I know it has been a very long time since I have posted. I will try to keep this brief though. 🙂

First, I took the month of June off from actively trying to lose weight. I felt I needed a break and my body was no longer cooperating with weight loss. I ate what I wanted (within reason) and worked out. It was great. My first weigh-in on 7/8 (started fresh with weight loss on 7/1) I was down almost 1.5 pounds, which puts me back in the healthy weight category. 7/15 I was up .4 of a pound. I think I was retaining water though as I had been extremely bloated a few days earlier and my muscles were sore from P90X. 

I have started reading New Rules of Lifting for Women because I want to get back into weight lifting. It will take some time as I need to acquire all the necessary equipment at a cheap price. Weight lifting should help with body comp and getting rid of all my tummy fat.

Today I started my half marathon training with an easy 3 miler. It took me 32 minutes. I started off extremely slow. Come on, I had to be up at 4 to get this run in. I don’t do mornings so I am calling this a good time! I am still afraid that I won’t be able to complete the training and the half but I am trying to put those fears aside. I am determined not to miss a workout and will make whatever sacrifices necessary to complete each one. Hence getting up at 4 so I can go see Despicable Me 2 tonight. I will also be running before my flight on Thursday and Saturday/Sunday while on vacation. My boyfriend thinks I am nuts and doesn’t get why I can’t skip one. It is hard to explain the why. I just feel I will fail if I don’t prepare correctly/well enough and I don’t want to fail.

My depression seems to have gotten better. Don’t get me wrong, I still have bad days but overall I feel better. I struggle some days to get through a day of work but I try to think about things that make me happy or something I have to look forward to. 

On a side note, I finally gave in and bought myself a dslr. It is a canon 60D but I can’t use it yet because the batter that came with it was defective. I have ordered a replacement battery and it should be here today. I have started a separate website for that (I am hoping to turn it into a side business and earn some extra cash) but I won’t post about the details until it is actually up and running. 🙂

Thursday I leave for San Francisco and cannot wait! I will post about all the loveliness when I get back (and hopefully have some good pictures to share!)


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.