Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Day Workout ~ 9 months and counting

Well, most of you know I've committed to training and running (ahem...) in a half-marathon at the end of the year. Plenty of time to get some running shoes and get moving.

First step - join a gym. Summer training in Vegas is impossible unless either stupid or indoors. I choose the later.

My Saturday morning funk lifted after two friends agreed to join me on my first day at the gym. So it was time to get dressed. What to wear?...

After shuffling through the back of the spare closet, I found the perfect "first day workout" attire.


But wait...there's more. To really appreciate the finer things about this day, you have to take a closer look.

My favorite "Fail Whale" shirt, complete with muffin top and camel toe. Lovely.


Next comes the butt shot. Now some of you may have seen my tush in lacy panties on "ThongThursday" but stuffing my hind end into "too-tight" cotton gives yet another visual. (Sorry Coach)


Ok, now on to the actual gym.

I met up with Lori in the lobby, scared out of my mind. A muscley dude opened the door for a hot stripper chick that cut me off walking up to the front. The door almost shut in my face.

Lori and I sat in the dreaded "New Member" room. I felt like I was in the Principal's office. After signing away the next 26 moths of my financial life, I was ready.

Dishtowel in hand, Lori and I set off to get started. First to drop the 5 at the Children's Playroom. 2 hours of child-free workout bliss, here I come!

"Do you have her shot record with you?" asks the all-too-kind gym rep.

Shot record? Whaaaaat? Who brings their daughter's shot record to the gym? Oh wait, this is Vegas, not the backwoods. Here they actually have a two story playroom for the rugrats rather than leaving them at the creek to hold their own.

"Well, no but she goes to school and has all her shots (I think)"
I retort pleadingly. It's not everyday that I squeeze into these pants just to be told I can't workout.

So we "take the tour" instead. We find Greg climbing furiously on the stairclimber thingy, another friend peddling madly on a bike and lots of other fit, hot, beautiful people burning calories and getting hotter.

As we head up the stairs to the indoor running track, I'm thinking to myself "What in the hell am I doing here?!"

Next thing I know, some weirdo is sitting over me with smelling salts asking me if I'm alright. Just kidding, had to throw that in to see if you were paying attention.

So needless to say, this is going to be quite an adventure for the next 9 months. Like giving birth to a new me except I don't just sit around eating chocolate ice cream and pickles all day. I have to actually kick my own ass to do this thing.

Stay tuned and enjoy the show.

xoxoxo,
Jenny

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

If This Doesn't Do Me In, NOTHING Will!

It's a little early to be letting the cat out of the bag but I'm just so dang excited (and SUPER nervous) about my next adventure!

In December, I will be running, yes running, in a half marathon to raise awareness and support for those who have lost their battle with cancer and for those who are still fighting. @WhyIsDaddyCryin is going to come out from Chicagoland & run with me and a small group of my brave, local friends.


See the link below for my personal marathon page, complete with a video and blog. Also, come find me on Twitter (@IHavDefx) and on Facebook (JennyDefx).

Thanks for cheering me on - I'm going to need it as I haven't run anywhere since my HS soccer days.

Help me Coach! (@WhyIsDaddyCryin)

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/DetermiNation/DNFY10GreatWest?px=14731245&pg=personal&fr_id=27350&fl=en_US&et=H56hea6ktOrdJ8L45pGIPw..&s_tafId=508965
Hugs and Giggles,

Jenny
"Be the change you want to see in the world..." ~ Gandhi

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The "Klip it for Kidz" Fundraiser was Great! *video attached*

As most of you know, I have been fundraising for two weeks for NVCCF. I all started with my friend, Trish Christie (@mom2lila), shaving her head for St. Baldrick's. She raised over $1,200 to help fight this monster we call childhood cancer. Reading her story moved me so much, I wanted to do the same. The day after Trish gave it all up for kids cancer, I heard on S.O.S. radio about an upcoming local fundraiser on March 13th that the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation was putting on, only two weeks away. That was my answer from that "Something Within" that guides me through life. I had also been following @LaylaGrace and her family's unbearable heartbreak with losing Layla to Stage 4 neuroblastoma. I didn't know it then but the day I knew I was going to start raising awareness for the NVCCF "Klip it for Kidz" event, Layla Grace would only be in this world, for two more weeks. www.LaylaGrace.org
My family was not cool with the idea of me shaving my head though they loved the cause. My employer also frowned upon the idea because I sit at the front desk and "represent" the Company, aka they did not want a bald receptionist. I shouldn't say this but though they helped me raise a significant amount of money for NVCCF, I dream of the day I can work with an organization where shaving my head for childhood cancer would be cheered, not rebuked. Needless to say, though I was very sad not to sit up on that stage and give it all up for the kids, I learned that I could do something BIG and also respect my employer and family. In my heart, I know there will be a day where I can really, REALLY live true to my soul. Yesterday's experience was just an amazing stepping stone along my path to serenity, love and freedom. Thank you to my GENEROUS and LOVING supporters, Trish Christie, Jennifer & John Wells, my friends near & far and lastly to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation for stretching my soul a little bit more and giving me this awesome sense of being a part of something wonderful. Now, without further delay, here is a video journal of my March 13, 2010 with NVCCF along with some inspirational clips of children who have lost their battle with cancer and those who are still fighting.
video

Friday, March 12, 2010

WE DID IT!!! OVER $1,000 Raised


Yes, you read it right...we made it to our $1,000 goal and beyond! Though the final numbers won't come in until Saturday's event, we have raised $1,540.00!

I have never been so amazed and humbled in my entire life! 80% of my donations came from people that I have never met, a great majority from Twitter. That says a lot about social networking, human kindness, compassion and the fun of being a part of something awesome.

Thank you, THANK YOU for helping me make this small dream come true. The children and their families will have even more support for their summer camps, medical bills, tutoring, counseling and other outreaches. As for me, I have been inspired to do greater things knowing there are people like you out there with caring and generous hearts that will cheer me on.

Stay tuned for final numbers and more fun stuff about the event itself. Your mailboxes will receive a cute little thank you card too after the event. I should have most of your mailing addresses so YAY!

I really love you guys very much. Until then, stay awesome!

xoxo,

Jenny

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Let's Do This! Almost To Our Goal!


In memory of Layla Grace Marsh who went home to play with the Angels early this morning. 11/26/2007 - 3/9/2010

Please help me to help families affected by childhood cancer. I'm fundraising for local childhood cancer event this Saturday here in Vegas. Most of you aren't in NV so your support speaks VOLUMES. Thank you very much for being awesome.

~ Go to http://www.nvccf.org/donation.htm
~ Enter "JENNY N." in description box (allows NVCCF to track my donations)
~ Donate whatever you can.* One of my friends donated $2.00 and I love her all the more for it.
~ {HUG} yourself for doing this. Together, WE can make a difference.
*All donations over $20.00 are tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt for your taxes.

xoxo,
Jenny N. (@IHavDefx)

Monday, March 8, 2010

An Email from a Dear Friend

This post is simply a copy of an email I received today from one of my greatest friends. Earlier, I had sent out a request to support a fundraiser I'm involved in. This is her response:

"If anyone is able to help out my friend Jenny, I would greatly appreciate it. I know that we are not in Nevada, but, cancer is everywhere. If we can help a single child, that child may be the one that grows up to find the cure. If we can help one child through this struggle, maybe enough will be learned to help others through their struggles. If a cure can be found for one form of cancer, it will pave the way to find the cures of other cancers.

Jenny and I have been friends for many years and she has always wanted to make the world a better place. She has had many struggles in her life, but she knows in her heart that the world holds more good than evil and more love than hatred. Jenny has struggled with alcohol addiction for many years. Anyone who has struggled with addiction knows that it is, in many ways, like a cancer...if you don't face it head on, it can take your life. I am so very proud of my friend Jenny. She is currently in "remission" as she will be celebrating 2 years of sobriety on March 31st.

I know that times are tough for all of us, but, every penny counts. Please help if you can and pass it on to others. Help Jenny make her goal and help her make this world a better place."

Thank you!!
=) Robin

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Update on Fundraiser

HELLO! Thank you for stopping by. I have less than 5 days to raise funds for a local children's cancer foundation. Many of you are not in Nevada so your support means A LOT to me, thank you!



Together, we have raised almost $800 towards my $1,000 goal! W.O.W.!!!

If you want to be a part of something amazing, simply follow these steps to changing children's lives:

1. Go to www.NVCCF.org
2. Enter "Jenny N." in comments section - so they can track donations for my goal.
3. Donate whatever you can. One of my fav tweeple could only do $2.00 and I love her all the more for it.
4. {HUG} yourself for being so AWEsome.
Layla Grace (2yrs) and her Daddy. Layla Grace is losing her lifelong battle with cancer.

XOXO,

Jenny N. (@IHavDefx on Twitter ~ Jenny Defx on FB)