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10 Dec

Thankfultoday

 

I loved reading everyone’s 30 days of Thanksgiving posts during the month of November.  It was nice to hear some of thing things that people are thankful that are not the usual things.  Why do we have to wait until November though?  Don’t you think we should express our Thanksgiving on a more regular basis?  It seems like it would UP the positivity factor in life and possibly help to keep out some of the negative stuff.

SO – I’ll start!

I am thankful today for:

MONDAYS!!  Okay – not many people like Mondays (usually I”m one of them) – but today I choose to be thankful for Monday because its a new week – new opportunities to SHINE at work – fresh start to my workout schedule – and…. um, I”m sure there are other good things about it that will come to me later 🙂

HEALTH – I have always been a relatively healthy person.  I don’t get sick often.  I take good care of myself (thank for teaching me to do that Mom & Dad!).  However, until being pregnant, I never fully REALIZED how important it is!  Words truly cannot express how grateful I am that I have had such an “easy” and healthy pregnancy so far!  I find that I am in the minority in this aspect.

 

What are YOU thankful for today?  Comment below but also SHARE it out loud!

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New Coach Training Group!

7 Dec

New Coach Training Group!

I can honestly say that choosing to become a Beachbody Coach has CHANGED my life. Not only am I in the best shape (even during pregnancy) but my priorities and perspectives in life have completely changed… for the BETTER that is! My biggest dream would be to share it with YOU and help YOU get to a place in your life where you will be truly happy. What is happy? We all have different definitions and views but for me, it involves a long term commitment to my family and FREEDOM— freedom from the 9-5, freedom to come and go as I please, freedom to help others when they need it most, freedom to be significant in my family’s life, whenever they need it! Are YOU working towards your happiness? I know the unknown is “scary”, I was there… but what’s life without risks? You want something, you have to take charge and act on it. Trust me!

Get Extreme with ChaLean Challenge Group – Day 3

14 Nov

Hola 🙂

I started participating in a new challenge group on Monday!  So far everyone participating is TOTALLY awesome and dedicated!  I decided I wanted to track my journey with videos throughout the 90 days 🙂

Here is my first one – Day 3.

Contact me if you’re interested in getting involved in something similar!! I have some other challenge groups starting SOON!

11/26 starts my 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

12/3 starts BRAZIL BUTT LIFT 🙂

Happy Wednesday!!

Body Beast – Turkey Power Meatloaf

13 Nov

Another YUMMY recipe for you guys!!

My hubby started the BODY BEAST workout on Sunday!  Its one of Beachbody’s NEWEST additions to their line of amazing at home fitness programs!  I am excited to do it myself sometime post-pregnancy 🙂

Anyways – once he committed to doing the program he decided he wanted to do it FULL OUT 100% by the book!  That meant NUTRITION – meal plan and all!  He made me laugh the other day with his quote, “Insanity + Oreos does not equal abs”  🙂  So true!  He’s always kind of maintained a consistent weight, but he’s never gotten the amazing infomercial quality results he’s been after because he hasn’t committed to the nutrition aspect.

 

Anyways – I have been working hard to pack his lunches and plan his meals according to the BEAST nutrition guide!  Luckily it came with a TON of really delicious recipes in the book!  Last night I made the Turkey Power Meatloaf.  It was AWESOME!  I almost had a second serving myself!

Here is the recipe – notice there is NO CHEESE!!  I was nervous that it was not going to be moist enough, but it was still excellent!  Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Turkey Power Meatloaf  (from Body Beast)

2lbs ground lean turkey

1 cup all natural salsa
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 lg eggs ( lightly beaten)

3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper
Fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven 375
Combine all and press into 9×5 loaf pan
Bake 60-70 mins until done
Let it cool for 10 mins and slice into 8 pieces.

211 calories
10g fat
3g sat fat
125mg cholesterol
485mg sodium
4g carbs
1g fiber
1g sugar
25g protein

A success story!

5 Oct

Everyone loves to hear a good success story, right?  Well, this one comes from a friend named Amber who decided to make a change in her lifestyle and attributes her success to Shakeology and working out!

CHECK out these results!!!

Here is her testimonial:

“I lost 31 lbs and over 28 inches with Shakeology and Beachbody workout programs! One of the greatest challenges I faced was eating healthy and not giving into my cravings, but Shakeology fixed that. After a month of drinking Shakeology, I noticed my cravings were almost completely absent and I was making smarter food choices. Since starting Shakeology I no longer skip breakfast or feel sluggish and I have more energy to keep up with my kids – I feel better than I have in a very long time!” -Amber N, 32

The power of challenge groups is AWESOME!  Getting plugged into a support system is what really helped me PERSONALLY take my results and level of commitment to the next level 🙂

Contact me so that you can get plugged into my next challenge group!!  NOW is the time to start working on those goals 🙂  Someday is Today!

Coach Jen

865 Fit Club – Insanity Core Cardio & Balance

29 Sep

Hello!

If you follow me on Facebook – you know I run a FREE Fitclub each week to promote health and fitness to the community.  Also, if we’re not friends on Facebook – send me a request!

This morning’s workout was Insanity Core Cardio & Balance.  This is actually the recovery week workout that you do in between month 1 and month 2.  Its still a tough workout, but not nearly as intense and plyometric as the usual Insanity workouts.

The weekends were always the time that I am most likely to slack off on my regular workout routine, so I really LOVE that I can get together with friends and new attendees Saturday morning to workout!  It keeps me motivated and then I can spend my Saturday my workout is out of the way!!

I never got to finish the full program when I was doing it before I got pregnant.  I finished month one, and then went on vacation, and then found out I was preggers, and I never moved on to month 2.  I will definitely be adding this to my post-baby fitness calendar next year 🙂

If you’d like more information on the Insanity program – check it out here:

Super Duper…. Just Do It

28 Sep

Are You Ready for a Change?

Just do it.

Three simple words.

Regardless of how simple they may ‘sound’ – why is it so scary for us?

Want to workout? Just do it.

Want to eat healthy? Just do it.

Want to lose weight? Just do it.

Want to have a six pack? Just do it.

Want to live a better life? Just do it.

Want to get out of debt? Just do it.

Want to retire early and be home with your family? Just do it.

Want to live life on your terms? Just do it.

Not sure how? Just do it.

I surround myself with like minded individuals who share the same goals and values as I do.  Sometimes we brainstorm new ideas, other times we encourage each other to get back up when life gets hard and is not going as planned.   When I started my business, I knew NOTHING about the path ahead of me.  I had no previous experience or skills….but I just learned as I went along and JUST DID IT.  One of my mentors recently shared this short video by Art Williams with me. Please take 5 minutes and watch this:

I had never seen this video before and I was mesmerized. Holy cow. No matter what I…you…want in life, we just need to DO IT. How simple! We can’t let excuses stand in our way any longer, and we are all guilty of letting it happen.

If you watched the short clip and felt that tugging from deep within that it’s time for a change…a change in your body, your health, your finances, I want you to contact me!!

It’s time.

Just do it.

Jen

Les Mills Combat – PREORDERS – October 1st

22 Sep

Les Mills Combat Pre-Order

Starting October 1st, 2012

Are you Ready?  Will you STAY with the FIGHT? A workout inspired by ancient warriors and perfected by masters.  The ultimate workout which is intense, fierce, and focused. Les Mills Combat pre-order begins on October 1st,2012 so that you can have this workout at home and in time for Christmas for you and your loved ones, family, and friends.  Les Mills Combat is created by Beachbody, the same company who produces P90X, Insanity, Turbofire, Body Beast, and many others.  Make sure to tell all of your friends about the Les Mills Pump Combat pre-orders so that NOBODY misses out.  Check out this 1 minute video clip and feel like a kid waiting for Christmas again.

  INTENSE

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By making me your free Beachbody coach you will be ready to make your Les Mills Combat Pre-Order on the 1st of October.  This will first be available exclusively through a Team Beachbody Coach like myself.  If you do not have a coach yet and are excited about being one of the first people ever to go through this program then feel free to contact me or make me your FREE COACH so that you are ready to go through one of the most amazing home fitness workout programs in the world.

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Click to make me your FREE coach and be sent the link for pre-orders on the morning of October 1st

 

Fit for the Holidays Challenge

12 Sep

Are you one of those people who over-indulges during the holidays?

or … How about one of those people who goes on a quick crash diet 2 weeks before a big family gathering so you can ‘try’ and look better in front of people you only see once a year?

I am OVER that!!  I am starting NOW in my ‘Fit for the Holidays’ challenge so that I develop and good healthy habits now, so that I arrive at the Thanksgiving & Christmas season already in great physical shape.  And trust me, after 90 days of hard work and dedication towards your goal body….. you’re not going to want to sabotage yourself by overdoing it (well not too much) during holiday meals and parties.

I have a few others who want to do this challenge too – so I will be starting another group in October!  Don’t wait until Christmas, or January 1st to take your health seriously!  Start NOW – you are worth the investment!  I promise you will thank yourself and wish you had started a year ago!

My program of choice for this 90 day challenge is P90x2 and of course drinking Shakeology daily 🙂  The challenge group is run in a private facebook group where all the members post daily for support, accountability and motivation.  I really thought about NOT doing my workout tonight…but when I logged in to FB and saw all the other participants had ocmpleted their workouts already, it gave me that extra push that I needed to press play!

Anyways – comment on this post or email and I’ll be happy to get you set up in my next group!!

 

Good Night!

Jen

10 Foods you should be Eating…..according to TheBump.com

11 Sep

I think when I first found out I was preggs, one of my initial anxieties was about FOOD.  (Note to self – why is food always my first thought…like in any circumstance? hmph. lol)…. Anyways, I have always heard that you have to cut out NUMEROUS things from your daily diet and you have a very limited selection of what you can eat and what your body/taste buds will WANT to eat…

I found this preconceived notion to be false actually…. So far the only things I have given up are 1) wine/alcohol 2) sushi (but still eating cooked sushi) and 3) cold lunchmeat sandwiches/subs.

I saw this list on thebump.com (here:  http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/nutrition-exercise/articles/10-pregnancy-foods-to-eat-for-baby.aspx) of 10 foods you SHOULD eat!  Doesn’t that have a better ring to it?  I like seeing things I CAN and SHOULD eat rather than lists of prohibited stuff!

 

Eggs
What it’s got: 
Whether you like them fried, scrambled, hard-boiled or served as an omelet, eggs are the gold standard for prenatal protein. They also happen to be a great source of folate, iron and choline.

Why it’s good for both of you: Not only are eggs a relatively cheap, versatile and convenient source of protein, but they contain choline too. Never heard of that last one? Choline is critical to fetal brain development and reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. But to reap the benefits, you’ll have to eat the whole thing (so forget the egg-whites-only order); choline is contained in the yolk. If your cravings are more for a burger than eggs Benedict, you’re in luck — there’s also choline in beef. Bonus: Give baby a brain boost by buying eggs fortified with omega-3s.

Sweet Potatoes
What it’s got:
 Don’t just save these guys for Thanksgiving — sweet potatoes are full of nutritious fiber, vitamin B6, potassium (even more than bananas have!), vitamin C and iron, as well as copper and beta-carotene.

Why it’s good for both of you: Sure, other foods on our list offer many of the same nutrients, but we’re singling out sweet potatoes for their beta-carotene — an antioxidant that your body converts to vitamin A. And as you may recall, vitamin A plays an important role in the development of baby’s eyes, bones and skin. Sweet potatoes are also a great way to meet your iron quota. Not only do these orange spuds contain iron, but they also have copper — a mineral that helps your body absorb iron. So swap in sweet potatoes for your usual sides; they’re great mashed, baked or French-fried (um, yum!)

Nuts
What they’ve got: 
This crunchy (and convenient) snack is full of healthy fats (including those brain-boosting omega-3s we mentioned earlier), protein, fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Plus, noshing on nuts will help make a dent in the 800 milligrams of magnesium you’re supposed to get now that you’re preggers.

Why they’re good for both of you: Munching on magnesium-rich foods helps reduce the risk of premature labor and aids in the development of your baby’s nervous system. A quarter cup of almonds contains 98 milligrams of magnesium, so keep a stash in your purse for a convenient prenatal power snack on the go. Cravings control: If you feel like a bottomless pit these days, try noshing on shelled pistachios. They take longer to eat, giving your body more time to register that it’s full.

Beans and Lentils
What they’ve got: 
If you’re not a big meat eater (or one at all), beans and lentils are great sources of protein and iron, as well as folate, fiber and calcium. And beans (especially baked ones) are also bursting with zinc.

Why they’re good for both of you: Beans boast a bunch of the baby- and- mama-friendly minerals found in animal products, so they’re a great option for vegetarian and vegan moms-to-be. Beans are also rich in zinc — an essential mineral that’s linked to a lower risk for preterm delivery, low birth weight and prolonged labor. Beans bother your stomach? Other great sources of zinc include meat, chicken, milk, fortified cereals, cashews, peas, crab and oysters (just don’t eat them raw!).

Lean Meat
What it’s got: 
Sure, you know it’s a great source of protein, but lean beef and pork are also packed with iron and B vitamins.

Why it’s good for both of you: Your body needs a lot more protein now (about 25 extra grams a day) to help the fetus grow and to ensure her muscles develop properly. Same goes for iron: Not getting enough of this mineral can impair your baby’s growth and increase the risk for preterm delivery and low birth weight. Iron is important for mom, too — it’s necessary for red blood cell formation (to prevent anemia). During pregnancy, your blood volume increases, so you’ll need to up your iron intake (to around 27 milligrams a day). Bonus: Meat supplies a hefty dose of vitamins B6 (helps baby’s tissue and brain growth, while easing mom’s morning sickness) and B12 (helps to maintain healthy nerves and red blood cells).

Orange Juice
What it’s got: 
Down a glass in the morning to fill up on folate, potassium and, of course, vitamin C.

Why it’s good for both of you: You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about folate and folic acid (the synthetic form that you get in supplements and fortified foods), and with good reason: It’s a necessary nutrient for preventing certain birth defects early on in pregnancy and for ensuring a healthy pregnancy after that, so try to get about 600 micrograms a day. The potassium in OJ is important for keeping your muscle function, metabolism and overall health in check. Like iron, pregnant women need to consume more potassium, because of their expanding blood volume. And as you already know, orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, which, in addition to fighting colds, helps your body better absorb iron and keeps both your and baby’s teeth and bones healthy. You can also get your vitamin C from broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, red peppers and a variety of citrus fruits, including another prenatal power food — mangoes, which are packed with more than 20 different vitamins and minerals. Bonus: Opt for OJ that’s fortified with vitamin D, which increases blood circulation in the placenta and aids in calcium absorption so that your baby will have stronger bones.

Yogurt
What it’s got:
 Surprise! Plain yogurt actually contains even more calcium than milk. Plus, it’s got essential bone-building nutrients, including protein, B vitamins and zinc.

Why it’s good for both of you: Calcium is essential for keeping your bones and teeth healthy and helping baby to develop hers, and skimping on this key nutrient could put you both at risk. Expectant moms should get at least three servings of calcium a day to reduce the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. If your calcium count comes up short, your body will take the calcium your baby needs from your bones, putting you at greater risk for osteoporosis later on. Bonus: Snack on Greek yogurt topped with fruit for double the protein (and fiber) punch.

Oatmeal
What it’s got:
 Those oats are filled with fiber, protein and vitamin B6.

Why it’s good for both of you: Start your morning off right with a nice big bowl of oatmeal. Whole grains are great for keeping your energy levels up, especially if morning sickness has you feeling a bit drained. Plus, all that fiber will help with another pregnancy pleasantry: constipation. But the benefits don’t just stop with mom. This convenient breakfast dish (yep, the instant kind is great too!) also contains protein and vitamin B6, both of which are important for baby’s development. Bonus: Look for a variety that’s fortified with iron, B vitamins and folic acid.

Leafy Greens
What it’s got:
 You had to know these guys were gonna make the list. Chock-full of antioxidants and nutrients, dark-green veggies — including spinach, asparagus, broccoli and kale — should really be on everyone’s plates.

Why it’s good for both of you: These super foods are especially important for moms-to-be and their developing babies. That’s because, in addition to all those antioxidants, leafy greens supply calcium, potassium, fiber and folate, plus another important nutrient we haven’t told you about yet: vitamin A. Because of its role in helping baby’s eyesight develop and aiding in bone and skin growth, it’s important for moms to nosh on vitamin A-filled foods too. No midnight cravings for asparagus or spinach? Oranges are also a great source.

Salmon
What it’s got:
 This oily fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Why it’s good for both of you: Forget about preordering Baby Einstein DVDs — just incorporate salmon into your diet over the next nine months. The omega-3 fatty acids (aka DHA and EPA) in fish help baby’s brain to develop, and higher levels of DHA in newborns have even been associated with higher IQs, advanced motor skills and fewer neurological problems later on. Omega-3s are good for the development of baby’s eyes, too, and salmon is also a great source of lean protein for mamas-to-be. Worried about seafood? Salmon’s low in mercury and considered safe for expectant moms, but limit your intake to two servings of six ounces or less each week to be safe. Just not feeling fish right now? Snack on walnuts and almonds.

The Bump Experts: Elizabeth Ward, RD (ExpecttheBestPregnancy.com), and Maria Pari-Keener, RD and founder of Maternal Health Matters, an NYC practice offering prenatal and postnatal counseling

 

Whoohooo – so after reading over this list, it looks like I’m on the right path!  I think the only one that I DON”T do at all is the Salmon…however, I get plenty of omega-3 and protein in my daily Shakeology as well as the dash of flax seeds I add in my oats.  I could also probably improve in the leafy green department.  I keep meaning to try Kale!

Anyways – today is the last day of my 11th week – tomorrow is Week 12!  I think I will start the day off with EGGS 🙂