MMB – What Energizes You?

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I know many of you enjoyed a three day weekend, so I hope you had a fabulous time getting away with your family and doing something fun!  Great job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week.  This past Saturday was the 5th Fit For Change Challenge, and while it was a smaller crew, you guys brought your best and worked it hard! 

This Saturday’s Challenge featured a tough obstacle course requiring crawling, jumping, bounding, leaping, and agility.  The stations were equally challenging with a variety of full body resistance, stair drills, push-ups, running, and tons of sweat and grit!

For the 7am class, Lisa Dillon came in first with a time of 40:30.  Wendy McHugh and Andrea Hasty were following close behind!  Great job ladies!

For the 8:05am class, Erin Campbell, Heather Thompson, Dave Thompson, and Clare Borges all ended around the same time with a 19:40 finish.  Excellent work guys!

Next Saturday is the 6th and last Fit For Change Challenge for 2018 and I’d love to see a huge gathering of boot campers coming out to bring their best!  It’s also weigh in day, so let’s work it super hard in our nutrition and fitness this week so we can shrink those numbers down!  Who will be the biggest reducer?  Inquiring fitness minds want to know!


Announcements and Reminders:

1) Attention baseball and softball players!  Check out my new tab on my website for Little League.  There is a 12 minute warm-up and stretching video available along with a guide you can print out.  Please feel free to pass these on to your teams, coaches, or players you know.

2) Personal Training Openings – If you are interested in exploring personal training with me, I have a few spots that have opened up in the morning and afternoons.  If you are feeling like you need a push to take your fitness to the next level, then let’s plan some time together to take care of business!  I promise I’ll take you where you want to go 🙂

3)  Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, February 25th at 11am!  Mark your calendars and plan for a 5k with strength and core! 

4)  Cardio Core is Tuesday at Jen’s Studio!  Currently there are (3) openings for 5:45pm and (4) opening sfor 7:35pm.  6:55pm is full.  Please contact me to sign up!

5)  Recipes – Check out my recipes page because I added the Raw Cacaco Chia Seed Pudding and a Spring Spaghetti!


Thought for the week:  What energizes you? 

Often times we are so busy with our business that we forget who we are or what motivates and drives us.  We can live in a state of being “reactive” instead of “proactive.”  As a consequence, we can feel like we are spinning out of control and are constantly in a state of catch up.  We find ourselves scrambling to grab at our goals, while never feeling like we have reached them.  How do we become like this?  In the bay area, we run at a dizzying pace as we strive to keep up with ever changing school and sports schedules, carpools, career goals, household responsibilities, shopping and meal prep, exercise, and oh…don’t forget giving some time to our spouses!  The title of a marriage book and conference comes to mind by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott entitled, “Your Time-Starved Marriage – How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life.  This is a great book by the way, but my point is to illustrate that it’s not only about our time starved marriage, but our time starved life!  So, what can we do about this? 

 We cannot continue to give and give and give until we have nothing to give and are frazzled, frustrated, and fried.  We must take time to nurture and replenish our souls with the things that energize and inspire us.  The problem is that we are living in a “guilt minded” mode where we feel guilty if we carve out time for ourselves, and not take the time and energy to pour into other people.  At least, this is the gist I hear about from friends and parents I know and hang with. 

What happens to your car if you allow the gas tank to run on empty?  You wouldn’t dream of heading on a road trip to LA if your car’s gas meter was in the red?  Why then do we allow ourselves to run on empty? 

When you carve out time to exercise or read a book or take time to pray, you are allowing yourself to heal.  The world has a way of beating us up and we need to have a safe space to go where we can become re-energized and re-inspired.  Self care is not selfish care.  How can we be all we are meant to be in this life if we don’t take care of ourselves?  Truly, this takes time and effort, but as I often say, “You are worth it!” 

Don’t feel guilty because you take time to exercise three times a week, or sleep in a little longer one day, or linger in a hot shower for a few extra minutes.  If you don’t find time to plug into the things that inspire and energize you, it’s only a matter of time before you become depressed.  Ugh, that’s no good!  How will you take care of the people you love and bring your best to your job if you are run down and beaten up by poor self care?

Friends, my message is for you to tap into the things that inspire and motivate you so that you can be a more balanced human being capable of living an extraordinary life!  By the way, when we are fit, we can live better, serve better, love better, and take on the really tough stuff better because we can. 

It is my hope and prayer that you allow yourself the space and time to take care of your body, your mind, and your spirit.  Pray to the Lord and submit your requests to Him and he will guide and illuminate your path.  In the bible, Philipians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   Let’s do this!

See you in class soon!