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Jen's Jam : Harnessing the habit

Summer '18 was beyond amazing. Traveling halfway around the world and spending beautiful days and nights in Provence , France was nothing short of a dream. The ambience of the country side couldn't be captured in any photograph and there are no words to describe the beauty and feeling you get here. 

Besides rolling lavender fields and white stone chateaus - Provence provided the most incredible food.

Fresh bread, fresh cheese, and fresh rosé every day. Markets filled with the tastiest fruits, desserts, meats, and pizzas. I promised myself to indulge in everything the South of France had to  offer and I did not disappoint. With great food and the appetite of a pregnant bear prepping for hibernation, I definitely looked and felt the outcome of my indulgence. A (basket of) Baguettes a day will definitely keep the bikini at bay.  But when traveling, in my book; there's no rules. Sure walk and exercise a bit but eat a lot. It's rude not to...... Then you come home and back to reality and BOOM. The extra luggage I brought back around my waist unfortunately did not get lost between the various planes I took. 

Typically I try to watch what I eat; meaning I like to watch the fork stab food and transfer to my big mouth. kidding. Working with Barre Kailua , I've been better about eating cleaner and cutting out the crap food. BUT I will not lie to you, I have zero regrets when opting for a big mac over a salad and a roll of oreos over an apple. Balance right? I mean if you workout hard enough you should eat whatever you want right? Sure. Go for it. But no bitching about not making the physical changes you wish to see, unless you're a bad ass at photoshop. But photoshop can't adjust how you feel.   

Fate does some pretty incredible things, It's like "Hey I see you there, mad at yourself and beating yourself up cause  you got French fluffy, and I'm gonna lead you to something you haven't tried yet but you gotta follow through...." Then I found it. Two weeks home from my Été en Provence, and I came across a program that caught my attention. Get fit 21. Simple enough I thought. Follow the food guides on the yes and nos of what to eat, workout daily (easy), replace a meal(s) with their shake, and thats it. So I bit. Ordered the shake and received the info. 

Never have I ever tried a "diet" or program that was as amazing as this one. Not only did I get an amazing amount of information, I got several workout guides,  healthy recipes, recipes to try with the shakes, the protein (which is soon delicious) and unlimited amount of support and encouragement. Think support group times 1000. 

Now I usually won't make it 3 days dieting because I love pizza, chocolate, and Wine. But the responsible adult in me kept at it. Shockingly I haven't needed or wanted any of that while drinking the shakes and sticking to the program and following through. I don't deprive myself from the things I love (like a burger), but I don't crave it . The shakes keep me full for hours. I've noticed my skin looking brighter and clearer and my hair is shiner. Straight up magic. The program even calls for a reset day- it literally tells you "give yourself a day to eat what you want", it's proven that with said reset day, it helps rev your body into breaking down and burning the crap out of what you choose (My words, not theirs). 

This post isn't to promote or sell the product - it's merely sharing my experience with something that I found works for me and  my lifestyle (single mom, running a business, teaching classes, and running around crazy all day like a bat outta hell ). 5lbs vanished the first half of the 21 days, which is pretty incredible and pushing me to finish strong and keep at it. It's realistic,  you see and feel the results, and above all its doable. Try it. 





Keeping your goals and hard work going all summer long



Did you know that most people gain more weight in the summer than the winter? Especially those who live in climates that don't have extreme climate changes?!         ( LIKE HAWAI'I)

3 reasons why: 

More people choose to take the summer off of their daily exercise routine, in hopes to replace it with outdoor activities. But with days of high heat- they opt to stay inside or change their outdoor adventures to something less active. 

For many people, summer times means travel time which often leads to eating fun and new and everything under the sun. It also means people are constantly on the go and grabbing convenient foods or enjoying company and eating out more often than usual. 

Beach days swimming and surfing and all things in and out of the water are the best days. But if you're spending more time cool off and not enough replacing lost water, your body begins to dehydrate. The ocean dehydrates the skin, and you sweat while you swim so its like a salt vacuum. Then there's the almighty sun which will dry you up quicker than you'd believe. Lastly- We can all admit its easier to enjoy a cool refreshing cocktail, ice cold beer, chilled juice or tea or a frozen coffee than to guzzle down 60-100oz of good ole H20. 

So now knowing whats not working then all we gotta do is the opposite. Right?

Easier said than done. BUT ! There are a few things that can help turn it around even in the middle of July.

1. GET BACK ON THE HORSE. Most people who have gym subscriptions, class passes or even just their usual weekly routine, don't utilize these perks as much as they should. Time wasted is money wasted, and not only does it take away from you, your self-care hour, and your wallet; it also affects your place of fitness and wellness.

Many clients have passes that run out or expire and thats hard on both sides of the spectrum, As a client we get discouraged to go back because we are "out of classes, and don't want to purchase another package until after summer." As a studio or gym, we have clients asking for extensions on passes and memberships. Because we love our loyal clients, most of the time we try to accommodate those request; yet, we absorb the hardships of smaller class sizes due to lack of attendance.

RECOMMENDATION? You can squeeze in an hour or at least half an our for yourself, so get back to it! You won't regret it and your class would be happy to workout with you all summer long.

2. WATCH THE SALTY FOODS . Yes to BBQs at the Beach, picnics in the park, and outdoor dining . But also yes to more foods that are heavy in water and less in salt and less processed . The less ingredients in a food the better it is for you. Also less sodium and more protein are key. Watermelon is a favorite of summertime and so are those hotdogs,chips, burgers, corn, ect.  

RECOMMENDATION? watch your food. or try this out the PFC method .  high Protein foods First! Next the Healthy FATS .  Lastly, Carbs.  Eating protein least an hour before bed helps the body to burn fat during sleep rather than store it. 

3. POUR IT UP, POUR IT UP . Water is life. Yes, we know it can be boring or hard or we forget or don't want to drink it BUT it will help your body is 1 billion ways. We aren't telling you to NOT have some summertime cocktails, I mean WINE IS LIFE. Just reminding you to add more water to your day, especially these hot summer days. 

RECOMMENDATION? Add some flavor to your H20 or take even some Lysine drops. Lysine is helps to act at a sunscreen from the inside out, so protecting the skin from the damaging rays while caring for hair and nails as well.  Drink a tall glass of water 30min in to waking up and going to sleep. And even keeping those hydration tablets handy for an extra boost. 


As seasons change, so dose our bodies and what they require to keep us going.
Here's some info on the most overlooked part of your body that is in direct relationship to each and every inch of your body.

Do any of these sound familiar?

Plantar Fasciitis ,  Shin splints , Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome , Trigger Finger, Compartment Syndrome, Migraine Headaches, I.T. Band Syndrome , Patellofemoral Syndrome, Sciatica, Constipation, Ovarian Cyst, and many, many, more..


Fascia is now the most studied tissue in human movement science.  Fascial restrictions are the root cause of the most common aches and pains associated with aging and wear and tear.  If you take care of your fascia your fascia will take care of you. 

There are superficial layers, deep layers, and subserous layers of fascia in the human body.  Fascia has varying degrees of fluidity.

Look at some of the following facts about your fascia or fascial organ system.  

  • holds four gallons of water 
  • is neurally dense and represents 70% of your nervous system
  • is 100% sensory and responds three times faster than nerves
  • is incredibly strong, made of collagen and elastin fibers
  • "can exert tensile pressures of up to 2000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures" - John Barnes, PT (

REWRITING HISTORY: Bringing Ballet Back to Kailua

Barre: Barre was created by ballerina Lotte Berk in London in 1959, teaching her first classes from her basement. 

Barre Kailua : Created by owner Jennifer Carroll in Kailua in 2014, teaching her first class in her bedroom. 

Mavis Tracy Ballet School:  Created by founder  Mavis Tracy in Kailua in the 1960s, where she  decided to open a classical ballet school at the Kailua YMCA AND taught ballet out of her home. 


What do these things all have in common? besides all being relatively similar in its field and craft; they've all started small - fueled by passion and a desire to teach and move with grace. 

As much as we'd love to have Lotte Berk come and teach a few classes and practice with us, thats a little bit out of reach- however - we are so happy to host and reinstate the Mavis Tracy Ballet School, here at Barre Kailua.

This incredible article by GO KAILUA MAG. tell's a great story about the Ballet School and its history, which is no wonder why it was such a staple in Kailua.

It is really exciting, not only growing up in the Kailua community, but going up doing what you love, with people you love then turning it into a heath conscious business and which is helping and empowering others in our beloved community. Then to top that off- working so closely with someone who compliments then field and growing together. Thats what our idea of community is. 

Compliment not Compete.

Beginning Oct. 2017 Mavis Tracy Ballet School will offer its first round of ballet classes for those ages 4+ on mondays and tuesdays. These will be their into classes to ballet and welcomes all levels. 

Open House + Registration will Be held at Barre Kailua SATURDAY, Sept 30th from 3-5p.

Join us in learning more about the classes, school, studio, and meet the teachers that will be guiding your little one(s) or even yourself though this timeless cultural art.

For More info complete form below: 

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21 days till '17

December is coming to a quick close and 2017 in merely a few weeks away. What's the #1 thing everyone does those last hours of the year? yep make their resolutions list.

"I wanna work out more, lose weight, eat healthy, and blah blah blah....." We are all guilty of it and very few really stick to their unspoken promise they make themselves. However things can change going into 2017. How the heck?! you might ask... Well Studies show it takes 21 days to form a healthy habit or break an unhealthy one. Whatever you want to achieve to better yourself going into the New year, you could start now and when that ball drops and January is here, you've already got your routine down.

Be  S.M.A.R.T. about your goals

 -Specific: goal should identify a specific action or event will take place

-Measurable: goal and its benefits should be quantifiable

-Achievable: goal should be attainable given available resources.

-Realistic:  The Goal should require you to stretch some, but allow the likelihood of success.

-Timely:  goal should state the time period in which it will be accomplished.