The difference a week makes

What you see if two screenshots of my week according to polar. I wear my M400 all the time. It tracks my daily step, activity and sleep.  If I wear my chest strap my M400 will also keep tabs on my heart rate.  The first picture is the last week of September 26th and represents a usual week or school,  two shifts at Applebee’s and four days of crossfit.  The second picture is the next week and represents the same usual week to school and two shifts at Applebee’s.  However,  this week was only one day of crossfit.  

I overdid it that Monday but I also spent the week fighting a cold and a stomach bug. I never quite made it to being sick but I was definitely run down and on the verge of something. As much as I wanted to go to the gym it wasn’t happening.  In fact, it took everything I had to get thru my school days. I napped instead of crossfit.  

And ya know what?? 

Rest was the smart play. I rested and rested and rested some more. Just look at the #polarproof and you can see what a week of resting looks like. 

And then I felt better. And I went back to crossfit.  And I sweat like you wouldn’t believe was possible. 

I am positive my week of mostly resting allowed for some awesome things this week. 

Side note: I did not allow one rest week turn into two or more.

  • I made it back to crossfit 4 times. 
  • I increased my Deadlifts weight to 105#
  • I took off 20 seconds on my 100m row
  • My push ups are starting to feel really good. 
  • I can run 100m without stopping 
  • I am noticing more balance in my lunges 
  • I am almost ready to graduate my burpees one step lower. 

I have my plans ready for the week. Monday is my LONG work day (school then a bartending shift at Applebee’s). I plan on 3 or 4 visits to the gym. And I’m planning on getting some chores done around my house. 

I just looked at the weather and it seems like an Indian Summer is hitting us. I saw temps near 80*F for Wednesday and Thursday.  Oooh I hope it’s true. 

How does you week look like it’s shaping up?

*disclosure: as a Team Polar ambassador I received my Polar M400. However,  all opinions and uses are strictly my own. 

Belated Septem/Octo/ber


Here is a quick and completely belated recap of September goals

  1. Enjoy the mornings.  I am not sure enjoying is the right word but I did give myself enough time almost every work day. I set my alarm and my coffee for 30 minutes earlier than I actually NEED to get out of bed. I read or watched TV or sat in the dark with my coffee. I allowed myself that half hour to wake up, to enjoy my coffee, and to get myself ready for the day.
  2. Wear dresses.  I wore a dress or a skirt all but 2 school days. I did not intend weekends to be included so I didn’t really keep track.
  3. Do something outside.  Does running 100m at a time during crossfit? I did not get outside nearly enough.
  4. Make every meal special. I definitely did not put enough energy into this one. I am not sure this is a realistic goal. 
  5. Down dogs didn’t happen as planned. I stretched more often but still nowhere near enough.

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Yep. Its October 5th and I’m just getting around to recapping September goals. And my recap was brief. And now I am going to cheat and add my October goals to this post. 

  • Last month I managed 3 posts including my goals for the month. In October, my goal will be 5 posts, including today’s goal post. This shouldn’t be too difficult. I have a lot to say but I need better time management and more concrete goals. 
  • Continue participating fully in my group challenge. I am loving this group challenge and for the first time ever I am going to make it through the entire 90days. 
  • Make it to the gym 15 times. That’s about 4 times per week. Totally doable and if I’m spending the money, I need to make the most of my membership. I have already gone to the gym twice this month. 
  • Stretch for five minutes daily. Since I am just coming up with this one, it starts today.
  • Journal/track my workouts. I have a new notebook just for this. I will ass in my 2 October workouts and go from there.
  • From last month, I will continue to wear dresses often, go outside and do something, and while every meal is a bit daunting I will make one meal per week special. My kid is a senior in high school so its not always easy to get all three of us together for meals. Once a week I will do my best to have a special family meal.
  • Build my new business. I joined Life’s Abundance as a field rep because I really like the products. I will work on a separate post about this new adventure but I do have a goal this month to work on building. 

I think this is enough goals. I think this is enough to keep me focused and moving in the right direction. 

What are your goals this month? Leave a comment or a link to your goals post in the comments. I can’t wait to hear what you are doing.

Jen Goes Crossfit 

I started crossfit two weeks ago. The first week I went to two classes and last week I went to three classes. 

I have been hearing about CF for a few years now and I always thought it was something I’d never be interested in trying.  I really had no idea what CF was all about but I just knew it was too extreme for me. I thought there was no way CF was a safe workout. 

I didn’t think I’d be able to do all that is crossfit. And dang, all I saw was the dollar signs as CF is more money than your typical gym. 

There are other gyms in my area that offer great deals. I’ve joined one of those gyms in the past. They offered 6 months for $99 which included unlimited classes and almost 24-hour access. It even came with one visit with a trainer. The trainer was awful and the gym was not much better. At the personal training sesession I thought I was going to die. When I went to the gym, I hid out in the women’s area on an elliptical or treadmill.  

One time I signed up for this special with the intention of starting and completing the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I loved that lifting program but I had to do it all on my own. I wound up hurting my neck. 

I haven’t really worked out since I hurt my neck, more than two years ago. I’ve pretty much been in a funk with my health and wellness. I’ve been working two jobs and running a side hustle (buskins leggings and now, life’s abundance) and what time was left was for my family.  The more I worked the less I took care of myself. 

So here I am.

I joined a new gym. 

I found friends I haven’t seen in a long while. I have even made new friends.  

Let’s talk about the sweat. I never knew it possible to sweat as much as I have.

Crossfit is nothing like I was expecting.  I truly thought it was going to be incredibly hard and I would hurt like I did with the trainer at the other gym. 

It was NOTHING like that other gym. Stay tuned, next post will be more about CF. 

Quick update BTS edition 

  • Started my 10th year teaching
  • So far so good. 
  • I like my classes 
  • I’m looking forward to working out some new and big ideas for this scool year. 
  • I’m working on a side project that could, potentially,  take my career to another level. 
  • I wore a dress all four days of school.  I guess I’m going to have to get you some pictures this week to prove I wear dresses.  ;) 
  • I did not do 3 downdogs a day. I did a few here and there. I have noticed myself stretching more often when I stand and at other random times throughout my day. All in all, I’ll call this a win. 
  • I joined crossfit and went to two classes. 
  • I went to see my awesome chiropractor immediately after my first CF class.  I was so sweaty and gross
  • I sweated more than I thought humanly possible. 
  • I was so hungry the days following crossfit yet I managed to eat well.
  • Thanks in part to my new protein powder and greens blend. I am so happy I decided to sign on as a field rep for Life’s Abundance.  
  • I picked an extra shift at good ol’ Applebee’s and wound up bartending Friday night. Until 1:30am. I love it. My body hated me but they took out the mats from behim the bar. Picture standing, pacing around on hard tile over hard concrete. Ouch.
  • My most amazing husand massaged all my owies and rubbed biofreeze on my sore lower back muscles so I could finally get some sleep
  •  I skept until 11:15 on Saturday morning.  That NEVER happens. 
  • We went to the farm stands, grocery store and completed household chores.  Tho, not enough chores because there is just not enough time in a day when one sleeps so late. Lol. 
  • Today, another bar shift but day shift so I was home early. I was he just in time  for a lovely conversation where the teen was grounded. 
  • Now the only thing left to do is get ready for the week ahead. 
    Do you see the sweat ring on my cool star wars shirt?
    Not A Black Eye. This is what happens when you forget you wore mascara tp school and then go to crossfit. 
    Second Breakfast days after CF. (LA protein and greens.)

    Back to School & some goals

    How in the H-E-double hockey sticks is it September? 

    August just flew by in the blink of an eye. 

    I’m back to school today and I’m not entirely happy about it.  Not the school part, that part is totally awesome. It’s the summer ending part I’m not happy about. I worked so much in August that it flew by and I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Thankfully,  my friend came down and spent five days with me. While they visited I did the tourist thing and had a lot of fun in my ‘hood. 
    I want to stomp my foot and whine. I want more summer. I’m not ready for all the responsibility being a teacher means. 

    Time to suck it up. Whether or  not I like it,  summer is unofficially over and school is back in session. Today and tomorrow I have in service and my students start on Tuesday.  Today, I will learn about my new contract. Wish us luck.

    On Wednesday,  my daughter starts her senior year. Let me say that again,  my baby, my Q is a senior in high school. 

    As you may know, I’ve been partipating in a fitness/healthy living challenge. I’m working the challenge in my own special way but I am still in it. I am pretty active with my challenge group. My goal for this challenge was simply to stick with it. I am famous for starting challenges but not finishing.  

    THIS challenge  will be different.  

    So it’s September and I have been thinking about goals. Coincidentally, I came across the above “hello September” graphic and it says exactly what I’ve been thinking.  

    In the last few days, I’ve been going through my closet and pulling out my teacher clothes. I have a bunch of dresses and I hung them all front and center. I want to wear more dresses this year. 

    So my September goals are simple.the graphic is says it all. 

    1. Enjoy the mornings.  I am SO not a morning person and this summer I’ve been doing so much restaurant work that I’ve completely switched to night mode.  I am planning on getting a few minutes early so I can enjoy my first coffee without the rush.
    2. Wear dresses.  Easy enough. I want to focus on actually paying attention to my appearance, especially at work. 
    3. Do something outside.  Self explanatory here. Ask me about this, please. I tend to get stuck inside.
    4. Make every meal special.  This one to me, means taking the time to plan and eat properly. To take time for myself here. With Q as busy as she is, I’m looking forward to Sunday night dinners. It may be our on it night to sit down together for a meal. 

    I like these four focuses.  

    But wait. 

    There’s more.  

    I’m in a group and we have all been struggling.  We were chatting yesterday and it was mentioned…hold that, I’m going to copy and paste:

    “Since today is the last day of the month… How’s about we start some goal setting?  Starting tomorrow?
    But let’s not go hog wild.  Pick ONE GOAL! 

    Possible Ideas: 

     – Post once a day in this group as a check in. 

     – Enter food in a calorie tracker once per day. 

     – 30 min walking per day. 

     – Drink 72 oz of water per day. 
    Studies show if you pick one goal and stick with it for a month, then it’s a habit and then the next month we can pick another and start “stacking them” (so to speak).  
    Whaddya think?

    One small goal for month”

    My ONE goal for September 

    Can you guess? 

    Here was my response:

    “I’ve thought about this all day. I know I *need* more water and to journal my food and and and. But with school starting I know those may not happen every day. I’m setting a goal of 3 downdogs per day.  Before and after school (on school days, obvi) and before bed.”

    What are your goals for September? 

    I will bug you about your goals….will you bug me?

    New, scary things and the old self doubt

    Two weeks ago I stepped into a crossfit gym. It was a 6am class. 

    Do you have any idea how freaking early that is?!? Especially considering I often work til midnight or later. 

    I got up be before my alarm after waking up almost every hour thinking I’d miss my alarm. Am I the only one who does this?

    I think I lucked out.  I haven’t worked out in forever and I haven’t worked out with any regularity in at least a year. This was a hard workout for sure, but not too scary. 

    I think I built crossfit up so much in my head that I expected it to be the hardest workout and that I’d be puking before I went home.

    But this workout was ok..I also took it slow and did what I could without pushing myself too hard or fast. The trainer watched everything I did, ame sure I was using correct form and made sure I didn’t do too much on my first day. 

    Crossfit was hard, I was sweaty and sore, but I liked it. 

    I went to Ambitious Fitness with my girlfriend,  Kerry.  Ketry has been going to this CF gym for around 6 months  (maybe more, I’m terrible with dates) and looks amazing. You can see the difference crossfit has made to her body. Changing her eating habits and crossfit has done wonders for Kerry. She’s always been beautiful but now I think she knows and believes it. She’s a strong mama and the confidence she has now it amazibg. And Kerry was pretty damn confident  (or a great actress) when I met here. 

    How cute are we?!?

    I’ve been thinking about CF since that morning.  I liked the way you walk in and the workout is there for you. I don’t have to figure it out. I really like that it’s a group but yet individual workout.  I really like that there is a trainer or two around to check form. (I hurt my neck lifting on my own a few years ago and stopped lifting and going to the gym at that time)

    I want to go back. But CF is expensive.  Like $50 more than a regular gym….each month. But I liked it. 

    Thoughts like that have been swirling in my head for weeks now. 

    I think I’ve come to a decision.  I like CF and I want to join the gym. 

    I work my ass off to ensure my family has everything we need. I work a second job. I sell Buskins.  And I just started selling Life’s Abundance. (Let’s be honest here, I joined the two companies because I LOVE their products and selling them just helps offset my own  costs.) 

    I am not afraid of hard work. 

    So why am I hesitant about joining CF?

    • Should I spend the money? 
    • Am I being selfish if I join?
    • Will I have the time?
    • I could just workout at home….why don’t I? 
    • I could, I should, but I dont…..
    • Or other such nonsensical bullshit that runs thru my head. 

    This week, I go back to school. I will start my 10th year teaching.  My daughter starts her senor year next week. I will be 39 in February.  

    I am tired of being tired. I don’t want to be tired and out of shape forever and I’m not going to do it myself.  


    I am willing to work one extra Applebee’s shift each month, to afford crossfit.  

    Why does this freak me out?

    I know I should do it. I know I want to do it. Why do I hesitate? 

    Around my hood

    Every now and again I remember just how much I love where I live. South jersey is expensive and I work hard to live here. My daughter is in a great school and has grown up in a fantastic neighborhood. I live 10 minutes from the beach and boardwalk. Less than 45 minutes away is an amazing free zoo. 

    Last week, our friends came to visit. Normally, we head to their place in the mountains for a break from the summer tourist craziness. 

    We did the shoobie(our word for tourists)thing with our friends. I will let the picture tell the story.

    Ocean City, NJ boardwalk (near 17th St)
    A string band for entertainment. No parade just the band.
    I love this picture or my friend taking pictures.
    A necessary sign. Seagulls are vicious!!

    I LOVE the Cape May Zoo. Close to home, free (donations welcome), and amazing.  We go there at least 4 times each year and yet I still take too many pictures.  Here are a few.

    This was my first visit to the Naval Air Station Aviation Museum and I was amazed. 

    Look at this wall of veterans! 

    The letters here made me cry. 

    I keep learning more about the history of my area. I am continually amazed. 
    The next few pictures are from Sunset Beach in Cape May. 

    Flag Ceremony at Sunset. 

    Beaches and bunkers, sunsets and flags, history and good friends. 

    I had a great week with my great friends.  

    I hope you eniyed seeing some of the sights on my area.