Overnight Chia Pudding

One of the biggest challenges we all face is how to deal with a busy schedule and still eat well.

The best way to tackle a busy day is to have your food already packed and prepped. That means the forethought of meal prep and planning. But if you’re really slammed, then that can be a challenge too.

The good news is that we have a recipe below that makes a great breakfast or snack and that will keep you eating well without spending more time in the kitchen.

This chia seed pudding recipe takes about 5 minutes to make and you can have enough for 4 hearty snacks.

Plus, it’s chocolate.

Win, win.

Chia seeds are a seed known for their Omega 3 content. Omega 3’s are ranked one of the most important essential nutrients (1). In the nutrition world, the word essential means our bodies cannot produce the nutrient so the only way to get it is through our food.

In the short term, increasing the amount of Omega 3’s in your diet can help reduce inflammation. And in the long term, a proper Omega 3 balance has been shown to decrease the chances of some chronic diseases (1).

Try this chia seed pudding recipe that is high in Omega 3’s, fiber, complete protein and is a perfect snack for busy days and weeks.

Overnight Chia Pudding
Recipe (and image) modified from paleomg.com

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings)
1. 5 cups almond or coconut milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
2-3 Tbs. pure maple syrup (Grade B)
4 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
Dash of cinnamon, salt and vanilla

Directions
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and whisk well, making sure all of the chia seeds are dispersed.
Let sit in the fridge overnight.
Serve chilled (and optionally topped with fresh berries or fruit)

Tip: These are great to make in single-serving portions in mason jars for grab-n-go snacks. (For a single serving try 3 Tbs. Chia seeds to about 1 Cup liquid)

Pro Tip: If you have extra jars lying around, you can add all the dry ingredients to your jars and store. Then, when you know you’ll need a breakfast to-go, just add your liquid the night before, shake and done!

Nutritionist tip: Increase your Omega 3’s by eating cold water fish 2-3 times per week and snacking on walnuts, chia pudding and hemp seeds.

Try this recipe out this week! And don’t forget to tag #nourishbcsf to share!

Sources:
1. http://articles.mercola.com/omega-3.aspx

 

How To Eat Healthy When Eating Out

We live in one of the best cities….

from our stunning views and parks that make for amazing workouts to …

… our food!  

In fact, San Francisco has officially been called “obsessed” with food.

Unfortunately, eating at food trucks, restaurants and cafes all the time can take a toll on our waistline, fitness goals and general health.

We’ve all been there: restaurant overkill. Maybe you have family or friends visiting and want to show them of your favorite restaurants. Or it’s a busy week at work, so you lean on your comfort takeout a little too much. It doesn’t take long to start to feel the effects.

So what’s a San Francisco foodie to do?

Here’s how to enjoy our city’s’ culinary scene and keep yourself feeling healthy:

Eat takeout and restaurant food in moderation. Make a goal to reduce the number of meals you eat out on a weekly basis. For example, if you often buy lunch out, try to save restaurants for the weekends only. Or if you always pick up breakfast at the cafe, try a 5 day challenge of home-made breakfasts. If you’re looking for easy ideas to cook, try this or this for breakfast or this for dinner.   

At BootCampSF, we don’t do short term diets or harsh restrictions. It really is about what you eat most of the time. So if you can truly minimize your indulgent meals to 1-2 times per week, then you can fully enjoy that Friday Delfina Pizzeria date or Sunday Aziza brunch. 

However, if you’re finding yourself traveling or work or social engagements require you to make dining out more than an occasional treat, here are some tips on how to make the best of it:

1. Start with something green. Ok, this might be old news, but we could all use the reminder. Starting with the salad or vegetable appetizer is always a good idea.

2. Order the simplest dish.  It can be hard to tell what the best choice is…the chicken or the fish dish? Here’s how to choose: pick the dish with the least amount of added ingredients. Anything that’s a protein and couple sides will be a better choice than the chicken or pasta in a 10 ingredient sauce. 

3. Pick your battles: booze vs. dessert. Alcohol and desserts are the two quickest ways to pack on the extra sugar and calories. If you think you’re going to order that second glass of wine, skip the dessert. Or if that chocolate pot de creme is calling your name, share it with a friend and skip the second drink.

Try these three, simple tips next time you’re dining out to help you feel healthy and enjoy your meal.

In the meantime, we challenge you to set a goal to reduce the number of meals you eat out. Set a goal, write it down and hold yourself accountable by telling us in the comments below!

Kale Corn Salad: 2 Ways

I’d like to introduce you to the perfect summer salad.


Really, it’s perfect.

I made this salad 1 year ago for a potluck and my friends are STILL asking me about it.

Great for potlucks, as a side dish to your BBQ, or on top of tacos, this dish also makes great leftovers (perfect for adding eggs to in the morning!)

Originally this recipe (adapted from the Healthy Happy Vegan Cookbook author) is dressed with the sweet miso dressing which compliments the crunchy salad perfectly.  (If you’ve never had miso, it’s a paste made from fermented soybeans. And if you’re thinking “ewwww”,  it’s a traditional Japanese seasoning with a tangy, salty taste and tons of flavor. It’s also quite nutritious!)

However, since not everyone has miso hanging around their fridge, the second way to serve this salad is with the garlicky lemon dressing. Also, a delicious compliment to the sweet corn and vegetables.

Nutritionist’s tip: Bring a salad to the party. Summers are full of parties, BBQ’s and lot’s of social engagements. This means lot’s of eating! If you bring a salad or vegetable as your contribution to the party, you’ll always have a tasty and healthy option to fill your plate. 

Recipe modified from: Healthy Happy Life

Salad Ingredients
2 ears of summer corn, shucked and kernels removed from cob
4-6 cups kale, washed and finely chopped (remove thick stems)
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 small white or sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red cabbage

Sweet Miso Dressing
2 Tbs white or yellow miso paste
1 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs Soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos or Tamari
4 Tbs olive oil
4 Tbs rice vinegar
Black pepper

Garlicky Lemon Dressing
4 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:
1. Prep veggies
2. Mix in a large bowl
3. Whisk all dressing ingredients
4 Stir dressing into salad and let sit in refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.

Notes:
If you prefer cooked corn to raw, then boil corn before shucking. However, most sweet corn is delicious as is!

Should You Try A Protein Powder? 3 Ways To Tell.

In the fitness world, protein powders are marketed as the fast track to “defined muscles” and a “quick recovery”. It seems like everyone is walking around with a blender bottle. Have you ever found yourself wondering if a protein powder is something you should be drinking too?

Do we really need these powdery drinks?

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself before you jump on the protein powder bandwagon:

1. Do you get approx. 20g/ protein per meal?

We all need protein in our diet. Protein helps maintain lean muscle, improves metabolism, supports immunity, provides energy and generally improves our overall well being. Clearly, it’s an important nutrient. The amount we need varies from person to person, depending on our age, weight and activity level. However, most grown, active adults tend to need about 20-30 grams of protein per meal (1).

Ideally, we would get all this protein from a variety of whole foods. Foods like fish, meats, nuts, seeds and legumes are all protein sources. Even vegetables contain a small amount.

However, if you start to take a look at your diet and notice that most of your meals only contain 10 or 15 grams of protein, then you might want to consider supplementing your diet with a protein powder.

(Don’t know how much protein your food has? We love nutritiondata.com to look up the amount of protein in common foods)

2. Do you have smoothies as meal replacements?

If you drink a smoothie in place of a meal (like having a green smoothie for breakfast)  it’s important to make sure that your smoothie has a good balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates. While you can add protein by adding nuts and seeds, it can take up to 1 whole cup of almonds to reach 20 grams of protein (2). Adding a scoop of protein powder is a convenient way to ensure your smoothie is a balanced meal.

3. Do you workout without having a meal or snack 2 hours before or 2 hours after?

If you don’t snack between meals and you’re active, you might end up going more than 4-5 hours without eating around your workout. (For example if you wake up at 6am and workout but don’t eat breakfast until 10am. Or if you eat lunch at 1pm, workout at 5pm but don’t eat dinner until 7pm). Studies show that a good snack or meal after an intense workout really does benefit our performance and recovery (and how we build muscle and burn fat) (3).

If you can’t get around to eating a meal after your workout, a protein powder shake is an easy and convenient way to  provide your body with the nutrients it needs.


Again, ideally we would be getting all the protein we need from whole foods like fish, meats, nuts and seeds.

And many of us do just that!

However, if you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, then adding a protein supplement might be for you.


But before you go pick up a tub of muscle milk…all protein powders are NOT created equal. There are some that are great and some that do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the best brand for you:

How to choose a protein powder

1. Look at the label and ingredients: How many calories and protein does it have per serving? Look for about 16-22 grams of protein per servings and between 100-150 calories. Also, take a close look at the ingredients. If there are more than 10 ingredients, it’s a bad sign. Most high quality protein powders just have the protein (whey, hemp, pea) and 3-4 other ingredients.

2. Look for “cold processed”, “undenatured” or “raw” : The problem with cheap protein powders is that they are usually heated and processed at such high temperatures, that the protein molecules become damaged. These can make protein powders hard to digest and can be a big waste of money. (This is particularly important for whey protein which is especially sensitive to heat).

3. Remember, it’s like a serving of food: A good way to think about protein powder is as a serving of protein! It’s worth spending an extra $10-20 on higher quality product.

Resources:
1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22150425
2. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2
3. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/about-post-workout-nutrition

Savory Oatmeal: Your New Favorite Breakfast

Do you like oatmeal for breakfast? We know that it’s a favorite both for us here at BCSF (check out what our trainers eat here) and for you at home. It’s quick, satisfying and the ultimate comfort breakfast to come home to after a brisk morning workout.

But we have a way for all you oatmeal lovers to mix up your flavors and boost your nutrition without saying goodbye to your go-to breakfast.

If you’ve never tried savory oats, we think they will be your new favorite thing.

Here’s why:

  •  Adding an egg to your oats gives a  boost of protein (oats alone don’t have much) which will also help balance the carbohydrate rich oats.
  •  Eating savory flavors in the morning can actually affect your cravings later in the day. When we eat a lot of sweet flavors, we crave more of them. By swapping oatmeal  for a savory version, your telling your brain savory = fuel. You may even be less likely to crave dessert.
  • Choosing steel cut oats over regular rolled oats increases the amount of fiber and lowers the glycemic index of our breakfast. This means no crash of energy at 11am and reaching for that (maybe not so healthy) mid morning snack.

Here’s how:

Ingredients (serves 1)
1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
Olive Oil
1 egg
Parmesan cheese or sharp cheddar
Salt and pepper

Directions
Cook oats according to package
Meanwhile poach egg
Serve oats, topped with egg, cheese and seasonings

Optional additions / swaps:
Add sauteed greens
Add steamed vegetables
Swap oats for another grain (like quinoa or amaranth)

If you want more savory oat ideas, we love these.

These savory oats are the perfect choice for busy weekday mornings or for weekends when you need food fast, but want something a little more fancy. Heck, we’d even eat them for lunch. Give this healthy, balanced breakfast a try and we’re sure it will become one of your new favorites.

A Healthy 4th of July Menu: 3 recipes to makeover your BBQ

Nothing says 4th of July like a summer BBQ, right?

Whether you’re hosting your own or bringing a dish to a friends’, we want to send you off with some healthy recipes to impress. So we gathered our favorite mouthwateringsummer recipes for you below:

Basil Guacamole….
Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs…
Coconut Cream and Strawberries

Drooling yet?

These recipes are filled with the flavors of summer, but are much healthier than traditional BBQ fare. (Your friends won’t even notice the whole menu is sugar and gluten free!)

Basil Guacamole
(recipe via Food52)
The addition of basil gives rich guacamole a refreshing summery twist.
Ingredients
1 small shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, finely diced
2 large avocados
2 cups basil leaves, stems removed and finely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Cumin and salt to taste

Directions
Use a fork to mash avocados and mix in remaining ingredients (or use a food processor)
Serve with low salt tortilla chips and fresh vegetables

Spicy Pineapple Kabobs
(recipe adapted from The Gunny Sack)
If you haven’t already tried grilling summer fruit, trust us when we say it’s a crowd pleaser. These sweet chicken kabobs are a much healthier option than burgers and just as delicious.

Kabob Ingredients
1 pound organic chicken breast dices into 1′ thick pieces
6 red bell peppers dices into squares
1 can diced pineapple (save the juice)
1 red onion, diced into large pieces

Marinade Ingredients
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or olive oil)

Directions
Mix together marinade ingredients
Cover chicken with marinade in glass pan and let sit in fridge for 4-6 hours

Assemble chicken and other kabob ingredients on pre soaked skewers
Grill turning regularly for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through

Coconut Cream and Strawberries
(step by step tutorial here)

While most BBQ’s opt for ice cream or cake for dessert, impress with this healthy take on berries and cream. Canned coconut cream separates when refrigerated, and when whipped creates a sweet and rich whipped cream with a slight coconut taste perfect for dipping strawberries.

Ingredients
1 can full fat (NOT light!) coconut cream (make sure there are no other additives as this can affect how well it whips. Trader Joe’s makes a great one)

Directions
Refrigerate can overnight
Remove from fridge and flip upside down so that the liquid will be on top and the cream on the bottom
Open can and pour the liquid off (save for smoothies or other uses)
Scoop hardened cream into bowl and whip with a hand blender until fluffy
(Optional to add a sweetener like powdered or regular sugar, but we think it’s sweet enough as is)

Serve with fresh strawberries

 

Which recipe will you try? Make sure you tell us by leaving a comment!

Foods to Fight Muscle Soreness and Fatigue

Have you ever noticed that some days you feel full of energy during your workout, like you could do your regular BCSF class and stay for the next class too? But other days a push up feels like the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

While there are lot’s of factors that can contribute to this swing of energy (sleep, hormones, amount of carbohydrates, food timing, stress levels, ect.) there is a chance that it could be that you’re low on one of these specific nutrients.

We believe that with a well rounded diet, you can get most of the nutrients you need. Make sure you’re incorporating these nutrient rich foods to fight muscle soreness and fatigue.

IRON

Iron is an important nutrient for energy levels. (This is because iron is a key component of blood which helps carry oxygen to our muscles) Without enough iron we can feel tired, sore and fatigued. Including some iron rich foods in your diet can help prevent fatigue.

Heme sources:  Heme sources of iron are the most absorbable and include animal products such as red meat, fish, poultry and eggs. The best source of iron is actually liver and muscle meats! (Try purchasing a high quality organic liver and mixing it in with your next meatloaf or stir fry. It’s hardly noticeable and will make for an iron rich treat)

Non heme sources: Iron can also be found in many plants, nuts and seeds. Leafy greens like spinach and chard are high in iron as well as many seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The herbs parsley and thyme also contain a surprising amount of iron.  However, non heme sources of iron are not as absorbable for our bodies.

TIP: A great post workout snack would be a leafy green smoothie or a hard boiled egg and handful of pumpkin seeds. 

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is what is known as the “relaxing” mineral. It’s a natural muscle relaxant and pain killer. This makes it a great nutrient for those sore muscles (Ever heard of Epsom salt baths to relax? Epsom salts are rich in magnesium and we absorb this through our skin in the hot bath!) Many people are deficient in magnesium because we lose magnesium in our sweat.

If you are struggling with muscle cramps or any mild ache or pain, try including more magnesium rich foods in your diet.

Sea vegetables are the single food richest in magnesium. Try snacking on nori sheets or adding dulse flakes to your salad dressings or soups. Many nuts and seeds also contain magnesium.

TIP: Try a homemade magnesium rich trail mix of cashews, brazil nuts, almonds and coconut flakes (all rich in magnesium). 

EPA & DHA OMEGA 3’s

Omega 3’s are a type of fat that are especially important for active people as this type of fat actually reduces inflammation. When we are very active, our body has to do a lot of work to repair and recover. If we are not able to repair and recover quick enough, we can show signs of inflammation. Anything from muscle soreness to slow recovery can be a sign of inflammation.

The best  kind Omega 3’s to reduce inflammation are EPA & DHA found in fatty fish such as salmon and sardines. Walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax also contain Omega 3’s but a different variety (called ALA).

TIP: Add salmon into your dinner rotation on a weekly basis. Try canned salmon or sardines for a quick and budget-friendly lunch.

 

Try some of these tips during your weeks 3-6 of bootcamp when you might be a little (extra) sore. And see if you can notice a difference (we think you will!).

A Sweet Treat: Healthy Blondies

Healthy and blondies in the same sentence?!

We know, it’s a little crazy.

But before you hit that back button, give us a second. Here at BootCampSF we believe a little indulgence is part of a healthy lifestyle. We also believe that not all sweets and treats can (or should!) be healthified. But this recipe for blondies is so good, you’ll never miss the sugar and flour laden version.

No one will ever guess that chickpeas are the secret ingredient that give these a chewy, fudge-like texture that is higher in fiber and protein than any traditional recipe.

Sweets are eaten after dinner, closer to bedtime. But eating high sugar (a.k.a high glycemic) foods right before we hit the hay can spike our blood sugar, leaving us tossing and turning throughout the night. Swapping high glycemic foods for higher protein and fiber snacks and treats is a great way to maintain blood sugars during the night for a better nights sleep and improved energy the next day.

This recipe is the perfect treat to whip up during your bootcamp sessions when you want something sweet but are trying to keep your diet on track.

Flourless Chickpea Blondies
(recipe via The Ambitious Kitchen)
Makes 16 blondies

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup (no sugar added) almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips
sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees  and spray 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray (we suggest Trader Joes coconut oil in the spray bottle)
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter in pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown.
  4. Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut and serve.

 

Revealed: What Your Trainer Eats

You might think your BootCampSF trainer eats, sleeps and breathes burpees. And as much as we do #eathillsforbreakfast…we do actually eat. And no it’s not burpees.

So we asked around to see what our trainers are eating for breakfast and post workout.

Turns out, these trainers are one healthy bunch. Check out what they choose to fuel their day and workouts:

Katy
Favorite go-to breakfast:  Egg white veggie scramble with a slice of whole wheat toast.  I love that the scramble is easy to make and I get my day started right with veggies.

Favorite pre or post workout snack:  Protein shake because it helps my body repair after an intense workout. Or a handful of almonds since they help keep me full without being too heavy before a workout.

Lee
Favorite go-to breakfast: Oatmeal with peanut butter, banana and jelly plus an all-greens smoothie. Fills me up for a long morning of personal training and still gives me the energy to workout.

Favorite pre or post workout meal: Vegan tuna mayonnaise with baked potato and a huge salad with teriyaki dressing.

Tracy
Favorite go-to breakfast: Oatmeal with berries and banana. Simple and quick.

Favorite pre or post workout snack: Toast with peanut butter makes the perfect snack after a workout.

Rebecca
Favorite go-to breakfast: Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, sprinkled with chia seeds. Good source of protein from the yogurt and amazing benefits from chia seeds to start my day.

Favorite pre or post workout snack: Small handful of almonds. The protein and good fats give me an energy boost.

Paul
Favorite go-to breakfast: Oatmeal! It’s heavy enough but light enough at the same time and gives me an easy breakfast option to incorporate fruits and grains together, leaving me with a satisfied stomach.

Favorite pre or post workout snack: I prefer to workout on an empty stomach and save my hunger for after the workout. My favorite post workout meal has to be any vegetable, rice, and meat combo. Its a very replenishing meal after a strenuous workout that digests easily and tastes great.

Molly
Favorite go-to breakfast: A protein smoothie with berries, leafy greens, kefir and a whey or pea protein and a hard boiled egg. I make my smoothies the night before and always keep hard boiled eggs on hand so I can have breakfast on-the-go!

Favorite pre or post workout snack: Green vegetable juice, fresh fruit + pumpkin seeds or a rice cake with almond butter. It’s always something small and light, there is nothing worse than feeling full during workout.

Insights from Jaw Surgery: Or How Recovery Is a Little Like a Fitness Journey

Hi BCSF Family!

Catherine (Cat), BootCampSF co-owner, here. We’ve likely emailed in the past, chatted on the phone or maybe I’ve even taught you a thing or two about kettlebells? I hope so! Well, I am currently on the couch with some chipmunk-esque cheeks because on Thursday May 8th I underwent a double jaw surgery and I wanted to share some insights with you.

I wanted to tell you all about this transformative life experience of mine because as I’ve waxed philosophical in the days leading up to surgery and as I’ve been recovering, I’ve had lot of time think about how this process has had striking similarities to the struggles we all go through with fitness and overcoming all the hurdles that get in our way. Seem like a stretch? Well, admittedly, since fitness is my life’s work, the parallels do come easier for me. But stick with me and maybe you’ll be surprised too!

You see, I’ve known that I needed this surgery for years. Since I was in my late teens, actually, but I put it off for so many reasons. Because it sounded painful. Because it’s expensive. Because who wants braces as an adult? And I’d thought that the only reasons to have the surgery were aesthetic: to be prettier, to fix my crooked jaw and look more “normal”. To be honest I thought that was shallow and I was better than that! I was a progressive San Francisco lady. But as the years wore on it became apparent to me that there were other reasons to do it: I had increasing pain in my left joint; my teeth were wearing unevenly; clicking and slipping of my jaw was just getting worse and worse. I had trouble eating sushi — I had reached a tipping point, because a life without sushi is no life at all, am I right?!

And call me crazy, but I know that most of us have gone through this with fitness and with weight loss. We know we need to start. And maybe sometimes we are angered by the shallow aesthetic-driven fitness culture that exists. And you? You are better than that. We live in open-minded San Francisco, right? But just as my jaw surgery was for far more serious reasons than the aesthetic, we hope that you know that there are more reasons to exercise than looking better for bikini season. For the health of your body and mind. For the health of your soul.

It’s always hard to start a new routine and we know it won’t be easy. The road to jaw surgery and the recovery is similar. It has been an emotional journey and the past week the physical aspects have been tough. Feeling weak enough waking up from the anesthesia to need help walking to the bathroom is not a feeling I am used to. But I know that I, too, have been down this road before. Workouts are not always comfortable. When I first started attending BCSF after college, I thought I’d need a wheelchair after experiencing the soreness of a lifetime! We’ve all been through it. We know that running is hard, that burpees are awful and that sometimes squats feel impossible.

But, getting over that hump is what it’s all about, right?

It’s that feeling you get a few months are starting your workout routine that everything seems…easier. Or maybe, just, not easier, but not impossible. I was looking for that moment in my recovery process and it’s been happening every day. I am just six days post-op and my swelling has receded amazingly well. I’m not taking any more painkillers. I am walking my dog, I am getting back to my BCSF admin work.

(Day after surgery on left, today on right! I can even smile a little bit!)

You see, here is the part where I feel fitness is not a metaphor and simply a direct player. My recovery is going swiftly. Despite having a particularly complicated jaw surgery (5 hours under the knife!) I seem to be hitting recovery benchmarks days and weeks ahead of many of the hundreds of people I have connected with online that also have had similar procedures. I can’t help but see a connection between my commitment to fitness and healthy nutrition in my everyday life as playing a major role in an easier recovery process. I am certainly no doctor, but it’s clear that I am ahead of the game for which I am very grateful!

This proces isn’t something I could have done alone. I have an amazing community of people helping me. My orthodontic team, Dr. Good and Sears, have been amazing (Dr. Sears has done many sessions of BCSF!). And while I was in the hospital my pup, Stella, was at Didgeridog – her favorite place in the world besides the dog park. My sister helped me throughout my hospital journey and the first few days at home (there is nothing better than your big sister rubbing eye cream on your face the morning after jaw surgery!). And my brother, Keith (BCSF founder!) left his adorable kids for a few days to stay with me and make sure I was fortified with enough smoothies.

Friends and BootCampers have and will be swinging by with smoothies and soups. Neighbors have come by to take Stella to the park. And knowing that our amazing team of trainers would take care of you guys and put you through your workouts was such a relief. Of course, I owe a special shout-out to Trainer Katy who continues to support my admin work and will be taking our phone calls for weeks to come as I am wearing a splint and am unable to speak clearly.

The thing is, is you don’t need to go your fitness-journey alone, either. Whether it’s BCSF you lean on (and you should!), your friends, spouses/partners, or co-workers, you absolutely need SOMEONE in your corner. Because change is scary. Being uncomfortable sucks. And being able to lean on someone when the going gets tough can often be the tipping point to success. Because to be honest, without my best friend, Lindsey, giving me the push last year to finally get that surgical consult I would have kept putting it off. Her simple words of advice ring true for so many things: “What’s the worst that could happen?”

I’m glad I didn’t have to go through surgery alone. And please don’t force yourself to go through your fitness journey alone, either, just because you think you “should” or because you’re “independent”. We are definitely greater together.

Thanks for reading and I cannot say enough thanks for having you be a part of our BCSF community. I am truly lucky to have the best members a company could ever ask for. My life is so much richer for having you all in it. Thanks for being a part of the ride!

See you outside,

-Catherine