Sunday, October 2, 2016

It's October!!

Hello, Friends!

Happy Fall!

Boy oh boy, did it turn on a dime or what? Love.Fall. I love football on t.v., falling leaves, and the excitement of the holidays in the forecast. And let's face it, comfort food ranks in the top five. That being the case, it's even more important that I/we be sure to stay dedicated to our exercise regime and work hard when we're at it. The schedule for October is to the right so you can recommit this month and get focused.

  • Thank you for your amazing help in the new check-in system. Although it's still old-school (pen and paper :) it makes for great record keeping and helps keep me organized.
  • Also, thank you for maintaining the equipment room. What a pleasure it is to have everything it its home. I LOVE ORDER, but you probably figured that out long ago!
  • No class on Saturday, October 15th. Enjoy the day, but workout anyway!
  • Okay, so I am apologizing for the lack of music variety in classes. ITunes most recent update deleted MY MUSIC LIBRARY AND PLAYLISTS (apparently this was a glitch for many folks.) After a lengthy phone call to Apple, I have to reinstall iTunes on my computer from it's original file. Problem is, we got a new computer and the old one (where the original file resides) is inaccessible right now. UGH. Any techies who would know how to retrieve the music that I've purchased from iTunes? This, I think, can be done without the original file. I'll fix you lunch if you come over and help me! :) Until then, I am sorry we're hearing the same stuff over and over.
  • I am really enjoying the option of the new service at Bethany on Saturday nights at 6 pm.! If you are like our family, youth sports (more on that another day) often rob us of our Sundays so I am soooo grateful for this option!! I invite you to stop by and listen to the amazing worship team. Nothing like a warm beverage, my favorite jeans, a cozy sweater, and an amazing message from Pastor George to set my week up straight!
Couple of things I've been meaning to share:

1. It's important to remember, Friends, that (in general) B2B classes are not enough exercise in one week for the average person. We should be shooting for exercise four to five days per week. PLEASE feel free to copy a class and do it again later in the week ~ especially if it is weight training! Ideally, we should be targeting each muscle group (back, biceps, shoulders, triceps, and legs) twice a week. The class is always written down and planned, and although it may vary a tad, please don't hesitate to take a picture of it and use it again! As you know, most of our exercises can be easily replicated in your own garage/living room/backyard, so take advantage of it and steal the workouts! They are not top-secret! Just remember to give each muscle group a break for at least 48 hours before working it again to allow the tissue to repair itself. Go get 'em!

2. If you are at a plateau or struggling to lost unwanted pounds or inches, I strongly encourage the use of a fitness tracker and/or food app to help you along. These devices hold valuable information that you would not otherwise be aware of. We truly overestimate our activity level and underestimate our caloric intake and {good} food choices. It could be that all your body needs in an additional 200 calorie-deficit and most of the time, this is hard to judge. There are many quality tools out there that are easily accessed from your phone, so excuses not to "be in the know." Just ask my husband who has been tracking food for about three weeks - I'm not his favorite person right now (hehehe) but he'll testify that it makes a difference immediately. View these tools as temporary because they are time consuming. Once you establish new ground rules, you can break away. But the better habits stick around and your teach yourself positive patterns. Remember.... if you want something you've never had, you may have to do something you've never done.

Thank you for being so awesome and making M/W/S mornings special. Although I am human and don't love a 4 am wake up, starting the stay with you folks negates my crabby attitude and energizes me. And then to get to come back and fellowship with another round of happy people at 10:00 makes the day complete. I hope you have a wonderful month and I look forward to many awesome workouts with you!

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Well, HELLO Friends!

What a summa! I sure hope everyone enjoyed the weather, family, friends, and exercise as much as I did (...well.....three out of four isn't bad, right?) It's that time again - ready to fire up the schedule and a little routine? Clean up your kitchen? Stop sugar/eating out/midnight snacking/whatever your pitfall? Get a bit more focused on training? Good. Me too. There are some important things to cover as we prepare for the return of classes, so thank you for your patience in this email.

First, some standards:
  • The Schedule for September is attached in this email. If you prefer to know what's on deck, have a peek. If the element of surprise is your flavor, don't open it.
  • Classes resume on September 7th (welcome back to school, everyone!) Class times are Monday/Wednesday: 5:15 am and 10:00 am. Saturday 7:30 am.
  • Saturday classes are back on the schedule until November 5th, in which we will break for the winter months and resume in the Springtime.
  • Please prepare for weather changes and bring sweatshirts - I'd love to be outside as long as possible.

1. TIME TO TIDY UP THIS EMAIL GROUP. Over the course of 8 1/2 years, this email group has grown ~ a lot ~  and while I'm sure everyone waits with baited breath to read them at the start of every month (yeah, right) I'm also pretty sure it goes out to a good number of folks who no longer wish to receive them or no longer attend classes.

Please reply with your First and Last Name and the Email address(es) you prefer to use. You will not receive the montly email or B2B Schedule if I do not receive this. Thank you for your help in keeping the communication portion of B2B manageable.

2. We will be using a new documentation system for attendance.
When you sign in, if you are purchasing a new punchcard that day, please indicate if you are submitting a payment with a check or cash. If you are paying for a single session, please indicate so in the column provided. We are attempting to better track our receivables system. If you are not leaving any form of payment, simply sign in as usual.  Thank you for the extra step at the sign-in table:)

When utilizing Childcare, please indicate on your payment if you are also purchasing a B2B punch card with the same check. Some payments have been combined (not a problem at all)  and we just want to be sure we assign the funds appropriately.

3. Before summer break, the equipment area was organized/cleaned up. Thanks for your help in putting equipment back in its appropriate spot and leaving the racks tidy. Makes its sooo much easier to set up for classes when toys are in their right home. Also, be sure to check your training area before you leave. Water bottles, sweatshirts, etc. get left behind and eventually get donated if not retrieved.

4. REQUEST: When using weights, PLEASE do not drop them on the floor. Please set them down on the floor (as if site.comyou were placing them on fragile ground.) The flooring and folks downstairs thank us very much :)

5. Childcare will be offered as usual on Mondays and Wednesdays. Saturdays are going to be offered unless/until we do not have the required attendance in order to warrant its availability. THANK YOU to Joanie and crew who are so amazing and accommodating and who continue to not "babysit" our sweets littles, but BLESS them and teach them about God's love day after day. We are spoiled to be able to workout and also have your loving hands caring for our kids. YOU ARE INCREDIBLE.

  • SOOOO excited to announce that Bethany will be offering SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICE AT 6 PM beginning September 17th! I am personally very excited for this opportunity and I hope it helps you, too!
  • Sunday service times are 9:00, 10:15 and 11:30.
  • AWANA registration available September 1st online or in the lobby.
  • Have some extra school supplies on hand? Bins are located in the lobby for collection of backpacks, binders, dividers, Sharpies, notebooks, etc.
In closing, I am very excited to see everyone in less than a week!! Please feel free to invite friends to class and just be sure they see me before participating. I hope you are ready for the change of season (looks like the weather helped that out this week!) and to get back to class.

Remember, you will need to reply with your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS in order to receive future emails from B2BBethany :)

Many Blessings!