Sorry Kid, You Can’t Eat That

Surprisingly, I have gone back and forth about writing this post.  Then it hit me, while watching a segment about allergies on Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today Show – the whole reason I started my journey in public was for other moms like me to not feel alone.

I was “that mom”, the one who wanted to do everything in my power to ensure my son was not immune to the world, especially as a first time mother.  I wasn’t scared of dirt or germs.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I was cautious but tried not to be crazy.

Early on in his tiny human life we found out that my son had eczema.  No problem, trips to the tiny human dermatologist and some extra tlc and lotion.  But, when we couldn’t seem to get his eczema under control, our pediatrician suggested that we do a few tests to see if it could be something else – allergies.  This all happened pretty early on, prior to trying solid foods with him.   At the time, I didn’t think anything of it.  In my head, I wasn’t worried.  I have never had allergies and my husband didn’t either, so I just assumed the tests would come back normal.  Well, if you haven’t guessed yet, I was wrong.  When the doctor phoned to see if I had time to talk, I was scared.  My little guy was allergic to nuts and seeds and egg.  I had so many emotions running through my head it was spinning.  I was scared, nervous, angry, sad . . I could go on and on.  I wanted to learn as much as I could about them from how severe they were to what I need to look out for and what to do if he has a reaction.

What scared me more than any of this was that our pediatrician only tested a few items initially.  How we found out Brodie was allergic to GLUTEN was due to a major skin reaction during a playgroup where flour was being used.  He had his hands in the flour bin for all of two minutes before moving on and all of a sudden his entire body started to break out in red hives and my mom instincts took over.  Luckily it was only a skin reaction and I got him to the doctor as fast as I’ve ever done anything in my life.  A few hours at the doctor and dose of Benadryl made the reaction go away.

All of a sudden, I felt the world was against us and that I had done something wrong to give this to him.  You get nervous going out to eat.  You are anxious when you go to playgroups.  You worry that you can’t protect him.  Anytime we would leave the house, I would be attempting to analyze our locations – try to see if I can find anything that could potentially set off an allergic reaction.  I became a nervous wreck . .on the inside.  My diaper bag and purse ALWAYS have an epi-pen and Benadryl, just in case.  But you can’t live life like that, I would be going crazy.  Now it’s about being as cautious as I can and being prepared.

I will say this; my emotional battle has gotten better.  You find that because allergies are more common now that the world has had to adjust to some extent.  Most restaurants have gluten-free menus and scratch kitchens and are more aware of allergies.  You do find your favorites – places that are more aware and better at accommodating.  You learn to read the packaging and ingredient lists on EVERYTHING.  I mean who knew Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was made with eggs??!  Or that most gluten-free bread added eggs to their ingredient list?

In this day and age, it’s important for all parents, whether or not your child has allergies, be informed.  Ask questions.  Know what to do if you are with a child who has an allergic reaction. Be proactive – know if any of the children under your supervision have allergies and be aware of what’s in the food you’re feeding those children and what is in your home.

Mommin ain’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

 

 

 

 

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Perfectly Imperfect: Finding YOUR Balance Challenge Group

I am human. I am not perfect. I don’t eat salads 24/7/365. I don’t workout all day, everyday. I don’t judge you for your food choices. I will help you find YOUR balance in life. I will help YOU figure out what works for YOU. I will help you find your PERFECT BALACE to reach your goals. This challenge group isn’t about me, it’s about YOU and letting me help you.
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Since college, I had always struggled with my weight. It was one diet and crazy fad after another. And believe me, I tried them ALL! I was the chronic “Monday Dieter”, i.e – I was constantly telling myself I’ll start Monday. Maybe I would eat well and workout during the week but the second the weekend hit, I went crazy, think children’s birthday party. I was always telling myself it was okay because my diet would start Monday.

Well, wouldn’t you know, that perfect Monday never came and for years my weight was a rollercoaster of highs and lows. I never could get it right . . until NOW!

Over the last year, I have spent time figuring out what works. Being able to live my life but in a healthier way.

**I have learned how to travel and vacation without gaining weight ** I have learned how to eat out and not lose sight of my goals ** I have learned how to have balance ** I have learned that I don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get in shape

YOU CAN STILL LIVE YOUR LIFE AND GET FIT!

Let me teach you –
• Meal planning made easy
• Simple, easy portion controlled nutrition
• No counting calories, no counting points
• Healthy swaps
• 30 min / day workouts
• Workouts you can do from ANYWHERE with wifi
• How to eat out and travel without ruining any progress you have made
• CRUSH YOUR GOALS!

Would you believe that in ONLY 4 weeks you could make serious changes?!

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet!! I want to give you tools that will last a lifetime!!

>>WARNING<<
Side effect: you may get into the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE and feel AMAZING!!

30 days with me requires you to have 100% commitment & willingness to step out of your comfort zone and get down to business!

This group requires that I AM YOUR COACH & that you commit to a fitness program that we will decide on together, replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology and actively participate in the group online.

Are you ready to do this?!?!

Are you in??? Respond that you are going to the event, invite some friends & make sure to fill out the application below!!!

Complete the application below: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ

I will be in contact with you in the next 24 hours with details.

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

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Beachbody Coaching – Could It Be For YOU?

Until you have a child, you have no idea how you will feel or what you would do.  When I first had Brodie and realized I would ALWAYS have to decide between him or my business, I knew what I needed to do for myself and my family was to close my business.  Was it easy? NO.  Was I upset?  YES.  I had worked hard on that business for over 3 years.  I had made so many friends.  I had inspired others to start businesses of their own.  Was I judged for this?  YES.  But until you become a Mama Bear yourself and decide what is best for YOU then have no idea what you will do.  Every family is different.

What I found has given me so much than I ever imagined!  I found a community of women who lift each other up daily, motivate each other to be better wives, better mothers, better friends, better co-workers.
What I get to do each and every day is not only be with my son ALL THE TIME but I also get to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and BE THERE for others. I get to help them to become stronger (whatever that means for them), to dominate their health and fitness journey and go after what it is they want out of life.
And guess what??
I GET PAID TO DO THIS!!
AND YOU CAN TO!
I work the hours I want.  And wherever I want.  I am my own boss but I am also part of a team so you are never alone.  YOU alone decide how much or how little you want to work.
Looking for some spare spending money?
Looking for something to help get you more active?
Looking to make an impact?
Looking to make a serious income?
Looking for a career you can do while staying home with your kiddos?
Looking to get out of a job that doesn’t make you happy?
If any of these are YOU, join ME on August 24th for a FREE, NO OBLIGATION Sneak Peak into what exactly all this Coaching is all about.
Email me at jennsanny@gmail.com for more information!
Remember: You only regret the chances you do not take.

BACK TO SCHOOL SURVIVAL CHALLENGE

I don’t know about you but it’s hard to believe Summer is coming to an end. With the end of Summer comes back to school. My little man is not in school yet but that doesn’t mean I’m not always “on the go”. As a mom, there are playgroups and classes, family activities and “mom duties”. It can all catch you off guard and unprepared when dinner rolls around.

If you’re anything like me, whenever I have a schedule change it can totally shake me up and that includes my eating and workouts. I thrive on a schedule – knowing where and when things will happen so when that changes it can totally rock my world and that is when I would always lose my self-control. Eating would get out of control – drive-thru’s, fast food and frozen meals, parking myself on the couch and heading home early rather than getting my butt to the gym. But that has all changed for me. I know how to roll with the punches and make that work for me. So let me work for you!

I want to help get you set up, become prepared and get you a little “me time”!

Let me teach you –
• Meal planning made easy
• Simple, easy portion controlled nutrition
• No counting calories, no counting points
• Healthy swaps
• 30 min / day workouts
• Workouts you can do from ANYWHERE with wifi
• How to eat out and travel without ruining any progress you have made
• CRUSH YOUR GOALS!

Would you believe that in ONLY 4 weeks you could make serious changes?!

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet!! I want to give you tools that will last a lifetime!!

>>WARNING<<
Side effect: you may get into the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE and feel AMAZING!!

30 days with me requires you to have 100% commitment & willingness to step out of your comfort zone and get down to business!

This group requires that I AM YOUR COACH & that you commit to a fitness program that we will decide on together, replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology and actively participate in the group online.

***There are only 15 spots available and it’s first come first serve! ***

Are you ready to do this?!?!

Are you in??? Invite some friends & make sure to fill out the application below!!!

Complete the application here: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ

I will be in contact with you in the next 24 hours with details.

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

Join the Facebook Group here!

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.

 

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)

SUMMERTIME SIZZLE CHALLENGE GROUP

You Are Invited to join me for 37 days {1 week of prep and 4 weeks of clean eating and 30 minute workouts} for some SUMMERTIME accountability!

I don’t know about you but Margartias, Mojitos, Ice Cream and Summer life can easily swallow me up if I let it! But I have learned so much about my own personal health & fitness and truthfully how I feel when I fuel up with good food that I don’t want to go back to my old ways!

I love teaching other people how to do the same!

So I’m putting my expertise to the test and running a mid summer group to teach you a few things:

-Balance between those summer treats and your goals.
-How to travel and eat healthy.
-How to make a meal plan.
-Healthy summer swaps.
-Proper portion size.
-30 minute total body workouts.
-At least 1 cheat meal per week.

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet, or something you feel deprived by! My goal is to give you tools that will last forever!

You will be given KNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT and INSPIRATION daily to workout, eat healthy and crush your goals! Stop making excuses and start forming habits that will last a lifetime.

Are you in??? Respond that you are going to the event, invite some friends & let’s do this!!!

I WANT IN!

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

Getting Real: My Journey

I’m going to get real here for a second . . .

After having my son, I was proud of what my body had done.  I mean it just created life – that is truly remarkable!  Even with this miraculous tiny human, I just didn’t feel great about myself.  I was tired, my body was not what it once was and my emotions were all over the place!  I needed an outlet to find the new me.

Unlike every woman I hear about, breastfeeding did NOT melt away the pounds.  I knew I would need to work at it.  Unfortunately, with my husband working full-time and my family far away, if I wanted to workout outside of the house that would need to happen either late at night or on the weekends.  Let’s be honest, heading out to a class at 7/8pm was less than ideal for this sleep deprived momma.  Plus, there are some many other things I would like to do at that time – rest, catch up with my husband, rest, cuddle Bo Jangles, rest . . . I think you get the idea.

So, I turned to Beachbody and their On Demand website of programs.  I will admit, I was skeptical at first.  Get in shape in my home in only 30 minutes a day?!  I just did not see it happening but I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  I mean, I didn’t have a lot of “free time” as it stood so naptime workouts were all I could do.

After 4 months, I had dropped 18 pounds, was back to my pre-baby weight and felt more energized than I had before.  Making that time for myself, even 30 minutes a day, was exactly what I needed to feel myself again, gain much needed energy, and become stronger not only on the outside but the inside as well which in turn made me a better wife and mother.  I’m now down almost 30 pounds and my journey is still only just beginning!!

The inspiration, the support and being back in fitness, finding my strength is what pushed me to become a Beachbody Coach.  I want to help others find that stronger version of themselves and realize that you can do it.  So, join me, follow me, watch me from afar – whatever you chose I hope I can bring just one person some inspiration to do something they didn’t think they could do or to find their “groove” again.  For me, I only wish I had found it sooner!

Anything is possible.  DREAM BIG!

Pursue Your Passion – Coaching Sneak Peak

Have you ever thought about making an additional income for your family, from home, while reaching your FITNESS goals? Are you passionate about health and fitness and sharing that PASSION with others??

Then WHY NOT give Beachbody Coaching a try? What have YOU got to lose?

I got into Beachbody after giving birth to my son Brodie. I was feeling lost and unhappy in my skin but felt ashamed of those feelings as I had just given birth to the most amazing little boy. But I just knew that I needed to make a change. I needed to do something to “get my groove back” and that is when I got into Beachbody.

I love everything the company stands for and even more than that I LOVE what it has done for me. And I simply wanted to pay that forward.

You do not need to be an expert, super fit, or even fit for that matter. You don’t need a degree or a certification. You just need to want to help people, be self led, and find personal freedom.

If you’re curious, interested or simply want to find out more, comment “I’M INTERESTED” or email me at jennsanny@gmail.com – My coach and team are hosting a no strings attached 3 day sneak peek online event so you can gather more information about the business and the opportunity!  You’ll learn what a coach does, how to earn, what is the cost to sign up and what type of training I will provide to you!!

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
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Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches’ actual incomes.” In addition, please provide prospective and current Coaches with the link to the Statement of Independent Coach Earnings.

Summer Slim Down!

SUMMER SLIM DOWN CHALLENGE

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means – tank tops, sundresses and BIKINIS! Eek!

If you are looking to jump start your fitness results, break a plateau, increase your strength or want to get healthier then let me help you.

I am launching my Summer Slim down Accountability and Support Group on June 6th.

For 30 days we are going to work together and I am going to share sample meal plans, recipes, snack ideas, motivation, daily accountability, a workout program designed to fit your needs and well balanced nutrition. You will not be alone in this – I will be with you as well as a community of others available to help answer questions and support you 24/7.

If this is something that interests you, comment below or email me at jennsanny@gmail.com

LET’S DO THIS!