Week In Review (April 29 – May 5, 2013)

Before I start writing my WIR posts, I like to look back over my Instagram photos from the past week and pick a few to share that will shape my post.  Apparently, I posted a lot of food pictures recently!  Nutrition and fitness have definitely been on my mind for this past week since I have fully immersed myself in the Tone It Up Bikini Series.  Spring is a great time to amp up your fitness, especially with the arrival of warmer weather.  Although I wish I could be running right now, I’m working hard in Physical Therapy and at home to get my knee healthy in time for summer training.  *Fingers crossed*

Healthy Eats + Some Treats

I’m the kind of person who likes to eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch for months at a time.  I’m even a fan of themed day-of-the-week style dinners (like Sushi Monday).  I think I have developed this inclination towards repeated meals due to my sensitive tummy and digestive system.  There are things I know I can eat and process well that I enjoy, so I keep coming back to them over and over again.  I tend to switch up my preferred breakfast and lunch meals seasonally.  Now that we’re fully immersed in spring, I’ve been craving protein smoothies and yogurt with berries and granola for breakfast.  I’ve also been trying to up my protein intake with one serving of my favorite Perfect Fit protein powder once a day since I have been training more and am not a huge meat eater.  I’ve always been able to process this particular protein powder easily.  I even made healthy donuts with it!  My lunchtime option still leans towards hummus with raw veggies.  I know that Don will start grilling more as summer approaches.  There’s nothing quite like a simple grilled chicken breast, shrimp, or fish and yummy grilled veggies as a healthy summer dinner option!  Of course, even with a lighter, cleaner diet, I still allow for the occasional treat or two.  Whole Foods cupcakes are too cute and too delectable to resist every once in awhile!

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Did I mention I’ve been on a huge circuit training kick lately?  I sadly injured my left knee during the Disney Princess Half Marathon back in late February and have not been able to run since.  I am currently in Physical Therapy in my healing journey.  Fortunately, I’ve been able to do most every other kind of physical activity.  I’ve been diligently putting in 30-60 minutes of cardio on the elliptical in addition to 30-60 minutes of circuit training six times per week.  It’s hard for me to take a day off exercise, since I genuinely like it so much, but I’ve implemented a mandatory day of rest on Sundays (until the return of Sunday Run Day!).  My number one priority it to take care of my body and mind, number two is to be able to run again (sooner than later, I hope!), number three is to work every muscle group for overall toning, and number four is to maintain my aerobic activity with the safest cardio option readily available (hence all of the time spent on the elliptical machine).  I mention mental health in regards to exercise, because exercise is my drug of choice in combatting and keeping a lid on my anxiety.  There’s nothing quite like kicking your own butt to take your mind off your mind and focus on your body instead.  The endorphins are the icing on the cake.  I also just like feeling strong.  It makes me feel fierce, even though I definitely fail at making a fierce face, as evidenced below (#FierceFaceFail)!

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Warmer Weather = Wardrobe Changes

Another thing that happens come spring is a welcome change of wardrobe.  There’s something so refreshing about spring.  With everything in bloom and longer, warmer days, it’s hard not to want to match the weather, literally.  As much as I love the cozy sweaters and boots of winter, by May I am ready to rock some cropped jeans, lighter clothes, and brighter colors.  My new(ish) Sperry’s have been getting lots of attention from me in the past couple of weeks, as well.  I’ve also enjoyed jazzing up my makeup with brighter looks using purples and blues.  I wake up earlier and feel more energized , which is reflected in how I chose to present myself.  I always look forward to the change of seasons!

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This is such a great time of year to start fresh since nature is doing the same!  I thoroughly enjoy sharing my spring delights with you here and on YouTube.  I’d love to know what changes spring has brought for you this year, if you care to share.

* I am not affiliated with any brands mentioned in this post.  I am a Sigma Beauty affiliate, which I mention because you can see some Sigma Beauty products in the last photo set.  All opinions are my own.*


19 thoughts on “Week In Review (April 29 – May 5, 2013)”

  1. Hi Jen!

    Great post, quick question for you. I know a LOT of people have asked for a vlog with an in depth look at your exercise routines, not just the 35 second Keek or mention on your YT videos.

    Can you tell me where you are getting the TIU workouts that we see on your Ipad? Are they emailed to you or do you go to their site? Also, do you do arms one day, booty the next, etc, in terms of your strength training routine? Thank you! You are a very positive influence on my fitness life.

    1. If you go to the Tone It Up website you will find the workouts. Right now they’re reposting some old favorites for the Bikini Series.

      I try not to overwork the same body parts two days in a row. Some circuits I do are total body conditioning, but because they don’t solely concentrate on one part I don’t feel like it’s overkill to do more training including similar body parts the next day. If I decide to do training that really focuses on one area like arms or booty, I will make sure I don’t go overboard in my workouts the next day for that part of the. I mostly rely on how I feel on any day to determine what workout direction I go in. I hope this makes sense!

      1. Thanks Jen. I’ve gained 10 pounds back since January and I need a good fitness program. Loved all the food pics and your makeup looks lovely in the look you posted.

  2. Sounds like a delicious week to me! I agree with you – Whole Foods cupcakes are the cutest! :0) You’ve done great with cross training…hope your knee feels better and you are back to running again soon!

  3. Love the pictures in this post! My big Spring change…my daughter made the Poms Dance Team at her giant high school and I am sooooo proud! The commitment is huge and starts right when school gets out, so it is a change. But a change I gladly welcome!

  4. I enjoyed this post! You write very well Jen. 🙂 I think your seventh “fierce” face looked the “fiercest”…lol. I too have been enjoying the warm spring weather. I live in Michigan and our winters can last up to late April/May!! So I am so glad this year the weather warmed up fairly early. I noticed the brown and blue WnW palette you had among your spring make-up stash. I have one as well…LOVE it! It’s cool to see how many people are doing the Bikini Series from ToneItUp! My friend and I are doing it together and I will be buying the nutrition plan this month. ToneItUp has been a great health and fitness resource for me, so thank you so much for sharing it with us! Hope you, Don,and Winnie have a great rest of the week!

  5. I love your fierce faces. They are about as fierce as mine! 🙂 I think it is great that exercise helps with your anxiety. I’m a big believer in going the natural route whenever possible. Love your sweater in the last set of pics by the way!

  6. Dear Jen
    I was watching your confessional and I loved it. But I do not want you to think about others to the exclusion of you. People should know if the do not like you or the comments not to watch.All that matters is that you are happy with yourself. Others and true Jen Junkies will love you either way. Also I love your teat talk and confessional. I was wondering if you could do one on becoming a housewives. Like why you chose that path and what we’re the outcomes. Thanks for reading this long e mail and hope you have a great dat.

    1. “Jen Junkies” – cute! :p

      The housewife topic has been a longtime request. I’ll add it to my to film list 🙂

  7. I love the flyaway sweater/jacket thing you got in LA. I have a black and grey one that I wear ALL THE TIME lol I need to find one that looks more “springy”. I love the WIR updates! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jen, Thank you for reminding me that I need to enjoy the seasons and love how you have a theme for each day..gives a person something to look forward to each day, creating small rituals of comfort. Also I think it would be fun if you did something like “Mailbox Monday” and highlight a few each week. It might help you from feeling so overwhelmed if you only did once a month. You are a joy! God Bless You!

  9. Love your meal pics, everything looks so yummy! lol love the silly pics as well, very fierce! Your dedication is VERY inspiring!!

  10. Hello Jen 🙂
    I would absolutely love to see your cookbooks and maybe some of your favorite recipes from them!! I noticed you use the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book so I bought it and absolutely love it!! Do you think you will make a recipe book video?

  11. I just have to say the face in the bottom left hand corner is my favorite. Loving your posts and videos as ALWAYS <3

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