About Me

My name is Jenn, or Jennie, or Jennifer if I’m in trouble. I’m a 24 year old newly graduated graphic designer who is trying to balance starting a company, training for races, and being a newly married military spouse. Currently my life consists of running, my husband, my two dogs (Storm and Rogue) and running my business, Jenn Lane Design.

My relationship with food has been a strange one, and I’m a self-proclaimed recovering yo-yo dieter. I spent the first two years of college eating Pop Tarts, Hostess cakes and ramen noodles, but still acted surprised when I packed on about 25 extra pounds. My highest weight was around 130 (which is disproportionate when you are only 5′ tall and hold it all in your middle).

on the far left in California. Those shorts wouldn't button.

May 2007

So after I moved out of the dorms and into a new apartment, I joined a gym. I started by basically wondering around, lackadaisically picking up some 5 pound weights and chilling on the elliptical for 20 minutes and calling it a day. But that little bit of extra movement helped me lose about 5 pounds. I started to pay more attention to food, and cut out fast food (which I was eating about 3 times a week) and soda. I ate more meals and home, and paid attention to calories. I lost another 10 pounds, and got down to a pretty comfortable 115. That’s where I plateaued for about a year.

My husband (then boyfriend) was very into running. He was the track captain in high school, and always encouraged me to go on runs with him so we could exercise together. I was apprehensive. I had been notoriously bad at running/sports from a very young age, and was nervous to make a complete fool of myself in front of the man I was hoping to marry. But I didn’t, and if I did, he didn’t say anything. He only encouraged me. He cheered me on while I panted through 1 mile jogs. He gave me high fives and picked me up in bear hugs when I would accomplish a goal. He made me proud of what I was doing, and made running fun.

I started signing up for races, something I never though I would be able to do. I started training for 5K’s, cleaned up my diet even more, and loved the fun of racing. I’ve since completed 3 5K’s, a 4 miler, a 10K and two (soon to be three) half marathons. I don’t know if a marathon will ever be in my future, but it’s always a possibility. I have put “train for a marathon” on my goals for 2011, but I don’t know if that actually means I’ll run one.

March 2010

In May 2010, I graduated college, got married and moved across the country to central Florida. In a two week time span.

honeymooning

So here I am, at a pretty comfortable weight (although the whole newlywed, moving across the country and looking for a job thing has added a couple of comfort pounds) and I am still continuing to learn how to best fuel my body and still eat things that I love. I will never be a vegetarian or a vegan, I just love chicken too much and would basically die a slow painful death without dairy, but I am trying to eat less processed foods and cut out crap. So far, it’s working.

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18 responses to “About Me

  1. Love the blog! Congrats on getting married last year! Best day of your life ! I am getting married this June! U looked beautiful !

    I love your story too, glad you found a balance in your life with working out and eating! It is hard to do, but it feels great when you do! Excited to read your blog! Welcome to the blogworld!!!

  2. Just found your blog-Love! I’m getting married in May-yikes! Looking forward to “following” you!
    You are gorgeous!

  3. danicastacijo

    I just found your blog today, love your about page. You seem very real and honest can’t wait to read more :).

  4. Mommie

    You have amazed me more every day since the day you were born! You are such a strong young woman and I am so proud of you!!! Jenn Lane Design is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!
    All my love,
    Mommie

  5. I just found your blog – and I love it! I graduated in May as well, and I’m getting married in August! It’s all so exciting, but certainly difficult to balance everything sometimes. I look forward to reading! 🙂

  6. Loving your blog. Congrats on the healthy lifestyle! Will definitely be a reader 😉

  7. Glad to have found your blog!! I’m engaged and so excited to start wedding planning! I graduated last Summer, and have since moved to Thailand (of all places!) with my fiance. We’ll be back to the states this fall to begin wedding planning can’t wait! 🙂

    • Wow, Thailand! That’s so exciting! I thought I moved far away for love, but man you win the long distance award! lol

      Thank you for stopping by and good luck with wedding planning!

  8. Thanks for checking out my site!

    What a great story. I love that you found a love for running and fitness through your hubby. My situation is similar–the bf wasn’t really into fitness until he met me. Now he hikes and does all sorts of things he said he’d never do! 🙂

    • It’s so nice to have something that we both care about and understand. Now I just need to get him on the healthy eating bandwagon…he’s holding on tight to his fried foods and skittles!

  9. You are beautiful! And can I just say that I love that your dogs are named after X-Men?? 😀

    I mean… assuming that’s what they are named after, and that it’s not just a coincidence that Storm and Rogue happen to also BE X-Men…

    I feel like a nerd.

    • They are most certainly named after X-Men. There were many superhero names floating around, but they fit those two personalities perfectly.

      Storm has pale blue eyes, and when she is in the sun, I swear they look completely white. Also, she’s crazy.

      Rogue has this crazy need to be touched at ALL TIMES. She will always at least have a paw on your foot while she’s laying down on the floor. It seemed like fate. 🙂

      I always welcome fellow nerds!

  10. i love your story! i am a little midge like you so totally feel your pain there. good luck with the business, and i’m excited to continue reading your blog!

  11. How long have you been in Central Florida now? I’m a graphic designer and live in Orlando as well. Love the blog 🙂

    • I’ve lived here about a year. We did some traveling for the husbands job right after the wedding for about 7 weeks and then went on the honeymoon before officially moving into our house. I think I’ve seen your work through some other blogs that I’ve read! Very inspiring. 🙂

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