Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Your Input Is Needed!!!!

So, I told you all that I recently got certified to teach Zumba.  I have been working on routines and thinking about developing classes.  The Zumba market in our area is kinda saturated so I definitely need something to set myself apart.  I also really want to reach out to the folks who are where I was 3 yrs ago.

Also, I just read this post by Megan at Big Bottom Banded.

With all that being said, one of the Memphis bariatric surgeons has recently opened a satellite office in my town.  When I finally do decide to pursue teaching my own Zumba classes, I have given thought to maybe working with them to offer to teach a class for their new WLS patients.

SOOOOO...... here is my question(s).

Would it make a difference to you if you knew that your fitness instructor was a WLS patient??  

Would you have felt more confident starting to exercise in a group format if your instructor had WLS??  

Or if your class was for WLS patients only??  

I REALLY want  need your feedback/input on this, even if it is only a couple of words.

Pretty please, help a sistruh??

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weight Limits???

I know, I know ---- it's usually MandaPanda bringing you the news but I saw this on the morning news this AM while I was having my coffee.  

Here is the article: (I copy/pasted it for those who aren't able to click through links) 

(CNN) -- Childhood obesity isn't just a health issue, according to a group of retired military leaders. It's also a national security issue.One in four young adults are too overweight to join the U.S. military, a new report from the advocacy group Mission: Readiness says. And the U.S. Department of Defense spends an estimated $1 billion each year on medical care related to obesity issues for active duty members, their dependents and veterans."No other major country's military forces face the challenges of weight gain confronting America's armed forces," according to the report.

"At the end of the day, the reason America is safe and sound is not because of its tanks," adds retired Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, spokesman for Mission: Readiness. "It's really the men and women who volunteer and so proudly serve."

Kids on average consume 130 "empty" calories a day from candy, cookies and chips, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mission: Readiness has been working to get rid of junk food in schools since 2010, when it supported the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The act requires the USDA to update nutrition standards in schools.

Mission: Readiness believes having healthier food in the cafeteria and in vending machines will help slow - or even reverse - rising childhood obesity rates. And healthy children are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults who can serve their country

"We're not picking on the schools," Seip says. "The schools are part of the solution. We like to think that this obesity problem... is one that's going to require all of America to tackle."


While I am not usually one to post news type articles, this one really hit me.   It IS scary to think that our military defenses could be compromised because our young people are too obese to meet the physical requirements of military service.  But the real reason it struck me so hard was that I identify totally with this problem.  

Although I never aspired to military service, I did, at one point in my life, aspire to being a police officer.   I even got a degree in Criminal Justice (that was before I learned how to clean teeth). However, I never pursued my desire to join the police because, at the time,  I knew I would NEVER be able to complete and pass the physical training.  It's just another reminder of the limits that my weight put on me and allowed me to put on myself.  

I was overweight or obese from my childhood through the majority of my adulthood.  It's still a touch painful to think about all the ambitions and experiences that I never pursued or had the courage to pursue because of my weight.  

This makes me sad because I know there will be many kids out there that feel called to defend their country but won't be able to do so because of their poor physical condition.   Even worse are the kids who won't aspire to join the military because they are repeatedly told how awful, terrible, and worthless they are because they are overweight/obese.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NSVs -- Like a Boss!!!!

First off, I am glad that everyone had a great time in Chicago and equally glad everyone got to and fro all safe and sound.

While part of me is sad I missed out on BOOBs3, my weekend RAWKED pretty hard despite not being in Chicago.

Last week/weekend was full of some HUGE non-scale victories as well as a scale related victory.

My scale related victory was getting to see a new all time low!!!  I am finally solidly into the 170's with my new low of 174 lbs.  For anyone keeping count that comes out to a total of -110lbs.

Thanks to my new all time low I got to experience my first NSV in a long time when I decided to try on a pair of Size 10 jeans.  When I pulled them off the rack, I really didn't think they would fit, but the jeans were super cheap on clearance so I thought "What the hell -it's worth a shot!!" I really anticipated doing some dressing room acrobatics to wrestle them on, but it wasn't necessary -- they slide right up and fit like a glove.  

The proof!!  Even better they were clearanced for $13 (I found the same pair at another store on sale for $12 -I totes bought those too!!) 
I won't lie -- I almost cried right there in dressing room.  I have never worn a Size 10 anything in my entire adult life.

NSV: Numero Dos

As of this weekend I am officially a Licensed Z*mba Instructor, well, I am licensed to instruct.  I haven't actually instructed my own class, yet.  There is still a lot of work for me to do before that happens like, 1) coming up with some routines, 2) learning those routines, 3) getting over my paralyzing fear of being in charge of a class, 4) dealing with my anxiety that everyone will hate my routines and will leave class before the 2nd song.  You know, no big.

Taking this certification class was so HUGE on so many levels.  Now, in all honesty, they will pretty much give anyone a certificate if you complete the class, so don't let me fool you into thinking that I got some mad, awesome dance skills.  However, the class IS pretty intense.  It is basically 8 hrs of almost non-stop Zumba lead by an Instructor who has been doing Zumba since it began in the US almost 10 yrs ago (Chica was pretty hardcore!!).  So the fact that I could hang in a class that intense for almost 8hrs -- feels like a pretty big deal.  (Especially considering that 3yrs ago I spent most of my free time sleeping).  Bonus, I WASN'T THE BIGGEST GIRL IN THE ROOM!!!!  That still takes getting used to, I have spent so much of my life being the biggest person in the room that it still takes me by surprise.   Having that realization in a fitness related environment is just double bonus.

This me goofin' with my pal K.K. who took the class with me.  Notice our matching BondiBands!!!  Our class was held at a church so we didn't get to shower at the end of the day ---  we were RANCID!!!  I think KK's car still smells like BO.
****  With all this talk of NSVs and new lows I must tell the whole store of this weekend.  When we left the training class I was HUNGRY like I have never been before (despite having fueled myself throughout the day on good, healthy snacks).  My bones were hungry!!!  I remember thinking --- this is what athletes must feel like.  Anyways, KK and I had to hit the road for home so we opted for drive-thru dinner.  Somehow, someway in the course of the 3hr drive home I consumed a bacon cheeseburger, Lg onion rings, Lg Cherry Coke, AND a Chocolate Frosty.  I have NO idea where I put it.  Any other day I would have been horrified with myself but I DID NOT even feel the teensiest bit of guilt since my HR/calories burned monitor said we had burned 5000+ calories that day.  And lemme tell ya, I am not crazy about fast food these days and I really do my best to avoid it but I have no words to explain how that meal rocked my face!! 

As if this weekend couldn't get any better, I found the purse I have been lusting after for over a year on sale at TJ M@xx for $150 cheaper than normal retail. SNAP!!!! 


 It is by Michael K0rs and I have lusted after it fo-eva!!!  Even on deep discount it was still waaaaaay more expensive than any purse I have ever owned before.  But I had some extra birthday $$$ burning a hole in my pocket and I really wanted something nice to reward myself for making more forward progress in my weight loss/fitness journey.  Now I am gonna start saving my nickels and dimes for the brown version.  

Lots good stuff going on!!  I am also making plans to run a couple of 5Ks before the end of the year.  The Hubs and I have decided to wait till the first of the new year to resume any baby making efforts in order to avoid being all hopped up on hormones/baby stress during the holidays.  ('Cause when it comes to the holidays I don't need any help in the Crazy Dept.)  So, while I haven't accomplished certain things I had set out do this year, I will [hopefully] end the year having accomplished even more weight loss and fitness goals than I could have imagined.