This is the story of a girls life. Well my life that is.  Most of this website is devoted to bringing books and authors to readers and bringing health and fitness to those who are looking for it. But this blog right here is all about me. It’s about what I’m doing this week. What workout I’m doing and how I’m feeling about it. If I cooked any good recipes that I want to share with you. What books I’m reading and if I’m participating in any fun events and so on! I won’t lie though, my life is pretty ordinary. That’s kind of the point though. To show that ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things. In fact at one time I even called my business page that. I like the idea that I can show myself overcoming adversity, reaching goals, and doing the things that I enjoy and that it can encourage others to do the same.

So who am I? I guess I should start with that. As you all know my name is Jennifer. I grew up with my mother in West Virginia and later went to live with my grandparents and aunt. I was a little hell raiser in high school. I met my husband in college and married him a year later. Most of our family didn’t think that we’d make it through the first two years but 17 years later, I guess we showed them.

 

IMG_1744We have 3 kids. Two boys and a girl (not in that order). Every parent believes their kids are special but when I see all that my children have overcome, I am in awe! My oldest son has ADHD with multiple components. School and everyday life is a struggle for him. He inherited it from my husband who didn’t find out he had it until adulthood. Talk about a lightbulb moment. My son’s struggle continues through high school now and my only wish is for him to find his way to being successful and happy. He’s working on it. Even with his struggles, he’s a really great kid. My youngest son is Autistic. We found out when he was 6 years old after he had completely shut down. Over the last 3 years, I have watched him start to come alive and thrive with the help of some really great teachers and therapists. Most people wouldn’t think it’s a big deal to see their children swing by themselves for the first time, or ride a bike, or role play using their imaginations, but for my youngest, these are all monumental achievements. I’m so proud of him! Now I’m going to talk about my daughter. My daughter is what you would call a typical person or teenager. She doesn’t have any learning or behavior disorders. She is almost a straight A student. She is an athlete. She has no problems whatsoever making and keeping friends. She is your typical teenager, attitude and all. I saved her for last because She never gets the recognition she deserves and I wanted to give her this now. She is the middle child and stuck between two boys who because of their struggles, demand the majority of our attention. She has been overlooked and under appreciated most of her life. It’s not that we don’t see how well she does. It’s just that some times we get overwhelmed dealing with other things. I try my hardest to make time for her and show her how proud I am of her. And that is the bottom line! I am so proud of her. She knows what she needs to do to have the life that she wants and she is going after it! I can’t be more proud of her. As parents that’s all we really want is to see our children thrive and become happy, healthy, successful adults. That is my wish for them!

 

61308_1386795790913_1066588_nSo my husband and I got married very young. Like many young couples we struggled in the beginning to make ends meet when we both worked jobs that paid little over minimum wage. Then you add on things like deployments and trainings with the military and it was pretty stressful. After a one year deployment that started when I was 8 months pregnant with our daughter, he decided to go active duty. The moves have been hard, but we have met some really great people over the years and gotten to see some pretty awesome sights along the way. I’ve had to learn how to be a military wife. There is no handbook for it and it is a life like no other. I often find myself playing the role of both mother and father while he is away. Luckily our time in California gave us a little vacation from all that. He was home a lot more and got to be more involved in our everyday life. We got to know each other better as a couple and it really helped strengthen our marriage. I’m not going to say it’s perfect, but it’s pretty darn good! We have recently moved to Washington and he is back in a typical unit with more trainings and traveling again, but I think we got it covered now. I’m looking forward to having family visit in the summer so I can show them this beautiful area we live in now. When it’s not raining that is.

 

 

 

IMG_1468So I’ve talked kids and marriage, now let’s get to me. When Mike went active duty, I decided I wanted to stay at home. I actually didn’t mean for it to become a permanent thing, but I hadn’t been happy in my career as a child care provider, it took all my energy and I felt like my own children suffered, and I was ready for a change. When My youngest was a year old, I made the choice to go back to school. Four years later I had a degree in respiratory therapy, but we moved before I had the chance to take my certifications. Then all hell broke loose with the two boys, and I decided again to stay home. Now that things are settled with them and they are making progress I am trying again. I just finished my EKG certification and will be job hunting shortly. I won’t say that I’m not scared to death. I haven’t held a job outside the home in more then 13 years and the idea of going back keeps me up at night. But it’s one of my goals, to become more self reliant and help us be able to afford more of the things that we want to do. Let’s see what else….oh yeah! I’m forgetting a big one! I became an Independent Beachbody Coach almost a year ago. Wow it’s been that long. I have always struggled with my weight. I was a chubby kid and I got even more chubby after having babies. However 7 years after having my last baby, I couldn’t exactly blame it on baby weight anymore. I felt like crap all the time. I had no energy. My stomach always felt sick. I was worried I had an ulcer. I looked like crap. Something had to give. I went to get a haircut from a girl on post and we hit it off immediately. It turns out she was a Beachbody coach and after several conversations, I decided to try the 21 Day Fix program. The change was almost immediate. My stomach issues were gone after the second week. And my stomach roundness was greatly diminished after the first round. Fast forward several rounds later and I’m 30 pounds lighter and probably in the best shape of my life. I’m not just talking skinnier, but stronger. So I decided to become a coach. At first I’ll admit, I did it for the discount, but then people started asking me what I did to lose the weight. I decided to give it a shot and help people. I’m glad I did. I love helping people the same way I was helped. I even managed to quit smoking after 22 years. I haven’t picked up a cigarette in nearly a year now.

So that’s me in a nutshell. Right now I spend my days taking care of the house, reading, job hunting, and running my coaching business.