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Hi and happy Wednesday. I hope this week is going well and that you’re all getting geared up for the long weekend. I wanted to write a general checking in post today to kind of let you know where I’m at and what’s going on with me at the moment. I feel like the blog has been a lot of business lately with lots of workout, recipe and food posts. Here’s a little life post for you.

From a holistic view, things are good. I’m in one of those flows right now where career opportunities overfloweth. I’ve received countless training inquires over the last few weeks and I have quite a few writing projects in the works.

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(Photo Wanda Koch)

One of those being a proposal for another book…help me! It’s due this week. I’m grateful that I’ve already got one successful proposal under my belt so I hope the process will be a little easier this time around. I shot a few sample shots with my photographer yesterday for the proposal. We’ll see what happens with it. I’m going to be glued to the computer for the next 48 hours! 5.21charlottemag.jpg While we’re talking career stuff, I was totally shocked to learn that I received a “Best of the Best Award” from Charlotte Magazine. What an honor to be recognized in this amazing community of health and fitness professionals! I seriously had no clue until the magazine published and I started receiving congratulatory messages. Crazy!

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I totally need this tank in my life. I am sitting here totally sore from the pistols and back squats that we did in Monday’s WOD and I managed to include peanut butter in yesterday’s breakfast AND dinner! 🙂


I started watching the new series Black Box after it replaced Scandal when the season ended (tear). It’s tough for a TV show to get my attention but I’m actually really loving this one. House was one of my favorite shows of all time and while it’s not up to House standards, it is pretty good.

I’ve talked in the past about my night sweats. I’ve had them since I was a teenager. While I still have them on the regular, they haven’t been too bad for the past couple of weeks.My dreams, however, have been intensely vivid for the last few days. Like I wake up remembering them and feeling unsettled vivid. I really need to keep a journal of my sleep/dreams/sweat. I am sure I would see some sort of pattern.


And I have to leave you with the face that makes me smile every day. I hope it makes you smile too!

What do you have planned for Memorial Day Weekend? 

Do you remember your dreams? 

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  • Katie Marie May 21, 2014, 2:11 pm

    Regionals and Murph!!

    I need that tank in my life, too!

  • Sarah May 21, 2014, 2:19 pm

    Those arms!!! ❤️❤️

  • Liz F. May 21, 2014, 2:20 pm

    I feel you with Black Box! It’s rare I get pulled into a show, and while not as good as House, I’m loving it!

    And sometimes I remember dreams. I remember last nights, which sucks because it was super creepy!!! Haha.

  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee May 21, 2014, 2:22 pm

    I know I was totally creepy on Instagram already telling you this but I am so glad Meg introduced me to your blog.

  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire May 21, 2014, 2:23 pm

    I need that tank too! I almost started watching Black Box, but I’m already way behind on House of Cards – which I was really trying to like and watch – so I think taking on another one is not my best idea, haha.

    I’m SO excited for this weekend because I’m going home to Maryland to spend the weekend with friends and family. Living far away makes it tough to see them often (as you know!) so I always look forward to my trips up north.

    And I always remember my dreams! I have THE most vivid dreams. I can still remember dreams I had as a kid.

  • Julie May 21, 2014, 2:50 pm

    In regards to your night sweats, have you considered a radical elimination of sugar? I know you eat super clean, I do too, but I had a BAD spell with night sweats when I went really clean a few years ago. I found out the inflammation in my system from even naturally occurring sugars in things like pineapple cause my body to go into chronic inflammation. Basically the average person who eats the standard American diet is in constant inflammation that masks a lot of symptomology that the body produces to show stress. However once you cut out processed foods, there’s a subset of us that can’t handle sugar almost at all. I’m one of those, my GI system flares up (I won’t get graphic, but imagine the worst, that’s me aside from intestinal bleeding which only occurs in severe cases of sugar consumption paired with gliadin protein presence, which I’m allergic to). I can only tolerate green apples, grapefruit, some stone fruits, and berries. Tropical fruits trigger me badly. I’m an extreme case, however you might want to try a sugar “detox” and see if that helps. I’ve got a lot of tips, as this has really affected my life as a crossfitter, ultramarathoner, and ironman triathlete, where gels/chews are the requisite for fueling.

    • Amy May 21, 2014, 2:57 pm

      I have become increasingly sensitive to sugar after doing a few cleanses and cutting out processed food. If I have it any time in the evening, I’m up all night. I’ll have to pay closer attention to my reaction to fruits…I am also a vivid dreamer and night sweater…provided I don’t have sugar that keeps me up all night 🙂
      Congrats on your awards Jen! It is well deserved.

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen May 21, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Love the picture and can’t wait to hear more about your next book!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti May 21, 2014, 3:25 pm

    Congrats on all these awesome opportunities coming your way – very well deserved!

    And have you watched House of Cards? If not, definitely check it out. You’ll be 100% hooked from episode one. 🙂

  • Pam May 21, 2014, 3:41 pm

    First congratulations! You are an amazing inspiration! I know this is only the tip of the iceberg for your career! And Sullie is so stinkin’ cute!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 21, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Honestly we will spend most of the weekend packing. This is our last weekend just the two of us where we living now. My husband graduates from medical school next weekend so we will have lots of family in town. I have a lot of cleaning and packing and then we are moving to VA the following week. Busy busy here!

  • congrats on all the awesome things going on in your life right now!

    no i dont vividly remmeber my dreams- kinda freaky!!!

    im going to the south jersey shore this weekend. running a 10k on sunday!

  • Samantha @ The Faithful Runner May 21, 2014, 3:57 pm

    I never EVER remember my dreams. I wish I did. In fact, in a college class I took, we had to keep a notepad next to our bed and write down the last thing we were thinking about and we had to do research on our dreams at dreammoods.com. It’s pretty interesting to see what’s going on in your brain without you knowing about it. I’m going to plant my garden this weekend and I can’t wait. So excited to see how many opportunities you have coming your way. Keep up your great work !

  • Alaina May 21, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Congrats on the award Jen! So glad to see that things are going so well. 🙂

    This weekend is super busy for me and I can’t wait! On Saturday I’ll be in Portland, ME for a 5K, then immediately back to Boston for a 5 mile race on Sunday morning and then turn right back around to go to Bangor, ME for my cousin’s bridal shower on Sunday afternoon. Crazy busy and crazy fun!

    I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 21, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Congrats on the award! And that yoga picture of you is incredible. Wowza

    Only have Sunday plans so far. Planning to go cycling with a friend. We’re going to cycle to a local mountain, climb it, and then stop by a vineyard on the way back sample some wines. Maybe stuff a bottle or two in our jerseys 😉

  • Nicki May 21, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Congrats on the award and what an AWESOME picture of you!!

    Memorial Day weekend will be a hike with friends on Saturday (unless it’s raining) and rooftop BBQs on both Sunday and Monday. A lot of people at my box are doing Murph, obviously…but I did Cindy last Friday and I am STILL. SMOKED. from it! As much as I want to do something to honor the fallen, and a Hero WOD would normally be right up my alley, I really have to listen to my body because I don’t want to be down and out for a solid week after and shoot my CNS like I seem to have done last week.

    Good luck with the book proposal! 🙂

  • Kira May 21, 2014, 5:22 pm

    If there’s a lot going on in your life, no wonder you’re remembering your dreams! I do dream work as a spiritual practice, so if you wanted to write down your dreams and run any of them by me, let me know. Oftentimes, it’s in our unconscious/sleeping life that we’re more open to the Spirit. Also, don’t be afraid of your dreams. Even the ones that seem scary are usually just designed to get our attention. I could go on and on about dreams!

    • Jen May 21, 2014, 5:33 pm

      I’m totally going to email you. I had one two nights ago that was just crazy.

  • Molly@ MollysMusingz May 21, 2014, 6:42 pm

    OK- let’s talk about your arms in that pic- insane (in the best way).

    Night sweat/ dreams- I used to have tons of night sweats when I was over-hydrating. I took it down a notch and they completely went away? I had another spell when I was really anxious but since I got rid of that too, have not had them.

    In regards to remembering dreams though- I have been remembering mine SO well too. It seems to me in most cases I remember them when I have a night snack and even more so if it includes dairy. I love cottage cheese and will eat it before bed sometimes and I swear my dreams are way more vivid those nights!

  • Jodie May 21, 2014, 8:31 pm

    I never remember my dreams . Congrats on all things career.
    Just wondering do you use Wordpress for your site?

  • She Rocks Fitness May 21, 2014, 9:58 pm

    Look at Sullie’s pretty feathers…Love that girl! I am hoping to spend lots of time in my swimsuit, laying by the pool, soaking up the sun, good food and cocktails, oh and relaxing too! XOXO

  • Cat May 22, 2014, 3:36 am

    I’ve only ever had night sweats when I was overtraining, but as for vivid dreams I’ve been having them a lot recently myself, and can’t work out the cause either! I wild part of me wants to think its gut bacteria changing (I’ve heard resistance starch can do it?) orrrr stress. I try to look on the bright side-you get to watch a pretty surreal film every night for free! Hope ya get to the bottom of it 😉

  • kathryn May 23, 2014, 10:44 pm

    I have had nigh sweats recently as well as some pretty intense dreams. I didn’t know why. Coincidently, I went to the gynecologist concerning some woman issues i have been having and she drew up some labs. Turns out I have extremely low estrogen levels due to the amount of training I am doing (hyper pituitary ammenorhea is the term for what i have). When one has low levels of estrogen they are more prone to night sweats and insomnia. It might be beneficial to get a serum blood lab test to figure out your hormone levels. I haven’t even started to figure out how to conquer my issues, but I thought i’d share!

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