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New Year, New You??

New Year, New You?? Not this lady!! How about New Year, Better Version of YOU??

That really fits more with my mindset. I do not want to be a completely different person, I am finally at a place where I LOVE the woman I have become. That was a lot of hard work but I got here. But we can all use a few improvements right?

I have come along way and for those of you that are new to this page. Let me share a little with you. I could write a novel but I will try to keep it shorter than that HAHA 

I grew up overweight and with very low self-esteem
I lost weight in my 20s through a series of yo-yo diets that turned into a 2 year battle with starvation that alternated with bulimia.
Then became skinny and still not happy……
Met my hubby fell in love and entered my blissful honeymoon phase hahahaha but was still not loving myself
Became exercise obsessed. Used the elliptical at the gym for up to 3 hours a day (how did I find the time???)
Became pregnant with my daughter and enjoyed a very healthy and relaxed pregnancy
C-section birth and could not exercise!!! This was a struggle for me. Once given the ok I had a fear of exercising and tearing the incision so I waited an extra 2 months!
Lost all the baby weight with breast-feeding only to gain it all back when I stopped breast-feeding (damn hormones!!)
Joined my first online home fitness challenge group. Lost 15 pounds in 21 Days and finally found something I could live with. Hello 30 minutes a day of exercise!! Balanced diet…. still drink wine and eat chocolate!!! YASSS
Started my own coaching business and challenge groups. Began paying it forward and loving on others through their struggles 
Began working on my mindset with personal development. READ something everyday or listen to a PODCAST

❤️Present day…. totally healthy, happy and freaking so OBSESSED with my life I would not trade it with anyone. Dead serious not even… with one of the Kardashians hahahaha (my guilty pleasure show)

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I want you to know that it was not always easy. I was not always where I am now. You can rise above your struggles. Sometimes you need a little help and guidance to get there!!

If you had told me 10 years ago, I would have the life that I have now I would have never ever in a MILLION years believed it.

I thought I would always be struggling with my body and always in a negative head space. You can change. You need to start believing!! If any of this resonates with you, know that you are not alone.

I am always here to help 

Me and my amazing hubby Jon

Me and my amazing hubby Jon

Sandals Montego Bay Jamaica

We LOVE Jamaica!!! Ok, it has been awhile since our trip…. July but I have taken forever in uploading my photos to the computer. Since my phone has taken over so much of my photo taking, my camera photos rarely get uploaded!

The hubby surprised me with the idea of going on a short getaway for our anniversary. Asked me a few days before, “where would I like to go??”

My answer is always the same…….”a Sandals resort” these resorts are my happy place!! So we hopped online and headed to the Sandals site. Then we assessed which made the most sense travel wise, since we only had 4 days to spend there and then budget. We decided on Sandals Montego Bay because it is literally next to the airport. So I figured that would save on travel time for sure!
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Sandals Montego Bay- arrival at airport

Travel day came and we were psyched. Flight was great, thank you American and off we went. When you arrive there is a Sandals lounge at the Montego Bay airport. You head into the lounge where they give you cold drinks and you wait a few minutes for the shuttle to arrive. We grabbed some red stripe and hopped on the shuttle. We were there in a matter of minutes and the lobby was so gorgeous it did not disappoint.  We had booked a Club Level room so we ushered to the Concierge where our check in took a couple of minutes and we were given champagne.

Taken immediately to our room and it was freaking breathtaking. The view of the ocean was amazing. If you are looking for a great room at Sandals Montego Bay, I suggest the Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Junior Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub (GBT on the site). Our room was gorgeous, newly renovated, spacious and a great big soaking tub on the balcony. No complaints here!

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Our room view at Sandals Montego Bay.

The thing we always do first is change into our bathing suits and hit the beach. One thing we were worried about was the proximity to the airport. The planes take off not too frequently and it is actually pretty awesome to watch them take off over head. Kind of a game while you are sitting in the ocean. We would laugh and wave at the planes with a cold drink in our hands!

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Beach at Sandals Montego Bay

They were renovating some of the buildings while we were there but this did not disturb us at all and should not deter people from booking. They blocked off the areas and we had no issue with it. I can not wait to see the improvements next time we visit!

Food wise, this resort is so much better than your typical all-inclusive resort. So much to choose from and delicious. Our favorite restaurant is Stewfish, it located right on the beach, kick off your shoes and put your toes in the sand while you eat!! There is even food late at night, who wouldn’t want jerk chicken wings at midnight?? We loved eating breakfast daily at Cucina Romana, with a view looking out on the ocean. Oh and we also did a special candlelight dinner on the beach. I suggest doing this if you are visiting Sandals Montego Bay for an anniversary or birthday!

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Breakfast at Sandals Montego Bay

We only had 3 nights there but it was incredible. I can not recommend Sandals Montego Bay enough. We will return and most likely get the same room category next time or maybe upgrade to the swim up butler suite!

Sandals Montego Bay Review

Candlelight dinner on the beach- Sandals Montego Bay

I would love to hear from you! Do not hesitate to ask me questions about Sandals Montego Bay or tell me about your favorite Sandals Resort 🙂

Being a Stay at Home Mom is the hardest job

Stay at home mom

Don’t run. Don’t touch that. Don’t hit the dog. Don’t run. Don’t run. Don’t run. Oh did I say don’t run……

To say this week in the new house has been hard so far would be an understatement. Toddler life is never easy but toddler life in a new home is hard. We have always been in an apartment and she has no experience with stairs or fireplaces. I had probably a million mini heart attacks this week and the kiddo has about a million tiny bruises.

She has gone face first out of her crib, face first into the iron spokes on the banister, fallen off of lots of furniture but thankfully has not tripped into the fireplace yet.

Oh man this Mom job is the hardest job I have ever had. Yesterday for nap time, we got into my room (because she is still scared of hers) and was refusing to nap. I closed the door laid on the bed and waited for her to decide to join me. She finally climbed up and told me she did not want to nap. Cried herself to sleep and I laid there with her for 4 + hours. Those 4 hours were the most restful I had all week hahahaha.

I took a nap, looked at my phone but then stared over at her little angelic face and continued to take it all in for a while. As moms we need to remember that these moments will not last forever. The hard times and the beautiful moments are just small moments in time. Enjoy them even when it is hard

I am also thankful that we decided to send her to pre-school and we are switching her to 3 days a week instead of 2. She is learning so much and the things she tells me when I pick her up are priceless.Plus she makes me crafts  It is worth every penny for my sanity and for her to learn and interact with other kids. I will enjoy the next few hours before pick up time

Our Family Vacation at the Royalton Punta Cana

Review of Royalton Punta Cana

Morning donut at the Cafe.

I had intended to write this post earlier but life got in the way! We took a family vacation in April to Royalton Punta Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We have traveled with our toddler before but never out of the country for a full week. We were not sure what to expect and if she would be able to handle being so off of her routine. Two year olds are a lot of work and I was sure that being on vacation did not mean that was going to change.

We flew out in the morning and decided to upgrade our seats so that we would have more room. We have flown with Em many times and know that this is the way to go. For her and for our sanity, there is more room, snacks, food and drinks for the adults. The snacks and food come in handy because it is something to distract her.

Unfortunately in the middle of the flight she had a full melt down. I could only describe this as an almost panic attack. She was really upset that she could not get off the plane and was sobbing for a full 30 minutes until she passed out in my husbands arms. We were afraid that this was just a preview of our week.

We arrived at the airport and she was excited to be there. There was a band in the baggage area that she was content dancing with until we got our bags. We had hired a car service and that was also no problem. Our drivers were awesome and even shared some candy with Em. The ride to the airport is approximately 30 minutes.

The moment that we stepped out of the car at the Royalton Punta Cana, I was so impressed with how beautiful everything was. The view of the beach when we stepped into the lobby was incredible and we could not wait to get started. We had booked a luxury diamond club swim up room and were escorted to the diamond club lounge to check in. This process was smooth and painless, our room was not ready yet so our butler escorted us to the buffet for a quick-lunch. The buffet at Royalton Punta Cana is the best buffet I have had at any all-inclusive resort and I have been to a lot of them. We normally skip the buffet at all costs but we ate here several times. They also make the best cappuccino I have ever had in my life.

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Walking the grounds on day 1.

After lunch we were shown to our room and it was exactly what I was hoping for except for the fact that there was not an option for a suite. Since Em was in the room with us that meant at nap time in order for her to sleep, we had to sneak out on the patio and stay there till she woke up (2-2.5 hours). This was fine because we had a swim out room and Jon was able to swim to the bar while I lounged in the pool on our patio. The only time this was not good was at night. At night we would put her down, sneak on the patio with a few drinks but we could only go back in if we were planning on going to bed. Which meant some nights we were in bed at 9pm!

Normally when we travel we like to book a suite so that we are able to have separate sleeping areas and we do not disturb her sleeping. It also helps so that we have our own adult space. This was our only flaw in the room situation.The next obstacle was trying to figure out her vacation schedule. The first day we decided not to put her down to nap because she was having too much fun. BIG MISTAKE. By dinner time she was hysterical and we ended up forcing her to nap by letting her cry it out on the bed with us. This is when we decided the next day that she would have her regular nap like at home and we would go and swim out back. My biggest tip is keep your toddler on their routine!

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Nap time for toddler was adult swim time for us. Thankful for swim out rooms!

I am not going to give you a day by day re-cap. We would be here forever hahahaha. The food was hit or miss but the buffet had anything you could ask for. I loved the steak house and Mediterranean restaurants. Jon liked the buffet most of all because you could have them grill steak for you there and had many to choose from. They also had an unbelievable seafood bar. Lunch we would eat at the Italian buffet by the beach. They had yummy pizza and amazing chicken.

Our only complaint about our trip was the actual Diamond Service. They advertised it as being full luxury with your own butler to help you out with anything you need. We tipped him when we arrived and never saw him again. Every time we called him with the number he gave us, he said he was not available at the moment.

On the day of check out they told us to have our bags ready and they would be picked up. We waited 15 minutes no one came. We called and they said someone was on their way. Still no one came to pick them up, we called again and they said “We told you, someone is coming soon”. We told them that we were going to miss our car to the airport and had been waiting 30 minutes. Jon ended up carrying all the bags in the heat (2 suitcases, a travel crib and back pack) all the way across the resort.

The best part was when we got to the lobby our butler appeared and was asked us why we never called to tell them to pick them up!! We would go back and use Diamond service again but only because we liked having the swim up room for nap time. Also the Diamond Club staff was constantly trying to get you to sign up in a time share.

The ride back to the airport was fine and so was the flight. The funny thing is that every time we travel, she cries either on the way there or back but then is a perfect angel on other flight. If you have any questions about our trip to Royalton Punta Cana, leave a comment below. Have you ever done an all-inclusive trip with a toddler?

*We booked out trip online with hotels and it I would suggest that site for booking your hotel anywhere. We have gotten so many free nights by racking up stays on their site and will continue to use them. So easy and so many great deals. This post does contain an affiliate link.

More Than Fit


“Your kids are kind chill. Your whole family is…no chill,” so says my childless-by-choice friend as she sits on my couch, with my one-year-old, four-year-old, and Mini Aussie taking turns climbing on her.

Yep. No chill is a great way to describe my family and, really, my life. Part of that is me and my GO GO GO temperament, and part of that is the very true fact that my kids have endless bounds of energy.

Before having kids, I ran half-marathons. I started shortly after I got married – I had to get find myself, and my body, after some unhealthy habits developed during a few years at an unhappy job. After I had my son, I popped him right in the stroller, and we ran together. I was in phenomenal shape when I became pregnant with my daughter – I had just PR’d in the half-marathon and had even run a 7:30 mile. But popping that second baby right in the stroller? Yeah, I wanted to, but she didn’t. And my son was too young to handle those 10 mile runs on his little legs (oh, the whining…). Push a 35 pound pre-schooler and wear a newborn over 10 miles? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So, I fell into some habits of feeling fit vs. athletic. We went for casual walks. I paid attention to my diet. We hiked when we could. I lost the baby weight, but my post-baby shape is different. I’m ready to move back across the spectrum and back to athletic. Why the change? I have two words for you.

Disney World.

Did I mention endless bounds of energy? Well, combine that with DISNEY, and you basically have internal combustion. My kid could have powered the whole park with the energy vibrating off his body as he ran from ride to ride, character to character, frozen lemonade to Dole Whip (oops). As I carried the wee one in her Tula and kept up with the boy in his light-up sneakers, I thought, “Yes, I want to do this in a few years, when they’re older and will understand it even more.”

My next thought? “I want to be healthy and strong enough to really enjoy it with them. I’ve got to stay more than fit.”

Yes, my fitness goals revolve around being fast and strong enough to keep pace with my kids at Disney World, or any place we travel. I don’t want to fall into the bad habit of, “Mommy’s too tired.” I want to chase, and run, and frolic, and play.

After our vacation, I hit the ground running. We stopped at my parents’ house to give and get hugs and use the pool – yes, twelve hours of travel, and the first thing we did was swim. First day back? Up and at ‘em, folks, because we are going for an adventure. The boy hopped on his bike, and the girl (finally!) happily climbed up into the stroller, and off we went for 5.5 miles of fun. And we’ve kept up that pace the past few days with walks and swims and bike rides. I know that I need more time to myself to really dig in and cross all the way back into being athletic, and not merely fit, but we are getting there – and the change in mindset powers it all.

And in the distance? I see fireworks and Mickey Mouse cheering for us.

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5 Reasons you should join an MLM



We all have friends or family members that are a part of a MLM (multilevel marketing) and I am sure you have been approached at some point to join them. Why haven’t you jumped on board? I can not answer that for you but I can tell you why I did and maybe you can relate to my story.

I am a stay at home mom and I am not going to tell you that we were hurting for money, in debt or any of the other reasons some people started their MLM journey. I am a stay at home mom and we really did not need the extra income but I wanted to have something that I could do for me. I had been blogging for 2 years and loved it, my blog had started to bring in some modest income and I was putting it away for a vacation fund. Through blogging, I had signed up with some affiliates so that my blog could garner me some residual income. This was working for me and Beachbody was my best-selling affiliate product. I was also a Beachbody customer and had lost my baby weight with the 21 Day Fix and PIYO programs.

I realized that I had been actively selling Beachbody products on my site, writing reviews and articles about it, and had even encouraged some readers to become coaches in Beachbody. I finally decided to look into the opportunity myself. I am kicking myself now that I had not looked into it sooner. Why was I so reluctant to join?

I was reluctant based on all the negative things I had been exposed to out there. I was also afraid of becoming the type of Beachbody coach that would be in your face too much and lose friends over it. I realized that these reasons were silly. I needed to do what I wanted to do for me and not care what others thought. I joined, jumped into starting my business and have not looked back. I can tell you, I have not heard any negative feedback, I have not lost any friends (that I know of), and I actually made a whole new set of friends. That is one of the 5 reasons you should join an MLM. These are my top 5 reasons for joining an MLM today:

  1. Feeling of community: This is my favorite part. Being a stay at home mom, I often find myself looking for outside connections. Without the work place there is not a lot of ways for you to connect with like-minded individuals that have a passion for the same things that you do. When I joined Beachbody and Team Inspire, I found myself all of a sudden aligned with some amazing individuals that have been there to celebrate my successes and support me in my struggles. The relationships that I have made are in valuable to me and I know to the other women in my team feel the same way.
  2. Freedom to be your own boss: yes, I know you probably hear this one all the time. The reason you do is because it is true. You get to run your own business, you can log as many hours as you want in the day. If you want to go to a play date and do your work later on in the day, guess what??? you can!! If you are not already at home like I was, I will state the obvious…. Do not run out and quit your job right away. Start out part-time and work your way to that point. This may take a while due to maybe not having the time to put in to your business right away. With commitment and hard work it can and will happen for you if you really want it.
  3. Unlimited earning potential: unlike other jobs, you do not have a salary cap or a bonus structure that you can hit a ceiling on. The incredible thing is that you can put the work in and see if pay off in the long run and pay off big!! *I have seen people on my team make upwards of 4-5K in a week. So why not you?
  4. Training: there is an abundance of training available to you. I know with Beachbody and in Team Inspire we are always being offered trainings. Everything that you need to start your business, keep it going and to train others is out there for you. If you can not find it, the community I spoke of before is also there to help you figure it out!
  5. Personal growth: all MLM networks encourage personal development and I am so happy that Beachbody and Team Inspire have motivated me to start working on me. I have never been the person to read personal development books but there is a reason people say “Leaders are Readers”. The best leaders never stop working on themselves and these companies encourage and give you the resources to do just that.

What had inspired me to write this post right now? This month I have opened up applications for coaching with Team Inspire. If you are a fit mommy with an established brand/blog, or a fitness enthusiast who is hoping to take a leap into the fitness industry, but you’re not sure how to start, I want to help you!  This time around I will only be accepting 20 new coaches into our team. When you join Team INSPIRE this month, you will be trained with our new leadership team and will receive thousands of dollars worth of training in branding, marketing, relationship-building, professional development, and more.

If you are considering becoming a coach on a team that implements non-spammy marketing strategies, the time is now! I would love to partner with you and help you take your fitness brand/blog to the next level. The same applies if you have a passion for fitness and just do not know how to start. I will only be accepting applications this month. For more information message me using the message tab on my Facebook page or email me to set up a phone interview this week!

*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody coaching opportunity. Each coach’s income depends on his/her own efforts, skill and diligence.

If we are not already lets connect:
Until next time,
Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach



Lunch Ideas for Moms


As a mom it can be so busy at lunch time that it is easy to just eat leftovers from our children or even worse, skip over lunch altogether. Both of these are easily avoidable if we have a plan! I know that on days that I plan ahead and eat a healthy lunch, I am a better mom to my kids and I have way better energy. I am also more motivated to make healthier choices the rest of the day as I don’t crash in the afternoon. I am hoping that I can provide you with a few suggestions for ways that you can plan ahead and nourish your body midday.

Soup is a great way to eat a filling, yet low-calorie lunch and can be quite quick if you already have it made and portioned in the fridge or freezer. I like to make a big batch once or twice a month and pre-portion it so it is ready to just heat and enjoy. You don’t even need a recipe…just throw in lots of veggies, some vegetable broth or No Salt Added canned tomatoes, beans, leftover chicken and/or diced tofu and let it simmer. You can find a recipe for a soup I made last week in my most recent blog post. Some soups you can even enjoy cold on a hot summer day!

Looking for something less hearty, but loaded with nutrients? Then salads are your answer! Okay, I know this one seems boring and obvious but check out these combination ideas for a new twist on salad.

1) Mixed greens salad with strawberries, pineapple, almonds, and feta cheese with homemade dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix.

2) Greek salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, peppers, diced feta, and a homemade dressing of olive oil, Greek seasoning, and black olive tapenade.

3) Spinach salad with mushrooms, hard-boiled egg, baby tomatoes, and cheddar cheese with homemade honey mustard dressing.

4) Kale salad with avocado, cucumber, tomato, and pine nuts with Renee’s low fat Caesar salad dressing.

5) Mediterranean salad with spinach, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, roasted artichokes, green olives, and roasted garlic pods. Use the oils that the vegetables have been marinated in for dressing.

6) Mixed greens with snap peas, baby tomatoes, broccoli pieces, and diced chicken with poppy seed dressing.

7) Cut up veggies and cottage cheese for a dip. Use veggies that can easily scoop such as cucumbers slices, large chunks of peppers, celery, and sliced mushrooms.

8) Spinach with roasted beets, mandarin oranges, and goat cheese with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (This one is great for the day after you served roasted beets at supper time.)

These can be eaten on their own or paired with a whole grain choice such as whole grain crackers, toast, or wrap.

Preparation is key for success with salads. Try getting the ingredients ready at some point in the week so that lack of time doesn’t prevent you from these healthy options. For example, cut vegetables, hard boil eggs, shred cheese, etc. Also, try to make extra of any lean protein from supper that you can add-on easily. Here are a few suggestions for prepping ahead of time:

1. Saturday or Sunday afternoon – preparing all vegetables for the week and placing in a Tupperware.

2. When you are preparing supper each night bring out vegetables that you may want cut up for the next day and do them then when you are already in the kitchen and have knives and cutting boards out etc.

3. If you have school children in your home that you prepare lunches for at night, then you could also make yours for the next day at that time…even if you will be home for lunch.

If you prefer a heartier lunch, here are a few quick, easy, and healthy choices you could try.

1. Whole grain wrap with natural peanut butter or almond butter, a sprinkle of hemp hearts, and sliced apple or banana.

2. Homemade banana muffin with almonds and sliced apples.

3. Steel cut oats with Greek yogurt and berries. This seems like more of a breakfast, but can certainly be a lunch as well.

4. 3-4 scrambled egg whites served with avocado, tomato, and whole grain crackers or wrap.

Add some cut up veggies on the side to any of these or pack more vegetables into your snacks and supper if they are missing from lunch.

When deciding on portions, everyone is a bit different. Ideally we leave a meal feeling satisfied, but planning to eat again in 2-3 hours. If you find that you eat lunch at noon and you are looking for a snack around 2:30 that is a good thing! Hunger sometimes gets a bad reputation but it is actually a sign of a good metabolism. Again, the key here is planning. Have an apple and some almonds or a mix of Greek yogurt and berries ready to go for when that mid-afternoon hunger strikes!

I hope this provides you with some inspiration for making lunch fun and enjoyable without cutting too much into your time budget! Thanks for reading!!!

Noelle Martin is a mom and a Registered Dietitian. She has four-year old twin boys and a one year old son. Prior to becoming a mom, she had a Private Practice where she counselled people of all ages.  Her specialty? Making healthy food fun and focussing on a positive relationship with food and our bodies. Now that she is a mom, she combines her expertise as an RD, with real life experience to offer you information, advice, recipes, and practical solutions that she also uses. Over the past five years, she has dealt with infertility, IVF, a twin pregnancy, breastfeeding twins, a singleton pregnancy (while still breastfeeding twins), breastfeeding one baby, infant allergies and intolerance, weight gain and weight loss, and picky eaters. You can find her on instagram (@mealsformeandmyminis) or her blog:

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Healthy Holiday Leftover Tips

Holiday Leftover Tips

Holiday Leftover Tips Image courtesy of Apolonia at

Healthy Holiday Leftover Tips, yes it can be done. It can be crazy how much left over food that you can have in your fridge after the holidays. Use your leftovers to your advantage and I promise you do not have to eat the same thing everyday for the next week. Here are some tips and recipe ideas to use up your holiday leftovers without totally killing your clean eating ways.

Store it properly. Make sure you use airtight containers to seal in the freshness. This will help your holiday leftovers to last longer. This way you will have a longer amount of time to finish it all up!

Freeze things. I love to freeze stuff and use it later. If it can be frozen, like cookies, soups etc, do it. You can also take your leftover turkey and make a soup. Turkey soup is perfect for the freezer! It can be a great quick dinner during the winter months.

Smaller portions is always a great idea. You can eat the same holiday meal over again, just scale it down. We all know that we can really overload our plate on a holiday. You can still enjoy the same meal, just make the servings a lot smaller than they were on the actual holiday.

Repurpose your leftovers. Take your leftover veggie sides and mix them into a pasta or a salad with some leftover turkey/roast beef is an easy dinner or lunch idea. Why not make a chili with your leftover meat? Instead of ground turkey, use diced turkey meat in your chili.

Give to go packages. If you are hosting a holiday party, make sure no one leaves empty-handed. Give everyone a little package of the leftover cookies and desserts. Even set up pre portion plating into Tupperware and give them to your guests. If you do this, you will have a lot less holiday leftovers sitting in your fridge.

The best of the holiday leftovers tips that I can give you is: burn it off! Workout everyday over the holidays, this will help you to not pack on the holiday pounds. I will not gain the average 5-10 pounds this holiday season and you do not have to either.

If we are not already lets connect:
Until next time,
Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach


Gift Ideas for the Ladies

Ok, there are only 4 Shopping days left!! I have been going through a brutal sinus infections and this post is a little later than I had planned. Here are some great ideas for your favorite lady in your life. There is still some time to get a few extras for the people on your list!

  1. I have been wearing Ralph Lauren Romance on and off for years. Romance is a women’s fragrance that evokes the timeless essence of falling in love. Discover the sensual spirit of velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk. I love this for a winter scent and I know you will too. This gift set would make an awesome gift!
Ralph Lauren Romance Gift Ideas

Ralph Lauren Romance Gift Set

2. This is a wish list item for sure. Gucci Joy Leather-trimmer Coasted Canvas Weekend Bag is a luxury piece and perfect for travelers.

Gift Ideas

Gucci Weekend Bag

3. I wear this Gap Fit Breathe Hoodie all the time and I have it in 3 colors. It is the perfect winter workout top or a great top to wear running around doing errands.

Gift Ideas

Gap Fit Breathe Hoodie

4. I talk about these pants all the time but Gap Fit leggings are amazing. I have owned almost every active wear pant you can think of and I absolutely love Gap Fit. I think I have a dozen pairs now and they wash amazingly!

Gift Ideas

Gap Fit Leggings

5. I have had my Athleta jacket for 2 years. It is not this exact one but close enough and I love it. This Athleta Drippity Jacket is perfect for throwing on during rainy days or anytime!

Gift Ideas

Athleta Drippity Jacket

6. I exclusively wore Calvin Klein sports bras for years and I would recommend them over any other brand out there. I love my Calvins!

Gift Ideas

Calvin Klein Sports Bras

7. Nike Free 5.0 Mesh Sneakers are awesome. I love my Nike Free running shoes, I have 2 pairs and I think this color scheme is awesome!

Gift Ideas

Nike Free 5.0 Mesh Sneakers

I hope that this gave you a few ideas for the last-minute fitness lover in your life!

If we are not already lets connect:
Until next time,
Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach



Recovering after a long weekend

Thanksgiving Last Year

Thanksgiving Last Year

Happy Monday!! Let’s talk about weekend or more importantly long weekends. Thanksgiving is coming up for those of us in the U.S and we all know that this is where a lot of our eating habits go out the window. We have all been there and feel horrible afterwards. Do not lose sight of your goals, you can get back on track.

Here are some tips to recovering after a long weekend:

  1.  Meal Plan for the days after. So you ate too many treats and indulged in some extra whipped cream on your pumpkin pie.  You will be ok and you can get over this 🙂 You have a whole new week to plan out and get yourself back on track. No one wants to meal plan during the holidays so write-up a meal plan the week before and be prepared to prep it after it is all over. Left overs can be made into really healthy meals for that week. What about a big pot of yummy Turkey soup!
  2. On the holiday do not eat before bed. We all indulge over a holiday weekend, I try to have my main meal at least 3-4 hours before my bedtime. This way I am not going to bed stuffed and I have time to work off some of that food. A great idea is to go on a family walk after dinner. I love to do this during the holidays and it is a great time to get in some exercise with valuable family time included.
  3. Activities, activities, activities. Yep, I said it. Get up on the morning after and get moving! I totally understand that the last thing you want to do the morning after a holiday is wake up and exercise. Believe me, once you do it, you will feel so much better. I find a sweat session is sometimes the best cure for too much wine the night before! Get out your running shoes and hit the pavement or check out Beachbody On Demand. You can stream so many workouts (PIYO,  21 Day Fix, Insanity and so many others) in your own home. There is also a 30 day free membership!  This is awesome because you can use it anywhere, even while you are visiting family out-of-town. What ever you end up doing, just do it 🙂
  4. Hydrate! This is such an important step in recovering after a holiday. Drink as much water as you can. It will help to flush out all of the toxins from the holidays and help you to get over that holiday hangover that you may have. I can never get enough water but if you are not a water fan, add lemon or some fruit. Infused water is awesome and tasty!
Sometimes Pizza happens....

Sometimes Pizza happens….

Eat Turkey. It is a great source of protein!

Eat Turkey. It is a great source of protein!

The other option is to be prepared a head of time. Do not give in and have enough healthy options that you will still have a great time celebrating but will not derail your health and fitness journey. I will be posting many healthy holiday options over the next 6 weeks. Why not try a challenge group, I will be helping my challengers stay on track over the holidays and I even offer up meal plans for the week! If you need help with your meal planning and fitness goals, message me on my Facebook page and let’s chat.

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Until next time,

Joanne Barnes-Jung

Independent Beachbody Coach