Thankful

Thankful | Lean and Green Body® Blog

With Thanksgiving behind us, and the holidays and New Year approaching quickly, let’s take a moment and pause.

There seems to be such a rush this time of year, one holiday on to the next. Presents, parties, and an overfull schedule has us moving at a rapid pace.

Let’s pause and surround ourselves with gratitude for this amazing life we are living. Let go of any hardship, stress, worry and think about what you are grateful for.

Gratitude for our families, friends, and the community in which we surround ourselves.

Every year, my family gathers around the table at Thanksgiving and we take turns stating what we are grateful for that year. It always struck me as odd that we only do this once a year. Shouldn’t we be thinking about, and outwardly expressing these sentiments weekly or even daily?

If we don’t tell those around us that we are grateful for them, how will they know?

How will they know that the simple act of kindness they showed to you changed you?

I encourage you to all pause, and surround yourself with gratitude.

Think about 5 things you are truly grateful for each day.

One of my favorite parts of my morning routine (thank you Rachel Hollis for the idea) is writing down 5 things I am grateful for. Each day they may look slightly different, but they always put my life into perspective. I look at the list every morning and I say ‘wow, life is pretty great’. This helps me to create positive energy in the morning, and then bring that positive energy out into my day. My clients, and those I meet then feel that positivity and hopefully some of it rubs off on them, and they are able to pass it along.

Here are my 5 things for today…

  1. I am grateful for my husband, my partner in life.

  2. I’m grateful for this time each and every morning for myself, to pause and reflect.

  3. I am grateful for my dog Neera, who lays by my feet as I write this.

  4. I’m grateful that my business is doing so well, and I have the opportunity to share something that I am so passionate about with my community near and far.

  5. I am grateful for my family, and my friends who have turned into family.

What are your five things?


Case of the Mondays

Case of the Mondays | Lean and Green Body® Blog

How is the weekend already over?

Why is the weekend only 2 days??

Mondays don’t have to be scary and dreadful.

In fact if they are… you may not be doing something right.

Mondays are a fresh start, a chance to live your life to the fullest and savor every moment.

Come into Monday with fresh eyes.

I love to get up early on Monday mornings to allow time for me to complete my morning routine, and set my weekly intentions while I enjoy my tea.

I treasure this time before my house wakes up, and the craziness of the week ensues.

Coming into my Monday with a clear mind helps me to handle whatever the day throws my way.

If you dread Monday, perhaps take a deeper look into why?

Perhaps your job causes you stress and makes you dread Monday. Consider why?

Where does this stress come from?

Is it the people you work with or for?

Or is it indeed the work itself? If you are not in your dream job, than think what your dream job would look like?

What would you do? Who would you work with?

How would you feel in the mornings before work? Less stress? More happiness and freedom?

Taking a closer look into these realities can be uncomfortable and difficult, but can ultimately lead you to finding freedom and peace.

In order to make your Mondays, and every morning, smoother and less stressful start to work towards this goal of your dream job every day. Do something everyday to help you reach your goal.

If Mondays continue to stress you out, but you are indeed working in your dream job currently; think about how you could restructure your Monday work day to find more peace and ease. Perhaps, move your Monday meetings to later in the day or move them to Tuesday. Take Monday morning to ease back into work, answer emails, return phone calls, and create a plan of action for your day and your week. Setting aside this time first thing on Monday can reduce stress and help you to plan out your week efficiently and effectively.

Change

Change | Lean and Green Body® Blog

The key to a successful business is change, evolving and adjusting to the needs of our clients and community.

We officially closed the doors to our 5th Ave S studio this summer. 

It was a bittersweet moment for me, one that I chose to keep off of social media. I have not announced this news publicly until now. 

I chose to close the doors on our 5th Ave S studio because it not longer fit with my vision of the business. Lean and Green Body® is ever changing, evolving and growing. It is my job as the leader and visionary to follow and keep up with these changes. Our 5th Ave S studio was simply too small for our needs, we out grew this studio much quicker than anticipated. (Which is good news!!) 

My goal is to teach more group yoga classes through Lean and Green Body®. To offer my yoga teachings as a gift to my community, for rates that are accessible to all. I have already begun offering weekly yoga classes throughout Collier County, for a full list of classes visit our schedule.  We also have a full list of events and workshops through December 2018 on The website.

We have several big and exciting changes coming and I can not wait to share them all with you in much more detail! 

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Happiness

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Happiness is not found in what we have. Happiness comes from who we are, how we build our lives, and who we surround ourselves with. 

Take a few moments to think of what makes your truly happy. 

What are your happiness moments of the day or week?

For me it’s the 30 or 60 minutes on my yoga mat, my time just for me to tune in and connect.

It’s watching my husband walk in the door after a long day of work or his comforting embrace after a big meeting.

Family, and friends whom I consider family, are what matter. 

It’s knowing that even if we had lost everything in Hurricane Irma, I would still have everything that matters most. 

Happiness does not come from what we have, happiness is what is already inside of us. 

When life and stress steps in and starts to overwhelm you, pause and reconnect to these happy moments. These are the small daily moments in life that we often overlook. 

Sometimes all it takes is one small happy moment to change the whole course of your day. 

Be Happy! xx

First Marathon...

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There are two green letters sewn into the right side of my Nike running hat — MB.

These two letters ran dozens of road races with me. They taught me to sprint at the finish. They taught me how to laugh and drive a car and make the best chocolate chip pancakes. 

These two letters are my dad’s initials. He’s the reason I’m running my first marathon this fall. 

Before he passed away five years ago, my dad was an avid runner. He had a running group in my New Hampshire hometown, and he ran countless miles throughout my childhood. 

Sometimes we’d run together, and he always told me to finish strong. This meant sprinting the last half mile even if I felt I didn’t have much more to give. 

That’s how my dad lived his life. He ran his first marathon in Philadelphia, and I’ll never forget how he could barely walk after the race. Even through the pain, he had the biggest smile on his face — something that rarely left him. 

No matter what he was going through, he always had that smile. If you asked him what the best part of his life was, he’d say “right now,” because that’s the part he was in. 

I want to carry on his legacy. I want to run 26.2 miles and smile at the finish. I want to share this experience with my dad, even if he’s not around to see it. 

I have four months until race day. I’m running the Fort Myers Marathon on November 4, 2018. As I transition into training, I marvel at the transformation about to take place. Today, running five miles was painful and almost impossible. Four months from now, I’ll be able to run more than four times that distance. 

It’s a very humbling process, and I have so much to learn. 

And I know my dad will be there with me, encouraging me to enjoy the process every step of the way.

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NOT JUST A FITNESS STUDIO

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Lean and Green Body® is not just a fitness studio. We are a Total Mind, Body and Soul Wellness Brand. We specialize in holistic nutrition & wellness, yoga and personal training. 

Our team looks to heal and strengthen the body. Jennifer, the founder and owner of Lean and Green Body®, LLC has a degree in sports medicine and specializes in diagnosing, treating, preventing and rehabbing injuries in the athletic population. Lean and Green Body® has three functional certified personal trainers on staff with a multitude of specialties and experience. Our trainers can help you reach your goals, whether you are looking to heal and rehabilitate an injury, lose weight, tone your body, or prepare for your sport season. Our trainers have worked at the high school level, collegiate level, and with our United States military training them to be their best. Even with all this experience and focus on the physical body, we are much more than a fitness studio.

Lean and Green Body® has three yoga teachers on staff with a passion for helping you deepen your yoga practice. All three yoga teachers specialize in vinyasa yoga, aiding you in connecting breath to movement. Lean and Green Body® offers private sessions at the studio or your home. We offer weekly yoga classes at our 5th Ave S studio in downtown Naples Florida, all levels welcome.

One of Lean and Green Body®’s most unique and specialized areas of expertise is Holistic Nutrition. Our founder, Jennifer is not only a Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, but is also a Holistic Nutrition Specialist. After going to graduate school for clinical dietetics, Jennifer realized that working in a hospital and pumping patients full of medicine was not how she wanted to approach healing. Jennifer found that holistic nutrition allows us to heal the body naturally through food, herbs, and lifestyle. We are able to look at the entire body, and treat it as a whole instead of one aliment at a time. We are able to treat underlying issues such as food allergies, intolerances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cholesterol, and weight management.

Lean and Green Body® stands out because of our team’s ability to see the whole person, identify what each client specifically needs, and create a customized plan. The Lean and Green Body® team is comprised of educated and licensed yoga teachers, certified trainers, and holistic nutrition specialists.  No one on our team took a weekend course and read a book to get where they are. Each member of the Lean and Green Body® team has a passion and a drive to do what they do, and  they continue learning and educating themselves, constantly pushing themselves to be the best they can be, and to offer the best to their clients.