Sheryl Jesin


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Hammer and Chisel – My One Month Results

Recently I completed 4 out of the 8 weeks of the new home workout program I am doing called Hammer and Chisel.

My main goals for this program were to increase my strength, and lose a bit of fat in stubborn areas, such as my lower belly, upper arms and upper back.

Also, I wanted to clean up my eating a bit more…I’m usually a clean eater but over the winter break my sugar intake went up and my healthy food intake went down.

4 weeks into the program, I’m happy to report that I have made great progress towards all of the above mentioned goals!

I started the program at 132.8, and on day 30 I weighed 130.  At one point I had gotten down to 127, and when that happened I changed my nutrition plan a bit.  It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to actually build muscle instead of just losing weight, so I moved up in my daily calories.  This was tough for me mentally…as women we tend to want to lose weight, rather than gain weight.    It took me a couple days to get over the mental block, and now I am enjoying the extra food.

I always tell the women in my challenge groups that the scale is just one tool to measure progress…and that measurements, pictures and how our clothes feel are also really important things to consider.

As for my measurements, let’s compare day 1 and day 30

Chest – Day 1 – 33.5, Day 30 -33

Right arm – Day 1 – 10.75,  Day 30 – 11

Left arm – Day 1 – 10.75, Day 30 – 11

Waist – Day 1 – 28.5, Day 30 – 27.5

Bellybutton – Day 1 – 33, Day 30 -32

Hips – Day 1 – 34, Day 30 – 34.5

Right thigh – Day 1 – 21.25, Day 30 – 20.5

Left thigh – Day 1 – 21.25, Day 30 – 20.5

It is interesting to see that I lost inches all over, except for my arms where I gained a bit.  I feel like my arms actually look more toned and they definitely are stronger, so that increase was due to an increase in muscle mass, I believe.

I always find that pictures tell the truth….sometimes I don’t actually feel like my body is changing, but a picture shows me otherwise:

 It can get easy to get caught up in the numbers and the pictures…while I like the challenge of sculpting my body and building muscle mass….these aren’t the true reasons why I love working through a program.

My workouts are “me time”.  They are my mood boosters.  They make me happy and they give me energy, and they help me focus during the rest of the day.  They are the one thing I give to myself each and every day.  As a mom I’m always giving, giving, and giving and it feels good to give something back to myself!

I love the challenge of working through a program and the sense of completion I feel as I move towards the end.  It feels good to accomplish something and it makes me feel like I can tackle anything that comes my way!

Can’t wait to see what month 2 has in store for me!

I’m putting together my next 21 day health and fitness challenge.  We start February 29th.  If you have been wanting to start taking better care of yourself – this is the perfect opportunity!  Join my supportive community of women who help each other on their journies towards better health.  Be a part of our group – work out everyday for 30 mins from the comfort of your home, learn about portion controlled clean eating and enrich your mind, body and spirit!  If you want more info, please shoot me an email at sheryl@ikor.com  or PM me via Facebook and I will get back to you ASAP with the details about the challenge. 

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Do you believe people are doing their best?

I shared last week that I am currently listening to the audio version of Brene Brown’s new book “Rising Strong”.

There have been so many amazing nuggets of information that I am learning from this book.  I plan to share some of them with you here!

Brene asks a question in the book:  “Do you believe that in general, people are doing their best?”.

I’d like to know – Do YOU think people are doing their best?

This is a tough question!  My knee jerk repsonse to this is no – everyone can do better.  I often think that I can do better – I can be more patient with my kids, kinder to my husband, more efficient with my time, a better coach, daughter, friend etc.

Brene shares the answer of her husband – he said that if we believe that people are doing their best, it will make our lives more peaceful.

How does this work?  If you start believing that other people are doing their best, you can stop judging them.  You can start accepting them for who they are, and showing more kindness to them – and this will make you feel at peace.

For example – if my kids are jumping on the bed and running around screaming and chasing each other and basically having fun but driving me crazy before bed, I can chose to be annoyed and frustrated with them.  On the flipside, I can assume that they are doing their best.  They are acting like kids and maybe I haven’t created a restful bedtime atmosphere – maybe I haven’t specifically spelled out my bedtime expectations.  Once I stop judging their behaviour, I can enjoy the moment I am having with them – and perhaps even receive some joy from their enthusiastic and fun-filled spirits.

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A peaceful moment after crazy bedtime shenanigans

Brene asked hundreds of people this question in her research for the book.  She learned that people who answer yes – people who believe others are trying their best – are people who set boundaries in their lives, who practice self-care, and who take care of themselves.  Because they take care of themselves, they are able to extend compassion towards others.  It is hard to extend compassion to other people when you are burnt out, putting yourself last and doing things you don’t want to do.  When that happens – you tend to believe that other are NOT doing their best.

I know as busy moms, we tend to not set clear boundaries, overextend ourselves and become resentful.  I definitely do this from time to time!

I know that I want to truly believe that other people are doing their best – and I want people to believe that about me too.  I want my life to be more peaceful.  Brene reminded me about the importance of self-care.   I am going to continue to work on adding practices of self care to my life and only saying yes to things I truly want to do.

I’d love to know what you think about this topic.  Do you think people are doing their best?

I’m putting together my next 21 day health and fitness challenge.  We start January 4th.  If you have been wanting to start taking better care of yourself – this is the perfect opportunity!  Join my supportive community of women who support each other on their journies towards better health.  Be a part of our group – work out everyday for 30 mins from the comfort of your home, learn about portion controlled clean eating and enrich your mind, body and spirit!  If you want more info, please shoot me an email at sheryl@ikor.com and I will get back to you ASAP with the details about the challenge. 

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Joining a gym

I’ve recently discovered there is a place I can go to where I can do all my favorite activities such as running, spinning, yoga and strength training. For a nominal fee, there’s even someone who will happily watch my two kids while I partake in these activities.

Of course I’m talking about a gym. Why has it taken me so long to discover that I love going to the gym?

I’ve been seriously exercising for almost 2 years now. I’ve been doing it mainly at home, using exercise videos or an app on my phone. And then of course I run outside. In nice weather I bike outside too.

It has been great working out at home. It’s free. I can do when the kids are around, and I can do it whenever I want.

Lately I’ve been feeling that I need a change. It’s good to shake up your routine now and then. That’s where the gym comes into play.

I’ve always thought that if I join a gym, I’d never go. But I’ve proven to myself over the last two years that I really enjoy exercising consistently. It makes me feel amazing and working out is the best way for me to get out of a bad mood. Moms often spend so much time caring for their families and I think it’s crucial that we take time to do things for ourselves.

So I’ve decided to join a gym. I plan on going during the week super early in the morning while the kids are still asleep so that I’m home in time to get them ready and send them off to school. I will also occasionally go on the weekends and bring them along, as there is on site babysitting.

Instead of telling myself I’m not going to go, I’ve decided to replace that negative self talk with some positive thinking. I am going to go to the gym 3-4 times a week because I love it and because exercise makes me feel alive!

I’ve already gone a few times before 6am and it was so motivating to see all of the like minded people who were there at that time. It felt amazing sweating during a challenging spinning class before most people even roll out of bed.

Waking up early means I also have to go to bed early. I’ve wanted to go to bed early for a while now but I’ve always found ways to waste time at night (random Internet surfing? Facebook? TV?). These are things I will gladly cut out of my life to make time for the gym.

Do you go to the gym? How do you make time to stay active?


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What do you do all day?

I recently made the decision to not return to my job and instead stay home with my kids. This was a hard decision to make, but I am absolutely thrilled that I am able to be at stay at home mom right now.  I’m not going to turn this post into one of those mommy-war discussions, debating whether it is better to be a working out of the house mom, or a stay at home mom.   I think every mom should make the decision that works best for her family.  There is no right answer.

That being said, when I have told various people about my decision to stay at home, they often give me a slightly quizzical look and then proceed to ask me:  What do you do all day?  Aren’t you bored?

I’m honestly shocked that people feel the need to ask me what I do all day.  Especially people with kids.  Have you not spent an entire day with your kids?  What do you do on the weekends?  That is what I do everyday.  And do you really not know that I’m busy non-stop from the moment the kids wake up in the morning, until they go to sleep at night?  (Oh yeah – I’m often quite busy doing things AFTER they go to sleep too).

If you are honestly confused as to what a stay at home mom does all day, I suggest that you read this amazing article published in the Washington Post by Carolyn Hax.  This  quote pretty much says it all:

When you have young kids, your typical day is: constant attention, from getting them out of bed, fed, clean, dressed; to keeping them out of harm’s way; to answering their coos, cries, questions; to having two arms and carrying one kid, one set of car keys, and supplies for even the quickest trips, including the latest-to-be-declared-essential piece of molded plastic gear; to keeping them from unshelving books at the library; to enforcing rest times; to staying one step ahead of them lest they get too hungry, tired or bored, any one of which produces the kind of checkout-line screaming that gets the checkout line shaking its head.

So yes.  I am doing something all day.   I don’t sit around eating bon-bons.  A couple weeks ago, someone asked me what I do all day and I responded by listing everything I do in a typical day.  Then they proceeded to tell me that I should be grateful that I can do it, because they know a mom of five kids that has a back problem and can’t get out of bed.  REALLY?  Yes, I know I’m grateful that I can walk and take care of my kids.  I wasn’t complaining about all the things I do everyday.  I was just telling them because they asked!  SHEESH!!

I find the “Aren’t you bored?” comment slightly insulting.  Yes, I really do.  Do you really care if I’m bored?  Or is the question some sort of veiled insult, insinuating that being home with kids is mindless work, and henceforth a non-worthy expenditure of time?  Of course, some parts of my day are boring.  It can be boring wiping the kitchen counters, or folding laundry.   However, I am willing to make the sacrifice and be bored sometimes if it means I get to be home with my kids and experience all the amazing parts of the day.   And let’s be honest, isn’t work sometimes boring?  When someone asks me if I am bored at home, I am tempted to ask them if they are bored at work.  When I worked as a lawyer, I sometimes found it boring riding the subway to and from work.  It was boring reading a document over and over a million times making sure there were no typos.  So whether you stay at home with your kids, or work, your day will sometimes be boring.  That is a fact of life.

This post ended up as a bit of a rant/vent.   It felt good to get it out.   For all you working   parents out there, please don’t read too much into this.   I’m not insulting you in any way.  As parents, (and in particular moms!), we are all doing our best to make it through the day!  Let’s support each other.   Just please stop asking me what I do all day!!!!