I hope you’ve all had a great December holiday, in whichever way you celebrate.
Things really slow down at the studio during December so I/we took advantage of that to slow down myself.
We closed the studio for a few days and took some needed time off to be quiet and do NOTHING!! (what a concept).
Even though I was pretty low key (we don’t celebrate Christmas and had a quiet New Years) my routine and schedule is really thrown off. So, I’m really glad now to get back to somewhat of a regular routine.
Speaking of routine….how about your routine? Did you put off exercising? Eat WAY more then you normally would or want to
especially in the sugar department? Many of us (me included) are sugar addicted. When sugar is in front of us….we eat. We eat before we even know that we are eating and we can’t stop!! I’ve been gluten free for 7 years which makes it easy to stay away from the cookies and cakes, but even so, there are PLENTY of gluten free sweets around at holiday time. I KNOW THEM ALL!!
So, also like many, I set January 1st as my start….start of a change to do something differently. For me it’s no sugar treats. It takes a few days to get into the swing. Our body says “OH NO…I WANT that yummy sweet thing”. I need to think, stay really conscious, distract, do something different in order to not give in to that sweet craving. The bottom line is I feel really crappy when I eat a lot of sugar…so that’s an important thing for me to remember to keep my hands off and mouth closed.
What works for me is connecting to some of my on-line communities of people doing the same thing. I follow a Paleo lifestyle and am connected to many Paleo blogs, friends, communities etc. Also staying away from the computer (where I tend to love to eat….Hello Facebook?..therefore sitting at the computer triggers that “hmmm…time to eat” response). Playing the piano is always a good thing….it’s something I want to do and you can’t eat when you are using both hands to play and opening your mouth to sing. . Plus I firmly do not allow any food or drinks on or near my piano.
So, back to routine. Tomorrow, school starts for the kids again. I start my regular exercise program again…Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 AM at CrossFit (yes, I do Pilates too, but remember, I OWN the business….don’t get to have a REGULAR Pilates time…I have to leave the studio to exercise). And back to sane and regular eating…for me that’s Paleo and especially being sugar free.
What is your routine? Are you thinking it’s time to start a new exercise program? We have many great classes at El Cerrito Fitness. Mat classes, reformer, mixed equipment, springboard. We also have private and semi-private sessions. If you’ve never done Pilates before but have been meaning to, this is a great time to learn Pilates, or continue your Pilates program if you’re an old timer. Do you need some guidance with your eating? Want to lose weight, want to get into healthier eating habits? Talk to me about it. I can give you suggestions based on my own experience and I can als0 refer you to nutritional consultants who can more specifically help you with a program.
So, lets enter 2014 with an attitude of focus, optimism and determination to set and attain or new goals.
Yours in health and fitness,
HOLIDAY SHOPPING A EL CERRITO FITNESS. Saturday November 23rd, 3-6 PM
El Cerrito Fitness has partnered with Hibiscus Boutique Spa and Adorn and Flourish Jewelry Boutique for an afternoon of pre-Holiday Shopping (remember Chanukah starts on Thanksgiving evening). Please stop by to do your holiday shopping. Discounts on Kate Peterson’s fabulous jewelry, Andreea Ichim’s signature facials plus her home made completely natural and non-toxic skin care products, and discounts on Pilates classes. We’ll have tasty treats to eat too!!
As part of our free lecture series, we present on Wednesday November 6th at 7:30 PM; Gut Health. This talk is by Ilah Jarvis, Nutritional Consultant. Here’s what Ilah says: ”Digestive problems affects the whole body, including joints, sinuses, skin, energy and mood. We will take a look at common causes of digestive issues, as well actions you can take to start feeling better. Snacks and recipe tips will be included”.
Please let us know that you are coming. Feel free to bring a friend.
And speaking of gut health….If you are a meat eater and tired of supporting the commercial meat industry, check out Tara Firma Farms. www.tarafirmafarms.com. A bunch of us in Richmond are going to be ordering CSA style from this lovely farm in Petaluma where they raise their cows, lambs, pork, chickens and turkeys on a 100% organic grass/vegie/fruit diet. The prices are reasonable and we are supporting local sustainable farms. Let me know if you are interested in participating. Delivery will be once per month of a Wednesday (not sure which Wed. yet) at CrossFit Cypher in Richmond.
I’ve been off of sugar now for 2 weeks. Feeling pretty damn fabulous and relieved not to be craving and wanting chocolate all the time. I’m not one of those people who can keep a chocolate bar (yes, even 80% cacao and organic) in the fridge and have a square every day. If it’s in my fridge…it’s going to be gone very soon. So…again, I’m relieved to be over the hump and out of the cravings. I feel like my blood sugar has balanced out a bit. I don’t seem to be getting those afternoon brain dead comatose slumps. One day at a time I intend to keep this up. Fingers crossed.
Remember I said I was taking an ORBIT class? Remember I said we only have 1 Orbit?
Well, the class was FABULOUS and I now have 2 Orbits. Hopefully 3 and 4 in the future so we can have a class. It’s WAY fun!! We’ll be using the Orbit in our private sessions. If you’re curious call me to set up a session. Great workout and great fun whether you are a star athlete, or rehabbing from an injury (or somewhere in between).
I just got an “ORBIT”…I know….What’s an Orbit? It looks like an oblong padded skateboard…but heavier and w/ wheels that go in all directions. It’s a Pilates “toy”. It’s really fun.
There are many exercises one can do on an Orbit.
I’ll be taking an “ORBIT” class this week at Absolute Center Pilates Studio in Lafayette. I only have 1 so we won’t be offering Orbit classes but I’ve been using it w/ many clients. Reports are good!!
The Tabata Boot Camp is under way and going well. Christian Bryan will be offering it again in January so get ready to sign up…bring a friend. It’s so much more fun (I think) working out w/ a buddy.
We welcome Rochelle Kiddoo who is now teaching Monday night mat class and we hope to have her doing more teaching as time goes. Rochelle would like to start a “Mat for beginners” class, as well as a “Take care of your back” class. More info coming on these in the near future.
On the Paleo front, I’ve been researching local sustainable farms from which to buy grassfed meat.
There are actually many (YAY). It looks like CrossFit Cypher (Richmond) will be the host site for Tara Firma Farms. We need 20 sign ups. If anyone reading this is interested, please contact me for more info.
I’ve never considered myself a political person, but the truth is, my politics lie in promoting good nutrition and real food. I no longer want to support commercial feed lot meat, for the sake of our health and for the sake of the animals in the feedlots. I’m becoming more and more excited about learning about locally raised grass fed meats, pastured eggs and our local sustainable farms. More to come on that.