Friday, July 22, 2016

Healthy Go: I Needed a Jump-start

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Born Jennius, 22 July 2016.

My hand is finally at a point of not breaking skin much at all, so I gathered myself up to get back into the gym. My hand still has a way to go though. Getting back to the gym had been on my mind seriously for a few months and then the hand thing happened but now it’s a go.

Keep in mind, I’m still doing HG on my own at this point. I am not here to give advice – maybe just a bit of encouragement to start and to keep going.

It healed up a lot more than this.

I wanted to have a small plan to start with and decided to go with what I know for now and then add to that as it goes on. Going back is nerve-wracking for me, so going with something familiar was a good choice, I think.

The exercises:
Elliptical for 15 minutes, 1.05 miles

Cable seated row, 8 reps @ 30#, 8 @ 30#, 6 @ 30#
Wide-grip lateral pulldown, 8 @ 50#, 8 @ 50#, 8@ 40#

Machine tricep extension, 8 @ 30#, 8 @ 30#, 8 @ 30#

My thoughts:
I’m very glad that I finally went back. I’m nervous about the next time, but at least I got started again and hopefully, it’ll get easier as I keep going, as I re-familiarize with the layout and such. It wasn’t crowded, which was good for my anxiety. It feels crowded and disorienting though because they’ve pretty much maxed out the floor with how many machines and weights one can possibly and safely fit. There’s even machines hiding in the jog-out corners, just everything possible squeezed in.

The gym used to have older ellipticals that I felt were better suited for women, but they were gradually phased out for newer machines and now they are all gone. I’m a little bummed about that because I went on one of the current ellipticals and it felt a lot different. Getting my feet set on a comfortable spot on the foot pads took a while, the mechanics felt tougher and unfamiliar, so there’s some things to get used to.

Otherwise, it wasn’t too hard. I did some fast pace with some relaxed pace. I’m glad I was able to keep it fairly where I left it at a roughly 12- to 15- minute mile. I could do better.

The a/c wasn’t strong this day, so I was hot and sweating. The only thing with sweating is that it irritates my skin and I start itching, so that part wasn’t great for me. The sweating isn’t so bad if there’s air or wind, but there wasn’t much air inside this time. My neck was irritated and I wasn’t ready to push past it much yet.

The weights – ohgoodness, I am weak! I knew I lost a lot of strength, but this is on the record now. I don’t know where I put my old records, but I know I could definitely do at least 50# on the seated row and 70# on the lat pulldowns (probably more, but that’s what I remember doing and working to do more). I know, not that strong at all, but stronger than I am now. Form felt good except that I didn’t have my grip wide enough on the pulldowns and now I have a belly in the way of doing better seated rows. It’s all fat – I’m not pregnant.

I considered doing one more exercise, but I think I had enough stimulation to my nerves. I googled exercises and chose this one from Trip Fitness, because again, I’m fairly familiar with those exercises.

I could still use more of better-fitting workout bottoms and tops. And a gym bag. And maybe trainers – I only have running shoes at the moment.

Overall, good.

So that’s my first time back in a long time. I had some car trouble on the way home which put a slight damper on the thing, and I don’t need help in dampers. It turned out fine though.

It usually takes a couple days to feel the work in the muscles, but I felt them the next day.

I'll still be doing exercises at home.

I’m so mad that I’m so weak! Can’t wait to lift heavier.

That’s it for now. Read me next time!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Week’s Peeks

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Born Jennius, 20 July 2016.

I’ve been craving frozen yogurt for months but didn’t go until a few weeks ago, and that was because Mom had a coupon thing for the place nearby. I have walked by Menchie’s so many times and yet only recently I went in. The first time, I had pineapple and… something. Pictured in the title is caramel and cheesecake yogurts, with graham cracker dust, cheesecake bits, kiwi and strawberry slices, and 3 cookie dough bits.

My Sweet Pea was overdue for a checkup so we finally took her in. I had to give her medicine the last couple of weeks, so I let the girls stay in the room overnight a few times. I usually make them go out into the rest of the house at night because they would wake me up several times when they’re in the room, while I already have a tough time with regular sleep, so out they go.

Ugh. And car problems again. Supposedly they fixed it, but I think the car is just mad at me for some reason. I ain’t gonna be bitter though – it’s not like I took care of it when it was a brand new baby, not like I never helped bathe it or anything. j/k. For real, I been good to that girl.

Gladly, I was near home when she decided to be fussy (though it wasn’t exactly her fault, something had popped off or something). I was able to call Mom to come home early to jump it and Dad walked over to where I was; Dad and I had an outdoor dinner and I didn’t have to wait at night by myself.

Also, before Dad arrived, I happened to have my iPod with me, so I turned it on to sing with it in an attempt to calm myself. The song ready to play was Jeremy Camp and Kari Jobe singing “It Is Well (with My Soul).” Amazing.

  • So, what do you get when you go for frozen yogurt? Comment below!

… Please?

Or not.

Here are the Weeks’ Peeks from the week of July 3rd and 10th.

Guava cake is the only cake, but this was all right.

Still trying to get the curl in the hair
just right.

When the day one doesn't bring one's lunch to work and the
Bro's gf has an extra lunch - win.

Trying to get more comfortable seeing my face in places.... 

So, they had run out of covers - at least they were prepared!

Menchie's caramel and cheesecake frozen yogurt with
graham cracker crumbs, kiwi, strawberry, cheesecake and
cookie dough bits - yum.


Haven't had one in yeeeeeeears!
So good.

This happened. :( 


Aside from the cat, clearest this table has been in years.

I could use a gym bag. Huh.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Week’s Peeks: Where the Clear Winds Blow

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Born Jennius, 06 July 2016.

It was one of those things that was like “huh.” I walked into the store, singing in my head “Love lifts us up where we belong… where the eagles cry, on a mountain high…”. Then, as I went around, picking up things on the list, I stopped and noticed that it was playing on the store music.

You’re thinking that the store was playing it and that’s why it was in my head. No. The car radio was on a station that wouldn’t be playing Joe Cocker. I got out of the car with the song in my head. Then I entered the store.


I have no idea why the song was on my mind. However, some of the lyrics make for a fitting entry title for a Week’s Peeks, wouldn’t you say? I ought to do that someday – noted.

Well, we’ve had a string of beautiful blue skies and enough wind to make it decently comfortable outside. It’s been wonderful, traveling around, staring up into the multi-colored silky sky in the morning, the brilliantly blue sky in the afternoon, and the easy calm of the night sky.

I am in awe.

Not “aww.” That would be the introduction to things like “how cute!” and the like.

I mean, Awe.

Here are the Week’s Peeks from the weeks of June 19th and June 26th. Enjoy!

For once, I was the first in line for
the Express, but she came in from
the side. Not a problem, I was just
looking forward to photo-ing an
empty bus for some weird reason
 - lol

If you look close enough, it looks like she's smiling....

Good workers at this USPS

If one was wondering what the underside of my chin looked like...

Winds, but shaded parking is wonderful


I asked for no whip as usual but
the workers there are nice

The owl is basically my face before the clown me busts
out the makeup

Crab-stuffed lobster, baked potato w/ butter on the side,
and sauteed mushrooms

It's Falkor! Seriously looked like him a few moments
before this terrible photo

This is why I rarely finish crosswords

The morning of The Follower

Surprise baby shower theme for EV: owls and an owled
Hello Kitty... including washcloth dogs... and...

Ahh, got the angle pretty well! The world tilts a little less!

She's "helping."

J. Warner Wallace illustrates his own books. Inspired me
to practice in my bullet journal.

Hi, Honey!

:P My first sheet mask experience

Got the angle wrong, and I used two hands....

Visit your public library!

Happens every time.

Aww, my Big Girl going to the doctor's

Looking to hide

On her way home - she did wonderfully

Menchie's - cheesecake and caramel frozen yogurt with
some cheesecake bits, 3 cookie dough bits, and strawberry
thrown on for color (and taste :P )

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