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Giveaways & Winners + TV Appearance + Zoey Gets Trained…and More!

Happiest of Fridays!

I woke up at 2 a.m. with a raging sore throat. I’m praying that it’s allergies and not sickness. I haven’t been sick in a really long time and thought I had escaped the brutal cold and flu season we had in Charlotte this year. I think my immune system has reached ninja status now that I’ve worked in gyms and hot yoga studios for so long. Everything is starting to bloom and the pollen is coming out in full force so fingers crossed that’s to blame for my throat.

A few things to share today…

Brain Food Salad

First, don’t forget to enter the Dole Brain Awareness Week Giveaway. It ends tonight at midnight EST!

Ultimate Plank Fitness

How about some giveaway winners! A huge thanks to everyone who pre-ordered my book. Y’all are THE BEST EVER! It should be shipping in the next week so get ready to see it on your doorstep soon! And I’ll get the signed book plates out to you as soon as they’re ready.

Winner of six weeks of online personal training:

– Lauren C.

Winner of the $50 Lulu or Athleta Giftcard:

– Allison P.

These were both picked by a random number generator. I will email you both!

charlotte today

I had my first media appearance for Ultimate Plank Fitness yesterday. I did a short segment on Charlotte Today and it was a lot of fun. I love Colleen and Eugene. They are so personable and easy to talk to so it makes the live taping feel peasant instead of intimidating.

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You can check out a video of the segment on the NBC website.

zoey training

Zoey had her first training session in months this week. She had two puppy sessions in the early days and then a long hiatus. I drug my feet in booking a training session because I felt like I hadn’t done the work I needed to do with her. Kind of like when you want to clean before the housekeeper comes, you know?

zoey training 2

All of my fears were unfounded because her trainer said she’s doing a great job and right on track for where he’d expect her to be right now. When we started the session she wouldn’t step foot on this blue training mat but by the end she was camped out on it because it became treat central! 🙂

zoey training 3

The beautiful part of training is that it exhausts her both physically and mentally. She slept for hours after he left! We worked on sit, down, here and place. She’s already good with  her sit and down commands but now we’re working on improving them and holding them. And she definitely needs improvement on her place and here commands.

I’ll leave you with two things…


First, this quote that one of my teachers shared online this week and I, in turn, shared in class. Yoga has definitely helped me stop, pause and take a breath in the space between stimulus and response and to be able to see situations with more clarity and love.


And finally, you must read this article about Kathryn Budig on The Legacy Project. The post is full of really amazing quotes, one of my favorites being this…

The Best Advice I’ve Received | To drop the competitive, jealous ego and choose to work together as a team with those who challenge or threaten you. There’s enough work for everyone, and we only become more powerful when we lift others up.

I so believe in this. I believe in abundance and enough opportunity to go around for us all. I hope there continues to be more and more of this in the world, especially among women. I adore Kathryn Budig and I really hope I can study with her very soon.

That’s all I’ve got for ya. Have a wonderful weekend!

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Julie March 20, 2015, 4:40 pm

    Those pics of Zoey on her training mat are TOO precious!!

    • Jen March 20, 2015, 6:49 pm

      thanks! she’s a cutie! 🙂

  • Linda March 20, 2015, 4:40 pm

    Great segment on CT! We just missed each other! I was there Monday promoting the Fight For Air Climb! Colleen and Eugene are awesome together! See you in yoga soon!

    • Jen March 20, 2015, 6:50 pm

      would have been fun if we’d have been on the same day! yes, they’re great!

  • Emily March 20, 2015, 5:01 pm

    Who trains Zoey? Do you work with a local trainer or a training company? I had a bad experience with one training company but my dog still needs training and now I don’t know who to trust. Thanks!

    • Jen March 20, 2015, 6:51 pm

      Uber Dog in Charlotte: http://uberdogtraining.com/. We’ve done in home visits with Katrina and Greg. Love both. The training is an investment but it’s for the “life of the dog” and you get something like 5-7 home visits and unlimited group classes.

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona March 20, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Zoey is getting so big! I took our dog to obedience classes. It was pretty cool to see how much he was able to learn from the first class to the last.

    • Jen March 20, 2015, 6:52 pm

      i know! she’s huge! the training is a must in my book. we have to live together for the next 10+ years and i want her to be happy and social!

  • nancy March 20, 2015, 6:16 pm

    Great video!!

    • Jen March 20, 2015, 6:52 pm

      thanks so much nancy!

  • Cassie March 20, 2015, 6:33 pm

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • Liv @ Healthy Liv March 20, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Who looks that photogenic doing a plank?! 😉 And so fun that you were on Charlotte Today!

    • Jen March 20, 2015, 6:53 pm

      ha! thanks much! luckily i didn’t have to hold it for too long!

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life March 20, 2015, 7:22 pm

    “Like when you clean before the housekeeper comes” YES! I used to get so mad at my mom when she would say that but I understand now haha. I’m excited to learn all of your plank variations. I just know the basics and I feel like I need a challenge. And I need to be more consistent!

  • Joy March 21, 2015, 7:27 am

    What a great segment! You look like such a natural on TV. Congratulations again on your book.

  • Kristin | W [ H ] A T C H March 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

    i have always loved that Frankl quote.

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen March 22, 2015, 2:31 pm

    I totally know what you mean about puppy training!! It’s sooo amazing (love the tiring out affect too!) but there is definitely a lot of homework and parent training involved too!! I’m tired out by training just as much as Bernie 🙂

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