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Holly Jolly Fitmas

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT blogger @ AVAC®

In all the “doing for” other people, take a little time to do for yourself.

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So the last week pretty much disappeared on me — these things come in waves, don’t they? My husband’s knee surgery sort of flattened us both; I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to take care of him, poor guy, and between that and me getting waylaid by the Annual Bronchial Illness From H-E-double-hockeysticks, I got only the bare minimum of adult life tasks done, none of which were self-care in the form of a high-energy, mood-boosting, stress-killer workout.

This week, the kids are still in school, which is kind of a bummer for them — the run-up to Christmas is the best part — but good for me, in that I have this time to finish all holiday-related tasks without blowing Santa’s cover.

AND! I get my doctor’s OK to work out again! Yay! That’s a sincere “Yay!”, by the way — I was too sick to care about missing AbsoluteFIT for about three days, but ever since, I’ve been frothing at the mouth, ready to go back. As I’ve said before, the best cure for holiday stress is: Get a good workout in the AbsoluteFIT studio!

Remember — there’s childcare right in the same building, so you can make the studio a stop on your rounds at least a couple of times this week.

Happy holidays to all, and to all a good workout!

—Lydia M. 

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


ABC’s to Health, Fitness & Wellness

AVAC® Introduces “The Vail Blog” – A monthly blog piece discussing the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog

Since 9th grade, I’ve known I had challenges with my understanding of the English language, especially with sentence structure — and with finding the discipline on my own to learn that skill properly. Knowing that, I’ve taken courses since then to improve on this and other things (and interestingly, I’ve come to understand that I learn better if I pay for the lesson, training or skill).

Today, as I watch Vail, my 7-year-old daughter, do her 2nd grade English homework, I am amazed by her talent at and understanding of subjects that were a struggle for me; these things come easily to her. But talent is only part of the picture. I’ve always encouraged her to stay focused no matter what she is doing; I want Vail to be disciplined to have success in whatever she does in life, including health and fitness. With both of these ideas in mind, I have developed an ABC for learning the self-discipline to gain insight and take action to make changes in our lives.

success-goal-attainableWeek 1 “A”

There are many words I can think about that begin with an A when relating to the choices we make to our health and well being.  The letter A represents Attainable: Make your goals small and able to reach to give you a positive result.  Also add an apple to your daily intake. The apple has many attributes to a healthy nutrition lifestyle.

This is the beginning of our new discipline actions for the week.  Enjoy!

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…

– Jackie

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What Are YOUR Children Doing This Break?

Keep your kids active and healthy during their holiday break!
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Activities include; swimming lessons, holiday arts & crafts, fun fitness activities, & more!

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Fightin’ With Myself, Oh-oh-oh Fightin’ With Myself …

The hardest obstacle to overcome: My own brain.

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Some days, I am ON IT.

I’ve got my stuff together, I’m productive, I fit in a good workout, I’m getting people the things they need, I’m doing what I need to do, I may even manage a couple of fun things!

And some days, it’s like Evil Kermit (see the pic w/this post?) is winning … “Oh, you can do the thing tomorrow … they didn’t really need that information today, per se, more like today-ish … what’s one skipped workout …”

Last week, Evil Kermit talked a good game. This week, I’ve told Evil Kermit to go siddown (and he has to, he’s a puppet) and I’m back at top form. I’ve made a plan — which I’ve found is key, for me: proactively scheduling my AbsoluteFIT sessions and some work I need to get completed, while accounting for some standing obligations (classroom volunteering) and some out-of-the-ordinary things (e.g. my husband is getting knee surgery on Thursday, so that day is a wash). I already feel better — and that’s at least half the battle.

See you in the studio!

—Lydia M. 

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.