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The Mirror and Your Big Picture

What I always want my clients walking away with is a “BIG PICTURE” plan after dieting. I integrate as much flexibility into my programs as possible to equip my STRONG GIRLS/STRONG ATHLETES with the tools to better navigate themselves around food, food choices, and situations. I also try to get them to embrace using the mirror instead of the scale…hence the “bathroom mirror selfies”. 

I use the mirror to gauge any fluctuations in body fat and my conditioning as a whole. The mirror dictates whether I continue eating the same portions I’m familiar with or if I scale it down slightly. I also stepped on the scale for the first time in months and I’m up 7 lbs since my last photo shoot…nothing to worry about if my abs are relatively visible. 

If I deviated from my regular structure such as spending a whole day eating out, eating things I normally wouldn’t, or missing my workouts I just got back on my regular routine as quickly as possible with no guilt or anxiety.

Keep an eye on your food. Stay active with your workouts. Get off the scale. Enjoy the process. 

With a new fitness project that I’ve committed to for late February, it’s time to pick up my BIG GIRL PANTIES and tighten up the diet and take the training intensity up a few notches because there is a specific goal in mind.

Over the next 4 weeks, I will be measuring my food precisely (have to pull out the food scale), changing up my training regimen slightly, and using a treadmill (I mention this because I haven’t seen a working treadmill in over 2 months). As my goal is a little time sensitive, I will transition to HIIT training from Bodyweight Conditioning because of my increased focus on Resistance Training for this phase.

According to the mirror, I’m not too far off from Photo Shoot condition and just require some TIGHTENING UP of my LIFESTYLE to hit that goal. At the end of the day, it’s a little bit of sacrifice but certainly nothing that is life changing in my regular routine.

Let’s go to work…


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My name Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe and this is a collection of my experiences through blogging on balancing the life of a Fitness Expert/Nutritionist and brand new Mommy.

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