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Ep. 43 ft. Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe

“Do your best, show up the best you can but also be okay with asking for help when you need it.”

Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe

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Bio
Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe (aka Coach JVB) but please call her “Jenny”, is a renowned body transformation specialist, President of STRONG Fitness Magazine and 3X fitness cover model. While she’s made a definitive mark on the fitness industry, she entered it with humble beginnings and her fair share of struggle – battling an eating disorder, almost filing for bankruptcy and multiple miscarriages. To rise to where she is now and the quest to heal herself led her to forming Team Strong Girls, a community of women helping women ascend their lives to new heights. She truly believes that fitness is a vessel to help women feel strong, confident and empowered in their bodies and their lives. With her eye on supporting women’s journeys to live their best lives, she has now stepped into the shoes of President of STRONG Fitness Magazine further expanding her global impact to help more women find their STRONG. Jenny has also launched a podcast – Find Your STRONG, diving deep into personal stories of how health and fitness intersects people’s lives at key turning points, helping them find strength and purpose. Jenny and her husband have been happily married for 8 years and have 2 beautiful boys, Jackson and Logan and a long-haired chihuahua named Samuel.
Show Notes

Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe (aka Coach JVB, aka Jenny) and Lesley Logan talk magazines, motherhood, and managing your time in a way to be both an entrepreneur and a family woman. They cover everything from fainting on the gym floor to asking for help when you need it. Are you a morning person? You might be after this episode!

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In this episode you will learn about:

  • Having an obsession with magazines as a teenager
  • Jenny’s excitement to step into the role of President of STRONG Fit Magazine
  • Fainting on the gym floor
  • Body image, dysmorphia
  • Asking for help when you need it
  • Are you a morning person?
  • Setting aside time for yourself
  • Accept that you are going to have imposter syndrome, and still doing “it” anyway
  • Have a plan and take small steps along that plan
  • Amy Ledin’s daily agreement cards
  • Organizing your time
  • Correct and continue

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Transcript

INTRODUCTION

Lesley Logan
Hello you. How are you? Welcome back to the Be It Till You See It podcast. Today’s guest is Jennifer van Barneveld-Pe, coach JVB, I call her Jenny, you can call her Jenny. She is beautiful inside and out. And we, you know, I met her through Amy Ledin, I mean through a mutual friend. She’d been talking about her for a while. And so, I followed her on Instagram, and I was like liking her posts, and I was commenting on them. And then I heard her on Amy’s podcast that she launched her podcast, Find Your Strong, and I like binged out on her podcast. It’s really awesome. I got to be on it. I’m episode number 26. So listen to this one, and then go binge on all of hers. I promise you’ll you’ll love it. She and I align in so many ways and the way we see … the way we like view what action means. And also, she has I can’t … you have to listen to the end because I really love her message on how to like, assess what’s going on and then re redefine what you’re doing. So, I want you to hear her words on that because it’s really great. Anyways, y’all she is the President of Strong Fitness Magazine. She’s also the founder of Strong, Team Strong Girls. I love, you’re going to hear her story in her journey, how she started as a trainer 18 and how she’s gotten to where she is. But, what I also think you’re going to hear that I really love is that like wasn’t planned that like, “Oh, I’m going to be and I’ll do this and I’ll be the President of Strong Fitness Magazine.” Like that’s not how it went. And I think it’s really easy for us to think it has to be this linear line. And just not, that’s just not how it is. She’s also for my mama’s out there. She’s got two boys and they’ve been in lockdown for a long time in Toronto, so I think you are going to love her advice for all of you. I know that I’m going to be quoting it for all of my mamas that come to me at OPC. So check it out. Check her out all of her information and links are in the show notes. I definitely want you to also check out Strong Fitness Magazine. And let us know how you, what your takeaways are when you listen to this, I can’t wait to hear them. So post them on Instagram and tag me and her so we can hear what you took away from this episode. We’re going to get into the interview right after this message.

Lesley Logan
Hey, Be It pod listener, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for being you. Thanks for watching our podcast here on our YouTube channel. I’m just so grateful for you. I have a big favor, and I’m, I mean, like, let me just say, “It’s not easy for me to ask for help,” but I need your help. I’m on a mission, I really want to change as many lives and help people be it till they see it all over the world, and I need your help. We have been so grateful. The amount of downloads our podcast has had in just a short period of time is, it’s amazing. That’s insane. However, we also need more written reviews. So, and specifically on Apple. So even if you are watching here on YouTube, or you listen on Spotify, or you listen on Google Play, Apple podcast is where everyone looks to see which podcasts they should send people on for interviews. And, so we need lots of reviews to be there like a hundred written reviews. So, big huge favor if you could use the link below, go write a review, rate us, give us all the stars you love and let me know. Screenshot it, send it to me on a @be_it_pod. I just want to thank you for the bottom of my heart. We are truly, truly can’t do this podcast without you. And, I’m just so grateful that these words hit your ears. And if you wouldn’t mind writing us that review that would be amazing. And, I will be so forever grateful. Thank you and now here’s the podcast you wanted to listen to.

Lesley Logan
Welcome to the Be It Till You See It podcast where we talk about taking messy action, knowing that perfect is boring. I’m Lesley Logan, Pilates instructor and business fitness coach. I’ve trained thousands of people around the world and the number one thing I see stopping people from achieving anything is self doubt. My friends, action brings clarity and it’s the antidote to fear. Each week, my guests will bring Bold, Executable, Intrinsic and Targeted steps that you can use to put yourself first and Be It Till You See It. It’s a practice, not a perfect. Let’s get started.

EPISODE

Lesley Logan
Alright. I’m so excited you’re here to listen to today’s interview. Jennifer van Barneveld-Pe is someone I met through a mutual friend. She’s been a guest on the show Amy Ledin and um Amy talked about you. First of all, like, like you were just a goddess and amazing human friend and, and just wonderful woman and I couldn’t wait to get to know you. And I heard you on her podcast and I heard you had a podcast and I started stalking you were just a little bit. (Lesley laughs) (Jennifer: That’s okay!) (Jennifer laughs) And and what is so true is you are so amazing and so supportive of women and your drive to help women find their strong is so, so cool. And I think we’re aligned in a lot of ways, which is why I had to have you on the Be It Till You See It podcast. So, Jenny will you please tell everyone who you are and why you rock? (Lesley laughs)

Jennifer van Barneveld
Yeah, thank you so much for having me today, Lesley. I, it was such a pleasure chatting with you a few weeks ago on my podcast. You know, I’ve been helping women live more confidently in their bodies for over 15 years now. I own a company called Team Strong Girls. And, I also own Strong Fitness Magazine, which I recently just stepped in the role of President of Strong Fitness Magazine so that’s a fairly new thing. And I’ve also recently made the shift in helping entrepreneurs solely like you know, with their own body transformations and, you know, getting fit, gaining strength and confidence and feeling empowered in their bodies. So they can, you know, be the best in their busy lives. I think as we grow through our own life and our own business, we start to attract different people. So, I’ve recently made the shift in helping entrepreneurs solely and it’s been awesome. And we always celebrate with like a celebration photoshoot at the end of their transformation, whether it’s for themselves or for their brand because I feel like women just don’t celebrate themselves enough. So, I’ve always been doing the photo shoot thing. And now it’s been, you know, concentrating on those entrepreneurs, and it’s just been amazing.

Lesley Logan
Oh, my goodness that is beyond. So first of all, there’s a lot that we want, I want to talk about with you because the fact that you are the president of a magazine, like, I remember growing up, and like I bought all … I mean, I had subscriptions to every magazine, like there’s, (Jennifer: Same) (Jennifer laughs) I had all of them and I, I would pull out all the workouts, and in 17 … I pull out all, I have binder, and then I … (Lesley and Jennifer laughs) and I, and I just can’t imagine like, I feel like my teenage self would be like, what have I felt like, I would have been like, I want to, like, be in this magazine, I would want to like do a thing. And so did you always want, did you did you know you were gonna be a president of a magazine? Like, how did this come about?

Jennifer van Barneveld
Oh, my God, it’s hilarious because I was the same way. I loved magazines, I would have subscriptions to all these magazines and do the workouts and, you know, you know, follow the recipes and the diet trends, whatever it was. But, yeah, I feel like magazines were such a big part of the fitness industry for a really long time. And I’ve been a part of the fitness industry since I was like 18, you know, as a personal trainer, and then I worked for a supplement company and it was such a big part of it. You know, like, when I worked at the supplement company, we advertised in all the fitness magazines, too. So I never thought I would be a president of a fitness magazine. But it does make sense when I look back on my journey now. My husband too, he he’s such a big magazine fan. Like I know, if you know we go into a Shoppers Drug Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart and here here in Canada or like an Indigo, and we split up, I know where to find him. He’s always in the magazinee section. (Lesley and Jennifer laughs)

Lesley Logan
That’s amazing. (Jennifer: Always) That’s amazing. (Jennifer: Yeah)

Jennifer van Barneveld
So, I feel like he sort of put it out there and I sort of put it out there not really realizing it. And then when this opportunity came, it was just such a perfect fit, because we’ve been running Strong Girls since 2012. And I’ve always helped my clients like get exposure like that in different fitness magazines. And I’m like, “Wow,” like I love telling stories. I love telling transformation stories. I love telling stories of women finding their strong and then this is just such a perfect synergy that I can be able and platform, I can be able to do that even more. (Lesley: Yeah) So it was it was just a dream come true and just perfect timing. (Jennifer laughs) with everything to be honest.

Lesley Logan
Um, you you’ve talked about the transformation stories a couple of times and I, I loved, I love that you have a photoshoot. I, so at OPC, I’m always about like, celebrating your wins, and like noticing what you can do, what is possible for you. And I find it’s taken, it’s taken a while. But now, the people been with OPC for a long time, they’re always like, every week, here’s an aha moment, here’s like they’re celebrating, right? That allows new people to come in. And right from the get go, they’re like, “Oh, look what I was able to do,” and it’s really fun. But I find that without that push, without that outside, push a lot of women specifically don’t celebrate, don’t do this, like fabulous photoshoot. And so what made you start, when did you start doing the photoshoots and like, how, how is that transformed?

Jennifer van Barneveld
We started it like fairly like, right when I started coaching women. My husband and I, again came from that supplement world. So we were always used to, you know, we worked for some of the diet diet campaigns, which is a whole other story. But we would have to find those transformation. So we would find those transformations. We’dd diet them down in 12 weeks. This is another reason why I started Strong Girls because I didn’t want to do that anymore. I thought it was way too restrictive and I hate timeframes like that. But that’s again, another story. (Lesley: Yeah) But we always did that whole before and after. Right? And so when when I started coaching women, my husband’s like, “You know what, I have an old camera, how about we just celebrate at the end of the transformation and I’ll take some photos.” And so he wasn’t a photographer or anything. (Lesley laughs) He just did it. And we just saw them light up, like it was they loved it. And they were like, “Oh my God, like I can’t even believe it. I worked so hard but I didn’t think I looked at this great.” And just with all that feedback, I’m like, “No, this needs to be part of it.” So then we started working really more closely with the top photographers in Toronto and just worked it in as a part of the journey. Now not everybody has to do a photoshoot. But when you become a Strong Girls and you’re like inside of inside our community, you start seeing the other girls do it. And even if you never thought that you would do something like that, it’s like when you see somebody else do and they were a mom of three. And, you know, you saw them begin and now and now in front of a camera like that, it’s it’s almost like, “I wanna do that too,” you know, they want they want to be part of that. So, it was from the beginning, but it really has evolved and now you know, helping my clients actually show up in the magazine is just a whole other (Jennifer laughs) level …

Lesley Logan
That is, that is so cool. I, I because I do a lot of photoshoots for for work, you know, for my business. And, I have been on days where I like literally text photographer, I’m like, “I really I’m just having a day. Just tell me what you need me to bring.” And then all of a sudden your makeup gets done, you know that you’ve got that powerful outfit on. And there’s (Jennifer: Yeah) a picture and you just start like you, you can’t help it step into what I like to think of it like being in the higher self that you’d like always want to be daily. And so when I heard you did, I think this is, people should do this all the time. Because like, it’s so much easier to see yourself as the person you want to be or to maintain the transformation that you’ve had, when you have this like celebration moment when you acknowledge the goal that’s achieved. And then you get to show like, you get to have these pictures of like, “Look what I did and look who, like, look who I can be and who I am.” Yeah,

Jennifer van Barneveld
Absolutely. And like I said, I work with a lot of, you know, business owners and moms who, who on a regular basis, hide from the camera, (Lesley: Right) with their kids, you’re hiding. And then for them to like really step out of our comfort zone and do this, it is such a game changer. It is life changing.

Lesley Logan
Yeah, that is that is really cool. So, um, you know, you’ve talked about, like, the jobs you’ve had in the past and … and I and because I know you a little bit. So, I don’t want to, I want to give away the story. But I feel like, you know, I look back at some of the jobs that I did. And I’m like, “Oh, that was an interesting. That’s an interesting job.” And I saw them all though, like, what I see when I’ve heard in you is like you did some things and you you had questions or like, “Ah, I don’t really like how this is working out.” And that led you to creating something else. So can you share a little bit about like, how you went from maybe doing 12 week transformations to Strong Girls?

Jennifer van Barneveld
Yes, absolutely. So, I started as a trainer age 18. You know, when I was going to university, I was like, “Okay, you know what, I’ll do this on the side.” So I was training clients in the morning, you know, 6am to like 8am going to university during the day, and then coming back at night and training clients. And during that time, I was getting more involved in the fitness industry. I was I was I was testing some things out. So, I was cutting out carbs and trying all these dieting techniques and doing double day cardio is because a lot a lot of the people that I was working with at the gym, they were training for a fitness show. So, I started to get some of that advice and I started to try it on on myself. And I mean, it just sort of took over my life, to be honest, you know, I was drastically cutting calories. I was doing double day cardio and funny enough, I was getting noticed too for losing weight. So that was like that good feedback I was receiving and I’m like, “Oh, I must be looking great. I must be doing really well.” And one day when I was training a client, I had actually fainted on the gym floor. You know, I was I was prepping for this photoshoot for a magazine at the time. And I was com… like I was probably eating like 800 calories, maybe even less. I was doing double day cardio. So, when I fainted, I was like, “Oh, my God, like this is not healthy.” (Lesley: Yeah) And I knew I had to do something at that moment. I knew I had to change that was my wake up call because if I kept that up, you know, I wouldn’t be here today, like I was going down a really, really dark hole. So that’s really when I woke up and said, “There’s got to be a better way,” I decided to go to school for holistic nutrition and learn how to fuel my body properly, not be afraid of food, eat all the food groups not cutting out carbs. I started to train smarter and not harder, meaning I started to lift heavier and not you know, do those double day cardios that I used to do (Lesley: Right) and I began to really feel good, I began to feel strong, I began to have energy again, feel confident. And, I found this… I call my journey finding my strong because it’s really what happened to me and you know I share with shaping my body with feeling so good. And I’m like, you know what, I want every single woman to find their strong, too. I don’t want women to focus on weight loss anymore (Lesley: Yeah) and trying to be smaller all the time. Like, let’s focus on gaining, gaining strength, gai… gaining confidence. And that’s really when Team Strong Girls was born and because I just want every woman to feel how I did that time.

Lesley Logan
Um, this story is so beautiful because I remember, I had stomach issues for 10 years. And, so I still have bouts with them but there was what people that know is that like, in the morning, I was like, “Oh, look at me like swimsuit model who wouldn’t want do Pilates with me.” And that night, I look nine months pregnant, because the bloating and like all the stuff and the doctors made it worse. And at one point, they’re like, “I think your body dysmorphia,” and I’m like, “I have pictures, like pictures of what I look like in the morning and night. This is not fake. I’m not it’s not in my head,” you know. (Jennifer: Yeah) But with all the different ways of trying to combat it and figure it out. I started I’m 5’9″ and I got down to a 118 pounds, (Jennifer: Oh wow!) which is so skinny … and I got more compliments then, then I get now you know, and (Jennifer: Yeah) now I think I look great. I have definitely, like, I’m definitely more than I’ve ever weighed. And that is and that’s why I don’t own a scale. But like, it’s, it’s because what I what I was going towards and like working in a gym environment and having those things. I was on this elimination diet for three months, all I ate was sweet potatoes like that’s what I ate, because it couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my stomach. And then but then I was losing the weight and people are complimenting you. (Jennifer: Yeah) And, I look back at those pictures and I’m like, “Who thought this was beautiful, (Jennifer: Yeah) I look tired. I look malnourished, I look exhausted.” And and so when we figured out what’s going on my stomach and I was starting to eat again, I had didn’t have to be afraid of certain foods. I started to realize like, you know, there’s there is that there has to be a better way. And it can’t be about what’s on the scale or what size you are. It has to be like, “Can I unpack an entire truck when my husband I moved to Las Vegas without a mover?” Yeah, I could. I could move things like, (Jennifer: Yeah) that’s really awesome. We moved during a pandemic, we couldn’t find movers. So, I had to, like, unpack (Jennifer: That’s awesome!) (Jennifer laughs) the equipment, you know, so I think, I love your messages you have, you posted something on Instagram the other day about like, you know, don’t miss out on 90% of life just a way 5% less or like loot like something like that. And it’s like, I want that plastered on every girl’s like door. (Jennifer: Yeah) Because I (Jennifer: Yeah) do think that so much of what holds us back from being what we want to be in this world (Jennifer: Yeah) and what we think we’re supposed to look like.

Jennifer van Barneveld
Mm hmm. I know I feel the same. And that whenever, whenever I go to post something or write something I always try to tap into who, who was like who did I need to hear from? I want to be that girl for myself when I was in my you know, late teens, early 20s. Because I mean, it’s it’s even more, so now with all the social media and you know, like, you’re constantly getting, you know, bombarded with what you should look like, or, you know, images of thin girls or, you know, big boobs, big butt, like, whatever it is, you know, (Lesley: Yeah) you’re you’re constantly getting bombarded with that. And and it can be so disturbing. It can be so disturbing for your life, you know, (Lesley: Yeah) you can stop living your life if you’re so consumed with with that and body image.

Lesley Logan
Yeah. Well, thank you for what you’re doing there because it is it inspires me every day. And I like I keep resharing, I’m like, “Everyone needs to hear this.” Um, I want to talk about because you so you have you’re married you, you have this … you have Team Strong Girls, you also run a magazine and you have two boys. One whose name obviously is my favorite. So Logan and Jackson (Lesley and Jennifer laughs) So um, so, you know, I think a lot of women get stuck on not doing something for themselves, because they have families and a partner that they’re also wanting to, like, take care of. How how has it been for you to like, go after your goals and also, like, try to keep a family together? Like what how do you do it.

Jennifer van Barneveld
So, I have a really great support system. My husband is in the business with me and he fully understands and so like he, he knows that if I have to do something, he’s got the kids. I’ve also had to learn that I’m always gonna have that mom guilt. I feel like mom guilt is just a normal thing to have. You just have to accept it. (Lesley: Yeah) And you know, do your best, show up the best you can but also be okay with asking for help when you need it. And so we have a nanny that comes in and helps us and she’s like family now. And I had when I first hired a nanny when I had my first son, I had so much guilt about it. I was like, “I’ve got… but I have to be there for him. I have to be there.” And now I’ve let that go because I now look at it as a blessing that he can have somebody else in his life to make an impact, to make him more of a well rounded person or them both, a more well rounded person. So having the grandparents there and having, you know, the caregiver there, and then also having our undivided attention at a certain time, you know, my cut off is always five o’clock and I’m with them a 110%. So, you know, I’ve just you, when you become a mom, you just have to be more organized in your schedule. Recently, I’ve, I’ve been getting up earlier, and just getting my workout in a lot earlier. And I’ve… I said recently, because it’s been like four days, but it’s a game changer. (Lesley and Jennifer laughs) Like six o’clock workout, do some work before the kids get up. And I mean, it’s been such a game changer and I’m doing that for myself. You know, I have that me time, before, (Lesley: Yeah) before the day starts, (Lesley: Yeah) which is so key.

Lesley Logan
Um, I have this whole thing like, give yourself a 100% first, because then you can give more to others, like it’s the whole idea. Like, you have a glass of, you have a glass of water right now. Right? And like if you started your day with just what was in there, and like you walked around the house and was like, “Can I have some water?” You’re like, you can have a sip, like, this is all I have, right? But if you filled it the whole (Jennifer: Yeah) if you filled it, all the way in the morning, then you’re like, “Oh, you want some water, here some water here?” Oh, you know, (Jennifer: Yeah) like, “Oh, I spilled a little over here. It’s… you have that it’s fine.” (Jennifer: Yeah) Like, you just, you can stay in that abundance mindset. So you said recently you get up earlier. So, I am a morning person that doesn’t and I and people are often surprised. Like, I am actually not very happy in the morning. (Lesley and Jennifer laughs) But, I am a morning person meaning like when I (Jennifer: Yeah) wake up, there’s this (Jennifer: Yeah) like moment of like, “Why am I up? What day is it? Maybe I should have slept in,” even though I hate like I don’t like waking up late later for me because I’m like the day just feels like it starts later. Right? (Jennifer: Yeah. Yeah.) So, so um, I have a sun, a sunrise simulating alarm clock that helps me wake up and I still am like, “Okay, it takes me less time to be a little less grumpy,” but then I get moving, I run the dog and I start my workout and I have my coffee. I am a morning person use … Are you a morning person? Like how easy it wasn’t for you to like, get up earlier? People are like, “Well, so easy. If you’re a morning person, it’s just get up early.” But, where you one?

Jennifer van Barneveld
So, I wasn’t one before kids. (Jennifer and Lesley laughs) And my kids were also like, especially my first was always an early riser. Like he was up at 5:30. And so, and he wasn’t a great sleeper. So, I was always chronically tired for the first two years. And then I would you know, I would listen to these business coaches, mostly men saying that you should start your day at five. And I found that really sexist almost because, you know, like, just my life at that time. I was like, “There’s… no way I can start my day at five when my little kid is like right there and like he needs me.” Right. (Lesley: Right) So, it… yeah, you know, it really took some time. I mean, Logan and Jackson now are better sleepers. And so that’s why I’m like, “Okay, I know that they’re getting up around seven. So, I have one hour to (Lesley: Right) get my workout done.” And that’s really what pushes me and it’s made me a morning person because I feel so much better after it’s done. And I’m like, I don’t have to worry about that for the rest of the day and I can actually get to work at 9am. Um so so kids has made me morning person plus the fact you’re by yourself and you’re never by yourself when you have kids. So you actually really do cherish that time in the morning.

Lesley Logan
Thank you for sharing that because I think that that’s been so helpful for so many people because it is easy. I don’t have kids. So people like, “Lesley it’s of course easy for you.” It’s like, “Well, just so you know, three dogs you should see them in the morning.” (Lesley and Jennifer laughs) We got people (Jennifer: They need my attention, too) (Jennifer laughs) Yeah. They’re like, dogs, one dogs asking for this treat, one wants to go out back, one what’s more food …

Jennifer van Barneveld
I have them, I have a little dog now who’s not as needy but my first dog was like a baby and he was like a baby like super needy. So I get it. (Lesley and Jennifer laughs)

Lesley Logan
Yeah, August is always like at your feet. So you’re like in the kitchen and you think he’s like to the right of you and you turn and you just trip over him because now the left you because he just has to be touching you. And so, but for the most part, I can like shut them in a room. (Lesley laughs) (Jennifer: Yeah) You can’t do that with children. So, um, so okay, um, you have you started your own podcast, recently. Y’all, I’m episode 26, I can remember (Jennifer: Yehey) because it’s my birthday January 26. It’s really easy. Um, what made you want to start a podcast?

Jennifer van Barneveld
Oh my gosh, I wanted to start one for so long. But, I think just like anything, it’s that imposter syndrome sets in (Lesley laughs) (Lesley: Daily?) Yeah. And I was like, “Oh my God, who am I to like actually start a podcast” and I’m I never thought of myself as a really clear, great speaker. I think that just comes over time, the more that you do, right. I feel like anything you start, it’s normal to feel like an imposter. But I mean, I always wanted to do it. I I’m such a fan of podcasts, I listened to them all the time. So then when I stepped in the role of President of Strong Fitness Magazine, I thought, “Okay, here’s my opportunity,” because I can I can start interviewing co… the cover models, regular contributors, and, and I was like, “I’m gonna do it. I’m just going to do it. I’m going to do the whole launch.” You know, how the launch is? (Jennifer laughs)

Lesley Logan
Yeah, it’s a it’s a, it’s a thing, y’all. (Lesley laughs)

Jennifer van Barneveld
It’s a lot. It’s a lot guys. And I just did it. I was like, “You know what, I’m gonna do it.” I did it and I absolutely love it. It’s been in the top 10 space of fitness podcasts in Canada for like, the last 10 weeks. (Lesley: That’s amazing) Yeah. I mean, it’s, it’s just given me a chance to connect with people like you, learn, talk, you know, (Lesley: Yeah) you know, just just talk and and I’m in Ontario right now, so we’re still in lockdown. I told you this before the podcast, we’re still in lockdown. And it’s been, it’s been crazy. So, it’s just another fun, you know, outlet that I can get out and chat with people and learn and it’s it’s been incredible.

Lesley Logan
Yeah, I agree. I had been wanting to do this for a long time, but I didn’t know what it was going to be. You know, like, I didn’t know. Like, I’m like, “Well, what?” Does… not that it has to like, be perfect. But like, I just was like, “What’s the point?” Why… (Jennifer: Yeah) because I don’t like to waste people’s time. Like, “What what do I want them to get out of it?” (Jennifer: Yeah) And I’m so um, so it took a bit and, and then I was able to convince my, my husband that we could do it. He’s like, “I don’t have time to add a podcast to the three businesses we’re running.” And I’m like, “But we need it,” like, “We can we can do it. People want to hear from us.” And, (Jennifer: Totally) so when I met, when Amy started her podcasts, and the people who were the company that like helped … hers and put it out there, I think I don’t know if they do yours, too …

Jennifer van Barneveld
Same. Same. And so Amy was such a huge, (Lesley: huge) and why I started because she was like, “Just do it.” (Lesley: Yeah) Like, “Here, here’s the blueprint.”

Lesley Logan
Here it is … (Jennifer: Yeah) Yeah. And, so so we use Disenyo and they are amazing. Kevin and Bel are amazing. But it’s really funny and Brad’s like, “I’m so excited. You’re doing this. I don’t have to be part of it at all.” (Jennifer: Yeah) He is, y’all every day like he’s really listening to them, their show notes. He’s producing the whole thing. He can’t (Lesley laughs) (Jennifer: Oh, wow. That’s awesome) he’s part of it. But um, I, I hear you there is imposter syndrome like, “Who am I? Who wants to listen to me? What do I have to say? There are so many podcasts out there.” But like you it’s like, “There’s, it’s really fun for the conversations and the people I’ve (Jennifer: Yeah) gotten to meet (Jennifer: Yeah) and the people that I’ve been able to reach out to,” because like when on earth, when … (Lesley laughs) really go, “Okay, do you want to have an hour long conversation with me?” No, (Jennifer: Yeah) but if you have a podcast they do (Lesley laughs) (Jennifer: Sure. Of course) Right? (Jennifer: Yeah) So, um, so yeah, I love … because I you’ll have to listen to it. I listen to it a lot. First of all, I got my four liters of water a day from you, (Jennifer laughs) changed my life. I was only doing two and a half. I was only doing two and a half and I was like, “Gosh, I just always feel like dehydrated. I’m doing so much water” and you’re like, three to four liters, and I was like, really? (Jennifer : Yeah) Game changer, y’all. (Lesley laughs)

Jennifer van Barneveld
Yeah. It is a game changer. It’s total game changer. Yeah, that’s why I have this big jug right here. I’m like, super do thrrough… you probably see me take like 10 sips … (Jennifer laughs)

Lesley Logan
Yeah. No, it’s, it’s, um, it’s a game changer. Brad and I like compete like who’s got to the four liters before. (Jennifer laughs) (Jennifer: That’s awesome) He he’s so so we have you know, it’s we live in in Las Vegas. So, it’s just super dry and when it’s that point of the year when we walk at night, it’s 90 degrees or hotter. So at 9pm so we have a backpack, a water pack that we walk (Lesley laughs) or drinking water the whole time …

Jennifer van Barneveld
I’m buying one of those. (Lesley: Yeah) I’m totally buying one of those. You just reminded me, you’re like the third person that told me so it’s like I need to I need to remember this. I’m gonna buy it right after this podcast. (Jennifer laughs)

Lesley Logan
Oh, get it. It’s it’s awesome. We take it on all the dog walks and we have a little bowlllllll so we can like fill up their water for them too. But last night … I was like, “What are you doing?” He was filling out the water pack. He’s like, “This is easier.” And he put it on his back to go sit at the computer and he could drink his water (Lesley laughs) while working.

Jennifer van Barneveld
Oh my God. That would be a dream come true for me …

Lesley Logan
You are the reason why that we drink four liters of water a day. (Jennifer: Yehey) (Lesley laughs) (Jennifer: Yay!) Okay, Jenny, where can people follow you, find you … if they want to be on Team Strong Girls like how can they do all of that?

Jennifer van Barneveld
Okay, so I have my own website called coachjvb.com. And, I also have my Team Strong Girls website teamstronggirls.com. Same with Instagram @coach_jvb or @teamstronggirls and then you can also find me through Strong Fitness Magazine, if you want to subscribe. I have a Strong Girl discount, which all include, I’ll include that link for you. So you can, you know …

Lesley Logan
Yeah, we’ll put it in the show notes (Jennifer: … to your listeners.) That’s amazing. You’ll have to get one, I have one and I’m getting, I’m surprising my sister. Well, by this time that she hears it, she’ll already have it. But for her for her birthday is like an ongoing gift. I’m just going to get (Jennifer: Okay) a subscription because she loves to work out. She’s got… she like, you know, she’s a bar instructor and a spin instructor like so I’m like, “She’s need to have a magazine.” So it’s a ongoing birthday (Jennifer: Awesome) gift. (Jennifer: That’s amazing.) Okay, so all those things will be in the show notes. Check her out, you know, I promise, her posts always inspire me. And, and you can also see that she’s beautiful and sweet and loving, supportive and she’s also a human being. And some days when I see your posts like, “This is this is what I’m posting for you today.” And I’m like, “Yes, I need to know that too.” (Lesley laughs) (Jennifer: Thank you, Lesley) Okay, so I’m a big fan of action steps, because I think it’s really awesome to be inspired to hear people’s stories and to go, “Oh, wow, they did that. I could do that, too.” I hope we inspired some people to attempt to start a podcast today. And but but what are the first next steps? So what are your tips for being it?

Jennifer van Barneveld
Yeah, so, I mean, I feel like we touched on this today and that is to accept that you are going to have imposter syndrome. Regardless, like everybody has that and it’s part of it’s part of growth, you know, when you have that imposter syndrome, it is that fear of failure or fear of what people are going to think of you. And that’s a normal thing, when you want to do anything, that’s a normal thing when you actually want to make a change. And it’s accepting it and still doing it anyways. (Lesley: Yeah) You know, I also feel like having a plan is so key when you have a plan, and you have those small action steps towards a plan. And actually doing them you know, like, even if it’s just like, one little thing every single day, action beats anxiety, you know, anxiety happens when we’re not actually doing the thing that you know, is burning inside of us. (Lesley: Yeah) So those little action steps, like write it out, have a plan, write it out every single day, make the commitment to yourself. I got this from Amy Ledin, she has, you know, her her daily agreement card. (Lesley: Oh my God. That’s the best) Yes. I mean, she’s awesome. She’s helped so many of my clients too. And it’s just like, it’s just at the end of the day writing out wha… how you want to show up for the next day, like how you want to be your best self for the next day, or what that one goal is and what what is that one action step you’re going to take the next day to get you a little closer to that goal. And it’s just about being more organized like for me this past few weeks, it was you know, you know this my kids are home now because a lockdown in Ontario, I feel like we’re like the only, we’re like the only country on this earth that’s still in a lockdown by …

Lesley Logan
Oh, at the time of this recording. Melbourne, Australia went into lockdown two days ago. So you’re not alone. (Jennifer: We are not alone) At the time in this recording. (Lesley laughs)

Jennifer van Barneveld
You feel a little better. But it’s like, you know, it’s there’s a lot on our plates as women, you know, especially if you’re a mom, if you’re a business owner. A lot is on us. Right? And so it’s it’s just really about being organized and asking yourself, “Can I, what can I do for myself today? What can I do to get me closer to that goal?” It’s writing it down, and it’s organizing your time. Like for me, it was waking up a little earlier and just getting that time in for myself so I can start my day on my action steps earlier and actually got them down.

Lesley Logan
Yeah. That is really cool. I love that you even like the… the one thing I could be doing because what people I think we underestimate that. Like, if you just did one thing a day towards the thing that’s 300… how many days in the year? 352 300… (Lesley laughs) Don’t (Jennifer: 365) quote me on that how many days on the year (Jennifer laughs) 65 as a … (Lesley and Jennifer laughs) You know, I’m on a different planet … And there’s 52 weeks, 365 days got it. So that’s a lot of things. That’s so many things. (Lesley laughs)

Jennifer van Barneveld
Yeah, I feel like people just overwhelmed themselves like, “I got to do…” Or, you know, it’s even like starting a … if you’re just looking at starting a fitness program. It’s like you’re you’re not going to be perfect every single day. There’s going to be little obstacles along the way. I’m just being okay with that. It’s like with anything, you know, you’re going to start a new business venture. It’s not going to be roses, like we’ll we know that, you know, (Jennifer and Lesley laughs) we know that there’s going to be things and it’s the best thing that you can actually save yourself is correct and continue, move on and don’t dwell on what didn’t happen, you know? Correct and continue, the more you correct and continue, the more you’re going to get closer to where we want to be.

Lesley Logan
Oh, that is a great phrase. I love that people can, we can just like … correct and continue. (Jennifer: Yeah) I love that. I’m like, “I like reflect and refine” … right, like (Jennifer: I love that.) Yeah, I we have we have some similar things. I feel like we’re gonna have to team up on some other things because you (Jennifer: Yeah) say, “Action meets anxiety” and I’m like, “Oh, action is the antidote to fear.” It’s like … (Lesley laughs)

Jennifer van Barneveld
Yeah, we say it in different ways. (Lesley: Yeah) But it means the same thing.

Lesley Logan
Means the same thing and it needs to be said over and over and I think I say it over and over just for myself. (Lesley laughs) Jenny, (Jennifer: Thank you) I love you. I love you, so I can’t wait to the borders open up. Either you’re gonna come to Vegas or I’m gonna get myself into Canada (Lesley laughs) Yeah. Well, all the shows are open now you… it’s gonna maybe maybe give yourself some time in Toronto open up before you like come here, you’ll be like a definitely a different world. (Jennifer: Yeah, exactly) Going from lockdown to Vegas.

Jennifer van Barneveld
I’m counting down. I’m counting down the days.

Lesley Logan
Um, but everyone thank you so much for listening. Please do us a favor screenshot this. Post it on Instagram tag the @be_it_pod and tag @coach_jvb, her her Instagram is on the show notes, if you need to see what it looks like and you let us know how you are Be It Till You See It. Until next time, Be It Till You See It my friends. Love you!

Lesley Logan
That’s all I’ve got for this episode of the Be It Till You See It podcast! One thing that would help both myself and future listeners is for you to rate this show and leave a review. And, follow or subscribe for free wherever you listen to podcasts. Also, make sure to introduce yourself over at the @be_it_pod on Instagram! I would love to know more about you. Share this episode with whoever you think needs to hear it. Help us help others to BE IT TILL YOU SEE IT. Have an awesome day!

Lesley Logan
‘Be It Till You See It’ is a production of ‘As The Crows Fly Media’.

Brad Crowell
It’s written, produced, filmed and recorded by your host, Lesley Logan and me, Brad Crowell.

Lesley Logan
Kevin and Bel at Disenyo handle all of our audio editing and some social media content.

Brad Crowell
Our theme music is by Ali at APEX Production Music. And our branding by designer and artist, Gianfranco Cioffi.

Lesley Logan
Special thanks to our designer Jaira Mandal for creating all of our visuals (which you can’t see because this is a podcast) and our digital producer, Jay Pedroso for editing all the video each week so you can.

Brad Crowell
And to Meridith Crowell for keeping us all on point and on time.

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