Welcome to October BMI Crew!
It’s hard to believe that we are already into the last quarter of 2018! Where did the year go?
Check out Amy C Rad’s article on mindful living so you can find your Zen no matter what life throws at you.
Our Good For You Recipe this month is a Witch Smoothie Bowl that’s Spooktastic for both your kids and “adult kids”!
We’ve got some fun and meaningful events planned for you this October. Check out our Studio Happenings section for the deets!
Let’s work as a team and score some health and wellness touchdowns this quarter!
BMI Fitness Team
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Pound For Pink
Calling all BMI Rockstars! Please join Amy C Rad and her Pound Posse on Wednesday October 10th at 6pm, as we come together as a community to support, love, and most importantly honor those who have fought or who are currently fighting their battle with breast cancer.
There is no fee to attend, but we do ask for a small donation to support the ongoing research for breast cancer. All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Donations will also be accepted at the event or if you can’t make it to the event but would still like to contribute, you can donate online here.
Feel free to invite your family & friends but space is limited so please pre-register for a spot and bring a towel, water bottle, yoga mat and your rockstar attitude!
Halloween Pound and 90-Min U-JAM Party!
Come in your spookiest costumes on Halloween (Wednesday October 31st) and rockout and JAM with us! 6pm Pound and 7pm 90-min U-JAM followed by all the candy you can eat 😈
Monday night U-JAM crew in their Level Up poses!
Wednesday night U-JAM crew looking “sweaxy” after class!
By: Amy Chang Radosevich, MA, ACSM, ACE, AFAA
October is a special month for me in many ways. It’s my birth month; it’s the start of the last quarter of the year; it’s the start of my favorite season - Fall. As exciting as the month seems, it also comes with some unique challenges. October reminds me of how little time is left of the year, how much I still want to accomplish, and how quickly the busy holiday season is approaching. And as I am getting closer to the half century mark in chronological age, I can’t help but wonder if I have wasted too much of my life on meaningless and trivial pastimes, and how much time I have left to live a life I could truly be proud of.
While October may mean something totally different for you, it’s only human to have times when we are past-focused and feel a sense of regret of what we did or did not do; times when we are future-focused and feel stressed and anxious of what may or may not happen. Neither of these focuses are productive or contribute to our well-being. So, the less time we spent dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, the more we are able to enjoy our gift - the present.
I know some of you are probably thinking, “If only it’s that easy, there won’t be sad, angry, stressed out people in this world!” As the saying goes, “nothing worth having comes easy.” So, YES, it takes work and focus to stay in the present and appreciate every moment that life has to offer. When left to our own devices, instead of connecting with our breath, our heart beat, the burning sensation in our muscles, we prefer to count how many reps, how much time we still have left in our workouts, and what we can get away with eating and drinking after our trainers are done putting us through this torture. Similarly, we look forward to the holidays because it’s supposedly “the most wonderful time of the year” only to get so stressed out by gift shopping, overcommitted social calendar, and overindulgence we then can’t wait for it to be over. Staying in the present, or being mindful doesn’t just happen. The term “mindful” means to be conscious and aware, which takes thought and deliberation.
To live a life with purpose and intent, many find the practice of mindfulness meditation helpful. If you are like me and can’t picture yourself sitting cross legged on a silk cushion with some scented candle or incense burning while banging on a gong, know that you can do it while you’re out on a run, a hike, a swim or any repetitive physical motion. As long as you stay connected to your breath, your motion or stillness, and are aware of thoughts that come through your mind and then letting them go, you’re getting the benefits of mindfulness meditation. I think of it as a “spam filter,” where in the end I am left with the important and relevant information to help me gain clarity, awareness, and gratitude.
Timing couldn’t have been better as I received an email invitation a few days ago from one of the corporations I teach at to participate in their Mindful Minute Challenge. In the month of October, if I log at least one mindful minute per day for 25 days, I receive a free T-shirt! Not bad when you can earn a T-shirt for basically doing nothing right? The point here is that you too can start small, even with just one minute a day and then build up from there. There are a plethora of breathing and meditation apps out there to help guide you through the process if you need. I am starting with just the breathing app already preloaded on my smart watch and also trying out a meditation app called 10% happier. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Before I sign off, I want to share with you a quote by the late Claire Wineland, an inspirational speaker, social media star, who lived the short 21 years of her life to the fullest before passing away last month from complications after transplant surgery. She inspired countless people with her honest talks about illness and mortality while living with cystic fibrosis. From following her journey, I felt that she has mastered mindfulness living despite all the obstacles and uncertainties she had to live with since the day she was born. Her father even credited Claire with teaching him "to not be afraid of what hasn't happened yet" and to learn to "love what is." In one of the last videos she posted, she encouraged viewers to "Go enjoy your life. Really. I mean that seriously. Go enjoy it, 'cause there are people fighting like hell for it."
Good for You Recipe
Give your kids and “adult kids” a healthy Halloween with this Witch Smoothie Bowl! Not only does it look festive and fun, it’s chock-full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and a great source of Calcium and Folate.