MMB – Making it Count!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling refreshed and revived!  The 4th Winter Fitness Challenge was this past Saturday and the boot camp crew that made it out rocked it once again!  I know that Saturday was a little tighter than usual due to the smaller space, but fitness knows no boundaries or limitations and neither do you guys!  What I love most about my group is your contagious positive energy and commitment to your health!  Let’s keep it rolling and wrap up this Challenge feeling energized, capable, and confident because of all of the hard work you have poured out over the last few weeks!  Let’s keep it going because together we can do great things!

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Trader Joe’s Shopping and Nutrition Class is Tonight at 7pm – Pleasanton Trader Joe’s.  Class is full.  See you tonight if you are on the list!


  1. Cardio Core is Tuesday at Jen’s Studio!  5:45pm class is full.  6:55pm class – room for 1 more, 7:35pm class – room for 3 more.  Please text or e-mail if you’d like to join us on Tuesday night for a great work out together!


  1. Cardio Fusion is back at VBC this Thursday!  60 minute class 5:45pm to 6:45pm & 30 minute class 6:55pm to 7:25pm


  1. Next Walking Boot Camp is Sunday, February 17th at 11am!  60 minute low impact class for all levels!  Drop in cost is $15 or use prepaid card.


  1. Note:  No Cardio Fusion 2/21 or Boot Camp 2/23.  Jen is on vacation. 


  1. Last Winter Fitness Challenge is 2/16.  If you weighed in at the beginning, you’ll need to weigh in again on this day.  If you are not able to make it this day, please see me to schedule your measurements and weigh in at a different time. 



4th Winter Fitness Challenge 2/2

Congratulations to the following boot campers!!  Well done!


7am Crew


Davies’ Test 1 minute

1st place  – Joanne Vieira 126

2nd place – Lynnda Philbrook 107

3rd place – Paula Allen 104


Push-ups 1 minute

1st place – Joanne Vieira 76

2nd place – Jocelyn Lai 27 toes/11 knees

3rd place – Christi Stevenson 22 toes/12 knees


Sit-ups 1 minute

1st place – Janeen Wheeler 40

2nd place – Christi Stevenson & Joanne Vieira 26

3rd place – Ken Vieira 24


8:05am Crew


Davies’ Test 1 minute:

1st place – Vanessa Perez & Bernadette Calvo – 105

2nd place – Melissa Judge – 104

3rd place – Pete Calvo 96


Push-ups 1 minute:

1st place – Bernadette Calvo – 75

2nd place – Melissa Judge – 60

3rd place – Pete Calvo – 40


Sit-Ups 1 minute:

1st place – Bernadette Calvo – 40

2nd place – Melissa Judge – 32

3rd place – Brett Schalin – 31


Photos from Saturday!


Thought for the week:  Making it Count

Sometimes movies inspire us.  The movie Titanic is one of my favorites and believe it or not, I usually go through quite a few tissues as I’m crying my eyes out!  (Yes, there is a chick in there somewhere LOL!)  Last night,  I had a few minutes before I crashed,  so I was channel surfing and caught the scene in Titanic where Jack has been invited to sit at the 1st class table due to his heroic rescue of Rose.  Do you remember this scene?  As the pious and arrogant first class guests were looking down their noses at Jack and grilling him with questions about his livelihood and apparent gypsy lifestyle, Rose’s mother asks him,”…And you find this existence appealing do you?”  I love Jack’s response:

“Well, yes, ma’am, I do… I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.”

I loved his honest and bold nature in how he described his homelessness with a sense of romance and adventure!  But, what I loved most in this quote was when he said, “You learn to take life as it comes at you…to make each day count.” 

What does it mean to “Take life as it comes at you?”  When we wake up in the morning, we really have no idea what lies ahead of us.  Sometimes it’s the type of day that’s filled with routine and familiarity.  Sometimes we receive a text or phone call that dramatically alters the direction of our day and we have to react to things quickly.  Some days we have strife with our loved ones or have a heaviness of the weight of responsibilities. Some days we celebrate great milestones of achievement and other days we are sobbing and mourning over the loss of a loved one or beloved pet. 

How then, can we make it count daily?  I believe the answer is in the question.  We make life count, by taking on life daily and really meaning it.  When we carve out time to exercise or make a healthy meal, it is in that moment that we are making it count because we are taking care of our bodies so that we can take on life.  It’s a thousand little things that we do everyday that add up to an attitude of gratitude or an attitude of despair.  I teach my boys that throughout the day and week, there will be countless “fork in the road” moments where we have choices to make.  Choices that will lead us down a path of prosperity or choices that will lead us to destruction.  It’s not just one trip down the path, but countless decisions with commonality day in and day out that define who we are.

If we are at a fork in the road moment every day at lunch and we choose to go through the fast food window and chug down a 16 oz Coke, burger, and fries, then those countless common decisions will lead us to a path of disease of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and eventually a premature death. 

Contrast this image with the same fork in the road for a person who is striving towards health and they choose to eat a nutrient dense salad and a piece of fruit along with water, the outcome will be vastly different.  Will eating a burger, fries, and a Coke kill me if a do it one day? The answer is NO.  However, repeating that pattern over and over again for weeks, months, and years?  Yeah, it’s an ugly outcome my friends.

Making it count means making choices on a daily basis that will nourish your mind, body, and attitude.  As Christians, we have the same choices at those fork in the road moments.  Will we read our Bibles daily and pray?  Or, will we turn our backs on God thinking that we’ve got things under control and don’t need to cast our cares unto the Lord.  Why bother God when we’ve got things under control?  There is where the deception lies.  Oh, how we get into trouble with this one!  Those of you who are Christ followers know the daily blessings we receive when we seek Him first and allow the Holy Spirit to guide our day instead of our own self focused agenda where we “have control.”

So my friends, how are you making it count?  If I were to ask your friends and family about how you live your life and how you spend your time, what do you think they would say?  Stop and think about that for a moment.  Are you making an impact on other people with the gifts and talents you’ve been blessed with?  Are you serving others?  Are you a life giver with a positive attitude or does your presence zap energy out of people because of your negative curmudgeon-like stance? 

Are you making it count in your legacy?  What will your kids and grand kids say about you someday?  We all have a start date and an end date in this world.  Do you know what really counts?  The dash in between.  How are you making your dash count today?


Let’s take on today and make healthy and positive choices at those fork in the road moments.


Love you guys!