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New Year 60 Day Challenge: Day 1

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Today I am starting  new journey:  I am on a mission to reclaim my health and fitness.  The holidays are always a turbulent time for me and the first thing to go is my diet, closely followed by the other areas of essential self care: sleep, exercise, moderation…Each year I find it a little harder to bounce back, but this year I have tools at my disposal that I’m going to share here if that’s ok.

The first thing is to GET REAL!  It takes a good long look at where you are starting from in order to see where it is realistic to go.  My starting point is a scary 5 lb holiday weight gain on top of the 5 lbs put on over the course of the previous year.  YIKES!  While I am not on a mission to run on the beach in  a bikini (yet), maintaining a heathy weight is imperative to my physical comfort, ability to move freely and maintain a positive outlook.  For me, physical fitness is essential to mental heath and the ability stay in balance.

Day 1; Step 1 requires a health assessment.  Weight, key measurements -because the scale LIES!- and an honest look in the mirror complete with photos.  Here is how to take your measurements.

Next is the plan.  I am using a new program called The Master’s Hammer & Chisel and participating in an online support group specifically for this program.  Support and accountability are essential to success!  The program has a nutrition guide to follow as well as a workout schedule so that part is easy.

Finally comes the daily motivation component.  It takes work!  Just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is easy.  So motivation and inspiration are key to success, keeping the goal in front of me and getting clear on the why behind the change.

All of these key components I will be sharing here in the next 60 days.  Follow along with me if you like.  I would love some company!  Let’s do this!

 

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May I Help You…?

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I recently came across a post in a group that I am a part of that truly spoke to me and struck a chord in my heart. I truly believe that it is our higher purpose to serve others above all else and I have wanted to do something very special for sometime. Along comes this inspiration…

October is my birth month and to honor the gift of health and vitality that has been given to me, I have decided to use those gifts and serve 31 other women in the month of October- completely and totally free of charge.

My reason for 31 is twofold; one for each day of the month and the other is for Proverbs 31. My goal is for each woman to be “clothed in strength and dignity”, laugh without fear of the future” and “make strong her arms” and with that our health, hearts and souls.

What am I offering?
100% FREE Coaching for the month of October including
– a 30 minute Getting Started Right Call to identify your big “Why”, roadblocks and plan of action
– a nutritional assessment
– health check-in
-customized meal plans
– exclusive support group and accountability partners
– Prizes
-Guest speakers

YOU have to do the hard part and decide that NOW is your time and you are worthy of the self-love and attention. I am accepting the first 31 women to declare October as their month. Is it you? Comment below with your email address and I will get you setup. Share this post with someone you love who needs a boost. There are no strings, purchases or upsells. It is my gift to you. What do you have to lose?
xoxoxo- jennifer


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Monday can be a WONDERFUL DAY!

11218172_883444705026480_2893540257526851936_nGood Morning & Happy Monday! Today is typically that day of the week where good intentions are set. Mondays always feel like a fresh start for me- kind of like the first day of school (which is fast approaching!) or a small New Year’s Day. I was talking with someone recently who was so frustrated and just bone-tired of starting over. I told them that it doesn’t matter HOW MANY TIMES you start again, just that you do. How many people vow to stop smoking, drinking, overeating with remorse from the weekend every Monday- so much so that they’ve come to dread Mondays? (I know I’ve been there!) But…Monday can be a WONDERFUL DAY! Don’t stop making vows to change something in your life. Every step you take forward counts. If you fall off course, dust yourself off and start again; just don’t wait for another Monday to recommit.

Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Do something right now- the next right thing that you can think of and call that a fresh start.
2. Get an accountability partner. Connect with a supportive community.
3. Make a plan to succeed. Prep. Plan for road bumps (they will be there.)
4. Don’t let other people tell you what you are capable of following through on. Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. REPEAT DAILY.
5. Above all else- be kind to yourself; be proud. But be accountable to YOU. Have the courage to start.


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Inflammation and The Mind/Body Connection

When I started on my road back to health my lab work was a mess, to put it mildly.  I had dangerously high blood pressure and various systems were haywire in my body.  One thing that the results pointed to was a high level of inflammation.  I knew that was a term that I used when my joints hurt or feet were swollen, but beyond that I hadn’t given it much thought.  I certainly never thought that inflammation was a factor in mental health and wellness.  Turns out that I was wrong.

I did know that I wanted to get better.  I began to exercise regularly and cleaned up my diet.  I eliminated soda, alcohol and most processed foods and instead focused on fresh produce and lean protein.  fresh-fruits-vegetables-2419

I knew that I had a lot of damage to undo, so I added in a daily dose of Shakeology because I had heard that one serving was the equivalent to 5 trips to the salad bar and I needed all of the help that I could get!  I began to feel better, both inside and out.  I committed to drinking as close to a gallon of water a day as I could manage.  My weight dropped.  I slept better.  My mood stabilized.  I had instinctively made these changes and now I am so glad that I did, as research supports the connections that I had made.

Check out this article http://www.livescience.com/49553-inflammation-lowering-foods.html to help you identify the foods that you should be including in your diet if you suspect that, like me, inflammation is hindering your wellness.  If you would like to learn more about Shakeology or join one of my Healthy Mind/ Healthy Body Support Groups leave me a comment or drop me a message.  I’d love to help!


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Having a diagnosis of a mood disorder is often scary and misunderstood. It is sometimes hard to demonstrate to other people that it is a physical illness not dissimilar to diabetes or lupus.

I am excited to read about and share recent research into the physical aspects of mood disorders. There is mounting evidence that both the gut and inflammation have something to do with the cause and/or symptoms of depression, anxiety & bipolar. There is so much anecdotal evidence that your food affects your mood, it is great to have the research handy to back that up.

Take away: Add a good probiotic to your diet and do what you can to reduce inflammation. Please like and share to help raise awareness among your friends.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/28/depression-brain-inflamma_n_6555222.html


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21 Day Fix Extreme Day 1

I started the 21 Day Fix Extreme program yesterday and my first day impression is  LOVE!!!!

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I felt so incredibly strong doing Day 1 Plyo Extreme Fix.  I was able to complete it without modifying (thank you Shaun T and Insanity Max: 30) and had an incredible feeling of accomplishment when I was done.  For me, I needed that boost of confidence, because Insanity Max:30 wasn’t for me.  I did a month of it prior to the scheduled start of this Challenge and while it is an awesome workout, going for failure just made me sad.  I know that that is the purpose and to get a little better each time, but at this point in my life I need to feel successful on a daily basis.  Ken is totally rocking Max:30 and I can’t wait to share his after photos with you in two more weeks.  I will revisit it when I am mentally prepared.

Back to 21 Day Fix Extreme.  Kicking off with plyometrics was an awesome introduction for me.  I love this kind of training.  I am not a fan of cardio for cardio’s sake, so I appreciate this change up for Mondays.  It was intense and believe me, my booty was S-O-R-E afterwards all day!  What I wasn’t expecting was the soreness in my calves in the morning.  I have very strong legs and thought I could calf raise all day, but apparently I am not so well conditioned LOL!

Nutritionally- I am following the Countdown to Competition Plan and made it through Day 1 just fine.  Disclaimer:  I do splash a bit of cashew milk in my coffee and will be weaning to black but it is unsweetened and 25 calories for 8 oz, so I think that will do.  I did have 2 Shakeology shakes (chocolate, 1 tsp PB & water) since I am finding it challenging to get 6 reds in during the day.  I also have killer cravings, so this saves my butt!  I may correct course on that later if I am not seeing results.

Day 1 in the books and I am a happy girl!  See you tomorrow for Day 2

xoxo,

jennifer


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My Journey to Health Coach

HealthyLifeNextExit_3My health coach story actually began some time ago. Like many of our top coaches I was not a first time winner with the programs or coach opportunity. I did not plug-in to the culture right away. If I had “gotten it” back then, it would have saved a lot of people a lot of pain, but then again, I am certain I wouldn’t be sitting here today with the intention of offering my story as a beacon of hope for some and an invitation to a new way of life for others.

It all began about 5 or 6 years ago. I had two children; I was seriously overweight and firmly ensconced in “Mommy Defensiveness”. I was sleep deprived and while I was diligent about the food that I fed my family and committed to their health, I was making all of the wrong choices for my own. I embraced the term “Mom-shaped” and resigned myself to the fact that after 2 Cesarean births, I would never again get my body back. Truth be told, I had been overweight leading up to my first child 6 years prior. One of my older brothers gave Ken & me his copy of P90X. He had a friend that had amazing, life-changing results with it and thought it would help me. I was defensive and angry at any mention of my weight back then and quickly decided that the program was too extreme for me. I thought it was for athletes and that just wasn’t who I was anymore. I was Mom now (can you hear the whisper of an identity dissolving there?).

Fast-forward a few years. I was exhausted and sad all of the time. My husband bought me a copy of Insanity (the irony was lost on us at the time). He knew on some deep level that if I could just muster enough focus and energy to move my body on a daily basis that I could begin to feel better. Yet there it sat, untouched. Months passed and now I was held in the death grip of a major chemical imbalance and life was growing so bleak. I had crippling anxiety and bottomless fatigue. I was self-medicating and defeated and was quickly losing hope. I knew in my mind that exercise and nutrition could help me feel better but I had lost faith in myself and my judgment was so off the mark. We were searching desperately for a doctor that could tell us what was wrong and I suffered a series of misdiagnosis. The doctor prescribed antidepressants for my sadness and fatigue and another medication for my anxiety and even as I got worse, we were told to stay the course with these medications. But, my illness was spiraling out of control. I became desperate and my tentative grip on reality was loosening by the day. After several hospitalization and unimaginable turmoil in my family, we found a doctor who knew how to help me. Finally I had an accurate diagnosis of Bipolar 2 and my whole world changed.

My doctor believed 100% in a mind/body connection and encouraged me to do the things that I knew would help me feel better. That meant going back to basics which included proper nutrition and daily exercise. As I got better, I dusted off my copy of Insanity and fell in love. The endorphins and dopamine were vital to my recovery and I got my life back.

In August of 2013 I stumbled on the coach opportunity and Shakeology. I signed as a coach to get the discount for the Challenge Group I was joining. I was hooked! My body had suffered YEARS of abuse. At the height of my illness I had dangerously high blood pressure, a sick liver and kidneys and I was prediabetic. It is not an exaggeration to say that Shakeology and Insanity restored my body to health. I desperately needed every single adaptogen, pre and probiotic, digestive enzyme and superfood. The dense nutrition coupled with daily exercise and sunlight healed me.

My husband and I decided to tackle T25 in September of 2013. The program was challenging, yet so simple to follow, the nutrition program was nearly perfect and my daily Shakeology was working miracles in my body. I am proud to say that I completed T25 and lost 20 pounds in the process. My husband, who tackled T25 to support me, won the daily challenge for his transformation. I had learned that I could follow through with a goal. For the first time in a long time I did what I said I was going to do. My confidence soared. We were hooked and I found my calling to coach.

A requirement for being a successful coach is continually working on personal development and your own health and fitness. In my community we have the most amazing resources available to become better people; we have a culture that is supportive and uplifting. We don’t just talk about it; we walk the walk too- every day.

Beachbody helped save my life and now I feel that it is my obligation to share it with other people. It is scary to put yourself out there. You wonder what people will say about you, what they will think. We carefully construct a façade for the world to see, our highlights reel, to be honest. Unfortunately when all we see is someone else’s highlight reel, we never get to hear their back story or see their humanity, how they struggled or what it cost. We don’t see the sweat and the tears; we don’t always get to see the test that came before the testimony. So if there is just one person out there that has lost hope and can benefit from hearing my story, I honestly feel it is my duty to share it. This is it for me. This is “The why that made me cry.”

My life has changed in ways that I never thought possible and I am so thankful today. My mission is to help as many people as I can find their way back to health. I will meet you wherever you are on your road back to health and I will hold out my hand. But it is up to you to take it. I truly hope you do.

xoxo