Blog 8/3/20 Little Things = Big Things

Hi Everyone,

Ready, set, August!  I hope you are walking into your Monday and are feeling refreshed and ready to go!  For those of you who have been working so diligently in your fitness all last week, I hope that you took some time on Sunday to rest your bodies.  It’s SO important to have rest, because rest = repair.  I know many of us reading this blog love to push our bodies hard, but as we age, we need to REALLY respect the rest phase of our week.  If we want to keep doing the things we love to do, then we need to respect the rest required for our bodies to restore and replenish. 

I took some photos of Cardio Fusion Curbside last week and from Park Fitness Saturday and wanted to share.  A big shout out to Debbie Roe and Bernadette Calvo because they both did two classes back to back:  Boot Camp On-Line and Park Fitness!  Check them out!

Gliding discs outside?  YES WE DID!

Gotta love dry dock swim!

A BIG Shout out to Debbie Roe and Bernadette Calvo for taking on the double class beast mode on Saturday!  Both Boot Camp On-Line and Park Fitness!  Woo hoo!  Well done ladies!


Schedule for the week of August 3rd:

8/3 Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

8/4 Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

8/5 Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

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

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

If you are interested in signing up for any of these classes, please text the class code and date, along with a picture of your class card and number.

Class Codes:

Park Fitness = PF

Barre Blend On-Line= BBOL

Cardio Core On-Line = CCOL

Cardio Core Curbside = CCC MAX 9 PEOPLE

Cardio Fusion On-Line = CFOL

Cardio Fusion Curbside = CFC MAX 9 PEOPLE

Boot Camp On-Line = BCOL


There may be a change coming to morning classes in terms of start times, but I’m not quite sure when those changes will happen.  My son, Andrew, is a Freshman at Berean High School in Walnut Creek.  I will be notified today whether the students will be on-line only or a hybrid program starting on 8/17. If and when the time comes for Andrew to attend on campus, I may need to drive him up to WC intermittently, but thankfully there is also a bus system and the hope of future carpools.   Again, all of this is up in the air at the moment, so answers are coming LOL!  

If you attend morning classes with me, please let me know if you anticipate your schedule changing too as we head into the end of summer-beginning of fall and which class times would work for you.  I know some of you are teachers and will be heading back to school, so let me know if an earlier class time would work, especially on-line? 

Some of you have also inquired about the fall/winter outdoor formats and if the church will be available for those.  At this point, I don’t have an answer for that question because the church doesn’t know yet when they’ll be able to open their doors to the public.  For now, outdoor fitness will continue as long as possible through the summer and fall.  As I mentioned last week…..I know what we are doing this week, so that’s good!  We are all in a space of flux so let’s keep communication going and I’ll do my best to offer classes, either on-line or in-person, to continue offering fitness formats, classes, and times to help you meet your fitness goals! 


Thought for the week:  Little Things = Big Things

You know, being healthy all the time is a pain in the butt.  Come on, admit it!  It’s kind of like a part-time job and it’s something that you always have to be thinking about and participating in on some level every day.  If you want to eat healthy, you need to go shopping and buy fresh foods.  But then, you need to DO something with those fresh foods which requires work.  Meal prep and planning can be exhausting, but what are the alternatives?  You know what they are and OH, are they so tempting!  It’s so much easier to go through the fast food window or go with a little less guilt and eat out at Chipotle or Subway.  And every now and then, it’s no problem to do those things because life happens, right?!  So, what am I talking about?

I’m talking about all of the little choices that you make every day add it to big results.  Is eating a burger and fries a cardinal sin?  Well, I guess it is if you are a vegan and I get that, but what about the person who eats a mixture of plant and meat based and mostly eats homemade meals.  Is it unforgivable to eat a burger if you love to eat burgers?  NO!  But, what about if you eat fast food burgers and fries every week?  Ooh, now we get into trouble.  My son Ryan recently asked to watch SuperSize me about a week ago or so.  It was hugely eye opening for him to see how dangerous fast foods can be.  In one month, Morgan, the main character, gained 25 pounds and was about to pickle his liver from all of the high fat and fried foods he was eating that were loaded with sodium, sugars, and refined carbs.  Do you remember this documentary?  It’s a sober reminder of the decisions we all make every day and how they add up to big results.  Those results are either going to make us healthier or sicker. 

If you watch how much processed food you eat and focus on eating homemade meals that weave in a lot of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and probiotic rich nutrients, along with smaller portions, you are going to come out much farther ahead in the health meter! 

The same can also be said about how we move.  If you only move a couple of times a week without ever sweating or adding load bearing exercises, you won’t get much for your efforts.  Add those behaviors up over time and your core will be weakened, along with all of your other muscle groups including your heart.  However, if you move in a variety of different ways throughout the week and mix things up weight training, hiking, riding a bike, running, and core work, you’ll have young guts my friends! 

Is it a pain in the butt to carve out time to move?  Well, yes.  But have you noticed that the more you exercise, the more it feels normal and the right thing to do?  If you don’t exercise for a couple of days have you noticed how you might feel like a total slug?  I’ve always been astonished by those feelings because moving becomes a part of who you are and what you do! 

I remember back in 2007 when I first started exercising on a consistent basis.  For the first time in my life, my “exercise eyes” opened up and I realized how much better I looked and felt!  I couldn’t believe that I could really become one of those “fit” people!  What changed?  My behaviors and who I hung around.  I started hanging around with new friends I was meeting in exercise classes and was always inspired by the instructors and felt better leaving than when I walked in.  I was hooked and still am to this day!  I am now a person who moves for a living and there is no looking back.  I am in better shape now than I ever was in my teens or twenties.  And the best part?  You can be too!  You can be in your 50’s or 60’s and feel better than you did before you started exercising regularly. Why?  Because moving more is living more and we make more meaningful memories with the people we love.

So, making those little decisions every day, as much as a pain in the butt they are, will add up to big dividends in your life and for your family.  It’s worth it my friends!  Keep up the great work out there with cleaner eating and more moving!  Together we can do great things!


Love ya!