MMB – Choices

Hi Everyone,

I hope your August is going well and you are enjoying summer!  I applaud everyone who is finding ways to stay active and carve out time for work outs!  I know we are just coming  out of a heat wave from last week, which was very difficult to manage with exercise.  But, we did it!  Awesome job to everyone who came out on Tuesday for the 7:30pm class and on Thursday for the 6:15pm class!  I’m proud of you guys!   I think we are suppose to have better weather this coming week.

I had the opportunity to go to the A’s game again this past Saturday.  It was a gorgeous day at the coliseum and I have to share a picture taken of me eating my most favorite veggie bowl on the planet!  If you go to the A’s game, I highly encourage you to check out Nourish!  If you look at this picture, you may wonder if there is a huge scoop of some carb laden thing on the bowl to the right?  It’s Kimchi!  It’s a Korean fermented cole slaw.  I know, it sounds kind of gross, but it’s really delicious and super good for you!  The tofu is excellent too, along with the pickled cucumbers and onions.  So, you CAN eat healthy at a ball park if you look hard enough.  I know I always enjoy a good beer at the coliseum, so this way I can enjoy my “liquid bread” and balance out the fun factor while eating something really nutritious and healthy.  It’s all about choices at the fork in the road guys.  Choose your fun moments carefully because every day can’t be a party! LOL!  🙂

 

Announcements and Reminders:

1)  Cardio Core is at Jen’s Studio Tuesday night!  Classes are 5:45pm to 6:30pm, 6:40pm to 7:25pm & 7:35pm to 8:20pm.  A minimum of three people are required to run a class or two people who are willing to have a double charge on their pre-paid card.  Remember, if you bring a friend, you get a free class and so do they!

2)  Wednesday Park Fitness – 9:15am.  If you work at home and have flexibility, or you have just dropped your kids off at school, then join us for this new mid-week park fitness class.  Start time is flexible, but will generally be around 9am or 9:15am.  Class is 45 minutes long.  All levels welcomed.  Drop in cost is $15.  Please text or e-mail if you’d like to join us!

3) Thursday Cardio Fusion at VBC!  Class times are 5:45pm to 6:30pm & 6:40pm to 7:25pm.  I’d love to run two classes this week guys!  If it’s been a while since you’ve made it out to class and you are in need of a good work out, come out and join us as we take care of fitness business mid-week!  A minimum of three people are required to run a class or two people who are willing to have a double charge on their pre-paid card.  Remember, if you bring a friend, you get a free class and so do they!

4)  Personal Training Openings – I currently have some openings in the mornings and afternoons if you’d like to add some personal training in to help you with your fitness goals.  Contact me if you’d like to schedule a consultation.

 

Thought for the week:  Choices

From the moment our eyes open from the blaring sound of the alarm, we have choices.  Choices to press the snooze alarm or get out of bed and go for a run or work out.  Choices to eat a sugary doughnut or cream cheese laden bagel instead of a bowl of oatmeal with nuts and berries.  Sometimes we rise above our temptations and smash them with our hammer of discipline and sometimes we give in to those ever annoying cravings that crop up when we are least expecting them.  News Flash!  None of us are perfect and most of us struggle every day with making healthy choices.

So, how do we know we are on the right track with the choices we make?  How is the fruit looking on your tree?  Is it healthy and thriving or is it blemished and wilted? 

I read this quote from Lao Tzu this morning, who is an ancient Chinese philosopher, and he said this:

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

When I think of a quote like this, it reminds me that it’s a layering process and it doesn’t happen over night.  All the little fork in the road moments that we come across every single day become layered.  It’s a layering of health or a layering of disease. 

If most of the time we are making decisions that are beneficial to our health, then we will most likely be healthy people.  So, who is winning the majority in your life?  Is it Mr. Disease or Mr. Health?  If you are most likely putting good stuff into your bodies, you should be feeling energized, bright minded, alert, and efficient in your tasks.  If the majority of your calories are coming from sugary and processed foods, with very little fruits and veggies, you will most likely feel sluggish, foggy minded, and overall non-thriving and non-productive. 

So, think about what kind of fruit you’d like to have on your tree and how you’d like to feel?  The next thing is to come up with an action plan.  If you want to feel better, you need to eat better, and therefore need to shop better.  What’s in your fridge that’s going to get you closer to your goals?  Do you need to have a raid in your pantry and throw out the foods that are impeding your health?  This, in itself, will be a very cleansing and freeing activity physically and mentally.

Make a list and head out to a store such as Sprouts, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s.  Buy foods that are alive and need to be refrigerated or eaten within a couple of days.  Think – the more alive a food is, the more alive you will feel.

Shopping for food, prepping food, cooking food, and eating food is going to be a new chapter for you when done the right way.  Why?  Because it takes time.  There is no quick fix when it comes to eating healthy.  But, I would ask you, “Aren’t you worth it?” 

We all have hundreds of choices to make every day.  Think about how you want to feel and what it’s going to take to get you where you want to go.  Go the distance because life is worth living vibrantly!

See you soon,
Jen