These are a few of my favorite things…
The spring I saw the Sound of Music was a game changer for me. I come from a very musical family and I truly felt the only way to sharpen my singing skills was for my parents to send to me Austria so I could summer there with a nanny named Maria who would make me clothes out of curtains and sing with me to “Climb Every Mountain”. Obviously. Unfortunately we usually summered in Gettysburg PA looking at historical sites. My parents clearly didn’t get me at all.
So to claim some of that glory back I am going to tell you all a few of my favorite things about my experiences the last 5 weeks. First, if you all need to take a moment to finish singing DO RE MI, please do so now.
Water. This is weird right? Actually it is not because as it turns out I was so severely dehydrated before starting 6Fit it was actually affecting my health. Now I am not going to sit here and declare that I only drink distilled water all day long b/c that is not true (excuse me as I take a giant sip of coffee with half and half in it) but I did do the daily requirement of 64 ounces. I also gave up soda completely and switched to seltzer water. I thought this would be so hard to do but I haven’t missed diet coke at all. If I learned anything from 6Fit this would be the biggest thing. I felt like a whole new person only a few days in and it had nothing to do with the exercise, I actually was hydrating myself to the level it needed to be for the first time in years. This is by far my most favorite thing!
Emily, your class is one of my favorite things. When you think of a yogi, I am usually the woman behind her doing a high kick, a shimmy and a jazz hand. Yoga was the last thing I thought would grab my attention but as I am wrapping up week 5 I find myself looking forward to my Monday night class with Emily the most. The moments of quiet I get from my hectic life, your challenging moves and warm encouragement focus me for my week ahead. One of the things I constantly have to challenge myself with is just being. Being in the moment and being ok with myself. For those 60 minutes I have been easily able to slip into just being. For that I cannot thank you enough.
Zumba. I realized a big part of me had gone serious, for the last four years it had too. I had to dig deep every day to make sure all the pieces stayed together. The truth is I love laughing and being funny. I was missing a little fun to shake me out of the serious and Zumba has been doing that for me. Whether it is Maeve’s class on Sunday or Kayte’s on Wednesday I was finally allowing myself to let loose. No rules, lots of shimmies and some jazz hands. I am truly in my happy place when I can dance.
Virtual classes. I love going to the studio but with how unpredictable my work schedule can be most days I was finding it hard to get there. Virtual DanceFit is what stopped the excuses. 8:30 PM classes allow me to have dinner with my family, spend time with my boys and got me out of preparing lunches for the next day! It truly doesn’t get better than that. It also allows me to get out of my own way and try things I am sure I would never have the courage to do in the studio. The only one I have to answer too is my dog Winnie and she is usually too busy looking at herself on Skype to care when I fall off my yoga ball. Which I do every single week.
Myself. Unexpected yes but one of the coolest things I have discovered over the last few weeks is that I like who I am. What a liberating thing to write. I will be the first to admit that I have no idea what I am doing on a daily basis, I hope for the best and pray I keep everyone fed and clothed. I worry a lot. I leave all the cabinet doors open in the kitchen. Yet those small things are ok. The foundation of me and the life I have built is so awesome, nothing else really matters. Reminding myself that I have the confidence to be exactly who I am had to be mentioned in my favorite things. I find it interesting when people say they are a work in progress. I am not. I am who I am and I am comfortable with that even the things that are not considered perfect. I never wanted to be perfect I just want to be happy and that is exactly what I am even on the days that are not so glamorous. I will work on the things that should change and continue to remind myself to be in the moment for the things that need my full attention.
I honestly could go on and on. Studio classes with Ashley, Thursday nights with Nicole, emails with Gina, FB likes by Katrina, the support from my family and friends, on and on and on. I feel the only thing left to do now is start singing “So long farewell”. Right? Anyone?
I hope the last 5 weeks were filled with your favorite things and no orange fingers,
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!