Firefly Fitness with Ken & Jennifer Cornine

Building a Legacy of Health and Happiness


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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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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