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10 years ago exactly I set out on a journey, a journey of self-discovery and adventure. After graduating from university there was opportunity to stay in Canada and start my career but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I knew I needed to leave the comfort of living in my city and with my parents and move somewhere unknown to me. I chose to move to South Korea, a country I knew very little about. 
Since elementary school I have always believed that experiences (both positive and negative) are what help form a person’s psychological development and maturity. I was determined to experience a new culture, become immersed and adapt to my new life. My goals were to gain personal growth, knowledge, experience, and to regain my health back. 
Let’s rewind to 2004: During this year I allowed the stress of school and other circumstances in life to discontinue any workout regimen I had and to stop practicing all nutritional habits I had obtained over the years from reading Health & Fitness magazines and books and I began emotional eating to cope. Within 6 months I went from a size 8 to a size 11/12 (just to give you perspective). All in all I gained nearly 40 LBS. As you can imagine, this was a low point in my life. There were moments when I gave up but there were also moments when a small part of me believed that ‘this can’t last forever’. I bet on that small ray of hope and I promised myself that one of my goals by moving away was getting my health and fitness under control. Over that year I managed to gain healthier habits and slowly lost the weight. I didn’t rush things as I was trying to figure out what worked for me and my lifestyle. I didn’t want to just ‘lost the weight’ quickly because I had tried MANY diets in the past and every time I would go back to my old habits I would regain the weight. This seems like a no-brainer now but back then I needed to experience it myself for it to stick. The point is, you can make a lifestyle change but only you can do this. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ #transformationtuesday

10 years ago exactly I set out on a journey, a journey of self-discovery and adventure. After graduating from university there was opportunity to stay in Canada and start my career but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I knew I needed to leave the comfort of living in my city and with my parents and move somewhere unknown to me. I chose to move to South Korea, a country I knew very little about.
Since elementary school I have always believed that experiences (both positive and negative) are what help form a person’s psychological development and maturity. I was determined to experience a new culture, become immersed and adapt to my new life. My goals were to gain personal growth, knowledge, experience, and to regain my health back.
Let’s rewind to 2004: During this year I allowed the stress of school and other circumstances in life to discontinue any workout regimen I had and to stop practicing all nutritional habits I had obtained over the years from reading Health & Fitness magazines and books and I began emotional eating to cope. Within 6 months I went from a size 8 to a size 11/12 (just to give you perspective). All in all I gained nearly 40 LBS. As you can imagine, this was a low point in my life. There were moments when I gave up but there were also moments when a small part of me believed that ‘this can’t last forever’. I bet on that small ray of hope and I promised myself that one of my goals by moving away was getting my health and fitness under control. Over that year I managed to gain healthier habits and slowly lost the weight. I didn’t rush things as I was trying to figure out what worked for me and my lifestyle. I didn’t want to just ‘lost the weight’ quickly because I had tried MANY diets in the past and every time I would go back to my old habits I would regain the weight. This seems like a no-brainer now but back then I needed to experience it myself for it to stick. The point is, you can make a lifestyle change but only you can do this. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ #transformationtuesday

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Happy #TransformationTuesday πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Make yours happen with one small step everyday in the right direction. πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Note: Tripping along the way is expected and may lead you to quit but this is only a test of your true perseverance and determination. Make the choice to get back up and pass the test. #fitness #health #bodybuilding #truestrength #progress #quotes #motivation #inspiration #theresajennhealthandfitness #lol

Happy #TransformationTuesday πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Make yours happen with one small step everyday in the right direction. πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Note: Tripping along the way is expected and may lead you to quit but this is only a test of your true perseverance and determination. Make the choice to get back up and pass the test. #fitness #health #bodybuilding #truestrength #progress #quotes #motivation #inspiration #theresajennhealthandfitness #lol

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Oh yeah baby! Look what @team_optimum Amino Energy I will be demoing in the month of August! πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Lemon Lime!!! πŸ‹πŸ™Œ Stay connected for my next demo date and location.

What’s your fav flavour? πŸ‹πŸ‘πŸπŸ‰πŸ‡πŸ
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Oh yeah baby! Look what @team_optimum Amino Energy I will be demoing in the month of August! πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Lemon Lime!!! πŸ‹πŸ™Œ Stay connected for my next demo date and location.

What’s your fav flavour? πŸ‹πŸ‘πŸπŸ‰πŸ‡πŸ
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You never know your true potential is until you give it your all! πŸ’ͺ Day 1 starts tomorrow! Let’s do this with 100% effort! πŸ‘Š #theresajennhealthandfitness #inspiration #quotes #lifestyle #livelife #bodybuilding #goals #dreams #truestrength #athlete #motivation #training #health #fitness #noexcuses #mindovermatter #gym #transformation #progress #keepinitreal #believe #faith

You never know your true potential is until you give it your all! πŸ’ͺ Day 1 starts tomorrow! Let’s do this with 100% effort! πŸ‘Š #theresajennhealthandfitness #inspiration #quotes #lifestyle #livelife #bodybuilding #goals #dreams #truestrength #athlete #motivation #training #health #fitness #noexcuses #mindovermatter #gym #transformation #progress #keepinitreal #believe #faith

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And no last guilt-free meal would be complete without a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich!

I could only do half. It hit the spot but I’m tapping out now.

And no last guilt-free meal would be complete without a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich!

I could only do half. It hit the spot but I’m tapping out now.

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So tonight was a planned guilt-free meal and the place we wanted to grab a burger closed early! Arg!!!!

We ended up finding another place to eat. Better than nothing but NOT like the original place. The fries rocked and I ate half the burger. 

Over the next three weeks my coach and I are going to test out a few things and see how my body responds differently. Everything has been going well the last 4 ish months and now it’s time to try something new to switch things up. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll share done if what I’m eating this week and the next two.

Stay tuned!

So tonight was a planned guilt-free meal and the place we wanted to grab a burger closed early! Arg!!!!

We ended up finding another place to eat. Better than nothing but NOT like the original place. The fries rocked and I ate half the burger.

Over the next three weeks my coach and I are going to test out a few things and see how my body responds differently. Everything has been going well the last 4 ish months and now it’s time to try something new to switch things up. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll share done if what I’m eating this week and the next two.

Stay tuned!

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You only live once = DIP! πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‰#summer #adventure #livelife #fitness #lifestyle #theresajennhealthandfitness #truestrength #athlete #swim

You only live once = DIP! πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‰#summer #adventure #livelife #fitness #lifestyle #theresajennhealthandfitness #truestrength #athlete #swim

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footy-chic bahaha…in daylight?! ;)

footy-chic bahaha…in daylight?! ;)

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To DIP or NOT to DIP? 🏊#summer #adventure #livelife #lifestyle #truestrength #athlete #beautiful #bc

To DIP or NOT to DIP? 🏊#summer #adventure #livelife #lifestyle #truestrength #athlete #beautiful #bc

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Truthfully there is still a habit I’m trying to kick and that’s eating sugar-free gum. I’m sure it’s safe to say we all know that aspartame is NOT healthy to consume. I know this but it’s still one of the habits I’m working on kicking. I eat gum less than I used to so this is progress but I still reach for those sugar-free sticks when I want to chew a piece of gum. This weekend I found the gum I’ve been looking for and it’s Sour Patch Kids 🍭 by Stride. If you’re wondering, it tastes just like the candy but the flavour fades quickly. 
In terms of gum without aspartame I’m going to be looking into getting the gum called YumYum Gum. I’ve heard great reviews and this could be a solution to chewing gum without aspartame. To be continued… πŸ’†πŸ’†πŸ’†

Truthfully there is still a habit I’m trying to kick and that’s eating sugar-free gum. I’m sure it’s safe to say we all know that aspartame is NOT healthy to consume. I know this but it’s still one of the habits I’m working on kicking. I eat gum less than I used to so this is progress but I still reach for those sugar-free sticks when I want to chew a piece of gum. This weekend I found the gum I’ve been looking for and it’s Sour Patch Kids 🍭 by Stride. If you’re wondering, it tastes just like the candy but the flavour fades quickly.
In terms of gum without aspartame I’m going to be looking into getting the gum called YumYum Gum. I’ve heard great reviews and this could be a solution to chewing gum without aspartame. To be continued… πŸ’†πŸ’†πŸ’†

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Our response when my husband falls out of his kayak πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Good times this summer πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ #badwife #lol #adventure #summer #beautiful #bc #fitness

Our response when my husband falls out of his kayak πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Good times this summer πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ #badwife #lol #adventure #summer #beautiful #bc #fitness

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#fbf February 2012 when I got my first publication with @oxygenmagazine —-> Future of Fitness! πŸ’ͺ (@erinstern5 was the Cover Model) was one of those dreams that I had developed over time after gaining more confidence in myself. This was a foggy goal to foresee at 170LBS but overtime as I worked toward getting my true self back, lost the weight, gained muscle, knowledge and enough courage to compete at my first show and do a photo shoot nothing was going to stop me then. πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰DREAM BIG, START SMALL. #onedayatatime #progress #motivation #diet #weightloss #transformation #fatloss #oxygenmag #oxygenmagazine #fitness #fitspo #health #theresajennhealthandfitness #inbf #blessedbodies365 #abs #bodybuilding #dreams #goals #flashbackfriday #faith #believe #dowork

#fbf February 2012 when I got my first publication with @oxygenmagazine —-> Future of Fitness! πŸ’ͺ (@erinstern5 was the Cover Model) was one of those dreams that I had developed over time after gaining more confidence in myself. This was a foggy goal to foresee at 170LBS but overtime as I worked toward getting my true self back, lost the weight, gained muscle, knowledge and enough courage to compete at my first show and do a photo shoot nothing was going to stop me then. πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰DREAM BIG, START SMALL. #onedayatatime #progress #motivation #diet #weightloss #transformation #fatloss #oxygenmag #oxygenmagazine #fitness #fitspo #health #theresajennhealthandfitness #inbf #blessedbodies365 #abs #bodybuilding #dreams #goals #flashbackfriday #faith #believe #dowork

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Get COMFORTABLE with the UNCOMFORTABLE:
If you want change in your life whether this change is professional, personal, physical, emotional, or social, then you must realize that you will need to undergo a process of feeling uncomfortable. When you decide to get out of your comfort zone is when you will welcome growth into your life and this is the first step to change. 
You will experience FEAR of the unknown. (Will I get the job? Will I be able to speak at a conference? Will I be able to follow through with my nutritional or fitness plan?) You will experience DOUBT of your abilities. (Am I made for this? Am I being unrealistic with my goals?) You will experience FIGHT or FLIGHT. 
This is too stressful, I can’t do this. I don’t care what it takes, I will succeed.) In the end, these ‘feelings’ are only thoughts and you ultimately are in control of what ‘thought’ or ‘story’ you want to believe. You are not meant to be like everyone else. You are meant to be unique, so take the time to listen to those whispers deep down inside and figure out who you truly are and bring that person to life. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ I chose change and will continue to progress πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Get COMFORTABLE with the UNCOMFORTABLE:
If you want change in your life whether this change is professional, personal, physical, emotional, or social, then you must realize that you will need to undergo a process of feeling uncomfortable. When you decide to get out of your comfort zone is when you will welcome growth into your life and this is the first step to change.
You will experience FEAR of the unknown. (Will I get the job? Will I be able to speak at a conference? Will I be able to follow through with my nutritional or fitness plan?) You will experience DOUBT of your abilities. (Am I made for this? Am I being unrealistic with my goals?) You will experience FIGHT or FLIGHT.
This is too stressful, I can’t do this. I don’t care what it takes, I will succeed.) In the end, these ‘feelings’ are only thoughts and you ultimately are in control of what ‘thought’ or ‘story’ you want to believe. You are not meant to be like everyone else. You are meant to be unique, so take the time to listen to those whispers deep down inside and figure out who you truly are and bring that person to life. β€œOnly I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ I chose change and will continue to progress πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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Since blackberries are season I thought I would celebrate by making some BLACKBERRY PROTEIN FLUFF!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ Hand-blend the following ingredients until you create tasty bliss!
*1 scoop vanilla Optimum Nutrition Creamy Vanilla PRO COMPLEX (add more if you want it thicker)
*1 cup frozen blackberries (I bought fresh then froze them)
*2 TBSP milk (I used unsweetened almond milk by Silk)
*1 tsp vanilla stevia (optional - I didn’t use it)
*Top with vegan chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Source: The Ultimate Protein Pow(d)er RecipesCookbook

Since blackberries are season I thought I would celebrate by making some BLACKBERRY PROTEIN FLUFF!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ Hand-blend the following ingredients until you create tasty bliss!
*1 scoop vanilla Optimum Nutrition Creamy Vanilla PRO COMPLEX (add more if you want it thicker)
*1 cup frozen blackberries (I bought fresh then froze them)
*2 TBSP milk (I used unsweetened almond milk by Silk)
*1 tsp vanilla stevia (optional - I didn’t use it)
*Top with vegan chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Source: The Ultimate Protein Pow(d)er RecipesCookbook

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The look you have when you hit the gym in your new outfit. πŸ‘†πŸ™ŒπŸ˜‚ #truth πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Tag your fav workout clothing! πŸ‘― 
Personally I love @publicmyth @elisabettarogiani @lululemon

The look you have when you hit the gym in your new outfit. πŸ‘†πŸ™ŒπŸ˜‚ #truth πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Tag your fav workout clothing! πŸ‘―
Personally I love @publicmyth @elisabettarogiani @lululemon

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