MMB – The holidays are here!

Good morning everyone,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and aren’t too tired from all of the holiday shopping!  Excellent effort by everyone who made it out to classes this past week!  It was a joy to work out with you and sweat together so we can manage the holidays!

Updates and Reminders:

1) Running Boot Camp is on Sunday, December 11th at 11am. Note the start time change from 7am to 11am.  Class meets at Jen’s house and features running drills, combined with strength and core.  Class is open to beginner runners and lasts about an hour.  See Jen for more info.

  1. Week of December 11th –   NO Class on Tuesday the 13th, only on Thursday, the 15th.

  2. Christmas Boot Camp & Brunch is on Christmas Eve morning the 24th!  There will be one hour long class on this Saturday at 7:30am.  Modifications will be shown for beginners.  Mama Jen’s Brunch will follow.  This is my way of saying thank you to all of you!  Please let me know if you’ll be able to attend this special Boot Camp!

  3. New Website – I’m still working with a web designer on a few things and hope to have the new site finished in a couple of weeks.  If any of you have felt encouraged or have seen transformation in your lives from being a part of the Jen Allan Fitness Community and would like to share, I would appreciate having some testimonials for my site.  You can simply type something up in an e-mail and send it to me.  Thanks so much!

Thought for the week:  The holidays are finally here!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and reflected on the many blessings you have in your life!  I know I am so very grateful for all of you who read my blog on a regular basis – thank you!

Great job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week, especially for Thanksgiving Boot Camp!  So, I’m curious to know – those of you who worked out on Thanksgiving morning, did you eat more or less during the Thanksgiving meal?  I am really curious to know, so shoot me over an e-mail if you have a quit minute.

The holiday craziness has begun!  How are you all managing things so far?  Are you staying the course and not giving into temptation or have you fallen overboard a few times? LOL!  The main thing is to NOT beat yourself up.  I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but every work out counts big time!  This is the season of temptation where around every corner there are beautifully decorated Christmas Cookies, pumpkin bread, appetizers, eggnog, appetizers, and thousands of calories waiting to be consumed at any given moment – yikes!

If you want to partake in a few of these delectables, then you need to put the work in.  If you say to yourself, “Eh, forget it.  I’ve worked hard all year and I deserve a break to indulge a little.”  Be very careful if these are the words that are swirling around inside your head!  It’s a slippery slope and it’s so very easy to get off track during this time of year.  It’s darker, colder, wet outside, and much harder to stay motivated.

So, your lifeline through this time is to stay connected to your fitness buddies.  Yup, that’s right – safety in numbers!  If you run, stay running with your buddies.  If you walk, keep walking at lunch with friends.  Whatever it is you do to move, try your best not to be isolated and go it alone.

Solitude is where temptation can be greatest because who is going to know if you skipped a work out, or two, or three?

The holidays are a wonderful and beautiful time of the year, especially when we focus on the truth of the holiday in Christ’s birth.  I want you to soak it all in and enjoy every minute of it.  However, my warning to you is based on experience being in the fitness business the last several years.

Focus on balance and moderation.  Is it o.k. to enjoy a Christmas Cookie?  Of course, but not five and not every day?  Make sense?

Do you like fitting into your jeans?  Good.  Keep it that way and get as many work outs as you can during the next few weeks.  If you only have 20 minutes to work out – then work out and do it with passion!

Like many of us, I juggle many balls in the air and sometimes I only have 20-30 minutes to move.  You know what, that’s o.k.!  Make the best of the time you are given and fit fitness into the cracks of your time.  As long as you stay moving with consistency and commitment, you’ll be able to manage the calorie swings that naturally occur in life.

Also, please remember to move where you are.  Fitness doesn’t have to be fancy. If you are at work, find a stair case and go up and down a few times.  Do some wall push-ups.  Get some power walking in at lunch with some friends.  Are you at the park with your kids?  Oh my goodness, what better way to get some cardio in than to chase your kids around!  Is there a curb around?  Fantastic!  Do some lunges, squats, push-ups, tri-cep dips and plank holds!

I want you to know I’m here for you guys and will do everything I can to speak the truth in love to you guys and help motivate and inspire you to make your health a priority.  You can do this!  I believe in you all and believe that together we can do great things!

Keep moving and smiling and I’ll see you in class this week!

Jen

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