MMB -Time for Reflection

Good morning everyone,

    Can you believe Christmas is this week?! Yikes!  I want to applaud everyone who has been able to make it out to classes this past week.  I know it’s really hard this time of year to stay consistent, but stay focused on your goals and how you want to feel.  I was chatting with my good friend Marcey Donnelly the other day, who is a regular in class, and she shared with me truthfully that she always dreads coming to class because she knows how hard she’s going to work, but she is always 100% glad she came afterwards.   She also shared a funny story with me that the other night when it was raining and she didn’t feel like coming to class, she flipped a coin and called out heads.  Well, heads meant coming to class!  Again, it was tough getting out the door, but she did it and was very happy she did.  Yeah for heads!  We can all relate right?

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. 1)Trader Joe’s Nutrition 101 Class is Tonight at 7:30pm! – I have room for two more people if you are interested.  Class will last about an hour and is $25.  Meet me at the Pleasanton Trader Joe’s and let’s have some fun together talking about good nutrition!

  2. 2)December Contest:  I Conquered Temptation Moment!  For this month, I’m running a contest for you guys to log any moments where you are tempted to eat or drink something that isn’t good for you, and you pass it up!  Example – your coworkers bring in a plate of doughnuts, or some Christmas dessert to eat in the middle of the day etc.  Pass it up!  Say no!  Run away! 🙂  I’ll be giving away a $50 class card so start logging those moments where you say NO to an unhealthy treat!

  3. 3)Christmas Boot Camp & Brunch is on Christmas Eve morning the 24th!  There will be one hour long class on this Saturday at 7:30am.  Modifications will be shown for beginners.  Mama Jen’s Brunch will follow.  This is my way of saying thank you to all of you!  Please let me know if you’ll be able to attend this special Boot Camp!  If you need to bring your kids with you, they can hang out in one of the rooms and play during Boot Camp and then can join us for Brunch!

  4. 4)New Website – I’m still working with a web designer on a few things and hope to have the new site finished in a couple of weeks.  If any of you have felt encouraged or have seen transformation in your lives from being a part of the Jen Allan Fitness Community and would like to share, I would appreciate having some testimonials for my site.  You can simply type something up in an e-mail and send it to me.  Thanks so much!

  5. 5)New Year’s Eve Morning Boot Camp & Treat!  I’ll be having a special Boot Camp on 12/31 with one class only from 7:30am t0 8:30am.  A special treat to follow!

  6. 6)Next Running Boot Camp is New Year’s Day!!!  Do you want to be crazy with me?  Let’s do Running Boot Camp on New Year’s Day!  11am at Jen’s house!

Thought for the week:  Time for reflection

        As we are wrapping up 2016, I want you to take a few minutes and reflect on this past year and how you did in regard to your health.   Ask yourself these questions: How did you do with work out consistency?  If you weren’t consistent, what were the reasons?  Are you happy with your body image?  Has your weight stayed the same or have you lost weight?  What ratio of your diet is eating out compared to at home meals?  Are you eating enough fruits and veggies?  Do you feel good?  Are you sleeping enough?  If you aren’t where you’d like to be health wise, what are you willing to change in order to feel better?  What are you willing to give up?

    I want to remind each of you that you are worth the fight.  I know it’s difficult living a healthy lifestyle.  It takes time, energy, and money in order to shop more frequently, cook homemade meals, carve out time for work outs, and saying “no” to favorite treat foods on a daily basis. Exercising with focus, purpose, and intensity is painful, but it’s how we take care of health business and fight disease!  For those of us who only have two or three days to exercise per week, we have to make it count!  This is why circuit style training, full body resistance, and HIIT drills are such important elements to have in class.

    You deserve to live your life to its fullest potential.  Some of you need to ask the question, “what is my fullest potential?”  I promise you, that if you put the work in and exercise regularly combined with good nutrition and rest, you will be on a path to finding your true potential because you’ll have more energy and stamina to take life on!  So many of us are so exhausted all of the time that we are in this constant mode of day to day survival living.  Often times, we put ourselves last so that we can serve everyone else.  As a mother, I totally get that.  However, what happens to a car when it runs out of gas?  Don’t allow yourself to run out of gas because you haven’t taken care of yourself.

    For those of you who are women reading this, we are the glue that keeps everything held together right?  My question for you is, what are you doing to take care of yourself?  If you answered not enough, I greatly encourage you to set some new goals for yourself in the New Year.  A few things to ponder;  perhaps you need more quiet time for prayer, going to bed earlier, exercising with consistency, eating higher nutrient foods, drinking more water, or simply saying NO more often to adding things to your already full plate.

    For those of you who are Christians, take some time this week and ask the Lord’s guidance about how He wants you to spend your time.  How can you better serve and honor him with your time and talents?  Have you made the connection that loving on people and serving takes time and energy?  This is why we need to be fit.  When we are fit, we are more capable and can love more, serve more, life life more fully.  Take it on my friends and let’s see where we can go together!

See you in class this week!


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