Blog 9/14/20 So this guy walks into a bar……

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a joke for the week:  So, this guy walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a Corona, a Hurricane, and 2 Fireballs.  The Bartender looks at him and says, “That will be $20.20.” 

Class Schedule will follow at the end of this blog

Thought for the week:  Can this year get any more bizarre? 

I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life and I have never seen the air quality as horrible as it is now.  Last Wednesday, with brownish orange skies and horrible air quality, it felt like we were all living out a scene in a sci-fi movie or visiting Mars.  We have dear friends in Switzerland call us over the weekend and were very worried about us living in California because they were watching these images of San Francisco look brown and orange!

Over the weekend, I told my family to pretend that it was a stormy weekend and that we couldn’t go outside.  Because of this, it was an awesome opportunity to do household chores!  Yay!  So, what did we do?  During breakfast, I laid out an entire game plan of tackling deep cleaning for the entire house.  You should have seen the look on the boys’ faces.  Priceless. What was the best project?  The boys and I got down on our hands and knees with old tooth brushes and bowls of Barkeeper’s Friend and scrubbed all of the grout in the tile floors!  Doesn’t that sound awesome!?  I paid the boys .50cents per tile so they made some good money!  The good news is that it was actually a pretty good work out and I ended up working up a sweat and getting some great shoulder and core work in with scrubbing! 

At the end of the day, we all had a huge sense of accomplishment because we started off our day with a monumental list of goals and by the end of the day, we had finished every goal on the list and were able to enjoy our evening together.  Yup, you bet there is a message in this for you guys.

Right now, life is hard and it’s pretty depressing.  Everything on the news is horrible.   And now, along with the Corona virus, we can’t even go outside and breathe the air because it’s so toxic due to the wild fire smoke.  We have to guard our minds, hearts, and spirits or we will get really down, and that’s not good. 

So, what can you do?  Stay busy and productive working on goals.  If you have to be stuck inside, pretend you are on vacation with your family in a cabin and you are snowed in.  This helps us mentally to shift gears that outside is off limits so that we don’t keep looking outside and becoming blue.  Once your mindset shifts to only indoors, what could you do?  Clear out clutter, clean closets, deep clean bathrooms, organize drawers and do the things that most of us don’t carve out time to do.  For work outs, create a space in your garage or living room that has your fitness equipment out so that you’ll be inspired to use it!  Crank up the tunes in the house, get loud, and get busy in your work out! 

There are so many things that we can’t control right now, so I urge you to control the things that you CAN control.  Remember my D.R.E.A.M.S video?  Here is the link if you want to watch it again or haven’t seen it:  https://youtu.be/7LqCyQ6SoLs

D – Drink

R – Read

E – Eat

A – Attitude

M – Movement

S – Spirit

The items on the list are things that we CAN control and need to control right now.  It is so easy to go to vices as a way to manage our blues.  This is so dangerous guys and it’s a slippery slope.  With every one of these words there are fork in the road moments every day where we need to make a choice:  to either choose the path to health or one to destruction and disease.  It’s all cumulative too.  Whatever habits we have add up over time and those are the things that define us.  Eating a burger and fries every now and then is not a problem.  Eating them several times a week is a problem, right!?  Have a glass of wine or two over the weekend is within moderation.  Drinking several glasses of wine throughout the week can lead to huge problems.  Capeesh?

Take this unique time in history that we are all living and make some goals for yourself.  Keep yourself busy being productive with things that will help you and your family.  And, don’t just make it all about you.  Who else can you help along the way?  Is there someone you know who is hurting and going through a hard time?  Take some time to pick up the phone, yes actually make a phone call and not text, and reach out to someone who may be hurting and needs a friend.  One of the hard things about this pandemic and SIP is the isolation of all of this.  We are not meant to be isolated from one another.  Create a Zoom family check in or a friend get together over Zoom.  And yes, I know we are all a little “zoomed out” but it’s what we have right now. 

So my friends, keep it positive, keep it real, and make some significant goals for yourself to keep you productive and moving forward.  Oh, and by the way, if you are a little behind on your work outs or have gained a few pounds, please don’t beat yourself up or have huge guilt.  Listen, none of us are bullet proof and these are difficult times for all of us.  Instead, think of today as a new day and ask yourself what you can do at those fork in the road moments to make some changes.  Take it one meal at a time and one work out at a time.  And know that I am here for you guys!  We are in this together!

Jen

Class Schedule for week of 9/14/20:

Monday:  Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core On-Line 6:30pm Note:  Outdoor Cardio Core TBD – depending on air quality

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 7:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6:00pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 8am TBD – depending on air quality, Cardio Fusion On-Line 6:30pm Note:  Outdoor Cardio Fusion TBD – depending on air quality.

Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am TBD – depending on air quality