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Building a Legacy of Health and Happiness


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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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#Endstigma

I woke up this morning and like any other morning scrolled my news feed while drinking my coffee.  I ran across a PLAYBUZZ.com quiz like so many others that are popular amongst my Facebook friends.  I have taken these as well

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and posted my results and giggled or rolled my eyes with the rest of them.  But today was different.

 

Today’s Quiz Du Jour was “How Bipolar Are You?”

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As you can imagine many people took the quiz and jokes ensued.  Except it isn’t funny.  Now my disclaimer belongs bolded here.

I was guilty of using the term in a derogatory manner myself…until I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 2.  And then it wasn’t funny anymore.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health,

”Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Bipolar disorder often appears in the late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25.1 Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout your life.”

 

In other words, Bipolar is a serious, life-threatening disorder that is genetically linked, biologically based and while there is no cure, it is infinitely treatable.  And totally misunderstood.

The stigma that follows mood disorder is tragic.  It causes people to hide in the shadows and avoid treatment for fear of being “outed”.  I used that term recently myself.  Outed.  The fear is based in reality as evidenced in the comments on that quiz.  It is one of the largest barriers to treatment out there.  Like a huge elephant.

Having bipolar in 2015 reminds me of the time that cancer was scary and misunderstood.  Remember the movie “Terms of Endearment”?  The stigma that surrounded cancer in the era in which the story took place was real.  I saw the movie with my mother.  I didn’t know then that cancer would take her life 15 years later.  And I thank God that we were supported and loved through it all.  Yet today I wonder why we don’t support families dealing with mental illness in the same gentle manner.  The thing is, you would never have a quiz that spurred jokes about cancer or autism.  No pop quizzes asks “Are you Autistic?” or “Are You Diabetic?” and then generate hilarious responses.

I don’t point this out to judge; I misused the terms myself pre-diagnosis.  I point this out to start a conversation and ask you to think about how you can help end the stigma once and for all.  Treatment does exist.  Life does get better.  In fact, bipolar life, for me, is beautiful.life-is-beautiful


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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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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.