Benefits of Movement

Weather and Importance of Movement

I don’t know about you but I am DEEPLY affected by weather conditions. Some people think that is crazy. I am here to tell you that I do not believe it is crazy AT ALL!

This year I have been personally struggling. 

On cold rainy days, I want nothing more than to crawl into my bed and wait it out.  Had I done that though, I would still be hibernating between my sheets and we are halfway through May!

I have always been affected by weather.  It is a REAL THING so please know you are not alone if you have these feelings in your body show up. Symptoms include: pain in low back and neck, pressure headaches, eyes aching, respiratory issues, aching all over, mood swings.

For many of you who know me, you may be thinking this is ridiculous that I am saying this happens to me as I come across as cheerful most of the time…I am not and experience all these symptoms quite regularly with our current weather system.

Honestly, there is really only one true Godsend that I have found that works for me……MOVEMENT and lots of it!

Movement has been imperative to my health and even more so with the long winter we have had this year.

I struggle most days to “want” to get up and move. The good news for me is, it is my career so not really a choice to say “ah, I will go tomorrow.”  There are days I just feel my brain screaming “I do not want to do this today!” and everyday that these internal struggles show up, I know I have to go whether I like it or not and here is the best part….

It’s really juicy….EVERY TIME the music comes on, within 5 seconds of the first beat, everything begins to shift. It’s like coming up from holding your breathe under water for a long time. That first inhale is so refreshing…As the music and dance continues on, I can feel my WHOLE body and mind coming ALIVE as if I had been in a coma prior to that moment.  By the end of 60 minutes, those pains, breathing, headache, mood swings…they are GONE!


The hardest part in all of it is just getting myself to the location of a class. Once there, the whole world shifts.

In all my 42 years I have never found something that holds such a profound impact on not just my physical health but my mental and emotional health as well all at the same time.

I have spoke to many ladies recently who I am clear are dealing with the same thing. Many have commented on “I was going to come but I am just so tired right now.” Or “I was going to come but this weather has got me down.”

I want you to know I get it. I want you to know I experience it too.

I want you to know there is a way past all of that for you to FEEL GREAT even now, with the weather the way it is.

I cannot change Mother Nature, however, I can shift what I am doing to have my life working and positive no matter what Mother Nature decides to do, and YOU CAN TOO!

You are not alone. 

Come out to a class and let’s MOVE together! 🙂

Much love,



Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Taking On Over-all Health Begins With a Workout!

I could not be MORE EXCITED to kick off this week with ALL Zumba classes ON!

I cannot wait to dance and play with all of you this week!

I have been learning so much out of a difficult few months how important physical activity really is….not just for physical health but being able to clear my mind and keep moving forward by literally putting one foot in front of the other and sometimes side to side in a Cha-Cha-Cha.

On the days when I really didn’t want to (and yes, even as instructors we have those moments) I got up and went and by the end of dancing for 60 minutes, I felt amazing again and clear-headed to be able to go back to my family and make a difference for them and for me!

Working out, in my opinion, should be a part of everyone’s day.  Whether it be a 20 minute walk in a park, a zumba class, bootcamp, hitting the gym, whatever it is for you that you love.  The point is, our bodies are meant to move so staying stationary at a desk or coming home at the end of the day and sitting on the couch or watching tv, is not what your body actually wants. It IS what our minds “think” we want sometimes, I am not denying that!

If you continue to set up your workout, just like you do your work schedule and have it just become part of your regular routine, trust me, everything will open up for you.

These past few months have been extremely emotional and difficult for me and I am also clear that it would have been ten times worse if I hadn’t gotten up and went to class everyday.  I managed to think clearer, smile more, open to new ideas and find more love than I ever knew was possible just by working out and keeping the happy endorphins flowing.

It wasn’t easy but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT and completely available to you too!

See you this week!

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Nobody’s Perfect….Being Present Takes Something

I have been having quite a few experiences lately about myself and others being present.  So a truth to you is that I have not been very present with the little things in life like loading the dish washer and that may sound crazy but let me explain.

My husband asked me two weeks ago to make sure when I am loading the dish washer that I put the bowls on the bottom so it allows for more room for cups up top.  I said “sure, no problem”…..and then proceeded to continue to load the bowls on the top until the other day he got upset with me.

You know when you can tell from somebody’s voice that they have been holding in not saying something for a while and it is that moment of frustration that it all comes out. Yes, that happened.

What I realized was I said to him I would do it and then forgot which way he asked me to do it and continued to do it the way it always made sense to me…..until the day it became an issue.

I share this because believe it or not, it is moments like this when we are not being present to one another that when accumulated into enough of them, the person who is upset is not communicating that these lead to relationships ending.

Now, my husband and I are not splitting up over the dishwasher (I even put a note on my fridge reminding me of which way he asked me to load it…he laughed at me for that but in my opinion…whatever works!), however, I got really present to the impact things as simple as that can have on another person. Now imagine someone cheating on someone…..Now imagine people with strong held beliefs of the way they see something or someone….yes, welcome to our current world.

Being present to who you are being in any situation can provide you with access to something greater. Was I listening to my husband and really getting his communication? Nope.  I did when he got upset with me.  That was when the light bulb came on that I was doing it wrong. What could our world really look like if we just listened to each other not from our judgements or opinions but just listened?

Women, we can sometimes be the worst for this behavior.  I don’t know about you, but there have been times where I swear I have a little bag that I keep stuffing all these little upsets into and then I unleash it and suddenly I am arguing about something that happened over a year ago and it makes no sense to what is going on in the moment.  I have been training myself to say what is there when it is there and not wait for “the perfect moment” to unleash my upset.

I have noticed as well that when I communicate whatever it is soon after it happens, it never escalates to a big upset like when hold it in.

Be present to others. Be present to what and how you communicate and your life WILL really be like a box of chocolates!


My style of coaching and classes get you present to who you are and who others are for you!  If you are ready to take on your relationships in a whole new way, I am here. Email me today to set up a call.

Benefits of Movement

Tis The Season….Of High Emotions…

Tis the season….for parties, socializing, family, friends, gift giving, drinking and food….and much more. On the flip side, tis the season for feeling alone, financial struggles, depression, regrets, failures, world sadness. For me, I am finding that I have a few things that I struggle over even more so this year.

I miss my family the most this time of year. We are not nearby and I can’t drive over and drop in for christmas dinner.  We usually get together at some point throughout the year and we will cheer “Merry Christmas” while we are barbecuing in the heat of summer.  That always works and I still miss them all…I am human.  It is a choice I made to move far away and one that I sometimes wish there was a supersonic jet in my backyard I could hop on and fly home for a hug!

The thing that I am finding most difficult this year is to get into the holiday cheer when so many lives are being impacted around the world.  I haven’t “known” anyone personally who has been in any of these killings that have been happening but we do all share a common bond….being human.

My husband asked me what I wanted for christmas this year and all I can think is for everybody to get along. For people to stop killing one another.  For people to stop having to be right so bad that they will kill another person to “prove” they are right.

Many people are upset with one another over race, religion or other beliefs that they take it to such an extreme.  It is out of control and what is there for me this year is how do we/I make the difference and transform it?  My grandparents and parents taught me to treat others the way I wish to be treated and if I do not have something nice to say, do not say it at all.  In the latter, I know I have messed up from time to time (and I always go back and clean it up if I do).

How do we expect children to grow up and be highly functioning, compassionate, “love thy neighbor” adults who are game changers in this world if we continue to fight and put others down?  Can we really expect our future generations to be different if we don’t set some examples?

This is a highly emotional time of year for most people and with what is happening in the world today, the emotions are running even higher.

If your emotions are running on high right now, I highly recommend that you be sure to be in communication with someone that can support you and as crazy as it may sound, get yourself out to a fitness class and release some healthy and happy endorphins through fitness.  It will support you to think clearer and will give you the natural uplift we all need.

Fitness by far, is the one place where we can release the built up tension in our bodies and move through whatever sadness, anger, guilt, really anything you may be dealing with.

As for the world as a whole….let’s learn to get along, be peace.

If you need to talk and want to begin to create a world for yourself that makes a difference and can impact those around you in a positive way, please reach out.


Sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on our shoulders.  Sometimes we just need others to talk to to make it a little easier.


Personal Stories

Relationships: Tammy & Nino…NOT Love at First Sight!


The truth is, Nino and I were NOT a “love at first sight” couple. In fact, quite the opposite.  Nino thought I was stuck up and I thought he was a guy who dated everybody.  While we knew of each other and were taking a course in the same room for 7 months, I had no interest in getting to know him and had no interest in getting to know me.

It wasn’t until one night while our whole class was in new york for a weekend session (literally the month before the course ended) that Nino walked into my friends hotel room on the friday night before class and asked “who wants to go for a martini?”, that I finally spoke up.  Surprisingly, I didn’t want a martini at that time….class was going to start shortly and I was actually offended that he wanted to have a drink before class. (yes, I may have been a little up tight back then….)  I told him that he shouldn’t be going for drinks before class but if he wanted to get one after class, I would join him.  He agreed and so set the events that led to our relationship.

That night we went for a martini after class and talked and talked and talked.  It was like two people who knew nothing about each other just picking random topics to ask the other about.  Neither of us were looking for a relationship.  It wasn’t even a date or anything. Just two people talking.  The first night we closed the bar down talking. We agreed to have a drink again the next night and keep talking, and we did.

By sunday, Nino came to me during the day and said “I am really not looking for anything however, when get back to Toronto, I would like to keep hanging out with you. Are you up for that?”  I thought to myself there is no harm in that and I am not looking for anything either. “Sure.”

When we came back to Toronto, the adventure continued and as we grew closer and more intimate and our coaches (from the program we were taking) found out about our relationship and they asked us to take the coaching and not have an intimate relationship for 60 days. To take 60 days and just get to know each other intellectually and if at the end of 60 days we still felt there was something there then we could go for it.  We lasted ALMOST 45 days (sorry guys…we didn’t make it 60 days!), I think it was, when we knew we both were really attracted to one another both mentally and physically.  It was some of the BEST coaching I have ever taken!

We were related to one another on a much more intimate level than just physical.  We had become great friends, listeners and understood how each other worked and thought.

At about a year together we sat down and agreed we should have the “deal-breaker” talk. What this was for us was that in relationships often times there are things for each us of that if the other person does it or doesn’t want it, it is what gets in the way of the relationship working and will slowly have it all unravel and fall apart so we decided to lay all the “deal-breakers” out on the table at one year together so if it was a big enough breaker then we could walk away then or work it out and no one gets hurt.

Some things that were deal-breakers were about kids. Nino didn’t want anymore.  Good news, I can’t have them so that wasn’t a big deal for me. Cheating on each other/swinging completely a deal -breaker for both of us so that was cool.  Where would we live IF we lived together….needed to be near his daughters, that worked for me (loved those girls from the moment I met them!)…..marriage was not an option either of us wanted to take on again (funny how 8 years passes and here we are married) everything that you can think of that could potentially split a couple up….we laid it on the line over a beer and some wings and saw that there wasn’t any deal-breakers we couldn’t overcome.

I have to tell you, as our relationship continued to develop and things continued to move forward we still didn’t say we were “in” a relationship.  With no titles spoken we were just hanging out, seeing where things went and knew that if we to wanted to leave we just needed to talk to one another.

We gave up all the dating pretenses of what titles need to be there, the happily ever after story, the “it has to look a certain way” and just began to enjoy each others company and craziness.  It was really no different when we decided to move in together.  We just adjusted to seeing each other everyday instead of the weekend relationship we were having.

What I can tell you from what I have learned is that to have a successful relationship I had to be myself, be totally in communication even when I wanted to with-hold my thoughts, be honest to myself and to him AND NEVER STOP CREATING. Everyday is a creation, even to this day. In our relationship, in our careers, in everything! (we do make jokes about each other to one another ALL THE TIME, the difference is we do not take them personally)

We create fun, play, adventures, dinners and when we stop doing that, it gets boring and we start to drift until one of us says “hey! This sucks right now! Let’s have fun again!” and then we get back to being full partners, lovers, best friends and the world is balanced again.

Relationships are a two-way street and the opportunity is to find the person for you that is willing to and up for the challenge of having an adventure filled juicy life AND shares it all in communication with you so the two of you can work anything out.

You have to be willing to stand up for what you want AND to not make others wrong for not wanting what you want. There is a fine line to having it all.  My recommendation is to not get caught up thinking you “know” what you want either….if I had stayed hooked in my first thoughts about Nino, I never would have met him for that martini and we wouldn’t be where we are now!

If you are with someone now and that person you are with is not open to talking, really doesn’t want what you want, you have a choice to either stay with them and be happy as is or to set them free and in a way that honors them and you.  If they are the man or woman of your dreams, continue to create. I highly recommend the “deal-breaker” conversation, it saves a lot of time and heartache!

I want people to know that what Nino and I have is not something special or different from anyone else.  There is just willingness on both sides to create, listen and honor one another everyday.


Relationship Coaching is available through the Live OUT LOUD Movement. If you are in a relationship OR want to be in a relationship and looking to create a plan/structure to have a successful, happy, loving, juicy relationship, let’s talk!

Benefits of Movement

Come and Shake It With Us!

Even Miss Piggy knows a great workout when she sees one!

Come and shake it with us in Zumba! Never tried it? Don’t worry….just know you will have a TON of fun and NO previous dance experience is necessary.

We keep the moves simple so they are easy to pick up. The music will move you to many parts of the world and will leave you floating out of class….or at least going “what?? we are done?? Where did the time go??”

Yes, that is my kind of workout….where the clock doesn’t even matter for the next 60 minutes!

Come try it out and have some fun! Life is much too short to be wrapped up in work all day!

60 minutes JUST FOR YOU!!


Benefits of Movement

Dr. Gunn Is In Da House!!

Dr. Gunn….your zumba instructor specialist…. hmmm…….I am not a “real” Dr. but I do know a great prescription you CAN fill anytime you feel tired, low, bummed out…really ANY mood!

ZUMBA!  Yep! I said it and I know you are super surprised! 😉

I don’t just “tell” people that they should follow this…I DO IT MYSELF! I am not always happy. I have my moments and honestly the moment I am unhappy, tired, low, bummed out, I start to zumba. Pretty much wherever I am and my mood picks up immediately!

Zumba, no matter how you are feeling! Just get your body through the door to your local class and you will instantly feel happier! There is always a HAPPY instructor waiting to greet you! Well, for sure at our classes!

Zumba music is so catchy, so rhythmic, so playful…you can’t help but want to get moving the moment the stereo comes on!

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Prepare yourself for BEFORE and AFTER the holidays in style! ZUMBA your way into 2015!!