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  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Your Smile, Your Light

Posted by terrepruitt on January 9, 2019

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“Share Your Smile
It radiates light. If reflects your inner warmth. It engenders confidence. It eases tension. It opens doors. It is contagious.”

And on the same page there is a quote from J. M. Barrie (1860-1937)

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

I like both what Patrick Lindsay wrote (Make the Most of You) and the quote by J. M. Barrie. I decided to share it. I was struggling with what to post and this just made me smile so I thought I would post it and perhaps make you smile.

I am still on the Happy New Year kick. It is still new enough!  Happy New Year!


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Here’s To 2019

Posted by terrepruitt on December 31, 2018

So it is New Year’s Eve. We are about to enter into 2019. Wow! TWO THOUSAND NINETEEN! I am seeing a lot of different things on Facebook and the rest of the internet. Many people make resolutions. Many people pick words to motivate their new year or for them to live by. Some people pick phrases. There are so many things that so many people do. Along with the various things people do that I am seeing I am also seeing the various attitudes towards the exiting year. Some people are saying it was the worst year ever while some people are saying it was great. So many different things have transpired and we all have had different experiences. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you pick a word or a phrase to live by or guide your year? I don’t do any of that. I am just going gratefully into the New Year and hope to live it gracefully and gratefully. There are changes coming up, but there are every year, right? We just face ’em and do our best.

I would like to give you a virtual hug because you may be happy this year is ending and need it or you may be just fine, but most everyone enjoys a hug. I would also like to wish you a

Happy, Healthy, and



I know this is a video of our Christmas tree, and it is New Year’s Eve, but I thought it was sparkly and festive!


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Merry Christmas 2018

Posted by terrepruitt on December 24, 2018

I am not a fan of blow up decorations. They just lie there all flat when the fan isn’t on. They make a lot of noise. I am just not a fan. But I loved this one. I thought it was pretty ingenious that the reindeer can eat without any mechanics, it is just air. We are busy with Christmas things so I thought I would just pop this up really quick and wish you all a Merry Christmas.


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Out With The Old, In With The New

Posted by terrepruitt on December 19, 2018

I have posted information about the programs that I teach under for the City of San Jose. At different times they had two versions of a “gym-like” program (Group Ex and then SJCITY Fit) where people could purchase an annual membership and attend all of the classes offered under the program at the participating community centers. There is also the program many seemed to be familiar with, where the city sends out a brochure listing all the classes available. The classes are taught in “sessions”.  You might want to take guitar lessons being offered for 10 weeks one night a week. You register for the class paying for the entire session, all 10 weeks. There is no make-up if you miss a class. This is the way that I have taken classes with the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, and Campbell as long as I could take classes. I remember taking a babysitting class when I was young. The “gym-like” program was relatively new. It was a great program, but I am betting that most you reading this that are local didn’t even know about it. It seems like a fair job of promoting it was not done. It was impossible to use the internet to find any information about it and like, happens with all things when they don’t get properly promoted, they fail. The city has determined that the current version of the “gym-like” program – SJCITY Fit – is not sustainable so they are cancelling it.

There are members that take at least one class Monday through Friday. It was a great deal. The majority of the students that came to my class loved the program because when the math was done with them going to at least one class a day Monday through Friday, it was about 50 cents per class. So, yeah, it makes sense that the city wasn’t able to maintain that. But it is sad that the program could not attract more than 140 people. I keep thinking in a city with a population of over 1 million the program could have at least attracted 500 people.

But with so many different choices for the exerciser out there it really takes a strong desire and a concentrated effort to get the word out about exercises programs. So the city it moving some of the classes that were be held under SJCITY Fit into a hybrid of the leisure program (where students sign up for a session of classes). There are a multitude of things that are different under this program, so I will only be teaching Nia once a week on Tuesdays.

Now, in order to take Nia with me through the City of San Jose you have to sign up for the sesssion or “season”. So far there are two sessions/seasons on the books (Winter and Spring). They are both 10 classes each. I say classes because there are some weeks where there is not a class so it might end up being more than 10 WEEKS, but there are only 10 CLASSES. You can see more information on my site.

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I am still teaching the yoga classes, one on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and one on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.

It is very sad that this program or a version of it was not salvageable by the city. So many of the consistent exercisers are moving off to other places, some I am afraid might stop exercise altogether. I will miss seeing them every week. I’ve been teaching Nia on Tuesdays for six years, on Thursdays for five years, and on Fridays for three years. Many students have been coming that long or even longer (on different days at the various places I have taught). I did write a post on the how long I have been teaching what.

I do hope to see some of my students taking part in the new program that is being offered. It might not have the convenience of SJCITY Fit, but it is still a great deal. The program will still offer 8 of the 12 classes that were offered under SJCITY Fit.

So, here is to a new chapter of San Jose Nia. I am looking at teaching at a studio right down the street on Union from where I teach now. I am hoping to teach my Thursday Nia class and my Thursday stretch class. So stay tuned.

We have such a great little Nia community in San Jose I hope we can keep dancing together!  Here’s to the New Year and to a new chapter of San Jose Nia.

Do you take classes through your city’s exercise program?

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Ideas: Gift Tracking, Decorating, Wrapping, And More!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 17, 2018

There might be a few things you might want to be reminded of this year.

One thing I am already doing is starting a list for next year. That might sound odd since it is not even Christmas, but it is close enough that it is too late for some things. So, I have a folder on my computer that is “2019 Christmas” and I am starting to put ideas in it. I just saw something on Twitter that I want to make as gifts next year. There is no time to do it this year so it will have to be next year. So I have added it to my 2019 Christmas folder. And, this past year, I was even saavy enough to look at my 2018 Christmas folder in July because I thought if I had wanted to make something this year that I documented in my folder and I had waited until December it would be too late.  (There were no notes in there about making something that needed to be done so far in advance.)  Hopefully next year I will remember to look WAY before December because this craft will take a while!

My gift list that I keep all year long is proving to be a great thing. It is really important for me to note WHERE I have stashed the gift because I don’t have one location where I keep everything!

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The card Christmas Tree and/or the Book Christmas Tree.

The scraps of wrapping paper that can become packaging for bags instead of tissue paper.  You can shred it or just use it as you would tissue paper.  And some ways to be perhaps even more “Green“.

GiveBackBox. If you are like me you are getting a lot of boxes delivered over this season.  And I posted about the company that helps people give back.

How do you wear your scarf?  There are accessory ways and a WARM way!

A quick way to use up the persimmons, make Persimmon Salsa.

I hope some of these things will help you out this Holiday Season.  We are moving into the homestretch with Christmas around the corner.  I hope you are all able to find some joy in the season.

What do you during the Holidays?  Is there a tradition you have?  Is there a tip or two you want to share?

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Easy Gifts To Give And Receive

Posted by terrepruitt on December 10, 2018

As we get older it seems like we end up with a lot of stuff. And we come to a point where we want to limit the amount of stuff we get as we try to thin out some of the stuff we have. I have found that many of the people on my gift list don’t want any more stuff. The super cute affordable stuff that really doesn’t have a use or a purpose. There are always things people need and want, but I am talking about the stuff that is fun to buy, fun to give, and even fun to receive, but doesn’t really have a use. I still give those types of gifts when I see something and it just SCREAMS a person’s name. Ya know, sometimes things just belong with a person, but I try not to go out and seek that stuff. For many people I try to give them consumable stuff. Things that are great because they are a tangible gift, but also great because they go away soon and don’t end up taking up room for too long. And somethings are so easy to give because everyone uses them and some are easy to give because almost everyone likes them.

Here are a few things that can be considered nice gifts but don’t hang around for a long time:

-Fancy olive oils and vinegars

We just recently bought some very yummy olive oil and vinegars. I even posted about it because it was so good. And I loved it so much I did buy a bottle for our neighbors! There are so many flavors of flavored olive oil I bet you could find a perfect one for everyone on your list. And that is not even considering the vinegar. We bought some that is so tasty I want to drink it.


You may know from past posts that I think fancy soap is a great idea as a gift. And I think that started after I received a nice bar as a gift or it could have started when I had discovered some delicious soap I used to buy, either way, if you like some fancy soap that is not something made commercially I bet someone on your list would enjoy it too.

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Do I really even need to say anything about candles? No, but I will. There are so many types of candles and most of them can be burned and they disappear. I did recently post about the electronic kind. While they are an awesome gift they don’t belong in the consumable category.

-Homemade cookies, toffee, fudge and things of that nature

One year I made cookies for people and I was so surprised at their reaction. They were so grateful to have received homemade goodies. Each recipient commented on the time spend to make them and they were so very grateful. And, unfortunately, I don’t think I have done it since because – yeah, it does take a lot of time. I have made nuts and toffee before. I posted the recipe for the nuts here and here. I got the original nut recipe from my same friend that gave me soap one year. I have also posted about the easy to make toffee.

-Note cards

Ok, this one is for a specific person obviously. Not everyone writes notes, most people don’t even send cards any more so a box of note cards will not be a good gift for most people, but you might have at least one person on your list that writes and sends mail.


Most lotion users can always need more lotion. And often times, even though they have their favorite they are excited to try something new and different. So help them get a new favorite by buying them some lotion!

-Coffees and Teas

Coffee is expensive so who, among coffee drinkers, wouldn’t love to receive a pound of something yummy. And tea . . . again, just like the lotion users, they probably have their favorite, but there are so many out there you can help them experience something new. Just try really, really, really hard to NOT buy a mug to go with the coffee or tea. You know mugs, there are so many great ones out there and they are so easy to buy . . . we probably all have more than can fit in our cupboards!

-Wine and spirits

If you have a person on your list that drinks either or both, then it is always nice to give them a bottle of their favorite something. Or, again, just like the lotion users and the tea drinkers, they probably have their favorites but they might be excited to try one of YOUR favorites.

None of these things are new, but if you are like me, sometimes you need reminding that there are some easy gifts to give that are pretty much always well received AND you will be helping people NOT clutter up their space.

So, do you have any people are your list that would enjoy any of these consumables?

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These Candles Are A Great Gift

Posted by terrepruitt on November 28, 2018

I love burning candles. I love the flicker of the flame. I actually like to SEE the flame. I have not been impressed with the electronic candles. The “flames” “flicker” was not very good. I had purchased tea lights but I don’t think I have used them but once because they don’t really give me the atmosphere of a real candle. Then there are the ones, I’ve seen them mostly as pillars, where you don’t even see any type of fake flame. It is just a glow within the “wax”/candle. Those are even less of what I want when I light a candle. For my birthday I received a large set of electronic candles. I looked at them and thought, “Hmmm. I don’t really like electronic candles.” But I took them out of the box to give them a try. Usually I keep the box for everything, but this one I put in the recycle right away and I am wishing I would have kept it. At least I have the instruction booklet. I like these ones.

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These electronic candles have a fake “flame” on the top of each pillar. It is just plastic in the “shape” of a flame. But there is a little bobble in the candle that moves and it makes the light flicker. To me it is much more like a real flame. Plus, the little bobble make a noise and while it is not exactly like the noise from a flame it reminds me of it.

Also these are controlled by a remote control. So instead of me having to pick up each candle and flip a switch on the bottom to turn them on and off, I just press a button. They don’t always ALL go on at once, but that is ok, I just keep pressing the button until the go on. The same with off. They also have a programmable timer which I didn’t pay attention to the first time I used them and my husband said, “Your candles are broken. I came in and they were on in the middle of the night.” They can be programmed to turn on every day at the same time. That happened the first couple of times actually, because I had activated the timer using the button on the bottom of the candle.

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The one issue I have with them is the fact that each candle takes four double A batteries. That just seems like a lot to me, but . . . . the batteries came in the box with the candles, so that is nice. And we have been using them pretty consistently for about two and half months and they are still working.

I realize these might not be new to some since they have probably been around for some time . . . but I like to share things that I think are cool even if I am “late to the party”.

I was thinking the these might be a great Christmas gift. As I consider them a great birthday gift that I received.

I love burning candles, but when it is hot I don’t like to have the flame add to the heat in the house. And I had not liked any of the electronic candles I had seen before. So I am really enjoying these candles. Since it is winter we turn them on PLUS light a real candle so we have a lot of hygge. But with these candles we can have a sense of hygge in the summer, too!

Do you like electronic candles? Do you have any?



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Listening To Books

Posted by terrepruitt on November 19, 2018

Have you ever listened to an audio book? Ha, as I was typing that I realized they used to be called “Books on Tape.” Anyway, have you ever listened to one? What do you think about “reading” like that? I like it. My husband recently decided to download an app and join the club . . . or whatever, however it works. He has been listening to audio books. He is running and walking a lot so he enjoys listening to books as he gets his run/walk in. We used to listen to books on tape. It is cool now that the book is just in the phone and there is not lugging a bunch of tapes or even CDs around. AND that we can both listen to the book at the same time.  I enjoy listening to audio books, but I do need to rewind sometimes when my mind wanders. I was just remembering two stories about when we used to listen to books on tape a long time ago.

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The other story I think is related to the same series. We used to listen to a book series. I was listening to it first. We would check it out from the library and then one of us would listen to it and then the other. This was before we were married – as was the Fresno incident – and I listened to the book on the way to my husband’s (well, boyfriend, at the time) house. When I arrived at his house I was at a point in the book where something important was about to be revealed so I sat in my car to finish listen to that part. Well, it was a sad part. One of the main characters we loved had been killed and the story revealed it by having his lover – the main character – find his face – not his head, just his face! – discovered in a refrigerator or cabinet (I don’t remember which). But I was so sad. I sat in my car trying to collect myself. But I couldn’t sit there all day. So when my husband (boyfriend) opened the door after I knocked he took one look at me and said, “He died, huh?” I was teary-eyed so he knew right away. That wouldn’t have happened if I would have been actually reading a book because I couldn’t have read it on the way over.  And with the audio books available on phones, we don’t have to wait for the other one to be finished with the cassette tape or CD.  Now-a-days we can listen to a book at the same time in different locations, we don’t even have to be together.

These to stories always make me laugh.  And I always share them with people when the subject of audio books comes up.

So, have you ever listened to an audio book? Do you like to listen to books? If you do listen to books, do you ever have to rewind it because you missed a portion of it?


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Selective Eater

Posted by terrepruitt on October 31, 2018

A Facebook Friend posted this list recently on Facebook. She received a lot of replies. I was pretty surprised at them. For so many years I was called a picky eater so I was happily surprised to see I was not among the pickiest out of the people who replied to her query. There was one woman who answered 17. SEVENTEEN! The response to her response was, “What do you eat?” I mean, seriously. There are so many things on this list that I DO eat, and they are pretty much staples in my diet I was wondering the same thing about this woman.

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Here is the list with the items I won’t eat circled. I don’t really like green olives with the pimentos, but without them they are fine. I will eat raisins especially golden ones, but I don’t care for the black ones, but sometimes I will eat them. If they are in a dessert item, I will generally not eat that item because . . . it is probably something I should be avoiding anyway. I don’t eat fish raw or otherwise. I like celery soup, but I don’t like celery and I prefer it NOT be in things (chicken salad, green salads, etc.). I don’t like avocados. I don’t even like to touch the mush of them — eww. And I don’t like mustard.

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What about you? How do you fair with this list? How many points did you get?

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Working Out Or Working In

Posted by terrepruitt on October 22, 2018

Many types of certifications require continued education. Some jobs require it. In many cases even if it is the employer that requires it, the employee has to pay for it. In the fitness industry there are other expenses that the fitness professional must bear in addition to anything it cost to keep their certifications current. One is insurance and there maybe others, but another one that comes to mind is the cost of a business license. I am just bringing this up because I spent a few hours today taking classes for a required re-certification for one of my employers. Since I was busy doing that I didn’t have any time to let my “creative juices” flow in order to come up with a blog post, so I was going to share some of the things I reviewed today. One thing about fitness classes for re-certification it is often a repeat of information, but I usually pick up at least one new thing. Here I am going to just share the training entity’s general idea from one of the classes I took today.

The training was basically saying that it has now been proven and continues to be proven as science delves more into many aspects of the body – that the body needs rest. The body cannot operate efficiently without rest. The idea was “Working In” versus “Working Out”. So working out is what you may typically think of as working out; running, lifting weights, HIIT, a typical cardio dance class. To put it simply, something that gets your heart rate up, stresses the body, and is a big output of energy. The idea of working in is a more relaxed type of exercise, say, Tai Chi, walking, easy yoga, stuff that is more mellow, doesn’t actually stress the body out, and is more about energy moving in.

The thought process is that we have so much stress in our everyday life, there are times when a hard workout is NOT what the body needs. And not just the physical aspect of the body but our mind. Since the body does not know the difference between scary bad stress and exercising stress, it is good to give it a rest. And a rest could be doing nothing or doing their idea of a “work in”.

I think most people know that in order to build a muscle it needs to be stressed, but it also needs to rest. It actually grows during the rest NOT during the period of time when it is under stress. When the muscle does not get rest it will not grow and it cannot strengthen and that is when the risk of injury occurs. So . . . . it seems logical that sometimes the body needs to rest in order for it to be able to work at its best.

The body is so amazing.  It can heal itself and adapt.  But in order to do both it needs some time to rest.

It is so nice that studies/science are now starting to “prove” this idea because it is so very important.  And so many people, cultures even, have known this for so long . . . it is nice that science is finally agreeing so maybe more people will start listening and take advantage of “working in”.

What about you?  Do you take “rest days”?  Do you do “mellow” workouts – things that might be deemed as “working in”?

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