Blog 7/20/20 What New Habits Have You Formed?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling refreshed and ready to go!  How was your weekend?  Did you have the chance to get outside and move?  Hiking?  Biking?  Dog walking?  If you have taken any photos of these activities over the last few weeks, send them over to me and I’ll post them on my blog!  I’d love to start a photo gallery of how the Jen Allan Fitness community moves.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!  Let’s do it!

This is the time of year where schedules are typically in flux, pandemic or no pandemic, and it’s still summer time and people are finding creative ways to get away and go on vacations.  For my class schedules, it’s really important that I hear from you earlier rather than later to determine if a class will run or not.  Admittedly, I’ve been more lenient lately and may even run an on-line class with 2 or 3 people – sshhhhh!  I love serving you guys in fitness and whether it’s two people or ten people, I am here to help you bring out your best selves and rise up and experience new levels of fitness, health, and capabilities. So, let’s keep doing life and fitness together and see what we can come up. 


Schedule for the week of July 20th:

Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am


Thought for the week:  What New Habits Have You Formed?

Remember back to New Year’s?  Woah – who could have ever imagined that this year would end up the way is has so far!  And, we aren’t done yet.  However, going back to my “D.R.E.A.M.S” vlog a couple of weeks ago, what are the things that you can control?  What we drink, read, eat, our attitudes, how we move and our spiritual lives are all things that we can control every day.  However, based on many of the conversations I’ve had with many of you over the last several weeks, there has been a HUGE paradigm shift in how we live our lives.  What are some of those changes?  Maybe you can relate to some of these:

  1.  Zero to no commute for many of us.
  2. Staying up later and sleeping in longer.
  3. Snacking more throughout the day because we are all home.
  4. Moving more throughout the day – walking, dog walking, biking etc. 
  5. Getting to know neighbors better than before.
  6. Eating out less and eating homemade meals more frequently, thus spending less on eating out.
  7. Communicating over zoom instead of in person.
  8. Worship on Saturdays or Sundays via zoom or streaming.
  9. Most jobs have become remote in one form or another.
  10. A slower pace of life without racing out the door every second.
  11. Kids are home with us 24/7.  A good thing?  Bad thing?  More stress?  Less stress? 
  12. More reliance on video games and devices for entertainment.
  13. More movie and Netflix binging.
  14. Increased amount of anxiety and depression.
  15. Increased communication with long distance relatives via zoom.
  16. Good-bye suits and ties and hello t-shirts and sweats.
  17. Ability to learn a new hobby or increased reading time, prayer time, worship time.
  18. Decreased gas bill for our cars.  Have you received a rebate from insurance company?
  19. Either an increase in weight from snacking more or a decrease in weight from not eating out with co-workers.
  20. More family time.
  21. The house is either cleaner or messier?  Are you making your bed less or more?

O.k. so what do you think?  Accurate list?  Have you noticed that some of these items are more positive and some more negative leaning?  I want you to take a few minutes and read through the list again and ask yourself the following questions:

  1.  Which of these items have changed and impacted you the most?  In a positive way or negative way? 
  2. What new habits can you recognize now that are different from before the pandemic?  What is the fruit on this new habit tree?  Good fruit or bad fruit?
  3. Are there any of these areas that you feel out of control in?  How does your family feel?  Are you openly communicating with your family to have check-ins?
  4. What can you see that’s changed in your life that you don’t like?  What can you do about it?  Is it in the realm of D.R.E.A.M.S.?
  5. Write the things down that you want to change and either journal about them, or post them on a sticky note on the fridge or bathroom mirror so you are reminded daily of what you’d like to change.

Once you’ve identified the areas that you’d like to change, have a conversation with your family and let them know how you are feeling and how they can help you.  Maybe they have some of the same habits too?  Maybe you are all staying up way too late and sleeping in way too long.  Is Everyone kind of sluggish and not motivated?  Think about how you could implement rules that might be different during the week as opposed to the weekend? 

I am choosing to believe that during our SIP and pandemic that we can change for the good and create new habits to improve our health, fitness, and overall well being.  Is that a tall list?  Absolutely, but what kind of fruit do you want to have on your tree?  Do you want to look back on this challenging year and be filled with regret or do you want to look back and say, “Yeah, it was a super challenging and difficult time, but I staying on task with D.R.E.A.M.S and did my best one day at a time.”  That’s the key guys – one day at a time! 

I hope this blog will help give you some insight about any new habits that you’ve developed over the last several weeks and determine if they are keepers or not! We are all in this thing together guys and life is hard right now.  Give yourself permission to be human and occasionally be bummed out or sad about the news, but don’t linger there.  The state of affairs in our nation, state, and cities is enough to bring the most positive people down, but thankfully, we have tools to use to help us be reminded that life is still filled with beauty, hope, and love.  Let’s ponder on these things as we head into our week.

See you in class soon!

Love ya,