90 to 45: The Journey

07 August 2014

In 90 days, on November 5, I turn 45 years old.

And on that day, I will be IN A LITTLE BIKINI posing my hopefully-shapely ass off at a photo shoot with the lovely and talented Khammy.  I will then post these pics.  

THERE, I said it!  OMG, I feel like throwing up now.  This is BIG, my friends.  I've never done anything like this before.  I am extremely modest.  I have NEVER worn a bikini in public.  Even when I rocked the body for it many... many... MANY years ago.

So, why am I doing this?  Why so extreme?

Because I am the Queen of Self-Sabotage!  I will make up excuses not to exercise.  I will come up with brilliant reasons to eat crappy.  I let other things take priority over me reaching my health goals.  So, my improvements stall.

Then in April, my friend Erin came to town.  She took one look at me and said, "Hey, girlfriend, you've got, like, a saucy vibe going on!"  I looked great, felt awesome, and I'd just lost about 5 lbs -- but it was 5 lbs that I knew would easily jump right back on!  (And they did eventually.)

Lucky for me, Erin isn't just my friend, she's also my mentor and mindset coach, and she told me the basic principles she used to win her very first fitness competition:  "Set a goal.  Go big.  Go scary.  Announce it.  Make a plan.  Do it.  Stay accountable."

I considered entering a fitness competition, but my anxiety level goes through the roof and I turn into a little freaked out chihuahua at the thought of competing against others.  Paralyzing.  This will send my cortizol levels through the roof!

But I do like competing against myself.  Doing better than I did before.  Kicking my own ass.
And let's be honest -- I love getting my picture taken.  Especially by professionals.  And I know I'll be in good hands with Khammy.  Seriously, look at her Instagram and Flickr streams.  She has an amazing eye.

Okay, in the spirit of honesty, here's what I have to start with...

Not bad.  But not at my healthiest.  And with a personal and family medical history like mine, I really can't afford to dick around.  Not at my age.

So, my goals, by November 5th, are...
- strong cut arms
- strong, well-developed legs
- a 28" waist
- 21% bodyfat

I have other exact numbers in my plan, but I don't want to share right now.  Just trust that I've thought long and hard on where I want to be.  I've done the research.  And my goals are realistic to my height and build.

Plus, I want to see what the Isagenix products can REALLY do!
Can't wait!!!

But seriously, guys, this is what I'm thinking...

No matter what, on November 5th, I will be in that studio wearing a bikini.  What I look like in it is COMPLETELY UP TO ME.  I need to get my ass in shape!

It's going to be a wild ride!  Wish me luck!  Ready to come along?

8 Empowering Breakup Songs...

25 July 2014

Roomie was my 3rd boyfriend.  We then went on to dump each other and marry our exes: each other.

Okay, I'm sorry.  That was obnoxious.  Don't blame me.  That's actually Roomie's joke.

So, that means I broke up with 2 boyfriends before him.  Well, sorta.
I started dating my 1st boyfriend at the age of 19.  He dumped me for another girl two years later.  
I started dating boyfriend #2, a dude who would eventually become my best friend's ex-BIL.  He didn't support my pursuit of education, so we broke up, and I got back together with boyfriend #1.  
Well, THAT was a mistake because he had turned into a really possessive and controlling dude.  He demanded that I stopped talking to the guys in my classes, which was really hard considering I was the only girl in most of those classes.  Engineering school.  Need I say more?
Anyway, when I went on a weekend camping trip with some friends, he proceeded to stalk my parents demanding to know where I had gone.  So, I dumped him.... for Roomie.

Did you get all that?  Okay, awesome.  

So, technically, I kinda got dumped once.  Really.  Go back and read it again.  I'll wait.
Back?  Groovy.

Yeah, I didn't deal with the breakup very well.  I didn't think I was ever going to recover.  He was my first boyfriend!  (And the guy my mother convinced me I should be marrying.)  To my muddled, innocent brain, I screwed up and lost the only love I was ever going to know!  OMG, I was NEVER going to find love ever, ever, EVER again!

Yeah, whatever.  After a few Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", I was all bouncy back and "kick that guy's ass to the curb!"

Seriously, that song saved me. Well, that and a couple of tubs of Haagen Daz.

Anyway, I wished I had known of more songs like that back then.  These days, we have many more awesome "I deserve better than you, jerk!" songs.  Fortunately, I won't be needing them myself, but in case my babies run into their own jerks/jerkettes when they eventually enter the dating scene at the age of 30, they'll have any of my faves to choose from...

Okay, that's my list.  Which songs would you add?  What's on YOUR list?

5 Reasons Why Hula is Fabulous for Fitness

22 July 2014

Hula for Fitness[Repost from March 2008]

"I've lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, and the only thing I've done is taken hula classes!", "The waistband of my jeans is getting looser!", and "Yeah, one more tahitian ote'a! I can take it! Woohoo!"

Okay, maybe that last one was a bit of an exaggeration - most of my students considered the ote'a a form of torture - but hula fitness stories really are quite common, and as a hula instructor & dancer, I've heard and witnessed many of them. In fact, I credit my hula & tahitian practice with my own weight loss in 2006.

Even Flare Magazine considered hula dance enough of a great workout to feature it - along with an interview with me as their hula expert - for their September 2005 Issue article Shall We Dance: Wake up your workout...!

Yes, the hula is much more than a pleasure to watch. Don't let the gentle, fluid movements deceive you. It truly is a killer workout!

Here are 5 reasons why your health could benefit from 20 minutes of daily island dance:

1: It builds beautiful lean muscles.
A common complaint from my new students after the first class is "My muscles were SO sore after that class!" Yes, it takes muscles to move those arms and hands to tell a story! You will feel soreness in the upper arms (deltoids), and depending on how deeply you bend your knees for each kaholo (the popular basic side-to-side traveling hula movement), you'll also give your lower body a blast.

2: It packs a great cardiovascular punch.
My dancers are always amazed at how out-of-breath they are after a 30 minute show! Make your own half hour hula dance CD and burn 119 calories every workout...
double that if you mix in some short blasts of fast tahitian ote'a (each song is about 1.5 minutes of intense hip shakes).And you get that all without the joint-jarring common with other high-impact workouts.
For my own workout, I created a high-intensity interval training hula CD for myself by putting in an ote'a song after every 2 hula songs. Just 20 minutes of that, and I'm done!

3: It's a weight-bearing, bone-building activity.
The continual kaholo is just like walking, and one of the many health benefits of walking is its ability to turn around rapid bone loss that occurs in menopausal women.

4: It helps build grace and coordination.
Whether you're an experienced dancer or dance like Elaine, you should always start your hula education at the beginner level. Why? Because the hula makes you use muscles that most likely have never been used in combination before. Many of us call it waking your hula muscles.
With every part of your body doing something different, many times in opposite directions, you'll find your coordination and balance challenged and strengthened.

5: It's fun!
Your hula workout can be as varied as the numerous hula songs out there! Mixing it up with tahitian numbers, dancing with friends, and even performing for loved ones offers options that can make your hula workout unique every time!

Wanna try?

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