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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Popcicles For Breakfast????!!!!! Yes Ma’am

It is H-O-T outside today! I have been obsessed with iced coffee MEALS lately. This morning I was having lunch in the teacher’s lounge- we eat at 10:30am if you imagine that!-and some students came in to get icee’s out of the freezer and they looked AMAZING! Of course they offered their FAVE teachers some (we were also the only one’s in the room), I had to decline since I packed lunch and the sugar would have made me CRAZY & then CRASHING. In my jealousy this recipe was born. Why not combine lunch & a sweet treat and still do something healthy for my body?! I can’t wait to give it a try, how about you? Share with someone you think is SWEET!

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Need A Little Mental Vacation?

We have had amazing weather here in Central Jersey- up until this week.  The temp dropped a staggering 40 degrees reminding us that summer is not quite here.  So, A LOT of us are grouchy and dreaming of sun, sand and surf.  I thought that I would help you out with a mental break.

 Now that you are  a little relaxed, you can take a minute to whip up today’s frothy dose of dense nutrition.

Greek Island Shakeology

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 2 fresh basil leaves

Add first 4 ingredients to a blender with ice and garnish with basil.

Calories: 357/ Total Fat 2g/ Saturate Fat 0g/ Cholesterol: 5 mg/ Sodium: 311 mg/ Carbohydrate: 49g/ Fiber 7g/ Sugars 38g/ Protein 40g

Enjoy!


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Problem: Campfire S’mores = Cravings! Solution Below

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do in the Summer is to sit by the fire and make S’mores with my kids.  The problem is that it doesn’t always fit into my healthy eating plan.  Instead of feeling deprived (and Hangry!) I searched for alternative solutions to my cravings and came up with this life-saver.  It really does taste like Summer.  (If you haven’t given Chocolate Shakeology a try and would like to- just give me a shout!  Happy Summer!Smores-Shakeology-Full


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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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21 Day Fix Extreme Day 1

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

workout soulmate

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.