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About Jenn

I'm a CPA who was diagnosed with breast cancer December 2010 at 30 years old. I'm married to Jason, who is a high school teacher and football/baseball coach. We have one daughter who loves soccer and is now trying volleyball, basketball, and tennis.

Day 8

Week 2, Day 1 – also known as Day 8

I finally have my energy back and was able to get up and get the workout done this morning.  I tried not to overdo it and did most of the modified exercises.  I’m ready to start pushing myself a little bit harder though.

“You don’t get stronger by doing what you know you can. You get stronger by doing what you thought you couldn’t do.”

Workout : Total Body Cardio Fix
Pre-workout snack: 1/2 Banana
Breakfast: Steel Cut Oatmeal and 2 hard boiled eggs
Snack: Yogurt with blueberries
Lunch: Chicken Breast lunchmeat on a whole wheat thin with carrots and cherry tomatoes
Snack: 12 almonds
Dinner: Pork tenderloin with beans
Dessert: 1 Blonde Oreo Cookie

I was short a veggie for the day and one over on the carbs and I did cave and have an oreo, but I was able to hold myself to only one cookie, so I call that a win!

Day 6 & 7 – Change your thoughts, change your body!

Since I got sick Friday night, it continued into Saturday And I still wasn’t feeling great. I skipped my Dirty 30 workout and loaded up in the car to head to San Antonio for baseball and a baby shower.

Saturday- day 6

breakfast: oatmeal

snack: chocolate mini donuts (not my best choice)

lunch: 1/2 a turkey sandwich with tomatoes, pickles and mustard. Veggies and a slice if cake at the baby shower

We got home around 5 pm and I went straight to bed.  I didn’t get up until 9 am Sunday morning.

Sunday – Day 7

workout – yoga

breakfast – mini pancakes

lunch – 1/4 of a pizza from Grimaldi’s with pepperoni, mushroom and olives.

dinner – chicken and cheese ravioli with healthy marinara sauce and two servings of salad with fat free Italian dressing.

I also prepped all of my foods for this week. I’m ready to tackle week 2.

Day 5 – When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.

I won’t officially weigh and measure until Sunday, but this morning I was down 3 pounds from Monday.  It’s not a huge loss, but it’s good for me.  Slow and steady.

Today was more cardio and I definitely worked up a sweat this morning.  There were burpees and mountain climbers and some lateral squats.  I know I’m going to feel this tomorrow.

Workout: Cardio Fix
Pre-workout Snack: 1/2 Banana
Breakfast: Vanilla Shakeology

Snack: bacon and egg from a breakfast taco. I did not eat the tortilla

Lunch: Whataburger junior with small fries (I know this isn’t on the meal plan, but it was craving it.

Afternoon snack: carrots

after this I started feeling bad.  Went home and didn’t even feel like having dinner.  I ate a few crackers and then that didn’t stay down, so then it was time for bed.

Help our Relay for Life team!

This is my 5th year participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Two years ago I was the top fundraiser for our Relay and last year I was second, but I raised over $2500, which was a personal best for me.

I’m well on my way now, but sitting just over $400, so I need your help.

Right now, I have two options to enlist your help.

Option #1 – Go straight to my page and make a donation

Option #2 – Purchase some cute jewelry from Origami Owl and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our team.
The online party is only open until Friday, February 28th at 11:59 pm, so get your order in today.

Thank you in advance.

Together we can Finish the Fight against Cancer!kress09_2825 (2)

Day 4 – Believe in Yourself

I did not eat enough yesterday.  I knew I was short a red container, but completely forgot that I was short a yellow container.  I could have had some crackers at the party last night or maybe a couple of chips.  But I was good and avoided the cake like the plague and only dipped two small strawberry slices in the chocolate fondue.

Workout – Pilates I have never tried Pilates before.  I’ve heard people talk about it, but didn’t really know what kind of exercises it included.  I must admit I enjoyed it this morning and it kicked my booty.  I’m still having to modify the exercises, but I feel that as long as I complete them correctly, then it’s okay.  Hopefully, before the 21 days are up, I will be able to do some of the exercises without modifications.

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 Banana
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology
Morning Snack: Carrots
Lunch: Turkey slices, crackers, broccoli, avocado
Afternoon Snack: plain yogurt with blueberries
Snack: Unsalted Sunflower Kernels
Dinner: broiled flounder, brown rice and carrots

Day 3 – If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

Day 3 is here and it’s Hump Day.  The soreness in my legs is still there and I’m sure I’ll really feel it later since this morning was Lower Body Fix.  I am not a fan of lunges and there were so many this morning, but I pushed through.

I’m not as tired this morning, so I’m not falling asleep at my desk right now.  We’ll see what happens this afternoon.

Workout – Lower Body Fix
Pre-workout snack – 1/2 banana
Breakfast – Strawberry Shakeology with coconut
Morning Snack – Carrots
Lunch – Turkey Slices, Crackers, Broccoli and avocado
Afternoon Snack – Greek Yogurt with Strawberries
Dinner – had a fundraising party and so didn’t have a real meal.  But thankfully, I took a veggie tray to the party and was able to fill one green container with broccoli and tomatoes.  I had a couple of olives and two strawberry slices.

I was short on protein and complex carbs, but I didn’t get home until 10:30 which was too late for me to eat anything else.

I will do better on Day 4.

Day 2 – it doesn’t get easier, you get better

Yesterday’s Total Body Cardio workout is still kicking my ass today.  I can barely move my legs or sit down.  This morning’s workout was upper body fix and I’m feeling okay right now.  I’m sure by tomorrow morning my arms will be hurting just in time to work on the legs. 

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 Banana
Breakfast: Vanilla Shakeology
Morning snack: Carrots
Lunch: Turkey slices, whole-grain crackers and mustard
Afternoon snack: Greek Yogurt with blackberries
Dinner: Lean ground beef tacos in corn tortillas topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese with olives on the side.

It was a good day and I feel pretty full. This morning I was super tired and I’m hoping I can get some more energy.


Day 1 – One Day at a Time

WO: 30 minutes Total Body Cardio

S: 1/2 banana
B: chocolate shakeology with coconut
S: 10 baby carrots
L: 6 turkey slices, 8 whole-grain crackers, broccoli and avocado
S: Greek yogurt and blueberries
D: 2 scrambled eggs, mushrooms in corn tortillas

I had over 100 oz of water.
Also had tea with 2 teaspoons of stevia in the raw and lemon juice. Still fighting the caffeine headaches, but I’m doing ok.

The workout kicked my butt this morning and my legs have felt like jello all day, but it’s a good feeling.

Tomorrow is upper body. I’m excited, but I think my arms are nervous.

21 Days

They say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and 21 days to start a new habit.

Well, I’m putting that theory to the test.  I’m participating in Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix Challenge.

The challenge helps in figuring out the right foods to eat and in the right portions and also fitting in 30 minutes of exercise every day.

I received an eating plan, shakeology (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) and also these cute little containers.  They represent correct portions.

Also in the package, but not pictured – Workout DVDs – a different 30 minute workout for every day of the week and a Shakeology shaker.

Yesterday, I made my meal plan and went grocery shopping.  It was a new experience to only shop the outside of the store.  We are so used to buying quick and convenient meals and go up and down every aisle and throw all kinds of crap in the basket.  This was the first time that our basket had a ton of fruits and veggies.  As soon as we got home, I went about preparing the fruit and veggies, so they were quick to eat.  I even divided up the yogurt into individual servings, so everything is ready.

Now I’m going to put myself out there and include my before pictures and measurements.  I’m going to use my blog as a journal for the next 21 days and I think the only way to truly be accountable is to include this information.

Weight – 170.2 pounds
Waist – 37.5 inches
Hips – 43 inches
Chest – 38.8 inches
Right Arm – 11.5 inches
Left Arm – 12 inches
Right Thigh – 23.5 inches
Left Thigh – 23 inches

I hope you’ll follow me on my journey and if you are interested in more information in the 21 Day Fix, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll put you in contact with my friend and coach, Amanda.