Jennifer at Springfield College

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Over the past 4+ years growing Lean and Green Body® I have created several amazing opportunities for myself and my company. I have been able to check items off my bucket list that I wasn’t sure were even possible! It’s been incredible, and my brand only keeps expanding and growing in the most inspiring ways.

A little back story on my newest (possibly biggest) opportunity yet…

When I was 16 years old I had already decided what I wanted to create for my life, and I wasn’t afraid to go after it.

I wanted to be an Athletic Trainer (sports medicine for those unfamiliar with the title) with a master’s degree and a minor in nutrition. My goal was to not only care for my clients and athletes, but also to educate them. My dream was to attend Springfield College, at that time it was ranked the best Athletic Training program in the country. Thousands of students applied, and only 25 were accepted… and approximately only 12 would graduate the program. These numbers did not deter me, they inspired me.

I connected with Springfield College, not only because it was the best in the country for my field, but because their philosophy was MIND-BODY-SPIRIT. I have connected with this philosophy for decades now, and understand the concept of it far before my time. I wanted to open a business and treat clients & athletes, and honor their mind, body and spirit. I wanted to give my to my community, and help those who are less fortunate. From day one I have always wanted to help people, to be a positive light in their life, and make a difference in their life.

I am proud to say that I have achieved most of what I set out to achieve, pivoting along the way. I not only was accepted early decision to Springfield College, but made dean list every semester. I graduated in the top of my class, with that minor in nutrition I had dreamed about.

I pivoted my dream, and my schooling, towards nutrition after graduation. I have since completed 2 additional nutrition programs. I am currently working on my 4th and “final” nutrition program, and in 2020 I will graduate and be a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist.

This is all a dream. Every late night, every exam, has led me to this point today.

Today I run a thriving health & wellness business… with the main goal of helping my clients achieve their goals, being a positive light in their life, and making a difference in my greater community. The mission I set out to achieve at 16 years old still holds true today.

In January 2019 I was approached by Springfield College to collaborate with them on a few events. A proud alumni I was delighted to be involved in dinners and events. The biggest opportunity came when the college asked to fly me up to Springfield to give a talk on entrepreneurship, building a successful brand, and pivoting my degree. I was honored! *cue imposter syndrome* This was a dream!

I am excited to announce that I will be flying up to Boston, and will be giving multiple talks over TWO days to various classrooms and groups at Springfield College. I will be the lead speaker at the October 30 Fit Over Forty event, and will be discussing “A holistic approach to living your most balanced life”. One day two I will be speaking to various classrooms on how to pivot your degree and launch a successful company.

This is all still so surreal to me, and much more than my 16 year old self could have dreamed of. My advice to you is simple… find something you love, find a reason, and go for it. It doesn’t matter what the odds are, if you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen.

Reach for your dreams, and don’t stop until you get there.

Looking to attend the Fit Over Forty event? Contact Jennifer directly via jennifer@leanandgreenbody.com

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Something NEW at the Mindful Movement Studio

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The kids are settled in at school, the summer air has begun to fade leading way to cooler fall temperatures. The time has finally come for you to take time for yourself, even if it’s only 20 minutes per day.

We all have the same 24 hours in the day, and as the years pass our schedules seem to only get more crowded and congested. Running from place to place, over-scheduling ourselves, and yet trying to give to everyone … but ourselves.

Now is your time.

The Mindful Movement Studio has everything you need for your body & mind.

With yoga classes from 20-60 minutes, and a variety of styles, guided meditations to relax the body and calm the mind: these classes are available anytime of day, any where you are in the world.

On YOUR schedule.

We know how precious your time is, and we understand how difficult it can be to make it to your favorite class some days.

We’ve got you covered!

Launching later this Fall - Fitness Classes!!

These fitness classes range from 15-30 minutes in length, and include full body workouts, upper and lower body workouts, cardio bursts, and core specific workouts!

All classes require minimal (if any) equipment and can be done at your home or even in your hotel room when you travel.

The Mindful Movement Studio is compatible with all devices, and only requires WiFi.

What are you waiting for? #JointheMovement today!

Mindful Movement Studio Fitness Announcement

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You may have heard that something BIG is coming for Lean and Green Body®!

Well the rumors are true!! It’s official … I am launching online FITNESS classes through the MINDFUL MOVEMENT STUDIO starting August 2019!

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand the MINDFUL MOVEMENT STUDIO.

I currently offer yoga and meditation classes online; 20, 40 and 60 minute options available, as well as 5-10 minute “quickies”. I will now be expanding to 10-30 minute workouts! These are workouts that you can do ANYWHERE with limited (if any) equipment, making this the perfect tool for those movers & shakers with the on the go entrepreneurial lifestyle.

The thing that I personally love about this online studio is the ability for me to take these workouts, yoga classes, and guided meditations, anywhere with me. My husband and I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel frequently and I always miss my workouts and yoga classes when I travel. So obviously, I decided I had to create a solution! A solution that was originally designed to fill a void in my life, and I hope it will help fill one in yours as well.

You can login to your MINDFUL MOVEMENT STUDIO account from anywhere in the world (tropical vacation, Alaskan cruise… anywhere with wifi!) any time of day!! That’s what I love most!! It’s a workout or yoga class on YOUR schedule.

I have actually found that I have been using this studio a lot at home recently too! We are in the midst of a move, and the studios in my area don’t always offer classes that fit into my schedule … no problem! I simply login to the MINDFUL MOVEMENT STUDIO, select the type of class (yoga or fitness), select the length of class I want and the difficulty level. It’s that simple!

I have had the opportunity to work on several exciting projects since the start of Lean and Green Body® in 2015 and I have to say this is my most exciting project to date!

To find out more and create your own account click HERE!


Summer Workout

Five moves to get you energized and ready for summer!

Burpees (10)

Plank (60 seconds)

Squats > Squat Jumps (10)

Bench Dips (10)

Heels to Heal (15)

Repeat 2-3 times

This is a killer workout you can take with you on all your summer travels!

No time to work out - no problem! This quick and easy workout will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day.

Coming Back From An Injury

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Regardless of your sport, an injury is never good news.

Perhaps you heard the crack as your bone snapped before it gave out from under you.

Maybe you pushed your body beyond its limit and it is inflamed and tired.

Conceivably your ego took over, you went beyond your limits only to come crashing down.

After the initial trauma, treatments, and the healing have occurred are you ever ready to go back? Will you be the same athlete you once were?

Do you recognize this “new” body? Can you accept this new version of you?

Doubt clouds your mind, and you begin to question yourself.

If you go back out there will you injure yourself again?

Will your body support you? Will you be able to trust your body?

Are you fully healed enough to play again?

Perhaps the body is healed, but what about the mind? How do you let go of that fear?

Will they see the self doubt in your eyes?

Dozens of questions, and loads of self doubt, run through your mind after sustaining an injury.

Our bodies are strong, amazing machines, and they will heal. Typically, it is our mind that holds us back.

Overcoming the fear and self doubt through mindful meditation is what has helped me heal my body and mind after an injury. Meditation is a powerful tool and is crucial during healing.

My story…

Back bending was always ‘my thing’. I took great pride in my insanely deep backbends and heart openers in my yoga practice. I loved the rush of energy and the purge of emotions; and of course my ego loved the attention when a teacher would ask me to demo.

Even though I played a sport every season, (soccer, track, softball, swimming and tennis) I was never a serious athlete. In fact, I only ever won awards in two of those sports. When I discovered yoga it seemed like a natural fit, my body loved it and seemed to handle the challenging postures with ease and grace. I fell in love with yoga so much so, that I became a yoga teacher, an excellent addition to my personal training and sports medicine background.

November 2017 my world came crashing down on me a bit, as I sustained my first serious injury.

I injured my back during a yoga class, after completing one of my beloved backbends. I felt sharp and uncomfortable pain, almost as if there was a knife between my vertebrae.

For the next several days and weeks my back was out… I was barely able to move. I was not able to stand for long periods of time, and sitting was painfully uncomfortable.

I would bend over to pick up my phone charger off a chair, and I would get stuck halfway down with tears running down my face, literally unable to move as sharp stabbing pain radiating through my back. It was scary and traumatizing.

The insane pain would dissipate, and slowly achy dull pain would take its place. I was unable to practice my yoga, I was unable to run, or lift weights. My job became to heal. I struggled to do my work and see clients.

The pain would slowly fade after 3 months, then I would feel this immense sense of freedom in my body. I would slowly begin to take gentle yoga, then vinyasa, then jogging … easing my body back into its routine. I was cautious, I did not want to go backwards. I couldn’t go back there.

The physical pain was one thing, and I was learning how to adapt my business fitness lifestyle. The mental game was another, this proved much tougher for me to move through and overcome. I felt a loss from not being able to connect to my body and my yoga practice the way I was used to.

This freedom period would last about 4 weeks in the beginning, then I would do something unknowingly and my back would go out again. This pattern went on for over a year. I would be fine for a few weeks, then I would take several steps back into pain and being unable to move. The period of freedom would begin to elongate over the next year, and the pain periods would heal quicker. I saw several different therapist, doctors, acupuncturist and healers all of which had different answers and all medical testing was virtually inconclusive. I still have no definite answers as to the problem. Unfortunately, this is something that I still deal with on a regular basis. The difference now is that I am learning how to listen to my body. I am tuning in to what my body needs instead of pushing through another power yoga class, perhaps choosing a gentle or restorative class instead. I am intuitively learning what my body needs, and accepting that.

Everyone’s journey to healing is different. If you are currently moving through an injury, I see you, don’t give up. Your body will heal, and you will still do great things.

Comment below and tell me about how your healed from an injury.

Edgewater Beach Hotel

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of being guests of the Edgewater Beach Hotel for a wellness weekend. The Edgewater Beach Hotel is a quaint hotel located in Naples Florida directly on the gulf, and only has 125 rooms making it very private.

Honestly this was one of the most luxurious trips we had taken in a year! Best part - it was only a 5 minute drive from our house, a relaxing stay-cation, no need to fly anywhere or deal with traffic… just unplug and relax!

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by a valet and our luggage was delivered right to our room. After we checked in, we were handed a cold glass of champagne and given a brief tour of the hotel. From the hotel lobby, you look straight into the main restaurant, which has an open concept, and out over the pools and the gulf of Mexico! Before we even made it to our room, I knew I was going to love this place.

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The Edgewater Beach Hotel is the only all-suite hotel in Naples, Florida. Our room was stunning! We had a wrap around patio, with a view of the pools and the beach. Each room has a kitchen, dining area, living room, and full bedroom set up making this the ideal spot for families and week long stays.

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After settling in we decided to check out the pools…yes there are two! Between the pools, there is a beach bar where you can order food and drinks for the pool area or the beach. At the end of the pool just before the sand begins there is a fire pit, both my husband and I looked at each other knowing we would venture down here later in the day. The Edgewater Beach Hotel has an expansive beach area, with options for lounge chairs, day beds, and even a full VIP set up.

One of our favorite parts of the hotel was how private it was, with only 125 rooms it really limits how many guests they have each day.

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We enjoyed our first dinner at Coast, the main restaurant at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. The cocktails were unique and the staff was well versed on the wine list. I had the scallops and my husband had the grouper, the presentation was beautiful. The Chef came out to check on us and introduce himself. I was comforted knowing that the staff and the chef were very aware of my food allergies, and adjusted each of my dishes accordingly. During dinner, we watched the sunset over the pools, feeling the vacation vibes begin to set in.

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The next morning the hotel had arranged bicycles for us to ride into Old Naples, were we enjoyed local coffee. The bike ride through Old Naples was beautiful, and offered us a fresh and new perspective to our town. After the ride, we picked up our beach brunch picnic basket and went down to the beach. To our surprise and delight the Edgewater Beach Hotel set up a VIP beach set up for us. (When staying at the Edgewater the VIP beach set up is a must!) We leisurely enjoyed our brunch while watching dolphins play.This was one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend. After breakfast we lounged beachside for hours, truly understanding the meaning of a wellness weekend. We were able to unplug, unwind, and relax! (much needed for two ambitious professionals) We attempted to paddle board after lunch, however due to the waves we did not have much luck … next time!

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After the most relaxing day beachside, we freshened up for dinner at Coast. We tasted a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts each better than the last. The food (all gluten free and diary free for me) was surprisingly amazing! I am often disappointed when dining out because the gluten free and diary free options are so limited and often tasteless … not here. The scallops were my favorite.

Saturday we participated in the Paradise Wellness Weekend, at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. We started our morning with beach yoga, two of my favorite things, and then enjoyed a mind and body workshop with the Spread Happy duo followed by a cooking demo from the Chef. We learned how simple the green smoothie and cauliflower quinoa cakes are to make - blog post with the full recipe coming soon!

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I honestly did not know much about the Edgewater Beach Hotel prior to my stay, but I can say I was blown away. This high end luxury hotel is a wellness destination and one of my favorite spots to date. I loved how private the hotel was, how many activities and fitness options they offered, but my favorite was the wellness. As a health and wellness professional, I provide wellness to my clients daily, but sometimes forget to put myself at the top of my to-do list. This weekend allowed me time to restore and rejuvenate myself.

Another one of my favorite parts about the hotel was their Be Well menu in their Coast restaurant. Edgewater Beach Hotel became a Blue Zones approved partner in 2018 and since then added several Be Well (and Blue Zone approved) items to their menu.

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Edgewater Beach Hotel has become one of the top wellness resorts in Southwest Florida with the infusion of the Be Well menu, a high end gym, aromatherapy towelettes, and weekly yoga classes. Staying at the hotel and don’t want to miss your workouts - no problem, the Edgewater can have a personal trainer or yoga instructor available to you during your stay.

Everyone at the Edgewater Beach Hotel was exceptional and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was everything we wanted. There were a few team members who stood out that we would like to thank for making our trip so wonderful. Louise, Wendy and Herry were our favorite servers and made every meal special. Special thank you to Laura, McKenzie, Dan and Alice.

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.