September Gratitude Challenge Starts On The 19th!

To join this challenge send an email saying “I’m in!” to Anne@FluidPortland.com

What is it:

  1. Sit with us live Saturday the 19th at 11 am PDT (or catch up later with the audio recording).
  2. Receive an email prompt from me, once each day, for 7 days.
  3. Write down one thing you are grateful for.
  4. Respond to my email, or post your daily gratitude on Fluid’s facebook page (if social media is your thing).
  5. Notice your feelings.

I am thankful for you!

This year we are changing up our September Challenge. In years past we have focused on nutritious food, healthy movement, basically using this time of year as a fresh start to get back on track, or back into a routine. This year feels so very different. Rather than a list of assignments, we are focusing on one thing – gratitude!

Studies show that expressing gratitude can improve your sleep, reduce cellular inflammation, and strengthen your relationships. While it may not feel like it right now, we have many things, and people to be thankful for.

How do you express gratitude? You can send your special person a quick text, or an email, you can write out an actual handwritten thank you card (yes, like with a stamp, thru the mail!), you can call your person and tell them what they mean to you. This could also be a more personal thing, maybe you keep a gratitude journal, that only you read.

So how do we get going? Join us live for a Zoom group meditation Saturday September 19th at 11 am. We will set our goals for the week, talk about possible stumbling blocks and how to address them, then sit for 30 – 45 minutes. you may join us for part or all of this, and I will record an audio file of our meditation that you can re-listen to anytime.

Each day I will email you one short prompt. I challenge you to spend one minute each day reflecting on gratitude. Start small, literally one minute, write down one thing, and see where this goes. Notice how this process makes you feel. Do it every day, first thing in the morning, creating a habit.

To join this challenge send an email saying “I’m in!” to Anne@FluidPortland.com

To recap our plan:

  1. Sit with us Saturday the 19th at 11 am.
  2. Read your daily email prompt from me.
  3. Write down one thing you are grateful for.
  4. Respond to my email, or post your daily gratitude on Fluid’s facebook page.
  5. Notice how this daily gratitude habit makes you feel.

Help me spread the word! Who do you know who would benefit from this? Can you send your special person this post, inviting them to join the September Gratitude Challenge?

Thanks, I appreciate you!

~Anne

The Sepember Five Exercises

About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. My hope is that you will go through these on your own or with me three times a week. Some moves (like this month’s swimming) you could do every day.

  • Squat / Sidekick
  • Swimming
  • Plank Row
  • Corkscrew
  • Camel

These photos are meant to jog your memory about the exercises we have done together. Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now.

Squat Side Kick

Swimming

Plank Row

Corkscrew

Camel

These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program. 

If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:

Join Fluid’s Fit Club!

Join a class

Schedule a 1:1 with Anne

Wakanda Forever!

I’ve been feeling the sads this week. Since I’m usually a positive person, when I do feel depressed or anxious it really throws me for a loop. Right now it feels like things that should be easy are difficult, and the bad things that are happening will go on forever. My brain knows that this is not true but my little heat is like “brain, are you sure about this?”


I took myself off social media, took some work off my schedule, talked to people who care about me, and got out in nature. I started to feel a little better, but what helped me turn the corner yesterday was stumbling upon this video of Chawick Boseman.

If you don’t know, he was an actor who recently passed away. He was an inspiration to people across all ages and cultures. While undergoing cancer treatment he filmed 4 movies, and regularly visited sick children in the hospital. If he could stay positive through all this, I can stay positive thru the small things that have been putting a cramp in my style.

In this video is he gets to see and hear people thank him and talk about what he means to them and how his actions have positively impacted their lives. The young boy’s face right around the two minute mark… just watch it…

Who has made a positive impact on your life? Can you call your special person today and let them know?

YOU have made a positive impact on me, and I appreciate you!
Anne

*LIVE* Interview with Jerry – AKA Portland Pizza Peddler

Did y’all miss our live interview with Jerry – AKA Portland Pizza Peddler? Catch up with the recording below!

I accidentally scheduled Jerry’s interview the middle of the Blazers game. We didn’t do push ups or anything fitnessy, just cracked some beers (well he had a beer, I had a glass of wine) and talked about Chicago-style pizza, our favorite Portland food carts, and the Blazers of course.

You are welcome to listen to these interviews with the video off like you would a podcast (although you will miss seeing Jerry’s epic ‘stash!).

I’m Anne McCranie, owner of Fluid Movement + Massage LLC. I started doing these almost weekly “pandemic interviews” in April 2020 as a way to entertain myself, and to expose you, the people I love, to interesting people and ideas. We’ve learned about skincare, decluttering, automating your day, technology, running safety, insurance, mental toughness, acupuncture, intermittent fasting, R.O.S.S., the farmers market, and dance lessons. Who should we chat with next?

Are You Communicating Effectively?

Quick update since I posted this – I’ve contacted Kate and she has agreed to be our next interviewee!!! Log into Zoom this Saturday August 22nd at noon as we chat live with Kate! Use this ID: 5037054762.

Apparently the theme for me this week is communication. On Tuesday I watched an excellent PSU lunch and learn webinar with Leeza Steindorf, on Nonviolent Communication. Then today I came across Kate Hanley’s podcast How To Be A Better Person, and the episode – Confrontation Nation: We Can’t All Be Right. The common thread I noticed was being curious, and letting go of the idea that one of us is right and one of us is wrong.

Uh oh, this ain’t going well.

Have you had a conversation with someone who disagreed with you, and if so how did it go? Were you listening to understand, or waiting for your turn to speak (or yell!) at the person?

While I have yet to master these concepts, I truly believe in their power, and am continuing to practice using them to help me improve my communication skills.

This week I challenge you to think of someone you have a difficult time communicating with. Can you put yourself in this person’s shoes, to see where they are coming from, hear them, and feel what they are feeling? Message me if you would like a practice buddy.

Now this is a happy couple!

If you’d like the PSU NVC webinar slides, email me and I will send you the file. anne@fluidportland.com

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood) Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She wants to to be happy and healthy! Her motto for Fluid Fit Club is “Creating A Culture Of Healthy Movement” and she invites YOU along on this journey!