Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My 21 Day Fix Results and Review!

I'm back! In my last post, I shared about my new venture as a Beachbody coach, so it's only fitting that I share my personal results with the program I was working on last mont, 21 Day Fix.

I took my measurements and weight on day one and compared them on day 21. I would say that I followed the portion control rules about 85% of the time, and I completed every single workout. 

One of the concerns people have shared with me is that they don't know if they'll have time to complete the workouts, so I want to share this little story. During the 21 days, one of my kids had bronchitis, and then they both got the stomach virus (it lasted SIX days for Brody and EIGHT days for Brayden).  Both kids were at home, I still had all of my normal house keeping chores to do, plus taking care of sick kiddos and I still got my workouts in. You can make time if it's something that's important to you (and it's only 30 minutes!). 

So back to my results. 
I lost: 5.5 pounds ~and~ 7 inches in 21 DAYS!

I'm pretty excited about it! Since I've had a complete hysterectomy, my body is different and I don't lose weight as easily, so I didn't expect that I would lose this much. I also gained quite a bit of muscle tone, which I am excited about!

So, one of the things I think I mentioned is that I'm part of a totally private support group for women who are doing the 21 day fix together! A brand new round is starting on June 6, so if you're interested, leave your email in the comments or send me an email and I will get you the info. If you don't want to email me, and you think you'd like to place an order, or browse the products, that's fine too! You can click here, then click SHOP to do that. One thing I will point out is our challenge packs. I just purchased one for myself because it's such a great deal. With the challenge packs you get a workout program (I bought 21DF EXTREME) PLUS Shakeology. You get an awesome deal on the program this way!

So many of you have emailed me, or left your email on my Instagram page inquiring about coaching, shakeology and 21 day fix. I have loved conversing with all of you and (hopefully) answering all of your questions! If you've been thinking about emailing me, please do! My email is: EmailJennasJourney@ gmail . com.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Why I Left Blogging - My First Post in 9 Months

Wow, I can't believe it's been 9 months since I last blogged! First, so many of you have emailed me asking if I was okay and what was going on and I just want you to know how much I appreciated that!

So, I am okay! And the whole "why did you leave" question is a lot harder to explain than it is to ask. =)

There are a few reasons I left blogging.

First, I've been doing this blogging thing for a long time now (since 2008!), and I've seen lots of changes over the years. Some were great, and some not so much. When I left, blogging had (at least to me) turned into a competition of sorts, and I never had any desire to be in that race, so I removed myself from it.

Secondly, I ran out of things to say. Yep. My husband would say that this is an impossible feat, but it actually did happen. My blog had really changed from being all about my family in the beginning, to being about food and other ideas. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with it, or if I wanted to continue  at all.

And third, and this is pretty big for me, I left because I was unhappy. Why? Well, two and a half years ago I shared that I had to have a complete hysterectomy. That. Was. AWFUL. My energy level plummeted to a low that I didn't know existed. My metabolism stopped. I started to put on weight. I was probably in the best shape of my adult life right before I had to have surgery. Over the last two and a half years, my health and quality of life continued a downward spiral and the last thing I wanted to do was share that with anybody.

And here comes the part where I know I'm going to lose people. Heck, if I were reading this just a couple of short weeks ago, I would have rolled my eyes and moved on to something, but I'm asking that you stick with me, just for a minute.

Over a year ago, I purchased a program that a lot of you have probably heard about called the 21 Day Fix. Guess what I did? Opened it, looked at how small the food portion containers were, boxed it back up and stuck it on a shelf. All the while, I kept seeing post after post and friend after friend on Instagram having fantastic success with this program. Finally, I climbed up onto the counter and retrieved the box. I started the program that day. That was 15 days ago. Today, I've not only lost pounds and inches, but I've regained my energy. I don't sit on the couch and watch TV during nap time, I'm doing house work or playing or working out. Every night we play outside until 8pm with the kids - actual playing, not sitting in a chair watching them play. It has made a HUGE difference in my life.

So, if you follow me on social media (Instagram is where I'm most active, but I'm also on Twitter and Facebook) you'll know that I've decided to become a BeachBody coach. I'm not looking to get rich or invite every person I know to join in. The reason I joined is two-fold. One, I like the discount that I get on the programs and Shakeology (which is a meal replacement shake that has your entire days worth of fruits and veggies, plus probiotics and other goodies in it), and two, because I know there are other people who feel just like I felt two weeks ago, and I genuinely want to help you. This all comes from a totally sincere place and if you feel like I felt and want to talk about it, email me. I know it's scary, but for me, this was a risk worth taking. My email address is EmailJennasJourney @gmail . com

Also, and this is something I knew nothing about when I bought 21 Day Fix, there are secret "challenge groups" on Facebook that you can be a part of. I reached out to my coach who added me to her group and it has been life changing. All of these women are doing the fix at the exact same time as I am. We all complete our workouts on the same day and following the same type of diet (and you find endless recipes online). Knowing that I'm not the only one that struggled with a certain workout or being able to encourage someone who is having a hard time has been such a great experience.

And it's all private - only the people in the group can see what you post. The next group starts June 1, and if you are interested at all in being a part of that, just send me and email and we can chat about it. If you want to browse the available products, shoot me an email and I'll send you my link. If you are interested in learning more about coaching and how you can get a great discount on any of this stuff, let me know. If you want to browse the products without emailing me, you can do that too. Just click here, then click SHOP in the upper right hand corner, There is no pressure, ever, from me.

I will continue to post on this blog, and yes, I will be sharing about my journey back to good health, because that is where my life is right now. I might do some fun recaps along the way from some of the trips we've taken since I've been gone as well. I made a video about my Mexico recommendations that I just realized I never uploaded, so I may share that too.

Until next time...

Monday, August 3, 2015

Eats in Destin, Florida

Edited: I forgot to mention that I don't eat seafood! I received some great restaurant suggestions in the comments, but they were places I ruled out because they didn't have anything that I would eat. ;-) However, if you're a seafood lover, be sure to check out those suggestions!

Hey all!

So, I've been taking a bit of a blogging break (I feel like I keep saying that, but summer has been SO BUSY that I can't keep up with blogging) but I'm back to give some recaps on our trip to Destin!

I'll include the pictures I have (which are all iPhone pics...I didn't feel like hauling my huge camera with me on this trip) and at the end I'll give some bullet point recommendations.

So, one of the coolest places we ate at was called LuLu's. There's also one in Gulf Shores (so I've been told).

This is what makes LuLu's so cool - the back of the restaurant is faces the bay (I think it was the bay).  They have this big sand area and the kids can go play out there. It's a really pretty view.

The food wasn't that great, in my humble opinion. I grabbed a snap of the menu for you! It's mostly burgers, salads and sandwiches. We arrived early because every place in Destin gets super crowded and we didn't want to wait three hours to be sat (yes, that did happen somewhere else!). Unfortunately, 4:45 must be shift change time and we lost our waitress and ended up with another and it caused mass confusion with our order which ended up pretty messed up.

Lulu's saving grace was their key lime pie. It was SOOOO GOOD!

One place that everyone told me to check out was The Donut Hole. Y'all. I was SO EXCITED. I mean, I never use the word y'all so that should tell you how excited I was.

And then I was disappointed. Majorly. I don't know if they were having an off day or what, but the food was awful. I had the french dip with onion rings and it was honestly no good. No one in our group (my in-laws were with us) liked what they had. The donuts themselves were just okay.

Another fun night out was at Uncle Bucks. You can go bowling here, which we did, and if you can't tell by the decor, it's owned by Bass Pro Shops. The food was decent and the kids loved the atmosphere.

 My very, VERY favorite meal was at The Back Porch. The view is phenomenal and they got us seated really quickly. We were on the second story deck and it came with an AWESOME view.

See what I mean? We watched a pod of dolphins playing while we waited on our food. I'm not even kidding. It was the coolest thing ever.

 The last place I have a pic of is Fudpuckers, not to be confused with Fudruckers. Two different things.

And why, you're asking yourself, doesn't she have a picture of the food? Well, because we waited THREE HOURS to sit down and eat, and by that time I was so ravenous that I forgot to take a picture.


Fudpuckers is fun. You can watch a live alligator show, feed the alligators, visit the gift shop and they also have an arcade. All that should have been my first clue that there was a long wait ahead of us.

The food was standard, over-priced vacation fare. It was fine but nothing great and I certainly wouldn't do it again, but I'm glad we did it once.

 So, here's my list (some places aren't pictured) of recommendations:

Definitely go to:
The Back Porch
Bubba Gumps (I've been to several and this was one was by far the very best food)
The Beach House (if you're in Sandestin, it's a great place to eat when actually at the beach)
Fudpuckers - it's a good, one-time experience
LuLu's - if just for the atmosphere and pie

For food and fun:
Uncle Buck's

Not for me:
The Donut Hole

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