Jennifer Jensen

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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Love this! Thanks for posting. And love the song as well. Trying to stay encouraged and focused. Words and music help me focus and keep going. #1stWhole30
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Yay! That is definitely an NSV. I ran out of Larabars and I just am not going to get anymore until after the 30th which is the last day of my W30. Wait, maybe not. I am hiking with my very competitive sister that day. I hiked with my more talkative sister last Friday. 
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    The best way to keep me on track is a walk or hike. Obviously you had a great time.
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Yes, I had to force myself to save the rest for tomorrow morning. My husband doesn't usually like fresh cranberries but he loved it as well. The hardest part is cutting it open. I I've thought about microwaving it but I love the flavor roasting adds. I really am enjoying autumn foods more this year because of W30.
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Day 26 Completed and Only 4 to Go!

    I made a chorizo sweet potato frittata with caramelized onions and cranberries yesterday and had that for breakfast today as well. For lunch I just had a tuna protein salad with boiled egg for extra protein. Dinner was a potato and leek soup that morphed into a spicy turkey kale chowder that was delicious! 

    I have no idea what I am making tomorrow night. I guess I'll try to pick up something to cook on my way home tomorrow. I have two Meals on Wheels routes tomorrow and I really wanted to take something by Linn Park for the people who gather there, most are homeless. 

    I am so ready to get back to work!!!

    Looking forward to a quick hike with my older sister on Friday.  My older sister is really fit and I may not be able to do anything for the rest of the day. 
     
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to MadyVanilla in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Your meals are so wonderfully autumn!  The carnival squash with apples and cranberries sounds delicious! 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Checking in on Day 8! I grabbed a couple new flavors of Rx bars from Trader Joe’s this weekend & I would say not eating those is my biggest temptation at the moment. I can’t 100% tell if I just want to try the new flavors or if I’m craving sweets so I won’t let myself eat them until I’m in a crunch. 
    I feel like this Whole30 isn’t giving me the crazy energy/motivation/Tigerblood that I’ve felt before. I do have a lot of outside factors that I can attribute that to, but I am getting a little frustrated. It can make it hard to keep going, especially with the little stuff. For example, I looked at chicken sausage that had maple syrup in it at the grocery store and definitely had the “does it really matter?” thought. Same though about the compliant Cassava flour chips. So I told myself that it’s a bad sign that I’m still looking to those food as comfort and I need to finish it out. And those are things I can definitely let myself have in the future. Now that I write it out I realize I had a self-control win today! I’ll try to shift my focus to that rather than frustration.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to FitGirlKim in Mama in need of a reset - starting late October   
    I am starting tomorrow, October 26th as well. Always good to have buddies. Xo
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    You and my husband both. I have to constantly remind him that he is pushing himself too hard. The harder he pushes the more they expect of him and the more stressed he becomes, deciding he must do more. I think it also is because home is work and work is home and it is hard to get away. Separating himself from the stresses at work is so very hard. I have to go in there and re-focus him every once in awhile. Our cat used to spend time curled up in there beside him but his stress levels are such that she hardly ever heads to the office anymore. 

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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    @MadyVanilla and @LadyM glad to know it is not everyone's fitness level. I tried it at my first and only yoga class after a 5K run (maybe I did a little walking) and my legs began some serious cramping. I hiked 7.5 miles today and that's all the exercise I will be doing today. I'm just trying some strength training using my own body weight. I'm hoping it will help more than it hurts in the long run.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to KTH1010 in Mama in need of a reset - starting late October   
    I am starting on Monday oct 26. My husband will follow me a couple days later as he has a colonoscopy (ugh!) on Tuesday. 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to 50andstillhere in Mama in need of a reset - starting late October   
    So When is everyone starting? I still have some pasta in the fridge so I want to start this Sunday- Oct. 25th. Anyone else beginning about that time? I have done this before and it is helpful for me that people are starting the same/somewhat date? Good luck to everyone!
     
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Day 2 went well.  I ended up having day 1 leftovers for dinner, which were just as good the second time.  I slept terribly last night-I woke up almost instantly each time I drifted off to sleep.  Finally, I got up, got a handful of almonds and 2 dates and read for a while.  Sleep was still rough.  I slept later than normal as a result, and so didn’t do a morning dog walk.  
    Even so, I feel fine.  I’ve planned meals and ordered groceries.  I’m taking the dog for a long hike in a little while.  Planning a campfire dinner this evening with a friend who is doing Whole 30ish eating.  She assured me the chicken she is barbecuing is compliant, and I’m going to bring a fall salad made with apples, pomegranate, pecans, and a vinaigrette dressing that I’ll make.  
    Day 3
    m1-2 eggs, asparagus, sliced leftover steak topped with compliant dijon
    m2-rest of yesterday’s shrimp salad with cucumber slices
    m3-chicken and fall salad
    Nothing else to report, no expected barriers today.  
     
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    @MadyVanilla and @LadyM glad to know it is not everyone's fitness level. I tried it at my first and only yoga class after a 5K run (maybe I did a little walking) and my legs began some serious cramping. I hiked 7.5 miles today and that's all the exercise I will be doing today. I'm just trying some strength training using my own body weight. I'm hoping it will help more than it hurts in the long run.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    ME TOO!!!
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    EXACTLY my thoughts!
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to MadyVanilla in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Seriously?  Star plank is everyone's fitness level???  Uh, no.  Good for you for pushing through!  You'll get better every single day!
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Amazing! I just finished a hike and feel at least 10 years older in spite of loving the outdoors so much. My grandmother lived to be 93 and the last thing she did was plant flowers before she had a stroke. She had a list of things to do in her car and a change of clothes. I deliver meals for Meals on Wheels and I pray I never end up unable to get out of bed. My goal is to get healthy and remain healthy the rest of my life.
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Day 22 - I can't believe it!

    Time to ramp up the exercise! 

    A very humbling moment... when you realize you are too out of shape for exercise for "anyone at any fitness level." I almost finished this one which is 2/3 the way through the workout but I am done. I will not quit trying. Some of my attempts are actually so pitiful it is quite hilarious.

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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Is It Tiger Blood?  (Part 2)

    I am having ups and downs with my energy level. We just got back from vacation on Sunday evening and it was the best trip we've had in a very long time. I woke early and very alert two of the four mornings we were there (really early for me - 4:30 am) and swam an hour each time. We hiked around tfifteen miles the entire trip and canoed four and a quarter miles. The weather was gorgeous and the views were amazing - a waterfall, a lovely and serene creek with cypress trees set in a national park, a stroll beside a canal, and a final brisk walk along a lake watching the sailboats and paddle boarders. 

    I am glad I didn't put off Whole30 until after the trip. It really wasn't a problem. I had to be careful for sure but we found some really good places to eat and one that we would never, ever recommend. I had a burger salad two different places and it was like night and day. 

    NSV from the trip:
    Putting my focus on activities instead of food made my trip much more enjoyable. We ate out but it wasn't a key part of our trip. 

    Tiger Blood - I really don't know. One day I feel like I have all the energy in the world at my disposal and the next I am exhausted. I have found that I sleep much better now and I fall to sleep much faster.

    21 days down 9 to go - I really can't believe it has gone by so quickly! I probably haven't lost much weight but I have seen many changes already. I really want to reintroduce foods to find out what has been depleting all my energy. I am still having digestive issues and that makes me a little sad. I am better and I may just need more time. I will definitely be doing another round in January, probably a Whole45 since my birthday is February 18. 

    The last few days have not been the best as far as typical three meal days. It is so very hard for me to get a lunch when I deliver for Meals on Wheels. I've had too many Larabars and I don't even like the kind I am eating. I have to come up with some good alternatives.
    I did buy some Chomps while we were in Lexington. They have a great store called 14 Carrot Whole Foods. I told my husband that you would have thought it was the main venue for our trip because we went by there four times. My husband is on Keto maintenance and likes Zevia which were on sale. I wanted Chomps, GTs Kombucha (on sale), and we had to get some Primal Kitchen sauces to try on our oven roasted wings.

    I need to go back to work. I have a project to complete and one of the nurses that works with families asked me to cut some items on my Cricut. I could clean out the garage or a dozen other household tasks but it hasn't happened yet.

    I listened to a Do the Thing podcast on "Talking to Strangers". I am definitely on board with that. I do, sometimes. Then sometimes I am so focused on getting a task done that I don't realize that other people are even around. I don't like that about myself. I guess I am an Upholder but I do love it when I take time to get to know people.

      
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Oh yes--very much worth a party!! For me the size doesn't matter quite as much as just getting back into clothes I once loved and have long aspired to wear again. And it's taken a looooooong time I now realize because my body had a lot of healing to do before it could release the weight. It's been really important to not be on anyone's timetable but my body's. And to finally only wear clothes I really love.
    So sorry your mom is not doing well. Watching some of the people in my life age and become ill has certainly been a cautionary tale and inspiration for me to get my health in order. My mother slowly killed herself with diabetes she didn't control that led to heart disease and major depression; my father struggled his entire life with morbid obesity and ultimately committed a violent suicide. My grandmother, on the other hand, lived until nearly 102 hardly taking any meds at all except a baby aspirin and a stool softener now and again. I aim to make my own way as joyfully and authentically as possible--and keeping my eyes wide open about who I am and the choices I'm making.
     
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Me, too.  I really do feel better in my body when I'm not moving much, because then I'm not dealing with the achiness from my bones rubbing together (osteoarthritis).  Except that when I am exercising regularly and eating well, I can move more easily.  I can get up from a chair and walk without having to wait for everything to loosen first and I can walk up and down stairs like a normal person.  Reducing the dietary causes of inflammation helps tremendously, but I still get the physical trauma inflammation because no matter what, my knees are going to swell as a result of the reduced cartilage in my joints.   So, everything hurts when I walk for exercise and sometimes it's hard to not convince myself to just stay still.  It's a tough trade-off, a tough balance.  I'm going to have to look into the equalizer bars!  
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 53
    I'm rereading It Starts With Food and SO GLAD that I am. Reacquainting myself with the how's and why's of this radical transformation is so good and helpful for continuing on the path. Interestingly enough, the thing I'm most interested in reintroducing is legumes. I do love my lentils and black eyed peas and hummus. Gas is generally the only issue I have, and less so the smaller the bean. Anyway, I'm nowhere near reintroductions yet, but it's on my mind.
    I also read Dallas Hartwig's new book about living with the seasons, and I really enjoyed it. I've often thought much of his thinking and research is in alignment with what I know about ayurveda even though he never mentions it. I love finding and making those connections.
    Still giving myself rest as you can see with my reading frenzy, but today I'm going to set a timer a couple of times to do some packing bursts. I'm such a social person it's hard for me to get motivated on my own. But I'm too afraid to let friends come help since I'm really only two weeks out from COVID.
    BTW, the Dude's COVID test came back negative, and that's a HUGE relief. No symptoms from him or his mom, so it's looking good that we're in the clear. Praise be. Truly.
    Another cold and rainy day here and after an early morning wake up, I went back to bed and got up just in time for student conferences. Now I'm off to get my glasses repaired. I'll report back about packing later!
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    My sister is an accountant and she told me how stressful the exam is. Keeping you in my prayers as you pursue your degree and certification while doing Whole30.
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I really am hopeful about this and good for you. What happens to me is I begin an activity and do great until inflammation hits then I just feel so bad for so long that by the time I feel good enough to start again it is like starting all over again. This is one reason for the equalizer bars. It told myself that I can do a few every time I see them. We'll see.