Hello, December 

I’m chillin’ in bed. I’m sick and I’ve  been in bed since I came home from work. I used every ounce of energy to get through my school day. I am fighting the inevitable sickness that I feel invading my body. However,  I loaded up on Pepto and powered through the day. 

I absolutely had to be in school today. You see, today was the start of my friend Susan’s writing challenge. I was so inspired by this challenge  (see photo below) I decided to challenge my students to join me. I put it up on the board and waited. 10 kids wrote their names but 12 showed up to my meeting today. 

I handed out 12 journals to 12 at-risk  high school kids. These kids volunteered  to write. On their own time. I did offer some incentives to joining and sticking with it, but I think that’s ok. 

I have not been too great at writing every day. I set out in November with the intention to blog every day. OMG. Why did I do that to myself? 

I’m confident with prompts and only needing 5 minutes required writing, I’ve taken off a lot of the pressure of blogging every day. Without a lot of pressure, I think I can be successful. Scratch that, I know I can be successful. 

So here goes, DAY 1: HELLO

5 minutes on the timer.GO.


I wonder if I am talking to myself on this blog. 

It doesn’t matter if I am talking to myself. When I am here and writing, it feels right. I need to get some of my gunk out of my head and this seems to be my way. 

As I get older, I realize I must do things my way. In my time. Even when it comes to blogging. I’ve been blogging for a long time, off and on. I’ve never been totally consistent. 

I may not be consistent but I am persistent. I keep coming back. 

Hello, my name is Jen. I am slowly figuring out that I will forever be a work in progress. I’m figuring out how to have hiccups (sp?) and move on without taking incredibly long breaks. 

I missed a blog post in November and the first time it was no big deal but the song time it messed with me and I just couldn’t bring myself to start back up. I am working my way to a place where I blog consistently and frequently. 

I figure my blog will be very eclectic. December will mostly be devoted to Susan’s writing challenge. After that, who knows. I want to post often. I’m trying to tell myself it’s ok to have short posts. Writing helps me. 
Hello, December!

Speaking of December, it’s a new month and that is the perfect time to set some monthly goals. 

 have three goals for December

1. actively participate in this writing challenge (my writing daily and checking in with my students; encouraging and them)

2. get to the gym 12* times. 

3. yoga/meditation – figure out when and where. it is time to stop ignoring my inner/spiritual self. This goal is a bit looseygoosey but I’m working my way back to yoga. I want to do it on a gentle and loving manner. I’ll stick to beating myself up in the gym. lol
*I say this as I haven’t been to the gym in since Friday. That makes a week tomorrow because I will not be going tomorrow either – I have eaten half a bowl of oatmeal and a bowl of rice all day. I’m somehow staving off the full blown version of this stomach thing but I have enough symptoms to make me not happy. 


Quick hit. and then some.

Hey guys!

I’m just checking in real quick. I’m at job #2 and I’m sneaking a post in between bar guests. We are dead tonight at good old Applebee’s. 

Today is Day #1 of our end of the year 7-week challenge. 

Did you set some goals for this week? did you set goals for the whole 7 weeks?

My overall challege goal is to stay gluten free. I have been very naughty letting in a lot of junky gluten.  My belly is a mess and my itching is OUT.OF.CONROL. 

My bar got busy and I couldn’t blog anymore. School was very busy and I didn’t take much of a break


 I thought I had lost yet another post. I opened my app today while eating a very quick lunch at my desk and the page easy blank. I was too short on time, and too pissy thinking I’d lost another post, to rewrite this so I just closed my app and went back to grading papers. 

So where was I?

Oh yeah, goals. 

This week:

  • Choose gluten free – as I mentioned before, I’ve been way too lax about my food choices. 
  • Choose water – since going back to school in September my water drinking totals (if I’d been counting, which I haven’t) have taken a nosedive. Drought situations. 

7 main goals for 7 weeks:

  1. Enjoy all the holidays offer me. who knows how the next 7 weeks will shape up but I refuse to spend it so stressed out I don’t enjoy life and my family.
  2. No guilt over food. Just stay gluten free.
  3. Gym. Continue to make the gym a priority. Goal is 20 workouts.
  4. Restart my yoga and meditation practices. 
  5. Continue blogging regularly. I’m really enjoying the challenge to blog every day. (and I am very aware that I have not blogged every day but I am celebrating the small success of blogging almost everyday
  6. Read one book each week. 
  7. Work on 2017 intention(s)

    Each week I will evaluate and determine what is needed for the week and I will set my goal accordingly. 

    Week 1: back to gluten free and up my water intake. 

    Stay tuned for week 2. 

    7 is the magic number 

    Hard to imagine but there are only 7 weeks left in 2016. 

    7 weeks to feel good about 2016. 7 weeks to feel accomplished in 2016. If you are like me, 2016 has not lived up to all its expectations. But I am a positive person and I am choosing to make the most of the next seven weeks. 

    1. November 14 – 20
    2. November 21 – 27
    3. November 28 – December 4
    4. December 5 – 11
    5. December 12 -18
    6. December 19 – 25
    7. December 26 – January 1

    I present to you, 7 week healthy holiday challenge. This challenge is completely customizable. You choose your challenge. 

    • Set an overall challenge goal (eg. walk x miles, yoga x times, food journal everyday, etc.)
    • Set weekly goals
    • Set daily goals. 
    • Blog about it or join the JenGoesZen Community and join the discussion  

    Each week, you decide your challenge and come up with a plan of execution. Focus on what is important to YOU. Focus on what will make you happy as we end this year and start a new one. 

    I’ll be back tomorrowto tell you ny goals and plans. 

    Until then,


    I certainly haven’t blogged every day but I have blogged more this month than last. This will be my 8th post in the fieat 12 days of November while I only posted two times in all of October. I like blogging but like so many other things, it has pretty much sat on the back burner for the last year or so. 

    I have already skipped days so there is no way I’m going to “blog every day this month” but I will keep on keeping on the path. I will blog often and see just how many posts I publish this month. 

    This week just sort of sucked. The time change messed me up – every day after school I wanted to nap. Thankfully, I had some random weekdays off and I took advantage by sleeping in just a bit more than normal. On top of being tired from the time change, it was shark week. tired upon tired. I don’t think it’s possible to   have been any happier to have extra days off this week. 
    This week was sort of great. I gave a great PD workshop at a teacher in service day. It is always cool to be the presenter of a class/topic people want to know more about and they want to learn it from you. I hit a PR on my deadlifts  (155#) and, even though I was so tired, I made it to the gym three times. One time was at 6am, just so I could workout with my girl, Kerry. I had time to get to the chiropractor. My chiro uses awesome techniques and keeps my ankle happy. 

    I am getting ready for tomorrow. A bar shift followed by chores will round out my weekend. 

    I am working on a holiday challenge…there are 7 Mondaysleft on 2016 arena I want to stay healthy and sane (relatively speaking) and I’d love to  have some friends along for the journey. Do you want to join me in 7 weeks of staying healthy and sane?
    I leave you with this little bitstrip from 3  3 years ago. Still very true!

    Update: join me on Facebook, I will post daily there about the holiday challenge. 

    Like my page for more challenge info 


    Must Hit Save

    A lesson for tonight: don’t switch apps without saving your blog. I had half a post written, mostly telling about the last few days. I switched apps (I don’t even know why anymore) and came back and my post was gone. 

    I’ll recap in bullets:

    • The clocks fell back and I do not handle time changes well. 
    • Shark week. 
    • Life stresses  (lots on my mind with my future, career wise, and Q applying to colleges)
    • Tired tired tired Jen 
    • I did not blog, I did not crossfit 
    • I napped after school (not on Monday, that’s my double duty day)

    I have today and tomorrow off from school. I’m taking advantage and being productive with my time. Today I wentered to the gym and I PR’D my deadlifts with 6 reps at 155#. I tutored for two hours. Several loads of laundry were laundered, dished were cleaned, and dinner was cooked and consumed. I will round out my productive day with a bit of yoga and writing tomorrow’s to-do list .  

    Oh yeah, and I need to get all my gym stuff set out. My crazy friend always goes to 6am crossfit. On school days 6am is impossible. I don’t have school tomorrow so I agreed to meet Kerry at 6am. 

    So, goodnight!


    Stupid cat

    Not knowing what to write, I sent out a plea for help. I asked my peeps what I should write about tonight. 

    Racheal said “Motivation: How to find it and use it when you do.”


    Jennifer said, “Keeping it healthy during the holidays. Water intake, exercise and not depriving yourself and not over doing it. 😊”

    Guess what….

    I psyched everyone out. 

    I did have plans to write about motivation. That was, until my stupid at decided to talk a walk. I really can’t blame the cat. He is simple. My stupid friend who didn’t shut my door all the way, I blame him. 

    As if right now the cat is still outside. 

    I am way too anxious to write. 

    I’ll update. 

    EDITED TO ADD: stupid cat is homloope. Approximately 3 hours into his adventure, I found him sitting on the front porch. He was cold. 

    Saturday is for legs

    Today was deadlift day! I love deadlift day!!

    Saturday’s 7:30 class is quickly becoming my favorite workout of the week. Two Saturdays in a row of deadlifts and legs. Last week we did single-leg-sit-to-stands, lunges, and deadlifts. Today we did squats (back and overhead) and deadlifts.

    My leg muscles are still very unbalanced. singe-leg exercises really point this out  to me.  Lunges really suck. I am wobbly and need to lean on a box still. I want to work on this problem. 

    It has been almost five years since my surgery. Holy crap. I cannot believe it has been that long. I was supposed to have been so much further along in this healing process. I am where I’m at because I did not put in the work after physical therapy ended. I’ve basically done a whole lotta nothing.

    I guess I have an actual goals for crossfit. 

    Speaking of goals. I’m working on a deadlift goal. I’m not sure what that goal should be. I wonder if 200# is realistic. [I will need to make sure I pay attention to my weights while I’m lifting .  Today, I really did a number on ny head trying to remember and add up the plates I had on the bar.]

    I need to incorporate hip stretches, hell I need to add all stretching period. And yoga. I need to allow myself to get back on my mat. For myself. My body and mind will thank me. 

    Five years and I’m still figuring out that I’m still healing .