About

Hey! I’m Jen and I am a NYC fitness instructor who has been blogging off and on for 6 years. I lost 100 pounds years ago and battled with disordered eating and exercising for a long time. I am all about intuitive eating and movement now! I teach a lot of indoor cycling classes, drink a lot of iced coffee and love food and traveling. If you are interested in taking one of my classes, send me an email! jenspinsnyc@gmail.com

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  1. Love this page on your blog! I think a lot of people struggle with counting calories (i know i do…) because after doing it so long you think that a few days of too many calories will add to weight gain. I completely understand!! I love that you lost the weight in a healthy way, BUT most importantly that you realize it is a total lifestyle change. Great work!! And i’m glad you’re enjoying my blog as well πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! That’s an awesome transformation! Congrats to you! My husband lost about 110lbs a couple of years ago and I know what kind of hard work and dedication that takes. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! That is so amazing about your husband! Lots of hard work and dedication for sure! But well worth it πŸ™‚

    1. YOU ARE SO CUTE. I’m so happy to have stalked your Instagram!! haha We gotta get to know each other! ❀ ❀

  3. Just read your story in Women’s Health Magazine – amazing!! I’m now following your blog; is there somewhere I can see what you are eating? I am also on myfitnesspal – not sure if you are still l;ogging food or if your diary is public? I’m very interested in seeing what your meal plan looked like when you were losing the weight. I’m 5’5″ and 154lbs – really need at least 15lbs gone so I can feel good….I work out and eat healthy (I think) but nothing is budging. Thanks!

    1. Kinda disappointed that I haven’t gotten a response – I was hoping for some advice. If anyone else has advice, would love to hear it…thanks

    2. Hi Lisa- Sorry for the delayed response! Thanks so much for reading. I do still track my food every day on MFP but my diary isn’t private because it’s not good to compare what YOUR body needs vs. anyone elses. I am 5’7 and have a lot of muscle so my calorie count is going to be bigger than yours. I would suggest figuring out your “TDEE” using http://iifym.com/tdee-calculator/ which is the amount of calories (estimated) your specific body burns in a 24 hour period. From there, you can create a deficit of about 20-30% (no more) to lose the 15 you want to lose. If you want to email me I can give you some more info! artificiallybalanced at gmail.com πŸ™‚

  4. Your story is an inspiration and you look amazing! I read about you in Women’s Health and was excited to see that you are on WordPress. I lost 75ish pounds a few times and also love Jillian Michaels! Her No More Trouble Zones DVD has always been my favorite. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!! Congratulations on your weight loss! Jillian Michaels dvd’s are my favorites, she is amazing!! πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Jen! I read your article in Women’s Health magazine and I must say that you are such an inspiration! I just started working out recently and stories like yours give me hope for a happier, healthier future! Thank you so much(:

    1. Thank you so much for reading Julie!! I love to hear that you are starting to work out, your body will thank you for it AND your mind even if it takes a little bit of time! You will find what works for you and what you enjoy πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! My name is also Jen, I’m 5’4″, 230 lbs & just beginning to commit myself to living healthy. (If I call it dieting then I’ll panic & quit) I also have never been athletic and I’ve been just flirting with MFP. I feel like I can relate to the “before you” & find your blog very inspiring. Thank you so much, look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

    1. Hi JEN! This makes me so happy. NEVER use the word diet, its such a bad 4 letter word. Make the plunge to start using MFP, it is a life changer. Please let me know if you have any questions or anything with it, I’d be happy to help! You totally got this πŸ™‚

  7. How did you stay motivated in the beginning? I HATE working out and just love eating (not so healthy foods). I went running last night but hated every second of it. I have trouble staying motivated. I know if I keep doing it, my body will eventually want to workout but I can’t ever seem to get to that point. Any advice would be awesome!

  8. hi – I seen a post with banana chia oats…..what all goes into those besides the obvous πŸ™‚ I didn’t see any recipes on your page unless I missed it πŸ˜‰

    Thanks!!! LOVE reading your posts…..just recently found you from MFP.

    1. Hi Shelley! My recipe for it is:

      1/3 cup old fashioned oats
      2 tsp chia seeds
      1 large banana cut in slices
      tons of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc

      I cover that with enough water to stir it all up then microwave for 2 mins, checking it after 1 min to see if I need more water which just depends on how thick you like it! After it’s done cooking I put a TBSP of peanut butter or any nut butter on top to let it melt all over and bam- there ya have it πŸ™‚

  9. Hey, I read about you from Women’s Health, you are such an inspriation! So excited to follow your blog! I have one too at afireworkinprogress.com. I’ve still got 30 pounds to go and am working hard to get there. It’s always helpful to see people achieve their goals!

      1. I would love that! I need to add a page for my own blogroll and when I do, you will definitely be on there (if thats okay with you!) πŸ™‚

  10. Wow! I have the same Mizuno shoes. Mizuno shoes and my feet are BFF’s. My favorite Mizuno running shoe is the Wave Rider 13 and of course I can not find it anymore in colors I like. I got the Wave Elixir 7 for Christmas last year. Then I had to try out the Wave Asceno 7 and Wave Rider 15. Just ordered the new Wave Prophecy 3 tonight. Can’t wait to try them on! :)Besides my love for running and shoes I need some help with my eating plan. I currently do not know how many calories I eat per day. I will use your link for the calculator to see what I need and start tracking. I usually run every day 3-4 miles. I lost 80lbs in 2007 and gradually gained it back. Started running again last April and lost the 80lbs again. I would like to lose 15-20 more pounds and tone up a little more. I need some help with food ideas and what I need daily. I have Hashimoto’s Disease (Thyroid) so I take synthroid and lots of vitamins. Both times I have lost weight my hair seems to not like the idea of weight loss. My DR says that my lab work looks good. If every thing is good the only other thing I can think of would be what I am eating or not eating. I can so relate with your comments about the blah’s. I get them too, I was thinking it happens to me every year around the same time. Maybe seasonal affective disorder (SAD) Winter blues! 😦 Anyway if you have any information you could pass along I would sure appreciate it. Thanks!

    1. Hi there! I would DEFINITELY recommend tracking your food in MyFitnessPal and have a goal for what you should be eating to lose. You can figure out a good place to start using the calculator on IIFYM.com which promotes eating healthy stuff first but letting the foods you love (treats and such) be a part of your calorie count so you can eat them regularly! It helps you figure out your basil metabolic rate (what you burn at rest/just breathing) which is the minimum amount of cals your body needs, and then you figure in your activity level on top of it. Adjust those numbers on MFP because it will probably give you too low of a number to start since it doesn’t base it on anything other than trying to lose 2 lbs per week. If you have any other q’s email me! artificiallybalanced (at) gmail.com πŸ™‚

  11. What an inspiring story!! Congratulations on your incredible progress! I moved to NYC back in June and one of the first things I noticed was the amount of runners here. It’s definitely a fitness-obsessed city…in the best way possible!

  12. Congratulations on all your amazing accomplishments! I loved your story…you are so real and I can relate to so much!! Sooo happy I found this blog on IG!! I was at the NYC half too – my first half!

  13. I just found your blog and you are such an inspiration! It seems we have similar stories in terms of disordered eating turning to binge-eating. I am now trying to find that healthy balance, glad I came across this page!

  14. OMG I just started taking spin class. Does your butt EVER get used to it? So sore. Also, why cheeseless pizza? Are you lactose intolerant or have I just been doing it wrong my whole life? My weakness is BBQ chicken pizza. I wish I hadn’t just said that, because now that’s what I’m craving.

    1. Hi Jory! Yes, you do get used to it. You have to be consistent but I will tell you you will always be at least a little uncomfortable down there haha but I sometimes teach 3 classes in a day, on the bike the whole time, and its not TOO terrible! I am really lactose intolerant to cheese, milk and ice cream (i can have greek yogurt) so I have been cheese-less for over a year now and I don’t miss it at ALL! I can eat a whole pizza for 700 calories compared to 1400+ with the cheese and I am a big eater πŸ™‚

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