something a group fitness certification won’t teach you

Once upon a time -I’m being vague here because I don’t want to directly call out the company/studio- some blogging friends and I went to take a fitness class as part of an event. The studio knew we were bloggers, were wonderfully kind and accommodating, and made a point to let the instructor know that…

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“When you expect less, you get more”

 = my Yoda-esque wisdom for the day.  (Also, can you believe I’ve never seen Star Wars? The Pilot is always teasing me about it. There are a lot of classic movies that have missed my radar.) This morning I was off on a 10-mile run.  It’s not a personal distance record, and it wasn’t fast…

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The countdown is on

It’s hard to believe that my half marathon is less than a month away! It simultaneously feels like it crept up on me and like it took forever to get here.  Even though I’ve followed training plans in the past, this is my first time really training. I ran with a running group, learned about proper…

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“Before 30” bucket list

Hi friends <3 Thank you so much for your amazing response to this morning’s post. It’s way too easy to get into the comparison trap game and at the end of the day, how fast we run, how much we lift, how well we Zumba… it doesn’t really matter. I’m loving all of your amazing…

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You don’t have to be “good”

This past weekend, I got a comment suggesting that I should stop running because I’m not very fast. It made me pretty upset, not because this commenter was saying I was slow -I’ve been called far worse since I started blogging- but because it’s frustrating to see that kind of attitude in the fitness community.…

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eating everything

I always think it’s so weird to write about eating and eating habits. Part of me can’t help but think that it’s silly that I think anyone should care about how I choose to feed myself, but at the same time, I feel like it’s important to be transparent with my readers, especially when things…

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The famous turkey burger recipe

As I mentioned last week, Wednesdays have become crock pot night at our house. Or hot bar night? Yes, that too. The Pilot has his Master’s class Wednesday night (via webcam correspondence), and I work during the day, so dinner is fast and furious. Yesterday I decided that if I can’t get it in the…

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My Zumba story

After the ZIN Jam session on Saturday, Eric stopped to give us some tips about our classes. He gave some awesome advice -especially the fact that you don’t have to be a Zumba Jammer to host your own Master class- and also told us his family’s Zumba story. While it’s not really the place to…

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New and Old

I always tell myself to take it easy and pace myself for these things. But then when the time comes, and class starts, I get so excited, go a little cray,  and then it hurts to be alive by the end of the day. I’ve already learned so much –lots of new moves for upcoming…

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What I’m taking back home with me

This past weekend, I traveled alone. As much as I missed my family -I had a couple of rough moments being away from Liv- I know it was good for me. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and all that stuff, right? I knew she was having a blast with her daddy and that I…

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8/26: Video of the day

For us, the perfect Sunday is an equal mix of productive and lazy. I feel like we accomplished so much and did nothing at the same time. I didn’t take a ton of pics, but did take a video I’d love to share. I think it sums up the day perfectly: spent with the people…

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Confessions of a Group Fitness Instructor

1. You know that merengue we did? I choreographed it in the car, forgot what I was going to do and made it up on the spot.  On the same note, do not be afraid if I come up and want to booty pop and shake with you. 2. If you’re talking during class, that’s…

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