Blog 8/31/20 Let’s Get Real

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all doing well and had a great weekend!  Excellent work to everyone who came out for classes this past week!  I was overjoyed that we were able to gather together outside for Cardio Fusion Curbside on Thursday and Park Fitness on Saturday.  Oh, that felt so good!  Hopefully, the good to moderate air quality will continue this week as the fire fighters gain containment over the SCU fire. 

Can you believe it’s the last day of August?  What?!  I don’t know about you, but the minute September hits, I start longing for everything pumpkin!  I kind of go on a crazy shopping streak of purchasing cases of organic pumpkin and make all kinds of healthy pumpkin recipes.  Yes, fall is around the corner and that means changes are coming. 

For this week, my schedule will remain the same, but starting next, week there will be some changes to my classes. 

Here is the schedule for THIS week 8/31/20:

8/31 Monday:  Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend On-Line 6:00pm.

9/1 Tuesday:  Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

9/2 Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 7am

9/3 Thursday:  Park Fitness 8am,  Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm.

9/5 Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

To sign up for a class, please text a picture of your class card and number with the class code and date. 

Class Codes: 

Park Fitness = PF

Barre Blend On-Line = BBOL

Cardio Core Curbside = CCC

Cardio Core On-Line = CCOL

Cardio Fusion Curbide = CFC

Cardio Fusion On-Line = CFOL

Boot Camp On-Line = BCOL

New Schedule for Week of September 7th:

9/7 Monday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm, Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

9/8 Tuesday – Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

9/9 Wednesday – Barre Blend On-Line 7am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm

9/10 Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

9/12 Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

Please note the change that Cardio Core On-Line &  Cardio Fusion On-Line have moved to Monday and Wednesday nights instead of Tuesday and Thursday nights. 

Cardio Fusion Curbside Crew from Thursday!  Archana Iyer, Erin Campbell, Jeanette Ford, Bernadette Calvo & Pete Calvo – You guys rocked it!

Thought for the week:  The One Thing That is Constant is Change

I don’t think I have ever lived through a year quite like 2020.  Have you? Let’s be real.  It’s been an incredibly challenging, mentally taxing, emotional, and somewhat of a shocking year to take in.  There’s been a huge paradigm shift on a multitude of levels and we are still trying to figure out our new normal. 

It’s as if a ton of fuel has been poured out on every hot button topic you can imagine: the political landscape, racial tensions, disagreements over handling the pandemic, defunding the police, anti-Americanism, the inability of millions of Americans to work, fire threats in California, and the idea that there is no true freedom of speech anymore. 

While it’s not my intent to politicize my message, you kind have to be half dead not to have strong opinions about all of these topics that are rocking our world right now.  While I will remain neutral in my opinions politically with you, I do want to bring to your attention that all of these talking points are BIG and can be very overwhelming, depressing, stressful, and seemingly hopeless at times. 

If you think about it, it’s been a long time since there’s been a shake up in our country with a perfect storm like what we have going on now.  Perhaps, the older generation who grew up during the 60’s with the civil rights unrest and how the Vietnam War polarized Americans can remember back to similar thoughts and feelings to what’s going on today.  I’m sure many people felt like the world was coming to an end during those times too.  But, it didn’t and in time, life moved on and tensions stabilized.  

So, with all of these changes happening and the ongoing threat of the virus and other unknowns, how do we go on every day with our head held high and still be filled with hope?  It’s tough, but it can be done.  Of course, as you know I am a person of faith, so I am going to ask God to give me strength, guidance, wisdom and peace everyday as I take in the hard to hear news stories of the day.  And yes, prayer is powerful and it works!  But what are some other things we can do to stay positive and be filled with hope?  Here are some thoughts I’d like to share with you:

  1.  Keep moving.  Yes, tap into all of those feel good brain chemicals that are released when you exercise!  It’s a fabulous and healthy way to release stress!
  2. Keep surrounding yourself with positive people who encourage you, love and support you.
  3. Watch the binge eating!  It’s such an easy place to go to when you are struggling with hard news or depressed thoughts.  If you are tempted at night, go on a walk after dinner and change up your routine so that you are out of the kitchen. 
  4. Along with no binge eating, is no binge news watching.  Ugh.  This is a difficult trap, but I urge you to take a military tactile strategy with the news – go in, get what you need, and get out.  Don’t linger with more than you need.
  5. Allow yourself permission to do something fun for just yourself or with your family!  Yes, fun is allowed and much needed right now!  It’s o.k. to be silly sometimes 🙂  Lord knows the world is too serious about everything right now.  I think we all need to lighten up, don’t you agree?  BTW, I was thinking how tough it would be for a comedian these days. Everything that they would riff on today would be grounds for imprisonment!  It’s sad.
  6. Take it one day at a time.  Don’t get too far ahead of yourself and start spinning into a tizzy of worry.  Take on today and do it to the best of your ability.  Rejoice in the small things and the blessings around you. 

That’s all for today guys! We are in this together and we WILL get through this!

I’m here for you!

Jen