Women Feel Better When We’re Dancing

Women Feel Better When We’re Dancing

It’s Day 230 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and yesterday reinforced how women feel better when we’re dancing. As I mentioned in Saturday’s post (I didn’t hit publish until after midnight so it showed up on Sunday), I took a nasty tumble getting into the shower that morning as I prepared to present at the High Heeled Success and Pink Collar Savvy & Chic women’s workshop on networking. After falling my first concern was about how it would impact my performance at the event; my second was It’s going to hurt more tomorrow, so how will I teach Zumba? Thankfully, pain meds and prayer got me through Saturday, but Sunday morning I woke up so sore and stiff, I thought I’d have to do low intensity to get through class. What I didn’t bank on was having about twenty high energy women show up ready to go full throttle. I shared my mishap and then showed them my proof copy of Seasons of Her Soul. Their combined empathy, enthusiasm and excitement throughout made me feel as if I had wings! I was able to lead the class pain free. Women really do feel better when we’re dancing!

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Lovely Zumba-loving Ladies. A few left before we could grab a pic –  the energy is still evident! Me, Pink Collar Coach, front center in black, gray and white Calvin Klein performance wear.

Lest you wonder why I’m using the collective term “women”, I’m not the only one who expressed feeling better. There are at least two women in attendance recovering from surgeries, but they attend because a modified dance session is better than none. One Sunday class lover returned because I reinstated the class after a few years without it. The first two classes she was miserable, but this week she was back in her full-on dance zone. Another let me know life has settled down in all other areas so she can now resume dancing, which she’s missed. A young college student, a true Dancing Queen, has expressed interest in becoming a certified instructor. And a Zumba frequent flier who attends classes throughout the week, confessed she gets so into it she has to make herself not sing along so she won’t disturb other dancers. Having one of my mentors attend class and lead a routine and express that I’m doing a great job was so cool and encouraging. An Indiana transplant who just moved here for her husband’s job is finding her tribe with Zumba and I believe will become a friend of mine – she’s another Tammy (with a “y”). And I had the joy of watching at least three newcomers fall in love with Zumba right before my eyes. A beautiful thing to behold. Once the bug bites you, you’re a goner – in the best way!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba instructor, I’m humbled by the way my classes have been received and feel so blessed to be able to serve women in this way. It’s not just dancing, it’s ministry for me…Case in point, I received a text message following yesterday’s class from a woman I hadn’t seen in Zumba in a long time. Knowing that she’s been dealing with some major Ds (challenges), I’d been concerned about her. She told me she ran into one of the other instructors who let her know about my class. She thought it was wonderful and plans to attend each week. She’s also going to read my book and do some life coaching with me as she continues to pursue her best personal and professional life. All because women really do feel better when we’re dancing!

Oh, and doing my first book signing EVER for a someone who brought her copy wasn’t too shoddy either!  ; )

How about you? What makes you feel better? Are you like the women in my class who fight through the Ds to do it? How can you incorporate more of what makes you feel better into your personal and professional life?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Moe(‘s) Healthy Eating in 2018! – Restaurant Review

Moe(‘s) Healthy Eating in 2018! – Restaurant Review

It’s Day 231 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and Moe healthy eating is in my future for 2018. Just to clarify – I haven’t resorted to slang writing; I’m referring to Moe’s Southwest Grill and the fact that I’ll happily be eating more of it now that some have opened in the Cincinnati area (apparently they’re buying the Quadoba’s that are going bankrupt). I treated myself to it tonight after one of the best, busiest days of my life yesterday – releasing my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and having it do very well on Amazon sales rankings – largely thanks to you readers!  Then today was spent at Zumba, hanging out with a friend and trying to figure out what to wear to my women’s event, “Kick Up Your Negotiating Skills for Career Success”, next weekend. Finally, an hour ago I realized other than a snack at lunchtime, I hadn’t eaten all day. Making my second stop in Moe’s since I discovered it, the generous serving size allowed me to load up on fresh, healthy rice, beans, chicken and all the veggies, guacamole (a fat that’s actually good for you), and salsa my little heart desired. To make it an even better deal, the guac is free (Who does that?) and there’s complimentary salsa bar! Moe’s will be seeing a lot more of the girl from now on!

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Since I’m home alone, I enjoyed my bowl and reading my book (My book!) in complete bliss. ; )

This summer, my sister and brother-in-law, who reside near Atlanta, introduced me to Moe’s (they were just in the south but are expanding) when they had the restaurant cater dinner the night family arrived from out-of-town for their son’s wedding. I loved it then and looked forward to having it when we were just there for a few days over New Year’s Eve. But for logistical reasons (and my book deadlines) it wasn’t to be. Literally craving it, I Googled it on the drive home and had my poor hubby go a few miles out-of-the-way to get it in Chattanooga. That was my first time in the restaurant where I discovered the veggies on offer: black olives, chopped cilantro, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, and mushrooms! Then there’s the option to add as much as you want at a salsa bar. Epic!  And if that isn’t enough to recommend them, the one near me, in West Chester, Ohio, has one of those cool machines that dispense every drink imaginable – only I can actually have one because they offer zero calorie choices – like gingerale with vanilla and a myriad other flavors – YUM!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose healthy eating advocate, please see the recap below for why Moe’s is a marvelous option.

Moe’s Southwest Grill as Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Pick for Healthy Eating:

  1. Large portion size (More food, but good vs. bad! I eat 1 bowl 3x – initial & leftovers )
  2. Free quacamole (No one does that!)
  3. Veggies not offered at Chipotle or Hot Heads (They definitely wont’ be at Quadoba’s)
  4. Salsa Bar with 5 varieties (Green chile mild up to fiery hot)
  5. Technicolor array of zero and low calorie beverages (Refreshing water alternative)

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and consider Moe(‘s) healthy eating in 2018!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To get a preview of Seasons of Her Soul, or to purchase, please visit Amazon.com. Thanks!

 

 

 

Find Your Fit in 2018! (My First Official Zumba Class as a Licensed Instructor)

Find Your Fit in 2018! (My First Official Zumba Class as a Licensed Instructor)

It’s Day 226 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and having an amazing experience teaching my first official class as a licensed Zumba instructor reinforced how important it is to find your fit in 2018! I’m scheduled to teach Fridays and Sundays and was supposed to start at the end of October, but a diverticulitis diagnosis and nearly two months of misery prevented me from doing so. Then, due to the holidays, the start date was postponed to this Friday. Chomping at the bit to get going, you can imagine my disappointment when the frigid temps caused my class to be cancelled again. All the waiting was worth it though, because this afternoon, a small but brave band of Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Zumba loving ladies didn’t let bitter cold, child care hour restrictions (one had to leave early to pick up before close), or even a boot hold them back from Zumba fitness with a little faith based music sprinkled in. We were small in size and mighty in support of one another. The fun and fellowship we had made it clear we’ve found our fit and made me want to encourage you to find yours in 2018, too.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in Calvin Klein pink, white & gray athletic wear with my original New Balance dancing/gym shoes. I didn’t own any when a friend invited me to Zumba in 2012!             All from TJ Maxx.                                                                                                                                           Lovely Zumba loving ladies (minus one) made my first time out the gate a winner!

If you’ve been in a retail store this week, you probably noticed Christmas has been relegated to Clearance and athletic wear has surged to the front of the displays. Merchandisers take full advantage of the New Year’s resolutions so many people make about getting fit this year. And regular gym attenders often lament how there’s barely a parking space to be had between now and February/early March because everyone who resolved this would be their year comes out in droves for a few months but are seldom seen after that – when it’s warmer and no big deal to walk a country mile to park!

All that to say, I’m not talking about a resolution here. I’m talking about a lifestyle. Take it from one who  hadn’t worked out much since my daughter’s birth in 2003 – when I started doing Zumba in 2012, I had to sit or even lay down and take huge puffs on my inhaler between every song. But I LOVED it. I went from going on Saturdays to four to six times a week depending on what was available. I’d found my fit. What does that feel like? you ask. I’d say it feels like you’re not even working out, but that’s not it exactly. It’s more like being ready to pass out from being overheated with your lungs, arms, and legs all burning, but what a lovely way to burn! The positive release of endorphins is amazing! If you’re familiar with Strengths – there’s a sense of timelessness when you’re doing what you love and were created to do. Like when you’re in the zone. Like it isn’t just a workout, but a way of life.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba Lover, I feel like I’m in my Zumba Zone when I’m dancing and hope all of you can find that exercise routine that puts you in yours. Be it biking, Bootcamp, elliptical, Insanity, pier barre, running, speed walking, swimming, treadmill, Zumba or any of the other myriad ways you can get healthy and well. Because contrary to what the retailers would have you believe, getting in shape is  about so much more than just losing weight. It’s about getting your heart, mind, body, and spirit in shape too. The workout is just the beginning of that journey to holistic health and wellness.

Think about what you love and are naturally drawn to. Even if it’s been years since you did it, go for it. It might very well be that this is your year and you’ll find your fit in 2018!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Zumba Love Is Why I’m Now Heartsaver CPR and AED Certified

Zumba Love Is Why I’m Now Heartsaver CPR and AED Certified

It’s Day 203 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my intense Zumba love is why I spent the early part of the day at my local fire department getting certified in Heartsaver CPR and AED. Though I’m a former teacher and child care center director and was required to have First Aid and CPR training in those roles, AED (automated external defibrillator) is new to me. The course has been revised to reflect advances in technology as well as the demographics and needs of the individuals served. To say times have changed in the last six years since I last attended a full course is a huge understatement! I’m so thankful becoming a certified Zumba instructor presented this professional development opportunity. Especially since I can use it in my personal life too. Because of it, I feel much more confident about my ability to help save a life during a Zumba class, or outside one, now that I’m Heartsaver CPR and AED certified. img_0617.jpg The training I attended is through the American Heart Association, which is commited to everyone being healthy in heart and mind. Their answer for why they do what they do: Life is Why. When I got home, bookish as I am, I studied the Student Workbook provided by the AHA more in-depthly. At the front of it, course participants are encouraged to discover our Why. The questions to ask ourselves are: What are the moments, people and experiences I live for? What brings me joy, wonder, and happiness? Why am I partnering with AHA to help save lives? Why is cardiovascular care important to me? On the most basic level, all of my answers have to do with Zumba, since that was the primary reason I got certified. But on a deeper level, I’m a Life Coach who believes strongly in a holistic coaching approach. As such, I’m committed to the health and wellness of every woman in my world. So, in a sense, you’re my Why.

After discovering our Why, there’s an offer to participate in the AHA’s mission and Life Is Why campaign. I accepted the offer and completed the above activity by filling in the blank with what describes my Why. The next step is sharing my “Zumba Love Is Why” with the people I love and to ask them to discover their Why. That means you!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach with Firefighter Ryan, our Heartsaver CPR and AED Instructor. The artwork is a drawing by talented Lakota East High School students.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach I love Zumba so much because I love life and know how much excercise can contribute to a long, healthy, happy one.  I hope that in sharing, I’ve encouraged you to think about experiencing more of life’s precious moments. Through dancing. Through taking better care of your heart and your health. Perhaps by considering your Why and then demonstrating it by sharing this post. Maybe you’ll get certified and join the Chain of Survival. In our world where heart disease, poor diet and excercise, drug abuse and other illnessess run rampant, you never know, we might just save a life…This morning I thought I was just a Zumba loving instructor getting my Heartsaver CPR and AED certification. Discovering my Why and sharing with you means I got so much more than I bargained for.

What’s your Why? What Savvy & Chic on Purpose action steps will you take because of it? How could getting certified help you in your personal life? Professionally?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

A Warm Welcome Back from My Awesome Weekend Zumba Crew

A Warm Welcome Back from My Awesome Weekend Zumba Crew

It’s Day 184 of the Pink Collar Savvy Savvy and Chic on Purpose Project and this morning I received a such a warm welcome back from my awesome weekend Zumba crew that it warmed my heart. During the week I dance at my local YMCA and know the ladies from living in the community and having children in the same schools. Because we’re connected through our group Zumba page, other social media and via text, they know why I’ve been out for a month due to illness. Not so with my Saturday Fitworks crew. My friend Kibby has a membership and I attend as her guest, so while I’m friendly with the women in class, we only know each other by first name and aren’t in touch during the week. That made the warm welcome that greeted me even sweeter.

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Fitworks Zumba Crew                                                                                                                               Me, Pink Collar Coach front row, outside right in Calvin Klein athletic wear. 

While the ladies in class didn’t have my contact info, because I’m a newly certified Zumba instructor, our teacher, Marina, located me through our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Zumba group to let me know she’d missed me in class. Marina replaced our long time teacher only a few months ago, so it moved me that she went the extra mile to contact me. When I replied explained I was sick, she sent her well wishes and prayers. Also, because I’m short, I always stand in front directly to her left. She told me “Your spot is empty right now and waiting for you to fill it.” That little message motivated me to get better so I could get back.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who dances not only because I love it, but because I need it, I’m not gonna lie. Today was hard. My stomach hurt all last night and I woke up with a throbbing headache. I thought, How am I going to dance when I still don’t feel good? Then I remembered, I ALWAYS feel better when I’m dancing. I pushed through and got to class but was exhausted. After about twenty minutes of low intensity dancing I was ready to sit down. Forty minutes in I thought I was going to pass out. Marina stopped dancing for a moment to check on me after I took a few puffs of my inhaler and then bent over double in pain. Unable to join in for the first half of a new song, I watched the cool choreography and listened to the empowering lyrics and had to jump back in. By the end of the hour, I was so glad I’d come. I owe that to my awesome weekend Zumba crew, and do exactly what the title of that new song commands for women: Salute!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Giving Thanks to the Lord for Good Test Results and Looking Forward to Getting Back to Life and Reality

Giving Thanks to the Lord for Good Test Results and Looking Forward to Getting Back to Life and Reality

Day 180 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one spent having procedures to determine why I’ve been so sick for the past month and giving thanks to the Lord for good test results! Now I’m looking forward to getting back to life and reality. And while the doctor’s orders were that today be a lazy day, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have read about my medical challenges/Ds and reached out with well wishes and prayers. You readers are part of my resilience strategy and the blog has helped me bounce back. Both have played a role in me getting better because I didn’t want to renege on my promise to post daily (I did miss a few…). Nor did I want to lose those of you who have been kind enough to stick with me while I’ve been sick, even if you were sick of hearing about it!

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Shabby Chic inspired Thanksgiving decor from TJMaxx – last season.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Cygnet, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired! So while I’m thankful for today’s test results and hopeful the rest of them will come back good, I’m ready for a new day. I’m not 100%, but I’m laying claim to the verse in a song I used to teach in Kids Club:

And now let the sick say I am healed

Because of what the Lord has done for us!

That being the case, tomorrow, I plan to get back to life and back to reality. Completing revisions for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul in order for it to be released in January, focusing on my business, including rescheduling and scheduling coaching sessions, returning to Zumba and starting to teach (yes!), and planning for my next workshops are only a few of the things while I was down. Excited as I am about all that, being able to get out and about to post pictures to accompany what content I hope you love is what motivates me. That and glorifying  the Lord to whom I owe, and give, so much thanks.

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Give Thanks to the Lord pumpkins flank front porch stairs.                                                         Not only are they pretty and welcoming, they remind others to have grateful hearts.

What situation have you come through, medical, personal, professional or otherwise, for which you are thankful? How can you be savvy & chic on purpose about expressing that thanks?

 

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

It’s Day 177 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and seeing as I spent Day 176 in the ER again, today I had to make some savvy & chic food choices. As many of you know, I’ve been going through it with my health for going on a month now. After several misdiagnoses, I was in such excruciating abdominal pain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that my labor contractions paled in comparison. I’ve never cried during childbirth but this pain had me bawling like a baby! After receiving morphine and undergoing more tests, I have a few more answers about what’s going on with me, but am in for more early next week. Hopefully I’ll receive a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan so I can get back to living my life. In the meantime, though I tend to eat a balanced diet – equal parts healthy and junk – I’m trying to be smarter about my food choices to avoid more pain.

After I got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, I slept until 8pm, hence no blog post last night. I was only up a few hours, then thanks to the right medications, got the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. Today, I dosed on and off while watching HGTV. This evening, after having a good catch up phone chat with my friend Kibby (I haven’t done our Saturday Zumba in a month!), I felt energized enough to actually shower (yay!) and to run some errands. While out picking up a new novel to tide me over until I’m back to full functioning, I decided I’d treat myself to dinner since I haven’t had real food in days.

As I pulled out of Barnes and Noble and saw the neon sign for Red Robin, I heard a burger calling my name. I seldom eat them but sometimes feel as if my body is craving a little red meat. Tuckered out from being out and about, I pulled around the lot to the non-existent drive thru. Shucks! Foiled again! So I pulled back out and turned right into the drive thru Panera where I made a smarter selection: the new Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad. The grains, which include barely, quinoa, faro, and freekah, provided the fiber my body needs and they are supposed to make you feel fuller longer. The salad delivered on that as I could only eat half. And boy did it hit the spot! All the pleasure. None of the guilt or pain from a burger. I guess it was actually the grains the were calling my name!

Woman Choosing Between Salad and Burger

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who needs to be more intentional about what I put into my body, I’m thankful that my illness is a wake up call to take better care of myself. Because I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies and exercise several times a week, I felt like eating sweets (mostly Gummy Bears, a weakness since childhood when I attended a German bilingual school), was justified. A month of being out of commission has reminded me that I need to apply my holistic coaching approach to myself. All that to say, I hope I can blog about my journey toward holistic health and have some accountability with you. Diet is a new D (challenge)! Who knows, maybe you’ll join me as I try to make more savvy & chic smart food choices.

If you want to be more savvy & chic about your food choices, I’d love to hear from you. We can be holistically healthy together!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach