I have been MIA for the last few months.

I fell behind on everything! I did finish my 12-week weight lifting challenge, although it was not perfect or pretty! I struggled toward the end and missed a few workouts but overall did pretty well. I also stopped tracking my food for a few weeks, which is never a good idea. I gained a little weight and started feeling fluffy towards the end.

I have always had trouble gaining strength in my upper body. I struggle to even lift heavy when it comes to arm work. It’s just very hard for me and I often want to give up. But I pushed on and did all the arm workouts. I even tried to keep increasing weights; it’s just so hard when you feel you can’t do it. I worked hard the last 12+ weeks and it is starting to show in my arms and back.

weight trainingI am pretty damn proud of those gains! You can see little bumps and definition in a few spots.

I have decided to continue on with weight training but with a slightly different program. I liked the Home Edition I started in January but I want to try something new. I started Bikini Body from Jessie Hilgenberg Monday. It started with biceps & abs and my arms were like spaghetti by the time it was over. I struggled with 8 and 10-pound dumbbells on a few things but a few others I need to push harder next time.

I also did negative chin-ups which were more like drops than negative. HA

Tuesday was booty and is always my favorite day! I love me some squats. Although I hate lunges. Make the lunges stop!!!!!

So for the next 12+ weeks, follow along with my Bikini Body training on Instagram. I post something from *most* workouts.

As far as running, I tried again in April and still had the vertigo-like feelings. It happens about 20-minutes in. I will have to make an appointment and see if there is anything that can be done. It has to be something with my inner ears from when I was sick in January. Hopefully, it is something that can be fixed because I really miss running and feel that I still have a lot to accomplish there.

We just got back from the Big Island of Hawaii, so look for some photos on Instagram and check back here for a blog post in the near future.

So smooth move of the last few months? I decided I wanted to start wearing heels again at work. I love heels and feel they add to your outfit (plus it makes your calves look killer). I had them on for about an hour and went to pour myself some coffee. I was standing by the coffee maker, reaching for the pot and I rolled my ankle. Luckily, I had flats with me and I switched out. I get to work before everyone else so no one noticed my switcheroo!

Tell me in the comments what you have been up to recently?


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.