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! 🙂

Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

I Am Not In My 20’s….Here Is My Story!

Many of my clients meet me for the first time and think that I am somehow in my 20’s. I thank each and every one of you for thinking that, however, I think it is important to share with you that I am well on my way to 40 and I FEEL GREAT!! BUT it wasn’t always like this.

Not going to lie, when I was young I had no problem with my weight.  I didn’t exercise…well, I pretended to in high school by being part of the track team for one year but then got busted by going to the local coffee shop and drinking coffee and smoking when they thought I was out training for a marathon! Oh yes. This is a very candid blog today!


Well, I got married right out of high school and within 5 years went from 110lbs to 175lbs.  By the time I was 25 years old, I was getting a divorce, depressed, quitting smoking and figuring out how I was going to lose the weight so I would be happy in my own skin again.

Does some of that sound familiar to anyone?

It wasn’t about the weight as much as it was that I was truly uncomfortable.  I remember the actual moment I knew I was committed to losing the weight. I had gotten into my car on a hot day and as I sat down I could feel the “roll” of my stomach and the seat belt making its way between the roll and I began to sweat.  I felt so terrible in my own skin that I just knew that I needed to sculpt my body into what I was comfortable with.  Not necessarily losing the weight but the inches….they had to go!

I had a friend who was a personal trainer who took my challenge on. He ran me and ran me and ran me and then made me lift weights and run some more.  (I think this was a bit of karma biting me for all those false runs I did in high school!) Within that first year, I got myself down to where I am today and lets say the last 11 years I have finally been able to feel like me(with no smoking too)!  The thing is though is that once you get to where you want to be, it doesn’t mean you get to quit!  Now there is maintenance needed!

I personally, never enjoyed all the running we did but it worked! Now it was about finding fitnesses I could be truly passionate about and love doing everyday.  This is where Zumba came in. I only wished I would have started my fitness journey with Zumba! Would have saved me all those hours of running!

Over the years, I have come to realize that fitness can be a lot of fun when you love what you do.  I LOVE to dance, I love getting to be me (goofy and compassionate) with my clients and I love supporting people in meeting their goals like my trainer did for me.  I now have the experience of feeling young and surprisingly looking it too!

I don’t own a scale and haven’t in 11 years.  It is always been about being comfortable and feeling sexy! Numbers provide nothing in this regard.  Age is but a number (that’s why I am always thankful you all think I am so young! Hahaha) The scale may disappoint you but if you can feel good and see the inches coming off, that is more important than that number on a scale.

This pic is me today! I feel sexy and confident and I know I can support you to feel that way too!

Be YOU and allow me to be your BIGGEST FAN and cheer you on!


Benefits of Movement

Have You Recently Moved to Working From Home?

I recently left my day job where I went into work for someone else.  The office was open concept and at minimum there were 3 of us working in the same space with the radio going in the background.  I used to think this drives me nuts and I can’t get anything done!

My thoughts have shifted quite a bit since then….I now work from home full-time and the only time I really go out of my work environment is to go teach a class which lasts one hour and then I head back to the office.  I use to have it that working from home was “the dream”.  Most recently I have found it to be frustrating and lonely.  Please do not get me wrong, I am not complaining, where I am looking is the adjustment that it takes to shift what you have known for years as a work environment to a radically different situation and the frustration and/or stress it may cause.

One of the struggles I have been up against is that when I made this change, there really was no room in our home that I could call my “office”.  This means that my office roams with me throughout our house….some days it is at the back of the house/music studio, other days my laptop and I meet on the couch, some days the kitchen is the perfect spot and most definitely in the summer my laptop and I will venture out to our back balcony! (Thank god for Wireless!!)

The struggle I am having right now is that my partner also works from home, however, when we bought our place, he built his office into it…..seperate entrance, 2 rooms, the whole nine yards…..when we bought our place I didn’t know I would be doing what I am doing now and didn’t plan for it.

The stress and frustration for me comes from working on a project and then I may leave it wherever I am working for a bit and in the meantime, my partner has come down and seen it sitting there and feels I am leaving messes of paperwork around.  I can see his point his valid from where he is looking. However, sometimes I need to walk away from a project and come back to it…..packing it up and then taking it back out a couple of hours later just doesn’t work for me.  We have disagreements now and are looking at ways to adapt to this new living with both of us at home and I see where the level of stress, in some aspects, has increased in life since making this move.

Why would I even share this?

It occurs to me that many people may struggle with this and at one time I thought this would never exist!  Where I get my stress-relief for myself while I work on figuring this out is to do exercise, teach classes, listen to killer awesome music and move my body.  When I get into a funk about it, I get into action.  Releasing healthy endorphins through movement and exercise is what gets me back up on the horse to look at what a solution may be.

Currently, I don’t have a solution….other than if the weather would warm up I would move my office permanently to the balcony and then I think we would both be happy! LOL!  Until then, there is movement…..there is fitness…..and whether in that moment I want to go or not, I make myself because the benefits at the end of 60 minutes of an awesome cardio kick-in-the-pants will have me smiling and laughing again instantly and ready to find a solution!

Whatever you are stressed about, you can think more clearly after a great workout!

Contact us today if you are ready to SHIFT YOUR ENERGY!!!



Benefits of Movement

How Do You Shake the Stress Monster?

Did you wake up a little stressed today that a new year is upon us? Did you wake up stressed because the festivities are now over and back to work you go?

It is common to feel a little anxious or the stress monster creeping up the back of your neck as you make your way into the office. Maybe you are one of those lucky people who are still singing in the car until you reach your desk and find all the work you were able to “not see” before the holiday, now staring back at you SCREAMING to have attention paid to it!

How ever your day may show up for you, know that there are definitely ways of getting back into that festive mode feeling.  One way is to attend a zumba class in your area.  Bring your workout gear with you to work and slap the stress monster away while you run to your nearest gym to work off those work stresses!

Hey! If you can’t seem to pry yourself away to relieve some of that stress, contact me with who I can talk to at your work to bring these classes RIGHT TO YOU and your co-workers! Seriously, if you are feeling it, so are your co-workers!

Let’s all jump out of the regular routine this year and get up and dance! Get up and move, shake the stress monster away! Love yourself by taking on ways to eliminate stress!

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If you are feeling the stress monster today….contact us RIGHT AWAY by clicking here!