October '07 - My goal was to regain this & I'm 99% there!


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I'm a 29 year old teacher (public school by day, adult dance & cardio by night) and graduate student.

My current goals:
* To gain upper body strength
* To increase flexibility
* To run my first 5k

My biggest obstacles:
* Poor meal choices (public school food- no! restaurants- no!)
* Work schedule (I'm up at 6am, so it's a challenge stay energized to teach fitness classes at 7 & 8pm!)

My fitness plan:
* Run at least 3 days/ week
* Dance rehearsal/ class prep every day
* Teaching Zumba & bellydance classes 3/ week
* Other group fitness class 1 time each/ week
* Mix it up with pilates, yoga, free weights, & other dvds

My food plan:

Follow the advice of Michael Pollan-- "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." :-)

* Always eat breakfast! I get up earlier now to make & eat a real breakfast before I leave.
* Drink less calories (water instead of soda, etc)
* Faithfully record everything I eat, every day-- beginning goal is to record daily for one week

***I'm looking for buddies to help me stay on track.***

The hardest thing for me right now is choosing to eat right. So, my nutrition tracker is public. Feel free to chide me or cheer me on my food choices! :-) haha

Member Since: 5/31/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,169

My Goals:
Current weight: 120
Goal weight: 118
(getting close!)

The real goal is to feel better and have more energy. The way to do it is to eat well and exercise. My goal weight is my former "constant/ normal" weight, prior to working several jobs while student teaching & finishing my degree. If I'm healthy, happy, stronger, & have more energy, I don't care what I weigh.

My Program:
*DANCING: I belly dance for at least 30 minutes a day, teach a weekly class, & have weekly rehearsals with my troupe. I sometimes attend other dance classes, such as jazz or samba.

*RUNNING: I run 3 miles 3-4 days/ week and am running my first 5k on Thanksgiving 2010! My goal is to run a 5k at an average time for my age bracket. Thank god I'm moving up a bracket when I turn 30 soon! haha

*ZUMBA: I teach Zumba 3 days/ week, so I practice songs almost every day.

*VIDEOS: I cycle through a mix of yoga, aerobics, pilates, weights, Zumba, and bellydance videos.

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Age: 29
Occupation: Teacher, Dance/ Fitness Instructor, Graduate Student

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    Where do you teach belly dancing at?
    2428 days ago
    Hope you are having a great weekend!!

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    3080 days ago

    Welcome to Team Tight & Toned! Please stop by and introduce yourself in the Welcome forum. If you have any strength-training or diet questions or advice to give please post in the corresponding forums. We would all love to hear what's working OR not working for you!

    Thanks for sharing your get fit journey with us!

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    3103 days ago
    Stumbled upon your page and wanted to congratulate you on your first ZUMBA !! I take Zumba as much as I can and wish there were more affordable classes near me...

    Well again, congrats!! I am envious of your ambition to be in front of a class... I couldn't do it....



    PS -- Do you get a decent calorie burn via BELLYDANCING?? I think it's o-so-sexy and would luv to try it =)
    3108 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/22/2009 3:21:02 PM
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    Thank you...being positive helps every part of life! My classes r going awesome! Yours are gonna rock too! Did you join ZIN? There's a message board on there with lots of great advice too!
    3108 days ago
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