#Jenniversary: Finish Line!

I meant to update this more often, but well, life happened. Week 2 was…a week and then it was my birthday, followed by a holiday and all of the sudden, it’s the end of the month. Oops!

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But I’m happy to report that I finished all 360,000 steps! As you can see, I missed my daily goal of 12K only 4 times and only did less than 10K steps once (flying all day). Even though I didn’t really lose any weight (see above for how this month has gone – LOL), it was fun to challenge myself to go further than I had before. That said, I’m excited to go back to 10K steps tomorrow!

I also managed to post on Instagram every day this month. Some days were harder to post on than others, and I definitely spent more time crafting photos than usual. But it really made me live in the moment and look at what I consider a normally mundane life as something worthy of documenting. Below are my most liked photos from the last month.

Birthday weekend is getting off to a great start! 🍩💯 #jenniversary2016

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Bring on December!

#Jenniversary: Week One Progress Report

So far, so good! It’s been harder than I thought to add those extra 2K steps a day, and I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse with it being dark when I leave work. But week one is done and dusted with a total of 86,829 steps. Only 273,171 steps to go!

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And following the #jenniversary2016 tag on Instagram, I’ve managed to post every day. Too many sunsets, I know, but I do love them! Hopefully, I can continue to expand my aesthetic and find new ways to document my daily life this month.

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Birthday Month Challenge

It’s officially November and I’ve got about three weeks until my birthday. Every year, I like to set a challenge for myself or make some resolutions for the coming year. Last year’s 35-for-35 challenge did NOT go well, mostly because I tried to do too much for too long a period of time. So this year, I’m going to simplify things, while still challenging myself!

1. 360,000 steps in November
In honor of this year’s birthday, I’m upping my steps for this month. It works out to about 12K steps a day, which will definitely be challenging with the time change this weekend and less overall daylight. Some days may be more and some days less (though hopefully at least 10K a day), but that’s the overall goal. I hope I won’t have to do all the steps as laps around my tiny apartment, but I’m up for it, if need be.

2. Instagram every day
As you may have guessed, I’m obsessed with Instagram. My goal this month is to post a new photo every day. Most of my posts are sunsets and food these days and I’m hoping this will challenge me to be more creative, while still documenting my day. Follow #jenniversary2016 or watch my Instagram for my progress.

Here’s to a successful November!

Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

26067937This is another Stacey Ballis novel set in Chicago about a woman who works with food, and I still can’t get enough!

Our heroine is Sophie Bernstein, a nice Jewish girl whose FABULOUS wedding falls through when the groom runs off with another woman that afternoon. She’s left at loose ends, destroying her professional reputation and ends up moving in with her grandmother. A part-time job at the neighborhood bakery ends up changing the entire course of her life, but without the usual chick-lit cliches.

Sophie’s family and friends are well-drawn characters, and I didn’t want to leave this world behind as the book as coming to an end. The romance really works as well, since it doesn’t dominate the book or Sophie’s return to “real life.” I also thought her new friend’s “gift” to help her pay off her credit card debt was inspired!

There’s a tiny cross-over with Sophie mentioning Anneke several times throughout the book (she’s pregnant with twins), but otherwise, this book exists in its own world, which is nice given that the main character is still part of the restaurant world. Great book as always!

Perfect Week for a Not-So-Perfect Lady

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-9-06-53-pmThis is my first perfect FitBit week since the beginning of June. Coincidentally, my weight has increasing during that same amount of time. Did I lose weight this week? Of course not! No matter how much you walk, it can’t combat the amount of shit food that I eat on a pretty regular basis.

But thanks to San Francisco summer and a little perseverance (ask me about the evening I walked 4500 steps in my tiny apartment!), I was able to be all green, all week!

Tomorrow starts a new week and I hope I can keep it up while the light holds.