Farewell for now!

With the holidays right around the corner and the semester coming to an end, I am letting my readers know that my blog will be slowing down, but it will continue!  I have come so far with my own fitness journey and I think having this blog has helped motivate me and made it easier to push forward with my fitness experiences. I have enjoyed writing and interacting with my readers and I hope you have learned something about fitness. Your health is so important and I hope you can see that!

I have learned that I love blog writing. It is my favorite type or writing thus far because it allows for complete creativity. Getting out there and meeting with people instead of meeting them all over the internet has been such an experience. I have realized that I am not the best with photos and video editing but I am working on it. Everything takes practice, even learning a new workout!

This semester has taught me my strengths and weaknesses via internet writing. I have made mistakes and not all of my posts got the recognition I would have liked, but I know people were reading and thats all I ask as a new blogger. The most exciting thing for me was becoming apart of a team and signing up as a health and fitness coach to have that accountability to keep me going! Everyday has been something new and exciting and I would not take any of it back. Blogging has become a new hobby for me, if not anything else, and I plan to keep up with it in my free time.

Big thanks to those who have supported and read my blogs over these last few months! I hope you can stick with it, and complete any fitness goals that you have. Feel free to reach out at anytime and find me on Facebook!

How do you feel about Dancing?! Check out the 3D Dance team in action!

 

Rowan’s 3D dance team is full of talented individuals who spend lots of free time dancing! I have seen them perform a number of times and I am always impressed. I walk away with a smile on my face and just have such a good feeling running through me after watching people dance. It is also contagious… dance can get anyone out of there seat if done right!

3D dance team at practice on a Wednesday night. Going over some moves from a recent performance they did. (Photo/Emily Bolton)

3D dance team at practice on a Wednesday night. Going over some moves from a recent performance they did.
(Photo/Emily Bolton)

I used to be a dancer myself but I chose not to stick with it. My heart wasn’t in it and I just knew it was more of a hobby for me. But for ladies and gents who dance their hearts out day and night I can see true passion. Liz Reuter, a member of the 3D Dance team expresses her feelings about dance and its contributions to her lifestyle, “hmm dance benefits me because it lets me live right there in the moment. When I’m on stage or in a studio, I don’t think about the amount of work I need to get done that day.” Dance can be both a hobby and/or passion for some which makes it even better to watch. 

Dance can also be a great workout! All the moving around and twisting and turning of the body can do wonders for your health. Dance is not something you have to be good at to enjoy doing. The benefits come in all kinds and once you get out on the dance floor and feel that beat there is no turning back. Emily Decker, (star of the video above) generalizes how dance impacts her everyday life, “Dance benefits my lifestyle cause it has made me more out going and it allows me to express myself in different ways!!”

Exercise should be fun and you should enjoy doing it, which is why dance is a great way to start. Dance is a great way to lose weight, reduce stress and gain flexibility all while having a good time. Just letting go, and feeling yourself in that moment can be the best feeling in the world. I know from experience that dance is so great for the soul.

As a dancer, you can become part of a bigger picture. This allows for you to be free and just enjoy what is happening in the moment.  Confidence is hard to come by these days, but as a dancer it just comes naturally. Once you start dancing, you get a feeling of  ‘I can do anything and no one can stop me,’ which can be the best thing in the world. All the sudden it doesn’t matter what you look like or if you’re doing it right, it becomes belief in yourself to keep going! Sometimes leaving the dance floor is the hardest part. Dance becomes a part of you and will not leave you unless you allow it to.

Dance comes in all forms. One of my favorites would be Zumba. It is fun to do and a great workout. Zumba allows for you to let loose and have a good time all while working out the best parts of your body all at once.

Another I have not tried yet, but I plan to in the near future would be Cize. This workout allows for you to get involved and want to go for round two. It can be intense but it is worth it. Once you get started I can guarantee you wont want to stop!

Dance your little hearts out because staying healthy and having a good time while doing it is just a bonus to a new healthier you! Let loose and get your booty to the dance floor!

Giving the 21 day fix experience a try!

It’s time for a change! I have decided to take my fitness journey a step farther and become a health and fitness coach. With that being said, I want to help others find their way as well. This is one of the best decisions I have made in a while. In such a short period of time I have met some of the most amazing people and shared things about myself that I was to shy to express before. When first hearing about the 21 day fix program from my coach I doubted myself and was not sure if it was going to be possible. Once I jumped into it I knew it was the best thing for me.

I signed up for my 21 day fix through my team using Teambeachbody.com. This website is a great place to find information, connect with my team and submit results for prizes and much more! The constant updates and new programs are always being added and this is where all that can be found. I would sort of be lost without all the access from this website.

My favorite part about the 21 day fix is the workouts. These workouts are made and set to help give you the best results possible. And, they are fun to do. I look forward to Pilates and dirty 30 because I know those days will be harder than the rest, but I will work even harder to push through and complete them all to my best ability. Sticking to this schedule is not mandatory but it does help stay on track. 

I now find myself taking the extra time to think about what I want to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I set aside time to make healthy meals and food shop due to what is suggested by the 21 day fix meal plan. The colored containers make it easier for me to stay on track and not have cheat meals because everything is already made to portion size. ‘Helpful hint, if you do not buy the junk food, you can not eat it.’ 

Accountability and motivation are two of the easiest things to find when joining a team. I have had nothing but support from my team and others who have noticed my dedication to this program. Shout out to my coach Carolyn Marrone for always knowing the right thing to say when I am having a bad day and keeping me on my toes about being the best coach that I can be. Remember, when others know what is going on in your life they can help you succeed in anything you do. 

Follow these tips to get the best experience possible with the 21 day fix!  I am going onto round two next week and I feel better than I ever have before. The 21 day fix has changed me as a person inside and out. Results do not come overnight, they take time and as long as you remember that your own progress is the best motivation, you will be pleased with the end results. 

My before and after picture. This was made to motivate me to look better and stay confident throughout the 21 days. (Photo/Emily Bolton)

My before and after picture. This was made to motivate me to look better and stay confident throughout the 21 days. (Photo/Emily Bolton)

Give the 21 day fix some thought and please feel free to contact me via Facebook for more information!!

First Hand Pilates Experience with Laurie Dwyer

Have you ever done Pilates? Do you know that it is one of the best core exercises out there?

When I took this video I wanted to be involved. I did not want to sit on the sideline and videotape! It helped me realize that fitness comes in so many different ways and that the possibilities to better ourselves are endless. Pilates, being one of many exercise classes out there, looks like fun!

Check out Laurie Dwyer, an instructor of Pilates at the Rowan Rec Center gym!