Firefly Fitness with Ken & Jennifer Cornine

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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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Grocery Shopping and Designing a Life

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I hate shopping on Sundays.  Ok maybe hate and Sunday don’t belong in the same sentence.  Suffice it to say that I really, really dislike shopping on Sundays; specifically grocery shopping.  It seems that the whole town is in ShopRite, cranky, crashing carts and cussing or dazed and meandering down the aisles as if seeing it all for the first time.  I m a perimeter shopper mostly- fresh fruit and veggies, meat/fish/poultry, some dairy…you get the idea.  I don’t like to venture too much into the interior, there is something about the smell of Coca-Cola and cheesy poofs that bring out the worst in people.  But there are some things that are necessary in there.  So I take a deep breath, rush in and rush out and finally make my way back to the front of the store and the dreaded checkout line.
That’s when I saw her.  Rosalynn.  She was the cashier and having such a hard time today.  The line was impatient, truth be told I was impatient and Rosalynn couldn’t move fast enough for any of us.  The light above her station switches on indicating a problem that begs the attention of a pimply faced looks-to-be-about 18 years old assistant manager.  He is impatient with Rosalynn as well.  As they work it all out and her faces falls a little bit more when the pimply faced manager in training points out that she has made yet another error, my heart grows heavy.
Rosalynn looks to be in her 70’s and clearly not doing this for the fun of it.  She doesn’t have the Walmart commercial “older happy person working as a greeter to get out and bout” air about her.  She looks as if this is what she has to do to make ends meet, probably not what she thought retirement would like. As I’m waiting in line I think about what those days will be like for me.  What does retirement look like for my generation?  Will it even exist?
I am thankful that I have the opportunity to change my circumstance by owning my own business.  I have the opportunity to create a legacy and to build something that will take care of my future.  I won’t have to burden Emma and Lukas to provide for me, I won’t have to worry about affording quality healthcare or food or whether I will be able to take my grandkids to Disney.  I have designed my life in such a way that the whims of a pubescent assistant manager, cranky customers or aches and pains won’t determine my mood for my day.  If I work with excellence and diligence and continue to add value to other people’s lives, I can create something wonderful.  You can too.
Next it is my turn to check out.  I make sure that I take my time, make eye contact and thank Rosalynn for her help.  She smiles back at me and as she turns to greet the next person in line it slowly fades away.


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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!