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!

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Benefits of Movement

All Roads Lead to YES!

Do you ever have the thought “Should I go?”…. do not worry, you are never alone with this question. 

Majority of people will question whether to do something and especially when it comes to taking time for yourself and your own health & well-being, MANY people question and then choose to do something other than taking care of themselves.

Myself included, until about 9 years ago when I got serious about taking care of me!  I used to question whether I should go to a class or go to the gym a couple of times a week.  When it came down to going to the gym, I would often sell out on myself because I did not enjoy running on a treadmill or lifting weights. It was easy to say “no I won’t go.”

Even when I started Zumba, as much as I enjoyed it, there would be times I would say “nah, not today!” but what would end up happening is that one day would turn into a whole week and then I would feel anxious, lethargic and behind the game of taking care of me rolling into the next week….

Once I adopted the mentality of still asking myself “should I go?” with full intention of the answer always being “YES!” no matter how I felt (unless running a fever), I would ALWAYS feel better that I went.

It is so easy to sell out on ourselves and get busy in the day-to-day. Honestly though, once I started being consistent with taking care of me, the Day-to-day just got really easy and more fun too!

Take time out for YOU….ALWAYS!!

 

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Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Aging Is A Gift….

I love aging!

What?!!! Yep! I said it! I do not worry or feel bad about it at all….  Here is why…

With age comes little wrinkles around the eyes that tell a story of one’s life.

Aging brings on wisdom that in itself is beautiful as well.

There is nothing to fear as we age….it is all a part of life and without it…we cease to exist.

So embrace the wrinkles and love who you are every minute of everyday! Aging is a gift that many do not get the opportunity to do.

Live Life. Laugh Lots. Make Memories.

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Be Grateful for Everything!

Keeping a healthy mind is just as important as keeping a healthy body.

Body. Mind. Spirit.

Each morning upon waking I take a few moments to lie in bed in the stillness and think of all the things I can be grateful and thankful for in my life. From the super small to the amazing large things that we sometimes consider small….like actually waking up every morning….that is actually really HUGE!

Getting present in the morning to everyone and everything in my life has me, most days, stay present to what is truly important in my life.

To share with you, today, 1. besides waking up this morning (which I am truly grateful for every morning)

2. I am grateful for my family and friends here in Toronto and in Saskatchewan and ALL over this great world. It lets me know I am not alone and there is ALWAYS someone out there that I care about and they care about me!

3. I am grateful for my bamboo sheets on my bed! As silly or materialistic as that may sound I am someone who over-heats at night and bamboo sheets help to keep me at a good temperature to be able to sleep pretty peacefully!

4. I am grateful that I get to wake up beside my husband who is my best friend and forever boyfriend!

5. I am grateful today for my nephew who is fulfilling his dreams and heading to Texas from Saskatchewan to play football this week!

6. I am grateful to be a step mom to 2 of the most beautiful, smart, funny young women in this world!

7. I am grateful that I got to spend the day with my friend Cheryl and laugh and cry and laugh some more!

8. I am grateful to be able to dance every day and go speak in schools and that it’s even COOLER when I get to do both in the SAME DAY!

9. I am forever grateful for the roof over my head and the food that is on my table each day!

10. I am grateful for dreaming and how some time it makes sense and sometimes…I think I am just hungry because I dream about making food! LOL!

What I can say is that by the time my feet hit the ground in the morning, I am present to life and all the gifts that lie within it and no matter how the day may go, good, bad, sad, however it goes, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for…..even the simple things like being blessed enough to open my eyes and greet another day!

Mindset is everything in living a life you love.

Love you all,

Tammy

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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!

Want more info? Email me!

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Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

Staying Consistent Makes the Difference….

Staying consistent is the key to success in your own health and well-being.

Have you ever had a situation arise in your life that felt like it was too big to get pass or been so upset by a someone or a situation that you couldn’t even move?  You felt paralyzed?

Speaking personally, this has been a very difficult summer for me.  What has kept me in a highly positive state in the face of it all is continuing my regular work out sessions.  Zumba is also such a powerful group fitness class for not only giving you a great work out but the music will lift your spirits and leave you with a smile on your face by the end of class, no matter how bad life seems to be in the moment.

If it had not been for keeping consistent in my zumba routine (and that means even when I really didn’t want to I would still go), you may have found me curled up in a corner crying.  (I really wish I was kidding when I write that but that really is the truth)

Yes fitness is about getting fit physically but when you find the program that works for you it becomes so much more than just that.  It becomes something you can turn to when life shows up and you are not sure how to handle it.  Through releasing endorphins, blocks that seemed to once be in your way, gather a whole new perspective and you are able to begin to see clearly….to see your life clearly…..to see situations clearly and in turn, gives you new actions that you can take to move forward.

We are only stopped in life when we take no action…………………………

Just like you, I deal with upsets, heartache, challenges that some days I just don’t even know where to begin, except now…where I do begin each and every time, is in a zumba class.  I work through what is right there upsetting me by releasing the endorphins that will help me to think clearly and gain new perspective.

Please come and try out a class and see what I mean.  Leave your stresses behind for 60 minutes and see them with more clarity by the end.

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Listening To Your Body Needs & Wants: Confession

Confession:

I have denied my body for years any listening I could have for it up until about 10 years ago when I began to take my health very seriously.   There would be times I would listen with one ear and times I would tune out how I was feeling all together.

Can anyone relate?

I am very driven and putting it all out there, stubborn as an ox. I am a true Taurian!

Recently, since January, I have struggled off and on with breathing issues.  I do not have asthma and there is no hereditary signs of lung or heart issues.  For a while I was thinking ” I should get this checked out.” and then would make excuses to not call the Doctor and get an appointment.

You ever do that? “Should” on yourself?  I think we all do at times.

I used to also think when I was younger, “ya, I will get around to that physical…nothing is bothering me right now.”

These are dangerous thoughts when it comes to ones health.

Now, in my very late thirties, I am being probably the best listener to what is going on than I have ever been in my life.  See, when I listen to my body, it tells me everything I need to know about how to take care of it. When to drink water, when to sleep, when to exercise, when to go to the doctor. I am more alert and aware of what is happening physically, mentally and emotionally and it really did take something to start listening (not from being worried about everything) to what my body has to say.

Each of us are built differently. While we all have similarities that make us a human being, all of our bodies may operate just a little bit different and respond to exercise or treatments differently.

When I stopped “should’ing” on myself, I could see that the steps I needed to take to ensure this vessel I am in still keeps its “new car looks and parts” was that I needed to see my Doctor and let her know what was going on and how I was feeling.  It hasn’t slowed me down BUT I am clear if I don’t get this looked into, it could be something that escalates.

You know how it is easier to deal with something while it is small before it turns into a full-out life-altering event….small problem vs. big problem.

I am going through a lot of tests right now, continuing my fitness with my Doctor’s approval and I am listening to what my body needs and wants.  I know I will be okay because I am now awake and listening…. If my body wants a 20 minute cat nap, I take it! If it wants to dance like nobody is watching….well you totally know that WILL happen!  If I feel I am pushing myself too hard, I slow down.

I take this conversation very seriously with my own clients as well.  Listen to your bodies and know what you can and cannot do. It is not a problem to slow down for a class and take it at your own pace. Depending on your day and how you are feeling you may or may not be able to give 100% and its totally okay.  Your health must come first!

The problem in life and as a human is we all think it “won’t happen to me”  mentality to whatever it is and then BAM…you/I are dealing with it.  If you really listen, sometimes the warning signs are there….or my visual is always a “check engine” light will begin to flash and that is when you need to….well….check your engine…and better yet, just like an oil change….get checked over every 5000 km to ensure you and I are running perfectly!

Writing this, I am realizing how much better we are to our cars at times than we are to our bodies…just an observation! 😉

The moral of this blog today is listen to what your body needs.  Meditate. Spend some time with your self and discover what you see will support optimum health for your self and by all means, keep your check engine light working and your oil changed every 5000 km!

Take care of your selves out there!

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