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Week One Done

And with Friday week one of my big career change comes to a close. My thoughts…

  • I anticipated having a lot of downtime and the opportunity to get some things done around the house that I’ve been putting off. That was so not the case. This week honestly made me wonder how on earth I taught all of these classes on top of a 40-hour per week job.
  • Things on the personal training front are falling into place and I could not be more thrilled.
  • I am overwhelmed by the support of my friends, family and fellow yogis. I don’t think I’ve gone a day this week without at least a handful of people asking me how the transition is going. And I’ve had many offers from friends to pass around my contact info. This career change would not be possible without the support of all of these amazing people. You know you are. I feel incredibly blessed to have y’all in my life!
  • Overall, I am pretty shocked by how smoothly this transition is going. I am feeling less anxiety and more confidence that I can actually pull this off.

I will continue to keep you updated on how I’m feeling and how this goes for me!

Breakfast after double yoga classes was a big bowl of pumpkin banana oatmeal. I was feeling a bit off this morning. Usually I can spend hours in the hot yoga studio without feeling uncomfortably hot or unwell – I’m just so used to it – but something was going on with my body this morning. I was starving after the 6:30 a.m. class but just figured I’d power through the 8 a.m. and eat afterward (this is not unusual for me…I don’t like to practice with food in my stomach and always eat a big breakfast after). Bad decision. By the end of class I was nauseous and on the verge of getting sick. I bought a Gatorade and slowly sipped it but didn’t feel better until coming home and taking a hot shower and eating my oatmeal.

I assembled a quinoa bowl for lunch after teaching a lunch hour yoga class. Spinach, quinoa, avocado, goat cheese, tempeh, hummus and plain Greek yogurt.

This afternoon involved a meeting at Starbucks and a “sip and see” for friends who just had a sweet baby boy. We decided to grab dinner at our favorite casual restaurant, Lebowskis. I’m not usually into bar food but they have some of the best in Charlotte.

I ordered the same thing I always order, the veggie panini. It is stuffed with all kinds of veggies and pressed with cheese on sourdough. I love to dip it in honey mustard. Weird, I know but it is delicious.

Side salad in lieu of fries or chips.

So…I think I’m going to skip my favorite yoga class in the morning and sleep in and run instead. Temperatures are supposed to drop down in the 40s tonight so running conditions will be awesome. Sunny and cool. I think I’m going to shoot for 8ish??? We’ll see.

What are your weekend workout plans? Anyone racing?


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  • JennyV September 30, 2011, 11:48 pm

    No race for me — just a 13 miler tomorrow! Crazy to think “just” 13 miles, but I’m in my taper before my first marathon (Oct. 16!)

    Enjoy the cooler temps on your run!

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 10:28 am

      jenny – that is so exciting! i definitely know the feeling of “how did 13 miles become a short run?” it’s even crazier when your friends/family get in that mindset too and agree with you how that’s not a bad long run! crazy!

      good luck!

      i am so excited for your marathon and can’t wait to hear how it goes. you HAVE to email me and let me know!

      • Jen October 1, 2011, 10:28 am

        also – let me know if you’re interested in writing a race recap of your first marathon. you are more than welcome to guest post! 🙂

        • JennyV October 1, 2011, 12:45 pm

          Oh wow! I may just take you up on that… you’re taking a risk from a non-blogger 😉

        • Jen October 1, 2011, 3:35 pm

          not a risk! i would love it. take lots of pictures! 🙂

  • Jacqueline @SmartSolitude.com October 1, 2011, 1:32 am

    Congrats on week one!

  • Whitney October 1, 2011, 5:32 am

    20 mile training run!! 🙂

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 10:29 am

      woooohooooo! good luck! you’ll rock it!

  • Cindy October 1, 2011, 5:47 am

    I love dipping my sandwiches in honey mustard too! It’s sooooo yummy!

  • Michelle October 1, 2011, 8:09 am

    I’m running 13.1 Atlanta tomorrow morning so no running for me today but I’m still doing Bodypump and Bodystep this morning (Complete Les Mills addict here!)

    Btw, love your blog! Found it through a link on Healthy Tipping Point’s blog a few days ago.

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 10:31 am

      michelle – good luck on your race tomorrow! so glad you found me via HTP. i love to hear from fellow les mills addicts! 🙂

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 1, 2011, 8:15 am

    Congrats on the great week!

  • Shayla @ The Good Life October 1, 2011, 10:05 am

    I’ve been a lurker and haven’t commented much but I just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your blog and congrats on your career change! I only wish now you lived here in CA and I could hire you as my personal trainer, girl you got one rockin’ strong body 🙂

    Congrats again and I look forward to following you on this journey, maybe now that you’re a certified trainer we’ll get some training tips?! 😉

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 10:33 am

      shayla – i really appreciate your comment. thank you for the congrats and kind words about my blog!

      and yes…i will definitely be sharing workout tips, videos, plans, etc with y’all! stay tuned. tons planned for PBR including a total site overhaul!

  • Alaina October 1, 2011, 10:38 am

    I’m glad to see that your week went so well! It always helps to have that amazing support system and it looks like you really have that. 🙂

    I’m running a last minute 5k tomorrow with my mom in Providence. 🙂

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 3:36 pm

      awesome! i love your family runs! 🙂

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad October 1, 2011, 11:12 am

    Glad your first week went well!

    I just finished running a 5K with my 10-year-old niece! She’s pretty hardcore and won first place in her age group! The look on her face when they called her name was priceless 🙂

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 3:37 pm

      kristy – that is so cool about your niece. congrats to her on winning her age group. really fun that you could run with her!

  • Rachael October 1, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Does your stomach hurt/do you feel guilty doubling up on the dressings (dip for the sandwich + salad)? Your quinoa and tofu bowl inspiried me! I went home and made one for lunch!

    Also, have been meaning to post that I am just so, so, so happy for you about the full time fitness career. I used to worry about you with all your fitness endeavors + working full time. SUCH a blessing to not have to work full time – bleh. Blessed Jen!

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 3:41 pm

      rachael – nope felt completely fine/no guilt. i was just pretty stoked to visit lebowskis and order a side salad instead of their amazing garlic fries! 😉

  • kate October 1, 2011, 3:42 pm

    no racing for me…8 mile training run, nice and slooooooow. perfect running weather in charlotte today!!

  • Cath October 1, 2011, 3:59 pm

    Hey Jen,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and absolutely love it! You’re a very inspiring person, thank you! Huge congrats on your first week in your new career, you’ve already made a success of it.

    I’ve just got one question about your breakfasts post yoga. Does that mean you often get up at about 6am and don’t eat until 10am or so? I’ve read several times about how we should always eat breakfast within an hour of waking, otherwise our metabolism gets all screwed up, yet you’re among the healthiest people I know of. Sometimes I think it would be nice to get a workout in before breakfast but feel like I’m doing my body a disservice – is this not the case? Can I pretty much do whatever I like as long as I eat when I’m hungry and (attempt to) listen to my body rather than shoving food down the gullet every 3-4 hours?

    • Jen October 1, 2011, 4:17 pm

      hi cath – thanks so much for reading and for your comment!

      regarding breakfast and workouts…i’m up sometime between 5-6 a.m. every morning. when i was working my desk job i always packed breakfast and ate it when i got to work at 8:30 a.m. i do not have any kind of “must eat within x amount of minutes of waking” rule.

      in general i usually eat breakfast after super early morning workouts. if i do wake up starving i will eat something. maybe a half of a banana with peanut butter or a date with peanut butter or a piece of toast.

      if i’m doing a longer run or a later morning workout (not 6 a.m.) i always eat pre and post workout. i don’t love to practice yoga with food in my stomach but i always eat something if i’m doing a 9:15 class as opposed to a 6:30 a.m. does that make any sense at all?

      i think some people have to eat before they work out and others can wait. depends on your body, how you feel and what kind of workout you have planned. honestly, i’m a big fan of eating when you’re hungry and not shoving food down because you feel like you have to.

      hope this helps! let me know if you want to get more in depth on anything.

  • Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 1, 2011, 6:39 pm

    If I am starving before a workout, and don’t eat, I become nauseus too..Not fun! Oatmeal always hits the spot though! Also, having downtime can be a goof thing–don’t forget! It will add some balance to your life 🙂

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