My muscles love the run and I have the build of a runner everyone always just asks me off the bat. My mind needs convincing, I will do this because I can. No doubt or anyone will stop me.

This weekend I plan on stopping by the running store to check out shoes. I love love love my brooks, but I’m going to make sure they are the right shoe for me. Maybe that’s why my joints were hurting? I also want to get a pair of shoes for the box, I’m thinking those nifty toe ones.. who knows ;)

Glad I have my paycheck spent before I get it.

That’s about all today for this morning.

Until the 2:30 push

Do Big Things