All posts tagged: lifestyle

STRONG LIKE MOMMY

#StrongLikeMommy has begun with an e-book, but we are so much more than that. As our children grow up, we should never lose the drive to continue getting stronger and learning even more about how to live a healthier lifestyle. As strong mommies, it’s our responsibility to set an example of how to get more out of our lives, and the only way to do that is to lead by example. I cannot wait to share my #Postnatal e-book along with more of my journey as a new mommy 🙂 Photo by Dave Laus and Liana Lauzon MUH by Valeria Nova and Florencia Taylor

Your weight loss journey…

When you focus on a program to “lose weight”, you might very well be setting yourself up for failure because programs imply an ending – which is why many individuals “that diet” return to their previous habits that don’t add any value to their health. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, make changes that you can live with indefinitely – do not over restrict calories, do not eliminate food groups, enjoy food flexibility, find an exercise program that challenges you, providing progression and offering sufficient variety so that it is maintainable and sustainable, and (most importantly) have fun. “IT IS GOOD TO HAVE AN END TO JOURNEY TOWARDS; BUT IT IS THE JOURNEY THAT MATTERS IN THE END.” – E.H. photo: Liana Lauzon MUH: Florencia Taylor

STRONG LIKE MOMMY Success Story

I just love this picture. Love, love, love it. I don’t even need to provide much detail because the images truly describe my client Manja H’s transformation who came to me soon after the birth of her 2nd child and WOWZERS does she ever give new meaning to the title #StrongMommy By eating more food and simply kicking butt in the gym, she is down 27 lbs along with shredding 8 inches around her waist, 5 inches around her hips, and 4 inches around her thighs with more strength, energy, and a hot new body for the summer. Manja says, “Working with Coach Jenny has been life changing! After giving birth to my second daughter within two years, I was left feeling weak. My babies were both large at birth and I was left with very serious core instability and diastasis recti. I knew immediately that I needed help getting back into shape because I could not live with the discomfort and debilitating lack of strength. I wanted to experience dramatic results so I chose …

6 weeks Postpartum Accountability Check!

I’m 6 weeks postpartum and I finally have the ‘green light’ to lift heavier and increase metabolic and core stability training, the gloves are off and I’m picking up the intensity. Since I am breastfeeding I’ll be eating healthy (as per usual) but eating what I want and when I want without counting calories. As part of my lifestyle ritual, I have a good idea of how much I need to eat with measurements of protein and carb sources along with keeping up dietary fat intake. One of the amazing things about breastfeeding is that you can burn up to 500 calories a day so my extra ice cream and cookie splurges balance out the energy deficit it creates (umm…bonus!). I’m going to increase the volume of exercise along with intensity levels but will keep my sessions at no longer than 45 minutes (free time is of the utmost importance when you’re a new Mommy). I’ll forego the typical cardio based work and save it for walks in the fresh air with my boy…and most importantly enjoy being a Mommy …

6 Weeks into Motherhood

I am now 6 weeks postpartum and WOW! Motherhood has been quite the experience thus far. I heard a lot of different things from so many different people prior to my delivery (i.e. what to expect, what was horrible, what was delightful, etc.) but I took everything with a grain of salt because as much as I love hearing other Mommy Stories I hated hearing how hard it was going to be and how there will be no time for anything, etc, etc, etc. To be honest those comments just fuelled my fire to actually try to do more! I’m not saying that motherhood is easy because it’s not (far from it) but with a few adjustments, sacrifices (one being the state of my house lol) and lots and lots of planning I find that I am able to do even more than I expected. I’ve adjusted to the shortage of sleep, erratic eating times, and when I’m breastfeeding I’m actually planning, planning, planning.  When baby sleeps, I take that opportunity to exercise (I’m blessed …

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Biweekly Progress

I’m so proud to share Loretta E’s awesome progress! She came to me 6 short weeks ago from Winnipeg, MB looking to lean out despite being incredibly active. Upon reviewing her questionnaire/profile, I was very impressed with her level of commitment to fitness that all we needed to do was implement more fundamental Strength Training into her program and move away from the conditioning/cardio that she was accustomed to doing. In just a few short weeks, we’ve managed to drop 11 lbs along with 2 inches around her waist, 2 inches around her hips, and 4 inches around her thighs. More importantly the visual transformation is phenomenal and we just started getting into all of the fun stuff such as emphasizing tempo and continuous tension to her muscles along with food flexibility (i.e. Free Meals, PWO Ice Cream, etc.). Loretta says, “Coach I am so excited!!! My face is leaning out and I’m also wearing full sleeved shirts for the first time in years because I don’t feel like a sausage. My shoulders are starting …

“Eating Whole for Optimum Living”

We live in a society where creative marketing dominates our every day choices in life. From our fashion, to our interests and hobbies, all the way to our food choices, we are constantly bombarded with limitless options and fancy advertising campaigns. With regards to food, mankind’s progression in manipulating chemicals, processing flavors, and harvesting preservatives has steered us away from what our body really desires – good old fashioned whole food eating. In fact, as our mastery in science grows we get further and further away from the essential nutrients that our bodies really require. Unnecessary weight gain, deteriorated health, and elevated stress has never been so rampant as it is today and the most simple solution to combat these ailments are eating the right nutrients from quality foods. As a Diet Coach, many of my clients suffer from unwanted weight gain year in and year out without even knowing the reason why? Often their response is, “But I eat healthy all the time…”. Unfortunately when I dissect their eating patterns and habits this usually …

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Success Story

While I take enormous pleasure watching my girls transform, the feeling of watching my girls grow into something more than they ever imagined truly makes my job as a Coach 1000 times more rewarding. TEAM STRONG GIRLS May R. has accomplished so much in such a short period of time and now has her own blog sharing with us her journey from her own perspective. If you haven’t signed up for her blog, please take moment to do so and find out how this incredible STRONG MOMMY of 3 completely transformed her body (20 lbs lost and a couple of trophies for her first Bikini show) and has now embraced the Fitness Lifestyle! I’m so proud of her!!! http://strongbikinimom.com/my-story/  

Dieting can be a lonely road but don’t ever give up!

One of my clients asked me a question the other day. She has been doing such a wonderful job staying on plan but struggles around the food choices from her husband and 3 children. For the record, her progress is nothing short of extraordinary and I can’t wait to share her pictures but I wanted to share my reply to her: “While it’s no doubt the dieting process can be exponentially easier with our spouses joining in on all the fun, unfortunately, we’re usually travelling this road alone when it comes to home life and we can’t expect our family to embark on the same path or follow the same rules because everyone’s goals are different. Even though it may seem like you’re standing alone at home, the best thing we can do is set an example of better health. Nothing convinces people more than seeing a complete change, not only physically, but psychologically and emotionally. We can’t convince others to change their lifestyle or the food choices that they make and it certainly feel …