Wellness Check-In ~ Winter Edition

Hey guys! Hope this message finds everyone doing well and staying warm over these past few months. Today was 60º and sunny, which I will totally take for February. Here is the latest message I sent to our teachers for this year’s Wellness initiative. I wanted to share here too because everyone needs a little checking in, right? 😉

How is everyone doing in the wellness department? Just wanted to remind everyone of the importance of taking care of ourselves, especially during the winter months when the days are shorter, the sun may not be shining as brightly and we are all missing our essential Vitamin D. Unless of course you’re a winter warrior that spends all of your free time on the slopes. If you are one of those peeps, good for you!

Did you knvitaminDow how important Vitamin D was to your happiness? I have secretly coined Vitamin D “the happy vitamin.” Most people know it as the “sunshine vitamin.” We naturally produce Vitamin D with exposure to the sun and from various food sources as well. Here in New England, the winter days are shorter and put a damper on our sun exposure. We typically make less Vitamin D in our bodies during these months. Now if you’re a Californian, that’s a totally different story. 😉 There are countless reasons why Vitamin D is essential to your wellbeing, but did you know that if nutrients in your body are out of balance, you may not be able to absorb the vitamin D that you are getting. This can cause a whole host of imbalances in your body. One that I notice the most is usually mood (so happy in summer ~ definitely different in the winter).

I’ve heard from a bunch of people about what kinds of movement they’ve been up to during these chilly months. Hats off to everyone training for something. Zero degree training runs? You are amazing!

Some things we have been up to these winter months:

  • skiing, snowboarding
  • marathon training
  • indoor cycling
  • yoga
  • rowing
  • HIIT training
  • walking on treadmill, walking outdoors and nature walks
  • family & friend gatherings
  • dancing
  • Go Noodle with your class

What have you been up to this winter? Are you finding balance between taking care of yourself and moving your body? I hope so! Comment below and let me know how you are doing on the wellness train.

Be well,

💚 Jenny

Happy New Year

I cannot believe it’s been a month since my last post… that just tells you how my month went I suppose, huh?

Another holiday season has come and gone, and another new year is upon us. Every year we always say how time flies by… and each year seems to speed by! We are always trying to enjoy the little moments that happen each and every day, but as we all know, some days that’s easy to do, some days it’s really hard.

To be perfectly honest, I used to really despise the holidays, mostly because it reminds me of loss, and not having my parents here anymore. Now that I have my own children, though, I have really come to like the holiday season again, and it’s really nice.

IMG_2637A few highlights from our holiday season… Starting on December 1st, Brendan started asking when the Christmas tree was going up (we got it on December 6th!), we started finding our Elf on the Shelf Buddy each morning, and the season wouldn’t be complete without our Advent calendars from Nana. As each day passed, even though it was a month filled with  busy workdays and weekends, finding Elf each morning with Brendan and seeing the smile in his eyes as we got closer to Christmas, always made me smile inside and out. Braden was even excited about Christmas. He loved looking at the lights on the tree and playing with his new toys.

So here we are in January… For the record, I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. I think that each day is a work in progress on this journey of life, and I try to make the best of it. Some days, weeks, even months, may present their share of challenges, and I try to remember that each new day is just that, a new day to be the best I can be. It totally sounds cheesy when I type it out, but it’s really true. One day at a time… that’s all you can do.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and Happy New Year, from our family to yours. <3

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