Firefly Fitness with Ken & Jennifer Cornine

Building a Legacy of Health and Happiness


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Day 2 or More Acurately “Geez, my backside hurts!”

Meet my trainer Official Sagi Kalev for today.1915383_10153942310843474_6516310247535031104_nIt is Day 2 for me ofThe Master’s Hammer & Chisel and again I am shocked at the intensity of this program. Not too long ago I would have felt the discomfort and listened to the voices in my head telling me that I’m too old for all of these jumps, that walking is enough.

Enter Sagi telling me that it is worth it and I can do it. He reminds me that this is a mental game and that my body is capable. And you know what? I believe him. Even though I am struggling mightily to make it through and there are some moves that I can’t swing just yet I trust this process, I trust my trainers and I trust the group that is in place to pick me up (virtually) out of the puddle of sweat on the floor and tell me that today I did great.

Here is a link to a great article on the power of fitness buddies.  Have a great workout & share it with someone!

See you tomorrow,

jennifer

x0xo

 


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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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Today I decided to take a stand. You can too…

Today I decided to take a stand.  Health & Wellness is my PASSION.  I am often frustrated by the fact that so many people are more willing to spend their hard-earned cash on makeup or pizza or cocktails than on their own or their family’s health and well-being.  I truly don’t mean to insult anyone, but after watching this today, I can’t help but ask the question “WHERE ARE OUR PRIORITIES?”

This talk was recorded in 2010, it is now 5 years later and the statistics are WORSE than ever.  NJ’s obesity rate is on the rise- especially in children.  In NJ,  THE STATE-LEVEL ESTIMATED ANNUAL OBESITY ATTRIBUTABLE EXPENDITURES IS $4447 MILLION.  (That is the latest statistic I found.  It is from 2009.)

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Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health chronic conditions, including the following:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (pancreas, kidney, prostate, endometrial, breast, and colon)

Here is my not-so-subtle call to action:

Please let me help your family get your health back on track AND/OR join me to help others reclaim their health.  It is simple, not easy- but simple.  Let’s #endthetrend together!

Please leave a comment below so I can contact you on how to get started on the road to Health!


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Fight Human Trafficking & Get Healthy this May!

Join me in getting healthy this month for a great cause!   For the remainder of this week Carl Daikeler, CEO of Beachbody has decided to donate $10 of every 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack to the International Justice Mission in order to combat human trafficking.  IJM is an organization close to the hearts of Beachbody’s coaches and one that we are proud to support.

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Want to know more about the 21 Day Fix?  Read on…

With 21 Day Fix, losing weight has never been simpler—or faster! Anyone can have success with this simple program. It’s sure to bring you amazing opportunities for expanding your customer base, so here are some key points to remember.

What is 21 Day Fix?

• A 21-day program of simple portion control and 30-minute workouts that anyone can do • Simple, fast weight loss—no weighing food or counting calories, carbs, or points • You can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days

What makes 21 Day Fix unique?

• Portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of losing weight • It’s the simplest way to control how much you eat • 30-minute workouts that anyone can do and fit into everyone’s busy life

What’s included?

•7 color-coded portion-control containers • Shakeology® shaker cup • 6 easy-to-follow 30-minute workouts • 21 Day Fix Start Here quickstart guide and workout calendar • 21 Day Fix Eating Plan that shows you exactly what to do • 3 Day Quick Fix Guide, Autumn’s secret weapon for fast weight loss • Dirty 30 bonus workout • Exclusive FREE bonus workout—Plyo Fix (a $19.95 value)

How does it work?

• The Eating Plan shows you how to use the portion-control containers • Simply put your choice of food in the color-coded container—if it fits, you can eat it! • Do one 30-minute workout per day according to the Fitness Guide • Follow the simple plan, and you can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days.

I hope that you will join me and fill out this challenge group application for more information.


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Workout Motivation & Finding Your Why

HORIZONSI came across this quote this morning and thought it was a great way to look at exercise for me. While I want to look good in cute sundresses and feel confident on the beach, what I really, really want is to be the healthiest person that I can be. When the idea of skipping a workout creeps in (and believe me it does!) I need to connect with a deeper “WHY”. My why is that I know what it feels like to be sick and scared and I don’t ever want to feel that way again.

Have you connected with your big “Why” yet? I promise if you do, that the times you skip out on your health will be fewer and farther between. Share this message with a friend that is struggling with their “Why”.


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Grandparent Deficit: Seriously CNN, is this the best that you can do?

Scrolling through the news in preparation for our morning show, I came across this article on CNN.  It talks about a “Grandparent Deficit” and so it caught my eye.  My Mama was ripped from my life way too soon at the age of 57 due to complications of cancer.  I was 27 and had not had my babies yet.  My Daddy died just a few short weeks after Emma was born. As you might imagine this is a topic that still brings tears to my eyes today and so I checked it out.

The article speaks about the inherent problems to having later life children and I was keenly aware of them.  I had after all had Emma at 31 & Lukas at 36.  Struggling with undiagnosed postpartum depression, sleep deprivation and managing it all without the support of my mother was painful in ways that I may never reconcile.  This article discussed the struggles of parents like me.

I continued to read as it spoke of the next problem; dealing with elder care while simultaneously caring for toddlers.  I had hoped that at this point the article would take the opportunity to discuss the importance of caring for ourselves NOW- while we can make a difference and impact the amount of time that we are vital and independent.  There is no natural reason that we cannot remain vibrant and healthy well into our 80’s and beyond if we just do a few simple things daily NOW.  It would appear to never have crossed the author’s mind.

Instead, CNN decided to promote a different point of view- one that left me flabbergasted.

Kelly Wallace writes,

“Lori Day sees another “grandparent deficit” but not one resulting from grandparents passing away or requiring care from their children.

It is one borne out of a culture where 60 is viewed as the new 40, and grandmothers are “aghast at being seen as elderly, and dieting to excess and having plastic surgery and so forth to try and look young,” said Day, author of “Her Next Chapter,” about mother-daughter book clubs.

What happens then is kids are “deprived of grandmothers (maybe increasingly grandfathers, too) who are comfortable in their own skin, aging gracefully and being a good role model to kids, showing that growing old is not the worst thing that can happen to a woman.”

Day said she’s thrilled to have grown up at a time when grandmothers were “a little chubby, had ample bosoms, smelled like Jergens lotion and were comfy to snuggle with.”

Seriously?  Is that really what we are promoting?  No thank you.  I will care for my mind and body so that God-willing I will not be a burden to my children due to preventable illness.  I will have the energy to run and play with my grandchildren, support my own children’s need for a break in childcare and be a role model of healthy living.  That, in my opinion is aging gracefully.

Here is a resource to help you in preventing the most common age related diseases.

What is your take on this article?  Have you given any thought to these challenges?  I would love to hear what you think.


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Body Beast Week 1

Beast Shoulders done!  Now I have completed all of the workouts 1x in this phase and I feel amazing!  (Completely sore, but finally able to make it up & down the stairs in a timely fashion, thanks Sagi Kalev​, 😉  )   It should be worth it- check out this inspiration!

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As far as nutrition I would say that I am finding this the hardest part to master.  The lower carb lifestyle is so deeply engrained in my eating habits that it is a major struggle to find a way to eat 25% protein 50% carbs 25% fat.  This is necessary to do according to the Book of Beast for the Build & Bulk Phase.  I am still working it all out.

The trick for me will be doing the workouts at 5am.  After this type of workout you need to refuel quickly and this should be an unbalanced meal in macro ratios.  3:1 – 5:1 carb to protein ration with very little fat.  For me, that looks like this

1 cup Cheerios

1 Greenberry Smoothie (Greenberry Shakeology, 1c frozen fruit, 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar & water)

That clocks it at about 300 calories/ 64% carbs

I am still working out the rest of the plan.  Stay Tuned…


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PROUD MAMA MOMENT AHEAD: READ WITH CAUTION

Our children watch everything we do, even as teens. I am more cognizant of that now than I had ever been in the past and just in time as Emma is navigating the waters of middle school. Since it is Spring Break here in NJ, we have been sleeping in- a luxury that we don’t have on school days. Under normal circumstances on weekdays I get up at 5 am in order to get my workout done before I leave for work. I am more energized, happier and feel accomplished before I ever step out the front door.  I also fuel my body appropriately. It sets me up for a successful day.

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This morning Emma Grace was up at 5:30am and after a quick breakfast was happily running on the treadmill.  She got in her 2 miles, refueled, showered and finished her piano practice all before the rest of us were up.  She was smiling and proud of herself.  She sees how important fitness is our lives and how it has impacted our family in countless positive ways and she is choosing that for herself.

She is strong and confident and sure of herself and we couldn’t be prouder!


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How Body Beast Gets You Result

As I continue through my first week of Body Beast, I find that I am more and more curious about this program and how it came to be.  And most of all, how it works.  Like so many before me, I struggle with an old mentality of less is more when it comes to calories.  For me this is truly a leap of Faith!  If you are curious about how it works, check out this blog post…

Reblogging from The Team Beachbody Blog.

How Body Beast Gets You Result

How Body Beast Gets You Results
“What are you feeding these guys?” said one of the other two judges at the Beachbody Classic, the annual bodybuilding competition held at The Beachbody Summit. “Some of them are ready for their pro cards right now!”

When we partnered with professional bodybuilder Sagi Kalev to create a real home bodybuilding program, we were met with a lot of skepticism. “You can’t get big without an Olympic weight set,” we were told by so-called experts of the industry. We knew they were wrong, we just weren’t sure we could get the public to believe in it. At the Beachbody Classic, the proof was in the proverbial pudding; both men and women had achieved world-class results, at home, without the need for massive weights, squat racks, or even a bench press.

Here’s an inside look at what the program is and how you, too, can become a Beast.

The Team
In our first meeting with Kalev, the conversation revolved around how to get results without a ton of equipment. While Sagi was confident that it could happen, there was no track record of it being done. Bodybuilders, traditionally, are married to the gym. Historically, it’s been such a part of the bodybuilding psyche that no one bothered to consider it.

But Beachbody’s CEO, Carl Daikeler, wasn’t so traditional. He thought only of the untapped potential of those who were too shy, or too busy, to get to the gym every day. If we could come up with an alternative, we could change the entire perception of what it takes to get big.

It’s not like we didn’t have experience, either. Throughout our history we’d seen great results with limited equipment. In fact, armed with nothing but exercise bands, Daikeler had added pounds of muscle using P90X. Even though we’d never focused exclusively on bodybuilding, we’d helped thousands of people add some mass and knew our template for using minimal weight could be expanded.

We also had access to Dr. Marcus Elliott and his P3 team of exercise physiologists. They transformed athletes, so movement is their specialty, but an athlete’s body must also match his or her sport. They knew all the latest science of metabolism and how to grow (or shrink) bodies for optimal performance.

With a solid team in place, research commenced. Strategic meetings, test groups and some good old trial and error followed and, pretty soon, Dynamic Set Training was born.

Dynamic Set Training
It’s long been understood that that muscular hypertrophy (growth) is based on the body’s ability to create hormonal cascades, which translates into an altered metabolism that’s more easily molded into shape. With proper structure, along with strategic eating—a lot of eating—and supplementation, you’ll maximize your body’s ability to gain muscle.

Heavy resistance (a.k.a. weight) has always been a key component of this process. However, continual research has shown that while lifting maximum weight and inducing failure is a vital part of the process, one of the main factors is something referred to as time under tension.

Time under tension is the cumulative amount of time that your muscles spend contracted during a workout. As long as you’re continually pushing your body to its limit, this factor supersedes the actual amount of weight you’re using. Knowing this opened the door for new weight training strategies to maximize time under tension using minimal weight.

This in no way means that only light weight can be used. It’s still vital to stress the body in something called the Phosphocreatine energy system (anaerobic endurance), so you still need enough weight to continually achieve failure. However, the principles of time under tension opened the door to new forms of training, using different styles of sets and cadences that can facilitate anaerobic failure with less weight and equipment than is traditionally used.

If this seems complex it’s because, well, it is. It took a crew of experienced trainers a fair amount of testing to nail it. As scientific as it is, the underlying principles of Dynamic Set Training can be simply explained using one example, called a pre-fatigue set.

Pre-fatigue sets require you to do a low-weight, high-rep set of exercises that targets muscle groups, followed by a heavier set that targets the Phosphocreatine system. For example, a set of push-ups to failure, followed immediately by a set of bench press in which you use the maximum weight in order to fail at 8 to 12 reps. The first set tires out the body so you can achieve anaerobic failure in the second set with less weight than you’d normally use. This turns the entire “superset” into one very long anaerobic set, adding to the overall time under tension of the workout, thus forcing the body’s hormonal response to build muscle.

Over the course of a program, you must continually force the body to adapt to training protocols. What this means is that, as great as pre-fatigue sets are, you can’t just rely on them alone to stress the body’s hypertrophy response. To accomplish this, we needed to come up with an array of training methods that would maximize time under tension, while still forcing anaerobic set failure, the result of which was a stew of different weight training strategies we called Dynamic Set Training.

Turning Stew Into A Meal
A training strategy does not a program make. So while Dynamic Set Training was the vehicle that allowed us to create an approach to building muscle without a literal ton of weight, it needed to be molded into a training program.

Any solid training program includes an overall strategy for exercise, along with diet and supplementation that match. This being Beachbody’s forte, it was a straightforward process, but a program that targets mass is a slightly different animal than a weight loss program. The strategy for Beast had to accommodate both.

The exercise protocol included setting up microcycles, which are your workout schedule for a given week; macrocycles, which are your blocks of training that maximize the adaptation principle; and recovery, so that your body has time to properly build muscle before you hit it again. For Beast we set up two schedules, one for those looking to change their body composition by either gaining or losing weight, and the other for those looking only to gain mass.

Since this article concerns mass, we’ll just focus on the latter schedule. Workouts based on Dynamic Set Training are not enough for an effective program. You have to create workouts that can utilize the theory of progressive overload over time, meaning you need a strategy that stresses the body continually from the time it’s out of shape until its fitness level is peaking. This is the reason there are so many workouts in the program, as well as a training schedule that’s set up in various training blocks.

Essentially, each training block is crafted so that you maximize a training principle known as the specificity of adaptation. Blocks are designed to last a month, but you may do them longer depending on how your body is adapting to your training. When you peak, you move on to the next one.

Of course, as any bodybuilder knows, all of this revolves around diet (including supplementation). Most bodybuilders say that diet is the crux of bodybuilding, especially at first, as you’re attempting to add more mass than is natural for your body.

With this in mind, we created diet and supplementation strategies that work hand in hand in order to make this process as easy as possible. As Sagi states in the guide, it’s not easy, but reviews on our nutrition guide tell us we’ve nailed this, at least as much as we can. Getting big requires that everyone endure a period of eating more than they are comfortable with but, as Sagi says, “I spend one hour a day exercising and 23 hours recovering. What you do in those ‘off’ hours makes all the difference if you want to be a Beast.”


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LOVEGRASS, WEIGHT CONTROL & WHOLE GRAINS

Today we are reblogging from the Whole Grains Council about TEFF.  Of note is that it is a resistant starch which can benefit blood-sugar management, weight control, and colon health.  (See this post)  Which means that you can have your starch and eat it too!

Teff [Eragrostis tef] is the only fully-domesticated member of the genus Eragrostis (lovegrass). Its name is often assumed to be related to the word “lost” in Amharic – because of the tiny size (less than 1mm diameter – similar to a poppy seed) of its seeds.

This tiny size, in fact, makes teff ideally suited to semi-nomadic life in areas of Ethiopia and Eritrea where it has long thrived. (The photo to the left shows teff being harvested in Ethiopia.) A handful of teff is enough to sow a typical field, and it cooks quickly, using less fuel than other foods. Teff also thrives in both waterlogged soils and during droughts, making it a dependable staple wherever it’s grown. No matter what the weather, teff crops will likely survive, as they are also relatively free of plant diseases compared to other cereal crops.

Teff can grow where many other crops won’t thrive, and in fact can be produced from sea level to as high as 3000 meters of altitude, with maximum yield at about 1800-2100m high. This versatility could explain why teff is now being cultivated in areas as diverse as dry and mountainous Idaho and the low and wet Netherlands. Teff is also being grown in India and Australia. In Kansas, theKansas Black Farmers Association is experimenting with teff – intrigued by both its connection to Africa and its market potential.

IGrowing in the fields, teff appears purple, gray, red, or yellowish brown. Seeds range from dark reddish brown to yellowish brown to ivory.

Click here to see photos and learn more about teff.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEFF

Teff leads all the grains – by a wide margin – in its calcium content, with a cup of cooked teff offering 123 mg, about the same amount of calcium as in a half-cup of cooked spinach.

Teff was long believed to be high in iron, but more recent tests have shown that its iron content comes from soil mixed with the grain after it’s been threshed on the ground – the grain itself is not unusually high in iron.

Teff is, however, high in resistant starch, a newly-discovered type of dietary fiber that can benefit blood-sugar management, weight control, and colon health. It’s estimated that 20-40% of the carbohydrates in teff are resistant starches. A gluten-free grain with a mild flavor, teff is a healthy and versatile ingredient for many gluten-free products.

Since teff’s bran and germ make up a large percentage of the tiny grain, and it’s too small to process, teff is always eaten in its whole form. It’s been estimated that Ethiopians get about two-thirds of their dietary protein from teff.  Many of Ethiopia’s famed long-distance runners attribute their energy and health to teff.

For a complete survey of the nutritional and health aspects of teff, click here.

COOKING TEFF

In Ethiopia, teff is usually ground into flour and fermented to make the spongy, sourdough bread known as injera. As anyone knows who has eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant anywhere in the world, injera is used as an edible serving plate. Food is piled on a large round of injera on a tray in the middle of the table and different foods are served directly onto the injera. The diners eat by tearing off bits of injera, and rolling the food inside.  Ethiopians also use teff to make porridge and for alcoholic beverages, including tella and katikala.

Today, teff is moving way beyond its traditional uses. It’s an ingredient in pancakes, snacks, breads, cereals and many other products, especially those created for the gluten-free market. You can also buy teff wraps.

White or ivory teff has the mildest flavor, with darker varities having an earthier taste. Those who have only tasted teff in injera assume it has a sour taste, but when it is not fermented (made into a sourdough), teff has a sweet and light flavor.

How you cook teff depends on how you like to eat it, according to our WGC Culinary Advisors. Lorna Sass advises “dry cooking” teff for 6-7 minutes, with 1 cup of teff in 1 cup of water, then letting it stand covered for five minutes. Her approach results in a grain “with the texture of poppy seeds” that’s great for sprinkling on vegetables as a topping, or for adding to soups. Robin Asbell suggests cooking teff for about 20 minutes, with 1 cup of teff in 3 cups of water producing a creamier end product. The Teff Company, in Idaho, advises cooking 1 cup of teff in 3 cups of water or stock.

Here are some recipes you can try, to get acquainted with teff:

Banana Bread with Teff and Chocolate

Teff Crepes with Spinach and Mushrooms

Teff Waffles

Ethiopian Teff Vegetable Loaf

You can easily buy teff grain and teff flour. Three good sources are The Teff Company, Bob’s Red Mill and Shiloh Farms.

FUN FACTS ABOUT TEFF

  • Just one pound of teff grains can grow an acre of teff, while 100 pounds or more of wheat grains are needed to grow an acre of wheat.
  • Teff requires only 36 hours to sprout, the shortest time of any grain.
  • Three thousand grains of teff weigh just one gram (1/28 of an ounce).
  • Teff’s protein content (around 14%) is largely easily digested albumins (similar to a vegetable version of egg whites).
  • Teff is thought to have originated in Ethiopia about 4000-1000 B.C.E.
  • Teff is fermented by a symbiotic yeast living in the soluble fiber on the grain’s surface (like the blush on grapes).

Thanks to The Teff Company for some of the information on this page, including the harvest photo.