Every week, every day, even, there are different challenges. Some days I’m able to overcome obstacles, big and small. Other days, I just can’t. But the important thing is I keep getting up every day and trying again.

Every year I say I’m going to be more consistent. To show up every day. I’ve been working on this for the last year or two, and I feel I’m getting better, but there’s always room for improvement.

These past few weeks have been difficult for me for various reasons. I had my period, which makes me incredibly emotional and fatigued. Then I had the first anniversary of my dad’s death. This week I feel incredibly run down as if I was on the verge of getting sick (half my co-workers seem to be), but my body is fighting it off. I’m going to bed before 9 pm, which is a little odd for me.

I may have taken more rest days these past few weeks, but I keep getting back at my workouts. My weight has been steady, and my mileage decent. I was even faster on my 5k trail race than I expected. My dog also got a distance PR. She did 3.5 miles with me! My goal is to work her up to 5 miles. She’s done over 4 miles hiking, so I’m pretty sure she can do it. (I won’t ever push her. I make sure to take her back home if she’s not interested).

I also finished strong in my weight lifting challenge. I can see lots of little changes, and I’m excited to keep moving forward with the new JG40 program! It’s 12 weeks of 3 full-body workouts. And they are KILLER. I cannot recommend it enough.

How are you doing at achieving your goals? Fitness or otherwise? What’s something you do to keep yourself working towards those goals?


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.