Where It All Began

When people ask the question “WHY?” it is so much more powerful a question than they may realize.  It goes much deeper and you wonder, how much time do you have??

On August 15, 2015, I gave birth to the love of my life – Brodie.  It was a roller coaster of fun for the better part of 24 hours.  I was active (for the most part) of my pregnancy and gained roughly 35 pounds by the time little man decided to arrive.  He is my little slice of heaven.  Being a mom is not easy – it is the hardest, most amazing, most rewarding “thing” I’ve ever done in my life.  And now, I can’t imagine my life without him, or what it was like before him.

After I had him, I felt off.  I was emotional.  I was tired.  I was all over the map with my emotions.  I felt disgusting, felt like I looked like an umpa-loompa.  How could my husband possible find me attractive again?  I needed something.  I needed an outlet – some “me” time.

After 5 months, I had lost only 15 of the 35 pounds I had gained.  Breastfeeding wasn’t making the pounds fall off.  So, I knew I needed to make a change while still allowing my body to get the calories and nutrients it needed to feed my tiny, amazing human.   With my husband’s work schedule and not wanting to lose out on time with my family, I didn’t know what to do.  That is when I found Beachbody.

With Beachbody, I was able to workout at home, on my own time and schedule.  The nutrition is easy to follow portion control.   There were no counting calories, no figuring out and counting points.  And I was still getting all the nutrition and calories that I needed to support breastfeeding my son.

It’s been 7 months since I started and I have lost over 40 pounds!! In the last three months, I have lost over 11.5inches!  And I’m not stopping anytime soon!  But it is what I have GAINED that is even greater – confidence, strength, energy, passion  . . . . . . I feel that I have become a better wife and mother.

In the middle of all this, I was also running my small business.  It was an up early, up late work all day kind of job.  There is no rest when you own the business personally.  In the 3 years that I owned it, I had A LOT of life changes.  I got engaged, married, became pregnant, had my son and lost all 3 of my living grandparents.  When I had Brodie, I had no idea that it would change my life quite the way that it had. He become my top priority but unfortunately when you own a business that is your number one responsibility and after ear-infections and high fevers and everything else that came with my precious munchkin I had had ENOUGH of putting him second.  Every time I had an employee not show up for their shift or being broken into twice or legal battles with our slumlord landlord – I knew my heart wasn’t in it anymore.  I knew that while I was my own boss that my family would NEVER come first, it would always be the business.  I knew that I wanted to never again have to sacrifice family time because of my work.  It simply wasn’t worth it to me.  So with a heavy heart, my husband and I decided it was time to move on and close the business.  I wanted Brodie to be my number one and know he was my number one that NOTHING came ahead of him and being his mother.  But when you find out all the countless lives that you’ve changed and the people that started their businesses because of you, it makes you realize the passion you have for health and fitness.  It was time to find another way that would allow me to be with my son and still inspire and motivate others at the same time.

With Beachbody Coaching that has become possible.  There are no set hours, no physical location that needs to be managed.  I can work when and where I need to.  And it gives me the support and accountability that I need to stay on track with my own health and fitness journey while helping others at the same time.  But it has given me so much more than I ever could have imagined in the short time that I have been part of this extraordinary company.

I want my son to learn from me.  I want to be a role model to him that I can be proud of.  I want him to learn to be active and really live life to the fullest.  I want him to learn to DREAM BIG and anything is possible.  With a bit of HEART and HUSTLE you can turn your PASSION into REALITY.

 

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The Lowdown – 21 Day Fix

It’s about to go down – your weight that is!  As I break down the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan for YOU.

I once saw a video of someone who said they disliked the fact that it was called “Fix” because that implied that something was broken but the fact is that 21 Day Fix is in fact fixing something that is broken – eating habits.  Right now more than one-third of US Adults are obese and almost one-fourth of adolescents.  Let’s be honest, that is not good.  But I’m not here to talk stats, I’m here to help YOU change your life.  And a big part of that is understanding how to eat healthy and get your nutrition in check.

What I love about the 21 Day Fix is that is simple, easy to follow, portion control.  You aren’t told you CAN’T eat certain food groups or that you have to count calories or points.  Basically, if it fits in it’s appropriate container, you can eat it!  Yeah!

 

Here are some basics for you:

  • When you order the 21 Day Fix, it comes with 7 color-coded containers:
    • Green Container (Vegetables): 1 1/4 cups
    • Purple Container (Fruits): 1 1/4 cups
    • Red Container (Protein): 3/4 cups
    • Yellow Container (Carbs): 1/2 cups
    • Blue Container (Healthy Fats and Nuts): 1/4 cups
    • Orange Container (Seeds and Dressings): 2 tbsp.
  • How do I know how many of each container I can have in a day?
    • Simple calculation that you are given, which is also included in your package
  • Don’t feel like you have to eat all your containers. If you aren’t hungry, then don’t eat for the sake of eating.
  • If you find you need more food, start by adding a Green Container first.
  • You will want to spread your containers out throughout the day – between 3 meals and 2 snacks, roughly 2-3 hours apart. This will help keep your metabolism going and burning throughout the day.

This plan is about teaching you to eat clean, healthy food.  It is not a diet but a way to a healthier life that will become a lifestyle for you.

 

Sample Meal Plan

21DFX – Sample Meal Plan

 

Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology blended with ice, coffee, 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/4 banana (1 Red, 1 Purple)

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Morning Snack: 3/4 cup Yogurt (1 Red)

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast, Spaghetti Squash, Feta and Cucumbers (1 Red, 2 Green, 1 Blue)

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Afternoon Snack: 1 cup Strawberries (1 Purple)

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Dinner: Filet, Asparagus and Sweet Potato (1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 2 Oils)

Ready to try it for yourself and make a change to healthier, fitter life?  YES!

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling #MomBod – Tips and Tricks for Fitness On the Go

There was a time when travelling – anywhere – meant I would fall off the wagon.  It didn’t matter if I was heading back home by car, flying to my sister’s for a weekend of shenanigans or heading somewhere tropical for a getaway with my husband.  It was always the same – unhealthy snacks or airport food and the idea that I would pack my workout gear “just in case”.  That “just in case” never happened as they always came back home just as clean as when they left.  What I have learned since beginning my #mombod journey is that I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to keep moving forward.

What does this mean?

  • I have figured out what foods (or snacks) to pack in my carry-on
  • I have planned ahead and packed a healthy meal option in case one doesn’t exist for my breakfast or lunch at my destination
  • I have figured out what workouts can be done on-the-go
  • I have learned to make a plan for myself ahead of my travels so I’m not winging-it while away
  • I have learned if I do miss a workout that it’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of my “diet” that I am creating a healthy lifestyle for myself and that perfection is not a requirement

 

What are my favorite / go-to flight snacks?

  • Banana / grapes / apple / orange – I’m not always great at getting my portion of fruits in on a normal day but these are great to travel with. I like to put them pre-packed in the fridge, ready to grab and go whenever your flight is.
  • Carrots with hummus – Snag yourself a couple of those pre-portioned hummus packs and some carrots. I also happen to enjoy sliced zucchini with hummus.
  • Pre-portioned nuts – almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts (all natural – i.e. – unsalted, not chocolate covered, etc.)
  • Single-serve string cheese

 

What are my go-to workouts?

  • With Beachbody On Demand, you can workout anywhere you can bring your iPhone – with or without Wi-Fi
  • Prior to leaving on my trip, I will make a game plan for what workouts I might like to do and I will make sure to download 5/6 of the workouts on the BOD app on my iPhone. This way if I have no access to Wi-Fi I am still covered.
  • I am currently doing Insanity Max: 30, which makes it easy for me to pre-plan as I will simply download the next 5/6 workouts on my calendar. With this fitness program, you don’t need weights or any other equipment it uses your bodyweight with cardio
  • Other go-to programs: 21 Day Fix Extreme – Pilates Fix Extreme uses a band which travels very easily; CIZE – who doesn’t love a good dance session, also without any fitness equipment.
  • With any of these programs, you need very little space, about your heights worth of floor space and you are good to go!

 

My other travel notes:

  • I like to have a look at potential meal / menu options. If we’re heading out to dinner at certain places, then I’ll have a look over the menu ahead of time and plan out what I will eat.  This way I don’t feel rushed when it comes time to order and end up picking something spur-of-the-moment that I’ll regret later.
  • I pack enough Shakeology single-serve packets for at least one a day, sometimes I plan for two, again just in case. I’ll typically have one for breakfast every day with some fruit so that I know that I am at the very least starting the day off with a serious dose of nutrition in my belly.  On vacation I will mix it with ice and water or with my recent travels to the UK, coffee!  No need for a blender or anything but my Shakeology cup.
  • In the last 10 months, I plan my days based on my son’s naps / nap schedule. His naps typically last an hour and a half – but you never know.  When we recently travelled to the UK, some days they were only 40 minutes, hence why I like to plan ahead.  This way I can make the most of my “free time”.  During nap #1 (aka his morning nap), I will use this time to get my 30-minute workout in and hopefully a shower.  This way I get my workout out of the way early, start my day with a boost of energy and can enjoy whatever comes our way!
  • If you want to stay on track I say have a plan. For me, I don’t plan to get up at a certain time in the morning as my son’s sleep can be unpredictable and for me getting enough sleep is important.  So, I plan my workouts around naps instead.  Whatever you do, make it a priority.
  • Do NOT get down on yourself if you miss a workout. That doesn’t constitute the end of your journey.  As long as you are moving forward that’s all that matters.

 

I’m not perfect and I won’t lie and tell you that I workout every single day and I eat healthy 100% of the time.  I enjoy a glass of wine just as much as the next gal.  I have simply learned that if I miss a workout or enjoy that glass of wine I am not derailing all of my efforts and remind myself this is a journey I am on.  I focus on eating healthy at least 80% of the time.  There will be bumps in the road.  It is how you move forward that matters.

I am always working to become better, stronger, healthier.  I am always working on being an amazing role model for my son.  I am always working on being a better wife to my husband.

Don’t be afraid of traveling.  Make a plan.  And remember that no matter what happens your journey to being healthier continues.

 

 

Sunning with Snacks

I don’t know about you, but the warm weather here in Boston has me thinking about heading to the beach, pool or even out for a picnic.  It’s always tricky to figure out what to pack to keep that healthy eating plan going.  I’ve put together a list of my go-to favorites that I think you will like.  Just don’t forget your cooler and ice pack!

SNACKS

Whole Fruits and Vegetables

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges

Frozen Grape Pops (1 Green)

  • Skewer whole grapes and place in the freezer overnight

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Hummus with Carrot and Celery Sticks (1 Green, 1 Blue)

Nuts (1 Blue)

  • Almonds (12)
  • Cashews (8)
  • Peanuts (14)
  • Walnuts (8 halves)

String Cheese (1 Blue)

Fruit Salad (Purple)

  • Raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries

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LUNCH

Whole Wheat Wraps (1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow)

  • Turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado (1/4)

 

Cucumber Mozzarella Salad (2 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Orange)

  • Cucumber, tomato, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

 

Chicken and pineapple Skewers (1 Red, 1 Orange, 1 Purple)

 

Pasta Salad (1 Red, 2 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Orange)

  • Whole wheat pasta, cucumber, tomato, feta, balsamic vinaigrette

Country Heat OFFICIAL Test Group: Join NOW

It’s coming!  Will you be ready?!

I am so excited to announce that I will be running an OFFICIAL TEST GROUP for Beachbody’s newest, hottest fitness program – COUNTRY HEAT starting on August 1st!

Do you want to be the first to sweat, transform and challenge yourself?!

 Will you be THE ONE to be selected to be highlighted for your AMAZING results and win $500?!

 

COUNTRY HEAT features the hottest country music, using fully licensed songs that you’ve probably heard on the radio. Not only did Autumn pick these songs for their popularity, she specifically matched her moves to the faster and slower beats to create the perfect interval training within each routine. The result? A fired-up metabolism that burns maximum calories and fat—in just 30 minutes a day!

 

What is COUNTRY HEAT?

Country Heat is a high-energy, low-impact dance workout that’s so simple and so fun, you’ll love it from the very first step. Each 30-minute routine is packed with easy-to-follow dance moves set to the hottest country music around.

All you have to do is follow along and before you know it, you’re scorching calories, burning fat, and melting away the pounds as you reshape your entire body – all in just 30 days.

Plus, it comes with an easy-to-follow portion control nutrition plan to maximize your results.

 

Who is the IDEAL COUNTRY HEAT participant?

Anyone who’s looking for a simple, fun, and effective way to lose weight and get fit.

While Country Heat is perfect for beginners, it’s also a great cardio-based workout for people at all fitness levels who like to dance or want to stay in shape.

It’s also a great choice for people who like to dance but are intimidated by choreography. There are no complicated moves, no weights or equipment—just follow along and you’ll be dancing right from Day One.

Also great for anyone looking for a low-impact exercise program (no jumping or weights).

 

COUNTRY HEAT’S choreography is simple; all you have to do is follow along! Autumn teaches you two steps at a time, then moves on to the next two steps. And you don’t need to memorize anything.

 

 LET’S SEE SOME TRANSFORMATIONS!

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You do NOT want to miss out on this special group!

  • All workouts are ONLY 20 – 30 min
  • No equipment needed
  • Easy to follow nutrition plan
  • You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re working out
  • Be the FIRST to use this high energy, low impact workout
  • Daily support, accountability and motivation
  • Meal plans and recipes
  • CRUSH YOUR GOALS

 

I WANT IN!  How do I join?

  • Complete the application here: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ
  • Email me at jennsanny@gmail.com
  • Join the OFFICIAL COUNTRY HEAT TEST GROUP EVENT: http://bit.ly/2a63fUW
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Thursday Taste: Raspberry Chia Pudding

Raspberry Chia Pudding

 

If you’ve got a craving for something healthy and delicious for these warm summer mornings, look no further than Raspberry Chia Pudding!

Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk beverage
  • 2 tsp. raw honey
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries (reserve 8 for garnish)
  • Fresh mint leaves (for garnish; optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk, honey, chia seeds, and raspberries in a medium bowl; mix well.
  2. Cover bowl; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, mixing after 2 hours.
  3. Place chia seed mixture in small serving glasses or bowls; garnish with raspberries and mint leaves if desired.
  4. Serve and ENJOY!

 

(Recipe courtesy of Beachbody.com)

THURSDAY TASTE: CHOCOLATE SHAKEOLOGY PUDDING

Sometimes the Summertime can be hard to stay on track.  With warmer weather comes a lot of sweet cold treats.  Well, here is a little something to help you get your daily nutrients, tastes delightful and won’t make you feel like you’ve taken a giant jump off the wagon.

CHOCOLATE SHAKEOLOGY PUDDING

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Medium sized banana (frozen)
  • 1.5 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

  • Place Shakeology, banana and almond milk in the blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • If you find it too thick for your liking, simply add a small amount of Almond Milk to your mix and continue to blend
  • If you would like your pudding to be more like ice cream, simply place in the freezer for 1 hour or until firm
  • Serve and ENJOY!