Monday, November 16, 2015

Let's try this again!!

I am jamming on my fb post, Twitter and Instagram and yet I cannot keep up with my blog. Seriously. What's wrong with me? 

I am attempting to keep this domain but blog through another site. Just trying to figure out how!  In the mean time, all is well with my recovery from neck surgery and crazy, awesome things are happening!! 

If you are on fb I am Jen's Journey...imagine that! 

For Twitter @JensIMjourney 

Instagram @ 

That's a lot of journeys ��

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

It's been forever.

I really have to start doing a better job blogging again. I am on FB so much recording my journey that many times I forget this is where it all started.  Long before Fb and Twitter.

To make a very long story short. I am one week out in my recovery from cervical disc replacement and I am happy to say that I am doing great. Yesterday I walked 2.82 miles and today I walked 5 miles!! My goal is to hit 20 miles this week.

I need to set some time aside and really reflect on the surgery and this whole journey as it has changed me so much. For now though I want to focus on setting new goals and getting back on track with my weight loss and training.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Just eat real food and skip the wheat bread :)

You had to know this was coming. A new food challenge to keep my mind busy during this time while I cannot workout as I used to. It seems to me like great timing as we all know nutrition is a key factor in weight loss and since I cannot train at 100%, I must rely on my nutrition to get me back where I need to be.

Starting August 24th - 30 days eating REAL food, nothing processed and staying away from sugar. Kind of simple really :) The yes and no list...

The YES List -

Vegetables - Nothing off limits. Eat as much of the good green stuff as you can.

Meats - A heavy focus on fatty fish and grass fed beef along with chicken and so on.

Fats - Go for it! Coconut, Avocado oil, Nuts...minus peanuts.

Fruits - Every fruit is ok as long as it's in moderation. For example, not eating a whole watermelon...been there :)

Drinks - Coffee, tea ok just do not sweeten with sugar or the fake junk. Aim for at least 1 gallon of water a day.

Dairy- Kiefer is ok along with greek yogurt as long as there is NO sugar. As for cheese, blue cheese, goat and feta are ok -- again in moderation.

Grains - NO bread. I repeat NO bread...well except for Paleo Loaf or something similar that I make at home. Quinoa, Oat bran, Steel cut oats, Brown Rice ( in small amounts) and Amaranth are ok.

Sweeteners - Honey and Maple Syrup

The NO List -

NO junk. NO pizzas, matter how healthy they are, no white rice. No pasta, even the gluten free "healthy" kind. Nothing processed. No diet drinks, sports bars, bread...did I mention bread ;) No sweets. Nothing. Just stick to real, whole foods.

The Superstars to consume daily -

Coocnut Oil
Nuts and Seeds (except for peanuts)

Goals for this challenge -

Lose 15 lbs
Reduce inflammation
Increase overall energy and health

Let the fun begin........

Friday, August 21, 2015

The journey continues....

The majority of you follow me on Fb so you already know about my current spinal issues but for those who do not know I will keep it brief. The short story is I have some bulged disks caused by bone spurs from arthritis that I am currently trying to control. Many of you remember my shoulder injuries from 2 years ago and how we could not find the source of the pain, well, now we know. It is all from my C4/5 and 5/6. So I am going to be receiving epidural injections, seeing a chiropractor and PT while we wait to see if the pain improves. If not,  we have consulted with 2 surgeons regarding my surgery options. But I want to wait until I have tried all I can first.

Moving forward.....

I was depressed, anxious and unmotivated when I first found out all this was going on 3 weeks ago and so now I have to get back on track.  I have gained more weight and now that the pity party is over, it's time to get back to work! I cannot train as I did before right now as it hurts to much but I can walk and ride on the spin bike until it hurts, then I need to stop.

So I am setting a new goal. To walk and bike a total of 150 miles for this month. Starting on Monday, August 24th.  I know it does not sound like much but it's a start back and we will see how it does with my pain.

Shoot for the stars right?

Monday, July 06, 2015

Back from Mexico!!

We are home now from our family vacation and I am ready to begin a new challenge today! I will most pics of the trip and details later on but for now I wanted to focus on the task at hand....getting back on track!!

The challenge runs from today, July 6th to September 3rd. 60 days of watching my foods closely and logging my workouts etc...

The plan is simple.

1. Eat Clean. No junk or anything processed.
2. Lift lots of things. Balls, bars, ropes, sandbags etc...
3. Move!! Move slow. Move fast. Just move.
4. Log my goods on Myfitnesspal and keep water around a gallon a day.

For my training - Milage goal is set at 500 miles, SBRW - swim, bike, run and walk
Pushup goal - 3,000
Burpees - 2,000

It's easy to set goals, its another thing to get out there and get it done! Here we GOOOOO!!!!!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Training 6/1 - 6/9

Monday 6/1 - ST circuit and 3 mile RW
Tuesday 6/2  -  5 mile RW
Wednesday 6/3 - Off
Thursday 6/4  - RW 5 miles
Friday 6/5 - Spin 60 mins
Saturday 6/6 - RW 3 and ST circuit.
Sunday 6/7 - Off
Monday 6/8 - RW 5 miles
Tuesday 6/9 -  Spin 60 mins

I am heading up to Dallas on the 9th to see my family and I look forward to getting in some runs around the lake and hopefully some ST as well.

Happy June!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Farewell 37...

If I had to have a final workout before my birthday tomorrow then this was a rocking one! I pushed it hard on the bike and loved every minute of it!!!!

20 miles with hill intervals 
Main set - Gear 13 -15 and climbs were G 18 -21. 
670 calories 
AHR - 163 
MHR - 180 

Recovery protein shake with kale and spinach. 

An early birthday present to me!!!

I turn the big 38 tomorrow but apparently in this photo, with no makeup I look 29!! I will take it �� 

Rain! Rain! Rain!

Another strong storm came through last night. Crazy! We have more rain coming through today. I am ready to see the SUN!!! Today's training will be a ST circuit with treadmill intervals. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Staying strong!

M1 - roasted veg frittata and coffee with almond milk 
M2 - Wild cod and fruit salad / small amount of each. S1 really. 
M3 - GF beef with zucchini noodles 
M4 - GF beef and a salad.