Happy day to you!
This week I discovered an excellent resource that I want to share with you regarding your food and nutrition choices. I learned about it in my nutrition certificate program.
It is www.choosemyplate.gov.
This free website gives you so many tips on how to make good nutrition decisions based on your food preferences!
It helps you start small and start simple.
Changes in any lifestyle are more sustainable if you change small things a little at a time, rather than try to drastically flip everything upside down at once.
Personally, one thing I worked on when I started was cutting down on sugar. One of my very Southern belle characteristics is my love for sweet tea – I am from the town where it was invented, after all!
However, real sweet tea has a lot of sugar. To switch to plain water or unsweet tea tasted terrible. Bleh!
So what did I do?
I started by adding 1/8 of a cup less of sugar for each gallon I made at home. If I was at a fast food restaurant or an event where you had sweet or unsweet options, I started making ¼ of my glass unsweet tea and the rest sweet. As I adapted, I changed the ratios just a bit so that there was less and less of the sweet in it.
And it worked.
I still love good sweet tea, but I honestly can’t drink it that much anymore. The sugar is too much for me and it can be too sweet.
I also now know how much the sugar affected my physical and mental conditions as well, but that is a post for another day.
I hope you check out www.choosemyplate.gov and start making small changes to your life. It may seem too slow and we are all impatient and want results NOW, but in the long run, you will be much happier that you made a sustainable life change.
Have a great day and keep Dancing Forward!
Small Movement is OK!
Before I discovered dance, I was no athlete. I wasn’t even one to like any kind of casual exercise. Sure, I could walk for miles, but usually only with the dog and/or human company.
After my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Insulin Resistance (IR) diagnoses, I heard constantly “diet and exercise.”
First, I don’t have a clue as to what to do in a gym. If it wasn’t an elliptical (which I actually do enjoy) or a bike, I wasn’t going to be doing it. To ask for help was difficult because I didn’t know who to ask.
I tried a yoga studio for a few times. The stretching part was fine, but I never felt included in the group. Other than the teacher, no one ever came up to me and said “Hi, I’m glad you are here.” After about a month, I stopped going.
I knew movement of any kind was important, no matter how small. So, I tried to incorporate what I could into daily life.
Squats during a shower.
Easy (so long as you have good balance and grip in the tub. Do not take unnecessary risks on slippery surfaces!). It was also a good brain workout when I started (like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand).
Then I tried parking farther away.
I walked around the sidewalk.
I don’t know how much “good progress” these measured out for me. However, they did begin priming my brain to accept that movement is good even when you are tired.
That was about everything I did before I discovered dancing.
Dancing/Ballroom Fitness allowed me to find a world that incorporated exercise that wasn’t “exercise” in the typical dreaded sense of the word.
And I discovered a group of friendly, fun, inclusive people that I was able to be part of.
Lessons learned (and my advice):
I wish you a great week, and keep dancing forward!
Well, we are not even two weeks into January and I already missed a goal.
It is time for my second blog post….yesterday. My goal was to post every Sunday – but I missed it.
However, that does not equate failure. It just means that I missed and get to try again.
How often do you determine that there is something that you want to achieve, but then get discouraged when it doesn’t happen as soon as you wanted it to?
It can be discouraging when we are not where we want to be, when we want to be there.
That does not mean we give up.
For example, say you have set a daily step goal of 7000 steps. You have great energy the first few days and the determination and will to succeed is strong.
However, a few days into it, there is bad weather, you have to travel, the kids are sick – life interferes with your plan.
So on a day or two you do not achieve that 7000 step goal.
It is ok.
It does not mean you have failed. It does not mean you should quit.
It only means you must understand why you did not meet your goal, evaluate the goal itself (do you need to set different steps in your action plan?), and get up and keep going the next day.
Every day is a new opportunity to work toward who you want to be.
Every day you have the chance to improve yourself.
You are in competition with no one.
Your journey in life belongs to YOU and only you can walk it.
Goal advice for the day:
I hope you are encouraged in your progress toward your goals. If you ever feel discouraged, just remind yourself that you CAN do it. A set back is just a set back. It can be overcome.
Keep dancing forward!
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I am so happy you are here!
My name is Kimberly and I am creating this website to share my story of Dancing Forward in my journey to better health and fitness. I hope that my story can inspire you on your own journey to the best YOU!
Today, I want to share a little of my personal journey through dance to overcome physical, mental, and emotional challenges. This is just an overview of my history and overall transformation. We will get more detailed and focussed on issues as we go along!
In 2011, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Insulin Resistance. Not long after, I was also diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I was overweight, in a desk job with a 90-minute round trip commute, and overall not in great health. Losing weight is the optimal way to improve the symptoms of all my conditions; however, my conditions caused my body to work against itself in losing weight. It is a terrible cycle to feel trapped in.
In 2018, I discovered Salón de Baile Dance and Fitness Studio in Pooler, Georgia. A friend invited me to try the Ballroom Fitness class with her because she was looking for a new way to exercise. I was terrible at it, but something inside of me enjoyed the new challenge and I kept going back.
This one forward step changed my life. The other students and the staff at the dance studio are so friendly and welcoming that I really felt that I had found a safe place to find myself. I was able to leave my stressors outside, even for just an hour and to truly enjoy an activity.
2019 has been my year of transformation and taking control of my life. I left my job, adopted better nutritional habits, and have lost 40 pounds. My insulin levels are so much better that my doctor is looking to wean me off medication. My anxiety and depression are less dominating in my everyday life; when they do become overwhelming, I now have ways to handle those feelings. The best part of this transformation to me is that I found out how to freely laugh again. I did not realize how lost and miserable I was before I found dance.
Dance has allowed me to find ways of handling stress, making friends, and opened new paths in life I never dreamed of. It has given me a new self-respect and confidence level that I am feeling really great in my physical health, mental health, and emotional health. The relationships I have made and these new friends who have accompanied me on this journey have had a significant impact on my new life.
I am now dubbed the 2019 Health and Fitness Challenge winner for the studio, the Marketing and PR representative, and assist with both the Teen Competition Team and the Beginner Ballroom group classes. I am currently studying to become a certified nutrition consultant so that I can help others discover the best path to their best life!
Definitely a life unexpected!
I look forward to sharing my journey with you and to hear from you as you embark on a journey to a New You in 2020!
Keep Dancing Forward!