For those of you who are new to my blog, my name is Jenny Grothe, and I have been on an amazing journey – one that’s not near done, and one I hope to share with each of you.
Just 3 ½ years ago I weighed 170 pounds. I was 37 years old, closing in on 38, and I was in the absolute worst shape of my life. I kid you not. Though I was happily married and had a wonderful little boy at the time, I felt my best years were behind me. I had a horrible body-image, was embarrassed around my closest friends, listened to the comments quietly made by others under their breath, and loathed swimsuit season. I knew the comments weren’t made to be hurtful, but they impacted me just the same.
Something snapped. I was done. No more fad diets. No more yo-yo dieting. No more extreme measures.
One change at a time I replaced bad habits for positive changes.
Slowly but surely through hard work, determination, a “never give up attitude”, and hours of weigh-training, cardio, and a clean, healthy diet, the weight began to melt off. By incorporating weigh-training from the beginning, not only did the fat burn off, but a growing, shapely muscular body evolved from underneath.
I have so enjoyed my journey. I feel in a way I’ve been given a second chance. As cliché as that may sound, I truly do believe it.
My bucket-list has never been longer, and I am crossing things off of it left and right daily. In the last three years I’ve run several 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons. I’ve completed two Sprint Triathlons (though my swim is less than stellar). I’ve run 3 full marathons, the most recent being the prestigious Boston Marathon where I qualified again on the course. Aside from running I’ve had the privilege to stand on stage competing in 7 Figure competitions – 5 of which I’ve placed. I’ve written my first cookbook, and I manage the popular Facebook Fan Page, “Recipes for Gals in Figure & Bodybuilding” which now has well over 25,000 very active and passionate members.
I’ve found that this industry can at times be shallow. I want to change the rules. My goal is to inspire, motivate, and give women (and men) the tools they need to achieve their fitness goals. I don’t claim to have all the answers. I don’t have many. I’m not saying that my way is the only way, but it is one way. My thinking is more is more. You don’t have to do this alone. I am just one person, but I am here to help in any way I can.
One way I hope to help is by sharing my recipes and blog entries with you. 80% of how you look is due to diet. You can train like crazy in the gym, but without incorporating a clean diet, you’ll never see the blessings of your hard-earned efforts.
For the last two years I’ve posted my personal recipes free of charge on my Facebook fan page, “Recipes for Gals in Figure & Bodybuilding”. I will continue to do this, but as my page has grown, so have the demands from readers. What started out as an hour or two a day has turned in to a full-time job. I have created well over 300 recipes that I’ve freely shared with each one of my fans. It’s come to the point where it’s necessary to have a better way of organizing, categorizing, and accessing my recipes in a way that works for you as well as for me.
By signing up for a 6-month or a full year membership, you can help me recover the cost of the site as well as recoup some of my time in maintaining it. I’ll also be including exclusive recipes not found on my Facebook page just for my GAL members.
As a member you’ll easily be able to find the recipes you want, when you need them. Search by ingredient, calorie-range, or meal. What used to take you 30 minutes to find under notes will take you seconds with my new blog.
Also, you’ll find that the membership fee is nominal.
Thank you so very much for your ongoing support and love.
Happy clean eating GALS!
p.s. Your journey begins now.