Workout anytime, anywhere with B3 Online

When you have a bazillion things on your to-do list it’s easy to push aside the time you need to take care of yourself and your health. But it’s not only important for your health to carve out a little bit of time to move your body, it’s actually essential to boosting your productivity. Along with exercise being a really great productivity tool, its can help reduce stress, give you clarity, and help you focus on that never ending to-do list.

In the beginning of the year I partnered with barre3 on their B3 All In Challenge, which was incredible because it really allowed me to think and reflect on my intentions of health and exercise in 2017. One of the things that I discovered in my partnership was B3 Online, a workout library collection of over 300+ workouts. One of the the things that I loved about their online workouts was unlike other apps they release a new 30 minute workout each week so that you’re not repeating the same exact format each week, perfect for someone who loves variety, like me!

Another thing that I love is that you don’t need much space. I work from home these days and my preferred workout space lately has been this small space right in front of my bed and my computer. It’s my preferred space because I can quickly de-stress through a workout and jump back onto that monster to do list.

A few other things you’ll find in B3 Online:

  • Healthy Recipes for easy meal planning such as this tasty Vegetable Frittata
  • An expert-lead community board who’s there to guide you through your journey.
  • 14-Day Fulfillment Workshop created in partnership with Jason Wachob, co-founder of MindBodyGreen. The 14-day plan is filled with a delicious and seasonal meal plan, recommended workouts, and my personal favorite, journaling prompts.

 

The beauty about B3 Online is that you can do it anywhere and with summer just around the corner I’m taking B3 Online with me while I travel to make sure that I can carve out time for a quick workout before adventuring off to wherever I go. You can try B3 Online for 15 days for free by signing up here.

 

I’m teaming up with barre3 to offer you guys an incredible giveaway:

1 year subscription to B3 Online

A travel props kit and resistance band

A limited edition barre3 tank

To Enter! Just head on over to my INSTAGRAM and find the barre3 x GOFITJO post. Follow GOFITJO and barre3 and tag a friend on the photo for one entry and for an additional entry, repost the picture with the hashtag #B3xJOgiveaway.

For another entry, head on over to GOFITJO’s Pinterest page and pin one the photo below and leave a link in the comments below.

*The giveaway is not in any way associated with Instagram or Pinterest and will end on May 31st. Instagram profile must be public to be eligible. Winners will be notified via direct message within 48 hours.*

This post was sponsored by barre3 and I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions are 100% my own.  

photos by Encarnacion Photography


 

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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Backpacking Adventure with LUNA Bar

Lately I feel like the common theme form me has been “I’ve been a terrible blogger!” Truth be told I’ve got a handful of weeks left at school and my focus and attention has been wrapped around the idea of pushing through and finishing up so that I can coast and enjoy for a few weeks without having to worry about the additional to-do item on my list. 

photo by Simone Anne www.simoneanne.com

photo by Simone Anne www.simoneanne.com

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of getting away from the city, unplugging, and escaping to the woods on my first backpacking adventure with LUNA Bar and Trail Mavens. Trail Mavens is this incredible company who’s mission is to empower women to break out of their urban comfort zone and learn some valuable outdoor skills such as tent-pitching, fire starting, and map reading by creating opportunities for adventure in the outdoors. The funny thing is I’ve never been a woman who embraced outdoor living. As a matter of fact I’m a city girl through and through but ever since last year’s Nine Retreat adventure I’ve realized that something about the woods calls to me and reenergizes me in a way that tall buildings and the hustle and bustle of SF, NYC, and LA cannot. Its like this little break from the chaos that I need to recenter my soul and create space for a different sense of energy that revives my mind on the go. 

We started our day by meeting at the Clif Bar HQ. We learned how to properly pack our backpacks for the day and did some introductions, ice breakers, and set the intentions for the trip. After that we were off to Henry Coe in Morgan Hill which is this huge county park with plenty of hiking trails and camping sites. The beauty about this is that Henry Coe is just a short drive from the Silicon Valley, so in the event that one is dying to get back to chaos it's not too far away. 

As soon as we arrived to Henry Coe, we settled in and quickly learned how to properly put on your backpack and make the necessary adjustments to make sure you were comfortable with a 30+ lb backpack during a hike. Shortly after we were off on our 3.5 mile hike to the campsite where we would spend the night. As soon as we arrived we had a few snacks before we set up our tents for the evening. 

OK first off, I will admit that if my husband was with me during a camping trip or any excursion I probably would be asking him to set up my tent. One because my nails, two because…I have no other reasons. The ladies from Trail Mavens showed us exactly how to set up our tents and shortly after we were off to set up our tent. It was actually easier than I expected. The tents we set up were MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2- Person Backpacking Tent. These tents were easy to set up and fit right into our backpacks, which was really great if you’re looking for a tent that’s small, compact, and light to carry. Setting up this tent myself made me feel so empowered. It’s funny how, most of the time, we look at things like cooking on a grill or setting up a campsite, we traditionally view it as a man’s role. Because of this perspective it can be intimidating. 

photo by Simone Anne www.simoneanne.com

photo by Simone Anne www.simoneanne.com

After setting up our tents we headed off for a quick hike over to a pond where a few of the ladies jumped in to enjoy a swim before we headed back for happy hour and dinner.  

Back at the campsite we learned about the different camp cooking methods, a new technique on campfire building, and just enjoyed an evening unplugged while listening to Emily sing by the campfire

The greatest lesson learned: BE OPEN WITH LIFE AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT COME YOUR WAY. You never know who you’ll meet in the adventures that life will take you on. The few moments you spend with them may impact your life in a way you would’ve never imagined or you can impact their’s. And just because you’re a die hard city girl like me, doesn’t mean that a day or two in the woods won’t do your heart and soul the tender love it needs.  

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THE GREATEST LESSON LEARNED:

Be open with life and the experiences that come your way. The few moments you spend with the people you meet may impact your life in a way you would’ve never imagined or you might impact their’s.

Many thanks to LUNA Bar for inviting me on this experience. It was an honor to be amongst some amazing women to share my first camping experience with.

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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Tips on having a healthy relationship with your teenage daughter

It’s true when they say there’s no tougher job than being a mom. There are nights where I go to bed wondering if I’m doing this whole motherhood thing right. Hell there are days where I wonder if I’m even doing this adult thing right for myself let alone having the privilege of raising children. As a mom you’re pushed to your limits day in and day out physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. There are days where this role as a mom has broken me, but its made me whole as well. 

Tips on having a healthy relationship with your teenage daughter

Whenever I share photos on Instagram of my husband and I or of my kids I read comments that say #familygoals or #couplegoals and as endearing as it is I can’t help but think Am I showing a side of my life that’s portrayed to be perfect? Because if so, that’s not what I want you to see. I want you to understand that there are many facets to this story, but most importantly an honest one. 

I’m no expert in parenting, but I do have 13 years of experience raising my daughter and I wanted to share some things I’ve learned while raising this young lady. 

Tips on having a healthy relationship with your teenage daughter:

  1. Tell her stories. We grow deep relationships with other adults when we have the capacity to share our stories, imagine the connection you create with your children when you share the lessons you’ve learned in the past. Recently my daughter has had some misunderstandings with friends, because teenage relationships can get complicated especially when hormones play a role. It’s been great to be able to share my experiences with friends with her and give her a different perspective on the situations she’s been in. 
  2. Listen openly without interjecting. This one is a tough one for me. As a health coach I want to immediately jump in and offer different solutions when I hear about problems she might be having. But I have to remember to pull back, shut my mouth, and lend her both ears when she’s trying to vent. 
  3. Be her mother.  As they get older and become less and less child like its easy to start treating the relationship on a friend level. However, its important that during this phase in their life that they still understand authority, consequences, and responsibility both in school and in the home. 
  4. Don’t be afraid to expose them to different experiences. As parents it’s our natural instinct to want to protect them and to keep them in a box. But I think its important to have them exposed to travel, explore their many natural talents, and to even put them in situations that they might not be ready for such as a new group learning situation. Giving them opportunities to flex their skills and character helps to build them confidence and self awareness. 
  5. Give yourself and your teenager lots of love and grace. Remind yourself that preteens and teenagers go through a lot of firsts in this phase of life. There have been plenty of times that I’ve wanted to pull my hair out of my head due to all the preteen problems I’ve dealt with in the past year, but I’m constantly reminding myself that a lot of what she’s going through is a brand new experience for her. She’s just as confused about her hormones, body changing, and emotions as her parents are. As a parent the best thing you can do is offer love and support. 

Tell her stories.

...imagine the connection you create with your children when you share the lessons you’ve learned in the past.

One of the best ways to stay in tuned with your teenage daughter is make sure you have an open line of communication and to reassure her that you’re never too busy building your boss mom empire to listen to the problems she’s going through. 

I’d love to hear about some of the problems that your teenage girl has faced and what you’ve done to solve them. Comment below, I’d love to read your tips. Lord knows I’m just crossing this threshold of teenage life. 

photography by Encarnacion Photography || shoes by Allbirds

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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Embracing Your Body, Embracing Movement with lululemon

My thoughts on Embracing Your Body…

Lately I’ve been finding myself in conversations surrounding self acceptance and body positivity and what that all really boils down to. It’s lead to such amazing and interesting conversations. There’s either a strong sentiment of empowerment or a hidden whisper of complacency and I feel like it can dance on a very thin line, if we allow it to. The hardest struggle that women face these days is knowing and whole heartedly accepting that they can very well love their bodies no matter what shape its in and empower themselves to change their lives should they choose to. Self acceptance is truly about having the freedom to love yourself how you want to love yourself. 

Body positivity can ebb and flow. One day you might feel 100% in love with yourself and the next you might not be having the best conversations with yourself. I want you to know that’s OK! Give yourself a whole lot of grace, self forgiveness, and let go of the restrictive mindset that’s keeping you from moving forward. You’ve got all that you need within yourself. 

What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.
— Rupi Kaur

Thoughts on Embracing Movement: 

Have you ever once had this dogmatic conversation with yourself around what it means or looks like to be “fit”? For years I had this perspective on what it meant to be “fit”, but always desired to have some sort of healthy and active lifestyle. Reframing the conversation with myself has been a day to day challenge, but one that I always feel empowered to overcome. 

These days I’ve had the challenge of finding what forms of movement I enjoy between yoga, high intensity circuit training, or weightlifting. The challenge is partially due to making sure that I don’t injury my shoulder any further, which that in itself has given me more of a mental workout than anything. Just like how body positivity can ebb and flow from day to day, so does that inner strength when you feel like you were your most optimal condition at one point and are no longer that due to unfortunate circumstances. After having some moments of what I like to refer to as fitness commitment issues I’ve come to really learn that although I like circuit training programs like BBG, I much prefer lifting weights and getting out doors on a track for some sprints and plyometric training. It’s just the way my body loves to embrace movement. For the past few months I’ve resisted it because I felt like I was getting bored, but after spending a two weeks to get back into the swing of things I realized its just my jam. 

lululemon invited me in for a personalized fit session to try their brand new Enlite Bra, specifically designed for high impact workouts. Perfect for my love for plyometrics and sprints. The personalized fit session was such a treat to experience when shopping for the right sports bra because just like any bra you want to make sure that its comfortable and is everything you need for the type of workout you love. 

I love this bra because it comes in conforms perfectly to your shape and body, streamlined without bulk fabrics or hardware, and the fabric is just like butter the skin making it comfortable for all day wear. My favorite part is that it offers the high support without the feeling of compressing the girls which can leave you feeling like you're suffocating. 

My other lululemon loves: 

This post was sponsored by lululemon, however all thoughts are 100% my own. 

photography by Encarnacion Photography

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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How to Manifest Success with Brooks Running

Success is a tough one and although I don’t have it all figured out. I was sponsored by Zappos to share a few things I learned about manifesting success, but as always my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

We all want to strive to live a successful life. But what does success really look like? What does it mean to be successful? Success looks different on everyone, but when you break down what makes a person so successful at hitting their target goals there is one thing in common: they do something they don't want to do.

This doesn't mean that they are in soul sucking jobs they hate or stay in relationships that are toxic. Doing the thing they don't like to do means that their goals are so important to them that the work becomes irrelevant. Each and every one of us will be faced with a challenge or task in life that we don't want to do. This could mean getting up at 4:30am to be at the gym by 5am before your work day, giving up fried foods, tackling monthly accounting, paying off bills to get out of debt, and the list goes on. But at the end of the day in order to get closer to your goals, personal or career; you have to do something you don't want to do. Ask yourself: are your goals bigger than your distractions? What are you willing to sacrifice to get your closer to being the person you want to be?

3 Ways to Manifest Success:

  1. Feel it and believe it. One of the first things I do when I manifest successful moments in my life is I envision it and start to evoke a strong sense of belief. To me this is the first step to achieving anything in life. It’s also probably the most important. What we don’t realize is how strong our subconscious mind truly is. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it. It does not question or judge it just reacts. 
  2. Clear any mental road blocks. Because we live in a society where information is available at our finger tips, we’re more susceptible to looking at outside influences to dictate our mindset. In doing this, we slowly begin to have this mindset of not being enough for our goals or our dreams. These can create mental road blocks that can leave us in analysis paralysis. Clear any limiting beliefs that you might have that’s holding you back. 
  3. Be Patient. As you become clearer in what you want to achieve you can start taking the steps towards your goals. But you need to remember to be patient, the best things in life take time. 

So this is my challenge to you: take a moment today to list down one thing you are not looking for to doing and choose a target date. Make sure that this one thing relates to your target goal. Maybe this is setting a monthly budget for your household, maybe it’s the one area in your career you have to tackle in order to move up in your position, or maybe it's committing to a change in your lifestyle that will help you get back in shape or healthier, like running or trying a new group fitness class.

One of the things I love about Brooks is their dedication to helping you build your confidence in running whether your on the train or running towards your life’s greatest goals. If you’re an exercise junkie like me then you know how much moving your body can evoke a spirit of confidence and this mindset that you can do anything. I’ve always bene a long time fan of shopping for shoes on Zappos. I remember when I first discovered my love for online shopping how excited I would get to get my Zappos shipments in what felt like overnight because they were so fast at shipping the things I bought.  Their easy return policies made it so easy for me because when you’re busy trying to make the most of out of your life, both in the gym and out, you don’t have time to fuss with the overcomplicated.

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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