MMB – Not Quitting is a Skill

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope your summer is off to a great start!  My summer Monday routine is a bit more packed than the rest of the year.  I have early morning training, followed by prep and teaching Kid Fit and Moms’ Fit Club, and now I have kids over at the house for a swim play date (they are eating lunch at the moment).  So, I hope you’ll understand why my blogs are coming out later 🙂

So, how’s your summer going so far?  How is your work out routine going?  I hope you guys are able to push through the crazy schedules that summer can offer and stay consistent with your work outs and eating clean!  Are you guys logging your greens and veggies?  I had posted this challenge for the month of June and would love to hear how it’s going for you guys.  Next Saturday, I’m holding a recipe contest after the 2nd boot camp.  Please bring your favorite seasonal veggie or greens dish and let’s taste test for a contest!  The winner will receive a free class card.  This will also be the day to turn in your logs if you’ve been keeping track. 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Kid  Fit and Moms’ Fit Club is happening now!  Join us at 9:30am for Kid Fit and 10:00am for Moms’ Fit Club at Creekside Park in Pleasanton – 5601  W. Las Positas Blvd.  Let’s kick off our summer Mondays with fitness to start our week right.  Kid Fit is ideally for 1st through 6th grade.  If you have teens or dads, invite them along to try out the Moms’ Fit Club for a killer work out! Workouts will be scaled up, or scaled down for your fitness level!  Text me if you have questions or want to join.  925-699-7725.
  2. Moms’ Fit Club 2018

    Summer Kid Fit 2018

    3)  Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, July 1st at 7am.  Run a 5k distance combined with strength and core drills!  Beginners are welcomed!

    4)  June Veggie Challenge!  It’s time for another veggie challenge and recipe contest!  For the month of June, log all of your veggie intake.  1 cup of greens = 1 serving.  For liquid, 8oz = 1 serving.  You can eat salad, steam veggies, roast or bbq veggies, drink green juice or eat them raw!  Make sure to log all of your servings!  On Saturday, June 30th, we’ll have another recipe contest and exchange.  Winner receives a free class card!  Start working on those veggie recipes now! 

    5)  Jen’s 9th Business Celebration BBQ!  I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since Jen Allan Fitness launched!  Please mark Saturday, July 21st on your calendar for my 9th business celebration!  Time – 5:30pm to 8:30pmish.  Jen’s house!  See me for details!

    6)  NOTE:  There will be NO Cardio Fusion on Thursday, July 12th or Boot Camp on Saturday, July 14th. 

7)  Support Bernadette Calvos’ jewelry business to help women rebuild their lives!  This Saturday after boot camp, Bernadette Calvo will bring some of her sample jewelry pieces for your to check out.  Bernadette can tell you more about her business as an independent consultant and how supporting this business will help other women. 

Thought for the week:  Not Quitting is a Skill



As I push myself through my own work outs and help dozens of other people every week push through their work outs too, I’ve realized something.  Not Quitting is a skill that needs to be practiced often.  If you stop and think about the very nature of exercising, the comfort side of our brain tells us that we are nuts for wanting to push ourselves through pain and discomfort.  The common sense side of our brain tells us that exercise is an important way to stay healthy and strong.  It kind of reminds me of the movie, Inside Out,  where we have these cartoon like characters representing each of our emotions at the command center – our brain.  Can you imagine a scene where we are about to get ready for exercise and “disgust” kicks in and says, “Why on earth would you waste your time lifting weights and sweating – uggh gross.”  Then, Joy would step in and say, “Guys, this is awesome!  Jen will be strong and she’ll feel good on the inside and out!”  I also think there is a lazy emotion character that would try to convince us that laying on the couch is the best way to pass the time!  I think there needs to be a Studio C skit about this!

In any case, we have a whole host of emotions that kick in when we take time to exercise and they are mostly communicative in our head when we are at the hardest part of our work outs.  When more effort is required and you are really laboring in the exercise, this is when we are most vulnerable.  How easy is it to back off and quit?  It’s very easy!  But, what would happen if every time we were challenged to push hard we backed off and quit?  I truly believe that what we do in our fitness translates into other areas of our lives.  If we are used to practicing the skill of not quitting, we will be more successful in our relationships, such as not quitting when marriage gets tough.  What about on the job?  Are there days when we are sick of it and we want to quit?  You betcha.  I believe if you are more fit, you’ll be more fit mentally too and will endure the more challenging moments at your job or with a boss.

However, if we practice the skill of not quitting in fitness, like a muscle, we will be more conditioned to take on the hard stuff and not collapse under pressure.  You have probably heard me say before that the storms of life are forming over the sea and we aren’t sure when they are going to hit land fall.  The more fit we are, the better we are able to handle the tough stuff when it happens.  Think about it.  When we begin a boot camp class, we know that we are going to be challenged, experience some pain and discomfort, sweat a lot, and feel fatigued.  When it’s all over, how do you feel then?  Inspired?  Excited that you survived?  More confident?  You practiced the skill of not quitting and as a result, you will reap the rewards of that skill in other areas of your life.

The same can also be said of practicing the skill of quitting.  If you quit in your fitness all the time and back off when it gets hard, how will you respond in life when life gets hard?  I would argue that there is a correlation between your attitude and drive in fitness and how you handle challenging life situations.  Would you agree?

So friends, there are many reasons why I push you guys in personal training or in class.  You might think it’s only because I want to give you a good work out, but it goes deeper than that.  I hope you ponder about the skill of not quitting and realize that when I push you guys hard, I’m trying to help you build your endurance in your “not quitting” muscle that will help you in all other areas of your life.  I know this stuff is hard, but if you put the hard work in, you’ll look back over your life and realize how much better you were able to handle the difficult stuff because you didn’t quit in your fitness.


See you in class soon!