Hello everyone! My name is Rachel and I’m thrilled to be your Natick DanceFIT Studio spokesperson.
I was really eager for this position because although I have only been taking classes at DanceFIT Studio for a few months, it’s already had a positive change in my life. I used to be so tired and sluggish all the time. I really enjoyed working out, but I had a hard time motivating myself to just do it! That was until my friend Jane invited me to do some classes with her at the studio. Then I was hooked! I loved the mix of cardio, toning, and stretching. And it was fun! The instructors were great too, guiding me through each move so I didn’t feel like a fool (trust me, I am no ballerina). It wasn’t long before I wasn’t as tired as I used to be. I had energy, I was sleeping better, and overall I just felt happier. So when I heard about 6Fit, I knew this had the missing piece that I needed to really change the other part of my life that needed an overhaul… food.
I will be the first to admit I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to eating sweets. I love sweets. Any kind. Candy, chocolate, baked goods. You name it and I can scarf it down. It’s not unusual that snacking on junk could be half my calorie total for the day. This is an average day for me:
It’s all right; you can say what you’re thinking. That’s disgusting. Because that’s exactly how I felt. Although those treats tasted delicious at the time (my mouth is watering as I write this), I immediately felt guilty afterwards. By the end of the day, I felt gross, sluggish, and regretful of all the poor decisions I made throughout the day. And yet all those horrible feelings weren’t enough to keep me from doing the exact same thing day after day. It’s hard to make good decisions where I work; there is food everywhere! Not more than 25 feet from my desk are all these yummy treats, and they’re free for the taking!
Bertucci’s Pizza and pasta!
Candy!! (Haribo gummy bears are especially irresistible)
Who can resist? Obviously not me!
I knew one of the sayings in 6Fit was going to be especially important to me: Treat treats as treats. I needed to stop stuffing my face with junk that was doing nothing but bringing me down (and my weight up). I thought I was going to have a tough time with cutting out the sweets, but to be perfectly honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! 6Fit encourages at 6 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
I worked really hard this first week to get them in every day, and after eating healthy all day, I was surprised that I really didn’t want the junk food! I was so proud of myself that I didn’t want to give in and have some chocolate just because I hadn’t had any that day. I did give have a couple See’s Candies on Wednesday, but you know what? I am totally ok with that and don’t feel the guilt that I used to have. I’d eaten well all day, getting in 6 servings on fruits and vegetables, plus I did 2 DanceFIT classes: BalletFit and Zumba! I started to get the chocolate craving after dinner, but I didn’t immediately go for the box like I normally would. I thought about it for a few minutes to make sure I really wanted some. And when I did decide to treat myself to a couple pieces, I thought chocolate had never tasted so good.
I knew that couldn’t be an everyday thing, however, because then it wouldn’t be a treat! Plus I had my team to be accountable to! The team atmosphere is another great thing about 6Fit that I know will be essential to my success. Already this week, my team has been so motivating. We’ve been sharing recipes, encouraging each other to reach our 64 oz water goal, and planning out classes to can take together. I don’t want to let these girls down!
Go Team Kale!
Already after week 1, I feel a change. I have even more energy during the day (no more 3pm slump at work!). I’m sleeping more soundly at night (maybe because I no longer need that 3pm Starbucks run?). But most importantly, I know how good it feels to NOT eat all that junk food.
Here’s to many more weeks of feeling great!
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!