I am currently reading The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess You can purchase the book through my amazon link (I will earn a small commission). I feel I am learning a lot. Or maybe re-learning. I first started weights in high school and have learned a lot over the years.

Here is something I learned and found interesting:

Your body digests warm starches faster than cold ones. So cold pizza provides slower and steadier supply of energy than warm.

I did not know that and I guess it’s good I like cold, leftover pizza!

Also, many recipes in the book sound tasty, have a decent amount of calorie and of course tons of protein. I am always looking for ways to increase my protein. My macro goal is currently 45/30/25 but I hope to move closer to 40/30/30. I struggle to hit 25% protein some days. It is a slow process but I will get there.

I will be sure to post some pictures of the recipes I try. I am hoping to get a Foldio from photojojo to aid in taking even better food photos.

I may have to modify some of the lifts from NROLFW routine because I only have dumbbells. I am just getting to the section about the actual routine so I will know more shortly. I do plan to eventually have a power rack and bar/plates but it takes money. I have also debated joining a gym. It seems like an unnecessary expense for now.

I also need to decide on my running. I love running and like training for events but something is holding me back. I can’t figure out what. I keep blaming the heat. I can walk in it for about 15 minutes but it just gets too hot.

Half or full marathons require summer training. I just can’t bring myself to do it. I have a few shorter races I want to do in December through March. I may focus on training for these distances come fall. I would like to increase my speed. I didn’t do as well in these last winter as I would have liked.

I also have thought about taking ballet and jazz again. I enjoy and miss dance. Ballet Arizona offers adult classes; I just need to buy the passes and start going.

I also want to increase my yoga and maybe start going to a studio. The only problem is there is only one studio near me and it is only a Bikram studio. I have no issues with Bikram but I’d like to do a variety. I may buy the Bikram Groupon next time it comes up, just to have some classes to go to.

I was going to start going to a woman’s boxing class. I had a Groupon and finally had the courage to go. Last night I put on my gear and drove about 20 minutes for this class. I get there and there is not a lot of cars in the lot but I see some women. I think they must be coming to the class. I walk in and it’s dark and three guys are standing near the door like they are about to leave. I ask about the class and they tell me the class isn’t done on Friday nights but I can come back in the morning. Uh, I have plans on Saturday morning. I planned around this Friday night class, which apparently doesn’t exist.

I basically called them out. I told them their website isn’t specific so I had asked for clarification. I was told the times were for Monday – Saturday. To me, that means the three class times listed are available every day they are open. This is why I usually don’t do business with places who can’t even bother to give good information online. I even checked their facebook page (which they haven’t updated/posted to in 6 months) and the time says “always open” Uh, no, you are not.

So needless to say Sonny’s Boxing Gym in Goodyear has lost my business. I was planning to continue going after the Groupon if the classes were good. Now I am not even going and we are going to fight Groupon to get a refund since we were lied to about their hours. So frustrating. There are limited fitness places near where I live. Apparently, no one wants to be fit in this area…

I am seriously thinking of opening some kind of studio to fill this gap. It is ridiculous. The college area has a ton, as do the richer areas. You don’t think us middle-class folks want to work out? I guess in the meantime I will just continue to work out at home and adding to my collection of gear.

What do you do for exercise? What do you want to try? What are some of your favorite books on fitness?


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.