Blog 12/13/20

Hi Everyone!

I hope your weekend is going well and you are finding creative ways to get into the Christmas spirit!  It definitely has been an adjustment these past few days with the new SIP, but we’ve been through this before haven’t we?  My heart goes out to all of the small business owners who are forced to shut their businesses down for indoor services, such as restaurant owners, hair stylists, gym owners etc.  These are tough times for so many people!  Let’s dig deep and find an extra helping of kindness to spread around in our sphere of influence and communities.  It’s so needed right now! 


Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Gift Card donations – My church, Valley Bible Church, is taking gift card donations to help families who are financially struggling during these Covid times.  If you think of it and you are able, please pick up some gift cards when you are out shopping this week.  Store ideas would be Target, Walmart, Safeway, and any amount you can donate would be helpful and very appreciated by families in need.    When you see me this week during training or classes, you can give them to me and I’ll give them to my church by the end of the week.  They want to distribute the gift cards no later than December 20th.  Thank you in advance for your support, help, and kindness!


  1. Saturday, December 19th is Christmas Breakfast from Mama Jen’s Kitchen!  Drop In 9:30am to 10:30am  After Park Fitness around 9:30am, I’ll be passing out a grab n go style breakfast for you guys!  Feel free to gather around in from of my home studio with social distancing to say hi and Merry Christmas and you can enjoy a simple breakfast in your standing spot or you can take it to go too.  It’s my way of saying, “Thank you” to all of you for your support and encouragement this year!  It’s not easy being self employed during these times, but God is faithful and continues to provide!  If you are planning on swinging by, please let me know so I can plan for the right amount of food.  This event is intended for anyone who is part of the Jen Allan Fitness community, whether you are a personal training client or group ex regular, come out and say, “Merry Christmas!” and enjoy a yummy bite to eat!


  1. Outdoor fitness and rainy day options –   Since outdoor fitness is the only way we can do in-person fitness together, I will try my very best to keep outdoor fitness running through the winter.  Thankfully, living in California means mild winters, so we don’t have snow to contend with!  So long as it’s dry and decent weather outside, we can always bundle up in layers and shed layers as we warm-up.  However, now that the rain is back, there may be outdoor fitness days that may need to move to on-line and I will be in communication with you about those classes.


  1. Jen Allan Fitness Merchandise Update – I have a new batch of product for sale that will be great for winter!  I sized up the logo and font to better fit long sleeved shirts and long sleeved tees, so I won’t be offering t-shirts or tank tops in this round because those products are limited to a smaller font.  When you do screen printing, you have to use the same sized logo and font that’s universal for any product you order, so I wanted to scale up for these product offerings.  I have made an order form on Google Sheets and will send out an invitation to order through your e-mail.  As for the pricing, I won’t know the exact pricing until I have an idea of how many items I’ll be ordering.  Ideally, I’d like to order a batch of 25 items to get the best price on the products.  I will communicate with all of you individually once I know the exact price. 

Class Schedule for week of December 14th, 2020

Monday  – Park Fitness Field Trip Dublin Hills 10am (please contact me before Monday 10am)  & Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday – Park Fitness 9:15am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am & Mama Jen’s Christmas Breakfast


Thought for the week:  Indoor SIP = Food Temptations


Probably one of the biggest challenges of being home more often is the access to the kitchen.  It’s so easy to head into the kitchen and look for something to eat even when you aren’t hungry.  Can you relate to this?  Do you have teenagers at home?  I swear I must hear the pantry doors open and shut 100 times a day!  Somehow food is magically disappearing the minute the grocery bags arrive on scene!  Have you noticed that your grocery budget has gone up?  Mine has!  So, if you are starting to see a tightening of the waistline in your pants, it’s probably time to have a check in with some of your behaviors and habits. 

Why are we drawn to food?  Food represents so many things for all of us.  For some, it’s memories of spending time with grandparents or it’s revisiting special occasions where sweet treats were always enjoyed.  For others, food is a safe friend to go to when you are feeling rejected, alone, or isolated. 

Whatever the case may be, we all have emotions tied to food and awareness is the first step in redirecting behaviors.  When we have all of this “home” time like we do now, it gives us very easy access to the kitchen, which can be the gateway to comfort and reassurance in the form of food.  The only problem is that there are all of these extra calories tied to our comfort vices!  Over a short period of time, we can really pack on the pounds and have our self esteem and work out routines be thwarted. 

So, my advice for you is to have a check in with yourself and to reevaluate if your eating patterns are within reason or off track.  If you are snacking throughout the day more than you normally do, then it’s time to have a redirection when you have the urge to wander into the kitchen.  When you are tempted, do something different than you normally do.  Write an e-mail to a friend or do a Marco Polo message to a friend who you haven’t checked in with in a while.  Take your mind of your the pantry or fridge and take your energy to pour into something or someone else.  Before you know it, the urge will pass and you move onto your next task for the day.  This all takes practice, but again, mindfulness is the first step to redirecting your behaviors so that they don’t become destructive. 

If you’d like some help in this area, please reach out to me and let’s schedule some personal training or some 20 minute check in’s so we can work together in identifying your patterns and behaviors.  We are all n this together friends!

See you in class soon!