Monday, January 4, 2016

Dare I Go There?

Has it actually been nearly three years since I wrote last?  Lot's has changed. Lots.

For starters...I'm a mommy now. To a human. But don't worry, I'm still a mommy to Winston too.

I stopped running. Although, if I read back, I'm sure I probably stopped running while I was still semi-actively writing here.

So, why am I here? Well...I was looking through timehop and noticed that I posted a recipe on Facebook. And it got me reading through old posts. I have some good info here. Maybe not to you, but that's ok, I wrote for me, mostly.

Anyways...I am not promising that this will stay updated. Hell. This could be my last post until 2019. You never know. BUT, I'm training for another half marathon. This will be my fifth (race recaps: 1, 2, 3, 4). First in many, many years (Feb 2010 to be exact). And first post baby of course.  The running community is a tight-knit one. And so is the blogging community. Actually I have real-life friends and long-standing social media friends who I've met from this exact blog. So I'm hoping that maybe someone has been there...or I can lend some encouragement on how I do this...train for a half marathon with a tiny baby and a full time job.

I'm six weeks away from the Austin Half Marathon.  It was my first. You can read how it all began.

I'm doing this for me.  I'm doing this for my daughter.  I'm doing this to be healthy.  I'm doing this because I really do enjoy it.

I know I'm not alone.  I hope I can keep this blog up. If you like reading, please comment below!

Until next time.

Peace out.
Jen

Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Monday | Hey Ho

You're welcome. 

 And sorry if I sound like too much of a photography nerd, but I am in love with the composition and lighting of this video. Well done!

 


Hey Ho
By The Lumineers

I've never been so happy to see a girl leave
Take your filthy little hands off my dirty ripped jeans
You told me you hated my GNR shirt
Shoulda known then, this is never gonna work
But like what you like, don't matter to me
Just leave the jack and take your hennessy
Take your Kanye out of my player please
Led Zepplin 45 is stayin' with me

[Chorus]
Hey ho
Ain't nothin' little 'bout rock n roll
Hey ho
Rap it up and hip-hop down the road
Hell no
Don't turn down my radio
If you're a dirty little rocker
Baby come on and let it show
And scream "Hey ho"

You never liked any damn song I wrote
You spent my money and you smoked my smoke
Pumpin' lame-ass beats in your foreign car
It ain't real music without guitar
I like Jimmy Hendrix, baby don't you know
I like gettin' high, not ridin' low

[Chorus]

You can wait me in line, at the club, if you wanna
Shake your ass all night, but I'm gonna
Find a rocker chick that'll bang to Nirvana
Yo, ho! You gotta go!
You ain't nothin' but a...

[Chorus]

Never been so happy to see a girl leave
Take your Little Wayne outta my player please
Shoulda never let you smoke my smoke
I like gettin' high, not ridin' low

If you're a dirty little rocker
Baby come on and let it show
And scream "Hey, ho!"

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Holy WOW!

Alternative post title: holy shit balls - but I thought that might be a little much this early in the morning...you're welcome.

So, a friend and I created a Facebook group for the Mama Laughlin followers as a forum to come for advice, encouragement, motivation, recipes, tips, etc for those wanting to lsoe weight and/or get/stay fit.  We launched it yesterday and as of this morning we have nearly 1800 fans.  WHOA. I had NO IDEA it would be this popular.

What this tells me, is that I'm not the only one losing weight.  I'm not the only one needing support.  

I'm a natural cheerleader, so I am SO STOKED and slightly overwhelmed to be able to stand along side these ladies as they fight to get fit.

Today was a weigh in.  I'm still dealing with the 2 pound cycle/platue.  I read up on it and apparently it's common when you've lost this much weight.  Still sticking with it.  I'm not giving up.  I will continue to work out and stay on plan.

I'm 168.8 today... .4lb loss, which I'm happy about.

Anyways - if you want to join the group, it's here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/396697357056382/

Hell yeah bishes, that's a hip bone. BOOYA!

So - join me, I'll kick your ass into shape, encourage you very sweetly! 

peace & love
jen

Friday, July 20, 2012

Austin Music Hall - Don't go!


Don't normally post rants on my blog, but it needs to be said.  Saw Tenacious D here last night, and I will never go back - ever.  Sadly, I didn't even get to see them play.

The worst concert venue I've ever been in.  They oversell their seating.  Then force everyone to stand on top of each other.  Staff doesn't communicate with each other.  We were directed (by staff) to stand on the top bleacher of the upstairs.  We left our spot on the floor to follow directions, then five minutes later a different staff member told us it was "against fire code" and that we had to move.  Of course we couldn't stand in the aisles (which everyone ended up doing after the show started), and couldn't stand in the mezzanine (which everyone ended up doing after the show started).  I stood for 2 hours and literally did not see a single thing on the stage, because there were 2 rows of people standing on the floor in front of me.

It is safe to say that I will never go to another event here, ever.  Worst concert experience I've ever had - and it wasn't the cheapest either.

Bottom line: they oversold the venue, didn't allow people to stand around, but didn't provide a place for them to go.  Why pay good money for a concert when there isn't even a guaranteed spot? If you're going to sell "standing room only" tickets, don't charge the same price as tickets with spots, and make sure your ticket holder is aware of that BEFORE they purchase a ticket MONTHS in advance.

Horrible experience.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Music Monday | Young Blood

And I'm totally obsessed with this song.

I love it.

Love it.

Love it.

Thank goodness for digital age and google.

Although google didn't recognize "eh yayayaya lyrics".  So it kinda sucks for not being able to read my mind. Soon enough I bet. Creepy.

Anyways, the song. Download it on iTunes RIGHT NOW.  Don't f***ing argue with me

Download it.

NOW.

Not sure why I'm so angry about you not wanting to download it.  Just do it already.




Young Blood
by Naked and Famous


We're only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can't help myself but count the flaws
Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

As it withers
Brittle it shakes
Can you whisper
As it crumbles and breaks
As you shiver
Count up all your mistakes
Pair of forgivers
Let go before it's too late
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm a loser, baby

Um, but please don't kill me.

Eh, eh? You like that?  Beck reference...

Some of you may be too old or lame to know not know that song.

Damn my generation had some good ass shit music.

After 4 weeks of losing a total of 2 pounds, where I actually gained somewhere in there, I saw a legit number today...

Lost 2.1 lbs this week.  I'm down to 168.2.

I've set some new goals for me...

Lose 5lbs each month until February 1.  Manageable, but I'm going to have to keep working hard.

I've adjusted my goal weight to 135lbs.  I'm not going to stress over than number.  Originally I picked 145 as my goal, but I want to see if I can get down to 135 and maintain.  If I can get there, why not?  Right?  Right!

After all, this is about being the best me I can be.  Average isn't good enough.

Ran across a quote the other day, not sure who said/wrote it:

If it's important to you, you'll find a way.  If it's not, you'll find an excuse.

BAM!  Love it.

So, are you going to find a way or find an excuse?  Your choice.

I'll leave you with this:
Yes, took this in the gym.  Don't judge me.  You'd check out my hot ass tushy too...



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Said no one. Ever.

I really regret that workout. 
- Said no one. Ever. 

I really wish I ate that brownie instead of that apple. I'd feel better about myself. 
- Said no one. Ever. 

I hate that my pants are fitting so loosely.
- Said no one. Ever. 

Double chins are so ef-ing sexy.
- Said no one. Ever. 

I don't feel like a total badass after waking up early for a nice workout.
- Said no one. Ever. 

YAY muffin top! 
- Said no one. Ever. 

Tight abs are hideous.
- Said no one. Ever.

Quitting feels so rewarding.
- Said no one. Ever.

Saddle bags are a major turn-on.
- Said no one. Ever.

Toned arms and legs are so gross.
- Said no one. Ever.

It sucks that I look awesome in this bikini that I've worked my ass off to get into.
- Said no one. Ever.


Get the picture?
Stop being lame.  Just do it already.