Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being

Here We Go 2019!

There is something about starting a New Year that allows for all of what didn’t work the year before to be put behind me.

I begin to think about what it is that I want to accomplish in the New Year and looking at what it will take to do so.

I have made New Year’s resolutions before but quickly they fell out of existence…mainly because they were “great ideas” but I failed to put a plan of action to achieve them in place.

Now, in the first week of the New Year, I fill my calendar with actions. Actions that will propel what I want to accomplish and I do it in 3 month increments. I set out my schedule of what I know I already have to do. ie. Work, homework, accounting, etc. and then I add in my personal workouts (I schedule my fitness like I do work), meetings, phone calls, etc.

Yes. I teach fitness classes, however, I also do some personal fitness goals just for me as well as a mind, body, spirit regime of reading, meditating and more. Honestly, if I do not schedule this stuff in, it doesn’t happen and I had to get really straight with myself about that.

Left to my own devices, I could binge on Netflix or find 1000 other things to do before taking care of me. Yup. I am just as guilty as the next person!

Action plans create just that….ACTION!

Imagine yourself 3 months out from where you currently are and walk back from that point to what you had to do to get there and write it all down. Use a google calendar! Put a calendar app on your phone, or if you like to go ‘old school’ write it on a piece of paper and go to work!

Remember, do not beat yourself up if you miss an action. Just put it back in existence and look towards that future you are creating.

Be kind to yourself and be in action.

Make 2019 your BEST YEAR YET!


Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Guaranteed Way to Stick to Your Fitness Resolution This Year!

Are you in to making New Years resolutions? If you are, have you ever made a fitness resolution?  Have you stuck with it for an entire year? For many people the answer is yes I have and no I have not stuck to it.

I completely get that, relate to it and I think I may have discovered what a lot of the problem with that is…have you guessed yet?  I have said this many times in the year and strongly believe that referring to your fitness as a “work”out is really a un-workable term to use.  You work enough in life, in my opinion!  You go to work,  you work on your relationships/marriage, everywhere you look…you are working! So why not relate to something as “FUN” ….a “fun”out perhaps? YES! A fun out! What a better way to get fit is there then to find the way you love to have fun as an exercise and do a whole lot of that!

One of my clients had this to say:

“After years of doing very little fitness and every year saying I would do it…THIS YEAR FOR SURE… I realized why I didn’t stick to it was because it was just one more thing to do on my “to do” list.  I never really liked running but it was easy to do except for I got bored and sometimes frustrated trying to come up with new places to run and counting how many kilometres was the distance from here to there to figure out how far I would go each day.  I also didn’t like dealing with the weather if I went running outside and the inside option of running just really had me be bored…  I tried weight training…that didn’t last long…picking up my children after a long day was really enough “weight training” in my day that I actually enjoyed!  I was frustrated trying to find something that I could do just for me that would have me stick to my fitness goals.  When I was younger, I used to love to go hit the clubs with my girlfriends and dance but as we got older, we slowed down going and eventually stopped.  I missed those days.  Then I discovered Zumba! I discovered your classes!  The first few times I came I missed I think every step but you warned me ahead of time that as long as I was moving and grooving to the music, I was doing awesome and the steps would come, and they did!  I am hooked and having fun every week now!    Surprisingly I just learned I am burning a TON of calories but most importantly I am doing something that suits what I love and I don’t experience it as work.  Sometimes I think I will miss a class but then I drag myself there and by the time the first song is a few seconds in I am dancing away smiling, laughing and so happy to feel my body coming alive. I have been learning what it is to have fun again. I am so happy! I never thought about it until I started coming to your Zumba classes but a fun out is totally possible! “ ~S.T. Office Manager

If you experience fitness as a chore or something you “have to do” and are not lit up by it, you may not get the results you desire either.  Zumba is about music. It is about moving, sweating, laughing and making a difference for you and all the people around you!

If you are planning on having a fitness New Years resolution, come try out one of my classes for free.  There is no harm in trying something new! You never know where THIS fitness journey may take you!  With rhythms from around the world, I will transport you on a journey through culture, movement and FUN!


HAPPY 2014!!!