Firefly Fitness with Ken & Jennifer Cornine

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Body Beast & Me: Day 1

Today I started a new Challenge.  As a wellness coach, I facilitate lots of support groups for people with varied goals like weight loss, disease management, strengthening & toning, even weight gain.  I exercise myself most days and eat clean 90% of the time, but I have gotten a little too unfocused on my own journey- so today marks the beginning of my personal fitness challenge.

I chose today for very personal reasons.  It is the day after Easter and a time of renewal.  Spring is starting to peek through the cold here in NJ and it is time to shed the stress of the old and encourage new growth.  

As for the program I chose, it is called Body Beast.  

Body Beast has me consuming more calories as outlined in the plan than I ever have before on a program and that makes me a little nervous!  I am very excited though at the same time. Luckily, I am registered for a group call tonight with Sagi Kalev to answer questions about women and “beasting”.  I’ll share what I learn here tomorrow.

Strength training is so important for women, even more so as we age. Can’t wait to see what the next 89 days are like! 


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21 Day Fix Extreme Days 2 & 3 Reviewed

This is usually the point in the process where I blow it.  Not the workout part- I’m good with that, it is the nutrition plan.  I never held hard and fast to the plan.  “BUT YOU ARE A COACH!!!!”,  I hear the people scream.  Yes, I am a health coach and uniquely flawed like we all are.  My downfall is sticking to the plan AS IT IS WRITTEN.  The last time I did the plan as it was written, (drumroll please) I lost weight.  I removed 20 lbs with Focus T25.  I lost 8lbs with Ultimate Reset.  I lost 4 lbs with the 3 Day Refresh.  The programs work if you work them.

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I resolved this time to do it right.  I gained back some weight through my parasite cleanse process, a story for another blog post.  I need to get it off of my body because I feel sluggish and uncomfortable and it is time.  So I decided to jump in with a Mega-Challenge Group and tackled 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I am the participant, not the coach, so I am doing what I am told to do (just like I tell others in my groups to do) and working the plan as it is written.  And it works!e8e61aab7ed578118db05414a57c6987

I am proud to announce that I have lost 4 lbs so far in this Challenge as of the start of Day 4 weigh in.  And I ate pasta last night.  Because it was on the plan!  Marinara-Sauce-1024x768People far smarter than I am have designed this to work.  Not just for some people, for everyone if you work the plan as it is written.

As for the workouts-  I freaking love them.  Weights make me feel so Bad Ass and I have success in those 30 minutes at 5:30 in the morning.  I drink my Shakeology as I am told to do and I show up at work feeling like a Rockstar.  I can’t wait to see what Day 7 feels like.  I’ll keep you posted (and hey- if you want to jump in and do this with me, comment, like, shoot me a message and we’ll get you set up.  What do you have to lose? ).6d0ac4df53e88de1690e91be1fe071dd


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The Coach gets ready to be Coached

I joined a Challenge Group for the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Usually I am the person that facilitates a support group, but this time I am the Challenger. And it is way out of my comfort zone.

Doing this is great reminder for me about how it feels to put your hand up and say, “Ok, I’m in.” A little tentatively at first, then maybe you second guess it. “What if I can’t do it? What if I fail?” Those thoughts race through my mind. Then the justifications start. “I have this event happening on Tuesday… It is so cold in the mornings, I can coast until the weather is a little warmer. Then I’ll do a challenge, YES- that’s it, next month.”

I understand how it feels to stand half-naked in the bathroom to take those before pictures and wonder how I’m going to stick to it. But I will. You will too ONCE you have connected a big enough “why” to it. A why that makes you cry. So in the group that I joined I was asked about my why. After much thought, this was my reply:

“There are so many things in life that are out of our control, what people think of us, how they react to us, the economy, etc. Sometimes I feel like a small boat getting tossed about in rough seas. I believe that is a warning sign that it is time to take charge of the things that I can control in order to take my power back. When I succeed in a Challenge as intense as this one will surely be for me, I can only come out of it stronger, fiercer, more equipped to handle all that life can throw my way. It is really about self-preservation, self-confidence, at the end of the day it is about self-love for me.”

I am grateful for the opportunity to experience this from the other side. I know that it will make me a better coach. If you would like to join me and take back control of your life as well, please comment below, I would love to spend some time chatting with you.


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SMART Goals and Apathy

The beginning of a year and all of the promises of a blank slate almost begs to reinvent yourself. In my previous post, I touched on my new belief that “reinvention” isn’t necessary or even desirable and that this year I was going for enhancement and improvement on the foundation.

Part of this revamping includes a new health and fitness goal. I wanted something that would challenge me and take me WAY out of my comfort zone. I wanted something that I could do with my husband because together we are better. I wanted something that would bolster my confidence.

But what this goal really represents to me is “follow through”. I believe that in the culture of not being too hard on oneself that is the norm now, I (we?) have become far too apathetic about my (our) goals. Is it possible that I know more now about goal setting (SMART Goals: specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time sensitive goals and “reach” goals) yet fail to follow through and cross more off of the list? How is that possible?SMART Goals Graphic aaf

A goal too often has become just a dream that floats farther and farther away and the excuses are more and more socially acceptable, personally acceptable. The little voice in my head that will take every opportunity to recoil from difficulty will disguise itself as a real justification, instant gratification of comfort over a perceived obstacle. Too tired, illness, fears, doubts all chip away at resolve and that New Year Resolution disappears by January 15th. And I am ok with it. Like Scarlett O’Hara, “Tomorrow is another day…” becomes the mantra.

It is not ok. Now is the time to hold myself accountable, because it will snowball. Choosing one goal and working at it with excellence and diligence begets another new goal. This is not the time for multitasking. Not yet. And this is not to say that stumbles won’t occur. They will. Life happens, things can get in the way but apathy must not be allowed to take control. Systems have to be in place. It is time to build a success snowball!

For this Goal I have chosen a health and fitness challenge. I will be documenting my journey here and offering up any insights I have along the way. I will be seeking support and asking for accountability and posting my milestones. My goal is:

Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely: I will complete Insanity Max 30 and I will weigh 130 lbs. by March 1st or sooner. This will require a weight loss of 2 lbs. per week (taking into account plateaus). I can accomplish this by burning approximately 1000 calories more per day than I take in. I will post in social media and in my support group every single day and admit to all slip-ups. I will be kind to myself, but I will not allow myself to skip out on my goal.

If you have a burning desire to finally start checking goals off of your list too, to approach life with excellence and diligence, to gain back your confidence- please join me! I will help you set a goal and hold you accountable too. All you have to do is ask.


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New Year, New You!?! Not so fast…

I am a Health Coach. As a Health Coach a lot of my attention is focused on Change. Physical change. Dietary change. Emotional change. This time of year makes coaches giddy with excitement over the possibility of change. Practically everywhere you look the slogan “New Year, New You!” is calling.

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Heck, I believe I even used it in an email recently. But today it struck me, do you or I really want a new you or me? When I asked myself this question, I was a little surprised by my response. Let me explain…

I worked really, really hard on ME last year. I found my way to a fitness routine that challenged me; 10513437_682187468528904_7120670680622183250_nI took on difficult things like Rugged Maniac and Rock Solid with my best friend and worked my way back into a backbend at 44 (and I have the picture to prove it- see!).

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I tackled my diet and adopted a Clean Eating Lifestyle that eliminated most processed junk from my diet. I found a meal replacement that I crave everyday because it helps me stay on track and healthy. I tackled some big Spiritual issues and developed an Attitude of Gratitude that believe it or not really makes ALL the Difference in how you view the world. I developed a mindset that gives me peace and serenity at every obstacle and believe me last year gave me my fair share. And I helped people, a lot of people, reclaim their health and personal power.

My point is today I realized that I am pretty darn proud of the “new old me” and grateful for all of the experience that life gave me to grow and develop.

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I don’t need a “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!” and you don’t either. What I (we?) need is to continue to grow and change and fine-tune and revisit and reflect our way into the next thing. We need to celebrate the person we showed up in the world as today and make plans for a better tomorrow. As for yesterday, bless it and release it. I mean really do it. Right now. Ok?

Let’s move on and get ready to set some goals! I will tell you mine if you tell me yours! 😉6afce0a3132e75edccde1c05dd1debbc


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Building a Business, Building a Legacy.

In the beginning, I was reluctant to share the coaching opportunity with people.  While I believe wholeheartedly in the opportunity and feel passionate about what this business means on so many levels, I was afraid that people would think that somehow I was self- serving.  I grasped fully the concept that your success in this business is directly related to the amount of people that you help- both in getting healthier and in helping to growing financially- but I had a hard time getting past what I thought others would think.  Lets face it, at the end of the day network marketing has gotten a bad rap.  I rarely approached anyone about sharing my business unless they expressed interest to me first.  The exception was when I timidly brought up the coach discount to my longer term home direct clients- it only made sense for them to save money by becoming a discount coach instead of putting money in my pocket.inspirational-leadership-quotes
Then a series of events happened that help me gain clarity.  A friend suddenly passed away.  A Mom that I know was diagnosed with a terminal disease.  It felt like there was heartbreak and uncertainty all around us.  It became very real to me that life is fleeting and moments were precious.  I thought about my own children and how they would be provided for if anything happen to Ken or me.  We have been through other financial near disasters, sudden joblessness and serious illness that was a huge strain.  The opportunity to be self-employed meant great deal to me.  I was given the very real gift of lasting health as a result of my association with my company as a consumer, the idea of playing a small part in connecting other people to a new path to health was both exciting and rewarding.  It seemed right for me to share that.
But inviting other people to join my team of coaches was another matter.  It wasn’t until the very real notion of my mortality and its impact on our finances came to the forefront of my thoughts, that I realized that this opportunity is a gift to others.  The thought that you and I can create a business, a financial legacy that can pay our children and grandchildren long after we are gone is amazing.  I don’t know many “jobs” that provide those benefits any longer.  You can’t get downsized.  You can’t get eliminated.  You have absolute control over the course of your financial life with this opportunity in addition to doing meaningful work to help other people live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Even on its smallest scale, by sharing I can help another family.  The income may pay for dance lessons, new shoes or a merrier holiday.  It may even pay your gas bill, college loan or car payment.  Maybe you’ll use the extra income to plan to buy a house or get out of debt.  The point is- how selfish of me not to share it with you and allow you to make your own decision.  Coaching has been a blessing in my life in so many ways, it is high time that I pay it forward and offer the same rewards to you.  I’ve gotten clarity now.  So know that I will talk to you about what I have to offer because I care about you and want you to have a choice.


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All Saints Day: Welcome to November

Thankful-PrintableLast night was another wonderful night of Trick or Treating.  I am so thankful that my “babies” love to dress up.  This year was all about Broadway for them.  Luke was The Phantom of the Opera and Emma Grace was Eponine from Les Miserables.  It drizzled so she was thrilled to walk the streets singing “A Little Fall of Rain” to herself.  halloween2014

After all the candy Bacchanalia, today, All Saints Day calls for a much more sensible diet.  It is cold and raining here in NJ, so I will be preparing a stay-in-your-jammies-all-day kind of dinner.  Clean Beef Stroganoff in the crock pot should do the trick!

Planning ahead for the week, I will be making these scrumptious bars for snacking on.  It will be wonderful to have the house filled with the aroma of baking banana bread today.  TIP:  Check out the grocery store’s clearance produce for bananas.  You will pay pennies on the dollars for a tote of just slightly overripe bananas which are perfect for this recipe.

I would also like to extend an invitation to join me on Facebook in a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge for the month of November.  There is always something to be thankful for!