Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Scheduling Notices

TOMORROW @ HIGH PARK BREWERY!!

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COME JOIN THE FUN!!! YOU DON’T WANNA MISS THIS!!! 🙂 🙂

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Personal Stories

Superman is My Hero!

Anyone who knows me well….knows that my home is full of Superman items and a few other super heroes.  Yes, I am aware that I am a grown up. I also feel that it is okay to NOT live in a “grown up” home! 🙂

For 3 years now, ever since I saw an image of this…I have wanted my OWN upside down Christmas tree being held up by no other than my main man Superman. My husband and stepdaughters have put up with my constant conversations over the past 3 years of how I was going to do this and what would I need….I am so appreciative that they have put up with my constant discussions about this.

This year, I finally jumped with no real net of how I was going to do it but said this is the year! I researched fake trees, went from store to store searching.  I bought cable wire (too heavy), picture frame wire (too complicated) and finally settled on zip ties and fishing line!

My husband agreed to help me hoist the tree into place.  At the very last moment he said “I don’t think this is gonna work.”

My response…. “It is gonna work! It HAS TO WORK!! I can’t go another year dreaming about this! Anything is possible!”

Being my hubby is AMAZING, that answer was good enough for him and he hoisted it up and zipped it into place!  It took lots of love and a whole lot of zip ties and fishing line but this year…My Super Hero gets to hold up our Christmas Tree!!

SO PUMPED FOR THE FAMILY TO SEE IT!!!

Do you have a unique decoration you would like to share? Please do!48178032_10161353282660387_9067714579437453312_n

 

Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Anyone CAN Do It!

Recently I was in a conversation with someone who shared with me that they could not dance.  This statement always makes me wonder at what point in their life did they “make up” that they couldn’t?

Did someone tell them they couldn’t?

Did they try and felt foolish?

Do people ACTUALLY have 2 left feet? I have never seen that but for sure would love to sometime!

I often think that the judgements of not being able to do something is just simply put, a thought we have that we give power to.

I believe this when it comes to many things.

For me, dance is just a natural state. I often do not even realize when I walk across the floor that I will begin to “glide” (as my husband says)..I cannot help but move in a fluid motion, it has become natural.

I have recently taken on learning about finance and real estate. Why I bring this up is because when I started to learn, I had the thought “I cannot do this…this is hard”…and then I brought myself back to when someone tells me they cannot dance and my belief that everyone can…(even if it is to their own drum..they are STILL dancing).

Taking on that anyone CAN learn and do new things has opened me up to see that I am actually very capable of learning in the world of finance and real estate!

I do prefer to dance. I am more comfortable dancing, however, I am learning to not be limited!

Dancing teaching us flow. Flow through life, problems, happiness, sadness, breakthroughs and breakdowns.

Whether you dance to your own beat or in a class, I promise you…LIFE is just better when you DANCE! 🙂 11709645_10153211210138551_7110724180411041881_n

Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

I Am Under Construction…It Is A GREAT Thing!

I have discovered that everything in life, jobs, relationships, being alive, is always evolving and if I stay “static” or not moving in one area then everything eventually seems like it gets “stuck”. It becomes a force that is very hard to move forward.

The beginning of 2018 brought upon many incidents/accidents that have had me begin to re-evaluate much of what I have been working on.  Not like a problem, only that knowing when many challenges show up, sometimes it is like the universe’s way of saying “HELLO TAMMY!! Are you listening?”

The most prominent that started my year were 2 car accidents less than 2 month’s apart. Both times I was rear-ended and ended up with whiplash and concussions. The second time I was hit, my car that I just purchased less than 6 month’s prior to the accidents, it didn’t make it.

Being that I work primarily in the fitness industry this was very hard physically to see some of the limitations I was having after both accidents.  I had headaches regularly, my body was very sore constantly.  I would easily forget things I had just done or said in the first few weeks following these accidents. It was terribly frustrating at the time.

Thankfully, I know my body well and went directly to my chiropractor and medical doctor right after the accidents. I immediately got the support I needed and have bounced back extremely quickly so I can keep working doing what I love.

That being said, the accidents also opened something up for me. I realized I really had no back up plan if something were to happen that I didn’t “bounce back” again if something else were to happen. The question to myself was “If I am not able to dance anymore, then what?”

I realized this year that my passion is and always will be to support others in discovering what lights them up. Supporting others in finding the relationships they are looking for. Supporting people of all abilities to move and find their groove! Supporting others in making their dreams reality, whether it be fitness goals, relationships, financial, building businesses, creating extraordinary events, and so much more.

The company I have built, the Live OUT LOUD Movement, is so much more than just a fitness program based primarily in Zumba Fitness.

The Live OUT LOUD Movement is a LIFE MOVEMENT.

A place to take all that seems like heavy weights on our shoulders and discover the silver lining within them all to produce extraordinary results in the face of no agreement in life.

I truly believe that everything happens in our lives for a reason. Even all the “bad stuff” that I wish never happened. I see it as it had to happen to show me something that I couldn’t see was available before. In the moment, it never “feels” that way, however the true gift of this MOVEMENT is the opportunity to look more in-depth at what is happening and discover what I/we can’t see right away.  Discovering the knowledge that is hidden deep within what ails us to creating a strong and vibrant life that impacts ourselves and others by what is discovered!

I am in the process of rebuilding new aspects to the Live OUT LOUD Movement and new offerings over the next few months to really dive deep into what is possible through this company to help people in a unique way.

I hope you stick around to see what is next and how it all plays out. I will always continue to dance for as long as my body will let me, you can bet money on that and now is the time for me to take what I have built thus far and expand it far beyond where it is today!

EXCITING TIMES!

I'm under construction and loving it

Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Zumba is so much fun!

If you are someone who goes to the gym and counts the minutes until your workout is over…it may be time for you to try something different.

I was there once too…

I used to go to the gym and get on a treadmill and within 4 minutes (and I may be stretching that a little to make it seem like I really gave it all I had to make it to 5 minutes…) all I could think of was how long I had to keep doing this to reach the end.

Sound familiar?

Don’t get me wrong.  The gym can be GREAT! Some people really love it and I encourage my clients to switch it up and go if it inspires them. Trying different things can keep you from plateauing in your workouts.

When I found Zumba, my first reaction to the video I watched was “This is AMAZING!! I wanna do this!”

When I found my first class and went my first reaction was (tons of laughter from me) and “What the heck am I doing? I must look like a clown right now!”

The difference between yoga classes and Zumba classes (besides the obvious differences) is this…when you laugh and can’t stop in Zumba..it is fun and contagious….when you laugh and can’t stop in yoga…they kick you out…

I learned that one on my own too

(hence why I also teach Laughter Yoga…Kinda more my style)

After taking a few Zumba classes (started out with one a week), I began to know the moves a little more and fell in love with music and how FAST the class went.  I felt like I just stepped into class and suddenly we were at the cooldown.

BAM!

Just like that I was sweaty, relaxed and DONE my workout!! Felt so good!!

Each week came with more moves, new rhythms and then this class called Zumba Toning started and class was different but still as much fun as regular Zumba.  Then came Zumba Senato!!

What??!! All this from the Zumba Family??

The great part was that this class gave me a new way to continue doing what I loved and a new way to work my muscles so I didn’t plateau in my workouts.

WIN WIN AGAIN!!! THANK YOU ZUMBA FITNESS!

Fast forward to 10 years now…2 years as a student and coming up 8 years teaching.

People often as me “Is Zumba just a fad?”

Honestly, I don’t know…I have been doing it for a decade now and I am not bored and have no interest in quitting. I love it. It is passion. It is play. It is sweaty fun with an AMAZING community of people! I cannot imagine going back to anything else.

I think there are quite a few people out there, just like me, that a decade has passed and we are all wondering where the time went because it is just that AWESOME and easy to get hooked doing it!

Hope you come have some laughs, sweat and groove moves with us all soon! It is NEVER too late to start!

Much love,

Tammy (Your friendly neighborhood Zumba Instructor)shake it till you make it-1

 

Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being

Taking Care of YOU, Takes Care of Others!

Often times, many of us will jump to help or support another with what they need. Giving up our time freely to be able to support someone with what they need is very common.

I do it myself all the time too!

What I began to realize though was when I would jump to support others all the time, I stopped taking care of my own needs such as physical activity, eating healthy and doing the things that I love to do like writing (hence why you haven’t seen a blog post from me in a while), going for walks and chilling with friends.

My life had become about serving others and I stopped serving myself. There needs to be a balance between the two so that you/I can best support others by taking care of our selves first.

Here is what I mean, when I step back and really look at all the times I was having fun with my friends, eating healthy, writing regularly I can see a direct correlation to how I was able to better serve others because meeting my basic needs, had me be more clear and content with giving of myself to others.  When I didn’t take care of myself first then I would feel burnt out and struggling and sometimes even upset that I felt I “had” to support someone, rather than enjoying getting to do so.

If you look for yourself, do you ever feel like you put others before you? Notice how your mind and body react when you are not taking care of you too.  Do you feel anxious? Angry? Emotional? Upset? Unsettled?

If any of these emotions are presenting themselves, you may need to do a self-evaluation of what you have been up to and take some time out of your schedule just for you.

Don’t worry what others will think if you do…YOU ARE WORTH TAKING TIME FOR TOO!

The National Institute Of Wellness has these suggestions for you!

Some tips for self-care include:

  • Live Healthy, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol. Manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups.
  • Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself.
  • See friends to build your sense of belonging. Consider joining a support group to make new friends.
  • Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading.
  • Find ways to relax, like meditation, yoga, getting a massage, taking a bath or walking in the woods.

Whatever it is you choose to do, have it HONOR YOU!  This will have you better serving yourself AND your community!Taking-care-of-yourself-quote_daily-inspiration-2

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February Schedule is Up!

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All classes EXCEPT Mondays, happen at 2352 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto in the Party Room at Oscar Romero!   Be sure to come on out this month for TONS OF FUN, SWEAT, LAUGHTER and AMAZING COMMUNITY!!!