Sunday, January 20, 2013
So, I did my first half marathon, yesterday! It was a virtual run in honor of the Sandy Hook victims and their families. All proceeds went to United Way in CT who have set up a fund for the families. Having small children, every time I think about this tragedy, I can't help but tear up. My youngest daughter is six years old. I can't even begin to imagine. Even though this run was barely a drop in the bucket, I was humbled to be able to do even something...no matter how small.
I have also learned to be thankful. I'm thankful for the noises and disruptions my children make...because it means they are here, healthy and happy. I am thankful for my messy house...because I have a roof over my head. I am thankful that I have to count calories and exercise, because it means I have an abundance of food and a healthy body that can move and sweat. I am thankful for the hour wait at the doctor's office, because I have access to modern medicines. I am thankful for Sparkpeople...who helped me log my calories, posted encouraging stories...all for free. There is nothing...absolutely nothing, I can complain about, because I am beyond blessed.
Even looking back at how far I've come...I get choked up with gratefulness. How great is our God that He rescued me and helped me find the path to health and fitness?? I am grateful to Him and everything He's done including sending His only Son to this dark world.
So, I post these comparison pictures with an attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness.
Me yesterday after my half marathon:
A few years ago, I would never have thought a half marathon possible:
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Today, a friend and I went to Joplin to for our Aqua Zumba Instructor Training. We had a blast and learned a lot (though we're going to be SORE tomorrow)! Tony Witt, the trainer who lead my B1, didn't disappoint and brought his signature fun style to the class. It was a very long day, but I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity.
Yay, I'm an Aqua Zumba Instructor!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ugh, sorry it's been so long since my last blog post. My life has suddenly become incredibly crazy!
First, I had an interview and audition at the YMCA to become a Zumba Instructor. Once hired, I had to go through First Aid/CPR/AED training and then they offered a Group Fitness Instructor Certification class. It was done over two days and was INTENSE (psst, I passed top of my class)! I was really worried about the class, too, because everyone except me came from a fitness background. When they asked me what my experience was with heath and fitness, I had to say "Um....well....I was once obese and now I'm not...and that's it?". I'm glad I had the opportunity to take the glass, though, and learned a lot on how to safely and effectively run a group fitness class.
Next on my radar, I will be traveling about an hour away to get my Aqua Zumba Instructor License which is also an all day thing (this Sunday). Whew!! Also, between all these trainings, I've been leading songs in Zumba class and have even led a few of my own classes. I now have a permanent class that I teach on Thursday mornings.
Again, whew!! Who knew fitness was going to take over my life entirely?? Two years and 105lbs ago, I would have looked at you like you were crazy had you mentioned this was in my future. Isn't God good??
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