Trying to fit-it-all-in and take care of your family without letting your fitness goals or dreams take a back seat can be challenging. I can totally relate! I know how easy it is, when you want to be the best mom, to sacrifice your health trying to do it all.
I help moms get in the best shape of their lives and have fun raising their families without sacrificing the bucket list or let the frazzle take over. One of the questions I get asked a lot is “How do you manage to get it all done?”
At my core, I believe anything is possible. However, at one point, in my early career as a mom, my lengthy bucket list, written during my freshman year of college, had been reduced to survival mode as I juggled sticky pb&j fingers, refereeing fights and tantrums, nap schedules, running errands, tackling the laundry and trying to keep everyone alive. I was so fried with the day-to-day humdrum stuff that I was far from being the super mama of my dreams.
In order to find joy, I succumbed to soul-sucking survival and watched too many episodes of Modern Family, shopped for shoes online and secretly snacked on Heath bars (and I was the nutrition-class teacher who helped people stop emotional eating!). I found myself living in “if…then…” segments. IF the kids were at college, THEN I’d be able to go pee without someone barging in. Er… I mean: finally have time to exercise and relax.
I knew there was more for me and I knew I wasn’t living up to my potential. I had settled. This was life with kids. ...Or was it?
Just like so many, I knew WHAT to do, but HOW to do it consistently was where things fell apart. There always seemed to be some new life hiccup to deal with: a move, a baby, Aunt Mona’s famous holiday fruit cake that would derail my efforts for months.
I knew I wasn't living up to my potential. I had settled: this was life with kids.
When I started homeschooling the kids, I quickly became overwhelmed, depressed and anxious. (“What the heck am I doing?... I am ruining my kids!”) This was my “rock bottom” and I knew I had to apply some serious elbow grease to get my health back and put a smile on my face.
To pull myself out of that dark place, I decided to sign up for a half-ironman in Mallorca. (Because that is what all rational people think to do!) This jolted me to get my rear in gear. I knew if I didn’t train, I would die. I was all in. Sink or swim. Literally. While training, I had to figure out how to juggle my other priorities, but I did it! On my race day, my family was there to cheer me across the finish line.
It was a total game changer: I realized what I was really capable of... and what we're ALL capable of!
It was a total game changer: I realized what I was really capable of…
And what we’re ALL capable of: so much more than we think!
After this, I started to dream bigger. I wanted to help other women make their bucket list dreams come true. I had taught classes for years (nutrition and fitness), but one thing I noticed was that even though people LOVED the information, they were coming back time and again without making much of a change – they were struggling to be consistent.
So I took a deep dive into the psychology of change. It was something I learned through sheer determination to cross my first finish line, but how could I teach someone else to create their own systems and strategies to be consistent?
That is the whole premise behind all of my programs now: Changing mindset to ultimately change behavior patterns to fit it all in. All the good stuff anyway.
Which brings me to you:
I believe that everyone has a special *spark* or gift to share with the world. If we can’t bring the energy or joy because we’re living in survival mode, the world misses out on our unique gifts!
If you’ve read this far, thank you! I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship! And, I’d love to learn more about you. The best way to share that and stay in touch is to make sure you join my list. You can also find me in my free Facebook Group called Fit it all in Fitness for women who want tips for all things healthy: food, fitness and how to fit it all in.
Everyone has a special gift to share with the world. If we're stuck living in survival mode, the world misses out on our unique gifts!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled we’re connected and I’m excited for the journey ahead.
All my love,
Janeen is a certified Health Coach specializing in Behavior Change, a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness instructor from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and has worked in the industry teaching classes professionally and as a hobby (okay, a passion) for almost 2 decades.
After getting her foot in the door with fitness, she quickly realized that health mostly has to do with what you eat. After reading as many plant-based nutrition books as possible and earning her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell she has spread the word through teaching hundreds in her plant-based, whole-foods program for a decade, focusing primarily on adding in the most nutrient-rich foods as possible.
Food and Fitness aside, Janeen loves her family and home schooling her four amazing kids, and lives in Colorado with her biggest fan and husband, Merrill. She has dreams of driving her own VW bug (Miami blue, baby!) to the beach in Hawaii everyday with her paddleboard for a morning yoga session with the sea turtles.