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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I've always viewed exercise as a necessity and although I love the way I feel when I'm exercising regularly I still found it to be a chore and could get easily distracted from doing it. I always considered it "a necessary evil". However - I've found something that I absolutely love - ZUMBA!

I know we've all heard that a certain race of people are supposed to have natural rhythm, but that excludes me in a big way. My mother and father were great dancers and I have a son that moves like he is boneless. It skipped over me! I don't have 2 left feet - I have feet with a mind of their own. I don't move separate parts of my body in sync and I sometimes resemble someone having a seizure when I dance (not to offend anyone that suffers with seizures) and if everyone is on a 3,4,5 count - trust and believe I'm on a 4,6,7 count. But with Zumba, it doesn't matter - I move, I shake, I sweat, I laugh at myself and I am having FUN! And on a bonus note- I'm losing inches. The scale is still stuck on stupid - but I am able to get in my "skinny" capris easier and they are comfortable all day long.

I have much more confidence and energy and I find now that I will practice my Zumba moves where ever I am if I hear a beat that reminds me of the music. I have stepped up my moves, making bigger steps, rocks and deeper squats. My instructors are encouraging and supportive and I think that when they smile at me during the routines its because I look comical doing them. I come home and show my grandbabies what I learned and they just laugh and laugh and shake with Granny. Two of my sons go with me regularly and they will help me thru more difficult moves.

We do a routine to "Moves like Jagger" and it is fairly complicated for me and I usually just move to keep from tripping over my feet. Well I have taken the attitude that "I can" instead of "I can't do that" and last night I conquered the kick/step out move that has eluded my feet for months. I may never do it as smooth as the instructor - but I did it. When she saw me doing it she laughed and laughed and congratulated me on conquering it!

I may not be a candidate for "Dancing with the Stars" or "You Think You Can Dance" but I am burning calories, moving my body and having fun doing it. I also find that I am able to do more strength training exercises and I don't have aches and joint pains like I used to. So - find something that gives you joy and is fun and you will see results.

And by the way - Yes - I think I can ZUMBA! Keep SPARKing!

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TIME-4-TINA 8/21/2013 12:42PM

    Hence my spark name, I am obsessed with zumba! Everything I read about exercise tells me that it becomes much easier when you find your passion. Well, I certainly found mine in zumba. And I'm assuming you did too. I was a dancer for 20 years, but have not danced since my early 20's. When I first started taking zumba it really sparked the dancer in me again. I never realized how much I've missed dancing. I pick up steps very quickly and my instructor suggested that I get certified myself. I would love to get certified, but I want to get in better shape first. I'm not sure how long you've been taking zumba, but the more you go, the better you will get. Just remember that everything is either a 4 count or 8 count. Also, pay attention to the music and when it changes. You'll be doing the steps without thinking about it in no time!! I love the song, "moves like Jagger"!! Wish we did a dance to it. My favorite zumba song right now is "don't stop the party" by pitbull. Actually, I love anything by pitbull!! As a fellow zumba lover, I am adding you as a friend.

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CANDACEMM 8/21/2013 12:17PM

    I've always wanted to try Zumba. Sounds like it's a fantastic workout and that it's challenging! I'd probably be a few steps behind too - but it's the effort that counts! Keep at it and dance your way to healthy!

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Stumbles and Strides

Friday, July 19, 2013

I've been on this journey for a while now. Along the way I've had some great starts, some falls off the wagon, a few wagon run overs and a good many stuck in the mud(s). But I've learned that with steps, strides and stumbles life is good. Your attitude truly dictates the outcome. I've had to learn that I can't fix everything for everyone and that everyone must stumble sometimes. I've learned to be there for my family and friends and be their encouragement as they figure it out. I've learned that I can be happy no matter what. I've learned that I am worthy of being healthy and happy. I've accepted my failures as learning lessons and I've taken my strides in gratitude. I have a long way to go, but I've come a long way and I'm sure there will be stumbles and falls but rest assured there will be strides and successes to. I'm ready for it!

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JACKIE542 7/19/2013 10:46AM

    All wonderful things to learn, glad your are ready, make this a great day!! emoticon

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What motivates me?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What motivates me on this journey is the prospect of a healthy future life. One free of prescriptions and doctors visit except for preventative care. Living a life to its fullest. My family thriving and healthy. My grandkids calling me the "coolest Granny ever". My husband and I traveling and enjoying life. My life is blessed now and I am joyful and happy and I look forward to having this happiness and joy multiplied no matter what. I refuse to let my circumstances determine my attitude. This is my motivation on this journey.

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ENG_TV 7/16/2013 2:01PM

    You have been blessed with many reason for undertaking this journey. emoticon

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ALL4BMI 7/16/2013 1:31PM


Always helps to document your motivation for this journey. For me it is my son and my health.

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I've finally let them go ...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Last night I had to say goodbye to somethings that I was holding on too. Last night I had to let some things go in my life. I had to purge and release. I've been holding on to these things too long. I've carried them with me through 2 moves and frankly I just needed to get rid of them. I no longer need this crutch on my journey. And you know what? - It felt good to release them.

What did I release? I got rid of my too big clothes that I have hung on to for far too long. I had clothes ranging in sizes of 24/26 to 18 that are too large and I was hanging on to them in case I gained the weight back. Some of these clothes have been recycled because I did the weight back before, but now I feel strong enough and empowered enough to let them go. I kept a few choices to be altered with the seams cut so they can't be let out, but other than that I gave everything away. The bras, the jeans, the numerous tops, the dresses and the sweaters.

I was apprehensive at first and I started taking a few pieces out and saying in my mind "well I should keep this because its really nice" and something CLICKED - let it go. And if the pieces that I did keep can't be altered then they will join the others. I can do this! I can continue my journey and stay focused on the prize - A healthier, more active ME!

As with all goodbyes there are new HELLOs - Hello to a healthier me! Hello to a more active me! Hello to a stronger me! Hello me - Its nice to meet you!

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BEBARB149 6/14/2013 2:13PM

    Yes, yes, yes! Way to go!

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PICKIE98 6/14/2013 11:28AM

    Good for you! A new beginning for a new you!

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CHANGE4FIT 6/14/2013 11:27AM

    Good for you! That must feel great!!!! emoticon

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It keeps clicking!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My past is just that - my past. Its time has come and gone. It will no longer define my future. I choose to use my mistakes as learning lessons and stepping stones into my future. My future looks healthier and more active thanks to the mistakes and missteps of my past. My learned lessons are part of the road map for this journey. It clicked ... just keep moving and keep moving and keep moving ....

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PATJOONWW 6/11/2013 11:50AM


Good luck on reaching your goals, and have a great day. emoticonMuch success on your journey! emoticon

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TECAVINESS 6/11/2013 10:36AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing. Have a super day.

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JACKIE542 6/11/2013 10:18AM

    Very well said, have a great day emoticon emoticon

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