MMB – The Holidays are Here…Now What?

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you are all doing well out there and are getting into the holiday spirit!  Great job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week.  I am so encouraged to see so many of you trying to stay consistent as possible during the holidays.  This is the key guys!  We gotta keep it moving as often as we can!  Let’s take care of business, right?!

1) Cardio Core at Jen’s Studio Tuesday night!  I currently have (3) openings at 5:45pm, (4) openings at 6:55pm, and (4) openings at 7:35pm.  Please text or e-mail me to sign up!  It’s the holidays, so every work out counts!

2Christmas Boot Camp & Brunch is happening Saturday, December 15th directly after the 2nd boot camp!  Come to this special boot camp where you will work hard, burn up hundreds of calories, shed fat, and yes, get fed a Christmas Brunch by me!  It’s my way of saying thank you to all of you who have come to my classes or personal training faithfully all year long!

3Next Walking Boot Camp is Sunday December 9th at 11am!  All levels welcomed!  Meet at Jen’s Studio for a 60 minute class that is low impact and will incorporate strength and core drills!


Thought for the week:  The Holidays are Here….Now What?


I was speaking with one of my clients a few days ago and she said, “Jen, it’s only November 30th and I’m already exhausted with the holidays!”  Isn’t that the truth though?  Yes, this is an absolutely exhausting time of year, especially if you are a parent!  We are the “magic” makers! 

Everything around us is a sensory overload with the message that Christmas is all about excess and stuff!  The more stuff you buy, the happier you’ll be!  How false is that!  Well, as a Christian I try my best to keep things simple and shut out the “noise” of the season and focus on Christ’s birth.  Everything is immensely better for me when I focus on this truth. 

The month of December is a wonderful month filled with all kinds of holiday traditions, activities, and a time to visit and catch up with old friends and family members.  It’s also a time when we become overwhelmed.  I think the more overwhelmed we become, the more we should strive to simplify.  Instead of saying, “yes” to every holiday invitation that comes along, perhaps say “no” to a few and have a fun family game night or special outing with your family. 

How do the holidays affect our health?  Well, we typically eat out more and as a result take in more sugar, sodium, refined carbohydrates, rich foods filled with cream sauces and saturated fats, and don’t forget holiday cocktails and desserts!  No wonder we start feeling like crap!  This takes a toll on our work outs too because we feel waited down and more fatigued due to the types of foods we are eating.  It also wreaks havoc on our blood sugar spiking and falling.  Not good guys.

As I have often said before and will repeat again, deprivation equals failure.  I want you guys to enjoy the holidays, but….every day can’t be a holiday!  So, I encourage you to be good during the week by eating clean whole foods that are home made and nutrient dense.  Hydrate well with lots of water, sleep 7-8 hours a night, and work out as often as you can.  On the weekend, be selective.  Enjoy yourself, but still live within boundaries.  Make sense?

For work outs, If you can stay consistent with a minimum of three days per week for 30 minutes, and weave in some intensity, you’ll stay ahead of the curve.  If you are struggling to stay motivated during this time of year, please reach out to me and let’s schedule a few personal training sessions to help keep you going. 

I also encourage you to try switching up your favorite holiday baked goods with healthier ingredients such as non-sweetened applesauce for sweetness and moisture.  Try coconut oil instead of butter.  For flour, try using a blend of nut flours or rice and oat flour for a more nutrient dense flour.  You can check out my recipe page for some ideas too.  My pumpkin banana protein bars are delicious and my family eats them all the time!  A fork and a bowl folks! That’s all you need for equipment 🙂  I like simple because I don’t have time for complicated recipes. 

Anyway friends, we are all in this thing together.  Life is hard, but God is good 🙂  Focus on your blessings that you are surrounded with and then go out into the world and bless others with positive and encouraging words, perhaps a smile, and hugs are great too!  Spread holiday cheer by not acting like the rest of the world.  Don’t get caught up in all of the stuff.  Stuff bogs us down an takes our eyes off the things that truly matter in this world.  After all, when we leave this earth someday, it’s not our video game systems or flat screen tv’s that we take with us!  It’s the love found in relationships that matter most. 

Let’s lead the charge with living a healthy, vibrant, and positive life that lifts other people up wherever we go!  Let’s make this the best Christmas ever and live each day like it’s our last.  Can we do that friends?  Yes we can!


See you in class soon!