Sunday, May 18, 2014
After getting distracted from my health and allowing stress to overwhelm me, in February 2014, at 214lbs, I decided to take control again- not of the responsibilities, situations and challenges that cause me discomfort, but control of MYSELF and MY RESPONSES to them!
Since August of 2013 when I was last active in the SparkPeople community, I have been doing a number of good things for myself. I have been teaching Zumba three times a week and have been working with a trainer twice a week to learn more about how my body works and what I can do to remind my muscles that I need them. However, I have also fallen prey to the thought that "since I work out, I need to eat more." Sure, maybe some, but I've gone way past the value of nutrition by eating/drinking when I am emotional (good or bad), stressed or just plain bored.
I am now focusing on being more mindful of what I put in my body and am trying to look at food as a function; fuel for my body, not as a temporary (and high cost) way to get through a difficult moment.
I am choosing not to fight who I am or what the world has challenged me with. I choose to love, accept and support myself. Becoming the best version of myself is a journey, not a battle.
Life does have its ups and downs; I'm ready for more ups!!
Monday, August 05, 2013
Every time I say this out loud, I laugh. Partly because I'm embarrassed. Partly because I think it's silly and also because I'm a bit freaked out about the whole thing...
I got my Zumba instructor license. That, in and of its self was a totally fun thing. My girlfriend and I went together. I thought it would be a good way to learn some new moves and be connected to other Zumba based events. I didn't know what I would do with the license once I had it. Maybe I would go to a conference, or to more trainings or just buy the cute Zumba clothes. But then...
I was hired to teach Zumba three times a week.
WHA?!?! These people thing I can do this? These people think I'm ready? These people are willing to pay me for something I should be doing anyway?
I've been working on my playlist and choreography all week. I'm totally psyched but also very overwhelmed. Tomorrow morning is my first class. I feel like I'm cramming for a test.
If I can make it through tomorrow- if I have enough songs and "fake it till I make it" so that I'm not boo'd out or leave in shame then I'm good to go. I'm thinking of tomorrow almost as an initiation. I have no choice but to "show them what I'm working with".
What I know is that even if my cues suck and my moves aren't solid, I'll do my best to keep on dancing with a big ol' smile on my face. If I can get others to smile and have a bit of fun, then I'm good. And I will continue to get better tomorrow, and the next day, and the next...
To think that 18 months ago, I had my second son, was pretty much a couch potato and was just trying to make it through a Zumba class... it's pretty exciting to be where I am.
Now, if I could just make it through tomorrow...
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The past seven months, I have been able to (mostly) maintain the weight loss I accomplished since beginning with SparkPeople. I'd like to loose more, but am refocusing to work on adjusting my diet and exercise routine to build some sexy muscle tone and burn off the unnecessary fat.
About three months ago, I joined a "real gym" (I was WAY too scared to do that when I started this journey) and now have a trainer that I work with twice a week for strength training.
I still enjoy Zumba classes and recently became a licensed Zumba instructor. I am hoping to put together enough choreography to teach a class soon.
I am proud of myself for keeping the commitment I have made to my health and am getting excited about taking this to the next level!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
OOOH!!! And, as a follow up, I am back on track! This was the first weigh in Sunday, for too long of a while, where I have actually been down a pound from my last previous low.
New classes, new possibilities at the gym and CHILDCARE SO I CAN WORK OUT!!! I'm so freakin' excited to see where this goes!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
As I wrote in my last blog, my unique and fun Zumba studio where I worked out with friends -and felt comfortable and inspired- has closed. (insert sad face here)
In the past few weeks, I have been working hard to keep up with my usual workout routine and have explored a number of gyms nearby (and not so nearby) as well as Zumba and dance-fitness specific studios. I have also gone on long (LONG) walks with my three one year olds in their stretch-limo like stroller, made more use of my elliptical at home and pulled out the yoga mat for some living room poses. I have touched base with a few of my studio friends online and am looking forward to continuing to connect with them regularly.
I have not been able to find a way to mix my exercise needs (Zumba/dance, yoga, intro to strength training) with my childcare and social needs all in one place (especially something frugal) but today I came a lot closer than I had been before.
I found a brand new gym, literally a half mile from my house that I can walk to with the kiddos (or drive if I’m feeling lazier). They have a ton of classes, including my beloved Zumba and some yoga. The schedule works perfectly with my home life, they offer childcare for no additional fees and there are other classes and gym-stuff that I can venture into when I’m ready- and all for $20 a month. TOTALLY SWINGABLE!
This also leaves a bit in my fitness budget each month to still seek out Zumba events and occasional classes at other studios... maybe eventually my own Zumba certification.
So... joined the gym. Kids loved the childcare today and the Zumba class was familiar enough that I felt like a knew what I was doing, but different enough that my workout felt even more effective than usual. For a first day, it was pretty darn good.
I will be taking another Zumba class or two this week as well as a yoga class. I may even schedule my “free initial consultation” with a personal trainer- especially if they can help me figure out some of the crazy machines on the gym floor.
All in all, this is feeling good and I am looking forward to going back. That, in and of itself, has got to be worth something!
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