04 1 / 2014

I’ve been following “The Bizzy Diet” on Bodybuilding.com but I haven’t really liked it that much - kind of too easy if you ask me. so today, instead of doing one of the workouts on Bizzy, I just did my own thing with the husband. We declared today legs day and went at it!

Cardio: 30 min HIIT Intervals on treadmill: Run 1 min (6.5)/walk 30 seconds (3.0)

Squats: 55lbs, 12 reps/5 sets
Leg Press: 90 lbs, 12 reps/4 sets
Calf Raises w/ Dumbells: 15 lbs, 30 reps/3 sets
Leg Extensions: 45 lbs, 12 reps/4 sets
Seated Leg Curl: 45 lbs, 12 reps/4 sets

Felt destroyed at the end of it. Looking forward to the post legs day waddle tomorrow!

02 1 / 2014

Coconut water time! Straight from the source. #coconuts #yum #coconutwater

Coconut water time! Straight from the source. #coconuts #yum #coconutwater

21 12 / 2013

Sad fridge vs. happy fridge!grocery shopping was absolutely necessary. we had none of the foods.
I got the following things:cuties oranges, apples, bananas, cheese, milk, kale, celery, onion, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, avocado, grapefruit, sweet potato, yam, baby portobello mushrooms, corn tortillas, carrots, pork chops, ground beef, 1 whole chicken (crock pot time!), canned green beans, canned tomato puree, yam noodles
cat not included.

Sad fridge vs. happy fridge!
grocery shopping was absolutely necessary. we had none of the foods.

I got the following things:
cuties oranges, apples, bananas, cheese, milk, kale, celery, onion, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, avocado, grapefruit, sweet potato, yam, baby portobello mushrooms, corn tortillas, carrots, pork chops, ground beef, 1 whole chicken (crock pot time!), canned green beans, canned tomato puree, yam noodles

cat not included.

30 11 / 2013

1.5 month hiatus, 145 lbs, ready to hit it

1.5 month hiatus, 145 lbs, ready to hit it

07 10 / 2013

Mmmm #breakfast #fruit #food #healthy #skinnyvanillalatte #latte #Starbucks (at Starbucks)

Mmmm #breakfast #fruit #food #healthy #skinnyvanillalatte #latte #Starbucks (at Starbucks)

07 8 / 2013

Couples that run together, stay together. Or something like that. #running #husbandandwife

Couples that run together, stay together. Or something like that. #running #husbandandwife

04 8 / 2013

I’ve had asthma all my life. it’s a part of me, and i don’t know what it’s like to not have it. i don’t know what it’s like to be able to do any physical activity without using my inhaler; i don’t know what it’s like to just leave the house and not worry about remembering to bring my inhaler with me in case I have an episode; I especially don’t know what it’s like to just breathe freely.

I use my inhaler on a daily basis, and when I can afford it, I also use Advair 2x a day as a preventative. Everything and nothing are triggers. I can be sitting at my desk and suddenly need my inhaler. I can also pet an animal and need it. I can go for a run and need it. I can LAUGH too hard and need it. Walking from inside room temperature to a drastically different outside temperature is a huge trigger for me. It’s literally everything and anything and it’s so frustrating. 

I had to go to the E.R. last night for an attack that my rescue inhaler couldn’t help. I had been cleaning all day and all the dust, dirt, and cat hair that got kicked up really set it off. By 1 AM, I was wheezing, could not take large breaths, and had chest pain that just wouldn’t go away. I finally decided that I needed to go to the hospital, so off we went. When we got there and they saw that I was having an asthma attack, they immediately had me go into triage, and I just started crying. Not because I was scared, not because I didn’t know what to expect (I’ve had to do this countless times), but because I was so FRUSTRATED. and ANGRY. All I could think was “THIS IS SO ANNOYING.” An asthma attack is expensive (nebulizer treatment is not cheap), inconvenient (almost always happens at night for me), uncomfortable, and I’m helpless to it. I can prevent all I want, but sometimes even that isn’t enough and it just happens. I’m sure the nurse thought I was crying because I was scared but honestly I was just pissed off. Long story short: I got my nebulizer treatment (double the meds this time because it was pretty bad), got a nifty (although rather large) addition to my inhaler to help me get the albuterol into my system better, and was on my way.

so let’s get to the wake up call.  This morning I woke up feeling totally wrecked - allergies in full force, sinuses clogged, back aching from all the labored breathing from the attack. I sat in my living room and thought - what caused it this time? I don’t understand. I know the cleaning really set it off, but my asthma had been worse lately overall. As I thought about the last few weeks, I realized that it was a bunch of things that cumulated to the attack last night. I believe the following contributed:

  1. Eating processed/crappy food, especially a higher intake of refined carbs - and not eating enough fresh fruits & vegetables
  2. Working at a camp out in the middle of nowhere with lots of dust/dirt/pollen/allergens in general
  3. drinking alcohol - I went for a long time without having ANY and then I had a few beers and I do really think it affected me/my immune system
  4. Less exercise than usual
  5. lack of cleaning - we have a cat (and of course I’m allergic) and we had a really crappy vacuum that wasn’t getting up all the cat hair. We just got a new vacuum so hopefully that will help.

So, starting now, I’m going to try and address each and every one of those items on the list. This honestly isn’t about vanity anymore. Before I was like, “oh I want to be thin and fit and get muscle and look hot! eating healthy is good too though.” now, it’s more like “I have to eat well and exercise and be a healthy human being so I don’t end up in the hospital.” It’s better that way, honestly, because then that’s my “excuse” that I can lean on. I can justify to myself in my head, “well I HAVE to do this, or else I’m going to wind up back in the hospital!”

I’m tired of not being able to breathe. I’m tired of expensive hospital visits. I’m tired of spending tons of money on inhalers. I’m tired of not being able to do all the physical activity I want. I’m tired of constantly worrying if I have my inhaler with me or not. 

It’s time to take control and free myself from this disease. Bring it on bro.

23 6 / 2013

20min Detox Yoga Flow (by yoginimelbourne)

just did this! i love how she jumps right into it. it’s a pretty fast flow, so don’t expect to hold poses for long

21 6 / 2013

things I need to remember.

things I need to remember.

(Source: jenxya)

24 5 / 2013

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I have created a new blog on blogger that is basically my tumblr blog, but much more streamlined and solely dedicated to fitness & food. 

It’s called “Fit. Food. Bliss” 
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Please go check it out and subscribe! 
fitfoodbliss.blogspot.com

- Jen

(Source: fitfoodbliss.blogspot.com)

06 5 / 2013

guess i’ll go do that or somethin. ugh. 0 motivation

16 3 / 2013

Pretty sure I’ve lost a pound or two - not weighing in at 146 anymore - usually more like 144 or so. Also pretty sure I’ve gained some muscle, especially in my legs. jump squats for the win!  I just really want to be healthy and fit, so as long as I’m eating wholesome awesome food and giving my body the exercise it wants, I’m happy! 
I’ve made a conscious decision to push HARD at the gym, and I can’t wait to see how this will affect me in a few weeks!

15 3 / 2013

Strawberry Banana Protein Pre-Workout PUNCH!AMAZING. This shake is like candy, seriously. and with the pre-workout added, you get a serious PUNCH of energy for the gym! However, you could just as easily leave that part out if you are not headed to the gym.
Ingredients:1/4 cup cooked quinoa1 scoop “vanilla ice cream” whey protein powder1 scoop Beyond Raw Ravage pre-workout in Fruit Punch6-7 frozen strawberries1 banana1/4 cup almond milk1 spoonful coconut oilwater for desired thickness
 BLEND AND GET PUMPED!headed out to the gym now!

Strawberry Banana Protein Pre-Workout PUNCH!
AMAZING. This shake is like candy, seriously. and with the pre-workout added, you get a serious PUNCH of energy for the gym! However, you could just as easily leave that part out if you are not headed to the gym.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1 scoop “vanilla ice cream” whey protein powder
1 scoop Beyond Raw Ravage pre-workout in Fruit Punch
6-7 frozen strawberries
1 banana
1/4 cup almond milk
1 spoonful coconut oil
water for desired thickness

 BLEND AND GET PUMPED!
headed out to the gym now!

15 3 / 2013

all the hurts. all of them. OW»»>

14 3 / 2013