MMB – Fall Fitness Challenge Begins 9/14!

Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is already behind us and we are marching into September with gusto!  I hope your household is humming a long with a renewed sense of routine and rhythm.  I don’t know about you, but I’m already pining away for pumpkin recipes filled with cinnamon and nutmeg.   I think I’ll break out my fall decorations this week too.  I can only suppress those feelings for so long you know! LOL!

On the fitness front, I’m loving classes lately!  Those of you who have been coming out have some things in common.  I’ve noticed you are all super positive, eager to work hard, you don’t complain, and you seem thankful for the experience of being pushed?  Am I in heaven? I hope you know that I appreciate each and every one of you and am thankful to be doing life and fitness with you guys.  After teaching class, I always walk away feeling uplifted and inspired from the time I’ve spent with you all.  I thank the Lord all the time for how he has blessed me and I try my very best to give that back to you guys.  Life is hard and we need good people around us and in our corner to uplift and encourage is if we are feeling down.  This is why we need community.  🙂

 

Announcements and Reminders:

1) Cardio Core is at Jen’s Studio Tuesday Night!  Class times are 5:45pm to 6:30pm, 6:40pm to 7:25pm, and 7:35pm to 8:20pm.  Please e-mail or text me if you’d like to sign up for classes.  I need a minimum of three people to run a class or two people who are o.k. with a double class charge. 

2) Park Fitness is Thursday at 8:30am!  If you are around on Thursday morning and would like to venture outside and let the playgrounds be your gym, then let’s gather together at my studio and we’ll go out and play together! LOL!  45 minutes.  All levels welcomed.  Drop in cost is $15.

3)  Cardio Fusion is Thursday night at VBC!  I’d like to try offering two classes on Thursday:  5:45pm to 6:30pm & 6:40pm to 7:25pm.  Please let me know which class you’d prefer.  I need three people to run a class or two people who are o.k. with a double charge.

4)  6-Week Fall Fitness Challenge Begins Saturday, September 14th at 7:30am!  It’s that time of year again!  Let’s gather together and shake up the boot camp format to weave in fitness tests, timed obstacle courses, and a variety of drills that will surely challenge you and take your fitness to the next level!  Please come early to boot camp around 7:15am to 7:25am so I can weigh and measure you.  I can also measure you after class too.  We’ll measure again in six weeks to find out who the biggest reducers are!  This is a great opportunity to bring a friend!

 

Thought for the week:  Thankfully, Life Comes One Day at a Time

As I am sitting down writing this, I am trying to suppress the thoughts flooding into my mind of everything I have to get done today.  Living in the Bay Area can be tough at times because of the pace of life here.  Have you ever had a conversation with someone from the south or mid-west and compared calendars and activities?  Yup.  There eyes pop out of their head and their jaws drop to the floor.  And then, there’s the traffic! 

If you are raising kids at home, then you know what I’m talking about.  If you are an involved grandparent with your kids, then you know what I’m talking about!  Life is hard and life is busy.  So, how do we weave in self care?  Quality sleep?  Work outs?  Clean eating?  Well, I can tell you that these things don’t happen by themselves.  Every one of those topics requires a proactive mindset and execution.  We are either reactive or proactive and I an tell you that you will not be living your best you possible if you are constantly in reactive mode to everything happening around you. 

Here are some ideas to better manage your time so that you can take better care of yourself:

  1.  Use your calendar on your phone to schedule activities such as work outs, shopping and food prep, chiropractic visits etc.  Make you your own client and schedule the things that are important.  I have found that if it isn’t in my calendar, it doesn’t exist and won’t get done.

 

  1. When you begin something, commit to it so it becomes laser focused in your mind and the routine becomes a part of who you are and what you do.

 

  1. Don’t take the short cuts and eat out often.  Think of eating out as a treat.  Take the money that you would spend out in a restaurant and pour that into buying quality ingredients that you can make at home.  Create your home environment to be your own sanctuary and the kitchen a soothing place.  Make sure there aren’t always dishes in the sink and chaos all over the counters.  I  know that’s easier said than done, but you find yourself in a much better place mentally if there is order in your kitchen.  Suddenly, the thought of making something won’t be so overwhelming. Also, clean as you go so you don’t have a bomb to clean up afterwards.

 

  1. Don’t burn the midnight oil.  Don’t rob yourself of those precious hours of sleep before midnight.  Try hitting the hay no later than 10pm. Avoid screen time right before bed too.  The light emitted from screens mimics daylight and tells your brain it’s daytime, making it much harder to fall asleep.  Many of us are walking around in a sleep deprived state and we all know what that feels like.  We are sluggish, more foggy minded, grumpier, and don’t have the energy to get a solid work out in.

 

  1. Don’t let hours and hours go by where you’ve sat at your desk without getting up to stretch.  I cannot stress this enough.  Sitting wreaks havoc on our bodies and can unravel off the good work you are trying to do in your fitness.  45 minutes of fitness is great, but it’s hard to compete against 8 hours of sitting and even longer if you are sitting in traffic.  Get up and do dynamic stretches every hour.  Don’t ignore your forearms either.  Take your thumbs and dig in there to loosen up those tight muscles.  Say NO to carpel tunnel!

Hope that helps!

See you in class soon!

Jen