All posts tagged: #dieting

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Success Story – Nicole R.

All the way from South Carolina, my client Nicole R. came to me looking to tighten up and shape her physique and also gain a better understanding of nutritional balance for her lifestyle. Over our first few weeks, she was initially scared about movement on the scale so I focused on breaking that habit by not using the scale weight as a tool of progress…I just stopped it because it’s not relevant. We solely focused on appearance for my assessments. We also realized, after 3 children, this STRONG GIRL also had Diastasis Recti (separating of her abdominal muscles) so we also put together a program to bring her abdominal muscles back together and WOW look at her midsection (more on this later)!!! Nicole says, “I was blessed to have 3 babies within 5 years but multiple pregnancies had left me with a changed body shape and a few extra pounds. In an effort to regain my old shape back, I faced a constant battle on two fronts every day – one in the kitchen where …

Dieting and being honest with yourself

A lesson that will always stand the test of time is – honesty is the best policy. Interestingly enough, this also rings true as it pertains to one’s fitness goals. If you haven’t achieved what you set out to accomplish ask yourself – have I really given it my all (as in 100%)? While it’s human nature to put blame on hectic schedules, weekend commitments, family, friends, holidays, your job, or make excuses that you’re too tired or it’s your genes (I hear that one a lot), it’s easy to blame something (or anything) and make excuses but when it comes down to it YOU’RE the one that knows the WHOLE TRUTH and the HARD FACTS. Even though we start a diet with the best intentions it’s more than likely the time will never right for dieting – there will always be birthdays, holidays, meetings and other commitments…that’s life and life will always get in the way. Success is dependent on how bad you really want something and what you are willing to sacrifice to …

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Biweekly Progress – Carey H.

Weight Training 4x/week with 3 short HIIT sessions/week, plenty of food flexibility (and carbs), and enjoying the Christmas Holidays with family and loved ones resulting in 46 lbs (!!!) lost to date. Wowzers. Even better, this STRONG MOMMY from Australia has shredded an insane 14 inches around her belly button and 9 inches off of her hips…and she’s still going strong with a healthy, flexible, and sensible (and SANE) approach to Dieting. So proud of you Carey! I can’t wait to show off more of her progress! #MondayMorningMotivation

We’re moving

Hi everyone! We are so eager and excited to share the launch of our new website (www.jvbstronggirls.com) over the next few weeks which will be chalk full of STRONG GIRLS information on training, nutrition, recipes, motivation, and (of course) our Success Stories of REAL WOMEN achieving REAL RESULTS. In the meantime can I kindly ask you to head over to the new JVB STRONG GIRLS Facebook page and click “LIKE” as we slowly move all of our Facebook content over? Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/JVBStrongGirls

Non-Scale Victories

When my clients check-in with me, usually they’re so fixated on the scale as a measure of success or failure. Quite often (when compliance is high), there are so many other wonderful victories that are far more important to highlight such as: i) better overall health ii) more energy iii) looser pants iv) look better in clothes v) strength vi) tighter and leaner looking physique vii) looser rings viii) healthier and responsible eating habits ix) compliments x) and (even better) MORE compliments! (you’ll only understand this if you’ve been compliant) To me, the scale tells us our relationship to gravity…and not much more than that. It is one piece of analysis that I use to gauge dieting success. Without a doubt, the NON-SCALE VICTORIES are much more amazing than the number in-between our feet.

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Success Story – Lise G.

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Testimonial I had the pleasure of working with Lise G. and proudly watched her transform physically by adhering to her program. We put together a strategy that moved her away from cardio (‪#‎SayNoToCardio‬) and integrated Resistance Training/Weight Lifting to really shape her body. We also created a structured nutrition program for the purpose of achieving her goals along with plenty of food flexibility to equip her with the tools to MAINTAIN AND SUSTAIN her incredible transformation. This STRONG GIRL lost 27 lbs along with shredding off 7 inches around her waist, 6 inches off of her hips, and 8 inches off of her thighs. She looks tight, fit, strong, and gorgeous!!! Lise says, “Hi Jenny, before I joined TEAM STRONG GIRLS, I was working out but didn’t have much direction or focus with what I was doing. I thought I was eating healthy with a bit of binge eating and was obviously having trouble with portion control. I felt sluggish, tired, and was having a terrible year emotionally after my husband left …

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Yay! It’s Halloween and what better way to celebrate the festivities with a satisfying rich buttery festive soup. The pumpkin makes the soup sweet and fibrous while the curry and ginger gives it a nice kick. I love adding a fresh dollop of Greek Yogurt for the tartness to mellow out the spice and it’s also a great way to add more lean protein. This dish is packed with fibre, nutrients and is so quick and simple to make for the entire family. Serve with chicken or lean white fish a complete satisfying meal for the entire family. Ingredients: 1 onion diced 1 tbsp coconut oil 2-4 garlic cloves 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced 1 tsp curry powder 3/4 tsp coriander 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp cloves 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional if you like spice) 1 can of pumpkin puree (unsweetened) 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth 3/4 cup coconut milk (low fat optional) 1/4 Greek yogurt (0% Plain) for garnish with each serving 1 tbsp Toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish with each …

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Success Story – Joanne J.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Joanne J. (age 48, mother of 2) for the first time and I am so, so, so proud to share her journey with us. She came to us a few months ago looking to lean out and under the tutelage of Coach Kim G. who put together a strategy of consistent exercise along with eating more quality foods measured for her and her goals, this STRONG GIRL is down 21 lbs and has also lost over 23 inches. As far as the scale goes, she is the lightest she’s ever been and feels fantastic! Joanne also borrows her teenage daughter’s clothes! LOL! Love it! Joanne says, “My daughter Jordan and I went on a mother/daughter trip to Cuba in February. Looking at pictures of myself when we got home, I felt terrible because I felt like I looked like a ” square box”, with no shape whatsoever. I had been following JVB Fitness and Nutrition on Facebook because of STRONG GIRLS Tanya B and Kelly …

Calories Count

Last week I managed to get a little downtime by spending a few days in New Jersey for the USA Special Olympics games and in the Big Apple for some shopping and exploring. I managed to get a couple of workouts in but certainly wasn’t watching what I was eating as I had put together a new phase to begin this summer after taking some time off from structured eating and training.  My hubby and I certainly enjoyed ourselves eating at many, many restaurants. The first couple of days we were a little confused with the prices of the food because there were 2 numbers in the menu of almost every food item and it hadn’t really dawned on me that the second number wasn’t another price but it looked to be calorie count!?!?!?!? I wasn’t used to having this kind of information on hand and when I had walked by a Coca-Cola machine it confirmed my suspicions. Just to be sure, I Googled it on my iPhone. As it turns out, chain restaurants in …

Lose Weight Fast!!!

That title was extremely misleading. I actually detest (and cringe) reading headings like that because it gets the attention of so many people for all the wrong reasons. When it comes to dieting and fat loss, everyone seems to always want to rush the process along. In baseball terms, everyone is always trying to hit a home run during the first couple of weeks and it’s being stuck in this mindset where everyone invariably fails. Fat loss is a biological process that begins with giving the body less calories than it needs to maintain body weight. To me, a great strategy to achieve this is structuring and calculating food to meet these goals, adding weight training exercises for the purpose of maintaining lean muscle, and adding some cardiovascular work to create a bigger caloric imbalance. By adhering to these protocols, the body will utilize existing fat stores to fuel day-to-day activities (because calorie intake is lowered) resulting in progressively less body fat over time. Most importantly, the strategy and approach has to be realistic enough …