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Juicing Testimony

Hey all,

So I got a VERY exciting email this last week. It was from the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” PR team. They had heard my story and my experience along with thousands of others. I guess mine stood out. So I was asked to do a video testimony of my experience about juicing. They are doing a national kick-off of the documentary and a new show on health…so it just may end up on there. I am very hopeful. Regardless it was a great way to really talk about my experience. After sending it I uploaded it to youtube.com. I wanted to give you all a chance to see it as well 🙂 They wanted to to be real and unscripted so I just kind of went for it…so you might here a lot of “ums” in there. Also it could only be 5-6 min so that was a challenge. They will also be editing it to use what they like. 🙂 So hope you like it 🙂

With Love,

Jenny

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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the dangerous word: RESOLUTION… and what it looks like.

new years

Each time the ball drops every year the next day we are filled with the desire to change. I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing, for the most part it is positive. I think we also need to be very aware of why we are wanting to change and assess if New Years is the best time for it. Chances are you can start anew any month and keep it going for the year. So if January isn’t the time for you, don’t feel the need to waste 11 months just so you will have a fresh start. Make sure you are prepared for the task at hand. I feel like so many of the resolutions are weight loss so it is much easier for me to speak on those. If it is weight loss than make sure you are physically ready (get clearnence from your doctor), mentally ready (write down and figure out why you need this change and what you are afraid of), and emotionally. I can not explain to you how important this is. You are going to need a sounding board, and pick those people wisely. For one you need people who will not sugar coat things for you, as much as you may want them to at times. You need people who you are not afraid to open up to, some serious demons and self actualization happens here and you have to feel comfortable to open up to them. Lastly you need people who will workout with you who are on a higher level fitness regimen than you are. Having or knowing someone who has gone through the same struggle is very helpful too, they become a resource and your cheerleader. I imagine how different of a process this would have been if I would have had that. So if you are reading this and you need that, please don’t hesitate to contact me…I would be thrilled to help you through this. 

Here are the basics, figure out why. Maybe you want to do this to get healthy, maybe you feel stuck in your life on the sidelines, maybe you are afraid of the medical tornado that is headed your way if you don’t change. Here is what I know from years of battling this demon. You cannot and will not do this for anyone but you. You cannot do it for a spouse, a parent, your kids, for a potential relationship. YOU are enough. Those people can inspire you and help you through it, but they can not be the prime reason you do this. I say this again….YOU ARE ENOUGH. 

So make healthy goals, make a life change, and put one foot in front of the other and take this a day at a time. This is not a sprint it is a marathon. There are going to be hard days, days you would rather sink down into a hole and go back to old ways, but you can’t. You have to keep going and plugging away and one day you will make it. It will be the proudest and best moment of your life. The sense of accomplishment you will feel is indescribable and completely priceless. 🙂

That is all.I hope this serves you well.

With Love,

Jenny

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

how to avoid the holiday love handles

holiday-weight-gain-300x300The holidays seem to be a great time to catch up with family and friends and they typically have some of our favorite treats of the year. This is a time to enjoy the time we spend with loved ones and indulge, just don’t get too crazy. Have healthy boundaries set to maybe try a little of this and that and don’t give up your workout time. What might be a good idea is to push yourself a little harder on the days you know you are going to treat yourself. Let’s say the holidays and the last couple months maybe you have fallen off the so called “fitness wagon” and now you hate yourself and you don’t know what to do. Here is what you do:

1.) Forgive yourself, you are only human
2.) Realize what your triggers are for giving up on this healthy way of life
3.) Find an accountability partner and tell them what your triggers are (as hard and awkward as that may seem)
4.) Start over
5.) Award your successes by something other than food (i.e. shopping for new clothes, hot air balloon ride, rock climbing…etc.)

It’s that simple. I feel like if we repeatedly beat ourselves up, where is that really going to get us? I’ll tell you. It will cause you to continually spiral down an unhealthy road. So yes enjoy the holiday season, just don’t let it control you. Also remember no matter what your goal is… maybe its 15 lbs., 20 lbs., or 100+ lbs. Anything is possible with hard work. Just look at it in little goals and before you know it you will be at your goal 🙂

With Love,
Jenny

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

things you never knew you needed to do

I feel like we have a lot of things we want to accomplish in this life. We have bucket lists, to-do lists, honey do lists and such. Sometimes something so simple that does not end up on any of those lists can be easy, yet so scary. That thing crept up on me this week. I feel like God puts certain people in your life to really believe in you and push you to a place you can’t go by yourself. I went there this week. So after our bible study some friends and I decided it would be fun to do a hand stand. when it came to my turn I was terrified. Something so simple. The easiest way I can explain this is you can change your body much easier than you can change your mind. In my mind I still didn’t trust the stability of my body, because I haven’t tested it in this way. I haven’t done a hand stand in probably 13 years. As scary as it was I felt AMAZING afterwards. So I should think my friends who wouldn’t let me give up on myself. I guess what they say is true, its better to try and fail then to never try and not know if you could. So check off handstand on the OWNED list 🙂

What things scare you to try?

With Love,

Jenny

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

weight is not your identity

In our culture we size each other up every single day, This is something that is very hard to separate yourself from. It seems that since we judge ourselves and each other so harshly on weight, that it would be in fact who we are. When I was in my heavier phase of life, its not something I thought about a lot. I still to this day for most of it didn’t see myself as everyone else saw me. Most everyone who knew me would describe me by my weight, I wouldn’t. I was actually pretty oblivious to this fact. If I went back again and had to re-live that part during my teen years I think I would still choose to be completely unaware. We spend so much time caring so much about what people are thinking about us, what they are whispering about us and if in fact people knew our true selves…would they like us?! Do we even like us? Granted yes it was hard going through the most awkward phase of life being obese (i hate that word) but I feel I was suppose to go though that to really get it and to be able to help other people with it (hands down my favorite thing in the world is to hear about peoples stories and journeys) It is now in this part of life, that feels so separate from that part of life yet so connected. People a lot of time ask me how I feel now that I’ve lost so much weight. Do you feel better? do you have more energy? are you happier? Yes I feel better, yes I probably have more energy and stamina, am I happier. I don’t know if I can answer that. I don’t directly relate my happiness to my weight. I feel like if that’s something we do, we are putting WAY to much pressure on your given weight that day. The reasons I am happy these days is I have AMAZING friends, great family, awesome job with the best co-workers a girl could ask for. I feel more myself at this point in life than I ever have. I don’t even know if back then I even knew who I was. I don’t even know if I knew who I was at the beginning of this journey. 

People now probably make my weight my identity. It’s not. My identity is rooted in something so much deeper than a number can ever be. So here is my advice, if you are wanting to change something about yourself …do it. Be safe about it and don’t lose yourself in the process. Hold fast to people in your life who support and encourage you. Who are not just your here for now friends. I have had plenty of those in this life. If weight is your battle, find someone who has been through it who can help guide you. If you are wanting to shed the weight write down and figure out why. Don’t do it to find a significant other, to be happy, blah blah blah. Do it to be healthy and live the best and longest life possible…any other reason will not be sufficient enough to really break these unhealthy chains. 

that is all. I hope this serves you well as it is something that has been on my heart lately. 

With Love,

Jenny 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

strawberry protein bars

Okay so I have been wanting to try to make these and I was a little fearful how they would turn out. Surprisingly they turned out pretty yummy! Plus this recipe was super easy and quick. For me the challenge is finding protein bars that don’t have chocolate. Plus by making it at home, you know what is in it and you can control the ingredients better 🙂

Enjoy!

Recipe:

3 cups Oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter  (I used powdered peanut butter as it is a good low fat low calorie substitute. So I mixed the powdered peanut butter in a small bowl with water and then added it in) 

4 scoops of strawberry protein powder of your choice

2 TBSP of fiber powder

1 TBSP cinnamon

1 cup skim milk

add all the dry ingredients together and stir. Then add in peanut butter and milk. Mix until it is a sticky mixture. Then use a glass pan and spray with pam. The recipe calls to place it in the fridge. I did that and it was still a little sticky so I decided to pop in in the oven at 325 for 10 min. Then cut in 7 slices and place in baggies. This will be a quick and easy way to have a healthy high protein snack. 

Per Serving:

Cal- 213

Fat – 3g

Carb 17g

Protein: 19g

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

getting a death-grip on emotional eating

So ever since I was at the age of about 13-14 years old I lost the grip of emotional eating. It wasn’t until I did the juice fast almost 5 months ago that I had to face my demons. People are addicted to many things in all areas of life. Some of us are addicted to drinking, partying, drugs, work, bad relationships, food, so on and so forth. For me since I was 14 it was food. I love cooking it, eating it you name it I enjoyed it. With no boundries I would eat to my hearts desire. Lets face it nothing about that is healthy. This past week I was really challenged in this area, I noticed myself losing grip on my typical habits. I got this horrible sunburn last week so I was in a good amount of discomfort. As I was uncomfortable I found myself turning to food…because working out was not an option for a couple days ..my appetite was OUT OF CONTROL. So I just had to take a moment and re-group and re-focus. Here’s the deal whatever you deal with, struggle with is always going to be there…you just have to keep it in check. After a couple days my sunburn was better and I got to take a zumba class with a friend and that really refocused things for me. Not all weeks are going to be perfect weeks. You & I are always going to have triggers, but its important to have people in your life to turn to and to keep you accountable and to know why you are doing this. For me I have many visual reminders in my room (on my wall I have a fitness bucket list and on my mirror I write my weigh ins, and motivational quotes). Don’t think that big changes are going to happen overnight…it is a commitment day in and day out. If you put in the work and dedication you will get to where you want to be, it’s just a matter of time.

With Love,

Jenny

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized