All posts tagged: #WeightLoss

Guilt Free and On Plan Egg Salad

  Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious serving of egg salad? Too bad most egg salads are loaded with creamy dressings that pack in tons of extra calories and unhealthy fats! Today I’m sharing a healthy version of egg salad with you that will please your taste buds while taking you one step closer to achieving your fitness goals. All of that hard work that you put into your workouts can quickly and easily be lost on unhealthy eating – which is why it’s so important to enjoy light, protein-filled meals like this one. Servings: 2 Here’s what you need… 4 hard-boiled eggs with yolks removed 1 hard-boiled egg 2 tablespoons nonfat mayonnaise 2 stalks celery, finely diced 2 whole wheat English Muffins, toasted 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 pinch celery seeds salt and cracked black pepper to taste 2 small tomatoes, sliced Chop the egg whites and the whole egg and place in a mixing bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise, celery, onion powder, celery seeds, salt and pepper. Cover and chill. Mix well. Place the …

Fat Loss, Digestion, and Eating Slower

When setting up a good nutrition program, most people are alarmed with the amount of food they are starting off to eat. Of course since the diet is all whole food sources, we are dealing with low calorie/high volume food versus high calorie/low volume junk food. Eating food creates a “demand” on our metabolism in the same manner as lifting weights puts a demand on our muscles to grow, become stronger, and take shape. By eating high quality whole foods, we are putting a demand on our metabolism to grow more powerful and oxidize our food more efficiently. With metabolism rising through eating, we also have increased body temperature which also require more oxygen uptake (just like fire needs oxygen). This is also where we get the old adage “starve a fever” when we’re sick. When we add digestion into the mix, the process of digestion is designed to break down food into microscopic morsels that it can be sent to your cells and combusted with your increased oxygen uptake for energy release (i.e. “oxidized”) which …

POOR PLANNING VERSUS PLANNING

A couple of years ago, my hubby and I had the blessed opportunity to visit Japan as part of our honeymoon. This, of course, was a surprise to me because my husband likes to live by the seat of his pants and take me along on his adventures (part of why I love him and also how he drives me crazy lol) so he completely rerouted our trip home from Hawaii to the opposite direction (who does this??? LOL!) all because he wanted to eat sushi at a particular restaurant that required booking a few months in advance. I’m a planner. So after our very organized trip to Hawaii, I had some anxiety leaving the planning to my hubby going to Japan but because this was his idea I left it to him to research what we we were going to do and see. Because life with my hubby is always an adventure, I just sat back and let everything unfold because he is oodles of fun. Of course he barely did any planning beginning …

“I was struggling with my weight for quite some time and tried so many diets…”

One of my favourite STRONG MOMMY Transformations courtesy of the gorgeous Jen M. who dropped 35 lbs and is not only looking incredible and also feeling fantastic! With a strategy of eating whole foods, plenty of food flexibility, and an introduction into weight lifting (and moving away from mind numbing cardio), she knocked her goals out of the park surpassing what she originally planned out for herself. Even better she shredded an incredible 7 inches around her belly button, 6 inches off of her things, and another 6 inches off of her hips! Jen says, “When I first decided to sign up with Jenny I didn’t know what to expect. I had been struggling with my weight for quite some time and tried a number of different diets, etc. I knew I wanted to not only lose weight but get stronger and look healthier and fit and looking at Jenny’s other client success stories that how they all appeared! I sent Jenny my goals, which were more aggressive goals than I ever set for myself but …

Looking for faster weight loss? Read how water can help!

Client – “Jenny my diet is on point but I’m starting to feel low energy, my weight is fluctuating, and my strength is waning. I’m not sure what’s going on?” Jenny – “Are you drinking all of your assigned water?” Client – “Not really. I tend to forget.” Jenny – “Drink your 3-4 Litres daily please” New clients always start off talking to me about weight loss and I always move the conversation to metabolism (because of my commitment to long term fat loss) but what does metabolism exactly mean? In a nutshell metabolism is the sum total of all the chemical reactions in the body but more specifically when it comes to calorie burning metabolism, I am referring to thermic efficiency. So naturally an increased thermic rate within our bodies increases the requirement for water. Since consistent exercise is a big component of my fat loss strategy with my clients and (thermic rate is higher), the energy substrates that are in our muscles (such as ATP, CP, and glycogen) requires more intracellular water to …

Weight Loss in a nutshell…

One of the biggest reasons people fail or give up on their diet is because they’ve never truly understood the process or been given realistic expectations for true fat loss. When it comes to weight loss, there will be good weeks and slow weeks. But if you’re fully compliant there are never, ever bad weeks or even reasons to be discouraged. Most of us have tried fad diets in the past and may have lost some weight off right off the bat and this is usually followed by the weight being put back on because the methods were too extreme. I’ll repeat over and over again that this is NOT a good dieting strategy. This would be like getting your hair done and having it look fantastic after the salon only to have it all fall off the next week. A great dieting strategy is one that is long lasting, sustainable and maintainable. This process takes time and does not happen overnight just like gaining body fat doesn’t happen after consuming one off plan meal. …

Daily Rituals

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! With 2016 now here (YAY!), I want to ask you all how many of you achieved what you set out to do for the year? How many of you had actual objectives? Some of the things that I’m going to be focusing on with my clients on an interactive basis is goal setting, making true decisions, leaning from your decisions, staying committed to your decisions (but flexible with your approach), and (most importantly) enjoying the decisions you made. Of course all of this encompasses diet and training but obviously can cover a lot of other things in your lives as well. What really changed my life a few years back was to create STRONG, personal, guilt-free behaviours that are congruent to my goals as a person, as a wife (and now as a mother), and as business woman that are done on a DAILY BASIS. Make no mistake in thinking that my rules that I apply to myself are righteous or correct (you might actually disagree with them) but these are rules …

10 Year Wedding Anniversary…

My client, STRONG MOMMY Joanna F. (who works with me from Paraguay), is looking spectacular in her wedding dress (especially with those STRONG GIRL shoulders and arms!) as she celebrates her 10 Year Wedding Anniversary with Rio De Janeiro in the background! Joanna says, “Hi Jenny! It was always my dream to be able to wear my wedding dress again on my 10th anniversary and do a photoshoot in it. A lady once told me that once I become a mother that my body will never be the same either through weight gain or the way clothes will fit such as a pair of old jeans. At that time I didn’t know what to think but today I know it is possible…and to in even better shape than when I was younger! My jeans are even smaller and I also fit into my wedding dress! Being a mom of 2 required more dedication and commitment for me to stay on track with my workout and eat with compliance but I know how important it is …

Don’t limit yourself…

Don’t limit yourself with the infinite opportunities that are out there to be the best version of you possible! It’s out there but we have to actively seek it out. – If your habits/behaviours are holding you back, change them – If your schedule constantly doesn’t allow you to better yourself, plan and get organized (we only have 1 life to live…live it with purpose and happiness) – If the people around you are negative, find new people to hang around with – If the people you go to eat with constantly sabotage your diet, find new people to dine with Do NOT stay in your comfort zone if your life is cascading out of control and you’re not able to accomplish your goals because it’s far more dangerous to do that (and live like that) than to look for solutions to your problems. There are also an infinite amount of people that have the same fitness, weight loss, or health goals as you do. Find them! The best decision I ever made for myself …

Plan, plan, plan when it comes to Weight Loss

One of the biggest challenges that new mommies have with #Postpartum weight loss is where to start. It’s so easy to let the hectic lifestyle of being a parent overwhelm us and eating habits get thrown out the door…even completely lost for that matter. When I begin work with a client, the best course of action is obviously the one that works best for them (we all have different lifestyles and responsibilities) but before being able to figure that out in detail we must begin to accurately track nutrition and workouts. This is likely my first recommendation to anyone starting on their weight loss journey and even progressing along with their fitness goals! As a new Mommy myself, I’m still learning how to balance my schedule and workload while being attentive to my growing 8 month old Baby Boy so knowing exactly what I’m eating in advance (and exactly how much) allows me to keep adequately fuelled and also on track with my fitness goals. My Protein, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fats, and Vitamin/Mineral intake is all …