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My 1st Half Marathon and Reflections

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 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:

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    Somehow I hadn't realized you'd done a half - WOW!

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JENNIEQKA 4/29/2013 8:46AM

    you are a totally different person. ALL is NEW, the old is GONE forever! you look awesome and healthy and happy. totally motivating. I have similar goals after my weight loss journey is over... and your story is so encouraging. thank you! emoticon

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 1/20/2013 9:40PM

    Wow! You have accomplished a lot!!!!
I love this blog!!! You are so right about looking at things differently. Sometimes it takes a tragedy for us to stop and realize that we are lucky with what we have. It really makes us get less upset with the messes, less yelling, more loving, more enjoying. Life isn't perfect, never will be, but there is a lot more good in the world than bad.

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Sooooooo busy!!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Whew! So, I have been incredibly busy teaching Zumba lately. One of our main Zumba instructors went on break, so I covered a bunch of her classes. I was teaching morning and night! Also, I'll be starting an Aqua Zumba class on the 15th, so I'm putting together a whole new playlist/choreography and I'm pooped!! But so very blessed!! How lucky am I to be able to do what I love?

Also, for Christmas, we got an XBox Kinect and have been having a blast with it. Here's a picture of me and my hubby playing on New Years Eve. I got some serious air! emoticon

Happy New Year, everyone!! emoticon

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LASKIE2 1/5/2013 1:04PM

    Hey you, emoticon on your success with Zumba! emoticon emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 1/5/2013 9:57AM

    I need to play my kinect more! emoticon

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Splish, splash - I'm an Aqua Zumba Instructor!

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!

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MAESTRAPLANK1 1/11/2013 9:11AM

    The only aqua zumba class I have seen was in Akumal, Mexico last spring where the instructor danced on the pier and the parfticipants were in the ocean. A beautful sight to behold! In April I will join this class when we return for our annual trip to paradise....with lots and lots of sunscreen!

I am trying to get our YMCA director to add zumba to the current aquatics program, but he is happy just to offer two different levels of zumba in the gym.


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    emoticon Finally, another Aqua Fitness Instructor in our Team! emoticon

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TERRI289 11/20/2012 7:56AM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 11/19/2012 9:46PM

    I haven't taken the plunge on this training yet, but I have heard so many great things about Aqua Zumba! I'm sure that you will have many jobs lined up soon!
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Training Crazy!

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?? emoticon

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MELROSE13 11/15/2012 7:15PM

    Congrats to you on your certification and getting your own class. Being a fitness instructor can be very time consuming BUT so worth it!!!!

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SHELLSBROOD 11/14/2012 11:42PM

    It was not, but they did use the ACE manual. It was an in-house YMCA Group Fitness Certification. It's good for 3 years, but you have to take continuing education credits every year to keep the certification. There's some info about it on Livestrong:

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 11/14/2012 11:16PM

    I had the same question that JELLEN726 had---plus one more. Was it an ACE certification? I only ask because I thought I heard that the Y only accepted ACE certs. (I'm probably wrong on this...) Oh! and CONGRATS! Not only on passing, but on being at the TOP OF YOUR CLASS! That's gotta feel Great!

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SHELLSBROOD 11/14/2012 9:07PM

    It was a lot of classroom lecturing on the correct form for exercise/stretching/warmup/cooldown
/ect. Also, we reviewed safety guidelines, basic anatomy, some behavior science, how to be a good motivator and the best ways to encourage people in their quest for a healthy lifestyle. It was very intense and my brain hurt after, but it was really good! HTH!

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JELLEN726 11/14/2012 10:09AM

    I love it! Congrats!! May I ask, what the group fitness training was like? I was thinking about eventaully taking this. Thanks! emoticon

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today, I had the privilege of joining the Dallas County Health Department's "Every Boobie Counts" walking team. The day ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day for the walk. 7,000 people ended up walking today and a lot of money was raised to fight breast cancer!!

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LASKIE2 11/6/2012 1:32PM

    That's a nice turnout of people for the emoticon walk. Nice pictures.

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/21/2012 8:08AM

    Love the pictures!!! Great job today!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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