Making the SHIFT is a Lifestyle Change You’ll Love

Every one of us can benefit by SHIFTing to a lifestyle that supports our wellbeing, not just physically but also emotionally. That’s exactly what you’ll get with my New SHIFT Program. It’s not just about losing weight. It’s about transforming your lifestyle so you can be happier and healthier on a daily basis.

I know you’re thinking, “The holidays are coming. I don’t have time for a new program,” or “There is no way I can start a diet now.” But I’m going to let you in on a couple of secrets.

First, this isn’t a diet. Second, it’s actually the perfect time of year to prioritize yourself and give yourself the self-care you deserve. Making the SHIFT to a physically and emotionally healthier lifestyle is the best gift you can give to yourself this holiday season!

I’d like to share a few stories from my SHIFT clients so you can see how this program has helped them and how much you’ll love it, too.

It Really is Simple

Deb shares, “I’ve been hearing about the ‘SHIFT’ for years. I remember going to a session at the Bar Method about three years ago where Jen spoke and explained her upcoming SHIFT program. I have to admit – I didn’t think it was for me. I thought it would be too difficult, too time consuming, etc.

“The thoughts that ran through my head were, ‘I can’t do this. I have a newborn baby at home. I’m trying to balance three kids, breastfeeding, work, etc.” And the rituals? What was up with everyone talking about taking a bath and lighting a candle?

“Fast forward three years, and I’ve just completed my SHIFT. I’m so happy I did it! For me, it’s been about so much more than the nutrition. It’s about taking care of myself so I can in turn take care of my family and feel happy and good about it.

“Prior to my SHIFT, my diet was already fairly ‘clean.’ However, Jen’s suggestions and materials encouraged me to try different things. Who knew that I would look forward to a nice bowl of steel cut oats with yummy toppings and chia seeds? Her first video discussed curiosity and being curious in regards to nutrition. I think about that often as I’m trying new things and as I’m trying to encourage my family to try new foods.

“Prior to my SHIFT, I suffered from feeling bloated and having extra weight in my tummy area. I’m a petite person and always found my mid-section a challenging area post-childbirth. After being very strict throughout my SHIFT, I started to see the bloating go down, and I was starting to see my muscles forming in my stomach area. I realized that certain foods were causing the bloating, and now, I have decided to cut them out of my diet completely or have really tried to cut back. And I will say that one of my favorite times of day is drinking my hot water with lemon – a ritual I will hold onto!

“Jen has been very inspirational and motivating, not just about nutrition but also about everyday life.”

It Works

Deborah says, “I entered the SHIFT program nonchalantly, hoping perhaps to get some hints about healthier eating. I thought I was pretty healthy to start. I didn’t eat a lot of fat, had pretty much cut out sweets and sugar-based foods a few years ago, and I rarely drink. However, in cutting out sugar, my intake of carbs and dairy had increased. Given I have hypothyroid, am 46, and have two kids, I thought my 20-something body was a thing of the past. I was in for a big surprise.

“The night before I started the SHIFT, I went to the diner and ate a turkey burger, all of the fries, and then a brownie. The next morning, my stomach looked like I was five months pregnant. The last thing I wanted to do was start drinking a lot of water and dense shakes, but I did it. My stomach was flatter by day two and super flat by day four. I felt amazing and saw a difference in my skin! I do not like to weigh myself, rather I go off of how I’m feeling. Immediately, I felt my clothes getting looser.

“Aside from the obvious physical improvements, incredibly, I started to see a lift in my business. I’m a life coach, and prospective clients started to call me out of the blue. I completed more projects than I had in months!”

It’s Easy

Kate explains, “I am a 42-year old mom of two active boys and have a wonderful supportive husband. I work from home full-time and am also a full-time mom. I did my first SHIFT21 in the spring of 2015 and felt great. I went into the first SHIFT bloated, sluggish, and overall unhappy with the way I felt. After the SHIFT, I felt rejuvenated, lighter, and comfortable in my own skin again.

“I kept up with the plan for a good six months. In the summer of 2015, I had to have a routine mammogram, which then led to a biopsy and a diagnosis of LCIS, which makes me fall into a higher risk category for developing breast cancer. After meeting with all the different surgeons, oncologists, and talking to other people in a similar situation, I felt that given my age and being in good health overall, I would begin a 5-year course of Tamoxifen.

“At first, I had a hard time adjusting to the medication. I noticed weight gain and an overall feeling of just going through the motions with all aspects of my life. I was still taking my bar classes, but I was in a rut with them, too.

“In the spring of 2016, I began walking, and that helped my mental wellbeing. I started to shed a few pounds. I started to try a little harder at each bar class, and I was feeling good. My diet was terrible. I was just eating what my kids were eating. Then came summer. I stopped walking as much and I was going to my bar classes just to go through the motions.

“When I heard that there was a bar challenge and a new SHIFT Program, I knew that I wanted to give it a try since the last SHIFT was so great for me. I felt that if I had a Facebook Group and the support of others, it would be easier to stay on track – all of which has proven to be true for me.

“I completed the bar challenge of 20 classes, but what was the most important aspect for me is that I completed the SHIFT and gave it my all. I started the program sluggish, bloated, and uncomfortable. I had been blaming the Tamoxifen for my weight gain when all I needed was to fuel my body with good clean food. I never felt hungry, and I lost to date 12 pounds.

“I am proud of the way I look and feel. I guess I must have looked really bad because every time I walk into the studio or see someone I haven’t seen in a while, they ask, “What are you doing? You look amazing!” I have learned that I feel amazing on the inside, and I have so much more patience. I can take a deep breath and relax much easier, too.

“I am committed to staying on track and know what my body can and cannot tolerate! I love dairy and cheese, but I have learned they don’t work for me. I am more aware now than I have ever been and plan to stay that way. Water and portions are my biggest struggles, but I know if I watch both of those, the rest is easy! Thank you for making the SHIFT a lifestyle change for me.”

Start Your SHIFT Now

The new 4-week SHIFT Program was designed to be simple and easy, so there’s no need to feel intimidated. Everything you need is included, and you’ll have my support and the support of the NEW SHIFT community every step of the way!

When you join the NEW SHIFT Program, you’ll get:

  • Easy to follow and relatable weekly guided meal planning
  • Inspiring weekly nutritional videos from me to keep you going
  • Delicious weekly recipes that you’ll love
  • Access to the community in the private SHIFT Facebook Group for support, motivation, and help when you need it

The New SHIFT Program officially launches on November 25th, but you can sign up right now!

It’s self-paced, so even if you can’t begin on the 25th, you can still sign up and start when you’re ready. The recipes, guidebooks, videos, community, and I will all be waiting for you, and everything is yours to keep!



Need To Lose Weight? Eliminate Your Daily Distractions!

Distractions. We all have them. They come in really handy when we’re consciously or unconsciously trying to avoid doing or thinking about certain things. Distractions are like big detour signs in our life stories. They cause us to default to behaviors that might not serve us well. For many of us, they’re a direct path to weight gain!

We all have stories in our lives — stories that we live by even if they don’t serve us anymore.

  • I’m lazy.
  • I’m a type A personality.
  • I’m an overeater.
  • I’m anxious.
  • I’m easily annoyed.

Sound familiar? Does your story truly serve you? Or is it a distraction?

Take a moment to think about what story you’re telling yourself that’s old, debilitating, and needs a refresh!

What’s My Story?

For the past year, I’ve been living a story that definitely does not serve me anymore, and the more I tell myself that story, the deeper I get stuck!

I’m an empty nester who has moved her life to two different states, and I’m in transition. I have to keep myself really business and bury myself in work to keep my mind off of the transition. If I don’t, I get really anxious!

My story felt really good for a while as it distracted me from me — from Jen, from myself. It gave me an excuse — a life excuse — a reason to give myself a break from working on myself, moving forward, and continuing my journey.

However, my story was also a big obstacle in the road. It was a detour that gave me the excuse to go back to old patterns and habits. I defaulted to my old storybook that actually needs to be taken out of the library and given to Good Will so someone else can learn from it.

What Did I Default To?

“I’ll start taking care of myself after the weekend.”

Have you ever said this to yourself as you allowed yourself to be distracted and default to your old story that no longer serves you? I’ve been doing it, but it never stops there. Most default stories include a lot of old habits and patterns that need to go.

I got distracted and fell back on my defaults. Suddenly, I was…

  • Drinking too much coffee (Ah, the 4pm latte break)
  • Overeating (and going for seconds!)
  • Telling myself it’s okay (“You’re going through a hard time.”)
  • Sugar (read more about that here)
  • Swedish fish became my good friend again
  • Giving myself that little extra treat
  • Believing an extra glass of wine won’t hurt
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Eating dinner and jumping into bed because I deserved to rest
  • Eating on the go or ordering in
  • Standing and eating
  • Skipping breakfast because I knew I’d have a big lunch
  • Getting too much or too little exercise to counterbalance my over-indulgence

And what was the outcome of these old habits and patterns? 8 pounds! Yup! It’s time to start telling myself the true story. It’s time to focus on my biography instead of fiction!

The Way You Do One Thing is How You Do Most

The paradigm “the way you do one thing is the way you do most” really set in for me recently. Not only was I defaulting back to a place of comfort with my food, but I was doing that in many areas of my life. And guess what that got me (aside from 8 pounds)? Tons of clutter!

If my food was cluttered, then my closet was overflowing! I began to overschedule myself as a distraction. You see, the truth is that we always look for a distraction when we feel discomfort. The secret in the sauce of life is to gather tools over time that you can keep in your “bounce-back” toolbox.

When you find yourself driving along the road of life and unexpectedly hit that big detour sign, which leads you on an alternate route, you can sit with the discomfort for as long as you need to. But once it gets too yucky, open up your bounce-back toolbox and get back on the route you were meant to be on which is growth, understanding, and self-care.

How I Got Back on Track (and So Can You)

The first step I took to get back on track was to focus on my six basic principles of living Simple Clean and Whole. You can review those in my Back to Basics Guide.

Next, I focused on my non-negotiables:

  • Drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day.
  • Get back to enjoying working out and do it 3-5 days per week.
  • Incorporate strength training into my workouts which helps me feel grounded. Plus, this is a must for women over 40 as we work on increasing bone density.
  • Schedule an hour a day of ME time whether it’s my morning ritual, lunch, exercise, or even bath time. I actually put my name on my calendar and block out that time!
  • Start my mornings off with a Simple Clean and Whole breakfast which is the smoothie included in my Whenever Cleanse.
  • Eat three nutrient-dense meals plus the option of two small snacks. I choose snacks from SHIFT 21.
  • No sugar!
  • Drink no more than one and a half cups of coffee per day.
  • Shut down all electronics by 8pm.
  • Limit social media to one hour each day even if I have to put a timer on to do it.
  • Get outside and take in the vitamin D.

See, even I go through the ebb and flow of life as I coach my clients. To be honest, no one is exempt. There is no perfection! If we don’t fall below the midline time and time again, we would never be able to rewrite our stories.

I have committed to my new storyline, and yes, at times I’ll be challenged — having dinners out, spending time with friends, traveling, enjoying celebrations, and just living life. We all have a choice, and you have the innate ability to choose your life of fiction or your true biography.

What’s your story?