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Never Miss a Monday: Starting off 2016

Happy New Year, who else is adjusting to the idea that we are officially into 2016?! 

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Its so true that after the weekend on Monday it is the BEST time of the week to pick yourself up and give yourself a fresh start, but TODAY…the FIRST Monday of the year is so much more special and important so I am encouraging you today to do ONE thing that brings you closer to improving your health and fitness.

Here are my TOP THREE ways you can start off on the right foot….even if you have not yet defined your health and fitness goals for the year or decided exactly where to start!

1. Move TODAY! Thats right, whether its walking, jogging, running, dancing, stretching, posing, jiggling, jumping, swaying, rowing, swinging, ponging, or just BREATHING….take 20-30minutes to move your body today. We have become accustomed to living a more sedentary lifestyle thanks to the advances in technology and increasing number of hours we spend in front of a screen (be it computer, tablet, phone or TV). Even when we are “plugged” in, our bodies can still MOVE so there are really NO EXCUSES to getting this done today.

2. Make Healthy Food Choices. Make a conscious effort today to choose a piece of fruit over that brownie, say no to a second helping and vow to balance out your meals with protein, healthy fats/carbs and veggies! One way I catch myself is by taking pictures of my food before I eat it—give this a try today and see if you give some pause on what you might ADD or SUBTRACT from your meal to make it healthier!

3. Make a DECISION, Take ACTION! Look at your health and fitness goals. What is one thing that you need to make that a reality this year. Get a COACH, find a MENTOR who has done it and get their advice. Going beyond that, I say enroll into a fitness program, purchase equipment, buy a workout dvd, hire a trainer, join a gym, sign up for that ONE race you want to do this year. Trust me, taking an ACTION step today will propell you forward to where you want to go and help push yourself to change and grow.

So…which will it be for you today, this first MONDAY of 2016?

Maybe if you’re really ambitious, you’ll go for ALL THREE!

Cheers to your good health friends and looking forward to encouraging you to living your best fit life this year. If you are not working with a coach and want to find out how I help others get fit and healthy message me. If you have not checked out the beachbody ON DEMAND fitness library and want a 30 day TRIAL, then click HERE to activate it today (upon activation I will contact you to give you my grocery list and meal plan for the week to help you get started).

All the best!

XO Jenn

 

VIRTUAL #runstreak: First Virtual Race in December

Why wait until January to kick off a YEAR of running with friends near and far! Im honored and pleased to announce I am now an AMBASSADOR for Running on the Wall. One of the things I love about running is actually running races with new friends near and far. Often due to our running budgets and/or travel limitations it could take years before I have the opportunity to meet and run with every running friend I make on social media. That’s why starting THIS MONTH and every month in 2016 you will see an invitation from me to join me in a virtual 5k or 10k. Even if you are a first time runner doing C25k or training for a marathon or ultra, these races should fit somewhere in your training schedule. WHO’s EXCITED?!!! ME!!

Never participated in a virtual run? No worries, I’ll help guide you on how to join in the fun. For now, I want to tell you about THIS MONTHS race and how you can get involved because we are already almost 5 days into December so I want you to get signed up and earn one more medal in 2015! Let’s Do this!

About Running on the Wall.  This onine business and resource for runners was created by two runners, a husband and wife team who felt that they themselves could give the highest quality gear for runners anything related to running. Their first product for sale was a medal holder and since they have created lots of other running-inspired items and sell everything from medal holders to race bib display to running bracelet and virtual race to running tees.

Out of their love for the outdoors, they strive to keep everything offered in store as ‘green’ as possible, making sure that all of the marathon display and medals holders are made from recycled MDF wood and non-chemical based varnishes. Shows their commitment to keep our environment looking as best as possible to ensure we all have many more great outdoor running years ahead.

THE RACE: DECEMBER 2015

For December I have chosen the #shebelievedshecoulddoit virtual 10k race. If you can believe this incredibly affordable deal, for just $29 you receive: Tshirt, Bib and Medal! The great thing about running a virtual race is YOU CAN FIT THIS RACE IN on your OWN TIME! So often I have to pass up on races because I am working on the day of the event. Plus, this is super affordable, sometimes even costing less than running your local races so more money saved in your pocket! You are free to select what race you want to run off their website and guess what….you can SAVE 10% on your order with the CODE: GiveThanks. What race theme and distance is attractive to you?

My race Packet looks like this!

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The FEATURED 10k for this month is #runwithgrace and it is also a 10k, here is what that packet looks like…remember you can select YOUR OWN race to run!

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Two ways to get connected with other runners who are participating in virtual races: 1) use the hashtag #virtualrunning and tag Running on the Wall on Instagram, like and share on their facebook page and tag ME  on social media: jenn on twitter, jenn on instagram, jenn on facebook. 2) Tag or INVITE a friend to join in with you, share on a running group page or call/text a friend about it too.

Since we are all ordering our packets this week, I’m planning to run my 10K the weekend between Christmas and New Years. Who is with me? If you want to join me, check out my events in my facebook page: Jenn Voss Fitness. Comment below or send me an EMAIL (click on link) and lets all end this year running together!

Your running buddy— Jenn xo

New Workout Review: Core Power Yoga!

IMG_4511Gotta love a workout that makes you SWEAT!!

You know that feeling when you wake up and feel muscles you haven’t worked in a while? Well that’s what happened to me after attending my first class at Core Power Yoga—especially around my core and abs! This TUESDAY I’d like to share with you my experience after attending several Yoga Sculpt classes with Core Power Yoga and if you have one of these studios near you I challenge you to go and try a class this month!

                    Yoga Sculpt: What to Expect, What to Bring!                                       Here’s your quick check list for what to bring to your class!

New Running Book: Meb for Mortals is a MUST read!

One thing I’ve learned is improving as a runner doesn’t happen overnight……

What it takes to improve is dedication, commitment, physical and mental training and celebrating in the joy of your journey. Im right now preparing for my 4th marathon and got super excited when I was contacted by Runners World to review the newly released book just out THIS WEEK: Meb for Mortals written by 2014 Boston Marathon Winner Meb Kefelgzighi.

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Disclosure: I received an advanced digital copy of Meb for Mortals by Meb Keflezighi and Scott Douglas through Runner’s World Magazine. No compensation was received and the opinions stated here are my own.

This book is PURE MEB. Each chapter really breaks down Meb from the inside out and the steps he took to becoming a world class runner including his challenges and triumphs.

Chapter 1 Think Like Meb
Chapter 2 Run Like Meb

Spring Clean: Do you need a DETOX and my TOP 3 Faves

Spring has finally SPRUNG! Open the windows, let in the fresh air and deep clean everything. It’s also a good time to take closer look at your own health and see if you might need some internal spring cleaning too.

Have you ever considered doing a DETOX? Well, I will be honest in telling you that when I hear this word I immediately start to cringe because to me it means I will be needing to limit or take away foods from my diet. In some cases, this can be a good thing but to an endurance athlete, we need to keep our fuel clean and keep it coming to give our bodies the nutrition to support the level of training we put in day in and day out. Therefore, it is not usually recommended that anyone in training for any level of Endurance Events/Races participate in a detox. That being said, we all have our “off training” months or even periods within our training schedules where we are working out at a lower intensity and THAT is the perfect time to find a detox program that fits your needs and schedule.  I’d love to share with you some common reasons WHY you might consider or your body might NEED a detox!

  • DeBloat
  • Cravings
  • Weightloss Resistance
  • Insomnia
  • Fluid Retention
  • Moodiness
  • Gallbladder Issues (or you’ve had it removed)
  • Constipated
  • Feeling Depressed
  • Skin Problems/ Allergic Reactions

If you have more than 3 of these symptoms it’s a sure sign that your body might be out of balance and a Detox may be able to help! There are so many programs out there and I’m here to tell you that I’ve tried a couple and happy to give you my take a ways today. I encourage you to look at several options and find one that fits best with your lifestyle. Depending on the intensity of the symptoms you may want a longer program, but for my own personal ACTIVE lifestyle I’m finding that anywhere from 3 to 21 days works for me.

Whole 30. First you should read the book It Starts With Food. This is the bible for this program and will tell you exactly what you can eat and what you will need to limit for 30 days. I say limit because most American’s do not normally eat this way and so it’s a big shock to most people’s body. I mention this one first because it has been recommended to anyone suffering from celiac or gluten sensitivities. If that is you, talk to your doctor and see if plunging head first into this program can deliver you real results, real fast.

21 Day Sugar Detox (Diane Fillapino) Loved this program and especially her cookbook. What’s nice about this program is you can pick your LEVEL of intensity and really ease your way into a “Whole30” level of thinking. You complete a short survey to find out where you should start and for me I was already cutting out dairy and grains so I followed level 3. What really worked for me was creating a list of foods I had that were “approved” for my level of the program taped to my fridge. I listed all the items in my pantry, fridge and pre-made snacks so that helped me eat healthy.

3 Day Refresh (Beachbody) 72 hours is very doable for anyone, which is what makes this program the most versatile ever! It’s also gentle enough that if your wallet allows it you could essentially “Refresh” monthly, but I’m thinking for me I’ll be doing it at least 4-5x a year. Every kit comes with a journal booklet, suggested snacks and meals and daily guide. If you use and follow the friendly “fill-in-the-blank” daily journal you cannot go off track.

No matter what program you choose, be it one of the ones mentioned above or another one that you research on your own, I highly recommend seeking out some sort of support group. For all of these I found an online community of new friends who were doing the same program at the same time. We checked in daily, shared recipes and asked questions of each other for modifications or for suggestions on how to food prep and outside factors like effects it was having on our moods and family/work life. It makes a big difference to know there’s someone you can lean on and everyone brought an energy to pushing through to the end of the program. One final word, it is important to know that a detox is just that, it is a TEMPORARY eating lifestyle. For me, my body is happiest when I find a grey area between Paleo/Whole30/Sugar Detox/LowCarb/NoDairy/LowGrains diet. See what I mean? Everyone’s body, activity and metabolism is on its own frequency so dont try to fit yourself into ONE “boxed” solution.

I’d love to hear from you about your detox journey, keep me posted.  Cheers to your good health!

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