Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

Do You Need Stress Relief?

Life is not easy all the time and being human, we all deal with a certain amount of stress. It is just a fact of life.

Stress is something that will diminish your energy, cause anxiety through your body, leave you feeling like you either need to run away or stand up and fight.

It really does affect us all.

So what’s the solution?

I can only speak from what I know.  What I know if that I spent MANY years being a prisoner of my stress.  It would build up in my body until I felt paralyzed and couldn’t think of what a possible “next step” could even be!

One day while feeling super bummed out and wanting to hide, I heard a fun song on the radio that I knew. I could feel the corners of my mouth turning up. Soon I realized I was singing along.  By the end of the song I was up and moving around cleaning up while doing a little dance.

I felt great. Like the cement blocks on my shoulders were starting to crumble.

I started to do this more often when feeling super stressed out.

It wasn’t until years later that I discovered Zumba…and then really…like no kidding…I DANCE OUT ALL MY STRESS every week and feel amazing…even to this day!!!

Zumba became my full-time stress reliever.

I discovered that rhythms and moving my body to rhythms allowed not only my physical body to “feel good” but it also rearranges molecules in my thinking and how I react to difficult situations.

Zumba became my solution to dealing with my stress. Maybe it could for you too!

Check out a class OR even start by just heading over to my videos and trying one song at home! 🙂

Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

January 2018 is Here!

If you are a “New Year’s Resolution” person you may be well on your way to your new goal.  If you are a “New Year to start something New person” you may still be looking for that new “thing” to try out and see where it goes!

Personally, I am more the second person than the first.  It really doesn’t matter though which person you are or if you take on neither of these.  Often times we stress ourselves out at this time of year thinking that if we don’t have that “New Shiny Goal” in place than we have already failed for the year before we can succeed, or if we take something on and in the first week something happens and we can no longer commit to it that the whole year is now blown…

Hogwash! (as my mom would say!)

A New Year only holds the meaning YOU/I attach to it. We can actually start and stop goals at anytime and it means nothing about who we are or how the rest of the year will go if we do.

Mindset is everything in the game of life, in my opinion. The moment I make myself wrong or something wrong that is going on around me is the moment that I have gone down the rabbit hole and will spend the next week/month/year trying to dig myself out of it.

Give yourself the freedom to explore this January. To explore what it is that lights you up and when you discover it….DO MORE OF THAT! (Whatever it is)

Do not allow yourself to dive deep into the rabbit hole of destruction that wrecks your entire year before it is started. Make 2018 the year of exploration and see what opens up!

Just a suggestion to take on as we move forward this month.

Happy vibes coming your way!

Much love and success to this new year for you in 2018!

Tammy

Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

The Journey Starts with a Single Step….

Before I became a zumba instructor and speaker, I had been searching for something I loved to do. Like many people, I was walking around going from job to job unfulfilled in my journey.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of really great jobs and worked with a lot of really great people….but none of the work I was doing was filling that void I felt.

I started taking zumba to first find a fitness that I would stick to and enjoy as many other sports/fitness didn’t interest me and also because I found myself getting lost in the music and walking away feeling like that void I kept feeling would disappear.

As time went on, I found myself looking so forward to class and for me, at the time, it wasn’t really about the workout anymore, it was about how it made me feel the moment the music came on and my body began to move. It was like I could feel all of the issues I was having during the day just start to fall right off of me and I would be smiling from ear to ear by the end of class.

The more I did it, the more I wanted others to have this experience.  I realized my love for music and movement is what had been missing in my life. I didn’t even have any intention to become an instructor but then at some point, it just happened.

To this day, I still have days that are stressful but the difference is that everyday, I dance it away with amazing women and we laugh and sweat and leave all our worries at the door.  It doesn’t mean that the worries or stresses don’t come back either. Sometimes they do…..and then, I dance again and reflect on what needs to happen and most times I gain clarity on what I am dealing with while I am busting a move!

Becoming an instructor was one of the greatest gifts I could give to myself.   When I hear people say, “all journey starts with a single step”, I totally get it…and then this journey was followed up by a cha-cha-cha and I am forever grateful.

Let me support you in finding the mental, emotional and physical release you want/need in life. If you love music, you will love zumba. Anyone really CAN do it no matter your shape, mindset, physical disability….when there is a will, there is a way!

Let’s discover it together. I am on your side! 🙂

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Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being

Let’s Sweat, Laugh and PLAY!

I have seen the snow…IT’S COMING!

I have just returned from a visit to Saskatchewan and I am here to warn you that it is COMING! Be sure to come to Zumba class and keep your bodies warm and active!

Now is the time to dance away your stress and lose a few inches without even knowing it!

Classes are all ON! You can dance with me Monday to Friday! WOOHOO!

Cannot wait to see you! First class is FREE, there is nothing to lose but stress and inches! 🙂

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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

Thoughts That Keep Us Stuck In Life….

Some days I wake up and I am not in a good mood. I am not very nice with myself and as my own worst critic I start the day with being mean to me.

Can anyone relate?

I have been known to take on the attitude that I am not good enough and the evidence to prove that I am not enough shows up in the way that I would be “more” successful in my career, I would be making “more” money, I would be able to see my family “more”, I would have “more” free time to do what I want to do while balancing everything else….

Notice the word “more” and how much it shows up?

Yes. Sometimes we are the worst with the person we should be loving the most.

Ourselves.

Nobody is immune to this way of thinking. If there was a magic pill that could be taken to interrupt this thinking, we probably all would have taken it by now.

There is not.

There is however, the ability for each of us to notice when we are doing it and begin to shift the way we think about ourselves.  There are tools we have as human beings that can have this way of thinking begin to disappear.

Some of the tools I have used and continue to use as I have found them to be very successful are the following:

  • As crazy as it may sound….FITNESS…this is my #1 way to interrupt it. When I begin to work out, no matter how down I am or being hard on myself, I can’t help but feel every molecule in my body come alive with a sense of renewed energy that pumps me up in a positive way!  The happy endorphins that are released when I am moving my body….sends me into a state of euphoria and pleasure that has the rest of my thoughts for the day completely shift to positivity.
  • Being in communication….not from complaining or being a victim of my thoughts….just being in communication with a friend or colleague or physician about what is going on. If you do this, I strongly suggest you pick someone who will not buy into your “oh woe is me” story but someone who can hear it, get it, and either coach you through it or just listen and not judge or pass their opinion on..
  • Journaling…..writing down what is happening in your thoughts is very powerful. Many times when I can see it on paper I can finally see what the disconnect is. I can see how cruel I am being to myself and that what I am saying to myself just doesn’t coincide with who I am in reality.
  • Take time out to be in nature….and BE in the moment. Can you appreciate the beauty of the grass in a park, the tree out your window, the stunning world in which we live in? I call it the “stop and smelling the roses” moment. We have all heard that term but do you ever just take a moment to appreciate life and all the beauty in it?  When I am wrapped up in making myself wrong, I can always bet that I haven’t stopped to see what is physically around me.  The moment I do, is the moment I can breathe again.

These are just a few methods that I use to come back to reality. See, what I have learned is those thoughts we have about ourselves are just that….thoughts…..and thoughts CAN become things if we listen to them like they are the truth.  I am choosing every day to think thoughts that will serve me now and in the future and to interrupt those thoughts that work to tear me apart.

What will you choose?

If you are struggling and need someone to listen, coach, or work with you on creating a fitness or nutrition program that will support you….please reach out. I am here.

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Benefits of Movement

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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