Choice is Yours

Good morning,

I am thinking of my brother this morning as he has probably already begun his ½ Ironman Triathlon, his 1st for this distance.

Jeremy going into the swim “shoot”

However, I am also thinking of my sister-in-law who isn’t there with him.  In thinking of them I began thinking of another friend who has become very athletic and her husband has not, he has tried but I don’t think it has stuck.  There are many women who are struggling with the idea of, “if I do this what about him” and I want to tell you that feeling would be a hard one to get through.   I feel for my sister-in-law who isn’t in to fitness the way my brother is; I feel for my friend’s husband who isn’t into fitness the way his wife is but, we cannot choose to stay unhealthy to make them feel better about their self or about the relationship.  Also, we cannot expect them to get to the level of desire that we have about health, fitness and being overall well.

It was said to me this week at a run group that it seems to them that fitness for me is a type of religion and she was correct, for me it is.

Melodie and her sister Michelle attempting to run, which was more like a walk shuffle, on the snow and ice last winter.

It changed me in ways I cannot express (Imagine that).  It doesn’t have to be that way for everyone.  You don’t have to live or die by the run or lack of one today.  You don’t have to feel that yoga is your heaven.  You don’t have to feel the absolute thrill of power when weight lifting.  Health and wellness is different for each individual person.  For health standards it is said that adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week and muscle strengthen activities each week, http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx.  If you choose to go above and beyond that it is a choice.

Each of us makes a choice to be healthy in a way that feels good for us.  It doesn’t have to be a ½ Ironman, it doesn’t have to be a 2 hour XTREME Zumba,

XTREME Zumba at The Venue in Kalamazoo; Booty Battle

it doesn’t have to be an ALL OUT effort; it only needs to be what makes us, individually, feel good and be healthy.  If a 4 hour workout makes us feel good then go for it, if 45 minute step aerobics class is where it’s at then that is equally great.

Do what makes you FEEL GREAT today!

I am excited to share with you that next week Your Turn begins their next programming session.

Parent and Teen Cooking Demonstration;  This Saturday at 2pm at Spring Valley Crossing in Kalamazoo – Family Mealtime: How to make it happen, how to get your teens engaged, how to make them WANT to participate. This will be interactive, hands on cooking demonstration for both parents and your teens.   This Demonstration will be put on by Lexie RD a registered dietitian. Come for this awesome opportunity.  Send an email if you would like to attend.

Small Steps to Healthy Eating; Monday’s at 6:30 at George Washington Carver Center in Three Rivers – In this class we will be discussing how you take some unhealthy meals and tweaking them to include more vegetables and fruit.  We will also be taking a grocery shopping tour to show you how to choose healthier options, ones with more grains, fiber, less sugar and things of that nature.  3 of the 9 weeks in this class we will have hands on cooking opportunities which will allow you to learn some new techniques and recipes.  Many of the weeks you will be able to try a healthy dinner entrée and dessert.  I am excited to put this on.  The cost for participation is $30 and we have a 3 spots left open, shoot me an email if you are interested.

Couch 2 5K; Tuesday’s at 6:30 at The Fitness Spot in Downtown Kalamazoo – This beginner walk/running program will take you from nothing more than walking to having the ability to run a 5K which is 3.1 miles.  You do NOT need to have any ability to run at this moment to join this class.  Cindy who could barely run 90 seconds in her first week of this program just finished 25 minutes of non-stop running this past Wednesday.  She did NOT believe it was possible but it was and it will be for YOU too!!!  We have 2 spots left open for this.  If you are interested please send an email and we will hold the spot for you.

Small Steps to Gluten Free; Thursday’s at 6:30 at Can Do Kitchen in Downtown Kalamazoo – Have you been trying to go all or nothing into Gluten Free eating; if so, this 10 week program is designed to take you small steps to reducing Gluten from your diet. The belief behind this is that small steps lead to greater success. Meet other women striving to reach this same goal and let’s succeed together.  We have many great experiences for this class from a grocery store tour of the People’s Food Co-op, group discussion with Lexie Timpson, registered dietitian, meet a woman who has gone gluten-free and listen to her share the benefits of such and many more.  This class will also offer 3 hands on opportunities to make gluten-free meal options.  The cost for participation is $30 and we have a 5 spots left open, shoot me an email if you are interested.

Your Turn Gathering; Monday at 10am at Maple St. YMCA in Kalamazoo – Meeting other women who are striving for similar health and wellness goals is a great way to stay motivated, have the accountability and become re-inspired with your own personal wellness goal.  See you then J

We will begin working on our schedule for next year, can you believe I just wrote this, NEXT YEAR, holy crap!  If there is something of interest to you, please let us know.  This group is about YOU and the experiences you want to have and things you want to try to learn.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Get Your Sweat On

Your Turn

Melodie

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