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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Of Gratitude & Thanksgiving

mother_TeresaToday was beautiful and sunny and cold.  I spent it at St. Aloysius in 2 starkly contrasting events, at least at first blush.  Early morning started with the annual Thanksgiving food drive drop-off in the church parking lot.  While we have donated and dropped off meals in years past, this was the first time that I volunteered to help out with the event.  I made it a goal this year to try to be more out-going and involved.  It seems that I have been craving connection on a deeper level with my community and friends old and new, so off I went.

If you haven’t participated in an event like this before and have an opportunity to do so this holiday season, I highly recommend it.  There is nothing more heartwarming than to see dozens upon dozens of people gathered together, young and old, wealthy and struggling, with a common goal of feeding the hungry.  My heart swelled at the feeling of happiness in the crisp Fall air.  It was my community at its best and I was thankful.

After the hustle and bustle was done the cars were loaded with Thanksgiving dinners and off they went to the distribution centers.  The cheer in the air at St. Al’s turned to grief.  A wonderful Father, Husband, Boy Scout Leader, Musician and Friend was being sent off to his eternal resting place.  Jeffrey was taken too young and my heart broke for his 3 children and wife as that same parking lot filled with people to pay their last respects.  Father Fernando did a beautiful job celebrating Jeff’s life and comforting the grieving.  I can’t imagine the pain that my friend must endure.  My heart breaks for their family.

As we left the church my thoughts turned once again to Thanksgiving and Gratitude.  No matter what life may throw my way, I woke up this morning and took a deep breath.  God willing I will do the same tomorrow.  This year at my table on Turkey Day, I will remember the faces in the parking lot- the happy and the healthy, the stricken and the sorrowful.  I will count my blessings, hold my family close and say a prayer of Thanksgiving.

If you are looking for a way to help feed the hungry this year, check out http://www.feedingamerica.org/.

Matthew 25:35-40

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


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Building a Business, Building a Legacy.

In the beginning, I was reluctant to share the coaching opportunity with people.  While I believe wholeheartedly in the opportunity and feel passionate about what this business means on so many levels, I was afraid that people would think that somehow I was self- serving.  I grasped fully the concept that your success in this business is directly related to the amount of people that you help- both in getting healthier and in helping to growing financially- but I had a hard time getting past what I thought others would think.  Lets face it, at the end of the day network marketing has gotten a bad rap.  I rarely approached anyone about sharing my business unless they expressed interest to me first.  The exception was when I timidly brought up the coach discount to my longer term home direct clients- it only made sense for them to save money by becoming a discount coach instead of putting money in my pocket.inspirational-leadership-quotes
Then a series of events happened that help me gain clarity.  A friend suddenly passed away.  A Mom that I know was diagnosed with a terminal disease.  It felt like there was heartbreak and uncertainty all around us.  It became very real to me that life is fleeting and moments were precious.  I thought about my own children and how they would be provided for if anything happen to Ken or me.  We have been through other financial near disasters, sudden joblessness and serious illness that was a huge strain.  The opportunity to be self-employed meant great deal to me.  I was given the very real gift of lasting health as a result of my association with my company as a consumer, the idea of playing a small part in connecting other people to a new path to health was both exciting and rewarding.  It seemed right for me to share that.
But inviting other people to join my team of coaches was another matter.  It wasn’t until the very real notion of my mortality and its impact on our finances came to the forefront of my thoughts, that I realized that this opportunity is a gift to others.  The thought that you and I can create a business, a financial legacy that can pay our children and grandchildren long after we are gone is amazing.  I don’t know many “jobs” that provide those benefits any longer.  You can’t get downsized.  You can’t get eliminated.  You have absolute control over the course of your financial life with this opportunity in addition to doing meaningful work to help other people live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Even on its smallest scale, by sharing I can help another family.  The income may pay for dance lessons, new shoes or a merrier holiday.  It may even pay your gas bill, college loan or car payment.  Maybe you’ll use the extra income to plan to buy a house or get out of debt.  The point is- how selfish of me not to share it with you and allow you to make your own decision.  Coaching has been a blessing in my life in so many ways, it is high time that I pay it forward and offer the same rewards to you.  I’ve gotten clarity now.  So know that I will talk to you about what I have to offer because I care about you and want you to have a choice.


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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!


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Can I become a Health Coach even if I’m just NOT all that into fitness?

Can I become a Beachbody Coach even if I’m just NOT all that into fitness?

 

Absolutely! You do not have to be a fitness professional or gym rat to be successful as a Team Beachbody Coach.  I Promise! As someone that had no fitness background whatsoever and has already enjoyed significant success in my coaching business, I want to assure you that there are no special requirements other than a heart to help people!  There are a lot of benefits that you might not have considered, even if you currently have a fulltime job. Here (courtesy of superstar coach Lindsey Catarino) are some things to consider for people thinking about coaching as a secondary income:

 

  • Beachbody Coaching is similar to a 401k. I say this because in this business, you work for a time, then you get paid for that work for the rest of your life from the residual income. Lindsey grew this business by working 5 hours a week. The income began to compound over time to the point where she could leave her full-time corporate job in finance.
  • Beachbody Coaching is recession-proof. “In this day and age, we all know that layoffs are very common. You simply cannot depend on a job anymore, even as the top employee in the company, because recession causes things to happen. In good years and in bad years, network marketing continues to grow and you cannot get laid off from your own business.”
  • (Thank goodness!)
  • Beachbody Coaching offers HUGE tax benefits. Lindsey says
    • “I have seen so many benefits in terms of my taxes, because running a business from my home gives me huge tax breaks. Your job cannot give you the ability to write-off a portion of your rent, utilities, or even mileage on your vehicle when used for business purposes. All of these write-offs have given me huge breaks on my taxes.”
    • (This cannot be overestimated!)
  • Beachbody Coaching is a mobile business, not necessarily a WORK AT HOME business. Lindsey shares
    •  “If you told me I had to work from home to do this business, I wouldn’t have done it. I am not a person that likes to stay at home, and I do not have children – so I enjoy traveling and being out and about. I actually went to Paris last summer for an entire month and was able to work my business from there. You can view the entire video here, if you want to hear more! “
    • Ken & I travel quite a bit with our children, so a mobile business is essential for our particular travel style.

 

Deciding to become a Beachbody Coach has been one of the best choices I have made in my life. Whatever goals you may have, be it paying off debt, paying cash for vacations and fun stuff, or starting a college fund for your children, it can be done with this business. If you’re looking to have more freedom and not have to TRADE HOURS FOR DOLLARS, if you want to spend more time with those you care about, if you want to work smarter rather than harder, all while creating financial stability- contact me and lets start a conversation, TODAY!