I wanted to talk about something more personal to me. This blog is a little way of me getting thoughts off my chest, to promote what I do (I run an online classes business on the side), and to motivate/inspire people into fitness; into ANY kind of fitness!
A while ago I wrote about a crazy whole garrison Zumba I did and how it was pretty awesome and my love for Zumba. Shortly after this my love for it disintegrated. My personal fitness goals were shifting and I was suffering from a number of niggles, plantar fasciitis being one of them. The numbers in my Zumba class and other classes I ran had also died down so much it was disheartening to take them. I love to put absolutely 100% into my classes. I was becoming physically and mentally drained from teaching them.
In October last year I decided to stop all classes. I was getting an increasing amount of work at school and I wanted to ensure I was spending more time with my kids before we went back to the UK. I knew we only had around 9 months left in Brunei. Another reason was that I was becoming increasingly disheartened with taking the classes. It is not like the UK whereby it is a business and a nice side income, I was not earning much at all, relying on donations as well as ‘competing’ (unofficially!) with other trainers on the garrison for an extremely small amount of possible participants. We are unable unfortunately to open up our fitness classes to anyone beyond the garrison which is a huge shame as over the years I have been here a number of people from the local community have approached me about attending. At the time I decided to stop the classes I had become resentful of anything clashing with my classes and I did NOT want to feel like that. They were not worth feeling that way over. I was becoming negative and it was affecting me mentally. It had to stop so I drew a line under them and decided to focus on my own training, my online group and my kids!
Fast forward to xmas time and I was watching old videos of my zumba classes. The buzz came back from watching them. I missed it!! I missed the atmosphere, the crazy amount of sweat, the jumping about like a mad woman, creating of moves to the songs, seeking out songs… I missed Zumba. I also missed teaching classes in general.
I decided to start up a Bootcamp for free for my work colleagues. That gave me the push then to re-start one class, a Zumba class. I am back in my happy place now teaching my one Zumba class a week every Wednesday evening. Numbers attending, the buzz and atmosphere are all brilliant. Currently I am on a week off with our visitors but back to it next week and I can’t wait!
Fitness, teaching classes and teaching Zumba is such a huge part of me. It is what I have done since I was 19 (13 years). As I said in my previous blog about Zumba I honestly used to look down at Zumba. I started to look down on it again, it wasn’t fulfilling my fitness goals, I wasn’t sitting back and realising what Zumba ACTUALLY is all about. Zumba is a great way to get fit, but it is SO MUCH MORE than that. Here are some benefits of Zumba, in my words. You may think of more.
In conclusion, if you are reading this and haven’t tried Zumba ever, or haven’t done it for a long time, seek out a class. Give the class some time- go at least 3 or 4 times to the same class, give it a chance. Seek it out for all of those benefits. Alternatively I do post up ‘Dance Fitness’ classes onto my group. Join my group for access to those.
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Read about the crazy Garrison Zumba here.
You are exactly where you need to be... I LOVE this quote.
Someone starts talking about having to go to the market on a whatsapp group and that’s it... my brain goes into overdrive with all the things I need to and should do today... and things I forgot to do yesterday..
I need nappies, some milk, some extra veg for food for the rest of this week, need to write a list... (start typing it out on my phone... not sure why I continue to do this because I always forget! Pen and paper, pen and paper!)
Oh and dammit I forgot to get baby milk yesterday, need that.... f^*+ while we are on the subject of forgetting I’ve said I would learn some Christmas zumba routines so I need to do that, when can I do that today hmmm...
Oh, is that the time I need to set up my class... I need to film one today too. I wonder if anyone is going to turn up... I know, I’ll double my class up! I’ll film and teach...
Must remember to get home, wash my hair and get to baby group before my hair...
Must upload some more videos today too. I’ll do it when the kids are in bed. Hmm need to watch last episode of ... oh what’s it called. What am I going to wear Saturday.. I’ve two dresses I’ll just try them later (always later...)
Coffee. Need a coffee. S^*+ I’ve not had breakfast. Protein shake. Argh need to go.
Bye Fin, give mummy a kiss... NO! Ok byeee!
Ah, need my phone, need the boxing gloves, car keys, oh and the phone charger just in case no one turns up so I can film class with some music... ahhhh right. Let’s go. Broom brroooom (me in the car!)
This was literally my thought process this morning. In the space of a few minutes.
I’m not even working at the moment apart from my classes....!!
It is like a hundred computer tabs open at once in this brain. I am CERTAIN everyone is like this who runs their own business (however big it is!!) and has kids... and is trying to also maintain a social life of some sort 😂
That quote, pictured, is what I have to continually remind myself because I set myself crazy goals sometimes!! I find them realistic at the time, put hours into it in one day (this website for example!!) but all those hours simply cannot be maintained on a day to day basis! YES I am like a dog with a bone when I want to get something done. If I set my mind to it, I will do it and I’ll be dammed if I cannot achieve what I set out to do.
I have come up against a few barriers lately relying on others to help me with some “things”... a reminder to me that others may not be as quick at completing “things” as I am... and a reminder to chill out and let things happen (giving them a polite shove in the right direction in the meantime...).
I have always had and probably always will have an absolute pet hate of lateness.... living in brunei has certainly tested my patience with this. Brunei time is basically not the same as British time, put it that way. I’ve friends who find it amusing when this patience is tested, and it is certainly tested on a daily basis. I would say I’m getting used to it as I would love to be... but I am not! 😬
Coming back to the quote.... and the fact I tie myself in knots some days with the ridiculous tasks I set myself. I am almost certain... in fact I am certain I’ve got this trait from my Dad. I want to achieve something, therefore I will achieve it right now!! My Dad is an absolute legend, fact. I won’t say any more than that because he wouldn’t want me to. I just want to point out his legendary status then move on. Mum is also an absolute legend. I’ve amazing parents and feel so lucky to have them in my life.
Wanting to achieve things...right now.... is GREAT in most aspects but not so when relying on other people to help complete “stuff” to get me there and also, first and foremost, before anything I am a Mummy and these kids need love, attention and basically keeping alive. My husband is away at the moment so it’s just me and my amazing Amah who helps with the house chores and babysitting whilst I work... but, if I focus on my business it takes time (precious time!) away from my kids which is something I am well aware of and moreso the past week since I got my website up and running. It has taken a LOT of hours to get this going and working on my members area which is the main part.
I need to also maintain good mental health.... stressing over a small home business is not ideal and makes a happy person into a horrid person... no one wants that! So for the past few days I have taken a chill pill. Even tonight. Pressure off. I’m not setting a date that my members area on my website will be open (I previously said 5th December... hmm that’s not happening!). It will be open when I’ve (one man team) done it 💪 whilst maintaining good mum status (is very much like “best mum in the world” status but working on that with my moody 7 year old...
You are exactly where you need to be. Hell yes 😎
Life is about balance and as planned, I had a few cocktails at the weekend and ate without restrictions. What I am though is mindful of my eating and of when I let go and drink my way through an entire cocktail list...
Over indulge- but be aware. Those cocktails probably have a hell of a lot of calories and the food was non stop. So instead of sitting on my backside tonight watching tele I went for a walk with the kids. Throughout the week I may just say no to a vanilla latte each day and just have one the whole week. I may just not buy that bar of chocolate...I may have an extra 30 minute run Friday night instead of what I usually do- sit and chill.
Living a healthy lifestyle is balance. It’s not restriction and starvation it’s just mindfulness! LIVE, don’t restrict, just be aware of what’s going in and what your body is expending and be as active as possible (that also doesn’t mean killing yourself in the gym every day!!) that can mean yoga, walking, stretching, taking the stairs instead of the lifts, walking or cycling to work instead of driving, stopping a few stops early on your bus home, taking the family for a bike ride, extending your dog walk etc
I had fun letting go and definitely thought I was Beyoncé or something....but wow I am paying for it sleep wise... I’ll be catching up all week because my kids love to wake up at 530am 😎🥳 when you don’t get in till 3am... that’s not a lot of sleep 🙃
PT, Teacher and Mum. Currently living in South East Asia. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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