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2015: New Year, Better Me.

People often start out their years proclaiming “New Year, New Me”.  But I don’t need to be “made new.”  I’m pretty excited about the direction I’ve been going over the past year (and then some).  This is a new year, but I’m continuing on improving the awesome me that already exists!!

Marathon Runner & Fitness CompetitorThere is no doubt that 2014 was pretty awesome.  I accomplished two HUGE fitness goals that I previously never even imagined I’d be involved in. In June, I finished my first marathon and in September, I completed my first fitness competition! Both required physical and mental strength that I never had to tap into before, and on some days of training, I wasn’t even sure it was there. But it was! I showed myself that I am a strong, capable and exciting woman and I have no plans to slow down in 2015!

Towards the end of the year, after my competition, I really began to slack off with this blog and on my running. In October and December I ran my 5th and 6th half marathons with barely any training. I absolutely do NOT recommend this, of course. But it has taught me the importance of training. I know mentally that I could get off my couch right now and complete a full marathon if I had to. But I wouldn’t do well and could possibly injure myself. My last two half marathons were the absolute worst times I’ve ever recorded. I still had fun, as I always do, and got a couple pretty sweet medals to add to the collection, but I know I can do better.

What’s the point of doing anything if you’re not doing you’re best?

So for 2015, I present my following goals, both fitness and personal.

2015 Goals

I’m still working on concrete plans for achieving these goals.  And I have a couple other big secret goals in the works for the coming year.  It is sure to be a year of adventure and determination!! Let’s go!!

~ Jen

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Hello, 2014!

Christmas and New Year’s went by too fast! I didn’t even have time to put ornaments on my Christmas tree! This is not an exaggeration by any means…my Christmas tree is still sitting in the corner of my living room…with lights and not a single ornament. Between my two jobs, working out, and holiday social gatherings, I don’t know how I managed to stay sane!

rockrollmarathonThere is no “new year, new me” situation going on for my 2014.  I don’t need to be new.  I will just continue to get better!   It’s only 5 days into the new year and exciting things are already happening! I’m decreasing my hours at the job I don’t really like, getting A LOT of work done at the job I love (at my gym), and probably the biggest thing that’s happened is my commitment to finally running my first marathon!!!

I ran my first 5k in Feb 2012, my first 10k May 2012, and my first half Nov 2012.  When I finished that first half, I said to myself “I can’t believe this is half of anything. I will be perfectly content never running a full marathon.”  Of course, you should never say never.  Fast forward to Jan 2nd 2014 went I was excited/nervous/terrified/ecstatic about pressing the confirm button on my marathon registration.  But in 146 days I will be in San Diego for the Rock N Roll Marathon!

Before I can focus too much on that though, I have my 3rd half marathon (Disney Princess) coming up at the end of February! I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out which Princess I should dress up as for my big run.  Ariel and Aurora topped my original list…but I finally came to a decision.  I want to be the original Disney Princess….Minnie!! Any easy costume suggestions will be much appreciated!!

minnie

5milesToday was my first long training run for the Princess Half…it was very slow. Probably the slowest I’ve gone in quite some time. But that was actually the plan.  With all of my weight lifting, high intensity WODs, and one on one hamstring/hip related strength training, injury is not an option.  My runs are now my relaxing “me” time…covering the distance without much intensity.   I’m trying something new so we’ll see how it goes.

~ Jen

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Here we go!

Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once

So it’s all happening! Life is getting pretty awesome.  Less hours at one job, more at the one I love, and after several hours/days of coding and research, a new website!  So far, all is well. I’m slightly worried about being overwhelmed in the upcoming months…the busiest few months of the entire year. But I’m sure it will work out. It always does.

My 2nd half marathon is coming up in just over 2 weeks! I’m definitely getting nervous. It’s been almost an entire year since my first one.  I know I’ve gotten stronger since then but I’m definitely a little slower.  My last long training run is on Sunday.  10 miles.  We’ll see how I do.

In other fitness related news, I’m determined to learn double-unders.  I bought a new training rope and should be at my house in a few days. Updates to follow!

 

~ Jen

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Be in the business of being awesome

I feel like big things are right on the horizon for me.  My passion has clearly become running and being at the gym as much as possible.  While I do some (mostly administrative) work a few hours a week at my gym, I’m there much more often than my job that pays my bills.  BUT, that will be changing soon.  I love helping my trainer and being a big part of expanding the gym.  And after we work at a few specifics, I will be taking on a bigger, better paying role there.  I will finally be taking steps to make my passion my career.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.”- Steve Jobs

Not only that, but I’ve decided to be my own boss.  People live off of their blogs and their writing.  Why can’t I? I’m getting my finances and design in order, but I will be purchasing a domain and hosting plan within the week.  I’ve never been one to be satisfied with “a real job.”  I’ve never wanted to sit behind a desk.  I love helping people. I love writing. I love inspiring others.  i know my weight loss and fitness journey is a good story. And a story that is no where near over.  Now, I’m not gonna go out and quit the job that is currently my main source of income. But it’s awesome to know that it’s in the process of being phased out!!

~ Jen

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Ginger Jen

I’ve got to say….I’m absolutely LOVING my new red hair. I should’ve become a ginger a long time ago! It makes me feel like a brand new person. I even (briefly) contemplated changing my name.

Amazing haircolor

I can be feisty and sexy and outspoken. I’m allowed. I’m a redhead. It may sound kinda dumb. It’s more than just the hair. It’s given me confidence. It makes me feel beautiful. I know I was pretty with blonde hair. But I feel like this is exactly the change I needed to complete my transformation into the awesome person I’ve become over the past several months.

~ Jen

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