Fit Five Friday: Jen

Today’s Fit Five Friday features Jen from New York. Let’s see what she has to say about health, fitness, and her body.

1. What do you love about your body?

I love my hair. Does that count? I love that my body has always been naturally strong. I’m very fond of my upper back…weird, I know, but I like the lines there. I like my arms…their strength, not the look of them.

2. What would you like to change about your body?

I’d like to change the way my knees and feet turn inward. It makes standing and walking sometimes painful. I’d like to change my torso, since it’s so short. I wish it was thinner so it would look a little more elongated. I’d like to change my thighs so that when I wear skirts in the summer I don’t get heat rash from them rubbing together.

3. Have you ever been or are you currently on a diet?

I have been on several diets. I tried the South Beach diet (my first diet) after I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, due to my PCOS. The dietician suggested South Beach, to bring my very high use of sugar and carbs down. I faithfully followed it for two weeks. I ended up with a rash from eating too many eggs (which I am apparently allergic to) and gained almost five pounds, probably from eating way more fat than I was used to. Eventually I just slowly reduced my sugar to almost nothing and my carbs down a little, and the pre-diabetic insulin numbers went away. Years later, I tried Weight Watchers, gained weight on that. Now I’m trying SparkPeople, which isn’t really a diet, per say, but more of a calorie counter and healthy meal planner…which, ok, I guess that’s a diet…just started it so don’t know how it will work for weight loss, but since starting it and being more conscious of not having high fat, greasy food, my stomach feels MUCH better than it did before.

4. Have you ever or do you currently belong to a gym? 

I do belong to a gym. I have belonged to a gym since college. I used to go at least 4-5 times a week, where I would lift and do cardio, as well as many types of classes. I hate doing cardio machines but love lifting and have learned to love yoga classes. I used to enjoy kickboxing and bootcamp classes when I was in better shape. Now, I have a barebones membership with no classes and hardly ever go. I blame life being busy, but it’s a combination of that, me being lazy, not feeling good, and having no energy, which I know I would have more of it I actually went. Vicious cycle for one, please!

5. What does fitness mean to you?

Fitness means having energy, feeling good, being able to do things like lift my friends children up (one at a time, not all together –  I’m not super woman) and not feel like my back is going to give out or my knees are going to buckle or I need to sit down and catch my breath.

Bonus: What is your current fitness goal?

Increase energy, increase muscle tone, reduce belly fat.