Zumba. The End.

I am an emotional mess right now. For that reason, this could get long.  But I won’t make it long because short version is life goes on.

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It is with every emotion in the world that I say yes, the rumors are true. I am hanging up my Zumba shoes….for the most part. As of September 30th, I will no longer be teaching the class that started out with me riding in a car with three women that I didn’t know that well to Georgia and began in a back room which swelled to us basically dancing on top of each other and eventually sharing space with almost 200 people at a time. No longer will I pull into the parking lot on a Monday at 4:45 pm and dance in the corner, trying out new steps and practicing old ones or just getting my mind right because life was hard and I needed to be o.k. before I got on the mic. I’ve been sucking it up, sucking it in, sweating it out, screaming my through and combining my South Side with salsa at the same time in the same place for over nine years. Continue reading

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Getting My Sparkle on With Gerolsteiner: The #SparklingDetox

There are three I’d like to confess right now:

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  1. 95% of the time, I am not the friend you should ask to hang out after 9 p.m.
  2. I’d rather buy books than food, clothes, or well, just about anything.
  3. I have had a problem getting in my daily intake of water my entire life.

I know the benefits of being hydrated. I own six thousand water bottles in different colors, shapes and sizes. I can, honestly, FEEL the difference when I haven’t had enough water. And because I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, I’ve been feeling EVERYTHING a lot more. So really, what I’m saying is, water should be the least of my issues. I think I can take it on.

That’s why I was really excited when my #SweatPink family at FitApproach announced their partnership with Gerolsteiner, who is hosting a #SparklingDetox. Continue reading

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And Now A Word About Changing YOUR Life…

I went to the doctor yesterday for the first time in probably close to a year.

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Bad news: I have a sprained neck.

Good news: All of my vitals and blood work are in great range and I’ve lost almost 10 pounds since my last visit.

Whenever you say the words “weight loss” out loud, someone is going to ask you what you did and someone is going to exclaim they cannot do what you do.

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That second part is true and it’s the reason why I’m going to tell you what I STOPPED doing that really changed how I approached working out, eating and weight loss. Continue reading

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Now or Too Late

They say it takes 21 days to start a new habit.

I haven’t written a blog post in 22 days.

My new habit is to speak when I have something to say, when it’s clear, when it’s meaningful.

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The last three weeks have been a blur. I’m also a procrastinator.

My last blog was written from the lobby of a Los Angeles hotel while I was attending Blog Fest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention. I could write about my experiences but most of the people who read my blog have no idea what Blog Fest even is (my clients just know my trips as me coming back with new equipment and exercises and making their training sessions “interesting”) and while I was sitting in a workshop there I confessed that I don’t read a lot of “recaps” myself because, well, I’m not really interested.  I wasn’t there. Someone else’s experience won’t make me feel like I was there and well, I’d rather read more books on Prince and how to clean out my closet.

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I did get to take a picture with Jenna Wolfe who is super cool and hear her speak. She brought tears to my eyes.

Truth. That’s what I’ve found out in the past three weeks. I’m getting down to my truth. And I’m getting down to the part where I am no longer dressing it up, apologizing for it or trying to make it look good so others will approve.  It’s a controversial position when you are professionally a public person and then part of your personal life becomes majorly public. In spite of all of it, I have decided this is it.  Life could end at ANY moment for ANY of us and if I dropped dead after I pressed published on this blog, I want to know I left here doing EXACTLY what I wanted, how I wanted to do it, with my heart and head clear.

And, as Jenna said so eloquently but with a urgency that made water fall from my eyes like she was talking directly to me, there are only two times in life….. Continue reading

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“If Only”….That Body Thing Again

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I’m sitting in the lobby of my hotel here in L.A. with my body still on Central Standard Time.  It is not a pretty sight.  However, I’ve had a great time seeing all of my fitness friends from around the world (yep, even saw my boy from Singapore when I was leaving registration).  I’m amazed at how much can change in a year.  I’m not just speaking about my life (obviously) but I’m speaking about my attitude towards coming to conferences like these where I would normally be wrapped up in traveling with eight pair of shoes for three days and multiple outfits (in case I got in my feelings and wanted to wear orange instead of blue) and felt EXTREMELY intimidated by all of the people pulling chicken breasts out of their bags with muscles bigger than my head looking and sounding more fit than me.

I have changed.

But I still struggle. And I didn’t have to come here to have such a moment.   Continue reading

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