Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I've been slacking (maybe that's not the right word....pigging out? Letting my emotional rollercoster dictate my eating habits? Lazy???) lately and all those "bad" choices have me going in the wrong direction! Bleck! I had my weigh in today for a competition I'm "doing" (aka: I signed up, paid and then promptly ate myself heavier than when I first started) and I'm up 3lbs. I hadn't weighed in the past couple weeks, but still. FML! I know exactly what I did (or DID NOT do) to gain that weight and I'm really disappointed with myself BUT! Guess what I did afterwards? I went to the grocery store, stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies then had some extra time before my daughter got out of class so I went for a walk/jog. It felt amazing when I was done! I asked my sister today (who's on her own weight loss journey right along side of me and I'm soooooo proud of her!!!! Over 14 lbs down!!!), "Why is it that we KNOW how good it feels after we work out, but it's sooooo much easier to be lazy and not do it? Why do we CHOOSE to not do it?" Ugh! It's so frustrating! But, just gotta keep going one day at a time and it'll get there. Even if it's just 1 mile a day, that's better than sitting on my fat ass doing NOTHING!!!! So that's my goal for this week. AT LEAST 1 mile per day. Whether that be walking or jogging, it doesn't matter. I hope you're all having a great week! My new motto needs to be "CHOICES!" Here we go!

Much love...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I am shocked that my last post was on OCTOBER 3RD!!!! Where does the time go? I'm sitting here in my living room, leg propped up on a pillow, feeling pretty darned sad about life. I have been back in the "weight loss" game for about 2 months now and have YET to get serious about it. And today, just to add to my setbacks, I sprained my ankle. I am so frustrated and mad at myself!

Oh well, pitty party for one? Yes, that's me! I'm here!

All I want to do right now is EAT! I want to eat cookies, candy, popcorn, chips. And in all honesty, I probably will eat some, just not as much as I probably would have if I hadn't just typed this out.

My journey needs to start over but how do you work out with a sprained ankle? How long will it take for me to get "get back on my feet?" Ugh!

My goal this week is to check in here daily and write my thoughts down. Let me know if you're still out there, reading my sob story. I'd love to hear from you. :-)

Monday, October 3, 2011


Here it is, Monday morning and I'm finally getting time to write about my weekend. What a weekend it was!

Friday we had an oyster bbq with my parents and some friends. I doubt I've ever had oysters that were this delicious! They were perfect! I had to get home "early" (9:30pm) so I could be sure to get enough sleep for my big day in the morning. Yeah right! I got home early, but do you think I could sleep? No way! I don't think I actually fell asleep until 3am! Ugh...I was just too excited and anxious!

Saturday - 6:30 am - my alarm goes off. Up and at 'em. Breakfast, check. Running shoes, check. Teeth brushed, check. We ended up getting to the high school we had to hang around for a bit. There were so many familiar faces there. Old high school classmates mostly. It was fun to see everyone. What a perfect morning for the Shuck 'N Run 5k. Cloudy, no rain, cool, but not cold. Perfect!

My goal for the 5k was to jog the whole way. I had yet to do 3.2 miles of continuous jogging. The most I'd done was 2.75 miles. On a track. Running on a track is completely different from running on concrete. No shock absorption. Plus, a track is flat. Roads change in elevation. It's a completely different ball game. But I was ready for it! I was excited!

There were 101 people who ran/walked the 5k this year. It was exciting to see the levels of experience and different age groups and even the different levels of intensity. Some people were there to WIN! Others were there to have fun. There were old people and kids. Professional runners and beginners. It was a perfect mix of people.

The run started and we were off. Getting to mile 2 was fine. No worries. After was a mind game. My body wanted me to walk for just a bit but my mind kept telling me, "No, we're almost done! Keep going!" When I got near the point where I could see the finish line, I started tearing up. I couldn't cry or else I'd run out of breath, but I had tears running down my face. I couldn't help it. I was so proud of myself for DOING it!!! Once I got close to the finish line, I heard the screams and claps. I didn't know who they were cheering on, but it was exciting to hear. Then, I noticed it was MY FAMILY and FRIENDS there cheering ME on!!! They surprised me. I had no idea they were going to be there in full force! My mom and dad, hubby and kids (I knew they'd be there), sister and her kids, best friend and her baby...what a fan club! :-)

Once I crossed the finish line, I didn't collapse in exhaustion (like I thought I would have); I felt GREAT! Exhilarated! Rushed! I told my dad, "I think I caught the fever!" I cannot WAIT to run more, get better and a little faster. I definitely won't rush it. I may have finished towards the end of the pack (#96th out of 101 - hehehe) but seriously, I don't care! I FINISHED!!! I, Janeen, did a 5k and couldn't be more proud of myself! And it only took me 43 minutes. :-)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What a day...

Wow, today is Thursday....well, it's almost over...and I couldn't be happier! What a DAY!!!

I had two houses to clean (not including my own...but that's a whole different story), lots of driving around...and a horrible, HORRIBLE accident. Let me explain:

My first house of the day is for my favorite elderly couple. They are in their mid 80's and are just darling. They have me come and clean for them once a month. My second house is a brand new client! YAY!!! I was just about finished with the house when I decided to clean the window behind the kitchen sink. I couldn't quite reach, so I hopped up on the counter to get a little closer. Well, imagine this: my "womanly" frame, "hopping" (pssha) up on to the counter...and then slipping! Do not ask me how I slipped...I have NO clue...but my hand came out from under me and down I went...right into the sink! Only to freakin' BREAK the freakin' faucet!!!! Yes, you read that right: I broke the kitchen faucet! Now, have you ever done this? If not, let me tell you what happens when someone breaks the faucet of a sink: WATER....SPRAYS........EVERYWHERE!!!!!! There was a straight up STREAM of water zooming it's way across the freshly cleaned house! "OMG!!! What I am going to do!!!???" Luckily, I still had the *Norwex Enviro cloth* I was using to clean the window with in my hand. I clamped that down over the open faucet and threw open the cabinet to get to the water line. Thank God I could reach it...just barely! "Righty-tighty, Lefty-loosey." was running through my head...why won't it turn off??? "Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey!" I was going the wrong way!!! After what felt like 20 minutes (which was probably more like 1 minute) the water was off. I was SOAKED, the kitchen was SOAKED...SHIT! This is my FIRST time cleaning this house!!! Are you FREAKING kidding me!?!? So, what do I do in situations like this? Yep, you guessed it...."Hey Dad, I have a TINY little problem!" (Hum the super-hero theme song of your choice here) Thank GOD for amazing Dad's who will STILL come to the rescue of their 30 year old, grown ass woman of a daughter! :-)

After realizing that, yes, the faucet really is broken and he can't fix it, Dad offers to go buy a new one and replace it. By this time, I've gotten ahold of the homeowner and told her what happened. Now let me just say this: once again, THANK GOD for kind and understanding people! Her first response was, "Are you hurt?" then she proceeded to tell me that it's really ok, they are going to replace it anyways. I was extremely embarrassed and it took all my strength to not cry. I am so thankful that there are people out there who are kind and understanding. She could have yelled, freaked out and Lord knows what else...yet her main concern was me. Was I ok? Yes, I am fine...besides the bruised ego. So here's my lesson for the day: think about it before freaking out over something. Is it REALLY worth it? Does that person already feel terrible enough as it is? Most likely, yes.

On to other news: jogging! My first 5k is coming up this Saturday (eeeekkkk!) and I'm really excited! A little nervous, but really excited! Tuesday, I jogged down to the bookstore to bake. Jogging downhill is TOUGH! Let along jogging on cement after previously jogging on a rubber track. HUGE difference! My body was pretty sore the next day. Tonight, after my stressful day and an EXTREMELY cranky, whiny, tired, grumpy, teething boy, I decided to "treat" myself to a jog. Oh yes! From my house to the corner of John's Prairie and Brockdale. Pretty good click if you ask me. :-)

Now, I must go to the store. Addy has decided that she wants ham and cheese for tomorrow's lunch...and we have no ham! :-)

Hoping you all have a fantastic Friday!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The number of the day is....

2.5 you say? What is so great about 2.5? Well let me tell you! It's how many miles I jogged this morning!!!! Yes!!! I am so proud of myself! It only took me 39 minutes too. hahaha Yes, that may seem like a slow pace, but guess what, I'M JOGGING!!!!! 2.5 miles to be exact!!! I have a little over two weeks to build up to a 5k (3.1 miles) and I'm right on track. I can't wait!

I don't have much time this morning. Have lots of running around to do. House cleaning (for pay), grocery shopping, laundry (I despise laundry!), and house cleaning (for free) are quietly eating their oatmeal (with frozen raspberries and cinnamon; it's REALLY quiet!). Time to get them movin' so I can take them to my sister. I just had to take a moment to update you all on my progress.

I hope everyone has a fantastic day!!!

More soon. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thoughts for today

Well, my baby girl started preschool today. Wow! I am amazed that the time is going so quickly. Before I know it, she'll be graduating from high school!
She was so excited to go and didn't even get the least bit upset when I told her I was leaving. She said, "Ok, bye!" and continued playing. No biggy! :-)

This morning was jog #3 for me and it just keeps getting better and better! The first time was 4 laps, second time 5 laps, this time, SIX LAPS!!! Without stopping! Me! I can totally see how people get addicted to running. I've always wanted to be a "runner." Yet, I've always HATED "running." But I'm thinking the reason I "hated" to run was because I never gave myself the chance to "learn" to love it. I would rush it and then get discouraged if I couldn't do it long enough or good enough....or my body would hurt. I've really been concentrating on jogging correctly and not over-doing it. I'm really afraid of hurting myself and quitting. But I want to push myself hard to get better...what a cycle! So far, so good though.

We went to a wedding this weekend for our nephew and our new niece (that's really strange to say as they're my age! haha). What a fun time! I even got to wear a new dress and felt wonderful wearing it!

The magic of getting dressed up and feeling good is this: SPANX! Spanx are my lifeline to feeling "good" wearing clothes. I really should buy stock in them. :-) If you've never worn Spanx and have some "jiggle," I HIGHLY recommend that you try them!!!! They'll change your life. :-)

So, I had an amazing phone conversation with a friend today. I'm not going to divulge what we spoke about, but I will say this: I love her and she totally made my day/week/month/year! I cannot WAIT for her name be recognized on a national level. She is amazing, strong, inspirational, loving, beautiful. I've mentioned her before and for those of you who haven't read her story, please go check it out. Do not let the title scare you off. If you like my sense of humor, you'll LOVE this gal! Someday, sooner rather than later, we'll all know her name and know her story. Amber's blog

On another note, I'm signing up for my first 5k!!!! Oysterfest is coming up quick and they do the Shuck 'n Run and I cannot wait to participate!!! My goal: to finish! haha I'm going to keep pushing away and just do it. Can't WAIT!!! I have a couple people I know who are doing the "race" and it'll be fun to see them all on the day. Then, we'll have to go to Oysterfest and refuel on seafood! mmmm

That's all for now. More soon! Love to you all...oh and hey, not to toot my own horn or anything...but my 30th birthday is on Sunday! Woohoooooo! :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


5:15 am came way too early this morning! I was NOT wanting to get out of bed, but I did. I stumbled through the bedroom to get my workout clothes. Rubbed my eyes to awaken them. Got my water bottle filled. The only thing I wanted to do was to crawl back into bed. But, I had other plans that I couldn't break.

The track. To me, the track is a place of fear and disappointment. The track is not made for people "like me." It was still dark and a little chilly. I prayed, "God, please let me have the strength and desire to jog. Just one lap! Please give me the drive to finish." I started off, mind you, really slow. I wasn't exaggerating yesterday when I spoke of being a penguin. Half way through, my head tells me, "Yes, half way there. Almost through." My body feels good. Then, to my utter surprise, the "finish" line is right there! OMG! I just jogged the entire track!!! WHAT? I literally jumped for joy!!! Ok, I'm not done. I can keep going....and keep going I did. 4 laps total...then a couple minutes walking, then more jogging. Oh yes...32 minutes of mostly jogging around the track that has "defeated" me since 8th grade. No more! I am completely elated. My body is pretty sore. I definitely need new shoes. But the sore legs will only get stronger. Tomorrow will be a walk only day, but Friday, I'll be back (Schwarzenegger style).

I just have to say this and please don't read to much into it. If you get offended, that's not my problem. This jog today, yes, I did it! I did the actual work. I believe that God was my support through it. And last but definitely not least, my good friend Amber was the inspiration behind this. And for this, I will sign out by saying loud and proud:

I LOVE COCK! (Amber's Blog)