SHELLSBROOD's SparkPeople Blog SHELLSBROOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Merry Christmas!! Merry Christmas to you all! <BR> <BR> Christmas Eve Hype: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas Day Laze: <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 23:36:59 EST My First Half Marathon So, after training for six months (over a very hot summer no less), I ran my first half marathon this morning. It. was. amazing! Sure, I ache right now and move a little slower, but I'm already tweaking my training plan and am ready for the next one. For now, a 5k with my son in two weeks will have to satisfy me. <BR> <BR> Today, I am thankful for health, endurance, and determination. I am blessed! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:14:01 EST Hottest 10k on the Planet As in skin-scorchingly hot. . . but I finished. Boom! <BR> <BR> Pre-10k <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Post-10k <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:40:47 EST 5 Mile Run Done So, this morning I did the 5 Mile Recycled Run which was a ton of fun! They gave away old t-shirts and medals from previous races. I received a marathon medal and a 50k t-shirt. Wow, I'm good!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:00:03 EST Update on Zumba, Zumba Convention, and Training I've been teaching Zumba for over 2 years now. I've most recently been licensed to teach Zumba Step which is an amazing format. I'll also be going to Zumba Convention in Orlando, FL this August. I am so stoked!! <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> As for my half-marathon training, it's going well! I'm on week 3 and really enjoy the challenge of pushing through some of these runs. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Summer break has been amazing for me. I love focusing on my health and my family. Goin... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:57:09 EST My Fourth Color Run and Other 5ks I just love running 5ks! Because of this, I'll be training for my first half marathon starting TOMORROW! I'll need all the encouragement that I can get. <BR> <BR> Who's with me? ;-) <BR> <BR> Oh, and since it's been a while, here are a few pictures of my recent 5ks. <BR> <BR> Color Run: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Polar Bear Run: <BR> <BR> <i... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:27:27 EST Happy New Year! Wow, it's been aaaaages since I've been on Sparkpeople. School ended up taking up every. last. minute. of my time. But, I did get a 4.0! Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> Next semester is going to be even more crazy, but this year, I'm trying to learn to find balance. I still need to make time for things that are important to me without school taking over everything. And, if that means I need to sacrifice a 4.0 then it'll be worth it. <BR> <BR> Here's to a happy, healthy and BALANCED New Year!! <BR>... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:17:59 EST So...I'm Going Back To School! Yep, this old lady is going to be a college student again! About 90+ credits of my old college credits have transferred over, but I'll still have around 2 years left. I think it's been (wow) 12 years since I last stepped foot on a University campus as a student?? <BR> <BR> But, if there's one thing I've learned during this whole process, it's that I'm stronger than I think I am and that doing new things...even things that scare a good thing. And, regardless if I'm successful or n... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:05:55 EST The Zumba Article is Finally Online! I'm giddy!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>spired-me-to/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:23:11 EST 100lbs ago... ...I never thought I'd be able to do this! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:47:10 EST Still here and a challenge!! I know I haven't blogged anything in over two weeks. The shock of finding out I was pregnant only to lose the baby a month later was a bit overwhelming and it's taking me some time to find my new normal. <BR> <BR> With that being said, I'm back to exercising and am so happy to back at it! I've gone back to teaching yoga and Zumba Gold with the hopes of getting Aqua Zumba back on track, too. I've also started attending a bootcamp two times a week. It's incredibly challenging, but I'm find... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:15:23 EST I don't have a link to the article yet, BUT.... own Z-Life magazine came in! I took a few pictures. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> On the title page, there's a picture of me jumping: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are five of me behind the title of the article: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the article itself (sorry for the glare...I tried it without the flash and it was too dark): <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:20:02 EST Z-Life Magazine! Zumba Fitness have released the front cover of the Z-Life summer edition that I'm in. I had a chance to see the article and I'm giddy!! I'm so blessed to be able to share my story with y'all. I know how much those success stories meant to me when I started out on my journey. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's a picture of the cover of the magazine (edited to add: the front cover is a picture of Zumba Education Specialist Kass Martin...not matter how much I wish it to be *lol*). I believe ... Thu, 30 May 2013 10:19:49 EST Sadness We just got home from the hospital, yesterday. We lost the baby...there was no more heartbeat. <em>39</em> I'm home resting for the next couple of days and it will be a couple of weeks before I'm allowed to resume normal activities. <BR> <BR> This is a difficult time for our family as this is our 2nd loss in the space of a year. We appreciate all prayers and positive thoughts. Sun, 26 May 2013 10:48:29 EST The Spark Solution Good Morning, Lovelies!! <BR> <BR> I bought Sparkpeople's book "The Spark Solution" and they have quote from me in there! It's under the section "Tips from Successful SparkPeople Members to Help You Stay Strong". <BR> <BR> Also, I've been reading through the book and it's pretty amazing! I loved all the stories and there are so many recipes I'm just itching to try. They even have suggestions for lighter versions of your favorite higher calorie meals. <BR> <BR> I highly recommend pur... Fri, 24 May 2013 10:17:13 EST Tornado Check-In! Tonight was a very sleepless night for me, as we were under a tornado watch and at almost 1am, the sirens went off and we were under a warning! I had to grab my four kiddos and hubby and all squish into our shoe closet as that's the most centrally located place in our home. We're all dragging a little this morning and the storms are still going to continue into today and tomorrow. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Staying safe? I heard Oklahoma and Texas were hit pretty hard. <em>... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:08:53 EST More Before and After Pictures Hi y'all! <BR> <BR> So, I recently came across some more before pictures that my hubby had hidden on his computer. I was hesitant to share them as they are close to my heart, but I know how much it encouraged me to see other Spark member's before and after pictures. <BR> <BR> Now, I share these with you knowing that beauty comes in every shape and size. And please know that I truly believe that health is far more important than size. However, I share these with you in honesty...I was not... Thu, 16 May 2013 16:22:49 EST Tortilla Chips, Rain, and Pregnancy Tests <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how a little stick with two bright pink lines can change everything, isn't it? It's especially life changing when you think you have life all figured out, have this grand plan in place with all these wonderful fitness goals and WHAM!! Two pink lines. <BR> <BR> Yep, that happened. About two weeks ago. I have been a little silent on the blog, because I am still processing and absorbing this newest ... Thu, 9 May 2013 22:04:12 EST Zumba Gold So, last weekend, I attend another...yes ANOTHER...Zumba training. This one is close to my heart as it's a low impact Zumba class for the true beginners, the unconditioned, the older population, those recovering from surgery/cancer/ect and those otherwise needing a low impact/easy on joints exercise. <BR> <BR> I have been approached by local nursing homes and asked if I'd be interested in leading their residents in a Zumba Gold class. Most are in wheelchairs and I think they'd have a blast... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:36:31 EST Wow...I have a magazine debut! It took me quite some time to go ahead and agree to it, but.... <BR> <BR> ...I'm in a magazine! <BR> <BR> I didn't post these pictures during the photo shoot, because I wanted to wait until the magazine came out, but here are a couple of pictures (Edited on 4/29 to add more pictures that I found on my computer): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm being airbrushed!! First time experience. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:02:59 EST I'm a Yoga Teacher Now! I have added "Yoga Teacher" to my resume! I've been teaching it for two weeks and love it. It's a great (Yoga) Yin to my (Zumba) Yang. <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> Cool, huh? <em>334</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:54:09 EST The Training Begins - In Honor of 4/15/13 So, I've always been one of those gals that said "I am not a runner". I have slowly worked my way up to running a 5k, but I've had no desire or a good reason to go any further. <BR> <BR> Until last Monday. <BR> <BR> I watched the Boston Marathon on TV and then saw the horrible tragedy unfold. <em>39</em> My heart broke into a million pieces. And then...I got angry. I was angry at those who have no respect for life. Cowards who attack the innocent from dark corners and then slink a... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:44:58 EST The Color Run 2013 Not a lot of words, just a lot of pictures. Pure awesomeness!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:43:24 EST Strong Kids Zumbathon It was our turn to host a Zumbathon this time! Despite some electrical issues and misplaced raffle tickets, we had an awesome time and raised money for a great cause! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:58:22 EST Zumba Toning: Part 2 Yup, yup! It happened! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:45:33 EST Zumba Toning Awwwww yeaaaaaah! <BR> <BR> Guess what I'll be doing on March 3rd? That's right! Getting licensed to teach Zumba Toning!! <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite Zumba specialties they offer and I'm just over the moon excited to be able to bring this to my class. Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> Also coming up, we have a few more Zumbathons scheduled (one this weekend!) and the Color Run will be coming up in April! <BR> <BR> Who knew fitness would be so much FUN??? <em>356</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:54:14 EST Happy Valentine's Day, Y'all!! Happy Valentine's Day, Y'all!!! <BR> <BR> Whether or not you have a special someone in your life right now, I want you to know just how very special YOU are to me. I am thankful for each and every one of you! <BR> <BR> Did you know that you're an amazing individual on an equally amazing journey? Well, you are! And you're important to me. You cheer me up when I'm down and challenge me to be courageous when I hesitate. Your stories inspire, awe and humble me. THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> You a... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:20:44 EST Aqua Zumba in a Gorgeous Facility and New Trainings! My daughter took a few pictures of me teaching Aqua Zumba at our YMCA. The pictures aren't the best quality, but you get an idea of what a gorgeous facility this is. It was built just last year. What a blessing!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (do you see which capris I'm we... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:04:21 EST Project Graduation Zumbathon 22 Instructors. <BR> Over 120 people. <BR> $1300 raised. <BR> Lots of pictures. <BR> A ton of fun! <BR> Epic!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:57:58 EST Hey Look, I'm Famous! Our local newspaper asked to come to my class and interview us about Zumba. So, my fellow instructor and I teamed up and did the class together. It's in the paper today!! <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ut-becomes-a-party/article_0d15fcd6-71<BR>46-11e2-83e9-001a4bcf887a.html </link> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 13:12:01 EST Weight loss and the Mind For anyone who has lost any weight, did you find that your mental image of yourself conflicted with your actual image? <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with this today. I bought some Zumba capris so that when I teach Aqua Zumba, I wouldn't be so hot (it gets really hot teaching on deck in the pool area). They are very form fitting and when I tried them on my self doubts immediately attacked: <BR> <BR> "You're way too large to wear that" <BR> "Who do you think you are? You have no business... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:35:37 EST My 1st Half Marathon and Reflections 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. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:21:47 EST Sooooooo busy!! 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? <BR> <BR> Also, for Christmas, we got an XBox Kinect and have been having a blast with it. Here's a picture ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:30:15 EST Splish, splash - I'm an Aqua Zumba Instructor! 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. <BR> <BR> Yay, I'm an Aqua Zumba Instructor! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:34:32 EST Training Crazy! Ugh, sorry it's been so long since my last blog post. My life has suddenly become incredibly crazy! <BR> <BR> 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 back... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:55:58 EST Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 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!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Oct 2012 18:48:46 EST Party In Pink Zumbathon I had an amazing time at the Party In Pink Zumbathon, yesterday! I did a couple of group songs with fellow instructors. Here are a few pictures (and, yes, I dropped off my application, too): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:25:19 EST Practicing What I Preach Boy, that former wallflower in me is LOUD at times! <BR> <BR> Since my Zumba Instructor training, I have been approached by several people to start teaching a class. Can I tell you that I froze when it came to answering them?? Suddenly, the thought of being in front of the class, caused my inner wallflower to come out in full force. I shied away from the question and gave a watered-down form of "Um...maybe". <BR> <BR> Yikes! I need to practice what I preach! So, despite my old self s... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:20:25 EST No More Hiding: From Wallflower to Zumba Instructor No More Hiding. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I did that a lot. Scary monsters hid behind every unfamiliar corner and under every deceptively safe bed. My mind and body was in a constant state of alertness and caution. Life had taught me to be a tiptoe my way around groups of people and to never draw attention to myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I mastered life as a wallflower. I could skirt my way around a room and exit before anyone noticed. I could stay at home inside my ho... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:06:10 EST