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#STORYTIME 📚 I wanna take you back, let’s go way back to Valentine’s Day circa 2002.

‘Twas the night before Valentine’s Day we both were chatting on the phone on the brink of falling asleep saying silly young things like “no you hang up you go...” just as we were done playing that game he said “Would you be my girlfriend?” I replied, “Yes.” The next day he brought me to a beach to sit by the 🔥. He did something stupid and I said, “Oh my gosh, my boyfriend is so silly.” He replied confused 🤷🏾‍♂️ “Boyfriend!? Oh it’s like that.” 🙀 The man had completely forgotten he’d ask me out the night before. 🤦🏽‍♀️

16 years later, two beautiful daughters, a crazy 🐶, #highwoodhaus, almost 10 years of marriage, and a beautiful messy life together; I wouldn’t have had it any other way. You drive me nuts @longanisaburps, but I will always love you to the 🌚 and back.

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User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 22, 2018 9:43 PM (UTC)

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I'm so excited to partner with @lovebeautyandplanet after recently discovering them on a @target run. I have been really impressed by the quality of their products and how incredible my hair has been feeling afterwards. The conditioners have a fast-rinse technology, which can help me save water in the shower and keep my hair tangle-free, a challenge for me and my color treated hair. The juicy grapefruit day 2 dry shampoo is also one of my favorites I've discovered so far. No funky white residue in my hair and it gives me volume while removing any excess oil build up in between washes. #Lbppartner #Smallactsoflove #lovebeautyandplanet
Morning from #highwoodhaus 😘I ❤️ coming home. This is my morning view as I walk through the door from the gym and it makes everything worth it. I’m still trying to decide which part of the house is my favorite, for now our atrium is winning.
The interior is slowly coming together and not quite ready for a huge reveal, but would anyone care to see a home tour of the ‘before’ and design concepts on the blog as well as budget shopping tips?

#eichler #eichlerliving #highwoodhaus #midcenturydesign #midcenturyhome #doubleaframe #bayarealiving #homegoals #interiorgoals
User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 20, 2018 4:29 PM (UTC)
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Furnishing #highwoodhaus has made me want to turn in an application to be a professional homebody, but it doesn’t stop my travel bug. One of the things I love about being my own boss is creating my own schedule and having the ability to work from any where in the world. @away just launched a brand new carry on that has a front pocket, easy access to all the things you need to work from anywhere in the world.

If you could pack up and just go right now, where would go? #travelaway
When I first started my #fitnessjourney I was embarrassed to talk about it. I hated admitting that the reason why I was so unhappy and depressed with myself was because of my self image. In some ways that truth felt so superficial, but the reality is my low opinion about myself wasn’t modesty, it was a destructive path that led to a Joanne that lacked self confidence to carry her through work, life as a mother, my marriage, and all other aspects of my life. I remember lacking the confidence to manage my team at work which almost led to me giving up on a leadership role that my bosses knew I had the ability and talent to handle.
It’s taken me a lot of working on self love to get to a place where I have control and a grasp on areas in my life. Day by day is a learning lesson and I’m still working on it, but today I’m just thankful that sharing my fitness journey has not only allowed me to be in better shape, but its truly given me so many other gifts in life: friendships, joy, stronger relationships with the people directly involved in my life, and the opportunity to meet people I would’ve never met before.
Remember this: ✨your story is important. Your voice is valuable.✨ What you have to offer to the world is bigger than you know. Start to believe in your own ability to change your world and others around you. You never know who’s life you can impact by sharing your journey. #gofitjo #inspireothers #empoweredwoman
User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 19, 2018 3:25 PM (UTC)
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Kick off your week with a side of green juice! The green juice recipe I prep each week is on the blog. Click on the link in my bio. I’ve got a long busy day ahead and a 🤒 child at home with me, mutha hustler/juggler in full effect today. #gofiteats #gofitjo
“Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you're feeling. To have the hard conversations.” - @brenebrown

I spent the morning listening to @oprah’s #supersoulconversations podcast with Brené Brown which was so powerful. These past few days I’ve felt numb, a little uninspired, and unmotivated. I took a few days away from the gram to connect and be present in life and some emotions I’ve been running from. I wondered if it’s the new moon bringing up old wounds and pain from friendships that no longer exist in my life that I so dearly miss. I sat with those feelings and man it hurt! These days we tell ourselves and each other that the best way to heal is to move on, but are we just repressing emotions that will eventually find it’s way to the surface to haunt us later in life?

This week my challenge to my fellow #soulseekers is this: Ask yourself “What do I need?” And instead of running from the messy and hard conversations, face it straight on with courage. Keep in mind that “you can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability.” 😘
Thank you to all those who helped me figure out my brunch outfit on stories today. Some days I’m on top of my game, other days I look like I put my make up and clothes on in the dark. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I get a lot of people who have been asking me about things I wear, use, and now #homedecor here on IG. I do my best to let you know where I snagged it from. To get the product details for this look and others, follow me on the app. Screenshot or 'like' this pic to shop the product details directly from app I also link other options in different budget ranges or in case whatever I’m sharing is sold out. There’s also a Jo’s Favorite section on my blog that I update monthly. #liketkit #LTKunder100

outfit details → #sfblogger
Does ‘happiness’ ever feel fluffy or unattainable?

When I started this account my profile read “An everyday woman on a journey for health and happiness one rep at a time.” Just like most of you I followed women who were my fitspiration, had the body type I wanted, the work ethic I admired. I would look at them and think “I want THAT!” I quickly realized I was not them and they were not me and some were not showing parts of their story that I so desperately craved to see. ✨TRUTH: REAL JOY is embracing all of you✨ the good, the bad, the ugly, the unsexy parts that are often dismissed and not shared to the public eye.

But that’s not me, that’s never been me. I’m a woman who struggles to get up every day to go to the gym. I’m a woman who chooses to eat pizza for dinner from time to time instead of my prepped meals. I’m a woman who will not always feel beautiful in her own skin. I’m a mother who occasionally finds her self yelling at her kids and then cries at night feeling like she’s the worst mom in the world. I’m a wife who sometimes puts her husband last on her list of priorities.

I am NOT perfect, WE are not perfect and that is a beautiful thing. Because true joy is learning how to lean in and love your whole self, all your flaws, and mistakes. True joy is looking at all those shortcomings embracing it and still moving forward with a smile because life is a beautiful mess. This is #relentlesslybeautiful this is #relentless living. #gofitjo
Separation and divorce was the next logical step. I didn’t wait to stay married just because we became parents. It’s not my style nor my belief. It was years of pain and running around in circles resolving the same arguments over and over again. 2016 was a rough year for our marriage and 2017 was a year of re-establishing the foundations of our relationship after recognizing WE were worth fighting for.

“How We Saved Our Marriage” is on the blog today and a post that I’ve rewritten over and over again. As a community we’ve talked about it on my IG stories and it’s finally ready for you to read. So I hope you grab a cup of tea, a matcha or a @live24k tumeric latte and enjoy a little heart felt #messyconversation on
Kiss your own fingertips
and hug your own curves.
You are made of waves and honey
and spiced peppers when necessary.
I hope you haven’t forgotten.
- words by Emery Allen
How long have you been at war with your body? How many years have you been trying so desperately to learn how to love your most authentic self? ✨I know how hard the journey is, I’ve been there and I’m still on this road. But I’ve learned that the first step to loving myself is to stop seeing myself as broken parts and to start seeing my SELF as whole. The moment you can open your eyes to the greatness that you are, you’ll see that the things you were trying to fix were never broken in the first place. They were just parts of your story. #selfloveisthebestlove #youareenough #relentlesslybeautiful #mytinycorner
User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 13, 2018 4:11 PM (UTC)
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Stepping into comfort with the brand new @underarmour HOVR Phantom running shoes designed with extra cushioning to help eliminate the impact on every run, including heel strikers like me. #UAHOVR #ad
Love when last night’s dinner makes the best left overs for lunch. Made a healthier version of Filipino chicken adobo by swapping the soy sauce for Braggs Liquid Aminos. #healthyswaps @longanisaburps ate all the left over 🍚 so quickly heated up some @traderjoes cauliflower rice and sprinkled a little more braggs on top! #gofiteats
Are you someone who loves leftovers or just #canteven?
#healthyish Chicken Adobo Recipe
2 lbs of chicken breast cut into 2 inch cubes or a mixture of thighs and breasts if you’re #vegan you can use tempeh or tofu.
1 1/3 cup of white vinegar
1/3 cup of braggs liquid aminos
** you can use more if you want more sauce just stick to a 3:1 ratio of vinegar and liquid aminos
1 scoop of unflavored @vitalproteins
1 chopped medium onion
6-8 cloves of garlic
1. Sauté onions in a large cast iron or ceramic pot on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
2. Toss protein into the same pot and brown for about 5-7 minutes.
3. Then add garlic and cook for another 3 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add liquid aminos, collagen peptides, and vinegar into a bowl or mixing cup and mix well. Then pour into the pot.
5. Cook for 25-35 minutes on low/medium heat.
Serve over rice: white, brown, cauliflower, whatever you prefer.
😋🤤 Mabuhay and enjoy. #recipeshare #lunchideas #mealprepideas #filipinofood
Before you start writing down your workouts for the week and making plans to crush your fitness goals, here’s a little reminder for you.
Leave all the negativity of yesterday in the past. It's done, gone, and can't be replayed. Look at tomorrow with bright eyes and an open heart to make your choices that will lead you to the life you want to create. If something isn't bringing you joy, leave it behind. The negativity won't fuel your dreams, it will only bring you crashing down. You want to live healthier, do it! Make the change, make the commitment, and move forward. In life you get a second chance, it's called tomorrow. Take it and remember you got this. #movenourishbelieve #yougotthis #mondaysbelike 👊🏾
I gotta be real with ya, I didn’t want to go to class today. I wanted to hit the snooze at least another 20 times and just stay in bed, but I knew deep inside that if I didn’t I wouldn’t be taking care of the part of me who craves to move. So instead of pulling the covers over my head, I made it happen. It’s barely 9AM on a Saturday and sweated out all my 🍹cocktails from last night thanks to @soulcycle. Now time to enjoy my weekend with the @adobofam. #soulgifted

P.S. cracked my phone taking this pic with the self timer. 😑 😫 on the brighter side: I’m healthy, able to move my body, and can still find laughter out of it. #diditforthegram
details for me outfit #liketkit #adidaswomen #alphabounce #zne
User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 9, 2018 4:03 PM (UTC)
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You guys asked for it and now it’s live on the blog. 🌙✨ Woo Woo 101: The Basics of Healing Crystals🌙✨

On the blog I broke down all the basics of crystals, where I buy them, how to choose them, and how I integrate them into my modern day life. Also my favorite online crystal shop @soul.makes is generously offering a discount code which is in the blog post!
P.S. the tray in the photo is from @urbanoutfittershome
Do you use crystals in your life? If so how? Comment below. —
#healingcrystals #woowoo #metaphysical #blacktourmaline #soulmakes #smokyquartz #rosequartz
User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 8, 2018 10:32 PM (UTC)
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One of the things I love about a good workout is that it knows no gender, sexuality, or skin color. A good workout is me, my body, and the equipment I choose to use for the day. It sees me as a human, without judgment. It gives me empowerment to go about my life the best that I can and it does this for everyone.

Tried #soulactivate for the first time today and I think it’ll be my favorite format. It’s utilizes HIIT and intentional recovery with more resistance than fast sprints. I’ll definitely be back for more and I highly suggest giving this class a try. What new fitness class or exercise have you tried recently? #soulgifted #findyoursoul #walnutcreek @soulcycle
We need to teach our young girls that A STRONG WOMAN is one who feels deeply, and loves fiercely. Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter. Her smile is a product of both struggle and happiness.

Teach your daughters how to be brave, not perfect. Ladies, celebrate you EVERY DAMN DAY because you are worth more recognition for what you do than just one day. #youareamazing #internationalwomensday #youarebeautiful #youareloved #youarewholeandcomplete
photo by @tonhyakae for @lafemmeforteproject #lafemmeforte
User Image gofitjo Posted: Mar 7, 2018 11:42 PM (UTC)
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Officially home for a while after back to back travel this month and I got the chance to check out an @Orangetheory class in my area. #sponsored Typically, I’m not one for fitness classes as my workouts are often my only alone time in my day, but I loved OTF’s format. The workout is circuit style heart-rate based interval training that involves weights, TRX, body weight exercises, some treadmill, and the row machine. 🤪 All things I love. What I loved was getting a report of my workout after. I rarely track my own workouts so seeing splat points was pretty cool. If only it could measure how amazing I felt afterward! 💪🏾 #KeepBurning Try it for yourself:
Probably not the best idea to be sipping on a turmeric latte on a white rug but #diditforthegram 😂.
I’m about to prep my blog posts on crystals and all that lovely woo woo stuff. But before I do that I’d love to learn more about a woman or two in your life that inspires you to live your best life. Tag a woman in the comments below and let her know what she inspires you. #womensupportingwomen
Love is the ability to live your life with an empowered heart without attachment to the outcome, the ability within yourself to distinguish within yourself between love and fear regardless of what is going on inside yourself or outside. ✨this is authentic power✨ you become clear, forgiving, humble, and loving. You are grounded in harmony with a deep sense of relentless living and loving.

Ending a full day of coaching calls and I’m feeling so lucky and grateful to have found a path in life that makes me feel so fulfilled. My clients thank me, but I’m the one who should be grateful. You set my soul on 🔥.