FITGIRL15's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITGIRL15 FITGIRL15's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Sick? In JULY???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735482 Yup. <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> I came down with something last night, and this morning it had fully taken hold of me! <BR> .... Headache, sore throat, runny nose! <BR> Oh ya, it's HOT! LOL <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I got it from Joe. He caught it on the plane returning from his race! <BR> I hate planes re-circulated air systems! So glad I am NOT a flight attendant! <BR> How do they avoid from getting sick EVERY FLIGHT??? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Speaking of flight... Joe and I are ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:38:05 EST Calgary Stampede 2014 has begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654693189.jpg"> <BR> Me after a very sweaty Zumba® class on Saturday! Playlist was dominated by country tunes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092724017.jpg"> <BR> Stampede Breakfast demo day! Went great! <BR> <BR> I worked on Western Choreo for a few days and now have choreography for these songs: <BR> "Play Something Country" <BR> "Timber" <BR> "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" <BR> "Cruise" <BR> "Play it Agai... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:07:14 EST Before & After PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730696 I really wish Joe had taken BEFORE pics too... he looks amazing right now! <BR> <BR> I look at pictures of us in Italy and am proud of how far we have come! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517816349.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2016178821.jpg"> <BR> Fat but oh sooo happy!!! <em>15</em> <em>334</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This is me now: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746579346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> a... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:51:50 EST WLC Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729200 It's finally SUMMER! July 1st (CANADA DAY) is tomorrow and this marks the END to Joe and my Weight Loss Challenge (WLC). <BR> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <BR> <BR> How did we do? <BR> Well... Joe won, obviously! lol <em>246</em> <BR> ... He has testosterone on his side!!! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it! hehe) <BR> <BR> Here's a little table I created showing our results: <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:17:32 EST The Queen of Portion Control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727205 I have graduated from Princess of Portion Control (PPC) to the QUEEN!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658325526.jpg">OMG! lol <BR> <BR> But seriously... it wasn't a cake walk to get here! It took A LOT of hard work and perserverance! <BR> Yesterday, I made myself a protein shake... but wanted something to give it a little 'flavor' LOL so I decided I could have HALF of an Oreo cookie in it! I pulled out ONE cookie, carefully folded it in half and dropped it into... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:08:31 EST Ticket BOUGHT! I am OFF to Zumba® Convention in August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726036 I've been watching the prices of tickets to Orlando every day for a few weeks but prices just seemed to keep going up! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Until today... I snagged my flight for $200 less then last week's prices! (It pays to shop around!) So... I'm officially all registered and ready to set off to Orlando for Zumba® Convention 2014 in AUGUST! LOL (yes, I'm getting ready early!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2063942531.jpg"> <link>www.convention... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:07:16 EST Still working on it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725607 I have always been very good about KNOWING that strength training is very important in our lives! <em>362</em> <BR> And I've never really had a problem with getting it DONE! ....Until NOW!!!! <BR> It's hard to deny that suddenly, I am overcome with excitement and passion to simply DANCE the days away!!! (I mean REALLY, who wants to lift boring weights when they could be rocking out to their favorite tunes?) <BR> <em>335</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So for me... It's been a HARD issu... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:14:39 EST Quinoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724293 Trying something different is always exciting, and can drastically change the way you see certain things in life! <BR> <BR> Yeterday, I decided to try Quinoa, instead of rice... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1801423375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It kinda looks like rice, right? ...Well, apparently it's a seed, so it contains a higer fat % (and therefor higher calories) then rice too! (Well, ya learn something NEW everyday!) <BR> <BR> It was very easy to cook. Easier then... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:28:50 EST FEELING FANTASTIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720789 I don't know what it is... but the stars HAVE aligned! <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> .... Because I feel like a spring chicken! <BR> <em>448</em> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> But seriously, I just feel GREAT right now! OK, OK, maybe I can sense a slight bit of tension in my elbows joints when I do my ST sessions... BUT the fact that I am doing my ST sessions regularly again is obviously helping my mood in some way! I will start focussing on LEGS when I do my weights rather then the... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:04:32 EST It's all about the little things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720096 Flowers for NO reason! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093101105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joe is the most thoughtful boyfriend ever. He picked these "flowers" for me while on his last bike ride in the mountains. (I'm SURE they are just weeds, but they sure do remind me of Joe when I see them! It truely is the thought that counts!) <BR> <BR> <BR> DUCKIES! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580219593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joe and I encountered this little family as... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:37:19 EST Paige's Ball Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717292 My niece Paige plays softball and since they were playing in the City last night my sister invited me to go watch! I had to hustle there, but I made it before the game started! <BR> <BR> It was super fun! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146767581.jpg"> <BR> (In this picture she is the girl ready to RUN to 2nd base!) <BR> <BR> Joe and I are planning to go again next week! I loved watching her play!!! Her skill level has come a LONG way since she started this seas... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:51:22 EST Home Made Almond Butter Cups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l188674779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>ohsheglows.com/2013/07/19/raw-almond<BR>-butter-cups/ </link> <BR> <BR> I can't wait to make these! I love me some Almond butter! And I've been looking for something to make to use up my coco powder!!! Yay! <BR> <BR> Check out how gorgeous my new nails look: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1942450825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I call them "Girl on Fire!" They are so gorgeous in person!... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:45:49 EST Zumba® Heart rate Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714191 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286972711.jpg"> <BR> Check out the results from my latest experiment! <BR> <BR> Joe has a Garmin hear rate monitor, which records your HR every second during your workout and allows you to then download and review your results on their website. I have ALWAYS been curious what my Zumba class heart rate profile would look like (since it's NOT a steady state form of cardio... it often gets poo-poo'd by the fitness community.) <BR> <BR> Not... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:26:39 EST Back PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711301 I don't know WHAT happened last night but suddenly at about 10:00pm, my lower back just started ACHING! <BR> <em>28</em> It was a pain unlike any feeling I've had before!!! <BR> I decided to take my vitamin cocktail and have an Epsom salt bath <BR> (Have I mentioned before that I think Epsom salts are DA BOMB?) <em>100</em> <BR> .... and I woke up feeling about 90% better! <BR> Wow! <em>273</em> Like MAGIC! <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> I think it was from doing the SAME playlist... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:09:50 EST Spark Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710538 If you aren't currently eating Spinach... <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> Why the heck not??? <BR> Here are some wonderful ideas to get you started! <BR> <BR> "13 Things You Can Do with a Bag of Baby Spinach" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=155 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This article made me laugh by the end... <BR> <BR> "7 Times the Scale is Lying to You" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1951 </link> <BR> Sooooo... basica... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:47:09 EST Party Crasher! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710180 ... but the BEST kind! <BR> <BR> We sometimes call it "Crashing your party" when we go to other instructors classes... But by no means are they un-invited guests! Usually its much more fun with other instructors in the room, as they "know the drill" and know when the instructor wants more energy, more movement or just MORE! LOL <BR> <BR> She didn't show off, didn't try to steal the show by hamming up to the members... she was just there to party with me and my peeps and she rocks! <BR> <... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:48:38 EST DumbBells in hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709912 ...this has happened to me twice now... <BR> I am coming back from my noon hour ST workout in the park, carrying my 10 pound dumb bells, one in each hand and I get asked (by another employee of the company I work for), "Do you RUN with those weights in your hands?" <BR> <em>40</em> REALLY? <BR> <BR> <BR> Since when was running with heavy dumb bells a 'thing'? Today, I actually giggled to that comment and said "No way!" to which the guy who asked said "I don't really know much about fit... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:29:57 EST Something happened! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709074 Super strange! <BR> I was weighing in uncharacteristically heavy all weekend (on my home scale, which always weighs me heavy, so I was only slightly comcerned... but then yesterday, 137.4 is what it said... repeatedly! <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> SHUT UP! <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> So, clearly today I didn't even BOTHER to weigh in on my scale at home this morning... why go through that kind of torture (especially when you know you are eating well, staying on track, taking your vitamins, gettin... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:10:16 EST Not only for the Dudes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708873 I love the website "T-Nation" <link>www.tnation.com </link> <BR> But actually, it's a website aimed for this type of guy: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228395609.jpg"> <BR> That is clearly NOT ME! LOL <BR> <BR> But today they posted an atricle that is speicifically for the ladies! <BR> <link>www.t-nation.com/training/10-mistake<BR>s-women-make-in-the-gym </link> <BR> <BR> I liked it! <BR> It reminded me WHY I need to be smarter about my post-workout routin... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:41:18 EST Money Problems... not what you'd think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706968 Joe has been helping me take charge of my money situation. <BR> <BR> Money has always been an weird topic for me... I mean, my dad taught me at an early age that "Saving money is a good thing" so I've had a bank account since I could walk (I have had my SIN for about that long too... maybe he wanted to put me to work early? lol) And one of the things I told myself as a teenager was "Get a good job so that money will NEVER become a stress in your life!" And I think I've managed to succeed ... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:45:55 EST Zumba® wardrobe malfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1754228241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>198</em> <BR> YES, my shirt FELL DOWN during my Zumba® class last night! <BR> <em>100</em> <em>246</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I understand the pants fallng down malfunction... but losing your top!?!?! That's just hilarIOUSSS! I didn't think I could describe it right with words... pictures are better! LOL <BR> <BR> How do you recover from a fault like that? <BR> ... Thu, 29 May 2014 13:50:37 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705267 Yesterday, someone posted a comment on an OLD blog of mine. One that I posted last year on March 22nd, 2013. It was a video blog... <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=52<BR>96319 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> And DAMN, I was looking great... if I do say so myself! <BR> In the video, I quote my "home scale" weight as "133.6" so today I had to get up on my home scale again to compare. This morning's reading was "134.2" <em... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:38:28 EST Lots going on but nothing to say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704600 My life has been a flurry of happenings! <BR> <BR> 2 weekends ago: <BR> <em>433</em> Drove 5 hours for the Family Gathering. <BR> <em>220</em> Family gathering was a total success! My family loves Joe! <BR> <em>361</em> Seeing my best friend and her kiddos the next day! (staying up till 3:00am playing "Cards Aainst Humanity" was exhausting! lol) <BR> <BR> This past weekend: <BR> <em>272</em> Movie night with Joe! (X-Men) <BR> <em>355</em> Taught Zumba & Toning classes.. then d... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:02:20 EST Mom is home! Minus her appendix! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701083 I spoke to my mom tonight, PHEW... She is finally home and recovering from her surgery. She sounds absolutely awesome, considering her appendix was in such a critical state... ok, maybe it wasn't that bad, which is why they waited a day to get the thing out! <BR> <BR> She said that none of the doctors that saw her could believe that she was 0ver 60 years old and not taking any medication. For anything! She's over 60... but she takes NO MEDICINES! <BR> No blood pressure issues, no diabet... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:18:59 EST MOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699930 I had a whole blog to write about regarding my weekend away. <BR> <BR> Funny how life has a way of flipping you on your head, putting something else more important on your plate and making you rearrange your priorities! <BR> <BR> My mom had major pain yesterday so they rushed her to the hospital, and after numerous test they decided she was having an appendix attack and set her (via ambulance!) to a large hospital in the City (Edmonton) <BR> My Dad texted last night to tell us that her ... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:45:00 EST Knees and Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694104 I learned very early on that my body doesn't like to run! Running is very hard on my joints, namely my KNEES! When I was 30 pounds heavier, it was even more stress on my poor joints! ...As I started to lose weight, even as little as 5 pounds dramatically reduced the amount of stress on my body when I ran! <BR> <BR> BUT... even now, at my current weight, my body still doesn't like to run! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I put on my Kangoo Jumps with the intention of finding a pa... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:55:15 EST Kangoo Jumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692991 Have you heard of these things before? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352463012.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lukq3HjvYkk </link> <BR> <BR> Well, I bought a pair probably 2 years ago at a fitness expo and have NEVER PUT THEM ON... until today!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250292312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day today and considering it SNOWED yesterday... I HAD to take advantage of the SPRING like conditions outs... Mon, 12 May 2014 00:40:48 EST Premiere Zumba® Step Class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301089750.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday, I taught my VERY FIRST Zumba® Step class! Oh boy!!! <em>100</em> <BR> I'm not going to lie, I wasn't 100% prepared... but I thought if I had to, I could wing-it (with my charm and experience! LOL) ...NOT the best plan of attack, but I only had SO MUCH TIME to practice (considering I also teach my regular classes!!!) and have been trying to stress less these days! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:05:13 EST 8 weeks till SUMMER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689053 I had a talk with Joe yesterday... <BR> My weight loss has been stalled since the end of January. Stuck at 133lbs. <BR> Mentally, I feel like I jinxed this! (133 has always been my "set point" where my body just returns to!) <BR> <BR> I know I am currently feeling more then a little defeated (to go for 3 months without any progress [despite my consistent fitness efforts!]) and I also realize that I've been slowly sabotaging myself through my diet! <BR> <em>198</em> D'oh! <BR> <BR> Bu... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:04:19 EST I'm HAPPY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689019 Love notes left around my desk.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501859276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Just a daily dose of Joe's love! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 14:02:40 EST "Fiddler on the Roof" Stage West Performance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687987 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282375336.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291861206.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2086796930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was SOOO well done! <BR> Let me share a few songs that I really liked: <BR> <BR> "TRADITION" (I loved this song... so entertaining!) <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdf<BR>X7ut8gw </link> <BR> <BR> "If I were a rich man" - Another cute song from the p... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:47:15 EST Odysseo by Cavalia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684224 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1568090138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joe and I LOVE Cirque du Solei performances! We are going to see the latest show to come to Calgary tonight : Odysseo. We are both super excited! <BR> It's amazing how well trained these horses are! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073660850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> <em>362</em> <BR> Today at lunch it was way too gorgeous to be couped up in my o... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:49:24 EST My heart is swelling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682665 ...In the best possible way! <BR> <em>342</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>342</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>342</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> I swear, Joe was put on this earth SPECIFICALLY for me to find!!! He is my soul mate and daily I am reminded of how much he really loves me! <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> My birthday was on January 6th. Joe had planned a ski trip for that weekend without me! It was OK by me to go without me but of course I wa... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:27:19 EST Fainting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680630 I fainted Thursday morning. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was staying over at Joe's house, since I was taking a 2day First Aid training course with him (and his place is 5 minutes from the training facility!) and I woke up (15 minutes before the alarm) to go to the bathroom really bad! In my frantic and slightly disorientated state, I hit the back of my hand on the doorknob! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Ouch... it hurt, but I managed to make it to the toilet. I got my pants down, and then proceede... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:45:00 EST Hump Day Hilarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678613 <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzxR<BR>htZLItY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Bro Science... <BR> have you ever seen this guy on YouTube??? Gah, is he FUNNY! <BR> <BR> Check out this video: <BR> <em>84</em> "10 machines in the gym you didn't know were bicep machines" <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> <em>224</em> <em>85</em> <em>100</em> <em>85</em> <em>246</em> <em>20</em> <em>85</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:26 EST Lunch with my bro! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678123 My brother sent me a text yesterday asking me to go for lunch with him today, since he was in town for a job interview! SO VERY MY FAMILY to call totally last minute and expect things to go as they plan! <BR> <BR> Luckily I had no class to teach and really, my ST workout can wait! I never get to see my brother so I figured screw it, you just gotta live life sometimes! <BR> I had a chicken club sandwich... I could have made worse choice, sure... but still, it certainly was NOT the salad, I ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:09:59 EST Bell's Palsy strikes AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677313 ...not me... but an old co-worker, a girl who also used to attend my Zumba class. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> She called me out of the blue today offering to take me for coffee so I was intrigued and knew something might be up... but I never thought that she would have questions about Bell's Palsy, NOR see her with her face like mine was! <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> It made me SAD... but then I remembered that peoples tears and pity were the LAST things I wanted when I got sick, so I shaked off ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:56:33 EST Convention Registered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673517 <link>jessicameeks.zumba.com </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172872540.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1634063127.jpg"> <BR> <link>convention.zumba.com </link> <BR> I'm REALLY excited for the STOMP session (aka "Stepping"), SWING and my numerous ZIN JAMS! OH, and Zumba® Core and Glutes are pretty cool too! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Ohhhhh, mentally, I'm already there!!! .....Considering I woke up to this: <BR> <BR> <i... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:14:32 EST Zumba® Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620589767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't believe it's time to register for ANOTHER Zumba® Convention already!!! <BR> ... Didn't I just get back from Orlando? <BR> (This will be my 4th Convention! I went to 2011, 2012 AND 2013! The BEST one was 2011 though! ...Not sure if it's because it was my first or if it was because that was Zumba's 10th year anniversary year!) <BR> <BR> HA HA... No! Actually, I am dying for a holiday! Orlando would be P... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:36:03 EST Another Zumba photoshoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672245 We were asked to do a Zumba® photoshoot for some marketting materials for one gym I work at. They allowed us to keep a few of the pictures for personal use. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share, because they are soo much fun! (And plus, they show you that I really CAN smile while dancing Zumba! LOL) <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1899668747.jpg"> <BR> Yes, I CAN smile while doing Zumba! LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:19:47 EST Friday FUNNY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669933 How I feel when I teach Zumba® : <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494413133.jpg"> <BR> or this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396706769.jpg"> <BR> or maybe this? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1151896110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> <em>354</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> How I ACTUALLLY LOOK when teaching Zumba® : <BR> <BR> Giddy UP! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:08:17 EST Spring Hair, but not spring legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669791 My hair dresser is DA BOMB! She always knows what I need and what looks GOOD on me! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361669971.jpg"> <BR> I just LOVE this hair cut on me! I hope it grows out very, very slowly! <em>20</em> <BR> ... And this is how SHE styled it! How often do you walk out of the salon with a hair cut & styled the way you wanted and LOVE IT? I know!!!! She's a keeper! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>33</em> <em>362</em> <em>1... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:48:27 EST OFFICE ST WORKOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669231 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1786139408.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1014557108.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1155229230.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l648278726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, this was what I opted to do, instead of fight the crowds of people at the gym. <BR> <BR> Woah, is all I can say! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I did Circuit 5 first. (It seemed the easiest at the time! LOL... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:51:02 EST Zumba® Taster (Video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668957 Some easy Zumba® choreography that you ALL can enjoy! A super easy merengue song! <BR> I absolutely LOVED this song the first time I heard it and eventually came up with this routine! <BR> Hope you enjoy it too! <BR> <BR> LINK HERE --- <link>http://youtu.be/DkW8W8nv3xA </link> <BR> <BR> PS... you don't HAVE to add the jumps at the end, I just like to give my members a "challenge option" if they are feeling extra energetic! <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:52:37 EST Strength training comes in all shapes and sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668444 I have turned into the cardio QUEEN! Zumba® is my LIFE! <BR> ... What can I say, I'm just following my passion! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1494215070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BUT... that doesn't mean I let my strength training slide! <BR> NOPE... However, gone are the days that I spend HOURS in the gym lifting weights or using machines (like a gym rat!?) I prefer to be much gentler to my body now... When I can find the time, I incorporate a BODY WEIGHT circuit into m... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:54:21 EST More Step talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663381 So, I watched the entre Zumba® Step DVD they sent us with our training. It's ok, but I don't LOVE all the songs or choreography (and we all know that the reason that Zumba classes are so popular is because of the passion and energy coming from the instructor) SOOOO... I have started to take some of my regular Zumba songs and rechoreographing them for Zumba® Step! <BR> <em>100</em> BING! ... It's like a giant lightbulb went on in my head once I did this!!! <BR> <em>189</em> <em>189</e... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:43:23 EST Zumb® Step Training review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660995 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l684484804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes being the first isn't ideal! lol <BR> I took Zumba® Step training yesterday... it was ... shall I say, 'different'. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Teaching this format is going to take a lot of practice on my part.. It feels JUST LIKE the learning curve I went though with Zumba® Toning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l636616390.jpg"> <BR> (which I now teach & LOVE!) <BR> ...... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:12:31 EST Truth be told! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657793 I DO NOT enjoy Zumba Master Classes very much!! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I know, I likely would NOT admit this amidst a group of my Zumba Instructor friends... as they would likely look at me like some sort of FREAK SHOW! <BR> <em>28</em> THE HORROR!!! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> But it's true... I don't care for Zumba Master classes. AND the more popular the Zumba Instructors on stage... the less I enjoy them!!! You know why? <BR> I have a number of reasons. <BR> <BR> 1) I am short... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:36:22 EST Make YOUR OWN Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656122 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_plan_generator.asp </link> <BR> I like to generate my OWN workouts based on exercises I enjoy (or that challenge me!) and the equipment I know wil be available (often that means NO EQUIPMENT!) <BR> <BR> Don't forget that you can get an amazing full body strength workout using your body weight alone!!!! <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I'm kinda sick of all the body builders telling everyone "YOU MUST LIFT HEAVY" in order to see results... because g... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:42:16 EST If it isn't NEON... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651386 It shouldn't BE ON! lol <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1451741984.jpg"> <BR> My sister wanted to compare her work on the right and left. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381333458.jpg"> <BR> In natural light. <BR> <BR> I love them! Feels so springy!!! <em>184</em> <em>87</em> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>146</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Bring on Easter! LOL <BR> <em>449</em> <em>451... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:58:56 EST