Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Slaying My Sugar Addiction


I've started the Les Mills 21 Day Challenge.  Here's a video explaining it.  My one and only reason for doing this is-

1. To slay the sugar addiction I have been developing since Thanksgiving last year.


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This is me, slaying my addiction.


My addiction has been leading me to have a bit more of this and that here and there...


and that has allowed some fat to accumulate around my stomach and on my hips and thighs...

and that fat keeps my clothes from fitting as well as I like...

and keeps me from preforming as well as I want to during exercise...

but the main reason I am doing this is to reset my appetite toward healthy, whole, clean foods.

There was a point in time when I didn't feel the need to eat every pastry or muffin in sight.  I want to get back to that point again.

It's difficult at times to stick to the diet, especially if I go too long before eating.

But then there are moments when I feel really good, really clean and free and those moments are transcendent.

For me, this is where my faith comes in.

I was listening to music in the shower yesterday and this song came on.




 "You provide the fire.
I'll provide the sacrifice.
You provide the Spirit.
And I will open up inside.
Fill me up, God.
Fill me up, God.
Fill me up, God.
Fill me up."

This song was very important to me as I started my weight loss journey a few years ago. The lyrics were just a perfect expression of what I wanted to Lord to do for me as I pursued health.  I needed God to "fill me up" and "provide the fire." I listened to it a lot back then and used it to meditate on my goals and my reasons for pursuing health. So it was nice to hear it and be reminded of all of that the Lord has done for me and all that He is still helping me do.  Of course, my physical body is not all there is of me.  I'm human, so I'm spirit, too.  And my spirit needs to be free of my addiction as much as my body does.

Until then, I pray and follow this diet with fierceness and determination and "I beat my body, and keep it under control, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."  1 Corinthians 9:27


Monday, February 23, 2015

Les Mills Super Quarterly- Boston 2015


Les Mills Super Quarterly- Boston 2015
I attended the Les Mills Super Quarterly near Boston, Massachusetts yesterday.  The photo above was taken in the early morning as everyone was gathering together in the gym before the day started with Bodypump.

Registration-
When I registered for the Super Quarterly online, I was given the opportunity to sign up for the classes I wanted to take.   After my experience at the previous Super Quarterly, I knew that if I stretched myself too thin, doing too much, I wouldn't really enjoy the classes I wanted to enjoy, so I only registered for the ones I love the most and those classes that I wanted to experience for the first time. So, for me, the Super Quarterly included-

Bodypump,
Grit Cardio,
CX Worx,
Bodycombat,
and Bodyflow.

I was beat when I finished the day, but my schedule was actually lite compared to what many instructors did. I know I'm sore today.  I can only imagine how they feel.

Reebox Headquarters-  
The Super Quarterly was held at Reebok Headquarters, a massive facility with a cafe, gym, group fitness studios, large bathrooms, a Reebok store, etc.  The only thing I wish the facility had had were showers. I needed a shower.

Schedule-
The day had the full line up of Les Mills group fitness classes taught by elite Les Mills instructors. Most of these classes were in the large gym, one class after another, all day long.  But some of the classes like RPM and Grit were in separate, smaller group fitness studios because, obviously, they are for limited groups of people and need special equipment (i.e. stationary bikes).  But even though those classes were limited in size, there were at least a few RPM classes at various times and the Grit classes were also running throughout the day, so there were many opportunities to join. And I think at least a few people who were wait-listed for the Grit Cardio class I was in were allowed into class because some people who signed up did not show after all.

New Releases- 
All the newest releases were done, so I got to experience Bodypump 93 and Bodycombat 63, etc.  before I had ever even seen them.  That was great.


First Experiences-
Yesterday was my first experience with Grit and CXWorx, since the gym where I sub Les Mills classes only has Bodypump and Bodycombat. 

Grit Cardio-
Grit pushed me to physical limits I don't usually get to even in the most intense Bodycombat tracks, so I felt really out of shape.  I was teaching a Tibata class at one of my gyms for a few months and that was similar to Grit in some ways, but I haven't done that format in a while. Grit helped me remember how much HIIT can quickly improve cardio capacity and burn excess body fat, two things I want to do.

CXWorx-
CXWorx was intense, but fast paced. As I did the exercises, I realized how much I would benefit from more core work like that.  I might try and do more core work on my own, perhaps adding a half hour of core exercises the days when I exercise at home, since the gym where I teach does not have that program either.

Born to Move and BodyVive-
I saw portions of all the formats as I moved around the building throughout the day, but I was purposeful to sit and watch the Born to Move presentation and the BodyVive class intently.  As a parent, teacher, and group fitness instructor, Born to Move would combine all of my passions, so that program excites me.  I also currently teach Silver Sneakers, a group fitness class for senior citizens, so I am intrigued by a format like BodyVive because it is supposed to allow various age groups and fitness levels to exercise together while remaining exciting and challenging for everyone.  I made a mental note that I want to take a BodyVive class at my next quarterly because it looked like a very fun, yet challenging workout.  Like I said before, the gym where I sub Les Mills classes only has two programs-Bodypump and Bodycombat- so I don't know if I will ever get an opportunity to teach any of these other programs, but nevertheless, I am glad these programs exist.


One Tribe-
I talked to other Les Mills instructors throughout the day as we waited for classes to start or as we were eating to fuel all the fun we were having, etc.  It was very encouraging to talk to like-minded people on topics ranging from sneakers to healthy food. The most encouraging parts of the day were actually two unexpected comments that two instructors made.  One lady said she just got her first class on her gym's schedule after two years of being certified.  Another lady said she has every class she wants, but she said has been working at the same gym for a decade.  I was very encouraged by those brief moments, in particular, since I don't have a Bodypump or Bodycombat class after a few months of having the certifications.  That gave me a fresh perspective on my situation and strengthened my spirit.

I saw some familiar faces yesterday, too. My new friend Kelsey and I met at Bodycombat training in November and we have been in touch on Facebook since then. Kelsey is already rocking two Bodycombat classes a week at the gym where she works- Fortified Fitness!  I have so much respect for her. She's really doing it!



Humility-
That's the main thing I took away from this Super Quarterly- humility. The elite instructors have my respect and admiration since I have been pursuing health and fitness for a while now, so I can imagine how hard they must work, how clean they must eat, etc. etc. to be able to perform like they do.

I was also really impressed by many of the instructors around me as we were all exercising together. As I awkwardly threw up my step side kicks during Bodycombat, I had this amazing moment of clarity where I realized, "I am an amateur!" and then laughed at myself and thought "Of course, I am!" I think the Les Mills certification process and job search has been intense so far and I got the impression I was supposed to have everything right right now.  But I realized that I am totally okay with where I am on this journey as a Les Mills instructor. Dave Ramsey says, "If you want to be a winner, surround yourself with winners."  So that is why I am confident I will keep improving by being a part of this Les Mills tribe.