**Thankful** **St. Joe’s** **Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts**

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Dear Friends,

This morning I ran with the wonderful group of people from eBay in Sanborn Park in Saratoga. I think I would recommend it as a perfect place to hike, and a very challenging place to run. The steep uphill seemed to never end, but the downhill was fun! As a cartoon depicted recently, only in running is the term “it’s all downhill from here” an awesome thing to hear! But it’s during those challenging uphill moments we grow and bond the most. We gain strength, power and encouragement from teammates, friends and loved ones. During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you. I can’t thank you all enough for once again being so supportive the last few months as my family navigated through another surprising health crisis. You, my clients and my classes have been beyond patient with my obligations to my family as my little mom recovered from heart and brain surgery. She is an inspiration and a testament to living an active and healthy lifestyle. We laugh everyday, she is back to doing chores around the house and up to walking over two miles at her signature brisk pace of “walking with a purpose.” I’ve returned to working full time and loving what I get to do more than ever!

During the weekend I spend a lot of time writing workouts, reading materials and always looking for what I can do to give you the utmost and personalized exercise program . My intention is to coach and motivate and create an environment where wellness goals are heard, nurtured, and executed producing lifelong results. As committed as I am to all of that, what I love equally about my job is the relationships that exist and the caring incredible people I have gotten to know. I am always amazed at what I learn at boot camp, how much I laugh, and how much community exists among us. We work hard, but together is better. We joke that what’s said at boot camp, stays at boot camp!!

Another reason together is better:
“A study out of Kansas State University says we work harder when working out with a partner we perceive — rightly or wrongly, it doesn’t matter — to be just a bit better than we are. The study builds on what’s known as the Kohler motivation gain effect — the idea that less-capable individuals perform better in a group setting — and found exercising with someone thought to be better than ourselves boosts endurance and intensity by as much as 200 percent.”

During this upcoming Thanksgiving week, please note that we will not have class at 6AM.

**On Thursday, join us for a walk, hike or run up to St. Joe’s! We will meet at the bridge at 8AM and leave by 8:10. All levels and families welcome!!

CLASS SCHEDULE Thanksgiving week:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: BOOT CAMP @ 9AM

Monday & Wednesday: BOOT CAMP @ 7AM & 9AM

**Thursday: Community workout on St. Joseph’s trail

Food for thought:

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts
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Recipe from Teenie Cakes

Much love!


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