Journal Entry – August 12 through 18

Aug 6 thru 18– Days 214 thru  226

Workout Buddy

I am working out with a buddy.  A few actually.  One for the 30 Day Arm and Abs Challenge I’ve been doing and another one on Wednesday mornings.  She’s another coach who is also doing Turbo Fire.  It’s a lot of fun to workout with someone.  It really gets your energy up and keeps you accountable for another person.  I highly suggest it, even if it’s an online workout buddy.

Pre-Workout Tips

I thought this was great when I saw it.  I shared it with my challenge group a few days ago and now I’m sharing it with you.  As they say, “Each one, teach one, reach one.”  I do some of these already as I’m sure you might as well.  Check  it out.

My first Vegan Cake

I took a vegan baking class with my sister at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and it was great!


What I have come to realize is that the ingredients are a bit more expensive than regular ingredients of course and making the cake is not as complex as the frosting!  Wow!  I think that alone was about a two-hour process.  The cake I made was a vanilla cake which wasn’t my favorite. The chocolate passed the Jen test, but there was an orange one that was off the charts delicious!  I was super impressed.  My sister made a raspberry one which was a close second.  The texture is definitely different and the cake is dense.  I still can’t get over the complexity of the frosting though.  Take a class and try it out for yourself.  I think it’s worth it for anyone, especially with the changing dietary requirements of the people we know.


I maintained  in inches this week, but I did gain a lb.   I’m hoping that’s in muscle.  I added in weights again.  It has been a few weeks since I used hand weights.  Turbo Fire uses using body weight and positioning for body conditioning, though they do use light hand glove type things that I enjoy using.  I’m good with the cardio, but I mentioned that I was missing the weights. So I have made some adjustments and added some alternating days of T25 Gamma Pyramid and Extreme Circuit to shred these muscles.  LOL

There is a jacket I have that I have been dying to wear this Fall.   I have another inch and a half to lose on my arms before I can fit loosely into it.  I will kindly be showing that to you when it happens!  Here are the numbers (or lack there of).

Weight: l lb gain

Waist (in inches): no change

Chest (in inches): no change

Right Arm (in inches): no change

Left Arm (in inches): no change

Right Thigh (loss in inches): no change

Left Thigh (loss in inches): no change

End of the Challenges….

…THAT NEARLY KILLED ME.  The 3o Day Arm Challenge was bad enough, but then the 30 Day Ab Challenge that my and my friend added was RIDICULOUS.  My bum is still aching from doing sit-ups.  and I ended last week Tuesday!  It was serious!  So glad they are over and I hope to NEVER do them again..LOL!  I do not have abs of steel, but I’m sure it helped.  If you ever want to put yourself through the pain, just Google 30 Day Ab Challenge.  There are a bunch of different challenges, like the squat one that I started out with, but these are no joke!

Fresh Corn Cakes with Pulled Pork


This is so delicious that I can’t stand it.  One thing you don’t have to do is make all the corn cakes.  You can freeze the batter or half the recipe.  You may also not be a big fan of pork, have chicken or dare I say tofu or Gardein.  Whatever you pleasure, this is such a sweet and savory explosion in your mouth that I know you are going to love.  So, try it!


Journal Entry July 21 through August 11

July 21 thru Aug 11– Days 198 thru  219

Where Have I Been?

I missed blogging but I have good reason for being MIA.  I attended Romance Writers of America and was very busy getting my books done so that I could be confident when pitching to publishers.  The conference was GREAT!  It was my first one and I am happy to say that it was a successful conference for me.  I was able to meet a lot of people, some amazing first-timers as well and I even met the iconic Nora Roberts and Sylvia Day to name a few.  Here I am below with them and some really handsome cowboys. Super fun times!


They were both exceptionally nice and respectful to us as fans and peers!  I was really happy and felt like I had found my people.  I was truly grateful and blessed to have that experience and meet so many wonderful people who are on the same path.  Unfortunately, my blog posting suffered, but I have even more great news.

New Blog

I have a new blog that I wanted to tell you about.  This one is more specific to my writing career and will also talk about fitness from the perspective of Jen the writer.  One thing about writing is that it is highly sedentary..  You are using your brain muscles, but you body, though alive (especially in romance) is not active.  I realized the impact of not being active and gaining weight quickly and my fitness journey has helped me realize that as a writer I really need to be super active.  It not only helps me keep the pounds off, but it helps me creatively as well.  As writers, we create stories everywhere; in the car, jogging, cleaning, shopping and doing regular things.  Being more active can only help with process.  So I have a new passion to reach out to writers, authors, researchers and editors to be more active.  It works.  My new blog  is under construction:, but I will let you know when it is on the go, but bookmark it!  Yay!  I’m excited.

Workouts and Results

I have been doing my workouts and eating pretty well.  I lost 5 lbs last week but that is after gaining some from my trip where I had less access to the foods I normally prepare at home and I only had time to exercise once on the treadmill and do my Ab and Arm challenge exercises.  Here’s my transformation so far.  I know it’s long overdo.


I have recovered though and I am back on track.  This is an ongoing struggle.  I retook all my measurements using the video that I posted a few weeks back and boy are they different!  I don’t even know how to really deliver the information for you here without screwing it up royally so I am going to start from this new base and report going forward.

Aggressive August Goals

I’d like to lose 12 lbs this month.  I lost 5 then gained 2 so that brings me to 3 lbs toward my goal and 9 more to go. It will be very difficult to do but I think that I can do it.  Let’s face it, 12 lbs is a lot, so if I hit 10 I will be happy with that.  I’m basically trying to pull away from these high numbers.

Thanks for putting up with my absence.  Please bear with me while I try to sort out my new schedule and new demands on my time.  I promise to be more consistent in the coming weeks.